Special Features

Wednesday, October 10, 8:00 am  - 8:45 am

ASUG Welcome & Insights from the Community

Curious about the challenges your peers are facing? Interested in learning how they're preparing for the future?

Join ASUG's Chief Marketing Officer, Cheryl Parsons, as she shares key insights we've gathered from your HR & Payroll Community, followed by our Premier Sponsor, Accenture, as they further touch on these topics!


Cheryl Parsons, CMO, ASUG

As CMO of ASUG, Cheryl is responsible for the strategy, development and execution of ASUG and Eventful Conferences’ entire brand portfolio, marketing initiatives and deliverables.

Cheryl is a forward-thinking marketing executive known for driving transformational growth in start-up and established business environments, including Aramark, ExxonMobil and Rewards Network.

Cheryl is a graduate of Miami University, with a BS in Nutritional Sciences.

Wednesday, October 10, 8:45 am  - 9:15 am

Addressing the Changes

Moving to SuccessFactors/Employee Central delivers significant benefits to the general business, to HR/Payroll and to IT as well. However, as can be seen in the ASUG survey results, there are challenges to overcome.

In this keynote session, you will hear about how key challenges can be successfully addressed by leveraging the extension apps available to SuccessFactors/Employee Central and SAP HR customers.

Attendees will walk-away with an implementation & sustainment “cheat-sheet” detailing the challenges and the smart way to address them. They will also be able to gain a unique understanding of how to develop an approach that mitigates risks, enhances the overall solution, and reduces IT and Business run costs.


Tobias Bloch, VP Sales, North America, Accenture Software for HCM

Tobias Bloch, leads Accenture Software’s North American sales team for HCM. His role includes developing the long-term product strategy, building capabilities, and working with clients on potential solutions for their HCM challenges.

Ari Levin, Global Solutions Architect, Accenture Software for HCM

Ari Levin is a Global Solutions Architect with Accenture Software for HCM. He joined Accenture in 2008 and is currently responsible for ensuring the delivery success of Accenture Software for HCM’s products and services. During his tenure at Accenture, Ari has also developed deep expertise in the areas of Payroll and Time Management on global SAP HCM implementations.

Thursday, October 11, 8:00 am  - 9:00 am

Fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace to attract and engage tomorrow’s talent

Diversity and inclusion are integral to success in today’s marketplace. Employees’ needs and expectations continue to evolve, as do workforce demographics. Fostering an inclusive culture and mindset at your organization can help to keep your workforce engaged plus plays a pivotal role in attracting the talent you need for the future. This session will look at SAP’s approach to diversity and inclusion, explore insights, and share practical tips for wherever you are on your D&I journey.

Approved for SHRM Professional Development Credits.


Sarah Loucks, Autism at Work Program Global Co-Lead, SAP

Sarah Loucks is an HR professional who enjoys drawing from diverse perspectives to think holistically and question the status quo. She is passionate about creating inclusive workplaces where everyone can shine in their own way. After several years driving strategic topics as an HR business partner, she transitioned to the Global Diversity & Inclusion Office as the global co-lead for SAP’s Autism at Work program.