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 Chicago. 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 Chicago Forum included Sal Venegas, Head of Learning & Talent Management at Walgreens; Namrata Yadav, Senior Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion Learning & Leadership Development at Bank of America; Kelly Martin, Head of Human Resources, Aircraft Modernization and Sustainment at Boeing; Kathleen McCann-Battle, Vice President, Talent Acquisition at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co; 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 heart of the Midwest 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.

ARGYLE HOST Sarah Smith Director of Talent Management
Marathon Oil Corporation
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Kimberly Bors Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Schneider Electric
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Peggy Boyer Principal Consultant
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Angela Craft Williams Vice President, Human Resources
Fifth Third Bank
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Danielle Dietrich Director of Talent Management
Baxter International
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Amanda Dunn Kelly Senior Vice President, Learning & Leadership Development Executive
Bank of America
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Ed Flowers Senior Vice President & Chief People Officer
World Kitchen
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Jackie Gordon Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
YMCA of the USA
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Cynthia Hiskes Chief People Officer
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Jeff Krautkramer Vice President, Human Resources
IDEX Corp.
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Ron Porter Executive Vice President & Principal Consultant
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Rohini Shankar Vice President, Human Resources
GE Capital
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Tyronne Stoudemire Vice President of Global Diversity and Inclusion
Hyatt Hotels Corporation
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Namrata Yadav Senior Vice President, Head of Inclusion Strategy and Diversity & Inclusion Learning
Bank of America
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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 MORNING FIRESIDE CHAT: “Chief People Office and CEO High Performance Effectiveness and Expectations Success Model”
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    Join Ed Flowers, Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer at World Kitchen in an interactive fireside chat session as he discusses:

    • Partnership between CEOs and Chief People Officers
    • Developing people goals with a focus on key strategic plan concepts
    • Driving culture change jointly as a top priority
    • Talent management and acquisition in the organization

    Ed Flowers
    Senior Vice President & Chief People Officer
    World Kitchen

  • 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 “Employee Empowerment: A Modern Approach to Performance & Engagement”
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    HR faces the unique challenge of not only defining what effective performance management and employee engagement actually mean, but also putting strategies and processes in place to achieve them. Today’s panel will discuss the performance and engagement strategies that work (and those that do not), ways to establish a strong company culture, how to accommodate today’s disperse and diverse workforce, and the HR technologies that enable new approaches.

    • How do you define employee engagement?
    • What challenges are HR executives seeing with regards to employee engagement in the workplace?
    • How has the social/mobile era impacted corporate structure, employee vs. employer expectations, and the overall employee experience?
    • What is the role of Performance Management relative to employee engagement?
    • What Performance & Engagement strategies are in place today, what’s working? What’s not?
    • How are you leveraging technology to create a stronger organizational culture and improve performance?
    • Has HR shifted their focus on empowering employees to take charge of their performance and development in your organization?    
    • Looking ahead, how can HR develop and keep a highly engaged workforce that drives consistent productivity?
    • How are your HR teams leveraging analytics today, what measurements are important to your organization?

  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm “Delivering Top Talent: Strategies in Talent Management and Acquisition”
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    • Transforming talent acquisition in your organization
    • Attracting and retaining top candidates during the hiring process
    • Key components in an organization’s recruitment strategy
    • Integrating technology to streamline the recruitment process
    • Enhancing employer brand presence in a competitive, changing talent marketplace

  • 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.

  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm AFTERNOON FIRESIDE CHAT Featuring CARS.COM
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    Join Cynthia Hiskes, Chief People Officer at Cars.com for an interactive fireside chat session discussion Cars.com’s talent strategy.
    As Chief People Officer, Cynthia Hiskes is responsible for the strategic direction of all human resources functions and leading all human resources teams, including Employee Relations, Total Rewards and Benefits, Recruiting, Organizational Development, Talent Management and HR Systems. Working cross-functionally to support all areas of the business, Hiskes’ focus is on perpetuating a company brand and culture that attracts and retains world class talent.
    Cynthia Hiskes
    Chief People Officer

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

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    Join our Argyle Host, Sarah Smith, Director of Talent & Organization Development at Marathon Oil to wrap up the day!
    Sarah Smith, Director of Talent & Organization Development at Marathon Oil is currently the driving force for the key change initiatives of Performance Management, Talent Readiness and Leadership Development. Never one to shy away from a challenge she enjoys the creativity associated with delivering strategic plays at a time of significant industry turbulence and thrives in it. 
    Sarah Smith
    Director of Talent Management
    Marathon Oil Corporation

  • 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 $189.00 per night, taxes not included. 


Hotel Blake Chicago

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