Atlanta CHRO Executive Summit

June 27, 2019 | The St. Regis Atlanta

June 27, 2019
The St. Regis Atlanta

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with your peers to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Atlanta CHRO Executive Summit.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CHROs today:

Leading through a new employee experience

Redesigning HR strategies, structures, and service delivery models

Modernizing mental health and well-being programs in a new era of work

Atlanta CHRO Governing Body

The Governing Body Co-Chairs shape the summit agenda, ensuring that all content is driven by CHROs, for CHROs.


Rob Kight

Delta Air Lines
SVP, Human Resources

Teri P. McClure

CHRO & SVP, Global HR and Labor Relations

Jill Wilson

Carter's, Inc.
SVP, Human Resources & Talent Development


June 26, 2019

6:00pm - 8:30pm  Governing Body Welcome Reception

Overcoming Adversity Requires Vision, Courage and a Willingness to Lead

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Justin Constantine

Author and Leadership Expert

Justin Constantine

After 16 years in the Marine Corps, Justin Constantine certainly understands the value and challenges of effective leadership. With one bullet, Constantine’s life changed drastically and by all objective measures, he should not have survived to be here today. Constantine will demonstrate how to embrace change and the mindset it takes to transform seemingly impossible circumstances into unforeseen opportunities to succeed. Constantine weaves battlefield analogies with a keen understanding of executive challenges, providing actionable business leadership principles to take care of those around you and help your organization thrive in the toughest environments.

7:30am - 8:05am  Registration & Breakfast

8:05am - 8:50am  Keynote

Building a Culture That Creates Opportunities for All

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Rosilyn Houston

Chief Talent & Culture Executive, Senior Executive Vice President


Diversity and inclusion is top of mind for every organization, but building an internal culture that creates opportunities for all people is a struggle many organizations continue to face. To create this culture Rosilyn Houston focused her efforts around developing programs that allowed the organization to understand employee needs, while also working towards a cultural transformation.

In this keynote, Houston will:

  • Discuss how she linked the leadership model to the values of the organization
  • Explore various programs that enhanced employee engagement
  • Lead you through their transformational turnaround journey

8:50am - 9:20am  Networking Break

9:20am - 10:10am  Breakout Session

The Annual Review is Dead! Long Live the Annual Review!

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Khara Julien


Gypsum Management & Supply

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DeRetta Rhodes

Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Atlanta Braves

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Bradford Wilkins

Chief People Officer


In this CHRO debate, two HR leaders will battle out the proposition that formalized annual reviews should be replaced with frequent, informal check-ins.  

In this session, the participants will debate:

  • The merits and challenges of informal feedback
  • The value and hurdles of annual performance ratings
  • The evolving future of performance assessment

9:20am - 10:10am  Breakout Session

Providing a Consumer-Like Experience

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Matt Parrish

HR Transformation Leader


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David Van Deventer

VP, HR Planning & Operations

HD Supply

Consumers have driven companies to innovate, and successful companies have adopted agility and leveraged predictive analytics to do so. Now the business is looking inward and is expecting HR to provide the emerging generations this consumer-like experience at work.  

In this session, you will examine:

  • Why these signals matter
  • How to organize around the future of work
  • What drove success at HD Supply

9:20am - 10:10am  Executive Boardroom

How the Board of Directors Can Impact Culture

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John Fairchild

VP - Human Resources

Covenant Transport

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Michael Pilnick

Executive Vice President,Global HR

First Advantage

Business transformations affect all aspects of the business and require an adaptable team that can identify new business objectives and respond quickly. A changing workplace culture is no different. Actively including the board and CEO is crucial to developing a workplace environment that engages employees. How can HR build the capacity and tools to influence the business? How can board members be an ally to the HR function during times of change? In this discussion, CHROs share strategies for creating partnerships that move the business and culture forward.

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 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CHROs).

10:10am - 10:30am  Networking Break

10:30am - 11:20am  Breakout Session

Leveraging Analytics to Retain Employees

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Julie Brehm

SVP, Human Resources

Georgia-Pacific LLC

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John Skedgell

VP Human Resources

Georgia-Pacific LLC

In this age of flexible employment options and a nimble workforce, how does a company retain hourly employees and reduce turnover? At Georgia Pacific, they’ve implemented people analytics to help determine which employees are at highest risk of turnover.

In this session, you will:

  • Discuss the journey of implementing a predictive analytics tool
  • Examine how Georgia Pacific is approaching retention of hourly employees

10:30am - 11:20am  Breakout Session

Reinventing Your Talent Ecosystem

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Amy Leschke-Kahle

VP Performance Acceleration

The Marcus Buckingham Company, an ADP company

Businesses today require a complete talent strategy built for maximum performance. Understanding how to build this requires diligent assessment of the latest research, best practices and current offerings.

In this session, you will:

  • Dive into what modern human resources looks like
  • Examine how talent strategy can fulfill business needs
  • Explore three key pillars of a talent ecosystem

10:30am - 11:20am  Executive Boardroom

Exploring Digital Transformation Initiatives in the Business

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Karen Brandenburg Viera

SVP, Human Resources & Internal Communications

Church's Chicken

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Melody Smalls

Chief HR & Compliance Officer

The Weather Channel

Digitalization is shaking enterprise infrastructure to its core, which provides HR the opportunity to lead the transformation. By leveraging fresh tools and enabling cutting-edge technologies like AI and machine learning, organizations can save time, eliminate error and generate revenue. The goal is to achieve big things with little disruption to employees.

