Motivating the Modern Workforce to be Explored at Saint Peter’s 44th Annual Regents Business Symposium

St Peter's front Dan Harris, co-anchor of Nightline and the weekend edition of Good Morning America, will moderate an in-depth exploration of motivation and the modern workforce at the Saint Peter’s University 44th Annual Regents Business Symposium on Friday, November 6 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Mac Mahon Student Center. The Symposium will feature Chester Elton, employee engagement expert, leadership consultant and bestselling author, as the keynote speaker. Elton will discuss this year’s theme, Beyond the Gold Watch: Motivating the Modern Workforce.

The Symposium is one of New Jersey’s longest-running forums designed to inspire and educate an audience of all ages, professions and industries regarding business trends, challenges and best practices. This year an esteemed group of industry leaders will examine how the days of receiving a gold watch from an employer after 25 or more years of service are over and how it is becoming increasingly challenging for employers to engage and motivate employees in today’s business world. Attendees of the event will learn how the corporate landscape has changed and what the future holds; ways to achieve long-term career satisfaction; how managers and business owners can drive high performance through engaged talent; successful retention and engagement strategies; and how young workers can grow, lead and seek new opportunities within their respective organizations.

In addition to a keynote presentation, the event will feature a panel of experts including Elizabeth Walker, vice president, global talent management for Campbell Soup Company; Dan Schawbel, managing partner of Millennial Branding; and Jennifer Schramm, manager of workplace trends and forecasting at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Harris has been with ABC for 14 years, receiving Murrow and Emmy
awards for his reporting. He regularly contributes stories for shows such as 20/20, World News Tonight with David Muir and the weekday edition of Good Morning America. Previously, Harris was the anchor of the Sunday edition of World News. He has reported from all over the world, covering wars in Afghanistan,  srael/Palestine and Iraq and producing investigative reports in
Haiti, Cambodia and the Congo. Harris is also the author of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller “10% Happier.”

Called the “Apostle of appreciation” by the Globe and Mail and “creative and refreshing” by The New York Times, Elton is an employee engagement and retention expert and co-author of several successful leadership books. All In, The Carrot Principle and What Motivates Me are all No. 1 bestsellers for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. His work has been called a “must read for modern managers” by Larry King of CNN.

Walker has more than 20 years of experience in the consumer product goods, financial services and consulting industries, working in the areas of talent and performance management, executive assessment, leadership development and succession. As head of global talent management for Campbell Soup Company, she leads executive selection, talent acquisition, leadership development, learning, succession management and performance management. She oversees the strategy for building and measuring high performance and engagement for more than 13,000 employees globally.

As the world’s foremost expert on millennials, Schawbel helps corporations not only to adapt to today’s changing workforce, but to prosper in this evolving landscape —from recruiting the top young workers of today to providing the personal brand experiences that this market requires.
Currently the managing partner of Millenial Branding, a Gen-Y research and consulting firm, Schawbel and his team help some of the world’s largest organizations become more attractive to their millennial employees and customers.

Schramm is the manager of the Workplace Trends and Forecasting program at SHRM, where she writes the Workplace Visions series as well as the Future Focus monthly column appearing in HR magazine. She is also responsible for SHRM’s biennial Workplace Forecast.

For more information or to register, please visit or contact Karen Hackett at (201) 761-6113 or [email protected].

Saint Peter’s University, inspired by its Jesuit, Catholic identity, commitment to individual attention and grounding in the liberal arts, educates a diverse community of learners in undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and professional programs to excel intellectually, lead ethically, serve compassionately and promote justice in our
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