November 9, 2015 / Governing Body Private Dinner

6:00pm - 8:30pm Governing Body Private Dinner

Turning Human Resources Into Human Resourcefulness

Dinner Keynote 

Joey Reiman
Author & Thought Leader
“The Story of Purpose: The Path to Creating a Brighter Brand, a Greater Company, and a Lasting Legacy”
Expand Additional Information

An exciting movement is afoot today — one that’s led by a new vanguard of business leaders who believe in a greater purpose for business: to make the world a richer and more meaningful place to live. Employees want to be a part of an organization that stands for something greater and gives them meaning in the work they do every day. In this session, thought leader Joey Reiman will discuss the power of purpose in building a workforce that looks more like a life force.

November 10, 2015 / Conference

7:00am - 7:40am

Registration & Breakfast

7:40am - 8:30am Opening Keynote

“How Things Get Done Around Here” Matters


David Scheible
Chairman and CEO
Graphic Packaging International
Expand Additional Information

Having a good strategy is not enough to drive strong financial performance and growth. Strategy must be paired with clear performance plans that support operating processes and metrics for execution throughout the organization. What great CEOs know is that “how things get done around here,” or the company culture, is a key ingredient to long-term, sustained performance. Culture is too important to be left to chance. It must be deliberately cultivated, measured and grown to ensure direct contributions to company performance.

8:30am - 9:00am

Networking Break

9:00am - 9:50am Breakout Sessions

Think Globally, But Remain Secure

Featured Session 

Dale Buckner
President & CEO
Global Guardian
Expand Additional Information

When companies expand into international markets, leaders encounter fundamental differences in education, religion, societal interaction, security threats and political instability — all of which impact business and personnel security decisions on a global scale. With expansion, comes greater responsibility and risk. How do CHROs establish a strong and secure infrastructure for their employees internationally? Dale Buckner utilizes his global exposure and decorated military leadership experience to discuss how international organizations must incorporate their security organization in every step of their duty of care for their personnel.

Creating a Culture of Career

Featured Session  sponsored by: Right Management

Gary Bennett
VP, Business Consulting
Right Management
Poonam Sahotra
Vice President Business Consulting
Right Management
Expand Additional Information

It’s all about shifting the focus from jobs to careers in order to improve employee engagement. While meaningful work connects employees more strongly to an organization and its success, a culture of investing in employee careers and creating accountability with employees for driving their own future fosters deeper engagement. It requires organizations to provide meaningful work and to value the full scope of employee contributions. Enterprises can encourage growth by providing access to learning and facilitating opportunities to acquire new skills and knowledge. Join Gary Bennett and Poonam Sahotra for a discussion on creating a “culture of career” inside your organization.

Addressing Behavioral Wellbeing

Executive Boardroom  sponsored by: Castlight Health Inc.

Nerissa Morris
VP, Human Resources
University of Miami
Julie Brehm
SVP, Human Resources
Georgia-Pacific LLC
Alesia Jones
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Seth Cohen
Vice President of Strategic Accounts
Castlight Health Inc.
Expand Additional Information

There’s a behavioral health crisis in the workplace, with 25 percent of employees struggling with a mental health or substance use disorder. Astonishingly, 70 percent of those affected do not seek care. Mental illness is the greatest driver of employer healthcare spending, multiplying costs by two to four times among the chronically ill. It is the largest contributor to productivity loss, at $100B per year. Although these conditions are treatable, significant barriers prevent employees from receiving care. Learn how to take steps to remove the barriers, facilitate your employees’ paths to total well-being and improve your bottom line.

Embracing the Future – CHRO Strategic Positioning

Executive Boardroom  sponsored by: NGA Human Resources

Ryland Harrelson
EVP & Chief Human Resources Officer
Stacy Kilcoyne
SVP, Human Resources & Chief Diversity
Southern Company
Debbie Miller
Sr. Director, Corporate Human Resources
Mohawk Industries, Inc.
Marianne Langlois
Global Process Executive
NGA Human Resources
Expand Additional Information

Change is inevitable — embrace it. Whether it’s process, evolution in leadership, moving to an outsourced or shared services model or digitizing the employee experience, HR professionals are tasked to embrace rapid-fire variations both domestically and globally. Senior leaders can build strong cases for moving certain capabilities to the cloud or outsourcing administrative functions. For instance, CHROs must remember that standardization is more than technology, and that compliance completes the circle. Join this executive boardroom discussion on how CHROs can work most effectively across lines of business to develop strategies and gain alignment for a strong and purposeful HR journey.

