2017 Human Capital Leadership Forum
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Argyle Executive Forum is bringing together leading HR executives for our annual 2017 Human Capital Leadership Forum in Los Angeles. 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:
- Corporate America’s expectations of the modern CHRO
- 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
- Leveraging analytics to source the right talent, understand employee behavior, and predict trends
- Social media and mobile recruitment strategies to identify top talent
- Transforming HR into a critical supporter of key business initiatives
Our keynote presentations, fireside chats, panel sessions, and networking breaks will provide you with actionable takeaways to bring back to the office, as well as the opportunity to both strengthen and expand your network of peers.
We look forward to hosting you alongside our community of Fortune 500 HR leaders hailing from the Southern California and beyond!
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This event will feature insights from top executives, including:
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Fox Entertainment Group View Bio »
Troy Achong functions as Fox Entertainment Group’s Vice President of Human Resources, Projects and is the Global Change Lead for parent company, 21ST Century Fox’s integration to the HCM Workday platform for over 43,000 employees. Established in the enterprise development space for more than 20 years, Troy thrives in roles involving change management, organization effectiveness, curriculum design, communication, and training.
As the former Director of Training and Development for the worldwide leader in corporate housing, Troy’s partnership with the executive sales team culminated in the rollout of platforms, solutions, training programs, and a revamped sales process to boost sales force effectiveness. Post-implementation, the company closed nearly 1,500 sales (+300 sales over prior year) and increased revenue by $135M.
As a leader in the financial services industry for 14 years, Troy headed up numerous large-scale projects. She directed a team consulting for three broker dealers, an internal advisory network, and supported over 8,000 financial representatives from onboarding through continuous education. Her development of an initial strategic training budget resulted in a 50% increase for resources allocated to operational staff.
Troy attained her MBA at the University of Southern California, her M.S. in Instructional Technology from the New York Institute of Technology, and holds a B.S. from St. John’s University.
Troy has been recognized in the field with a number of prestigious awards; those including:
- Stevie Awards Team Recipient, Sales Process
- 3X Training Top 125 Winner - ASTD Partnership Award
- Sales & Marketing Most Valuable Player of the Year, Oakwood Worldwide
- 3X ING Circle of Honor Award
- ASTD Advisory Team Award
- ASTD LA Chapter President’s Award
In Troy’s free time, she travels, hikes with her husband and 4 teenage daughters, and loves going to the movies.
University Of California Irvine View Bio »
Ramona Agrela, associate chancellor of the University of California, Irvine, works in close collaboration with the chancellor, provost, chief executive officer of the health system, and other senior officials, to implement the vision and goals of the organization and administer policy, programmatic, and personnel initiatives. She is the senior university official responsible for all Human Resources administration and operations for campus, health sciences and the medical center, developing HR strategy for the entire enterprise, working closely with the UC Office of the President, and representing the interests of staff at the cabinet level. She also oversees the Chief Executive Roundtable, the UC Irvine Alumni Association, and multiple staff advocacy and support groups, among other responsibilities.
Ramona is involved in her community both professionally and personally. She sits on the board of the Irvine Barclay Theatre, participates on the University of California committee for the Status of Women, the University of California Labor Strategy Group, and University of California, Irvine Extension Human Resources Advisory Board. She is also active with the Society for Human Resources Professionals, the College and University Personnel Association, WorldatWork, and the Professional in Human Resources Association.
Ramona holds a bachelor of arts in economics and a master of public administration degree, both from California State University, Fullerton. She is a SHRM certified senior professional, a WorldatWork certified compensation professional, and a Human Capital Institute Strategic HR Business Partner.
tronc View Bio »
Cindy Ballard is an accomplished Human Resources executive who is expert at helping media and advertising companies design, implement and accelerate their digital transformation strategies.
Ballard partners closely with tronc’s executive leadership team and with the Publishers/CEOs of the Company’s major media groups, which include the California News Group, Chicago Tribune Media Group and major properties on the East Coast. She is responsible for all facets of HR, including corporate culture, talent planning, organizational design, health and welfare, compensation, benefits and more.
Cindy previously served as Senior Vice President of HR for 20th Century Fox, where she managed international and domestic activities for the company’s Worldwide Distribution Group, which employs 2,500 employees in more than 31 countries. For 20th Century Fox, Cindy was instrumental in driving the company’s transformation from a legacy media business to a dominant distributor of digital content.
Earlier in her career, Cindy served as Senior Vice President of HR for Initiative Media, a global agency that is part of the Interpublic Group of companies, and in various leadership capacities with Borders Group, Inc., where she also designed and implemented a corporate diversity program.
Cindy earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northwood University. She belongs to numerous professional organizations, including the Society of Human Resource Management, the National Human Resources Association and Professionals in Human Resources Association. She most recently received the great achievement of being one of The Most Powerful and Influential Woman from the Diversity Council of Southern California.
