MEGA SESSION: People-Centered Leadership Through HR

SHRM 2015 Annual Conference
This session will show you how to become a people-centered leader.

We need HR leaders in to step up and provide the framework for people-centered leadership (PCL) in their organizations - leadership where people are the focus, not just part of the process. The people-centered HR leader passionately creates systems and training tools that communicate the vision of PCL and inspires others to top flight performance in all aspects of life at home and the office. Knecht cultivates his years of business leadership to challenge and stimulate you to recognize your leadership potential and to work through the HR function to create a more rewarding "people-centered" future. This session will help you:

  • Create a culture that values people above process.
  • Understand that we are all "A" players in the right role and creating the systems to find the right role for our people.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 2:15pm to 3:30pm

Will Knecht


Will Knecht is the CEO of Wendell August, America's oldest and largest forge, producing hand-wrought ornamental giftware in aluminum and other metals since 1923. On March 2010, two days after receiving its largest order ever, a fire destroyed millions of dollars in equipment and materials, their offices and their flagship store. Instead of ceding to the devastation, Wendell August Forge upped its workforce, struck distribution deals with 600 stores nationwide and broke ground on a new facility. While Will Knecht credits divine intervention and a supportive staff and community for his company's revival, he said rising from the ashes challenged him to take Wendell August Forge higher than it had ever been before. "We were forced to rethink how we did business and what we were as a company. We already had a solid foundation of incredible customers and loyal employees, but suddenly we had an absolute blank canvas to paint on," Will says. "Our insurance team told us to prepare to be out of business for nine months. But the team, the community, all of Western Pennsylvania rallied together, and we had the workshop up and going in five days."

Paradise Event Center North
Amount of Credit: 
Credit Type: 
HR Credit
Session Type: 
Mega Session
Relationship Management
Leadership & Navigation
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