In this session you will:

  • Explore best practices around utilizing new technology like AI and machine learning
  • Establish the best approach for HR to rethink and embrace a more strategic, digital role
  • Learn to leverage technology to build a truly meaningful impact on the organization

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 15 attendees (seating priority is given to C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact Derek Rowinski.

11:20am - 11:45am  Networking Break

11:45am - 12:50pm  Keynote

Overcoming Hurdles — Increasing Women in Leadership

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Jennifer McCollum


Linkage Inc.

The demands on leadership are radically changing today and will into the future as demographics upend our world. Over the last 20 years, leadership studies have surfaced that prove that the most effective teams are diverse, and the most effective leaders are inclusive. Women represent the largest under-represented group, and to engage, retain and advance women, organizations must focus on specific organizational interventions.

In this keynote, you will discover:

  • How inclusion specifically correlates to leadership effectiveness
  • Why we need to change the face of leadership now and into the future
  • Competencies women leaders need to overcome the hurdles to advancement
  • The danger of ignoring intersectionality for women or any under-represented population

12:50pm - 1:20pm  Networking Break

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Breakout Session

HR’s Role in Accelerating the M&A Process

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Melissa Miller

Sr. Director Talent Acquisition & Nuclear HR

NextEra Energy

You have to pull off a large acquisition—can you do it? That’s exactly what Deborah Caplan accomplished at NextEra Energy. Using Caplan’s experience as a case study, this interactive discussion centers around HR’s role in successful acquisitions.

In this session, Caplan will discuss:

  • How to confirm that your HR team is financially savvy
  • Why a communication plan is vital
  • The importance of incorporating leaders into your culture

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Breakout Session

Unlocking the Potential of Benefits

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Jodi Hubler

Board Member

Bind On-Demand Health Insurance

Acquisition and retention of talent, along with benefit cost containment are key measurements used to gauge HR leadership. With all the innovation, technology, and wellness programs abounding, health insurance continues to drive benefit expense up and employee complaints. Why is this situation not changing?

In this session you will:

  • Examine possibilities for why this situation is not changing
  • Discuss strategies to improve the employee benefits experience
  • Explore potential solutions to halt increasing benefit expenses

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Executive Boardroom

Leading With Learning

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Camye Mackey

Chief People Officer

Atlanta Hawks & State Farm Arena

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Mark Stock

SVP, Human Resources & IT


As the world becomes more digital, diverse, and talent scare organizations must reinvent and adapt. True reinvention means reinvention inside and out, and developing a thorough learning strategy can ensure that the employees of today are prepared to be your leaders of tomorrow.
In this boardroom, you will:

  • Explore how to provide a consumer-grade experience to learning
  • Share successful strategies to identify and advance your next-level talent
  • Discuss the latest learning techniques to ensure growth meets potential

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 15 attendees (seating priority is given to C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact Derek Rowinski.

2:10pm - 2:30pm  Networking Break

2:30pm - 3:20pm  Breakout Session

Making People First a Reality

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Catherine Jefferson

Chief People Officer

The Krystal Company

Companies strive to create a culture based on their values and mission, but often there’s a disconnect between the two. Catherine Jefferson knew that HR could make the people first mission a reality with the proper framework.

In this session, Jefferson will:

  • Discuss their holistic framework for employee experience
  • Explore potential solutions for recognition
  • Examine the impact to the culture of The Krystal Company

2:30pm - 3:20pm  Breakout Session

Communication Strategies to Improve the Employee Experience

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Colleen Blake

SVP, People


While some organizations treat communication as an afterthought, it’s actually the most critical driver in getting employees engaged, aligned and excited about the priorities of your business.

In this session, Colleen Blake will discuss:

  • Communication strategies to drive business and cultural change
  • How to improve employee program adoption
  • Tactics to improve your employee communications

2:30pm - 3:20pm  Executive Boardroom

Courageous Conversations — Removing Stigma on Mental Health

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Monica Anderton

SVP, Human Resources


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Elizabeth Patrick

SVP Chief People Officer

Diebold Nixdorf

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Joseph Cadle, MD

National Director of Clinical Customer Engagement

Kaiser Permanente

Many employees will experience a mental health challenge and will struggle in silence even though these conditions are common and treatable.

Join this conversation to explore:

  • Setting the tone for a productive and mentally healthy workforce
  • Creating awareness and encouraging acceptance around mental health care
  • Structuring policies and providing benefits and coverage that lead to healthier outcomes

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 15 attendees (seating priority is given to C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact Derek Rowinksi.

3:20pm - 3:35pm  Networking Break

3:35pm - 4:15pm  Keynote

What's Trust Got to Do With It?

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David Horsager

CEO and Best-Selling Author

Trust Edge

Trust is both a fundamental business issue and the biggest asset of a company. Without trust, companies lose reputations, relationships, and revenue. With trust, organizations enjoy greater creativity, productivity, and results. Through extensive research and experience, David Horsager learned what it takes to gain — and keep — the “Trust Edge.”

Join this session as Horsager outlines:

  • The keys to building morale, sales, and customer loyalty
  • His Eight-Pillar Framework for building trust in an organization
  • Creating successful leaders and organizations centered on the tenants of trust

4:15pm - 4:50pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

June 26, 2019


Venue & Accommodation

The St. Regis Atlanta

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