DisruptHR is an information exchange designed to energize, inform and empower human resources leaders, business professionals and community leaders interested in disruptive ideas, such as acquiring and retaining talent in the workplace.
DisruptHR events have been popping up in cities all over the U.S. and the world, and it’s coming to the Greater Lehigh Valley for the first time – on Oct. 3 at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in Bethlehem.
Hosted by ADP, a global provider of human resources management software and services, the event is being hosted by Ryan Karp and Tricia Flamm of ADP’s Lehigh Valley branch.
“We attended a DisruptHR event in downtown Philadelphia and knew this was something that the progressive, growing organizations in the Lehigh Valley would find value in,” said Flamm, district manager for ADP’s Lehigh Valley branch in Upper Macungie Township. “… We saw both passion and energy from both speakers and attendees, and were inspired by many of the new ideas that were shared.”
Flamm said the events are organized by community volunteers and are meant to shake things up and motivate people to think differently. Speakers get five minutes apiece, with slides rotating every 15 seconds.
Flamm said the events have not only been good for learning new ideas, but also for networking and sharing best practices among peers.
“We will have 10-14 speakers ranging from business owners and C-level executives to human resources leaders and other business professionals in the talent management and leadership industry,” Flamm said.
Speakers include Emeka Oguh, CEO of PeopleJoy; Ira Wolfe, president of Success Performance Solutions; Donna Goss, co-director of the Leadership and Executive Development at Northampton Community College’s Center for Business & Industry; Curt Mosel, chief operating officer of ArtsQuest; Amy Baker Trapp, director of human resources for Northampton County; and Jamie Honigman, president of HR InTune.
“Our target audience is any business professional who has an interest in new ideas regarding getting the most out of their talent. … We hope to influence a culture of unorthodox idea sharing in the Lehigh Valley that helps to drive business success in the area,” Flamm said.
The event will run from 5:30-9 p.m. Tickets are limited to 200 and cost $20, which includes two drink tickets and a dinner buffet.
Flamm said that extra proceeds from the event will be donated to ArtsQuest to help support programs and events that drive business and the arts to the Lehigh Valley.
“DisruptHR is built on the belief that how we’ve approached people and talent in the past won’t be the best way to approach them in the future, as well as the idea that all business leaders – not just HR – need to take some risks or stir the pot … in short, to disrupt in order to compete in the global marketplace,” she said.