2019 AHRMIO Annual Conference

Conference topic:

Beyond Purpose: Engagement. Innovation. Impact

Boston University, Questrom School of Business
30 September (14:00PM) – 2 October (13:00PM)
Boston, USA

Event details

The millennials are active in the current workforce, but organizations need to adapt the way they attract, retain, empower and engage them. How do organizations deal with the changing work dynamics and benefit from the wealth of knowledge in the market? How to transform culturally responsible organizations into workplaces of the future?

In International Organizations retention is not necessarily the problem, while missed opportunities and lack of employee development sometimes prevent these organizations from innovating. Bridging different generations and bringing out the full potential of both older and younger employees has typically not been a focus of IOs. The strong DNA of these organizations and the fact that people tend to adapt to the embedded culture results in a lack of exchange and generalization of knowledge between the different generations. So, while the organizational purpose exists, is this enough? Since purpose by itself is mostly not enough to keep employees interested and engaged, how can organizations create engagement beyond purpose?

Who can attend?

HR Professionals and all those interested in people management and what it means for the future.

The conference brings together AHRMIO members from various international organizations and NGO's, companies, educational institutions and other associations to network and exchange ideas and opinions


Monday 30 September

13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 14:30

Welcome Address

  • Olivier Fleurence, Chair of the Board, AHRMIO and Advisor, International Monetary Fund (IMF), USA
  • Michael Page, Conference Chair, Senior Advisor at EFMD GN and past Provost of Bentley University, US
  • Host, Boston University, Questrom School of Business

14:30 – 15:15

Plenary I – The Woman Who Was Mistaken for a Man

  • Wiley Davi, Associate Professor of English and Media Studies, Bentley University, USA

15:15 – 15:45

Coffee break

15:45 – 16:45

Plenary II – Understanding how IOs can become agile strategic HR policy makers

  • Henrietta De Beer, UN, USA

16:45 – 17:45

Plenary III – Employee Engagement

  • Roger Parry, Agenda Consulting, UK
  • tbc

18:00 – 21:00

Job Fair for Students and Welcome Cocktail at Boston University, Questrom School of Business

Tuesday 1 October



09:00 – 09:45

Plenary IV – Blockchain - How is Blockchain Disrupting HR

  • Marina Niforos, INSEAD IDP, FR and Member, Blockchain Policy and Framework Conditions Working Group at EU Observatory and Forum
  • tbc

09:45 – 10:45

Plenary IV – Hacking HR

  • Enrique Rubio, Hacking HR, USA

10:45 – 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 – 12:45

Working groups – Innovation & Impact

A1 Collective Leadership

  • Dominic Stucker, Managing Partner, Collective Leadership Institute

A2 IMF Innovation Lab
An initiative developed at the IMF that aims to solve internal HR issues and think beyond silos

A3 Creating Opportunities
How to create opportunities for young people, break out of silos and drive vertical and horizontal progression for the younger workforce. This can be particularly challenging in hierarchical organizations.

12:45 – 13:45


13:45 - 15:00

Working groups – Engagement & Impact

B1 Culture Clash – Organizational vs. Personal Values

B2 Engagement - YAP
The OECD’s Young Associates program (YAP) is aimed at undergraduates to gain professional experience. The idea is to tap into the talent of the younger generation and pilot new tools to select the right people. Issues such as how to create opportunities for young people will be touched upon.

  • Makoto Miyasako, Head of Talent Management and Analytics Group, OECD, FR

B3 Creating Opportunities
How to create opportunities for young people, break out of silos and drive vertical and horizontal progression for the younger workforce. This can be particularly challenging in hierarchical organizations.

