Boston CHRO Inner Circle

September 7, 2023 | State Room

September 7, 2023
State Room

Collaborate with your peers

Join Boston's top CHROs for an intimate networking dinner and facilitated discussion on key business challenges. Enjoy a relaxed evening of dinner and drinks with your peers to share best practices, make new connections and build professional relationships.

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

Improving Retention by Meeting New Employee Expectations

Managerial Effectiveness in Times of Constant Change

New Ways of Leading for a New Era of Work

Boston CHRO Governing Body

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

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Ronald Arigo

AAA Northeast
Senior Vice President, CHRO

Lisa Britt

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Mary Beth DeNooyer

Keurig Dr Pepper

Janice Deskus


Joe Sangregorio



September 7, 2023

4:30pm - 5:30pm  Executive Networking Reception

5:30pm - 6:45pm  Discussion Topics

Revitalizing Leadership Effectiveness in a New World of Work

Janice Deskus headshot

Janice Deskus



Jennifer Briere headshot

Jennifer Briere


National Grid

Marianne Monte headshot

Marianne Monte

Chief People and Administrative Officer

Shawmut Design and Construction

Lauren Duprey headshot

Lauren Duprey



Kristi Hummel headshot

Kristi Hummel

Chief Talent Officer

UnitedHealth Group

Mary Beth DeNooyer headshot

Mary Beth DeNooyer


Keurig Dr Pepper

Pam Boiros headshot

Pam Boiros



Organizations everywhere are facing uncertain and unpredictable times, as rising inflation, hard-to-find talent and global supply chain constraints make sustained growth extremely complex. HR leaders in particular are facing a delicate balancing act, weighing trade-offs between people and technology, cost savings and talent investments, and business requirements with employee needs, to name a few. Underlying it all, CHROs must also continue to excel in their most foundational role – cultivating a positive culture and employee experience to attract new talent and retain existing talent.

According to a study by Gartner, 60% of HR leaders are prioritizing leader and manager effectiveness in 2023 as the key to tackling the challenges. As the work environment evolves, so too must the leader-employee dynamic. Agility and flexibility is critical to sustained success.

Join your peers to discuss and debate new leadership imperatives for a new age of work.

Topic #1: Improving Retention by Meeting New Employee Expectations

  • Employees today demand authenticity and empathy from their managers. How do you teach these skills to your leadership teams and how do you identify them in future leaders?
  • 52% of employees say a flexible work environment plays a huge role in their decision to stay with their employer. In the past 12 months, what policies has your company put in place to increase flexibility for your employees? What impact have these policies made on your retention rates?
  • What are the biggest challenges you face in making changes to meet new employee expectations? What is your plan to overcome them?

Topic #2: Managerial Effectiveness in Times of Constant Change

  • How do you currently measure leader effectiveness, and how frequently do you collect employee feedback on the matter?
  • How do you define human-centric leadership at your organization? Where would you rate your leadership bench today on a scale of 1-10?
  • What is your approach to change management and how do you keep that approach consistent across the organization? What do you do well and what areas do you need to improve?

6:45pm - 7:15pm  Networking Break

7:15pm - 8:30pm  Summary Discussion & Dinner

8:30pm - 9:30pm  Social Hour

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

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State Room



  • Public parking nearby, not operated by venue.
    • 1st is in our building the entrance is on Merchant St. It is $45 per car, but the price drops to $20 at 5pm. 
    • 2nd is across the street at 75 State St which is $20 per a car as well
    • 3rd is at Post office square which is about 2 blocks away and $9 per car.
  • Instructions for Entry to the State Room

    • Enter through the main entrance at the front of the building located off of State Street
    • There will be a greeter in the lobby who will check your ID and direct you up to the 33rd Floor

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