Philly ETE 2015 #52 – Tom DeVane, Rick Nucci, Mike Rappaport, Beth Bunting Arnholt – Creating a Workplace to Retain Your Tech Talent

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From the Abstract:

When your top talent gets a call from your competitor down the street offering a 10% bump in salary, will they stay or jump? Is money everything? What can else can you offer them so that they will stay with you? There are no absolutes, but there are companies with low turn-over and the things they pay attention to tend to be quite different from what the companies that have retention issues pay attention to.

Come learn what else you can be offering your employees. Tom Devane (Workplace Dynamics) will lead a panel of industry experts who have figured out the secret to retaining their top talent. The panel includes representatives from the small startup to the large enterprise. Hear from Rick Nucci (Guru/Dell Boomi), Mike Rappaport (Chariot Solutions), Beth Arnholdt (Comcast).

About Tom Devane:

Tom Devane is an author and a principal at WorkplaceDynamics LLC. He specializes in helping companies develop an organizational culture that amplifies their strategy AND leads to higher employee engagement and retention. Prior to focusing on the cultural aspects of organizational performance Tom was a programmer and system architect with Accenture. He is the author of Integrating Lean Six Sigma and High-Performance Organizations (Wiley & Sons, 2003), the co-author of The Change Handbook (Berrett-Koehler, 1999, 2007), and a contributing author to Business-Driven Information Technology (Stanford University Press, 2003). Tom holds BS and MS degrees in Finance from the University of Illinois.

About Rick Nucci:

Rick has been an entrepreneur in the Philadelphia area since 1999. Rick is currently the co-founder & CEO of Guru, which provides knowledge sharing for teams. Based on a new concept known as Ambient Knowledge, Guru is built into apps such as email, allowing teams to access trusted knowledge to share with their customers all in one place.

Prior to Guru Rick was the Founder and CTO of Boomi, which defined and led a new segment as the industry’s first cloud integration platform-as-a-service. Boomi was acquired by Dell in 2010, where Rick went on to run the Boomi business for Dell, helping grow the organization into the industry leader it is today.

Rick is currently the president of Philly Startup Leaders, one of the most active entrepreneur groups in Philadelphia. He also frequently speaks at industry events on topics of entrepreneurship, API’s and cloud computing.

About Mike Rappaport:

CEO and a founding member of Chariot Solutions, a leading Philadelphia area enterprise application and mobile development consulting firm.

Chariot Solutions provides cutting edge technical services for mid-size to large companies that embrace open source and other emerging technologies. Chariot has been recognized by its employees as the Philly.com Top Workplace in 2011 and 2013.

Before forming Chariot Solutions, he was managing director of a software company, and advanced from software design and development to business development and operations and personnel management. He learned that smaller teams of only high-end, well-rounded software architects were much more effective than using larger teams of mixed-level developers, an approach he brought to Chariot Solutions.

Mike is also the Chairman of Haydle.

About Beth Bunting Arnholt:

Beth Bunting Arnholt serves as Vice President of Integrated Talent Management for Comcast/NBCUniversal. In this role she partners across Comcast Corporate, Comcast Cable, and NBCUniversal on the design and implementation of world-class Talent strategies. She works closely with the Cable and NBCUniversal teams to build a culture that takes a future focused, enterprise wide view of talent as a key business driver.

Beth joined Comcast from BDC Consulting where she served for five years as Principal and Owner, providing strategic human resources and organizational development counsel to a variety of companies including Comcast Cable, Conectiv Energy, Bayada Home Health Care, and The Golf Channel. Prior to BDC Consulting, she held various roles at Comcast Cable, most recently serving as Vice President of Human Resources, and before that, Vice President of Recruiting and Career Development.

Beth actively involved as a mentor for Comcast/NBCUniversal’s Employee Resource Groups and Executive Leadership Forum.