Network . Benchmark . Innovate.

April 19 - 21, 2020 | The Ritz Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, FL

Day One: Sunday, May 19, 2019

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 - 11:00 am Chairperson's Introduction

Eric Gordon - Senior Vice President, AYCO

Eric Gordon

Senior Vice President

11:00 am - 11:40 am Understanding The New HR Paradigm: How to Run HR Like a Business

John Lacy - CHRO, Baylor Scott & White
Many HR leaders describe their function’s value proposition as improving engagement and retention of talent. While these are worthy endeavors, the ultimate measure of value for HR is the organization’s performance. And in our VUCA digital world, the organization’s agility is transparent to its customers. The best Finance functions operate with precision to maximize the return on financial investments and choices. Running HR “like a business” empowers the CHRO to maximize the return on the human investment. Such an approach can only work if HR leaders are willing to transform themselves from program/initiative managers to strategic and operationally-savvy business leaders. This is no longer just a seat at the table, it moves the CHRO to a trusted advisor for the CEO and Board much like the CFO. To achieve this new seat at the table, there are key actions a transformational CHRO can take:

• A digital perspective: constantly looking at our people’s performance through the lens of consumers in this digital age
• Know and predict the business: deploy a robust People Analytics capability along with the monthly “HR Close”
• Be a source of truth: develop competencies like data scientist with analytic and operational fluency who diagnose and solve performance problems
• Highly reliable and user-friendly systems: deploy the right tools at people’s fingertips and built to support achievement of performance goals

John Lacy

Baylor Scott & White

11:40 am - 1:30 pm Lunch & Networking Activity

1:35 pm - 2:10 pm Embracing Technology: The Executive Team Learning Journey

Shelley Meador - SVP and CHRO, Allegion
It all begins with a vision for innovation. Up-skilling a 100-year-old manufacturing organization requires more than strategy and implementation; it takes a learning journey that starts at the top with active participation and buy-in from senior leaders, outside-in thinking, and the ability to permeate a refreshed vision throughout the organization. During this discussion, Shelley Meador, CHRO, Allegion, will share the company’s experience building intentional leadership based on radical candor, embracing innovation and venturing, aligning HR with business goals, and applying innovation best practice to reinvent the way HR is delivered. As HR leaders assess the workforce capabilities and talent of the future, understanding the effects of emerging technologies is a top priority.

Shelley Meador


2:15 pm - 2:45 pm Business Meetings

2:45 pm - 3:15 pm Business Meetings

3:15 pm - 3:45 pm Business Meetings

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm Networking Break

4:00 pm - 4:35 pm "Let's Give'em Something to Talk About"- The Power of Engaging the Employee Voice

Dessalen Wood - VP Talent Development, Thoughtexchange
Companies today face the challenge of engaging their employees in meaningful dialogue - whether it be due to geography, flex work - or simply that many people feel that speaking up has a cost associated with it. In this talk we will examine:

• How technology can humanize the employee experience
• The power of allowing all voices to be heard which results in organizations benefiting from higher engagement
• The value of gathering ideas and solutions from a broader, more diverse population

Dessalen Wood

VP Talent Development

As companies continue to align their culture with the future of the business, employee fulfillment continues to be a top priority. The newer generations are looking for a better work life balance and CHROs are being faced with the challenge of engaging their workforces in new and innovative ways to retain their top talent, while keeping productivity at an all time high. In this panel discussion we will hear from some of the top HR Leaders on how they have evolved their culture to keep up with the demands of the new wave of talent.

Olesea Azevedo

SVP and Chief HR Officer
Advent Health


Rose Huddleston

SVP, HR- North America
Wynn Resorts


Kevin Dull

SVP and Chief of Human Potential
MultiCare Health System


Maureen Cahill

Vice President, HR Executive Partners

This is a fast-moving, multi-topic session comprised of three Quick Fire Presentations that will be completed in 30 minutes of total time (10 minutes for each challenge). Each speaker has a total of 10 minutes to get through up to 10 slides. Each individual presentation will focus on one specific challenge that HR leaders are facing and will provide actionable solutions that can be used to effectively overcome these challenges.

Rapidfire Talks- Agile Workforce, Financial Wellness, Relieving External Financial Stress to Positively Employee Trajectory

Enabling your organization to be career agile is an essential as we approach a 2020 world where workforce agility is in demand and talent retention is on the agenda. Presenting global career engagement benchmarking research you will learn the top 6 best in class practices associated with better business performance. 

Anthony Luciano Jr.

Vice President Business Development & Strategic Partnerships

5:25 pm - 5:35 pm Learn It. Know It. Live It – Engaging Stakeholders and Building Consensus for Financial Wellness

We will share lessons learned working with companies in multiple sectors on how to define, design and deploy an effective financial wellness program.

•Learn tactical ways to build internal consensus 
•Hear how organizations from different sectors engage their employees in financial wellness
•Understand common pitfalls in deploying financial wellness 
•Look beyond basic program components and focus on program designs integrated with business strategies and goals
•Leave with ideas on how to evaluate and design a program “right-sized” for your organization

5:35 pm - 5:45 pm How Relieving Financial Stress Will Help Your Employees #Win at the Game of Life

Rachael Chesley - Regional Sales Director, Purchasing Power
Darrel Nelson - Regional Sales Director, Purchasing Power
Hasbro’s “Life” board game, the object of the game is to collect the most money, and then you win. In your workforce, your employees may be at different stages in their own lives.
Yet no matter what generation your employee may be a part of, one thing is certain – almost every employee is dealing with some type of financial stress that impacts their productivity and sometimes, even health. How can you make sure your employees are #winning in their personal lives so they are able to bring their positivity and passion into the workforce every day?
In this Ignite, we will:

•Review recent research that shows the level and cause of employee financial stress
•Discuss challenges, wants and need of different generations within the workforce
•Think through potential solutions to set your company up for success, meeting the needs of your employees and managing the trajectory of your talent pipeline

Rachael Chesley

Regional Sales Director
Purchasing Power


Darrel Nelson

Regional Sales Director
Purchasing Power

5:45 pm - 6:20 pm Discussing Women in Leadership: Why Having a Diverse Succession Plan Benefits your Organization

DeRetta Cole Rhodes - SVP of HR, Atlanta Braves Baseball Club
Research illustrates that having women in leadership correlates with better overall business performance (significant increases in ROI, return on sales and invested capital). Women bring different experiences, perspectives and competencies to leadership roles. Providing targeted leadership programs for women is not just a diversity initiative -- it is a business imperative. In this discussion, DeRetta Cole Rhodes, SVP of HR, Atlanta Braves, will walk us through the challenges she has faced in her various leadership roles.

DeRetta Cole Rhodes

Atlanta Braves Baseball Club

6:20 pm - 6:25 pm Chairperson's Closing Remarks

Eric Gordon - Senior Vice President, AYCO

Eric Gordon

Senior Vice President

6:25 pm - 7:00 pm Networking Reception

7:00 pm - 7:30 pm Networking Dinner