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DisruptHR AUSTIN 2024

Intentionally Innovative & Impactful

DISRUPT

A dynamic and fast-paced networking event that challenges the norms of HR, sparks creativity, and empowers HR professionals to drive positive change.

ENERGIZE | INFORM | EMPOWER

Disrupt HR Austin, Texas is an exciting and unconventional networking event that reimagines traditional HR practices with a raucous and rebellious spirit. This innovative approach challenges the status quo and brings together forward-thinking HR professionals, thought leaders, and change-makers.

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If you’re an HR professional, a CEO, a technologist, a community leader – and you’ve got something to say about talent, culture or technology – Disrupt is the place. Come network with industry leaders and form connections!
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DISRUPTHR AUSTIN 2024

PBS Austin
May 1st, 2024
4:00pm - 8:30pm
Intentionally Innovative & Impactful

Ticket Types

VIP Disruptor

$75

As a VIP ticket holder, you will experience the following elevated event experience:
– Early seating admission
– Special VIP-ONLY seating
– VIP Only After Party including:

  • Exclusive food and beverage experience
  • Intimate 1:1 conversations with speakers.

Disruptor

$50

The Disruptor ticket holder will experience the following:

– General Admission
– Food, beverages, and fun.
-Great conversations with great people – like you!

Group Discount:

Disrupt HR is even better as a team!
Treat your team to a great evening out.
Purchase 5+ tickets together to receive a
10% discount.

What can you expect?
First – FUN!
Networking with other HR influencers and industry leaders.

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Rebellious Mindset

Disrupt HR encourages a rebellious mindset that questions the conventional HR practices and seeks innovative solutions to modern workplace challenges.

Diverse Speaker Lineup

DisruptHR Austin features 14 speakers with 5 minutes to present 20 slides (auto advancing every 15 seconds) from various backgrounds in HR, each bringing their own perspective and insights into HR disruption.
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Innovation in HR Practices

Speakers share innovative ideas, strategies, and case studies aimed at transforming HR practices for the better. These talks inspire attendees to rethink their approach to HR and consider new ways to enhance employee engagement, diversity and inclusion, talent acquisition, and more.
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Community Building

Disrupt HR events help build a community of HR professionals and disruptors who continue to exchange ideas and drive change in their organizations and the HR field. Plus you get to rub shoulders and network with fellow HR leaders and businesses to collaborate and learn from and with!
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Inspiration & Empowerment

Attendees leave the event feeling inspired and empowered to implement disruptive HR practices in their own workplaces.
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Do YOU want to be a Speaker?

The call for proposals to speak at our next event is now OPEN!

Please click below to review our Presentation Guidelines, and then you will be redirected to submit your proposal.

DisruptHR Austin 2024 Speakers

DisruptHR Austin speaker Sophie Li

Sophie Li

Certified Executive Coach – Sophie Li Global 

Session Title: ‘Brain Hacks for Leadership: when a gardener meets neuroscience’

DisruptHR Austin speaker Hector Navarro

Héctor Navarro

Training Content Creator – Enablement @ Rula 

Session Title: ‘AI-Powered Learning and Development: Enhancing Training Effectiveness and Personalization’

DisruptHR Austin speaker Brian Vogel

Brian Vogel

Fractional Global HR Executive – SensibleHR
Session Title: ‘Manager Effectiveness before Culture’

DisruptHR Austin speaker Ali Payne

Ali Payne

President – ethOs
Session Title: ‘The Eras Tour 2.0’

DisruptHR Austin speaker Angeles Escalante

Angeles Escalante

Human Resources Manager – Caterpillar

Session Title: ‘Closing the Recognition Gap at the Workplace’

DisruptHR Austin speaker Luke Goetting

Luke Goetting

Keynote Speaker on Gen Z Engagement + Retention – Puffington Presentations 

Session Title: ‘Unlocking Gen Z+ Potential: 12 Strategies to Future-Proof Your Workforce’

DisruptHR Austin speaker Dr Allen Lycka

Dr Allen Lycka

The Doctor of Positivity & Happiness – Leadership Change Expert
Session Title: ‘The Issue with Great Disconnect bosses’

DisruptHR Austin speaker Miche'Lynne McCarter-Bell

Miche'Lynne McCarter-Bell

CEO & Lead HR ‘Growth’ Expert – HRG an MKK Bell Consulting 

Session Title: ‘Get Me Out of Here!’

DisruptHR Austin speaker Priyanka Gupta

Priyanka Gupta

Head of People – Ownwell

Session Title: ‘We are Always Our Whole Self at Work’

DisruptHR Austin speaker Matthew Hellrung

Matthew P. Hellrung, Esq.

