November 17 - 19, 2019
Scottsdale, AZ

Agenda Day One: Sunday, November 17, 2019

9:00 am - 10:00 am Registration

10:00 am - 10:05 am Welcome Orientation

10:05 am - 10:20 am Thoughtexchange Welcome — App Introduction



10:20 am - 10:30 am Chairperson's Opening Remarks

Hal Adler, Executive Coach, Founder at Leadership Landing

Hal Adler

Executive Coach, Founder
Leadership Landing

10:30 am - 11:10 am Creating a Culture of Care & Accountability: The Most Critical Part of Talent Strategy

Can you lead with People and Performance in Harmony? Barry-Wehmiller is a diversified global supplier of engineering consulting and manufacturing technology. By blending people-centric leadership with disciplined operational strategies and purpose-driven growth, Barry-Wehmiller has become a $3 billion organization with nearly 12,000 team members, and given their shareholders a 14% annual return, compounded over more than 20 years. 

Barry-Wehmiller’s cultural transformation was featured in Simon Sinek’s best-selling book, “Leaders Eat Last” and chronicled in the WSJ best-seller “Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family.” She shares how a 100-year-old business with 100 locations that’s acquired 100 companies developed a world-renowned, people-first culture, while creating value for all stakeholders.
Rhonda Spencer will share Barry-Wehmiller’s approach to building a culture of Care & Accountability, with practical tools to assess your own cultural readiness. 

Rhonda Spencer, Chief People Officer at Barry-Wehmiller

Rhonda Spencer

Chief People Officer
Barry-Wehmiller


11:10 am - 11:20 am Mindful Leadership: A Full Contact Sport

Anyone that says that being a mindful leader is easy is lying! It’s hard work, but completely worth it. Mindful leaders know very little,
but we know it, and have no fear. Unlearning what we think we know, and coming out from under the weight of our own certainties
and narratives is the first step. Let’s take it together.
Hal Adler, Executive Coach, Founder at Leadership Landing

Hal Adler

Executive Coach, Founder
Leadership Landing

11:20 am - 12:00 pm Cut To The Chase: Straight Talk from CHROs on Career Journeys, Mistakes & Failures, Managing Up & Gaining Confidence

• Highlight one of your biggest mistakes. What could you have done differently?
• Describe your career path, how did you get where you are, and what continuing education opportunities are you personally taking
advantage of?
• Talk about the worst job you’ve had. How did you endure?
• Who has made it possible to access the technology you need to be successful?
• Discuss the emerging skill sets for tomorrow’s CHROs

12:00 pm - 1:25 pm Brunch and Networking Activity



1:25 pm - 2:00 pm Personal Meets The Professional: How Incorporating Authenticity in the Workplace Boosts Creativity in a High Tech Environment.

There is no quick fix to employee engagement, but there is a direct correlation between engaged employees and increased
productivity. Laura Miele will take us on her journey to servant leadership and how incorporating her values translated into an effective
approach to delivering her authentic self in the workplace. By immersing herself into the flow of people, creativity creation positively
impacted overall business objectives.
Laura Miele, Chief Studios Officer at Electronic Arts

Laura Miele

Chief Studios Officer
Electronic Arts

2:05 pm - 2:35 pm Business Meetings

2:35 pm - 3:05 pm Business Meetings

3:05 pm - 3:35 pm Business Meetings

3:35 pm - 3:50 pm Networking Break

3:50 pm - 4:25 pm Collaborative & Courageous Leadership

Anyone that says that being a mindful leader is easy is lying! It’s hard work, but completely worth it. Mindful leaders know very little,
but we know it, and have no fear. Unlearning what we think we know, and coming out from under the weight of our own certainties
and narratives is the first step. Let’s take it together.


4:25 pm - 4:35 pm The Employee Career Experience: Uncovering the 6 Best-In-Class Practices Associated With Better Business Performance

As we approach 2020, workforce agility is in demand. During this Ignite, attendees will learn how to craft a best-in-class career
experience across the talent lifecycle. Results from the Fuel50 global career benchmarking research will be shared.


4:40 pm - 5:10 pm Business Meetings

5:10 pm - 5:40 pm Business Meetings

5:40 pm - 6:10 pm Business Meetings

6:10 pm - 6:25 pm Networking Break

6:25 pm - 7:00 pm Developing Leadership Skills at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center to Improve Organizational Culture

On the Space Coast of Florida, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center has been reinventing itself as the world’s premiere multi-user
spaceport. Innovative partnerships between commercial space entities such as Boeing and Space X now cross-utilize the facility
alongside NASA missions. The result is the transformation of a highly skilled workforce that supports both government and commercial
entities to ensure the US is leading in space. To achieve this end, Digna Carballosa, the center’s Director of Human Resources has
lead an effort to reinvent leadership skills as the Kennedy Space Center reconfigures its mission in a time of unprecedented global
competition. In this session, learn more about:

• Establishing a leadership development program aligned to the mission of the organization
• Boosting employee engagement and organizational culture
• Unlocking the potential of front-line leaders
Digna Carballosa, Director of Human Resources at NASA, Kennedy Space Center

Digna Carballosa

Director of Human Resources
NASA, Kennedy Space Center

7:00 pm - 7:30 pm Cocktail Reception

7:30 pm - 8:00 pm Dinner