9:50am - 10:20am

Networking Break

10:20am - 11:10am Breakout Sessions

Disrupting How Enterprises Get Work Done

Game Changer  sponsored by: HourlyNerd

Rob Biederman
Expand Additional Information

The on-demand economy is changing how HR leaders match talent with opportunity. Join Rob Biederman as he discusses how today’s technology enables leading global companies to flexibly leverage the right, elite resources exactly when they need them — and never when they don’t. This is the first of two concise and compelling 15-minute presentations during this breakout session. Each brief, high-value presentation will extract a leading best practice or a breakthrough industry solution with tangible takeaways.

HR Being the Business Driver of Innovation and Transformation

Game Changer 

Andy Stefanovich
Chief Curator and Provocateur
Expand Additional Information

Life experiences mold business leaders. In reality, putting more life into business leaders is key to growth. Through divergent storytelling, Andy introduces a new business language that will inspire a new model for renewed energy

Create Compelling Communication

Game Changer  sponsored by: Dancor Solutions Inc

Dan Fronk
Dancor Solutions Inc
Expand Additional Information

Communicating is an inherent skill to the human experience. Despite its importance, many HR departments are challenged by the demand to create compelling communication for their associates. Join Dan Fronk, CEO of Dancor Solutions to discuss strategies that work.

Exploring a Private Benefits Exchange

Featured Session  sponsored by: Towers Watson

Travis Brashear
Client Development Leader
Towers Watson
Dennis Hicks
Vice President, Compensation and Benefits
Convergys Corporation
Expand Additional Information

In the last few years, many organizations have begun moving their employees to a private exchange solution as a better option to delivering healthcare benefits. Thanks to these early adopters best practices have emerged, including communicating the change to key stakeholders, onboarding employees to the exchange platform and effectively managing the program. During this session, hear an early adopter talk about his organization’s real world experience — and all the ways moving to an exchange has added value to his organization.

HR Transformation 3.0 – The New People Function in the Age of Data

Featured Session  sponsored by: Oracle

Bertrand Dussert
VP, HCM Transformation & Thought Leadership
Expand Additional Information

No matter the industry, executives are keen on exploring ways to implement data and analytics capabilities to optimize existing strategies — or create new ones. The ability to turn information into knowledge and knowledge into insight is overturning existing HR frameworks through refined and targeted analytics. CHROs have a wealth of data at their fingertips with the potential to identify the right skill sets, attract and retain the workforce of the future, deliver better consultative value to the BOD, and grow the bottom line. This ubiquitous data is likely to shape the workplace in 2020 and beyond.

11:10am - 11:40am

Networking Break

11:40am - 12:50pm Luncheon Keynote

The Changeover Generation – How Gen Z Will Revolutionize The Workplace

Keynote  sponsored by: MindGym

Melissa Lavigne-Delville
Generational Insights & Trends Expert
Culture Co-Op
Expand Additional Information

Generation Z will take a decidedly different approach to work than their millennial counterparts. Nearly a decade after the economic recession, hyperspecialized education and a rising “indie workforce” — 40-50 percent of workers will be sole proprietors, freelancers and gig workers by 2020 — will completely change the way companies approach, design for and develop talent. This eye-opening keynote will explore how to win the best talent and why the share economy will reshape social support systems ranging from healthcare to retirement funds. Learn how the next generation of workers will signal the end of America’s 9-to-5, and new opportunities and challenges for employers.

12:50pm - 1:20pm

Networking Break

1:20pm - 2:10pm Breakout Sessions

Five Steps to Make a Difference People Love

Featured Session  sponsored by: O.C. Tanner

David Sturt
Executive Vice President
O.C. Tanner Institute
Expand Additional Information

Great work lives inside every employee, but do team members make the contributions they’re capable of? With insights from the largest-ever study of award-winning work, New York Times bestselling author and employee engagement expert David Sturt reveals five practical skills anyone can use to produce great work. He draws from inspiring stories of real people in real jobs, and outlines how you and your organization can help employees make improvements at work to produce extraordinary results. Sturt provides both a personal method and leadership framework that help every employee achieve the highest levels of creativity, quality and innovation .

