15 Symposium Features Breakouts that Deliver!
addition to general sessions featuring HR expert and author
Libby Sartain, Equifax CHRO Coretha Rushing
and a panel of industry executives, this years Symposium
participants will have a choice of five interactive breakout
sessions conducted by some of the most dynamic leaders
in cable and the broader world of business and technology.
Killelea, SVP of Talent, Comcast Cable, (at left)
will present Yours-Mine-Ours: The Story of Our Five-Year
Talent Journey, a candid and compelling look into
the development of Comcasts state-of-the-art talent
management process. Participants will hearand take
part ina lively discussion of the sometimes rocky
road to the now-smoothly running TM program that engages
nearly 3,000 leaders annually.
The Post-Digital Divide: Is Your Company Ready?
Deloitte Principal Suketu Gandhi (at right) will
invite attendees to join him in conversation about preparing
for the age of the PostDigital enterprise, a process that
requires making people the center of the operation. The
premise is that while technology and automation are important
in their own right, the new ways in which people can employ
them to get work done, and the changes this allows in
business models are enabling dramatic changes in business
performance. This breakout session will examine the tools,
metrics, and the need to design for a radically changed
and empowered human experience. It will also explore how
new technology, aligning metrics, the design of work and
the workplace combine to change the world of organizations.
With our industry and the world in general
moving at breakneck speeds, we all hear a lot about the
importance of collaboration in getting things done for
business and clients. Rarely, though, do we hear from
people who have put that theory into practice. Finally,
in a breakout entitled Hiring 100 Technologists
in 100 Days: A Case Study, a panel of pros from
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. will tell us how they
teamed up to do just that. Symposium participants will
have a chance to learn what it takes to put teamwork to
the test and share insights with Eric Bartlett,
Director, Talent Acquisition; DeRetta Cole, HR
Director; Rhonda Holt, SVP, Media Platform Technology
& Operations Audience & Multi-Platform Technology;
and Brooks Tobey, SVP, Sales Solutions & Multi-Screen
Development and Delivery. (To see panelist photos, visit
Gone are the days when the HR department
simply handled the nitty-gritty duties of hiring, firing
and doling out benefits brochures. Todays HR pros
are full-fledged Talent Advisors and true
partners on their companies road to success. The
Changing Role of the HR Generalist will engage
attendees in a high energy, interactive conversation about
the realities of HR transformation. The discussion will
be led by Linda Brenner, Managing Director, Designs
on Talent; Danita Harris, Director, Organizational
Effectiveness, Cox Communications; Cheryl Middleton
Jones , HR Business Partner, Scripps Networks Interactive;
and Janet Parker, Vice President, Corporate Human
Resources, Time Warner Cable. (You can find photos of
the panelists at www.cthra.com/symposium.)
guiding light behind CTHRAs Annual Compensation
Surveys is Hali Croner, President and CEO of The
Croner Company (at left). At this years Symposium,
attendees will have a chance to hear from and interact
with Hali as she presents The Future of Compensation
Surveys, a compelling discussion focused on their
evolution, trends in compensation and survey tools, and
how CTHRA member organizations can contribute to the body
Powell Receives CTHRA's 2012 Leadership Excellence Award
In nominating Scripps Networks Interactives
(SNI) EVP of HR for CTHRAs 2012 Leadership Excellence
Award, Jerilyn Bliss, VP of Corporate Communications,
summed up the reason this way: Since Chris Powell
joined Scripps, the company has enjoyed a new vibrancy
and sense of purpose, discipline and community.
joined Scripps in 2007, just in time to play a leading
role in the major growth spurt that Scripps was about
to undergo, first spinning off from its parent company,
E.W. Scripps, then rapidly expanding into a $2B business.
Under Chriss leadership, the years 2010 and 2011
proved literally transformative, as he and his team shepherded
the companys expansive international growth, oversaw
staffing and preparation for the launch of the Cooking
Channel, as well as integration, evaluation and resourcing
for the acquisition of the Travel Channel. And thats
only the tip of the iceberg. He has created and nurtured
major employee development programs; revamped the once-dreaded
employee self-evaluation process; supported the rapidly
growing workforce through new policies, guidelines and
training; and aligned his HR department resources to best
support Scripps business-needs structure.
Powells initiatives paid off.
In its 2010-2011 employee survey, employees gave SNI high
marks for reputation (95 percent), marketplace awareness
(93 percent), workplace pride (91 percent) and benefits
Chris's visionary leadership has also
received recognition by SAVOY ("Top 100 Companies
to Work For"), Diversity Inc. ("Noteworthy
25"), PR News ("CSR Community Outreach"
for SNI's partnership with the National Urban League),
WICT (PAR initiative "Best Companies for Women"),
and CableFAX ("Top 10 Places to Work in Cable"),
as well as being applauded for establishing partnerships
with the National Council of La Raza, the Environmental
Media Association and the Asian American Legal Defense
and Education Fund.
In short, in the words of Ken Lowe,
Chairman, CEO and President of SNI, Chriss
accomplishments are vital in developing the diverse, inclusive
environment that makes our company so successful.
Join CTHRA in applauding Chris and the
other recipients of CTHRAs 2012 Excellence in HR
Awards by registering
to attend the June 15 awards luncheon at CTHRAs
Talent Everywhere Symposium.
First Aspiring Leader Award Goes to Yvette Smetana of
year, CTHRA expanded its Excellence in HR Awards to recognize
an emerging HR professional whose fresh perspective, inventive
ideas and innovative approach have had a positive impact
on the leadership and culture of the organization. The
pioneer winner, Yvette Smetana, is Comcasts
Executive Director of HR Business Process Excellence,
leading a team focused on project management, process
improvement and organizational effectiveness initiatives
enterprise-widefrom conception to implementationfor
the HR Service Delivery Organization.
Yvette cut her teeth in HR at Comcast with regional roles
in recruiting, labor and employee relations, mergers and
acquisitions, organizational integration and policy development.
She spread her wings to take a global HR post with a pharmaceutical
company in Switzerland, where she expanded her expertise
into the areas of performance management, learning and
development for HR and employee surveys.
In 2007 she returned to Comcast as part of a team implementing
the companys first enterprise-wide HR information
system. She quickly opened leaders eyes to the need
for a robust Shared Services organization to support the
new HR information system. Her role was retooled, and
she became a key architect in the creation of Shared Services,
a function that has become what Melanie Penna,
SVP of HR Service Delivery, called the administrative
backbone of our HR organization.
Penna continued, Yvette identifies with the challenges
and business gaps that the field experiences and weaves
this knowledge into the implementation of new projects.
Her experiences, combined with her process-focused approach,
separate her methods from others.
Not only has Yvette proven to be a highly effective leader,
but she is also demonstrating the case for virtual work:
She lives in Boston while managing a team based at corporate
headquarters in Philadelphia. Said Penna, Her demonstrated
success in managing large projects and leading a highly
productive team from afar have shown that virtual work
situations can work extraordinarily well.