Dallas CHRO Executive Summit

June 7, 2023 | Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum by the Galleria

June 7, 2023
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:

Aligning leadership development for current and future organization needs

Building organizational resilience to create and sustain a culture of inclusion

Developing an encapsulated EVP that attracts new candidates and retains current employees

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

Patrick McLaughlin

Frito-Lay North America

Amy Messersmith

Builders FirstSource
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 6, 2023

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

Governing Body Welcome Reception

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

7:45am - 8:30am  Registration & Breakfast

8:30am - 9:15am  Keynote

Enhancing Employee Experiences with Technology

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Christopher Shryock

Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer

Sam's Club

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Suzanne Myers

Chief Human Resources Officer


A recent survey showed nearly half of all people managers are overwhelmed by the technology of their organization. CHROs must play a pivotal role in digitizing and simplifying employee experience while simultaneously making sure the enterprise stays ahead of the technology curve.

In this keynote, Christopher Shryock, CHRO of Sam's Club will discuss:

  • Using tech to enable a better employee experience
  • Shaping and structuring organizations of the future
  • Developing skills of the current workforce for tomorrow's needs

9:15am - 9:40am  Networking Break

9:40am - 10:25am  Breakout Session

Talent Retention Strategies for 2023 and Beyond

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Cara McDaniel

Chief HR/Talent Officer

Veritex Community Bank

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Pam Murray


North Dallas Bank and Trust

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Leigh Robinson

Chief People Officer

Uber Freight

Even with a less-competitive labor market, CHROs are still focused on retaining their talent. Many companies can’t afford to address retention with compensation increases alone, so what can be done?
Join this session to discuss:

  • Identifying and combating drivers of attrition
  • Developing long-term strategies to improve employee experience and EVP
  • Boosting retention through professional development and career path opportunities

9:40am - 10:25am  Breakout Session

Why Your Talent Needs Community and Recognition Now

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Meghan Stettler


O.C. Tanner

Creating a strong workplace community is essential to meet the evolving challenges of 2023. Yet, new research from the O.C. Tanner Institute reveals how burnout and isolation among leaders and employees are threatening culture and organizational success. These challenges need fresh strategies to create a thriving workplace community.

Join this session to learn: 

  • Insights from the perspectives of 38,000 leaders and employees worldwide
  • Best practices for fortifying leaders and growing generalists in an era of change
  • Ways symbolic, integrated recognition create a strong sense of community for all

9:40am - 10:25am  Executive Boardroom

Delivering Business Impact With People Data

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Andrea Derler

Principal, Research and Customer Value


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Felicia Miller

EVP & Chief Talent Officer

Parkland Health & Hospital System

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Sid Srivastava



How can CHROs utilize people data to advise the business about the way people impact the business and the business impacts people? Effective people analytics has become the foundation for successful collaboration with the CEO, the board and the organization at large. Join this session to discuss ways in which CHROs can take charge in informing business decisions proactively with people data. 

Join this boardroom to discuss:

  • Build a culture of data-driven decision-making - within and beyond HR
  • Provide the most relevant insights around people
  • Improve fairness and transparency of people decisions

9:40am - 10:25am  Executive Boardroom

Treat the Cause, Not the Symptom

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Nakesha Lopez

Chief Human Resources Officer

Baylor Scott & White Health

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Amanda Gray


Remington Hospitality

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Rudy Rodriguez, Jr.

EVP, Chief Legal & Human Resources Officer

CEC Entertainment

The place and pace of work has changed for many employees, and the disruptions can increase stress, anxiety and risk of burnout. As economic uncertainty continues, how can your organization tap into proactive health and well-being solutions while also addressing underlying drivers?

Join this session to discuss:

  • Shifting to a long-term preventative approach to wellness
  • Enhancing leadership support and empathy
  • Engaging employees by boosting program awareness and adoption 

10:25am - 11:00am  Networking Break

10:30am - 10:55am  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.

11:00am - 11:45am  Breakout Session

Uncovering Leaks in the Leadership Talent Pipeline

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Dr. Patrick Oldenburgh Jr.


