San Francisco CHRO Executive Summit

December 16, 2021 | Hilton San Francisco Union Square

December 16, 2021
Hilton San Francisco Union Square

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with San Francisco'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:

Innovating the future of work

Embedding diversity, equity and inclusion into company culture

Developing the next generation of leaders

San Francisco 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

Amy Hanlon-Rodemich

Chief People Officer

Kim Sullivan

Senior Vice President and Global Chief People Officer

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 San Francisco 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.


December 15, 2021

December 16, 2021

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

Governing Body Private Dinner

Exclusive to Governing Body members and select guests, this dinner is a can’t-miss opportunity to connect with your peers prior to tomorrow’s Executive Summit. Please join your colleagues for an evening of good food, wine, and lively networking.

8:00am - 8:45am  Registration & Breakfast

8:45am - 9:30am  Keynote

Increasing Engagement Through Inclusivity

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Kim Sullivan

Senior Vice President and Global Chief People Officer


Engaged employees are more likely to remain happy, stay motivated and be committed to their company. Creating a sense of belonging and identity for every employee is a crucial step to support both mental health and overall well-being, and create consistent and positive employee engagement.

Join this keynote to learn:

  • The ROI of employee engagement and its impact on productivity and retention
  • How belonging impacts mental health and well-being
  • Strategies to build an inclusive culture with a shared sense of purpose

9:30am - 9:45am  Break

9:45am - 10:30am  Breakout Session

Leading With Empathy

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Eva Majercsik

EVP & Chief People Officer


What do HR executives need to consider as we continue to navigate the pandemic and return to the office? Hear from Eva Majercsik, Chief People Officer at Genesys, on how to put employees first in today’s reality of constant change and uncertainty.

Join this session to learn:

  • Why the employee experience can make or break success
  • Supporting employee well-being and mental health
  • How to listen and learn from your employees to continually improve

9:45am - 10:30am  Executive Boardroom

Anatomy of Analysis — How CHROs are Using Data to Change People Outcomes

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Paul Rubenstein

Chief People Officer


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Anne Cleary

Global Vice President, Human Resources

Wilbur-Ellis Company

As a talent leader, you can’t be in the middle of every decision, yet you are certainly accountable for the sum of the outcomes. People Analytics and data are helping CHROs connect the individual hiring and retention decision with a more cohesive strategy. Some organizations use the sharing of people data outside HR to move the needle on Retention, DEI, Cost and much more. The best practices are still emerging, and CHROs are becoming more like CFOs when it comes to data.

Join this boardroom as HR leaders discuss ways to:

  • Keep people decisions aligned to strategy (and make sure they are fact-based)
  • Discover the business outcomes that other CHROs are impacting
  • Learn how others are effectively sharing people data outside of HR

9:45am - 10:30am  Executive Boardroom

The Power of Recognition in Changing Times

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Meghan Stettler


O.C. Tanner Institute

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Julianne Ugo

Head of People, Premier Nutrition

Post Holdings

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Sonja Wilkerson

Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer

Bloom Energy

After a year and a half of challenges, disruptions, and change, HR leaders are increasingly turning to their organization’s total rewards and recognition programs to build a strong workplace culture that can weather the storms of the Great Resignation, keep their teams connected in a hybrid environment, and foster a greater sense of belonging.

In this boardroom session, HR leaders will share research and insights into:

  • Bringing authentic employee experiences to life
  • Creating connected teams in a hybrid environment
  • Fostering a more inclusive culture of belonging

10:30am - 11:00am  Networking Break

11:00am - 11:45am  Breakout Session

The Great Resignation — A Benchmarking Session

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Eric Hunn

VP of People, CHRO

BellRing Brands

A record number four million people quit their jobs in April with signs that the Great Resignation is not slowing down, as many surveys suggest at least 50% of the workforce anticipates looking for a new job in the coming months. While there’s no one reason for employee turnover and no magic bullet to keep top talent, HR leaders can help one another get a pulse on trends and elevate their retention strategies.

