San Francisco CHRO Executive Summit

May 11, 2023 | Parc 55

May 11, 2023
Parc 55

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:

Developing empathetic and human-centered leaders

Retaining critical talent to drive business outcomes

Fostering a thriving organizational culture

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

Kristi Cappelletti-Matthews

VSP Global
Chief Human Resources Officer

Cori Davis

Chief People Officer

Eric Hunn

Premier Protein
SVP of People, CHRO

Eva Majercsik

EVP & Chief People Officer

Sudarshana Rangachary

Essex Property Trust
SVP Human Resources and CHRO

Kim Sullivan


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.


May 10, 2023

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

Governing Body Welcome Reception

Join the San Francisco CHRO Governing Body and their invited guests for an evening of peer networking, food and drinks—  plus the opportunity to give back to the local community!

As part of the evening's festivities, you'll create customized superhero capes with a "Message of Hope" to offer emotional support and a gift for children enduring hospital stays. 

7:45am - 8:30am  Registration & Breakfast

8:30am - 9:15am  Keynote

Harnessing the Power of the CHRO — Expanding Influence & Affecting Change

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Michael Walters

Chief Human Resources Officer


Increasing expectations and growing responsibilities have been piling on the CHRO’s desk for years. To become maximally effective leaders, CHROs need to build influence and power throughout their organization, within the C-Suite and across the Board of Directors. This session will examine strategies and tools designed to maximize the interpersonal influence for the HR leader and help move initiatives from proposal to execution. We will explore what is known to the scientific world about social power strategies and how this can be applied to our HR landscape. Join Michael Walters, CHRO at Lyten, as he provides steps to expand your toolkit for organizational influence.

This keynote will explore:

  • Five considerations to maximize your interpersonal influence
  • Identifying common strategies to analyze decisions, gain alignment and "get stuff done"
  • The seven bases of power and how to apply to them to the workplace

9:15am - 9:40am  Networking Break

9:40am - 10:25am  Breakout Session

Sustaining Culture and Driving Strategy With a Unifying EVP

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Estrella Parker

Chief People Officer

Cupertino Electric Inc

Every organization has unique DNA behind its mission and organizational culture. Chief People Officer Estrella Parker uncovered Cupertino Electric’s cultural essence and employer brand to articulate an employee value proposition with attracting, retaining and connecting people to the company as its strategic direction.

Join this session to learn how to:

  • Develop an anthem around employer brand and EVP
  • Engage employees and the HR function in creating programs and experiences that drive EVP 
  • Leverage EVP to shape organizational culture and strategic outcomes

9:40am - 10:25am  Breakout Session

The Future of Work: Mental Health Trends in the Workplace 2023

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Sarah Tobin

Head of Talent Development


The future of work is here, and it starts with mental health. Leading employers recognize employee mental well-being is key for both workforce productivity and overall business performance. When your employees’ mental well-being is thriving, your organization directly benefits — they take fewer sick days, deliver higher performance and have lower rates of burnout and turnover.

Join this session to learn:

  • Five future-of-work mental health trends you need to know about for 2023
  • Emerging mental health needs and benefit gaps
  • Recommendations to address these new mental health challenges 

9:40am - 10:25am  Executive Boardroom

The ESG-DEI Connection

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Shawntee Reed

Head of Inclusion and Diversity


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Julie Paulsen

Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility

Align Technology

HR and DE&I leaders play a critical role in many activities under the ESG umbrella, giving these leaders an opportunity for increased visibility and expertise across the enterprise. To meet the moment and help organizations deliver on ambitious ESG commitments, CHROs and CDOs need to build effective cross-functional partnerships and craft a narrative that communicates efforts to stakeholders with transparency. 

Join this session to discuss how to:

  • Decode the link between DE&I and ESG strategy 
  • Understand employee sentiment around ESG related imperatives 
  • Align cross-functional goals and priorities

10:25am - 11:00am  Networking Break

10:30am - 10:55am  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.

11:00am - 11:45am  Breakout Session

Why Your Talent Needs Community and Recognition Now

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Alexander Lovell, PhD

Director, Research and Assessment

O.C. Tanner

Creating a strong workplace community is essential to meet the evolving challenges of 2023. Yet, new research from the O.C. Tanner Institute reveals how burnout and isolation among leaders and employees are threatening culture and organizational success. These challenges need fresh strategies to create a thriving workplace community.

Join this session to learn: 

  • Insights from the perspectives of 38,000 leaders and employees worldwide
  • Best practices for fortifying leaders and growing generalists in an era of change
  • Ways symbolic, integrated recognition create a strong sense of community for all

11:00am - 11:45am  Executive Boardroom

Leading in a Paradoxical World — Re-Inventing Our Relationship with Change

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Jan Bruce



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Shawn Athay

Senior Vice President of Human Resources

California Dairies

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Sinead Condon

Chief People Officer

Guidewire Software

CHROs are constantly tackling competing priorities in an ever-changing landscape. The dust will never settle: volatility and uncertainty define the operating environment. How do we support our people to stay resilient in the face of change?

