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Interview: Meghan M. Biro, Connecting on HR Technology

Interview: Meghan M. Biro, Connecting on HR Technology

Posted By: Sara Pettit.


Our team recently interviewed Meghan M. Biro, Founder and CEO of TalentCulture and Co-Chair for HR Tech Connect, to get her insight on the biggest HR Tech trends this fall and thoughts on the HR Tech Connect Summit, taking place later this month (Oct. 22-24, 2018 at the AAA Five-Diamond Ponte Vedra Inn & Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL).

Meghan is a globally recognized Talent Management and HR Tech brand strategist, analyst, digital catalyst, author and speaker. As founder and CEO of TalentCulture and Founder of the #WorkTrends Community, she has worked with hundreds of companies, from early-stage ventures to global brands like Microsoft, IBM and Google, helping them recruit and empower stellar talent. Meghan has been a guest on numerous radio shows and online forums, and has been a featured speaker at global conferences. She is a regular contributor at Forbes, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur and several other media outlets. Meghan regularly serves on advisory boards for leading HR and technology brands. Meghan has been voted one of the Top 100 Social Media Power Influencers in 2015 by StatSocial and Forbes, Top 50 Most Valuable Social Media Influencers by General Sentiment, Top 100 on Twitter Business, Leadership, and Tech by Huffington Post, and Top 25 HR Trendsetters by HR Examiner.

Q: What are the big trends this fall around HR Tech?

A: To me, the biggest trends are these:

  • The new workforce and how to best leverage, optimize, and manage it. I’m starting with people here because I don’t want us to lose sight of the H in HR, ever. I’m really looking forward to learning more about digital solutions that enable and empower the workforce, no matter where they are or how they’re employed. How can we make it easier for people to collaborate?
  • And then, of course, related to that, we have to factor in when they’re working not with people but with machines — how can we make that happen so it’s seamless, easy, and makes sense?
  • Improving how we recruit, hire and comply in terms of diversity and inclusion, and again, how we can harness great tools like machine learning and AI to make that happen.
  • And in a larger way, how we can use machine learning and AI to improve our talent acquisitions strategies and face the realities of recruiting and hiring today. And I think this is true for companies and organizations of all shapes and sizes, global or not, whatever industry. Tech is a part of how, when, where we work — and it’s also part of what we do and who (or what) we work with.

Q: What are you looking forward to at HR Tech Connect?

A: What am I not looking forward to? I love being Co-Chair of this event because to me it’s a cut above: a great idea, a great format. Keynotes, meetings, one on ones, and so much networking. We hardly ever get a chance to enjoy each other’s thoughts and ideas in a format that is designed for connecting. This is a really terrific way to bring people together — there are so many amazing minds and innovators coming together. I am looking forward to that feeling of being blown away.

Q: What do you think is important about coming together at live events? What are some of the benefits you’ve received?

A: It all goes back to the fact that we’re people: this is a people-oriented, highly social field. And even when it comes to the amazing tech we’re going to be seeing, it’s developed by people. The energy of having people together intentionally, right now, is incredible. HR Tech is remarkably sophisticated and fascinating, and what happens here is that we can ask the questions we want to ask, we can talk about it, we can discuss how it applies to challenges and initiatives in HR, and all come away with a far better understanding of what comes next.

What’s happening at HR Tech Connect? 

At the HR Tech Connect Summit later this month, we’ll continue the discussion on HR technology for the future workforce. Meghan will be participating in the Keynote Address, Creating the HR Function of the Future: Transforming HR With Technology. Additional information about the event is available here.

The HR Tech Connect Summit is the industry-leading, invitation-only, hosted event, focused exclusively on bringing together a highly qualified executive HR and IT audience that is tasked with major HR technology purchases and implementing a successful digital transformation strategy. The event is geared to pre-qualified executives who attend the event at no cost.

A few of the other speakers at the event include Carrie Corbin, Global Head of Employer Brand/Talent Acquisition, Dell; Heidi Gerhard, Director, Talent Acquisition & University Relations, BASF; Dan Wesley, CTO, Workday; Ben Eubanks, Principal Analyst, Lighthouse Research & Advisory and Author of “Artificial Intelligence for HR”.