Bringing Together the Brightest Minds in Higher Education

April 17-19, 2019 | Westin Downtown | Austin, Texas

Thank you to the over 230 attendees who made our 16th annual customer event such a success. We look forward to seeing you in again in 2020 and will be updating this page with Save the Date information as soon as it becomes available.

A place for PeopleAdmin customers to learn, share and transform higher education talent management

At PeopleConnect 2019, higher education talent management, faculty affairs and IT professionals will come together to learn, network and share new and exciting opportunities to advance the missions of research, teaching and service at colleges and universities.

Along with PeopleAdmin team members and business partners — customers who attend the conference will help shape the future of higher education by turning talent management data into actionable insights, attending sessions focused on solving the industry’s biggest challenges, previewing recent and upcoming product enhancements, earning continuing education credits, and spotlighting problems and real-life solutions achieved by customers.

Attendees will learn from each other — during presentations, hallway conversations, shared meals and fun events — and leave refreshed and inspired to pursue their unique opportunities to contribute to and advance their institutional mission.

Why Attend PeopleConnect?

Connect

One-on-one networking with colleagues, experts, and PowerSchool executives

Learn

Engaging breakout sessions from education thought leaders and accredited deep-dive workshops with master trainers

Grow

Inspiration gained from a strategic vision for the future of education 

Agenda

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
12:00pm – 4:00pmCheck-in and Registration
1:00pm – 5:00pm

ScholarLab

ScholarLabs are hands-on product tutorials exclusively for PeopleConnect attendees. During each 20-minute, one-on-one ScholarLab session, PeopleAdmin 5.8 and SelectSuite experts help customers better understand their products and gather feedback on how we can make our products better.

ScholarLabs can help you learn:

  • Best practices using product features
  • How to resolve a specific problem
  • Ways to customize your system to accommodate your needs, ideas or workflows
5:00pm – 7:00pmWelcome Reception at
The Westin Azul Rooftop
Thursday, April 18, 2019
7:00am – 5:00pmRegistration and Help Desk
7:30am – 6:00pm

ScholarLab

ScholarLabs are hands-on product tutorials exclusively for PeopleConnect attendees. During each 20-minute, one-on-one ScholarLab session, PeopleAdmin 5.8 and SelectSuite experts help customers better understand their products and gather feedback on how we can make our products better.

ScholarLabs can help you learn:

  • Best practices using product features
  • How to resolve a specific problem
  • Ways to customize your system to accommodate your needs, ideas or workflows
8:30am – 5:30pmProduct Pavilion
7:00am – 8:00amNetworking Breakfast
8:00am – 9:00am

Transform and Reinvent HigherEd via PeopleConnect 2019
Rishi Rana, General Manager, Higher Education, PowerSchool (bio)

Rishi Rana recently stepped in as GM (CEO) of PeopleAdmin, a PowerSchool Company and is excited to share his vision to transform and reinvent higher education. During this presentation, he will share insights on the HigherEd Ecosystem and the PeopleAdmin product suite journey along with his vision for the HigherEd business unit, and his plans around how transformation will happen in 2019 and beyond. Rishi is excited to Learn, Connect, and Grow during the 16th annual PeopleConnect.

9:00am – 10:00am

Keynote Presentation by Dr. Bryan Alexander

Bryan Alexander will share his experience on the major trends reshaping colleges and universities, based on nearly a decade of continuous and innovative research. Dr. Alexander will share details on emerging technologies and how they intersect with post-secondary education, including artificial intelligence, blockchain, virtual/augmented/mixed reality, and macro-level impacts likely to occur in the wake of the rising automation revolution.

10:00am – 10:15amBreak
10:15am – 11:00am

Higher Education Trends with EAB and Microsoft
David Gibson, Senior Higher Education Strategy Leader, Microsoft (bio)
Ed Venit, Managing Director, EAB
(bio)

Join us in the ballroom to hear Global leaders, EAB and Microsoft, share their journey on how technology trends impact higher education. In this panel discussion, David and Ed will speak about their vision and strategy as partners in working to create technology solutions in higher education.

