Day One: Sunday, April 19, 2020

10:00 am - 10:30 am Registration

10:30 am - 10:35 am Welcome Orientation


10:35 am - 10:50 am Thoughtexchange Welcome - App Introduction

10:50 am - 11:25 am Keynote: Examining the Vital Role of CHRO in Business Transformation

David Jones - Chief Human Resources Officer, Stanford HealthCare
A business’s ability to disrupt or lead rests on its talent. A forward-thinking HR function is critical to an organization’s ability to achieve long-term success. Organizations need their CHROs to help lead the process of internal business transformation in order to create the capability, capacity, and company culture needed to not only weather current market upheavals but also create the foundation for continued profitability.
In the opening session of our Exchange, we will explore the following themes:
  • Exploring how workforce management objectives effect business outcomes
  • How tailoring your brand messaging to your employee experience ultimately influences your customer experience
  • Setting aggressive talent acquisition initiatives that drive innovation and growth to your organization
  • Creating an agile workforce through implementation of employee driven initiatives 

David Jones

Chief Human Resources Officer
Stanford HealthCare

11:25 am - 11:55 am The Critical Shift: From Process Centric to Employee Centric

Kristin Oliver - Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, Walgreen CO.
Traditionally, HR leaders have supported and implemented the training and development of processes to ensure successful outcomes. However, over the last few years, we’ve seen a swift shift in this theory, pointing out the key opportunities being missed when you ignore the fact that every employee is different. When we hone in on the growth and development of the individual employee, we have the ability to inspire productivity, innovation, and change like never before
Kristin will discuss:
  • How to shift your organization’s focus. A step-by-step guide from those who are doing it
  • Programs and initiatives that support an employee centric culture 
  • Successful outcomes of employee centric culture 
  • Avoiding the pitfalls: Lessons learned from real life case studies

Kristin Oliver

Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer
Walgreen CO.

11:55 am - 12:25 pm Gender Parity: Data and Actions in Recruiting

Ken Lazarus - Chief Executive Officer, Scout
The U.S. ranks #53 in gender parity among all countries, according to the World Economic Forum. As with all social
justice movements, the change needed will come about through policy and collective action over time. That may sound
abstract and impersonal.
But if you implement actions known to move the needle and have the data to interpret and track progress, you can be the
talent leader who makes a difference.
In this session, we will review current data on gender equity and discuss how to drive change in your organization. Our
focus will be on the immediate and the actionable.


Ken Lazarus

Chief Executive Officer

12:25 pm - 1:25 pm Lunch

1:25 pm - 2:00 pm Executing your Diversity & Inclusion Strategy: Creating a Roadmap for Success

Stacey Johnson - Head Of Leadership & Culture, Kraft Heinz
It's more important than ever to execute a D&I strategy that that not only highlights the diverse perspectives within your organization, but also reflects a highly engaged employee culture that fosters a spirit of innovation. Join us on this inspiring journey, as Stacey Johnson, Head of Kraft Heinz’s Leadership & Culture, builds a roadmap for success and shares lessons learned on executing a successful and sustainable D&I strategy. 
Stacey will discuss:
  • Engaging your workforce in building your strategy
  • Creating a roadmap with measurable results 
  • Gaining global alignment within your organization
  • Results of initiatives and lessons learned

Stacey Johnson

Head Of Leadership & Culture
Kraft Heinz

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Business Meetings

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Business Meetings

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Business Meetings

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm Networking Break

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm Embracing the Future of Wellness

Marshall Porter - Chief Comercial Officer, Gympass
In this session we will briefly present Gympass and our mission: to defeat inactivity. We will discuss how companies can
revolutionize the way inactive employees engage in physical activity, covering the topics below:
  • The epidemic of physical inactivity and how HR can help defeat it;
  • The rise of flexibility and why it matters;
  • Why one-size-fits-all doesn’t work.

Marshall Porter

Chief Comercial Officer

4:15 pm - 5:00 pm Panel: Managing Talent Disruption: Creating an Agile Workforce

Larry Brand - Chief Human Resources Officer, Elkay
Tom Harmon - Chief Human Resources Officer, Myers Industries
With continuous workforce shifts, adaptability is more imperative than ever. Do you have the necessary agility within your organization to respond to the ever-changing demands of your customers and evolving workforce?  How can you create a competitive advantage in a way that’s counter to historical views of the employer/employee relationship? Panelists will also discuss meeting the competition for talent in the resurgent economy, while also engaging them in the operational improvements and development of the organizational culture.
 In this session you will:
  • Gain insight into how manufacturing verticals are managing this challenge
  • Discuss ways to help your organization best equip themselves to engage in this disruptive state
  • Understand the impact on employee experience
  • Explore how to best drive the shift internal to your organization 

Larry Brand

Chief Human Resources Officer


Tom Harmon

Chief Human Resources Officer
Myers Industries

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm The Proof is in the Data: The Inextricable Link Between Inclusive and Effective leadership

In today’s increasingly complex and diverse workforce, where both the quality and quantity of leaders is declining,
developing inclusive leaders is a business imperative. At Linkage, we have analyzed three decades of research, including
over 1M data points from 360-degree leadership assessments to determine what the most effective leaders do differently.
The research revealed findings relevant to anyone charged with leveraging their leadership talent for maximum business
impact. In this talk, we’ll uncover:
  • The role that Inclusion plays in leadership effectiveness and how to measure it
  • Actions you can take to build more inclusive leaders at your organization
  • How to increase inclusion through a proven framework to advance women leaders

Champagne Roundtables Discussion

Table 1

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Moderator: Cornerstone

Table 2

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Moderator: AllyO

Table 3

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Moderator: Wiley

Table 4

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Moderator: McGraw Hill


Zac Lorenzen

Director, Business Development
Corporate Learning Solutions


Jerry Dempsey

Director, Business Development
Corporate Learning Solutions

6:30 pm - 6:35 pm Chairperson's Closing Remarks

6:35 pm - 7:50 pm Networking Reception + Dinner