Dallas CHRO Executive Summit

June 6, 2018 | Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum by the Galleria

June 6, 2018
Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum by the Galleria

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with your peers to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Dallas 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

Dallas CHRO Governing Body

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


Kathryn Collins

Trinity Industries, Inc.
VP, Human Resources

Martin Evans

Rent-A-Center, Inc.

Jenn Hulett

Head of Human Resources-North America

Corey Jackson

Parkland Health & Hospital System
EVP, Chief Talent Officer

Lisa Keglovitz

GameStop Corporation
SVP, Human Resources

Patrick McLaughlin

Frito-Lay North America

Amy Messersmith

TDIndustries, Ltd.
EVP & Chief People Officer

Jose Motta

Dean Foods Company
SVP, Human Resources

Dan Sessa

Lennox International Inc.


June 5, 2018

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

One Mission. One Goal. One Team.

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Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour

America’s First African American Female Combat Pilot, Author

She answers to “FlyGirl” and make no mistake – Vernice FlyGirl Armour earned those wings. She flew the AH-1W SuperCobra attack helicopter during Operation Iraqi Freedom and became the first African-American female combat pilot in U.S. Armed Forces history. Drawing inspiration and leadership lessons straight from the heat of battle, FlyGirl challenges executives and organizations to “get gutsy” by harnessing the power of a Breakthrough Mentality Mindset and overcoming personal and professional setbacks. FlyGirl now travels the globe with one mission and one goal: to give you “permission to engage” your teams like never before.

June 6, 2018 - morning

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

7:45am - 8:30am  Keynote

Egoless Leadership

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Cy Wakeman

Author & Thought Leader

Reality-Based Leadership

Managing egos in the world of HR Leadership can be a daunting proposition. Are you leading your team effectively? Recent research suggests that conventional leadership strategies actually fuel drama in the workplace, wasting time and money in the process. Clearly, leadership is in need of a rebuild. Cy Wakeman has a radically different approach to leadership. From accountability to engagement, Wakeman shares the science and research behind her modern approach to leadership and the tools and techniques that will enable leaders to cut the cost of drama, eradicate entitlement and drive big results.

8:30am - 9:00am  Networking Break

9:00am - 9:50am  Breakout Session

When a CHRO Operates Like a CFO

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John Lacy


Baylor Scott & White Health

What does it mean to be an HR business partner? For John Lacy, it meant thinking more like a CFO. He began with governance and made a case for centralizing HR analytics. Next, he built a people analytics model to describe, with consistency, what was going on with the organization’s teams. In this session, Lacy explores the parallels between the CFO and CHRO functions and explains just what it means to be an HR business partner.

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, dive into what modern human resources looks like and how a complete talent strategy can fulfill business needs. Join Amy Leschke-Kahle as she reveals the three key pillars in designing your talent ecosystem and learn how to rethink the perfect candidate, redesign the infrastructure that runs your people process and reinvent how to unlock performance.

9:00am - 9:50am  Executive Boardroom

Transforming the Employee Experience Through Service Delivery

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Jenn Hulett

Head of Human Resources-North America


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Jean Lee


CEC Entertainment

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Jen Stroud

HR Evangelist & Transformation Leader


Today’s organizations can be frustrating. Employees must navigate a maze of policies and procedures, disconnected technologies and siloed departments. Getting simple things done can be a chore, leaving employees feeling stuck and overwhelmed. This reduces productivity, engagement, retention and ultimately hurts an employer’s brand. How can we make our service more valuable to employees so they can provide valuable service to the organization? What if we put the employee at the center of our HR strategies? Join us as we discuss how to reinvent the employee service experience and make life for employees more like their everyday consumer experiences.

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).

9:00am - 9:50am  Executive Boardroom

AI and Machine Learning in the HR Space — What’s Hype, What’s Real

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Yvonne Freeman

VP, Human Resources

Michaels Stores, Inc.

