Chicago CHRO Executive Summit

November 30, 2022 | Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile

November 30, 2022
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile


Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Chicago's top CHROs to tackle shared business challenges and critical priorities facing your role today. Participate in this one-day, local program with peer-driven topics and interactive discussions with your true C-level peers.

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

Optimizing the new employee experience

Driving meaningful diversity, equity and inclusion outcomes

Designing a dynamic talent strategy

Chicago CHRO Governing Body

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


Kane Calamari

Ace Hardware
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Donna Dorsey

EVP, Chief People & Culture Officer

Brian McGarvey

VP of Human Resources

What to Expect

Interactive Sessions

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

Community Networking

Make new connections and catch up with old friends in casual conversations during dedicated time for networking designed to better acquaint you with your Chicago CHRO community.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting through Evanta's Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.


November 29, 2022

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

Governing Body Private Dinner

Governing Body members host this dinner for attendees to launch the event with an evening of peer networking.

November 30, 2022 - morning

7:45am - 8:45am  Registration & Breakfast

8:45am - 9:30am  Keynote

Meeting the Needs of an Evolving Workforce

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Don Robertson

EVP & Chief Human Resources Officer

Northwestern Mutual

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Raj Patel

Vice President, Workforce Experience & Sr. HRBP

Northwestern Mutual

During the era of the “Great Reshuffling,” it is more important than ever for HR leaders to adapt to changing employee needs and deliver on their company’s employee value proposition. Sustaining high employee engagement is essential to recruiting and retaining top talent in today’s evolving workforce, but it requires taking a more holistic view of the employee experience. To win the war for talent, CHROs must embrace their unique position to serve as an engine for change and look for opportunities to develop employees and align talent with business objectives.

This keynote will explore:

  • How organizations can become a talent engine that attracts and grows talent as an asset
  • Cracking the employee engagement code by blending data-driven insights with nurturing human potential
  • The evolving role of the CHRO and how to step out of the HR domain to deeply understand broader business goals

9:30am - 10:00am  Networking Break

10:00am - 10:45am  Breakout Session

Human-Centered and Purpose-Driven Succession Management

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Jessica DeLorenzo

VP Human Resources

Kimball Electronics

Over the past several years, Kimball Electronics has implemented a global, comprehensive people strategy with a focus on balancing internal development and external infusion of talent. While managing leadership succession through critical C-Suite transitions in the past year, Kimball has prioritized care, cognitive science and culture. 

This session will cover: 

  • Lowering risk in succession planning with cognitive science
  • Protecting and enhancing culture throughout the organization
  • Operating with care and respect for people as a core value

10:00am - 10:45am  Breakout Session

Rethinking Workplace Culture to Win the New Contest for Talent

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Alexander Lovell, PhD

Director, Research and Assessment

O.C. Tanner

The next normal is emerging following years of crisis that has caused the greatest talent upset of our time, exacerbating the challenge for CHROs to create a fulfilling employee experience. Join Alex Lovell, Director of Research and Assessment, as he shares new insights and strategies from the 2023 Global Culture Report to attract, engage, and retain top talent amid ongoing uncertainty and change.

Session insights include:

  • Rebuilding workplace community
  • Fortifying weary leaders
  • Integrating recognition and symbolism into every-day experiences

10:50am - 11:15am  Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a one-on-one setting through Evanta’s Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.

November 30, 2022 - mid-afternoon

11:20am - 12:05pm  Breakout Session

Fostering Managerial Excellence

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Laura Rock

Chief Human Resources Officer

Zurich North America

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Teresa Logue

Head of Manager Excellence

Zurich North America

Organizations can only accomplish as much as their managers can deliver. At Zurich North America, inconsistency in employee experience prompted a dedicated effort to support and develop their managers into excellency.

Join this session to:

  • Appreciate the evolving skillset required for managerial excellence
  • Learn the costs of inconsistent employee experience and how to improve
  • Understand how to establish a cross-functional initiative to lead the work across the business, beyond just HR

11:20am - 12:05pm  Executive Boardroom

Using Employee Experience to Build Agile Organizations

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Steven Hunt, Ph.D.

Chief Expert for Work & Technology

SAP SuccessFactors

To build an agile workforce, companies must attract and retain the right talent, engage high levels of performance, and support employee development and adaptability. This comes from actively managing three different aspects of employee experience — purpose, confidence and belonging.

Join Dr. Steven Hunt, author of the new book “Talent Tectonics: Navigating global workforce shifts, building resilient organizations, and reimagining the employee experience” to discuss:

  • Purpose — how much do jobs provide employees with the things they want from work?
  • Confidence — how hard is it for employees to get things done within the organization?
  • Belonging — how much do employees like the people they work with and how they work together?

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 CHROs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: 

Chase Schweitzer at

11:20am - 12:05pm  Executive Boardroom

Building a Culture of Mental Wellness

Amid rising-levels of burnout, external stressors and economic uncertainty — addressing mental health in the workplace is a necessity. Learn how CHROs are working toward an organizational culture where employees feel safe and supported discussing mental wellness, stress and burnout.

