2017 Human Capital Leadership Forum
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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!
This event will feature insights from top executives, including:
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Praxair View Bio »
As Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion for Praxair, Inc., Vanessa Abrahams-John is responsible for leading the development and execution of strategies to promote diversity and foster an inclusive culture that drives innovation and business success.
Since taking on the role in 2012, Vanessa has established diversity councils in four of Praxair’s global regions; created a mentoring program for diverse high-potential leadership candidates; institutionalized global days of recognition for women and diversity; championed employee resource groups; enhanced diversity and inclusion training for middle managers and communications for all employees; engaged senior leaders in driving the diversity and inclusion agenda; and forged relationships with key educational institutions and diversity-based organizations to build a potential pipeline of diverse talent. Vanessa’s role has expanded to include responsibility for Global Talent Acquisition to promote best-in-class diversity and inclusion practices throughout global recruitment and hiring processes.
Abrahams-John, a native of Jamaica, West Indies, earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Western Ontario, Canada and a Law degree from Howard University School of Law, Washington D.C. She practiced corporate law in New York City and Delaware, and served as an adjunct professor at Pace University before joining Praxair in 2007 as Senior Legal Counsel of the Law Department.
Vanessa practices law in the state of New York. She is a director on the board of the Bronx Bethany Community Corporation and the board of AMBYESE.
In 2014, Vanessa was recognized as Diversity & Inclusion Leader of the Year by Southern CT, Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM). Recently, she received a Women of Power award from the National Urban League of Southern CT.
McGraw Hill Education View Bio »
Diane Adams is an innovative “Culture and Talent” leader who’s taken the traditional Human Resources mantle and turned it around to create a new paradigm for building great workplace cultures, accelerating corporate change, and driving corporate results – all while inspiring and enabling people to live extraordinary lives, both personally and professionally.
An accomplished business leader and author, Diane’s approach is to build high-performing, values-based cultures by combining powerful employee engagement programs, innovative communications strategies and global workforce campaigns that align, empower, motivate, and capture the imagination and full potential of every employee – often leading toward better than 90 percent of the workforce aligned to its goals and priorities. Her recent book, More than Casual Fridays and Free Coffee: Building a Business Culture that Works for Everyone, takes the reader through the journey of building great cultures.
Diane is currently serving as Chief Human Resources Officer for McGraw-Hill Education – where the science of learning meets the art of teaching. She previously served as Chief People Officer at data analytics powerhouse Qlik Technologies. Other global leadership roles include serving as Executive Vice President, Culture and Talent at Allscripts, a leader in healthcare information technology solutions; and leading the human resources organization at Cisco Systems, where she oversaw one of the fastest and most successful corporate expansions in history.
O.C. Tanner View Bio »
With a mission to instill in others a passion for personal and professional excellence, Kevin Ames is one of the highest ranked speakers at industry-leading summits. He’s spoken to thousands of people and leadership groups at conferences and companies such as National Grid, Dow Chemical, Frito Lay, Bose, Miller Thompson, Pier 1, Kennedy Health, and more. An expert in the areas of workplace culture, engagement, great work, teambuilding, leadership, and personal development, his presentations have been called, “dynamic, insightful, clear, honest, and informative.”
DDI View Bio »
Based in DDI’s New York City office, Jazmine leads a team of consultants and works with multinational organizations to drive business performance with their leadership selection, development, and succession management strategies. An industrial-organizational psychologist with special expertise in leadership and business impact analytics, Jazmine has provided expert advice to numerous Fortune 100 and 500 organizations in the form of leadership strategy consulting and executive coaching.
Jazmine previously managed DDI’s Center for Analytics and Behavioral Research (CABER) and has presented on leadership and talent trends at international industry conferences and events. She has managed and published global research studies including DDI’s Global Leadership Forecast, Global Selection Forecast, Women Work: The Benefits of Closing the Gender Gap, and Women as Mentors: Does She or Doesn’t She? A Global Study of Businesswomen and Mentoring.
