BOSTON | NOVEMBER 20-22, 2019

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Featured Speakers

Billy Beane, Executive Vice President, Oakland Athletics

Billy Beane

EVP, Oakland Athletics
Creator of Moneyball
Mel Robbins

Mel Robbins

Author, The 5-Second Rule
Host, The Mel Robbins Show
David Cancel, CEO, Drift

David Cancel

Lynda Applegate, Baker Foundation Professor, Harvard Business School

Lynda Applegate

Baker Foundation Professor
Harvard Business School
Mike Zani, CEO, The Predictive Index

Mike Zani

The Predictive Index
Max Yoder, CEO & Co-Founder, Lessonly

Max Yoder

CEO & Co-Founder
Kirk Arnold, Executive in Residence, General Catalyst

Kirk Arnold

General Catalyst
Kevin Maney, Partner, Category Design Advisors

Kevin Maney

Category Design Advisors
Jessica Beck, COO & Co-Founder, HelloAlfred

Jessica Beck

COO & Co-Founder
Gene Hammet, Leadership Columnist, Inc. Magazine

Gene Hammett

Leadership Columnist
Inc. Magazine
Katie Kulikoski, Chief People Officer, Brightcove

Katie Kulikoski

Chief People Officer
Jonathan Anderso, VP, Professional Development, Softworld, Inc.

Jonathan Anderson

VP, Professional Development
Softworld, Inc.
Nettie Nitzberg, Senior Manager, Toast

Nettie Nitzberg

Senior Manager
Alyssa Dver, CEO/Co-Founder, American Confidence Institute

Alyssa Dver

American Confidence Institute
Tracie Sponenberg, SVP, The Granite Group

Tracie Sponenberg

The Granite Group
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OPTIMA 2019 Agenda

  • 12:00 PMOPTIMA Registration Open
  • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PMTalent Optimization Certification Workshop
  • 4:45 PM - 5:45 PMTalent Optimization Certification Exam
  • 8:00 AMOPTIMA Registration Open
  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AMOPTIMA Kick Off and Keynote Presentation
    Billy Beane, EVP, Oakland Athletics
  • 11:30 AM - 12:15 PMBreakout Sessions
  • 12:15 PMLunch Opens
  • 1:45 PM - 2:30 PMBreakout Sessions
  • 2:45 PM - 3:30 PMBreakout Sessions
  • 4:10 PM - 5:30 PMAfternoon Keynote Presentation
    David Cancel, CEO, Drift
  • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PMOPTIMA PARTY
  • 8:00 AMOPTIMA Registration Open
  • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AMDay 2 Kick-Off & Keynote Presentations
    Professor Lynda Applegate, Harvard Business School
  • 11:30 AM - 12:00 PMBreakout Sessions
  • 12:00 PMLunch Opens
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PMBreakout Sessions
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PMClosing Keynote Presentation
    Mel Robbins, Host, The Mel Robbins Show

What is OPTIMA?

OPTIMA 2019 is the inaugural talent optimization conference taking place from November 20–22, 2019 in Boston, MA. As a business leader, it’s your job to make sure your company puts your talent into the optimal position to produce desired business results. The essence of talent optimization is aligning people strategy with business strategy—and that begins with taking an intentional and data-driven approach to getting the people part right.

So how do you assemble world-class teams and manage employees in a way that pushes everyone to the top of their game?

Four Paths, Many Possibilities

At OPTIMA, you'll join the talent optimization community to roll up your sleeves and become proficient in strategies for designing, hiring, and inspiring high-performing teams, and capitalizing on your people data, to maximize productivity and crush the competition. We're building out four different tracks to guide attendees toward the sessions and speakers best for their particular role or organization.

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What is Talent Optimization?

Talent optimization is a four-part discipline you can use to align your business strategy with your people strategy for optimal business results.

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Be a part of the Talent Optimization movement and a sponsor of the OPTIMA 2019 Conference.

OPTIMA is where the entire Talent Optimization community of customers, partners, employees and thought leaders come together for inspiration, imagination, and innovation. An OPTIMA sponsorship puts your organization as leaders in front of a global audience across key industries and core lines of business. Contact us today for available opportunities.

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November 20 - 22, 2019