Friday, August 10, 2007

Important HR events in September

September will be an exciting time for human resource professionals and other organizational leaders.

The first is PMAP (as in People Management Association of the Philippines, aka Personnel Managers Association of the Philippines) 44th Annual Conference & Exposition on September 26-28 in Cebu City. Ric Abadesco, FPM, PMAP vice president and conference chair, says, "People practices is the main context of this conference. As we explore the theme 'People Deliver', we look into the various aspects of effective people management approaches that deliver excellent bottom line results."

The keynote speaker will be Dr. David Spong, the current chair of the Board of Directors for the Baldrige Foundation. He holds the distinction as the only business leader who has won for his company in both manufacturing and service categories the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the highest award giving body for business excellence and for strengthening national competitiveness of US businesses.

The conference will explore opportunities in foundational issues like values, compensation, industrial peace and talent management; promises of new trends in talent acquisition, work-life balance, risk management and knowledge management; excitements in people practices such as executive coaching, performance management, training and development, succession planning, conflict management and employee wellness; tradition-breaking institutional tools such as Investors in People, Balanced Scorecard, perception management and other integrating approaches to business excellence; and prospects of nation building such as corporate social responsibility, building ethical companies, business results that impact Philippine economy and a roadmap for national competitiveness.

On the second day, these topics will be discussed by a powerhouse of speakers: Dr. Art de Guia (EVP and group head, FPHC), Raffy Alunan (Lopez Group wellness czar), Rey Angeles (economist, author, entrepreneur), Bing Portugalisa (HR authority, CP Kelco ), Regina Clamor (Food for the Hungry Minds Philippines), Dr. Pacito Madrono (inventor, entrepreneur), Dr. Jojo Mutuc (professor, business planner), Dr. Ed Garrovillas (professor, marketing expert), Dr. Victoria D. Caparaz (professor, work-life balance advocate), Dexter Mendoza (organizational peacekeeper, mediaman), Chit Ventura, FPM (human capital expert), Faye Corcuera, FPM (organization development expert), Capt. Art Gatbonton (chief learning officer, PAL), and Dr. Poch Macaranas (adviser to Philippine presidents, AIM policy maker) among many notable presenters.

Dr. Wyna Medina, president of St. Paul University; Cecilia Flores Oebanda, president of Visayan Forum and Francis Monera, president of Cebu Holdings and Cebu Chamber of Commerce will take part in the CEO Forum to further thresh out the ramifications of the theme, People Deliver.

The Conference will be very interactive and will use such new technologies as World Café, a strategic dialogue methodology, and Learning in Concert, a learning activity that combines music, dancing, theatre, IT and inspiring talks.

Cacay de Leon and Malou Bustos will be happy to give you more details when you call them at 726-1532 or email and

In Taiwan, just across Pagudpod, Ilocos Norte, two other HR events are creating excitement among HR professionals in the region. These are the 2007 Summit for Globalization of Human Resources (September 28-29) and the Train-the-Trainer Boot Camp (Oct 1-2) with Bob Pike, a leading star in the firmament of learning and development.

The Summit will feature a mix of international speakers on the topics of leading for performance, global mobility, leadership, talent management, innovation in HR, workplace and global learning, organizational and personal learning, change culture, human capital for global competitiveness, HR in Mainland China, trends in globalization, managing SMEs for global competition and many others.

Two Filipino speakers will be featured. One is Roger Collantes, regional training and development director for Citibank Asia Pacific, Global Consumer Group, based in Singapore. He is a multi-awarded organization development consultant, international professional trainer and human resource professional.

The other speaker is this columnist.

Trainers will have the very amiable and revered trainer-of-trainers Bob Pike as Boot Camp Director. In 2003 the more than 80,000 subscribers of Training Magazine voted The Bob Pike Group the best "Train-the-Trainer" company in the industry. In 2007 Bob received the Instructional Systems Association's "Thought Leader" award for his outstanding contributions to the field. I attend Bob's sessions at the ASTD Conference every year and he has always something exciting and new to share.

For details please visit or email Bronte Hsiao at


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