HR executive tapped to assist in planning summit

January 30, 2012 | UToday
By Josh Martin


Connie Rubin, senior human resources officer in the UT Department of Human Resources and Talent Development, helped plan the first HR Leadership Summit developed by Evanta and hosted by the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

“The Evanta personnel were looking for HR executives who had a pulse on the current issues facing the HR profession when forming the governing body for the event,” Rubin said. “I think our recent efforts to rebrand this office as focused more on talent development, recognition and retention efforts, and building a pay-for-performance culture at UT, played a substantial role in bringing their attention to me as a candidate member for the body.”

The December summit was an invitation-only event and featured HR executives from organizations with at least $250 million in revenue, organizations in excess of $1 billion in annualized revenue, and heads of HR from government, education or nonprofit organizations if they had a minimum of 1,000 employees.

The purpose of the summit was to promote collaborative thinking and develop the leadership skills of those who attended, translating into an increased ability of these HR executives to positively impact local and global economies.

Rubin and HR executives from different industries who served on the governing body shaped the agenda and focus of the summit. The group decided to emphasize innovation, strategies for HR practices, work-force planning and employee engagement, Rubin said.

“The payoff was an increase in the power and the reach of HR professional relationships, new insights focused on real solutions, motivation for dynamic leadership, and the continued development of a collaborative community of HR leaders in the region,” Rubin said. “My participating in this event offered great exposure to the University and provided critical advertising in the metro Detroit area.”

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