Houston CHRO Inner Circle

June 21, 2018 | Petroleum Club of Houston

June 21, 2018
Petroleum Club of Houston

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with your peers to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Houston CHRO Inner Circle.

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

Leading through a new employee experience

Redesigning HR strategies, structures, and service delivery models

Modernizing mental health and well-being programs in a new era of work

Houston 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

Bill Ennis

Academy Sports & Outdoors, Ltd.

Mel Guerra-Reeves

Direct Energy
EVP, Human Resources & Internal Communications

Mayerland Harris

H-E-B Food Stores
Group VP, Human Resources

Larry Stokes

Texas Medical Center
SVP, Shared Services

Shibu Varghese

M.D. Anderson Cancer Center


June 21, 2018

4:00pm - 5:00pm  Registration & Opening Reception

5:00pm - 6:30pm  Discussion Topics

Elevating Leadership for the HR of Tomorrow

Tracy Pawlak headshot

Tracy Pawlak

VP, Human Resources

DXP Enterprises, Inc.

Laura Ramey headshot

Laura Ramey

SVP, Human Resources and Communications

SGS North America Inc.

Aaron Sobel headshot

Aaron Sobel


Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc.

Jason Anderson headshot

Jason Anderson

Vice President, Human Resources

Rowan Companies, Inc.

Mayerland Harris headshot

Mayerland Harris

Group VP, Human Resources

H-E-B Food Stores

Sally Vardy headshot

Sally Vardy


Harris County Appraisal District

Brady Pyle headshot

Brady Pyle

Director of Human Resources

NASA Headquarters

Research shows top-performing companies are twice as likely to understand talent issues. This fosters a culture where the CHRO expands talent conversations and adopts emerging technologies to boost the bottom line. The HR leader of tomorrow is someone who builds strategic partnerships across the C-suite while embracing change and disruption. In this dinner conversation, CHROs will explore challenges and exchange best practices for a discipline that is rapidly evolving and gaining investor interest.

Topic 1: Unsheathing Analytics in the War Against Talent 

  • How have you leveraged analytics to make better decisions or impact the bottom line (staffing, training, retention, engagement, D&I, etc.)?
  • What questions are you trying to answer next with talent analytics? What is your plan to take this next step in your analytics program?   
  • Have you employed predictive modeling in your analytics program? If so, what was your roadmap to make the transition into more sophisticated analytics?

Topic 2: Partnering With Your C-suite Peers 

  • Which C-suite partnerships have you been most active in building and why (CIO for learning strategies, CMO for HR branding, etc.)?  
  • Which C-suite peers do you want to forge stronger partnerships with and why? What is your approach to initiating collaboration and designing cross-functional strategic plans?
  • What success have you had in refocusing senior leadership or board conversations to concentrate on key talent risks? How do you embed talent into the CXO’s decision-making process?

Topic 3: Navigating and Leveraging Digital Transformation

  • How has your role and HR organization evolved alongside digital transformation initiatives in the business? Have you adopted an agile approach to HR delivery and advancement? 
  • What technologies have you implemented to develop a next-generation system for the business?  
  • How have you aligned employee-engagement strategies with digital transformation in the business?

6:30pm - 7:00pm  Networking Break

7:00pm - 8:00pm  Summary Discussion & Dinner

8:00pm - 9:00pm  Social Hour


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