Plenary Sessions

HRO Today Forum Plenary Sessions Include:

HR Town Hall Meeting

Got questions? We’ve got answers. HRO Today CEO Elliot Clark will moderate a town hall-style meeting with the expertise of Peter Cappelli, the Director of Wharton School’s Center for Human Resources. In this interactive session, Clark will take questions on the hottest issues in HR and Cappelli will share his insights based on 20 years of research. A lively discussion on thought-provoking topics is guaranteed.


Elliot_Clark_100x100Elliot Clark
HRO Today


Peter_Cappelli_100x100Peter Cappelli
Director of the Center for Human Resources
The Wharton School


Chief HR Officer Panel Discussion

Tap into the minds of the utmost leaders in the field of HR.  Our CHRO roundtable is an interactive session that offers the opportunity for your questions to be answered by top executives.  Hot topics to be discussed:  talent retention, employee engagement, strategic delivery, HR technology, and more!


Moderated by: Kimberly Hauer
Sr. Vice President and Chief HR Officer
SC Johnson



Francine Katsoudas
SVP, Chief People Officer


Brian Little
Head of Human Resources
Zurich, North America


Marcia Morales-Jaffe
SVP, Chief People Officer


Kevin Silva
Executive Vice President and CHRO
Voya Financial, Inc.


CHRO On-stage Interview with Laurie Dalton, CHRO, gategroup, North America

Who better to help solve your HR challenges than 2016 CHRO of Year winner Laurie Dalton, CHRO of gategroup, North America.  In this interactive session, case study problems from the audience will be tackled through discussion, best-practice sharing, and input from Dalton, who helped align gategroup’s HR function with the business strategy.


Laurie Dalton
gategroup, North America


Debbie Bolla
Editorial Director
HRO Today


Engaging with Purpose

Exceptional talent can be hard to find and even harder to retain.  While a majority of employees strongly agree that their company has a clear purpose statement, many also say “they don’t feel personally connected to the company’s sense of purpose.”  Join Shannon Schuyler, PwC’s chief purpose officer, for insights into their study, Putting Purpose to Work, and how business leaders can engage employees by helping them connect to the meaning in their work.


Shannon Schuyler
Chief Purpose Officer and Corporate Responsibility Leader


Talent Acquisition Leadership Panel

Is there anything more important to the success of an organization than its talent?  Arguably no.  Learn from the leaders responsible for the increasingly important task of executing people-related initiatives:  what works, what doesn’t, and what’s necessary to keep the top performers of tomorrow.  Gain valuable insight from the talent acquisition leadership panel.


Valerie Egan
Talent Acquisition Leader
Girl Scouts of the USA


Barry Hirschman
Head of Talent Acquisition, Americas
Linde Group


Kristin Murphy Terry
Director, Talent Acquisition Center of Excellence
Cox Enterprises


Carol Robinette
VP of Talent Management
American Red Cross


Cathy Scarlett
Vice President of Talent Acquisition
BMO Financial Group


Employee Recognition:  Leveraging Analytics and Leadership Development to Drive Engagement Creation and Improve Business Performance

Most large organizations invest considerable resources into employee recognition programs.  However, most of these programs are underutilized as a strategic tool, fail to reach their potential for elevating employee and organizational performance, and are unable to demonstrate ROI.  This case focuses on a global financial services firm that recently evolved their well-developed recognition programs into a platform for leadership development, enhancing employee performance and experience, increasing customer loyalty, and demonstrating a clear ROI for their programs.


Charles Scherbaum
Chief Analytics Officer
Rideau Recognition Solutions 


Collaboration and Consumerisation – What Does the Future Hold for Recruitment Technology?

The world of recruitment continues to evolve at break-neck speed, and shows no signs of slowing down.  This session will let you in on how smart technology is responding to ensure that companies can stay ahead of the competition in the war for talent.  We will talk about how innovation in recruitment technology is promoting a collaborative and consumer-focused approach, bridging the gap between business technology and the apps we use every single day.  As the conversation about chat bots and artificial intelligence (AI) continues, we’ll show you how an adaptive and intuitive user interface (UI) will transform the way you recruit forever.


Tim Jones
Head of RPO and Partner Consulting


Globalism and Technology Acceleration: A Timely Combination to Unleash Strategic Sourcing, Diversity Hiring and Employee Engagement

A new wave of technologies and global dynamics are impacting every aspect of the employee lifecycle, beginning with the recruitment process.  Joined by Korn Ferry Hay Group colleagues, Futurestep leaders will explore the impact of this combination on sourcing, diversity hiring efforts and employee engagement.  


Franz Gilbert
Vice President, Delivery and Operations
Korn Ferry Futurestep


Sixth Annual iTalent Competition

Top tech innovators go head-to-head with five-minute pitches before the plenary audience and panel of HR technology experts, industry advisers, and investment analysts.


Emcee:  Johnathan Campbell
Co-founder and CEO
Social Talent



Nathan Brumby
VP and General Manager


Egan Cheung
Vice President, Product


Justin Dennis
Co-founder and VP of Marketing


Kristina Glynn
Director, Product & Solution Management
Maritz Motivation Solutions


Peter Hart


Erik Kostelnik
Co-Founder and CEO


Michael Levy
Chief Executive Officer
Online Rewards


Charna Parkey
Director of Customer Success

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The HRO Today Forum brings together leading thinkers and practitioners to share best practices and build relationships that improve the services of HR. Delegates include the leaders of HR and HR operations, recruitment and talent, change management, payroll and learning from large and midmarket companies. Sponsors include the most prominent providers, technology firms, and advisors in HR outsourcing, technology, and consulting firms.