Everything here at Talent Symposium 2018 has been really building toward making it our best user conference to date. All the learning through real-life experiences and stories has been nothing short of amazing.

Yesterday began with a spirited presentation from keynote Vicki Hess, RN, MS, who showed how employee engagement can support our hire-keep-grow approach to strategic talent management. Attendees also had a chance to speak with her one-on-one during a meet-and-greet and signing of her book 6 Shortcuts to Employee Engagement (Healthcare Edition).

Then we announced our Talent-in-Talent winners, including Beacon Health System, Brockton Neighborhood Health Center, Riverbend Community Mental Health, and East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. The organizations presented case studies of how they have used HealthcareSource solutions to reach excellence in recruitment, education, or overall talent management.

After the main stage presentations, we went into our Professional Development series, designed to give attendees a chance to invest in themselves, whether with time management skills from the Creating A Perfect Day, The Perfect Week session, or tips for expanding influence, developing a social brand, or creating amazing PowerPoint presentations.

And then there was more sharing from client presenters, including Lakeland Health, Avera Health, Union Hospital, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton, Deaconess Health System.

As I have mentioned before, it’s hearing these stories from clients and peers that really makes Talent Symposium such a useful resource to us at HealthcareSource and the organizations that attend. With that in mind, we made a very exciting announcement this week at Talent Symposium.

We want our user conference to be more accessible to all of our clients, but we also understand the tight budgets many of you face when it comes to travel and professional development. In an effort to reach more of you, in 2019, we plan to launch the Talent Symposium Roadshow, which will consist of multiple regional events. In other words, we are bringing all the networking, best practices, and education of Talent Symposium to you.

We are still finalizing the details and will communicate specifics to you once we have them.

Of course, we finished the night off with our Networking Party, this year at Universal CityWalk. All of the attendees and HealthcareSource staff got into the Halloween spirit with a costume station, karaoke, dueling pianos, and more.

I look forward to the connections and invaluable information I will get from clients today at the networking breakfast and Q&A with me.

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About J.P. Fingado

J.P. Fingado has more than 25 years of senior-level healthcare information technology experience. Previously, J.P. served as President and Chief Executive Officer of HealthcareSource, as well as President and Chief Executive Officer of API Healthcare, a healthcare-focused workforce management technology company. Before API Healthcare, J.P. was Vice President and General Manager of Cerner Corporation where he held several executive-level positions accountable for sales, operations, research, and development. Prior to joining Cerner, J.P. was President and Chief Operating Officer of Dynamic Healthcare Technologies, a publicly held clinical software provider. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.