Washington, DC CHRO Executive Summit

December 6, 2023 | Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel

December 6, 2023
Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Washington, DC'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:

Developing human-centric leaders for the new world of work

Preparing the organization and HR function for technological innovation

Identifying, growing and retaining employees with the skills your business requires

Washington, DC CHRO Governing Body

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

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Ann Addison

Northrop Grumman
Corporate VP & CHRO

Melissa Hurst

American Red Cross

Ken Kovach

B. F. Saul Company

Shawn Stokes

Prince George's
Director of Human Resources

Jacqueline Welch

New York Times

Loretta Young Walker

MedStar Health
EVP & Chief People 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 Washington, DC 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.


December 5, 2023

December 6, 2023

6:00pm - 8:30pm  Governing Body Welcome Reception

Governing Body Welcome Reception

Governing Body members host this dinner for attendees to launch the event with an evening of peer networking.

7:45am - 8:30am  Registration & Breakfast

8:30am - 9:15am  Keynote

Creating a Culture Where Employees Thrive

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Bob Leavitt

Chief Human Capital Officer

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

In the day-to-day treadmill of cost efficiencies, standard compliance, and advancing major initiatives, we all strive to maintain our focus on people – our colleagues, our customers. Human-centric leadership can boost organizational culture, foster employee wellbeing, and improve retention. It is also our imperative. Join a former conflict resolution specialist turned CHCO of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as he guides this keynote focused on:

  • Creating a culture of learning, recognition, and performance, while encouraging diverse perspectives
  • Evaluating and adjusting our leadership styles, and welcoming the discomfort at times in doing so
  • Aligning your performance management system around the new culture

9:15am - 9:40am  Networking Break

9:40am - 10:25am  Breakout Session

Accelerating Leadership Development Programs

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Holly Kortright


Navy Federal Credit Union

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Keith Vavra


ST Engineering

72% of executives tell Gartner they've recently increased spending on leadership development programs. With or without extra funding, there are some practical steps to improve your leadership pipeline and organizations who excel at identifying and developing leaders will be at a competitive advantage.

Join this fireside chat as CHROs discuss:

  • Merging leadership development plan into company culture and mission
  • Identifying current leadership challenges and making necessary adjustments
  • Supporting growth development and performance on a large scale

9:40am - 10:25am  Executive Boardroom

Pushing for Equity to Cultivate Employee and Business Success

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Loretta Young Walker

EVP & Chief People Officer

MedStar Health

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Tia Butler

Chief Human Capital Officer

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

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Junish Arora

Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

U.S. Department of Commerce

According to Gartner’s Board of Directors Survey, 45% of boards have DE&I on the agenda every quarter or at every board meeting. This data supports the tectonic shift in initiatives driving both social and business value following heightened tensions in the past couple of years. With equity programs in place, what can HR leaders do to keep pushing for more and get support from the board?

Join this session to discuss: 

  • How to get widespread support from organization that an equitable and inclusive work environment is a strategic business priority, not just a nice thing to do

  • What can be done to hold leadership accountable

  • How to maintain momentum on programs already in place and advocate for more 

9:40am - 10:25am  Executive Boardroom

Ask Me Anything - HR Alignment for Improved Business Results

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Kelly Neiman


DLA Piper

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Jack Jackson

Vice President of Human Resources

DCS Corporation

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Dr. Tina Garrett-Ragland

Chief People and Culture Officer

Save The Children

Creating an optimal structure of the HR function sets up the entire organization for success. So what's the first step if you have a blank piece of paper to openly reimagine HR strategy from the ground up? Kelly Neiman, CHRO of DLA Piper, had that exact opportunity and is here to share her experience.

Join this ask me anything boardroom session to discuss:

  • Obtaining a strong baseline of organization needs and future business strategy
  • Implementing strategic role placement based on individual strengths
  • Aligning the HR team to create accountability and shared responsibility for driving results

10:25am - 11:00am  Networking Break

10:30am - 10:55am  Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a 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.

11:00am - 11:45am  Breakout Session

What HR Leaders Need to Know About AI

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David Van Deventer

VP, Associate Experience

HD Supply

According to Gartner, 94% of businesses plan to deploy some form of artificial intelligence by 2025. HR leaders are being tasked with not only rolling out new processes, but ensuring the technology being implemented remains fair and unbiased in its recommendations.

