Chicago CHRO Executive Summit

May 16, 2019 | Hyatt Regency McCormick Place

May 16, 2019
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with your peers to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Chicago CHRO Executive Summit.

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

Leading through a new employee experience

Redesigning HR strategies, structures, and service delivery models

Modernizing mental health and well-being programs in a new era of work

Chicago CHRO Governing Body


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

Co-Chairs

Mary Bilbrey

Jones Lang LaSalle
Global Chief Human Resources Officer

Brian Little

Zurich North America
Head of HR

Mike Rude

Option Care
SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer

Agenda


May 15, 2019

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

The New Reality — Make Change Your Competitive Advantage

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Karl Schoemer

Author, "Change Is Your Competitive Advantage"

Like a school of fish, adaptive organizations must move rapidly and in unison toward new opportunities. From navigating the uncertainty of today’s tight talent markets to responding to evolving employee expectations, leaders and employees alike must embrace the power of change in order to make it a part of their individual and organizational competitive advantage.

In this keynote, you will learn:

  • Insights on how leadership behaviors facilitate change
  • Strategies to help change contribute to culture
  • Tactics for creating change-adaptive individuals

May 16, 2019 - morning

7:00am - 7:45am  Registration & Breakfast

7:45am - 8:30am  Keynote

The Role of HR in Creating a Co-Elevating Executive Team

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Keith Ferrazzi

Author, "Never Eat Alone" & "Who's Got Your Back"

Today’s executive teams face unprecedented transformational pressure from the marketplace. This calls for a new way of working together. No role is better suited than the CHRO to coach the executive team on a different way of collaborating at a higher standard than ever before. Keith Ferrazzi's research over the last ten years has come to call this a “co-elevating team.”

In this keynote, you will hear:

  • Insights on building powerful teams
  • Strategies for deeper collaboration and mutual connections
  • Tactics for resolving conflict and increasing peer-to-peer accountability

8:30am - 9:00am  Networking Break

9:00am - 9:50am  Breakout Session

Reinventing Your Talent Ecosystem

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Amy Leschke-Kahle

VP Performance Acceleration

The Marcus Buckingham Company, an ADP company

Businesses today require a complete talent strategy built for maximum performance. Understanding how to build this requires diligent assessment of the latest research, best practices and current offerings.

In this session, you will:

  • Dive into what modern human resources looks like
  • Examine how talent strategy can fulfill business needs
  • Explore three key pillars of a talent ecosystem


9:00am - 9:50am  Breakout Session

Strategic Employee Engagement

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Carolynn Haug

AVP Employee Communications & Knowledge Management

Equity Residential

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Christa Sorenson

EVP, Human Resources

Equity Residential

To supercharge its employee engagement, Equity Residential dug into its data. By targeting actions at specific employee segments and locations, Equity has increased engagement and become an employer of choice.

In this session, you’ll learn how to:

  • Uncover the story underlying your engagement data
  • Get buy-in from the executive team on engagement
  • Tailor programs based on employee demographics

9:00am - 9:50am  Executive Boardroom

Maximize Business Value With a Next-Generation Employee Experience

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M. Katie Lawler

Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer

ITW

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Sara Stolmeier

Director, Corporate HR

McMaster-Carr Supply

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Debbi Francl

HR Transformation Consultant

ServiceNow

With every initiative, HR executives have an opportunity to advance the business through delivering an exceptional employee experience. Powered by intelligent cross-functional digital workflows that mirror the modern consumer-style experience, organizations can unlock more productivity, and increase retention through a human-centered experience — all while positioning themselves as employers of choice.

Join this boardroom session and discuss:

  • Aligning overall people strategy to business outcomes
  • Using consumer-grade technology to build truly meaningful employee experiences
  • Keeping people at the center of all delivery decisions and enabling a self-service culture

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 Braden Beisse at Braden.Beisse@Evanta.com.

9:50am - 10:20am  Networking Break

10:20am - 11:10am  Breakout Session

Gratitude From the Ground Up

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Chris French

Executive Vice President, Customer Strategy

Workhuman

Can human connections serve as the foundation for organizational success? Through data-driven stories of gratitude, Chris French will explore the business value of creating a more human workplace.

In this session, you’ll learn how to:

  • Create an employee experience strategy that builds inclusion
  • Empower your employees to own your company culture
  • Unify teams around shared values and business goals

10:20am - 11:10am  Breakout Session

Artificial Intelligence in Human Resources

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Brad Mascho

Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer

NCI, Inc.

Artificial intelligence: It’s the new buzzword in the technology space. Everyone’s talking about it, but really…what is it? And what does it mean for you?

In this session, you will learn:

  • An overview of AI and its impact on workforce culture
  • The practical benefits AI can offer CHROs
  • Strategies for implementing and integrating AI to support your team

10:20am - 11:10am  Executive Boardroom

Increasing Engagement Through Employee Recognition

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Velisha Haddox

Bureau Chief of Human Resources

Cook County Government

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Laura Klimenko

Chief People Officer

Revantage Corporate Services

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Vanessa Brangwyn

Chief Customer Officer

Achievers

According to Harvard Business Review, recognizing your employees is the simplest way to improve morale and employee engagement.

