HR Leadership Conference 2021

Learn to Leverage Technology While Making Work Human

HR Leadership 2021 is hosted by a nationwide network of employer associations.

  • Overview


    MRA - The Management Association has collaborated with employers associations from all over the country to develop this exciting and inspiring virtual lineup.

    It is a huge understatement to say the 2020 pandemic presented new challenges to employers. The rapid move to work from home accelerated technology dependency, and new laws to manage created an added pressure for you and your teams to remain connected. As we emerge from this time that has forever changed us, it has never been more important to focus on making work human! To help HR and business leaders rethink their approach, we’ve brought together a lineup of presenters who will inspire and guide you. Register today!

    Friday, September 17, 2021

    11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. CDT

    This half-day virtual conference is composed of these three can’t-miss sessions:

    • How Human-Centered Companies Are Changing the Future | Presented By: Derek Irvine
    • The Emerging Future: Building Future-Ready Organizations and High-Performing Cultures to Compete and Win in the Decade Ahead | Presented By: Seth Mattison
    • On the Edge: The Art of High-Impact Leadership | Presented By: Alison Levine

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  • Sessions


    All keynotes will be recorded and available to registered participants for review on the conference microsite for 90 days following the conference.

    11:00 a.m. CT
    How Human-Centered Companies Are Changing the Future
    Speaker: Derek Irvine

    Derek Irvine, co-founder of Workhuman, talks about his new book, Making Work Human: How Human-Centered Companies are Changing the Future of Work and the World. This transformative work is based on 50 million data points and is leading the charge to dismantle old HR processes and challenge organizations to build new ways to connect the modern workforce. This is data with a heart and research with a goal to rehumanize.

    12:30 p.m. CT
    The Emerging Future: Building Future-Ready Organizations and High-Performing Cultures to Compete and Win in the Decade Ahead
    Speaker: Seth Mattison

    As we enter the second decade of the 21st century, leaders prepare to face an unrelenting and continuously shifting landscape of change and transformation. Of course, change has always been a reality for the modern-day leader, but today it knows no boundaries, no borders, and no breaks. The impact of this can be felt as individuals fatigue under the weight of extreme ambiguity.

    From ever-evolving go-to-market strategies and expanding customer expectations to an emerging list of new future-ready competencies and new ways of working, today’s leaders are seeking certainty about the future and the confidence to trust themselves to rise to the occasion and meet the moment with influence and impact.

    Rooted in the research and bolstered by time advising high performers in the field, Seth Mattison will help prepare leadership teams to meet the decade ahead with confidence, clarity, and conviction.

    1:45 p.m. CT
    On the Edge: The Art of High-Impact Leadership
    Speaker: Alison Levine

    Imagine yourself on the highest mountain in the world. You have to deal with the physiological effects of extreme altitude—along with bone-chilling temperatures, battering winds, and a climbing team who's counting on all of their members to make smart decisions. There's simply no room for poor judgment—one mistake or misstep can result in an "unrecoverable error." In any situation where lives are on the line or the stakes are exceptionally high, there's no better training ground for leaders than settings where people are pushed beyond their perceived limits. Drawing on her experience as team captain of the first American Women's Everest Expedition, Alison Levine makes a compelling case that the leadership principles that apply in the world of extreme adventure also apply to today's rigorously competitive business environments.

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  • Speakers


    Derek Irvine

    Derek Irvine, co-founder of Workhuman and co-author of the book Making Work Human

    Irvine is one of the world’s foremost experts on employee recognition and engagement and continuous performance management, helping business leaders set a higher vision and ambition for their company culture. As a renowned speaker and co-author of three books – "Making Work Human," "Winning with a Culture of Recognition," and "The Power of Thanks" - he teaches HR leaders how to use recognition to proactively manage company culture. His viewpoints and writings are also regularly featured across major HR publications including HR Zone, Workspan, HR Magazine, HR Executive, and Workforce Management.

    Seth Mattison

    Seth Mattison, Founder & CEO of FutureSight Labs

    Seth is an internationally recognized thought leader, author, and advisor on change and innovation, sales and influence, leadership, and the future of work. His research, case studies, and thought leadership focus on inspiring leaders while sharing actionable strategies to drive meaningful outcomes for individuals and their organizations. His ideas have been featured in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Entrepreneur, and The Globe and Mail.

    For almost 2 decades, Seth has shared his insights with millions of business leaders around the globe and worked closely with many of the world’s most recognizable brands, including Mastercard, Johnson & Johnson, IBM, the Dallas Cowboys, AT&T, PepsiCo, GE Power, Ernst & Young, Caterpillar, and The Walt Disney Company, to name a few.

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    Alison Levine

    Alison Levine, Leadership expert and history-making polar explorer and mountaineer

    Alison served as team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition, climbed the highest mountain on each continent and skied both the North and South Poles, which only 20 people in the world have achieved. Her success is noteworthy given she has had three heart surgeries and suffers from Raynaud’s disease, which leaves her at extreme risk for frostbite. Alison served as an adjunct professor at the U.S. Military Academy and is a board and faculty member at the Thayer Leader Development Group at West Point and serves as a senior fellow at the Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics at Duke University.

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  • Registration



    Registration Type Early Bird (through August 7) After August 7
    Member $129 per person $159 per person
    Nonmember $159 per person $189 per person
    Group $1,500 (unlimited attendees within an organization) $1,500 (unlimited attendees within an organization)

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    We are not able to accept cancellations. But if the need should arise and you are not able to attend the event, you may transfer your registration to another person. If you need help registering, or if you have questions about the event, please reach out to us. We would be happy to assist you!

    MRA members will receive an email (on Monday, August 30) with a coupon code so you can register at the discounted member rate. If you haven’t received the email, please contact MRA Registrations for the code at [email protected] or 262.696.3319.

    Members who register without the member discount code will not be able to have their registration price adjusted at a later time.

    Registration for this event does require a credit card payment through the secured event microsite. MRA members will not be able to select "invoice me" for registration at this event, as MRA is a co-sponsor of this virtual conference and not the standalone host.

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  • Sponsors


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