Minneapolis CHRO Executive Summit

May 8, 2024 | Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

May 8, 2024
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Minneapolis's top CHROs to tackle shared business challenges and critical priorities facing your role today. Participate in this one-day, local program with peer-driven topics and interactive discussions with your true C-level peers.

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

Unlocking Human-Centric Leadership to Improve Talent Development Processes

Reshaping a Corporate Culture that Exemplifies Efficiency and Resiliency

Identifying, Growing and Retaining Employees with the Skills Your Business Requires

Minneapolis 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

Elcio Barcelos

U.S. Bank
Senior Executive Vice President, CHRO

Patience Ferguson

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
SVP, Human Resources and Inclusion

Laurie Marsh

EVP and CHRO Human Resources

Julie Sexton

Land O'Lakes

What to Expect

Interactive Sessions

Hear from CHRO practitioners and thought leaders on how they're solving critical challenges impacting your role today in Keynote sessions, and join smaller, interactive discussions with your peers in Breakout and Boardroom sessions.

Community Networking

Make new connections and catch up with old friends in casual conversations during dedicated time for networking designed to better acquaint you with your Minneapolis CHRO community.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting through Evanta's Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.


May 8, 2024

7:45am - 8:30am  Registration & Breakfast

8:30am - 9:15am  Keynote

Winning with Accountability — Strategies to Build a High Performing Organization

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Henry Evans

Best-selling Author, "Winning With Accountability"

Guest Speaker

An organization needs to focus on its culture and strategy in tandem so business results can flourish. Challenging by nature, these topics are often approached separately, disrupting the equilibrium of the organization. When leaders are focused on becoming a high-performing organization, with a high degree of trust, they create a competitive advantage. 

Join this working session with author Henry Evans to: 

  • Learn how accountability and emotional safety® together drive exceptional results 
  •  Identify a real-world, real-time challenge and learn accountability tools to overcome 
  •  Explore how to accelerate strategy execution

9:15am - 9:40am  Networking Break

9:40am - 10:25am  Breakout Session

Reimagining a New People-Centric Future

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Alexander Lovell, PhD

Director, Research and Assessment

O.C. Tanner

Organizations face increased expectations to place their people at the center of business—and the next step is making that practical for all involved. Hear the latest research on how organizations everywhere can cultivate nimble resiliency amid change and enhance their people experience to create a future that allows employees to stay, feel fulfilled, and do their best work.

Join this session to learn:

  • Leading with practical empathy
  • Supporting the critical 80%
  • Achieving equitable flexibility

9:40am - 10:25am  Executive Boardroom

Modifying Org Design for an Efficient Future

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Samantha Bergeson


Patterson Companies, Inc.

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JaAn Scofield-Meche

VP, People Strategy & Experience

Minnesota Wild

The complexities of the modern workforce are reshaping the landscape of business operations and redefining employee responsibilities. In the midst of this ongoing transformation, CHROs must be agile in prioritizing current business needs while championing the development of essential skills.

In this session, CHROs will discuss:

  • Reorganizing the business to ensure efficient workflows and resource allocation
  • Utilizing emerging technologies for employee development
  • Structuring organizational design for hybrid work

9:40am - 10:25am  Executive Boardroom

Futureproofing Skillsets with Strategic Planning

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Rachael Sullivan


Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

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Amy Weaver

Vice President, Human Resources

Braun Intertec

A Gartner study found 33% of the skills needed in an average job posting from 2019 are no longer necessary in 2024. As job responsibilities continue to evolve, CHROs must anticipate the versatility of future skillsets. Shifting from a tactical short term approach to a strategic long term plan can set the workforce up for success.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Planning for challenges that result in talent gaps
  • Anticipating evolving job responsibilities
  • Implementing a formal development program aimed at future skills

10:25am - 11:05am  Networking Break

10:30am - 10:55am  Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a one-on-one setting through Evanta’s Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.

