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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PeopleConnect Training Sessions

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

PeopleConnect Sessions

How to build strategic partnerships using SelectSuite Analytics

Learn how to use SelectSuite Analytics to deliver the data that are most critical to your institution’s leadership, including reports on recruitment efficiency and diversity outcomes. Presented by Shannon Phillips, Assistant Director of Technology & Compensation, University of Arkansas and Lisa Milam, Human Resources Partner, University of Arkansas.

Getting the most out of Onboard

Learn from Tarleton State University how they used the implementation of Onboard to get the most out of their onboarding programs, and built valuable partnerships across the institution in the process.

Developing a search committee strategy

Learn how the University of Alabama at Birmingham moved search committee activity out of the shadows and into SelectSuite. Presented by Janice Ward, Faculty Affairs Manager, The University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Developing your strategy for HR automation

Ithaca College’s HR team will share a firsthand account of how they became change agents … and how technology played a role. Presented by Brian K. Dickens, SPHR, Ithaca College.

Recruiting and retaining talented and diverse faculty

Learn effective strategies for recruiting and retaining the most talented and diverse faculty. Presented by Nancy Aebersold, Founder and Executive Director, HERC.

Transforming our recruitment culture – going paperless was just the start

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.

Building bridges in performance management

Effective performance management is about building bridges between what your customers need and what you can provide. Appalachian State University will explain how to do this by determining your customers’ needs, assessing what your institution can deliver, seizing the right opportunities and managing the change to bridge gaps.

Ditching the Magic 8 Ball

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.

What’s next in your product suite

Sit down with PeopleAdmin product experts for a personalized look at what’s on the horizon for your talent management solution.

7 tips to prepare for your upgrade to SelectSuite

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.

Using data to benchmark and drive your organization

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. Presented by Brian K. Dickens, SPHR, Ithaca College.

Workshop: proactive recruiting

Recruiting the best candidates goes beyond simply tracking applicants. Join your peers and a PeopleAdmin senior product manager to discuss best practices for recruiting, and help redesign, re-think, and re-imagine some critical parts of SelectSuite.

Meeting union contract requirements

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. Presented by Marc Woods, Manager, HRIS and Technical Analyst, Ball State University.

Defining performance effectiveness for higher education

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.

Reframing the diversity conversation

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.

Rethinking SelectSuite and talent management: customer panel

This panel of SelectSuite users will offer administrative, faculty and staff perspectives on how diversity among faculty and staff enhances competitiveness, creative approaches to using SelectSuite, and innovative ways to shift the culture of your talent management organization. Presented by Janice Ward, Faculty Affairs Manager, University of Alabama at Birmingham; Denise Cornish, Director, Enterprise Data & Integrations, Western University of Health Sciences and Alex Ortiz, Employment Compliance Coordinator, University of Kentucky.

Comparing features in 5.8 and SelectSuite 7

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.

The lowdown on 5.8 emails

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.

Reporting database: advanced walkthrough

Think you know all of 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.

Revamp your applicant homepage

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


*Sessions are subject to changes and additions but we do not anticipate any session cancellations.


JW Marriott Austin

A great setting opens up greater possibilities for a fabulous conference … which is exactly what you’ll get at the JW Marriott Austin during PeopleConnect.

This terrific property — the largest JW Marriott in the country — is located in the heart of downtown Austin’s vibrant music and dining scene. You’ll spend each day in luxurious comfort attending PeopleConnect — learning about your solution, networking with peers, exchanging ideas with PeopleAdmin team members and partners…

…and then at night, explore all that Austin has to offer…

…from the Lady Bird Lake trail and waterfront to the famous Congress Avenue “Bat Bridge.” Or catch a show in the Live Music Capital of the world by visiting the historic Sixth Street district.

For a more restful trip, take advantage of the amenities at North America’s largest JW Marriott, including a spa, rooftop pool and various onsite restaurants.


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.


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