June 1, 2016 / Governing Body Private Dinner

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

21st Century Leadership – Guiding an Engaged Culture

Dinner Keynote 

Jason Barger
Author & Thought Leader
"Step Back from the Baggage Claim"
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It’s no secret that we live and work in an increasingly fast-paced, distracted and globalized world, or that a profound generational shift is taking its toll on the way we operate. As the economic climate changes, styles of communication also evolve. The path ahead requires organizational cultures that speak the language of this emerging workforce, capturing the value — and preventing the pitfalls — of a rapidly moving world. In this keynote, Jason Barger details the advantages that can be gained when organizations infuse leaders and teams with 21st century leadership to proactively build a high-performing, engaged culture.

June 2, 2016 / Conference

7:00am - 7:45am

Registration & Breakfast

7:45am - 8:30am Opening Keynote

Leading Change – What the CEO and C-Suite Must Know


Jerry Magar
Academic Director
SMU Cox School of Business
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Most CEOs and executives are excellent at driving adaptation in an effort to stay competitive. What they get right is what to change. What they often get wrong is implementing that change. Shifting a workforce’s resistance to change requires an understanding of psychological responses to it. To prevent negative consequences of well-intended change leadership, it’s important to first know why change fails, and then embed a transparent change culture that’s applied at all levels. This fast-paced, highly engaging session will provide tools and insights to help HR executives support and guide their C-suite colleagues through implementing organizational change.

8:30am - 9:00am

Networking Break

9:00am - 9:50am Breakout Sessions

A Tale of Two Transformations

Featured Session 

Martin Evans
Exeter Finance Corp.
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If you’re considering your first HR transformation, Martin Evans warns: expect a few stumbling blocks and many lessons along the way. Now that he’s gone through multiple HR transformations, he has a clear perspective on what to expect and how to prepare for such a profound shift in the business and function. Evans’ top priorities for HR transformations include creating demand for a new HR model, remaining resilient, and fostering the talent and relationships necessary to be successful, that will take your organization where you want it to go. This session will allow you to absorb Evans’ hard-learned lessons the easy way.

Collaborative Innovation – Empowering People to Produce Great Work

Featured Session  sponsored by: O.C. Tanner

David Sturt
Executive Vice President
O.C. Tanner Institute
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Do your people make the contributions they’re capable of? With insights from the largest workplace study, analyzing 1.7 million cases of award-winning work, best-selling author David Sturt explains how collaboration, and five specific skills, create the most innovative solutions. Through inspiring stories, Sturt outlines how leaders empower extraordinary results. Participants will learn how to lead and achieve the highest levels of collaboration and innovation.

Building a Sustainable Workforce Analytics Capability

Featured Session  sponsored by: BlueCross Blue Shield of Texas

Bob Lemke
Sr. Director, HR Analytics, Planning and Strategy
Health Care Service Corporation
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Business leaders continue to persuade HR to move from individual analytic projects toward an institutional workforce analytics capability. Developing a strong and sustainable approach to workforce analytics can come in many forms including technologies, processes, organizational structures and staffing. It starts with taking that initial step in a crawl-walk-run approach that will lead to the highest level of stakeholder support and return on your investment. Join this session to explore the current state of workforce analytics, how HR is developing these capabilities, and best practices gleaned from others’ experiences.

Whose Responsibility is Leadership Development?

Executive Boardroom  sponsored by: Right Management

Lisa Keglovitz
VP, Talent, OD & HR Operations
GameStop Corporation
Ollie Malone, Jr., Ph.D, SPHR
VP, Human Resources
DFW International Airport
Jill Vershum
EVP, Talent Solutions
Right Management
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There is a growing consensus that talent management is no longer the purview of just the CHRO. It impacts every decision made in the C-suite. No business strategy can be successfully executed without taking into account people and skills needed to move the business forward. Under the broad umbrella of “whose responsibility is leadership development,” this interactive boardroom will also ask: what does this responsibility entail, how can it be successfully shared, what commitments and best practices work, and what are the dividends? Engage your heart and mind in this discussion, note what bubbles up, and join the dialogue.

