Philadelphia CHRO Virtual Executive Summit

November 19, 2020 | 8:00am - 1:15pm EST

November 19, 2020 | 8:00am - 1:15pm EST

Collaborate with your peers

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

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

Leading through a new employee experience

Redesigning HR strategies, and service delivery models

Modernizing mental health and wellbeing programs in a new era of work


Larry Kleinman


Kristie Pappal

Philadelphia Eagles
Vice President of Human Resources

Nancy Stefanowicz

NFI Industries
SVP, Human Resources


November 19, 2020

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

DE&I — A Movement Not a Moment

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Carol Pandza


AmeriHealth Caritas

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Clem Cheng

SVP Human Resources for Xfinity Consumer Services


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Gilbert Davis

Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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Ash Hanson

Chief Diversity & Sustainability Officer


Creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace has been a goal for decades, but this year the call for meaningful change has caused organizations to shift that goal to one of their top priorities. As leaders of people and culture, CHROs must blaze a path for the movement, taking action that propels the organization forward.

Join this keynote session to hear HR leaders discuss:

  • The present and future of diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Substantive actions organizations can take in advancing DE&I
  • Road maps to impact change

8:45am - 9:00am  EST Break

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

Making Concrete Progress in DE&I

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Chris Giangrasso

SVP HR Communications and Site Services

Arkema Inc.

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Joy Roman

Chief Human Resources Officer

Toll Brothers

The tragic reality of systemic racism is at the forefront of America’s consciousness—and this time it feels different. HR leaders are playing a critical role in infusing diversity, equity and inclusion into their organizations for the health of corporate America and society overall.

In this virtual roundtable, HR leaders discuss:

  • Engaging the workforce in difficult conversations about race and equity
  • Holding leaders and managers accountable for allyship and true culture changes
  • Long-term strategy that puts the organization on the path to DE&I

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

Transforming Learning and Development

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Kelly Palmer

Chief Learning Officer


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Christopher Rodriguez

Vice President, Talent Culture & Engagement

Air Products

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Jennifer Schulte



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Pamela Teufel

Chief Human Resources Officer

Saint Peter's Healthcare System

Remote work and restrictive travel policies have accelerated the pre-existing trend towards digital-first, on-demand learning and development. But delivery is only one aspect of L&D undergoing a transformation, as organizations rethink the roles and skills they need for the future. 

Join this virtual boardroom to discuss:

  • Aligning your L&D offerings with the changing demands of the business
  • Meeting employee expectations of a consumer-like experience
  • Onboarding new workers in a remote environment

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

Mental Health — Continuing the Conversation

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Michelle Piekutowski

Associate VP, CHRO

Carnegie Mellon University

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Jennifer Sockel


Penske Truck Leasing

Many organizations have been forced operate remotely, with many establishing new tools to create comfortable work environments for employees. But, as employees transition back to the workplace, CHROs must confront the fear around Covid-19 while promoting ways to maintain employee’s mental health and wellbeing.

Join this virtual boardroom to discuss ways to:

  • Cultivate resilience to empower employees
  • Support the mental health of your workforce
  • Plan for the future of work and its impact on mental health and wellbeing programs

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

Turning Social Distancing into Creative Connecting

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Noah Scalin

Artist, Innovation Consultant

Guest Speaker

Turning social distancing into creative connecting, Artist/Author Noah Scalin and creator of the Webby award-winning Skull-A-Day project, shares images of his awe-inspiring work and tells the unusual story of how he completely overturned his own working practices to develop a new way of sustaining innovation in his work and life. He will share how his learnings from that experience have helped him to continue creating and connecting despite the challenges of this moment in time.

Join this keynote to learn:

  • Actionable lessons to unleash creativity to solve business problems
  • Creative concepts to maintain employee engagement in an era of remote work
  • How to jump-start and sustain creative leadership

10:45am - 11:00am  EST Break

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

Off the Bench — Elevating Your Organization’s Next Leaders

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Margolit Hillsberg



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Christin Joyner

EVP, Chief Human Resources Officer

AAA Club Alliance

Tacit institutional knowledge is one of many benefits to developing internal leadership. What competencies are most important when developing a leadership bench in 2020, and how is HR supporting the business to identify internal talent with the qualities necessary to succeed?

Join this virtual boardroom to discuss:

  • Identifying high-potential talent in a virtual environment
  • Ensuring a robust, diverse succession bench
  • Developing a leadership curriculum for the new way of working

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

Build the New World of Work on a Foundation of People Success

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Craig McMahon

People Science Manager


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Erin Bushnell


Cozen O'Connor

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Meghan Patton

SVP HR & Associate CHRO

Jefferson Health

The path to the new world of work is different for each organization. But businesses that listen to their employees and help them adapt to change will set themselves up for long-term success.

In this session you will explore how to:

  • Respond rapidly to your organization’s changing needs
  • Create a thoughtful recovery plan that’s tailored to your unique situation
  • Transform your strategy for long-term success by putting your people at the center

12:00pm - 12:30pm  EST Networking

Community Networking & Discussion

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Fran Coady


Day & Zimmermann Group

Join this informal and interactive networking session to connect with your Philadelphia CHRO peers. In this session, the Philadelphia community will have the chance to share their takeaways from the program in smaller groups and walk away with at least one new connection.

Your Community Partners

Key Partners

Philadelphia CHRO Program Manager

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

Julia Sholian

Program Manager