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HRMAC CHRO Roundtables are forums exclusively for senior HR executives (and senior HR executives in transition) to gather and discuss hot topics and critical issues. These informative, educational sessions provide participants with a local peer network to share leading-edge information and benchmark against best practices in a neutral setting. Held 5 times annually, the Roundtables are designed as an opportunity for CHRO-level executives from HRMAC member companies to enjoy highly interactive forums on a strategic topic of interest.

Each program begins with topical material presented by a content expert(s) from sponsor organizations and includes opportunities for open discussion and dialogue among attendees.

Schedule of CHRO Roundtables at a Glance

2017-2018 Detailed Schedule of CHRO Roundtables


January 30, 2018: Talent Management and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Location: SmithBucklin, 330 N. Wabash Ave., 14th Floor, Chicago, IL 60611
Networking: 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM, Program: 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

You’re the consummate CHRO, a rising star in your company because you get things done, meet challenges, and solve problems.  You “get” analytics and know the information you need to make better workforce decisions is buried in all those management systems. Your team is delivering the basics but they struggle to get to real workforce insights that will drive value and impact your bottom line.

You have all the right moves to make it work:

  • A desire to build new & sustainable organizational capabilities
  • Leadership that supports your appetite for measurement and data
  • An appreciation of constraints in your HR & IT departments that limit in-house measurement and data science activities
  • An open mind for new, innovative solutions
  • An awareness of the momentum that artificial intelligence (AI) is gaining in HR and the positive impact it could bring to your company and career. 

Are you ready to rise to the challenge?

Industries and companies the world over are rushing to capitalize on artificial intelligence (AI),  leveraging the computing power of machines to mimic, and more importantly, accelerate and improve the accuracy of the human thought process.   Closer to home, predictive talent indicators are being developed with machine learning – a subset of AI – and trained to proactively identify employee flight risk, rising talent, perfect candidates, ideal successors, top producers, and more.  

With great power comes great responsibility (and opportunity).  This session will review the use cases for AI in HR and discuss the techniques, data requirements, resources, ROI, and potential legal ramifications. Learn how to use AI and workforce analytics to not only formulate your change initiatives but to justify, keep, and even grow your budgets.  

Come prepared to share your experiences and leave with a firm understanding of what it will take for you to systematically and successfully put this powerful technology to work for your company. Rise to the occasion and learn what others are finding out the hard way when they embark on their AI initiatives without knowing all the implications.

Chris Moore, CEO, Zeroed-In Technologies LLC

Sponsored By:


March 20, 2018: Developing Leaders in your Succession Pipeline
Location: TBD
Networking: TBD, Program: TBD
Registration Coming Soon

How do you help leaders escalate their leadership value? How can you provide future leaders with a "safe" place to ask tough questions and surface challenges? How do you unlock the full potential of your key talent to prepare for their next role? What does it take to enable leaders to lead authentically? Join Menttium, the mentoring experts, for a dynamic and interactive session on the power and value of mentoring in preparing leaders for the future. Learn about the key elements of a structured, formal mentoring program and how you could leverage mentoring within your organization to enhance a culture of development and inclusion that focuses on the whole person. We believe the power of mentoring is often a result of the “point of difference” and matching a mentor/mentee with different experiences, viewpoints, and backgrounds to see the world through different lenses. We believe the right mentor can accelerate learning, increase confidence, broaden perspectives and help key talent realize their true potential. Hear from a mentor/mentee partnership on how the experience helped the mentee unleash his/her authentic self and build confidence for the next role, as well as how mentoring can enable you to unlock potential of your leaders and drive performance.

Sponsored By:

 Menttium Corporation


May 22, 2018: Culture and Transformation
The Warranty Group, 175 W. Jackson Blvd., 11th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604
Networking: 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM, Program: 8:30 - 10:00 AM

Kodak. Borders. Blockbuster - all once market leaders. Now, all but gone. Why?  They failed to embrace and create a culture of disruption, not recognizing the opportunities to innovate and dramatically shift the customer’s experience. Find out how companies deliberately build a culture of disruption that keeps them on the cutting edge decade after decade. Gary Magenta, SVP and Chief Change Architect of change consulting company Root Inc., unveils the secrets to disruptors – both new entrants and existing companies. In this highly interactive and experiential session, Gary shares the formula for disruption from his forthcoming book, “Disrupt, Defy and Differentiate.” In the first half of this session, Gary defines customer experience disruptors, while the second half focuses on idea-generation, during which attendees discuss how they can create innovative customer experience radicals at their own organizations.

Gary Magenta, Senior Vice President and Chief Change Architect, Root, Inc. 

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June 19, 2018: Wellness and Mindfulness
Location: Willis Towers Watson, 233 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606
Networking: 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM, Program: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Employers have implemented wellness and well-being programs to improve employee health, happiness and productivity — and with the hope that healthier workers will have decreased medical costs. Also, many employers expect that wellness programs will help create a culture of health in their workplaces and believe such programs can help them become an employer of choice. Well-being programs continue to evolve, and the presenters will share strategies for HR leaders to achieve sustained behavioral changes and a healthier workforce from better-targeted incentives that cost less and earning more employee loyalty with thoughtfully designed programs.

The session will also cover why:

  • Yesterday’s wellness programs don’t meet today’s needs
  • Members as consumers need a program that is personalized
  • Programs should move beyond physical wellness
  • Well-being programs will improve only if they are rigorously evaluated
Kara Speer, MPH, Health Management Consultant, Willis Towers Watson

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