Is HR Technology Conference Co-Chair Bill Kutik actually Bill Kutik?

Posted by: on Aug 28, 2013 | One Comment

Three years ago I thought maybe HR Technology Conference co-chair Bill Kutik was The Old Spice Guy, but I was wrong.  Two years ago I was pretty sure Bill was The Most Interesting Man In The World but yet again I was wrong.  Last year I certain Bill was Donald Trump but again I was wrong.  This year I pondered deep within (thus the delay in sending out this blog post), meditated for weeks, sought technology counsel and with the help of a therapist have finally decided to face facts.  Bill Kutik is actually Bill Kutik.  How did I reach this enlightened conclusion?  Let’s take a look at some of the notable quotes from Bill over the years:

Below is what I’ve been saying lately about HR Tech. Not that you need any of it. But feel free to steal it for yourself, quote me by name, or fougeddaboutit!

You have been one of the people best articulating why the conference is important for everyone in HR, where smart people realize everyone needs to learn more about tech or climb into the dumpster.

The major value proposition of HRT has always been: “Hey, VP, you’re scared by technology and don’t know dick about it. Which means you’ll be out of a job in five years. Come learn about it from colleagues at your level at a conference focused on getting the business benefits out of technology, not on the bits and bytes.

My phone?!?! You mean my clamshell?

Trip me and introduce yourself in Chicago

Is there any way I can subscribe except through RSS? I don’t use a reader and prefer to get those slightly late e-mail blog notifications from FeedBurner or FeedBlitz. Most folks seem to offer that. Everybody here in the HR nursing home wants to subscribe that way.

You know if we don’t break attendance records after all those posts and discounts (and your double), it will be proof positive that it’s just you guys reading each other!

You’re a techie. You do the math.

Chaos and madness await you. Just think of it like those prison movies where the guards have no power or control (except where it counts: trips to the “hole” a/k/a airplanes) and it’s every man for himself with the barter system and cigarettes the coin of the realm. And you’ll do fine.

Our first conversation was described as a strip search and body cavity search.

Given these quotes, it is pretty clear that Bill Kutik is one of kind and definitely not the Old Spice Guy, the Dos Equis Man or Donald Trump. On a side note, Bill will be retiring after the conference this year and passing the torch to Steve Boese.  Bill is one of a kind and will definitely be missed.

Of course it is that time of year when I remind the 3 people who are not aware that the HR Technology Conference is just around the corner.  The siren song of show girls, magicians and underwater circus shows compelled the conference organizers to move the conference back to Las Vegas. Pretty sure the casino floor shenanigans will be in full force and not to be missed.


It’s the 16th year of the conference and it will be held October 7-9, 2013 at Mandalay Bay. As in previous years, Bill Kutik has granted me the magic discount code.  Just use the Promo Code INFOBOX13 (all caps) when you register online to get $500 off the rack rate of $1,895. The discount does not expire until the conference ends on Oct. 9.

Taking a look at the agenda, I can’t wait for the HR Tonight Show session with hosts Bill Kutik and Naomi Bloom and staring Pat Milligan, Leighanne Levensaler, John Sumser and Brian Sommer. Making a return appearance to talk about Workforce Analytics in a session called Abandon All Guilt, Ye Who Enter Here! A Starter’s Guide to Workforce Analytics will be Brian Kelly and Julia Howes.  Their Workforce Analytics 101 session last year was the largest non-shootout breakout audience in 15 years.

I titled my wrap up blog post of the 2012 HR Technology Conference as “HR Technology Conference 2012-I’ll take Social Clouds for $500 please”.  Who knew I could see into the future, but this year the Jeopardy-winning IBM Watson Computer will be represented on stage the final morning of the conference for a conversation with industry luminary Rudy Karsan.

Here is what Bill Kutik has to say about this year’s conference:

Technology has crept into every function (maybe not sexual harassment hearings), and everybody needs to learn more about it. Generalists and Recruiters to get their jobs done and get promoted out of there. HR leaders to have their strategy enabled by technology and maybe get a few weekends off. HR-IT to get up on the latest and greatest. And CHRO and others to make technology decisions based on what they know, rather than what their reports know!

Plus there’s the international community that gathers only there, only once a year. Just about everybody you want to talk to – because you already care about HR technology or want to learn more – is there: HR leaders from world class companies; every industry analyst, consultant, influencer, thought-leader; press/bloggers; and just about every vendor that matters (often with its CEO or product people).

If you still need more information, head over to the conference website at or you can download the PDF of the full conference brochure. Don’t forget my promo code of INFOBOX13 (all caps) when you register online at to get $500 off the rack rate of $1,895.

If you still need a few more reasons why you should attend the conference watch this video.  I hope you see you in Las Vegas and as Bill Kutik would say: Trip me and introduce yourself in Las Vegas.

p.s. The Twitter hashtag for the conference is……wait for it……drumroll…#HRTechConf.

1 Comment

  1. Teri
    August 30, 2013

    Looking forward to a great conference this year and whatever Bill has up his sleeve! Are we sure he isn’t the Dos Equis guy though? Regardless, we will drink to his retirment with a few.