Indeed View Bio »
Carmen Bryant is one of Indeed.com’s go-to people for telling their story to the market - on stage at events, during industry-wide webcasts and in conference rooms at the largest companies. As both a product and customer expert, Carmen also works closely with Indeed’s sales force to help develop effective account specific go-to-market strategies. Carmen was previously at NBC Universal where she led the trends and insights practice for the Content Innovation Agency including oversight of The Curve, a trends and insights brand that examines consumer culture. She has also held positions at Essence, L’Oreal USA and Philip Morris USA.
She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY with her family.
SEI View Bio »
Chris Carey is currently a Director with SEI’s Workforce Development Team and is responsible for product strategy and management of the human resource information systems. Chris has worked at SEI since 2006 providing senior leadership across multiple disciplines including workforce development, technical product delivery, program management, agile transformation, resource management, recruiting and university relations. He developed the graduate student rotation program that has served as a junior leadership program at SEI since 2008.
Prior to joining SEI, Chris worked at both JPMorgan Chase and the Vanguard Group serving several leadership roles in their Internet Services teams. He is a graduate of Penn State University with a degree in Finance. Chris also holds certifications in Lean Thinking and Scaled Agile Consulting.
Optum View Bio »
Benefits consulting. He re-joined UnitedHealth Group after spending 8 years with Mercer Human Resource Consulting in Client Management and Business Development.
In his current role, Jerry is responsible for representing the full scope of Optum solutions to the Employer Market with a primary focus in the Northeast. Jerry transitioned to Optum after previously serving as Regional Vice President of UHC National Accounts where he managed a team of Strategic Account Executives and their respective customers. Jerry had ultimate management responsibility for each customer handled by his team, which spanned all categories and collectively represented over 1 million employees and their dependents.
During his career, Jerry has direct experience in the following areas:
- HR and Benefit Consulting
- Account Management and Business Development
- Product Development
- System Development
- Operations Management
Jerry graduated from the University of Vermont (BS Business) and RPI (MBA). He and his wife Donna live in Farmington, CT and their grown two children attended Bryant University and Springfield College and live in the area.
Jerry is on the Board of Directors of The New England Council which is a non-partisan organization representing over 400 business organizations of all types across New England. The New England Council remains the leading voice for the entire New England region’s business community on Capitol Hill.
Kelly OCG View Bio »
Stephanie Elliott has been working in the talent outsourcing industry for 20+ years, and is currently the Vice President of Global Solutions at Kelly Services. In this role, she is responsible for a team who consults with global organizations across numerous industries to support their human capital strategy and provide talent solutions to help their businesses be more competitive. Stephanie previously led an IT services company, giving her a unique view of talent solutions from the perspectives of both a client and a services provider. Stephanie has a comprehensive understanding of the complex challenges facing global organization, and previously held executive positions in Europe and Asia.
Stephanie is an industry leader and a former board member of the Association of Professional Staffing Companies in the UK, and was named to SIA’s Global Power 100 Women in Staffing list in 2015. She has a Master of Arts in International Affairs from American University of Paris and received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Arizona State University.
ADP LLC View Bio »
Ellen specializes in health care reform, pay equity, and other emerging employer compliance issues. Ellen is part of the leadership team for Health Care Reform and provides compliance support related to several topics across ADP.
Ellen has extensive experience providing training and day-to-day advice on payroll, HR, and ACA compliance. Ellen is a frequent speaker on workplace laws and how they affect employers of all sizes. She received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Notre Dame.
Merryck & Co View Bio »
Harry Feuerstein is an accomplished corporate executive, professional sports team owner and operator, and former U.S. Army officer. Currently, Feuerstein is the President and head of services for Merryck & Co Americas. He is also a member of the firm’s board of directors. His current work includes mentoring Fortune 250 executives in the technology, financial, and manufacturing/distribution industries. He also co-leads the team practice where he works with many senior teams and cohorts in multiple industries.
In addition to his work at Merryck & Co, Feuerstein continues to advise companies in the venture capital, renewable energy, technology and sports industries. Feuerstein spent 11 years with Siemens where he was a CEO and CFO with four different operating groups and sat on several internal Boards. Prior to Siemens, Feuerstein was the CEO and board member of a subsidiary of Canadian-based TrizecHahn, and was a partner at National Capital Companies, a Washington, DC-based merchant banking group.
Feuerstein has also been an owner and CEO of two minor league professional sports franchises in hockey and arena football, and served as the Vice Chairman for two different professional leagues’ Board of Governors.
Cisco Systems View Bio »
Alex Goryachev is an entrepreneurial go-getter. He takes risks, thinks ahead, and loves making way for new innovations. Over the past 20 years, he’s made it his business to turn disruptive concepts into emerging business models.
For him, it’s all about a passion to create a strategy and then drive it home to “get things done.” And as Cisco’s senior director of Innovation Strategy and Programs, he has plenty of opportunities to put this passion to the test.
He sparks internal innovation by providing employees at all levels the chance to share their big ideas, many of which make their way into the company’s innovation engine. Alex also carries the torch for co-innovation across Cisco’s ecosystem.
He’s especially excited about Cisco's Innovation Centers, which can be found in major cities around the world. Led by Alex, these hubs bring together customers, partners, startups, accelerators, governments, research communities, and universities in a lab setting. Their goal is to discover, develop, and implement game-changing, outcomebased solutions.
He also heads up the Cisco Innovation Grand Challenges. These polished events help creative thinkers bring their technology ideas to life. And then there’s the Cisco Technology Radar, the company’s engine for identifying emerging technology transitions.
Alex began his Cisco journey in 2004 with a singular focus: Innovation. He defined and operationalized several high-profile Cisco initiatives, including the company’s Country Transformation plan for Cisco in emerging markets. He also held senior roles in Development, Marketing, Finance, and Channels, providing him a 360 view of how a great company ticks.
Prior to Cisco, Alex was a successful consultant with extended assignments at Napster, Liquid Audio, IBM Global Services, and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.
Macy's View Bio »
Jill Katz is a 20-year corporate HR expert with a passion for Employee Engagement, Talent Management and Organization Effectiveness.
Jill currently serves as Group Vice President of HR at Macy’s Merchandising Group (MMG), where she sits on the Management Committee and leads Talent Development for the organization. MMG is recognized as a retail industry leader with a diverse merchandise collection of well-known brands such as INC, Alfani, Hotel Collection, Style & Co., and Charter Club.
Prior to joining Macy’s, Jill served in HR Leadership roles in the Fashion/Retail industry for over 15 years. During her time at Warnaco/PVH, Jill led the global Engagement strategy work and served as VP, Human Resources for Calvin Klein Brands, Speedo, and the Intimate Apparel Businesses. She was the Senior Director of Talent Management at Ann Taylor, leading the function over the Ann Taylor, LOFT and Ann Taylor Factory Brands. Prior to the Fashion industry, Jill had leadership roles at USA Networks, IAC/Interactive Corp., and Financial services at Merrill Lynch.
Jill has been a conference speaker on topics including employee engagement, change management, and executive team dynamics; and she is a certified facilitator in several executive assessment and development tools. She also sits on the advisory board of a digital marketing company.
Jill is a graduate of the University of Michigan. She lives in Montclair, NJ with her husband Josh, and inspirational children Alexa and Benjamin.
SilkRoad View Bio »
Kasey brings passionate commitment to the field of strategic onboarding, focusing on Talent Activation. Through combining technology and people actions, Kasey partners with organizations around the world to understand and identify key opportunities to continuously onboard and engage through creating meaningful moments in time.
Kasey’s diverse background ranges from startup to Fortune Global 100; from a 1-person department to leading a large global team. Kasey triple-majored in undergrad, has a master’s degree Human Resource Management, and most importantly, can cook a cheese omelet in a stainless steel pan without it sticking. Kasey is an avid global traveler and foodie, with Bangkok and Paris being his favorite spots.
“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” – Theodore Roosevelt
CEB, now Gartner View Bio »
Dr. Brian Kropp is the Practice Leader of CEB’s Human Resources Practice. Now offered by Gartner (NYSE: IT), CEB best practices and technology solutions equip customers with the intelligence to effectively manage talent, customers, and operations.
Dr. Kropp oversees the CEB lines of business that support Chief Human Resources Officers, Heads of Compensation and Heads of Benefits as well as growing the lines of business that support Heads of HR in emerging markets. He has authored more than 40 studies at CEB, lead more than 200 strategy sessions with executive teams at Fortune 100 companies and lead more than 300 Executive Education sessions around the world. Dr. Kropp has also played a key role in establishing CEB's newest leadership council. The Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council supports Heads of D&I and their teams by helping shape and execute D&I strategies and providing leaders with practical, easy-to-implement tools.
