Attracting and Retaining Employees Takes Centre Stage at Halogen User Conference

Popular HR Bloggers, Kris Dunn, Mike Haberman, Chris Havrilla and Cathy Missildine-Martin Debate Strategies for Nurturing Top Talent

Ottawa, ON – September 9, 2011 β€“ Four popular HR bloggers will take the stage to discuss the latest approaches to attracting and retaining top talent at the Halogen Software User Conference in Atlanta this month. Closing the first day of the conference on September 19th, Kris Dunn, Mike Haberman, Chris Havrilla and Cathy Martin will provide actionable intelligence on what tools and approaches organizations can implement today to plan for the future.

"These strategies are not 'one size fits all'," said Mike Haberman. "You can be sure this panel will deliver food for thought with an entertaining and informative approach."

With managing talent now overtaking risk as the number one priority on the CEO agenda1 attracting, developing and retaining top talent is even more prevalent than ever for HR leaders. The panel brings together some of the most active and vocal HR thinkers in the blogosphere to share their views with attendees.

"Since top performers are a source of competitive advantage, attracting and retaining an all-star talent pool is a hot topic now more than ever," said Chris Havrilla. "I'm confident we'll have many views and lots to share on how organizations can best nurture their all-stars."

HR Blogger Panelists:

Kris Dunn β€“ Panel Moderator
Kris Dunn is the Chief Human Resources Officer for Kinetix. He’s a VP of HR type who has led HR practices in Fortune 500s and venture capital-held startups, and believes that the key to great business results is to get great people, then do cool stuff to maximize their motivation, performance and effectiveness once you have them in the door. As it turns out, that's his simple definition of talent management. He believes that all forms of HR and recruiting administration should be squeezed down to the smallest amount of time possible, giving you more time to do stuff that matters. He blogs at the popular HR Capitalist and is founder of Fistful of Talent

Mike Haberman
Mike has worked in human resources for over 25 years, both as a practitioner and consultant. He is cofounder of Omega HR Solutions, Inc., an HR and Benefits consulting firm and blogs at HR Observations. An instructor in human resources management at Kennesaw State University, University of Georgia and Emory University, Mike has presented on HR topics ranging from fundamentals for Small Businesses, Networking, Social Media and Strategic Alignment.

Chris Havrilla
With a BBA in Management Information Systems from the University of Georgia, Chris began her career in IT and eventually found her true passion in the Recruiting/Sourcing/HR community having worked at organizations such as Hitachi, Deloitte and Georgia-Pacific.  Currently consulting on recruiting, sourcing and talent management strategy at Havrilla LLC, Chris is also a very vocal HR advocate blogging at Recruiter Chicks. Actively involved in speaking, Chris has presented and shared her vision at conferences such as HCI, SHRM Atlanta, IQPC, TRU, and Technology Association of Georgia.

Cathy Missildine-Martin
Cathy Missildine-Martin has extensive experience in many areas of strategic Human Resources Management and is currently vice president at Intellectual Capital Consulting and blogs at Profitability through Human Capital. Cathy has worked closely with executives in the areas of performance, productivity, organizational metrics, training, employee and customer engagement, workforce planning, organizational design and strategic implementation. Cathy holds an MBA with an emphasis Human Resource Management and Development and the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification. She serves as an adjunct professor at Kennesaw State University and Emory University where she has taught the HR Certification course for over 10 years. Cathy is a nationally recognized speaker addressing audiences from SHRM, ASTD and AAHAM.

To learn more, or to register for the Sixth Annual Halogen User Conference, please visit: http://www.halogensoftware.com/conference.

About Halogen Software

Halogen Software is recognized as a market leader by industry analysts and is strongly endorsed by the thousands of HR professionals who use their Talent Management solutions. The company offers a complete suite of web-based products that automate, simplify and integrate performance appraisals, 360 degree feedback, compensation management, succession planning, job descriptions, learning management and recruiting. Halogen's offering makes HR best-practices accessible to companies of all sizes and its healthcare, education, manufacturing, public sector, hospitality, financial services and professional services specific suites meet the unique needs of these industries. Halogen is consistently recognized by the industry and its customers as the market leader in customer satisfaction, and has won multiple awards for its corporate leadership and product innovation, including HR Technology Product of the Year. For more information, visit http://www.halogensoftware.com. Subscribe to Halogen Software's Employee Performance and Talent Management blog: http://www.halogensoftware.com/blog/ or Follow Halogen Software on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/HalogenSoftware.

1 PwC 14th Annual Global CEO Survey, April 2011

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