San Francisco CHRO Virtual Executive Summit

December 8, 2020 | 8:00am - 3:00pm PST

December 8, 2020 | 8:00am - 3:00pm PST

Collaborate with your peers

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

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

The Future of Work and Organizational Culture

Actionable Strategy for DE&I

Employee Sentiment and Engagement


Tracy Keogh

Chief Human Resources Officer

Lori Sundberg

Western Digital Corporation
EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer


December 8, 2020

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

Transformational Leadership Through Disruption

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Rich Jacquet

SVP Chief People Officer


Michael Rossman headshot

Michael Rossman

Chief Human Resources Officer

Hennepin County Minnesota

2020 could be best described as a resiliency stress test with both personal and professional effects. While some leaders have thrived, others have struggled to maintain engagement and morale. How has your leadership style adapted to accommodate evolving needs during this latest disruption?

This virtual keynote will discuss:

  • Trends in leadership development during the pandemic
  • Incorporating introspective behavioral changes to remain agile in the ultra-competitive marketplace
  • Leveraging strengths to lay the foundation for sustained leadership development

8:45am - 9:00am  PST Break

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

An Epidemic Within the Pandemic — Supporting Mental Health in 2020

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Dr. Debra Friesen

Physician Advisor, Customer Clinical Solutions

Kaiser Permanente

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Amy Wireman


BioMarin Pharmaceutical

On top of the mental health crisis America was facing before 2020, this year has created a host of new stressors: A global pandemic, an economic crisis and conflict around racial justice issues. Organizations are embracing every opportunity to support the workforce, including focusing on mental health and creating new dialogues around DE&I. 

Join this session to discuss:

  • How employers can enable courageous conversations on DE&I and mental health 
  • Unique challenges for remote, hybrid and in-person workforces, and adapting to new challenges like homeschooling, caregiving, and burnout 
  • Practical steps to cultivate resilience and empower employees in the face of ongoing crises

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

DE&I 2020 — What Have We Learned?

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Laura Hamill

Chief People Officer & Chief Science Officer


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Amy Hanlon-Rodemich

Chief People Officer


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Erin Andre

Senior VP & Chief Human Resources Officer


Diversity, equity and inclusion are more than just metrics, and the unique challenges of 2020 have brought organizational efforts to advance DE&I to the forefront of conversation. Building an inclusive culture starts with understanding the dynamics at play within your organization and a dedication to meaningful, consistent changes.

Join this virtual boardroom to discuss:

  • Workforce expectations around social justice causes and DE&I
  • Strategies and challenges in building an inclusive culture, remotely
  • Trends in employee sentiment and engagement

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

Talent Without Borders

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Chinor Lee

Global Head of Culture, Belonging, Inclusion & Diversity


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Kelly Wolf

VP, People

With unprecedented numbers of employees working remotely, organizations have a unique opportunity to cast off geographical constraints and meet talent wherever it is. 

Join this session to discuss: 

  • Harnessing a borderless talent marketplace
  • Overcoming the key challenges of remote recruiting and onboarding 
  • Sourcing diverse talent and fostering inclusion in a WFH environment

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

Retention > Recruiting — Refocusing Professional Development

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Sudarshana Rangachary

SVP Human Resources and CHRO

Essex Property Trust

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Laurie Shakur

VP, Head of People, Rakuten USA & B2B


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Rich Jacquet

SVP Chief People Officer


The professional development journey has no finish line, both personally for the workforce. CHROs are tasked with creating an environment of continuous learning to adapt to difficult challenges and grow the cumulative knowledge base of the team in order to attract, retain and engage top talent.

Join this virtual boardroom to discuss:

  • Methods for identifying internal and external talent to support growth and retention needs
  • Strategies for improving employee engagement and upskilling
  • Approaches for building a solutions-driven culture to foster employee retention

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

Driving Employee Engagement During Crisis

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Bianca McCann

Global VP, Head of Customer Enrichment

SAP SuccessFactors

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Kerry Olin

Corporate Vice President, HR Services

Microsoft Corporation

Employee experience is critical to the success of the business, yet many organizations struggle to deliver on the expectations of the workforce. Employee experience is closely tied to business results and as organizations plan for long term remote work, organizations must adjust how they support the workforce in order to drive results.

Join this virtual keynote to explore:

  • Strategies to navigate between customer and employee experience
  • How driving business results starts with employee experience
  • Tips for sustaining momentum and taking care of employees in times of crisis

10:45am - 11:00am  PST Break

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

Skill Data – The Secret to Empowering Employee Mobility

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Kelly Palmer

Chief Learning Officer


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Tim Betry

Vice President, People & Places


The world of work is evolving, and the most successful organizations are embracing career mobility — investing in their people and developing their talent. Providing your employees with fresh opportunities boosts their morale, which creates higher employee retention, increased engagement and more valuable contributions for your organization. Implementing a skill-based development strategy is the first step to achieving this mobility.

In this session, you will explore:

  • Aligning fellow leaders across the organization around reskilling
  • Practical insights on a skills-based vs HR based strategy
  • Peer best practices around internal mobility

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

Wellness, Wellbeing and Everything in Between

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Eugenia Kaplun

Head of Client Success


Kristi Cappelletti-Matthews headshot

Kristi Cappelletti-Matthews

Chief Human Resources Officer

VSP Global

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Lisa Mulrooney Gross

SVP, Global HR


Wellness is different in 2020. As people struggle to balance home and work while coping with unprecedented uncertainty and stress, taking time for self-care is vital to resiliency. Employers have stepped up in many ways to support the workforce, and employees are taking advantage of these resources in record numbers.

Join this virtual boardroom to discuss:

  • How wellness benefits correlate with employee engagement
  • Trends in wellbeing and how employers can support the workforce
  • The future of wellness in a remote environment

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

Build the New World of Work on a Foundation of People Success

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Craig Ramsay

Leader, People Science Insights


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Kathryn Fisk


El Camino Hospital

The path to the new world of work is different for each organization. But businesses that listen to their employees and help them adapt to change will set themselves up for long-term success.

In this session you will explore how to:

  • Respond rapidly to your organization’s changing needs
  • Create a thoughtful recovery plan that’s tailored to your unique situation
  • Transform your strategy for long-term success by putting your people at the center

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

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Meet virtually for in-depth conversations with your colleagues

Conducting business virtually makes it more challenging to meet and network with like-minded peers. During this time of disruption and uncertainty, it’s become even more critical to collaborate with peers who are facing the same challenges.

Now, we are bringing you the opportunity to set up 1-to-1 meetings in a private, virtual setting with community peers directly after the Virtual Executive Summit.

  • Peer-to-Peer meetings are 25 minutes in length, giving you the chance for more personal interaction and in-depth conversation with your fellow San Francisco CHRO Virtual Executive Summit peers.
  • All conversations are private and will not be recorded
  • Meet up to 3 peers based on your shared interests or priorities

Participant Testimonials

  • ‘If I came just for the peer to peer meetings, my time was well spent. This is truly your USP.’ Stuart Hughes, CDIO at Rolls Royce
  • ’The peer to peer mtgs were maybe the BEST part of this mtg’ Edward Wagoner, Executive Director, Digital, JLL
  • ‘Best idea ever; I had such productive sessions with all three of my peers’ Dd Budiharto Sr. Director of Cybersecurity, Baker Hughes

How to participate

Available if you sign up and select peer meetings prior to the summit. To join your meetings or download meeting calendar invites, please reference the instructions that were emailed to you from

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San Francisco CHRO Program Manager

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

Laurel Temme

Program Manager