SOURCE: SelectMinds, Inc.

October 01, 2007 10:16 ET

Corporate Social Networking Leaders Gather at SelectMinds Connect™ Annual Conference

Attendees to Discuss Business Drivers Spurring Corporate Social Networking Adoption: Gen Y in the Workplace, Retiring Baby Boomers, the Fragmented, Global Workforce, and More

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - October 1, 2007) - SelectMinds, Inc., the leading provider of Corporate Social Networking (CSN) solutions, today announced details of its sixth annual client conference, SelectMinds CONNECT 2007. SelectMinds CONNECT will bring together SelectMinds clients, industry leaders and the foremost experts on Corporate Social Networking. The conference will be held October 3-4 in New York City.

SelectMinds CONNECT provides attendees with an opportunity to measure the value of their corporate social networking programs, hear how companies are using CSNs to speed innovation, drive new business and enhance productivity. Through a variety of general sessions, break out sessions and networking opportunities, attendees will have opportunities to share best practices, hear from leading corporate social networking and human capital experts, and learn about SelectMinds' future product development and expansion plans.

Keynote speaker Dr. Carolyn Martin, author of 'Managing the Generational Mix' will discuss how organizations can manage today's multi-generational workforce. Dr. Martin will explore how organizations can engage all generations in sharing their time, talents, expertise and experiences so that collaboration, high morale, and productivity become prevalent in organizations. Gerry Crispin and Mark Mehler, founders of CareerXRoads, will discuss how recent market events have forced organizations to change the way they think about, hire, and manage human capital.

Several SelectMinds clients from leading, global organizations including The Dow Chemical Company, Goodwin Procter, JPMorgan Chase, and others, will share best practices in corporate social networking.

Sessions include:

--  How to Launch a Corporate Social Networking Program
--  Retiree Networks:  Experience to Keep
--  Relational Onboarding:  Helping New Hires Learn their Network
--  Retaining, Returning, and Promoting Women in the Workplace
--  Interns:  Staying Connected to your Future Workforce

"We are pleased to bring together our global clients and industry thought leaders who are at the forefront of innovation and corporate social networking for our annual client conference," said Anne Berkowitch, CEO, SelectMinds. "Today's workplace is a dynamic and changing environment, with intense economic pressures that are driving the need for better knowledge sharing, higher levels of productivity and increased retention across the enterprise. Our conference brings together global leaders to discuss these business drivers and how they can be effectively addressed through corporate social networking."

SelectMinds Launches Regional User Groups

SelectMinds also announced the launch of three Regional User Groups to help its clients further network with each other and share best practices and industry knowledge on corporate social networking. In addition, the SelectMinds Regional User Groups are an opportunity for clients to influence SelectMinds product development and services delivery by offering feedback and thoughts on future product development.

"Part of the value of being a SelectMinds client is having the opportunity to network with other leading organizations who are at the forefront of corporate social networking," said Diane Pardee, chief marketing officer, SelectMinds. "We are pleased to offer our clients the opportunity to network with their peers and share best practices, ideas and innovations in the area of corporate social networking. We look forward to their thoughts and feedback regarding our product roadmap and are confident that these User Groups will be a value-add for our clients who are looking to continually evolve and advance their corporate social networking programs."

About SelectMinds

SelectMinds is the leading global provider of secure, on demand Corporate Social Networking solutions. Using the power of Web 2.0, SelectMinds helps organizations build connections among and between groups of employees, women, alumni, retirees, and other constituencies. These powerful connections drive increased knowledge sharing and collaboration, enable strategic talent sourcing, and foster employee development and retention. The result is a higher performing organization with the ability to innovate quickly, increase productivity and hire and retain key talent. SelectMinds clients include more than 60 leading organizations including JPMorgan Chase, The Dow Chemical Company, Lockheed Martin, Latham & Watkins, Schlumberger and Deloitte. For more information, visit

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