Why You Should Attend!

As the digital era continues to transform modern consumer expectations, HR executives are grappling with modern employee expectations how to enhance the employee-employer relationship. Join Argyle Executive Forum to explore these topics further at our 2017 Human Capital Leadership Forum in New York City. Throughout a full day of thought leadership content and networking, we will focus on the most pressing issues that human capital executives are facing in 2017, with an agenda geared specifically towards CHROs, Chief People Officers, Chief Talent Officers, Chief Learning Officers and Chief Diversity Officers, as well as VPs and Directors of HR, talent, learning & development, change management, and HR analytics in a leadership role. Key topics that we will discuss include:

  • Designing the employee experience to foster efficiency, engagement, and empowerment
  • Exploring how digitalization will continue to impact corporate structure, employee vs. employer expectations, and organizational culture
  • Mapping the employee and workplace journey
  • Leveraging technology and data to manage the candidate and on-boarding process
  • Social media and mobile recruitment strategies to identify top talent
  • The role of employee engagement surveys and performance management within the modern organization
  • Fostering employee communication and innovation in the workplace

Our keynote presentations, fireside chats, panel sessions, and networking breaks will enable candid discussions with your peers focused on these topics and more. Speakers at our 2016 New York Forum included JoAnne Kruse, Chief Human Resources Officer at American Express Global Business Travel; Eric Hutcherson, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at National Basketball Association; Anne Molignano, Senior Vice President, Head of Human Resources, North America at Sony Music Entertainment; Deborah Borg, Chief Human Resources Officer at Bunge Ltd; and more.

We look forward to bringing together another fantastic faculty in 2017, and to hosting you alongside our community of Fortune 500 HR leaders hailing from the Northeast and beyond!

Register to Attend

This event will feature insights from top executives, including:

If you'd like to recommend a speaker, please email Diana Caldera at dcaldera@argyleforum.com.

Vanessa Abrahams-John Head of Global Diversity & Inclusion, Talent Acquisition
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Diane Adams Chief Human Resources Officer
McGraw Hill Education
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Allison Allen Vice President, Talent & Organizational Development
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Kevin Ames Director, O.C. Tanner Institute
O.C. Tanner
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Alex Goryachev Senior Director of Innovation Strategy and Programs
Cisco Systems
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Jill Katz Group Vice President, Human Resources
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Donovan Mattole Vice President of Human Resources
Brenntag North America
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Joanne Rencher Chief Business and Talent Officer
Girl Scouts of the USA
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Peggy Rubenzer Senior Vice President of People Resources
Shake Shack
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Athene Van Mazijk Vice President, Human Resources, North America
Mondelez International
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Kathleen Weslock Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer
Frontier Communications
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  • 8:00am – 9:00am BREAKFAST
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    Kick off the day with a healthy breakfast and networking. Connect with your peers in the HR community from a variety of industries before the morning’s content begins.

  • 9:00am – 10:00am OPENING KEYNOTE featuring CISCO SYSTEMS
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    In today’s digital era of accelerated change, every employee needs to think and act like an agile entrepreneur in a startup. That’s a daunting challenge for any large organization with established job roles and functions. At Cisco, a “coalition of co-conspirators” that includes a leading role from HR has mounted a grassroots movement to ignite a more entrepreneurial environment across all functions, grade levels and geographies.

    Cisco’s recent Innovate Everywhere Challenge urged all of its approximately 72,000 employees in more than 120 countries to tap into their passions, team up, disrupt and innovate game-changing solutions together. Driven by Alex Goryachev, senior director of Innovation Strategy and Programs, nearly 50 percent of the workforce engaged, submitting more than 2,000 ideas from 1,100 teams. Collaboration with HR was key to the success of the challenge and a follow up My Innovation program. In this session, you will learn:

    • How to ignite an innovation disruption across the entire workforce to help transform cultures into startup-like environments
    • The importance of HR’s involvement in leading or taking a major role in a cross-functional, grassroots approach to change
    • How to get full participation and commitment from the CEO and executive leadership team to help drive transformation

    Alex Goryachev
    Senior Director of Innovation Strategy and Programs
    Cisco Systems

  • 10:00am – 11:00am MORNING NETWORKING BREAKS
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    Take a break to make new connections and discuss the morning presentations over coffee and snacks.

