7 Hot Topics at Upcoming CHRO Executive Summits

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Written by Katie O'Reilly

OCTOBER 12, 2023

As fall approaches, this is a time where our CHRO community members are looking to make new connections, validate strategies and familiarize themselves with new practices to set their organizations up strong in the year ahead. 

To support these HR leaders, our teams have been working diligently with each community’s Governing Body to create sessions for our upcoming Executive Summits that cover the most pressing issues and trending topics impacting HR leaders today. Having agendas built “by CHROs, for CHROs” ensures our gatherings are the most valuable place for HR leaders to learn from trusted peers and industry experts. 

At the beginning of this year, CHROs indicated they were focused on succession planning, retention strategies and developing and upskilling talent to meet new business needs and future leadership roles. These priorities are still top of mind and anchoring agendas in the second half of the year, with an added emphasis on the rapidly evolving generative AI landscape and the new phase of corporate diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I).

With seven CHRO Executive Summits hosted in North America this season, we are offering a variety of forums to address these topics, as well as the ever evolving CHRO role. Here’s a sneak peak of what you can expect this season.

  1. Revitalizing Culture With Modern Leadership at the Houston CHRO Executive Summit

At Shell USA, Trish Moore, VP, HR and Reginald Banks, VP, HR, Org Development & Learning have found a direct link between the way leaders manage and how it can transform a culture. In this session, learn the mindsets and behaviors critical for leaders today and approaches CHROs can implement to develop successful leaders.

  1. Leading Not Lagging - The CHRO and AI at the Philadelphia CHRO Executive Summit

The question many CHROs are asking is, “Is generative AI worth the risk?” According to Gartner research, three quarters of HR leaders agree they will be at a competitive disadvantage if they do not implement generative AI in the next year or two. Jeff Orlando, Chief Learning Officer at Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Liz Heitner, CHRO at Penn Mutual Life Insurance lead this session on how CHROs can ready themselves and their organizations to take advantage ofAI opportunities and mitigate potential risks.

  1. A Turning Point – DE&I After Affirmative Action at the New York CHRO Executive Summit

How can HR and diversity leaders continue to prioritize DE&I practices in the workplace amidst the reversal of affirmative action and the decreased news coverage of ongoing racial injustice? In this breakout session, explore how to shore up DE&I efforts in a post-affirmative action world.

  1. Prioritizing and Normalizing Mental Well-Being in the Workplace at the Chicago CHRO Executive Summit

Hostess Brand partnered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to end the stigma around mental health in the workplace. Join Robert Weber, CHRO of Hostess Brand and Darcy Gruttadaro,Chief Innovation Officer at NAMI to learn why Hostess is prioritizing this issue and the steps they are taking to address and support mental health for their 3,000 employees.

  1. Creating a Culture Where Employees Thrive at the Washington, DC CHRO Executive Summit

As a former conflict resolution specialist, Bob Leavitt, Chief Human Capital Officer at the Department of Health and Human Services is passionate about human-centric leadership that can boost organizational culture, foster employee wellbeing and improve retention. Learn how to create a culture of learning, recognition, and performance, while also encouraging diverse perspectives.

  1. Executive Presence for Lasting Leadership at the Southern California CHRO Executive Summit

Any given gesture - a nod, a point of the finger - conscious or unconscious speaks volumes to people, especially in high-level situations. In this opening keynote, join body language expert Chris Ulrich to learn tools and techniques on how executives can communicate more effectively.

  1. Succession Planning as a Culture Enhancer at the Toronto CHRO Executive Summit

In the midst of disruption and uncertainty, CHROs are leveraging the planning process to not only ensure long-term organizational stability, but also offer clear career pathways for employees and create a culture centered around talent development. Elizabeth McSavaney, VP, Head of Human Resources at Zurich Insurance will highlight the importance of identifying and retaining future leaders for business success.

These sessions are just a snapshot of what you can expect this season. With the pace of change today, it’s more important than ever for leading industry CHROs to come together and share challenges, successes and practices.

If you are not already a member, apply to join your local CHRO community, and reserve your spot at one of our upcoming Executive Summits here.

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Katie O’Reilly

Director, Content at Evanta, a Gartner Company

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