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Lisa Keglovitz

SVP, Human Resources

GameStop Corporation

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Keith Webb

Technology Ambassador

Ultimate Software

Data has long been used by sales and marketing to measure current and past results, and even predict future events. This data-driven mentality doesn’t always transfer to how organizations recruit, develop and retain employees, but it should. To stay competitive, organizations must analyze tremendous amounts of employee data to extract meaningful and unbiased metrics. Join this boardroom conversation to discover the transformative power of predictive analytics and hear how it can help you make smarter talent decisions and increase employee performance.

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).

9:50am - 10:20am  Networking Break

10:20am - 11:10am  Breakout Session

Welcome to the Solution Room – A CHRO Workshop

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Michael Karicher


Remington Hotels

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Sandi Knight

SVP, Human Resources

HealthMarkets, Inc.

What if, every time you had a business problem, you had a room full of CHROs to bounce ideas off of, get advice from and hone solutions with? Welcome to that moment. Bring your trickiest, most troublesome dilemma to the table and get ready for an organic, revelatory experience. Attendees will have the opportunity to candidly discuss their biggest challenges, exchange ideas and uncover peer-tested answers in this CHRO-moderated workshop session. The results promise to be nothing short of powerful.

10:20am - 11:10am  Breakout Session

The Business Savvy CHRO

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Joe Hudson

SVP, Americas HR

CBRE, Inc.

Evidence is everything. Joe Hudson’s work to be a strategic partner with the business demonstrates how results can transform the HR function’s value. In this session, he shares his story of financial success and process improvement. How can a CHRO foster development and productivity? What changes efficiently manage costs? Hear how Hudson made a business case through translating time-saving practices into dollar signs. Dive into these insights on aligning with business strategy and reinventing human resources in the process.

10:20am - 11:10am  Executive Boardroom

Ensuring Success During a Sudden CEO Transition

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Kim Besse


Children's Health System of Texas

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Mike Bleadorn


RHR International, LLP

Sudden CEO transitions are more common than ever, for a variety of reasons. Most organizations have a plan drafted for an emergency CEO transition, but what’s the best way to navigate these unfamiliar situations? RHR International leads this discussion focused on board involvement and alignment, understanding organizational needs, evaluating the internal succession candidates, and the transition of the new CEO into the role. This session will focus on the vital role HR plays in absorbing organizational anxiety, keeping executives focused and ensuring the smoothest transition possible for the incoming CEO.

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).

10:20am - 11:10am  Executive Boardroom

The Benefits Differentiator — Appealing to Generation Z

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Paul Hoffman

SVP, Human Resources and CHRO

Hunt Consolidated, Inc.

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Scott S. Smith


AT&T Communications inc.

As the next generation prepares to enter the workforce, how can CHROs create organizations they want to work at? From millennials to Generation Z, HR must find a way to offer benefits packages that appeal to the many mindsets of a multigenerational workforce. How do you tailor these plans to make sense for your industry while making them stand out from the competition? Join this session to discuss what new policies and benefits companies are implementing to attract the next generation.

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).

11:10am - 11:40am  Networking Break

June 6, 2018 - mid-afternoon

11:40am - 12:40pm  Keynote

A View of Human Resources from the Corner Office

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Clay Jenkins

Dallas County Judge

Dallas County

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Chris Roussos


24 Hour Fitness USA, Inc.

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Sandi Stevens


Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

In today’s competitive marketplace, successful human resource executives impact not only human capital, talent management and company culture, they deliver strategic impact to the business. Given this, a strong partnership with the CEO is the cornerstone to CHRO success. In this session, hear from CEOs how human resources has successfully partnered with the corner office and delivered business success.

12:40pm - 1:10pm  Networking Break

1:10pm - 2:00pm  Breakout Session

Turning Your Benefits Plan Into a Talent Magnet

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Mike Adams

VP Benefits & HR Systems

Dean Foods Company

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Jose Motta

SVP, Human Resources

Dean Foods Company

In the competitive Dallas marketplace, one of the best ways to differentiate a job offer is to provide excellent benefits. But five years ago, Dean Foods knew its employees were merely participating in the health and general benefits plan rather than perceiving it as a differentiator. The company was able to revitalize its plan as a driving benefit through an enhancement and redesign. Join Jose Motta and Mike Adams as they dive into how they accomplished this and how it helped employees take ownership of their future — all while saving the organization nearly $50 million.

