Atlanta CHRO Executive Summit

June 11, 2024 | Westin Atlanta Perimeter North

June 11, 2024
Westin Atlanta Perimeter North

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:

Developing Next-generation Leaders by Evolving Role Expectations Instead of New Skills

Tailoring Your Employee Value Proposition to Win and Retain Key Talent

Reshaping a Corporate Culture that Exemplifies Efficiency and Resiliency

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

Kevin Henry

EVP, Chief People Officer

Terri Lewis

One Call
Chief People Officer

Jed Milstein

Asbury Automotive Group

Stephanie Murray

Radius Recycling
Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer and VP, HR

Meg Newman

EVP & Chief People Officer

Elizabeth Spence

Graphic Packaging

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 10, 2024

June 11, 2024

6:00pm - 8:30pm  Networking

Governing Body Welcome Reception

Governing Body members host this dinner for attendees to launch the event with an evening of peer networking.

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

8:30am - 9:15am  Keynote

The Alchemy of Talent — Unlocking Peak Performance on Complex Teams

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Vijay Pendakur, Ph.D.

Team Effectiveness Coach

Guest Speaker

In a time of extraordinary disruption and rapid change, extended periods of uncertainty can often lead to diminished team outcomes. But, skillful leaders can harness specific tools to enable their teams to flourish in complex times. This interactive workshop will focus on the science and skills of psychological safety and team connection, two proven drivers of team performance in moments of disruption.
Join this session with Dr. Vijay Pendakur to learn how to:

  • Leverage scientific evidence supporting the strong connection between diversity and business success
  • Upskill managers to lead psychologically safe teams
  • Harness the behavioral science of team connection to increase team resilience in extended periods of change

9:15am - 9:40am  Networking Break

9:40am - 10:25am  Breakout Session

Reimagining a New People-Centric Future

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Ryan Jensen

Workplace Culture Strategist

O.C. Tanner

Organizations face increased expectations to place their people at the center of business—and the next step is making that practical for all involved. Hear the latest research on how organizations everywhere can cultivate nimble resiliency amid change and enhance their people experience to create a future that allows employees to stay, feel fulfilled, and do their best work.

Join this session to learn:

  • Leading with practical empathy
  • Supporting the critical 80%
  • Achieving equitable flexibility

9:40am - 10:25am  Executive Boardroom

Why Don’t Employees Feel Supported?

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Matthew Bragstad

VP, Strategy, Vision, Storytelling, Evangelism


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Alisa Fiser

SVP, Global People & Culture

The Coca-Cola Company

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Terri Lewis

Chief People Officer

One Call

Most organizations have expanded benefits in both volume and scope, but many employees are frustrated with information overload and overall employee experience. How can CHROs build meaningful connections between the workforce and their benefits while navigating an ever-expanding technology ecosystem?

Attend this session to learn:

  • Strategies for connecting employee insights to actions to power stronger engagement
  • Ways to integrate employee experiences to increase adoption
  • How organizations can leverage personalization and AI to help people feel seen and cared for

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).

9:40am - 10:25am  Executive Boardroom

Rediscovering Connection in a Hybrid World

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Lepora Flournoy, PhD

Global HR Director


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Stephanie Murray

Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer and VP, HR

Radius Recycling

Nearly half of HR leaders say employees’ connection to culture is compromised by hybrid work. A successful culture doesn’t arise without effort. Leaders must work to align and connect employees to the organization by giving their teams the tools to create sustainable microcultures.

In this session, you’ll learn how to:

  • Empower employees to see their value in the workplace 
  • Identify unique advantages of in-person experiences 
  • Create a microculture across distributed work environments

10:25am - 11:05am  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.

11:05am - 11:50am  Breakout Session

Leading Change — The Power of CHROs in Organizational Transformation

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John Brothers

VP of Talent & Organizational Effectiveness

Acuity Brands

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Dianne Mills


Acuity Brands

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Ken Thompson

CEO & Principal

AlignOrg Solutions

AlignOrg Solutions CEO Ken Thompson and Acuity Brands CHRO Dianne Mills use real life case studies to shed light on the critical role CHROs play in driving successful change. From redesigning internal organizational capabilities to navigating transformative projects within IT and supply chain functions, Ken and Dianne draw upon their extensive expertise and collaborative experience.

