2013 Human Capital Leadership Forum
2013 Human Capital Leadership Forum
April 4, 2013 - Houston, TX
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As Human Capital leaders continue to face tough decisions as a result of a still-improving economy, other critical areas remain top-of-mind, including keeping employees engaged, creating succession management plans, handling executive compensation, and increasing influence in the board room. These challenges put a number of new pressures on Human Capital leaders, who must balance business demands while simultaneously satisfying the workforce. These are among the topics that will be discussed at the 2013 Human Capital Leadership Forum in Houston.
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This event will feature insights from top executives, including:
Oracle View Bio »
Cara Capretta, Vice President, HCM Business Transformation Practice for Oracle, has over twenty years of internal and external experience in Human Resources. She is a recognized speaker and thought leader in the field of talent management.
Cara is a resource to assist Oracle clients think through their talent management priorities that may include:
- Alignment of talent strategies to business plans
- Integrated HR practices that support the entire employee lifecycle
- Competency-based human resources applications
- Design and roll-out of enterprise-wide succession planning processes such as talent review meetings, talent profiles, use of the 9-cell, replacement planning, etc.
Cara is the former President and COO of Lominger International, a Korn/Ferry Company. Lominger is a global provider of competency-based leadership development tools. During her tenure at Lominger, she co-authored several books and product lines including FYI™ for Teams, FYI™ for Talent and The Interview Architect®.
Lominger was sold in 2006, at which time Cara became the VP of Strategy and Intellectual Property for Korn/Ferry International, the largest executive search firm in the world.
Prior to working in the consulting and commercial product arena, Cara was a Human Resources executive at Nationwide Insurance for 13 years, where she was responsible for enterprise-wide leadership development and succession planning efforts for more than 20,000 employees. She also has experience as a Human Resources generalist.
Cara is a native of Columbus, Ohio where she attended The Ohio State University and graduated from Franklin University.
Kansas City Southern View Bio »
John E. Derry is senior vice president human resources for Kansas City Southern, directing the human resources and labor relations functions for The Kansas City Southern Railway Company and advising Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. on its human resources and labor relations functions.
Mr. Derry joined Kansas City Southern from YRCW-Yellow Transportation, where he served as vice president human resources. He has also held a variety of human resources and operations positions with General Mills, Inc. He holds a master of science in organizational development from Bowling Green State University and a bachelor of arts in leadership and management from Judson College. He is also certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources from the Human Resource Certification Institute.
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. View Bio »
Darrell L. Ford is senior vice president and chief human resources officer, where he is responsible for leading all areas of AMD’s human resources function. This includes an ongoing effort to align the company’s global employee population around a culture of commitment to help create enhanced value for AMD customers and shareholders.
Prior to joining AMD in April 2012, he was vice president, human resources – Retail for Shell Oil. Ford spent four years at Shell Oil, where he led a global team focusing on organizational effectiveness, talent management, learning, leadership development, talent management, diversity, and performance management.
Prior to his tenure at Shell Oil, Mr. Ford worked as vice president of corporate human resources at Honeywell International. Prior to Honeywell, he served as executive director of sales operations for AT&T Wireless, where he was responsible for sales compensation, incentive design, and the implementation of customer relationship management software across 10,000 sales representatives.
Mr. Ford has a Juris Doctorate and an MBA from Rutgers University. He is a member of the Society for Human Resource Managers, American Bar Association – Labor & Employment Section, and the Society of HR Planning. He and his wife Melenese are based in Austin, TX.
Santander Consumer View Bio »
Darren K. Ford is Vice President, Culture & Engagement for Santander Consumer USA, one of the nation’s fastest-growing companies in the automotive finance sector. Santander is headquartered in Dallas with operations in Texas and Colorado.
In his current position, Darren connects with all employees through numerous activities, ensuring the corporate culture welcomes, challenges, and develops all associates while driving performance to meet company business objectives. Darren joined Santander Consumer as Director of Employee Development where he guided all aspects of Santander’s training, leadership, and compliance activities.
Prior to joining Santander Consumer, Darren spent time in the publishing, IT, and management consulting industries, building a wide range of business skills through business and organizational development, consulting, and teaching activities. Darren and his family also spent four years in Bulgaria where he served as Headmaster for a small international school.
Darren is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management. He is also a member of American Society for Training & Development.
Darren and his wife of 25 years, Patricia, live in Carrollton, Texas, and have three boys. Their oldest, Austin, works for Santander Consumer in the Customer Service department. Jared is a sophomore at the University of Arkansas. Jason is a high school junior, earning dual credits by attending Richland College.
