2011 Keynote Presentations

Monday, May 16
Opening General Session
Gretchen Alarcon
Vice President, Human Capital Management Strategy

Putting People First: Exploring the New Era of HR Technology
Advances in technology are making it possible for modern HR applications to reflect the way you really work. Web 2.0 functionality coupled with social networking capabilities makes it easier than ever for you to work effectively in teams. And seeing into the future? The latest business intelligence tools not only put information right at your fingertips, it can even help you look ahead and be prepared for upcoming workforce changes. For its next generation of HCM applications, Oracle has re-thought the business of HR to provide value to every person in the organization – from employees and managers to HR professionals. Join this keynote to explore the new era of HR technology from the world’s leader in HCM applications.  

Gretchen Alarcon is Vice President, Human Capital Management Strategy at Oracle. Ms. Alarcon leads the strategy team responsible for applications that enable companies to align their workforce goals and business objectives.

Ms. Alarcon brings more than 15 years of industry experience to Oracle's strategy organization. She spent over four years at PeopleSoft working closely with customers and contributing to the direction of the company's talent management and recruiting applications.

Prior to Oracle, Ms. Alarcon was Director, Product Management at Icarian, Inc. where she designed new product roadmaps and drove strategic decisions for the company's workforce management suites. Before joining Icarian, Ms. Alarcon was with National Semiconductor where she helped redesign the company's worldwide human resource functions.

 Prior to her current role, Ms. Alarcon was responsible for the strategy of Oracle's talent management applications.

Ms. Alarcon holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in American Studies from Stanford University.

Wednesday, May 18
Closing Luncheon and Keynote Presentation
Greg Schwem

The The Chicago Tribune recently proclaimed Greg Schwem “king of the hill” in the growing world of corporate comedy. Indeed, Schwem’s client list includes such corporate heavyweights as McDonald’s, Microsoft, Motorola, IBM, Verizon Wireless, United Airlines and Cisco Systems. 

A graduate of Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism, Schwem never envisioned a career in comedy. Instead, he settled in Florida, becoming an award-winning reporter for NBC-owned WPTV in West Palm Beach. But the comedy bug bit Schwem hard and he returned to his hometown of Chicago, where he honed his act in nightclubs. When he began inserting material about business and technology into his act, audience members approached him and said, “You really should come down to my office and tell those jokes.” Behold! Comedy With a Byte was born.

He is the author of Text Me If You’re Breathing: Observations, Frustrations and Life Lessons From a Low-Tech Dad.


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