Minneapolis CHRO Virtual Executive Summit

December 1, 2020 | 8:00am - 1:15pm CST

December 1, 2020 | 8:00am - 1:15pm CST


Collaborate with your peers

Come together with your peers virtually to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Minneapolis 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


Ismat Aziz

US Bank
Chief Advocacy Officer

Patience Ferguson

City of Minneapolis
Chief Human Resources Officer

Melissa Kremer

EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer

Laurie Marsh

EVP, Human Resources

Carol Surface, Ph.D.

Chief Human Resources Officer


December 1, 2020

8:00am - 9:00am CST Virtual Summit Keynote

DE&I — A Movement Not a Moment

Kamy Scarlett headshot

Kamy Scarlett

Chief Human Resources Officer & President (U.S. Retail Stores)

Best Buy

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

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

Mental Health — Continuing the Conversation

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

Transforming Learning and Development

Transforming Learning and Development Remote work and restrictive travel policies have accelerated the pre-existing trend towards digital-first, on-demand learning and development. But delivery is only one aspect of L&D undergoing a transformation, as organizations rethink the roles and skills they need for the future. 

Join this virtual boardroom to discuss:

  • Aligning your L&D offerings with the changing demands of the business 
  • Meeting employee expectations of a consumer-like experience
  • Onboarding new workers in a remote environment

10:00am - 11:00am CST Virtual Summit Keynote

The Future of Work and HR Design

The future of work is now and CHROs are redesigning the HR function to deliver. In this keynote session, HR leaders discuss how their strategies, teams and structures are transforming in a new era of work.    

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

Culture Continuity in Disrupted Times

For many organizations, transitioning to remote work and making adjustments for frontline employees has caused a cultural upheaval. Preserving the organizational culture amidst disruption requires partnership across all levels of leadership and meaningful action to support the workforce.

Join this virtual boardroom to discuss:

  • How HR leaders are working to maintain culture in a disrupted environment
  • Strategies for keeping a dispersed workforce connected
  • How to empower all employees to be ambassadors of company culture

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

Employee Engagement — More Than a Metric

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

12:00pm - 12:45pm CST Virtual Summit Keynote

Closing Keynote


12:45pm - 1:15pm CST Networking

Community Discussion

An informal and interactive opportunity for you to network with peers in small groups. 


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

Allie Jacobius