McGraw-Hill FCU & HCI announces President Shawn Gilfedder as opening Keynote Speaker at 2014 workforce planning & analytics conference

(December 17, 2013) —  The Human Capital Institute (HCI), the global institution for strategic talent management, announced today that Shawn Gilfedder, President and CEO of McGraw-Hill Federal Credit Union, a top-100 ranked credit union, will deliver the opening keynote address at the organization’s 2014 Workforce Planning & Analytics Conference on February 10-12, 2014 in Alexandria, VA.

The role of human resources professionals has evolved over the past several decades and operates as a more critical position within an organization’s business strategy. Senior talent leaders may feel underrepresented by a lack of C-level sponsorship for HR-related programs. Shawn Gilfedder, whose employee-based credit union forms constructive and results-oriented relationships with HR and benefits directors at numerous companies, advocates implementing HR programs  He is eager to see more inclusiveness at the executive level.

During his address, entitled “The Secret to Executive Support in the Modern Organization,” Gilfedder will discuss strategies for HR leaders to gain a permanent spot on the corporate agenda and offer rationale for why this position is key to the success and profitability of businesses and organizations today.

“True executive support is a must have for any enterprise-wide initiative, and this is especially true for HR leadership’s workforce analytics and planning,” said Gilfedder.  “The people within an organization are its greatest asset, and my goal is to provide attendees of HCI’s Workforce Planning & Analytics Conference with effective ways to move the workforce planning conversation with urgency as they connect with the C-suite.”

In addition to his role with MHFCU, Gilfedder is dedicated to ensuring credit unions remain committed to their cooperative mission, having formerly served as Chairman of the New Jersey Credit Union League, which represents 1.2 million consumers.  He is a nationally-recognized leader in promoting initiatives that drive profitability through financial wellness in the workplace. Under Shawn’s vision and leadership, the credit union works with HR and benefits leaders to implement fully-integrated financial education programs to lower financial stress, reduce absenteeism, increase productivity and cultivate a loyal workforce.  He often pens articles on the topic for the HR industry including, most recently, for Workforce Management magazine extolling the benefits of employer-provided financial wellness programs. In addition, Gilfedder is regularly interviewed by the New York Daily News, U.S. News and World Report, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal.

“Shawn is known for his work with HR departments implementing strategic programs to promote financial wellness in the workplace” said Carl Rhodes, CEO of HCI. “We are delighted to welcome Shawn as the opening keynote presenter during our Workforce Planning & Analytics Conference and look forward to hearing his insights on how HR professionals can earn a seat at the executive C-suite table.

HCI’s Workforce Planning & Analytics Conference focuses on what drives engagement to create a high performance workforce. Through its informative and educational sessions, such as Gilfedder’s keynote, attendees will learn what drives engagement, how to change an influence culture, how to communicate organizational goals that connect with employees and new ways to provide a supportive and energized workplace that will lead to greater employee engagement.

Gilfedder will deliver his address at 9:00 am on February 11, 2014 at the Westin Hotel, Alexandria.


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McGraw-Hill Federal Credit Union, a member-owned cooperative, is a leading and progressive financial institution committed to members and the community at large through financial technology, financial education and literacy, and a needs-based approach to delivering financial wellness. The credit union offers a full range of banking, investing and insurance services to more than 20,000 members worldwide and serves more than 120 companies. For more information, visit, or view videos about McGraw-Hill Federal Credit Union at

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