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Opening Keynote | Room: 1151
John Forsythe, Managing Director, Deloitte

In today’s evolving world, Human Resources is positioned to play an increasingly important role. The move towards a digital technology environment requires a workforce with a digital mindset. Attracting, developing and retaining this workforce is essential for government organizations to continue to deliver their missions effectively. The expectations and influence of that workforce have changed dramatically and the way HR recruits, hires, develops and helps management create a positive work environment is critical to becoming an employer of choice. This session will present key findings from Deloitte’s annual Government & Public Services Human Capital Trends Report, showcasing the profound shifts facing leaders worldwide due to the rapid rise of technology and generational expectations. Addressing these new demands, whether that’s allowing for career autonomy, being mindful of wellbeing needs, leveraging cutting-edge HR systems, or offering personalized rewards, will allow organizations to create a simply irresistible experience for their workforce. The future of HR is here and organizations have the technologies and tools accessible at our fingertips to strengthen our workplace with it!

John Forsythe is a Managing Director in the Government & Public Services (GPS) Organizational Transformation Practice of Deloitte Consulting. He specializes in helping executive clients lead organizational change across organizational boundaries. He is the Senior Sponsor of Deloitte’s GPS Culture Transformation Offering, and he leads Deloitte’s Leadership Solutions for Defense, National Security and Justice Clients. He has over 28 years of business experience, including twenty years in Public Services Consulting. During his career, he has led many consulting assignments, developing expertise in leadership development, strategic change, culture, organizational assessment, communications, eadership alignment and executive coaching. He also has extensive experience in training, group facilitation, strategy development, workforce planning and organizational design & development. He has provided strategic advice and counsel to clients from across the Government and Commercial Sectors, and his clients include the following Federal Government organizations: U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, Office of the Secretary of Defense, U.S. Transportation Command, U.S. Marine Corps, Higher Education Institutions, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development John holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the College of the Holy Cross and a Masters in Business Administration from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. While enrolled at Georgetown, John received a scholarship to Oxford University, England. John is also an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University in the Masters in Human Resource Management Program.