10 Takeaways From the HR Technology Conference & Exposition

Tammy Cohen, PHR, SHRM-CP
September 24 2018

1. Women in Tech

This was the best part of the 2018 HR Technology Conference and Exposition. The panels were hard-hitting thought leaders and entertaining speakers with great insights. I think there was just as many men there as there were women. I love seeing you guys supporting women in HR tech.


2. Artificial Intelligence

Next year AI will probably move ahead of employee engagement as the number one HR category exhibiting at the HR Tech Conference. However, many of the AI companies I spoke to have more of a rules-based system. Depending on how you define AI, there is room for growth in innovating truer AI applications.


3. Matt Charney

I loved spending time with Matt. We laugh, debate, think—repeat.

4. Managed by Q

I just finished the book Gigged: The End of the Job and the Future of Work by Sarah Kessler, which spotlighted the success and failures of gig companies. Managed by Q was a company highlighted in the book. It was a great surprise to meet Emmie Warren exhibiting in the Startup Pavilion.

5. Mary Kaylor

As the SHRM Manager of Public Affairs, Mary was the hardest working person at the conference. She kept the online conversation moving and spirited.


6. Roy Maurer

Always great to meet with the journalist and editor for SHRM. The liveliest table was not on the casino floor—it was at a table at Tao.


7. Blockchain

Jessica Griffin, Vice President of Global Product Management for Kronos, seemed to have the most knowledge of blockchain out of all the sessions I attended. I found a couple of companies that said they were on blockchain, but they are contracting it out. Next year it will be interesting to see if there is true adoption and the use cases that are presented.


8. Jason Morris & Nick Fishman

The boys are back together again! As always, they zoned in on the best new products and services, left us with great ideas, and delivered advice and lots of laughs.

9. Jenny Dearborn

The Executive Vice President and Chief Talent & Leadership Officer at SAP, Jenny Dearborn, was the closing keynote speaker for the Women in HR Technology. She was entertaining, and we walked away with a list of action items. She also gave the attendees a copy of her new book: The Data Driven Leader.

10. Complexity

AI, the “experience”, globalization, and compliance are making HR systems more and more complex. Deloitte Human Capital Trends reported that 80% of all companies rate business as “complex” or “highly complex.” There were hundreds of HR tech experts on the exhibit floor and as speakers. All the other attendees must be driving their HR, product, and IT teams crazy with all the new information we learned. If I didn’t get to meet you at HR Tech, I want to get to know you. Connect with me on LinkedIn.

About Tammy Cohen

Tammy Cohen, an industry pioneer and expert in identity and employment screening, founded InfoMart 30 years ago. Deemed the “Queen of Screen,” she’s been a force behind industry-leading innovations. She was most recently the first-to-market with a fully compliant sanctions search, as well as a suite of identity services that modernizes talent onboarding. Tammy revolutionized the screening industry when she stepped into the field, developing the first client-facing application and a due diligence criminal search that has since become standard for all background screening companies. Cohen has received national awards and honors for her business and civic involvement, including Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Top 25 Women-Owned Firms in Atlanta, Enterprising Women Magazine’s Enterprising Women of the Year award, the YWCA of Northwest Georgia’s Kathryn Woods Racial Justice Award, and a commendation in the 152nd Congressional Record.

About InfoMart

InfoMart has been revolutionizing the global background and identity screening industry for 30 years, providing businesses the information they need to make informed hiring decisions. They develop innovative technology that modernizes talent onboarding, including a first-to-market biometric identity authentication application and a verified sanctions search. The WBENC-certified company is a founding member of the Professional Background Screening Association, and they have achieved PBSA accreditation in recognition of their consistent business practices and commitment to compliance with the FCRA. The company is dedicated to customer service, speed, and accuracy, and it has been recognized for its success, workplace culture, and corporate citizenship with over 45 industry awards. To Get the Whole Story on InfoMart, please visit, follow @InfoMartUSA, or call (770) 984-2727.

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