SHRM Executive Network

Join us for an executive convening to cultivate workplace cultures where everyone belongs and mental wellness is always top of mind. SHRM Executive Network members are granted access to this event. 

October 17 — 18 | The Ritz-Carlton Chicago

Registration to open soon

It All Comes Down to Culture.

Being simply tolerated versus being fully accepted at work. Feeling like it’s okay to say, “I’m not okay.” Those things don’t happen by accident in the workplace. They are born out of company cultures that affect everything and everyone. It’s all connected. And that’s why this year’s Visionaries Summitbrought to you by the SHRM Executive Network,  and the SHRM Foundationwill examine the critical workplace issues of belonging and mental health through the lens of workplace culture. It’s where we’ll focus. It’s where your thought leadership is needed. And it’s why you’ve been invited to attend Visionaries Summit. 

Belonging Begins Where DE&I Ends.

According to psychologists the need to belong is essential to all humans and is on par with our need to be loved. Traditional DE&I efforts don’t address this prerequisite in the workplace.

The result is a downward spiral of decreased employee productivity, increased workplace turnover, and even a rise in employee mental health challenges like anxiety and depression. To finally get to the bottom of this issue and create workplaces where everyone belongs, we will start at the top at the Visionaries Summit.  

Meet us there to offer your executive insights Oct. 17-18 in Chicago. 

What It Means To Truly “Belong”

BELONGING (verb): Belonging is achieved when all individuals experience a sense of acceptance and inclusion. This means soliciting and valuing the input of all individuals, so their culture and context is acknowledged and respected, and their engagement and performance is evaluated fairly. This facilitates growth of opportunities, and leads to higher employee retention rates and increased levels of production which positively impact an organization’s culture and performance.

$23 billion. That’s how much mental depression annually costs the U.S. economy in lost productivity. The SHRM Foundation  is committed to reversing this pattern by destigmatizing mental health issues, fostering workplace cultures that embrace belonging, and helping organizations build comprehensive approaches to employee wellness.  

Be part of the solution by attending Visionaries Summit, Oct. 17-18 in Chicago. 

Our Only Agenda

To develop actionable strategies for creating workplace cultures that foster belonging and mental wellness for all employees by convening the leading thinkers in HR and business. Join us.

Sunday, October 16

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Optional Registration and Badge Pick-Up

Monday, October 17

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

8:00 am – 8:15 am


9:00 am – 9:30 am

Fireside Chat

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Global Panel

11:00 am – 11:45 am


12:15 pm – 1:30 pm

Networking Lunch

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Afternoon Keynote

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Facilitated Discussion and Panel

3:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Closing Remarks and First Day Concludes

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Tharseō Awards: Cocktails at The Field Museum

7:00 pm –

Tharseō Programming

Tuesday, October 18

8:00 am – 8:30 am

Welcome and Programming

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Panel Discussion

9:30 am – 10:00 am


10:00 am – 10:30 am

Panel Discussion

10:45 am – 11:00 am

Fireside Chat

11:00 am – 12:00 pm


12:00 pm –


Tharseō Awards

Highlights from the inaugural gala in 2021 at Gotham Hall in New York City. Join us this year at Tharseō Awards gala during Visionaries Summit.

Visionaries Summit 2021 Speakers

2022 Speakers to Be Added Soon

  • Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. President and CEO, SHRM
  • Dan Porterfield President and CEO, The Aspen Institute
  • Justin Vianello CEO, SkillStorm
  • Johanna Söderström CHRO, Tyson Foods
  • Ida Rademacher VP, Financial Security Program, The Aspen Institute
  • Ben Carson, Jr. Co-Founder and Partner, FVLCRUM Funds
  • Jane Wales VP, Philanthropy and Society, The Aspen Institute
  • Caryl M. Stern Executive Director, Walton Family Foundation
  • Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan State of Georgia
  • Cordell Carter, Esq. Executive Director, Socrates Program, The Aspen Institute
  • Mo Fathelbab Founder and President of Forum Resources Network, LLC and co-founder of Harvard Business School Alumni Forums
  • Evan Feinberg Executive Director, Stand Together Foundation
  • Brenda Gerber Vincent Vice President, Community and Corporate Impact, Greater Fort Wayne, Inc.
  • Dr. Brent Jones Interim Superintendent, Seattle Public Schools
  • Michael Akin President, LINK Strategic Partners
  • Simeon Sessley Founding Partner, Advisory Trail
  • Wade Hinton Founder, Hinton and Company
  • Yuen Yung, CMFP, CFL Chief Executive Officer, Caroso Group
  • Marty Rodgers U.S. South Market Lead, Accenture
  • Eunice Tarver Vice President of Student Success & Equity Tulsa Community College
  • Beatriz Acevedo CEO & Co-Founder Suma Wealth
  • Carmen Ortiz-McGhee Chief Operating Officer National Association of Investment Companies
  • Darrell Booker Corporate Affairs Specialist Microsoft Philanthropies
  • Laura Maristany Director of External Affairs Bitwise Industries
  • Melissa Tidwell Global General Counsel Prosus Group
  • Najma Roberts Sr. Director Communications & Equity Democracy Fund
  • Nilza Serrano Board Member The Los Angeles City Employees’ Retirement Fund
  • Emily Dickens, J.D. Chief of Staff, Head of Government Affairs & Corporate Secretary, SHRM
  • Michael P. Aitken SHRM Executive Network, SVP, Membership, SHRM
  • Alexander Alonso, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP Chief Knowledge Officer, SHRM
  • Lateefah Durant Vice President of Innovation, CityWorks DC
  • Tawanda Johnson Vice President of People, The Knot Worldwide
  • Tiffany Eubanks-Saunders Managing Director, Head of Diverse Segments, Tennessee Market Executive, Bank of America - Private Bank
  • Cheya Dunlap Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer, Honeywell
  • Donnica Hawes-Saunders Partnerships Manager for Global Transformation Communications Philip Morris International
  • Trent Burner, SHRM-SCP VP of Research, SHRM

Where It’s Happening

The Ritz Carlton, Chicago
At Water Tower Place, 160 E Pearson St

Book your stay today with the SHRM Executive Network special group rate.

Be a Leader. Be a Visionary. Be a Sponsor.

Positive workplace cultures, mental wellness and belonging benefits everyone, including your business. Show your commitment and demonstrate your leadership by becoming a sponsor of Visionaries Summit. It’s your opportunity to shape the national dialogue around these key issues, gain visibility for your organization, release co-branded new research to an executive audience, and reach decision-makers across the HR and business spectrums. 

To become a sponsor, contact:
Emile Davis, Director, Exhibits & Sponsorships

Contact Us

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