Prior to joining the CEB in 2002, Dr. Kropp worked for a variety of research institutions, and has taught courses in economics, policy analysis, and quantitative methods at the University of North Carolina. He has been published in several books, academic journals, and other periodicals.
Dr. Kropp holds a Ph.D. in Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina and a M.A., and B.S. in Economics from Clemson University.
Dr. Kropp lives in Falls Church, VA with his wife and 3 young children.
Gallup View Bio »
Melissa Louis, Managing Consultant, leads Gallup's Workplace Solutions Practice throughout the Eastern U.S. Melissa specializes in improving business performance by aligning and optimizing her clients’ workplace and marketplace strategies. Her expertise includes advising organizations throughout their entire talent management cycle: hiring the right employees; engaging employees and improving customer interactions; revamping performance management; creating strengths-based cultures; designing employee well-being programs; optimizing organizational design; and enhancing leadership development and coaching.
Before joining Gallup in 2011, Melissa spent five years with a major professional services organization’s economic consulting practice. While there, she helped organizations improve the pricing of their intercompany cross-border transactions. She also previously worked for a leading property and casualty insurance provider. Her responsibilities included developing optimization strategies for the company’s various divisions, including operations, underwriting, sales, marketing and service.
Melissa received a bachelor of commerce degree in economics and finance from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. She received her master’s degree in business administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University.
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Brenntag North America View Bio »
Donovan Mattole joined Brenntag, Inc. as Vice President, Human Resources for North America in February 2016. As a key member of the North America executive team, Donovan has responsibility for developing the people strategy and operating as a key member of the leadership team for a decentralized $4.5 chemical distribution business in North America.
Donovan has over two decades of senior leadership experience in human resources with an expertise in in employee engagement, talent management and organizational development. Prior to joining Brenntag, Donovan worked for Mars, Inc. as the global head of HR for their direct to consumer retail and ecommerce businesses and before that as Senior Director for their Banfield Pet Hospital business, where he oversaw all HR business partnering. Before working for Mars, he was the Director of Human Resources for the global fitness manufacturer, Nautilus, Inc.
Donovan holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources from George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon and a bachelor’s degree in Religion from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He is a certified Senior Human Resources Manager (SPHR) through the Human Resources Certification Institute and is a Senior Certified Professional through the Society for Human Resources (SHRM-SCP).
Donovan lives with his wife, Emily, in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley and has three children.
AOL View Bio »
Peter has spent the past eighteen years helping organizations navigate change, develop stronger leaders, and recruit and integrate the Millennial generation into their workforce. He began his career in the film / tv industry working on productions as a director and assistant producer. He was recognized by the Academy of Motion Pictures in short film, produced an award-winning series on parenting, worked on a list of movies for Hallmark Hall of Fame, and volunteered on development projects in Haiti.
Eight years later, Peter met Dr. Spencer Johnson (author of Who Moved My Cheese?) and abruptly changed course to work with Dr. Johnson to help companies and organizations all over the world navigate change. During that time, he worked with organizations like NASA, Microsoft, FritoLay, DirecTV, Starbucks, The US Air Force, Bloomberg, Volkswagen, Kraft and many of the Fortune 500. In 2009, Peter purchased the company from Dr. Johnson with two partners and launched RedTree Leadership.
At RedTree, he co-authored two books (Moving the Needle & Millennials@Work: The 7 Skills Every Twenty-Something Needs to Overcome Roadblocks and Achieve Greatness), created ground-breaking training programs used in thousands of organizations around the world, and designed The Change Model approach to navigating transitions in the workplace. In 2014, RedTree was sold to Franklin Covey, and in August 2015, he joined AOL as Sr. Director Change, Leadership and Development.
Peter lives with his family in New York City, and participates on the advisory boards of several leadership development organizations and serves regularly in local community groups.
