Washington, DC CHRO Virtual Executive Summit

November 12, 2020 | 8:00am - 12:30pm EST

November 12, 2020 | 8:00am - 12:30pm EST

Collaborate with your peers

Come together with your peers virtually to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Washington, DC CHRO Virtual 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 wellbeing programs in a new era of work


Ann Addison

Northrop Grumman
Corporate VP & Chief Human Resources Officer

Melissa Hurst

American Red Cross
Chief Human Resources Officer

Ken Kovach

B. F. Saul Company
Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Shawn Stokes

Prince George's
Director of Human Resources

Jacqueline Welch

Freddie Mac
Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Diversity Officer


November 12, 2020

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

Changing Culture — The DE&I Journey

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Gerri Mason Hall

Chief Diversity & Social Responsibility Officer


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Ray Dempsey

Chief Diversity Officer

BP United States

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Jacqueline Welch

Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Diversity Officer

Freddie Mac

All organizations are on a mission to make the workplace diverse, equitable and inclusive. But as ongoing calls for racial justice reach a boiling point, the enterprise is now shifting course, elevating the voice of the employee on the culture change journey.

Join this keynote session CHROs discuss how to:

  • Create safe spaces for workers to share vulnerable moments
  • Make lasting change within the enterprise
  • Evaluate organizational policies and procedures through an equity lens

8:45am - 9:00am  EST Break

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

Making Concrete Progress in DE&I

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Sara Ortiz

Head of Human Resources

Five Guys Enterprises

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Carey Pellock



The tragic reality of systemic racism is at the forefront of America’s consciousness—and this time it feels different. HR leaders are playing a critical role in infusing diversity, equity and inclusion into their organizations for the health of corporate America and society overall.

In this virtual roundtable, HR leaders discuss:

  • Engaging the workforce in difficult conversations about race and equity
  • Holding leaders and managers accountable for allyship and true culture changes
  • Long-term strategy that puts the organization on the path to DE&I

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

Employee Engagement — More Than A Metric

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Jack Jackson

Vice President of Human Resources

DCS Corporation

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Samantha Howland

Chief People Officer


Maintaining an engaged workforce as employees navigate personal stress and an uncertain future is a challenge all HR leaders are facing. Monitoring and acting on employee sentiment is a necessary lever for employers to pull to maintain engagement and productivity.

Join this virtual boardroom to discuss:

  • Trends in employee sentiment and engagement
  • Meaningful actions employers can take to support the workforce
  • Lessons learned after a year of disruption

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

An Epidemic within the Pandemic: Supporting Mental Health in 2020

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Julie Isaacs

Regional Director – Behavioral Health (Interim)

Kaiser Permanente

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Ventris Gibson

Director, Department of Human Resources

District of Columbia

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Shawn Stokes

Director of Human Resources

Prince George's

Even before the pandemic, America was reckoning with a mental health crisis. Now stress, uncertainty, fear and anxiety about COVID-19 — along with other traumas of 2020 — pose new threats to mental health. Organizations are embracing every opportunity to support the workforce, focusing on mental health and emotional wellbeing for their employees.

Join this session to explore:

  • Fundamental changes in relationships and how employers can build trust with workers
  • Unique challenges facing all workforces; like homeschooling, caregiving and burnout
  • Practical steps to cultivate resilience and empower employees

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

CHROs Leading Business Strategy in Times of Uncertainty

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Mike Bokina

Vice President, Head of Human Resources

Siemens USA

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Eoin Byrne


Lidl US, LLC

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Barbara Paul


Norfolk Southern Corporation

In times of economic uncertainty and global disruption, HR has the power to guide enterprise strategy into reality. Join this keynote session to hear how HR leaders are fostering an environment of engagement, entrepreneurship and innovation.

In this session, CHROs discuss:

  • Enabling a resilient workforce that weathers challenges and retains top talent
  • Partnering with the CEO/board to sustain and strengthen company culture
  • Identifying opportunities to drive innovation in times of crisis

10:45am - 11:00am  EST Break

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

Workplace Strategy — The "New Normal"

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Rita Grazda

Vice President Human Resources North America


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Bryan Garey

Vice President, Human Resources

Virginia Tech

As the enterprise continues to adapt to challenges of a global pandemic, HR leaders are shaping strategy for new ways of operating in the workplace. These decisions, made with an uncertain future, must demonstrate safety, promote productivity, advance business operations and drive employee engagement.

Join this virtual boardroom to discuss:

  • Strategies for keeping your return-to-workplace strategy flexible
  • Best practices for managing a workforce facing a myriad of personal challenges
  • Shifts in culture to accommodate asynchronous and remote work

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

Leadership Development — Elevating Your Top Talent

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Marc Kolp

Director, Center for Leadership and Innovation


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Paula Cooney

SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer

FLIR Systems

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Brendan Johnson

Senior Vice President and CHRO

Adventist HealthCare

In times of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA), supporting the continual development of your leaders is paramount. Building a pipeline of talent, one that is resilient and prepared for long-term success, relies on intentional and sustained leadership development programs, offerings and initiatives. 

Join this virtual boardroom to discuss:

  • The critical importance of intentional and sustained leadership development 
  • Leadership development initiatives to best support the continued development of your top talent
  • Strategies to leverage strong leadership development culture as a catalyst to drive growth

12:00pm - 12:30pm  EST Networking

Community Networking & Discussion

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Angela Bailey

Chief Human Capital Officer

Department of Homeland Security

Join this informal and interactive networking session to connect with your Washington, D.C. CHRO peers. In this session, the Washington, D.C. community will have the chance to share their takeaways from the program in smaller groups and walk away with at least one new connection.

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Ernest Hughes

Program Manager