Chicago CHRO Virtual Executive Summit

December 2, 2020 | 8:00am - 12:30pm CST

December 2, 2020 | 8:00am - 12:30pm CST


Collaborate with your peers

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

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

How CHROs are Leading in a New Era

Talent Without Borders

The New Realities of DE&I


Kane Calamari

Ace Hardware
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Donna Dorsey

Chief Human Resources Officer

Brian McGarvey

GE Healthcare
Senior HR leader – US & Canada

Mike Rude

Option Care Health
SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer


December 2, 2020

8:00am - 8:45am CST Virtual Summit Keynote

The Way Forward – How CHROs are Leading in a New Era

Amber Kennelly headshot

Amber Kennelly


HUB International

Malaika Myers headshot

Malaika Myers

Chief Human Resources Officer

Hyatt Hotels Corp

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Laura Rock

Chief Human Resources Officer

Zurich Insurance Company

Brian McGarvey headshot

Brian McGarvey

Senior HR leader – US & Canada

GE Healthcare

In a year of economic uncertainty, global disruption, and social unrest, HR has been at the forefront of the most important decisions facing business. As a monumental year winds down, we’ll hear how top CHROs are applying hard-won lessons about the nature of work, business strategy, and the HR profession itself as they look ahead to 2021 and beyond. 

This keynote discussion will explore:

  • Opportunities seized in a year of crisis
  • The implications of a changed talent landscape
  • The state of the relationship between HR and the business

8:45am - 9:00am CST Break

9:00am - 10:00am CST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Skill Data – The Secret to Empowering Employee Mobility

Kelly Palmer headshot

Kelly Palmer

Chief Learning Officer


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Tim Jordan

EVP, Global Human Resources

Glory Global Solutions

Sara Stolmeier headshot

Sara Stolmeier

Vice President, People & Development

McMaster-Carr Supply

The world of work is evolving, and the most successful organizations are embracing career mobility — investing in their people and developing their talent. Providing your employees with fresh opportunities boosts their morale, which creates higher employee retention, increased engagement and more valuable contributions for your organization. Implementing a skill-based development strategy is the first step to achieving this mobility.

In this session, you will explore:

  • Aligning fellow leaders across the organization around reskilling
  • Practical insights on a skills-based vs HR based strategy
  • Peer best practices around internal mobility

9:00am - 10:00am CST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Build the New World of Work on a Foundation of People Success

Donna Dorsey headshot

Donna Dorsey

Chief Human Resources Officer


Mike Rude headshot

Mike Rude

SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer

Option Care Health

Lisa Lebow headshot

Lisa Lebow

People Science Manager


The path to the new world of work is different for each organization. But businesses that listen to their employees and help them adapt to change will set themselves up for long-term success.

In this session you will explore how to:

  • Respond rapidly to your organization’s changing needs
  • Create a thoughtful recovery plan that’s tailored to your unique situation
  • Transform your strategy for long-term success by putting your people at the center

9:00am - 10:00am CST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Belonging and Diversity – Mapping Where You Are and Where You Want to Go

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Deborah Deters

EVP, Chief Human Resources Officer

Heartland Financial USA, Inc.

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Greg Pryor

SVP, People & Performance Evangelist


Diversity and inclusion initiatives are taking center stage at companies around the world. But with no common standards for measuring success, where do you start if you are just beginning? And how can you accelerate initiatives if you are already down the path?

In this boardroom, you’ll discuss:

  • Establishing standards for measuring belonging and diversity
  • Identifying where you are on the diversity and inclusion maturity model
  • Focusing on areas for improvement at your organization

10:00am - 10:45am CST Virtual Summit Keynote

Turning Social Distancing into Creative Connecting

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Noah Scalin

Artist and Innovation Consultant

Turning social distancing into creative connecting, Artist/Author Noah Scalin and creator of the Webby award-winning Skull-A-Day project, shares images of his awe-inspiring work and tells the unusual story of how he completely overturned his own working practices to develop a new way of sustaining innovation in his work and life. He will share how his learnings from that experience have helped him to continue creating and connecting despite the challenges of this moment in time.

Join this keynote to learn:

  • Actionable lessons to unleash creativity to solve business problems
  • Creative concepts to maintain employee engagement in an era of remote work
  • How to jump-start and sustain creative leadership

10:45am - 11:00am CST Break

11:00am - 12:00pm CST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Acquiring Talent in the New, Virtual World

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Larry Brand

Chief Human Resources Officer

Elkay Manufacturing

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M. Katie Lawler

Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer


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Jill Vitali

District Vice President


This year has introduced many new obstacles for business leaders, but with change and adversity comes the power of possibility and opportunities. From transitioning to a remote workforce seemingly overnight to adopting technologies that enable hiring in the new virtual reality, HR leaders have had to transform their businesses in record time.

In this session, you will discuss:

  • Acceleration and transformation of technology
  • Strategies for overcoming talent obstacles presented by COVID-19
  • Building a strong brand to engage candidates

11:00am - 12:00pm CST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Wellness, Wellbeing and Everything in Between

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Chris Mason

Head of Talent Mgt and Compensation

KeHE Distributors

Denis Hickey headshot

Denis Hickey

Global Head of Total Rewards


Wellness is different in 2020. As people struggle to balance home and work while coping with unprecedented uncertainty and stress, taking time for self-care is vital to resiliency. Employers have stepped up in many ways to support the workforce, and employees are taking advantage of these resources in record numbers.

Join this virtual boardroom to discuss:

  • How wellness benefits correlate with employee engagement
  • Trends in wellbeing and how employers can support the workforce
  • The future of wellness in a remote environment

11:00am - 12:00pm CST Virtual Summit Boardroom

DE&I 2020 - What Have We Learned?

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Elizabeth Adefioye

Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer


Jaison Williams headshot

Jaison Williams

VP, Global Talent & Inclusion


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Laura Hamill

Chief People Officer & Chief Science Officer


Diversity, equity and inclusion are more than just metrics, and the unique challenges of 2020 have brought organizational efforts to advance DE&I to the forefront of conversation. Building an inclusive culture starts with understanding the dynamics at play within your organization and a dedication to meaningful, consistent changes.

Join this virtual boardroom to discuss:

  • Workforce expectations around social justice causes and DE&I
  • Strategies and challenges in building an inclusive culture, remotely
  • Trends in employee sentiment and engagement

12:00pm - 12:30pm CST Networking

Community Networking and Discussion

Join this informal and interactive networking session to connect with your Chicago CHRO peers. In this session, the Chicago community will have the chance to share their takeaways from the program in small groups and walk away with at least one new connection.


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Chicago CHRO Program Manager

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

Kevin Hayes