New York CHRO Virtual Executive Summit

May 18, 2021 | 8:00am - 3:00pm EDT

May 18, 2021 | 8:00am - 3:00pm EDT


Collaborate with your peers

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

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

Establishing substantial transformation in the way of diversity, equity and inclusion

Managing through change and reimagining organizational design for the new way of work

Growing leaders to manage with empathy while developing tomorrow's talent


Laura Cushing

Chief Human Resources Officer

Ruth Ferguson

Related Companies
SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer

Paul Marchand


Douglas Parks

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

Mike Prutting

Fujifilm North America Corp
Chief Human Resources Officer

What to Expect

Connect with your CHRO community through a variety of different session formats at the upcoming Virtual Executive Summit. You'll have the opportunity to listen, engage and create lasting relationships with like-minded peers.


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

Meet the Speakers

Don't miss this opportunity to meet with CHRO practitioners and industry thought leaders who shared their insights on the agenda. Come with questions and get ready to meet new friends in this casual session designed to foster peer connections and collaboration in the New York community.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting through Evanta's Peer-to-Peer Meetings. Be sure to opt in when you register and get matched based on your key priorities.


May 18, 2021

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

Skills, Not Credentials — The New Currency of Work

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Janice Burns

Chief Career Experience Officer


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Ted Fleming

Head of Talent Development


Upskilling is essential when you’re preparing an organization to take on the future because skills are the key to driving learning relevancy and personalization. CHROs need to bring learning and talent together to create a holistic career experience. In this session, you will learn how to create an innovative and agile workforce that stays resilient amid the most unpredictable challenges through upskilling.

In this session, you will explore:

  • Why organizations should evolve their focus from credentials to skills
  • How skills influence career development at the organization and individual level
  • The importance of clarifying skills vs. competencies and creating a taxonomy

8:45am - 9:00am  EDT Break

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

Fostering Innovation Through Employee Engagement

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Jay Caldwell

VP of HR, Global Product & Technology


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Claudia Healy

Chief Human Resources Officer

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Elizabeth Norberg

Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer

Foot Locker

HR has the power to guide enterprise strategy into reality. To do this, it is critical that HR leaders reinvigorate their workforce, help employees feel invested in the C-suite’s vision and foster an environment that sets the organization on a course of engagement, entrepreneurship and innovation.

In this virtual boardroom, discuss how to:

  • Enable a flexible workforce that weathers challenges and retains top talent
  • Get buy-in from employees beyond engagement scores and surveys
  • Create an employee experience enriched by your core values

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

Sourcing Top Talent for Tomorrow

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Charles Mah

Chief Evangelist


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David McCauley

Sr. Vice President, Global Head of Human Resources Group

Allied World Assurance Company

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Bala Sathyanarayanan

Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer


Because of ongoing disruption and the evolving work landscape, the organization’s talent and leadership expectations have changed. Business models have shifted, requiring a new approach to talent and teams as the enterprise makes way for the next wave of transformation.

Join this session as HR leaders discuss ways to: 

  • Create a robust people pipeline, sourcing candidates from outside the typical avenues 
  • Appeal to candidates with the skills and potential you’re looking for 
  • Attract diverse candidates and reduce bias while recruiting the most qualified applicants

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

Supporting Enterprise Transformation Amid Disruption

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Laura Cushing

Chief Human Resources Officer


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Kelly Slieter


Advansix Inc

As organizations adapt to remain competitive amidst rapid change, CHROs play a pivotal role in organization redesign and change management. As the rate of change accelerates into 2021, business transformation objectives must maintain a people-focused approach to mitigate change fatigue and maximize organizational effectiveness.

Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • Methods to engage all levels of the organization in driving change
  • The role HR should play in organization redesign
  • How organizational design strategy should evolve for the new ways of working

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

Shifting the Business Toward a Culture of Change

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Victoria Pelletier

Vice President, IBM North American Talent & Transformation practice


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Allison Pinkham

SVP, Chief People Officer

Heineken USA

Of all the challenges CHROs faced in 2020, one of the greatest came from inside the organization. For many, overcoming roadblocks stemming from internal cultural norms proved more difficult than expected. 

Join this session to discuss strategies for overcoming internal roadblocks to: 

  • Enhance your company’s approach to DE&I  
  • Develop a new generation of leaders  
  • Create a lasting culture of change that enables new business models

10:45am - 11:00am  EDT Break

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

Moving the Needle on Diversity

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DK Bartley

Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer


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Jim Minogue


Mizuho Bank

The enterprise’s path to racial equity received renewed attention last year amid global calls for racial justice. As organizations work to move the needle and create lasting change, how can they track their efforts while providing a new level of transparency to the workforce?

Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • Strategies to improve diverse sourcing, recruiting and retention
  • Methods of growing diverse talent and elevating them into leadership roles
  • KPIs the enterprise should be tracking around DEI

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

Changing the Culture of Wellness

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Jean-Carlo Donati

Head of Talent Development and Management

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

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Colleen Stratton

Global Leader, Workforce Development

SEI Investments

As the workforce strives to meet constant and evolving demands from the business, more employees are struggling with morale, fatigue and burnout. HR leaders are offering new resources to promote mental health and wellness and they’re getting creative with how they support employees.

Join this session as HR leaders discuss ways to:

  • Provide flexibility and ongoing aid to ensure employees are not overstretched
  • Create safe spaces for employees to open up about mental health
  • Promote and prioritize organizational wellness for the long-term

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

Aligning the Workplace for 2021 and Beyond

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Deborah Borg



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Margaret Lazo

Chief Human Resources Officer

Univision Communications

The impacts of 2020 are still being studied, and the effects on the workplace and the workforce have been significant and, in some cases, permanent. When designing the new world of work, HR leaders must consider many variables and develop a plan that is both flexible and future focused.

Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • Workplace strategy, corporate real estate holdings and workforce skill needs
  • Strategies to adapt forecast processes to account for frequent changes
  • Considerations for returning to the workplace and alignment with business objectives

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

Build the Workforce of the Future With AI

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Kamal Ahluwalia


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Devin Lipawsky

Head of Talent and Development

Capital One

The new realities surfaced by the pandemic - a shift to remote work, flexible work hours, and a focus on value-add activities - are accelerating how organizations adjust the ways they identify, retain, and develop high quality talent. Find out how forward-looking organizations are taking full advantage of powerful technologies like artificial intelligence to build the workforce of the future.

Join this virtual keynote to uncover:

  • How AI can enhance visibility into how work is being done
  • Benefits of using talent data insights to improve productivity
  • Use cases for talent retention and development using AI

12:45pm - 1:15pm  EDT Networking

Meet the Speakers

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Allison Pinkham

SVP, Chief People Officer

Heineken USA

Don't miss this opportunity to meet with CHRO practitioners and industry thought leaders who shared their insights on the agenda. Come with questions and get ready to meet new friends in this casual session designed to foster peer connections and collaboration in the New York community. 

1:15pm - 1:30pm  EDT Break

1:30pm - 3:00pm  EDT Virtual Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Meet virtually for in-depth conversations with your colleagues


Your Community Partners

CHRO Thought Leader
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Program Partners

New York CHRO Program Manager

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

Lynn Morrow

Senior Program Manager