Army and Air Force Exchange Service

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Denise Hunter

Vice President, Corporate Policy

Army and Air Force Exchange Service

Organizations with a robust and diverse talent bench are best positioned to recruit and retain talent to ensure everyone has equal access to all requirements and tools for leadership and business success. But the management of talent continues to plague a number of businesses that unconsciously eliminate potential leaders of the future.

In this case study, you gain insights into:

  • Utilizing data to show opportunities in the leadership talent pipeline  
  • Uncovering policies that may suppress the promotion of candidates
  • Removing hurdles in the pathway of underrepresented employees

11:00am - 11:45am  Breakout Session

DE&I for the Long Game

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Carrie David

EVP & Chief Human Resources Officer

SRS Distribution

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Kalisha Holland

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

BNSF Railway

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Cristina Lopez

SVP Talent and Head of DEIB & Experience


Organizations are facing a unique triple squeeze; inflation, talent and global supply disruption are all creating new day-to-day pressures. As focus shifts, CHROs must consciously work to keep diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives from moving to the back burner, instead positioning them as opportunities to ensure long-term resilience.

Join this session to discuss how to:

  • Keep DE&I tied to mission-critical priorities amid uncertainty
  • Maintain progress despite budgetary constraints
  • Secure talent stability by strengthening core values

11:00am - 11:45am  Executive Boardroom

Thinking Win-Win in the Competition for Talent

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Sammy Duff

VP, Talent Development

Strategic Education Inc.

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Marla Storm


Balfour Beatty US

Competition for quality talent is still fierce, and it is more important than ever for organizations to invest in learning, development and career pathway opportunities to retain the very best people.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Investing in internal development of employees
  • Leveraging career pathways and learning opportunities to attract and retain talent
  • Implementing innovative learning practices

11:00am - 11:45am  Executive Boardroom

What CHROs Need to Know About AI

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Joe Hudson


Newmark Group Inc

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Chelle O'Keefe



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Ariel Leonard

VP, Human Resources


According to Gartner, 94% of businesses plan to deploy some form of artificial intelligence by 2025. HR leaders are being tasked with not only rolling out new processes, but ensuring the technology being implemented remains fair and unbiased in its recommendations.
This session will focus on:

  • Understanding common applications of AI and its impact on work and talent
  • Preparing for and addressing the ethical implications of AI in HR technology
  • Knowing AI's power to transform hiring and compliance processes

11:45am - 12:30pm  Lunch Service

12:30pm - 1:05pm  Keynote

Creating and Jumpstarting an Inclusive Culture

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Keith Wyche

Vice President, Community Engagement and Support


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, how come representation still is 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
  • Provides a roadmap for leaders to create breakthrough change that explores meaningful topics

1:05pm - 1:30pm  Break

1:30pm - 2:15pm  Breakout Session

CHRO Workshop – Bringing EVP to Life

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Amy Messersmith

Chief People Officer

Builders FirstSource

Developing an EVP that is reflective and relevant to employees will help attract workers. But those that align their purpose and values with their employee experience will be best positioned to also retain top talent and grow leadership pipelines. Join this interactive session as HR leaders discuss:

  • Evolving HR strategy around authenticity and purpose
  • Supporting employees so they aspire to grow within the organization
  • Connecting employees to purpose and amplifying a strong employer and internal brand

1:30pm - 2:15pm  Breakout Session

Saving a Struggling Culture

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Tanner Runia

President & COO


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Isaiah Bryson

Vice President of Customer Success


In challenging times, it’s easy to play the culture blame game, but CHROs can change that. The health of your organization and culture depends on HR leaders stepping up and taking action. What are common myths surrounding employee engagement and the keys to a total rewards strategy for future success?
Join this session to explore:

  • How employee engagement and total rewards are intrinsically tied together
  • The tangible ROI of engagement and how to better measure its impact
  • Specific strategies to improve your total rewards offerings

1:30pm - 2:15pm  Executive Boardroom

Tapping Into Leadership Potential

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Marlene Dunne

Chief Talent Advisor


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Angela Greenfeather


Mr. Cooper

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Ali Marciano

SVP, Human Resources

Core-Mark International

With turnover likely to remain high and a wave of retirements on the horizon, turning high-potentials into tomorrow’s leaders is a critical HR initiative. From re-tooling succession planning to developing talent, how can CHROs work to ensure their organizations are set up with strong leadership now and into the future?

