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 Atlanta. Throughout a full day of thought leadership content and networking, we will focus on the most pressing issues that human capital executives are facing going into 2018, 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 evolving expectations towards the 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 heart of Atlanta and beyond!
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This event will feature insights from top executives, including:
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YMCA of Metro Atlanta View Bio »
DeRetta Cole, Ph.D., as the chief human resources officer of YMCA of Metro Atlanta comes to the Y from First Data, where she provided consultation on human capital and organizational development strategies for over 5,000 First Data colleagues within Financial Services and Consumer and Network Solutions.
Previously, DeRetta was vice president of human resources for Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc., supporting Global Technology Operations. Before joining Turner, DeRetta held leadership roles with Ernst & Young, ADP, HomeGrocer.com, and YUM Brand.
In addition to human resources responsibilities like compensation and benefits, compliance, training, and employment policies, DeRetta brings an expansive, strategic talent management philosophy to the Y. She supports strategic board-level initiatives and be a thought leader and contributor to the leadership team. She is also a member of the Y-USA CHRO Executive Committee that is responsible for guiding and delivering the annual meeting and partnering with kindred groups and appointing special task forces to strategic projects and facilitate networking among members.
DeRetta received her undergraduate degree from University of Georgia, her Master’s in Business Administration from Clark Atlanta University and her PhD in Adult Education from University of Georgia. She is a certified facilitator for the Benchmark 360 assessment by the Center for Creative Leadership and is a qualified facilitator for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and HOGAN Assessment.
Currently she is a board of director member of SHRM Atlanta, member of Human Resource People & Strategy (HRPS), Human Resource Leadership Forum (HRLF), Hawks Atlanta Diversity and Inclusion member, and past president of the Alumni Board of FACS at UGA.
DeRetta’s published work is as follows:
Cole, D. (2010). Courage under Fire: How Black Women have learned to survive in Corporate America (Doctoral Dissertation). University of Georgia, Athens, GA.
Cole, D. (October 2012). The Storm is Still Brewing; Leadership Challenges for Women Leaders and their Corporations: A Call for Change in Leadership. Presented at the conference of International Leadership Association (ILA), Denver, CO.
Cole. D, Munley, A, Santana, L. (October 2013). Realities, Challenges and Leadership Resilience for the Female
Executive: Practices Revealed from across the Globe. Presented at the conference of International
Leadership Association (ILA), Montreal, Canada.
DeRetta has also been a speaker and served as a panelist at several events such as; Argyle (Atlanta, Dallas), Marcus Evans, HR Strategy & Innovation Summit, Connect HR Leadership; to name a few.
Newell Rubbermaid View Bio »
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GE Energy View Bio »
Karen is a Leadership Development professional focused on helping individuals, teams and organizations perform their best through identifying and leveraging their strengths. Karen uses a storytelling approach to point out examples in everyday life that inspire all people to reach their leadership potential and be better than yesterday.
Karen is a Business Learning Leader within General Electric, responsible for Leadership Development and culture for employees in 140 countries. In this role, Karen focuses on developing leaders to deliver today’s strategies and building a rich pipeline for the future. Often described as bringing “clarity to chaos,” Karen leverages performance consulting, change management, communications, coaching, storytelling, neuroscience, strategic interventions and workshops to help strengthen leaders’ acumen and create high performing teams.
Karen’s roots are in psychology, communications, performance improvement, adult learning and instructional design. She is a four-time American Training and Development (ATD) award winner as well an eminent thought leader in various publications.
World Kitchen View Bio »
Ed W. Flowers was named Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources for World Kitchen, LLC in December, 2011. In this role he provides leadership globally for Human Resources across the firm, with a primary responsibility for Executive Compensation, Total Rewards, Talent Management/Organizational Capability and Employee Engagement strategies that will provide a competitive human capital advantage for World Kitchen.
Ed Flowers brings with him over 25 years as a human resources professional in the Consumer Package Goods, Life Sciences, Advanced Technology and Sports industries. He has significant experience as a human resources business partner in a range of specific areas including human resources strategy, acquisition integration, executive compensation, organizational design and development, talent management/succession planning, executive coaching and performance management.
Prior to joining World Kitchen, LLC Mr. Flowers was Executive Vice President & Managing Partner at DHR International.
Previous to DHR International, Mr. Flowers was the Corporate Senior Vice President of Human Resources & CHRO for publically traded $2B Russell Corporation (acquired by Berkshire Hathaway). There, he was responsible for the overall global human resources function for the corporation’s 16,000 employees reporting to the CEO.
Previous to Russell, Mr. Flowers was the Global Vice President of Human Resources for privately held Merisant Company (spun off from Monsanto). At Monsanto he served as Global Vice President of Human Resources for 15,000 employees at Monsanto’s $6B Agriculture Sector and Dairy SBU’s where he was responsible for their global human resources.
