Mercer’s 16th annual Latin America HR Forum in Miami welcomed 180 HR leaders from 15 countries to focus on this year’s theme: Rethinking the way we perceive our work environment where data is driving our everyday life and making profound and intelligent decisions on human capital management. Over 3 days, participants talked about how, in the era of Big Data, HR leaders need to proactively read, interpret, and assess not only the available data, but also the insights derived from the data.
Orlando Ashford, President of Mercer’s Talent business, hosted a session titled “Talentism: Unlocking the Power of the New Human Ecosystem.” Charlotte Harding, World Economic Forum/Mercer Relationship Manager, and Javier Tabakman, Latin America Leader for Mercer’s Talent Consulting segment, led a session on the Human Capital Index report developed by the World Economic Forum and Mercer.
Participants also attended interactive sessions and roundtables led by more than 40 Mercer consultants and guest speakers from client companies and partners such as Caterpillar, Techint, GoIntegro, Oliver Wyman, Siemens, The World Bank, and The Conference Board.
Dan Ariely, best-selling author and professor at Duke University, gave a keynote presentation titled “Beyond Analytics: A Deep Dive Into the Way People Work,” and Dave Ulrich, being named the world's most influential person in HR by HR Magazine, delivered the closing plenary session, “The Smarter HR Function: Are We There Yet?”
“Latin America has changed quite a bit since the last time we met in Miami a year ago. Innovation and information will be two key factors for sustained competitiveness in Latin America in the next few years. We will need to become better at making decisions, more assertive at identifying talent, and more efficient at attracting, retaining, and engaging people. And we need to do so in an environment where technology has really shifted the minds of the new generations, making them more difficult to attract, retain, and engage. This is why we chose big data as the underlying theme for this year’s event.”