Corporate Immigration Attorney, Managing Partner, & Co-Founder – Meltzer Hellrung, LLC 

Session Title: ‘Immigration Strategies to Solve Core Talent Acquisition Needs’

DisruptHR Austin speaker Chad Miller

Chad Miller

Founder – Life Abundant Leadership
Session Title: ‘Increasing Resilience, Psychological Safety and Trust in Your Organization: Lessons from a Rock-Climbing Ninja Warrior’

DisruptHR Austin speaker Oshawa Hunt

Oshawa Hunt

Founder – Hunt and Hire 

Session Title: ‘Breaking the Silence: The Impact of Candidate Ghosting on Company Brand and the Power of Feedback’

DisruptHR Austin speaker Suzanne Turner

Suzanne Turner

Chief of Beats + Founder – Soulshine Rhythm Experience

Session Title: ‘The Rhythm of Leadership’

DisruptHR Austin speaker Milan Batinich

Milan Batinich

CEO | Founder | Speaker – Milan Motivates

Session Title: ‘Leading Through Self-Awareness’

DisruptHR Austin Sponsors

Disrupt Level Sponsors

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Ignite Level Sponsors

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In Kind Sponsors

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Do you want to be a Sponsor?

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for DisruptHR Austin, please contact our Organizers, by clicking the link below.

DisruptHR Austin 2024 Schedule

  • 4:00 p

    CHECK IN AND DOORS OPEN! 

    Click here for a venue map. 

    PLEASE NOTE – You’ll need to enter ‘Austin PBS’ to navigate the location through GPS. Do NOT use the physical address – it’ll route you to the wrong entrance!

    Free garage parking is only available in the Austin Community College Highland South Parking Garage (entry #5 on Clayton Lane).

    Parking in other garages will result in towing or charges which event staff will be unable to waive.

  • 4:00 - 4:50 p

    Intentional and Impactful Networking

  • 4:40 p

    VIP Starts Seating at the Main Stage (Studio A)

  • 4:50 p

    GA Starts Seating at the Main Stage (Studio A)

  • 5 p

    Showtime!

    Welcome

    Speaker Session 1

    1. Oshawa Hunt – Breaking the Silence: Impact of Candidate Ghosting on Company Brand
    2. Milan Batinich – Leading Through Self-Awareness
    3. Ali Payne – The Eras Tour 2.0
    4. Matthew Hellrung – Immigration Strategies to Solve Core Talent Needs.
    5. Sophie Li – Brain Hacks for Leadership: When a Gardener Meets Neuroscience.
    6. Angeles Escalante – Do You See Me? Closing the Appreciation Gap.
    7. Suzy Turner – The Rhythm of Leadership.
  • 6 - 6:45 p

    Intermission for networking, refreshments, and most importantly – time to visit our sponsor booths!  

  • 6:45 p

    Program Resumes

    Speaker Session II

    1. Luke Goetting – Unlocking Gen Z Potential: Strategies to Future-Proof Your Workforce.
    2. Dr. Allen Lycka – The Thing About Disconnected Bosses.
    3. Priyanka Gupta – We ARE Always Our Whole Self at Work.
    4. Hector Navarro – AI-Powered Learning & Development.
    5. Chad Miller – Increasing Resilience & Trust: Lessons from a Rock-Climbing Ninja Warrior.
    6. Brian Vogel – HR on Trial for Neglecting Managers.
    7. Michelynne Bell – Get Me Out of Here!

    Speakers’ curtain call

    As you leave…. Thoughts of Forward Momentum!

  • 7:35 p

    Impactful Networking

  • 7:45 -8:30 p

    VIP Reception

  • 8 p

    Doors Close for GA Attendees

  • 8:45 p

    That’s a wrap! 

DisruptHR Austin Organizers

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Melinda Stallings

CEO – Chief Edutainment Officer
The Positive Consultant®

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    Melinda Stallings is the founder and CEO of The Positive Consultant®, a globally recognized organizational development consulting firm. With over 30 years of experience as an influential executive coach and leader, Melinda has shared her expertise as a keynote speaker at international conferences and virtual summits. Her impressive client list includes prestigious venues like Harvard, Carnegie Hall, NASDAQ, and New York’s World Trade Center. Melinda’s work encompasses various domains, including executive coaching, leadership development, corporate strategy, and organizational culture. She is also a renowned author and certified Human Resources mediator.

    Passionate about empowering individuals to unleash their potential and drive positive change, Melinda leverages her extensive background in business administration, industrial organizational psychology, and positive psychology. Her “edutaining” sessions leave a lasting impact on participants, ensuring value long after the event has concluded.
    Melinda’s commitment to making a difference extends beyond her professional endeavors, as she actively engages in volunteer work and has served on the boards of national and local charities, including SHRM, ATD, The Cancer Society, and United Way. Her mission in life is to have a positive influence on the world, one individual at a time.

