Chicago CHRO Virtual Executive Summit

May 11, 2021 | 8:00am - 2:30pm CDT

May 11, 2021 | 8:00am - 2:30pm 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

What to Expect

Connect with your CHRO community through a variety of different session formats at the upcoming Virtual Executive Summit. You'll have the opportunity to listen, engage and create lasting relationships with like-minded peers.


Hear from CHRO practitioners and thought leaders on how they're solving critical challenges impacting your role today in Keynote sessions, and join intimate, interactive discussions with peers in Boardroom sessions.

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.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting through Evanta's Peer-to-Peer Meetings. Be sure to opt in when you register and get matched based on your key priorities.


May 11, 2021

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

Strengthening Culture — A Strategic Leadership Approach

Rusty Bland headshot

Rusty Bland

EVP, People Engagement & Serving

KeHE Distributors

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Jennifer Ricks

EVP People Operations

KeHE Distributors

It's a common sentiment among leaders that two heads are better than one, but working as an efficient and synchronized team requires consistent effort. Collaboration can be challenging and at times lack glamour, but the results are lasting and impactful for an organization. How can CHROs model the values they want to instill in the workforce to create a robust culture?

Join this virtual keynote session to learn ways to:

  • Create a culture focused on an empathetic approach, fostering well-being and growth 
  • Build and sustain resiliency within leadership, while increasing employee engagement
  • Set strategic, attainable and innovative goals that allow the organization to excel

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


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Dave Osswald

Chief People & Diversity Officer

Molson Coors Beverage

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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Jaison Williams

VP, Global Talent & Inclusion


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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

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Janet Catlett

Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer


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Anne Cooper


Sammons Financial Group

Technology is not a new tool for most organizations but the way it's being used is changing; including through analytics, productivity, HCM, employee support and data storage. It's crucial for the enterprise to understand the impact of the opportunities and challenges these tools will have.

Join this virtual boardroom to discuss ways to:

  • Identify emerging tech trends for the future-of-work
  • Assess employee needs and identify technology that best supports health and productivity
  • Partner with IT regarding data ethics, security and privacy

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

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M. Katie Lawler

Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer


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

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Deborah Deters

EVP, Chief Human Resources Officer


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Julie Dreixler


Graham Media Group

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Matt Beliveau

Chief Human Resources Officer

Sara Lee Frozen Bakery

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

HR's Role in Shaping the Future of Well-Being and Fostering Resiliency

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Maribeth Bearfield


Bright Horizons

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Carolyn Lind

SVP, HR Strategy and Sr. HR Business Partner

Northern Trust

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Larry Brand

Chief Human Resources Officer

Elkay Manufacturing

As organizations work through unprecedented change, HR is leading the charge to meet the evolving needs of the workforce. Building resiliency, restoring and redefining work/life balance, and managing health and safety concerns are top priorities. How do people strategies need to adapt to promote holistic well-being, strengthen employees’ connection to your mission and purpose, and build a resilient workforce that can thrive in a rapidly changing economy?

Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • Strategies to promote resiliency, avoid burnout, and provide equitable support for all employees
  • Fostering connection, balance, and productivity for remote, hybrid and on-site employees
  • Paving a new path for work/life integration after a year of intense and unsustainable overlap between family and career demands

12:00pm - 12:30pm  CDT Networking

Meet the Speakers

Mike Rude headshot

Mike Rude

SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer

Option Care Health

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. 

12:30pm - 2:00pm  CDT Virtual Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Meet virtually for in-depth conversations with your colleagues


Your Community Partners

CHRO Thought Leader
Program Partner

Chicago CHRO Program Manager

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

Kevin Hayes

Program Manager