Dallas CHRO Executive Summit

June 15, 2022 | Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum by the Galleria

June 15, 2022
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:

Creating intentional connections with remote or hybrid workforces

Identifying and differentiating leaders at all levels of the workforce to drive engagement

Enhancing DEI frameworks interwoven into the employee lifecycle

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

Joe Hudson

Newmark Group Inc

Michael Karicher

Remington Hotels
EVP, Human Resources

Patrick McLaughlin

Frito-Lay North America

Amy Messersmith

Builders FirstSource, Inc.
Chief People 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.


June 14, 2022

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

Governing Body Private Dinner | An Evening With 'Four Day Weekend'

Dallas-based comedic-improv group Four Day Weekend will serve as entertainment during our Governing Body Reception Dinner. With more than 25 years of experience, the group is a staple of the Dallas/Fort Worth community at their public theaters and various corporate events. Voted People’s Choice Best in DFW by the Dallas Morning News, you won’t want to miss the fun!

11:30am - 12:30pm  Lunch Service

12:30pm - 1:05pm  Keynote

Essential Benefits for the Future of Work

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Dan Figurski

President, KinderCare At Work and Champions


The pandemic forever shaped the way we work, whether it's hybrid, remote or in-person. Nowhere is the shift more evident than among working parents. How do employers evolve their benefits approach to support working parents? What are forward-thinking companies doing to attract and retain working parents?

Join Dan Figurski, President KinderCare At Work and Champions, for a perspective on:

  • How the pandemic shifted working parents’ expectations and what employers can do to meet them
  • Why childcare benefits are among the most impactful to offer
  • How employers are taking advantage of this opportunity today

1:05pm - 1:20pm  Break

1:20pm - 2:05pm  Breakout Session

Accelerating Through a Stop Sign

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Shawn Williams

EVP and Chief People Officer

Sabre Corporation

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John Romero

Chief Talent Officer

Sabre Corporation

Sabre was a traditional company with an office-centric culture. But, when the world stopped, Sabre accelerated. Partnering with the CEO, the Sabre People team not only responded to the pandemic crisis but used the opportunity to reset and reshape the company culture.
In this interactive session CHROs will discuss:

  • Anchoring the culture in transparency
  • Empowering leaders to lead from the mind and the heart
  • Reshaping trust to drive transformation

1:20pm - 2:05pm  Breakout Session

Is Your Purpose Your People? The Path to Resiliency

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Keith Webb

Director of SaaS Technology

Ultimate Kronos Group

Providing employees with the necessary skills to succeed in their jobs is a basic function of HR. But when it comes to focusing on their people and the culture within an organization, most employees say that aspect could improve. As workers return to the office, how can they be provided with the knowledge and confidence to alleviate adversity that could arise?
In this case study HR leaders will discuss:

  • Lessons learned to improve the employee lifecycle
  • Democratizing the access to coaching at all levels of business
  • How company growth can translate to cultural growth

1:20pm - 2:05pm  Executive Boardroom

What’s Next for the World of Work

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Paul Gregory

SVP, Chief People and Culture Officer


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Chelle O'Keefe



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Jan Stevens

CHRO, Itochu Building Products

Master Halco

Work as we know it has changed a great deal in the last few years. With varying levels of boldness, organizations are attempting to meet employee expectations while balancing both business needs and long-term planning. So how can CHROs build a future of work strategy that is realistic and sustainable, yet future-ready?
Join this session to discuss:

  • Evolving your HR strategy around an open, employee-centered culture

  • Looking into digital solutions to elevate performance

  • Best practices around how to influence leadership

1:20pm - 2:05pm  Executive Boardroom

Advancing a Culture of Belonging in Uncertain Times

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David Bator

Managing Director, Achievers Workforce Institute


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Amy Messersmith

Chief People Officer

Builders FirstSource, Inc.

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Joe Hudson


Newmark Group Inc

Employees who feel a sense of belonging at work are more engaged, have higher job satisfaction, better mental health and are more productive. With employees developing new sets of expectations, how are organizations enabling that sense of belonging that has become critical for retaining individuals and driving organizational success?

In this boardroom, HR leaders will discuss how:

  • Inclusive cultures can elevate the employee experience
  • Recognition and listening can increase belonging across an organization
  • Establishing framework models can create employee and business success

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

8:15am - 9:00am  Keynote

Coaching Resilient Leaders Through Challenges and Change

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Dr. Kiki Ramsey

CEO, The Positive Psychology Coaching and Diversity Institute

Guest Speaker

Challenges arise every day in the workplace whether it’s dealing with disgruntled staff, diversity, budget cuts, changes in management, shortage of good staff, or even managing personal issues. With all these challenges arising there is a need for leaders to understand and employ resilience. In this highly engaging keynote, Dr. Kiki, Executive Coach, and Positive Psychologist will teach leaders how to use coaching as an effective tool to resolve conflict and challenging issues and employ resilience, all while still setting and meeting meaningful company goals and remaining competent leaders.

