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  • Insights Podcast

    The Insights podcast series helps talent executives address challenges and stay informed about current issues across the entire spectrum of human capital.

21 Apr. 2021 | Comments (0)
Peter McBride on Hate Crimes
On this episode of DEI-logue, Peter McBride, Executive Director of The Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, discusses the origins and widespread occurrence of hate and hate crimes.

08 Apr. 2021 | Comments (0)
Accelerating Value by Using Human Capital Analytics to Understand Workforce Experience
Organizations that address employee experience objectives with data analytics to fine-tune their human capital program design and execution could potentially deliver twice as much innovation, boost customer satisfaction ratings, grow the human capital return on investment (HCROI) by 270 percent, improve efficiency up to 15 percent, and increase profitability by 25 percent.

07 Apr. 2021 | Comments (0)
Bryan Lee of Salesforce on Anti-Asian Racism
In this episode of DEI-logue: Conversations on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Bryan Lee of Salesforce reflects on this current moment and some instances he encountered racism.  We discuss the specific forms Anti-Asian racism takes, particularly the myth of the model minority and the way in which the rich diversity of Asian cultures and nations becomes reduced to a single “other” identity.

01 Apr. 2021 | Comments (0)
Sofia Bonnet on Privilege, Duty and Inclusivity in Workplaces
In this second episode of DEI-Logue, John Brewer discusses the important topic of privilege with Sofia Bonnet, Director Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at Github. From humble beginnings growing up in Mexico, Sofia identifies how privilege and the support of allies helped her build a successful career in D&I and a safe and prosperous life in the USA. 

19 Mar. 2021 | Comments (0)
Deanna Ransom on Equity in the Workplace
Deanna Ransom, Chief Marketing Officer at Televerde and John Brewer, Program Director of the Conference Board’s Diversity & Inclusion Conference and Deanna Ransom discuss Televerde’s work employing incarcerated women, and Deanna shares her experiences of the last year - the impact of Covid-19 and her thoughts on the increased discussion of race in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd.

02 Mar. 2021 | Comments (0)
Brave New World: Defining Materiality for Human Capital Disclosures
The SEC is now requiring that US public companies disclose information about human capital management “to the extent such disclosures would be material to an understanding of the registrant’s business”—such disclosure is no longer voluntary. Organizations will need to determine whether human capital is material, what they need to disclose, how to contextualize human capital performance, and how they should communicate this to the community and stakeholders.

23 Feb. 2021 | Comments (0)
Artificial Intelligence for Onboarding
By providing new joiners with personalized onboarding experiences and addressing their needs at a faster rate, AI-powered solutions can help decrease the regrettable attrition of new joiners, enhance overall onboarding and work experience, and improve the work productivity of onboarding professionals by taking over administrative, repetitive tasks.

17 Feb. 2021 | Comments (0)
Even Higher Expectations in a Post-2020 World: How Organizations Engage with Social Change Issues
Given the new realities of 2020, The Conference Board decided to repeat the 2019 survey to see if organizations are responding differently to social change issues and how employees think organizations should respond. In this study, we investigated 16 human capital-related social change issues.

16 Feb. 2021 | Comments (0)
We will discuss the findings of the 2021 C-Suite Challenge™ survey, which asks executives around the globe to identify the key strategies they intend to use to meet their critical business challenges and grow their companies.

26 Jan. 2021 | Comments (0)
COVID-19 Reset: Developing Resilience to Move Through Uncertainty
The COVID-19 pandemic triggered both a global health crisis and an economic crisis, creating another considerable threat to employee well-being—anxiety. The solution to this rising anxiety epidemic is to develop our resilience. This podcast reviews our recently published report, COVID-19 Reset & Recovery: Developing Resilience to Move through Uncertainty to New Beginnings with information on why we become anxious and 12 practical recommendations for leaders and employees.

