Why You Should Attend!

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 presentationsfireside chatspanel 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:

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

Troy Achong Vice President, Organization Development and Training
Fox Entertainment Group
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Ramona Agrela Associate Chancellor and Chief Human Resources Executive
University Of California Irvine
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Cindy Ballard Chief Human Resources Officer
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Judy Chen Head of Learning, Development & Diversity
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Debbie Hori Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Bunim/Murray Productions
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Dana Lipman Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resource Officer, General Counsel
YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles
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Sue McGrath Vice President, Human Resources
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Craig Simmons Chief Human Resources Officer
American Apparel
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Amy Thompson Chief People Officer
TOMS Shoes
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Kevin Walker Senior Director, Employer Insights
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Harry West Vice President, Human Capital Management Transformation Services
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Lee Wills Head of Talent Acquisition & Employee Engagement
Sony Electronics
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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"
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    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"
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    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”
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    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

    Amy Thompson
    Chief People Officer
    TOMS Shoes

  • 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:

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

The below hotels are recommended by Argyle Executive Forum. Please note that we do not have a corporate rate.


Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza

251 South Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Telephone: (800) 843-6664


Standard Hotel: Downtown LA

550 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Telephone: (213) 892-8080


W Los Angeles - Westwood

930 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Telephone: (877) 782-0104