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May 6, 2014 / Governing Body Private Dinner

7:00pm Governing Body Private Dinner

HR’s Role in Building Great Business Teams

Dinner Keynote

Howard Guttman
Author & Thought Leader
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Great teams flourish in challenging situations, consistently outperform the competition, and drive strategic and operational success. HR can play a critical role in implementing great teams throughout the organization, beginning with senior management and cascading down to every level. Renowned thought leader Howard Guttman understands what it takes for teams to exceed goals and sustain peak performance, offering a fresh and dynamic approach to achieving premium results, challenging prevailing notions of leadership, membership, accountability, decision-making and conflict. Join Guttman as he shares practical tips to break through silo thinking and transform from a leader-centered team to a team of leaders.

May 7, 2014 / Conference

7:00am - 7:30am

Registration & Breakfast

7:30am - 9:00am Opening Keynote

Leading and Transforming HR in the Face of Adversity

Keynote sponsored by: O.C. Tanner

Susan Basso
The Pennsylvania State University
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It’s often difficult to secure leadership’s support on investments in HR, and this can be extraordinarily challenging during times of unprecedented change. Susan Basso had been VP of HR at Penn State University for only nine months when the institution underwent a crisis and highly-charged emotional event. Over the course of the last two years, her HR team has been assuming emerging roles in organizational learning, and bringing change that is influencing value and efficiency within a complex organizational culture. In this session, Basso describes the challenges and successes her team is facing, and the valuable lessons they are still learning.

9:00am - 9:30am

Networking Break

9:30am - 10:30am Breakout Sessions

Building a Road Map for Successful Mergers and Acquisitions

Featured Session

Sid Forrest
VP, Human Resources
Susan Gunn
Former VP, Human Resources
Gardner Denver, Inc.
John Rice
VP, Human Resources
Carpenter Technology Corporation
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As the economic climate continues to improve, companies are beginning to see increased activity around mergers and acquisitions. At the epicenter of M&As, HR executives must be prepared for the impact on the organization by understanding the C-suite’s vision for the company, including communication, compensation and culture. Join this session as Sid Forrest, Susan Gunn and John Rice share their extensive experience and describe how to navigate through challenges and share best methods for leading through successful mergers and acquisitions.

Improving HR Processes for the Mobile Workforce

Featured Session sponsored by: Oracle

Lesley Hoare
VP, HCM Transformation
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As new technologies redefine the workplace, HR is looked upon to deliver the critical applications to enable a modern business approach. The workforce of the future is more mobile and social than ever, which necessitates deploying a mobile strategy plan aligned with the organization’s needs. If executed properly, mobile strategy can deliver great employee engagement and foster a culture of empowerment and innovation. Join this session as Lesley Hoare, VP of HCM Transformation at Oracle, discusses effective HR processes that capitalize on technology and develop efficiencies across the HR function.

10:30am - 10:45am

Networking Break

10:45am - 11:45am Breakout Sessions

Aligning Organizational Strategy With Culture and Engagement

Featured Session

Bryan Bonuomo
VP, Human Resources
Keystone Foods LLC
Chris Giangrasso
SVP, Human Resources, Communications and Site Services
Arkema Inc.
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Culture starts at the top — it defines who we are, what we expect and how we behave. Leading organizations know they need to pay attention to culture — it communicates enterprise aspirations. Culture can take on a different shape as a result of new talent initiatives that align with overall business strategy, but HR must also have a comprehensive understanding of existing objectives. In this session, Bryan Bonuomo and Chris Giangrasso consider dimensions of organizational culture and share different industry viewpoints of how to reshape culture to support business strategy.

Adaptive Learning – The Future of Leadership Development

Featured Session sponsored by: Colorado Technical University

Connie Johnson, Ed.D.
Chief Academic Officer & Provost
Colorado Technical University
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Today’s workforce boasts an intricate mix of professionals, from millennials to baby boomers. This complexity makes it vital for HR leaders to recognize that their employees have different educational foundations and that they learn in different ways. Drawing from her own experience of managing large and diverse organizations, Dr. Connie Johnson will share how adaptive learning — taking into account age and prior experiences — could be the key to developing your employees. Come prepared to learn how this innovative technology can help identify and track unique learning paths for each staff member of your organization.

