SOURCE: PeopleMatter


March 15, 2016 11:00 ET

Speaker Details Released for 2016 PeopleMatter Collaborate Conference

HR Leaders and Service Industry Experts to Share Insights on Top Workforce Management Trends

CHARLESTON, SC--(Marketwired - Mar 15, 2016) -  Today, PeopleMatter announced agenda details for its annual conference, Collaborate, which will be held in Charleston, S.C., from Wednesday, May 4 through Friday, May 6, 2016. Diving into top trends such as recruiting, big data, compliance and culture, the event's sessions will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn how best to manage their businesses and their workforces.

"Collaborate is about so much more than just talking the talk. The conference gives our customers and attendees actionable insights into their biggest issues, especially those unique to the service industry," said Jay Nathan, senior vice president, Customer Success for PeopleMatter. "The level of expertise possessed by this year's speakers is unprecedented, and no one will leave without hearing about solutions that can address their own real-world, HR and operational challenges."

The 2016 event, which features headliner presentations from prominent business leaders Scott Stratten and Dave Ridley, promises to be a worthy successor to last year's groundbreaking event. During his keynote presentation, Stratten, one of the world's leading experts in viral, social and authentic marketing, will share his take on "UnMarketing," or the idea that building solid connections with their audiences is what ultimately makes companies successful. Ridley's session will provide an inside look at how Southwest Airlines built a corporate culture and world-class brand based on delivering superior customer service. Ridley currently serves as senior advisor to the CEO at Southwest. An additional highlight of the three-day event is the keynote presentation from PeopleMatter on Thursday, May 5, during which the company will share its plans for future growth and innovation as well as recognize the many accomplishments PeopleMatter has achieved for its customers over the past 12 months.

Additional sessions from the Collaborate '16 agenda include:

  • Culture Kitchen: Recipes for Building a Great Brand, presented by Mike Ganino, restaurant consultant, speaker and trainer
  • Why Can't We Be Friends? A Modern Marketer's Guide to Teaming with Sales, presented by Sam Mallikarjunan of HubSpot
  • Being an Employer of Choice: Why Company Culture, Employee Development and Innovation Have Everything to Do with Your Talent Acquisition Strategy, presented by:
    • Mandy Kramer of Texas Roadhouse
    • David Hite of Roadrunner Markets
    • Julie Godfroy of First Watch
    • Kelly Wilson of Charlotte Russe
  • Geeks, Geezers & Googlization: Finding Strategic Opportunity in the Convergence of Young, Old and Technology, presented by Ira Wolfe of Success Performance Solutions
  • Finding Your People Story: How to Develop an Employer Brand That Attracts Talent and Customers, presented by Christina Lock and Chad Norman of Catch Talent
  • Leadership vs. Management: Identifying and Developing the Leaders in Your Organization, presented by Valetta Wright of WCA Waste Corporation
  • Bottom Line Happiness Through Positive Employee Relations: The Role Social Media, the NLRB and Unions Can Play in Building or Breaking Workplace Relationships, presented by Michael VanDervort of CUE Inc.

In addition to more than 20 educational sessions offered during Collaborate '16, attendees will be given ample opportunities to talk directly with top industry experts and thought leaders at a variety of networking events, including a quintessential Lowcountry Bash to be held on Thursday, May 5 at the South Carolina Aquarium. More than 250 attendees are expected to attend the annual event, and the early bird rate of $399 is available through March 16.

Registration information and additional details about the agenda, including a full list of session topics and guest speakers, is available at the Collaborate '16 website:

About PeopleMatter
PeopleMatter is a powerful and complete workforce management platform designed to fit the specific needs of service-industry brands. Our complete set of mobile, workforce solutions and business analytics tools connect processes, employees and customers in entirely new ways. Automating and optimizing people processes since 2009, PeopleMatter helps more than 47,000 service-industry locations thrive through better efficiency, engagement and customer satisfaction. PeopleMatter is headquartered in Charleston, SC and on online at Website | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook.