Why You Should Attend!

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.

This event will feature insights from top executives, including:

If you'd like to recommend a speaker, please email Katheryn Sillo at ksillo@argyleforum.com.

Cara Capretta Vice President Human Capital Transformation
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John Derry Senior Vice President - Human Resources
Kansas City Southern
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Darrell Ford Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
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Darren Ford VP, Culture & Engagement
Santander Consumer
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Grae Griffin E.V.P. - Human Resources
Consolidated Graphics, Inc.
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Gary Harrison-Ducros Vice-President, Labor Relations
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Lynda Irvine Vice President, Human Resources
Eagle Rock Energy Partners
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Sandi Knight Senior Vice President, Human Resources
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John Koob Partner
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Susan McLauchlan Chief Human Resources Officer
Stewart Information Services Corp.
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Omar Reid Director of Human Resources
City of Houston
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Marla Roberson Vice President, Human Resources - Staffing, Planning, Development & Pipe
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Susan Simone SVP, Human Resources
Army and Air Force Exchange Service
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Dr. Thomas Stewart VP, Corporate Development
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Rita Trehan Senior Executive & HR Thought Leader
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  • 8:00am – 9:00am Breakfast
  • 9:00am – 9:05am Argyle Executive Forum Opening Remarks
  • 9:05 am
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    – 9:40am

    Fireside Chat

    Susan SimoneSVP, Human ResourcesArmy and Air Force Exchange ServiceInterviewed by:Omar ReidDirector of Human ResourcesCity of Houston

  • 9:45 am
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    – 10:05am

    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.

  • 10:05 am
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    – 10:35am

    Coffee Break

  • 10:35 am
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    – 11:20am

    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?
    Moderator:John DerrySenior Vice President - Human ResourcesKansas City SouthernPanelists:Lynda IrvineVice President, Human ResourcesEagle Rock Energy PartnersJohn KoobPartnerMercerSusan McLauchlanChief Human Resources OfficerStewart Information Services Corp.Marla RobersonVice President, Human Resources - Staffing, Planning, Development & PipeCEMEX

  • 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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    – 1:40pm


  • 1:40 pm
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    – 2:25pm

    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?
    Moderator:Darren FordVP, Culture & EngagementSantander ConsumerPanelists:Darrell FordSenior Vice President and Chief Human Resources OfficerAdvanced Micro Devices Inc.Grae GriffinE.V.P. - Human ResourcesConsolidated Graphics, IncSandi KnightSenior Vice President, Human ResourcesHealthMarkets

  • 2:25pm – 2:45pm Coffee Break
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    – 3:20pmRita TrehanSenior Executive & HR Thought Leader

  • 3:25 pm
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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

  • 4:00 pm
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    – 4:05pm

    Argyle Executive Forum Closing Remarks

  • 4:05 pm
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    – 5:05pm

    Closing Reception

    *Please note, agenda is subject to change.

Explore the most critical challenge areas and hot topics for HR leaders such as:

Revolutionizing HR

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

Still have questions? We have answers.

I want to attend, but what if I'm unsure of my schedule and need to cancel my participation?

Just let us know. We understand that schedules change! However, we always have a waiting list for this event, and if you don't cancel, we will assume you are still attending and your spot will go unused. If you must, cancel at least 48 hours prior to the event to make room for others!

What if I can't be OOO for a whole day, or need to come late?

We have wifi and private rooms available for attendees to take calls and spend some quiet time on emails, as well as access to printing. Have a morning meeting you can't miss? No problem. This event was designed for busy executives - we get it.

I'd like to bring some colleagues. Do I need to register them online?

Events are more fun with friends, and we'd be happy to host your team. You can have them register online, or send us their names, titles and email addresses and we will take care of it for you!

I don't see the event venue listed. Where will the meeting be held?

To maintain exclusivity, we don't release the venue address until the registration process has been completed. All logistical details will be shared once you have requested a pass and been approved.

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Traveling for the event? Stay at one of our recommended hotels nearby:

The below hotel is recommended by Argyle Executive Forum. Please note that we do not have a corporate rate.


JW Marriott Houston

5150 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77056
Telephone: (713) 961-1500

Continuing Education Credits:

Please note that Continuing Education credits are not offered for this meeting.