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    August Breakfast Meeting - Best In Class Benchmarking and Strategy

    Date: August 8, 2018, 8:00am – 9:30am
    Hilton Garden Inn Akron
    1307 E. Market Street Akron, Ohio 44305

    7:30am - Registration Opens
    8:00am - Breakfast and Networking
    8:30am - Presentations Begin
    $20 Members, $30 Non-Members, $10 Students, $10 Members-in-transition
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    Best In Class Benchmarking and Strategy

    How Top-Performing Employers Differ from the Rest and What You Need to Do to Join the Elite

    As talent wars and competitive pressures continue to heat up, it becomes ever more critical to be a top-performing employer that attracts, retains and engages in-demand talent.  What do top organizations do that differs from the others? 

    Using data from Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.’s annual Benefits Strategy and Benchmarking Survey, one of the largest surveys of its kind in the U.S., we have identified specific actionable factors shared by an elite group of organizations.  Our statistical analysis identifies two key areas of talent-related performance – exceptional human resource management and sustained health benefits cost control – and the decisions, characteristics and actions that are shared by the top quintile of employers in these areas.  In this session, we’ll discuss these insightful statistics about both mid-sized and larger employers:

    ·         The factors that differentiate employers that consistently maintain and sustain lower health benefit costs from those that do not.

    ·         The factors that differentiate employers that successfully manage HR challenges, achieve low turnover, and consistently improve employee engagement.

    ·         The factors that differentiate employers that achieve both sustained healthcare cost control and exceptional HR management – an even smaller and more exclusive group.

    ·         Which of the various factors are causal factors – those likely to directly drive exceptional cost control and HR management outcomes; and which of the factors are merely correlative – those likely to be lagging indicators of success and/or indicate other, related behaviors that directly drive exceptional outcomes . . . and what this means for strategy development and execution at your organization.

    Our Speaker: Keith Friede, Arthur J. Gallagher & Company

    Keith is an Area Vice President, Talent & Organization Development for Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., providing strategic consulting, organization development expertise and thought leadership to client organizations. Keith is a frequent presenter at national and regional professional conferences throughout the U.S.

    Prior to joining Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. in 2003, Keith was president of A.E. Roberts Company, then one of the nation’s premier training and consulting organizations specializing in employee benefits and human resources compliance education. Earlier, he was an independent human resource development consultant, and a training & organization development consultant with ITT.

    Keith holds an M.A. in human resource development from the University of St. Thomas with a concentration in organization development, and a B.B.A. in finance from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. His ground-breaking post-graduate research on leadership in virtual organizations led to an ongoing association as an advisor and contributor to the Centre for Applied Leadership.



    Registration will remain open until Wednesday, August 1, 2018.

    If you have missed this deadline, please email