In this boardroom, you will discuss:

  • Why the employee experience is vital to driving a positive customer experience
  • How a recognition and engagement strategy can unite today’s diverse workforce
  • What a mobile-first strategy can do for your HR toolkit

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 Braden Beisse at Braden.Beisse@Evanta.com.

11:10am - 11:40am  Networking Break

May 16, 2019 - mid-afternoon

11:40am - 12:50pm  Keynote

The Business Case for Employee Well-Being

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Rajiv Kumar, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer and President

Virgin Pulse

78% of large employers consider employee well-being a meaningful part of their business strategy, yet only a small number of them have developed robust methods for measuring and analyzing its financial impact on their organizations. This leaves wellness programs vulnerable when budgets tighten, and it prevents companies from elevating employee well-being to the level of importance it deserves.

In this keynote, Rajiv Kumar will address:

  • What well-being really means for employees 
  • Data and insights linking employee wellness to business results 
  • The state of play and future trends in well-being

12:50pm - 1:20pm  Networking Break

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Breakout Session

People Analytics That Drive Business

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Sanja Licina, Ph.D.

Future of Organizations

Globant

Top executives increasingly realize the impact that people analytics can have on their business. By anticipating leaders' key challenges and providing the information to solve them, the people function can drive organizational strategy.

Join this session to learn:

  • Culture metrics that impact the bottom line
  • Best practices for moving from data to insights
  • Strategies for presenting insights that help drive strategy

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Breakout Session

KeHE's Culture of Radical Service

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Rusty Bland

SVP, People Engagement & Serving

KeHE Distributors LLC

At KeHE, service isn’t something that people do off the clock; it’s embedded in every aspect of the company. 

In this session, you’ll learn:

  • Why having a purpose is key to employee engagement
  • What a service culture means for team effectiveness
  • How leaders can drive both values and results

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Executive Boardroom

HR as Strategic Business Partner — What Now?

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Denise Domian

Chief Human Resources Officer

Shopko Stores

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Paula Frey

Chief Human Resources Officer

Echo Global Logistics

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Jennifer Burnett, Ph.D.

Senior Principal Consultant, Thought Leadership

Cornerstone OnDemand

Despite making big strides over the last decade, many CHROs are still grappling with how to be more tightly integrated with business strategy.

In this boardroom, you will discuss:

  • Overcoming obstacles that keep you from focusing on strategic initiatives
  • Developing agile processes that can pivot with the business
  • Aligning with business strategy and reinventing HR

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 Braden Beisse at Braden.Beisse@Evanta.com.

May 16, 2019 - afternoon

2:10pm - 2:30pm  Networking Break

2:30pm - 3:20pm  Breakout Session

Upskilling for the Future

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Michelle Hay

Chief Human Resource Officer

Cushman & Wakefield

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Janice O'Neill

Global Head of Talent Management & Diversity

Cushman & Wakefield

In a time of rapid growth, Cushman & Wakefield implemented a world-class learning program to prepare its workforce for change.

In this session, you’ll learn how they:

  • Define learning needs across diverse employee segments
  • Creatively offer L&D solutions for a global workforce
  • Set ambitious goals and measure success

2:30pm - 3:20pm  Breakout Session

Leading an Integration of Two Iconic Brands

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Rebecca Snow

Global Vice President, People & Organization

Mars Wrigley Confectionery

In 2017, Rebecca Snow faced the task of integrating two legacy companies with rich histories as family-run businesses: Mars Chocolate and Wrigley. 

In this session, you’ll hear:

  • Takeaways on cultural change at any organization
  • Insights on change management for HR executives
  • Lessons for CHROs on strategic leadership

2:30pm - 3:20pm  Executive Boardroom

Employer Branding — Beyond the EVP

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Tim Jordan

EVP, Global Human Resources

Glory Global Solutions

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Christa Sorenson

EVP, Human Resources

Equity Residential

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Chris Hogan

VP Retail Solutions

Avature

You’re hiring; so is the competition. To stand apart from the crowd, companies are employing tools from the marketing world to build compelling employer brands.

In this boardroom, you will discuss:

  • Building on your employee value proposition to create an employer brand
  • Attracting the right talent for your needs
  • Leveraging your brand to drive your culture

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 Braden Beisse at Braden.Beisse@evanta.com.

3:20pm - 3:40pm  Networking Break

3:40pm - 4:20pm  Keynote

People Strategy and Employee Journeys

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Joy Fitzgerald

Chief Diversity Officer

Eli Lilly

Eli Lilly had a business challenge: Despite having a workforce that is 50% female, just 20% of Eli Lilly’s top leadership was comprised of women in 2015. So the company sought to understand its employees’ experiences with the same rigor it had long applied to its market research. The result was a one-of-a-kind initiative to identify and remove barriers to career growth for women and minorities.

In this keynote, you will learn about:

  • Eli Lilly’s research on career obstacles for underrepresented groups
  • The implications of hiring and management practices on diversity
  • Steps you can take to ensure your female and minority talent thrives

4:20pm - 5:00pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

Location


Venue & Accommodation

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place

Your Community Partners


National Thought Leader
Keynote Sponsor
National Sponsors
Local Sponsors
Global Thought Leader

Chicago CHRO Program Manager


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

Braden Beisse

Program Manager

503-972-4436

braden.beisse@evanta.com