2000+ HR professionals and business leaders, 50+ immersive sessions, 200+ speakers witnessed the day 1 of the virtual conference
New Delhi, 2nd December 2021: The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest HR association commenced today, the SHRM India Annual Conference and Exposition 2021. The conference brought together over 2000 industry professionals & business leaders, and 500+ CXOs to engage on best workplace practices and latest trends across HR and Organizational practices.
The conference with the theme ‘Now More Than Ever’ looked at the role of HR at this pivotal time when more than ever, HR teams are required to assume a greater leadership role and contribute to the strategic direction of their organization. Business leaders and the workforce are relying on HR to drive scalable strategies, empower inclusive workplace cultures and enrich organizational success.
Inaugurating the conference, Ms. Achal Khanna, CEO – SHRM India and Business Head – APAC & MENA, said, “Now, as we are beginning to see the light at the end of the dark tunnel, and preparing ourselves to restore workplaces and returning back to office, as always, SHRM will be there to guide, support and empower you to reconnect with your business partners. It is SHRM’s mission and pledge to create better workplaces and better world. Now it is our time to redo ourselves to serve the changing needs of HR professionals”.
“Over the next two days, I encourage you to take full advantage of this truly transformational virtual journey, engage with 2000+ HR professionals and Business leaders in attendance, access the array of innovative product and services designed to support HR professionals and immerse yourselves in the lessons from global thought leaders of world of HR. Now is the critical time to join with your fellow HR and Business professionals to refresh, and get ready as we move into the new year 2022”, she added
The day one of the conference started with a powerful keynote session, “Building Business Success on the Pillars of Culture & Resilience”, where Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, SHRM-SCP, President & CEO, SHRM & Dave Ulrich, Rensis Likert Professor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, & Partner, RBL Group discussed the importance of rebuilding a new world with resilient company culture.
In the special talk, ‘Leveraging Technology to Recognize and Manage Talent in Today’s Global Environment’ , Partha Neog CEO and Co-Founder of Vantage Circle demonstrated how innovative communication platforms, sophisticated compliance tools, machine learning and real-time global people analytics can be leveraged to create an amazing global people experience.
“Enabling lifelong learning for our customers and learners is the core ideology at upGrad for Business. Our industry focused solutions bring together the organization, it’s business units and their learners towards a common quantifiable outcome. SHRM is our strategic partner towards connecting with business leaders and enabling a partnership that delivers value across the breadth of the employee life cycle.” said Minaxi Indra, President, upGrad for Business.
Some of the Key speakers at the event today were , Dave Ulrich, Rensis Likert Professor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, & Partner, RBL Group; Partha Neog, CEO & Co-Founder, Vantage Circle; P Dwarkanath, Director – Group Human Capital, GSK; Mandira Bedi, Television Presenter, Author, Actress, Fashion Designer; SY Siddiqui, Executive Advisor, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. Rohit Thakur CHRO, LEAD School; Raj Raghavan Senior VP, HR, IndiGo; Apoorv Kumar; CTO & co-founder, Refyne; Krishna Raghavan, Chief People Officer, Flipkart; Hari T.N, Author, Angel Investor, Arkam, Fundamentum, & CHRO Bigbasket; Yash Mahadik, President – Global Human Resources & Co-Lead Business Transformation Office, Lupin Global; Smriti Ahuja, Chief People Officer, Times Internet; Pankaj Bansal, Co-Founder & Group CEO, PeopleStrong; K Sanjay Jog, CHRO, Reliance Jio;
In the closing keynote session, “ Happy for no Reason”: Archana Jerath Director, Operations – APAC & MENA, SHRM India had a candid conversation with Mandira Bedi on her life’s journey, success and achievements. The day ended with the SHRM India HR Excellence awards 2021, a gala event hosted by Sorabh Pant, Stand-up comedian and author.