Dallas CHRO Inner Circle

September 27, 2023 | The Constellation Club

September 27, 2023
The Constellation Club

Collaborate with your peers

Join Dallas's top CHROs for an intimate networking dinner and facilitated discussion on key business challenges. Enjoy a relaxed evening of dinner and drinks with your peers to share best practices, make new connections and build professional relationships.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CHROs today:

Improving Retention by Meeting New Employee Expectation

Managerial Effectiveness in Times of Constant Change

New Ways of Leading for a New Era of Work

Dallas CHRO Governing Body

The Governing Body Co-Chairs shape the discussion topics and 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


September 27, 2023

4:30pm - 5:30pm  Executive Networking Reception

5:30pm - 6:45pm  Discussion Topics

Revitalizing Leadership Effectiveness in a New World of Work

Vanessa Dupuis headshot

Vanessa Dupuis



Judy Carter headshot

Judy Carter

Senior Vice President & CHRO

BNSF Railway

Lisa Esparza headshot

Lisa Esparza

EVP, Chief Human Resources Officer


Shelie Gustafson headshot

Shelie Gustafson

EVP & Chief People Officer


Katherine Neverdousky headshot

Katherine Neverdousky


American Heart Association

Leann Smith headshot

Leann Smith



Kimberly Webb headshot

Kimberly Webb



Lee Buchness headshot

Lee Buchness

Senior Partner

Culture Partners

Organizations everywhere are facing uncertain and unpredictable times, as rising inflation, hard-to-find talent and global supply chain constraints make sustained growth extremely complex. HR leaders in particular are facing a delicate balancing act, weighing trade-offs between people and technology, cost savings and talent investments, and business requirements with employee needs, to name a few. Underlying it all, CHROs must also continue to excel in their most foundational role – cultivating a positive culture and employee experience to attract new talent and retain existing talent.

According to a study by Gartner, 60% of HR leaders are prioritizing leader and manager effectiveness in 2023 as the key to tackling the challenges. As the work environment evolves, so too must the leader-employee dynamic. Agility and flexibility is critical to sustained success.

Join your peers to discuss and debate new leadership imperatives for a new age of work.

Topic #1: Improving Retention by Meeting New Employee Expectations

  • Employees today demand authenticity and empathy from their managers. How do you teach these skills to your leadership teams and how do you identify them in future leaders?
  • 52% of employees say a flexible work environment plays a huge role in their decision to stay with their employer. In the past 12 months, what policies has your company put in place to increase flexibility for your employees? What impact have these policies made on your retention rates?
  • What are the biggest challenges you face in making changes to meet new employee expectations? What is your plan to overcome them?

Topic #2: Managerial Effectiveness in Times of Constant Change

  • How do you currently measure leader effectiveness, and how frequently do you collect employee feedback on the matter?
  • How do you define human-centric leadership at your organization? Where would you rate your leadership bench today on a scale of 1-10?
  • What is your approach to change management and how do you keep that approach consistent across the organization? What do you do well and what areas do you need to improve?

6:45pm - 7:15pm  Networking Break

7:15pm - 8:30pm  Summary Discussion & Dinner

8:30pm - 9:30pm  Social Hour

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

Evanta cares about the health and safety of our community. Please review the following recommendations prior to attending the gathering.




Valet parking will be validated and is located behind the Central Tower.

Dress Code

The Constellation Club is business casual. Although dress jeans are allowed, NO shorts, ball caps, flip flops, etc. are permissible

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