Houston CHRO Virtual Executive Summit

December 10, 2020 | 8:00am - 12:30pm CST

December 10, 2020 | 8:00am - 12:30pm CST

Collaborate with your peers

Come together with your peers virtually to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Houston CHRO Virtual Executive Summit.

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

The Future of Work and Organizational Culture

Actionable Strategy for DE&I

Employee Sentiment and Engagement


Bill Ennis

Academy Sports + Outdoors

Mayerland Harris

H.E.B. Grocery
Group Vice President of Talent

Katy Theroux

Cornerstone Building Brands

Shibu Varghese

MD Anderson Cancer Center
Senior Vice President, People and Business Operations


December 10, 2020

8:00am - 8:45am  CST Virtual Summit Keynote

DE&I — A Movement Not a Moment

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Tamla Oates-Forney

Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer

Waste Management

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Tiana Carter

Senior Director, Culture & Engagement

Waste Management

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Melinda Guerra-Reeves

Chief Volunteer and HR Officer

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace has been a goal for decades, but this year the call for meaningful change has caused organizations to shift that goal to one of their top priorities. As leaders of people and culture, CHROs must blaze a path for the movement, taking action that propels the organization forward.

Join this keynote session to hear HR leaders discuss:

  • The present and future of diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Substantive actions organizations can take in advancing DE&I
  • Road maps to impact change

8:45am - 9:00am  CST Break

9:00am - 10:00am  CST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Mental Health — Continuing the Conversation

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Paula Sacks

SVP, CHRO, Communications & Sustainability Officer


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Megan Soltura

VP, Global Human Resources

Crane Worldwide Logistics

Mental health and wellbeing benefits are now a top priority for HR leaders, as employees struggle with prolonged uncertainty and fears for the health and safety of their households. The workplace has quickly become a social safety net as employers work to support employees in an unprecedented way.

Join this virtual boardroom session to discuss:

  • Trends in EAP usage
  • Tips for recognizing and supporting employees who need assistance
  • Scaling and sustaining mental health and wellbeing benefits

9:00am - 10:00am  CST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Learning and Development Without Boundaries

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Aaron Sobel


Diamond Offshore Drilling

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Shibu Varghese

Senior Vice President, People and Business Operations

MD Anderson Cancer Center

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Dimitri Boylan

CEO & Founder


Developing critical skills is not a static process, and HR leaders need solutions that meet employees when and where they learn. How can organizations address the principal stages of employees’ careers, build individual skills, and collectively drive better capabilities at every level of the enterprise?

Join this boardroom session and you will:

  • Explore how to provide a next-level learning experience
  • Share successful strategies to identify and advance your talent
  • Discuss the latest learning techniques to ensure growth meets potential

9:00am - 10:00am  CST Virtual Summit Boardroom

All Onboard — Employee Onboarding During Disruption

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Linda Aldred


Texas Children's Hospital

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Laura Ramey


TRC Companies, Inc.

Onboarding is pivotal in establishing a strong company culture and employee experience. Many HR leaders are adjusting and getting creative as they navigate the process in remote environments. 

Join this virtual boardroom to discuss:

  • Strategies to ensure a smooth remote onboarding process

  • Instilling culture and values for remote new hires

  • How to support new employees during times of great change

10:00am - 10:45am  CST Virtual Summit Keynote

Reimagining Employee Engagement in the New World of Work

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Carson Tate

Author and Thought Leader

Guest Speaker

Work has radically and fundamentally changed. Commutes are gone, meetings are virtual and employers are figuring out how to engage a remote workforce facing unprecedented stressors. HR leaders are helping lead organizations through great change, and maintaining employee engagement is a critical business objective.

Join this virtual keynote to learn:

  • How to manage the employer-employee social contract
  • Strategies for creating a vibrant and meaningful professional relationship
  • Tips to make employee engagement strategy scalable and sustainable

10:45am - 11:00am  CST Break

11:00am - 12:00pm  CST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Wellness, Wellbeing and Everything in Between

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Lori Knowles

SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer

Memorial Hermann Healthcare System

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Jeremy O'Brien

VP HR - Honeywell Process Solutions


Wellness is different in 2020. As people struggle to balance home and work while coping with unprecedented uncertainty and stress, taking time for self-care is vital to resiliency. Employers have stepped up in many ways to support the workforce, and employees are taking advantage of these resources in record numbers.

Join this virtual boardroom to discuss:

  • How wellness benefits correlate with employee engagement
  • Trends in wellbeing and how employers can support the workforce
  • The future of wellness in a remote environment

11:00am - 12:00pm  CST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Employee Engagement — More Than a Metric

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Bill Ennis


Academy Sports + Outdoors

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Sue Netherton

VP, People, Training & Development

Waste Connections

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Carson Tate

Author and Thought Leader

Guest Speaker

Maintaining an engaged workforce as employees navigate personal stress and an uncertain future is a challenge all HR leaders are facing. Monitoring and acting on employee sentiment is a necessary lever for employers to pull to maintain engagement and productivity.

Join this virtual boardroom to discuss:

  • Trends in employee sentiment and engagement
  • Meaningful actions employers can take to support the workforce
  • Lessons learned after a year of disruption

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For inquiries related to this event, please reach out to your dedicated program contact.

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Program Manager