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COVID-19 Interactive Discussion & Panel – The #NextNormal
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A 90-minute interactive session and panel discussion from 3 members - Eric Fink, CHRO - Global Blood Therapeutics; Stuart Hockridge, SVP Global HR – Align Technology; Lynne Smith, SVP HR - Robert Half International -- about the impact of COVID-19 on: 1) Return to Office/Return to Workplace, 2) Employee Engagement/Work Culture, 3) Implications for OD, L&D, etc., Please come prepared to have active conversations on the specific things you’d like to discuss.

When: 05/15/2020
1:00 pm
Where: Zoom Meeting
Contact: Kati Adams

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COVID-19 Interactive Discussion & Panel – The #NextNormal


Eric Fink, CHRO - Global Blood Therapeutics

Stuart Hockridge, SVP Global HR – Align Technology

Lynne Smith, SVP HR – Robert Half International


For our May virtual meeting, we will have an interactive session and panel discussion from three of our members about the impact of COVID-19 on three critical business areas:


1) What does a Return to Office/Return to Workplace look like and how to set up the right processes in place to cope with multiple scenarios?


2) How do you increase employee engagement for scenarios that include staying “Work From Home” or moving back into “Work From Office/Workplace?” Why is it important to establishing a work culture, even remotely, where people can do their best work?  What is the best way to accomplish this?


3) After the economy is on the way to recovery, what are the implications for organizational design, leadership development, management capabilities, employee experience, etc.?


Please come prepared to have active conversations with your peers in break-out groups on the specific things you’ve done within your organization in response to the crisis, and any issues you would like to discuss.


Who Should Attend


CHRO/SVP/EVP HR, VP/Directors/Managers of HR, HRBPs, Facilities professionals.


About the Panelists

Eric Fink joined GBT in August 2019 as chief human resources officer. He is responsible for all aspects of the company’s human resources (HR) function, including talent acquisition, talent management, employee engagement, compensation, benefits and learning and development. Mr. Fink is a senior HR professional with more than 10 years of experience building and leading multifaceted HR functions to support fast-growing biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. Before joining GBT, he served as vice president, human resources, at Jazz Pharmaceuticals, where he built and ran the talent and business partnering organizations. In that role, he launched robust performance management programs, executed global learning and development initiatives, created diversity and inclusion programs and created an inspiring company culture, which contributed to high employee engagement and staff retention and cost savings. Prior to Jazz Pharmaceuticals, he was associate director, U.S. sales training, at Bayer HealthCare. Earlier in his career, he was a sales leader at GlaxoSmithKline, where he supported multiple brand launches. Mr. Fink is accredited by the Society for Human Resource Management as a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). He participated in Cornell University’s Modern CHRO Role & Strategies for Success program and completed the California Strategic Human Resource Partnership’s Human Resources Executive Development Program. He earned a B.S. in biology from Pennsylvania State University and an M.S. in organizational leadership from Mercyhurst College.

Stuart Hockridge is Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources responsible for leading the global human resources team including talent management, recruitment, total rewards and HR services for Align Technology's operations and facilities around the world. He joined the company in May 2016 as Vice President, Global Human Resources. Stuart has more than 20 years of broad human resource experience across a number of international Fortune 500 companies, from defense, finance, technology and healthcare. Prior to joining Align Technology, Stuart was Senior Vice President of Talent at Visa Inc., where he led all aspects of talent delivery for the company including executive development, succession planning, employee engagement, learning and development and talent acquisition. Prior to Visa, he held a number of human resource management positions at GE Healthcare leading HR processes both globally and for various divisions of the company.

Lynne Smith is Senior Vice President of Human Resources for global staffing firm Robert Half International. Over the last 25 years, she has shared her considerable organizational, interpersonal communication and consulting skills with dynamic and fast-paced organizations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Lynne joined Robert Half in 1997 as a senior technical recruiter. Throughout her 20+ years with the company, she assumed roles of greater scope and responsibility, culminating in her current position. Lynne is responsible globally for employee experience, talent management programs, talent acquisition, compensation, benefits, HR compliance, mobility, diversity and inclusion programs, and the HR Business Partner team.