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 - 8:45am CST Virtual Summit Keynote

DE&I — A Movement Not a Moment

Kamy Scarlett headshot

Kamy Scarlett

Chief Human Resources Officer

Best Buy

Rachel Schwalbach headshot

Rachel Schwalbach

Director of ESG and Corporate Responsibility

C.H. Robinson

Cecilia Stanton Adams headshot

Cecilia Stanton Adams

Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America

Jared Nypen headshot

Jared Nypen

VP, Talent

Great Clips

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

Transforming Learning and Development

Jenny Guldseth headshot

Jenny Guldseth

Chief Human Resources Officer

Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America

Kelly Palmer headshot

Kelly Palmer

Chief Learning Officer


Jim Williams headshot

Jim Williams

SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer


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

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

Mental Health — Continuing the Conversation

Ruth Hafoka Gutierrez headshot

Ruth Hafoka Gutierrez

SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer

BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota

Patience Ferguson headshot

Patience Ferguson

Chief Human Resources Officer

City of Minneapolis

Kristi Fox headshot

Kristi Fox

Chief Human Resources Officer

Securian Financial

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. It's not surprising that COVID-19 has raised the urgency to find solutions aimed at improving the health of millennials and caregivers, both of whom face concerning mental and physical health challenges that are being magnified by the pandemic.

Join this virtual boardroom session to discuss:

  • Best practices for optimizing behavioral health benefits
  • Targeted focus on the behavioral health of millennials and caregivers
  • Scaling and sustaining mental health and wellbeing benefits

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

Employee Engagement — More Than a Metric

Laurie Marsh headshot

Laurie Marsh

EVP, Human Resources


Erin Feigal headshot

Erin Feigal

SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer

Prime Therapeutics

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

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

Leveraging AI for Talent Development and Retention

Kamal Ahluwalia headshot

Kamal Ahluwalia



Srini Nallasivan headshot

Srini Nallasivan

Chief Analytics Officer

US Bank

With 2021 promising continued uncertainty, it's imperative for your business to identify, retain, and develop the right talent to meet the challenges ahead. Forward-looking organizations are already taking full advantage of powerful technologies like artificial intelligence to build the workforce of the future.
This keynote session will cover:

  • What future of the global workforce looks like
  • Jobs lost, jobs gained, jobs changed - how AI can make you more proactive in managing talent
  • How data and AI will change expectations of HR and business leaders

10:45am - 11:00am CST Break

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

Build the New World of Work on a Foundation of People Success

Pat Schmitt headshot

Pat Schmitt

VP, Organizational Effectiveness & CHRO

UCare Health

Alice Wastag headshot

Alice Wastag

Sr. People Science Consultant


Janet Hogan headshot

Janet Hogan

SVP, Human Resources


The path to the new world of work is different for each organization. But businesses that listen to their employees and help them adapt to change will set themselves up for long-term success.

In this session you will explore how to:

  • Respond rapidly to your organization’s changing needs
  • Create a thoughtful recovery plan that’s tailored to your unique situation
  • Transform your strategy for long-term success by putting your people at the center

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

Wellness, Wellbeing and Everything in Between

Nikki Salenetri headshot

Nikki Salenetri

VP of HR


Kelly Baker headshot

Kelly Baker

EVP, Chief Human Resources Officer


Carol Grannis headshot

Carol Grannis

Chief Self Esteem Builder

Self Esteem Brands

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

Sustaining the Present While Planning for the Future

Michael Rossman headshot

Michael Rossman

Chief Human Resources Officer

Hennepin County Minnesota

Carrie Heimer headshot

Carrie Heimer

Chief Human Resources Officer

Red Wing Shoes

The future of work is far from defined, as organizations grapple with how to scale and sustain work in a remote environment, while balancing workplace culture and employee engagement. Absent a playbook of how to manage the many moving pieces, HR leaders must collaborate to share ideas and challenges they're facing.

Join this virtual boardroom to discuss:

  • Sustaining engagement in a long term remote environment
  • Challenges to maintaining workplace culture 
  • Changes to business operations and decision making strategy


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