Whether promoting professionalism and work ethic to Santander employees or speaking to high school students about leadership and life skills through the nonprofit NexGen Leadership, Darren has the unique ability to inspire and challenge people to be their best and live a life of purpose.
Consolidated Graphics, Inc. View Bio »
M. Grae Griffin is the Executive Vice President, Human Resources for Consolidated Graphics, Inc. (NYSE: CGX), the leading sheet fed, web and digital printing company in the United States. Based in Houston, Consolidated Graphics is a $1 Billion employer of 6,000 employees at 70 production facilities in 27 states.
As the Chief Human Resources Officer, Grae is responsible for all aspects of Human Resources, including leadership development, compensation, benefits, labor and employee relations, staffing and health services. Prior to be promoted by the CEO, Grae was the Vice President of Labor Relations, making him the Chief Legal Officer for all legal matters pertaining to the employment relationship.
Before Consolidated Graphics, Grae practiced law for one of the nation’s leading labor and employment law firms, representing and advising management in all aspects of HR law. In 2009, Grae was recognized by the State Bar of Texas as a specialist in labor and employment law.
Grae is an honors graduate of the University of Kansas and received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Tennessee.
Frito-Lay View Bio »
Gary is Vice-President, Labor Relations, Frito-Lay North America (FL) and responsible for the Labor agenda covering all 48,000 U.S.-based employees. He joined FL in 2003 as a Dallas site HR Manager, then progressed to HR Director for the 5 Texas manufacturing sites. In 2007, he was promoted to the Sales organization, responsible for the largest region (>$1B revenue). In 2009, he was promoted to Labor Director at HQ, then promoted to Labor V-P in 2010. Gary is known for delivering productivity and flexibility savings through negotiations in unionized environments, and supporting change initiatives in union-free settings. He is also recognized for outstanding contributions in the Diversity and Inclusion arena, particularly in the area of mentoring aspiring HR professionals.
Prior to joining Frito, Gary was employed by Shell Oil/Chemical Company for more than 12 years. He started as an HR Generalist, then progressed to several roles including, Financial Auditing, Equal Opportunity, Legal and Labor Relations. Gary also was part of a team that developed and implemented a Company-wide dispute resolution program.
Gary has been married for 18+ years to Carla, and they have two sons, Kirk and Reid.
Eagle Rock Energy Partners View Bio »
Lynda C. Irvine is the Vice President of Human Resources for Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P., directing all human resources functions for the company. Eagle Rock Energy Partners (EROC) is a master limited partnership (MLP) that leverages its upstream and midstream expertise to build, acquire and operate oil and gas properties, natural gas gathering systems, and natural gas processing plants, operating in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Alabama.
Ms. Irvine joined Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P. in October 2008, as the Vice President of Human Resources, reporting directly to Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. Prior to Eagle Rock and over the past 15 years, Lynda held a variety of human resources positions in the exploration & production sector with Texaco Incorporated, Marathon Oil Company, and Pogo Producing Company. She holds a Master of Science in Human Resources Management from Houston Baptist University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of St. Thomas and has been certified as a Professional in Human Resources and Birkman Consultant.
HealthMarkets View Bio »
Sandi Knight joined HealthMarkets, Inc. as Senior Vice President, Human Resources in August of 2011. Prior to joining HealthMarkets, Ms. Knight served as the Vice President of Human Resources for EF Johnson Technologies, inc. from 2007 to 2011. Prior to EF Johnson, she served as the Sr. Director of Human Resources for Zale Corporation overseeing all field human resources for 2300 locations, 18,000 employees, and six brands. She has a varied background in Union/Non-Union environments, multi-location, multi-state and multiple industries such as manufacturing, banking, retail, engineering, and now Health Care.
Sandi received her MS in Educational Psychology from Cal-State as well as her BA in Sociology. She has her Senior Professional Human Resources Certification (SPHR) and a Master Project Management certification (MPM ). She is a national member of SHRM, Dallas HR, and DWENG (Dallas Women’s Executive Network Group).
Sandi lives in Dallas and has two children – a daughter 23 who is currently in Israel and a son 21 who will be graduating from the University of Alabama and then going into the Peace Corps where he will be in Madagascar.
Mercer View Bio »
John Koob is a Partner in Mercer's Central Market Human Capital business and is based in Houston.