Innovation as the Fuel for Enriched Customer Experience

Featured Session  sponsored by: UnitedHealthcare

Allison Ausband
SVP – In-Flight Service
Delta Air Lines, Inc.
Rob Kight
SVP, Global HR Services & Labor Relations
Delta Air Lines, Inc.
Joanne Smith
EVP & Chief HR Officer
Delta Air Lines, Inc.
Andy Stefanovich
Chief Curator and Provocateur

Expand Additional Information

People and culture are the only sustainable advantages at Delta Air Lines. With this in mind, the senior HR team is working together with senior operational leaders to drive innovation as a competitive advantage. Focusing specifically on talent, culture and leadership, the end goal is always providing a superior customer experience. Join this panel discussion to learn how Delta is rebuilding their capabilities around talent management, expanding their view of a global mindset, and focusing on rich and diverse developmental programs, resulting not only in a more efficient work environment, but in increased customer satisfaction.

2:10pm - 2:30pm

Networking Break

2:30pm - 3:20pm Breakout Sessions

Engagement in Times of Change

Featured Session 

Debra Plousha Moore
Carolinas HealthCare System
Expand Additional Information

In 2015, Carolinas HealthCare System was recognized by both Forbes and Fortune magazines as a great place to work and has nationally-recognized teammate programs in diversity, inclusion, wellness and prevention. These accomplishments required implementing a contemporary leadership model to stay relevant in times of transformation, while also sustaining engagement levels. Debra Plousha Moore will discuss strategies and outcomes related to staying relevant, accessible and inspirational during times of change, and provide recommendations for strategies and programming to create a highly engaged workforce.

The Power of Thanks – Social Recognition Fueling Workplace and Culture

Featured Session  sponsored by: Globoforce

Julie Zadow
Vice President of Marketing
Expand Additional Information

A more human workplace, one defined by recognition and employee happiness, has quickly moved from “nice to have” to a crucial operative for HR leaders. With employee turnover emerging as the biggest challenge facing HR, cultures that are susceptible to low retention rates are at a risk. In this session, Julie Zadow discusses how crowdsourced, bottom-up feedback can reshape the thinking about employee performance and reward structures. She’ll also share strategies on how social recognition builds employee trust, strengthens culture, fuels actionable talent analytics and drives business results.

Multigenerational Engagement

Executive Boardroom  sponsored by: Buck Consultants Inc.

Ed Brett
EVP, Chief People Officer
Church's Chicken
Yvonne Cowser Yancy, SPHR
Commissioner, Human Resources
City of Atlanta
David Stafford
Michelin North America, Inc.
Fred Hencke
Director, People and Performance, Career Practice
Buck Consultants Inc.
Expand Additional Information

Four generations are now working side-by-side, and soon it will be five. Each brings a unique blend of knowledge, skills, experiences and work/life balance expectations. Statistics often highlight the impact that employee engagement — or lack thereof — has on the productivity and profitability of an organization, but how can you truly measure the impact on the business? Once measured, how can you enable an efficient, effective, creative workforce, and keep outcomes focused? In this session, explore how organizations quantify employee engagement, its impact on business and successful approaches for CHROs to positively impact engagement across multiple generations.

3:20pm - 3:40pm

Networking Break

3:40pm - 4:20pm Closing Keynote

Create and Inspire Believers


Chad Strickland
SVP, Associate Resources
Aaron's, Inc.
John W Robinson III
Aaron's, Inc.
Expand Additional Information

In the midst of a critical pivot point in its history, the HR function is playing a critical role in the future strategy for Aaron’s, a 60-year-old company. As the new CEO, John Robinson looks at attracting and developing top talent as a priority for the company. With a background in technology and innovation, Robinson works closely with the “built from scratch” HR team to achieve this goal. By sustaining culture and building engagement, Aaron’s is competing for talent in unique ways, including innovative talent acquisition tactics, and learning and engagement campaigns to create and inspire believers within the organization.

4:20pm - 5:00pm

Closing Reception & Prize Drawings