Join this customer case study as they discuss:

  • Aligning your organization's structure, processes and people to drive meaningful change and achieve sustainable success
  • Gaining a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities that embody an organizational transformation
  • Utilizing practical tools that empower you to make informed decisions and lead with impact

11:05am - 11:50am  Executive Boardroom

Building Employee Trust Through Benefits and Well-Being

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Sharon Brand

Chief People Officer


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Skye Duckett


Georgia Tech

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Dawn Gehring


Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta

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Jed Milstein


Asbury Automotive Group

A Gartner survey found just 37% of frontline workers believe that HR looks out for their best interests. How do you determine you are making the right investments in your benefits and wellbeing offerings to ensure you are building employee trust. 

Join this boardroom sponsored by PlanSource to discuss:

  • Identifying if your benefits drive long term impact for the employee and company
  • Adjusting for the needs of a multi-generational workforce
  • Utilizing technology or AI tools to increase plan awareness, utilization and employee engagement

11:05am - 11:50am  Executive Boardroom

Communicating and Fostering DEI Culture

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Jackie Martin

Chief Purpose & Inclusion Officer

Fox Factory

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Felicia Robinson


Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Diversity, equity and inclusion is a top priority for organizations and their HR leaders, but successful execution requires buy-in from across the business. How can HR leaders partner with executive leadership, people leaders and individual contributors to foster a DEI culture?

Join this session as your peers discuss ways to:

  • Create a sustainable and equitable culture of inclusion
  • Communicate and build enthusiasm about DE&I initiatives
  • Foster and grow diversity in leadership

11:50am - 12:35pm  Lunch Service

12:35pm - 1:10pm  Keynote

Revitalize and Align Succession Development

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Jeri Hawthorne



Only about 30% of leadership positions are filled with identified successors, according to Gartner. This presents CHROs with a chance to reinvigorate succession programs, prioritizing the development of future leaders while maintaining a disciplined framework for long-term success.

Join this session as the CHRO of Aflac breaks down:

  • Creating a process that makes sense for your organization
  • Identifying and developing skill sets of high-performing employees
  • Anticipating future organizational skill set needs

1:10pm - 1:35pm  Break

1:35pm - 2:20pm  Breakout Session

Workforce Strategy Blueprint and Building a Peer Network

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Jodi Taylor


Brasfield & Gorrie

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DeRetta Rhodes

EVP/Chief Culture Officer

Atlanta Braves

When facing rapid change due to emerging business lines, new business units or evolving technology, it's HR's role to cultivate a collaborative culture, create a stable workforce and manage change. Constructing a strong network of peers outside your organization can provide a blueprint as you navigate emerging challenges. Hear from two Atlanta CHRO leaders who have relied on each other's insight and experience.

Join this breakout session as the speakers discuss:

  • Retaining key employees by managing risk and engaging critical talent
  • Gaining buy-in from key stakeholders on your change management strategy
  • Creating and maintaining a mutually beneficial network of strong HR leaders

1:35pm - 2:20pm  Breakout Session

Improving the Employee Experience Through Financial Wellness

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Brian Vieaux

President & COO


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Michelle Dean


Artera Services

Gartner research found improving employee wellness can increase their intent to stay with a company by up to 11%, their performance by up to 27% and their engagement up to 60%. Improving the financial security of those who matter most to your business can have the biggest impact on their wellness. That goes well beyond an hourly wage or salary.

Join this conversation with the COO of FinLocker as he discusses:

  • The financial hurdles faced by all generations of your workforce
  • Programs allowing your employees to take control of their financial future
  • A personalized path to achieve financial fitness through data driven goals

1:35pm - 2:20pm  Executive Boardroom

Developing People Managers Who Elevate Culture and Results

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Mandy Varley

Principal Behavioral Scientist

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Monica Anderton


DS Smith

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Brent Borders



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Meg Newman

EVP & Chief People Officer


Gallup estimates that disengaged managers cost the US economy an average of $359 billion annually. A predominant reason for disengagement is only 10% of managers naturally have the skills they need to succeed. By focusing on scalable coaching techniques, CHROs can develop high-performing managers who elevate others, your culture, and business performance.

