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Curious to learn all about the latest medical technology innovations being developed right here in Arizona? Join me at the @aztechcouncil’s 2022 MedTech Conference on Tuesday, June 21 to hear from an accomplished line-up of healthcare innovators and the businesses and people who help build capacity for growth. I will be speaking about building HR Capital capability and recruiting strategies and giving out copies of Hack Recruiting.

You’ll get to interact with engaging exhibits, ask questions of expert panels, and walk away with turnkey guidance and best practices for how to develop, test, and scale your own med-tech solution. Use promo code “15OFF” to get $15 off registration. Register now:

Past Talks

The ROI of Upskilling and Reskilling Your Workforce

The United States has been in a labor shortage for years. COVID19 masked it. Now it has returned, and many employers are already struggling to find the employees they need. Heavy doses of recruiting and traditional solutions will not provide your organization the talented workforce you require in the digital age.

Leading edge employers are turning to reskilling and upskilling their workforce as a solution. Attendees will learn how reskilling and upskilling can provide them with the talent they need and reduce their turnover costs, providing a great return-on-investment. As always, the first step is to create the business case for your organization. The next step is to take an interest in your workforce.

What you will learn

  • Defining of Upskilling and Reskilling.
  • Factors driving the need for upskilling and reskilling.
  • Which skills?
  • The economics of developing your workforce.
  • Mapping skills required on job families.
  • Return on investment for upskilling and reskilling.

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Rebroadcasts of Past Talks

HR Data Literacy. It is easier than you think! Sept 9, 2020, 1:00 PM ET


I am looking forward to tomorrow’s discussion on HR strategy, technology and data literacy!  It is easier than you think. Join us at 1:00 PM ET / 10:00 AM PT

Driving Bias Out Of Selection, Performance & Promotion Decisions — October 28, 2020

The homicide of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the divisions in our national politics has dramatically raised the topic of race relations and equality at work. Diversity and inclusion is frequently a difficult subject of “haves” and “have-nots,” with perceptions on all sides of preferential treatment of the other.

Human resources has the methods, validated assessments, and now the digital technology to significantly drive bias out of the decisions made to hire, reward, and promote employees. Moreover, HR can track the decisions made by management over time and identify where there are anomalies in the organization’s decision making and investigate it. Are the anomalies caused by flukes in the numbers or are there conscious, or unconscious biases at work?

This course will identify many of the methods, assessments, and digital technology and show HR leaders how to put these tools to work to improve the quality of hiring and promotion decisions, organizational performance, employee experience, and its diversity and inclusion.

-Know the selection methodologies and digital technologies that accurately and reliably result in hiring high performing employees without bias.
-How to use validated assessments in the hiring and succession planning and promotion process.
-How to discern validated and reliable assessments from the bright shiny objects
-How to fashion a strategy and plan for their business and budget.

Please join me on October 28th at 2:00 PM PT for this important, timely, and insightful webinar. You can register here


Victor Assad is the CEO of Victor Assad Strategic HR Consulting, Managing Partner of InnovationOne, and Sales Advisor to MeBeBot. He works with companies to transform HR, conduct executive and technical search, implement remote work, and improve leaders, teams, and cultures of innovation.
Victor is the author of the highly acclaimed book, “Hack Recruiting: The Best of Empirical Research, Method and Process, and Digitization.”

In 2020, he has also published, with The Conference Board, new research on the traits of highly innovative companies, Useful and Emerging Practices of Highly Innovative Organizations in the Digital Era. In response to COVID19, Victor published a new guidebook on how to safely and effectively reopen in the Post-COVID19 office environment with remote work, 9 Steps to Implement a New Post-COVID19 Office Environment.

Victor has been an active member of executive business teams and the leader of human resources organizations in fast growth, high-technology, global businesses of Honeywell and Medtronic. He has led HR from Mumbai to Milano.

Victor holds a Master of Arts Degree in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He has executive leadership certifications from Harvard and Kellogg. He and his wife live in Scottsdale, AZ.

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Hack Your Recruiting to hire better employees faster while cutting costs and turnover! August 27, 2020 at AZ SHRM Virtual Conference.


