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 2014 Human Capital Leadership Forum in Chicago.

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.

Dennis Arouca Vice President Human Resources Operations, Labor & Employee Relations
Cliffs Natural Resources
View Bio »
Dimitri Boylan President & CEO
View Bio »
Cara Capretta Vice President Human Capital Transformation
View Bio »
John Derry Senior Vice President - Human Resources
Kansas City Southern
View Bio »
Scott Drach VP, Human Resources
View Bio »
Diane Frisch Senior Vice President, Human Resources
View Bio »
Sean Georges Senior Vice President of Human Resources and General Counsel
Shoe Carnival
View Bio »
Michael Hanna Director, Leadership & Employee Development
DDR Corp.
View Bio »
Matthew Herzberg Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer
View Bio »
David Hughes VP Strategic Business Development Consultant
Right Management
View Bio »
Steve Iannuzzi Vice President of Sales
SumTotal Systems
View Bio »
Katya Laviolette Chief Human Resources Officer
TC Transcontinental
View Bio »
Chip Luman Chief Operating Officer and Director
View Bio »
Stephanie Naito Former Vice President, Talent Management
View Bio »
Michaela Oliver Head of Human Resources
Rosetta Stone
View Bio »
Gayle Schneider Loving Practice Leader, Performance and Succession
Cornerstone OnDemand Inc
View Bio »
Steve Schuckenbrock President and Chief Executive Officer
Accretive Health
View Bio »
Kristy Sidlar Executive Director, Human Capital Solutions
Allegis Global Solutions
View Bio »
Caroline Stockdale Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer
Accretive Health
View Bio »
Natalie Stute Vice President, Corporate Human Resources
Jostens, Inc.
View Bio »
Jamie Womack VP, Marketing & Branding
View Bio »
  • 7:50am – 8:50am Breakfast
  • 8:50am – 8:55am Argyle Executive Forum Opening Remarks
  • 8:55am – 9:30am "Developing a Labor & Employee Relations Strategy"
    read more »

    A major objective for a CEO and Board of Directors is developing a strategy, which is sometimes referred to as a high level plan to achieve goals under conditions of uncertainty.  In business, this often translates to a strategy to achieving the goal of  long term shareholder value by creating a valuable market position, determining what to do/not to do to get there, and aligning an organization’s activities and resources. Dennis will describe how he led the development of a people strategy to support his company’s business strategy, with useful principles and practices that can be applied in other settings.

    Dennis AroucaVice President Human Resources Operations, Labor & Employee RelationsCliffs Natural Resources 

  • 9:35am – 9:55am Thought Leadership Spotlight Presented by Oracle
    read more »

    "Social – Why It’s HR’s Business"The emergence of social collaboration tools allow for new opportunities in the human resources function. CHROs must be able to leverage social media and technology to communicate a universal message that encourages engagement, drives collaboration and enables leadership development. It’s crucial for HR executives to utilize social media to better communicate throughout the organization, and more importantly, to brand HR as the owner of social media technology. Join Cara Capretta to learn how to take social collaboration from concept to business strategy.Cara CaprettaVice President Human Capital TransformationOracle*Please note, this session is off the record.

  • 9:55am – 10:20am Coffee Break
  • 10:20am – 10:25am Introducing "Beyond Basic Talent Management - Cultivating a Higher-Performing Workforce"
    read more »

    Steve IannuzziVice President of SalesSumTotal Systems

  • 10:25am – 11:10am Panel Discussion
    read more »

    "Beyond Basic Talent Management - Cultivating a Higher-Performing Workforce"

    Session topics include, but are not limited to:

    • Accelerating professional development: workforce development as a strategic differentiator
    • Balancing the short-terms needs of the organization with the long-term need to develop future leaders and bringing high-performing candidates on board
    • Building an appreciation of your organization among employees and increasing retention rates
    • How has technology been able to strengthen your strategy?
    • Connecting employees with one another, promoting a collaborative culture and creating an environment for high performance
    • Global talent and culture strategy, and the integral role that learning and leadership development programs can play
    • Aligning management and talent to create a competitive, global mind-set
    • Becoming proactive by anticipating company and marketplace challenges
    • The 2020 workplace: connected, collaborative and social
    Moderator:Sean GeorgesSenior Vice President of Human Resources and General CounselShoe CarnivalPanelists:John DerrySenior Vice President - Human ResourcesKansas City SouthernDiane FrischSenior Vice President, Human ResourcesIngredionKatya LavioletteChief Human Resources OfficerTC TranscontinentalMichaela OliverHead of Human ResourcesRosetta Stone

  • 11:15am – 11:35am Thought Leadership Spotlight Presented by CareerBuilder
    read more »

    "Get the Advantage in a Competitive Talent Market"Nearly 2 in 5 people under 25 are unemployed or underemployed. Still, 4 in 5 employers say it’s difficult to find qualified talent. Stop and think about that for a minute.  The widening skills gap has made the talent landscape increasingly competitive, and companies are coming up with innovative ways to gain a competitive advantage.  Find out how you can help your company stay ahead of talent acquisition trends by using years of talent data, research and expertise. In this session, we’ll uncover the latest trends in this ever-evolving recruitment landscape, including how to target millennial candidates; what mobile will look like in the future; and how you can apply technology to simplify your entire recruitment process, freeing up your time to focus on what matters most — your people.Jamie WomackVP, Marketing & BrandingCareerBuilder*Please note, this session is off the record.