In this session CHROs will discuss how to:

  • Build a more diverse pipeline of future roles
  • Optimize the fit and transition of leaders into new roles
  • Identify new approaches to prepare and grow HIPOs

1:30pm - 2:15pm  Executive Boardroom

Finding Friction – Addressing Organizational Design with Intention

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Kevin Tackaberry

EVP, Human Resources


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Dara Engle

Chief People Officer


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Vanessa Dupuis



As the workforce evolves, CHROs are being called on to assess organizational design and move the needle forward on critical business priorities. That will require pinpointing design frictions employees face in the work environment to streamline their experience and increase productivity. 

Join this session to discuss:

  • Exploring where there is friction within your organizational design structure
  • Understanding organizational design effectiveness beyond financial measurements
  • Working with stakeholders to implement meaningful changes

2:15pm - 2:50pm  Networking Break

2:20pm - 2:45pm  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.

2:50pm - 3:35pm  Breakout Session

The Practicalities of Pay Equity

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Eric Ruden

Senior Counsel


Increased social awareness and demand for workplace transparency have made pay equity more than just a standard compliance issue for many businesses today. In addition to avoiding potential litigation, forward-thinking employers who implement fair pay policies may be able to improve their organization’s reputation, keep employees engaged and attract new talent.

Join this session to learn:

  • Practical strategies for implementing fair pay policies
  • Leveraging data and internal partnerships to identify and close gaps
  • Staying ahead of local, state, national and international pay equity regulations

2:50pm - 3:35pm  Executive Boardroom

Don’t Fear the Freelancer

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Tony Buffum

Vice President of HR Client Strategy


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Scott Sherman

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Sally Beauty Holdings

As the market for talent continues to be incredibly tight, HR will be tasked with broadening all levels of the workforce from FTEs to contractors, gig and freelance experts. This is an opportunity to identify and deploy skills, alongside technology and processes, to deliver the most efficient and effective outcomes for the business.
In this boardroom, CHROs will:

  • Gain insight into the latest employment trends and data
  • Discuss new methodologies to solve talent needs
  • Identify fluid teams that can flex and scale as business needs and markets change

2:50pm - 3:35pm  Executive Boardroom

Leveraging ESG for Attraction and Retention

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Eric Severson

Chief People & Belonging Officer

Neiman Marcus

ESG reporting is quickly moving from a discretionary activity to a business requirement. As Millennials and Gen Z become the predominant workforce demographic, research shows both groups are more willing to work for an organization with strong ESG values, even sacrificing salary for ideals.

In this boardroom, CHROs will discuss:

  • Gathering employee voices on ESG issues
  • Using ESG as a driver of recruiting and retaining key talent
  • Increasing the visibility of HR in ESG

3:35pm - 4:00pm  Break

4:00pm - 4:35pm  Keynote

Gartner Talent Angle Podcast Live: Committing to the Frontline

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Patrick McLaughlin


Frito-Lay North America

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Peter Aykens

Chief of Research, HR Practice


While many organizations struggle with the Great Resignation, others are challenged with solving for a lack of available labor. Once those highly skilled employees are hired, how are they positioned to succeed and stay?
Peter Aykens, Gartner's Chief of Research, HR Practice, leads a conversation with SVP & CHRO of Frito-Lay North America, Patrick McLaughlin, on the organization's commitment to develop, grow and retain critical frontline talent in a live recording of Gartner's Talent Angle Podcast.

4:35pm - 5:00pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

June 6, 2023

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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 1-972-661-2800. Please mention Dallas CHRO Executive Summit to ensure the appropriate room rate.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $189 USD (plus tax) is May 15, 2023.

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