Chicago CHRO Virtual Executive Summit

May 11, 2021 | 8:00am - 3:00pm CDT

May 11, 2021 | 8:00am - 3:00pm CDT


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:

Unifying leadership through change

Enhancing the approach to DE&I

Creating a safe space for well-being


Kane Calamari

Ace Hardware
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Donna Dorsey

Chief Human Resources Officer

Amber Kennelly

HUB International

Brian McGarvey

GE Healthcare
Senior HR leader – US & Canada

Mike Rude

Option Care Health
SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer


May 11, 2021

8:45am - 9:00am CDT Break

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

Enhancing the Approach to DE&I

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Donna Dorsey

Chief Human Resources Officer


Throughout 2020, DE&I programs flourished. But to sustain these efforts, leadership must continue to partner across the C-suite and take a thoughtful approach to addressing important endeavors like supporting social justice causes and increasing diversity in all levels of the organization. As DE&I programs remain a top priority, how should HR leaders ensure they stay relevant and forward-thinking? 

Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • Strategies to meet the aspirational goals of a robust DE&I program
  • Methods of communicating and demonstrating commitment to your workforce
  • The future of DE&I programs and trends in supporting social justice causes

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

Bolstering the Employee Experience

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Brian McGarvey

Senior HR leader – US & Canada

GE Healthcare

 The employee experience has drastically shifted in the last year. While organizations have adjusted how they operate, the workforce's expectations of their employer have changed. Maintaining an engaged workforce through 2021 and beyond requires a distinct strategy for company culture and consistent execution throughout all levels of leadership.

Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • Lessons learned from 2020 and new strategies for 2021
  • Challenges in fostering engagement and community
  • Strategies to create moments that matter

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

Tech Trends and the Future-of-Work

More session details coming soon.

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

Skills, Not Credentials – The New Currency of Work

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Janice Burns

Chief Career Experience Officer


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Ted Fleming

Head of Talent Development


Upskilling is essential when you’re preparing an organization to take on the future because skills are the key to driving learning relevancy and personalization. CHROs need to bring learning and talent together to create a holistic career experience. In this session, you will learn how to create an innovative and agile workforce that stays resilient amid the most unpredictable challenges through upskilling.

In this session, you will explore:
• Why organizations should evolve their focus from credentials to skills
• How skills influence career development at the organization and individual level
• The importance of clarifying skills vs competencies and creating a taxonomy

10:45am - 11:00am CDT Break

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

Unlocking Workforce Responsiveness through Organizational Design

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Sara Stolmeier

Vice President, People & Development

McMaster-Carr Supply

Change management has taken on a new meaning as organizations navigate unprecedented change and an uncertain future. Flexibility and adaptability have become even more critical, and maintaining an engaged workforce is an ongoing challenge. How are HR leaders shaping the direction of the organization and ensuring the workforce is responsive, engaged and productive? 

Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • How to equip employees to handle change
  • Methods of reducing friction when implementing new work flows
  • Trends in organizational re-design and execution

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

Recruiting and Retention for the New World of Work

As a result of a highly virtual pivot in 2020, the HR function is now looking at recruitment, onboarding and retention through a new lens. Talent pools are growing but the onboarding process has become more challenging, especially for those hired within the last 12 months.

Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • Strategies to expand talent pools and new methods of talent acquisition

  • Reimagining the onboarding process to accommodate virtual, hybrid and distributed workforces

  • Best practices in retention and strengthening culture in largely decentralized businesses

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

Creating a Safe Space for Well-Being

Health and comprehensive well-being benefits have never been more important to the workforce as they are today. Many organizations have enhanced benefits programs to be more aligned with the needs of employees. But as we look forward, what does the future of health and wellness benefits entail? 

Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • Initiatives to start, halt and continue for 2021 and beyond
  • Trends in health and well-being solutions — what works and what does not?
  • Strategies to support health and well-being holistically and consistently

12:00pm - 12:45pm CDT Virtual Summit Keynote

Closing Keynote

Please check back soon for more details

12:45pm - 1:15pm CDT Networking

Meet the Speakers

Don't miss this opportunity to meet with CHRO practitioners and industry thought leaders who shared their insights on the agenda. Come with questions and get ready to meet new friends in this casual session designed to foster peer connections and collaboration in the Chicago community. 

1:15pm - 1:30pm CDT Break

1:30pm - 3:00pm CDT Virtual Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer Meetings

Meet virtually for in-depth conversations with your colleagues


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Chicago CHRO Program Manager

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

Kevin Hayes

Program Manager