  • 11:35am – 11:55am Coffee Break
  • 11:55am – 12:00pm Introducing "HR in the Driver’s Seat: Bringing Strategic Alignment and Collaboration to the C-Suite"
    read more »

    David HughesVP Strategic Business Development ConsultantRight Management 

  • 12:00pm – 12:40pm Panel Discussion
    read more »

    "HR in the Driver’s Seat: Bringing Strategic Alignment and Collaboration to the C-Suite"

    Session topics include, but are not limited to:

    • The changing role of HR – discussion around accountability and a more strategic role
    • Establishing HR’s impact and a look into analytics
    • Collaborating with other leaders to design, communicate and transform a common vision for the company to drive results
    • Measuring exponential engagement and linking it to company financial performance
    • Moving the needle and demonstrating value through partnership and innovation
    • Creating cultures of trust and collaboration to reach success
    Moderator:Stephanie NaitoFormer Vice President, Talent ManagementSpartanNash Panelists:Dennis AroucaVice President Human Resources Operations, Labor & Employee RelationsCliffs Natural Resources Scott DrachVP, Human ResourcesBoeingKristy SidlarExecutive Director, Human Capital Solutions Allegis Global SolutionsNatalie StuteVice President, Human ResourcesJostens Inc

  • 12:45pm – 1:05pm Thought Leadership Spotlight Presented by HireVue
    read more »

    Chip LumanChief Operating Officer and DirectorHireVue 

  • 1:05pm – 2:05pm Lunch
  • 2:05pm – 2:25pm Thought Leadership Spotlight Presented by Cornerstone OnDemand Inc
    read more »

    "Abolish the Performance Review? Think Again."

    Abolish performance reviews? Drop-kick those performance ratings? Recently, several high-profile companies have done just that! But are we really removing an obstacle to peak performance and employee engagement or are we bowing to pressure from overworked and unprepared managers? The performance review has become a dreaded annual exercise that is seen as a waste of time and resources. By addressing the real problem with reviews, they can become powerful tools that dramatically improve not only the individual’s performance, but the organization’s as well.

    Gayle Schneider LovingPractice Leader, Performance and SuccessionCornerstone OnDemand Inc 

  • 2:30pm – 3:05pm Fireside Chat featuring:
    read more »

    Sean GeorgesSenior Vice President of Human Resources and General CounselShoe CarnivalInterviewed By:Michael Hanna Director, Leadership & Employee Development DDR Corp. 

  • 3:10pm – 3:30pm Thought Leadership Spotlight Presented by Avature
    read more »

    "Disrupting HR: Digital Service Delivery Within the Digital Enterprise"

    Everyone is finding themselves in the same situation: Adaptation has always been essential for survival, but technology has quickened the pace of change, making old habits more dangerous and quicker decisions more important. Briefly, Dimitri will be talking about the changes in Talent Management that technology is driving, and how non-technical executives should shape strategic directions based on these changes.

    Dimitri BoylanChief Executive OfficerAvature 

  • 3:30pm – 3:50pm Coffee Break
  • 3:50pm – 4:35pm Steve Schuckenbrock
    read more »

    President and Chief Executive Officer Accretive Health


    Caroline Stockdale Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer Accretive Health

  • 4:35pm – 4:40pm Argyle Executive Forum Closing Remarks
  • 4:40pm – 5:40pm Closing Reception
    read more »

    *Please note, the agenda is subject to change.

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

Engagement and Talent Management

Innovative approaches to improve employee engagement and provide smarter training and development opportunities for your employees. Speaker topics include:

    • Measuring the effectiveness and ROI of new types of training and development programs 
    • Leveraging new technologies to identify and nurture leaders in an organization
    • Accurately calculating engagement and defining key drivers to empower the workforce

Managing Change

HR is a cornerstone for change in an organization. It is being called on to collaborate with the C-suite to build robust but flexible organizational structures. Speaker topics include:

    • Leveraging a more prominent role on the executive team to drive change
    • Creating a results-oriented vision and culture that permeates the entire organization
    • Encouraging and increasing innovation across all sectors of the workplace 

Recruiting the Best

New technology and methodologies are enabling HR teams to cut through the noise and identify top talent in their industries, even as candidate expectations evolve. Speaker topics include:

    • Engagement with a digital savvy, more selective pool of candidates
    • Development and communication of key elements of workplace culture to a selective pool of top talent
    • Creation of a targeted workforce plan for predictive hiring now

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.

The "2014 Human Capital Leadership Forum" in Chicago
is proudly sponsored by:

About Image
  • "The topics are contemporary and thought-provoking, and the speakers are excellent across the board. "

    A VP of HR at totes Isotoner on the quality of content at Argyle Human Capital forums.

  • "Argyle does a terrific job of making sure the right people are in the room, having the right conversations to drive their businesses forward. "

    The CHRO of Snyder's Lance on attending Argyle Human Capital events and making connections.

  • "The experiences I've had at their forums are unlike that from any other symposium I've attended. "

    The VP of HR & Development at Vantage West Credit Union on the Argyle Human Capital series.

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

Please note the below is a preferred hotel of Argyle Executive Forum. Please request the “Argyle Executive Forum rate” when booking sleeping rooms in order to receive a discounted rate of $180.00 per night, taxes not included.


Hotel Blake Chicago

500 South Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60605
Telephone: (312) 986-1234

Continuing Education Credits:

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