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 25 attendees (seating priority is given to CHROs).
To reserve your seat, please contact:
Caitlyn Fransen at 971-717-6660 or

9:50am - 10:20am

Networking Break

10:20am - 11:10am Breakout Sessions

The C-Suite Who Plans Together, Succeeds Together

Featured Session 

Rhonda MacAndrew
SVP, Human Resources
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There is strength in numbers — and with three U.S. divisions, FirstGroup was strong with high-potential talent. Each division, however, suffered from talent gaps among its own high-performing employees. That’s when Greyhound’s Rhonda MacAndrew decided to pool high potentials across all three divisions to identify the career advancements that would best utilize each employee’s strengths. MacAndrew brought her fellow HR leaders and their CEOs together to collaborate on succession plans that would fortify the businesses’ future leadership. Attend this session to hear the invaluable learnings MacAndrew gained through building a rock-solid plan for the future of all three divisions.

Making Work Human and the ROI of Social Recognition

Featured Session  sponsored by: Globoforce

China Gorman
Former CEO
Great Place to Work Institute, Inc.
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Culture is driven by many different factors, particularly appreciation and leader respect. CHROs can leverage social recognition to create greater culture unification in the workplace, determine impacts on the business and build a global workplace effect. The use of social recognition technology unites employees behind a specific company vision and targeted priorities, and generates trust in colleagues, managers and senior leaders. Encouraging employees to engage in social recognition programs tied to a company’s goals and values produces a new level of positivity that is proven to have a significant influence on business outcomes and helps a workplace thrive.

Diagnose Pain Points and Administer Remedies for Employer-Provided Healthcare

Executive Boardroom  sponsored by: Willis Towers Watson

Calvin Hilton
VP Corporate Human Resources
Alliance Data Card Services
Dan Sessa
Lennox International Inc.
Lisa Wargofchik
Senior Consultant
Willis Towers Watson
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Employer-provided healthcare is being transformed by a convergence of macro-trends that are creating significant strategic planning challenges — as well as new opportunities — for employers. Healthcare reform is only one of many factors that will reshape healthcare benefits and delivery over the next decade. Employers examining the changing healthcare landscape and its evolving strategic considerations must understand these overarching trends and their inherent dimensions. Join your peers for an interactive discussion to examine these trends, their implications, and practical, employable strategies to anticipate the changes ahead and leverage them for improved performance and efficiencies.

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 25 attendees (seating priority is given to CHROs).
To reserve your seat, please contact:
Caitlyn Fransen at 971-717-6660 or

11:10am - 11:40am

Networking Break

11:40am - 12:50pm Luncheon Keynote

The Pinnacle of Partnership – Your Workforce and the Bottom Line

Keynote  sponsored by: Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

Tom Leverton
CEC Entertainment
Angel Ruiz
President & CEO
Tom Sanderson
Sandi Stevens
Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.
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As time, innovation and disruption forge ahead, the business and the bottom line are increasingly dependent on a workforce that can easily adapt, innovate and remain resilient during times of immense change. As a result, CEOs rely on their CHROs to ensure the business road map is supported by the right workforce. In this panel, CEOs from a diverse set of organizations share their views on a creating a thriving CEO-CHRO relationship and its value to the business. They’ll share best practices for leading engaged cultures and how their CHROs are building quality teams that support the organization’s business objectives.

12:50pm - 1:20pm

Networking Break

1:20pm - 2:10pm Breakout Sessions

The Final Diversity Frontier

Featured Session 

Kim Cummings
AVP, Human Resources & Diversity
BNSF Railway Company
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If current trends are any indicator of future workplace diversity, most organizations will have ticked all of their demographic checkboxes in the next 10—15 years. Well-rounded diversity simply meets compliance and ethical standards, but an inclusive workplace ensures a safe, welcoming environment for every employee. Once those inextricable milestones have been achieved, Kim Cummings argues that cognitive diversity is the final frontier. The holy grail of workplace diversity is realizing the ROI of utilizing varying perspectives. In this session, you’ll discover how cognitive diversity challenges organizations to think in different, more innovative ways that enable agility and resilience.

Managing Talent in a World of Accelerating Change

Featured Session  sponsored by: SuccessFactors, an SAP Company

Steven T. Hunt, Ph.D., SPHR
SVP, Customer Value Realization
SAP SuccessFactors
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As the world undergoes unprecedented business and technological changes, one thing remains a constant: people. As people experts, HR leaders are in a position to guide organizations and manage talent through accelerated change. In this session, Dr. Steven Hunt will draw on research from his book “Common Sense Talent Management” to share concepts for HR leadership and review important changes and dangerous myths about the future of work. He will also explore methods for designing and deploying strategic HR methods built for the future while leveraging the lessons of the past.

