Dallas CHRO Executive Summit

June 12, 2024 | Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel

June 12, 2024
Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel


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:

Reshaping a corporate culture that thrives in a hybrid environment

Identifying, growing and retaining employees with the skills your business requires

Developing next-generation leaders by evolving role expectations instead of new skills

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


Patrick McLaughlin

PepsiCo Foods 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 11, 2024

June 12, 2024

6:00pm - 8:30pm  Networking

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

The Alchemy of Talent — Unlocking Peak Performance on Complex Teams

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Vijay Pendakur, Ph.D.

Keynote Speaker & Executive Coach

Guest Speaker

In a time of extraordinary disruption and rapid change, extended periods of uncertainty can often lead to diminished team outcomes. But, skillful leaders can harness specific tools to enable their teams to flourish in complex times. This interactive workshop will focus on the science and skills of psychological safety and team connection, two proven drivers of team performance in moments of disruption.
Join this session with Dr. Vijay Pendakur to learn how to:

  • Leverage scientific evidence supporting the strong connection between diversity and business success
  • Upskill managers to lead psychologically safe teams
  • Harness the behavioral science of team connection to increase team resilience in extended periods of change

9:15am - 9:40am  Networking Break

9:40am - 10:25am  Breakout Session

Reimagining a New People-Centric Future

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Gary Beckstrand

VP, O.C. Tanner Institute

O.C. Tanner

Organizations face increased expectations to place their people at the center of business—and the next step is making that practical for all involved. Hear the latest research on how organizations everywhere can cultivate nimble resiliency amid change and enhance their people experience to create a future that allows employees to stay, feel fulfilled, and do their best work.

Join this session to learn:

  • Leading with practical empathy
  • Supporting the critical 80%
  • Achieving equitable flexibility

9:40am - 10:25am  Executive Boardroom

Rediscovering Connection in a Hybrid World

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Manon Kebodeaux



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Scott Sherman

SVP, Chief Legal & HR Officer

Sally Beauty Holdings

The rise of hybrid work has led to widespread cultural changes, requiring CHROs to reassess how they foster organizational culture. And in the thick of unprecedented demand for talent, businesses are struggling with high turnover. Leaders must work to align and connect employees to the organization by giving their teams tools to create sustainable workplaces.

In this session, you’ll learn how to:

  • Empower employees to see their value in the workplace
  • Encourage in-person experiences to build a sense of belonging
  • Create new and unique opportunities to retain employees

9:40am - 10:25am  Executive Boardroom

Harnessing the Power of Workforce Data and Talent Analytics

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Keisha Green


Anderson Merchandisers

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Dr. Patrick Oldenburgh Jr.


Army and Air Force Exchange Service

In an era when the way of working is in flux, CHROs must rely on data and analytics to inform key decisions about organizational design and workforce strategy. With the right tools and metrics, HR leaders can accurately plan for the future workforce and most efficient way to structure teams and departments. 

Join your peers to explore: 

  • Discussing successes and challenges of utilizing data-driven insights
  • Understanding which metrics can help pinpoint the future needs of the workforce
  • Identifying innovative ways of using HR data to remain competitive

10:25am - 11:05am  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.

11:05am - 11:50am  Breakout Session

Unlocking Skillsets Through Job Architecture

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Holly Novak

Chief People Officer

Jack Henry & Associates

In shaping the employee experience, job architecture and organizational design play pivotal roles. When these priorities are aligned, it can lead to clearer career paths, equitable compensation and a more engaged workforce. These elements, in turn, directly impact employee satisfaction, productivity and overall company performance.

Join this session to learn how to:

  • Assess current and future work trends
  • Align org structure and strategic goals for optimal employee experience
  • Improve workplace satisfaction and performance

11:05am - 11:50am  Breakout Session

Building and Inspiring the Next Generation of Frontline Leaders

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Dan Johnston

Co-Founder and CEO


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Patrick McLaughlin


PepsiCo Foods North America

Recent events have put a spotlight on the frontline workforce and the enterprise-wide dependency on these critical employees. As labor sourcing remains difficult, organizations that identify frontline leaders and develop career paths will be best suited to avoid disruption.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Uncovering and fostering leadership talent within frontline teams
  • Leveraging employee listening solutions to cultivate talent and leadership
  • Fostering a culture that resonates with the demands of the modern workplace

11:05am - 11:50am  Executive Boardroom

From Optics to Impact — Getting Strategic With Recognition

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Kristian Gaetano

Chief Operations Officer


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Amy Messersmith

Chief People Officer

Builders FirstSource

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Brent Strehlow



The research is clear – the more frequently an employee is recognized at work, the better they feel about their well-being, engagement, belonging, manager and even their take-home pay. While frequent recognition helps protect against job hunting, productivity and salary freezes, just 40% of HR leaders report their approach to recognition is strategic.

