New York CHRO Executive Summit

May 31, 2023 | Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel

May 31, 2023
Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with New York'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:

Developing leaders to drive organizational outcomes

Maturing diversity, equity and inclusion strategies

Cultivating a cohesive organizational culture

New York 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

Mike Bokina

Hanwha Group
Chief Human Resources Officer, Hanwha USA

Mike Prutting

Bigelow Tea
Vice President, Human Resources

Bala Sathyanarayanan

Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer

Kelly Slieter


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 New York 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 30, 2023

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

Governing Body Welcome Reception

Governing Body members host this dinner for attendees to launch the event with an evening of peer networking.

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

8:30am - 9:15am  Keynote

A New Approach for a Cultural Constant

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Stephanie Kramer

Chief Human Resources Officer

L'Oreal USA

Pregnancy is a profound journey. Navigating it can be a push and pull between a desire for privacy and the need for empowered support. This is a point of attrition for working women, but what if it became one of retention?

This keynote with Stephanie Kramer, CHRO at  L’Oréal USA and Author of “Carry Strong: An Empowered Approach to Pregnancy and Work” will explore:

  • Insights and impact to the female employee pipeline for CHROs
  • The five phases of your someday and pregnant employees
  • Leveraging five core principles – perspective, balance, community, communication and identity

9:15am - 9:40am  Networking Break

9:40am - 10:25am  Breakout Session

Pay Transparency — Advancing Organizations & Growing Culture

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Caryn Angelson

CHRO & Chief Legal Officer

Tokio Marine North America, Inc

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Cassandra Lammers

Senior Vice President, Total Rewards

New York Times

Expanding pay transparency legislative requirements have HR leaders debating the risks and benefits, and the best approaches to compliance. A more holistic compensation strategy that embraces transparency can flip this seemingly daunting requirement into a key asset for your employee value proposition. Join to discuss how pay transparency can advance your organization and transform your culture — for the better.

This session will explore:

  • Common myths and misunderstandings about pay transparency
  • Strategies to successfully advance pay transparency in your organization
  • Lessons learned from pay transparency journeys

9:40am - 10:25am  Breakout Session

Becoming a Human-Centered Organization

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Rosette Cataldo

HR Leader and Advisor


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Will Guillaume Foussier

CEO and Founder


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Melanie Staff-Parsons

Global Head, Executive Talent Management


More than ever before, employees are looking for purpose, meaning and their work to complement their lives holistically. CHROs can meet the moment by providing opportunities to grow and develop personally and professionally.

This session will explore how to:

  • Establish principles of human-centered leadership in your organization
  • Empower leaders to support employee development
  • Connect values and purpose to work to boost engagement 

9:40am - 10:25am  Executive Boardroom

Tapping Into Leadership Potential

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Marlene Dunne

Chief Talent Advisor


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Roe Demonte


Turner Construction

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Caryn Ciaio

Chief Human Resources Officer


With turnover likely to remain high and a wave of retirements on the horizon, turning high-potentials into tomorrow’s leaders is a critical HR initiative. From re-tooling succession planning to developing talent, how can CHROs work to ensure their organizations are set up with strong leadership now and into the future?

In this session CHROs will discuss how to:

  • Build a more diverse pipeline of future roles
  • Optimize the fit and transition of leaders into new roles
  • Identify new approaches to prepare and grow HIPOs

10:25am - 11:00am  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.

11:00am - 11:45am  Breakout Session

Let's Crowdsource – Pulling the Right Levers for Retention

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Claudia Healy

Chief Human Resources Officer

Structure Tone

A high-turnover environment persists as CHROs also work to balance a stubbornly competitive labor market, economic strain and permanent changes to work models. To hold onto valuable and scarce talent, it will take more targeted strategies to appeal to different subsets of employees.

Join this interactive session ready to:

  • Share how you're identifying and acting on attrition risks
  • Explore retention strategies beyond compensation
  • Problem-solve with peers and consider new approaches to talent challenges

11:00am - 11:45am  Breakout Session

Delivering Impact With People Analytics

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Steve Holder

VP Solution Consulting


Effective people analytics is now mandatory for successful collaboration with the CEO, board and organization at large. Despite this directive, many HR leaders feel behind or limited when it comes to talent data. How can CHROs gain the right insight into the productivity, cost and efficiency of your people?

