Dallas CHRO Executive Summit

November 17, 2021 | Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum by the Galleria

November 17, 2021
Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum by the Galleria

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Dallas'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:

Driving accountability for DEI progress

Shaping leaders for the future of work

Retaining top talent

Dallas CHRO Governing Body

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

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Tony Bridwell

SVP, Chief People Officer

Joe Hudson

Newmark Group Inc

Jenn Hulett

Core-Mark International

Michael Karicher

Remington Hotels
EVP, Human Resources

Patrick McLaughlin

Frito-Lay North America

Amy Messersmith

US Anesthesia Partners
Chief Human Resources Officer

Dan Sessa

Lennox International

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 Dallas 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 16, 2021

November 17, 2021

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

Governing Body Private Dinner

Exclusive to Governing Body members and select guests, this dinner is a can’t-miss opportunity to connect with your peers prior to tomorrow’s Executive Summit. Please join your colleagues for an evening of good food, wine, and lively networking.

7:30am - 8:15am  Registration & Breakfast

8:15am - 9:00am  Keynote

Creating a Place Where Everyone Belongs

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Eric Severson

Chief People & Belonging Officer

Neiman Marcus

One month before COVID-19 shut down store operations and pushed the company into Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Neiman Marcus Group (NMG) conducted its first-ever People Strategy Assessment. Associates identified  Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging as a top people priority. However, NMG lacked any formal DEI strategy or infrastructure.  After 18 months of unrelenting COVID trauma, social justice protests, and a contested election creating more need for belonging than ever before¬— NMG is on the path to creating a place to work, shop, and invest where everyone belongs.

In this keynote, Chief People & Belonging Officer Eric Severson will share:

  • Why NMG didn’t take a traditional approach to DEI
  • What NMG did to make belonging the highest-rated component of its associate value proposition in 18 months
  • How you can leverage NMG’s Belonging Playbook and formula on your journey to create a workplace where everyone belongs

9:00am - 9:15am  Break

9:15am - 10:00am  Breakout Session

Building a People Analytics Strategy

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Joel Mullis

Director, People Analytics

Waste Management

People analytics are crucial to turn HR into a true driver of business outcomes. Joel Mullis has experience building people analytics teams from scratch and partnering with HR leadership to drive progress through data.

In this session you will learn how to:

  • Build credibility and develop an aligning analytics narrative
  • Establish the right ROI metrics to demonstrate a successful people function 
  • Predict talent demand, evaluate talent supply and ensure that talent is developed

9:15am - 10:00am  Executive Boardroom

Meeting the Moment — Evolving Your Employee Value Proposition

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Diane Sanford

Chief People Officer

On The Border Corporation

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Maryam Morse

Executive Vice President, Human Resources & Communications

Andrews Distributing

The blurring of work-life lines, renewed focus on social justice issues, and shifting workforce demographics have led employee expectations to become higher than ever. To attract talent and increase engagement, the employee value proposition should expand to include social responsibility, holistic well-being support, and a strong sense of purpose. 

Join this keynote as CHROs discuss:

  • Tying social responsibility and public messaging to the employee value proposition
  • Implementing deeper connections to support employee well-being beyond the workplace
  • Fostering organization-wide purpose and connection to build belonging and inclusion 

9:15am - 10:00am  Executive Boardroom

Adapting to the New Reality of Leadership

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Amy Messersmith

Chief Human Resources Officer

US Anesthesia Partners

Leadership is a skill that needs to be honed, whether leading the C-suite or in an entry-level role. With more than 90% of HR leaders looking to implement a hybrid work model, what’s the best way to adapt to the new work environment in a sustainable way?

Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • Fostering leadership development and team connection
  • Challenges in leadership with a hybrid workforce
  • Strategies to ensure culture and connection are in place across all teams

10:00am - 10:30am  Networking Break

10:30am - 11:15am  Breakout Session

Rethinking Recruiting — Surviving the Labor Shortage

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Michael Karicher

EVP, Human Resources

Remington Hotels

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Dr. Patrick Oldenburgh Jr., SPHR


The Exchange

All sectors are experiencing labor shortages, forcing many organizations to make decisions around how to attract talent, typically by raising hire rates or offering recruitment hiring bonuses. As CHROs are tasked with ensuring that organizations have the right talent to support business outcomes— where do we go from here?