Come together with your peers to tackle approaches to:

  • Balance employee productivity with flexibility
  • Upskill burdened managers to support their teams’ wellbeing
  • How to play offense and defense at the same time and plan for the future with optimism while remaining realistic about challenges

11:45am - 12:30pm  Lunch Service

12:30pm - 1:05pm  Keynote

A Cultural Reset

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Anna Avalos

Chief People Officer


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Cori Davis

Chief People Officer


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Daniel Swartz

CHRO, Global Operations

Align Technology

Economic pressure can limit the resources and capacity for HR to focus on maintaining a strong organizational culture. However, in a time where employees see each other in-person infrequently and demand for talent remains competitive, CHROs need to keep organizations on the path of modernizing and strengthening culture.

Join this session as CHROs discuss:

  • Seizing the moment to revamp culture for the future of work
  • Defining and integrating company values into organizational culture
  • Leveraging a connected culture as a driver of talent retention

1:05pm - 1:30pm  Break

1:30pm - 2:15pm  Breakout Session

What CHROs Need to Know About AI

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Sharon Mandell

SVP & Chief Information Officer

Juniper Networks

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Eric Hunn

SVP of People, CHRO

Premier Protein

According to Gartner, 94% of CIOs plan to deploy some form of artificial intelligence by 2025. With AI technology advancing at a pace that will likely transform the workplace as we know it, how should CHROs prepare themselves, their organizations and their people? 

This CIO-CHRO fireside chat will explore:

  • Understanding common applications of AI and its impact on work and talent
  • Partnering with the CIO to equip the workforce to thrive in an AI-enabled world
  • Preparing for and addressing the ethical implications of AI in HR technology

1:30pm - 2:15pm  Executive Boardroom

Delivering Impact With People Analytics

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Ian Cook

VP, People Analytics


Sudarshana Rangachary headshot

Sudarshana Rangachary

SVP Human Resources and CHRO

Essex Property Trust

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Claire Zhang

Head of HR, Samsung Research America

Samsung Electronics

Effective people analytics is now mandatory for successful collaboration with the CEO, board and organization at large. Despite this directive, many HR leaders feel behind or limited when it comes to talent data. How can CHROs gain the right insight into the productivity, cost and efficiency of your people?

Join this session to discuss:

  • Improving transparency and fairness of people decisions 
  • Providing the business better insights around people
  • Building data-driven decisions into your culture

1:30pm - 2:15pm  Executive Boardroom

The Role of HR in Organization Design

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Deanna Dudley

Chief Human Resources Officer

El Camino Health

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Tim Weyland

SVP, Global HR

Topcon Positioning Systems

With workforces changing rapidly, it’s never been more important to have a secure organization design strategy. HR leaders around the globe are transforming their approach to put employees at the heart of the enterprise, break down siloes and maximize efficiency. How are CHROs successfully executing these changes while communicating transparently?

Join this session to discuss:

  • Reevaluating organization design and identifying friction
  • Maintaining clear and concise communication with employees
  • Adapting to new ways of working with structural change

2:15pm - 2:50pm  Networking Break

2:20pm - 2:45pm  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.

2:50pm - 3:35pm  Breakout Session

Inspiring an Engaged and United Global Work Culture

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Tori Miller

Head of People Experiences Americas


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Martin Woodrow

SVP, Human Resources Americas


Creating a human-centric culture which inspires purpose, care, belonging and connection is essential to the success of both employees and organizations. Providing employees opportunities to learn, innovate, grow and collaborate leaves them empowered and engaged within the workplace.

Join this session as Rakuten leaders share effective solutions for:

  • Promoting employee connection globally with culture as the foundation for emphasizing inclusion, well-being and social purpose
  • Building a persuasive business case to elevate workplace culture amid objections
  • Unlocking the potential of serendipitous connections and enabling a self-running model that drives meaning, empowerment and engagement

2:50pm - 3:35pm  Executive Boardroom

Leveled Up Leadership

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Martin Woodrow

SVP, Human Resources Americas


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Sudakshina Ghosh

Vice President, Human Resources

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Authenticity, empathy and candor are the new standard skills for leaders to be effective in today’s world of work. CHROs are still working toward instilling a human-centered approach into their organization’s leadership at every level.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Identifying the competencies for successful leaders in the modern workplace
  • Ramping up leadership development to improve talent attraction, retention, and engagement
  • Understanding leadership skills gaps in your organization

2:50pm - 3:35pm  Executive Boardroom

The World of Work in 2023 — What’s Next?

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Eric Hunn

SVP of People, CHRO

Premier Protein

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Jessica Raefield

Chief Human Resources Officer

Rodan + Fields

With varying levels of boldness, organizations are attempting to meet employee expectations while balancing both business needs and long-term planning. So how can CHROs build a future of work strategy that is realistic and sustainable, yet future-ready?

Join this session to discuss:

  • Navigating market disruptions and demographic shifts 
  • Balancing employee demands for flexibility with business needs
  • Developing a long-term future of work vision

3:35pm - 4:00pm  Break

4:00pm - 4:50pm  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

4:50pm - 5:15pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

May 10, 2023

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

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Venue & Accommodation

Parc 55

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Parc 55 at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 1-800-445-8667. Please mention ESF to ensure the appropriate room rate.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $279 USD (plus tax) is April 17, 2023.

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