Boston CHRO Executive Summit

November 18, 2021 | Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel

November 18, 2021
Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel

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Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Boston'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:

Measure progress in DEI initiatives

Drive effective leadership strategy

Manage talent during organizational shifts

Boston CHRO Governing Body


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

Co-Chairs

Ronald Arigo

AAA Northeast
Senior Vice President, Head of Human Resources

Lisa Britt

ThermoFisher Scientific
Senior VP & Chief Human Resources Officer

Mary Beth DeNooyer

Keurig Dr Pepper
CHRO

Ginger Gregory

Biogen
Executive VP & CHRO

Joseph Sangregorio

AMRI
CHRO

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 Boston 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.

Agenda


November 17, 2021

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

The ROI of Creativity

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Noah Scalin

Artist, Innovation Consultant

The World Economic Forum named creativity one of the top must-have skills for success in all industries. It is the key to thriving in this era of rapid innovation and change. But very few organizations have truly invested in the development of this essential capability. Why? Because creativity is considered too intangible to measure, too messy to fit into a strategic plan or simply something that is only for a few specially talented people. In this engaging presentation, Artist/Author Noah Scalin pulls back the curtain on his own creative practice to explain the real ROI of creativity.
In this session, HR leaders will learn:

  • Why creativity is a crucial skill for fostering innovation at your organization
  • How to use creativity strategically for long-term impact
  • Simple strategies that anyone can use to innovate, grow and inspire others

To reserve your seat, please contact your event Program Manager, Julia Platsman (Julia.Platsman@evanta.com).

November 18, 2021 - morning

7:30am - 8:15am  Registration & Breakfast

8:15am - 9:00am  Keynote

Employee Experience — Defining Distinct Strategies and Balancing New Demands

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Melanie Foley

Executive Vice President and Chief Talent & Enterprise Services Officer

Liberty Mutual

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Margaret Seif

Chief People Officer

Analog Devices

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Alicia Austin

SVP, NA People & Organization

Puma North America, Inc.

Organizations and employees are at varying journeys in managing workforces that are in-person, remote, or hybrid. As a result, the employee experience continues to shift while big-picture business initiatives need to continue. Combined with maintaining an engaged workforce, HR leaders are tasked with defining distinct strategies for company culture and consistent execution through all levels of leadership.

In a wide-ranging discussion, three of Boston’s prolific CHROS will address:

  • Building a motivated workforce and bolstering moments that matter
  • Engaging employees that have been redistributed or shifted
  • Balancing the return to work and the value of collaboration

9:00am - 9:15am  Break

9:15am - 10:00am  Breakout Session

Defining the CHRO's Role in ESG

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Dr. Jason Jay

Senior Lecturer and Director, Sustainability Initiative

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

ESG programming is an emerging yet pivotal trend for organizations. COVID-19 and the rise of social movements for climate action and social justice have ratcheted up expectations among employees, investors, and customers, and driven ambitious organizational commitments. Rising to this challenge requires organizations to build new skills, knowledge, and cross-functional collaboration. CHROs can play a pivotal role in delivering on the ESG promise.

In this session, MIT’s Dr. Jason Jay will discuss:

  • Defining ESG and its role in organizational life & elevating HR agendas
  • How HR can enable achievement of ESG objectives
  • Aligning ESG with HR strategy for employee engagement, recruiting and retention

9:15am - 10:00am  Breakout Session

Enabling top Talent and Emerging Leaders for Organizational Strength

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Will Guillaume Foussier

CEO and Founder

Ace-Up

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Heather Nault

Global Talent Management Director

Teradyne

As the world of work evolves, businesses are looking for future-ready initiatives and dynamic learning experiences in their employees’ day-to-day. Simultaneously, organizations are looking for new methods of skill development that drive business success while promoting success and growth for the employee. How are leaders to ensure all of these priorities are met?

In this session, CHROs will discuss:

  • New L&D strategies to address emerging skill needs and empower agile learning
  • Solutions and services to aid business operations
  • Building an adaptive, yet consistent program, that motivates and retains employees

9:15am - 10:00am  Executive Boardroom

Aligning Succession Planning to the Future Business Strategy

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Rachel Davis

Joint Managing Director

Armstrong Craven

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Lenka Patten

Head of Human Resources, Reebok Brand

Reebok International Ltd

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Michele Grazulis

VP & CHRO

Northeastern University

Having a diverse leadership talent pool and a robust succession plan is now more critical than ever as the events of the past 18 months have challenged leadership styles across many organizations. Company-wide change is much needed even on the Board level, where HR leaders identify the need for new skills, aiming to adapt to the demands of the digital era.

