Southern California CHRO Virtual Executive Summit

December 16, 2020 | 8:00am - 1:15pm PST

December 16, 2020 | 8:00am - 1:15pm PST

Collaborate with your peers

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

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

How CHROs are Leading in a New Era

The New Conversation on DE&I

Managing Talent Amid Disruption

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Dina Barmasse-Gray

The Cheesecake Factory
SVP, Human Resources

Kari Durham

Skyworks Solutions
SVP, Human Resources

Melanie Graper

Chief Human Resources Officer

Ross Pollack

LionsGate Entertainment
EVP & Chief Human Resources Officer

Celina Scally

Apria Healthcare
SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer


December 16, 2020

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

Performance Management is More Important Than Ever

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Edie Givens

SVP, People and Organization

Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Michelle Roth

Deputy Head of Human Resources

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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Ellen Sheehan

Executive Director, HARRT

UCLA Anderson School of Management

Every organization is charting its own course through the challenges of remote work, health concerns, and the unique work-life challenges of the COVID era. But whatever path you chart, your employees need to perform. How are you ensuring they can?

Join this boardroom to discuss:

  • How your people leaders are helping employees excel
  • What has changed in your talent management processes in 2020
  • How to build the next generation of talent at your organization

12:00pm - 12:30pm  PST Networking

Q&A With Michele Hoff of Epson

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Michele Hoff

VP, Human Resources, Americas

Epson America

Join this informal and interactive networking session to connect with your Southern California CHRO peers. The session will kick off with Q&A with Michele Hoff, Vice President, Human Resources at Epson America. 

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

Making Concrete Progress in DE&I

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Jamila Daniel

Chief Diversity Officer & SVP, Human Resources


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Tracy Ting


Encore Capital Group

The tragic reality of systemic racism is at the forefront of America's consciousness once again. How are HR leaders truly infusing diversity, equity and inclusion into their organizations to make lasting change at their organizations - and in society?

In this boardroom, you will discuss:

  • Workforce expectations around social justice causes and DE&I
  • Strategies and challenges in building an inclusive culture, remotely
  • Changes you can make to recruiting, onboarding, and talent development

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

The Way Forward – How CHROs are Leading in a New Era

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Lisa M. Garrett

Director of Personnel

Los Angeles County, CA

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Jennifer Pikoos

Director of Human Resources & General Affairs

Kia Motors America

In a year of economic uncertainty, global disruption, and social unrest, HR has been at the forefront of the most important decisions facing business. As a monumental year winds down, we’ll hear how top CHROs are applying hard-won lessons about the nature of work, business strategy, and the HR profession itself. 

This keynote discussion will explore:

  • Opportunities seized in a year of crisis
  • The implications of a changed talent landscape
  • The state of the relationship between HR and the business

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

An Epidemic within the Pandemic: Supporting Mental Health in 2020

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Tom Armentrout

Head of Human Resources

The Wonderful Company

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Samantha Stewart

VP, Human Resources

Los Angeles Lakers

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Jennifer Christian-Herman

Executive Director, Strategic Customer Engagement, Product Innovation & Evaluation

Kaiser Permanente

On top of the mental health crisis America was facing before 2020, this year has created a host of new stressors: A global pandemic, an economic crisis and conflict around racial justice issues. Organizations are embracing every opportunity to support the workforce, including focusing on mental health and creating new dialogues around DE&I. 

Join this session to discuss:

  • How employers can enable courageous conversations on DE&I and mental health 
  • Unique challenges for remote, hybrid and in-person workforces, and adapting to new challenges like homeschooling, caregiving, and burnout 
  • Practical steps to cultivate resilience and empower employees in the face of ongoing crises

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

Building an Intentional Culture

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Lorne Rubis

Culture and Leadership Evangelist

Join Harvard Business School instructor Lorne Rubis as he shares hard-won lessons on creating an intentional company culture that will help your organization thrive in a time of uncertainty. 

8:45am - 9:00am  PST Break

10:45am - 11:00am  PST Break

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

Acquiring Talent in the New, Virtual World

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Kari Durham

SVP, Human Resources

Skyworks Solutions

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Michele Hoff

VP, Human Resources, Americas

Epson America

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Tina Tromiczak

Senior Vice President


This year has introduced many new obstacles for business leaders, but with change and adversity comes the power of possibility and opportunities. From transitioning to a remote workforce seemingly overnight to adopting technologies that enable hiring in the new virtual reality, HR leaders have had to transform their businesses in record time.

In this session, you will discuss:

  • Acceleration and transformation of technology
  • Strategies for overcoming talent obstacles presented by COVID-19
  • Building a strong brand to engage candidates

December 16, 2020

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