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April 3-4, 2024 | Virtual & Hybrid Experience


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This event is a hybrid experience. The first day of the conference will be fully virtual. The second day will have virtual sessions, with the final closing keynote presentation and networking reception in-person at The Inn at Villanova. (The final closing keynote will be live streamed for our fully virtual attendees).

The conference is approved for 6 SHRM & 6 HRCI (general) credits for attending the entire conference.

The theme of the 2024 Level Up HR conference is “Dare to Be Different: Data, Diversity, & Development.”  To elevate your organization and career we dare you to think differently about how you infuse data, elevate diversity, and focus on development. 


This year’s conference will feature talks focused across three areas:

1.  technology and data analytics

2.  diversity, equity & inclusion

3.  career growth and development

DAY 1 | April 3, 2024

The first day of the conference will be fully virtual. All times are Eastern Time zone.

8:30am - 9:30am | Day 1 Opening Keynote

Time: April 3rd, 8:30am - 9:30am (virtual platform)

Title: The New Science of Interviewing

Speaker:   ANNA PAPALIA, CEO & Author of Interviewology


Job interviews determine the future of individuals and companies, so why don’t we have a common language to discuss and understand them?  In our opening keynote, hear Anna Papalia, author of Interviewology: The New Science of Interviewing, share her research on how we interview and the solution she found: a standardized language that helps those on both sides of the table to name and understand their unique interviewing tendencies.  In this session Papalia will share her own inspiring story of how an interview changed her life and give examples from her own clients with practical and pragmatic tips to help us solve the interviewing problem.  This is the session that job seekers and hiring managers alike need in 2024!

11:30am - 1pm | Day 1 Afternoon Keynote & Virtual Networking

Time: April 3rd, 11:30am - 1pm (virtual platform)

11:30-12:30pm Afternoon Keynote Presentation

12:30pm-1pm Virtual Networking 

Title: Elevate and Uplift the Next Generation of HR Leaders

Speaker:   CLAIRE STROH, CEO & Career Coach


During this session Claire will guide the audience through best practices on learning, using social media, networking and advancing your career as an emerging HR professional. Attendees will learn how to gain credibility in the workplace, build relationships and prepare to advance as an emerging HR professional by learning how behavior, communication, networking and professional development are leveraged.

The afternoon keynote session is focused on emerging HR professionals with 0-8 years of experience but open to all attendees interested in networking and communication strategies for development.

The afternoon keynote session will be followed by 30 minutes of virtual networking via zoom.  All attendees are encouraged to join.  Small group networking breakouts will be set up and rotated throughout the 30 minutes to give participants an opportunity to connect with several professionals during the session.

3:30pm - 4:30pm | Day 1 Closing Keynote

Time: April 3rd, 3:30pm - 4:30pm (virtual platform)

Title: Prompt Engineering 101: How to Write So AI Will Listen

Speaker:   CLARA DE SOTO, Global Product Marketing Manager, Google Gemini


In this session, participants will learn essential prompt writing techniques to unleash the power of Generative AI.  Discover how to craft effective prompts to get the most out of popular Generative AI tools and explore how AI can be helpful in your work and life.  Walk away with an understanding of the building blocks of prompt writing and engineering, as well a thoughtful discussion about Generative AI can shape your industry and the world. 

DAY 2 | April 4, 2024

The second day of the conference will be a mix of virtual and in-person. All times are Eastern Time zone.

8:30am - 9:30am | Day 2 Opening Keynote

Time: April 4th, 8:30am - 9:30am (virtual platform)

Title: Disrupt HR: How Tech is Rebooting the Workplace with Empathy, Efficiency & Effectiveness

Speakers: Expert Panel from Google

  • HELYNN NELSON, People Manager & Villanova HRD Faculty

  • ADA-RENEE JOHNSON, People Operations & Change Strategy Expert

  • PHILLIP GRAY, People Consultant Manager 

  • DANIELLE BLOUNT BRIDEWELL, Equity Business Advisor


In today's rapidly evolving workplace, HR professionals are faced with the challenge of balancing the human element with the need for efficiency and effectiveness. This seminar explores three key pillars of HR management: empathy, efficiency, and effectiveness, and their role in shaping a successful HR strategy.

12:00pm - 1:00pm | Day 2 Afternoon Keynote

Time: April 4th, 12pm - 1pm (virtual platform)

Title: Elevating HR with Analytics

Speaker:   JOHN BARRY, CEO HR Bench, Inc.


New advances in technology are enabling data consolidation amongst disparate HR systems.  Companies now have access to HR data and metrics that can help them make strategic decisions.  I'll explore some of the latest technologies in People Analytics and how you can use these tools to make data-based decisions.

5:30pm - 8:30pm | In-Person Closing Keynote & Networking Reception

Speakers:   Fireside Chat with DEI & Tech Experts

  • JARVIS SAM, Founder & CEO, Rainbow Disruption

  • KYLE ALI, Sr. Program Manager, Code Next, Google & Villanova HRD Faculty

Time: April 4th, 5:30pm-8:30pm (The Inn at Villanova)

5:30pm-6:45pm Networking with Food and Drinks

7:00pm-8:30pm Closing Keynote Presentation (streamed to virtual audience)

Title: A Fireside Chat with Technology Experts and DEI Champions

The landscapes of our households, classrooms, workplaces, and social spaces are changing at a speed we can barely match.  But it is imperative that we advocate for the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in these spaces to rebuild our communities, educate our youth, and care for the well-being of our people.  Join Jarvis Sam and Kyle Ali to dicuss the changing nature of DEI and technology, and the impact on our workplaces.  This session will include a featured talk from Jarvis and a fireside chat with Jarvis and Kyle.

This session will take place in-person at The Inn at Villanova.  If you registered for the in-person event, we look forward to seeing you at The Inn beginning at 5:30pm for networking, food, and drinks.

The virtual livestream of the closing keynote session will begin at 7pm here on Thursday, April 4th.

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