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May 20, 2014

Amid the current discussion about weakness in the US labor market, we have lost sight of how quickly it has been tightening. Within two years, we will experience the beginning of a 15-year period of tight labor market and growing talent shortages. A lot of the shortages will result from the large wave of baby boomers retiring and the rapid job growth in specific industries and occupations.

These developments will completely change labor market conditions for many types of jobs.  Hiring qualified workers will become much more difficult. Retention rates are likely to drop. Compensation growth will accelerate. The need to maintain workforce quality without significantly hurting the bottom line will become a top challenge for many employers.

Preparing for this challenge in advance should be a top priority for executives dealing with human capital topics.

In this seminar, we will discuss the following:

  • The macro trends that are causing the evolving talent shortages
  • The specific occupations and industries in which talent shortages are especially likely to occur
  • How strategic workforce planning, recruiting, training, compensation, and reallocation of workers across geographies are likely to be impacted by the growing shortages
  • How human capital professionals could prepare themselves for the coming shortages
  • What human capital professionals that are already experiencing talent shortages are doing to reduce the damage

Who should attend

Human Capital Executives, and in particular professionals in strategic workforce planning, talent acquisition, training and development, compensation, human capital analytics, and other executives who deal with strategic planning.


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

8:30–9:00 am

Registration/continental breakfast

9:00–9:15 am

Welcome and introductions

9:15–10:45 am

Setting the stage: What does the data say about talent shortages?

We discuss the macro trends underlying evolving talent shortages, as well as the specific occupations and industries in which these shortages are most likely to occur

  • Gad Levanon, Director of Macroeconomic and Labor Market Research, The Conference Board
    Rob Sentz, Vice President of Marketing and Communication, EMSI

10:45–11:00 pm

Networking/refreshment break

11:00–12:00 pm

Roundtable discussion

Seminar participants share their challenges and learning objectives related to talent shortages.

12:00–1:00 pm


1:00–2:30 pm

The business perspective

How should employers react to the looming talent shortages they face, and what strategies should be explored to better manage their current employees as well as navigate external labor markets

  • Samira Kaderali, Vice President, Strategic Workforce Planning, American Express
  • Haig R. Nalbantian, Senior Partner and Founder/Leader, Mercer Workforce Sciences Institute
  • Gad Levanon, Director of Macroeconomic and Labor Market Research, The Conference Board

2:00–2:45 pm         

Networking/refreshment break

2:45–4:15 pm      

Panel discussion

We discuss evolving talent shortages in the context of strategic workforce planning, recruiting, retention, training, compensation, and relocation.

  • Dan Finnigan, CEO, Jobvite
  • Samira Kaderali, Vice President, Strategic Workforce Planning, American Express
  • Haig R. Nalbantian, Senior Partner and Founder/Leader, Mercer Workforce Sciences Institute
  • Gad Levanon, Director of Macroeconomic and Labor Market Research, The Conference Board
  • Rob Sentz, Vice President of Marketing and Communication, EMSI

4:15–4:45 pm      

Review and final remarks

Scheduled Speakers May 20, 2014

Scheduled Speakers May 20, 2014

Dan Finnigan

Dan is CEO at Jobvite, the leading recruiting platform for the social web. He has spent his career launching and growing Internet businesses with a focus on the recruitment market. Previously, Dan served as Senior Vice President of Yahoo! and General Manager of Yahoo! HotJobs. Prior to Yahoo!, he led the
Creation of Knight Ridder Digital, the Internet company of the world’s second largest newspaper publisher. Dan holds an M.B.A. from The Wharton School and a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Samira Kaderali
Vice President, Strategic Workforce Planning
American Express

Samira joined American Express in 2011 to help build its HR functions Strategic Workforce Planning capabilities and Center of Expertise. Samira is responsible for supporting various projects within the business and HR. Samira brings over 15 years of Human Resources experience to American Express. She started her career in HR consulting at Towers Perrin, in Chicago in the Health and Welfare group. From there, she moved to Toronto and focused on Employee engagement and wellness. Samira moved to NY in 2006 to be a part of the team building out Towers Perrin’s service offering around Workforce Effectiveness. Before leaving Towers, Samira led the Metro NY Talent Management practice and helped the new Towers Watson organization bring their talent and rewards service offering to market. Samira has been a trusted advisor to many of Towers Watson's largest and most prestigious clients, including American Express.

Gad Levanon
Director, Macroeconomic & Labor Markets
The Conference Board

Gad Levanon is director of macroeconomic and labor market research at The Conference Board.

Levanon created The Conference Board Employment Trends Index™, a widely used measure that fills the need for a leading index of employment. His research focuses on trends in U.S. and global labor markets, and forecasting using economic indicators.

Levanon is the principal writer of The Conference Board Labor Markets in Review™, a quarterly publication that documents the main trends in labor markets across the globe. He also writes a popular blog on labor markets for Human Capital Exchange™. In addition to writing reports for The Conference Board, he has published extensively in academic and professional journals.

Before coming to The Conference Board, Levanon worked at the Israeli Central Bank where he participated in the analysis of financial markets and monetary policy.

Levanon received his Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University, and he holds undergraduate and master’s degrees from Tel Aviv University in Israel.

Haig R. Nalbantian
Senior Partner and Founder/Leader
Mercer Workforce Sciences Institute

Mr. Nalbantian is a Senior Partner at Mercer and a founder/leader of Mercer’s Workforce Sciences Institute. A labor /organizational economist, he has been instrumental in developing Mercer’s unique capability to measure the economic impact of human capital practices. Those capabilities have been applied in numerous projects he has directed for leading companies in the U.S. and abroad across a broad range of industries, including energy, high technology, manufacturing, consumer products, financial services, media and information services, telecommunications, and professional services. He has also consulted to organizations in the public and not-for-profit sectors. He is an internationally recognized expert in incentives, human capital measurement and management and their links to organizational performance. He has published widely on these topics in books and articles in leading academic and professional journals. Mr. Nalbantian earned his BA in English and Economics at New York University and his graduate degrees in economics.

Rob Sentz
Vice President of Marketing and Communication

Rob leads the marketing and communication efforts at Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI), a firm that provides key labor market data and analysis for the U.S., U.K., Canada, France, and Brazil. EMSI's mission is to improve economic prosperity through the design of user-friendly services and training that allows educational institutions, workforce planners, and regional developers (such as WIBs, EDOs, Chambers, Utilities) to tap into the data they need to understand key connections between economies, people, and work. Rob is also a Forbes contributor and regularly works with The Atlantic, Harvard Business Review, USA Today, and partner company CareerBuilder to provide key data, research, and analysis useful for understanding a broad range of economic and workforce realities across the US.