New York CHRO Executive Summit

November 28, 2018 | The Conrad

November 28, 2018
The Conrad

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with your peers to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the New York CHRO Executive Summit.

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

New York CHRO Governing Body

The Governing Body Co-Chairs shape the summit agenda, ensuring that all content is driven by CHROs, for CHROs.


William Kane

Sumitomo Corporation

Roseann Lynch

Ralph Lauren Corp.
Executive Vice President & Chief People Officer

Paul Marchand

Charter Communications, Inc.

Douglas Parks

HealthNow New York, Inc.
Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer

Mike Prutting

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation
VP, Human Resources


November 27, 2018

6:00pm - 8:30pm  Governing Body Welcome Reception

One Mission. One Goal. One Team.

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Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour

America’s First African American Female Combat Pilot, Author

FlyGirl Enterprises

She answers to “FlyGirl” and make no mistake – Vernice FlyGirl Armour earned those wings. She flew the AH-1W SuperCobra attack helicopter during Operation Iraqi Freedom and became the first African-American female combat pilot in U.S. Armed Forces history. Drawing inspiration and leadership lessons straight from the heat of battle, FlyGirl challenges executives and organizations to “get gutsy” by harnessing the power of a Breakthrough Mentality Mindset and overcoming personal and professional setbacks. FlyGirl now travels the globe with one mission and one goal: to give you “permission to engage” your teams like never before.

November 28, 2018 - morning

7:00am - 7:45am  Registration & Breakfast

7:45am - 8:30am  Keynote

Why Focusing on Culture Works

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Claude Silver

Chief Heart Officer

Vayner Media

In this session Claude Silver will examine how to build successful teams rooted in emotional optimism to drive business outcomes.

8:30am - 9:00am  Networking Break

9:00am - 9:50am  Breakout Session

Preparing for the Future of Talent Analytics

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Arun Chidambaram

Global Head Talent Analytics


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Jesse Davidson

Global Head of People Analytics

21st Century Fox

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Deborah Borg


Bunge Limited

Everyone understands the infinite potential that analytics holds for HR, but how best can organizations tap into the power of their own data?

In this session you will:

  • Discuss how CHROs can prepare for the future of the function
  • Examine what skillsets are required to support a talent analytics function
  • Discover strategies to balance the needs of exploration of analytics while securing the support of leaders

9:00am - 9:50am  Breakout Session

Hourly Employees? How to Recruit and Retain Them in the Labor Crunch

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Geoff Gerks


G4s Secure Solutions

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Jason Lee


DailyPay, Inc.

Today’s chaotic labor market presents deep challenges for HR executives. Traditional employee benefits may not provide quantifiable results for large organizations. Offering an on-demand pay benefit is a cutting-edge way for HR to drive a company’s profitability and margins, regardless of the workforce demographic. Equally important, you are one step closer to giving your employees what they need, which in turn makes for an ultimately more engaged workforce.

In this session, we will:

  • Discuss the market forces contributing to today’s unprecedented labor market
  • Evaluate on-demand pay benefits that will expand your benefits portfolio and contribute to increasing recruitment and retainment
  • Hear from G4S Secure Solutions on how they’re improving their employee experience

9:00am - 9:50am  Executive Boardroom

Creating an Employee Culture That Influences Greatness

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James Johnstone

SVP, Human Resources


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Mary Opperman


Cornell University

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Gretchen Reising


Jackson Lewis

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Gary Beckstrand

VP, Marketing

O.C. Tanner

Every organization wants an engaged employee culture, but how do you know if you’ve got the right pieces in place to nurture this kind of community? How can HR identify which critical elements are needed to build an organizational culture that fuels engagement, drives success and empowers leaders?

In this session, you will:

  • Explore ways of applying a “whole-person” approach to your understanding of employee well-being and engagement
  • Discuss the meaning of organizational success
  • Examine how to provide a sense of opportunity and how to connect people to purpose

9:50am - 10:20am  Networking Break

10:20am - 11:10am  Breakout Session

How Cognitive Computing will Disrupt (and Improve) HR

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Stephen Kelly

VP & Global Head of HR


Today’s organizations face increasingly complex workforce challenges. Heightened expectations for a compelling employee experience are combining with the virtualization of the workplace, a growing demand for novel skillsets, and a continuing stream of new technology and data.

In this session, you will:

  • Discuss what cognitive is and isn’t
  • Examine how cognitive computing can drive value for employees and the organization
  • Discover how organizations can reinvent themselves

10:20am - 11:10am  Breakout Session

Modernizing Total Rewards

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Julie Gebauer

Head of Human Capital & Benefits

Willis Towers Watson

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Diya Luke

Metro New York Market Leader

Willis Towers Watson

In order to meet shifting talent needs and stay competitive in the modern labor market, HR Leaders are working to identify creative strategies to enhance total rewards offerings.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Keeping benefits packages fresh and relevant
  • Getting beyond compensation to find the latest in total rewards
  • Moving away from one-size-fits-all strategies

10:20am - 11:10am  Executive Boardroom

Recruiting in a Tight Labor Market

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Mike Prutting

VP, Human Resources

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation

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Dympna Purtill

Director, Human Resources

Marubeni-Itochu Steel America

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Tina Tromiczak

Senior Vice President


Talent acquisition professionals are faced with incredible challenges as recruiting evolves making innovative recruiting methods and trends vital for CHROs to understand when competing for top talent on a global scale. Record low unemployment rates, a candidate-driven market, more generations in the workforce than ever before and recruiting technology continues to advance at a rapid pace. Join this executive boardroom for an interactive conversation focused on future-forward strategies and creative techniques to improve company odds for finding the right talent when you need it most.