Coach View Bio »
Diana Ng is a Sr. Director in Global People & Organizational Development at Coach, Inc. In her progressively expanding role since May 2012, she supports the Coach brand North America and Europe business in all aspects of organizational development, while also driving key global initiatives such as: implementation of new behavioral expectations, leadership and management development programs, design and delivery of custom learning and development solutions, change management and employee engagement. She also partners with the Stuart Weitzman team to support aspects of people development for the SW brand. In 2016, Diana completed a 6 months assignment in Shanghai to support the Greater China business and help build OD capability in the Asia region.
Diana joined Coach from Colgate-Palmolive, where she focused on building internal capability in leading and managing organizational change and further establishing an internal global Change Management practice. Previously, she held roles in organizational development at Ernst & Young, where she served as an internal consultant for key leadership, people development, diversity and inclusiveness programs for the Northeast Region of the US Firm; and in change management consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she worked with Fortune 500 companies to plan and implement strategic change initiatives, communications and operational improvements. She started her career in executive education focused on change management and technology innovation; facilitating programs for senior leaders from Fortune 500 companies in the United States, Western Europe, Latin America and Japan.
Diana holds a Bachelor’s degree in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master’s degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University in the City of New York. She has a certificate in Coaching from NYU with a focus on helping individuals navigate professional development and deal with change and transition. She is certified to deliver the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and Situational Leadership II. Diana is conversationally fluent in Cantonese and continues to develop her Mandarin language skills.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts, LLC View Bio »
Lorel’s current role is as the Director of Talent Acquisition & Staffing for The Americas & Corporate Divisions and is an HR Integration Team Member at Starwood Hotels & Resorts, LLC (now part of Marriott International). Prior to the merger with Marriott International, Starwood was one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 1,400 properties in 100 countries, $3 billion in revenues, and approximately 180,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. She originally worked at Starwood between 2007 and 2010 as the Western Regional, Senior HR Director supporting the Starwood Vacation Ownership (time-share) business, returning to Starwood in her most recent role in 2013.
Previously, Lorel was working as a consultant for Bright Talent Resources providing HR consultation and advisory services to evaluate, develop, and implement solutions to optimize HR practices. She was also the Vice President of HR/Talent Acquisition at Advantage Sales & Marketing, a $1 billion Sales & Marketing company. And, prior to that, Lorel worked at The Disneyland Resort for 12 years in progressive leadership roles, finishing her tenure as the Director of Casting (Recruitment) when she left in 2007.
Lorel holds a BA from California Polytechnic University, Pomona and an Executive MBA from the University of California, Irvine. In addition, she holds both the HRCI-SPHR® & SHRM-SCP(SM) Certifications.
CIT Group View Bio »
As a trusted Talent Advisor with more than 20 years’ experience in attracting, developing, and engaging talent, Ann passionately believes that “people are a company’s greatest asset.”
She collaborates with corporate leaders to deliver the talent that enables organizations to execute their strategic business objectives.
Ann currently serves as VP, Talent Acquisition at CIT Group Inc., where she primarily recruits talent for corporate functions including IT, Finance, and other key front, back and middle office roles, amidst the challenges of a dramatically changing regulated industry. Prior to CIT Group, Ann held a variety of human capital specialist roles including staffing/consulting services to Fortune 500 companies in the medical device manufacturing, pharmaceutical, technology consulting, and outplacement services industries.
Shake Shack View Bio »
Peggy Rubenzer is Sr. VP of People Resources for Shake Shack Enterprises. She joined Shake Shack at its fledgling stage of 9 locations 5 ½ years ago and has played a significant role in the development of the company to its current size of 128 locations operating in 12 countries with 4,000 domestic employees and with growth plans for another 300+ outlets. Peggy has over 23 years of Human Resources and Training and Development experience. She previously held the position as Vice President of Training and Development and Vice President of People Services at P.F. Chang’s China Bistro Inc., and as EVP People at The Nexus Group. Peggy began her career as Regional Employment Manager responsible for hiring, training and general HR in 14 states for Southwest Airlines - which is internationally recognized for its culture, customer service and for being one of the best companies to work for in the US.