Join this boardroom on people manager development to discuss:

  • Developing excellent people managers
  • Bridging the gap between retiring managers and future managers
  • Enabling managers to enhance organizational culture and business results

1:35pm - 2:20pm  Executive Boardroom

Harnessing the Power of Workforce Data and Talent Analytics

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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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Vishal Bhalla

SVP, Chief Experience Officer, Atrium Health Navicent & Chief Experience Officer

Advocate Health

In an era when the way of working is in flux, CHROs must rely on data and analytics to inform key decisions about organizational design and workforce strategy. With the right tools and metrics, HR leaders can accurately plan for the future workforce and most efficient way to structure teams and departments. 

Join your peers to explore: 

  • Discussing successes and challenges of utilizing data-driven insights
  • Understanding which metrics can help pinpoint the future needs of the workforce
  • Identifying innovative ways of using HR data to remain competitive

2:20pm - 3:00pm  Networking Break

2:25pm - 2:50pm  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.

3:00pm - 3:45pm  Breakout Session

AI in HR — What’s Now and What’s Next

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Matt Kott

VP, Global Data and Analytics


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Jennifer Frazer

Director of Talent Acquisition


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Jed Milstein


Asbury Automotive Group

A Gartner survey found 49% of businesses cited value as the biggest challenge in AI. Another highly ranked concern, data protection. So what are the practical applications of AI in the HR world, and where do you start?

Join this session to have your questions answered by the CHRO and head of Data, Analytics and Enterprise Applications of Carter's as they discuss:

  • Opening up dialogue between your HR and tech teams
  • Looking at current use cases of AI to streamline HR duties
  • Exploring what the future of AI could bring to your HR role

3:00pm - 3:45pm  Executive Boardroom

Recruitment to Retain Talent in 2024 – Staying Ahead of the Curve

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Dr. Archana Arcot

Chief People Officer


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Elizabeth Spence


Graphic Packaging

In this post-pandemic world, HR leaders are in a culture battle. They must get creative when attracting, retaining and managing top talent. In order to hold on to valued employees and attract the next generation of workers, companies are rethinking their talent strategies. 

Join this session to explore:

  • Making your brand stand out in a strained job market
  • Navigating a next-generation workplace culture 
  • Delivering experiences and skills to retain workers

3:00pm - 3:45pm  Executive Boardroom

Building and Bolstering Better Managers

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Ross Ott


SCP Health

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Shari Lotz



Managers are feeling the pressure as they balance business priorities with new employee expectations surrounding culture and flexibility. To top it off, managerial approaches that were successful in pre-pandemic times will no longer suffice. To ensure organizational success, CHROs must provide a clear roadmap for leaders from the frontline to the C-suite.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Increasing managerial competence and change management skills
  • Identifying and relieving pressure points within the organization
  • Clarifying managerial priorities to enable executives to focus on broader strategy

3:45pm - 4:10pm  Break

4:10pm - 4:45pm  Keynote

Taking Employees to New Heights

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Joanne Smith


Delta Air Lines

At the heart of every organization are its people. By applying employee-driven strategies and investing in skills and career development, CHROs can unlock the power of people to deliver on their organization’s mission and create affinity to the brand.

Hear from Delta's CHRO on how to:

  • Empower leaders to lead and become effective culture carriers
  • Facilitate greater internal mobility and career pathing
  • Responsibly leverage AI for employee opportunity and experience

4:45pm - 5:00pm  Closing Comments and Prize Drawing

June 10, 2024

June 11, 2024

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.


Venue & Accommodation

Westin Atlanta Perimeter North

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling (770) 395-3900.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $199 USD (plus tax) is May 20, 2024.

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