In this capacity, he supports clients with their most complex HR and human capital challenges across the wide spectrum of HR function strategy & operations, people strategy, workforce planning, M&A, change management, talent and rewards management. He has broad international experience with a strong concentration in the energy sector, and as such, plays a primary role in supporting clients across that and related industries. John has a unique background that combines more than 15 years corporate HR experience with more than 10 years HR consulting experience.
His corporate experience is with premier organizations including PepsiCo, Textron, Mobil Oil and Mylan. During his 10+ years with Mobil Oil, he worked in the US, Europe and Africa in various HR leadership roles and across several business segments. Most recently, John held the post of Senior VP, Global HR with Mylan Inc. In that role, he led the development and implementation of the global people strategy, the global human resource function transformation strategy and the development of all global human capital programs for a workforce of nearly 20,000 employees across 150 countries. While with Mercer during 2000 - 2008, he held various leadership positions including Southeast US regional responsibility for our Human Capital Operations & Technology Solutions business and later for Mercer's M&A Services business in the same region.
He has been published in Mergers & Acquisitions, World at Work and Workforce Management magazines. He is also the author of several Mercer white papers including: Capturing the Value of the Deal-Leveraging a Clean Team to Enhance Integration Effectiveness; Unfinished Business-Mastering HR Business Design; and Why HR Governance Matters-Managing the HR Function for Superior Performance.
John holds a B.S. in Business Management from Ithaca College. He has also studied industrial and labor relations at the graduate level and holds a masters certificate in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University.
Stewart Information Services Corp. View Bio »
Susan McLauchlan serves as Chief Human Resources Officer of Stewart Information Services Corporation. McLauchlan holds extensive experience in human resource management, having served both large publicly-traded and middle-market private companies.
McLauchlan’s expertise spans business strategy, human capital investment, strategic change, compensation and benefits, international business, management and employee development, talent acquisition and Human Resources Information Systems. With extensive knowledge of localized cultural and political issues, she has managed HR practices and processes in countries throughout Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. She has also spearheaded a variety of projects, including organizational redesign and reengineering efforts resulting in process improvement and expense reduction, as well as creating and implementing a blueprint for human resource transformation that resulted in increased retention and multiple achievements of a “Best Places to Work” award for other organizations.
She previously held senior human resource positions at UHY Advisors TX, LLC, Dynegy, Shell, and Amoco. McLauchlan holds a Masters from the University of Houston and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas.
City of Houston View Bio »
Omar C. Reid is the Human Resources Director for the City of Houston and is responsible for all the financial and administrative activities of the department. As the HR Director, he provides guidance and initiates policies for all twenty-six city departments. Mr. Reid’s focus and objectives in HR is to continue as a strategic partner with other city departments in managing the city’s workforce of over 22,000 employees. Additional areas of responsibility are safety and risk management, citywide corporate training, workers’ compensation, and strategic planning. He has over twenty-eight years of human resources and specialized management experience with a Fortune 100 United States Corporation.
Mr. Reid earned his Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from University of Houston and his Master’s Degree from Texas Southern University. His expertise in leadership, team-building, problem solving, and communications have been demonstrated by his successful involvement in both business and community. Mr. Reid has served as Vice President of Complete Personal Resurrection Group, an organization that developed leadership seminars to corporations and small businesses; Co-Chairman of the Economic Development Committee, National Black Master of Business Administration, Co-Chairman of Houston Black Leadership Conference; Coordinator of United Way Texas, representing United Parcel Services; District Coordinator, United Negro College Fund Walk-A-Thon; and Chairman of the Board Fourth Ward Redevelopment Authority and Tax Reinvestment Zone. Listed among his accomplishments, Mr. Reid is a published author of The Traffic of Life: Characteristics of Effective Leadership.
Mr. Reid has a ‘people come first’ personal philosophy and lives by his three basic keys to success which is ‘Trust, Communication & Perception is Reality’. He and his wife Janice have a daughter, Brianna, who follows the examples of hard work in education and sports that is exhibited by both her parents.
CEMEX View Bio »
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Army and Air Force Exchange Service View Bio »
SUSAN I. SIMONE is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for the Army and Air Force Exchange Service. Susan was born into an Army family in Bad Cannstatt, Germany, and, as a daughter of a soldier, Susan learned early on what military life is all about. She began her career with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service in 1981 in Stuttgart, Germany as an hourly associate and progressed into management ranks in 1984. Susan completed a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Northwood University, Dallas, TX, and earned her Masters of Science in Organizational Performance from Bellevue University in Omaha, NE in July 2011. Susan is a certified professional credentialed as Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Certified Compensation Professional (CCP).
