Join us for the second InnovateWork virtual event as HR, Talent, Tech and C-level pros come together to be educated, engaged, and inspired about innovating in our rapidly changing workplace.

The event is free to attend and, like the in-person summits we've hosted since 2017, we'll present inspiring high-profile speakers and a panel of experts. This time, we'll be presenting a format similar to our meetups - four speakers and more time for Q&A with attendees so get your questions ready!

Our first online event on April 29th received nearly 550 registrations and we're hoping this one will be just as popular! Please share on social media to help us reach more folks.


A series of 9-minute talks to educate and inspire us.

Alexandra Levit

Alexandra Levit

Business and Workplace Author, Speaker, and Consultant


The Most Effective Way to Transition to a Fully Distributed Workforce

Colin De France

Colin De France


A Taste of Mindfulness

Dean Fulford

Dean Fulford

Leadership Development

Stratford Managers Corporation

Leaders Do Not Need More Best Practices

Jesse Ryan

Jesse Ryan


High Road Human Capital

Talent Acquisition & Covid-19 – Getting Your “Talent House” in Perfect Working Order


Questions for our speakers.

Rob Catalano

Rob Catalano


InnovateWork and WorkTango


Bill Banham

Bill Banham

Co-founder at InnovateWork and Editor at The HR Gazette

This InnovateWork Webinar is Free for HR, Talent and Tech Pros!

Sign up today and join us on May 13th at 1 ET for the second #InnovateWork virtual event as HR, Talent, Tech and C-level pros come together to be educated, engaged, and inspired about innovating in our rapidly changing workplace.

Thanks to our Sponsors and Supporters!

The HR Gazette - Organizing Sponsor - Latest opinion, reviews and podcasts for pros interested in HR Technology, Talent, Performance, Learning, Leadership.

WorkTango - Organizing Sponsor - A platform to give employees a voice and companies actionable insight.

Gallagher - Platinum Sponsor - A leading independent benefits, investment and compensation firm that designs and manages its clients’ programs from the biggest picture to the smallest detail.

High Road Human Capital - Platinum Sponsor - Veteran-owned, Diversity Supplier specializing in Talent Acquisition and Human Resources. High Road provides the resources, strategy, and vision to help. Services include resume screening and assessment, HR policy and procedure.

Lighthouse Labs - Bronze Sponsor - Empowering students, launching careers, and contributing to the growth of Canada’s tech industry.

Thorpe Benefits - Copper Sponsor - Specialists in group benefits. Developing and implementing solutions that address both employee and organizational health.


Alexandra Levit, Partner at PeopleResults

Alexandra is a partner with organizational development firm PeopleResults. She consults and writes on leadership development, human resources, technology adoption, entrepreneurship, innovation, career and workplace trends on behalf of numerous Fortune 500 companies including American Express, Canon, Deloitte, DeVry University, Intuit, SilkRoad, and Staples, and has spoken on these topics at hundreds of organizations around the world including Abbott, ADP, Bank of America, Cardinal Health, Campbell Soup, Exelon, the Federal Reserve Bank, the Human Capital Institute, McDonalds, Microsoft, PepsiCo, the Society of Human Resource Management, and Whirlpool.

Alexandra's goal is to prepare organizations and their employees to be competitive and marketable in the future business world. A former nationally syndicated columnist for the Wall Street Journal and writer for the New York Times, Fast Company, and Forbes, Alexandra has authored several books, including the international bestseller They Don’t Teach Corporate in College and Humanity Works: Merging People and Technologies for the Workforce of the Future.

In the last several years, Alexandra has conducted proprietary research on the future of work, technology adoption, the millennial generation, gender differences and bias, and the skills gap. She also served as a member of Business Roundtable’s Springboard Project, which advised the Obama administration, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the U.S. Department of Defense on current employment issues.

Alexandra is also a frequent national media spokesperson and is regularly featured in outlets including USA Today, National Public Radio, CNN, ABC News, CNBC, Forbes, the Associated Press, and Glamour. She was named an American Management Association Top Leader for two years in a row and has also been Money Magazine’s Online Career Expert of the Year and the author of one of Forbes’ best websites for women.