11:10am - 11:40am  Networking Break

November 28, 2018 - mid-afternoon

11:40am - 12:50pm  Keynote

The Necessary Evolution of Diversity and Inclusion – Building a Truly Inclusive Workplace

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Steve Pemberton



Diversity and Inclusion is top of mind for every organization. Yet, despite their best intentions, organizations continue to struggle to build truly inclusive workplaces. An inclusive workplace is best defined as a workplace where all employees feel a strong sense of belonging and are comfortable being who they are. Hear Steve Pemberton, Globoforce chief human resources officer, and former chief diversity officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance, share his own personal journey and draw upon his career and life experiences to highlight what it means to be different and how it feels to not belong and, most importantly, what to do about it.

12:50pm - 1:20pm  Networking Break

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Breakout Session

Rethinking Performance Management

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Jim Minogue


Guggenheim Partners

The performance-management landscape has shifted dramatically in the last few years. Practices once thought radical are now the new normal. Rating-free reviews, dynamic goal-setting, continuous performance conversations and crowdsourced feedback are taking the place of traditional methods.

In this session you will:

  • Examine how to approach compensation with on-going performance
  • Discuss talent and succession planning
  • Learn how Guggenheim Partners reinvented its approach

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Breakout Session

The Critical Link—Engaging Through Learning Development

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Greg Driscoll

Vice President North America


Tying in leadership development initiatives can make all the difference in the experience of employees. Discuss the current state of employee engagement, including key factors that have a direct influence on your organizations employee engagement results.

In this session you will:

  • Examine best practices to achieve higher levels of employee engagement
  • Explore what role HR should play in driving employee engagement
  • Dive into specific leadership competencies necessary to ensure improved engagement and employee performance

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Executive Boardroom

Financial Wellness – Identifying and Eliminating Roadblocks

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Tony Cydylo

SVP & GM, Human Resources

Marubeni America Corporation

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Peggy Pego


Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated

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Tom Waters

Senior Institutional DC Strategist, DC Investment Only

Franklin Templeton Investments

CHROs know how to help employees achieve retirement success by improving the effectiveness of their defined contribution plans. But there are many barriers to turning these known concepts into reality. Franklin Templeton Investments leads this interactive discussion about how retirement benefits fit within the broader benefits offering and what prevents organizations from taking action on design features that can lead to better financial outcomes. Come prepared to share best practices and success stories on making your defined contribution plan design a strategic business priority.

November 28, 2018 - afternoon

2:10pm - 2:30pm  Networking Break

2:30pm - 3:20pm  Breakout Session

Transitioning to the CHRO Role

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Ruth Ferguson

SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer

Related Companies

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Paul Marchand


Charter Communications, Inc.

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Sue Quackenbush


Vonage Holdings Corp.

Making the transition to the CHRO role can be a difficult one. In this session three new CHROs will have a conversation on the highs, lows, and everything in-between when entering into the new role.

In this session you will:

  • Examine how others have broken into the CHRO role and what advice they have for those looking to
  • Discuss greatest challenges in the role
  • Explore what has prepared other CHROs best for their current role

2:30pm - 3:20pm  Breakout Session

DATA – The Solution for Your Prescription Drug Costs

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Scott Martin

CEO and Chairman

Remedy Analytics

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Peggy Pego


Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated

No matter the industry, executives are keen on exploring ways to implement data and analytics capabilities to solve problems.

In this session you will:

  • Explore the use of data and analytics to identify, solve, police and measure runaway prescription drug costs
  • Examine case studies on how to impact the bottom line and save the enterprise money by using new technology

2:30pm - 3:20pm  Executive Boardroom

Enhancing the Employee Experience Through Digitalization

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Angela Blum-Finlay

SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer

Dime Community Bancshares Inc.

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Colleen Stratton

SVP, Human Resources

SEI Investments

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Gaylan Sankey

HR Transformation Leader


With every interaction — from onboarding new personnel to rolling out the latest system updates — HR executives have an opportunity to deliver an exceptional employee experience. By leveraging fresh tools and enabling cutting-edge technologies, organizations can save time, eliminate error and even generate revenue, all while positioning themselves as employers of choice.

Join this boardroom session and discuss:

  • Leveraging advancements in the consumer world to improve the employee experience
  • Ensuring employees have more direct access to information and support
  • Using technology to build truly meaningful impact on employees’ service experiences

3:20pm - 3:40pm  Networking Break

3:40pm - 4:20pm  Keynote

The Core of Teamwork and Performance – Appreciation and Authenticity

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Mike Robbins

Author & Thought Leader

"Nothing Changes Until You Do"

HR executives who are self-aware, genuine, and even vulnerable, create a culture where trusting relationships thrive and teams are motivated to focus on what truly matters. Join Mike Robbins as he exposes the most vital characteristics of being an exceptional leader and creating a championship organization — appreciation and authenticity. These key qualities unify and inspire teams to achieve goals and drive high performance. Robbins shares practical strategies for communicating with impact, building authentic relationships, and leading teams that bring out the best in themselves and others and generate measurable results.

4:20pm - 5:00pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing


Venue & Accommodation

The Conrad

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New York CHRO Program Manager

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

Danielle Gregoire

Business Development Manager