Susan has served in a variety of field and staff positions, most recently serving as the Vice President of Human Resources. In 1988, Susan made her first PCS move from Germany to Fort Riley, KS as the Personnel Manager. At Fort Riley Susan supported the nation and the Fort Riley Exchange employees, families and managers during Desert Storm. Fort Riley troops were deployed and dramatic actions were quickly taken to restructure the operations, salvaging jobs while meeting mission requirements. Two years later, she was promoted and reassigned to Darmstadt, Germany as the Human Resources Manager where she administered the closure of the Aschaffenburg, Germany installation. In 1993 she was transferred and promoted to Wurzburg, Germany as the Human Resources Manager where she earned her promotion to executive management status prior to being reassigned to HQ in 1996. In HQ, she served as the Senior Policy Specialist and Senior EEO Specialist. In 1999, Susan again returned to Europe as the Chief/Human Resources Branch to oversee the entire Europe HR operations.
As the Chief/Human Resources, Europe Region, Susan’s courage and perseverance was put to the test at the wake of 9/11. Susan was responsible for establishing and supplying the human resources to support the troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar, requiring her to have boots on ground in 2001 through 2004. Susan returned to HQ and served as the Human Resources Branch Manager prior to gaining her next promotion as the Chief/Labor Relations and HR Customer Support in the HR Operations Division. Susan continued to expand her leadership in HR by serving as the Chief of Policy and Compensation and Chief of Career Management. In 2008 Susan was promoted to Vice President of Policy. In 2009 she assumed the position of Vice President of Human Resources.
In July 2011 Susan was chosen to be the Senior Vice President of Human Resources. Susan is a recipient of an Extraordinary Achievement Award, 10 Superior Accomplishment Awards, and Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) Civilian Service Medal.
UniversityNow View Bio »
Dr. Stewart leads UniversityNow’s corporate and community relationships efforts. He has extensive experience working with organizations that serve nontraditional and marginalized groups, with particular expertise in the areas of qualitative research, coalition building, and business development.
He has been involved in numerous social entrepreneurial, civic and volunteer activities, including senior executive and board memberships with the Black Alliance for Educational Options, Edison Schools, LearnNow, National Black Graduate Student Association, Next Generation Foundation, Parents International, the SEED Public Charter School of Washington, DC, Symphonic Strategies, the World Organization of Resilient Kids, and Qwaku & Associates. He has authored numerous articles, reports and other documents that examine the challenges and best practices in the general area of education reform.
He is a US Army veteran; he holds a bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of the District of Columbia; and a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University.
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Rita Trehan has made a career of business transformation within Fortune 200 companies. As a global HR leader at Honeywell and AES Corp., she helped rethink how business got done. From more profitable ways to launch business units around the world to inspired ways of measuring performance, she has consistently created more strategic solutions in less time by focusing on business results.
In her upcoming book, “Back to Business: Reframing HR for the Capacity Age” (2013, Charles Pinot), Trehan argues that HR is the next pivotal career. “More than ever,” she writes, “businesses need people who can take an independent, organization-wide view, connect disparate pieces, and present capabilities to CEOs – whose screens are simply too crowded.”
Mixing her own real-world perspective with the experience of other leading practitioners, she explains HR as the creator of capacity for companies continuously challenged on resources. Her call to action for young careerists and for the profession: Refocus on business results and use the unique position of HR to create more profitable companies.
8:00am – 9:00am Breakfast
9:00am – 9:05am Argyle Executive Forum Opening Remarks
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Fireside ChatSusan SimoneSVP, Human ResourcesArmy and Air Force Exchange ServiceInterviewed by:Omar ReidDirector of Human ResourcesCity of Houston
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Thought Leadership Spotlight Presented by Oracle“Preparing for the Inevitable - Succession Planning for Boomers”The anticipated mass exodus of baby boomers creates a huge talent gap. Succession planning decisions will double or triple in count. As this looming transition nears, how do HR leaders prepare? Join Cara Capretta, vice president of HCM business transformation practice at Oracle, as she shares her insights on developing candidates differently based on distinctive characteristics and where they fit in the talent review process. She will cover preparedness tactics for the upcoming demographic shift and discuss potential factors including compensation, retention risk, race and gender spread on candidate slates.Cara CaprettaVice President, HCM Business Transformation PracticeOracle*Please note, this session is off the record.
