Atlanta CHRO Executive Summit

June 28, 2023 | Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center

June 28, 2023
Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Atlanta's top CHROs to tackle shared business challenges and critical priorities facing your role today. Participate in this one-day, local program with peer-driven topics and interactive discussions with your true C-level peers.

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

Shifting Business Focus From Critical Roles to Critical Skills

Revolutionizing the Employee Experience to Aid Retention

New Ways of Leading for 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.

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Craig Haydamack

Milliken & Company

Terri Lewis

One Call
Chief People Officer

Jed Milstein

Asbury Automotive Group

Stephanie Murray

Schnitzer Steel
Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer and VP of HR

Meg Newman

EVP and Chief People Officer

Jill Wilson

Senior Vice President of Human Resources & Talent Development

What to Expect

Interactive Sessions

Hear from CHRO practitioners and thought leaders on how they're solving critical challenges impacting your role today in Keynote sessions, and join smaller, interactive discussions with your peers in Breakout and Boardroom sessions.

Community Networking

Make new connections and catch up with old friends in casual conversations during dedicated time for networking designed to better acquaint you with your Atlanta CHRO community.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting through Evanta's Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.


June 27, 2023

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

Governing Body Welcome Reception at Iberian Pig at Hanover Buckhead Village

Governing Body members host this dinner for attendees to launch the event with an evening of peer networking at Iberian Pig at Hanover Buckhead Village

7:45am - 8:30am  Registration & Breakfast

8:30am - 9:15am  Keynote

Creating Pathways for Future Talent

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Camye Mackey

EVP, Chief People, Diversity & Inclusion Officer

Atlanta Hawks

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Felicia Sanders



Genevieve Caplette headshot

Genevieve Caplette

Leadership and Development Manager


Chief People and Human Resources Officers must consciously work to keep diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives from moving to the back burner, instead positioning them as opportunities to ensure long-term resilience. The right approach can not only help you retain and develop current employees, but also create the next generation through outreach programs.

In this fireside chat, hear how Michelin and the Atlanta Hawks are:

  • Expanding beyond unconscious bias training to conscious inclusion
  • Achieving progress despite competing priorities
  • Creating mentorship programs for historically excluded employees

9:15am - 9:40am  Networking Break

9:40am - 10:25am  Breakout Session

Building the Best Leaders for Your Business

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Jed Milstein


Asbury Automotive Group

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Anna Stevens



 HR leaders are continually asked to adjust to new workplace trends, reset business priorities and develop leaders. You know the leadership skills necessary to continue driving your business forward, but do you have an internal development strategy to match?

In this session learn how your peers are developing leaders by:

  • Building in-house software solutions tailored to the individual
  • Spotlighting current leaders with the traits you want to pass on
  • Identifying and fostering growth for high-performing employees

9:40am - 10:25am  Executive Boardroom

Lead or Be Led: Unlocking the Extraordinary in Senior Leadership Teams

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Dave Gloss

Head of Team Effectiveness

AIIR Consulting

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Gianetta Jones

SVP, Chief People Officer

Coca-Cola Bottling United

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Pamela Roach


Wayne Farms

Leadership Teams have a disproportionate impact on overall company culture and performance. Dysfunction at the top leads to dysfunction below. How do we develop Leadership Teams that can navigate shifting market and talent expectations in a post-COVID, hybrid world?

  In this boardroom, you will discuss

  • Hallmarks of high-performing leadership teams 
  • Creating a culture of teaming in a hybrid workforce
  • Upskilling leaders to navigate change and challenges

9:40am - 10:25am  Executive Boardroom

Pushing for Equity to Cultivate Employee and Business Success

Stephanie Murray headshot

Stephanie Murray

Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer and VP of HR

Schnitzer Steel

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Joseph Machicote

Chief Diversity Officer


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Grady Tripp

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer


According to Gartner’s 2022 Board of Directors Survey, 45% of boards have DE&I on the agenda every quarter or at every board meeting. This data supports the tectonic shift in initiatives driving both social and business value following heightened tensions in the past couple of years. With equity programs in place, what can HR leaders do to keep pushing for more and get support from the board?

Join this session to discuss: 

  • How to get widespread support from organization that an equitable and inclusive work environment is a strategic business priority, not just a nice thing to do

  • What can be done to hold leadership accountable

  • How to maintain momentum on programs already in place and advocate for more 

10:25am - 11:00am  Networking Break

10:30am - 10:55am  Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a one-on-one setting through Evanta’s Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.