12 Nov. 2020 | Comments (0)
Adapting to the Reimagined Workplace: Human Capital Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Conference Board expects that COVID-19 will have many lasting impacts on the world of work and Human Capital processes. To gauge how organizations are reacting to the changing business environment in the context of their workforces, we conducted an online survey in September 2020 with 330 human capital executives, mostly in large companies—a follow-up on our survey from April 2020. Our findings were published in the report Adapting to the Reimagined Workplace: Human Capital Responses to the

30 Oct. 2020 | Comments (0)
Aligned or at Odds? Organizational & Employee Readiness to Return to the Workplace
The Conference Board recently conducted two short surveys about organizational and employee readiness to return to the workplace after the lockdowns required by COVID-19. In the August survey with over 1,100 leaders across industries in 20 metropolitan areas, we found that 35% of organizations said the timing of reopening is unknown. Most organizations had implemented safeguarding measures to protect employee health, but only 59% surveyed their employees about their readiness to return. Those or

19 Aug. 2020 | Comments (0)
Working Parents Working with Kids
This fall, working parents with school-age kids will be facing some tough times as they try to balance working from home and partially home-schooling their kids. How are the most innovative companies helping their employees be successful both at home and at work?

03 Aug. 2020 | Comments (0)
Steve Odland Discusses COVID-19 Survey of C-Suite
The Conference Board CEO Steve Odland discusses our C-Suite survey on COVID-19 with Wharton Business Daily's Dan Loney on SiriusXM.

30 Jul. 2020 | Comments (0)
Engaging Employees through Employee Resource Groups
In this podcast, guests from Barilla Group, Kristen Anderson, Luisa Ercoli, and Megan Christie, speak with Laura Sabattini, Principal Researcher at The Conference Board, about their diversity and inclusion and Employee Resources Groups (ERGs) strategy, including how Barilla was able to engage workers across regions and in their plants.

21 Jul. 2020 | Comments (0)
Nielsen Corporation: Employee Resource Groups Growing Inclusion through Allyship
During the COVID-19 crisis, Nielsen’s D&I team worked with its ERGs to shift priorities and respond to the unique challenges created by the pandemic. Nielsen's ERGs are tasked with helping both the firm’s associates and its senior executives communicate more effectively throughout the crisis.

08 Jul. 2020 | Comments (0)
Reopening the Workplace amid COVID-19: What HR Departments Should Consider
On the DriveThru HR podcast, The Conference Board’s Rebecca Ray discusses what HR departments need to be thinking about as they develop plans for reopening their workplaces amid COVID-19.

07 Jul. 2020 | Comments (0)
Alternative Credentials: A Relevant Solution for Today
With looming unemployment as a result of COVID-19, organizations must reconsider the credentials they require for new hires and promotions. Employers may be tempted to cherry-pick workers with traditional qualifications but relying solely on traditional talent pools may be a shortsighted strategy in turbulent and even chaotic conditions. Listen to this podcast to learn how companies would be wise to look for diverse talent to help them adopt fresh thinking and recognize new opportunities.

16 Jun. 2020 | Comments (0)
Using Human Capital Analytics to Understand the Internal Customer, Before, During, and After a Crisis
This report will describe five areas of human capital where the use of data is critical in decision-making: productivity, health and wellbeing, engagement and rewards, ways of working and leading, and diversity & inclusion. Each section will describe common metrics before COVID-19, how the pandemic has changed how we collect data, and the potential long-term effects that will remain in place after the pandemic

10 Jun. 2020 | Comments (0)
From Immediate Responses to Planning for the Reimagined Workplace
The Conference Board expects that COVID-19 will have many lasting impacts on the world of work and Human Capital processes. To better understand the workforce changes, we conducted an online survey in April 2020 with more than 150 U.S. HC executives. Listen to this podcast to hear our findings about remote work and the cost-reduction actions that have already been taken, as well as the HR priorities for the recovery phase.

21 May. 2020 | Comments (0)
COVID-19 Reset and Recovery: Adapting Feedback and Performance Systems during and after a Crisis
This podcast aim to provide audience with practical actions companies can take to best manage near- term, upcoming performance conversations during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as several significant trends companies will need to consider if they want to redesign their PM approaches for an increasingly unpredictable future.

19 May. 2020 | Comments (0)
Supporting Employee Well-Being and Navigating Talent Acquisition During COVID-19
How current employees and candidates are treated during a crisis will have a lasting effect on an organization’s employment brand. Listen to this podcast for the latest insights on providing support for employee well-being and mental health and how talent acquisition functions are transforming to respond to COVID-19.

06 May. 2020 | Comments (0)
Human Capital & COVID-19: Addressing Stigma and Discrimination during Times of Crisis
Incidents of racial bias and xenophobia against people of Chinese and Asian descent in the US have been increasing since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Human capital and diversity and inclusion (D&I) leaders have an important role to play. Laura Sabattini, Principal Researcher at The Conference Board and Serena Fong, VP of Strategic Engagement at Catalyst, discuss actions organizations and leaders can take to support workers facing this difficult issue.

