Southern California CHRO Executive Summit

December 12, 2018 | Loews Hollywood Hotel

December 12, 2018
Loews Hollywood Hotel

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with your peers to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Southern California CHRO Executive Summit.

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

Leading through a new employee experience

Redesigning HR strategies, structures, and service delivery models

Modernizing mental health and well-being programs in a new era of work

Southern California 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

Dina Barmasse

The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated
SVP, Human Resources

Melanie Graper

CoreLogic, Inc.

Ross Pollack

Lionsgate Entertainment

Celina Scally

Apria Healthcare Group, Inc.

Joseph Vacovsky, Jr.

Young's Market Company
EVP, Human Resources


December 11, 2018

December 12, 2018

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

Challenges — The Catalyst of Creativity and Success

In this age of constant transformation and emerging technology, organizations are facing unfamiliar challenges. The most dynamic, change-enabled executives know that to be successful you have to approach challenges creatively and adapt quickly. Come to this interactive discussion prepared to share, find solace and explore the roadblocks and challenges for your top priorities in this new age. Build connections with your peers by comparing strategies for leading a more resilient organization. Share best practices for turning yesterday’s roadblocks into tomorrow’s successes.

11:40am - 12:50pm  Keynote

Culture Is Key — How to Influence CEOs and Drive Performance

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Wei-Li Chong

President, KinderCare

KinderCare Education

Six years ago KinderCare Education, America’s largest childcare provider, was in financial distress, with 14 quarters of consecutive decline. With a new CEO in place, Wei-Li Chong was hired as CHRO and challenged to lead a cultural transformation. Since then, KinderCare has experienced 23 quarters of consecutive growth and 2017 was celebrated as its most profitable year in the company’s nearly 50-year history.

Now president of KinderCare, Chong, shares:

  • Insights on how company culture impacts business performance
  • Strategies to effectively engage and get buy-in from your CEO
  • Practical methods to assess your business to unlock its full potential

12:50pm - 1:20pm  Networking Break

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Breakout Session

Data-Driven HR – Strategies to Improve Diversity and Inclusion

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Michelle Roth

Head of Talent Management

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory developed its own diversity and inclusion fingerprint by leveraging internal and external data stories to ensure that the final strategy was the best fit for its unique engineering and science based culture.

In this session you will:

  • Learn how to assess your organization’s culture and build a diversity and inclusion strategy around it.
  • Gain insight on how to leverage internal and external data
  • Learn best practices on attracting diverse internal and external candidates.

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Breakout Session

The Critical Link—Engaging Through Learning Development

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Greg Driscoll

Vice President North America


Tying in leadership development initiatives can make all the difference in the experience of employees. Discuss the current state of employee engagement, including key factors that have a direct influence on your organizations employee engagement results.

In this session you will:

  • Examine best practices to achieve higher levels of employee engagement
  • Explore what role HR should play in driving employee engagement
  • Dive into specific leadership competencies necessary to ensure improved engagement and employee performance

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Executive Boardroom

Enhancing the Employee Experience Through Digitalization

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Jen Stroud

HR Evangelist & Transformation Leader


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Regina Johnson

Global Head of Human Resources

Western Asset Management

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Jim Hazboun


Banc of California

With every interaction — from onboarding new personnel to rolling out the latest system updates — HR executives have an opportunity to deliver an exceptional employee experience. By leveraging fresh tools and enabling cutting-edge technologies, organizations can save time, eliminate error and even generate revenue, all while positioning themselves as employers of choice.

Join this boardroom session and discuss:

  • Leveraging advancements in the consumer world to improve the employee experience
  • Ensuring employees have more direct access to information and support
  • Using technology to build truly meaningful impact on employees’ service experiences

7:00am - 7:45am  Registration & Breakfast

7:45am - 8:05am  Opening Comments

Welcome to the 2018 Southern California CHRO Leadership Summit

Welcome to the 2018 Southern California CHRO Leadership Summit!

7:45am - 8:30am  Keynote

Reinventing Jobs — The Future of Work

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John Boudreau

Professor and Research Director

USC Center for Effective Organizations

How do we, as leaders, stay on top of the fast-evolving technological trends that are changing how we manage talent? A key is to get beyond overly-simplistic questions such as "How many people will lose their jobs to automation?" or "How much money can we save by replacing humans with automation?" Join John Boudreau while he describes ground-breaking research from his new book, “Reinventing Jobs.”

In this session, Boudreau will discuss:

  • · Why bundling jobs to create optimal human-machine combinations should be the approach to reinventing how work gets done
  • · How leaders can ask better questions – and get better answers – by using a structured four-step approach: deconstruct, optimize, automate and reconfigure
  • · How organizations can achieve higher performance

8:30am - 9:00am  Networking Break

9:00am - 9:50am  Breakout Session

Utilizing Technology to Improve the Employee Experience

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Brian Stolz

Chief People Officer

Activision Blizzard

Activision Blizzard is leveraging technology to offer the best services to its employees at a lower cost. Brian Stolz discusses the benefits your organization’s culture, revenue and customers can reap by investing in employee well-being.

In this session, you will learn:

  • The successes and challenges to implementing an employee well-being initiative
  • How to shift your organization’s mindset from treating ailments to actively pursuing wellness
  • How to heighten workforce productivity through benefits

9:00am - 9:50am  Breakout Session

The Future of the Internal Talent Marketplace

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Cara Capretta

Vice President, HCM Business Transformation Practice


The public domain probably has more accurate talent data about your workforce than your internal HR systems. CHROs need to explore the next generation of talent profiling and how they can improve the content, adoption and utilization of employee data.