11:00am - 11:45am  Breakout Session

Leadership in a World of Transformation and Change

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Larry Baider

Principal Consultant, Future of Work, Strategy


Even seasoned leaders may find themselves challenged to navigate what seems like continuous change, influenced by both internal and external forces. Using scientific insights, HR leaders can model the way for their organizations and bridge the gap between leadership effectiveness and business performance.

This session will explore how to:

  • Use new leadership frameworks as a backdrop for change and transformation
  • Apply teaming behaviors to lead in rapidly changing environments
  • Activate individual leadership behaviors to create conditions for success

11:00am - 11:45am  Executive Boardroom

Thinking Win-Win in the Competition for Talent

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Michelle Dean


Artera Services

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Cathy Hardin


Gwinnett County Public Schools

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Christa Hokenson


Strategic Education

Competition for quality talent is still fierce, and it is more important than ever for organizations to invest in learning, development and career pathway opportunities to retain the very best people.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Investing in internal development of employees
  • Leveraging career pathways and learning opportunities to attract and retain talent
  • •Implementing innovative learning practices to ensure equity of experience

11:00am - 11:45am  Executive Boardroom

The Role of HR in Organization Design

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Craig Haydamack


Milliken & Company

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Reggie Mebane

Director - EEO/Diversity Officer, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Workplace Equity (OEEOWE)

Department of Health and Human Services - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Terri Lewis

Chief People Officer

One Call

With workforces changing rapidly, it’s never been more important to have a secure organization design strategy. HR leaders across the globe are transforming their strategy towards putting employees at the heart of the enterprise, and being completely transparent when communicating with them. So how are CHROs successfully executing these changes, and communicating clearly?

Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • Reevaluating organization design and addressing what needs changing
  • Keeping clear and concise communication with employees
  • Adapting to new ways of working with structural change

11:45am - 12:30pm  Lunch Service

12:30pm - 1:05pm  Keynote

Why Your Talent Needs Community and Recognition Now

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Gary Beckstrand

VP, O.C. Tanner Institute

O.C. Tanner

Creating a strong workplace community is essential to meet the evolving challenges of 2023. Yet, new research from the O.C. Tanner Institute reveals how burnout and isolation among leaders and employees are threatening culture and organizational success. These challenges need fresh strategies to create a thriving workplace community.

Join this session to learn: 

  • Insights from the perspectives of 38,000 leaders and employees worldwide
  • Best practices for fortifying leaders and growing generalists in an era of change
  • Ways symbolic, integrated recognition create a strong sense of community for all

1:05pm - 1:30pm  Break

1:30pm - 2:15pm  Breakout Session

Seizing the Opportunity in Leadership Transitions

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Karen Brandenburg Viera

Senior Vice President, Global Chief People Officer

Church's Texas Chicken

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Joe Guith

Chief Executive Officer

Church's Texas Chicken

With CEO turnover on the rise, HR leaders are often in the position to navigate disruptions to organizational leadership. Done right, successful CEO onboarding can be harnessed as an opportunity for transformation. Church's Chicken used its CEO transition as a chance to check in with employees, improve their experience and build an even better company culture.

Church's CEO and CHRO will provide insight on:

  • Prioritizing company culture during leadership changes
  • Strengthening the CEO-CHRO partnership to improve employee experience
  • Focusing on consistent messaging and enhanced communications as part of change management

1:30pm - 2:15pm  Breakout Session

Workforce Transformation Starts with a Coaching Culture

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Chad Thomas

Global Account Partner


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Corina Rice

Senior People Insights Lead


In today's volatile times, the ability to transform and adapt is crucial for organizational survival. However, data suggests that people are not equipped to handle change in the workplace.

This deep dive into BetterUp's 2023 Insights Report explores:

  • Building a coaching culture for a more agile workforce
  • Helping retain and engage employees
  • Boosting productivity while improving your bottom line

1:30pm - 2:15pm  Executive Boardroom

Creating Strategic Initiatives to Mentor & Engage Across the Generational Gap

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Brad Cummings

Vice President Human Resources


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Paris Curry Wilder

VP, Human Resources

Graphic Packaging

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Felicia Robinson

Chief HR Officer

Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Today's workforce includes employees ranging from Gen Z to Baby Boomers and creates a notable generational gap across the enterprise. Human resource officers and their teams have a unique opportunity to apply agile thinking in engaging their employees.

