Sunday, March 25, 2012


2012 WorldatWork Session Schedule

It really takes a couple of hours to go through the WorldatWork conference session schedule and pick the session that you'll attend.  The hard part comes when you have two or three great sessions all occurring at the same time. Which one will you attend? Oh, it's not easy. But I stuck it out and came up with the following sessions.

MONDAY, May 21st

7:00 am-8:00 am
Continental Breakfast-Monday

8:00 am-9:30 am
Opening General Session

10:00 am-11:15 am
Executive Compensation Design - From Fundamentals to Innovation

11:00 am-2:00 pm
Lunch in Exhibit Hall-Monday

1:30 pm-2:45 pm
Total Rewards and the Employee Value Proposition at MillerCoors: Engagement for the Next Generation

3:15 pm-4:30 pm
A Simplified and Transparent Approach to Performance Management and Rewards

4:30 pm-6:30 pm
Exhibit Hall Reception - Monday

6:30 pm-9:00 pm
Social Event

TUESDAY, May 22nd

7:00 am-7:50 am
Celebrate the Profession Breakfast

8:00 am-9:15 am
Management Compass: Stop Ignoring the Truth - Management Philosophy Does Affect Compensation Programs

9:45 am-11:00 am
Compensation, Fix Employee Pay! When Compensation Professionals are Asked to Address Low Scores on Employee Surveys

11:00 am-2:00 pm
Exhibit Hall Open and Lunch-Tuesday

1:30 pm-2:45 pm
Findings From Aon Hewitt's Signature Survey on Total Rewards

3:15 pm-4:30 pm
The Changing Role of the Reward Profession: A Panel Discussion and Review of Recent WorldatWork Research

4:30 pm-6:30 pm
Tuesday Reception in Exhibit Hall


7:00 am-8:00 am
Continental Breakfast-Wednesday

7:30 am-8:45 am
12 Principles for Getting More From Your Total Rewards Communications

9:15 am-10:30 am
Developing and Implementing a Total Rewards Philosophy and Strategy at the Port of Seattle

10:45 am-12 noon
Closing General Session

Monday, March 05, 2012


WorldatWork 2012: I'm presenting - will you be there?

I have a question for you. I'm wondering if you'll be attending the WorldatWork conference this year? It's being held in Orlando from May 21st to the 23rd at the Gaylord Resort.

It's going to be a great event this year. Lot's of great reasons to attend. One reason to attend is that I'm presenting with my long-time friend and client Tammy Woodard from the Port of Seattle.

Tammy and I are presenting on Wednesday morning, May 23rd at 9:15. Here's the summary from the WorldatWork website:

Developing and Implementing a Total Rewards Philosophy and Strategy at the Port of Seattle
Session Code: T20W2
In 2011, the Port of Seattle undertook a project to holistically and consistently define the total rewards philosophy and strategy to guide decisions and ensure attraction, retention, motivation and engagement. Hear how leadership team members and department directors were interviewed to gather input on business challenges, the direction of the business, and the implications of these on total rewards. These meetings assisted the design team in understanding what is important to the organization and how total rewards link to business goals and objectives. The HR and development staff is now executing this philosophy and strategy, and they have plenty to discuss including the challenges faced in the design process and developing a communications startegy.
Focus Level: Strategic/Tactical—90/10

Here's the web page with a list of all the conference sessions.  So many great session to choose from in 2012.

I may be attending the sessions listed below in order to get a deeper understanding of Executive Compensation:

Executive Compensation Design - From Fundamentals to Innovation
Session Code: E15M1

The Next Big Executive Compensation Challenge: Clawbacks
Session Code: E07M2

Say on Pay and Shareholder Engagement
Session Code: E17M3

I'll be attending others related to compensation planning and marketing pricing as well. I just need more time to read through all the summaries.

I'll post my entire session schedule once it's finalized.

So the conference is going to be something different for me this year: attendee and presenter. That's because NEXTCOMP.NET does not have a booth in the exhibit hall.  I'm going to spend all my time experiencing the conference as an attendee and speaker. I'll be mingling and going to the social events.  If you're attending the conference we'll hopefully have a chance to talk and catch up.

Friday, March 02, 2012


Northwest Compensation Forum 2012

Hello from the blogosphere. It's been a while since we've visited. It's the busiest time of year for anyone involved in compensation. No complaints here. I'm happy to be busy. Much more than the opposite.

One area that I've been more involved in lately is with the Northwest Compensation and Rewards Forum (NCRF).  The NCRF is the local, as in Western Washington local, compensation and total rewards focused group.  The NCRF is also affiliated as a "Group Partner Network" member with WorldatWork.

Late last year I received a call from the then President of the Board of the NCRF. He asked if I might have some time in 2012 to join the Board as he was working on filling several upcoming vacancies. I said that "Yes" I did have some time and I would love to re-join the Board. I had been involved in the early 2000's with the Board but lately had not been as involved. He asked what I might be interested in and I said that any position would be great but that I thought I could handle the role of President. Upon being voted in at the last Quarterly Lunch on January 11th, I am now the President of the NCRF.  I'm very excited to be involved again. I'm very much looking forward to a successful, interesting and fun year.

I even wrote a little speech that I gave at the Forum Lunch.  I'm posting it here for posterity sake.

This is an incredibly challenging time for us as professionals involved in total rewards. And as as with most challenging times there are also many opportunities.

We are faced with uncertain economic conditions. Many of us are dealing with reduced work forces but not a reduced levels of work. We are pulled in many different directions with family, work and social activities.

This will be my second term as President. I'm super excited to be back involved with the group. But as with most past presidents I simply dropped off the radar at the end of my last turn.

What happened? Why do some Board members tend to become less involved after their term.

Maybe we get burned out, or perhaps we simply get swallowed up with other events happening in our lives. That's what happened with me, with four small children, two businesses and well, you get the idea, we all have busy schedules.

Which makes this group even more important. It's a chance to take a break from our normal routines, get out of the office and meet our colleagues. It's a chance to stay connected. To share ideas. To learn from our shared experiences. Most importantly, it's a chance to figure out where the opportunities exist in these challenging times.

And that's why we're here.

It's why I jumped at this chance. So here's to a great 2012.

So there you go, maybe I'll see you at the next Quarterly Meeting being held at the Bellevue Club on April 11th.