In this session you will learn:

  • Why the talent profile is the most important thing to get right
  • How AI can help organizations respond to some of the most common engagement challenges related to career development and career pathing
  • How to engage your workforce through talent networks, collaboration, mentoring and knowledge-sharing communities

9:00am - 9:50am  Executive Boardroom

Drop the Playbook – Keep Your Performance Strategy Simple and Human

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Hari Date

Solutions Architect


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Jim Hazboun


Banc of California

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Kelly Ellerman

Chief People Officer

King's Seafood Company

The state of the workplace – with a focus on teams and new employee expectations – requires a total reimagining of the way organizations manage employee performance. The emphasis on employee experience and shift away from bureaucracy toward more transparency and trust demands a softer, more human approach to employee performance strategy.

In this discussion we’ll examine:

  • How the shift to team-based work is changing how we motivate and develop people
  • Why positivity is so essential to build a culture of trust and openness to all feedback
  • The power of real-time feedback for managers and peers
  • A multi-pronged approach to changing performance management, including training and communication needs

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CHROs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: 

Ben Baca at 971-222-2391 or

9:00am - 9:50am  Executive Boardroom

#MeToo Movement — Creating a Safer Workplace Environment

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Martha Tuma


City National Bank

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Ellen Sheehan

Executive Director


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Julia McCallin

AVP & CHRO, Human Resources

California Institute of Technology

Creating a safe workplace environment promotes engagement, productivity and business growth. This installment needs to start and continue with leadership moving beyond compliance and establishing a culture of reconstruction and improvement.

In this session you will discuss:

  • Best practices on creating an inclusive workplace
  • Promoting career growth for every gender
  • Coaching and feedback skills for leaders

9:50am - 10:20am  Networking Break

10:20am - 11:10am  Breakout Session

Building a Skills-Based Labor Market That Works for All Americans

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Carsten von der Linden

SVP of Talent Management and HR M&A

21st Century Fox

By 2030, 23% of work hours performed annually in the US today have the potential to be automated with currently demonstrated technology. The Rework America Business Network is a cross-industry network of leading U.S. companies who are at the vanguard of navigating, trialing and implementing innovative skills-based employment practice to remain competitive as work quickly evolves. Network member, Carsten von der Linden, lends insight on building digital skills for the US workforce.

In this session you will:

  • Discuss which jobs will go away and what skills will be in higher demand
  • Explore how to transition and train your workforce to accommodate the technological shift
  • Learn best practices large organizations are already pioneering regarding digitalization

10:20am - 11:10am  Breakout Session

Recognize and Overcome Unconscious Bias

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Craig Simmons


Oakwood Worldwide

HR needs to rise up and lead transformational efforts to diversify and include at all levels of an organization, starting at the C-suite. Take a constructive stand to identify and call-out inequities of hiring practices and selection process – supporting candidates of talent and integrity – regardless of race, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age, status and all categories of potential bias.

In this session you will learn:

  • Why unconscious bias is so prevalent in corporate America
  • Best practices on how HR can take a leadership role in identifying and changing bias in the candidate selection process
  • How Oakwood changed the diversity profile of senior leadership in one year

10:20am - 11:10am  Executive Boardroom

When It’s Working at Home, It’s Working at Work

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Alyssa Johnson

Vice President, Global Account Management

Care @ Work

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Michele Hoff

VP, Human Resources, Americas

Epson America, Inc.

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Melanie Graper


CoreLogic, Inc.

Progressive employers have found helping employees manage their family care responsibilities—one of the biggest challenges in any household—results in better engagement, sharper focus and greater productivity.

In this session you will discuss how to:

  • What factors at home are impacting your employee recruitment, engagement and retention strategies?
  • Empower and positively impact employees, their families and ultimately your business
  • Tackle the challenge of gender parity

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CHROs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: 

Ben Baca at 971-222-2391 or

10:20am - 11:10am  Executive Boardroom

Strengthen Your Workforce With Emerging Technology

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Mary Steudle

Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Firefighters First Credit Union

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Kari Durham

SVP, Human Resources


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Veronica Meyers

Vice President of Human Resources

ICW Group

The HR potential in robotics, AI and machine learning is undeniable. Companies can use these technologies to save time, eliminate error and generate revenue. The goal is to achieve big things with little disruption to employees.

In this boardroom you will:

  • Explore the best ways to get started with these emerging technologies
  • Discuss leveraging these technologies to enhance the employee experience
  • Evaluate the benefits of creating less process based, and more strategic roles

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CHROs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: 

Ben Baca at 971-222-2391 or

11:10am - 11:40am  Networking Break

2:10pm - 2:30pm  Networking Break

2:30pm - 3:10pm  Keynote

Developing the Next Generation of HR Talent

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Ross Pollack


Lionsgate Entertainment

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Ellen Goldsmith


Valence Media

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Carsten von der Linden

SVP of Talent Management and HR M&A

21st Century Fox

HR leaders must sufficiently equip the next generation of HR professionals to be successful in an ever more complex business environment or risk facing marginalization. What are organizations doing and if this is not a priority, what are the risks from inaction? Join this point: counterpoint session to hear differing perspectives on developing the next generation of HR talent from the panelists and your peers in this uniquely interactive and fast-paced format.

In this session you will explore:

  • Provocative perspectives on the state of HR talent development
  • What are the opportunities, challenges and risks associated from inaction or boldly developing a program of development
  • Learn from other organizations how they are tackling this critical issue

3:10pm - 3:50pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

December 11, 2018

December 12, 2018


Venue & Accommodation

Loews Hollywood Hotel

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For inquiries related to this community, please reach out to your dedicated contacts.

Ben Baca

Former Program Director


Danielle Levine

Conference Associate