Event Recap: Responsible HR Forum 2023 presented by retrain.ai

There’s something incredible that happens when thought leaders and knowledge seekers gather to explore a critical topic. Such was the vibe at the first-ever Responsible HR Forum presented by retrain.ai. Below, find a brief overview of the day’s sessions, which you can now access as podcast or vidcast recordings.

Keynote: EEOC Comm
issioner Keith Sonderling

Starting off the day, keynote speaker Commissioner Keith Sonderling of the EEOC shared insights on the expansion of Responsible AI governance across the U.S., emphasizing that current regulations put the onus on businesses using AI systems to ensure they generate fair end results–not on the makers of AI systems.

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Ready or Not, RegulationAre Coming 

Talk of Responsible AI continued into the first panel discussion, where Commissioner Sonderling was joined by Scott Loughlin of Hogan Lovells, Rob Szyba of Seyfarth Shaw and Niloy Ray of Littler to discuss the new AI Audit Law in New York City, the far-reaching implications of seemingly local regulations, and how the European Union’s approach to AI governance differs from the U.S.

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The Paradox of the HR Mission: Creating a Multidimensional View of Talent

In conversation with retrain.ai’s Amy DeCicco, Dr. Anna Tavis of the Human Capital Management Department at New York University and Dr. Yustina Saleh from The Burning Glass Institute posed provocative questions, encouraging attendees to think about questions like whether empathy is truly a skill or a trait, or how HR leaders can tell from a skills profile whether or not a candidate will be able to do the job needed.

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Becoming a Skills-Based Organization: More Than a Trend?

With more enterprises talking about transforming to an SBO model, Dr. Sandra Loughlin of EPAM Systems shared lessons learned from her company’s transformation, while Heidi Ramirez-Perloff discussed The Estee Lauder Company’s exploration into SBO strategy. Urmi Majithia of Atlassian delved into executing technology to help overcome the challenges of becoming an SBO, and Ben Eubanks of Lighthouse Research & Advisory broke down the larger SBO concept to a tangible level regarding individual employees and hiring managers.

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The Hidden Architecture of a Skills-Based Organization

Following the panel discussion, Dr. Loughlin sat down for a one-on-one with retrain.ai CEO Dr. Shay David to go more in depth into EPAM’s experience developing a thriving SBO strategy, sharing benefits, pitfalls and lessons learned along the way.

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Can Innovation and Regulation Co-Exist? How ChatGPT Sparked the Conversation

No discussion around Responsible HR would be complete without an exploration of the huge impact ChatGPT and other generative AI solutions are having on the tech space.  Leading a fascinating discussion on the topic were Yuying Chen-Wynn of Wittingly Ventures and Art Kleiner of Kleiner Powell International, who examined the potential of generative AI to greatly improve business systems, as well as the ethical AI use questions that remain in the midst of growing regulation.

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Continuing the Conversation: The Responsible HR Council

To conclude the Responsible HR Forum, retrain.ai announced the formation of our Responsible HR Council. Like the Forum, our Council will involve experts from academia, law, enterprise, government and nonprofit sectors. We’ll meet quarterly to get up to speed on new AI legislation, new AI technologies, and the melding of the two within Responsible HR practices. Check back for details soon! 

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Using Data to Inform Talent Strategies and Address Global Workforce Challenges: IBM, Intel and retrain.ai Share Insights

When everyone has access to data and analytics, innovation can come from anywhere and go everywhere. In the current era of data abundance, what is the best way for enterprises to harness data innovations to take their business to the next level?

This was the question the Cloudera’s Evolve 2022 event in New York City set out to answer. 

An insightful mix of industry innovators, analytics experts, and data leaders spoke on topics ranging from managing data at scale, to modernizing architecture, to advancing analytics with machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI).

retrain.ai’s VP of Marketing, Amy DeCicco, presented alongside Madison West from the Global Corporate Responsibility Office at Intel and Hemanth Manda, Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships for IBM Data & AI. The session was moderated by Aman Kidwai, HR Strategy reporter for Morning Brew. 

The topic, “Using Data to Inform Talent Strategies and Address Global Workforce Challenges,” focused on how companies can use data and technology to guide long-term talent strategies, address the widespread skills gap nearly every industry is experiencing, ensure equitable access to stable career pathways and achieve business objectives.

Their lively conversation covered several key areas, including: 

  • Building a skills architecture as the first step to operationalizing a data-based approach to talent
  • Using AI to identify the right talent, their skills and skills gaps
  • Solving strategy challenges–pay gap, governance–through data
  • Investing in diverse talent and pipeline development with analytics

The conclusion?  People are your greatest asset, using technology, well-designed processes and holding an organization accountable for unbiased hiring and talent management is a key to the future success of any business.