Day 1- Wednesday May 17th

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM Welcome Brunch and Registration


Michele Sidlasky

Conference Director
CHRO Exchange

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM Kick-Off Networking Activity - Off to the Races!

Michele Sidlasky, Conference Director, CHRO Exchange


Michele Sidlasky

Conference Director
CHRO Exchange

12:00 PM - 12:05 PM Chairperson's Opening Remarks

Mark Gonzales, VP of Client Enablement, Perceptyx


Mark Gonzales

VP of Client Enablement

Opening Keynote

Opening Keynote Address

12:05 PM - 12:40 PM How to Make a Bigger Impact - Use Data to Achieve the Quadruple Win

Kristin Oliver, EVP & CHRO, Chico's FAS
Now more than ever, companies must be efficient with their resources, choosing programs to invest in that serve multiple purposes. And, outside pressure for companies to be good corporate citizens continues to increase. In such an environment, how can HR make the case for funding for its most important programs? Attend this session in order to learn how two retailers (Walmart and Florida's own Chico's FAS) are focusing on data to make HR decisions with significant strategic impact for their businesses, customers, associates and their local economies.


Kristin Oliver

Chico's FAS

Employee Value Propostion

12:40 PM - 1:10 PM Smarter Working in Today’s Environment: An Employee Value Propostion

InaMarie Johnson, Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resource Officer, Plantronics
Today’s workforce is very different from what it was just five years ago. The idea of employees in one office location, sitting at their desks from 9 to 5, is fading fast. With new technologies that enable greater mobility, the concept of a “traditional” workforce has changed forever. As a result, companies are being challenged to rethink their assumptions regarding the overall approach to setting a global Employee Value Proposition and the role workplace environments play in making the company a great place to work. In this informative session, InaMarie Johnson, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Plantronics, will outline Plantronics’ own journey in building a ‘Smarter Working’ approach and some of the more recent changes the company is making in support of those efforts.
In this session, attendees will learn about:

• Developing Core Pillars that comprise a Smarter Working environment
• Establishing and offering a Smarter Working environment while becoming more global
• Replacing traditional HR frameworks while developing a compelling Employee Value Proposition
• Impacting collaboration, emotional wellbeing, productivity and agilty by making changes in the physical workspace.
• Ensuring collaboration and engagement with a distributed workforce utilizing appropriate technologies.


InaMarie Johnson

Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resource Officer

Business Meeting

1:15 PM - 1:45 PM Business Meeting

Business Meeting

1:50 PM - 2:20 PM Business Meeting

2:20 PM - 2:30 PM Networking Break

Master Class A

2:35 PM - 3:20 PM The Business Case for Investing in Frontline Worker Development: Connecting Frontline Workers to Educational Attainment to drive the Financial Success of the Corporation

Rachael Bourque, Director of Business Development, Pearson Education
The need for corporations to strategically re-imagine their current employee benefits programs as a means to develop and retain employees and to build a modern workforce has never been more important. There are approximately 60 Million workers in the United States without college degrees. A significant subset of those workers want to successfully complete their post secondary education in order to advance; however, their inability to do so has been driven by a convergence of economic, societal, and policy factors that have shaped the modern educational pathways system. Employees today are forced to make an economic decision between education and advancement with debt, or remaining in their current position with limited career development opportunity, costing an organization in low engagement or inevitable turnover expenses.
This session will build a case for why organizations should redefine the path to educational attainment for millions of workers via a cost free solution. We’ll share how Pearson, stakeholders in the educational ecosystem, is helping other organizations meet the needs of working adult learners.


Rachael Bourque

Director of Business Development
Pearson Education

BrainWeave A

2:35 PM - 3:20 PM Education as a Benefit: Transforming Tuition Assistance from a Cost Center to a Strategic Investment

Rachel Carlson, CEO and Co-Founder, Guild Education
Education has become one of the most strategic investments employers can make in their workforces. As the fight for talent heats-up and labor markets shift, employers must do more to recruit, retain and develop top talent. By offering tuition assistance, working with universities to articulate employer training for college credit and helping employees access financial coaching, employers can be better prepared for the demands of a 21st century economy.

Join this session to learn:
• An integrative approach to tuition assistance
• The benefits of dual retention coaching – helping employees advance at work and school
• University partnerships recognizing on-the-job training for college credit


Rachel Carlson

CEO and Co-Founder
Guild Education

Leadership Development Strategy

3:25 PM - 4:00 PM Eliminating Engagement Barriers To Drive Better Performance

Jack Morehouse, President & CBDO, Perceptyx
We have all heard how many “actively disengaged” employees there are in the workforce. Despite years of companies trying to drive engagement, the number of disengaged workers hasn’t changed much, if at all. Why is it that most employee engagement programs don’t show results? Employees want to be heard; they want to be valued and they want to make a difference. Employers want – in fact, need – productive, engaged workers. Perhaps there is a different way to think about employee engagement.
In this session we will share a transformational approach to employee engagement that actually works. These simple and effective methods can yield engagement and performance improvements broadly across the organization. Be prepared to learn:
• The key link between engagement, performance and success (both personal and business)
• The single most important...and often overlooked...element in employee surveys
• The most common mistakes companies make before, during and after an employee survey and how to avoid them


Jack Morehouse

President & CBDO

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM Business Meeting

4:35 PM - 5:05 PM Business Meeting

Executive Strategy Roundtable

Roundtable 1

5:10 PM - 5:40 PM What is your Employee Value Proposition? A Competitive Strategy for Branding Your Organization

Corey Heller, Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer, UA Brands


Corey Heller

Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer
UA Brands

Roundtable 2

5:10 PM - 5:40 PM Cultural Transformation

Soniya Sheth, Vice President Transformation, L'Oreal USA


Soniya Sheth

Vice President Transformation
L'Oreal USA

Roundtable 3

5:10 PM - 5:40 PM HR Technology - Today, Tomorrow and the Future

Ernesto Chavarin, Head Corporate Human Resource Strategy, Office of the Chief People Officer , Microsoft


Ernesto Chavarin

Head Corporate Human Resource Strategy, Office of the Chief People Officer

Panel Discussion

With the advent of a talent shortage and skills, organizations are seeking ways to build their pipeline for career development and succession planning. Beyond feeding the pipeline, organizations must seed their talent to grow and develop to compete for the future. Research continues to show that companies who invest in their own talent create greater returns for their shareholders.

A recent study suggests:
•Companies whose CEOs reviewed their top talent averaged 22% Total Return to Shareholders over 3 years compared to a negative 4% for companies whose CEOs did not review their top talent.
•Companies that define leadership competencies, assess leadership behaviors and track turnover of top talent yield significantly greater return on sales compared to companies that do not engage in these important activities.

Join us in the interactive panel as we discuss some of the strategies leading organizations are incorporating to seed and feed the talent pipelines of the future.


Ivelices Linares Thomas

Vice President, Head of Human Resources & Compliance

Deb Sinta

VP of Talent & Culture
Tyson Foods

Vincent Williams

VP of Human Resources

Mark Gonzales

VP of Client Enablement

6:30 PM - 6:30 PM Cocktails & Networking