past pafow 2018

February 1st & 2nd, 2018 | San Francisco


Thank you to all that came along. Be sure to check out our other events for 2019.

It’s the people that make it awesome! Deeply grateful to all who brought People Analytics & Future of Work 2018 to life. The list is simply too long for one post, so here I’ll extend a heartfelt “Thank you!” to the amazing people who took the time to share their extraordinary work and ideas: RJ Milnor, Heather Whiteman, Ph.D., Jeremy Welland, Ph.D., Michael Arena, PhD, Laurie Bassi, Jeff Higgins, David Gainsboro, Scott Walker, Jonathan Ferrar, Josh Bersin, Charlotte Nagy, Nicky Clement, Gianpaolo Barozzi, Geetanjali Gamel, Michelle Deneau, and, of course, my co-chair & collaborator, David Green. As is evidenced by the sentiments shared directly to me and online, each of you were outstanding! The exploration, energy, ideas, and inspiration simply wouldn’t happen without you.

Thanks also to the sponsors, those pushing the envelope and bringing great ideas to life: Visier, OneModel, GLINT, TrustSphere, AON, Ascendify, Peakon, Zoomi, Domo, WhoZoo, Cultivate, Vemo, Elucidate, OrgVitality, & Worklytics.

Finally, a special thanks to Richard Rosenow & Dave Millnar of @HRCurator for sharing highlights of #PAFOW during the two days. Again, SUPER grateful to you all, and let’s continue to make great things happen!


Speaker materials

Inspired by what you have seen? We will be updating the site with speaker materials and slides over the coming week. 

Here's to making great things happen!



David Green, Ben Teusch and Arun Sundar summarise their experience of PAFOW 2018.

David Green

David Green

Analytics of the people, by the people, for the people

Yes, it’s a slightly grandiose title: it might make a few people smile; it’ll probably make many more sigh. Some may even consider it Lincolnesque(!), but the People Analytics & Future of Work (PAFOW) conference that took place on 1-2 February in San Francisco definitely deserves such a lavish title.

In my three years first attending and now co-chairing PAFOW, the conference has always stood out from the crowd as being the richest for content, shared learning and participative collaboration amongst delegates. That is down to the environment of trust and curiosity that has been created by Al Adamsen and the PAFOW team. The latest edition of PAFOW was the best yet, and every delegate I spoke to during and after the event concurred with that sentiment.

Continue reading here.

Arun Sundar

Arun Sundar

Jetlagged musings…thoughts from PAFOW 2018

I am just back in lovely Singapore from the PAFOW (conference in SFO). The battle between priorities will now be complemented by the battle between my body’s time zones for the next few days. However, the 50 hours of travel and time invested was absolutely valuable and I would do it again without a whim! The two-day conference deliberated and recited some extraordinary stories, deep thinking and most importantly the pressing matters that space needs to address. A closer analysis of the content of the conference points towards a new phase of maturity in #PeopleAnalytics. An illustrative example would be the ability of the conference to elicit the growth in the #ONA space.

Continue reading here. 

Ben Teusch

Ben Teusch

Recap: People Analytics and Future of Work 2018

I had a chance to attend People Analytics and the Future of Work again this year, and Al Adamsen and David Green outdid themselves. They packed the conference with leading practitioners who are also excellent speakers, and added a sprinkling of new technology from vendors on the cutting edge of this space. As great as the content of the conference was, I probably gained even more from the new connections I made and the existing connections I strengthened. As conferences go, PAFOW has the highest quality of discussion and depth of experience among the attendees.

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thank you to our Speakers and contributors


pafow past Agenda

Agenda Day 1 - Thursday, February the 1st

8:30am: Al Adamsen of TSI & Insight222: Welcome & People Analytics 3.0

8:45am: RJ Milnor of McKesson: Analytics as a Non-Negotiable in Strategic & Operational Planning

9:40am: Heather Whiteman of GE Digital: What if You Could Start from Scratch? Exploring the Art of the Possible

10:30am: Break

10:40am: Jeremy Welland of PayPal: A Pushing the Edge - The PA Innovations Holding the Most Promise

11:30am: Vendor Showcase 1

12:00pm: Lunch

1:00pm: Michael Arena of General Motors: Organizational Network Analytics - Its Unique Value & Why its a Priority

2:00pm: Breakout Sessions

3:15pm: Laurie Bassi & Jeff Higgins: Human Capital Reporting - What the Future holds & Why it Matters

4:00pm: David Gainsboro & Scott Walker of Dropbox: Before and After Self-Service People Analytics

4:45pm: Vendor Showcase 2

5:15pm: David Green of IBM: Wrap-up & Orientation to Day 2

5:30pm: Cocktail Reception & Networking 

Agenda Day 2 - friday, February the 2nd

8:30am: Jonathan Ferrar of Insight222: Ethics, Analytics, GDPR, & Enabling the Power of People

9:15am: Josh Bersin of Bersin by Deloitte: Where We’re Going, Why, & How We’re Going to Get There

10:15am: Break

10:30am: Charlotte Nagy of USAA: The Critical Connection b/n Employee Experience Design & Analytics

11:15am: Nicky Clement of Unilever: Learning Analytics & Capability Building in Business Transformatio

12:00pm: Lunch

1:00pm: Gianpaolo Barozzi of Cisco: The Liquid Enterprise & the Need for Shifts in Mindset & Approac

1:45pm: Geetanjali Gamel of Merck: Educating and Empowering Analytics Teams & HRBP’s

2:30pm: Break

2:45pm: Michelle Deneau of Intuit: Evolving Our Data & Analytics Strategy - An Example of D&I Analytics

3:30pm: Al Adamsen & David Green: Wrap up, Resources, & Ideas

4:00pm: Adjourn & See you next time!


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