General Sessions


Opening General Session | November 2 | 9:00 - 10:30 AM

Exploring the Happiness Advantage

In a time of war, recession fears, political divide, and a global health crisis, we could all benefit from some happiness training. Keynote speaker Shawn Achor will inspire attendees with powerfully positive psychology and share the happy secrets to better work. In this dynamic presentation, the best-selling author and former Harvard professor will explore the happiness advantage and how small changes can lead to greater personal satisfaction and improve performance.


Shawn Achor

Shawn Achor is the best-selling author of The Happiness Advantage and Big Potential. Shawn has become one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success. Shawn has now worked with over a third of the Fortune 100 companies, and with places like the NFL, the Pentagon and the U.S. Treasury. To do his work, Shawn has traveled to 51 countries, speaking to farmers in Zimbabwe, CEOs in China, doctors in Dubai and schoolchildren in South Africa. In 2014, Oprah Winfrey did a two-hour interview with Shawn on the science of happiness and meaning. His research on happiness made the cover of Harvard Business Review, his TED talk is one of the most popular of all time with over 16 million views, and his lecture airing on PBS has been seen by millions.

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Thursday General Session | November 3 | 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Can we Talk? The HR-CRE Connection

CoreNet Global Chairwoman Gloria Mamwa, MCR, will lead a wide-ranging, in-depth conversation during the final general session with two HR gurus: Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., CEO of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), and Ginny Clarke, Former Director of Executive Recruiting at Google. Putting the pieces together between people, place, and technology, this informal chat will touch on a variety of topics, including:


  • The Intersection of HR, IT, CRE
  • The Role of Place C
  • Return to Office/Hybrid Work
  • Culture
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility
  • Employee Experience
  • The Great Resignation & the War for Talent


Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.
Society for Human Resource Management

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., is the Chief Executive Officer of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). With over 300,000 members in 165 countries, SHRM is the largest HR trade association in the world, impacting the lives of 115 million workers. A nationally bestselling author, Mr. Taylor is a sought-after voice on matters affecting work. His most recent book is entitled RESET: A Leader’s Guide to Work in an Age of Upheaval.

Taylor has served as chairman of the President’s Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and as a member of the White House American Workforce Policy Advisory Board. He is Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of Miami, Governor of the American Red Cross, and member of the corporate boards of Guild Education, iCIMS, and XPO Logistics (NYSE: XPO).



Ginny Clarke
Former Director of Executive Recruiting

Ginny Clarke, Former Director of Executive Recruiting at Google

Dedicated to helping leaders create the conscious workplace for tomorrow, Ginny Clarke has advised at the highest levels of corporate America for decades. A proven expert in driving diverse leadership, she is the former director of executive recruiting at Google, where she led the company’s diversity, non-tech recruiting, and leadership internal mobility teams – finding and hiring senior leaders across the company. She designed much of the infrastructure that supports their executive recruiting function today.

Drawing upon her experience, Clarke wrote the book titled Career Mapping: Charting Your Course in the New World of Work, providing a framework that empowers individuals to plot and assess their professional competencies and strategically navigate their careers.



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