15:00 – 15:45

Coffee break

15:45 – 16:15

AHRMIO General Assembly

  • Olivier Fleurence, Chair of the Board, ARHMIO and Advisor, IMF
  • Helke Carvalho Hernandes, Executive Director, AHRMIO

16:15 – 17:30

Plenary Panel I – Collaboration across generations
Impact of diversity and inclusion on innovation – collaboration to make work more effective
'Sponsor' panel

19:30 – 22:00

Gala dinner

Wednesday 2 October



09:00 – 10:00

Plenary VI – Roles in the future, future of workplace, transformation

10:00 – 11:00

Plenary Panel II - Perspective of the younger generations

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 – 12:30

Plenary IV – Roles in the future, future of workplace, transformation

  • Evan Metter, Principal, KPMG, USA

12:30 – 13:00

Closing Remarks and Welcome to 2020 Conference

  • Michèle Pagé, Conference Chair and Head of Human Resources Management, Executive Directorate, OECD

Practical information

Venue & Contacts

Boston University
Questrom School of Business
Rafik B. Hariri Building
595 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215


Contact at Boston University:
Steven Davidson
Associate Dean

Contact at AHRMIO
Mayen Enodien


Boston University’s central campus is located right next to Kenmore Square, a central intersection in Boston, only two miles from downtown.

The campus is about a 20 minute drive away from Boston’s Logan International Airport.

By taxi
A taxi from the airport costs approximately $40 - £50, and drivers expect a tip of around 15–20%. Please note that you can also use UBER.

If you are taking the Amtrak, South Station is about the same distance and taxi fare.

By public transport

Via the MBTA

The Questrom School of Business is located directly across from the Blandford stop on the ‘B’ branch of the Green Line. This stop is the first above ground after Kenmore Square. Passengers on other Green Line branches should transfer to a westbound ‘B’ train or walk from Kenmore Station.

From Logan Airport via Public Transportation (MBTA) – http://www.mbta.com/riding_the_t/logan/

For service from Logan Airport using the Blue Line, board FREE Massport shuttle buses (Route Nos. 22, 33, or 55 to “MBTA Blue Line”) outside your terminal. The Massport shuttle buses will drop you off directly in front of Airport Station where you can purchase your CharlieTicket at the ticket machines inside the station’s lobby. Insert your CharlieTicket in the turnstyle to access the station platform. For customers coming from Logan Airport en route to the Green Line, transfer from the Blue Line at State, take the Orange Line toward Oak Grove (northbound) one stop to Haymarket, and board the Green Line at Haymarket.

The Blue Line runs from approximately 6:00 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. every day of the week.

Map and more info about the MBTA

Using the Amtrak
If you are traveling with the Amtrak, please stop at South train station and take the red line to Park Street. From Park street transfer to the green line (direction Boston College) and stop at Blandford street which is 1 minute walk away from the university.


Boston Hotel Buckminster is our conference hotel.
It is a historic hotel located in the center of Boston in the region of Massachusetts, just 673 feet from Fenway Park and one block away from Boston University. It has a fitness center, business center and complimentary wi-fi as well as an onsite restaurant, the Fenmore Grill, for breakfast and dinner.

645 Beacon Street
MA 02215
United States

Telephone Number
+1 617-236-7050


Rooms have been pre-booked at this hotel for conference participants however participants are responsible for booking their own accommodation. Please contact the hotel directly via email, telephone or directly on their website (contact details above) mentioning the rate code “AHRM” as reference. Please ensure that you provide information regarding type of room required, as well as number of nights you intend to stay. 

Deluxe King: $284 / night (plus tax) (with breakfast)
Deluxe Queen: $284 / night (plus tax) (with breakfast)
One and two bedroom unit: $284 /night (plus tax) (with breakfast)

These prices are special rates provided to AHRMIO.

Social Programme

Monday 30 September: Welcome Reception at Boston University, Questrom School of Business


Questrom School of Business
Rafik B. Hariri Building
595 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215


Tuesday 1 October: Conference dinner (TBC)


Please visit the tourism page of the  City of Boston website for information on theaters, museums, sports, and (and mostly free) things to do in the City.

Visit this page for a map of museum and galleries