Philadelphia CHRO Executive Summit

June 6, 2019 | Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing

June 6, 2019
Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with your peers to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Philadelphia 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

Philadelphia 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

Natalie Abbott

Saint-Gobain CertainTeed Corporation
Vice President of Human Resources

Larry Kleinman

Highmark Health

Kristie Pappal

Philadelphia Eagles
Vice President of Human Resources

Peggy Pego

Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated

John Rice

Carpenter Technology Corporation
VP, Human Resources

Nancy Stefanowicz

NFI Industries, Inc.
SVP, Human Resources


June 5, 2019

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

Executive Presence for Lasting Leadership

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Chris Ulrich

Body Language Expert & Political Consultant

Author & Thought Leader

Any given gesture — a nod, a point of the finger — unconsciously communicates powerful ideas and feelings that have tangible consequences. Top executives are generally proficient in their ability to interact with others, but the stakes are raised during high-level negotiations, reporting to the board, inspiring and empowering senior managers or dealing with tricky internal matters.

Join body language expert Chris Ulrich as he shares:

  • Why every movement and action is magnified in high-level situations
  • Tools and techniques to build rapport quickly
  • How executives can communicate more effectively

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

7:45am - 8:30am  Keynote

Encouraging Courage in Leadership

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Grace Killelea

Thought Leader & Author of "The Confidence Effect"

The GKC Group

In light of #MeToo, leaders have an urgent need to take a closer look at what can be done to create safe workplace environments, which promotes career growth for everyone, regardless of gender or ethnicity. Grace Killelea shows the benefits leadership development and skill-building have on talent, leadership and retention. 

In this session, she discusses:

  • Why it’s critical to provide improved coaching and feedback to leaders and direct reports
  • How to move beyond compliance to create alliance and develop a culture of repair, not retreat
  • How to increase emotional intelligence and self-awareness in all leaders

8:30am - 9:00am  Networking Break

9:00am - 9:50am  Breakout Session

Comprehensive Talent Solutions

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Joe Quinn

Former Senior Vice President, CHRO

LifeBridge Health

 With the current demand for talent, resourceful recruiting is essential for attracting the right people. HR leaders must employ effective methods to find and hire candidates that fit their company’s culture while meeting the strategic needs for continued growth.

Join this session to learn how LifeBridge Health:

  • Increased their onboarding rate three fold
  • Reduced cost to hire by 35%
  • Developed an executive recruiting strategy

9:00am - 9:50am  Breakout Session

Practical Uses for AI in HR

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Brad Mascho

Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer

NCI, Inc.

Artificial intelligence: It’s the new buzzword in the technology space. Everyone’s talking about it, but really … what is it? And what does it mean for you?

In this session, you will learn:

  • An overview of AI and its impact on workforce culture
  • The practical benefits AI can offer CHROs
  • Strategies for implementing and integrating AI to support your team

9:00am - 9:50am  Executive Boardroom

Maximize Business Value With a Next-Generation Employee Experience

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Nancy Stefanowicz

SVP, Human Resources

NFI Industries, Inc.

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Matt Parrish

HR Transformation Leader


With every initiative, HR executives have an opportunity to advance the business through delivering an exceptional employee experience. Powered by intelligent cross-functional digital workflows that mirror the modern consumer-style experience, organizations can unlock more productivity, and increase retention through a human-centered experience – all while positioning themselves as employers of choice.

Join this boardroom session and discuss:

  • Aligning overall people strategy to business outcomes
  • Using consumer grade technology to build truly meaningful employee experiences 
  • Keeping people at the center of all delivery decisions and enabling a self-service culture

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CHROs).

To reserve your seat, please contact:

Molly Harpel at 971-978-5048 or

9:50am - 10:20am  Networking Break

10:20am - 11:10am  Breakout Session

HR’s Role in Driving Digital Transformation

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Brian Kropp, Ph.D.

Group Vice President, HR Practice


As enterprises continue to focus on the future of work and strategize best practices for leveraging AI and analytics to deliver the best results, how can HR leaders position themselves as drivers of digital transformation?

Join Brian Kropp as he explores strategies to:

  • Shift leaders’ mind-sets on the talent implications of digital strategy
  • Attract, develop, and retain digital talent 
  • Facilitate enterprise-wide digital adaptation

10:20am - 11:10am  Breakout Session

Bringing Your Core Values to Life — Advancing Inclusion and Diversity Initiatives

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Lora Dikun

SVP Human Resources & Chief People Officer

Giant Eagle, Inc.

Every meeting, every customer interaction, every moment is an opportunity to put your company’s values into action. How are you, as HR leaders, thinking strategically about the day-to-day and how to elevate a people-first culture?

Join Lora Dikun  as she details how her work at Giant Eagle:

  • Reinforces enterprise core values everyday 
  • Raises awareness and encourages employee engagement
  • Brings their core values to life

10:20am - 11:10am  Executive Boardroom

Advancing Analytics as an HR Imperative

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John Rice

VP, Human Resources

Carpenter Technology Corporation

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Carol Pandza

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

AmeriHealth Caritas

As HR executives develop new strategies to implement data and analytics and turn key metrics into business insight, they must expand the capabilities of their teams to meet the business needs of the future.