Join this discussion as CHROs address:

  • How a diverse workforce can help enterprises boost business performance and reduce succession risks
  • Streamlining your leadership risk strategy to ensure effective internal decision-making
  • How much are organizations’ pledges for diversity in leadership backed by internal change?

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 your event Program Manager, Julia Platsman (Julia.Platsman@evanta.com)

10:00am - 10:30am  Networking Break

10:30am - 11:15am  Breakout Session

Driving Progressive DEI

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Rosemary Sheehan

CHRO

Mass General Brigham

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Carla Carten

Interim Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer

Mass General Brigham

Diversity, equity and inclusion are top of mind for HR executives, but how are leaders implementing programs to initiate change? Leaders today are looking for inspired pathways to create a progressive and inclusive cultures, development opportunities, and collaborative opportunities to drive diversity initiatives. As DE&I programs remain a top priority, how are HR leaders bringing ideas to reality?

Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • Keys to establishing successful and collaborative programs to address racial inequalities
  • Strategies for communicating and demonstrating commitment to your workforce
  • Methods for robust DE&I implementation

10:30am - 11:15am  Breakout Session

What Puts the ‘Strategic’ in Strategic Workforce Planning?

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John Rogers

Global VP, Partner Network

Faethm

The world of work is changing in unprecedented ways. Dynamic, complex forces such as Artificial Intelligence, the COVID-19 pandemic and Remote Working are rapidly evolving and fundamentally reshaping how and where we work. Most leaders appreciate the need to act, but few have access to the data, insights or resources needed to transition from a workforce plan to Strategic Workforce Planning. 

In this session, HR leaders will discuss:

  • Adopting a hiring strategy plan that is forward-thinking rather than reactive
  • Addressing workforce planning metrics and measurements with Board/CEO
  • Utilizing emerging technology for strategic planning and mental health and wellbeing solutions

10:30am - 11:15am  Executive Boardroom

The Modern Hire — Is Digital Transformation the Answer to Help Get the Best Talent in the Market?

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Holland McCue

Head of Hiring Success

SmartRecruiters

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Jill Andy

SVP, Human Resources

Amica

Change has become a constant among many organizations as culture has evolved, processes have shifted and technology is upgraded. HR leaders must secure the right talent as they lead digital transformation efforts and innovate for the future of work.

Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • Defining a strategic long-term vision for your Talent Acquisition function and removing bias from talent selection
  • Post Pandemic High Volume Hiring: how to overcome the Talent Scarcity Problem
  • Remote Talent Acquisition: How to increase team efficiency & processes

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 your event Program Manager, Julia Platsman (Julia.Platsman@evanta.com)

11:15am - 11:25am  Break

November 18, 2021 - mid-afternoon

11:25am - 12:40pm  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.

11:45am - 1:15pm  Lunch Service

12:40pm - 1:00pm  Break

1:00pm - 1:35pm  Keynote

Unlocking the Value of Human Connection in the Future Workplace

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Rosette Cataldo

VP, Performance & Talent Strategy

Workhuman

As the boundary between work and life has become increasingly blurry, people leaders are having to adapt to the changing needs of their workforce, and ensure they take into account employees’ personal circumstances. CHROs play a key role in shaping an inclusive and psychologically safe environment for the entire business, but how can they achieve such a huge task?

This keynote session will explore:

  • How trust can help build healthy and high-performing teams
  • What leaders can do to empower employees to bring their whole, human self to work
  • Leveraging recognition to connect employees to each other and the organization

1:35pm - 1:50pm  Break

November 18, 2021 - afternoon

1:50pm - 2:35pm  Breakout Session

Leveraging AI to Empower Career Development and Retention

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Mai-Lan Nguyen

SVP HR North America Operations

Schneider Electric

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Ruslan Tovbulatov

VP Global Marketing

Gloat

In the new world of work, and an all-time hot talent market, employees have many options to choose from when it comes to their careers. Still, a lack of career opportunities remains one of the top reasons for talents to leave their company. How can companies empower their employees to take the driver seat to develop their careers, tap into the unlimited potential of their workforce and drive loyalty and a higher level of engagement?

