SOURCE: Aberdeen Group

Aberdeen Group

February 17, 2009 10:00 ET

Aberdeen's Human Capital Management Summit Announces Confirmed Speaker Lineup and Achievement Award Nominees

March 24-25 Event Will Explore Best-in-Class Insights to Drive Business Execution Through Increased Employee Engagement and Strategic Talent Management

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - February 17, 2009) - Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), has partnered with eLearning, Global Retail Management (GRM), and the Southeast Chapter of IHRIM to bring together HR and human capital leaders to discuss their most critical issues, most importantly: How can today's workforce enable the organization to execute its business strategy in 2009?

The confirmed roster of presenters will address how to prove that Human Capital Management is part of the solution and capable of becoming that strategic business partner.

"Human capital management is not an HR responsibility, it's an organizational responsibility. However, it is incumbent upon HR to enable the business to drive strategy execution," said Kevin Martin, vice president and principal analyst, Human Capital Management at Aberdeen Group. "Our research shows that the current state of the economy will increase the strategic importance of HCM at the vast majority of organizations. Our HCM Summit will showcase been-there, done-that executives who challenge the status quo of HR and enable their organizations to achieve and maintain a competitive edge."

Confirmed speakers and panelists include:

--  Kathy Betts, VP of HR, Novell, on "Building the Successful HR Leader:
    Equal Parts Business and HR"
--  Steve Church, CHRO, Avnet, on "Using HR Data and Analytics to Drive
    Business Improvement"
--  Kim Nowell, SVP of HR, Direct General Insurance, on "Internal versus
    External Recruiting Strategies"
--  Leslie Joyce, Former VP and CLO, Home Depot, on "Developing and
    Retaining High Potential Talent"
--  Bob Kelleher, CHRO, AECOM, on "A Real and Continuing Employee
    Engagement Case Study"
--  Dean Oliver, Director of Quantitative Analysis, the Denver Nuggets, on
    "Quantifying the Value of Employee Fit"
--  Jack Fulbright, VP of HR, Northeast Georgia Health System
--  Barbara Zimmerman, Divisional VP, Talent and Organizational
    Development, GameStop
--  Mary Rose Becker, Chief of Staff, SMSG Readiness, Microsoft, on
    "Leveraging Competencies to Drive Business Value"
--  Lou Manzi, VP, Global Talent Solutions, GlaxoSmithKline, on "The Call
    to Action: Demonstrating the Business Value of Strategic Talent Management"

During the proceedings Aberdeen will reveal the winners of its annual Industry Achievement Awards in Human Capital Management. The nominees were selected based upon Aberdeen's research over the past 12 months. The award categories are:

(1) Engagement Innovation Award - Award criteria: Enterprise that has maximized innovative solutions to improve employee engagement and positively impact company performance. Nominees are: GameStop and Best Buy

(2) HR Transformation Award - Award criteria: Enterprise that has demonstrated Human Capital Management excellence by overcoming tremendous obstacles through the transformation of HR technology and process to support business growth. Nominees are: Cox Communication and Seagate

(3) Innovation in Recruiting Award - Award criteria: Enterprise that has demonstrated leadership in the field of recruiting by implementing innovative recruiting practices to attract and hire the best fit talent to support the organization's business goals and respond to changing business conditions. Nominees are: Astra-Zeneca, Dick's Sporting Goods and GlaxoSmithKline

(4) Performance Management & Learning Award - Award criteria: Enterprise that has demonstrated deep understanding of the elements of performance and harnessed the power of learning and performance management technology and processes to achieve business performance excellence. Nominees are: TELUS and Northeast Georgia Health System

(5) Succession Planning & Leadership Development - Award criteria: Enterprise that has shown creativity and ingenuity in developing their next generation of leaders to address evolving business requirements and priorities. Nominees are: The Warehouse Ltd and Starwood Hotels & Resorts

There are still a few seats available. To register for the event please visit:

Technology vendors can sponsor the HCM Summit and showcase their products and services to HR and operations decision makers. For summit sponsorship opportunities, visit:

For access to additional complimentary research from Aberdeen's HCM Research practice, please visit

About Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company

Aberdeen is a leading provider of fact-based research and market intelligence that delivers demonstrable results. Having benchmarked more than 30,000 companies in the past two years, Aberdeen is uniquely positioned to educate users to action: driving market awareness, creating demand, enabling sales, and delivering meaningful return-on-investment analysis. As the trusted advisor to the global technology markets, corporations turn to Aberdeen™ for insights that drive decisions. For additional information, visit Aberdeen or call (617) 723-7890, or to learn more about Harte-Hanks, call (800) 456-9748 or go to

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