Topics discussed at HR Avant-Garde meetings:

December 12, 2016

Evaluating HR’s Financial Impact on the Firm: Most HR professionals can speak with confidence about their contributions to the HR function. However, executives no longer think that is good enough. The C-suite is now demanding to know if HR adds shareholder value and by how much. When HR is not adding shareholder value and performs as a hygiene factor, firms accept industry standards and decrease their vertical integration by outsourcing significant portions of the HR function.

August 5, 2016

Third Annual Rooftop Summer Social

May 26, 2016

Paradigm Shifts in Resume Design: Create a more successful approach to resume writing by constructing analogies between recruiters and real estate brokers, crafting each bullet in a powerful, viscerally impactful manner by understanding the way Hollywood casting decisions influence how blockbuster movies are marketed.

March 24, 2016

Our Holistic Time Management SystemSophistication in simplicity —  Presentation offering a holistic time management system to easily house a decade’s worth of calendars, networking contacts, phone logs, professional accomplishments and even the nagging things on your to-do list in just one easy-to-access file.

November 20, 2015

Digital Footprint as Resume & Portfolio: Ross Brand, co-founder of HR Avant Garde, walked us through how to leverage social media to develop our personal branding. He discussed how personal branding is now viewed as the “emotional appendage” of one’s resume, and how the resume itself is becoming obviated by our digital footprint.

October 23, 2015

Applying Data Science to Real-World Projects: Guest speaker Yi Chun (Nancy) Chien, a data scientist with IBM Analytics, demonstrated specific examples from two projects of how big data from social media is mined, constructed into a corpus and positioned for analysis before being transformed into actionable knowledge.

September 18, 2015

Goal Setting: Presentation on the traditional approach to goal setting contrasted by a cognizant approach based on the latest findings in neurobiology. Discussions included the implications of both approaches on performance management.

July 10, 2015

Second Annual Summer Social

June 5, 2015

Your Business Philosophy: How to develop, articulate, display and market your business philosophy in a few concise bullets to roll up your dollars in the marketplace and position yourself as a thought leader in your field.

May 1, 2015

Appraisal Systems as Revenue Drivers: How to design plans that use exception management to minimize bureaucracy and incentivize behaviors quantitatively linked to net income performance. We also discussed how to ensure incentive plans cascade down from CEO mission statements to each level of the organization.

February 27, 2015

Combining ERP Data with Social Media Data:  How to aggregate internal and external data before testing  dependent variables against hypotheses through algorithms. 

January 9, 2015

Implications of Big Data for HR: How Big Data specifically impacts the HR profession. Further discussions included how, in the next few years, recruitment will shift from a push to a pull model.

December 5, 2014

Big Data and Business: Presentation on the three shifts caused by Big Data and how to begin using specific tools to bring Big Data into our business practices.

October 17, 2014

The New Social Compact: How the espoused social compact, in reality, is now obsolete.  We examined and unpacked a new employer-employe social compact that reflects reality and creates gains for both parties.

July 11, 2014

First Annual Summer Social

May 2, 2014

Inauguration of HR Avant-Garde