Join this fireside chat as two CHROs discuss:

  • Why more money is not always the answer, but may be an important strategy
  • Methods to reduce attrition and retain existing talent
  • How to develop a near, medium and long-term recruiting strategy

10:30am - 11:15am  Breakout Session

The Future of Work — 2021 and Beyond

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Chelle O'Keefe



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Joe Hudson


Newmark Group Inc

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Scott Sherman

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Sally Beauty Holdings

The world is in the middle of an experience transformation. The COVID crisis has changed the way we work, for good. From productivity to well-being, and insecurity about what to expect from the future, employees need CHROs to shape and define the future of work. It's no longer about managing the work experience but the life experience. Join this session as CHROs come together to discuss remote vs. in-office pros and cons, as they shed light on to the ways that CHROs can shape the way we will all work forever.

This discussion will address:

  • Long term advantages and disadvantages of flexible working for global businesses
  • The shift in culture that goes hand in hand with switching to remote working
  • Effective ways to measure employee productivity and engagement

10:30am - 11:15am  Executive Boardroom

Leading Change in Uncertain Times

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Lisa Esparza

Chief Human Resources Officer

Essilor of America

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Devesh Sinha

Chief Customer & People Officer, Latin America and Iberia

Pizza Hut Inc

As company leaders look to the future, many organizations are seizing the opportunity to reset organization design, operating norms, and company culture. As leaders of change, how can CHROs ensure that organizational design aligns with business outcomes and goals?

Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • The role HR should play in organization redesign
  • How organization design should evolve for the future of work
  • Methods to evolve your culture and the resulting change management

10:30am - 11:15am  Executive Boardroom

Driving Progressive DE&I

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Calvin Hilton

SVP, Chief Diversity Officer

Alliance Data

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Marion Terrell

Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Flagship Facility Services

Diversity, equity and inclusion are top of mind for HR executives, but how are leaders implementing programs to initiate change? Leaders today are finding inspired pathways to create a progressive and inclusive cultures, development opportunities, and collaborative opportunities to drive diversity initiatives. As DE&I programs remain a top priority, how are HR leaders bringing ideas to reality?

Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • Keys to establishing successful and collaborative programs 
  • Strategies for communicating and demonstrating commitment to your workforce
  • Methods for robust DE&I implementation

11:15am - 11:25am  Break

11:25am - 12:40pm  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.

11:45am - 1:15pm  Lunch Service

12:40pm - 1:00pm  Break

1:00pm - 1:35pm  Keynote

Resignations, DEI and Remote Leadership — Oh My!

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Dessalen Wood

Chief People Officer


Organizations around the globe are undergoing massive disruption to their business models, while at the same time facing unprecedented turnover. This latest wave of resignations brings with it the challenge of recruiting, hiring and onboarding a diverse set of leaders into hybrid environments where building trust at scale remains a constant challenge. Whether it’s an internal move or an external hire, new leadership can create tension in the organization, and for the incumbent, a sense of frustration around the reality of the role they were sold.

Join this interactive keynote to learn:

  • How to eliminate the drama and loss of productivity that often accompanies new leadership assignments
  • Methods to create more equitable and inclusive onboarding experiences for both the new leader and their teams
  • Ways insights into goals and challenges a team has faced can create a more successful new leadership transition

1:35pm - 1:50pm  Break

1:50pm - 2:35pm  Breakout Session

The Great Resignation – A Benchmarking Session

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Cara McDaniel

Chief HR/Talent Officer

Veritex Community Bank

A record number four million people quit their jobs in April with signs that the Great Resignation is not slowing down, as many surveys suggest at least 50% of the workforce anticipates looking for a new job in the coming months. While there’s no one reason for employee turnover and no magic bullet to keep top talent, HR leaders can help one another get a pulse on trends and elevate their retention strategies.