Dr. Kiki Shares:

  • The research on what makes resilient leaders
  • How to overcome the tough issues and remain relevant
  • How to use coaching as a tool to resolve conflict and develop resilience

9:00am - 9:30am  Networking Break

9:30am - 10:15am  Breakout Session

A New Era for ESG

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Mary Beth DeNooyer


Keurig Dr Pepper

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Dan Sessa


Lennox International

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Eric Severson

Chief People & Belonging Officer

Neiman Marcus

ESG is not a new concept; a majority of S&P 500 organizations issue comprehensive annual reports. Today though, many investors (and a growing population of Millennial/Gen-Z workers) are calling for increased organizational efforts around environmental sustainability, corporate responsibility and DEI strategy. And who gets to lead these new initiatives and craft the story to be told? HR leaders.

In this session, CHROs will discuss:

  • Establishing ESG to support talent mobility and engagement
  • Interweaving ESG and DEI initiatives
  • Identifying growth opportunities to drive organization outcomes

9:30am - 10:15am  Breakout Session

Talent Strategy – It's a Whole New Relationship

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Susan Hanold, Ph.D.

VP, Talent Strategy


The debate rages over who will hold more power in the future, employer or employee? In navigating this constantly changing environment, how are you equipping HR leaders with data they can trust to make the best talent decisions?
In this session, you will learn:

  • How to navigate the latest talent trends in the job market
  • Balancing retention efforts while still developing a pipeline of qualified talent
  • Best practices on talent lifecycle for all employees regardless of location

9:30am - 10:15am  Executive Boardroom

Driving Growth for Your Organization and Employees

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Mark Onisk

Chief Content Officer


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Dr. DeLancey Johnson

SVP, Associate Chief Talent Officer

Parkland Health & Hospital System

A sweeping moment of re-evaluation has caused employees at every level to reassess their relationship to work — redefining who holds power in the employer/employee dynamic. In the face of a new social contract between employers and employees, how can HR leaders retain talent, develop skills and drive the business forward?
In this session, HR leaders will discuss:

  • Building skills and developing career paths to curb retention
  • Rethinking employee experience to attract and retain talent
  • Linking employee development to organizational goals and growth

9:30am - 10:15am  Executive Boardroom

Rethinking Culture — Shaping a Foundation for Business Success

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Anne Maltese

Director of People Insights

Quantum Workplace

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Debbie Dennis

Chief Customer Officer & SVP Human Resources and Corporate Affairs

Oncor Electric Delivery

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Pam Murray


North Dallas Bank and Trust

There’s no silver bullet for creating a successful culture. Culture is weaved into the fabric of how work gets done. It’s shaped by an organization’s foundational approach to engagement, performance, and development. To build a culture that has true business impact, CHROs must focus on this foundation—and they must rethink yesterday’s tactics for tomorrow’s workplace.

This session will cover:

  • Research on the employee experience and organizational culture in the new world of work
  • The intersection of culture and employee engagement, and where to aim your strategies
  • How an intentional, reimagined approach to culture can drive business success

10:15am - 10:45am  Networking Break

10:20am - 10:45am  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.

10:45am - 11:30am  Breakout Session

Staying Competitive Through Inflation

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Dr. Michael Davis

Senior Lecturer

Southern Methodist University

The latest battle HR executives are fighting in the “War for Talent” is the U.S. economy, with inflation shifting the hiring process to favor job seekers.
How can businesses compete with new and exciting offerings to attract and retain top talent, and how long will this environment last?
In this session, SMU’s Dr. Michael Davis will address:

  • New trends in the labor market
  • Why there is more uncertainty in the current economic environment than ever before
  • How HR executives can factor the unknown into strategic planning

10:45am - 11:30am  Breakout Session

Creating Fulfilling Experiences that Amplify Resilience

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Meghan Stettler


O.C. Tanner

As work changes, one thing is clear – a generic approach to culture will no longer suffice. Insightful strategies that tap into the psychological needs of employees are essential in creating fulfilling experiences that attract, engage, and retain top talent in an evolving market.

Join this interactive session to uncover:

  • Key factors that contribute to the Great Resignation
  • How fulfilling autonomy, mastery, and connection builds resilient cultures
  • The power of recognition in creating fulfilling employee experiences

10:45am - 11:30am  Executive Boardroom

Leveraging Technology Across the Talent Lifecycle

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Jeffrey Jokerst

Head of People Science - NAMER


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Sally Pabin

VP HR, Head of Talent

American Heart Association

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Dr. Patrick Oldenburgh Jr.