11:00am – 12:00pm

Leading the Path Forward: A Product Roadmap Discussion with Product Leadership
Marcy Daniel, Chief Product Officer, PowerSchool (bio)
Tricia Sharpton, Director, Product Management, Higher Education, PowerSchool (bio)

Tricia and Marcy will share the vision for PowerSchool and PeopleAdmin products for 2019 and beyond. They will showcase where we invest in unifying our products and uniquely serve the needs of the larger higher education mission. They will speak to the impact of our product roadmap and how it continually seeks to fulfill the mission of excellence in higher education.

12:00pm-1:00pmLunch
1:15pm – 2:15pm

Birds of a Feather Round Table Discussion

Share best practices, brainstorm and discuss the hottest topics in education talent management. Colleges and universities are grouped with similar institutions, so you can discuss issues and solutions with other attendees who face your same challenges.

2:15pm – 2:30pmBreak
2:30pm -3:15pm
Concurrent Sessions 1

Core HR

Maximizing Position Management

Katie Fitzgerald with Ohio Northern University (bio)

Identifying the benefits, workflow efficiencies, cross-departmental collaboration, etc. the solution has brought to your campus. 

Ecosystem

Power of Storytelling with Data and Analytics

Yankuba Banda with University of Kentucky (bio)

Case study on how University of Kentucky utilized advance reporting and data visualizations to inform transformational change and demonstrable community impact.

Faculty Information System

Faculty Activity and Analytics: Demo and Beta Feedback
Janice Ward, University of Alabama at Birmingham (bio)

PeopleAdmin will share vision and value-prop on our faculty-centric solution with a brief demo and beta tester commentary on intended benefits to their institution. The faculty activity tracking and CV management tool is a highly configurable, integrated and easy-to-use, allowing colleges and universities to get back to what matters most, while still providing deans, accrediting officers, and more with the data they need.

3:30pm – 4:15pm
Concurrent Sessions 2

Core HR

ATS: Talent Acquisition Best Practices with Analytics

Beth Andersen, Des Moines Area Community College (bio)

Administrators have a huge responsibility to efficiently run institutional HR operations and manage talent. However, disjointed recruiting, HR, and talent management solutions lead to inefficiencies and overhead on already overworked staff. With PeopleAdmin’s ATS solutions, administrators are provided an integrated workflow solution that reduces manual overhead to manage employee data that drives a more compliant reporting ecosystem and enriches experiences for the staff and faculty at your institution.

Ecosystem

Managing Talent with focus on Performance & Professional Learning
Jaime Andrews, Clovis Community College (bio)

Learn the value of a performance philosophy and how to translate that into an effective program that fits your culture and the professional development of your staff and faculty. Then, share your experiences and ideas to help identify what’s most critical to relevant, effective performance management processes and technology solutions.

Faculty Information System

Faculty HR & Recruitment

Eddie Freeman with HERC (bio)

How technology influences better faculty hiring decisions through transparency, accountability and diversity alignment. Faculty Search Committee risks with unconscious bias, the candidate experience, and hiring outcomes and decisions. How this will impact EEO and your DE&I efforts.

4:30pm – 5:15pm
Concurrent Sessions 3

Core HR

Modernizing Employment Offer Letters

Christina Kraus (bio) and Justin Moore (bio) with Portland State University

Case study of how PSU utilized technology to streamline their employment offer letters on campus.

Ecosystem

Assessing Onboarding Effectiveness: Customer Testimonials
Christa Aldrich with State University of New York System (bio) and PeopleAdmin Experts, Blake Owen and Rachel Ross

Learn and identify best practices and pain points (and solutions to those pain points) across your institutions for onboarding new faculty and staff.

Faculty Information System

Promotion and Tenure Roadmap

Tricia Sharpton, Director, Product Management, and Sarah Renneker, Product Owner, with PeopleAdmin

The PeopleAdmin Faculty Information System solution launches in Q2 2019 to empower institutions to evaluate, validate, and manage faculty activities, provide a tool for faculty to manage their CVs, deliver insights that empowers better reporting and analytics to drives better strategic execution, and the promotion and tenure of your faculty— all in one place. This session will review where we are today with our Faculty modules and where we plan to go in the next two years. Q&A session to follow.