While the Pandemic has cooled recruiting in most industries, many HR organizations have already upgraded their technologies to conduct online interviews and onboarding. But there is much more to do. Now is the time to hack recruiting processes before the hot talent market returns.

HR for years has the same digital technology available to it that marketing has used to build customer brand and hack marketing practices. During the lull in hiring from the Pandemic, it is the time to implement digital tools to build employer brand, accelerate recruiting, gather analytics, and hire better employees without bias while lowering costs and employee turnover.

The technology for digital hiring includes on-demand video interviewing, chatbots, artificial intelligence, and blockchain. Technology, however, is not a silver bullet. HR also needs to use validated interviewing techniques, assessments, and processes.

This presentation is based on my highly acclaimed book, Hack Recruiting: The Best of Empirical Research, Method and Process, and Digital Technology. 

The three takeaways from this presentation are:

1. Most reliable selection methodologies.
2. Most reliable digital technology for recruiting.
3. Streamlined recruiting process and measures.

Victor Assad is the CEO of Victor Assad Strategic Human Resources Consulting, Managing Partner of InnovationOne, LLC, and advisor to MeBeBot. He is the author of “Hack Recruiting: The Best of Empirical Research, Method and Process, and Digitization.”

Victor led human resources for fast growth, high-technology, global businesses of Honeywell and Medtronic.

Register for the AZ SHRM Virtual Conference, to see my presentation from 1:30 to 2:45 PM PT on August 27th.

Watch me and Piyanka Jain on JobSync’s Aug. 27th podcast: Data Literacy for HR Professionals.


There is a misconception today that you need to be a data scientist and be working with AI or some other analytics tool to create HR measurements that connect to better HR practices and overall better business outcomes.  It’s simply not true.

On August 27 we spoke with Piyanka Jain, CEO Aryng and author of  “Behind Every Good Decision: How Anyone Can Use Business Analytics to Turn Data into Profitable Insight” and Victor Assad, CEO Victor Assad Strategic HR Consulting, Managing Partner of InnovationOne, and the author of “Hack Recruiting: The Best of Empirical Research, Method and Process, and Digitization.”

Piyanka and Victor discussed how simply with excel and some simple data sets, along the candidate funnel, HR practitioners can gain valuable insight into their hiring processes and build a data foundation for connecting HR outcomes to business outcomes.

In the practical examples discussed, data provided the justification for upgrades to recruiting processes which accelerated the hiring cycle, cut costs and improved diversity and inclusion. The pros and cons of artificial intelligence were also discussed.

Watch the Podcast

In this Orange County ReINVENTHR webcast, I present 3 robust strategies to crush today’s crises. I remind HR leaders that HR has the empirical research, predictive models, and digital technology to crush it!




Reinventing innovation in times of crisis: lessons from leading companies

Reinventing innovation in times of crisis: lessons from leading companies

April 21, 2020 03:00 PM CET [15:00] (Brussels), 09:00 AM ET [09:00] (New York) | (01 hr)  Time Zone Converter

Innovation remains an essential priority for organizations, especially during COVID-19. Join this webcast to learn the emerging methods, processes, and successful implementation of digital technologies by the world’s best innovators.

John Metselaar of The Conference Board, Peter Coffee of Salesforce and I will highlight technologies, habits, and emerging practices of highly innovative organizations, uncovered in the second Global State of Innovation Survey, conducted in 2019 by The Conference Board in partnership with InnovationOne.

