SHRM Executive Network

Join us for an executive convening to cultivate workplace cultures where everyone belongs and mental wellness is always top of mind.

October 17 — 18 | The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago

Registration is now closed. Please contact with any questions.

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. 

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.

Pre-Event - Sunday, October 16

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm


6:30 pm –

Peer Networking Dinners (RSVP required)

Monday, October 17

7:00 am – 7:55 am

Registration and Breakfast

7:55 am –

Kick-Off: Mo Fathelbab, Host, Visionaries Summit Host, EN: Insights Forum; President, Forum Resources Network; Co-Founder, HBS Alumni Forums and Google Peer Groups

8:00 am – 8:15 am

Visionaries Film - World Premiere

8:15 am – 8:20 am

Welcome: Wendi Safstrom, President​, SHRM Foundation​

8:20 am – 8:35 am

Visionaries Viewpoints:

  • Uzair Qadeer; Chief People Officer, Carbon Health

8:35 am – 9:30 am

Panel: The Business Case for Belonging and Workplace Mental Health

  • Martin Whittaker, CEO of JUST Capital – Moderator
  • Stephanie Morimoto, Owner & CEO at Asutra
  • Stephen W. Beard, President and Chief Executive Officer, Adtalem Global Education Inc.

9:35 am – 10:15 am

Panel: How Boston Scientific Created a Culture and Strategies to Address Belonging After Crisis  

  • Camille Chang Gilmore, Vice President, Human Resources and Global Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, Boston Scientific – Moderator
  • Michael Bazinet, Director, HR Service Delivery Americas, Boston Scientific
  • Jorge Perera, Vice President, Global Manufacturing, Boston Scientific
  • Robyn Thornton, Senior HR Operations Analyst, Boston Scientific

10:15 am – 10:40 am

Morning Networking Break

10:40 am – 11:10 am

Fireside Chat: The Global Longevity Megatrend – Understanding and Responding to Changing Global Demographics, the Opportunity for Employers of an Aging Society

  • Mike Hodin, CEO, Global Coalition on Aging 
  • Dr. Pol Vandenbroucke, Chief Medical Officer, Pfizer Hospital Business; Chairman, WDA Global Longevity Council

11:10 am – 12:05 pm

Panel: How to Inculcate Cultural Transformation

  • Arthur Evans, CEO, American Psychological Association – Moderator
  • Maysa Akbar, Chief Diversity Officer, American Psychological Association
  • John Ferguson, Chief Human Resources Officer, NASCAR
  • Kevin D. Silva, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Voya Financial
  • Marlo J. Gaal, Senior Vice President, Chief Talent Officer and Chief Diversity Officer, Ariel Investments

12:05 pm – 1:00 pm

Panel: How Psychologically Safe Workplaces Lead to an Inclusive Culture

  • Kristen Puchek, Managing Director, Accenture’s Talent and Human Potential Practice - Moderator
  • Julie Lodge-Jarrett, Senior Vice President, Chief People & Purpose Officer, Dick’s Sporting Goods
  • Colleen Mitchell, Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging and Culture, Nordstrom
  • David Simmonds, Senior Vice President, Global Chief Communications and Sustainability Officer, Great-West Lifeco and Canada Life

1:00 pm – 2:10 pm


2:10 pm – 2:15 pm

Afternoon Welcome: Mo Fathelbab

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Visionaries Viewpoints: The Antidote to Brokenness

  • Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, President and CEO, SHRM

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm

Visionaries Viewpoints: Wired in the Workplace

  • Pat Wadors, Chief People Officer, UKG

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm

Afternoon Networking Break

3:00 pm – 4:20 pm

Interactive Session: A Vignette of the Worst Situation, Tables Come Together to Solve Challenging Problems

Facilitators –

  • Marjorie Morrison, CEO and Co-Founder, PsychHub
  • Daniel Gillison, CEO, NAMI


4:25 pm –

Closing Remarks: Mo Fathelbab

4:30 pm –

Day Concludes

5:30 pm –

Departures for The Field Museum

6:00 pm –

Tharseō Awards Gala at the Field Museum (Black-Tie Dinner; RSVP required)

All big, bold, important change begins, grows and is realized by those
with the ideas, courage and vision to lead the way, inspire others into action and cause a meaningful impact. Here we award three winners who are visionaries, innovators and change agents. They each demonstrate innovative and impactful leadership creating better workplaces and thus a better world.

