The Definitive Guide to UNLEASH America 2018

WalkMe Team
By WalkMe Team
Updated May 2, 2023
A new business paradigm has emerged and it’s demanding a new take on leadership. Retaining premier talent, establishing a strong brand, and increasing revenue are timeless goals for company leaders. But the need to achieve digital adoption, build greater trust, and innovate in an increasingly competitive digital landscape are executives’ next big hurdles. These challenges will take center stage at the upcoming UNLEASH America conference in Las Vegas.

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From May 15-16, more than 100 esteemed executives and thought leaders will meet to discuss topics spanning the future of work, talent management, technology, and everything in between.

What is UNLEASH?

employee technology UNLEASH, previously HR Tech World, is the largest corporate network focused on the future of work, specifically the relationships between people, companies, and technology. The network addresses the need to determine how and which technology can improve human resource management, unlock the potential of company workforces and produce the greatest value for customers today and in the future. Its global events create a platform to bring together leaders, influencers, vendors, and entrepreneurs who are shaping the future of work.

What you need to know about UNLEASH America in Las Vegas

The upcoming HR tech event in Las Vegas is one of three the organization is hosting in 2018. The UNLEASH Conference & Expo in London took place in March, and the UNLEASH World Conference & Expo will be held in Amsterdam this October. The expected 2,000 decision makers attending UNLEASH America in Las Vegas include CEOs, CIOs, CHROs, and other executives from leading global enterprises.

Conference logistics

Aria Resort and CasinoThe Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas will host this year’s UNLEASH America. If coming to Vegas for the event isn’t exciting enough, guests should get hyped about the venue. The Aria is a multi-award winning hotel. It was ranked the No. 4 Best Luxury Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor and was named among Cvent’s Top 10 Meeting Hotels in the U.S. Its kitchen is run by several James Beard Award Chefs, including Jean Georges Vongerichten, Michael Mina, Sean McClain, and Julian Serrano.

Agenda highlights

UNLEASH’s events may not be the largest in terms of volume of attendees, but they’re one of the highest in terms of rank. The network draws senior-level decision makers from leading companies spanning all industries. The agenda is packed with presentations covering a wide range of topics, including HR tech, talent recruitment and management, digital adoption, employee learning and development, well-being and inclusion, product demos, and more.

Speakers you don’t want to miss

unleash america conference This year’s agenda boasts a panel of prolific speakers and industry leaders. Make sure you check out:
  • Gary Hamel: Co-Founder of The Management Lab & the Management Information eXchange, Author, and Professor at the London Business School.
  • Jennifer Waldo: CHRO of GE Digital and Vice President of the Board of Directors at the IoT Talent Consortium,.
  • Mo Gawdat: Author and Former Chief Business Officer at Google X.
  • Harsha Jalihal: VP of Human Resources and the Future of Work at Unilever and on Secondment to the World Economic Forum.
  • Josh Bersin: Principal & Founder of Bersin by Deloitte.
  • Kathleen Hogan: Chief People Officer at Microsoft

The Expo

Unleash AmericaFloorplan The Expo is designed to have a much greater emphasis on interactivity than your standard vendor hall. Discover what cutting edge technology providers such as WalkMe, SAP SuccessFactors, Workday®, IBM, LinkedIn, and many more, are up to. We want to meet you! Visit us from WalkMe at Booth 300 at 12 p.m. on May 15 to see Raj Sundarason, Global Head of Digital Adoption, demo WalkMe’s Digital Adoption Platform (DAP).


Networking events will take place throughout the two-day conference. Networking schedule for May 15
  • 10:15 – 11:15 coffee and networking break
  • 12:30 – 2:30 lunch and networking break
  • 3:15 – 4:15 coffee and networking
  • 5:15 – 6:00 cocktail hour
Networking schedule for May 16
  • 10:15 – 11:15 coffee and networking break
  • 12:30 – 2:30 lunch and networking break
  • 3:45 – 4:30 coffee and networking

Your packing list

unleash conference 2018 For conference regulars, packing for UNLEASH America will be a breeze. Bring the basics:
  • At least two business professional outfits. Keep in mind that Vegas in mid-May is already hot (high 80s-low 90s Fahrenheit), so be prepared for hot weather outside, and air conditioning inside.
  • Nightlife attire (whatever that means to you). There are few places on earth with more evening activities to choose from than Las Vegas. Whether you fancy a nice cocktail bar, a show, or gambling, there are plenty of options to suit all tastes.
  • Business cards. They haven’t become obsolete yet. Remember this tip: Bring twice as many as you think you’ll need, then bring some more.
  • A watch. It’s just plain old rude to pull out your phone to check the time when speaking to someone, especially if you’re networking with someone new.
  • Chargers galore. Whether you prefer to do your note-taking and connecting on a laptop, tablet, or phone, make sure you bring the necessary chargers for all of your mobile devices.

Getting around

unleash america in las vegas The event will take place inside the hotel, but there are various modes of transportation available for exploring the city. The concierge at the Aria can help guests arrange limousines, town cars, and public transportation to and from the hotel. The Aria Express Tram, which runs on an elevated electric track, connects the hotel to the Bellagio, Vdara, Monte Carlo, and the Shops at Crystals. Guests who prefer to use ride hailing apps like Uber and Lyft are also welcome to do so.

Stay connected

Use the hashtag #UNLEASH18 to find relevant posts during and after the conference.

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WalkMe Team
By WalkMe Team
WalkMe pioneered the Digital Adoption Platform (DAP) for organizations to utilize the full potential of their digital assets. Using artificial intelligence, machine learning and contextual guidance, WalkMe adds a dynamic user interface layer to raise the digital literacy of all users.
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