Key Learnings:

  • What executives do to make innovation a strategic imperative
  • The factors that make for a culture of innovation
  • The emerging trends of innovation methodologies
  • The emerging trends on digital technology and what drives results

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Victor Assad Victor Assad
Victor Assad Strategic Human Resources Consulting
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InnovationOneVictor Assad is the CEO of Victor Assad Strategic Human Resources Consulting and Managing Partner of InnovationOne.Victor Assad is the CEO of Victor Assad Strategic Human Resources Consulting and Managing Partner of InnovationOne. He is the author of Hack Recr…Full Bio
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SalesforcePeter Coffee, VP for Strategic Research at Salesforce, has been with the company for thirteen years. He works with the company’s customers and partners in areas including connected customer engagement, new data models and methods, trust technologies and practices, and business applications of AI-…Full Bio
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The Conference BoardJohn Metselaar leads Europe’s Innovation Council, which is based in Brussels. He also serves as a senior fellow in innovation, leadership, strategy, culture and change, as well as digital transformation.Metselaar is professor of management practice in “Leading and Living Innovation…Full Bio
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Postponed. April 29 Lunch & Learn: Managing a Flexible and Remote Workforce. Save up to $11k/employee.


Over 4.7 million people now work remotely while employers reap the rewards of a cost savings of $11k/person.

Learn up to date best practices for managing a remote workforce to ramp up productivity, save costs, recruit top talent & maintain accountability.

Join me on Feb. 6 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at the Arizona Small Business Association, P-Level meeting room, 11811 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85028 in Phoenix!

The last session was a sell out. Register today!


Watch the on-demand rebroadcast of “Eight Practices of Fire Up Your Innovation Culture” with Arthur Liberian of Planbox and me in Innovation Leader.


Being purpose driven, creating a clear process to move ideas forward, and utilizing a knowledge management system are three keys to productively building a culture of innovation, per Arthur Liberian of @Planbox and @VictorAssad2

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Feb. 19. Hack Recruiting with Victor Assad.

HR today has the same digital technology that has revolutionized marketing and enabled it to build customer brand. HR needs to use these tools to build employer brand and to accelerate their recruiting processes, gather data, and hire better employees. This technology includes on-demand video interviewing, chatbots, artificial intelligence, and blockchain.

Technology, however, is not a silver bullet. There is robustly developed and poorly developed HR technology. As with any business purchase, HR technology needs a thorough screening, and HR leaders need to first work with management to improve their processes.

The exciting news is that there are solutions for small and large companies that can accelerate recruiting, reduce turnover, improve the skills of the workforce, and the experience of job candidates and employees–and provide companies with a return on their investment.

The three takeaways from this presentation are:

  1. Understanding the most reliable selection methodologies to hire high-performing job candidates.
  2. The horizon of new digital technology for HR, what works, what doesn’t, and how to select it.
  3. How to streamline the recruiting process and the measures to use (which AI can gather and analyze for you).

Sign up today. You will love recruiting in the digital era!

Wednesday February 19, From 11:15 am until 1:15 pm. Central  Valley Lunch of SHRM of Greater Phoenix. Register today with SHRM of Greater Phoenix. 

Sample Talks


Hack Recruiting: You Won’t Recognize Recruiting in the 2020s

Recruiters and human resources now have the same tools available to them that have been available for years to marketing leaders: chatbots, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and soon blockchain.

HR leaders can transform HR and make it more strategic and analytical, and an essential partner for driving profitable growth in companies. HR leaders can build an employer brand just as effectively as marketing leaders build a company’s customer brand.

It is time to put these digital tools to use. But technology is not a silver bullet by itself. HR organizations need also to lean out their recruiting operations, use the best interviewing techniques and assessments, measure their progress, and deliver the applicant and employee experiences that live up to their employer brands.

It is time to start hacking!


The No. 1 non-pay employee benefit that improves your productivity and cuts costs.

Whether called telecommuting, remote work, or mobile work, flexible work arrangements are the number 1 non-pay benefit for today’s workforce. They are equally beneficial for companies because they create a more engaged, loyal and productive workforce, cost savings of up to $10k per employee, and reductions from carbon emissions.

Flexible work arrangements solve the problem of attracting and retaining great employees in our tight talent economy and improving productivity and employee engagement.

Flexible work arrangements, as well as open office design, have been hot topics for articles and blogs, especially over the past four years. Passions are high on both sides of the discussion. Unfortunately, the debaters often miss the point. It is not one vs. the other. Rather, it is a customized approach, where every company creates the flexible work arrangements and office design that best fits its culture and business strategies.

