Southern California CHRO Executive Summit

December 15, 2022 | Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza

December 15, 2022
Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza


Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Southern California'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:

Delivering meaningful experiences for employees across all levels of engagement

Recruiting and retaining talent to bolster business success

Expanding comprehensive and consequential DE&I initiatives

Southern California CHRO Governing Body

The Governing Body Co-Chairs shape the summit agenda, ensuring that all content is driven by CHROs, for CHROs.


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

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 Southern California 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.


Keynote Sessions

Why I Use Data Like a CFO

Expectations for the CHRO’s use of people analytics have increased exponentially. CEOs, CFOs and investors today demand data-driven insights and predictable talent outcomes guided by HR. How do these expectations affect your approach as CHRO? What should you do with people analytics?

In this session, CHRO Paul Rubenstein provides case studies and practical examples around:

  • Improving transparency and fairness of people decisions
  • Blending financial, productivity and people data
  • Changing the CHRO’s rhythm of data use to impact attrition and diversity

Exhaustion to Enthusiasm – Leading Through Rapid Change

 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

Breakout Sessions

The Playbook on Building a Diverse Leadership Bench

Front offices should reflect the rich culture within their communities, but unconscious biases in the succession management process can derail CHRO’s efforts to improve diversity in leadership. 

Join this panel session to learn how to:

  • Avoid conformity risks and build diverse organizational leadership pipelines both internally and externally
  • Utilize data and metrics to measure impact and accountability of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives
  • Create ways to communicate and commemorate DEI growth within an organization

Talent in the Balance

In today’s heated talent competition, how important is leveraging employee feedback in crafting your talent strategy? Join this session as Bank of America shares its latest independent nationwide annual research report. 

In this session you will learn how to:

  • Define financial wellness from the employee voice
  • Identify unique approaches to recruit and retain critical talent
  • Extend support that contributes to your employees' overall wellbeing

Heart Over Head Values

Changes in company culture are not born in the boardroom. To create buy-in from your workforce, CHROs must leverage the voice of their employees to implement heart-forward and inclusive values.

In this session, CHRO Tracy Ting shares a case study on:

  • Identifying your employees’ personal and professional values
  • Blending siloed and diverse groups to create one shared culture
  • Measuring the stickiness of culture initiatives

Building Your Community - Workshop Your DE&I Strategy

Progressive organizations know that creating an inclusive and equitable environment boosts business results. If top HR leaders can't enforce authentic DE&I change, how can you craft buy-in and coalition from your people?

Join this workshop session to learn more about:

  • Research on building micro and macro-level resilience
  • Planting effective seeds of DE&I change on fertile ground
  • Evaluating current initiatives and implementing progressive audits of your plan

Executive Boardroom Session

Using Employee Experience to Build Agile Organizations

To build an agile workforce, companies must attract and retain the right talent, engage high levels of performance, and support employee development and adaptability. This comes from actively managing three different aspects of employee experience — purpose, confidence and belonging.

Join Dr. Steven Hunt, author of the new book “Talent Tectonics: Navigating global workforce shifts, building resilient organizations, and reimagining the employee experience” to discuss:

  • Purpose — how much do jobs provide employees with the things they want from work?
  • Confidence — how hard is it for employees to get things done within the organization?
  • Belonging — how much do employees like the people they work with and how they work together?

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).

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

Evanta programs are uniquely positioned to succeed in the current landscape.

  • Our invitation-only gatherings are designed to be smaller in scale, providing a safe and comfortable environment.
  • All in-person programs are local and complimentary, with zero impact on your organization’s T&E.

We are committed to creating the safest possible environment for all participants, partners, and associates. As a part of our commitment we will continue to monitor and adhere to government, venue, and health agency guidelines. Information on vaccinations, face mask guidance, on-site safety measures, and more, can be found here: Health and Safety Resource Policy.


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 1-213-356-3300.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $209 USD (plus tax) is November 21, 2022.

Your Community Partners

CHRO Thought Leader
Key Partner
Program Partners

Southern California CHRO Program Manager

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

Natalia Klein

Program Manager

239 839 8616