Atlanta CHRO Virtual Executive Summit

December 3, 2020 | 8:00am - 1:15pm EST

December 3, 2020 | 8:00am - 1:15pm EST

Collaborate with your peers

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

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

How CHROs Are Leading in a New Era

The New Realities of DE&I

Talent Without Borders


Rob Kight

Delta Air Lines
SVP, Human Resources

Jed Milstein

Asbury Automotive Group
Chief Human Resources Officer

Meg Newman

EVP and Chief People Officer

Jill Wilson

Senior Vice President of Human Resources & Talent Development


December 3, 2020

8:00am - 8:45am  EST Virtual Summit Keynote

The Way Forward – How CHROs are Leading in a New Era

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Lars Minns


Mercedes-Benz USA

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Meg Newman

EVP and Chief People Officer


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Anna Stevens

Chief People Officer

HD Supply

In a year of economic uncertainty, global disruption, and social unrest, HR has been at the forefront of the most important decisions facing business. As a monumental year winds down, we’ll hear how top CHROs are applying hard-won lessons about the nature of work, business strategy, and the HR profession itself. 

 This keynote discussion will explore:

  • Opportunities seized in a year of crisis
  • The implications of a changed talent landscape
  • The state of the relationship between HR and the business

8:45am - 9:00am  EST Break

9:00am - 10:00am  EST Virtual Summit Boardroom

The New Conversation around DE&I

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Jed Milstein

Chief Human Resources Officer

Asbury Automotive Group

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Jennifer Morrow

Director of Human Resources

Asbury Automotive Group

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Stef Murray

Chief Diversity Officer and VP, HR

Schnitzer Steel

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Jeremy Spake

Principal, Thought Leadership & Advisory Services


The conversation around diversity, equity, and inclusion has changed radically in the past year. It is more urgent, with employees and customers alike demanding real change. It is also broader, touching every aspect of the enterprise. 

 In this virtual boardroom, CHROs will discuss:

  • How the conversation around DE&I has changed at their organizations
  • What changes they are making to recruiting, onboarding, and talent development
  • How technology can help organizations reach their DE&I goals

9:00am - 10:00am  EST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Empowering Employee Career Mobility

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Monica Anderton

Chief Human Resources Officer

DS Smith

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Elizabeth Spence


Gypsum Management & Supply

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Kelly Palmer

Chief Learning Officer


The world of work is evolving, and the most successful organizations are embracing career mobility — investing in their people and developing their talent. Providing your employees with fresh opportunities boosts their morale, which creates higher employee retention, increased engagement and more valuable contributions for your organization. Implementing a skill-based development strategy is the first step to achieving this mobility.

In this session, you will explore:

  • Aligning fellow leaders across the organization around reskilling
  • Practical insights on a skills-based vs HR based strategy
  • Peer best practices around internal mobility

9:00am - 10:00am  EST Virtual Summit Boardroom

An Epidemic within the Pandemic — Supporting Mental Health in 2020

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Vicki Cansler


Piedmont Healthcare

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Timothy Goodly, Ph.D.

SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer

AMB Group

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Lateefah Watford

Adult, Adolescent, Child & Forensic Psychiatrist Chief, Behavioral Health Services

Kaiser Permanente

On top of the mental health crisis America was facing before 2020, this year has created a host of new stressors: A global pandemic, an economic crisis and conflict around racial justice issues. Organizations are embracing every opportunity to support the workforce, including focusing on mental health and creating new dialogues around DE&I. 

Join this session to discuss:

  • How employers can enable courageous conversations on DE&I and mental health 
  • Unique challenges for remote, hybrid and in-person workforces, and adapting to new challenges like homeschooling, caregiving, and burnout 
  • Practical steps to cultivate resilience and empower employees in the face of ongoing crises

10:00am - 10:45am  EST Virtual Summit Keynote

Driving Employee Engagement During Crisis

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Daniel Goldblatt


Serta Simmons Bedding

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Brett Addis

Global Head, Customer Transformation

SAP SuccessFactors

Employee experience is critical to the success of the business, yet many organizations struggle to deliver on the expectations of the workforce. Employee experience is closely tied to business results and as organizations plan for long term remote work, organizations must adjust how they support the workforce in order to drive results.

Join this virtual keynote to explore:

  • Strategies to navigate between customer and employee experience
  • How driving business results starts with employee experience
  • Tips for sustaining momentum and taking care of employees in times of crisis

10:45am - 11:00am  EST Break

11:00am - 12:00pm  EST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Welcome to the Team – Onboarding in a Strange Time

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Barry Boyles

Senior VP, Human Resources

Capstone Logistics

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Ross Ott


SCP Health

Onboarding looks different now. Whether dealing with essential workers operating in a socially distanced workplace or remote employees who have never set foot in your offices, it is imperative to shorten time to impact, transmit company culture, and promote collaboration in your new hires – all in an environment that still feels unfamiliar.

In this boardroom, you’ll discuss:

  • Shortening time to impact in an uncertain, remote environment
  • Ensuring new employees feel connected to colleagues and the organization
  • Integrating employees into your company’s culture

11:00am - 12:00pm  EST Virtual Summit Boardroom

It Takes a Village — Supporting Working Parents

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Alanna Mahone

VP, Human Resources

LeasePlan USA

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Jill Wilson

Senior Vice President of Human Resources & Talent Development


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Maribeth Bearfield


Bright Horizons

This year has revealed in dramatic fashion just how important working parents are for your organization – and how much they rely on formal and informal networks of support. How are HR leaders supporting parents as the current crisis drags on, and how can you plan for a post-pandemic childcare landscape? 

In this boardroom, you’ll discuss:

  • Navigating the changing relationship between working parents and their employers
  • Providing targeted, equitable support for different employee populations
  • Rethinking how you approach dependent care going forward

11:00am - 12:00pm  EST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Pinpointing Key Drivers of Engagement

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Cole Carroll

Vice President, Human Resources

Mansfield Energy

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Valerie Norton

Chief People Officer

Habitat For Humanity International

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Benjamin Granger, Ph.D.

Sr. Principal, XM Institute


In these disrupted times, HR is more frequently taking the pulse of the workforce as employees navigate personal stress and lean on the enterprise to confront an uncertain future. Collecting, analyzing and acting on employee sentiment has never been more essential to the health and success of the organization.

Join this virtual boardroom to explore how to:

  • Listen and improve the experience for every employee
  • Go beyond data to drive immediate change
  • Apply lessons learned from a year of disruption

12:00pm - 12:30pm  EST Networking

Community Networking and Discussion

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Jill Wilson

Senior Vice President of Human Resources & Talent Development


Join this informal and interactive networking session to connect with your Atlanta CHRO peers. In this session, the Atlanta community will have the chance to share their takeaways from the program in small groups and walk away with at least one new connection.

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Program Partners

Atlanta CHRO Program Manager

For inquiries related to this event, please reach out to your dedicated program contact.

Derek Rowinski

Program Manager