Starz View Bio »
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Bunim/Murray Productions View Bio »
Debbie Hori serves as Senior Vice President, Human Resources for Bunim/Murray Productions, a creator and producer of reality television shows. Hori joined Bunim/Murray in 2008 and oversees the human resources and recruiting functions. She led the human resources team in process improvement initiatives including the selection, implementation, and integration of human capital information and web-based on-boarding systems. Hori has led her team in designing a new 401(k) plan, training and development projects, performance management initiatives, and has refined programs to ensure that Bunim/Murray is an employer of choice.
Hori is experienced in employment law, benefits, employee relations, performance management, training and development, and is a consultative resource for all levels of employees and executive management. She has a history of consistent top performance in managing a variety of people-related initiatives. Hori is committed to expanding and fine-tuning the tools to identify high potential employees and provide them with opportunities for growth.
Hori is a graduate of California State University, Northridge, and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources through the Human Resources Certification Institute. Her professional memberships include the Society for Human Resource Management and the Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA). She was nominated for the San Fernando Valley Business Journal’s 2009 Top Human Resources Professional Award. Hori contributed a chapter to Inside the Minds: Talent Management Strategies, “Creating a Positive Culture for Long-term Success”, Aspatore Publishers. Hori was awarded “2014 Member of the Year” of the Woodland Hills chapter of PIHRA, and served on the organization‘s board of directors as Chair of Programming for several years. Prior to joining Bunim/Murray Productions, Hori oversaw human resources within the mortgage industry.
In her free time, Hori enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her husband, who is a research administrator at UCLA.
YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles View Bio »
Dana Hirsch Lipman was named Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer and General Counsel in August of 2015. In this role, Ms. Lipman serves as a key member of the senior executive team and translates overall business strategies into aligned and complimentary HR systems, programs and approaches. She also oversees all litigation and the Risk Department. Ms. Lipman is a champion for diversity and inclusion and models the core values of the Y: caring, respect, honesty and responsibility.
Prior to coming to the Y, Ms. Lipman was counsel at a number of prestigious Los Angeles law firms where she specialized in employment law and personnel issues. She has extensive experience conducting training for employees and managers and providing legal counsel to employers on various issues, including hiring, performance management, harassment, discrimination, gender equality, pay disparity, disabilities and the preparation of employee handbooks and personnel policies.
Ms. Lipman also has an extensive Human Resources background in addition to her legal experience. Specifically, Ms. Lipman was an Employee Relations Specialist for an international bank where she investigated employee complaints, developed and conducted training, and advised management on various personnel issues.
Currently, Ms. Lipman serves on the Board of Regents for Georgetown University and is deeply involved in many philanthropic causes.
Ms. Lipman grew up in Los Angeles. She graduated from Georgetown University cum laude and earned her law degree from Loyola Law School. While at Loyola, she was the Articles Editor for the International and Comparative Law Journal and received the American Jurisprudence Awards in Contracts and Writing. She also has published a number of articles in legal periodicals.
Illumina View Bio »
Sue McGrath is Vice President of Human Resources at Illumina, Inc., (NASDAQ: ILMN), the globalleader in DNA sequencing and array-based technologies headquartered in San Diego, California.Sue is the HR business partner for the company’s President and CEO, Francis deSouza, and leadsthe global HR Business Partners, HR Operations, Talent Management and Executive Recruitingfunctions at Illumina.
With more than 25-years of global HR experience in the technology and life sciences industries, Suecontinuously relies upon her deep passion for people, teams, culture, inclusion and innovation tolead the people strategy development at Illumina. Sue has played an integral part in helping Illuminanavigate through significant scaling and growth – the company has quadrupled in revenues and thenumber of global employees since Sue joined the team in 2009.
Sue has developed and led numerous initiatives to engage the remarkable employees at Illuminawho are urgently working daily to fulfill the company mission to improve human heath by unlockingthe power of the genome. The team is making a difference in cancer, reproductive health, rare andundiagnosed disease and personalized medicine.
In 2017, Illumina was recognized by MIT Technology Review's 50 Smartest Companies (for the 5thstraight year), Forbes’ 2017 America’s Best Mid-Size Employers, BioSpace's 2017 Life SciencesIdeal Employers, and Computerworld’s Best Places to Work in IT.
Sue is a social scientist, a mom, a Michigan State Spartan, an avid reader and world-traveler whobelieves and strives to live by the simple leadership philosophy: “be a good human.”
American Apparel View Bio »
Craig Simmons is the Chief Human Resources Officer of American Apparel, LLC. In this role, Craig manages the global HR footprint of approximately 7,500 manufacturing and retail employees in the US and in 17 foreign countries. He is also responsible for managing benefits administration, asset protection and security for the company. He has been with American Apparel since 2014. Prior to his current position, Craig has held executive HR/Legal leadership positions at a number of large California-based companies, including Catholic Healthcare West (now Dignity Health), Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Nestle’ USA, as well as Interim HR leader assignments for Resources Global Professionals (RGP). Craig earned his Bachelor’s Degree (Political Science) from the University of Southern California (where he was the University’s 1st Truman Scholar), his Master’s Degree (American Government) from Georgetown University, and his law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he was a law clerk at the California Supreme Court.