Integrated Talent Management – Maximizing Employee Engagement and Business Performance

Executive Boardroom sponsored by: SuccessFactors, an SAP Company

Katie-Jo Andreola
Director, Global Human Resources
Jamie B. Welsh
Corporate Director, Human Resources
Universal Health Services, Inc.
Steven T. Hunt, Ph.D., SPHR
VP, Customer Research
SuccessFactors, an SAP Company
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A business leader once said, “The only thing that integrates our company’s HR processes is the employee who has to endure them.” In this executive boardroom led by Katie-Jo Andreola and Jamie Welsh, and moderated by Steven Hunt, CHROs will discuss how to create integrated HR strategies that deliver a more effective and efficient employee experience. Discover what companies are doing to align staffing, learning, succession, performance management, compensation, and other HR practices to better support the business needs of senior leaders while increasing individual employee engagement. Topics for conversation include leadership structures promoting integration, strategic roadmaps, and the effective adoption and utilization of integrated HR processes, including the role technology plays.

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:

Ryan Elder at 503-972-4445 or
Jeffrey Leslie at 971-717-6625 or

11:45am - 12:15pm

Networking Break

12:15pm - 1:45pm Luncheon Keynote

Sidetracked: Why Decisions Get Derailed and How We Can Stick to the Plan


Francesca Gino
Author & Thought Leader
Harvard Business Publishing
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Psychologist and Harvard Business School Professor Francesca Gino discusses how irrelevant factors can have profound consequences on an individual’s decisions and behavior, often diverting them from their original plans and desires. Gino has long studied the factors at play when judgment and decision-making collide with the results of our choices in real life. With examples, she’ll illustrate inconsistent decisions played out in a variety of circumstances — from our roles as consumers and employees to the choices that we make more broadly as human beings. Learn how to avoid the factors that interfere with reaching envisioned goals.

1:45pm - 2:15pm

Networking Break

2:15pm - 3:15pm Breakout Sessions

The First 90 Days – Defining Moments for New Leaders

Featured Session

Martin Evans
Chief People Officer
BDP International, Inc.
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The first 90 days with a new organization is an assessment period for any leader as they identify ways to improve their function's alignment with business priorities. This grace period moves rapidly as orientation obligations conflate with immediate business needs to congest the calendar. After more than a decade at Kimberly Clark, Martin Evans recently moved to BDP International where he encountered the challenges of starting a new role, at a new organization, in a vastly different environment. In this candid presentation, Evans shares his fresh perspectives on managing these early executive commitments and how to quickly initiate change that drives business results.

A Simple, Practical Approach to Organizational Effectiveness

Featured Session

Carol Peccarelli
VP, Human Resources
McNeil Consumer Healthcare
Julie Clawson
Senior Director, Human Resources & North American Supply Chain
McNeil Consumer Healthcare
Daniel Carrillo, Ph.D.
Director, Human Resources & Organizational Effectiveness
McNeil Consumer Healthcare
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McNeil Consumer Healthcare Inc. was dealing with critical product supply challenges that were impacting the bottom line, and the organization’s effectiveness was in need of rejuvenation. Carol Peccarelli identified ways for HR to play a pivotal role in the company’s three-year “comeback journey” and support the objective of restoring a reliable supply of quality products, including Tylenol and Zyrtec, back to store shelves and consumers. In this highly-interactive session, Peccarelli, Julie Clawson and Danny Carrillo share the practical approach they developed for organizational effectiveness and offer valuable tools for HR leaders to implement within their own organizations.

HR Leveraging Technology to Create Competitive Advantage

Executive Boardroom sponsored by: Appirio

Ken Hurley
SVP, Human Resources
Penske Truck Leasing Co., L.P.
Jason Averbook
Chief Business Innovation Officer
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HR must be nimble enough to support a changing business landscape while meeting the demands of a global workforce. HR leaders are constantly looking for ways to improve efficiency while adding value to the organization. One way CHROs can gain new executive influence is to develop a greater understanding of cloud, mobile and social technologies, and ways to design, deploy and sustain these strategies. In this executive boardroom, Ken Hurley and Jason Averbook lead a discussion on the many forces shaping HR technology today and what it will take to be competitive in the future.

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:

Ryan Elder at 503-972-4445 or
Jeffrey Leslie at 971-717-6625 or

3:15pm - 3:30pm

Networking Break

3:30pm - 4:30pm Closing Keynote

Closing Talent Gaps That Impact the Nation


Mike Panigel
SVP & CHRO, US Americas
Siemens Corporation
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There is a monumental crisis in the U.S. labor force leading to a federal push for cohesion between industry, academia and government. Reviving domestic industries is essential for the nation’s global competitiveness, but before a triumphant return, the enormous talent shortage must be addressed. In manufacturing, Siemens Corporation is driving a paradigm shift from the private sector, with their approach drawing federal interest and influencing the presidentially launched Advanced Manufacturing Partnership. Join Mike Panigel and his peers in an open discussion where CHROs will examine new ways to enable innovation, secure the talent pipeline and improve the business climate across industries

4:30pm - 5:30pm

Closing Reception and Luxury Prize Drawings