Preventing Unintended Consequences of Employee Value Propositions

Executive Boardroom  sponsored by: Eating Recovery Center

Debbie Dennis
SVP, Human Resources & Corporate Affairs
Mike Rowell
VP, Human Resources
Ben E. Keith Co.
Dr. Ken Weiner
CEO & Founder
Eating Recovery Center
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Wellness plans are quickly gaining traction as differentiators for employers seeking to attract and retain engaged workforces. The benefits of these programs abound, from keeping people active to providing resources for financial stability. But on this road to providing tangible employee value propositions, there may be unforeseen problems. CHROs will be called upon to understand the unintended consequences of wellness programs and to use caution when creating avenues that impact employees’ qualities of life. Attend this boardroom session to uncover some of the hidden drawbacks of employee wellness programs, and learn how to build responsible and sustainable wellness road maps.

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 25 attendees (seating priority is given to CHROs).
To reserve your seat, please contact:
Caitlyn Fransen at 971-717-6660 or

2:10pm - 2:30pm

Networking Break

2:30pm - 3:20pm Breakout Sessions

The Best Defense Is a Strategic Offense

Featured Session 

Kathryn Collins
VP, Human Resources
Trinity Industries, Inc.
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This is not a story about labor unions. This is a story about how Kathryn Collins and her team identified a risk to the organization, quickly built a collaborative, strategic solution, and finally, won over the hearts and minds of their union-leaning workforce. Collins and her team were up against a cunning campaign from the union, which enlisted diversionary tactics to undercut their efforts in various regions simultaneously. Come to this session to glean insights into the innovative ways Kathryn Collins and her team are demonstrating the ROI of creating a powerful alliance between HR and the business.

Sustaining the Business in a Disruptive Digital World

Featured Session  sponsored by: NGA Human Resources

Teresa Fairbrook
VP, Human Resources
Pioneer Natural Resources Company
Jean Lee
CEC Entertainment
Marianne Langlois
VP Solution Design
NGA Human Resources
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Navigating rapid changes that result from disruptive technologies is important to every department, but HR’s ability to manage the way workforces interact with disruption impacts a business’ foreseeable trajectory. The push for these advancements may pose a threat to sustainability, and it’s often the role of the CHRO to steer these changes in the best interest of the business. What can CHROs do to balance long-term strategy while enabling innovation? Attend this session hosted by NGA Human Resources to see how CHROs can make strategic, informed decisions while realizing the promises — and dodging the disruption — of new technologies.

Women in Leadership

Executive Boardroom  sponsored by: Lee Hecht Harrison

Kim Besse
Children's Health System of Texas
Whitney Shelley
Denbury Resources Inc.
Kim Warmbier
EVP, Human Resources
Dean Foods Company
Kym Sosolik
SVP, Talent Development Solutions Director
Lee Hecht Harrison
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Recent studies have shown there are still significant barriers in place keeping women from acquiring and maintaining top leadership positions at top-tier organizations, both in the U.S. and abroad. The unique reality is that in any group of equally competent and talented men and women of the same tenure, one-size leadership development might not fit all genders. In this lively boardroom setting, discuss the different ways leaders can empower and develop women to excel in leadership, taking into account the learning styles, perspectives and experiences women bring to the climate of success at their organizations.

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 25 attendees (seating priority is given to CHROs).
To reserve your seat, please contact:
Caitlyn Fransen at 971-717-6660 or

3:20pm - 3:40pm

Networking Break

3:40pm - 4:40pm Closing Keynote

Living Life Unboxed

Keynote  sponsored by: SkillSurvey

Amy Messersmith
Chief People Officer
Pizza Hut, U.S.
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The culture at Pizza Hut fuels results. Employees come to work every day for three reasons: to become their best, make friends and have fun. But the HR team doesn’t have to tell you that; the employees will — which is exactly what happened when Amy Messersmith asked her workforce why they value their work at Pizza Hut. Messersmith shares how she and her team developed an EVP framework that keeps on giving — one that spawned Life Unboxed EDU, a program that provides 40 percent off college tuition to employees and their dependents across the country, and soon, around the world.

4:40pm - 5:00pm

Closing Reception & Prize Drawings