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Deloitte’s Cathy Benko to Deliver the Keynote at HCI’s 2013 Employee Engagement Conference

World Renowned Thought Leader and Bestselling Author to Present the Corporate Lattice—a Bold Alternative to the Traditional Corporate Ladder Model of Success

Author: HCI  |  Source: HCI  |  Published: September 24, 2013

CHICAGO (September 24, 2013) – The Human Capital Institute (HCI), the global institution for strategic talent management, announced today that Cathy Benko, vice chairman and managing principal for Deloitte and co-author of “The Corporate Lattice: Achieving High Performance in the Changing World of Work,” will deliver the keynote address at the organization’s 2013 Employee Engagement Conference, held September 23-25 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago.
In today’s mode of constant change, business conventions that were once considered de rigueur suddenly don’t apply. As work becomes increasingly virtual and transparent, and organizations become flatter, the corporate ladder, along with outdated norms and expectations, is collapsing. In its place is the corporate lattice, a model developed by Benko, which enables business leaders to get ahead of this new reality and reinvent the workplace.
During her keynote, entitled “The Shifting Ethos,” Benko will reveal why companies that adopt the lattice model are more adaptable and have higher return on assets and greater revenue growth than their ladder counterparts. She will explain how the corporate lattice presents a strategic alternative in three core areas: how careers are built, how work gets done and how organizational participation is fostered. In addition, attendees will learn why talent in the lattice world needs to be cultivated differently and how to take an “input-to-impact” approach to citizenship.
“As ideas on how and where work gets done continue to change the face of business, the most successful organizations are those that tap into the nascent needs of society to cultivate engagement in ways that are out ahead of the trend,” said Benko. “I look forward to sharing these ideas with attendees of HCI’s Employee Engagement Conference and showing how organizations that transition to the lattice model can raise engagement, which research has shown improves productivity and profitability."
In addition to her role with Deloitte, Benko is a U.S. patent holder and bestselling co-author whose works have been translated into dozens of languages. Her byline has appeared in publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York TimesBloomberg BusinessWeekHarvard Business ReviewForbes and Time, among others, and she is a frequent speaker for corporate, nonprofit and public sector audiences on talent, workplace transformation and the role of business in accelerating societal innovation.
“Cathy is one of the most influential thought leaders of our time, and her innovative ideas and solutions have helped countless companies adapt to the rapid changes occurring in today’s workplace,” said Carl Rhodes, CEO of HCI. “We are delighted to welcome Cathy as a keynote presenter during our Employee Engagement Conference and look forward to hearing her unique insights on how organizations can adopt the lattice model to improve collaboration and change the way work gets done.”
HCI’s Employee Engagement Conference focuses on what drives engagement to create a high performance workforce. Through its informative and educational sessions, such as Benko’s keynote, attendees will learn what drives engagement, how to change an influence culture, how to communicate organizational goals that connect with employees and new ways to provide a supportive and energized workplace that will lead to greater employee engagement.
Benko will deliver her keynote on Wednesday September 25, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. Additional information about the 2013 Employee Engagement Conference can be accessed at: http://www.hci.org/hr-conferences/2013-Employee-Engagement/overview

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