05 May. 2020 | Comments (0)
Leading Teams Through a Crisis
Research by The Conference Board has identified 12 behaviors of highly engaging leaders. As we strive to keep employees engaged during the COVID-19 crisis and afterward into the recovery phase, these 12 behaviors are good reminders of how to best lead virtual teams.

28 Apr. 2020 | Comments (0)
Engagement and Reward Strategies to address COVID-19 Challenges
Across all sectors the world of work is shifting to address COVID-19. What are HR leaders doing in response to the pandemic? How can employee engagement efforts be maintained in this new world of work? Join Human Capital researchers Amanda Popiela, Amy Ye, and analyst Calvin Rong as they discuss what practices leading organizations pursuing.

21 Apr. 2020 | Comments (0)
It is Possible to Avoid Layoffs: If You Can’t, Conduct Them Compassionately
Researchers from The Conference Board discuss Finding Innovative Alternatives to Layoffs to help organizations avoid layoffs during the COVID-19 pandemic and Conducting Compassionate Layoffs to lessen the pain and damage resulting from layoffs. If your organization has found other creative alternative to layoffs, please email

23 Mar. 2020 | Comments (0)
International Women’s Day - Each for Equal: A conversation with Raashi Sikka
Join Sarah Bond, Diversity and Inclusion in Business Council Director, in conversation with Raashi Sikka, Head of Diversity and Inclusion for Uber across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In this podcast to mark International Women’s Day 2020 Raashi talks about the importance of risk taking, being open to opportunities and the value of honest conversations in forging her own career path, and about the shift in mindset and culture on diversity and inclusion taking place in Uber.

16 Mar. 2020 | Comments (0)
International Women’s Day - Each for Equal: A conversation with Melanie Richards
Join Sarah Bond, Council Director in conversation with Melanie Richards, Partner and Deputy Chair of professional services firm KPMG UK, talking about the curiosity, collaboration and female friendship, and about the importance of putting oneself in the shoes of others as a leader and in order to create more gender equal and inclusive workplaces.

11 Mar. 2020 | Comments (0)
What’s Next for Employee (Resource) Groups?
Employee (Resource) Groups – also known as employee networks, affinity groups, or business resource groups – have been a core component of companies’ diversity and inclusion strategy for decades. Yet, many organizations still struggle with business alignment and with keeping employee-group initiatives sustainable over time and across different regions of the world.

10 Mar. 2020 | Comments (0)
International Women’s Day - Each for Equal: A conversation with Annette Stube
Join Council Director Anne Stevens and Sustainability guru Annette Stube in a fascinating and insightful discussion on being a role model, lessons gained from a highly successful career and some advice and thoughts for emerging leaders. With a focus on sustainability and leadership, Annette shares some of her innermost hopes, ambitions and desires for the world. A discussion not to be missed!

03 Mar. 2020 | Comments (0)
Engaging Men – Getting to Gender Balance in the Workplace
Join us for an insightful discussion between Anne Stevens, Council Director at The Conference Board and her guest Graham Sparks, an expert on gender balance and inclusion in the workplace.

07 Feb. 2020 | Comments (0)
Navigating without a Map? Introducing our Global Human Capital Benchmarking Service
During radical global transformation, human capital is business capital. To give organizations competitive, actionable intelligence to inform their workforce strategies, we are introducing The Conference Board Human Capital Benchmarking Service, the first global, cross-functional tool to assess metrics and practices against your most valuable asset: your people. Hear from Dr. Rebecca Ray, EVP, Human Capital, The Conference Board, and Karen Ganzlin, Chief Human Resources Officer, TD Ameritrade, a

05 Feb. 2020 | Comments (0)
How is AI Transforming Talent Acquisition?
The Conference Board Researchers Robin Erickson, PhD, and Amy Ye discuss how AI can elevate the talent acquisition function and drive business results, reveal the impact of AI on the roles and skill sets required for TA professionals, identify common issues and concerns with employing AI technology in TA, and provide recommendations to ensure successful implementation of AI in TA.

