Dallas CHRO Virtual Executive Summit

May 5, 2021 | 8:00am - 3:00pm CDT

May 5, 2021 | 8:00am - 3:00pm CDT


Collaborate with your peers

Come together with your peers virtually to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Dallas CHRO Virtual Executive Summit.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CHROs today:

Reskilling leaders to support employees in the new world of work

Translating DEI strategy into tangible results

Redesigning the learning experience


Tony Bridwell

SVP, Chief People Officer

Joe Hudson

Newmark Group Inc

Jenn Hulett

Core-Mark International

Michael Karicher

Remington Hotels
EVP, Human Resources

Lisa Keglovitz

Senior Vice President, HR

Patrick McLaughlin

Frito-Lay North America

Amy Messersmith

US Anesthesia Partners
Chief Human Resources Officer

Dan Sessa

Lennox International

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 solving critical challenges impacting your role today in Keynote sessions, and join intimate, interactive discussions with peers in Boardroom sessions.

Meet the Speakers

Don't miss this opportunity to meet with CHRO practitioners and industry thought leaders who shared their insights on the agenda. Come with questions and get ready to meet new friends in this casual session designed to foster peer connections and collaboration in the Dallas community.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting through Evanta's Peer-to-Peer Meetings. Be sure to opt in when you register and get matched based on your key priorities.


May 5, 2021

8:00am - 8:45am  CDT Virtual Summit Keynote

Beyond Good Intentions — Moving the Needle on DE&I with People Analytics

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Paul Rubenstein

Chief People Officer


Many organizations have spent years on DE&I programs but yielded limited results. While incremental progress has been made, accountability and sustainability remain elusive. Now— in the modern age of analytics— employers are better able to pinpoint the root cause of workforce representation gaps, measure belonging and inclusion, and utilize data to make measurable DE&I improvements.

Join this virtual keynote to learn ways to:

  • Form an inclusive environment by equipping the workforce with tools, vocabulary and behavior 
  • Change the enterprise’s relationship with data to measure change and create accountability 
  • Lead with the heart by honing into the power of community

8:45am - 9:00am  CDT Break

9:00am - 10:00am  CDT Virtual Summit Boardroom

Avoid Burnout, Maintain Engagement — Maximizing Employee Well-Being

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Jason Thomas

Senior People Science Consultant


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Shelie Gustafson

EVP & Chief People Officer


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Jenn Hulett


Core-Mark International

Despite the odds, employees were happier at work by the end of 2020 than they were at the end of 2019, even though burnout continues to rise —with some employees and industries experiencing a tighter squeeze than others. Maintaining an engaged workforce through 2021 and beyond requires insight into employee sentiment and a distinct strategy to execute across all levels of leadership.

 Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • Understanding the precursors to burnout and how to address them
  • Fostering a community of support, focus and refuge at work
  • Methods to equip employees to navigate change and mitigate fatigue 

9:00am - 10:00am  CDT Virtual Summit Boardroom

Optimizing Engagement — Innovating the Employee Lifecycle

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Dimitri Boylan

CEO & Founder


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Alison Caplan

Senior Vice President, Global Head of People Operations and Talent Acquistion


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Billie Hartless



The pandemic, social justice movements and economic strain have increased pressure on the enterprise to evolve and enhance the employee experience. In order to adapt, CHROs should evaluate the employee lifecycle from end to end to retain talent, grow culture and build engagement.

Join this session as HR leaders discuss ways to:

  • Provide a unique and personalized onboarding experience in remote and hybrid work environments
  • Generate internal mobility, empowering employees to grow their skills
  • Create opportunities for connectivity and team building

9:00am - 10:00am  CDT Virtual Summit Boardroom

Enhancing the Approach to DE&I

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Leigh Robinson



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Joe Hudson


Newmark Group Inc

Throughout 2020, DE&I programs flourished. But to sustain these efforts, leadership must continue to partner across the C-suite and take a thoughtful approach to addressing important endeavors like supporting social justice causes and increasing diversity in all levels of the organization. As DE&I programs remain a top priority, how should HR leaders ensure they stay relevant and forward-thinking?

 Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • Strategies to meet the aspirational goals of a robust DE&I program
  • Methods of communicating and demonstrating commitment to your workforce
  • The future of DE&I programs and trends in supporting social justice causes

10:00am - 10:45am  CDT Virtual Summit Keynote

Build the Workforce of the Future with AI

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Kamal Ahluwalia



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Devin Lipawsky

Head of Talent and Development

Capital One

The new realities surfaced by the pandemic — a shift to remote work, flexible work hours and a focus on value-add activities are accelerating how organizations adjust the ways they identify, retain and develop high quality talent. Find out how forward-looking organizations are taking full advantage of powerful technologies like artificial intelligence to build the workforce of the future.

Join this virtual keynote to uncover:

  • How AI can enhance visibility into how work is being done
  • Benefits of using talent data insights to improve productivity
  • Use cases for talent retention and development using AI

10:45am - 11:00am  CDT Break

11:00am - 12:00pm  CDT Virtual Summit Boardroom

Fostering Successful Leadership in the New Normal

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Mary Beth DeNooyer


Keurig Dr Pepper

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Russell Goin



For many organizations, the traditional operating model has changed drastically in light of the pandemic. Now CHROs face a new set of challenges as they must educate leaders to manage teams in remote and hybrid work environments, while also ensuring the business hits strategic goals.

Join this virtual boardroom as HR leaders discuss ways to:

  • Coach people leaders to be empathetic, flexible and transparent with their teams
  • Forecast future skill needs to set the workforce up for success
  • Build a robust and diverse talent pipeline

11:00am - 12:00pm  CDT Virtual Summit Boardroom

Leveraging Technology for Top Talent

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Frances Ibe

VP Product


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Suzanne Myers



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Amy Yates

Head of Human Resources, Financial Services

Capital One Financial

Over the last year, 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:

  • The power of a strong virtual sourcing and recruiting strategy
  • Best practices in attracting and retaining the talent needed to succeed
  • Methods of navigating the recruiting landscape and accelerating the transition to virtual hiring

11:00am - 12:00pm  CDT Virtual Summit Boardroom

A Decade of Wellness Trends — Looking Toward the Future

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Lisa Margeson

Managing Director, External Affairs, Office of Retirement Thought Leadership

Bank of America

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Steve Cunningham

Chief People Officer


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Cara McDaniel

Chief HR/Talent Officer

Veritex Community Bank

Ten years of comprehensive research involving employers nationwide shows a key link between employee financial wellness and overall company health and success. Particularly in turbulent times, employers must holistically support the financial, mental and physical wellbeing of their employees as they look toward the future.

Join this session as CHROs discuss:

  • Resources and assistance that are in highest demand from the workforce
  • Methods to empower physical, financial, mental and social well-being among employees
  • Challenges and barriers facing employees in achieving their wellness goals, and how employers can help

12:00pm - 12:45pm  CDT Virtual Summit Keynote

Talent — The Ultimate Differentiator

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Ronald Arigo

Senior Vice President, Head of Human Resources

AAA Northeast

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Tracy Edkins

CHRO Advisory Board Member


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Charles Mah

Chief Evangelist


Now more than ever, talent is a company's key driver of success. As the labor market returns to pre-pandemic levels, it's critical that CHROs retain top talent and attract new candidates in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

Join this virtual keynote to learn ways to:

  • Implement an "always-on" recruitment strategy to build a robust people pipeline
  • Attract, engage, hire and advance the most qualified and diverse candidates
  • Adapt hiring plans to meet evolving employee expectations and skills

12:45pm - 1:15pm  CDT Networking

Meet the Speakers

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Eddie Hightower

SVP, Teammate Services

Caliber Collision Centers

Don't miss this opportunity to meet with CHRO practitioners and industry thought leaders who shared their insights on the agenda. Come with questions and get ready to meet new friends in this casual session designed to foster peer connections and collaboration in the Dallas community. 

1:15pm - 1:30pm  CDT Break

1:30pm - 3:00pm  CDT Virtual Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Meet virtually for in-depth conversations with your colleagues


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Program Partners

Dallas CHRO Program Manager

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

Melissa Bermudez

Program Manager