The Exchange

Businesses are bracing for a future where talent is everything. As automation continues to evolve, every job is growing more creative and complex. This magnifies the upside of hiring the right talent - and the downside of the wrong fit. Through this, HR is called on to engage passive candidates inundated by offers, transform talent data into actionable insights and advise business leaders rather than follow orders

Join this session to discuss:

  • Partnering with key stakeholders to clearly define what "quality" means and identifying metrics that track outcomes, not just actions
  • Leveraging technology to optimize the entire talent lifecycle, from recruitment to exit interviews
  • Transforming data into actionable insights that build winning employer brands

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: Melissa Bermudez at

10:45am - 11:30am  Executive Boardroom

Activating Your People Data & Analytics for Cultural Change

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Bob Pothier

Chief Strategy Officer

Culture Partners

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Elga Lohler


Smith & Nephew

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Maryam Morse

Executive Vice President, Human Resources & Communications

Andrews Distributing

Research shows one of the biggest differentiators in the retention of employees is workplace culture. But to make transformational employee and enterprise change, one of the largest obstacles is translating data into action.
In this boardroom, HR leaders will discuss:

  • How to develop a data & analytics strategy and operating model to improve culture
  • Understand which data sources, solutions and services to aid business operations
  • Approaching culture management as a yearly, iterative process

11:30am - 11:40am  Break

2:05pm - 2:35pm  Networking Break

2:10pm - 2:35pm  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.

2:35pm - 3:20pm  Breakout Session

Pushing for Equity to Cultivate Employee and Business Success

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Alison Schmidt


Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

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Sid Srivastava


Cinemark Holdings

According to Gartner’s 2022 Board of Directors Survey, 45% of boards have DE&I on the agenda every quarter or at every board meeting. This data supports the tectonic shift in initiatives driving both social and business value following heightened tensions in the past couple of years. With equity programs in place, what can HR leaders do to keep pushing for more and get support from the board?

Join this session to discuss:

  • How to get widespread support across the enterprise that an equitable and inclusive work environment is a strategic business priority, not just a nice thing to do
  • What can be done to hold leadership accountable
  • How to maintain momentum on programs already in place and push for more

2:35pm - 3:20pm  Breakout Session

How the Workforce Learns — 15 Things to Get Right

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Kristi Broom

VP, Product Operations and Innovation


Research shows more than 40 percent of the global workforce is considering leaving their employer this year. While daunting for some organizations, it also presents an opportunity for HR leaders to develop, implement and leverage a positive learning culture to retain and grow top talent.
Join this session to learn:

  • Employee insight on what companies get right and wrong about culture
  • Why some businesses struggle to develop and define company culture
  • How to use L&D to improve the employee experience and retention within your organization

2:35pm - 3:20pm  Executive Boardroom

Modern Workforce Management: A Deep Dive on Insights and Data

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Keith Webb

Director of SaaS Technology

Ultimate Kronos Group

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Felicia Miller

EVP & Chief Talent Officer

Parkland Health & Hospital System

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Holly Novak

Chief People Officer

Jack Henry & Associates

As organizations adapt to remain competitive amidst rapid change, it is key to keep workforce management at the center of your HR strategy – and utilizing insights and data is fast becoming the most efficient way of doing so. But what are HR leaders measuring to fuel their EX strategy and productivity, and how does that differ by employee group?

Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • How to implement data into action
  • What trends HR leaders are paying attention to
  • How to capture employee sentiment in the flow of work

2:35pm - 3:20pm  Executive Boardroom

Next-Generation Succession Planning

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Suzanne Myers



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Steve Cunningham

Chief People Officer


As the world becomes less and less predictable, developing and executing on a clear succession plan has become even more difficult. To keep up with the pace of change, CHROs will need to rethink traditional succession planning.
Join this session to discuss:

  • The biggest challenges in modern-day succession planning
  • How to develop a diverse leadership bench prepared to take on a variety of roles
  • Ways to assess future leadership needs amid constant disruption

3:20pm - 3:35pm  Networking Break

3:35pm - 4:10pm  Keynote

Staying Relevant and Staying Focused In the New World

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Corey Anthony

Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity & Development Officer


Over the past two years, HR executives have burdened much of the strategy and change management as businesses were forced to rethink and reshape how the enterprise is operated. But employees are still demanding more. As social and environmental issues dominate media and perception of organizations, businesses are asked to define how they are making an impact. With so many issues to address, how can CHROs stay focused and avoid fatigue for themselves and their employees to create true change?
In this keynote, AT&T’s Chief Diversity Officer Corey Anthony will explore:

  • The role organizations play in building resilient communities and workforces
  • Addressing multiple societal issues while keeping top priorities in focus
  • DEI and ESG strategies that will attract and retain talent

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

June 14, 2022

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 $185 USD (plus tax) is June 1, 2022.

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