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Countdown to PeopleConnect


PeopleConnect 2017 is more than a place to learn about talent management challenges, improve use of your SelectSuite solution, and network with your higher education peers — it’s your chance to empower possibilities in higher education talent management like never before.

You’ll see and experience new ways to guide institutional leaders in making data-based talent decisions, predict upcoming challenges, and successfully implement more efficient, strategic processes across the talent life cycle.

After three days at PeopleConnect, you’ll leave refreshed and inspired to pursue your unique opportunities to contribute to and advance the higher education mission.

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8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Registration (Fourth floor lobby)

Register for PeopleConnect or pick up your attendee materials.

4-5 p.m.

Opening session (JW Grand Ballroom, Fourth floor)

5-7:30 p.m.

Welcome reception (Fourth floor lobby)

Join us for drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and networking with your peers and PeopleAdmin staff and partners. Sponsored by JobElephant.

7 a.m.-5 p.m.  

Registration (Fourth floor lobby)

7-8 a.m.  

Breakfast (JW Grand Ballroom, Fourth floor) 

Sponsored by Skillsurvey.

8-8:15 a.m. Break

8:15-9:45 a.m.

Higher education solutions general session, customer awards, and Customer Success update (JW Grand Ballroom)

9:45-10 a.m. Break

10-11 a.m.

Industry keynote: If you want to join the “new HR”, you have to let go of the old (JW Grand Ballroom)

Leslie Porter

The Human Resources function in higher education is becoming increasingly complex. HR professionals are now called upon to be consultants, legal gurus, investigators, safety monitors, motivational theorists, trainers, psychologists, counselors, social workers, data geeks, systems thinkers, and business analysts. Can you think of another profession that requires such a diverse skill set?

Sponsored The Chronicle of Higher Education

11-11:15 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Higher education Birds of a Feather sessions (Salons 1-4, 8)

Network with your higher education peers and discuss hot topics in human resources and faculty recruitment.

12:15-12:30 p.m. Break

12:30-1:30 p.m.  

Lunch (JW Grand Ballroom)

1:30-1:45 p.m. Break

1:45-2:45 p.m.

Getting ahead of FLSA (Salon 1)

Ricardo Coronado, associate vice chancellor for human resources, Tarrant County Community College; and Heather Murray, customer advancement executive, PeopleAdmin

The challenges posed in achieving compliance with FLSA are significant. Join us to hear how Tarrant County Community College addressed FLSA updates while leveraging its PeopleAdmin solution to drive organizational improvements. You’ll also learn how these changes helped arm the team for future organizational transformation.

Recruiting and retaining talented and diverse faculty (Salon 2)

Edward Wilson, Ph.D., director of strategic planning and partnerships, PeopleAdmin

Learn effective strategies for recruiting and retaining the most talented and diverse faculty.

Developing your strategy for HR automation (Salon 3)

Brian K. Dickens, Ph.D., SPHR, vice president human resources, Ithaca College

Ithaca College’s HR team will share a firsthand account of how they became change agents … and how technology played a role.

Getting the most out of your relationship with PeopleAdmin (Salon 4)

PeopleAdmin Customer Success team

Want to improve use of your PeopleAdmin solution? Join the Customer Success teams to learn about available resources, ways to engage with us, solution tips, and little-known benefits included in your service.

The lowdown on 5.8 emails (Salon 8)

Holly Thrasher, senior customer support specialist, PeopleAdmin

Learn about the enhanced 5.8 email tool released last year and review different types of emails, what you can do with them, and how to efficiently manage your inbox.

2:45-3 p.m. Break

3-4 p.m.

Customer panel: Rethinking SelectSuite and talent management (Salon 1)

Denise Cornish, director, enterprise data & integrations, Western University of Health Sciences; Dino Crupi, project manager, PeopleAdmin; Alex Ortiz, employment compliance coordinator, University of Kentucky; and Janice Ward, faculty affairs manager, University of Alabama at Birmingham

This panel of SelectSuite users will offer administrative, faculty, and staff perspectives on how faculty and staff diversity enhances competitiveness, creative approaches to using SelectSuite, and innovative ways to shift the culture of your talent management organization.

Data drives results: Using data to benchmark and transform your organization (Salon 2)

Brian K. Dickens, Ph.D., SPHR, vice president human resources, Ithaca College; and Rebecca Reid, product manager, PeopleAdmin

Learn how to use PeopleAdmin’s TalentIndex benchmarking report and your institution’s data to drive meaningful change across your organization. Learn practical applications and strategies for adopting a data-driven mindset.

Actionable insights through Analytics (Salon 3)

Lisa Milam, human resources partner, University of Arkansas; and Shannon Phillips, assistant director of technology & compensation, University of Arkansas

Many organizations are drowning in a sea of data. The challenge is to turn that data into information and insight. Join us to learn how to use SelectSuite Analytics to deliver the information and analysis that are most critical to your institution’s leadership, including reports on recruitment efficiency and diversity outcomes.

