Washington, DC CHRO Virtual Executive Summit

December 7, 2021 | 8:00am - 3:00pm EST

December 7, 2021 | 8:00am - 3:00pm 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:

How leaders should be adjusting organizationally and personally during uncertain times

Driving bold and impactful change in diversity, equity and inclusion efforts

Creating and crafting health initiatives for leaders and employees


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

The New York Times
Executive Vice President and 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.


December 7, 2021

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

Leading Organizational Change During Uncertain Times

Traci DiMartini headshot

Traci DiMartini

Chief Human Capital Officer

General Services Administration

Rita Grazda headshot

Rita Grazda

Vice President Human Resources North America


Bob Frost headshot

Bob Frost

Senior Vice President & Chief People Officer

Washington Nationals Baseball

At the forefront of mandatory vaccination requirements, Washington DC HR leaders are uniquely positioned to make tough choices as it relates to workforce planning and the future of work as a whole. As company leaders look forward, many organizations are seizing the opportunity to reset organization design, operating norms, and company culture. As leaders of change, how can CHROs and CHCOs ensure that organizational design aligns with business goals?
Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • How to equip employees to handle change
  • Methods of reducing friction when implementing new workflows
  • Strategy to evolve your company culture during change

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

Shifting Strategies for an Evolving Employee Landscape

Jeff Newman headshot

Jeff Newman

Chief Human Resources Officer


Beth Skoletsky headshot

Beth Skoletsky

Chief Human Resources Officer


Ken Kovach headshot

Ken Kovach

Senior Vice President, Human Resources

B. F. Saul Company

Connectivity has never been more essential as companies work to bridge the gap in hybrid work environments.
The leadership provided by managers plays a vital role in maintaining a sense of belonging, whether employees are returning to the office or continuing to work remotely.
Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • How to create a motivational atmosphere for employees in remote and hybrid work environments
  • Challenges in promoting and building culture with new hires as well as permanent and temporary employees
  • Strategies to build on engagement in the "new normal"

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

Beyond the Data — Redesigning HR Strategies With Human Analytics

Sue Davies headshot

Sue Davies

Chief Human Resources Officer

Markel Corporation

Clay Worley headshot

Clay Worley

SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer


Bringing HR into the digital era is an increasingly high priority on CHRO’s agendas. As organizations have been pushed to digitalize at the speed of light within the past year, more business cases are being made for a complete redesign of HR strategies that put data and analytics at the core of their decisions.
In this session, CHROs will explore:

  • Aligning HR data through automation in a global business
  • How to gauge potential attrition and minimize the effects of employee turnover
  • Utilizing HR data in C-level decision-making processes

10:00am - 10:45am  EST Keynote

Keynote Hosted by SmartRecruiters

 Join an engaging keynote featuring thought leadership, peer perspectives and actionable insights on the top priorities for CHROs today.

10:45am - 11:00am  EST Break

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

The Diversity Double Down - Analysis and Culture

Rainia Washington headshot

Rainia Washington



Loretta Young Walker headshot

Loretta Young Walker


MedStar Health

Grady Tripp headshot

Grady Tripp

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer


Driven by social responsibility, diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging efforts have soared. As a result HR leaders must double down on progress to ensure company culture is aligned with goals ensuring all employees feel welcome, as well as carefully analyzing factors such as the market, equitable compensation and more.
Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • Strategies to enable a cohesive and empowered workforce
  • Forward-thinking methods to increase diversity in the workplace
  • Creating a culture blueprint for tracking metrics

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

Personalizing Well-Being — A Roadmap to Resilience

Jane Datta headshot

Jane Datta

Chief Human Capital Officer


Shawn Stokes headshot

Shawn Stokes

Director of Human Resources

Prince George's

The pandemic has not only had an impact socially and economically, the global health crisis is also ravaging mental health. Within the enterprise, the human resources function must provide the necessary support and resources to alleviate the burden on employees: boosting resilience.
Join this session as HR leaders discuss ways to:

  • Create sustainable well-being solutions in the way of benefits, flexibility and support for working parents
  • Design personalized wellbeing offerings to meet contrasting employee needs
  • Establish programs and processes to destigmatize mental health

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

The Elevated Role of the CHRO

Brendan Johnson headshot

Brendan Johnson

Senior Vice President and CHRO

Adventist HealthCare

Bryan Garey headshot

Bryan Garey

Vice President, Human Resources

Virginia Tech

Prompted by the pandemic, social issues, and racial injustice; CHROs are in the spotlight among their C-Suite contemporaries, Board of Directors and the CEO. Now more than ever, HR leaders are tasked with being strategic leaders and must prepare to take on greater accountability for driving business success.
In this session, HR leaders will learn:

  • How to effectively communicate to the CEO and the workforce to reevaluate company models
  • Enhancing C-Suite partnerships
  • Successful reporting to the Board of Directors


Your Community Partners

Program Partner

Washington, DC CHRO Program Manager

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

Alisa Hauser

Program Manager