11:05am - 11:50am  Breakout Session

Strengthening Teams with Performance Management

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Jared Nypen

VP, Talent & HR

Great Clips

Most organizations are reevaluating their performance management systems to better align with business goals and cultivate essential skills in an evolving landscape. At Great Clips, a complete overhaul offered avenues to inform leadership development strategies and modernize talent review processes with flexibility.

Join this case study for insights on:

  • Ensuring employees receive necessary feedback to support growth and development
  • Adapting external inspiration to suit your organizational needs and culture
  • Implementing change management techniques to enhance employee engagement and buy-in

11:05am - 11:50am  Executive Boardroom

Increasing Frontline Worker Loyalty Through Ownership

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Jason Lee

Founder; CEO

Salt Labs

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Margeaux King

VP & CHRO - Human Resources & Corporate Affairs

The Toro Co

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Julie Sexton


Land O'Lakes

Employers want their employees to act like owners, and employees want the results and benefits from being owners. We explore how modern approaches to employee rewards & recognition can drive an ownership culture at work, which can be highly motivating and enhance worker financial wellness and employer loyalty alike.

Join this roundtable discussion to explore ways to:

  • Drive an ownership mentality among your frontline employees
  • Engage your frontline workers by leveraging behavioral science principles
  • Design a highly effective rewards program that fits the needs of your workforce

11:05am - 11:50am  Executive Boardroom

Turning Pushback Into Progress on DEI

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Patience Ferguson

SVP, Human Resources and Inclusion

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

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Michael Pulcanio

Chief Human Resources Officer

Schwans Co

Gartner research finds organizational stances on diversity, equity and inclusion remain largely unchanged despite recent headlines pointing to a nationwide backlash. To ensure leadership and employee buy-in, CHROs must embed DEI values into their business strategy while communicating with transparency.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Navigating internal and external friction surrounding DEI efforts
  • Maturing initiatives by integrating accountability and ownership
  • Training leaders to cultivate an inclusive organizational culture

11:50am - 12:35pm  Lunch Service

12:35pm - 1:10pm  Keynote

HR Gamechanger – Utilizing AI for Workforce Management

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Nico Roberts

Chief Business Officer


CHROs can leverage AI to transform the entire workforce management process, providing personalized experiences for future candidates from the initial application to post-hire. By adopting AI-driven solutions, HR leaders can automate screening and qualification processes, expanding their reach to a larger pool of candidates and accelerating the hiring timeline.

In this keynote session, discover how conversational AI can:

  • Streamline the candidate pipeline, ensuring top talent moves through efficiently
  • Boost applicant numbers while enhancing recruiter productivity
  • Minimize candidate wait times between application phases, improving overall candidate experience

1:10pm - 1:35pm  Break

1:35pm - 2:20pm  Breakout Session

Future Ready – Enhancing C-Suite Collaboration on AI

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Kelly Aronson

Chief Digital Officer

Andersen Corporation

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Karen Richard


Andersen Corporation

As artificial Intelligence reshapes business processes, enhances workforce efficiency and revolutionizes the HR technology landscape, developing an aligned vision across the C-suite can drive innovation while addressing potential challenges.

This CHRO-CIO fireside chat will explore ways to:

  • Foster impactful cross-functional collaboration
  • Leverage the CIO’s viewpoint to enrich the integration of AI in HR
  • Use AI to drive organizational agility and competitive advantage

1:35pm - 2:20pm  Executive Boardroom

Evolving Succession Planning for 2024

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Leslie Greves

EVP, Human Resources


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Lynnette Heath



Amid relentless internal and external disruptions, succession plans become even more essential but more vulnerable to becoming outdated. How can CHROs monitor and strengthen their bench, ensuring the right leaders will be ready at the right time?

