Philadelphia CHRO Executive Summit

November 1, 2023 | Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing

November 1, 2023
Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Philadelphia'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 empathetic leaders for the new world of work

Fostering Resiliency while supporting the workforce through change

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

Philadelphia 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

Peter Adebi

Nemours Health System

Susan Kelliher

The Chemours Co
Chief People Officer

Larry Kleinman


Kristie Pappal

Philadelphia Eagles
Vice President of Human Resources

Nancy Stefanowicz

NFI Industries

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 Philadelphia 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 1, 2023

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

8:30am - 9:15am  Keynote

Unlocking Performance on Diverse Teams in Times of Uncertainty

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Vijay Pendakur

Talent & Culture Thought Leader and Agility Coach

Guest Speaker

In a time of extraordinary disruption and rapid change, extended periods of uncertainty can often lead to diminished team outcomes. But, skillful leaders can harness specific tools to enable their teams to flourish in complex times. This interactive workshop will focus on the science and skills of psychological safety and team connection, two proven drivers of team performance in moments of disruption.
Join this session with Dr. Vijay Pendakur to learn how to:

  • Leverage scientific evidence supporting the strong connection between diversity and business success
  • Upskill managers to lead psychologically safe teams
  • Harness the behavioral science of team connection to increase team resilience in extended periods of change

9:15am - 9:40am  Networking Break

9:40am - 10:25am  Breakout Session

Leading in the New World of Work

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Leslie Caputo

VP, Global Solutions

Ezra Coaching

HR leaders and their employees face a number of challenges that exceed what they have faced in previous economic downturns. How can leading companies keep up performance and well-being through times of uncertainty? By harnessing behavioral science, CHROs will learn how to lead through disruption in the new world of work.
In this session you will learn:

  • What behavioral science teaches us about growth through disruption
  • How to use psychological capital to cultivate hope, efficacy, resilience and optimism
  • Actionable tips for what leaders can do to harness the power of disruption and avoid distraction

9:40am - 10:25am  Breakout Session

Terms of Engagement: Proven People Strategies to Drive Productivity

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Alice Lindenauer

Senior Director Solution Strategy

Bright Horizons

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Marla Carson

Head of Culture, Engagement & Inclusion

SEI Investments

The balance of maintaining a culture that delivers a human-centered experience while simultaneously driving performance remains a challenge for CHROs.
Leaders must understand how providing employees with the flexibility and support they need to fully engage with their work can unlock new levels of growth for the employee and enterprise.
In this case study, CHROs will learn:

  • What modern employees expect from benefit offerings
  • Strategic investments to drive long-term employee engagement and retention
  • How to provide support at every stage of the employee lifecycle

9:40am - 10:25am  Executive Boardroom

Are Your Managers Driving Talent Disengagement?

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Neil Cohen

SVP, Human Resources

Affiliated Distributors

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Elaine Becraft

SVP, Head of Human Resources - Diagnostics

Siemens Healthineers

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George Crowley

CHRO - Clinical Practices of the University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania

Studies show that 70% of team engagement is determined solely by a manager. To gain a competitive edge, HR leaders must focus on giving managers the tools they need to create a culture that motivates, connects and inspires.
Join this boardroom to discuss:

  • Shifting from good intentions to intentional inclusion
  • Listening as a fundamental driver of engagement
  • Leveraging technology to empower managers

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

Aligning HR to Organizational Success

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Angela Gosman

Executive Vice President, CHRO

PPL Corporation

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Kristie Pappal

Vice President of Human Resources

Philadelphia Eagles

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Peggy Verdi


Subaru of America

The relationship between HR and the larger business should be symbiotic. But often times, HR leaders feel a lack of alignment between HR goals and business outcomes. How can CHROs show their value while simultaneously ensuring HR needs remain a focus?

  • Quantifying HR's impact within the larger enterprise
  • Collaborating across the C-Suite for long-term talent management
  • Utilizing talent analytics to support business decisions

11:00am - 11:45am  Breakout Session

Future-Proof Leadership: Creating Leaders Who Thrive Through Complexity and Change

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Jonathan Kirschner

Founder, CEO

AIIR Consulting

In an era of unprecedented challenges, 60% of companies perceive their leaders as inadequately equipped. How can today's leaders transcend these complexities while simultaneously identifying and nurturing the critical skills needed to ensure organizational outperformance?
In this session, CHROs will learn:

  • New frameworks for leadership skills
  • Evolving dynamics of leadership
  • Strategies to build and grow a dynamic leadership pipeline

11:00am - 11:45am  Executive Boardroom

Moving DEI From Buzzwords to Action

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Corey Tendler

Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

Toll Brothers

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Nidhi Chaudhary

Global Head of DE&I

CSL Behring

DEI strategies often struggle to balance complicated needs that deliver lasting impact. In fact, Gartner research shows 42% of employees resent their organizations’ DEI efforts. Execution will continue to fall on HR to make groups feel like they belong in the workplace.
In this boardroom, HR leaders will discuss:

  • Unraveling unconscious bias 
  • New approaches to the demands of the modern workforce
  • How to make marginalized groups feel seen

11:45am - 12:30pm  Lunch Service

12:30pm - 1:05pm  Keynote

Leading Not Lagging — The CHRO and AI

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Jeff Orlando

Chief Learning Officer

Bristol Myers Squibb

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Liz Heitner


Penn Mutual Life Insurance

According to Gartner research, three-fourths of HR leaders agree they will be lagging in organizational success if they do not implement generative AI in the next 12 to 24 months. How can CHROs best prepare themselves and their organizations to seize AI opportunities without taking undue risk?
In this session, CHROs will gain insight on:

  • Initial steps companies of all sizes should take implementing AI
  • Exploring potential use cases and understanding trends
  • Minimizing associated risk and bias

1:05pm - 1:30pm  Break

1:30pm - 2:15pm  Breakout Session

Amplifying Employee Voices —Data-Driven Approaches to Inform Business Strategy

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Julia Joggerst

SVP of Customer Experience


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Nancy Stefanowicz


NFI Industries

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Melissa Kosmin-Winkelman

SVP, Human Resources

NFI Industries

In today’s competitive labor market, it’s more important than ever to engage and retain your workforce. By implementing continuous listening, HR leaders can provide data-driven insight to meet real-time needs of the employee and inform business strategy.
In this session, HR leaders will hear how NFI Industries:

  • Leverages data and technology to inform the C-suite and board
  • Integrates listening strategies across the enterprise
  • Benchmarks employee experience, favorability and retention rates

1:30pm - 2:15pm  Executive Boardroom

Recruiting Scarce Talent in 2023

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Gerry Geckle


Universal Health Services

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Brigette McInnis-Day

Chief People Office


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Daniel Ross


Day & Zimmermann Group

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

1:30pm - 2:15pm  Executive Boardroom

Learning & Development – the Key to Improving Workforce Management

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Christin Joyner


AAA Club Alliance

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Kate Blumenthal


Pep Boys

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Lisa Santin


Graham Packaging Company

As organizations adapt to remain competitive amidst rapid change, it is key to keep L&D initiatives at the center of your HR strategy. Employers are vastly expected to improve their workforce’s skills and talent through training, but how can HR leaders ensure that they’re doing this effectively whilst optimizing cost and company time?

Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • How L&D can transform employee experience
  • The importance of evolving your workforce skills 
  • What technologies are needed to elevate L&D

2:15pm - 2:50pm  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 - 3:35pm  Breakout Session

Preparing for the Next Generation of Talent

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Vicki Henn



 Succession planning is critical to an organization’s long-term growth. Whether an organization is planning for the succession of a senior leader or mid-level manager, it can benefit from having a strong talent strategy and rigorous succession planning process.
In this session, CHROs will learn how to:

  • Forecast the future needs of the enterprise and workforce
  • Identify the behaviors needed in roles at all levels of the organization
  • Leverage the right resources and training to identify, develop and mobilize talent

2:50pm - 3:35pm  Executive Boardroom

Uncovering Friction – Addressing Organizational Design with Intention

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Calvin U. Allen


Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

As the workforce evolves, CHROs are being called on to assess organizational design and move the needle forward on critical business priorities. That will require pinpointing design frictions employees face in the work environment to streamline their experience and increase productivity. 

Join this session to discuss:

  • Exploring where there is friction within your organizational design structure
  • Understanding organizational design effectiveness beyond financial measurements
  • Working with stakeholders to implement meaningful changes

2:50pm - 3:35pm  Executive Boardroom

Solutions for Workplace-Centric Well-Being

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Peter Adebi


Nemours Health System

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Cat Bird

Chief Administrative & Diversity Officer

Health Partners Plans

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Mary Chan



The place where work is conducted, level of work activity and the way work is completed have changed for many employees. While some thrive in a modern environment, it can also create a lack of autonomy and elevate stress and anxiety, which increases the risk of burnout.
In this boardroom, CHROs will discuss:

  • Holistic wellness opportunities to increase work experience and participation
  • Methods to tie belonging into emotional support
  • Preventative approaches for long-term employee wellness

3:35pm - 4:00pm  Break

4:00pm - 4:35pm  Keynote

Fostering a Sustainable Culture

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Bill Strahan

Executive VP, Human Resources

Comcast Cable

An organization can create an environment, but it's up to their people to cultivate and nourish the culture. In this keynote session, Bill Strahan of Comcast Cable will describe how focusing on a blend of shared goals, transparent communication, and adaptable strategies can grow culture while aligning with business success.

In this session you will learn:

  • Leveraging data to measure culture
  • Encouraging longevity with compensation structure
  • Emphasizing wellness to nurture individual and team growth

4:35pm - 5:00pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

4:35pm - 7:30pm  Governing Body Welcome Reception

Post-Summit Executive Reception

Governing Body members host this reception for attendees to close out the event with an evening of peer networking.

November 1, 2023

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

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A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 1 215-521-6500.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $239 USD (plus tax) is October 9, 2023.

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