Boston CHRO Executive Summit

November 18, 2021 | Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel

November 18, 2021
Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel


Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Boston'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:

Measure progress in DEI initiatives

Drive effective leadership strategy

Manage talent during organizational shifts

Boston CHRO Governing Body

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


Ronald Arigo

AAA Northeast
Senior Vice President, Head of Human Resources

Lisa Britt

ThermoFisher Scientific
Senior VP & Chief Human Resources Officer

Mary Beth DeNooyer

Keurig Dr Pepper

Ginger Gregory

Executive VP & CHRO

Joseph Sangregorio


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 Boston 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.


November 17, 2021

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

The ROI of Creativity

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Noah Scalin

Artist, Innovation Consultant

The World Economic Forum named creativity one of the top must-have skills for success in all industries. It is the key to thriving in this era of rapid innovation and change. But very few organizations have truly invested in the development of this essential capability. Why? Because creativity is considered too intangible to measure, too messy to fit into a strategic plan or simply something that is only for a few specially talented people. In this engaging presentation, Artist/Author Noah Scalin pulls back the curtain on his own creative practice to explain the real ROI of creativity.
In this session, HR leaders will learn:

  • Why creativity is a crucial skill for fostering innovation at your organization
  • How to use creativity strategically for long-term impact
  • Simple strategies that anyone can use to innovate, grow and inspire others

November 18, 2021 - morning

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

8:15am - 8:30am  Opening Comments

8:30am - 9:00am  Keynote

Employee Experience – Defining Distinct Strategies and Balancing New Demands

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Melanie Foley

Executive Vice President and Chief Talent & Enterprise Services Officer

Liberty Mutual

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Margaret Seif

Chief People Officer

Analog Devices

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Alicia Austin

VP, NA People & Organization

Puma North America, Inc.

Organizations and employees are at varying journeys in managing workforces that are in-person, remote, or hybrid. As a result, the employee experience continues to shift while big-picture business initiatives need to continue. Combined with maintaining an engaged workforce, HR leaders are tasked with defining distinct strategies for company culture and consistent execution through all levels of leadership.

In a wide-ranging discussion, three of Boston’s prolific CHROS will address:

  • Building a motivated workforce and bolstering moments that matter
  • Engaging employees that have been redistributed or shifted
  • Balancing the return to work and the value of collaboration

9:00am - 9:15am  Break

9:15am - 10:00am  Breakout Session

Driving Progressive DEI

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Rosemary Sheehan


Mass General Brigham

Diversity, equity and inclusion are top of mind for HR executives, but how are leaders implementing programs to initiate change? Leaders today are finding inspired pathways to create a progressive and inclusive cultures, development opportunities, and collaborative opportunities to drive diversity initiatives. As DE&I programs remain a top priority, how are HR leaders bringing ideas to reality?

Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • Keys to establishing successful and collaborative programs
  • Strategies for communicating and demonstrating commitment to your workforce
  • Methods for robust DE&I implementation

9:15am - 10:00am  Breakout Session

The Impact of Emerging Technology on the Workforce

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John Rogers

Global VP, Partner Network



9:15am - 10:00am  Executive Boardroom

Aligning Succession Planning to the Future Business Strategy

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Rachel Davis

Joint Managing Director

Armstrong Craven

Having a diverse leadership talent pool and a robust succession plan is now more critical than ever as the events of the past 18 months have challenged leadership styles across many organizations. Company-wide change is much needed even on the Board level, where HR leaders identify the need for new skills, aiming to adapt to the demands of the digital era.

Join this discussion as CHROs address:

  • How a diverse workforce can help enterprises boost business performance and reduce succession risks
  • Streamlining your leadership risk strategy to ensure effective internal decision-making
  • How much are organizations’ pledges for diversity in leadership backed by internal change?

10:00am - 10:30am  Networking Break

10:30am - 11:15am  Executive Boardroom

The Modern Hire — Is Digital Transformation the Answer to Help get the Best Talent in the Market?

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Holland McCue

Head of Hiring Success, North America


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Jill Andy

SVP, Human Resources


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Brendan Reidy

Chief Human Resources Officer

Acushnet Holdings Corp.

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 your Talent Acquisition function and removing bias from talent selection
  • Post Pandemic High Volume Hiring: how to overcome the Talent Scarcity Problem
  • Remote Talent Acquisition: How to increase team efficiency & processes

11:15am - 11:25am  Break

November 18, 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

1:05pm - 1:35pm  Keynote

Unlocking the Value of Human Connection in the Future Workplace

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Rosette Cataldo

VP, Performance & Talent Strategy


As the boundary between work and life has become increasingly blurry, people leaders are having to adapt to the changing needs of their workforce, and ensure they take into account employees’ personal circumstances. CHROs play a key role in shaping an inclusive and psychologically safe environment for the entire business, but how can they achieve such a huge task?

This keynote session will explore:

  • How trust can help build healthy and high-performing teams
  • What leaders can do to empower employees to bring their whole, human self to work
  • Leveraging recognition to connect employees to each other and the organization

1:35pm - 1:50pm  Break

November 18, 2021 - afternoon

1:50pm - 2:35pm  Executive Boardroom

Shifting Strategies for an Evolving Employee Landscape

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Lisa Britt

Senior VP & Chief Human Resources Officer

ThermoFisher Scientific

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Mary Beth DeNooyer


Keurig Dr Pepper

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"

2:35pm - 3:05pm  Networking Break

3:05pm - 3:50pm  Executive Boardroom

Personalizing Well Being: A Roadmap to Resilience

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Joseph Sangregorio



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Jane Moyer

SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer

Commonwealth Financial Network

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

3:05pm - 3:50pm  Executive Boardroom

Beyond the Data — Redesigning HR Strategies With Human Analytics

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Alejandro Reyes

SVP & Chief People Officer

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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Jennifer Briere

VP of HR Business Partnering and Strategic Workforce Planning

National Grid

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

3:50pm - 4:05pm  Break

4:05pm - 4:10pm  Closing Comments

4:10pm - 4:40pm  Keynote

The New Role of the CHRO

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Janice Deskus



The events of the last 18 months have radically transformed all aspects of life for society, for businesses and for employees. As a result, the CHRO role increasingly occupies a seat not just “at the table” but often “at the head of the table” as we are looked upon to help CEOs and executive teams simultaneously navigate through a pandemic, social unrest, an unprecedented job market and ever increasing demands from employees, shareholders, customers and numerous other constituents. This presents both an opportunity and a challenge for CHROs but one that should not be missed.

Join this discussion to learn about:

  • How the role of the CHRO has changed from business partner to business driver
  • How you can take advantage of this change to positively impact your business and your employees
  • Specific approaches to meet the unique cultural challenges facing companies today and in the future

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

Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 1-877-901-6632. Please mention Evanta Boston Executive Summit to ensure the appropriate room rate.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $279 USD (plus tax) is October 29, 2021.

Your Community Partners

CHRO Thought Leader
Program Partners

Boston CHRO Program Manager

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

Julia Sholian

Program Manager