Talent talks next month

This year as the global recession rages on, it seems that tensions between labour and capital are on the increase. There is much social debate about the region’s level of productivity and overall ability to compete globally.

However, amidst all these challenges, opportunities abound and there is no better time than during an economic downturn to implement change and make major corrections.

These are some of the pressing issues that will be discussed at the 2013 Caribbean & Latin American Conference on Talent Management, to be held on September 23 and 24 at the Savannah Hotel in Barbados and September 25 and 26 at the Movietowne Complex in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

After last year’s inaugural event, the HR community demanded more dialogue on the pressing issues facing their discipline, noted event organiser Ian Walcott.

Once more Caribbeanjobs.com and SuccessFactors have come together with Orbit Solutions and Global Expert Systems to bring the most influential names in talent management to the region. Keynote speakers include Executive Vice President of Human Resource Management of BET, Quinton Bowman, who will offer the unique perspective of managing talent in the entertainment industry and how this transfers to the corporate world.

He will be joined by the immediate past Chairman of the Society for Human Resource Management, Jose Berrios and the formidable Johnny C Taylor Jr., also a past chairman of SHRM, who was named one of the “Power 100” by Ebony magazine in its 2011 list of the 100 most influential African Americans.

Taylor is also the President & CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the only American organisation representing nearly 300,000 students attending the country’s 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

With approximately 80 per cent of all HBCU students attending TMCF member-schools, Taylor leads an organisation responsible for providing his country a robust and diverse pipeline of talented workers and future leaders.

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