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Mindy Honcoop

Fractional Chief People Officer & Advisor
Agile in HR

  • Read More about Mindy

    Mindy Honcoop is an accomplished People Leader and HR advisor with over 20 years of experience. Having held key leadership roles at organizations like TCP Software, Care.com, Spiceworks Ziff Davis, and Expedia, Mindy has a proven track record in optimizing workplace efficiency. She brings a wealth of talent and expertise to her role as the founder of Agile in HR, where she works with organizations of diverse backgrounds to create agile and human-centered workplaces. Mindy’s achievements extend beyond her professional career; she is a board member of Love Justice International and a co-founder of the Austin Women in Agile meetup. Her dedication to helping leaders succeed and her focus on aligning talent with business goals make her an invaluable asset to any organization.

    With a diverse portfolio spanning startups, small businesses, and Fortune 500 companies, Mindy’s expertise lies in people operations, change management, and talent alignment. She delivers results through problem-solving, effective strategy development, and plan execution. Clients who have worked with Mindy have consistently achieved success, thanks to her guidance and expertise. From startups seeking to establish their HR operations to large corporations aiming to optimize their talent pool, Mindy’s experience and knowledge allow her to deliver tailored solutions that align with HR operational goals.

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Alberto Garcia-Jurado

Coach | Speaker | Human Systems Pioneer
AGJ   |   InZynch

  • Read More about Alberto

    Alberto is a TEDx and DisruptHR speaker and coach, writer, and pioneer on Intercultural and Collaborative
    Intelligence. His breakthrough collaboration models have helped hundreds of teams in all industries to permanently achieve the highest levels of performance. He is author of the books “Culture and Globalization”, “Cultural Intelligence for the 21st Century” and his most recent E-Book “True Collaboration: Performance Beyond Culture”.

    Alberto is founder and CEO of InZync™ the world’s first Collaboration System Management firm and served for six years as President of the Gulf Chapter of the United States – Mexico Chamber of Commerce. He is also a certified coach in Karate-Do and Kendo (Japanese sword) and is currently working on becoming a competent “mature” snowboarder.

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Roger Jorns

Website Designer & Marketing Founder @

Reanimation Design

  • Read More about Roger

    Through Reanimation Design, Roger aims to make sure your business is found on the web and is cohesive wherever you are found. Reanimation Design helps your website go from embarrassing to exciting. Not only does he love learning his craft, but also making sure businesses get more traffic and leads that they can turn into more clients through a great-looking website.

    Roger is a taco connoisseur and loves all thing’s food, web design, dad jokes and comics. When he is not reading or telling his wife the latest dad joke, he is spending time corralling his 2 boys who love running around the backyard.

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Tanzi Tabassum

People Ops | DEI | Employee Experience
OJO

  • Read More about Tanzi

    30+ years in corporate positions – Recovering CFO

    Core Values: Help first, Do the right thing, Do what I promise, Grow or die, Be humbly confident

    Things I love: Texas A&M Sports, traveling, meeting new friends, training my service dog.

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Soledad Summer

HR Manager at Patriot Erectors
Patriot Erectors

  • Read More about Soledad
    As the HR Manager at Patriot Erectors, a leading Steel fabrication company, Sol is responsible for developing and implementing HR strategies and initiatives that align with the overall business strategy and support the growth and success of the organization. Sol has more than 10 years of experience in HR roles across various industries, including healthcare, staffing, and non-profit.
     
    Some of her super powers include bridging management and employee relation and Marketing. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Sol is  strongly focused in supporting mental health in the work force. She is passionate about helping people and creating a positive and inclusive work environment. Sol is also a military spouse and when there is free time you can find her riding her Harley, having fun with her kids and 4 dogs.
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Julie McCalister

Talent & Leadership Development 

  • Read More about Julie

    A strategic problem solver with progressive experience in Training, Talent, and Leadership Development specializing in aligning learning objectives with organizational strategy. Through a consultative approach, I partner with executives and key stakeholders to understand near- and long-term business needs and create end-to-end learning solutions that improve individual and financial performance.

    My enthusiasm is contagious! By leveraging my expertise in learning and development, I foster a culture of continuous improvement while equipping leaders and individual contributors with the skills and knowledge to succeed.

    STRENGTHS & EXPERTISE
    • Talent and Leadership Development • Coaching • Succession Planning • Strategic Planning
    • Program and Instructional Design • Needs Analysis • Collaboration • Problem Solving • Event Planning
    • Organization • Empathetic Leadership • Performance Management • Facilitation • Mentorship
    • Executive & Large Group Presentations •

    PURSUING
    • Director Learning and Talent Development • Senior Manager Learning and Talent Development
    • Director Leadership Development • Senior Manager Leadership Development • VP Training
    • VP Learning and Development • Director Training • Senior Manager Employee Engagement • VP Training