ASE's 3rd Annual Talent Symposium

(September 28, 2017)

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ASE’s third annual Talent Symposium will deliver innovative insights as it showcases progressive talent acquisition, management, and development practices that will help you attract and align talent in order to achieve greater results throughout your organization.

For more information on this event contact Dan Van Slambrook at 248.223.8008.


This program has been submitted for 5.75 general credits hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) as well as 5.75 recertification credit hours (PDC) toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP through the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). The use of these seals is not an endorsement by HRCI or SHRM for the quality of the program . It means that this conference has met the HRCI's and SHRM's criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.


Start End  Description
7:15 a.m. 8:00 a.m. Registration, Breakfast, Network & Visit Exhibitors
8:00 a.m. 9:15 a.m. Conference Welcome & Morning Keynote Presenation
    True Alignment: Linking Company Culture with Customer Needs for Extraordinary Results
9:15 a.m. 9:30 a.m. Break, Network & Visit Exhibitors
9:30 a.m. 10:45 a.m. Morning Breakout Sessions
  1) 2020: Building Next Generation Talent for a Next Generation Workforce
  2) Igniting the CQ Factor! Creating Dynamic Workplace Environments with Cultural Intelligence
  3) Creating a First Class On-boarding Experience
10:45 a.m. 11:15 a.m. Break, Network & Visit Exhibitors
11:15 a.m. 12:30 p.m. More Morning Breakout Sessions
  4) The Biggest Elephant: Leadership, Conflict and the Power of Intention
  5) Building an Atmosphere for Innovation
  6) Should We Disrupt Training?
12:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. Lunch, Visit Exhibitors & Networking
1:30 p.m. 2:45 p.m. Afternoon Breakout Sessions
  7) Talent Development...Supercharged!
  8) Are your HR Practices Neuro-Friendly?
  9) Talent Acquisition and Selection: Best Practices for Best Results
2:45 p.m. 3:00 p.m. Break, Visit Exhibitors & Networking
3:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. Afternoon Keynote
    Leadership Language
4:00 p.m. 4:15 p.m. Networking & Conclusion

AM Keynote

True Alignment: Linking Company Culture with Customer Needs for Extraordinary Results
Edgar Papke - Leadership Psychologist, Coach, Author, and Public Speaker

Alignment is the single most critical business challenge for any organization and its leaders. Without it, inefficiency, conflict, and disengagement will cripple your ability to provide value to your customers. Companies live or die based on their ability to communicate and deliver on the promise their brand makes to its customers. To do this effectively, leaders need to clearly define the vision and strategies that support that brand intention and ensure these are manifested in the roles, expectations, and goals of each and every member of the organization. Based on his book True Alignment, and the upcoming book Innovation by Design, Edgar shares his groundbreaking approach to how companies and teams can better align themselves to achieve greater levels of customer satisfaction and business performance.

PM Keynote

Leadership Language

Brian Lam & Dann Sytsma – Principals Improv Effects

There are no scripts on the improv stage. Improvisers keep scenes interesting and moving forward because they use language that encourages input, contribution, and positivity. The second an idea gets shot down, the scene inevitably crumbles. You will gain an understanding that improvisers use to get maximum buy-in and enthusiasm from those around them. Brian and Dann discuss how leaders can apply that same language to draw greatness out of others, creating a more cohesive, supportive environment.



ASE's Talent Symposium will consist of two Keynote sessions and three sets of breakout sessions.  Attendees can attend one session in each set of breakouts. The breakout sessions have been grouped into three specialized tracks tailored to provide participants with the tools and insights they need to succeed.

Morning Breakout Sessions - 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

2020: Building Next Generation Talent for a Next Generation Workforce
Josh Schneider – Director, The Millennial & Employee Engagement Institute 

A bold approach to leadership and talent is needed for future focused organizations to succeed in the new business economy – an approach where autonomy, alignment, and activation are not only embraced, but encouraged. Come 2020, will your talent be working for you or your competition?  Learn how to unleash talent that is already within your organization.

Igniting the CQ Factor!  Creating Dynamic Workplace Environments with Cultural Intelligence
Lola Audu, Associate Trainer - Cultural Intelligence Center

Improving your cultural intelligence quotient has been shown to boost productivity, improve employee retention, and increase the capacity to successfully penetrate new markets.  Learn how the newest academically validated business intelligence (CQ) can dramatically improve your performance and success in the global marketplace.