Attendees will learn the criteria that make jobs ideal for flex-work, and the workplace norms, digital technology, and office designs to put in place to maximize flexible-work. A successful case study will be shared, which enabled a company to move out of two buildings, save over $1.2M a year in real estate costs, and improve employee recruiting, productivity, and engagement.

Learn the traits of highly innovative companies and how they drive profitable growth!

Executive teams face continual change, the challenge of digitizing their operations, and disruptive competition from outside their industries. They find that their own innovative solutions for new products, services, and business models are lacking. As a result, their financial projects for profitable growth are below stakeholder expectations.

Executive teams will learn the traits of companies who have mastered ongoing innovative while also maintaining outstanding financial performance. More critically, they will learn approaches they can implement to improve their ability to change, innovate, and grow profitably.


Past Event Appearances

Hack Recruiting

SHRM of Greater Phoenix, Central Valley Lunch,

Feb. 19, 2020


Lunch & Learn: Managing a Flexible and Remote Workforce. Save up to $11k/employee.

Phoenix Business Journal,

Feb. 6, 2020.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Fixing Performance Management

SHRM Northern California  San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland, CA


Succession Planning: Developing and Retaining Your Best

AscentisHR Webinar  


Signposts of Innovation: Best When Viewed Holistically and Implemented through Collaborative Cultures

The Conference Board’s 5th Innovation Master Class  Atlanta, GA


Six Winning Traits of Highly Innovative Companies

Silicon Valley OD Network  


The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Fixing Performance Management

Society of Human Resources for Greater Phoenix  Tempe, AZ


Break the Boxes, Bridge the Pieces

DisruptHR  San Francisco, CA


Seven Mistakes Companies Make with Talent Strategy

Webinar on AscentisHR  


Six Mistakes Companies Make While Trying to Improve Innovation

Webinar on AscentisHR  


Do you believe innovation can be inspired, measured and managed? We do. And we have the empirical evidence to prove it! Workshop with Dr. Brooke Dobni and Victor Assad

International Society of Professional Innovation Managers 2017  Toronto, Canada


The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Fixing Performance Management

Webinar with AscentisHR  


Creating a Dynamic Employee Experience: The New Model for Talent Management

Webinar on LTEN (Life Sciences and Training Network)  


Innovate or Die: Measuring-Managing Innovative Cultures for Sustainable Competitiveness

International Society of Professional Innovation Managers 2016  Boston, MA


Six Traits of Highly Innovative Organizations and Human Resources Role in Fostering Innovation

LEARN Field Trip  Glenn Taylor Innovation Corporation, Mankato, MN


Strategic Thinking in the HR Paradigm

NCHRA HR Business Leader Series  NorthBay Health Care, Fairfield, CA


Win-Win Conversations for Optimal Outcomes

NCHRA HR Business Leaders Series  University of the Pacific, Sacramento, CA


Strategic Thinking: Conquering the Traditional HR Paradigms to Enable Business Results

Sutter Health HR Retreat  


Facilitating Executive Level Meetings

NCHRA HR Business Leader Series  Law Room, Walnut Creek, CA


Win-Win Conversations for Optimal Outcomes

NCHRA HR Business Leader Series  NorthBay Health Care, Fairfield, CA


Creating and Delivering on the ROI of Talent Acquisition and Selection

NCHRA Talent Acquisition and Selection Conference  


Strategic Thinking in the HR Paradigm

NCHRA HR Business Leader Series  Redwood City Credit Union, Santa Rosa, CA


Facilitating Executive Level Meetings

NCHRA HR Business Leader Series  NorthBay Health Care, Fairfield, CA


“Talent Strategies to Support Cultures of Innovation. Stanford Park Hotel, Menlo Park, CA.

Bay Area HR Executive Council  Stanford Park Hotel, Menlo Park, CA


“Ten Talent Strategies to Support Innovation”

“Toward Better Innovation Metrics for Business.” Sponsored by The Conference Board and hosted by Xerox PARC.  Xerox PARC in Palo Alto CA


“It Is Time to Face the Truth About Employee Engagement”

DisruptHR San Francisco Bay Area  Domenico Winery, San Carlos, CA



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