1:10pm - 2:00pm  Breakout Session

Leveraging Analytics to Inform HR Strategy

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Daniel Enright

Director,Talent Analytics

Parkland Health & Hospital System

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Sebastien Girard

Vice President & Chief Workforce Officer

Parkland Health & Hospital System

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Corey Jackson

EVP, Chief Talent Officer

Parkland Health & Hospital System

In this age of flexible employment options and a nimble workforce, how does a company retain the best talent and reduce turnover? At Parkland Health, they’re setting the bar high and using people analytics to diagnose shortcomings. Chief Talent Officer Corey Jackson deployed a predictive analytics team to launch a talent-management revolution designed to update the experience, engagement and culture of Parkland. The results have been very positive. Join this session to hear how people analytics have shifted the employee experience at Parkland Health.

1:10pm - 2:00pm  Executive Boardroom

Financial Wellness — Identifying and Eliminating Roadblocks

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Dan Sessa


Lennox International Inc.

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Drew Carrington

Senior Vice President

Franklin Templeton Investments

CHROs know how to help employees achieve retirement success by improving the effectiveness of their defined contribution plans. But there are many barriers to turning these known concepts into reality. Franklin Templeton Investments leads this interactive discussion about what prevents organizations from taking action on design features that lead to better financial outcomes. Come prepared to share best practices and success stories on making your defined contribution plan design a strategic business priority.

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).

June 6, 2018 - afternoon

2:00pm - 2:20pm  Networking Break

2:20pm - 3:10pm  Breakout Session

Leading Global Transformation within HR

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James Watts


Pizza Hut, International

When Pizza Hut wanted to transform into a global, agile organization, CHRO James Watts knew it would require a capability shift and cultural change. But what capabilities are needed to make a global shift happen? In learning from the big tech companies and the reorganization of global business units, Watts began the process of shifting Pizza Hut’s DNA to be in technology. In this session Watts will outline the capabilities, structure and culture needed to enable global transformation.

2:20pm - 3:10pm  Breakout Session

The Critical Role of Culture in Information Security

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George Finney

Chief Security Officer

SMU Cox School of Business

Today’s CHROs are strategic leaders who collaborate with technology executives to move the business forward, often partnering on AI, data, information security and diversity in tech. To excel in these efforts, George Finney says it’s critical to recognize security as a behavior, not just a skill. Listen in as he delivers insights on how HR can integrate the cultural element of information security into an organization and diversify the field in the process.

2:20pm - 3:10pm  Executive Boardroom

Getting the Skills of the Future Today

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Michael Karicher


Remington Hotels

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Rhonda MacAndrew

SVP, Human Resources


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Robert Elz

Vice President

American Public University System

From artificial intelligence to big data analytics, there is a fundamental shift in technology that is having broad implications in the workplace. How a CHRO designs jobs and hires skillsets vital to competing in today’s global economy is shifting in profound and meaningful ways. In this fourth industrial revolution, the skills of the future are needed today. This boardroom discussion will focus on how technology is dramatically changing how we think about work and offer HR strategies for a future that is already upon us.

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).

3:10pm - 3:25pm  Networking Break

3:25pm - 4:20pm  Keynote

What to Ask the Person in the Mirror

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Robert Kaplan

President and CEO

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Successful leaders know leadership is less about having all the answers and more about asking the right questions. The challenge lies in being able to step back and ask key questions. How does your HR department add value that is truly distinctive? Have you selected two or three priorities that will allow you to add value? Where are you out of alignment? Join this session to learn how asking and answering right questions can propel your organization to the next level.

4:20pm - 5:05pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing


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Dallas CHRO Program Manager

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

Sherrard Watson

Former Program Manager