1,001 Product updates (Salon 4)

Benjamin Safford, product analyst, PeopleAdmin; and Jonah Schrowang, product analyst, PeopleAdmin

Learn about some of the hundreds of improvements made to SelectSuite in the past year, including how PeopleAdmin partners with institutions to identify challenges and rapidly deliver solutions that make your job easier.

Comparing features in 5.8 and SelectSuite 7 (Salon 8)

Courtney Langdon, Community manager, PeopleAdmin

Whether you’re currently upgrading or just considering it, this session will help you understand the functional changes between 5.8 and SelectSuite 7, with feature comparisons focused on highlighting similarities and differences.

4-4:15 p.m. Break

4:15-5:15 p.m.

Reinforcing organizational culture through Onboard (Salon 1)

Carol Barrett, employment specialist/recruitment, Tarleton State University; and Cayley Birchfield, employee services specialist I, compensation & recruitment, Tarleton State University

The first and best chance to instill your organizational culture is during the onboarding process. Join us to hear how Tarleton State University used their implementation of Onboard to get the most out of their new hire programs, and built valuable partnerships across the institution in the process.

Get a competitive edge with an effective recruiting strategy (Salon 2)

Wayne Robinson, director of recruitment and operations, Rice University

Recruiting and hiring top talent is harder than ever. This session will explore ways to develop and enhance your recruiting strategy, especially by attracting diverse talent with SelectSuite.

Impactful performance management (Salon 3)

Edward Wilson, Ph.D., director of strategic planning and partnerships, PeopleAdmin; Heather Murray, customer advancement executive, PeopleAdmin; and Chris Wolf, proposal manager, PeopleAdmin

Part lecture and part workshop, this session will dive deep into performance management. Learn the value of a performance philosophy and how to translate that into an effective program that fits your culture. Then share your experiences and ideas to help identify what’s most critical to relevant, effective performance management processes and technology solutions.

Next: A future-product discussion (Salon 4)

Lisa Bela, product manager, PeopleAdmin; Heather Cronbaugh, product leader, PeopleAdmin; Jack Ferguson, product analyst, PeopleAdmin; Rebecca Reid, product manager, PeopleAdmin; and Benjamin Safford, product analyst, PeopleAdmin

We are making broad investments across our solutions in the coming months. This session will give you a chance to sit down with PeopleAdmin product experts for a personalized look at what’s on the horizon for your talent management solution.

Deep dive: An advanced walk-through of the Reporting Database (Salon 8)

Austin Robertazza, customer success specialist, level 2, PeopleAdmin

Think you know all the ins and outs of the Reporting Database (RDB)? Test your knowledge and enjoy an in-depth discussion on queries, user counts, and how to get even more out of your reports. This is an advanced topic, so some working knowledge of the RDB is recommended.

5:15-6:30 p.m. Break

6:30-11:30 p.m.

Customer celebration (Speakeasy)

7:30-8:30 a.m.

Breakfast (Griffin Hall, Second floor)

8:30-8:45 a.m. Break

8:45-9:45 a.m.

Keynote: Fired up education HR professionals! (JW Grand Ballroom)

Aric Bostick, speaker and author

Working in education isn’t for the faint of heart … you must be all in, all day, every day! But like instructors, education’s human resources professionals and support staff can get burned out by the daily demands of their jobs unless a spark comes along to ignite a new passion for the school, district, college or university mission. Get fired up and see how you can inspire a passion in your organization that won’t burn out!

9:45-10 a.m. Break

10-11 a.m.

Building bridges through performance management (Salon 1)

Emily Wilson, professional development coordinator, Appalachian State University

Effective performance management is about building a bridge between what your customers need and what you can provide. Appalachian State University will explore how to assess your institution’s needs, determine what solution(s) you can deliver, and seize the opportunity to learn, lead, and drive change.

Leveraging the power of the search committee (Salon 2)

Janice Ward, faculty affairs manager, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Learn how the University of Alabama at Birmingham moved search committee activity out of the shadows and into SelectSuite.

Ditching the Magic 8 Ball (Salon 3)

Chris Wolf, proposal manager, PeopleAdmin

Learn how the University of Arizona gained a deeper understanding of their recruitment strategies by analyzing 12 years of applicant data. This interactive how-to session will navigate the various stages of analytics — from descriptive, to predictive, to prescriptive — and dive into what variables to correlate, which to avoid, and what regression analysis foretells for the future.

The Top 5 tools you may be missing in your SelectSuite toolbox (Salon 4)

Daniel Saenz, technical support, PeopleAdmin

With all of the new SelectSuite features released recently, you may have missed some of our top enhancements. Did you know that you can change your field values or build an email template? How about view your forms and workflows? Join us for our top 5 admin tools that you might not be using, and then tell us what your favorite admin tools are.