04 Feb. 2020 | Comments (0)
Viral Contagion? Implications of China’s Coronavirus Outbreak for Global Business
The World Health Organization has declared the novel coronavirus outbreak an international public health emergency, acknowledging that the virus now represents a risk beyond China. How can organizations prepare for and manage the potential impact of this fast-moving, deadly outbreak? What are the short and long-term economic implications? How can companies respond to a major health outbreak from various functional perspectives?

12 Dec. 2019 | Comments (0)
A Conversation with... Nabeel Ahmad
Join us for a lively conversation with Dr. Nabeel Ahmad about the intersection of business, technology, and learning -- three rapidly changing, interconnected topics. Nabeel is a Distinguished Principal Research Fellow at The Conference Board's Human Capital Center and a Partner at Rose Rock Dynamics, a learning strategy consultancy.

05 Nov. 2019 | Comments (0)
A conversation with... Anna Tavis
Join us for a lively conversation about performance management with Anna Tavis, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor of Human Capital Management at New York University. In this podcast, Anna tackles tough questions: Why is it so hard for companies to figure out performance management? Where should this transformation start? And what is the future of performance management?

20 Sep. 2019 | Comments (0)
Higher Expectations: How Organizations Engage with Social Change Issues
Social change issues should matter to organizations because they matter to their employees and customers, both of whom affect overall profitability. Join Robin Erickson, PhD, and Amanda Popiela as they discuss their latest research report focused on how organizations approach social change and the choices they have when they decide to do so. They will also share the findings of an online survey with over 500 respondents and interviews with 10 executives at global organizations.

29 Aug. 2019 | Comments (0)
A Conversation With... Chester Elton
Join us for a conversation with Chester Elton, author and co-founder of The Culture Works. Chester is co-author of the New York Times and #1 BusinessWeek, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling books All In, The Carrot Principle and his latest, The Best Team Wins. More than 1.5 million copies of his books have been sold in more than 50 countries.

06 Aug. 2019 | Comments (0)
A conversation with… Jack and Patti Phillips
A Conversation With... features a discussion with the leader of our Human Capital Center, Dr. Rebecca Ray, and thought leaders in the Human Capital field. In June, Rebecca will be speaking with renown HR experts, Dr. Jack Phillips, Co-Founder and Chairman, and Dr. Patti Phillips, President and CEO, of ROI Institute Inc.

29 Jul. 2019 | Comments (0)
How analytics can boost the ROI of your company's learning investments
Building a culture of continuous learning has become a competitive necessity, according to many companies. Yet few know whether its having any impact. By using learning analytics, they can tell if their learning investments are moving the needle on business performance.

22 Jul. 2019 | Comments (0)
Talent Mobility: How companies can have the right talent at the right place and time
This podcast discusses the emergence of total talent mobility—an expansive and holistic approach that helps organizations achieve both talent and business purposes.

18 Apr. 2019 | Comments (0)
How Organizations Build Highly Engaged Teams: A Closer Look at Quicken Loans
Join this lively podcast where Robin Erickson, PhD, Principal Researcher, interviews KimArie Yowell, Vice President of Talent Development at Quicken Loans about how they engage their teams. Quicken Loans has a unique approach to engagement that is clearly successful as they’ve been named to FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” for the last 16 years. Learn how the Quicken Loans “isms” provide the foundation for a diverse and dynamic culture.

15 Apr. 2019 | Comments (0)
A Conversation with Dave Ulrich
Join this podcast series from The Conference Board called Conversations with …..- lively discussions around the role of Human Capital practitioners today. In this first episode, Dr. Rebecca Ray speaks with HR Management expert David Ullrich of the University of Michigan Ross School of Business about disruption in this profession.

28 Mar. 2019 | Comments (0)
Leveraging Artificial Intelligence In Your Coaching Practice
The practice of coaching continues to evolve as a development strategy to support leaders and their teams in chaotic business conditions. Artificial Intelligence may be a tool to complement your practice and draw insights into the effectiveness of your coaching efforts across a large group. Learn about an innovative use of AI in coaching and how we can enhance our coaching work for the benefit of the leaders and the enterprise.

01 Mar. 2019 | Comments (0)
Moving the Needle on Inclusion
Mary Young interviews Linda Leonard about overcoming the fuzziness of inclusion with hard evidence and driving more inclusive behaviors at all levels of the organization.

07 Feb. 2019 | Comments (0)
In 2019, What's Keeping Executives Up at Night?
A look at the biggest challenges facing executives in 2019, based on a new global survey from The Conference Board.

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