Join this session to discuss:

  • Improving transparency and fairness of people decisions 
  • Providing the business better insights around people
  • Building data-driven decisions into your culture

11:00am - 11:45am  Executive Boardroom

Transformation From the Bottom-Up

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Julie Chien

Sr. People Partner


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Horst Gallo

Chief People Officer

Orion Innovation

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Craig Spickett

Chief People Officer

Godiva Chocolatier

Through any type of organizational transformation — whether digital, M&A or cultural — change management is a critical piece for CHROs to support. How can HR leaders approach transformations from a bottom-up perspective that puts employees first?

Join this session to discuss ways to:

  • Increase the success of business transformations
  • Equip managers to effectively lead change initiatives 
  • Prevent change fatigue proactively

11:00am - 11:45am  Executive Boardroom

Leading in a Paradoxical World — Re-Inventing Our Relationship with Change

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Jan Bruce



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Robin Milberg

CHRO, Americas

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

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Deni Stott

Chief People & Culture Officer


CHROs are constantly tackling competing priorities in an ever-changing landscape. The dust will never settle: volatility and uncertainty define the operating environment. How do we support our people to stay resilient in the face of change?

Come together with your peers to tackle approaches to:

  • Balance employee productivity with flexibility
  • Upskill burdened managers to support their teams’ wellbeing
  • How to play offense and defense at the same time and plan for the future with optimism while remaining realistic about challenges

11:45am - 12:30pm  Lunch Service

12:30pm - 1:05pm  Keynote

Why Your Talent Needs Community and Recognition Now

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Alexander Lovell, PhD

Director, Research and Assessment

O.C. Tanner

Creating a strong workplace community is essential to meet the evolving challenges of 2023. Yet, new research from the O.C. Tanner Institute reveals how burnout and isolation among leaders and employees are threatening culture and organizational success. These challenges need fresh strategies to create a thriving workplace community.

Join this session to learn: 

  • Insights from the perspectives of 38,000 leaders and employees worldwide
  • Best practices for fortifying leaders and growing generalists in an era of change
  • Ways symbolic, integrated recognition create a strong sense of community for all

1:05pm - 1:30pm  Break

1:30pm - 2:15pm  Breakout Session

Talk the Walk — Communicating with Empathy Across a Global Workforce

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Mark Mohammadpour

Chief Well-Being Officer and Founder

Chasing the Sun

Because future leaders are inspired by how we lead, it’s important we design a micro-employee culture within our teams with the potential to flourish beyond the walls of our workstream. In the meantime, we are change management leaders living in a constant world of disruption and turmoil at every step. Designing an optimal culture starts with ensuring we take an empathetic approach to communicating with our team. This highly interactive session will leave attendees with immediate takeaways to communicate with empathy to improve the well-being of their teams and inspire leaders across their organizations to make impactful changes.

Join this session to learn:

  • The power of empathy to inspire the next generation of leaders
  • Examples of when to be sympathetic, when to be empathetic, and when to be compassionate
  • Communication strategies to reduce stress and anxiety across your team

1:30pm - 2:15pm  Breakout Session

Social and Cultural Forces Shaping Workers and Work

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Martha Bird

Chief Business Anthropologist


Where, why, when and how people work provide dynamic meanings. ADP’s Worker Identity Research Collaboration (WIRC) developed new insights derived from a diverse set of workers across industries. Identified are four key themes that reveal how people feel about work and offer a rare glimpse into the state of workforce culture. This anthropological lens can benefit leaders as they seek to strengthen their respective organizations.