5:15pm – 6:30pmFree Time
6:30pm – 10:00pmCustomer Celebration at Trinity Hall
Friday, April 19, 2019
7:30am – 1:00pmRegistration and Help Desk
7:30am – 3:00pm

ScholarLab

ScholarLabs are hands-on product tutorials exclusively for PeopleConnect attendees. During each 20-minute, one-on-one ScholarLab session, PeopleAdmin 5.8 and SelectSuite experts help customers better understand their products and gather feedback on how we can make our products better.

ScholarLabs can help you learn:

  • Best practices using product features
  • How to resolve a specific problem
  • Ways to customize your system to accommodate your needs, ideas or workflows
8:30am – 2:00pmProduct Pavilion
7:30am – 8:30amNetworking breakfast
8:30am – 9:30am

Pursuing Excellence in Higher Education by Recruiting the Brightest Students, Staff, and Faculty
David A. Thomas, President, Morehouse College (bio)

Learn how seeking the brightest minds in higher education can drive your institution to a caliber of excellence. As institutions face a variety of challenges in recruiting, students, faculty and staff, Dr. David A. Thomas, President of Morehouse College, will share research and case studies on recruiting and maintaining a diverse workforce based on his 30+ years of experience in higher education.

9:30am – 9:45amAwards
9:45am – 10:00amBreak
10:00am – 11:00am

Panel Discussion: HR and Academic Leaders
Facilitator: Heather Murray, Director for Strategic Partnership, PeopleAdmin (bio)
Panelists: Dr. Joe Albert (bio)
Eddie Freeman, HERC, University of Texas Arlington (bio)
Allen Knicely, Human Resources Manager at Cleveland Community College
(bio)
Vince Battista, Associate Chief Information Officer at the Illinois Institute of Technolog
y (bio)
Jamie Lynn Bluhm, Director of Workforce Planning and Recruitment, University at Buffalo
(bio)

A facilitated discussion on HR’s impact in the Academe and how technology solutions serve higher education in fulfilling its mission and strategic objectives. Learn from leaders how digital transformation is transforming the work of higher education, explore HR’s evolving role with the Academe, learn how data drives story-telling and purposeful decision making, and obtain insights to the issues keeping these leaders up at night.

11:00am – 12:00pm
Concurrent Sessions 4

Core HR

Best Practices: Hiring Proposals Done Right
Caris Friberg, Gonzaga University (bio)

Learn how to maximize hiring proposals gaining greater efficiencies with launching the new hire onboarding experience and integrating to your HRIS system.

Ecosystem

PAAFx: Interoperability & Your Data— Integrations & Connectors with SkillSurvey & SparkHire

PeopleAdmin created a state-of-the-art multi-tenant SaaS platform by creating connectors to any other hosted SaaS or on-prem software application. Our experts will showcase how the PeopleAdmin Agnostic Framework (PAAFx) solves the core problem of interoperability and data exchange between disparate software solutions.

Faculty Information System

Role of HR in Academic Life

Dr. Joe Albert with Gonzaga (bio)

Provide audience understanding of HR value and value of technology in the academic division, overcoming challenges with user adoption, selling the value to faculty and obtaining credibility as an internal trusted partner.

12:00pm – 12:30pmClosing Session
Rishi Rana, General Manager, Higher Education, PowerSchool (bio)
12:30pm – 1:30pmLunch

Learning & Networking Opportunities

ScholarLabs are hands-on product tutorials. PeopleAdmin experts are here to help you better understand your solution and gather feedback on how we can improve our products. ScholarLab is open throughout the conference.

Share best practices, brainstorm and discuss the hottest topics in education talent management. Colleges and universities are grouped with similar institutions, so you can discuss issues and solutions with other attendees who face your same challenges.

Book a Face2Face meeting with your account executive and/or your Customer Success Executive. This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about your PeopleAdmin solutions and services, or see a product demonstration.