SAP SuccessFactors View Bio »
Dawn supports the SAP SuccessFactors North American HR Healthcare Cloud Sales team, working directly with senior leadership at both current and prospective customers. With over 25 years of expertise in operations, finance and human resources in healthcare, Dawn is a trusted advisor to help achieve strategic goals and results through people. Dawn has partnered in the design and implementation of several enterprise-wide talent management programs, leadership development, HR transformation, performance management, learning initiatives, and cultural transformation. Additionally, Dawn has broad academic and learning experience, with over 20 years of providing insight and instruction on a college level.
Background | EXPERIENCE
Previous to joining SAP Success Factors, Dawn fulfilled her dream of owning her own consulting business. She shared her aptitude for turnaround initiatives and extraordinary energy with mid-sized to large businesses to create net income and drive cultural transformation, specifically utilizing technology to drive value and produce results.
At SSM Health, a large Catholic health system in the Midwest, Dawn was the System Vice President of Innovation and Learning where she was responsible for the creation of leadership development, strategic human capital management, performance development, succession planning, process improvement, and innovation for the entire system. She has also held numerous senior leadership positions in both operations and finance in healthcare, and successfully transformed numerous non-clinical departments through talent management strategies, thus increasing employee engagement and retention. Her early career was in financial and operational leadership roles at BJC HealthCare.
Dawn also currently serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Saint Louis University in the College of Public Health and Social Justice.
Dawn received a PhD from Saint Louis University, MBA from Lindenwood University, and BS from Southern Illinois University. Dawn holds both SPHR and SHRM – SCP certifications. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, is a trained classical pianist, and remains fearless in the kitchen and classroom.
Workday View Bio »
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Mondelez International View Bio »
Athene is the VP of HR for Mondelez North America based in East Hanover, New Jersey. Some of her responsibilities include:
- Leading the development of core and future capabilities to enable North American business growth
- Ensuring that world-class leaders are placed and developed in critical roles
- Leading an engagement agenda for competitive advantage
- To optimize our investment in human capital
She has had career experiences in varied industries, mostly in human resources, starting with Standard Bank of South Africa. In addition to banking, she has worked in leisure, government, parastatal as well as insurance, where Athene held the positions of COO for Africa and CEO for Aon South Africa, a subsidiary of the world’s largest short term insurance broker.
During her tenure in provincial government, Athene helped to establish an ambitious shared services centre, providing HR services to more than 115,000 employees in government services.
In 2008, Athene returned to HR as a discipline she is passionate about, by joining Cadbury in their Middle East and Africa Region as the HR and Corporate Affairs Director. With Kraft's acquisition of Cadbury, Athene was then asked to lead the HR team for Kraft Central Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, based in Vienna, where she oversaw the integration of Cadbury into the Kraft business. Athene left to become the Executive Head of HR of the De Beers Group in London in August 2012, but returned to Mondelez International in August of 2013 as HR Vice President for Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (EEMEA). In June of 2015 Athene relocated to the USA to lead the global Talent and Organisation Effectiveness team, as well as to partner the Global Growth team in a significant transformation. Athene commenced her current role in January 2017.
Born and educated in South Africa, Athene completed her HR qualification, followed by an MBA from the University of Southern Queensland. Athene is married and has two adult children based in South Africa. She enjoys motor cycling (Harley Davidson of course!), horse riding, reading and theatre. She is also a Rotarian. Athene’s favorite Mondelez International products: Marvelous Creations!
Frontier Communications View Bio »
Kathleen Weslock joined Frontier Communications as Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer on July 13, 2015. She reports to Daniel J. McCarthy, President and Chief Executive Officer, and is a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
Ms. Weslock oversees all aspects of human resources, including strategic direction and daily operations. She is responsible for labor relations, transformation and growth.
An experienced global HR executive, Ms. Weslock 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.
Ms. Weslock began her career in Human Resources with GTE, now Verizon, in multiple roles leading to Manager of Labor Relations. Prior positions included overseeing HR in the Far East and Latin America for GTE Sylvania, the company's lighting division at that time.
Joining Mercer Human Resources Consulting as Principal of International Practice, she guided Fortune 500 companies through global mergers and acquisitions. At Mercer, she was considered an expert in global executive compensation and equity programs. She then joined Covance as Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, supporting 10,000 employees.
