Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Human Capital Management Investor Forum - Las Vegas

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As part of my upcoming visit to live blog the 2009 Employers of Excellence National Conference at Green Valley Ranch Casino and Spa in Las Vegas, I will also have an opportunity to attend a unique first time event - The Human Capital Management Investors Forum. This event is a Venture Capital opportunity for those looking for opportunities in the Human Capital Management vertical.

The HCM Investors Forum is a two-day event that will highlight the significant financial, economic, political, and technology trends impacting the Human Capital vertical space worldwide.

The HCM Investors Forum will feature a veritable “who’s who” of Human Capital Management investment, as well as Senior HR Executives and HCM solution providers. The program will include interactive presentations, the opportunity for company pitches, and networking sessions that focus on bringing the right financing and expertise to the future leaders in the HCM universe.

The HCM Investors Forum will host 12 of the “Hottest New Players" in the HCM field, handpicked by along with 20 six-minute pitches by CEO’s from companies seeking later-stage capital, potential acquirers, or strategic business partners.

The goal of the HCM Investors Forum is to match growth company buyers with sellers, and to identify the most promising, innovation-driven, growth investment opportunities. Attendees will also be able to seek out and identify potential beta clients, board members and advisor roles for top HR Professionals.

Attendance is expected to be substantial, and will include:

  • Finance Professionals including institutional investors, private equity groups, venture capitalists, investment bankers, high wealth investors, investment advisors, research analysts and corporate buyers.
  • Top influencers and HR Executives who will be available to evaluate advisor roles and board positions, and to develop relationships with leading-edge opportunities for the new generation of HCM applications where they will be available to influence and direct the future of HCM applications and services.
  • HCM solution providers looking for funding, acquisitions, or partnership opportunities.
  • HCM advisors and professionals including Consulting Firms, Legal Representatives and Accounting Firms.
  • Industry Analysts, Media representatives, and the Blogging Community will be moderating debates and following the action.


Monday January 26th

5:00 - 6:30 pm

The State Of the Human Capital Market: A lively debate on how the industry stands now as
well as what the future holds by lead analysts

Moderated by Debbie McGrath CEO of

6:30 - 8:00 pm Reception and Networking Session - Scotch and Fine Wine Tasting

Tuesday January 27th

8:30 - 10:00 am Stedman Graham: Health & Lifestyle: Life Leadership Program

10:15 - 11:00 am
State of the Capital Nations - Panel of Financiers

Join today's leading financiers, that are committed to the HCM space, as they give us their views on the market conditions and why they are still committed to this space.

11:15 - 12:00 noon

Choice of Panels:

Attracting our First Round of Funding & What we really want from a VC Point of View
Join this panel of angel and series A investors to hear what they look for in portfolio firms and why early investments are important to them.
How early market financiers evaluate opportunities and make investment decisions.

Partnerships, Alliances and Building Relationships That Work

Learn from industry experts about what they look for in making relationships work, how to identify relationships, how to make them profitable and how to create win-win scenarios.

12:00 - 12:30 pm Meet and Greet the HCM vendors and sponsors

Q & A From Two Previous Sessions

12:30 - 1:45 pm. Keynote and Lunch - Kenny Moore:
Managing Change and Motivating Your Workforce: An Oxymoron in Today's Economy

1:45 - 2:30 pm.

Choice of Panels:

International Growth - Fueling International Growth Strategies
Join this panel of leading HCM providers, HR professionals and Financiers as they discuss international growth strategies and global opportunities.

Mark Hamden ; CEO HRSmart

Funding Challenge #1 - Under $1M in Revenue
These 6 established firms are looking for funding alternatives to grow their business.

2:45 - 3:15 pm. Meet and Greet the HCM Vendors and Sponsors

Q and A from Two Previous Sessions

3:15 - 4:00 pm. Keynote: What's Really Happening in the Financial World (Presented by the Venture Capital Association)

4:00 - 4:45 pm.

Choice of Panels:

Mergers and Acquisitions: Driving Sustainable Value
How to evaluate your firm and get the deal done in turbulent times, so that all parties profit.

Establishing a Board of Directors Advisors and Beta Clients
Why shoud we be on your Board? Join of panel of top HCM experts from Fortune 1000 firms who are looking for Board or advisory roles with leading-edge market makers that wil be redefining the HCM space.

Libby Sartain Ex : Chief People Person Yahoo
Michael Winston : Change Management Expert and SVP HR 5 Global 100 firms

4:45 - 6:15 pm. Roger Nierenburg: The Music Paradigm: Leadership, Teamwork and Managing Change

6:15 - 10:00 pm. Dine About with Entertainment (Mo Dixon)

Evening Reception and Entertainment with Mo Dixon

Wednesday January 28th

8:30 - 10:00 am. Erin Gruell: Valuing Diversity and Overcoming Adversity

10:15 - 11:00 am. State of the Capital Nations - Alternative Funding: Evaluating What is Right For You
Join us for a discussion by a panel of financiers of firms, representing all forms of capital, about the various advantages available to you.

11:20 - 11:50 am.

Choice of Workshop:

CEO Spotlight - Series A Round: $1M+ in Revenue
Evaluate six top emerging CEOs in their bid to attract capital, beta clients and investors.

Entice Labs
Drive by Recruiting

Selling IP, Patents and Copyrights
How do you market, sell and value your IP?

11:50 - 12:35 pm.

Choice of Workshop:

Debt Financing
How it works, the acceptable levels and why it may be good for your organization.

Private vs. IPO
Will the IPO market open up again, and what are the advantages of being private or public? Learn more form a group of experts.

12:35 - 1:55 pm. Round Table Lunch and Showcase

1:55 - 2:40 pm.

Choice of Workshop:

CEO Showcase: B Series and Subsequent Funding
Mature companies, that have already raised capital but are looking to raise additional funding for further expansion or growth, are part of this select group of CEOs profiled.

Negotiating A Term Sheet
How to negotiate the best terms in today's market.

2:45 - 3:30 pm. Choice of Workshops

3:45 - 4:30 pm.

Choice of Workshops:

Leveraging Advisory Boards
Panel on how to effectively use and reward board members, advisors and beta clients

Setting Realistic Evaluations
How to valuate your firm for today and for the future

4:30 - 5:40 pm. Closing Keynote Michael Winston Change Management Expert

For more information on the HCM Investors Forum, call Debbie McGrath, CEO of, at 1-877-472-6648, ext. 104.

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