CHRO Leadership Summit

November 16, 2011

The Houstonian Hotel


November 15, 2011 / Governing Body Private Dinner

6:30pm Governing Body Private Dinner

Reality-Based Leadership: Ditch the Drama, Restore Sanity to the Workplace and Turn Excuses Into Results

Dinner Keynote 

Cy Wakeman
Author & Thought Leader
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A reality-based leader is able to quickly see and radically assess the reality of the situation, conserve team energy and use it to impact reality instead. A great reality-based leader anticipates upcoming changes and capitalizes on the opportunity inherent in a situation without drama or defense.
Cy Wakeman presents the principles of her new wave of leadership — Reality-Based Leadership — a revolutionary look at how transforming an organization’s leadership competencies can drive success in profoundly changing times.
Join Wakeman to learn why reality-based leaders should refuse to argue with reality, value action over opinion, lead first, manage second and more.

November 16, 2011 / Conference

7:00am - 8:00am

Registration & Breakfast

8:00am - 9:00am Opening Keynote

A Journey of Strategic Leadership

Keynote  sponsored by: O.C. Tanner

Dale W. Meyerrose
Former Associate Director & CIO, Office of National Intelligence
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After joining Harris Corporation in 2009, The Honorable Dale W. Meyerrose brought the poise, leadership and determination he developed during his distinguished military and government career to his new private sector role. In this inspirational presentation, Meyerrose will share his personal leadership journey, from entering the Air Force in 1975 to serving in three U.S. Air Force commands and three unified combatant commands, and his Presidential appointment as the first CIO for the Intelligence community. With an in-depth understanding of strategic operations in the military, and in public and private sectors, Meyerrose offers insight into how HR executives can elevate their leadership to a new level.

9:00am - 9:30am


9:30am - 10:30am Breakout Sessions

Inclusion and Innovation – It’s More Than Rocket Science

Best Practice  sponsored by: Profiles International Inc.

Dr. Ellen Ochoa
Deputy Director
Johnson Space Center
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As a veteran of four space flights, Dr. Ellen Ochoa has overcome numerous technical challenges. Today, as the Deputy Director of the NASA Johnson Space Center she, and other senior managers, are leading the Inclusion and Innovation (I&I) effort. Join Dr. Ochoa as she discusses how NASA-JSC moved from a traditional approach to diversity, to one that seeks to effectively benefit and engage all employees.

Session discovery topics:
• The business imperative linking inclusion and innovation
• Why I&I is a leadership competency
• How to successfully engage the entire workforce in I&I

Going Social – How to Leverage Emerging Media in Your Recruitment Strategy

Featured Speaker  sponsored by: CareerBuilder

Will Emmons
Area Vice President
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As social media becomes more and more ubiquitous, there is an immediate need for companies to utilize these tools to build brand awareness and recruit the talent of today and tomorrow. Hope Gurion will provide insight on how your company can leverage emerging media to not only strengthen your brand in the eyes of job candidates, but also to find the right, qualified talent for your organization. They will also discuss how to utilize specific tools, implement new strategies and show how social media can fit into your overall recruitment mix.

The Leadership Gap – Finding & Developing Emerging Leaders

Featured Speaker  sponsored by: Taleo

David Wilkins
VP Taleo Research
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Based on research conducted with the leading assessment company, DDI, Taleo will discuss and present research on developing leadership success profiles, performing talent audits and creating leadership development programs. Organizations are achieving success by aligning talent to business drivers for succession planning, competency assessments, workforce planning and bench strength assessments using talent intelligence.

10:30am - 10:45am


10:45am - 11:45am Breakout Sessions

The New Consumer of Work

Featured Speaker 

Libby Sartain
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Today businesses compete for talent in a free global marketplace in which traditional job and employee definitions no longer correlate. HR leaders face changing dynamics that will shape the function’s role in the organization of the future. Potential and current employees are also adapting to this change, by using the sensibilities of a consumer. They search for a work experience that provides a connection and fulfillment beyond the actual work. This ‘consumer of work’ in turn responds by shaping their own personal brand. Learn from Libby Sartain how to lead your organization through this competitive marketplace.

Session discovery topics:
• Establishing the right executive team
• Identifying business needs and workforce sensibilities
• Methods to create strong connections and a reputation of employment excellence

How Mission, Purpose and Shared Fate Create Team Member Happiness and Excellence

Best Practice 

Mark Ehrnstein
Global VP, Team Member Services
Whole Foods Market, Inc.
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Mark Ehrnstein knows fi rst-hand the role that team members play in creating a successful culture and company. Whole Foods Market has been on Fortune magazine’s list of ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ every year since its inception. What is the secret? Whole Foods believes that aligning team members to the company’s mission and purpose and empowering them to make the right decisions, ultimately leads to their happiness and excellence.

