The PEER 150 New York CHRO Institute
SUNY Global Center
October 11-12, 2018
The PEER 150 CHRO Institute
The CHRO Institute is an executive level program designed for high potential human resources executives looking to develop and enhance their leadership skills. We are unique in that we focus specifically on HR leadership challenges, rather than technology, sales or general leadership as do many other programs. Our sessions are taught and facilitated by Fortune 1000 CHROs and Columbia faculty who have foundational knowledge as well as practical, real world experience.
The CHRO Institute provides up-and-coming HR executives with an insight to the skills, techniques and disciplines of the CHRO role. Potential participants range from VP and Director-level executives from large organizations, along with small to mid-size company CHROs and VPs. The CHRO Institute is also ideal for emerging, high potential and fast-track HR professionals.
Thursday, October 11
8:15 am – Registration & Breakfast
8:45 am – Welcome to the CHRO Institute
Discovering Hidden Talent in Underserved Communities
Art Langer, Faculty Professor, Columbia University
Discovering Hidden Talent in Underserved Communities
As globalization ebbs and flows, cities need to establish themselves as global centers, careful not to slip into market obsolescence, especially when facing difficulties in labor force supply chains. In order to alleviate the difficulty in supplying industry-ready professionals to a city only recently maturing into the digital-centric business world, firms need to adapt to an “on-demand” and GIG approach. The value drawn from this paradigm lies in its cyclical nature. By obtaining localized underserved human capital at a lower cost, firms can generate a fundable supply chain of talent and diversity as markets change over time.
10:00 am – Helping Yourself, Before You Help Others. How Understanding Your Strengths Will Lead You To The Right Career In People.
Renee Harper-Lee, Head of People and Culture, Tommy John
Helping Yourself, Before You Help Others. How Understanding Your Strengths Will Lead You To The Right Career In People.
Every CPO has a special skillset. Every company has a special need. They both say “I want to build a great culture and a meaningful work environment,” but what is the right fit for success? In this session we will look into how you can start defining the companies and environments you will have the most impact based on your strengths to maximize your success and job satisfaction.
11:00 am – Break
11:15 am – Authentic Inclusion
Sunita Holzer, EVP & CHRO, Realogy Holdings Corp.
As Diversity & Inclusion has become a critical factor in recruiting top talent, this session will explore the growing D&I challenge, the increasing demand for organizations to take a more active approach to corporate citizenship and social impact, and the various factors that contribute to creating an authentic D&I environment.
12:30 pm – Lunch
1:30 pm – For HR Leaders, the Age of Disruption is a Time of Opportunity
Laurie Ledford, SVP, CHRO, Marsh & McLennan Companies
For HR Leaders, the Age of Disruption is a Time of Opportunity
We’re living in a time of relentlessly accelerating change where no industry or function is immune to disruption — including HR. Just think about some of the issues that are front-and-center for today’s HR leader: supporting and partnering with a diverse, multi-generational workforce; managing bullying and harassment in the workplace; mastering new analytical tools and delivering data-driven insights; navigating the talent war and skills shortage; cultivating an inclusive and purpose-driven corporate culture; pivoting to the role of strategic business leader … the list goes on.
Despite—or perhaps because of—the complex challenges faced by HR leaders today, Marsh & McLennan CHRO Laurie Ledford believes there’s never been a better time to be working in our industry. Drawing on over 30 years of experience, best practices and life lessons from a journey that led to her seat today on the Executive Committee of a Fortune 250 company, Laurie will share her unique perspectives on everything from the importance of culture, to developing an effective mix of “hard” and “soft” skills, to navigating the corporate directorship landscape, to the future of HR.
2:45 pm – Break
3:00 pm – Engaging a Multi-Generational Workforce
Bala Sathyanarayanan, EVP, Business Transformation and Human Resources, Xerox
Engaging a Multi-Generational Workforce
Many organizations today find themselves grappling with in the unprecedented situation of having five generations working together, side-by-side. When you couple the challenges of engaging such a diverse workforce with the growing competition to attract and retain top talent, and the impact of fast changing technology, it’s easy to see why the Human Resources organization is strategically poised to push the envelope of how we do business.
