SHL to Host 7th Annual LINK Client Conference in Orlando

Network and Learn From Renowned Experts and Global Corporations As They Get Personal About Talent Management Strategies & Technologies that Maximize the Impact of Their Workforce

Oct 31, 2011, 10:18 ET from SHL

ATLANTA, Oct. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- SHL, the global leader in talent assessment solutions, will host its seventh annual North American LINK (Learn. Interact. Network. Know.) Client Conference, November 2-4 at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Florida. This annual event brings together the most innovative HR practitioners, executives and I-O psychologists under one roof, to network and share industry-leading insights on the most pressing talent management and talent acquisition challenges facing organizations today, and present the impressive results they have realized through the use of assessments in their talent measurement programs.

More companies than ever understand that in today's economy, the key to gaining a competitive edge lies in leveraging the latest data, analysis, and assessment technology to make more informed talent decisions to achieve better business results. At LINK, attendees will gain these People Intelligence insights and more - learning practical applications to improve their company's talent measurement and management programs throughout the employment lifecycle - from recruitment and hiring to performance management and succession planning. Dozens of end-users will present their real world experience in both the use of assessments and the dramatic results they accomplished, including Accenture, Bank of America, Capital One, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Kaiser Permanente, Swarovski, The Body Shop, Time Warner Cable, UNICEF, and UnitedHealth Group.  Speakers will share real-world success stories gleaned from their own experiences, as well as effective strategies, best practices, and lessons learned that enabled them to effectively utilize People Intelligence to improve their organization's business outcomes.

Conference breakout sessions will span a host of topics affecting organizations today including: how to successfully integrate and align talent strategies across a global organization; effectively measuring People Intelligence to transform your bottom line; utilizing the latest assessment science to create talent management strategies for the next generation of business leaders; and more. Participants hailing from North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia - in aggregate employing a workforce of over 5 million employees - will learn about products in development and innovative talent management techniques in practice. Topics covered will include how "immersive" technologies (like virtual simulations) can be leveraged for traditional talent measurement practices, and how Talent Analytics benchmarking can transform talent decision-making, and strengthen competitive advantage.  

The conference will kick off with an Executive Panel session moderated by SHL Americas President, Caroline Paxman on the topic of People Intelligence: how to define it, how it can be used to make talent decisions that drive business results, and where future challenges may lie. Keynote speakers will include Josh Bersin, leading HR industry analyst and CEO and President of Bersin & Associates, the "go to" source for learning and HR decision makers; and Ryan Estis, a professional speaker and business performance expert voted among the top 100 keynote speakers in 2010. Josh Bersin will explore the challenges of today's hiring environment, discussing how selection practices can be further optimized through refined processes and innovative technology solutions. As a leading expert on corporate culture, Ryan Estis will discuss how companies can improve communication, competency and culture to elevate employee and customer satisfaction and engagement - with the ultimate goal of enhancing overall business performance.

"We're in a unique employment environment, where competition for talent and market share is fiercer than ever. Because of this, it's become essential for companies to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to the technology and trends that impact the employment life cycle," said David Leigh, CEO of SHL. "This is why LINK is so invaluable to our attendees. It's an open forum for so many different groups - from all facets of the Talent and HR space and from all over the world - to share ideas, ask questions, and gain access to practical information they can take with them, and implement in their own organization to achieve nearly immediate positive business results."

For more information on the LINK Conference including registration and schedule information, visit SHL LINK Conference online.

About SHL
SHL is the global leader in talent assessment solutions, driving better business results for clients through superior people intelligence and decisions - from hiring and recruiting, to employee development and succession planning. With a presence in over 50 countries, SHL delivers more than 25 million assessments annually in over 30 languages - allowing clients to benefit from both global expertise and local insight. Along with its world-class consulting practices and 24-hour support center, SHL clients can access over 1,000 assessments through an easy-to-use technology platform. Headquartered in London, UK, the company has offices in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia/New Zealand. For more information, visit