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Marcus Buckingham, Author and National Expert on Human Capital Spotlights Key Strategies for HR Professionals and Companies to Standout

This April the Twin Cities will host leading thinkers in the strategic workforce and talent management arena and convene to discuss widespread change in the modern American workplace. The Minnesota HR Tech Expo, conceivekd and organized by (the Leading Edge Human Resources Network), features nationally-renowned human capital expert Marcus Buckingham discussing the radical shift in the way employers need to engage their people.

“There is a fundamental and radical shift happening in the workplace,” says Marcus Buckingham, founder, The Marcus Buckingham Company. “Human Resources professionals and employers need to understand that and embrace it before they start falling behind. It’s a shift from an organizational-level focus to the critical importance of team leaders, and from a reliance on generalist big data to the effective use of smart data to empower and move an organization forward. It’s going to be a new era in the workplace.”

Buckingham, via live conference from the West Coast, along with Jason Averbook, CEO of The Marcus Buckingham Company will keynote the one-day Minnesota HR Tech Expo event on April 9, 2015 at the Minneapolis’ Marriott City Center Hotel. The keynote will focus on five key trends that HR professionals must understand as workplaces evolve around them. These trends include a new focus on team leaders within organizations as the drivers of business and growth; a shift from big data to smart data that empowers an organization; the personalization of everything as employees grow to expect onboarding and mentoring tailored exactly to their needs; coaching not feedback; and finally, new technologies created not for the overall organization but for team leader insight.

“Marcus is known worldwide for creating the Strengths revolution which caused a lot of traditionally-held and outdated human talent management practices to be upturned,” says Matt Peterson, executive director, LEHRN. “We’re expecting a full house for his keynote insights into the kind of organizational and technological shifts critical for engaging the workforce of the future.”

For the Minnesota HR Tech Expo, LEHRN is bringing together other leading thinkers in the evolving talent management space with an agenda that tackles key issues including acquiring the best talent, social recruiting trends, embracing change, managing risk and a wide variety of HR technologies. The event also features product booths and demonstrations from ADP, Ceridian, Infor, Oracle, Ultimate, Workday, Panorama Consulting Solutions and 50 other technology companies. All attendees will receive a free, signed copy of Marcus Buckingham’s new book StandOut.

The Marcus Buckingham Company CEO Jason Averbook will provide the closing keynote on new, addictive HR technologies that organizations must embrace to obtain and maintain a competitive edge in the new employer landscape.

“Addictive technologies are the next big trend in human capital management,” says Averbook. “It’s about designing IT systems not at the macro-organizational level but specifically for team leaders to enable them to lead more quickly, more efficiently and with greater insight. The same evolved technologies will also be critical as we move toward far more personalized employee management, coaching and recognition.”

Event Schedule

7.00                             Registration/Breakfast

8.00                             Conference Opens

8.15 – 9.15                   Keynote: Marcus Buckingham and Jason Averbook

9.30                             Expo Hall Opens

9.45 – 11.15                 Demos and conference tracks

11.15 – 12.20              Lunch service

12.20 – 3.15                Afternoon conference tracks

  • 30 – 1.20 How Smart Businesses Embrace Change, Presented by January Paulk of Panorama Consulting Solutions
  • 15 – 3.05 VIP Roundtable: Overcoming Obstacles to Successful Business Transformation, Presented by Panorama Consulting Solutions

3.15                             Closing Keynote: Jason Averbook

4.00 – 4.30                  Prize giveaways, closing reception

More information or full agenda and details:

About LEHRN (
The Leading Edge Human Resources Network is a non-profit association of HR systems professionals who share knowledge, experience and expertise in an effort to support best practices in the human capital management and talent management industries.

Members participate and learn the five processes that drive modern HR: people, process, technology, structure and culture.

About The Marcus Buckingham Company (
Founded in 2006, The Marcus Buckingham Company creates strengths-based leader development solutions to build winning workforces. The company conducts the research, designs the tools and technology and executes the coaching, education and training programs that challenge people to pinpoint, sharpen and bring their unique competitive edge to work.

About Panorama Consulting Solutions
Panorama Consulting Solutions is the world’s leading independent enterprise resource planning (ERP) consulting firm for mid- to large-sized organizations around the world. Independent of affiliation, Panorama facilitates the evaluation and selection of ERP software, manages ERP implementation, and expedites all related organizational change to ensure that each of its clients realize the full business benefits of their ERP systems. Panorama maintains a global presence with current offices in Denver, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Lima, Dubai and Houston.