In this session we will discuss strategies for not only engaging the different generations in the workplace but we will also pull back the layers of what it means to have a truly engaged workforce that can be counted on to deliver on business strategy.
4:30 – 6:00 pm – Networking Reception
Friday, October 12
8:00 am – Breakfast
8:30 am – HR & Organizational Transformation at Bank Leumi USA
Kate Etinger, CHRO, Bank Leumi USA
HR & Organizational Transformation at Bank Leumi USA
How can an organization with a strong culture and stable workforce transform to achieve double digit growth? In this session, Kate Etinger will share her experience transforming the HR team and function, leadership team, and developing a talent strategy aligned with business strategies to drive organizational performance while maintaining the unique culture of Bank Leumi.
9:45 am – Break
10:00 am – Culture: The Northstar for Successful Strategic Acquisitions
Robyn Price Stonehill, EVP, CHRO, Assurant
Culture: The Northstar for Successful Strategic Acquisitions
Robyn Price Stonehill will provide insights into the critical role of culture in ensuring the successful navigation of joining two organizations. The complexities that surround everything from decision-making to the assimilation of values to the execution of strategic synergies requires a strong culture to guide a successful acquisition.
11:30 am – Lunch
12:30 pm – Lessons from an HR Exec: You Can’t Make This Sh*t Up!
Jason Boltax, EVP, HR, Rubenstein
Lessons from an HR Exec: You Can’t Make This Sh*t Up!
In this class, Jason Boltax will share some of the toughest and wildest HR stories that he has encountered and mitigated as an HR leader. Learn how to “expect the unexpected” by keeping culture, trust, risk, adaptability and the human element top of mind to guide you through some of HR’s most unanticipated and surprising employee situations.
1:45 pm – Break
2:00 pm – Put People First and the Profits Will Follow: 7 Dimensions of Leading
Joanne Rencher, Principal, WGNinHR Consulting
Put People First and the Profits Will Follow: 7 Dimensions of Leading
What’s the solution for sustainability during rapid turnover of top managers, increased competition and marketplace uncertainty? Answer: Knowledgeable, tested leaders who understand that great people leadership is not a ‘nice-to-have.’ It’s necessary for businesses to survive and thrive.
In this session, Jo Rencher will share the concepts and real-world application of 7 dimensions of leadership which, when applied, can lead to a healthier business. She will challenge both the aspiring, and more seasoned HR leaders alike, to go to new levels in order to advance the strategies of their organizations.
3:15 pm – Break
3:30 pm – How Does the World See You? Building Your 360 Degree Employment Brand
Kimberly Samon, CHRO, WW
How Does the World See You? Building Your 360 Degree Employment Brand
The competition for talent gets tougher each year as companies chase scarce skill sets and impactful leadership becomes more difficult to identify. In today’s talent environment, companies need to stand out and brand themselves to attract the talent they need to fulfill their purpose and meet business objectives. In this session you will learn how to build an employment brand from the ground up, how to design around different employee cohorts, how to leverage your workforce in the solution, and to market the output to current and future employees.
4:45 pm – Program Wrap-Up
5:00 pm – Adjourn
116 East 55th Street
New York, NY 10022
The SUNY Global Center, is housed in a distinguished landmark building in midtown Manhattan and has a number of uniquely designed spaces that can host a variety of events, including educational & non-profit functions as well as corporate and private events. Our facility features contemporary furnishings, state of the art audio/visual equipment, and an on-site event management team to ensure the success of every event. The Global Center is also home to SUNY System’s New York City headquarters.
Our tuition structure encourages organizations to send multiple attendees. We have found that the more attendees within an organization who hear new ideas, strategies and concepts taught at the Institute, the more likely they are implemented when executives return to the work environment. This is a core principal of the CHRO Institute: practical ideas that can be implemented.
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