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Fairfield Inn & Suites Santa Cruz - Capitola      1255 41st Ave, Capitola, CA 95010                 (831) 427-2900

Please call the hotel and reference TSI/Al Adamsen to get a confirmation code with the preferred group rate of $159/night.


Michael Merchant
Talent Strategy Institute

Workforce Intelligence Academy
Wednesday, August 31st - Friday, September 2nd, 2016 // Santa Cruz, CA

Come learn, explore, and create with leading practitioners in a beautiful, yet focused setting just south of Silicon Valley.  The 3-day intensive program is an education/consulting hybrid in that'll help you, your colleagues, as well as the sponsoring organization.  The goal will be to educate and inspire, as well as help advance your organizations capability.  Themes to be addressed include:

  • Talent analytics
  • Workforce planning
  • HR metrics & reporting
  • Fair Pay analysis
  • Diversity analysis
  • External talent market analysis
  • Socio, economic, and technology trends
  • Identifying and practicing appropriate analytic techniques
  • Reviewing relevant vendors and emerging innovations
  • Packaging and communicating data-based insights in impactful ways

If there are other topics of interest please let us know.  We'll share if they're already part of the program or if they can be incorporated. 

The WIA will be led by TSI's Founder & Executive Director, Al Adamsen.  Al is uniquely qualified to deliver the program as he's one of the few who's created an analytics capability within a Fortune 500 company (Gap Inc.), served as a leader at a prominent analytics vendor (Infohrm, now SAP/SuccessFactors), and has also advised some of the world's leading organizations (Disney, T-Mobile, Comcast, Mayo Clinic, Dignity Health, Heinz, Stanford University, among many others).  Al facilitates the Workforce Planning & Analytics Councils and is also a frequent writer and conference speaker.  He will again be facilitating a talent analytics session at this year's HR Technology Conference in Chicago.

The Agenda for the 3-day Workforce Intelligence Academy is as follows:

Tuesday afternoon/evening, August 30th

Arrive at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Capitola.  Reception at The East Side Eatery

Wednesday, August 31st

Morning: Introductions, Orientation to the WIA, and review of pre-work. Engage in the mega-trends exercise to clarify emerging risks and opportunities.

Afternoon: Creating common language around talent planning, analytics, reporting, etc.  Review and discuss relevant models.  Engage in the Audit, Vision, & Roadmap process.  Identify key internal customers and form the Research Agenda.

Evening: Group Dinner at The Crow's Nest Restaurant

Thursday, September 1st

Morning: Prioritizing the work, then formulating a Measurement Strategy that aligns with the Analytics Strategy.  Explore the array of analytical techniques and select the most appropriate.  Exercise 1: Talent Analytics on Fair Pay, Diversity, and Turnover

Afternoon: Crafting the governance committee that commissions projects, resources the CoE, consumes the insight produced and, in turn, takes appropriate action.  Focus is on integrating workforce planning with strategic planning and budgeting.  Exercise 2: Workforce Planning to inform Recruiting, Location, and Retention Strategies

Evening: Group Dinner at Zelda's on the Beach

Friday, September 2nd

Morning: Data staging and reporting.  How to continually improve data quality and the ease in which reports, dashboards, and scorecards are distributed and consumed.  Exercise 3: Ecosystem Assessment & Technology Review

Afternoon: Packaging, communicating, and facilitating change with data-based insight.  This experiential segment will involve presenting to the group and gaining their observations, questions, and ideas.  Exericse 4: Presenting Insights and the Plan to Expand the CoE's Value and Influence

Evening: Cocktail Reception & Adjourn