TOMS Shoes View Bio »
As TOMS Chief People Officer, Amy Thompson leads all aspects of the company’s global Human Resources function. Her responsibilities include Talent Management, Human Resources Operations, Human Resources Business Partner Teams, Internal Communications, Culture and Employee Experience.
Amy joined TOMS, the leading One for One™ company, in 2012 and upholds the company vision to improve lives through business.
Before joining TOMS, Amy served in a number of global HR leadership roles at Starbucks Coffee Company. Amy proved to be a key strategic business partner to multiple business units including; US Retail Operations, Marketing & Category, Consumer Packaged Goods and the China and Asia Pacific Region, as they implemented talent strategies and aligned organizational capability to support business growth plans. Her track record of building high performance business teams was a key success factor in the company’s turnaround during the economic downturn.
Prior to joining Starbucks Amy was the Senior Director of Employee Development at Ticketmaster, the world's leading ticketing company. There she was responsible for talent planning and leadership development for the worldwide business. Amy also served as the Director of Human Resources for Citysearch.com where she led the HR function for the start-up organization before joining the Ticketmaster organization.
Amy is a member of Advancing Women Executives, the Society of Human Resource Management and a proud supporter of the Seattle Children’s PlayGarden. Additionally, she founded TOMS Leading Ladies, an organization that is dedicated to empowering and inspiring women leaders as they grow their careers.
Amy earned a master’s degree in Organizational Development from Azusa Pacific University and a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Chaminade University in Hawaii, where she was also earned a full athletic scholarship.
Amy lives in Manhattan Beach, California with her husband and three children.
Indeed View Bio »
As Senior Director of Employer Insights at Indeed.com, Kevin Walker works directly with employers to deliver actionable insights through recruitment data analysis, best practice sharing and industry trend exploration.
Prior to joining Indeed, Kevin spent time in the hospitality and technology industries. He holds a Bachelors Degree from the University of Washington and a Masters of Business Administration from Booth School of Business at The University of Chicago.
Appirio View Bio »
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Sony Electronics View Bio »
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8:30am - 9:30am Breakfast
9:30am - 9:35am Argyle Opening Remarks
9:35am - 10:10am Opening Keynote Session
10:10am - 10:40am Networking Break
10:40am - 11:25am Panel Discussion: "Building Corporate Culture and Diversity in the Workplace"
read more »Session topics include, but aren't limited to:
- HR challenges with organizational culture and employee engagement
- Successful initiatives and best practices concerning diversity and inclusion issues
- Collaborating across the C-Suite to manage an effective workplace culture
- Identifying, preventing, and eliminating bias in the organization
- Improving recruitment strategies and best practices to Increase diversity in the workplace
11:25am - 11:45am Networking Break
11:45am - 12:30pm Panel Discussion: "The Role of Performance Management in Empowering the Workforce"
read more »Session topics include, but aren't limited to:
- Best practices in performance management and employee recognition
- Driving employee efficiency
- Latest trends in learning and development
- Nurturing leaders to drive engagement within the organization
- Challenges and lessons learned in determining employee’s needs and wants
12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm - 2:20pm Panel Discussion: “Futureproofing HR Leaders for Tomorrow’s Workforce”
read more »Session topics include, but aren't limited to:
- The rise of digital era and transformation in the workplace and its impact in HR leadership strategies
- Challenges in administering talent
- Ensuring HR investments are working for the organization
- 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
2:20pm - 2:40pm Networking Break
2:40pm - 3:15pm Keynote Session featuring Toms Shoes: "Company Purpose Fuels Employee Engagement"
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Social entrepreneurs. Purpose-driven companies. Mission forward thinking. Throughout the last 10 years, business has evolved. It’s no longer an option for any business to integrate philanthropy, giving or a social component into the way it operates. Customers expect it and want their purchase to help more broadly; and employees want to work for companies that have a clear, strong purpose. Every company has a purpose - the secret is getting your employees to know and engage with it.
In this session you will learn how more than 10 years of impact in the lives of beneficiaries continues to drive and make an impact for TOMS employees. Because coming to work is much more fun when you know you’re part of something bigger.
You will learn:
- What it means to TOMS to make our work meaningful by connecting to our purpose
- How to align purpose with meaningful causes: Finding the cause within your purpose
- Tips for integrating purpose for your employees
Chief People Officer
3:20pm - 3:55pm Closing Keynote Session
3:55pm - 4:00pm Argyle Closing Remarks
4:00pm - 5:00pm Closing Reception
Explore the most critical challenge areas and hot topics for HR leaders such as:
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
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