Join this roundtable discussion to explore:

  • Fostering a culture of belonging with recognition and reward strategies
  • Connecting recognition to business outcomes
  • Sharing tactical, practical advice for HR leaders

11:50am - 12:35pm  Lunch Service

12:35pm - 1:10pm  Keynote

One Size Fits One — Embracing A New Model of Empowering Employees

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Eric Severson

Chief People & Belonging Officer

Neiman Marcus

What makes employees feel truly satisfied? Uncovering the answer takes effort, but it doesn’t have to break the budget. At Neiman Marcus, they uncovered ‘one size does not fit all.’ Now with newfound initiatives and options for customization, they’re delivering on the requests of their workforce.

Join this session as their chief people officer explores:

  • Taking a play from consumer marketing to drive employee engagement and retention
  • Driving belief in your company from a communications and branding perspective
  • Revitalizing your workforce with few financial resources

1:10pm - 1:35pm  Break

1:35pm - 2:20pm  Breakout Session

How CHROs Can Prepare Their Function for AI

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Pamela Byrne

SVP, Head of Human Capital


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Dan Sessa


Lennox International

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Sid Srivastava


Cinemark Holdings

In today's rapidly changing tech landscape, CHROs must play a role in the development and adoption of powerful AI integration, while promoting its alignment with organizational culture and purpose. In this panel, experienced CHROs will discuss principles for responsible use and optimization of AI in organizations.

Join this panel discussion to hear:

  • Necessary governance to prevent misuse and risk
  • Policies to meet regulatory and corporate demands
  • Best practices and frameworks for Gen AI usage

1:35pm - 2:20pm  Executive Boardroom

Reshaping Employee Development for Business Needs

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Dr. DeLancey Johnson

SVP, Associate Chief Talent Officer

Parkland Health & Hospital System

Despite a massive spend, Gartner research shows learning & development managers feel only one in three employees can quickly apply the skills they've learn in training. By changing behaviors and rethinking growth to focus on filling enterprise gaps, CHROs can be crucial in reshaping organizational success.

Joins this boardroom to discuss:

  • Thinking beyond personal and individual transformation
  • Focusing on development for practical application
  • Creating out of the box strategies for upskilling

1:35pm - 2:20pm  Executive Boardroom

Leveling-Up Performance Management

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Patrick McLaughlin


PepsiCo Foods North America

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Suzanne Myers

Chief Human Resources Officer


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Russell Goin

Chief People Officer

Behavioral Health Group

As the nature of work continues to evolve, so do methods to evaluate employee performance. How can HR leaders rethink performance management to better develop effective teams within distributed work environments?

Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • Empowering managers to adjust to performance management strategies

  • Mitigating bias within performance management

  • Developing strategies to enable high-performing, hybrid teams

2:20pm - 3:00pm  Networking Break

2:25pm - 2:50pm  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.

3:00pm - 3:45pm  Breakout Session

Let's Brainstorm! Influencing Stakeholders Across the C-Suite

To lead resilient organizations, CHROs must support transformation while communicating with various stakeholders across the c-suite. Rapid changes makes collaborating across departments even more essential to operating a successful business. 

Join this interactive session with CHROs to debate and collaborate on influence with various scenarios including:

  • Building emotional connections with key stakeholders through stories
  • Overcoming resistance by seeking to understand and acknowledge 
  • Earning a seat at the table by recognizing politics within the c-suite

3:00pm - 3:45pm  Executive Boardroom

Beyond The Trend – Real AI Implementation

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Steve Cunningham

Chief People Officer


More than 75% of top HR leaders worry that failing to adopt and implement artificial intelligence (AI) solutions in the next two years will jeopardize organizational success. CHROs must anticipate AI's effects by evaluating the strategic placement of AI within the organization.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Understanding AI’s capabilities to plan accordingly
  • Preparing functionally and culturally for adoption
  • Understanding how AI affects workforce skills and employee experience

3:00pm - 3:45pm  Executive Boardroom

Evolving Succession Planning for 2024

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Pamela Byrne

SVP, Head of Human Capital


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Jonathon Frampton

Interim CHRO

Baylor Scott & White Health

Amid relentless internal and external disruptions, succession plans become even more essential but more vulnerable to becoming outdated. How can CHROs monitor and strengthen their bench, ensuring the right leaders will be ready at the right time?

Join this session to discuss:

  • Rebuilding and diversifying depleted leadership pipelines
  • Creating adaptable succession plans in a changing environment
  • Aligning successors to future organizational needs

3:45pm - 4:10pm  Break

4:10pm - 4:45pm  Keynote

Building a Change-Ready Workforce

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Ali Marciano

SVP, Human Resources

Core-Mark International

Organizations are constantly facing change in all areas, from technology to talent & programing, to culture – even acquisition. How can HR Leaders accurately plan for and implement change initiatives to ensure resilience in an ambiguous future?

Join this session to explore how CoreMark is:

  • Implementing planned enterprise change initiatives successfully
  • Partnering with key stakeholders to ensure sustainability of change
  • Enabling leaders to communicate change in a way that helps build resilience

4:45pm - 5:00pm  Closing Comments and Prize Drawing

June 11, 2024

June 12, 2024

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Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel

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