Dave Ulrich


Rensis Likert Professor of Business Ross School of Business, University of Michigan


Ranked as the #1 management guru by Business Week, profiled by Fast Company as one of the world’s top 10 creative people in business, a top 5 coach in Forbes, and recognized on Thinkers50 as one of the world’s leading business thinkers, Dave Ulrich has a passion for ideas with impact. In his writing, teaching, and consulting, he continually seeks new ideas that tackle some of the world’s thorniest and longest standing challenges.

His bestselling books and popular speeches shape the corporate agenda. Dave has written 30 books and over 200 articles that have shaped three fields:

He has influenced thinking about organizations by defining organizations as bundles of
capabilities (Organization Capability) and worked to delineate capabilities of learning
(Learning Organization Capability), collaboration (Boundaryless Organization), talent management (Why of Work), and culture change (GE Workout).

He has articulated the basics of effective leadership (Leadership Code), connected leadership with customers (Leadership Brand), and synthesized ways to ensure that leadership aspirations turn into actions (Leadership Sustainability). Dave’s current work on Leadership Capital Index (published by Berrett Koehler in September 2015) creates a “Moody’s index” for leadership. This work examines leadership through the eyes of investors and helps realize the market value of leadership, thus bringing the fields of firm valuation and leadership together.

He has shaped the HR profession and been called the “father of modern HR” and “HR thought leader of the decade” by focusing on HR outcomes, governance, competencies, and practices (HR Champions; HR Value Added; HR Transformation; HR Competencies; HR Outside In). He spearheaded a “gift” book on the future of HR (The Rise of HR, distributed to over 1,000,000 HR professionals), in which 70 thought leaders freely share their insights.


November 15, 2023 09:10 AM

Opening Keynote: What’s next for HR to create value in the ever changing business context?

We all recognize and experience the changing business context with technology (openAI), social, political, economic, climate, and lifestyle trends. As a result of these trends, people and organization issues are top of mind for business executives, boards, customers, investors, and regulators. These trends will require new assumptions about the future of work today and HR’s evolving role to respond to these assumptions. This keynote will highlight four emerging assumptions: connecting the inside to the outside (outside/in), harnessing uncertainty, personalizing work, and navigating paradox. We will explore how these assumptions require a new perspective on HR’s value contribution, moving from personnel to human resources to human capital to human capability. Participants will glimpse into the future of work and fold that future into today’s specific actions to flourish and thrive. Now is THE time for HR to rise to the opportunities ahead.

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November 15, 2023 11:00 AM

Principles of Transformation applied for HR and Business

To respond to changing business context requires transformation (by whatever name: agility, reinvention, renewal, disruption, change). This masterclass will help participants accomplish transformation. We will look at three targets (stakeholders) for transformation to happen: business (organization), HR function, and individual. For each of these stakeholders, we will identity three principles of transformation: why transformation matters, what it looks like, and how to do it. This leads to a nine box transformation roadmap (below). Participants will walk away with an overall framework for making transformation happen and specific actions and skills in each of the nine cells. Transformation will be less abstract and more actionable with a clear blueprint for making it happen.

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November 15, 2023 01:30 PM

Trends in Talent and Employee Experience - and how to prioritize

Talent (called people, workforce, individual competence, skills, expertise/know-how, and so forth) has been foundation for any organization success and multitude of programs and initiatives and untold millions have been invested to attract, retain, and upgrade talent. But how can an organization gain a sustainable talent advantage? In this masterclass, we will answer 3 questions to give your organization a talent advantage: 1. Why talent matters. We will show the impact of talent on key business results around strategy reinvention, customer connection, investor confidence, and communication reputation so it gets the attention it deserves. | 2. What are emerging trends in talent? We will identify 10 emerging trends in managing talent with specific actions for each trend. This talent menu will give you choices on how to better gain your talent advantage. | 3. Which emerging trends deliver your desired results? We will report the findings of the Organization Guidance System to show the relative impact of each of the talent trends on stakeholders and we will guide you to discover the talent initiatives that deliver outcomes that matter to you. | Participants will leave this session with a Talent Advantage from the latest insights about talent trends and the ability to translate those ideas so that they have impact in their organization.

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