Philadelphia CHRO Executive Summit

November 16, 2022 | Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing

November 16, 2022
Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing


Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Philadelphia'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:

Creating intentional connections with remote or hybrid workforces

Integrating DE&I into company culture and employee experience

Attracting and retaining talent to enable business success

Philadelphia CHRO Governing Body

The Governing Body Co-Chairs shape the summit agenda, ensuring that all content is driven by CHROs, for CHROs.


Peter Adebi

Nemours Health System
EVP & Chief Human Resources Officer

Susan Kelliher

The Chemours Co
Chief People Officer

Larry Kleinman


Kristie Pappal

Philadelphia Eagles
Vice President of Human Resources

Nancy Stefanowicz

NFI Industries

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 Philadelphia 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.


November 15, 2022

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.

November 16, 2022 - morning

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

8:45am - 9:30am  Keynote

The Importance of Listening—Fostering a Culture of Inclusion

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Silvana Battaglia

Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer


The global pandemic, competitive labor market, social injustice, and volatile economic conditions have shifted employee expectations for a differentiated experience. Research shows that employees who feel a sense of belonging within their company perform better and stay longer at their jobs.

Join this keynote to understand AmerisourceBergen’s journey in creating a continuous listening strategy focused on:

  • Opportunities to link employee experience to business and talent strategies
  • Practical approaches to solicit feedback through multiple channels
  • Measurements to shape investments and strengthen culture

9:30am - 10:00am  Networking Break

10:00am - 10:45am  Breakout Session

Diversifying Philadelphia Sports

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Kristie Pappal

Vice President of Human Resources

Philadelphia Eagles

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Elizabeth Berman


Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment

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Ashlee Maunz

Senior Director, Human Resources

Philadelphia Union

As the playbook for HR in professional sports continues to be written, a long journey is still ahead in building a front office that reflects the city, culture and society. To stay competitive on and off the field, organizations need to align diversity to business strategy and other top priorities.

In this session, HR leaders will discuss:

  • DEI barriers that have/need to be broken in local professional sports
  • Build a diverse roster of leadership pipelines outside of the organization
  • How DEI transformation can be made at historically non-diverse corporations

10:45am - 11:20am  Networking Break

10:50am - 11:15am  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.

November 16, 2022 - mid-afternoon

11:20am - 12:05pm  Breakout Session

Blending Belonging and Retention Strategies

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Peggy Verdi


Subaru of America

Leaders today are finding inspired pathways to create inclusive cultures, development opportunities, and collaboration to drive diversity initiatives. As retaining talent remains a top priority, how are HR leaders creating a sense of belonging at an organization to ease attrition?

Join this session to hear more on:

  • Redefining core cultural values to encompass aspirations for belonging
  • Working with employees to understand their wants and needs
  • Strategies to enable a cohesive and empowered workforce that feels they belong

11:20am - 12:05pm  Executive Boardroom

Forecasting Future Skill-Development Needs

Ensuring that workers are driving sustainable performance can be a heavy task – and CHROs everywhere are looking for smooth and seamless solutions, which lie within effective learning & development programs. But how can HR leaders equip not only leadership with new talent and skills, but also employees organization-wide?

Join this session to hear more on:

  • Looking at skill development trends for 2022
  • Providing training and support to leadership teams
  • Approaching training for employees in a holistic way

12:05pm - 12:35pm  Lunch Service

12:35pm - 1:10pm  Keynote

The Knowing-Doing Gap: The Science of Creating Behavior Change at Scale

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Nick Goldberg

Founder and CEO

Ezra Coaching

Despite the investment in L&D each year, studies consistently show the knowledge and skills we gain often do not translate into real change. Failing to properly support people to actually change their behavior means untapped potential and ROI to the organization.
In this keynote, you will learn:

  • Insights from behavioral science and psychology on how to create new habits
  • Scalable behavior change techniques you can use in your organization
  • An alternative approach to ensure your people are learning (and doing) in the flow of work

1:10pm - 1:25pm  Break

1:25pm - 2:10pm  Executive Boardroom

Prioritizing the Health and Wellbeing Agenda

Now more than ever, there is a need for workplaces to adapt their policies around health, wellness, and benefits programs to address their workforce’s current pain points, or risk missing the mark and losing valuable talent. As companies adopt new models for the hybrid workplace, the focus is shifting to individual employee needs. Focusing on wellbeing is crucial for leaders in creating an inclusive experience for employees regardless of where or when they work. CHROs have to ensure they are addressing the whole spectrum of physical and mental wellbeing.

In this discussion HR leaders will address:

  • How a hybrid work environment reshapes employee priorities and needs
  • Creating a supportive and inclusive experience that is unique to each member of your organization
  • Establishing programs and processes to destigmatize mental health

November 16, 2022 - afternoon

2:10pm - 2:40pm  Networking Break

2:15pm - 2:40pm  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.

2:45pm - 3:30pm  Breakout Session

Leading with Intentionality in a Remote Environment

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Liz Heitner

Chief Human Resources Officer

Penn Mutual Life Insurance

Keeping employees connected and motivated is more critical, and in some cases; more difficult than ever. As employee expectations remain high, how can CHROs balance organizational goals and empower middle management while simultaneously improving employee engagement to retain critical talent?

In this case study you will learn:

  • How to change the mentality of front-line and executive leadership on managing a remote workforce
  • Strategies to boost productivity and retention
  • Trends in employee engagement and well-being in hybrid and remote environments

2:45pm - 3:30pm  Executive Boardroom

Next Generation Succession Planning

As the world becomes less and less predictable, developing and executing on a clear succession plan has become even more difficult. To keep up with the pace of change, CHROs will need to rethink traditional succession planning.

Join this session to discuss:

  • The biggest challenges in modern-day succession planning
  • How to develop a diverse leadership bench prepared to take on a variety of roles
  • Ways to assess future leadership needs amid constant disruption

3:30pm - 3:45pm  Networking Break

3:45pm - 4:20pm  Keynote

Exhaustion to Enthusiasm – Leading Through Rapid Change

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Cassandra Worthy

CEO & Founder, Change Enthusiasm

Guest Speaker

90% of change adoption stems from employee motivation and willingness to embrace the change. 15 years in corporate mergers and acquisitions made Cassandra Worthy one of the world's leading experts on sparking Change Enthusiasm® in an organization, delivering insights to transform your organizational culture from surviving change to growing through change.

Join this interactive keynote to gain:

  • A new perspective on the skills required to effectively lead through change
  • Practical framework to quantify your strengths and areas of growth when addressing, working and leading through change
  • An instantly applicable action plan to improve critical leadership behaviors and effectively lead change movements

4:20pm - 4:50pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing


We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming in-person gathering

Evanta programs are uniquely positioned to succeed in the current landscape.

  • Our invitation-only gatherings are designed to be smaller in scale, providing a safe and comfortable environment.
  • All in-person programs are local and complimentary, with zero impact on your organization’s T&E.

We are committed to creating the safest possible environment for all participants, partners, and associates. As a part of our commitment we will continue to monitor and adhere to government, venue, and health agency guidelines. Information on vaccinations, face mask guidance, on-site safety measures, and more, can be found here: Health and Safety Resource Policy.



A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 1-888-225-9664. Please mention Evanta Executive Summit to ensure the appropriate room rate.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $239 USD (plus tax) is October 24, 2022.

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CHRO Thought Leader
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Philadelphia CHRO Program Manager

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

Dmitriy Potashnik

Program Managers