San Francisco CHRO Virtual Executive Summit

June 22, 2021 | 8:00am - 1:30pm PDT

June 22, 2021 | 8:00am - 1:30pm PDT


Collaborate with your peers

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

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

Taking action and creating accountability for transformational DEI

Reimaging employee experience for the future of work

Leadership for high-performing, distributed teams


Amy Hanlon-Rodemich

Chief People Officer

Kim Sullivan

Senior Vice President and Global Chief People Officer

Lori Sundberg

Western Digital Corporation
EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer

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 solving critical challenges impacting your role today in Keynote sessions, and join intimate, interactive discussions with peers in Boardroom sessions.


Meet other members of the community in this informal and interactive opportunity to network with peers in small groups.

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  PDT Virtual Summit Keynote

Reinvigorating DE&I Through Your Return to Workplace Strategy

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Steve Pemberton



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Amy Wireman


BioMarin Pharmaceutical

How and when companies bring employees back could have long-lasting implications for the business and corporate culture. How are CHROs adjusting their diversity, equity and inclusion practices to create a more engaged and connected culture?

In this session, you will explore:

  • The science and impact of a more human workplace
  • Strategies for advancing diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Actions you can take to drive awareness, foster a sense of belonging, and create lasting change

8:45am - 9:00am  PDT Break

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

Enhancing the Approach to DE&I

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Maria Colacurcio


Syndio Solutions

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Michele Haddad

SVP, Global HR

TIBCO Software

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Tracy Layney


Levi Strauss & Co.

Throughout 2020, DE&I programs flourished. To sustain these efforts, leadership must continue to partner across the C-suite and take a thoughtful approach to addressing important endeavors like supporting social justice causes, establishing universal pay equity, and increasing diversity in all levels of the organization. As DE&I programs remain a top priority, how should HR leaders ensure they stay relevant and forward-thinking?

Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • Strategies to meet the aspirational goals of a robust DE&I program
  • Methods of communicating and demonstrating commitment to your workforce
  • The future of DE&I programs and trends in supporting social justice causes

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

Shifting Strategies for a Modern Employee Experience

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Cynthia Burks



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Amy Hanlon-Rodemich

Chief People Officer


Employee experience and connectivity has never been more essential as companies work to bridge the gap in hybrid work environments. Leadership plays a vital role in maintaining a sense of belonging and culture, whether employees are returning to the office or continuing to work remotely.

Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • How to create a connected and motivational atmosphere for employees in hybrid and remote environments
  • Challenges in promoting and building culture with both new and established employees
  • Strategies to strengthen employee engagement in the new normal

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

The Employee Experience and Wellness Connection

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Marthin De Beer

CEO & Founder


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Sonja Wilkerson

Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer

Bloom Energy

Today’s employees view their personal well-being holistically and expect employers to offer support. Organizations can meet this increasing demand by offering comprehensive programs to improve employees’ physical, mental, emotional and financial well-being. Doing so optimizes wellness outcomes and leads to higher levels of engagement and an improved employee experience.

Join this virtual keynote to learn:

  • Methods to empower physical, financial, mental, and social well-being among employees
  • Barriers to participation in wellness programs, and how employers can help
  • How re-thinking wellness programs can improve employee engagement and experience

10:45am - 11:00am  PDT Break

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

Meeting the Moment — Evolving Your Employee Value Proposition

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Kristi Cappelletti-Matthews

Chief Human Resources Officer

VSP Global

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Tina Jones

SVP, Global Human Resources

Cadence Design Systems

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Lori Sundberg

EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer

Western Digital Corporation

The blurring of work-life lines, renewed focus on social justice issues, and shifting workforce demographics have led employee expectations to become higher than ever. To attract talent and increase engagement, the employee value proposition should expand to include social responsibility, holistic well-being support, and a strong sense of purpose.

Join this session as CHROs discuss:

  • Tying social responsibility and public messaging to the employee value proposition
  • Implementing deeper connections to support employee well-being beyond the workplace
  • Fostering organization-wide purpose and connection to build belonging and inclusion

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

Fostering Successful Leadership in the New Normal

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Anne Cleary

Global Vice President, Human Resources

Wilbur-Ellis Company

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Laurie Shakur

VP, Head of People, Rakuten USA & B2B

Rakuten Advertising

For many organizations, the traditional operating model has changed drastically in light of the pandemic. Now CHROs face a new set of challenges as they must educate leaders to manage teams in remote and hybrid work environments, while also ensuring the business hits strategic goals.

Join this virtual boardroom as HR leaders discuss ways to:

  • Coach people leaders to be empathetic, flexible and transparent with their teams
  • Forecast future skill needs to set the workforce up for success
  • Build a robust and diverse talent pipeline

12:00pm - 1:30pm  PDT Virtual Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Meet virtually for in-depth conversations with your colleagues


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