Wednesday Keynote Speaker

Wednesday, October 9
Opening General Session and Keynote

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, President & CEO, Society for Human Resource Management
Maximize Human Potential: Win Together in a Shifting World

In a world characterized by constant change and economic uncertainty, the true powerhouse of every organization is its human capital. However, many organizations are not leveraging the full potential of their most valuable asset – their people. In this opening keynote, Johnny C. Taylor Jr, President and CEO of SHRM, will help community leaders maximize their role in shaping the workforce, nurturing talent, and steering their city through the complexities of the business landscape. When we face uncertainty with innovative thought and evolved strategies, we’re unstoppable. Learn how to better serve your residents by focusing on your people.

Johnny C. Taylor Jr. is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Recently named one of the “Most Influential People Shaping Public Policy” in our nation’s capital by the Washingtonian Magazine, Taylor’s career spans more than 20 years as a lawyer and an executive, serving at IAC, Paramount Pictures, Blockbuster Entertainment Group, and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, among other organizations. He is a vice-chair of the board of trustees at his alma mater, the University of Miami; a member of the United Way Worldwide Board of Trustees; independent director of the Flores & Associates corporate board. and a member of the corporate boards of Guild Education, and XPO Logistics (NYSE: XPO). He previously served as chairman of the President’s Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and on the White House American Workforce Policy Advisory Board. Taylor is a weekly contributor to USA Today, a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources, and a SHRM Certified Professional.