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PayScale Announces Compference 16, The Event for Modern Compensation

Shankar Vedantam, NPR correspondent and author of ‘The Hidden Brain,’ to deliver keynote on the way unconscious bias affects peoples’ experience of pay

Shankar Vedantam, NPR correspondent and author of ‘The Hidden Brain,’ to deliver keynote on the way unconscious bias affects peoples’ experience of pay

Seattle, WA – April 19, 2016 – Today, PayScale, Inc., the leader in modern compensation, announced a two-day thought leadership event called Compference 16 which will be held in Seattle on September 13 and 14, 2016. The event will showcase modern approaches to compensation including cloud software, big data, data science and machine learning technologies that are transforming traditional business practices. Compference will bring together industry experts, HR practitioners and executives focused on modernizing compensation and turning it into a competitive advantage for companies as they compete for talent in an increasingly dynamic post-recession economy.

“Companies are realizing that the way they manage compensation directly impacts employee engagement and business performance. More specifically, how people feel about their deal determines their level of contribution and also predicts whether they’ll look for greener pastures elsewhere,” said Mike Metzger, President & CEO of PayScale. “We are excited to work more closely with industry leaders and our customers who are leading the way during our first user conference.”

Compference keynote speaker Shankar Vedantam is an NPR science correspondent who has written extensively on the impact of unconscious bias on human behavior. He is author of the ‘The Hidden Brain: How our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars and Save our Lives’ and host of NPR’s Hidden Brain podcast.  At the conference, Shankar will share his insights on recent social science research and discuss unintentional biases in the workplace.

Scheduled sessions at the upcoming Compference 16 include:

  • Communicating compensation for deeper employee engagement
  • Live overview of market trends featuring the hottest jobs and hottest markets
  • Panel discussions on pay transparency, gender pay equity and millennials in the workforce
  • Sessions led by PayScale customers showcasing the ‘before and after’ of successful compensation programs
  • Tips and tricks for using PayScale Insight to drive better business results

In addition to the two-day conference, PayScale will offer two separate workshops on September 15, 2016. The first workshop is designed for HR managers with a focus on compensation best practices and the second is designed for business leaders who want to ensure they are positioned to maximize their return on talent investments.

Compference 16 is certified for continuing education credit by both the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI). For more information about Compference, or to register, please visit

About PayScale:

As the industry leader in compensation data and technology, PayScale helps organizations #getpayright. PayScale is the only technology solution for managing compensation that provides multiple streams of fresh, transparently curated, and validated salary data. Combined with modeling engines that learn continuously and generate recommendations and insight, PayScale empowers HR to price jobs and adjust compensation to reflect near real-time changes in the market — all on one trusted data platform. With PayScale’s Adaptive Compensation Advantage, teams operate with efficiency, focused on outcomes rather than manual data management. To learn how companies like The Washington Post, Perry Ellis International, United Healthcare and The New York Times rely on PayScale to attract and retain top talent, engage employees and plan their future workforce, visit

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