This session will focus on:

  • Obtaining a high level overview of AI, Generative AI and Machine Learning
  • Understanding common applications of AI and its impact on work and talent
  • Preparing for and addressing the ethical implications of AI in HR technology

11:00am - 11:45am  Executive Boardroom

Recruiting Scarce Talent in 2023

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Mary Kay Gribbons


Sunrise Senior Living

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Kimberly Hough


Chesterfield County Public Schools

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Angelia Neal

Assistant Administrator for HR Management

Department of Transportation - Federal Aviation Administration

CHROs are continuously looking to revamp the way they recruit and sourcing talent where competitors are not. When developing a strategic recruiting function, what are the untapped ways to find the best talent and improve business from the ground up?
In this session CHROs will address:

  • Finding nontraditional candidate sources
  • Diversifying your talent pool
  • Hiring to meet short and long term needs

11:00am - 11:45am  Executive Boardroom

Cultivating a Culture of Belonging From the Top Down

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Wonzie Gardner


National Science Foundation

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Debbie Rosenberg

Chief Administrative Officer


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Dr. Kristi Murphy Baldwin


Prince George's County Public Schools

The balancing of employee expectations amid ongoing labor shortages are a growing concern in every industry. Despite the challenges, the most successful businesses have established a culture of belonging that causes a ripple effect on retention. If internal culture isn't initiated by the CHRO, how can change truly be implemented?

Join this boardroom session to learn how to:

  • Establish a sense of "we" starting from the top

  • Align your performance management system around the new culture

  • Communicate goals and challenges transparently

11:45am - 12:30pm  Lunch Service

12:30pm - 1:05pm  Keynote

The Performance Paradox — Mental Health and High Productivity

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Kara Hardin

Registered Psychotherapist & LEO of The Practice Lab

Guest Speaker

Today's relentless pursuit of success can lead to profound dissatisfaction and dramatically affect mental health. Accomplishments lack satisfaction, work is ceaseless, sleep and self-care are sacrificed. Recognizing this, HR can play a pivotal role in breaking this cycle and nurturing a healthier and more fulfilled workforce.

Join this keynote from a mental health educator and former lawyer to learn:

  • How time, efficiency and productivity challenges individual and community health
  • Why mental health of individuals and teams drives performance (and not vice versa)
  • What steps HR-leaders can take, for themselves and others, to shift away from the paradox and towards a more healthy relationship with work

1:05pm - 1:30pm  Break

1:30pm - 2:15pm  Breakout Session

Attraction, Recruitment and Enjoyment

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Monique Lanaux

Chief Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Officer

Albertsons Companies

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Katie O'Connell Jones


Fannie Mae

More than half of job applicants tell Gartner they would choose a job with the right EVP attributes, over one paying 10% more. HR-leaders are continually looking for ways to attract and recruit the right employees while identifying EVP strong points to increase retention.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Getting creative with your talent attraction strategy
  • Understanding your EVP and knowing where you can stand out
  • Fostering an environment where employees thrive and stick

1:30pm - 2:15pm  Executive Boardroom

The Practicalities of Pay Equity

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Tony Kinslow


Georgetown University

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Bryan Garey

Vice President, Human Resources

Virginia Tech

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Vonda Bell

Chief Human Capital Officer

Farm Credit Administration

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Robin Bailey

Chief Operating Officer

Department of Health and Human Services - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Increased social awareness and demand for workplace transparency have made pay equity more than just a standard compliance issue for many businesses today. In addition to avoiding potential litigation, forward-thinking employers who implement fair pay policies may be able to improve their organization’s reputation, keep employees engaged and attract new talent.

Join this session to learn:

  • Practical strategies for implementing fair pay policies
  • Leveraging data and internal partnerships to identify and close gaps
  • Staying ahead of local, state, national and international pay equity regulations

1:30pm - 2:15pm  Executive Boardroom

Tapping Into Leadership Potential

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Stephany Foster



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Charles Hall, Jr.

Director, Department of Human Resources

District of Columbia

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Kerrie L. Wolfe

SVP HR, CHRO & Communications


With turnover likely to remain high and a wave of retirements on the horizon, turning high-potentials into tomorrow’s leaders is a critical HR initiative. From re-tooling succession planning to developing talent, how can CHROs work to ensure their organizations are set up with strong leadership now and into the future?

In this session CHROs will discuss how to:

  • Build a more diverse pipeline of future roles

  • Optimize the fit and transition of leaders into new roles

  • Identify new approaches to prepare and grow HIPOs

2:15pm - 3:00pm  Networking Break

2:20pm - 2:45pm  Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a 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.

2:50pm - 3:25pm  Keynote

Gartner Talent Angle Podcast Live: Leveraging Data to Equip a Multigenerational Workforce

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Peter Aykens

Chief of Research, HR Practice


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Julie Broussard Berko

Director, Office of Human Resources

National Institutes of Health

Today's workforce includes employees ranging from Gen Z to Baby Boomers and managing multiple generations can present challenges as well as opportunities. Join Peter Aykens, Gartner's Chief of Research, HR Practice, as he hosts a live recording of Gartner's Talent Angle Podcast with Julie Broussard Berko, Director of the Office of Human Resources at the National Institutes of Health to discuss plans on engaging employees through the generation gap.

In this session:

  • Leading and managing an age-diverse workforce
  • Enabling inter-generational knowledge and skills mentoring
  • Succession planning and building next generation leaders through data-driven strategies

3:25pm - 4:00pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

December 5, 2023

December 6, 2023

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

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Venue & Accommodation

Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 1-888-236-2427.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $169 USD (plus tax) is November 6, 2023.

Community Program Manager

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Alisa Hauser

Community Program Manager