Join this interactive session to benchmark with your peers:

  • Turnover trends across a spectrum of industries
  • HR leader perceptions on employee turnover
  • HR strategies to mitigate turnover

1:50pm - 2:35pm  Executive Boardroom

Adopting Dynamic Approaches to L&D

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Steve Cunningham

Chief People Officer


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Jason Leonard

VP, Human Resources

Dal-Tile Services, Inc.

In this era of constant transformation, it is critical that leaders outside of HR shift their attitudes toward L&D and embed agile learning and dynamic skilling in their employees’ day-to-day. CHROs play a pivotal role in establishing a fresh L&D culture that thrives not in predicting skills, but rather integrating new methods of skills development that flex effectively and quickly as skills needs change.  

Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • New L&D strategies to address emerging skill needs and empower agile learning
  • Analytics that support skill identification and how it’s used to move the needle on L&D
  • Building an adaptive, yet consistent program, that motivates and retains employees

1:50pm - 2:35pm  Executive Boardroom

Navigating the War for Talent

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Reggie Johnson

SVP NA Field HR & Chief Diversity Officer

Signet Jewelers Limited

Attracting new talent and retaining current employees has always been a top priority, but it has become more challenging than ever before. HR leaders are tasked with developing innovative ways to stand out as an employer of choice.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Ways to forecast and identify reasons for turnover
  • Methods to creatively attract qualified and diverse candidates 
  • How to think beyond compensation as a means to attract and retain employees 

2:35pm - 3:05pm  Networking Break

3:05pm - 3:50pm  Breakout Session

Creating Collaboration and Innovation Through Conflict and Change

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Jose Bowen, PhD, FRSA

Educator, Musician, Scholar and Author of Teaching Change

Human beings were designed for collaboration, but also stability and conformity. Change is hard, in part because humans think collectively. But under the right conditions, diverse groups produce better work (that also takes longer). Productivity and innovation require both a culture of trust and the management of healthy conflict.

Join this interactive session to learn and practice:

  • Fostering an increased tolerance for ambiguity and divergence
  • Techniques that support conversations and meetings of conflict and change
  • Setting up teams to promote healthy and early task conflict

3:05pm - 3:50pm  Executive Boardroom

Creating Culture in the New Now

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Katie Coupe

VP People


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Kimberly Webb



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Mike Moore

Chief HR Officer

G6 Hospitality

As the world of work changes, maintaining culture and employee engagement has become more important than ever. As turnover increases with many employees re-evaluating their careers and lives, how can CHROs create a culture across the organization that engages and retains talent?

Join this boardroom session to discuss:

  • Trends and implications for employee engagement in hybrid work
  • Strategies to recognize and holistically support employees
  • Methods to develop culture in dispersed workforces

3:05pm - 3:50pm  Executive Boardroom

Defining HR’s Role in ESG

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Carrie Kirby


Vistra Energy

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Ryan Mitchell

Director, Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


ESG programming is an emerging yet pivotal focus for HR leaders. COVID-19 and the rise of social movements have companies taking hard stances — which is shaping decision-making factors for potential employees, consumers and investors alike. As CHROs continue to see their roles elevated, they are positioned as key influencers and decision makers to form and create ESG programming.

In this session, HR leaders will discuss:

  • Ways to incorporate DE&I into the ‘social’ of ESG
  • Strategies to align ESG and HR strategy
  • How CHROs can become strategic partners to the board

3:50pm - 4:05pm  Break

4:05pm - 4:40pm  Keynote

Creating a Company of Owners — Maximizing Employee Engagement

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Dr. Daren Martin

Culture Architect and Best-Selling Author of "A Company of Owners"

CHROs are looking for ways to invigorate culture, cultivate a fun business climate and boost employee engagement. Dr. Daren Martin provides a blueprint for business leaders to architect a thriving culture and attract and retain top talent.

Join this opening keynote presentation to:

  • Improve engagement to keep high level of talent
  • Learn the ABCs of architecting your very own Company of Owners
  • Find inspiration to rally employees about your organization

4:40pm - 5:10pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

November 16, 2021

November 17, 2021

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



A block of rooms has been reserved at the Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum by the Galleria at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 888-236-2427.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $168 USD (plus tax) is November 8, 2021.

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