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Speaking Engagements

Predict and Prepare sponsored by Workday 12/16

The Bill Kutik Radio Show® #171, 2/15
The Bill Kutik Radio Show® #160, 8/14
The Bill Kutik Radio Show® #145, 1/14
Workday Predict and Prepare Webinar, 12/10/2013
The Bill Kutik Radio Show® #134, 8/13
CXOTalk: Naomi Bloom, Nenshad Bardoliwalla, and Michael Krigsman, 3/15/2013
Drive Thru HR, 12/17/12
The Bill Kutik Radio Show® #110, 8/12
Webinar Sponsored by Workday: "Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Business Value," 5/3/12 Audio/Whitepaper
Webinar Sponsored by Workday: "Predict and Prepare," 12/7/11
HR Happy Hour - Episode 118 - 'Work and the Future of Work', 9/23/11
The Bill Kutik Radio Show® #87, 9/11
Keynote, Connections Ultimate Partner Forum, 3/9-12/11
"Convergence in Bloom" Webcast and accompanying white paper, sponsored by ADP, 9/21/10
The Bill Kutik Radio Show® #63, 9/10
Keynote for Workforce Management's first ever virtual HR technology conference, 6/8/10
Knowledge Infusion Webinar, 6/3/10
Webinar Sponsored by Workday: "Predict and Prepare," 12/8/09
Webinar Sponsored by Workday: "Preparing to Lead the Recovery," 11/19/09 Audio/Powerpoint
"Enterprise unplugged: Riffing on failure and performance," a Michael Krigsman podcast 11/9/09
The Bill Kutik Radio Show® #39, 10/09
Workday SOR Webinar, 8/25/09
The Bill Kutik Radio Show® #15, 10/08

Keynote, HR Tech Europe, Amsterdam, 10/25-26/12
Master Panel, HR Technology, Chicago, 10/9/012
Keynote, Workforce Magazine HR Tech Week, 6/6/12
Webcast Sponsored by Workday: "Building a Solid Business Case for HR Technology Change," 5/31/12
Keynote, Saba Global Summit, Miami, 3/19-22/12
Workday Rising, Las Vegas, 10/24-27/11
HR Technology, Las Vegas 10/3-5/11
HR Florida, Orlando 8/29-31/11
Boussias Communications HR Effectiveness Forum, Athens, Greece 6/16-17/11
HR Demo Show, Las Vegas 5/24-26/11
Workday Rising, 10/11/10
HRO Summit, 10/22/09
HR Technology, Keynote and Panel, 10/2/09

Adventures of Bloom & Wallace

a work in progress

I’m Keynoting European HR Tech Conf In Amsterdam

Last year I keynoted my first conference outside of the US, a major HR technology conference held in Athens.  I had hesitated to accept such speaking engagements in the past out of a concern that my style of speaking, my humor (or what I think is humorous), and my Yiddishisms wouldn’t translate well for an international audience.  International client work including speaking engagements, conference breakout and “ask the expert” sessions, and other international non-keynote roles always went fine, but Athens was my first “make or break” the conference international keynote — and it was a success.  I translated the Yiddish as best I could, acted out some of the more complex ideas (literally), and found the audience as welcoming and capable as any for whom I’d ever spoken.  So, sticking with the A’s, I’m going from Athens in 2011 to keynoting the European HR Technology Conference in Amsterdam in 2012.

If you’re not familiar with this young but rapidly growing conference, I should start by telling you that it has no connection to the granddady of such, the US-based HR Technology Conference.  LRP, the sponsor/producer of the US show, chose not to take their franchise beyond the US even though HR technology is global from a vendor perspective and in terms of the business needs of most buyers.  So some very entrepreneurial and experienced HRM conference producers/new media executives launched this European conference, and I’m honored to be a keynote speaker at this year’s edition in Amsterdam on October 25th.  And the same tips apply to getting the most out of your attendance at either or both of these conferences.

The title of my session is “What You Don’t Know Will Hurt You.”  From the conference brochure, here’s how I described this session:  “There are great companies and great products/services in our industry – and then there are the others.  Whether it’s the unstated or deliberately misstated ambitions of vendor leadership, their cleverly obfuscated definitions of SaaS and cloud, the well-done demos that paper over well-known software flaws and gaps, or a customer’s own lack of preparedness and well-informed due diligence, the mismatch between customer expectations and vendor/product/service realities really does hurt the reputation of HR and their mission of driving business outcomes.  Whether you’re evaluating and enhancing your current HR technology, finally engaging in that long-avoided cleanup of your data, making modest changes in your HRM delivery system and its software/outsourcing portfolio, or contemplating a major overhaul in the face of both head and tail winds, what you don’t know will hurt you.  In her keynote, Naomi will take you on a journey, floodlight in hand, through the less-visited, but important highlights of vendor and software/services due diligence. She’ll enlighten you, using her well-known “killer” scenarios, on how to spot the strengths and weaknesses of vendors, and their products / services, with an eye on what will best meet your needs as well as on ensuring the least number of unpleasant surprises, or buyers’ remorse.  An educated customer may be some salespeople’s worst nightmare, but it’s the objective of Naomi’s keynote.”

So that more of you can afford to attend this important conference, if you use my code NBVIP15 when you register, the organizers will give you a modest discount on one registration and a larger discount if you register a group of four or more.  The Wallace will be traveling with me, and we’re extending our trip to enjoy all of the conference but also to do some sightseeing as this will be our first trip to Amsterdam.  If you’ve got touring suggestions for us, favorite restaurants or canal tours, please leave me a comment below.  I’ll look forward to seeing many new faces at this newish conference and renewing acquaintances with my European colleagues.

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