At the global law firm of Shearman & Sterling, Ms. Weslock was the first Director of Global Human Resources, leading multiple HR initiatives integrating diverse HR functions and providing expertise in expatriate management and global HR. Joining Deloitte as Director of Human Resources, Financial Advisory Services, she worked as a member of the leadership team to grow the practice, both in terms of recruitment and employee retention. Later, as Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer & Internal Communications at SunGard Data Systems, she built the HR division into a strategically- focused function.
Ms. Weslock holds a JD from Pace University School of Law, a Masters from the Industrial Labor Relations School at Cornell University, and a Bachelors from Hood College. She is active in a multitude of professional Boards and organizations and has been awarded some of the top recognitions in the industry for her companies.
7:30am – 8:30am Breakfast
8:30am – 8:35am Argyle Executive Forum Opening Remarks
8:35am – 8:40am Session Introduction featuring Workday
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Strategic Account Executive
8:40am – 9:15am Keynote Presentation featuring Cisco Systems: “Leading Cultural Transformation with Disruptive Co-Innovation”
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Big companies in all industries must urgently reinvent themselves to keep up with the accelerated pace of change in our digital era. To remain relevant, leaders need to transform the mindset of their workforce and foster a company-wide culture of innovation. That means fast and disruptive innovation where employees think and act like impassioned entrepreneurs in a startup.
To achieve transformation, leaders must first mobilize all organizational levels—from the C-Suite to solo contributors—to ignite a practice of quick and lasting innovation companywide. Programs and prescriptions that empower, engage and incentivize all employees to team up across all functions can lead to solutions that change the game and win the market. In this keynote, you will learn:
- How to launch a grassroots innovation disruption across the entire company with the support of the C-Suite and “co-conspirators,” which captures the imagination of the entire workforce, and unleashes their most passionate ideas
- The importance of empowering every employee to co-develop ideas with cross-functional teams, external customers, and mentors both inside and outside the company
- Key lean startup methodologies that can be adapted to big companies that require a combination of creativity, discipline, teamwork, and alignment to corporate goals.
Senior Director of Innovation Strategy and Programs
9:15am – 9:35am Thought Leadership Spotlight featuring Indeed
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Director, Americas Employer Insights
9:35am – 10:00am Networking Break
10:00am – 10:20am Thought Leadership Spotlight featuring SAP SuccessFactors: “Translating the Digital Revolution to Every Day Work”
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The pace of change in business shows no sign of slowing down, and organizations that do not continually update their approach to leadership are at risk of falling behind. To accurately reflect their staff’s changing work experience, leading organizations have begun to implement an entirely new working environment – the digital workplace. By integrating employee engagement, culture, technologies that employees use (i.e., digital workforce transformation efforts), and embracing technology that is revolutionizing HR, organizations can break down communication barriers and transform the employee experience by fostering efficiency, innovation and creating forward-thinking employees.
HR Executive & Business Transformation Advisor
10:20am – 11:05am Panel Discussion: “The Role of Performance Management in Empowering the Workforce”
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Session topics include, but are not limited to:
- Challenges HR executives face with regards to performance management
- 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 productive workplace that drives consistent productivity
Vice President, Human Resources
Senior Vice President of People Resources
Athene van Mazijk
Vice President Human Resources, North America
11:10am – 11:30am Thought Leadership Spotlight featuring ADP: "Creating Pay Equity in the Workplace: What’s the Impact to Employers?"
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Achieving pay equity is top-of-mind for organizations. While organizations have always placed substantial value on talent acquisition, expectations for transparency around equal pay have increased. Given today’s war for talent, a commitment to pay equity is one of the easiest ways to differentiate yourself from your competition.
But it’s about more than talent – it’s about identifying possible inequitable pay practices you didn’t even know you had. From a compliance perspective, EEO-1 mandated pay data may raise the awareness and visibility of potential pay equity issues for an employer. In addition to the federal EEO-1 report, most states have pay equity laws. Tackling the issue proactively can save you from legal problems now and later down the road.
Employers may wish to review their current hiring, job evaluation, and pay practices to ensure that they are compliant and defensible. But the complexities in the regulations and the sheer amount of pay data that exists – internally in every organization and externally in the market – can make it difficult for leaders to develop policies to promote and realize pay equity.
