Houston CHRO Inner Circle

June 19, 2019 | Brenner's Steakhouse

June 19, 2019
Brenner's Steakhouse

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

Rod Branch


Bill Ennis

Academy Sports & Outdoors

Melinda Guerra-Reeves

Direct Energy
EVP, Human Resources & Internal Communications

Mayerland Harris

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

Shibu Varghese

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center


June 19, 2019

4:00pm - 5:00pm  Executive Networking Reception

5:00pm - 6:30pm  Discussion Topics

The New HR Digital Leader

Vivek Arora headshot

Vivek Arora

EVP and Chief Administrative Officer

Mears Group, Inc.

Bill Ennis headshot

Bill Ennis


Academy Sports & Outdoors

Kelly Frazier headshot

Kelly Frazier

VP, HR & Admin.

Fieldwood Energy LLC

Carole Hackett headshot

Carole Hackett


Houston Methodist

Ann Manal headshot

Ann Manal


Stewart Information Services Corporation

Tracy Pawlak headshot

Tracy Pawlak

VP, Human Resources

DXP Enterprises

Laura Ramey headshot

Laura Ramey

SVP, HR & Communications

SGS North America Inc.

Hilary Rota headshot

Hilary Rota

VP, People & Organization – Downstream and Chemicals

Wood Group

Shibu Varghese headshot

Shibu Varghese


University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

More than 80% of CEOs are focused on driving the digital transformation of their business. And with this transformation, so has the role of the CHRO. Attracting and retaining digital talent is not enough. For organizations to experience long-term success in the digital age, CHROs must fundamentally rethink their approach to the workforce and work — and strategically partner with their C-suite peers. In this dinner conversation, HR leaders will explore opportunities for their program and the business as enterprises adopt a digital mindset. 

Topic 1: Building the Digital Organization

  • What digital initiatives is your enterprise currently navigating? How has your organization adapted to embody the digital mission of the enterprise?
  • What are 2-3 key areas in which you’re impacting the organizational environment and driving change (organization design, focused leadership diagnostics, targeted learning strategies, etc.)?
  • Have you implemented a “digital-first” strategy? If so, how is this different than traditional change management? How is your strategy addressing workforce redesign and technology advancements?

Topic 2: Talent Strategy in the Era of Digitalization

  • What is your core talent strategy for digitalization? Upskilling? Diversifying talent pools? Building a more autonomous workforce?
  • In the midst of digital transformation, have you revisited your learning and development strategies and systems? How have digital initiatives impacted your approach to and application of L&D programs?
  • How are you developing managers for the digital age?

Topic 3: The Role of Emerging Technologies in HR Leadership

  • What emerging technologies have you implemented or plan to implement in the near future to automate or augment workforce capabilities?
  • How have emerging technologies played into the gamification of key initiatives like recruitment or employee engagement in your HR program?
  • Have you adopted a cloud-based Human Resource Management system or Human Capital Management system? What was your roadmap? Challenges? Successes?

6:30pm - 7:00pm  Networking Break

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

8:00pm - 9:00pm  Social Hour


Your Community Partners

National Thought Leader
National Sponsors
Local Sponsors
Global Thought Leader

Community Program Managers

For inquiries related to this community, please reach out to your dedicated contacts.

Joey Freedman

Program Manager


Emily Allen

Content Manager