Join this session as HR leaders discuss how to:

  • Utilize AI and machine learning to create an Open Talent Market
  • Drive cultural change where employees own their development
  • Foster more transparency and internal Gig economy

1:50pm - 2:35pm  Executive Boardroom

Shifting Strategies for an Evolving Employee Landscape

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Mark Griffin

Chief Human Resources Officer

BJ's Wholesale Club

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Lisa Britt

Senior VP & Chief Human Resources Officer

ThermoFisher Scientific

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Mary Beth DeNooyer

CHRO

Keurig Dr Pepper

Connectivity has never been more essential as companies work to bridge the gap in hybrid work environments.
The leadership provided by managers plays a vital role in maintaining a sense of belonging, whether employees are returning to the office or continuing to work remotely.

Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • How to create a motivational atmosphere for employees in remote and hybrid work environments
  • Challenges in promoting and building culture with new hires as well as permanent and temporary employees
  • Strategies to build on engagement in the "new normal"

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 your event Program Manager, Julia Platsman (Julia.Platsman@evanta.com)

1:50pm - 2:35pm  Executive Boardroom

Beyond the Data — Redesigning HR Strategies With Human Analytics

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Arthur Wood

Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer

Cabot Corp

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Alejandro Reyes

SVP & Chief People Officer

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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Jennifer Briere

CHRO

National Grid

Bringing HR into the digital era is an increasingly high priority on CHRO’s agendas. As organizations have been pushed to digitalize at the speed of light within the past year, more business cases are being made for a complete redesign of HR strategies that put data and analytics at the core of their decisions.

In this session, CHROs will explore:

  • Aligning HR data through automation in a global business
  • How to gauge potential attrition and minimize the effects of employee turnover
  • Utilizing HR data in C-level decision-making processes

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 your event Program Manager, Julia Platsman (Julia.Platsman@evanta.com)

2:35pm - 3:05pm  Networking Break

3:05pm - 3:50pm  Breakout Session

Winning in the Post-Disruption Labor Market

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Dion Love

Vice President - Research & Advisory

Gartner

As vaccines roll out and workers regain confidence in the job market, HR leaders must be prepared to compete for high-quality candidates. However, the pandemic has accelerated changes to candidates' expectations for jobs – in terms of flexibility, purpose and growth. Organizations will lose out on high-quality, diverse talent if they don't adapt to these changing needs.

In this session, HR leaders will learn how to:

  • Best utilize surging demand to attract top and diverse talent
  • Adapt to compete with pent-up attrition
  • Design an EVP to reflect changing expectations of employees and candidates

3:05pm - 3:50pm  Executive Boardroom

Personalizing Well Being — A Roadmap to Resilience

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Keith Hutchison

SVP Human Resources & Chief Diversity Officer

National Grid

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Jane Moyer

SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer

Commonwealth Financial Network

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Ellen Wallace

Vice President of Human Resources

Berkley One

The pandemic has not only had an impact socially and economically, the global health crisis is also ravaging mental health. Within the enterprise, the human resources function must provide the necessary support and resources to alleviate the burden on employees: boosting resilience. 

Join this session as HR leaders discuss ways to:

  • Create sustainable well-being solutions in the way of benefits, flexibility and support for working parents
  • Design personalized wellbeing offerings to meet contrasting employee needs
  • Establish programs and processes to destigmatize mental health

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 your event Program Manager, Julia Platsman (Julia.Platsman@evanta.com)

3:50pm - 4:05pm  Break

4:05pm - 4:40pm  Keynote

Setting Up for the Future — A Strategy for Continued Success

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Beth Grous

Chief People Officer

TripAdvisor

Waves of unprecedented changes have shook many businesses from the bottom up. While certain organizations thrived, others were forced to completely rethink their workforce, development, value proposition and business structure entirely. However, despite challenges, strong leaders have emerged and are guiding their businesses to flourish.

In this keynote session, Beth Grous from TripAdvisor will share:

  • People-based strategies for improved productivity and engagement
  • Workforce management and talent development during volatile disruptions
  • Strategies to ensure culture and connection are in place across all teams

4:40pm - 5:10pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

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  • Our invitation-only gatherings are designed to be smaller in scale, providing a safe and comfortable environment.
  • All in-person programs are local and complimentary, with zero impact on your organization’s T&E.

We are committed to creating the safest possible environment for all participants, partners, and associates. As a part of our commitment we will continue to monitor and adhere to government, venue, and health agency guidelines. Information on vaccinations, face mask guidance, on-site safety measures, and more, can be found here: Health and Safety Resource Policy.

Location


Venue & Accommodation

Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel
MORE INFORMATION

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 1-877-901-6632. Please mention Evanta Boston Executive Summit to ensure the appropriate room rate.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $279 USD (plus tax) is October 29, 2021.

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

Julia Platsman

Program Manager

971-230-3507

julia.sholian@evanta.com