Imagine experiencing a program developed by industry HR leaders who have their fingers on the pulse of our rapidly changing business, who understand the daily challenges you face and who know what it’s going to take to draw you away from your desk to nurture your brain and network with colleagues. The Symposium Planning Committee has reinvented CTHRA’s signature program to ensure you leave invigorated, inspired and infused with eye-opening knowledge and real-world strategies that you can leverage to make a splash back at the office. 
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Following is an overview the the sessions offered during the 2014 Symposium.          

Insiders’ Perspectives on HR’s Impact

Over the last few years, the scope of HR’s role has expanded dramatically. Today, HR has a prominent influence on business strategy. During this general session, attendees will have a unique opportunity to hear about HR leaders’ priorities, business issues that keep them up at night and what the future of HR looks like in our industry. The session will feature five dynamic thought leaders: 



The Importance of Inclusion

This session will focus on the highly publicized topic of LGBT athletes and what employers of all types need to consider to build a culture of inclusiveness within their organizations. The featured speakers are LZ Granderson, a journalist and commentator for ESPN and CNN, and Jason Collins, the NBA’s first openly-gay player. 


HR Transformed: How to Be a Take-Charge Catalyst for Innovation & Business Success

As a SVP & Chief People Officer at Accretive Health,
Caroline Stockdale recognizes that innovation is critical to the company's success. She believes it's not just R&D or the traditional creative departments who are challenged to innovate, it's every single leader, function and employee, and HR is no exception. Caroline has a strong background in successfully championing innovation with bold ideas and approaches to traditional HR processes and systems. Her results have been transformative. Join Caroline as she shares some of the highlights of this HR journey - from abolishing the annual performance management system and ratings, to taking a whole new approach to diversity & inclusion, to inspiring her HR team to embrace and deliver innovative results.   

Change the Channel on Your Talent Acquisition Strategies

Talent acquisition continues to be a top priority for industry employers. Yet, the landscape is dramatically shifting, and hiring tactics that are successful today will soon be obsolete. By attending this breakout session, you’ll gain a glimpse into emerging trends and what you can do now to ensure your company is a hiring powerhouse in the future. The speakers will discuss the highly skilled talent gap, the growing popularity of a contingent labor force and online talent communities. They’ll  also provide candid reviews of new online staffing models and debate whether outsourcing recruiting is ready for prime time. 

Jocelyn Cooley, SVP of Talent Management, BET Networks
Cormac Cullinane, SVP of Worldwide Recruitment and Executive Search, Time Warner
Francisco Estrada
, Director of Staffing and Development, Univision Communications
Janet Manzullo, Group VP, Talent Acquisition & Movement, Time Warner Cable
Julie Neimat, SVP of Global Talent and HRM, Discovery Communications
Andy Roane (Moderator), VP of Recruitment Process Outsourcing, YOH 

Leading Through Chaos: Lessons Learned in Crisis Management

Recent acts of nature and world events have given companies a reason to take a fresh look at their crisis management plans to ensure they are as current and robust as possible. This thought-provoking session will take a deep dive into how industry HR professionals dealt with real-life disasters including Hurricane Katrina and the Colorado wildfires. The speakers will share how they executed their crisis management plans, dealt with changing situations in the midst of crisis and lessons learned.


Infusing Diversity into the Technology Talent Pool

In an industry where innovation is critical, there is no denying that competition for technology talent is fierce. As a result, the emphasis on diversity is often secondary in the hiring process. This session’s distinguished panel of speakers will challenge you to reverse that approach. They will share what their organizations are doing to promote opportunities in technology among women and people of color, as well as trends and best practices in recruiting for technology positions. The speakers are:

Karen Horting, MBA, CAE, Executive Director & CEO, Society of Women Engineers
Michele Lezama, Executive Director, The National GEM Consortium
Michael Peters, Director of Talent Acquisition, Comcast Cable
David M. Porter, Jr. Ph.D., Executive Director, The Walter Kaitz Foundation (moderator)
Karl W. Reid, Ed.D., Executive Director, National Society of Black Engineers

CTHRA’s Excellence in HR Awards Luncheon

Admission to this special celebratory luncheon is included with your Symposium registration. We paid tribute to the Team Innovator of the Year Turner Broadcasting System's Global Technology and Operations Team, Aspiring Leader Beth Biggs from Charter Communications and Leadership Excellence award winner Kerri St. Jean from Comcast Cable. Special thanks to Multichannel News for sponsoring CTHRA’s Awards Program.



CTHRA’s 2014
Symposium Program

One of the elements that makes CTHRA's Symposium special is the fact that it is developed by industry HR professionals for industry HR professionals. Hats off to the individuals serving on this year’s planning team:

Eric Hawkins
EVP of Human Resource Management
Discovery Communications

Scott Murphy
SVP, Human Resources
Turner Broadcasting System Inc.

Seth Feit
Group VP, Human Resources
Time Warner Cable

Robert Fodge
VP, Comcast Business

Angela Mazeres
Senior Director HR
Bright House Networks

Kelley Pearson
Vice President
TD Madison & Associates




CTHRA is grateful to our generous sponsors for making Insight & Impact possible.







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 Charter Communications 
 Comcast Cable
 Cox Communications
 Discovery Communications
 ESPN Inc.
 NBCUniversal News Group
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 Starz Entertainment
 Time Warner Cable
 Turner Broadcasting System Inc.
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