During this session, you will learn about:
- How pay equity can benefit your organization beyond regulatory compliance
- Strategic impact of EEO-1 reporting and state law requirements
- Using pay equity audits to develop and uphold pay equity strategies
Vice President, Counsel, Global Compliance
11:30am – 11:50am Networking Break
11:50am – 12:40pm Panel Discussion: “The HR Impact in 2017 and Beyond”
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Session topics include, but are not limited to:
- 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
Head of Global People and Org Development for North America and Europe
Chief Human Resources Officer
McGraw Hill Education
Group Vice President, Human Resources
Brian Kropp, PhD
CEB, now Gartner
12:45pm – 1:05pm Thought Leadership Spotlight featuring O.C. Tanner: "Appreciation: Inspiring People & Great Work”
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This presentation is an unforgettable look at why appreciation matters and how to unlock its power to create great teams and cultures. It is an ideal way to launch or reinvigorate recognition programs and training.
Leaders learn how appreciation helps to overcome the challenges of a constantly churning, ever-changing market. Then with a keen understanding of three essential ways to appreciate great work, they are empowered to incorporate best practices that inspire employees to engage. And when people engage with your culture, vision, and values, companies grow.
This session will cover the following:
- The actual definition of employee engagement and its proper role in an organization’s success cycle
- Three essential ways to appreciate great work
- The key role managers play in employee recognition
- Best practices for delivering meaningful, purposeful moments of recognition
O.C. Tanner Institute
1:05pm – 2:05pm Lunch
2:05pm – 2:25pm Thought Leadership Spotlight featuring DDI: “3 Ways to Energize Leadership Growth”
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While the world presents more challenging business conditions, the availability of leaders ready to tackle them is declining. Your role is to prepare leaders for bigger challenges today and in the future more quickly, more continuously, and fully enough so that they are ready—ready to lead in the competitive, chaotic world that we have come to know as the new normal.
The more important question is: Are you ready to develop your ready-now and ready-next leaders?
In this session, DDI’s Jazmine Boatman will challenge common practices and share alternative ways to accelerate leadership growth for your future. Prepare yourself with new insights and what to start (and stop!) doing so you can:
- Prove business results from leadership development initiatives
- Blow up the 9-box to identify your next generation of leaders
- Ignite the potential and power of women in leadership roles
Jazmine Boatman, Ph.D.
Consulting Practice Leader, New York Metro Operations
2:25pm – 3:10pm Panel Discussion: “The Evolving Talent Landscape and the Impact on HR Strategy”
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Session topics include, but are not limited to:
- How the role of HR has evolved in the digital era
- Key components in recruitment strategies and how to implement them
- Employer branding and identifying candidate experience to attract future talent
- Leveraging technology to connect with critical talent
- Engaging and retaining top talent in the organization
- Trends in the talent landscape that will impact HR in the future
Vice President, Talent Acquisition
Head of Global Diversity & Inclusion, Talent Acquisition
Vice President, Global Solutions
Director, Talent Acquisition & Staffing
Starwood Hotels & Resorts, LLC
3:10pm – 3:25pm Networking Break
3:25pm – 3:30pm Session Introduction featuring Optum
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Senior Vice President
3:30pm – 4:05pm Keynote Presentation featuring Frontier Communications: “Optimizing for Business Partnership: HR Transformation to Enable Strategic Impact”
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Today’s fastest growing businesses are in the business of people, and today’s business leaders understand the need to manage critical talent. To effectively partner with the businesses of today, HR professionals need to think beyond the traditional “blocking-and-tackling” of HR processes to become trusted business advisors. As Chief People Officer, Kathleen Weslock will share how she restructured the Frontier Communications HR team and developed the skills and capabilities needed to transform from a localized administrative function to a strategic partner to the business.
Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer
4:05pm – 4:10pm Session Introduction featuring SilkRoad
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Expert Services – Talent Activation Strategy
4:10pm – 4:45pm Fireside Chat featuring AOL and SEI
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Senior Director, Leadership, Talent & Change
4:45pm – 4:50pm Argyle Executive Forum Closing Remarks
4:50pm – 5:50pm 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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