Talent Symposium 2016: Call for Speaker Proposals!

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Each year, hundreds of HealthcareSource customers from around the country attend the Talent Symposium — our annual user conference. In the post-event survey, attendees list dozens of reasons why they come back year after year. And while those reasons often vary a bit, the one thing we hear time and time again is that everyone loves the Peer-to-Peer sessions.

Well, we’re in planning mode for Talent Symposium 2016 and are looking to recruit YOU as a Peer-to-Peer presenter for this year’s conference, taking place November 6-9 in Washington, DC!

I know that some of you are hesitant about presenting in front of peers. Or maybe you’re interested, but are struggling to come up with a topic? Well, have no fear! I spoke with five past presenters across the healthcare talent management spectrum and asked them for their advice. Take a look:

What’s your favorite thing about being a Peer-to-Peer presenter at Talent Symposium?

“My favorite thing about being a Peer-to-Peer presenter at the Talent Symposium is the opportunity to network with other administrators – and these networking opportunities are different than what you’d find by simply attending the conference. As a Peer-to-Peer presenter, we’re invited to an exclusive dinner with our fellow presenters, and conference attendees are more likely to ask me questions because I am a user, just like them.” – Lupe Vargas, Training & Development Technology Specialist at Chapters Health System

“I really enjoyed visiting with others that were venturing down the same path as we were. I was able to share information with my audience, but I also learned a lot from them.” – Dawn Ingalls, Director of Workforce Engagement at Avera Health

“Last year I presented a subject that invited discussion amongst the participants about a solution I had utilized. During the conversation I heard some out-of-the-box ideas that I had not considered and I took these back to incorporate into my project. Being able to offer real-life advice to newer clients is so rewarding. My favorite part of it all, however, is when other customers get excited to implement solutions that I’ve shared with them.” – Sarah Peterman, Talent & Learning Management Systems Administrator at Crouse Hospital

“I love meeting all the folks that attend my session and helping them out with an issue or giving them new insight on how to use a very robust system to the fullest.” – Jan Wright, Staff Development & Training Coordinator at Great Plains Health

In addition to getting to attend the conference for free, does presenting at the conference provide you with other benefits?

“YES! As a first-time presenter this past year, I felt like a rock star. Everywhere I went, it seemed as though people knew my name. Professionally, this opportunity allowed me to present to attendees who are familiar with HealthcareSource solutions, yet they looked to me for guidance and best practices. Additionally, the opportunity to present helped me to sharpen my public speaking skills.” – Lupe Vargas, Training & Development Technology Specialist at Chapters Health System

“It is so wonderful to get to visit with people, hear what they are doing, and make lasting contacts with others. An outstanding experience attending as a presenter!” – Tammy Anderson, Director of Talent Acquisition at Avera Health

“For myself, attending as a presenter is a fantastic opportunity because you meet great clients that you build lasting connections with, and you get treated very well by HealthcareSource. The welcome dinner for peer presenters gave us a chance to speak with the product experts before the conference began. Professionally, this opportunity allowed me to practice my presentation skills. It truly is an honor when you are chosen to speak at Talent Symposium.” – Sarah Peterman, Talent & Learning Management Systems Administrator at Crouse Hospital

Any advice for other customers who are struggling to come up with a topic to submit?

“Stick to what you do well. Remember, we all use HealthcareSource solutions differently within our organizations; there will be certain areas that you excel at that others may not. Therefore, submit, submit, submit to share your story with other customers. No topic is off limits; you never know!” – Lupe Vargas, Training & Development Technology Specialist at Chapters Health System

“My advice is to look back on the past year, at the projects and enhancements that you have been involved with at your organization. You must be willing to share the successes, as well as the lessons learned along the way.” – Dawn Ingalls, Director of Workforce Engagement at Avera Health

“I sometimes struggle with finding a topic too but I think that the best advice is to really look at what you do and what your best practices are and know that not everyone is to that point. You have good information to share!” – Tammy Anderson, Director of Talent Acquisition at Avera Health

“My philosophy is K.I.S.S.: keep it simple stupid. Often, the things you can speak freely on are the things that you do day in, day out. You don’t have to find the cure for cancer to submit a presentation topic. I write a chart of the year’s successes and failures and look there. It doesn’t always have to be something wonderful that you did; in my first presentation, I highlighted some of my challenges and then detailed what I learned from them and the successes thereafter. Choose a topic you’re passionate about, because at the end of the day if you are excited about it, people are going to love seeing you present!” – Sarah Peterman, Talent & Learning Management Systems Administrator at Crouse Hospital

“Look at what you do daily, because someone may think that your processes are top-notch. Don’t assume that everyone is doing what you’re doing. We can all learn something from someone!” – Jan Wright, Staff Development & Training Coordinator at Great Plains Health

So, I urge you to reflect on what you and your organization have accomplished or learned from recently. Have you implemented a new process that saved your organization time? Did you start a program that helped your facility accomplish a major initiative? Are you using HealthcareSource solutions in a unique way? Do you have industry insight that others could benefit from?


Share your story at Talent Symposium 2016!  The deadline to submit your proposal April 1, 2016. 

Talent Symposium Presenters

Questions? Email us at talentsymposium@healthcaresource.com

Valerie Granuzzo

About Valerie Granuzzo

Valerie Granuzzo is the Marketing Programs Manager at HealthcareSource. Valerie is responsible for the development of our educational webinars and marketing programs pertaining to our L&D solutions.