  • 11:00am – 12:00pm “The HR Impact in 2017 and Beyond"
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    • The rise of digital era and transformation in the workplace and its impact in HR leadership strategies
    • Preparing millennials as the next generation of leaders
    • Accelerating women and diversity in the workplace and in leadership roles
    • Leveraging data and technology to measure the business impact of leadership and HR initiatives
    • Driving and organizational culture of high performance in the organization
    • Generating leadership development and growth and preparing for the organization in the future  

  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm “The Role of Performance Management in Empowering the Workforce”
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    • Challenges HR executives face with regards to employee engagement
    • The role of performance management relative to workforce empowerment
    • Performance and engagement strategies and best practices on employees’ strengths
    • Empowering employees to take charge of their performance and development within the organization
    • HR communication to determine needs and wants from managers and employer and driving employee efficiency
    • Leveraging technology to create a stronger organizational culture and improve performance in the organization
    • Developing a highly engaged workplace that drives consistent productivity 

  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm LUNCH
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    Take a midday break to grab lunch, network with your peers, and discuss the morning presentations.

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    Join Kathleen Weslock, Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer at Frontier Communications to wrap up the day!

    Kathleen oversees all aspects of human resources, including strategic direction and daily operations. She is responsible for labor relations, transformation and growth at Frontier Communications. An experienced global HR executive, Kathleen has worked in many countries around the world. Most recently, as Senior Vice President/Chief Human Resources Officer at Cisco Systems, Inc., she was responsible for setting the agenda for business and HR transformation, with a focus on Talent, Leadership, Culture and Organizational Effectiveness.

    Kathleen Weslock

    Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer

    Frontier Communications

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    Take a break to switch tables, meet some new peers, and discuss the afternoon presentations over coffee and snacks.

  • 3:00pm - 3:30pm AFTERNOON FIRESIDE CHAT Featuring AOL
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    Join Allison Allen, Vice President, Talent & Organizational Development at AOL in an interactive fireside chat session discussing leadership development at AOL.
    Allison E. Allen is Vice President, Talent & Organizational Development for AOL, Inc. In this role, she is leading global efforts that go beyond reacting to reorganizations or restructuring activities within the business to partnering in the organizational design, workforce planning (including recruiting approaches), change management as well as end-to-end talent management. Her main goal is to proactively shape and align all people components (hard and soft elements) of the business towards the achievement of shared goals and objectives, thereby helping AOL build strong talent and organizational philosophies and culture. In addition, Allison will help guide AOL’s diversity and inclusion strategy, focusing on creating innovative approaches that result in an all-inclusive work environment and the sourcing of top-notch candidates using data analytics to continuously improve the process and outcomes. This work will be critical to AOL’s shared business objective of enhancing the internal and external brand of the company from both a people and process perspective as well as the goal of maintaining an exceptionally high bar for talent and creating an environment where contributions and work product are highly leveraged and rewarded.        

    Allison Allen
    Vice President, Talent & Organizational Development

  • 3:30pm – 4:00pm AFTERNOON KEYNOTE Featuring GIRL SCOUTS OF THE USA
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    Join Joanne Rencher, Chief Business and Talent Officer at Girl Scouts of the USA to wrap up the day!
    With 25 years of business leadership experience, Joanne serves as the Chief Business and Talent Officer with responsibilities for the strategies and execution of all talent and culture activities at the Girl Scouts of the USA.  Joanne also provides strategic leadership of the Girl Scouts’ Cultural Resources, with a focus on increasing investments and elevating the brand through GSUSA's unique physical properties, history, and collections.  With her passion for developing business leaders across the HR field, Joanne founded Who’s Got Next in HR?, Inc. - a membership based organization challenging conventional wisdom around career paths for HR professionals who dare to ask ‘what’s next?’

    Joanne Rencher
    Chief Business and Talent Officer
    Girl Scouts of the USA

  • 4:00pm – 5:00pm CLOSING RECEPTION
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    Wrap up the day with a cocktail (or a few!) and hors d'Oeuvres. Head home with new connections and a notebook full of key takeaways to implement back at the office.

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! request a pass.

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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Please note the below is the preferred hotel of Argyle Executive Forum. Please specify that you are part of the Argyle group when booking sleeping rooms in order to receive a discounted rate of $311.00 per night, taxes not included. 


The Fitzpatrick Grand Central

141 E. 44th Street
New York, NY 10017
Telephone: (800) 367-7701