First glance: Revamping your applicant homepage (Salon 8)

Austin Robertazza, customer success specialist, PeopleAdmin

Learn best practices and tips for improving your applicant homepage to boost recruitment and put your institution’s best foot forward.

11-11:15 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Breaking from the past: Transforming our recruitment culture (Salon 1)

Ann Robinson, personnel associate, Montana State University; and Sharon Stoneberger, recruitment services manager, Montana State University

Learn how SelectSuite Position Management and Applicant Tracking implementations led Montana State University to update its recruitment processes to fit market pressures and regulatory requirements — resulting in simpler, faster, and friendlier recruiting.

Partnering with your unions (Salon 2)

Marc Woods, manager, HRIS and technical analyst, Ball State University

Hear how Ball State University worked with PeopleAdmin to implement an internal bidding process for service employees — offering a vacancy to individuals with seniority before posting positions externally — to help meet union requirements.

1,001 Product updates (Salon 3)

Benjamin Safford, product analyst, PeopleAdmin; and Jonah Schrowang, product analyst, PeopleAdmin

Learn about some of the hundreds of improvements made to SelectSuite in the past year, including how PeopleAdmin partners with institutions to identify challenges and rapidly deliver solutions that make your job easier.

Reframing the diversity conversation (Salon 4)

Edward Wilson, Ph.D., director of strategic planning and partnerships, PeopleAdmin

In this interactive workshop, participants will review recent diversity research, discuss diversity frameworks, explore how to leverage talent management data, share tips for engaging with colleagues to identify and mitigate institutional challenges with diversity, and approach bias through a non-traditional lens.

Don’t fear the upgrade: 7 tips to prepare for your SelectSuite upgrade (Salon 8)

Alan Biscomb, customer success advancement specialist, PeopleAdmin; Diana Garcia Acero, HR specialist, Rice University; Christina Kraus, employment manager, Portland State University; and Angela Wright, HR technology manager, East Tennessee State University

Get tips and lessons learned from your peers who have upgraded from 5.8 to SelectSuite. This panel will focus on preparing your organization, using the upgrade to improve internal processes, planning for new features and modules, and introducing the upgrade to ensure maximum adoption.

12:15-12:30 p.m. Break

12:30-1:15 p.m.

Closing session (JW Grand Ballroom)

1:15-1:30 p.m.

Grab-n-go lunch (Fourth floor lobby)


User Accounts

How Accounts are created via the Hiring Proposal- Internal Candidates Viewpoint and duplicate accounts created issue/resolution.

Monday, April 3
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Fee: $400

Reporting and Analytics

Using the tools you have to get the most up to date and current data from your system

Monday, April 3
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Fee: $400

Special Features

Are you getting the most from your system? Topics include: Reference letter functionality, special handling list, search committee, evaluative criteria, and more.

Tuesday, April 4
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Fee: $400


Advanced Early Bird

  • Nov. 17 – Dec. 31, 2016
  • A $150 savings!

Early Bird

  • Jan. 1 – Feb. 14, 2017
  • A $100 savings!

Full Rate

  • Feb. 15 – Apr. 1, 2017
  • Time is running out!


JW Marriott Austin

Courtyard Austin Downtown

Residence Inn Austin Downtown

Special room rate for PeopleConnect attendees

The PeopleConnect conference is at the JW Marriott Austin. Reduced room rates are available for conference attendees there
and at the Residence Inn Austin Downtown and Courtyard Austin Downtown — each about a 5- to 10-minute walk.

You can select your accommodations during the registration process.

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PeopleConnect Customer Awards

At PeopleAdmin, we’re constantly impressed by the amazing things our customers do to positively influence higher education and change the world for the better.

That’s why we’re celebrating your accomplishments at PeopleConnect 2017.

The PeopleConnect Customer Awards recognize higher education PeopleAdmin customers for their commitment to advancing higher education, solving HR challenges or using technology creatively.

Award categories include:

Innovation Award

Celebrating new, unique and creative ways colleges and universities use PeopleAdmin products to overcome challenges, improve HR processes or streamline workflows.

Aligning the Stars Award

Celebrating the use of PeopleAdmin products to promote and improve interdepartmental collaboration for the benefit of staff, students or colleges and universities at large.

Make It Happen Award

Acknowledging employee-led efforts to overcome obstacles and support the mission of the institution using PeopleAdmin solutions.

Award nominations are now closed.


Become a guest speaker

Do you have a great success story using SelectSuite or PeopleAdmin 5.8? Has your department configured or implemented PeopleAdmin products in an innovative way or built effective programs around a crucial talent management process? Help inspire others and celebrate your success by leading a session at PeopleConnect 2017.

We know no one has more relevant experience than you — those who use PeopleAdmin solutions every day — so we hope you’ll lead or co-lead a breakout session. Consider how you can contribute to compelling session topics, including:

  • Your SelectSuite or PeopleAdmin 5.8 experience
  • Successful recruitment or diversity initiatives
  • Methods for overcoming compliance hurdles
  • Implementation or upgrading best practices