Learning & Development

Summit Breakout Sessions


SUMMIT 2019 breakout sessions covered a wide range of timely industry topics. Learn more about the sessions attendees had the opportunity to choose from below. 

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

If You Build It, They Will Come: Building an HR Function at a Start Up 

Speakers: Jessica Adams, VP, People and HR & Alyssa Snyder, HR Specialist, Brads Deals

You’ve just been hired to establish a HR function at a growing startup. Congratulations! But now what? You are facing a blank slate to figure out the best place to focus your energy and prioritize your time all while doing this when you are likely on an island by yourself. Determining the best place to start is imperative because your work will support your most valuable asset - your employees - who without your company will not be able to grow and scale. Learn how through Brad's Deals cultural best practices in the focus areas of recruiting, engagement, "performance management," learning & development and community.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to create a culture your employees will thrive in 
  • Learn how to find a performance management process that works for your employees 
  • Learn how to gain your employees' trust

Becoming Resilient 

Speaker: Jeff Mariola, CEO, Mariola Unlimited

By attending this interactive session based on leading research, participants will understand what resilience is, and why it is important to our personal/professional success and key organizational outcomes such as retention, revenue, and earnings growth. Attendees will understand how key concepts such as grit, emotional intelligence, and mindfulness contribute to resilience. Participants will take a brief self-assessment to determine how resilient they currently are, and will be provided with a practical model for building resilience in themselves and others.   

Learning Objectives

  • Establish a baseline assessment of your current levels of resiliency which will enable you to apply the methodology to your team members.
  • Apply a practical resiliency model to enhance personal/professional resilience in yourself, your team, and your organization.
  • Learn a step-by-step process for applying mindfulness techniques with your employees that support resiliency

Conducting Our Future

Moderator: Andrea Barry, CHRO, Methode Electronics and 2019 Chair of the HRMAC Board of Directors
PanelistsAmy Best, Senior Vice President & CHRO, Exelon Corporation; Jeff Bucklew, Senior Vice President and Human Resources Officer, IDEX; Karen Ferraro, Chief Human Resources Officer, Medline Industries, Inc.Katie Lawler, Senior Vice President & CHRO, Illinois Tool Works & Sally Madden, Assistant Vice President, Human Resources, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Conducting Our Future is an interactive, panel discussion designed just for you, the CHRO. During the session, some of the industry's most prominent CHRO's will discuss what they are doing to advance their organizations and prepare their companies for the future through innovative practices. You will gain knowledge from these industry leaders and engage with your peers during this thought-provoking session.

The Importance of Purpose: How Capella University Harnessed Innovation & Research to Develop Impactful Leaders

Speakers: Dr. Ali O'Malley, Senior Behavioral Scientist, BetterUp & Shelley R. Robbins, Ph.D., Senior Chair, Masters Business and Human Resource Management Programs, Capella University School of Business and Technology

BetterUp's research has demonstrated that cultivating meaning and purpose in the workplace results in measurable, empirical business outcomes, including significant improvements in engagement, retention and performance. This talk will feature BetterUp's research on the topic, and will describe how BetterUp is helping other organizations like Capella University unlock performance and retention gains by helping them foster more meaning and purpose. Capella University has democratized access for thousands of its online learners using BetterUp's personalized strength assessment, coaching ,continuous learning and analytics.

Learning Objectives:

  • In this session you will learn how meaning and purpose actually impacts business outcomes
  • Learn what your organization can do to foster greater meaning and purpose in your people
  • Hear how Capella University learners internalize key leadership development skills and navigate career development with a personal coach

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 

Influence of Culture, Implicit Bias & Organizational Engagement: What It Is & Why It Matters 

Speakers: Tanjia Coleman, Chief Possibility Officer & Lourdes Lonergan, Director of Business Development, YWCA

This training will explore the influence of culture and why it matters. Inform individuals and organizations to the components of cultural competencies, implicit biases, diversity. How to develop strategies, best practices for you and your workplace to provide better service and support to all your clients-regardless of race, ethnicity, age, gender, religion etc.  

At the intersection of culture for organizations is engagement and the impact that the organizational culture has on engagement which for businesses has been proven via research to have substantial financial impact.  We will also explore the impact of implicit bias in the workplace.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define key terms related to cultural competencies and more
  • Identify the need for cultural competence in the workplace and community
  • Describe skills and strategies to improve cultural knowledge and challenge implicit bias
  • Understand the impact that engagement has on organizations
  • Understand how culture impacts engagement
  • How implicit bias impacts individuals in the workplace

How to Create an Agile Organization 

Speaker: Geremy Bass, Program Manager, Zoro

This session provides principles and practices for HR leaders to empower an agile organization, including:  1) How to practice zero-base management, and help managers get out of the way, 2) Identifying which organizational structures and processes are patterns and antipatterns to agility, and  3) How to incorporate feedback loops and iteration into performance reviews and promotions.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the principles and applications of Agile in an HR context
  • Be able to identify which organizational structures and processes are patterns and antipatterns to agility
  • Know the first action steps to implement feedback loops and iteration into performance reviews and promotions

Inclusion and Diversity: What Boards are Looking for and What You Should Know 

SpeakersLisa Keltner, Sr. Director, Global Inclusion and Diversity, Baxter International Inc.; and Andrea Walsh, FSA, Talent Line of Business Leader, Greater Chicago, Senior Director, Talent & Rewards, Willis Towers Watson

To thrive in today’s rapidly changing world, organizations must adopt a healthy company culture, where inclusion and diversity is steeped in the talent experience, and employees bring their best selves to work – collaborating, ideating and helping to increase overall engagement, productivity and financial results. Organizations that realize the true impact of an inclusive and diverse workforce have an opportunity to reflect on their current talent experience and overall talent value proposition. In addition to the impact an inclusive and diverse workforce have on an organization, learn why corporate and nonprofit board members have an important role in building an inclusive environment that drives performance and financial results.

Learning Objectives:  

  • Learn how do you create a more inclusive workplace that is sustainable in the long term
  • Understand what Boards are looking for from a inclusion and diversity perspective
  • Hear strategies for looking at all of your programs to make sure they support achieving your I&D goals

The Three "M's" to Consider When Making a Workplace Change 

Speakers: Karon Woodcock, Director  Change Management, Cushman & Wakefield; Erica Ruder, Director – Strategic Consulting, Cushman & Wakefield; Yvonne Franzese, Chief Human Resources Officer, CNO Financial Group, Inc. & Palak Langenderfer, Senior Director, Corporate Real Estate, AON

Human Capital has been the top global CEO concern in the Conference Board’s CEO Challenge survey for the past six years. Attracting and retaining top talent and developing next-generational leaders is front of mind for the C-Suite in today’s ever-evolving and tightening labor market. Place and space directly impact an organization’s ability to recruit and retain the right talent. This session will equip HR Professionals with high-level diagnostic questions to evaluate the benefits of a real estate strategy and templates to help you develop an effective change adoption plan to support associated organizational changes.  
Learning Objectives:   

  • Mitigate talent risks: Learn the importance of HR and Real Estate working together on the organization’s long-term location strategy
  • Motivating your team for positive change: What key change management components are require in implementing the strategy
  • Measuring success: How to measure the success of your organization’s changes on the workforce