Mercer Latin America HR Forum - Miami, May, 2014

Latin America HR Forum 7–9 May, 2014

Smart HR: Driving Performance in the Era of Big Data

Plenary Sessions

In addition to the main program of events, we will again offer our very popular country sessions, which provide essential information on managing talent around the region. After receiving positive feedback last year, we are continuing with the new roundtable discussion format to provide a platform for engaging exchanges on key HR issues in each country.

These sessions provide excellent background for newcomers to Latin America, as well as a unique opportunity to refresh participants’ knowledge of a rapidly changing region.

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Talentism: Unlocking the Power of the New Human Ecosystem

Today, an estimated 202 million people are unemployed across the globe, yet more than one-third of employers cannot fill available jobs. By 2020, there will be up to 95 million more low-skill workers than employers need, and that is in addition to up to 40 million workers with higher education that are above employers’ requirements. There is a disconnect between the skills employees have and the skills employers need. The prognosis seems grim, but solutions are already at hand and are developing day by day. This session looks at how a shifting paradigm, enabled by technology and the power of human networks, can help bridge the skills gap. How can we, as business leaders, government officials, and individuals take steps in this human ecosystem to break down artificial barriers to success and create a more open global labor market?

Financial capital has ceased to be the most important factor — Capitalism is being supplanted by Talentism, the need for innovation and creativity to drive economic development and social progress.

Orlando AshfordPresident of Mercer’s Talent business

WEF: A Glimpse into the World's Human Agenda

The key to a prosperous future for any country and any institution lies in the talent, skills, and capabilities of its people. With talent shortages projected to become more severe in much of the developed and developing world, it will be imperative to turn our attention to how these shortages can be met in the short term and prevented in the long term. For the individual, as well as for societies and economies as a whole, investing in human capital is critical — even more so in the context of shifting population dynamics and limited resources.

A new report, developed by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with Mercer, identifies the countries best positioned to contribute to effective workforce development, growth potential, and economic success. The report is based on the Human Capital Index (HCI), a ranking of 122 countries representing more than 90% of the world’s population.

For organizations looking to invest, consolidate, or grow operations internationally, effective workforce planning is essential to understanding talent as a strategic asset and maintaining a competitive business advantage. As countries compete to attract talent on a global stage, the HCI will help will help to inform strategic workforce planning and policies that will ensure that countries and regions have the right talent with the right skills to meet the future needs of employers.

Charlotte HardingWorld Economic Forum/Mercer Relationship Manager - Switzerland, Mercer

Javier TabakmanRegional Leader, Consulting Segment – Latin America, Mercer

Beyond Analytics — A Deep Dive Into the Way People Work

“In the knowledge economy, efficiency is no longer more important than meaning, and when you look carefully at the way people work you find out there’s a lot more at stake than money… When we think about labor, we usually think about motivation and payment as the same thing, but the reality is that we should probably add all kinds of things to it — meaning, creation, challenges, ownership, identity, pride.”

Ariely has long been fascinated with how emotional states, moral codes, and peer pressure affect our ability to make rational and often extremely important decisions in our daily lives — across a spectrum of our interests, from economic choices (how should I invest?) to personal (who should I marry?). At Duke, he's aligned with three departments (business, economics and cognitive neuroscience); he's also a visiting professor at MIT's Program in Media Arts and Sciences and a founding member of the Center for Advanced Hindsight. His hope is that studying and understanding the decision-making process can help people lead better, more sensible daily lives.

Dan ArielyKeynote Speaker

The Smarter HR Function: Are We There Yet?

After a successful session last year, Dave Ulrich, the world's most influential person in HR, returns to Mercer’s Latin America HR Forum in 2014.

Dave Ulrich is a Professor at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, and a Partner at the RBL Group. He studies how organizations build capabilities of leadership, speed, learning, accountability, and talent through leveraging human resources. He has helped generate award-winning databases that assess alignment between strategies, organization capabilities,1w HR practices, HR competencies, and customer and investor results. He has published over 200 articles and book chapters, and over 25 books.

Dave UlrichKeynote Speaker

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