Join this session to discuss, share and learn from your peers on:

  • Fostering an environment to reward and motivate
  • Driving skillful career conversations
  • Creating meaningful mentorship programs

1:30pm - 2:15pm  Executive Boardroom

A New Era for ESG

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Jill Wilson

Senior Vice President of Human Resources & Talent Development


Thomasina Kennedy headshot

Thomasina Kennedy



Jackie Martin headshot

Jackie Martin

Chief Purpose & Inclusion Officer

Fox Factory

ESG is not a new concept; a majority of S&P 500 organizations issue comprehensive annual reports. Today though, many investors (and a growing population of Millennial/Gen-Z workers) are calling for increased organizational efforts around environmental sustainability, corporate responsibility and DEI strategy. And who gets to lead these new initiatives and craft the story to be told? HR leaders.

In this session, CHROs will discuss:

  • Establishing ESG to support talent mobility and engagement
  • Interweaving ESG and DEI initiatives
  • Identifying growth opportunities to drive organization outcomes

2:15pm - 2:50pm  Networking Break

2:20pm - 2:45pm  Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a one-on-one setting through Evanta’s Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.

2:50pm - 3:35pm  Breakout Session

What HR Leaders Need to Know About AI

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Sabrina Green

Chief People Officer

HD Supply

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David Van Deventer

VP, Associate Experience

HD Supply

According to Gartner, 94% of businesses plan to deploy some form of artificial intelligence by 2025. HR leaders are being tasked with not only rolling out new processes, but ensuring the technology being implemented remains fair and unbiased in its recommendations.

This session will focus on:

  • Understanding common applications of AI and its impact on work and talent
  • Preparing for and addressing the ethical implications of AI in HR technology
  • Knowing AI's power to transform hiring and compliance processes

2:50pm - 3:35pm  Executive Boardroom

Highly Skilled, Hard to Reach — Attracting Scarce and Senior Talent

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Peter Howarth


Armstrong Craven

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Virginia Means

Chief People Officer

United Distributors

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Melody Smalls

EVP, Global Human Resources

Allen Media Group (The Weather Channel)

The search for elite talent has become harder than ever, particularly when it comes to key leadership positions and roles requiring specialized skills. When developing a strategic workforce plan, how can CHROs look beyond traditional sources and find new pools of talent to fill the most critical positions?

Join this discussion as CHROs address:

  • Moving from reactive to proactive by developing a strong talent pipeline
  • Identifying the emerging skills needed for leadership and technical roles
  • Accessing talent pools across new geographies, markets and skillsets

2:50pm - 3:35pm  Executive Boardroom

Solutions for Employee-Centric Well-Being

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Timothy Goodly, Ph.D.

SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer

AMB Group

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Shari Lotz



Ann Burris headshot

Ann Burris

Deputy Commissioner for HR/ CHRO

Georgia Department of Human Services

The place where work is conducted, level of work activity and the way work is completed have changed for many employees. While some employees thrive in a modern environment, it can also elevate stress and anxiety, which increases the risk of burnout.
In this boardroom, CHROs will discuss:

  • Holistic wellness opportunities to increase work experience and participation
  • Methods to tie belonging into emotional support
  • Preventative approaches for long-term employee wellness

3:35pm - 4:00pm  Break

4:00pm - 4:35pm  Keynote

Refreshing Company Culture to Grow Future Leaders

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Lisa Chang

SVP & Global Chief People Officer

The Coca-Cola Company

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Tim Hourigan

EVP, Human Resources

The Home Depot

Company culture is the secret ingredient for success. Creating an environment where employees thrive equips an organization with a robust leadership pipeline. So how do you build culture that develops your future leaders from within?

 Join this session to learn how to:

  • Evolve your leadership approach for the next generation
  • Create a culture encouraging employees to be their best selves
  • Achieve consistency across a global workforce in culture and product

4:35pm - 5:00pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

June 27, 2023

We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming in-person gathering

Evanta cares about the health and safety of our community. Please review the following recommendations prior to attending the gathering.



A block of rooms has been reserved at the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 404-261-9250. Please mention Evanta Atlanta to ensure the appropriate room rate.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $189 USD (plus tax) is June 5, 2023.

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