Dean Fulford, Leadership Development Practice Lead at Stratford Managers Corporation

Dean Fulford is the Leadership Development Practice Lead at Stratford Managers. Stratford Managers has been helping companies solve their business challenges since 2008. Their team draws on years of practical business experience and takes a collaborative, cross-practice approach to help organizations and their leaders grow, improve and transform.

Over his career, Dean has helped leaders and employees unlock their potential and create workplaces that enable individual and team success. With a passion for seeing the business impact created by great leaders, the LD team at Stratford is focused on providing development experiences that easy to acquire, natural to practice, and designed to ensure long-term change and impact. Dean brings a broad background in program leadership and HR to his role in Leadership Development. In progressive roles, he has been responsible for design, implementation, and oversight of multiple organizational development, effectiveness and human resource programs at both the local and global levels.

Jesse Ryan, Founder at High Road Human Capital

Jesse Ryan is the Founder of High Road Human Capital, a Veteran Owned – Diversity Supplier.  In addition to leading the company, Jesse’s role is to seek out organizations that can truly benefit from their unique approach to solving HR and talent acquisition problems. After 20 years in the talent industry, Jesse is driven to educate on more efficient and cost effective ways to approach hiring. Jesse has worked in every facet of talent;  staffing, corporate, consulting, and as an independent contractor. He has a keen interest in helping others and spends much of his time volunteering with non-profit organizations, like CivicAction, 360Kids and Treble Victor Group. Always on the move, Jesse fills the rest of his free time competing in a variety of sports. Jesse is a former 5 time Karate Ontario champion, military biathlon champion, and Ironman triathlete.

Colin De France, Founder at

Colin has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology, minoring in Food Science and Nutrition from the University of Guelph. He spent the first 25 years of his working career, as a senior manager, consultant, entrepreneur, and business owner in the food industry.

About 15 years ago, Colin began a journey of self-discovery with an exploration of the practices of meditation and yoga.

Colin has advanced teaching certifications in classical yoga and meditation, and is a certified Thai yoga massage therapist. Teaching mindfulness evolved as a natural extension of his personal practice and formal yoga training.

Colin has conducted mindfulness workshops both publicly and for large and small corporations, as well as running workshops and yoga programs for underprivileged youth in his community. His 8 week mindfulness program and one day workshops are based on the world class Search Inside Yourself program, developed by Google.

In his experience, Colin has learned that is is not so much what we do, how we look, or what we have that impacts the quality of our lives, but rather the level involvement and awareness with which we choose to live.

Mindfulness, meditation and yoga have been a major part of Colin’s journey and success. His mission in life is to share these tools and techniques with as many people as possible.

Bill Banham, Co-founder at InnovateWork

Bill Banham is Editor and Publisher at The HR Gazette magazine, Co-Founder of the InnovateWork event series for HR, Talent and Tech pros and President at Iceni Media Inc. He has 13+ years experience in B2B publishing and events. Bill’s previous roles include Editor at HRreview magazine and Marketing Manager at Sprigg, the performance management tech platform.

Rob Catalano, Co-founder at InnovateWork

Rob Catalano is passionate about helping companies succeed – by helping them focus on their employee experience. With his unique experience in HR Technology as a founding employee at Achievers, Rob co-founded WorkTango – software that helps give employees a voice and companies actionable insight. He has recently been named as a 2019 Top Global Employee Engagement Influencer, and is the Canadian Chairperson for The Enterprise Engagement Alliance, with a mandate to lead and help educate corporate, government and not-for-profit management on a formal process for implementing engagement across the enterprise community. He is an avid hockey and volleyball player, traveller, and in his own terms a ‘pointaholic’ – he collects loyalty points for everything and anything!

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InnovateWork is a forum for HR professionals and business leaders looking to connect and learn best practices on how to improve employee happiness and workplace output.

This InnovateWork webinar is brought to you by The HR Gazette & WorkTango and supported by Gallagher and High Road Human Capital.