Session discovery topics:
• Hiring the right people (cultural fit is important)
• Team member happiness and excellence are inextricably linked
• Living out your core values through everyday practice

Aligning Workforce Metrics with Operational and Financial Outcomes

Featured Speaker  sponsored by: SuccessFactors

Mick Collins
Principal Consultant
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With hundreds of human capital metrics to choose from, it is often difficult for HR leaders to determine which indicators have the greatest impact on operational or financial outcomes. To align HR and talent management activities with business decisions requires a clear measurement strategy, integrated data sets, expertise in statistical analysis, and in many cases, a commitment to starting small and seeking quick wins. This session will outline a framework for determining the metrics that matter and illustrate different approaches to socializing workforce data with business leaders.

Session discovery topics:

• Identify high priority metrics aligned with business decisions
• Proactively build internal support for the deployment of metrics
• Equip your HR team with the tools needed to develop their analytics mindset

11:45am - 12:15pm


12:15pm - 1:45pm Luncheon Keynote

Moderated Town Hall – Maximizing Workforce Potential


Jenny Cochran
VP, Human Resources
Temple-Inland Inc.
Kari Durham
SVP, Human Resources
Goodman Global, Inc.
Bill Ennis
SVP, Human Resources
Academy Sports & Outdoors, Ltd.
Sherri Lee
VP, Human Resources & Administration
United Space Alliance
Kim Oliver
VP, Human Resources
CVR Energy, Inc.
Jim Pruett
Group VP, Human Resources & Support Services
Spectra Energy Corp
Susan Shepherd
VP, Global Human Resource Operations
Albemarle Corporation
Dean Woods
VP, Human Resources
CenterPoint Energy, Inc.
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What is preventing you from getting the maximum return on your human capital?
Looking forward, what are the challenges that will define the vertical over the next 5-10 years?
Determine your Number One challenge and come ready to contribute to an interactive and engaging discussion with your peers where you can collaborate on problems and hear ideas about solutions. Gain an opportunity to brainstorm and hear solutions from some of the best minds in HR.

1:45pm - 2:15pm


2:15pm - 3:15pm Breakout Sessions

The 2020 Workforce – Planning for the Future

Best Practice  sponsored by: Towers Watson

Mayerland Harris
VP, Human Resources
H-E-B Food Stores
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As the workforce landscape grows significantly more diverse and competitive, HR leaders are challenged to help organizations prepare for the future. Competing in tomorrow’s workplace will mean recruiting, developing and motivating five generations of employees. In order to compete, companies will need to use innovative and creative methods to leverage top talent for tomorrow. This session will focus on the prevailing factors of the 21st century that will shape the future role of HR and recognize the challenges that lay ahead.

Session discovery topics:
• Understanding the implications of a changing workforce and workplace
• Recognizing the challenges of leading a diverse, multi-generational workforce
• How HR can prepare for the demands of the future workplace

Differentiation Demanded by the Talent Deficit

Featured Speaker  sponsored by: Mercer

Steve Diotte
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Where has our talent gone? Increasingly, over the next five to ten years, employers all over the U.S. will begin asking this question and some may be already. Stephen Diotte leads Mercer’s Energy & Resources Industry Sector in North America. He will present current, cutting-edge research on how the labor market is changing. Listen as he details what the future may hold for employers in Houston and suggests what needs to address now in preparation.

Session discovery topics:
• Clearly identify workforce needs
• Align recruiting and sourcing plans with key strategies
• Value propositions that differentiate from competitors

Healing an Ailing Strategy – Creating a Culture of Health and Productivity

Best Practice 

Omar Reid
Director, Human Resources
City of Houston
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In an effort to boost healthy productive employee engagement, as well as, reduce health care costs the City of Houston has shaken up their wellness program with its implementation of an initiative called, “Discovery Health”. The organization has redesigned their approach to wellness to encompass an employee centric model of health engagement. With the support and guidance of a committed leadership team, The City of Houston has developed a clear strategy focused on promoting active living, healthy eating, stress regulation, and tobacco cessation. In this session, Omar Reid shares how The City of Houston is energizing their employees while reducing their healthcare costs over the long run.

Session discovery topics

• Commitment - The importance of senior leadership support
• Incentives - Engagement surcharges and the effects on response rates
• Marketing - Program branding and communication strategy
• Analysis — The collection and utilization of key data elements to drive the health and productivity program plan
• Teamwork - Cultivation of partnerships internally and externally to sustain program efforts

3:15pm - 3:30pm


3:30pm - 4:30pm Closing Keynote

Energy Exploration, Drilling into the Heart of the Company

Keynote  sponsored by: Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Chuck Davidson
Chairman and CEO
Noble Energy, Inc.
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During the shutdown of deepwater drilling, Noble Energy was challenged by the crippling suspension of drilling activity and the resulting uncertainty that affected employees. With organizational stress at an all time high, senior leadership realized that if the company was to continue to successfully operate in the Gulf of Mexico, the traditional model was going to have to change. The Noble Energy team committed to using the incident as an opportunity to achieve even higher levels of performance through improvements in policies, procedures and practices. They focused on getting beyond the challenge by building new and better ways of doing business and reducing the risk of future environmental catastrophes. Join Chuck Davidson, CEO of Noble Energy as he shares the story of how they effectively reallocated talent, built partnerships and revitalized the industry by earning the first permit to resume drilling.

4:30pm - 5:00pm

Closing Reception and Luxury Prize Drawings