Join this session to discuss with fellow CHROs:

  • How to identify and address signs of burnout in your workforce
  • Ways of fostering a culture of psychological safety and destigmatizing mental health
  • Methods to improve employee mental wellness to reduce turnover and drive retention

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 CHROs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: 

Chase Schweitzer at

12:05pm - 12:35pm  Lunch Service

12:35pm - 1:10pm  Keynote

Optimize and Retain Talent with Data-Driven Workforce Strategies

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Andrew Shatté, PhD

Chief Knowledge Officer


From “quiet quitting” to spikes in turnover, companies everywhere are struggling to retain talent. This is largely due to emerging gaps between what employees want and what employers provide.  For example, mental wellbeing has risen to the top of the priority list for employees, yet a Gallup survey shows that only 24% of workers are confident that their organization cares about their wellbeing. With decades of experience in researching and consulting with global organizations, renowned behavioral psychologist, Andrew Shatté, Ph.D, will lead this keynote where you’ll learn:

  • The 5 principles of organizational culture proven to build workforce resilience
  • How top employers are connecting wellbeing to stronger business outcomes
  • How a dynamic talent strategy, backed by data, informs smarter business decisions

1:25pm - 2:10pm  Breakout Session

Talent 2.0 — Access not Acquisition

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Tony Buffum

Vice President of HR Client Strategy


Today’s labor market has changed drastically, making the old ways of thinking about talent acquisition ineffective. Finding the right talent should be fast, easy, repeatable and scalable. As more companies adopt remote work, they will need to leverage flexible, non-traditional approaches to talent, workforce solutions and working arrangements.

Join this session to learn compelling research and insights into:

  • Challenging conventional wisdom about talent acquisition and workplace design
  • Shifting to skills-based talent alignment and outcome-based work design
  • Leveraging a talent access strategy while still empowering core talent

1:25pm - 2:10pm  Breakout Session

Agility as a Means of Survival – Strategies for Transformation

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Ross Hill

VP Advisory


Any single geopolitical, economic or social disruption requires businesses to adapt, and more often than not, organizations are now dealing with intersecting challenges on a continuous basis. The pace and frequency of change means CHROs are playing a more integral role than ever in transformation and organizational redesign. 

Join this session to explore:

  • Evolving approaches to business transformation amid external shocks
  • Identifying trends and taking preemptive action to ensure organizational survival
  • Leveraging data and technology to drive reorganization and improve efficiency

November 30, 2022 - afternoon

2:10pm - 2:45pm  Networking Break

2:15pm - 2:40pm  Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a one-on-one setting through Evanta’s Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.

2:45pm - 3:20pm  Breakout Session

Rethinking Leadership for the Future

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Charmaine Williams


The Obama Foundation

As work has changed, so have the demands and skills required of leadership. In a world where leaders can no longer rely on command-and-control methods and traditional oversight, a new leadership playbook is needed with servant leadership and empathy at the core.

Join this session to explore:

  • Overcoming resistance to change and reasons leaders are hesitant to adopt to new ways of working
  • Identifying and developing modern leadership skills 
  • How HR can serve as a conduit for change to lead into the future of work

2:45pm - 3:20pm  Breakout Session

Talent in the Balance

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Michael McMorris

Regional Director Employee Benefits Specialist

Bank of America

In today’s heated talent competition, how important is leveraging employee feedback in crafting your talent strategy? Join this session as Bank of America shares its latest independent nationwide annual research report. 

In this session you will learn how to:

  • Define financial wellness from the employee voice
  • Identify unique approaches to recruit and retain critical talent
  • Extend support that contributes to your employees' overall wellbeing

3:30pm - 3:45pm  Networking Break

3:45pm - 4:20pm  Keynote

Creating and Jumpstarting an Inclusive Culture

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Keith Wyche

Keith Wyche, Speaker and Best-Selling Author of "Diversity is not Enough"

In the wake of major social and political change over the past decade, employers large and small alike have taken steps to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion. Yet despite growing pressure and awareness, progress is slow and most corporate DE&I initiatives are not yet achieving the desired results. With so many steps forward, why is representation still not where it needs to be at senior levels for almost every diverse group?

Join this session to learn more as Keith Wyche:

  • Provides real, actionable steps for those who are serious about DE&I, and looking for solutions to improve the experience of Black and other underrepresented groups, colleagues and leaders within the organization
  • Shares a collection of best practices backed by research and strategies
  • Lays out a roadmap for leaders to create breakthrough change that explores meaningful topics

4:20pm - 4:50pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing


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

Evanta programs are uniquely positioned to succeed in the current landscape.

  • Our invitation-only gatherings are designed to be smaller in scale, providing a safe and comfortable environment.
  • All in-person programs are local and complimentary, with zero impact on your organization’s T&E.

We are committed to creating the safest possible environment for all participants, partners, and associates. As a part of our commitment we will continue to monitor and adhere to government, venue, and health agency guidelines. Information on vaccinations, face mask guidance, on-site safety measures, and more, can be found here: Health and Safety Resource Policy.



A block of rooms has been reserved at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 1-877-303-0104.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $348 USD (plus tax) is November 7, 2022.

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Chicago CHRO Program Manager

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

Chase Schweitzer

Program Manager