Previous to Monsanto, Mr. Flowers was in several senior level roles at Unisys Corporation for 10 years in Detroit, MI, and Bluebell, PA.
A native of Greensboro, NC, Mr. Flowers holds a BA degree in History with a minor in Business
Administration from the University of North Carolina‐Charlotte. He has also completed an Executive Management Program at Wharton School of Business and Executive Human Resources Program at the University of Michigan.
Mr. Flowers resides in Chicago with his wife Kathy.
Atlanta Braves View Bio »
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AGCO Corp. View Bio »
As Vice President, Human Resources – Asia Pacific/Africa and Global HR Centers of Expertise for AGCO Corporation (headquartered in Atlanta, GA), Lauri Lipka acts as the regional HR lead for the Asia Pacific / Africa region responsible for driving HR strategy, initiatives, and directives in partnership with Senior Leadership. She is also the lead for the global HR centers of expertise, driving the company’s strategy and direction in the areas of Total Rewards, HR Operations and Systems as well as Talent Management (which includes talent acquisition, performance management, succession management and learning and development as well as global employee communications). Lauri’s unique understanding of business allows her to offer practical and creative strategies to optimize human potential.
Prior to joining AGCO, Lauri also held a variety of Human Resources positions in the financial, software, services and media industries. With more than 20 years of experience in Human Resources, she has a strong track-record of partnering with Senior Leadership in creating and delivering impactful and cost-effective programs that build organizational strength and drive bottom-line profitability. Her specialty areas include leadership development, succession management, organizational design, coaching, facilitation / training and project management.
Lauri holds a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Behavior/Human Resources from Miami University (Oxford, OH) and Masters in Human Resources from Central Michigan University, as well as a Global Professional in HR (GPHR) certification.
Turner Broadcasting View Bio »
Angela Santone is executive vice president and global chief human resources officer for Turner. As such, Santone has executive oversight of all human resources functions, including recruitment, total rewards, training & development, performance management, inclusion strategy and succession planning for its networks and businesses. Additionally, she provides executive oversight for corporate responsibility. Santone is based in Atlanta and reports to John Martin, chairman and chief executive officer of Turner.
Previously, Santone was senior vice president, human resources for Turner. As a strategic human resources partner to executives, she implemented business initiatives and leadership and organizational strategies throughout Turner’s corporate division. She also led human resources strategy for finance and accounting, properties, security, legal, communications, research, media planning, human resources, sports, distribution and advertising sales and technology and operations.
Since she joined Turner in 2001, Santone has held a succession of roles within the human resources organization leading human resources functions for entertainment groups, Turner Network Sales, program acquisitions and corporate groups, including finance and accounting, research and public relations. Earlier, Santone was the education/documentation manager and human resources generalist for S2 Systems, Inc.
Santone is a national board member for the Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) and the Emma L. Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests. She has served as a mentor for WICT’s Agnes Scott mentoring program, a peer-to-peer mentor for the Southeast Chapter of WICT, and as an executive mentorfor the Turner Women Today mentoring program. She was previously on the board of Atlanta Jumpstart forYoung Children and was a member of the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Hope’s Circle group. She is a2010 graduate of the Pathbuilders Achieva class and is a Class XXII fellow for WICT’s Betsy MagnessLeadership Institute.
Santone earned an undergraduate degree from Florida State University and a master’s degree in counseling from Troy University. She is a certified facilitator for the Benchmark 360 assessment by the Center for Creative Leadership and is a qualified facilitator for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).
Turner, a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation & young adult and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.
Sprint View Bio »
Ronda J. Sheffield, Ph.D. is Head of Human Resources – East Area, for Sprint Wireless Corp. As Human Resources Executive for Sprint, Ronda is helping to accelerate Sprint’s transformation through leadership, differentiated talent models, attracting and developing the best talent and building a culture of engagement, agility and innovation. Under Ronda’s leadership, Sprint has instituted ground-breaking solutions for optimizing global workforce outcomes through talent analytics and data, with special emphasis on predictive analytics as a cornerstone of how Sprint manages human resources.
In her over 20 years in Human Resources, Ronda has had extensive experience leading organizational transformations. Prior to her current role, she was the director of partner resources for Starbucks Coffee Company, where she integrated Starbucks’s talent functions to deliver faster end-to-end solutions in the areas of skills, careers, succession, performance management, attraction and retention. Her other roles have included HR Leadership positions for Rite Aid Pharmacy, Walmart Stores and Management Consulting Group.
Ronda earned a Bachelor of Science from University of West Georgia, a Masters of Arts degree in Psychology from University of West Georgia and a PhD. from Georgia State University. Ronda lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband Dr. Marcus E. Brooks, MD.
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 TBD
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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