Join this session to learn about these influences on workers:

  • The risk of staying with one employer for too long
  • The effects of digital tools and the “when” of work
  • Burnout, social issues and systemic change

1:30pm - 2:15pm  Executive Boardroom

Succession Planning That Sticks

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Derek Lusk

Managing Director of Executive Assessment, President of AIIR Analytics

AIIR Consulting

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Gretchen Reising


Jackson Lewis

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Aisha Thomas-Petit

Chief People & Diversity Officer

AMC Networks

Even the most thoughtful succession plans risk failure in today’s world of rapid change and frequent disruption. With leadership skills shifting and roles of the future uncertain, how can CHROs use new tools and technology to develop a succession plan that can actually come to fruition?

Join this session to discuss:

  • New trends and emerging technology in succession management
  • Overcoming common challenges in executing a succession plan
  • Metrics for assessing succession plan health

1:30pm - 2:15pm  Executive Boardroom

DE&I for the Long Game

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Laura Agharkar

Global Head of Diversity, Equity and Culture


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Celeste Schneider

Chief People Officer

National Grid

Organizations are facing a unique triple squeeze — inflation, talent and global supply disruption are all creating new day-to-day pressures. As focus shifts, CHROs must consciously work to keep diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives from moving to the back burner, instead positioning them as opportunities to ensure long-term resilience.

Join this session to discuss how to:

  • Keep DE&I tied to mission-critical priorities amid uncertainty
  • Maintain progress despite budgetary constraints
  • Secure talent stability by strengthening core values

2:15pm - 2:50pm  Networking Break

2:20pm - 2:45pm  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.

2:50pm - 3:35pm  Breakout Session

Working Together — The CEO-CHRO Partnership

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Deborah Borg

Chief HR, Communications and DE&I Officer

International Flavors and Fragrances

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Denise Lowsley

Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer

Hanover Insurance Group

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Anna Krasniewska

GVP, Advisory - HR Practice


At the intersection of talent strategy and business success sits the CEO-CHRO relationship, which requires a solid foundation of mutual support. As talent initiatives continue to be front and center for organizations, what steps can CHROs take to ensure the relationship with the CEO is as strong as possible?

Join this session as CHROs discuss:

  • Evolving into a talent-led organization with CEO commitment
  • Building talent initiatives into the long-term business strategy
  • Strengthening the CEO-CHRO partnership

2:50pm - 3:35pm  Breakout Session

Saving a Struggling Culture

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Tanner Runia

President & COO


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Isaiah Bryson

Vice President of Customer Success


In challenging times, it’s easy to play the culture blame game, but CHROs can change that. The health of your organization and culture depends on HR leaders stepping up and taking action. What are common myths surrounding employee engagement and the keys to a total rewards strategy for future success?

Join this session to explore:

  • How employee engagement and total rewards are intrinsically tied together
  • The tangible ROI of engagement and how to better measure its impact
  • Specific strategies to improve your total rewards offerings

2:50pm - 3:35pm  Executive Boardroom

AI is Here — How Should HR Leaders Respond?

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Gracie Mercado

Executive Vice President, Human Resources


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Rachana Sampat

CHRO North America


According to Gartner, 94% of businesses plan to deploy some form of artificial intelligence by 2025. HR leaders are being tasked with not only rolling out new processes, but ensuring the technology being implemented remains fair and unbiased in its recommendations.

This session will focus on:

  • Understanding common applications of AI and its impact on work and talent
  • Preparing for and addressing the ethical implications of AI in HR technology
  • Knowing AI's power to transform hiring and compliance processes

3:35pm - 4:00pm  Break

4:00pm - 4:35pm  Keynote

Molding Modern Leaders

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Obed Louissaint

Chief People Officer & Senior Vice President


No organization can drive results without highly adept leadership and a strong bench of successors. Join Obed Louissaint, Chief People Officer & SVP at Aptiv as he draws from two decades of career lessons at IBM for this engaging keynote on how CHROs should approach leadership development in the new era of work. 

This keynote will explore: 

  • The importance of leadership development that is tightly woven into business strategy
  • Strategies for developing teams, not just leaders
  • Defining the modern leader

4:35pm - 5:00pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

May 30, 2023

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Venue & Accommodation

Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 888-627-7067. Please mention Evanta Group Rate to ensure the appropriate room rate.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $299 USD (plus tax) is May 8, 2023.

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