Creating a First Class On-boarding Experience  
Rodney Williams - Director of Talent Acquisition, Diversity and Inclusion, Wayne County Airport Authority

On-boarding is a critical component to helping new hires successfully integrate into the organization.  A well-orchestrated on-boarding program creates a lasting first impression with employees that speeds the engagement process and helps set the stage for a lasting employment relationship.  Rodney Williams will share how the Wayne County Airport Authority has structured its program and leveraged technology to create a “first class” on-boarding experience for its new employees.

More Morning Breakout Sessions - 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

The Biggest Elephant:  Leadership, Conflict, and the Power of Intention
Edgar Papke - Leadership Psychologist, Coach, Author, and Public Speaker

In this thought-provoking and conversational presentation, Edgar shares his philosophy that “Without conflict, we have no need for leadership.” Based on his book, The Elephant in the Boardroom, Papke will share insights into the expectations we have of leaders and the links between leadership, conflict, and the pursuit of innovation. Participants will learn about the unique relationship leaders have with conflict and why they all too often avoid it and unintentionally contribute to the lack of accountability and dysfunction that follows. 

Building an Atmosphere for Innovation
Brian Lam – Principal Improv Effects
Dann Sytsma – Principal Improv Effects

Building an Atmosphere for Innovation explores ways that talent developers can draw creativity and innovation from their teams. Learn ways to create a supportive environment and lead with, “Yes, and. . .” to provoke enthusiasm and prevent conflict. This workshop is interactive, fun, and provides great take-aways that can be implemented immediately for positive results.

Should We Disrupt Training?
Tracye Y. Davis - Trainer, Talent Development Services; American Society of Employers

Every few years, the market gives us something new and shiny.  The current trend is to move towards more LEAN processes and a more Agile approach to talent development.  Change is good, yet changing processes simply for the sake of change may leave organizations unsure about the direction and effectiveness of their training programs. Before blindly embracing the newest and latest trends, we will discuss how determining the right fit is more important than fitting in buzzwords.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions - 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Talent Development…Supercharged!          
Brad Zimmerman – CEO, Phoenix Performance Partners, LLC

The effectiveness of any talent development effort hinges on the creation of two crucial mindsets:  each employee’s commitment to personal growth and the conscious creation of the “growth mindset.”  With these mindsets in place, virtually any content delivery system will be effective – without them, not so much.  In this session, we will explore a model for creation of a work culture rooted in personal growth that has been successfully applied in hundreds of organizations around the country – a model for transformational growth.

Are Your HR Practices Neuro-Friendly?         
Brad Markis – Managing Director, McLean & Company

In this upbeat session, we’ll help you leverage key insights from neuroscience for HR. We’ll examine how to build HR practices that work with the brain, not against it, using evidence to gain credibility with stakeholders and drive business results. Attendees will walk away with a model for evaluating “neuro-friendliness” and distinct recommendations for HR programs like performance management and learning & development.

Talent Acquisition and Selection: Best Practices for Best Results
Lee Meadows, Ph.D – Consultant and Professor of Management at Walsh College

The competitive circle for human resource practitioners continues to expand beyond traditional and contemporary practices used to identify and acquire talent. While conventional approaches to talent management often focus on larger retention issues, resolving the challenges to talent acquisition have a direct impact on retention.  This session will provide information on tools and practices that have led to breakthrough processes for minimizing the upfront costs of acquisition and providing a stronger platform to reduce retention issues.


The Management Education Center
Eli Broad Graduate School of Management
811 West Square Lake Road
Troy, MI 48098

Direction Information

  • From I-75 take the Crooks Road exit. Crooks Road is exit number 72.
  • At the end of the exit ramp turn right and go 1/2 mile north on Crooks Road to the intersection of Square Lake Road.
  • Turn right on to Square Lake Road and head east.
  • Their driveway is the first one on the right hand side.
  • Parking is free and conveniently located very close to the building. 



Conference Pricing
Through September 1st:
ASE Members: $179
Nonmembers: $219

After September 1st:
ASE Members: $219
Nonmembers: $259


If you would like to be invoiced or by via check please download the agenda and registration form and email to Talent Development to be registered.

Contact Talent Development to receive group pricing for groups of 6 or more at 248.223.8041.


2017 Keynotes

Edgar Papke
Leadership Psychologist, Coach, Author and Public Speaker

Brian Lam & Dann Sytsma
Principals, Improv Effects

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