Pricing

Last Early Bird Pricing

$ 550
  • Expires March 31, 2019
  • A savings of $50
  • Includes all sessions and meals
  • Customer Appreciation Party

Regular Pricing

$ 600
  • Includes all sessions and meals
  • Customer Appreciation Party

Venue

Join us in Austin… The live music capital of the world and home to Austin City Limits!

Austin has a reputation for being eccentric and musically gifted. And that’s just how the locals like it. From the moment you arrive to long after you leave, the city’s music scene and cool, cultural vibe are sure to make an impression.
 
While visiting, be sure to:
• Check out some live music.
• Hit up the 2nd Street shopping district.
• Barbecue! Do we need to say more? It’s the best in the world.

The Westin Downtown Austin

Superbly situated in the heart of downtown Austin, the newly built Westin Downtown offers hotel guests an impeccable location from which to experience this thriving downtown scene.

The hotel is just steps away from shops, restaurants and local attractions. Spend time exploring this inimitable entertainment destination or venture out and experience other local attractions near the hotel, including the shops on South Congress.

PeopleAdmin has negotiated a discounted rate of $279.00 (not including any taxes and fees) for PeopleConnect attendees. The discounted booking link will be available in the attendee confirmation email, post-registration.

Should you have any questions, please contact PeopleConnect@PowerSchool.com.

FAQs

Pricing

  • During the Last Early Bird pricing period, registration is $550 and expires on March 31, 2019 (includes all sessions, meals and the Customer Appreciation Party).
  • During the Regular pricing period, registration is $600 (includes all sessions, meals and the Customer Appreciation Party).
  • For more details, visit the Pricing section of this page.
  • There are no group discounts available.

Registration

  • All registrations are done online. Please click here to register
  • Yes. After registering online, you’ll receive an email confirming your registration. Don’t forget to check your spam folder just in case!
  • All registration fees for the event are in U.S. Dollars. All major credit cards (Discover, MasterCard, or Visa) are accepted as well as Purchase Order.
  • Yes. If you register and pay but can’t attend, you can transfer your registration to a colleague from your organization until April 5. Please submit all transfer requests to peopleconnect@powerschool.com and include the first name, last name, title, organization, and email address of the new attendee. Any hotel reservations made will need to be canceled and/or changed directly with the hotel.
  • If you registered for PeopleConnect and are unable to attend, please cancel your registration as soon as possible. 
  • Cancellations received after 5:00pm Pacific Daylight Time on Friday, April 5th will be charged 50% of the registration fee. No refunds will be issued for no-shows. 
  • Hotel reservations should be canceled directly with the hotel. 
  • All events and activities on Wed, April 17—Fri, April 19
  • All PeopleConnect programming, including General Session keynotes, breakout sessions and evening events
  • All evening events, including a welcome reception on Tues, April 17
  • It does NOT INCLUDE air transportation and hotel accommodations
  • Yes, breakfast and lunch are provided to everyone over the main conference days (Thurs, April 18–Fri, April 19).

Travel Questions

  • PeopleAdmin has negotiated a discounted rate of $279.00 (not including any taxes and fees) at the Westin Austin Downtown for PeopleConnect attendees. The discounted booking link will be available in the attendee confirmation email, post-registration. Should you have any questions, please contact peopleconnect@powerschool.com.

General Event Questions

  • Business casual attire is appropriate for all functions at PeopleConnect.
  • The average high in Austin is in the mid-70s with the lows in the mid-50s. We recommend bringing a light sweater or jacket as meeting rooms tend to be chilly.
  • Please email peopleconnect@powerschool.com with your full name, organization name, dates of your stay at the Westin Austin Downtown and your dietary needs or allergies. We’ll do everything we can to help you out.
  • To ensure a welcoming environment for all PeopleConnect attendees, a dedicated mother’s nursing room will be available at the Westin Austin Downtown.
  • Your conference badge and nametag are your ticket. They’ll get you into the events you’re registered to attend. You must wear your badge at all times.
  • If you lose your badge, go the registration desk and we’ll get you a new conference badge. You will be charged $100 for the replacement badge.

Still have questions?

A member of our events team will be happy to assist you.

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