Washington, DC CHRO Virtual Executive Summit

December 7, 2021 | 8:00am - 1:30pm EST

December 7, 2021 | 8:00am - 1:30pm 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:

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

Governing Body Co-Chairs

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

8:00am - 8:45am  EST Keynote

Bold Conversations to Drive Bold Actions — Mental Health in the Workplace

Dr. Damian Vaughn headshot

Dr. Damian Vaughn

Chief Programs Officer


Angela Bailey headshot

Angela Bailey

Chief Human Capital Officer

Department of Homeland Security

Jane Datta headshot

Jane Datta

Chief Human Capital Officer


Natalie Stute headshot

Natalie Stute

Chief Human Resources Officer


A global pandemic, layoffs, remote/hybrid work are just a few of the many factors that organizations have faced during this unprecedented time of disruption. Coupled with the fact that employees and executives have had their mental health and wellbeing pressed like never before; how are leaders to prioritize and balance so many challenges for their organization and employees?

Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • Strategies to support health and wellbeing holistically and consistently
  • How to identify the time to step in and take action
  • Creating dialogue for leaders to maintain inclusive cultures

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

Leading Organizational Change During Uncertain Times

Rita Grazda headshot

Rita Grazda

Vice President Human Resources North America


Traci DiMartini headshot

Traci DiMartini

Chief Human Capital Officer

General Services Administration

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


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"

10:00am - 10:45am  EST Keynote

The Modern Hire — Digital Transformation As the Key to the Best Talent in the Market

Lisa Sterling headshot

Lisa Sterling

Chief People Officer


PaShon Mann headshot

PaShon Mann

Vice President, Talent Acquisition

Comcast NBC Universal

Holly Paul headshot

Holly Paul

Chief Human Resources Officer

FTI Consulting

Change has become a constant among many organizations as culture has evolved, processes have shifted and technology is upgraded. HR leaders must secure the right talent as they lead digital transformation efforts and innovate for the future of work.

Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • Defining a strategic long-term vision for talent acquisition that removes bias
  • Post-pandemic high volume hiring and how to overcome the talent scarcity problem
  • How to increase team efficiency & processes with a remote workforce

10:45am - 11:00am  EST Break

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

Beyond the Data — Redesigning HR Strategies With Human Analytics

Clay Worley headshot

Clay Worley

SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer


Sue Davies headshot

Sue Davies

Chief Human Resources Officer

Markel Corporation

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

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

Personalizing Well-Being — A Roadmap to Resilience

Shawn Stokes headshot

Shawn Stokes

Director of Human Resources

Prince George's

Vonda Bell headshot

Vonda Bell

Chief Human Capital Officer

Farm Credit Administration

Dr. Theresa Horne headshot

Dr. Theresa Horne

Chief Diversity Officer

Immigration and Customs Enforcement

The pandemic has not only had an impact socially and economically, but 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

Bryan Garey headshot

Bryan Garey

Vice President, Human Resources

Virginia Tech

Melissa Hurst headshot

Melissa Hurst

Chief Human Resources Officer

American Red Cross

Brendan Johnson headshot

Brendan Johnson

Senior Vice President and CHRO

Adventist HealthCare

Prompted by the pandemic, social issues, and racial injustice; CHROs are in the spotlight among their C-Suite contemporaries,  the 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

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

The Diversity Double Down — Analysis and Culture

Grady Tripp headshot

Grady Tripp

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer


Loretta Young Walker headshot

Loretta Young Walker

EVP & Chief People Officer

MedStar Health

Rainia Washington headshot

Rainia Washington



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

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

Peer Meetings

Meet virtually for in-depth conversations with your colleagues

December 7, 2021

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