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The Connected Workplace in 2018: Anticipated Developments & Strategies


This is a virtual event, accessible over the phone. Access instructions will be provided after registration.


This is a complimentary webinar sponsored by Microsoft.

The workforce of today thrives in an environment of collaboration and engagement. In order to recruit and retain top talent, human resource leaders must work with business and IT leaders to meet the changing needs of the modern worker.

Join us for this 60-minute webinar where our panelists will discuss current and projected workforce trends. This program will examine how these trends could play out in the workplace in 2018, and provide strategies for human resource leaders to effectively manage their organizations in responding to these changes.  Learn how you can create a connected workplace and leverage tools and technology to meet the shifting needs of tomorrow’s workforce.

Educational Objectives:

•    What human resource developments in 2017 have impacted the evolution of the workforce, and what trends are anticipated for 2018?
•    What connectivity demands are being made by today’s workforce?
•    How can your business use and adapt technology to meet the needs of the evolving workforce?

Who would benefit most from attending this program?

CHROs, human resource VPs, and other senior-level human resource professionals; executives and decision-makers working on human resource issues at companies of all sizes.


Tracie Sponenberg
  • Senior Vice President, Human Resources
  • The Granite Group

Tracie Sponenberg is the Senior Vice President, Human Resources for The Granite Group, a full-service wholesale distributor of plumbing, heating, cooling and propane supplies based in Concord, NH.  She is responsible for leading all human resource functions throughout the company, which has 34 locations, and nearly 500 employees, throughout New England.

With expertise in strategic business development, employee engagement and wellness, employment branding, culture development and turnaround, leadership and team development, organizational and strategy development, along with legal compliance, she has gained a broad generalist background across a wide range of industries in her more than 20 years in human resources, with much of her career focused on working with CEO’s to develop people strategies to help the organizations grow.  She began her career in HR while in college, interning with a global public transportation company, and advanced through the organization over the next five years.  She found her HR home in smaller, private companies, where she could have the most impact on the business.  She’s led the HR function at an award-winning multi-state professional services firm; a pulitzer-prize winning newspaper and publishing company, and a national wellness distribution company.

Tracie has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The College of The Holy Cross, and a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Administration from Framingham State University.  She is SPHR and SHRM-SCP certified, and teaches the SHRM certification course at Southern NH University.. She is a co-organizer of DisruptHR NH, a  member of SHRM, MAHRA, HRA-GC, on the Board of Directors of the Concord Food Co-op, and sits on the Anthem-NH Customer Advisory Board.  Tracie lives in Concord, NH with her family.

Nicholas Skytland
  • Talent and Technology Strategist
  • NASA

Nick is currently a Talent and Technology Strategist at NASA, focused on unlocking the passion for human spaceflight in others. Nick has pioneered new ways of doing business for nearly two decades and is directly responsible for many successful cutting-edge initiatives such as the International Space Apps Challenge and the National Day of Civic Hacking, two of the largest mass collaborations in history. During his career in the federal government, he has founded NASA's Open Innovation Program, led the implementation of the Open Government, Open Data and Digital Strategy directives, envisioned future space exploration missions, designed next generation space suits, trained space-bound astronauts and developed open-source software. Most recently, Nick led data science and analytics initiatives within the Technology and Innovation Division of the Office of the Chief Information Officer at NASA Headquarters. Nick has previously worked at the Boston Consulting Group, X Prize Foundation, the Zero G Corporation, and General Motors.

Genevieve Douglas
  • Reporter
  • Bloomberg BNA

Genevieve Douglas is a Reporter for Bloomberg BNA's labor and employment desk. She covers human resources issues including harassment, discrimination, veterans affairs and technology that appear in Human Resources Report, in addition to covering immigration for Bloomberg BNA's Daily Labor Report.

Continuing Education

1.0 HRCI, 1.0 General COA, 1.0 SHRM
A basic understanding of human resources issues.
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