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Panel Discussion“The Changing Role of HR”Session topics include, but are not limited to:
- “Transformation” has created quite a buzz in the HR space. What has changed over the years and what are some lessons learned? What can HR leaders do to actually see their vision through?
- Given the past and present, how does HR’s role change going forward and how are organizations reaching for the future now?
- How do the competencies for success as a business leader change for the CHRO as their stakeholders continue to expand?
- Almost regardless of industry sector, companies struggle to both attract and retain their workforce. What approaches “keep you in the game” today?
- What should HR leaders be bracing for in 2013 and 2023?
11:20am – 11:35am Coffee Break
11:35am – 12:10pm "Unwritten Rules for Senior Level Success"
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Gary Harrison-DucrosVice-President, Labor RelationsFrito-Lay
12:15pm – 12:35 pm
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Thought Leadership Spotlight Presented by UniversityNow“A New Model of Higher Education for Today’s Workforce”
Our traditional system of two- and four-year colleges and universities is not well-suited to educate its fastest growing demographic, “post-traditional learners” (i.e., working adults who need post-secondary education to stay competitive in the workforce). Higher education is currently too costly and inflexible. Equally as important, the current higher education system does little to help employers who are challenged with finding increasing numbers of well-educated and productive employees. There’s a crisis in higher education, and frontline working adults -- and the companies for which they work -- are experiencing the brunt of the crisis.
The good news is that there is an emerging sector of higher education, led by companies like UniversityNow, that is addressing the realities of post-traditional learners and building new models of higher education. Unlike traditional models, these new models are flexible and low-cost, and are organized around the needs of the workforce.Learn more about how UniversityNow is partnering with employers to improve the ROI of their tuition assistance programs and increase their impact on recruitment, retention, and talent development.Dr. Thomas StewartVP, Corporate DevelopmentUniversityNow
12:35pm – 12:40pm Networking Regroup
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Panel Discussion"Talent Strategy and Keeping Employees Engaged"Session topics include, but are not limited to:How have you demonstrated the impact of engagement to build company-wide support and participation in your engagement strategy?
- How has technology been able to strengthen your program’s success?
- What are some contributors to connecting employees with one another, promoting a collaborative culture and creating an environment for high performance?
- How have you incorporated managers’ and the organization’s capabilities in your engagement strategy?
- Using organizational design as a lever for both growth and cost control What kind of innovative things are you doing with associate surveys?
- How do you ensure employees feel connected to the organization and understand how their efforts contribute to its success?
- How do a company’s values contribute to retention?
2:25pm – 2:45pm Coffee Break
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– 3:20pmRita TrehanSenior Executive & HR Thought Leader
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– 4:00pm"Workplace Evolution, The tracks ahead for HR in the railroad industry"John DerrySenior Vice President - Human ResourcesKansas City Southern
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Argyle Executive Forum Closing Remarks
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Closing Reception*Please note, agenda is subject to change.
Explore the most critical challenge areas and hot topics for HR leaders such as:
Examine how your organization is using technology to better align HR with the business to drive results, and how these adjustments are impacting the bottom line. Our speakers will discuss:
- Using workforce and predictive analytics to make decisions
- Leveraging mobile and social tools to manage recruiting efforts
- Modernizing the function through adoption of new skillsets
- Sharing the impact of human resources with the executive team
Empowering the workforce
Review the obstacles of building a unique organizational culture through employee engagement, and the importance of finding solutions to develop workforce efficiency. Get briefed on:
- Pinpointing employee needs and wants through effective communication
- Measuring the success of training initiatives and learning opportunities
- Providing engaging learning and development options for staff
- Deploying tools to nurture leaders and grow engagement from within
Recruiting top talent
Reflect on major issues that are intrinsic to identifying top talent and maintaining a high level of engagement, and discuss how the candidate profiles differ across generations. Gain insight into:
- Approaching and engaging the digitally savvy candidate
- Using innovative tools to attract and empower
- Prospecting smart with a strategic, targeted workforce plan
- Maintaining selectivity while humanizing the application process
The role of HR
The HR discipline continues to evolve in scope and practice. Discuss the ways human capital executives are change agents, reviewing the challenges of creating a results driven vision and culture. Hear about:
- Aligning the organization with a new 'people' strategy
- Creating a high performance culture that supports business goals
- Leveraging mechanisms and tools to motivate and engage employees
- Making a difference through a larger role on the executive team
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