Atlanta CHRO Executive Summit

December 7, 2021 | JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead

December 7, 2021
JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead


Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Atlanta'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:

Dealing with Delta — A Strategic Look at the Impact at Work

Promoting Agility — Redesigning L&D for 2021

Creating a Culture of Belonging

Atlanta CHRO Governing Body

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


Jed Milstein

Asbury Automotive Group
Chief Human Resources Officer

Meg Newman

EVP and Chief People Officer

Jill Wilson

SVP, Human Resources & Talent Development

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 Atlanta 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 6, 2021

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

Governing Body Private Dinner

Exclusive to Governing Body members and select guests, this dinner is a can’t-miss opportunity to connect with your peers prior to tomorrow’s Executive Summit. Please join your colleagues for an evening of good food, wine, and lively networking.

December 7, 2021 - morning

7:30am - 8:15am  Registration & Breakfast

8:15am - 8:30am  Opening Comments

9:00am - 9:15am  Break

9:15am - 10:00am  Breakout Session

DE&I – Getting Started

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Jed Milstein

Chief Human Resources Officer

Asbury Automotive Group

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Elizabeth Spence


Gypsum Management & Supply

Driven by social responsibility, diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging efforts have soared. As a result HR leaders must focus on progress to ensure company culture is aligned with goals, ensuring all team members feel welcome, as well as carefully analyzing factors such as the market, equitable compensation and more. For many organizations at the beginning of their journey, these tasks can be daunting.

Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • How to get started and gain traction on your journey
  • Strategies to enable a cohesive and empowered workforce
  • Forward thinking methods to increase diversity and inclusion in the workplace

9:15am - 10:00am  Breakout Session

Refining Equitable Practices, Starting with Pay Equity

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Katie Bardaro

Vice President of Analytics & Advice

Syndio Solutions

At the heart of diversity, equity and inclusion, the end goal of HR leaders is workplace equity. Society has increased pressure for companies to be accountable to the workforce, the board and to the public in general. How can leaders tactfully ensure parity across the workplace in all facets using practices such as pay equity, recruitment, transparency, and metric measurements?
Join this session to learn about:
•        Identifying gaps by analyzing pay and recruitment across gender, race and ethnicity
•        Systematically resolving issues through proactive intervention
•        Effectively communicating policies internally and publicly

9:15am - 10:00am  Executive Boardroom

Leaders, the Anchor for Employee Experience

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Paul Rubenstein

Chief People Officer


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Virginia Means

Chief People Officer

United Distributors

Honing leadership skills is a standalone challenge, but hybrid workplaces add additional layers of intricacy. Connectivity has never been more essential as CHROs anchor the organization by educating leaders to better manage teams, ensuring the business hits strategic goals, and keeping employees engaged.

Join this boardroom as HR leaders discuss ways to:

•        Achieve optimal engagement in a remote or hybrid environment

•        Foster leadership development and team connection

•        Enable leaders to prepare the workforce for new ways of working

10:00am - 10:30am  Networking Break

10:30am - 11:15am  Breakout Session

Supporting Enterprise Transformation Amid Disruption

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Reginald Mebane

Senior Executive Service(SES) Director Office of Equal Employment Opportunity(OEEO)

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

As organizations adapt to remain competitive amidst rapid change, CHROs play a pivotal role in organization redesign and change management. As the rate of change accelerates into 2021, business transformation objectives must maintain a people-focused approach to mitigate change fatigue and maximize organizational effectiveness.

Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • Methods to engage all levels of the organization in driving change
  • The role HR should play in organization redesign
  • How organizational design strategy should evolve for the new ways of working

10:30am - 11:15am  Breakout Session

Transformation With Purpose — Data-Led Reorganization and the “What-If” Mindset

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Rupert Morrison



Today’s organizations have had to adapt to a wide range of market challenges. The transformations CHROs tend to talk about most are the big, strategic initiatives. These include everything from mergers and acquisitions to new, often digital, business models. But more often than not, businesses need to transform on many levels, continuously, and especially with an operational focus on driving ever greater efficiencies. While transformation comes in ever-increasing waves of stop/start lurches from one ‘new normal’ to the next, this interactive session with Orgvue’s CEO, Rupert Morrison will answer questions including:

  • What is HR’s role in transformation and Organizational Design – how can they have a bigger role in the business?
  • How can HR leaders evolve their approach to transformation & Organizational Design?
  • What does data and technology bring to the table in delivering more effective change?

10:30am - 11:15am  Executive Boardroom

After the Wake, a Holistic Experience

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Susan Wyatt

Head of Customer Success

Lyra Health

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Monica Anderton

Chief Human Resources Officer

DS Smith

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Vishal Bhalla

SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer & Chief Experience Officer

Atrium Health


11:15am - 11:25am  Break

December 7, 2021 - mid-afternoon

11:25am - 12:40pm  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.

11:45am - 1:15pm  Lunch Service

12:40pm - 1:00pm  Break

1:00pm - 1:05pm  Lunch Comments

1:35pm - 1:50pm  Break

December 7, 2021 - afternoon

1:50pm - 2:35pm  Breakout Session

Rallying the Workforce Around a People's Brand

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Karen Brandenburg Viera

SVP, Human Resources & Internal Communications

Church's Chicken

When an international restaurant decided to redesign its concepts, the head of HR Karen Viera took this as an opportunity to commit to the biggest people initiative Church’s Chicken has conquered yet — the inception of an all-inclusive people’s brand. Through this journey, Karen found the heartbeat of the organization and bonded all layers of the workforce together in a shared vision.

Join this session to learn how Karen:

  • Gained leadership buy in for new initiatives and funding
  • United the workforce through shared goals, vision and purpose
  • Increased customer satisfaction while decreasing turnover 

2:35pm - 3:05pm  Networking Break

3:05pm - 3:50pm  Executive Boardroom

The Diversity Double Down - Analysis and Culture

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Camye Mackey

Chief People Officer

Atlanta Hawks

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

3:50pm - 4:05pm  Break

4:05pm - 4:10pm  Closing Comments

4:40pm - 5:10pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing


Returning to in-person conferences

We are excited to welcome you back, in person, to Evanta gatherings.

As previously shared, Evanta will hold in-person programs only in locations that meet our stringent health and safety criteria to help ensure the well-being of our participants, partners, and our associates. These criteria include adhering to government, venue, and health agency guidelines, in addition to taking all practical safety precautions onsite.

Please note that our onsite planning will continue to evolve, and all measures are subject to change to ensure the best and safest possible experience. Please refer to our COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols for up-to-date local guidelines.


Venue & Accommodation

JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead

A block of rooms has been reserved at the JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 1-866-343-5747 . Please mention Atlanta CHRO Executive Summit to ensure the appropriate room rate.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $214 USD (plus tax) is November 15, 2021.

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Atlanta CHRO Program Manager

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

Neiland Fitzgerald

Program Manager