Join this interactive session to benchmark with your peers:

  • Turnover trends across a spectrum of industries
  • HR leader perceptions on employee turnover
  • HR strategies to mitigate turnover

11:00am - 11:45am  Breakout Session

Transformation With Purpose — Data-Led Reorganization and the “What-If” Mindset

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Ross Hill

VP of Client Engagement


Today’s organizations have had to adapt to a wide range of market challenges. The transformations CHROs tend to talk about most are the big, strategic initiatives. These include everything from mergers and acquisitions to new, often digital, business models. But more often than not, businesses need to transform on many levels, continuously, and especially with an operational focus on driving ever greater efficiencies. While transformation comes in ever-increasing waves of stop/start lurches from one ‘new normal’ to the next, this interactive session will answer questions including:

  • What is HR’s role in transformation and organizational design, and how can they have a bigger role in the business?
  • How can HR leaders evolve their approach to transformation & organizational design?
  • What does data and technology bring to the table in delivering more effective change?

11:00am - 11:45am  Executive Boardroom

Combatting Workforce Burnout

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Stephanie Frias

Chief People Officer

Lyra Health

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Lisa Murphy

Vice President, People and Culture


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Sudarshana Rangachary

SVP Human Resources and CHRO

Essex Property Trust

Employee burnout continues to rise to unprecedented levels. Over the last year it has contributed to the exodus of a talented workforce, reduced profitability and declining employee engagement. At best, workers are feeling undervalued and overwhelmed by their workloads and an ever-changing work environment; at worst, burnout is bleeding into customer experience and the personal lives of employees.

Join this session to discuss how to:

  • Identify signs of burnout and help your team become first-responders
  • Understand costs of burnout including retention, engagement, belonging, presenteeism and profitability
  • Prepare a protection strategy to tackle workforce burnout

11:45am - 11:55am  Break

11:55am - 12:50pm  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.

12:00pm - 1:30pm  Lunch Service

12:50pm - 1:05pm  Break

1:05pm - 1:40pm  Keynote

Hybrid Work — A Pivotal Moment for Diversity and Inclusion

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Shari Slate

Chief Inclusion and Collaboration Officer and SVP Inclusive Future and Strategy


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Gianpaolo Barozzi

Senior Director People Experience Innovation


We are in the midst of an accelerated digital revolution, hybrid work is here to stay, and it’s creating a pivotal moment for diversity and inclusion. This new era of hybrid work will create an unprecedented opportunity for people to participate–at scale–beyond the four walls of an office. As HR leaders we have an opportunity to create a future of work that’s more inclusive, more connected and more collaborative than ever before.

Join this closing keynote to think bigger and wider about:

  • ‘The great hybrid experiment’
  • Reimagining what’s possible at the intersection of diversity, inclusion, collaboration and technology
  • Using collaboration technology to embed DEI into your hybrid experience

1:40pm - 1:55pm  Break

1:55pm - 2:40pm  Breakout Session

HR 4.0 — The Paradigm Shifts Impacting HR

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Amy Hanlon-Rodemich

Chief People Officer


By 2030, Millennial and Gen Z employees will make up 72% of the workforce. How do we engage, motivate and manage the digital natives in a way that is compelling and impactful—especially in the time of COVID?

Join this session to learn:

  • The impact of the 4th industrial revolution
  • Key insights on Millennial and Gen Z generations
  • What this means for the future of HR

1:55pm - 2:40pm  Executive Boardroom

Integrated Well-Being in the New World of Work

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Jennifer Spence

National Director Health & Productivity

Alliant Employee Benefits

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Reema Batnagar

VP, People


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Laurie Shakur

VP, Head of People, Rakuten USA & B2B

Rakuten Advertising

Social distancing and remote work brought about innovation around the future of work— but also disrupted the sense of community for employees, both personal and professional. With traditional spaces for connection limited, how can CHROs continue to support the holistic wellbeing of employees?

Join this session to discuss:

  • How to address well-being at the organizational level
  • The impact of hybrid work on employee well-being, in particular women
  • Ways to recreate a sense of community and connection

1:55pm - 2:40pm  Executive Boardroom

Enabling High Performance

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Doug Dennerline



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Tim Weyland

SVP, Global HR

Topcon Positioning Systems

HR leaders have navigated the shift in how, when and where employees work. Now is the time to rethink the future of performance management to keep up with the rapid pace of change. How can organizations best develop effective teams in distributed environments?

Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • How to empower and prepare managers to provide continuous, ongoing feedback
  • Methods to leverage learning and development for employees’ professional development
  • Strategies to enable high-performing, hybrid teams

2:40pm - 3:10pm  Networking Break

3:10pm - 3:40pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

December 15, 2021

December 16, 2021

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


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Hilton San Francisco Union Square

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