Seattle CHRO Virtual Executive Summit

June 23, 2021 | 8:00am - 12:30pm PDT

June 23, 2021 | 8:00am - 12:30pm PDT


Collaborate with your peers

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

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

Removing systemic racism and creating avenues for underserved sections of the workforce to elevate

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

Creating culture continuity through employee engagement and belonging


Mindy Geisser

Chief People Services Officer

Raquel Karls

SVP, Human Resources

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 23, 2021

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

Skills, Not Credentials – The New Currency of Work

Janice Burns headshot

Janice Burns

Chief Career Experience Officer


Ted Fleming headshot

Ted Fleming

Head of Talent Development


Upskilling is essential when you’re preparing an organization to take on the future because skills are the key to driving learning relevancy and personalization. CHROs need to bring learning and talent together to create a holistic career experience. In this session, you will learn how to create an innovative and agile workforce that stays resilient amid the most unpredictable challenges through upskilling.

In this session, you will explore:

  • Why organizations should evolve their focus from credentials to skills
  • How skills influence career development at the organization and individual level
  • The importance of clarifying skills vs. competencies and creating a taxonomy

8:45am - 9:00am PDT Break

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

Advancing a Culture of Belonging in 2021

Jeff Cates headshot

Jeff Cates



Mindy Geisser headshot

Mindy Geisser

Chief People Services Officer


Lucy Hur headshot

Lucy Hur

Chief People Officer


Monique Little headshot

Monique Little

Chief People and Administrative Officer

First Tech Federal Credit Union

Employee experience begins with belonging. Whether your organization is operating under a hybrid model or is fully remote, HR leaders must focus on culture continuity by ensuring employee engagement and belonging are a top priority. Still facing an uncertain future, how are HR leaders working with the C-suite to promote this integral part of employee experience?

Join this interactive virtual boardroom to discuss:

  • How an inclusive culture that fosters belonging can elevate the employee experience
  • Positive impacts of recognition and praise on productivity and retention
  • Challenges to cultivating culture continuity and engagement

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

Leveraging Technology for Top Talent

Raquel Karls headshot

Raquel Karls

SVP, Human Resources


Michelle Rose headshot

Michelle Rose

Senior Vice President of Human Resources

Columbia Distributing

Over the last year, change has become a constant among many organizations as culture has evolved, processes have shifted and technology is upgraded. HR leaders must secure the right talent as they lead digital transformation efforts and innovate for the future of work.

Join this session as HR leaders discuss: 

  • The power of a strong virtual sourcing and recruiting strategy
  • Best practices in attracting and retaining the talent needed to succeed
  • Methods of navigating the recruiting landscape and accelerating the transition to virtual hiring

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

Leveling Up – Reimagining Inclusion

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Alexander Lovell, PhD

Director, Research and Assessment

O.C. Tanner

Katie Gerard headshot

Katie Gerard

Senior Director, Human Resources

Port Of Seattle

Lizanne Vaughan headshot

Lizanne Vaughan

SVP, Chief People Officer


Ana White headshot

Ana White

EVP & Chief People Officer

F5 Networks

Despite a renewed focus on DE&I, HR leaders and employees still report efforts coming up short. To achieve a true culture change, leaders must think differently about inclusion, creating equal opportunities for diverse employees to thrive and elevate.

Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • Why reducing exclusion may not necessarily lead to higher levels of inclusion
  • Sustainable inclusion strategies that begin before recruiting and extend beyond onboarding
  • How organizations can use their recognition program to support inclusion, build connection, and mitigate exclusion

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

The Final Vanguard for DE&I – Leadership Development for Diverse Talent

Anna Robinson headshot

Anna Robinson



Myra Gregorian headshot

Myra Gregorian

SVP & Chief People Officer

Seattle Children's

Sheila Murty headshot

Sheila Murty

EVP, People and Culture


Melody Zhang headshot

Melody Zhang

Chief Human Resources Officer, SVP HR

Ste Michelle Wine Estates

Increasing diversity among leadership is imperative, but many organizations struggle to find effective solutions to close the gap. While the enterprise has improved diverse recruiting and hiring, the challenge now lies in adopting new approaches to career support; a resource the HR function provides.

Join this virtual keynote session to learn:

  • Impactful levers for improving diverse representation in leadership
  • Why supporting and growing diverse leaders is paramount for the health of the organization
  • Practical tips and tricks for HR leaders around designing programs with diversity in mind 

10:45am - 11:00am PDT Break

11:00am - 12:30pm PDT Virtual Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Meet virtually for in-depth conversations with your colleagues


Your Community Partners

CHRO Thought Leader
Program Partners

Seattle CHRO Program Manager

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

Kelly Scott

Sr. Portfolio Manager