Why You Should Attend!

As Human Capital leaders continue to make tough decisions as a result of a still improving economy, other areas such as keeping employees engaged, creating successful succession management plans, executive compensation and increasing influence in the board room, all remain top of mind. These hosts of challenges put a number of new pressures on Human Capital leaders as they must balance business demands while simultaneously satisfying the workforce. These are amongst the topics that will be discussed at the 2013 Human Capital Leadership Forum in Washington DC.

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.

Gregory Castle Executive Vice President, Human Resources
FairPoint Communications, Inc.
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Deretta Cole, PhD. Chief Human Resources Officer
YMCA of Metro Atlanta
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Suzanne Dowd Zeller Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer
Allianz Life
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Judson Flanagan EVP, Human Resources
Catholic Relief Services
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Kate Harrington Vice President, Learning & Enablement
Rogers Communications Inc.
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Lesley Hoare VP HCM Business Transformation
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Ernest Jenkins Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer
Pepco Holdings, Inc.
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Tamla Olivier Vice President, Human Resources
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Cecile Perich Senior Vice President, Human Relations
McCormick & Co. Inc.
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Richard Randazzo Chief Human Resources Officer
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Michael Roane Chief Human Resource Officer
J.E. Dunn Construction Group, Inc.
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Keather Snyder Sales Director
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Dr. Thomas Stewart VP, Corporate Development
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Shawn Stokes Director of the DC Department of Human Resources
District of Columbia Government
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Sharon Taylor SVP, Human Resources
Prudential Financial
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  • 8:00am – 9:00am Breakfast
  • 9:00am – 9:05am Argyle Executive Forum Opening Remarks
  • 9:05am – 9:50am Fireside Chat:
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    “The Changing Role of HR”Richard RandazzoChief Human Resources Officer AARPMichael RoaneChief Human Resource Officer J.E. Dunn Construction Group, Inc.*Please note, this session is off the record.

  • 9:55am – 10:15am Thought Leadership Spotlight Presented by Oracle
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    "It is Too Late to Close the Barn Doors: A Different Talent Pipeline Already Entered the Workplace"We already know we will have 5 generations in the workplace of the future and the transformation will be bumpy. On average, one Baby Boomer is retiring every 8 seconds. Millennials will represent almost 47% of the workforce by 2014 and 75% by 2025. CEO’s and employees have high expectations. The right skills are in short supply and talent pipelines are shrinking. Younger people are getting bigger jobs sooner, and they think, learn and behave differently. This session will focus on what HR should be doing today to adapt the way we recruit, manage and develop our talent for the future.Lesley Hoare VP HCM Business Transformation Oracle*Please note, this session is off the record.

  • 10:15am – 10:45am Coffee Break
  • 10:45am – 11:30am Panel Discussion
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    “Keeping Employees Engaged and Developing Future Leaders”

    Human Resources leaders understand that keeping employees engaged and developing their talent are crucial to the successful growth and improvement of an organization.

    Session topics include:

    • Continually identifying and maintaining a talent pipeline
    • How have you demonstrated the impact of engagement to build company-wide support and participation in your engagement strategy?
    • What are some contributors to connecting employees with one another, promoting a collaborative culture and creating an environment for high performance?
    • How do a company’s values contribute to retention?
    • How can employers foster loyalty and retain talent by understanding the needs of different generations?
    Moderator:Judson FlanaganEVP, Human ResourcesCatholic Relief ServicesPanelists:Deretta ColeVice President, Human ResourcesTurner BroadcastingErnest JenkinsVice President, Chief Human Resources Officer Pepco Holdings, Inc.Shawn StokesDirector of the DC Department of Human ResourcesDistrict of Columbia Government

  • 11:35am – 11:55am Thought Leadership Spotlight Presented by UniversityNow
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    “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

  • 11:55am – 12:20pm Coffee Break
  • 12:20pm - 12:25pm Introducing Suzanne Dowd Zeller:
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    Keather SnyderSales DirectorAchieveGlobal

  • 12:25pm – 1:00pm “What’s in the Water?”
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    When I first arrived at Allianz Life three years ago, I asked my CEO, “What’s in the water? Why is everyone so happy here?” Others have commented that even the building provided a sense of happiness. These comments caused me to ask myself: Why IS everyone so happy here? What is different about this company compared to others I’ve worked for? What makes it special? Why do employees care so much?

    Having spent 30 years in various roles leading human resources functions, these were great questions for me to ask. Our employee engagement index has hovered around 86% the past few years – providing statistical confirmation that employees were happy. Plus, employees have voted us a top workplace in local and national surveys.

    So, after conducting multiple employee interviews, gathering engagement survey feedback, and discussing our culture with our executive team, I put together the presentation, “What’s in the Water?” This is what I’d like to share with you – and we can learn from each other what makes a great company great.

    Suzanne Dowd Zeller Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer Allianz Life Insurance Company

  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm Lunch
  • 2:00pm – 2:35pm "Talent Development and McCormick's Secret Recipe"
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    Cecile Perich Senior Vice President, Human Relations McCormick & Co. Inc.*Please note, this session is off the record.

  • 2:35pm – 2:55pm Coffee Break
  • 2:55pm – 3:40pm Panel Discussion
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    "Innovations in Strategy Execution and Culture Transformation" Today’s businesses must chart a course for competitive advantage in rough economic, regulatory, political and competitive waters. And once that strategy is set at the executive level, getting the organization to execute with alignment and velocity is key to the strategy’s success. Culture can make or break strategy execution, and company cultures have been challenged by the economic downturn and constant change. The panel will discuss how HR executives can partner with their executive and business leaders to:

    • Build the culture and mindsets that support successful strategy execution
    • Align the whole organization to the new strategy, creating authentic commitment and readiness to execute
    • Identify and develop the critical business and leadership capabilities needed to successfully execute the strategy
    Moderator:Suzanne Dowd Zeller Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources OfficerAllianz Life Insurance CompanyPanelists:Gregory Castle Executive Vice President, Human Resources FairPoint Communications, Inc.Kate Harrington Vice President, Learning & Enablement Rogers Communications Inc.Tamla Olivier VP, Constellation Human Resources Constellation

  • 3:45pm – 4:20pm "Moving 'The Rock' ...Talent Transformation at Prudential"
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    Over the past ten years, the Prudential has seen more change than in its entire prior 125 year history. The company went public, made significant acquisitions and divestitures and grew its non-U.S. operations substantially. As the company has redefined its business strategy for breakout performance, it has also had to redefine its talent strategy. Since 2009, the company has been focused on a major CEO-sponsored initiative to drive excellence in leadership and talent throughout the firm. In her remarks Sharon Taylor will share highlights from this talent journey, focusing on what has made it unique. She'll discuss how Prudential has:

    • Established talent as a pillar of the company's overall business value proposition
    • Used the guiding principle of "leader-led" to ensure that the company's senior-most leaders drive talent imperatives
    • Aligned other talent areas such as diversity and inclusion under the talent umbrella to create an integrated people strategy
    As she recounts this journey, Sharon will explore the challenges and practical realities of change management in a large, established company and share lessons learned through first-hand experience. Sharon Taylor SVP, Human Resources Prudential Financial

  • 4:20pm – 4:25pm Argyle Executive Forum Closing Remarks
  • 4:25pm – 5:25pm Closing Reception

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.


Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel

999 Ninth Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Telephone: (202) 898-9000

Continuing Education Credits:

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