The Will of the World Has Changed – And So Must We

2016 Employment Law & Legislative Conference

Gallup considers one of the most important issues facing humankind is to positively change the performance of workplaces around the world for economic and especially human development. Gallup uses the same trusted techniques and methodologies it uses for online polls to understand the attitudes, behaviors and well-being of employees and workplaces in over 140 countries. Jim Clifton, Gallup’s Chairman and CEO, will reveal the latest insights on the changing will of today’s employees and latest findings from Gallup’s global workplace analytics, including:

  • Performance Management: The historic move away from “command-and-control”.
  • Millennials: Engaging a generation that really is different.
  • Global Workplace Engagement: The current failures of workplace leadership.

Ms. Yang will provide her expert insight into the EEOC’s current focus on issues like compensation equity, retaliation guidance for employers, interpreting Title VII to cover sexual orientation and gender identity - as well as what to expect in the final year of the Obama Administration.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 12:15pm to 2:00pm

Jim Clifton


Jim Clifton has served as CEO of Gallup, a global leader in consulting and public opinion research and analytics, since 1988. Under his leadership, Gallup has expanded from a predominantly U.S.-based company to a worldwide organization with 30 offices in 20 countries and regions.

Mr. Clifton is the creator of The Gallup Path, a metric-based economic model that establishes the linkages among human nature in the workplace, customer engagement and business outcomes. This model is used in performance management systems in more than 500 companies worldwide. His most recent innovation, the Gallup World Poll, is designed to give the world’s 7 billion citizens a voice in virtually all key global issues.
In June 2015, the Clifton Foundation and Gallup announced a $30 million gift to the University of Nebraska to establish the Don Clifton Strengths Institute. The gift will support the early identification and accelerated development of thousands of gifted entrepreneurs and future business builders.
Mr. Clifton is the author of The Coming Jobs War and coauthor of Entrepreneurial StrengthsFinder, as well as many articles on global leadership. His blog appears regularly in the Influencer section of LinkedIn and on’s Chairman’s Blog. He serves on several boards and is Chairman of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. He has received honorary degrees from Jackson State, Medgar Evers and Bellevue Universities.

Jenny Yang


Ms. Yang was named Chair by President Barack Obama on September 1, 2014. She was first nominated to serve on the Commission by President Obama on August 2, 2012, and was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on April 25, 2013, to serve a term expiring July 1, 2017. Ms. Yang had served as Vice Chair of the EEOC since April 28, 2014.

As a member of the Commission and Vice Chair, Yang has led a comprehensive review of the agency's systemic program, which addresses issues of alleged discrimination that have broad impact on an industry, profession, company or geographic area. She also represents the agency on the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and on the White House Equal Pay Enforcement Task Force.

Throughout her career in the private, government, and nonprofit sectors, Ms. Yang has worked to ensure fairness and equal opportunity in the workplace. Ms. Yang was a partner of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC. She joined the firm in 2003, and represented employees across the country in numerous complex civil rights and employment actions. As chair of the firm's hiring and diversity committee, Ms. Yang gained experience with the myriad issues employers confront in making hiring and other personnel decisions.

Prior to that, Ms. Yang served as a Senior Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Employment Litigation Section, where she enforced federal laws prohibiting discrimination in employment by state and local government employers from 1998 to 2003. Before that, she worked at the National Employment Law Project to enforce the workplace rights of garment workers. Ms. Yang clerked for the Honorable Edmund Ludwig on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Grand Ballroom
Amount of Credit: 
Credit Type: 
HR Credit
Session Type: 
General Session
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