PeopleConnect 2017 is more than a place to learn about absence management challenges, improve use of your SmartFind solution, and network with your K-12 education peers — it’s your chance to empower possibilities in workforce planning like never before.

You’ll see and experience new ways to predict and overcome 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 education mission.

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Solutions Summit Sessions

Hello, my name is PeopleAdmin.

PeopleAdmin is more than a talent management solutions provider… Learn about our history, ways to engage with us, and year-round learning opportunities available to your school, district or school board. You’ll leave with an understanding of how we came to offer our current solutions, and why we’re excited about what’s to come.

What does today’s substitute and absence management look like?

More than a “warm body in the classroom,” the right substitute can contribute to the success of your schools. Discover how leading districts are hiring daily and long-term substitutes and supporting their professional growth to empower student achievement.

Canadian SmartFindExpress roundtable

Join this group discussion to network with other Canadian SmartFind users and PeopleAdmin team members, and learn about SmartFind features and product enhancements available to Canadian end users — including reporting functionality.

Metrics that matter

Developing absence and substitute management programs that proactively address district needs is critical. In this session, you’ll hear how successful districts are accessing data, measuring their successes, and using metrics to overcome today’s absence management challenges.

SFE Training

Get the most out of your SmartFindExpress (SFE) platform! This interactive session features a SFE scavenger hunt where groups answer a series of questions about advanced functionality, reporting and more.

Meeting the challenges of customer support, SmartFind bingo!

During this session, we will discuss SmartFindExpress features and functionality, challenges of staffing the Help Desk, and how these interactions with substitutes determine who is teaching and supporting your students … all while filling out your bingo board.

Explore the SmartFind mobile app

If you have a smart phone or other mobile device, you probably use apps to get directions, access news, check weather, and more. Learn how you can also manage absences on the go with the SmartFind mobile app for employees, teachers, substitutes, and administrators.

Your SmartFind Community

Learn how to access the PeopleAdmin Community — our online customer portal — to browse SmartFind tips and tricks, read product news, find PeopleAdmin information, create support tickets, and network with other SmartFind users in the U.S. and Canada.

SmartFindExpress – new features!

Watch a demo and learn about new SmartFindExpress (SFE) features, including search rule changes, substitute availability settings, employee job creation limits, and many new parameters settings.

Get SmartFindExpress ready!

In this interactive, question-and-answer style session, you’ll learn how to use the lesser-known features in SmartFindExpress and leave with new skills to improve absence management processes.

Hands-on SmartFind experience

Test drive the new SmartFind! During this hands-on experience, you’ll preview and get to know new SmartFind functionality and compare it head-to-head with SmartFindExpress.

Empower your principals with reports

Learn how to use SmartFind Express tools and data to empower your Principals to manage absences and staff coverage. This session will give you an opportunity to work with your peers to compare best practices for principal communication and support while exploring what new Principals need to know about SmartFindExpress.

Jazzing up announcements

Learn how to customize your SmartFindExpress home page and announcement pages to give your district a unique look that reflects your needs and provides substitutes and employees with all necessary information and updates after logging in.

Phone and IVR connections

Review the key factors that influence communication quality when using an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system, and learn how to help substitutes troubleshoot their call connection issues.


*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.


Welcome Rate

  • 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 education and change the world for the better.

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

The PeopleConnect Customer Awards recognize PeopleAdmin customers for their commitment to advancing the K-12 mission, solving HR challenges or using technology creatively.

Award categories include:

Innovation Award

Celebrating new, unique and creative ways schools and districts 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 schools and districts 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 your SmartFind solution? Has your district or board used SmartFind in an innovative way or built effective programs around workforce planning and absence management processes? Help inspire others and celebrate your success by leading a session at Solutions Summit 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 overall SmartFind experience
  • Successful workforce planning initiatives
  • Methods for overcoming absence management challenges
  • Insights on fill-rate metrics or the use of real-time actionable data
  • Custom-designed report configurations you’ve used to address your specific needs