Southern California CHRO Virtual Executive Summit

October 5, 2021 | 8:00am - 3:00pm PDT

October 5, 2021 | 8:00am - 3:00pm PDT

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:

Developing Next-generation Leaders by Evolving Role Expectations Instead of New Skills

Reshaping a Corporate Culture that Thrives in a Hybrid Environment

Investing in the Right HR Technology to Drive Growth and Meet Business Expectations

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

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 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. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.


October 5, 2021

8:00am - 8:45am  PDT Keynote

Skill Adjacencies — An Answer for Talent Shortages and Retention

Deborah Cegielski headshot

Deborah Cegielski


Velocity Vehicle Group

Andrea Shiah headshot

Andrea Shiah

Head of Talent Strategy and Transformation

Jason Cerrato headshot

Jason Cerrato

Sr. Director, Product Marketing

Kari Durham headshot

Kari Durham

SVP, Human Resources

Skyworks Solutions

Global trends have thrown a wrench into the U.S. labor market. There are currently 1.3 open jobs for each unemployed worker, yet organizations are struggling to fill open jobs. There's currently a mismatch between jobs available and worker skills and wants. Find out how skill adjacencies can bridge that gap while retaining valuable talent.

Join this keynote session to learn:

  • Current trends driving this mismatch
  • What are skill adjacencies and how do they predict potential
  • How skill adjacencies create opportunity

8:45am - 9:00am  PDT Break

9:00am - 10:00am  PDT Executive Boardroom

Analyzing Compensation — Achieving Equity

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Katie Bardaro

Vice President of Analytics & Advice

Syndio Solutions

Jodi DiCenzo headshot

Jodi DiCenzo

Global Head of Human Resources


Everyone should be fairly compensated for their time and contributions in the workplace. Now more than ever, pay equity is getting a second look as calls for diversity, equity and inclusion reach an inflection point. How can HR leaders transform a potential liability into a brand advantage by incorporating equity into day to day pay practices? 

Join this virtual town hall, as HR leaders discuss ways to:

  • Analyze pay across gender, race and ethnicity to identify gaps
  • Systematically resolve issues through proactive interventions
  • Effectively communicate pay policies internally and publicly

9:00am - 10:00am  PDT Executive Boardroom

Adapting Your Talent Strategy in an Employee's Market

Victor Santillan headshot

Victor Santillan

Head of Human Resources

Grifols, Inc.

Helene Klein headshot

Helene Klein

Chief People Officer


Kevin Tackaberry headshot

Kevin Tackaberry

EVP, Human Resources


Organizations’ ability to survive, adapt and grow hinge on recruiting and retaining high-quality talent. But in the current hiring landscape, many CHROs are finding that it has become an employee market, making it necessary to up the ante. How are CHROs enticing and hanging onto talent in this landscape amongst intense competition? 

Join this session as HR leaders discuss: 

  • Methods for exceeding employee expectations including compensation, benefits, flexibility and additional creative solutions
  • Strategies for competing in the current employee market
  • Ideas for strengthening culture amid a largely decentralized work environment

10:00am - 10:45am  PDT Keynote

DEI Accountability Through Data, Changing Processes and Mindsets

Colleen Butler headshot

Colleen Butler

VP, Global Human Resources


Paul Rubenstein headshot

Paul Rubenstein

Chief People Officer


Many organizations have spent years on DE&I programs but yielded limited results. While incremental progress has been made, accountability and sustainability remain elusive. Now — in the modern age of people analytics — employers are better able to pinpoint the root cause of workforce representation gaps, measure feelings of belonging and inclusion, and utilize data to make measurable DE&I improvements.

Join this virtual keynote to learn how you can:

  • Form an inclusive environment by equipping the workforce with tools, vocabulary, and behavior that promotes belonging for everyone
  • Change the enterprise’s relationship with data to measure change and create more visibility around progress toward DE&I goals
  • Lead with the heart by leaning into the power of community

10:45am - 11:00am  PDT Break

11:00am - 12:00pm  PDT Executive Boardroom

Building a Castle On Sand, Managing the Shifting Landscape

Colleen Butler headshot

Colleen Butler

VP, Global Human Resources


Theresa Bush headshot

Theresa Bush

Senior Vice President Human Resources

Aera Energy

Edie Givens headshot

Edie Givens

SVP, People and Organization

Sony Pictures Entertainment

With a constantly shifting landscape, one of a CHRO's greatest challenges is balancing safety, employee needs, and more all while maintaining business productivity. The majority of HR leaders have already or are looking to implement a hybrid work model, but what is the best way to adapt to the new work environment in a sustainable way?

Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • Fostering leadership development and team connection
  • Challenges and procedures with a hybrid workforce
  • Strategies to ensure culture and connection are in place across all teams

11:00am - 12:00pm  PDT Executive Boardroom

After the Wake, Holistic Wellbeing

Robert A. Eisen, SPHR headshot

Robert A. Eisen, SPHR

SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer

Western Dental Services

Samantha Stewart headshot

Samantha Stewart

VP, Human Resources

Los Angeles Lakers

Pearl Shiue Luu headshot

Pearl Shiue Luu

SVP - Head of Human Resources


The health and wellbeing of employees has always been top of mind for HR leaders, but the aftermath of COVID-19 has left a wake of concern for leadership. Employee safety, along with their mental, emotional and physical health has taken a seat as one of the top priorities moving forward. How can leaders ensure that the workforce is holistically cared for?

Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • Methods for gathering employee sentiment to enact effective policies
  • Instituting programs for holistic wellbeing including psychological safety
  • People based strategies for improved productivity and engagement

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

Peer Meetings

Meet virtually for in-depth conversations with your colleagues

October 5, 2021

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