Join this interactive session with your peers to explore how HR teams can:

  • Focus attention on relevant analytics
  • Develop analytic and predictive competencies
  • Implement data driven decision making

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CHROs).

To reserve your seat, please contact:

Molly Harpel at 971-978-5048 or

11:10am - 11:40am  Networking Break

11:40am - 12:50pm  Keynote

Winning Your Future Workforce

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Cara Capretta

Vice President, HCM Business Transformation Practice


Technology is changing the way we work, the type of people we need to hire and the way we capture their interest in joining and staying with our organizations. Cara Capretta explores roles of the future and how to assemble and build a workforce with the right skill sets.

Join Capretta as she unpacks how to:

  • Reinvent internal mobility through capability mapping, quick service learning and gig assignments
  • Embrace new jobs that emerge from AI and digital assistants in the workforce
  • Make work more collaborative and focused on human experiences

12:50pm - 1:20pm  Networking Break

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Breakout Session

Pivot to the People

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Barry Melnkovic


United States Steel Corporation

For U.S. Steel, building a unified strategy combining employee experience and comprehensive culture initiatives while validating and elevating enterprise values meant taking a progressive approach to benefits offerings and ensuring their ecosystem mirrored global perspectives.

Join this session to learn: 

  • Why supportive, inclusive cultures help deliver strategic business objectives
  • What tactical benefits enhancements represent beyond employee experience
  • How supporting a culture of caring leads to a focus on high-performance

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Breakout Session

Elevating Benefits With Data and AI

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Tom Dugan

Vice President, Product Management


Health insurance costs at historic highs, unemployment rates at historic lows and unprecedented diversity in the workforce are driving demand for a new level of choice and personalization in employee benefit programs.

In this session, learn how organizations can leverage AI to:

  • Identify coverage gaps
  • Help employee optimize benefit decisions
  • Drive year-round benefits engagement

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Executive Boardroom

Leveraging Technology for Growth

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Larry Kleinman


Highmark Health

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Kristie Pappal

Vice President of Human Resources

Philadelphia Eagles

Technology’s rapid and constant progress is driving and reshaping the way we do business. To adapt, innovation has become a must for revenue growth and organizational survival. As they look to have greater impact on the bottom line, HR leaders must be creative in their approaches to technology and culture.

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CHROs).

To reserve your seat, please contact:

Molly Harpel at 971-978-5048 or

2:10pm - 2:30pm  Networking Break

2:30pm - 3:20pm  Breakout Session

Get Them, Grow Them, Keep Them

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Colleen Stratton

SVP, Human Resources

SEI Investments

Before rolling out strategies for acquiring, retaining and developing a pipeline of female leadership, SEI knew they had to first understand the current gaps and concerns of the women already in their ranks before setting a benchmark for success.

Join this session as Colleen Stratton explores how building a talent dashboard:

  • Ensured leaders were asking the right questions
  • Quickly prioritized openings and identified potential candidates
  • Helped track progress to keep focus on continued success

2:30pm - 3:20pm  Breakout Session

Blending Annual and Ongoing Performance Strategies

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Natalie Abbott

Vice President of Human Resources

Saint-Gobain CertainTeed Corporation

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Margolit Hillsberg



In this CHRO-led discussion, two top HR leaders will examine the proposition that annual reviews should be replaced with frequent, informal check-ins.

In this session, the participants will debate:

  • The merits and challenges of informal feedback
  • The value and hurdles of annual performance ratings
  • The evolving future of performance assessment

2:30pm - 3:20pm  Executive Boardroom

The Latest in Hiring Strategy

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Ed Elko

SVP, Human Resources

Boscov's, Inc.

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Gerry Geckle

Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Universal Health Services, Inc.

In today’s labor market, recruiting is a cost center that needs efficiencies beyond time to fill. Innovative recruiting is essential for attracting the right talent the first time while ensuring retention and increasing tenure. How can HR leaders leverage technology to modernize hiring practices while thinking creatively about how they attract the next generation of top talent?

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CHROs).

To reserve your seat, please contact:

Molly Harpel at 971-978-5048 or

3:20pm - 3:40pm  Networking Break

3:40pm - 4:20pm  Keynote

Inside the Mind of a Strategic CEO

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Sidney Brown


NFI Industries, Inc.

CEOs that drive exceptional organizational success demonstrate their value in many ways, both enterprise-wide and to employees at large. Given the complexity of doing business in today's volatile global environment, it is critical that HR leaders think like a CEO and marshal focus around a clear vision; demonstrate values and beliefs that drive leadership; and deliver tangible results by making tactical decisions.

Join Sid Brown as he explores how HR leaders can:

  • Garner collaboration around common goals
  • Set the standard for what is expected of leaders
  • Focus on results and drive strategic improvements

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

June 5, 2019


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