Join this session to discuss:

  • Rebuilding and diversifying depleted leadership pipelines
  • Creating adaptable succession plans in a changing environment
  • Aligning successors to future organizational needs

1:35pm - 2:20pm  Executive Boardroom

Rediscovering Connection in a Hybrid World

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Paula Cooney

Chief Human Resources Officer


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Robin Ritter

Chief Human Resources Officer


Nearly half of HR leaders say employees’ connection to culture is compromised by hybrid work. And in the thick of unprecedented demand for talent, businesses are struggling with high turnover. Leaders must work to align and connect employees to the organization by giving their teams tools to create sustainable workplaces.

In this session, you’ll learn how to:

  • Empower employees to see their value in the workplace
  • Encourage in-person experiences to build a sense of belonging
  • Create new and unique opportunities to retain employees

2:20pm - 3:00pm  Networking Break

2:25pm - 2:50pm  Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a one-on-one setting through Evanta’s Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.

3:00pm - 3:45pm  Breakout Session

Increasing HR's Influence Through Moments of Transition

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Sue Ross

SVP, Chief Human Resources & Communications Officer

Maurices Incorporated

Executive transitions can introduce change, uncertainty and risk. CHROs play a pivotal role in helping new leaders understand existing culture and values, giving them room to make their mark while ensuring organizational stability. 

In this session, CHROs will learn how to: 

  • Build a transition plan to set up incoming senior leaders for success 
  • Position themselves as a trusted advisor and navigate key relationships 
  • Ready the workforce for strategic and operational change

3:00pm - 3:45pm  Executive Boardroom

Harnessing the Power of Workforce Data and Talent Analytics

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Julie Cosgrove

Chief Talent Officer

Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union

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April King

VP, Chief Human Resource Officer


In an era when the way of working is in flux, CHROs must rely on data and analytics to inform key decisions about organizational design and workforce strategy. With the right tools and metrics, HR leaders can accurately plan for the future workforce and most efficient way to structure teams and departments. 

Join your peers to explore: 

  • Discussing successes and challenges of utilizing data-driven insights
  • Understanding which metrics can help pinpoint the future needs of the workforce
  • Identifying innovative ways of using HR data to remain competitive

3:00pm - 3:45pm  Executive Boardroom

Moments That Matter in Today's Employee Experience

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Nathan Weaver

SVP Human Resources, Communications & ESG

H.B. Fuller Company

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Brian McGonegal

Vice President, Global Human Resources

Digi International

With the way of working in-flux, leaders must create an environment of trust with employees. In putting people first, HR leaders can foster an authentic culture, inspiring workers to perform at a higher level and grow with the organization.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Improving engagement through leadership
  • Finding solutions to help prevent employee burnout
  • Engaging the workforce with empathy to increase retention

3:45pm - 4:10pm  Break

4:10pm - 4:45pm  Keynote

Leading Through Change — Boosting Resiliency

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Katie Larson


Hormel Foods

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Erin Freshwater

Head of Learning, Talent, & Organizational Development

Hormel Foods

In 2024, organizations are faced with a new chapter of change, fueled by transforming technology, updated processes, and evolving business models. How can CHROs successfully lead through change to make significant strides in motivating, retaining and cultivating a more resilient and future-ready organization?

Join this session to learn about:

  • Implementing initiatives that support changing business priorities
  • Aligning strategy to meet the needs of the future workforce
  • Mitigating change fatigue by adopting a new change approach

4:45pm - 5:00pm  Closing Comments and Prize Drawing

5:00pm - 7:30pm  Networking

Governing Body Reception

Governing Body members host this reception for attendees to close out the event with an evening of peer networking.

May 8, 2024

We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming in-person gathering

Evanta cares about the health and safety of our community. Please review the following recommendations prior to attending the gathering.


Venue & Accommodation

Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 612-370-1234. Please mention G-EV24 to ensure the appropriate room rate.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $239 USD (plus tax) is April 15, 2024.

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Chase Schweitzer

Community Program Manager

+1 (971) 230-3571