Philadelphia CHRO Virtual Executive Summit

June 22, 2021 | 8:00am - 2:30pm EDT

June 22, 2021 | 8:00am - 2:30pm EDT


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:

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

Developing internal candidates to elevate while sourcing new and diverse talent for tomorrow

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


Peter Adebi

Nemours Children's Health System
Chief Human Resources Officer

Fran Coady

Day & Zimmermann Group

Susan Kelliher

The Chemours Co
Chief People Officer

Larry Kleinman

Highmark Health

Kristie Pappal

Philadelphia Eagles
Vice President of Human Resources

Nancy Stefanowicz

NFI Industries

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 approaching and solving for critical challenges impacting your role today.


Discuss current topics and critical priorities in an intimate and interactive format.

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.


June 22, 2021

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

Reimagining Workplace Culture in a New Era of Disruption

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Meghan Stettler


O.C. Tanner Institute

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Peggy Verdi


Subaru of America

This year has been unlike any other. The cascading crisis across our health, economic and social systems have proven a critical inflection point for organizations and leaders as they continually face “make-or-break” decisions that amplify their workplace cultures in significant and lasting ways. What happens now as the world begins to slowly reopen?

Join this virtual keynote session to hear how CHROs are:

  • Evaluating employee sentiment about the current state of workplace culture
  • Implementing successful strategies in resilience during unprecedented times
  • Successfully leading and inspiring employees to engage, produce and innovate despite unanticipated organizational challenges

8:45am - 9:00am  EDT Break

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

Avoid Burnout, Maintain Engagement — Maximizing Employee Well-being

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Lauren Kane

Sr. People Science Consultant


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Vicki Henn



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Carol Pandza


AmeriHealth Caritas

Despite the odds, employees were happier at work by the end of 2020 than they were at the end of 2019, even though burnout continues to rise — with some employees and industries experiencing a tighter squeeze than others. Maintaining an engaged workforce through 2021 and beyond requires insight into employee sentiment and a distinct strategy to execute across all levels of leadership.

Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • Understanding the precursors to burnout and how to address them
  • Fostering a community of support, focus and refuge at work
  • Methods to equip employees to navigate change and mitigate fatigue

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

Building and Sustaining a Culture of DE&I

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Victoria Boyd Brifo


Air Products

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Barry Melnkovic


US Steel

Profound calls for racial equality in 2020 have put a new and sharper focus on diversity, equity and inclusion goals for the HR function. No matter the organizational size, budget or makeup, all CHROs are working to embed DE&I into longstanding company culture.

Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • Areas for growth in recruiting diverse talent and cultivating inclusion and equity
  • Educating the workforce on DE&I and empowering ERGs — what works and what doesn’t
  • Strategies to track DE&I metrics over time

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

Supporting Enterprise Transformation Amid Disruption

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Clem Cheng

SVP Human Resources for Xfinity Consumer Services


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Gerry Geckle


Universal Health Services

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

Vying for Top Talent — A Blueprint for Hiring

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Rocki Howard

Chief Diversity Officer


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Fran Coady


Day & Zimmermann Group

In these disrupted times, the enterprise has shifted organizational goals as well as what it requires from the workforce in the way of skills and leadership traits. Organizations are evolving, not only through a diversity lens, but with the new digital way of work.

Join this virtual keynote session to learn how to: 

  • Build a more diverse candidate pipeline and succession plan
  • Recruit and retain the best talent for the job as skills become more granular
  • Achieve key business objectives through hiring success

10:45am - 11:00am  EDT Break

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

Enhancing the Next Generation of Leadership

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Rhonda Curry


Gateway Health

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Roxanne Klein

Senior Vice President Human Resources


Over the last year, what the enterprise desires from leaders has changed. Because of combined global crises, leaders are now expected to be more vulnerable, agile and resilient as they strive to hit organizational goals.

Join this session as HR leader discuss:

  • Succession planning in the “new normal”
  • Sourcing and developing a robust and diverse leadership bench
  • Tactics to upskill and mentor the next generation of talent expeditiously

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

Shifting Strategies for an Evolving Employee Landscape

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Margorie Michele


Penn Presbyterian Medical Center

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Kristie Pappal

Vice President of Human Resources

Philadelphia Eagles

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Kelli Walsh

Senior Vice President Human Resources

D&H Distributing

Connectivity has never been more essential as companies work to bridge the gap in hybrid work environments. The leadership provided by managers plays a vital role in maintaining a sense of belonging, whether employees are returning to the office or continuing to work remotely.

Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • How to create a motivational atmosphere for employees in remote and hybrid work environments
  • Challenges in promoting and building culture with new hires as well as permanent and temporary employees
  • Strategies to build on engagement in the "new normal"

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

Aligning the Workplace for 2021 and Beyond

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Bob Harrop

Vice President, Human Resources

East Penn Manufacturing

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Nancy Stefanowicz


NFI Industries

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

In Search of Humanity – Preparing for the Future

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Jarik Conrad

Vice President, Human Insights and HCM Advisory

Ultimate Kronos Group

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Peter Adebi

Chief Human Resources Officer

Nemours Children's Health System

Heightened attention to the turbulence we face as a society has brought the world to an inflection point. What has worked in the past is unsustainable, and corporate social responsibility must take on a new meaning as organizations navigate work of the future. How are human resources leaders driving this transformation?

Join this virtual keynote session to learn how:

  • DE&I must include belonging to be comprehensive and truly cultural
  • Corporate responsibility impacts the workforce and brand reputation
  • HR can create a larger impact on the future or work through DEI&B

12:45pm - 1:00pm  EDT Break

1:00pm - 2:30pm  EDT Virtual Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Meet virtually for in-depth conversations with your colleagues


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Philadelphia CHRO Program Manager

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

Julia Sholian

Program Manager