April 2017 Chapter Meeting

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April 2017 Chapter Meeting

April 12, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

Monthly Chapter Meeting

Topic: The Journey from Descriptive to Prescriptive Analytics




    John M. Harris      &    Tahirah Works Lamar

If your HR organization is still in a reactive mode of providing historical standard and ad-hoc reports to its function leaders, then it’s still in the descriptive phase of People Analytics. If your HR organization wants to increase its strategic value to the company by providing recommendations that improve employee productivity and/or decrease the cost associated with attracting and retaining employees, then it needs to move along the analytics maturity curve and start providing prescriptive People Analytics.  Our speaker for April’s NAAAHR meeting will overview what it takes to begin (or continue) the journey toward leveraging Advanced Analytics to maximize the value of your organization’s human capital.  The presentation will also include actual examples of how the speaker leveraged Advanced Analytics to make a transformative impact to the HR function of two Fortune 500 companies.


About our speakers…

John M. Harris, Ph.D. is a Senior Manager in Protiviti’s Predictive Modeling and Advanced Analytics practice.  Before joining Protiviti, he gained over 16 years of experience in the airline, utility and financial services industries applying a strategic thinking and advanced analytical skill set to turn data into decision-aid information for all levels (and most organizational functions) of leadership.  This experience includes introducing and standing-up Advanced People Analytics capabilities at two Fortune 500 companies.  While in industry, John held various levels of leadership responsibilities with the last one being Director of Analytics for a large financial services firm.  Two of his previous employers attempted to patent contributions he made leveraging predictive analytics and optimization modeling techniques.

Academically, John has a BA in Mathematics from Gustavus Adolphus College (MN), a MS in Mathematics from Miami University (OH) and PhD in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University (SC).  As a Ph.D. student and National Science Foundation fellow, John’s research focus required the creation of predictive models and was supported/funded by the FAA, a large airline and a large aircraft manufacturing company. Since 2000, John has been an adjunct professor of industrial engineering at Clemson University.  He’s also a member of the Industry Advisory Board for the same Clemson department.

John is an active servant in the communities of Coweta & Fayette county via his involvement with his local chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.  He’s a volunteer with the Fayette County BOE Friends Mentoring program and he serves as chairman of the BOD for the foundation arm of his fraternity’s chapter.  In the past 11 years, this foundation has awarded over $125K in scholarships to local male HS graduates.  He and his wife of 18 years have two school-age daughters.


Tahirah Works Lamar is a corporate professional with 20 years of HR experience. As the Regional Director of Human Resources, Business Process Effectiveness for Comcast Cable Corporation, she is an operational executor, change agent and workforce analytics champion that fosters an environment of weaving quantitative analysis and lean processes with traditional HR Business Partner activities. She provides consultative services to the Region to ensure organizational effectiveness based on workforce data and trends.

Tahirah began her Comcast career at the company’s headquarters in Philadelphia where she implemented and subsequently managed the processes for the $10 million relationship with the Leave Administration vendor, Sedgwick. Prior to that, she was a Manager of Comcast’s in-house Leave of Absence team that received the prestigious Innovator of the Year Award in 2015 from the national Cable and Telecommunications Human Resources Association (CTHR).

Prior to Comcast, Tahirah had several years of Atlanta HR experience working for companies such as; Southern Company, SunTrust Bank, Georgia-Pacific and Turner Broadcasting Systems. At these companies, she held a variety of HR roles including; Data Management Analyst, Benefits Manager and HR Operations Manager.

Dedicated to continuous learning and development, Tahirah will be graduating from Villanova University with her Master of Science degree in HR Development in May, 2017. Her Bachelor’s degree is in Mass Communication from Clark Atlanta University –  where she serves on the college President’s Human Resources Council.

Tahirah is a former Vice President of Membership for NAAAHR – Atlanta where she served from 2011 – 2013. Under her leadership NAAAHR grew to have the largest active membership roster in the country. She also is active in several professional and community service organizations such as SHRM – Atlanta, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and The Links, Incorporated.



What is the cost of meeting/event registration rate and how do I register?

Effective September 2016, Professional and Corporate Members will pay $11 in advance or $16 onsite for chapter meetings. The discount code is communicated to members via email prior to the Chapter Meeting for advance registration so check your email. If you are a member and did not receive your discount code, please email [email protected] forwarding a copy of your membership confirmation email. The rate for Student Members is $5 on-site only. Lifetime members are free.

Non-Members will pay $26 in advance and $31 on-site for chapter meetings. To register in advance, follow the registration link. To apply your member discount, click on the “Apply Coupon” button from the shopping cart or the “Have a coupon?” box from the checkout page. Your final checkout price towards the bottom of the page will reflect the discounted member rate.

I’m currently a student but not a member of NAAAHR. What is my meeting registration rate and how do I register?

Currently enrolled student non-members with a valid student ID will be charged $11 to attend this event. Registration is on-site only.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

There is ample free parking on-site.

What is the dress code for the event?

There is no official dress code but since it is an after work event, most attendees are business casual.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. Just give us your name or show your mobile ticket at the door.

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All registration sales are final.


April 12, 2017
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
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