2022 Winners –

    Kausik Rajgopal, EVP, People and Sourcing, PayPal

    Bob Chapman, Chairman & CEO, Barry Wehmiller

    The Honorable Jacqueline “Jackie” Walorski (R-IN-2), U.S. Representative for Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District (awarded posthumously)

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7:00 pm –

Tharseō Awards Gala: Dinner and Awards Ceremony

Tuesday, October 18

7:00 am – 8:00 am


8:00 am – 8:05 am

Welcome: Mo Fathelbab

8:05 am – 8:25 am

Visionaries Viewpoints: Relationship-Centered Workplaces: How Belonging, Mentoring and Skilling is Critical to Retaining Employees

  • David Shapiro, Immediate Past CEO, MENTOR / Incoming CEO, YMCA of Greater Boston

8:25 am – 8:55 am

Visionaries Viewpoints: How Walmart Is Expanding Opportunity Through Skilled Credentials

  • Brandon Carson, Vice President, Enterprise Leadership Development, Walmart
  • • Patrice Gibson, Director, Community Operations, Walmart

8:55 am – 9:15 am

Visionaries Viewpoints: See My Ability Not My Disability - Changing the Way the World Perceives Those with Disabilities, Starting at the Kitchen Table

  • Nate Simon, CEO, 21 Pineapples
  • Holly Simon, Executive Director, 21 Pineapples

9:15 am – 10:00 am

Panel: Perspectives from Untapped Pools of Talent

  • Glen Kreiner, L.S. Skaggs Presidential Chair in Business Ethics, Management Department Chair, University of Utah – Moderator
  • Erica McMannes, Founder and Chief People & Community Officer,
    Instant Teams
  • Daniel Feldman, Founder and CEO, Frsh
  • Jessica Ridenour, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Strategist, USAA

10:05 am – 10:30 am

Fireside Chat: The Future of Work

  • Dr. Cristina Banks, Director, Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces, UC Berkeley
  • Michele Colucci, Esq., Founder + Managing Partner, DigitalDx Ventures
  • Julia Stiglitz, CEO and Co-Founder, CoRise

10:30 am – 10:45 am

Morning Networking Break

10:45 am – 11:15 am

Pecha Kucha, which means "the sound of conversation" in Japanese, is a storytelling format where each presenter shows 20 slides for 20 seconds per slide. The Visionaries Summit Pecha Kucha curates four belonging and workplace mental health solutions for HR.

  • Lauren McCann, Co-Founder and CEO, Procure Impact
  • Askia Ahmad, Chief Strategy Officer, The Phoenix; Managing Director, Leadership and Culture Development, Stand Together Foundation
  • Gavin Young, Sr. Partnership and Engagement Manager, The Phoenix
  • Melissa Doman, Organizational Psychologist
  • Denean Pillar-Jackson, Founding Executive Director, Chicago Resiliency Network, Corporate Coalition of Chicago
  • Vickie Choitz, Director of the Trauma and Resilience at Work team, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce (CSW)

11:15 am – 12:10 pm

Panel: Benefits, Treatment and Access

  • Jim Link, SHRM-SCP, Chief Human Resources Officer, SHRM – Moderator
  • Laura Rock, Chief Human Resources Officer, Zurich Insurance Group 
  • Tracy Layney, Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, Levi Strauss & Co. 

12:10 pm – 12:30 pm

Visionaries Viewpoints: Resilience in the Workplace

  • Bob Rothman, President, Gap International

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Lunch with Interactive Learning & Networking Session

  • Distill top 5 takeaways and create action plans

2:00 pm –

2022 Visionaries Summit concludes


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.

2022 Speakers

  • Cristina Banks, PhD Director of Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces, UC Berkeley
  • Michael Bazinet Director, HR Service Delivery Americas, Boston Scientific
  • Camille Chang Gilmore VP, Boston Scientific
  • Dr. Arthur Evans CEO, American Psychological Association
  • Mo Fathelbab President, Forum Resources Network
  • Daniel Feldman Founder and CEO, Frsh
  • John Ferguson CHRO, NASCAR
  • Daniel Gillison CEO, NAMI
  • Mike Hodin CEO, Global Coalition on Aging
  • Glen Kreiner L.S. Skaggs Presidential Chair in Business Ethics, Management Department Chair, University of Utah
  • Tracy Layney SVP & CHRO, Levi Strauss & Co.
  • Jim Link Chief Human Resource Officer, SHRM
  • Julie Lodge-Jarrett Chief People and Purpose Officer, DICK’s Sporting Goods
  • Marjorie Morrison CEO and Co-Founder, PsychHub
  • Kristen Puchek Managing Director, Accenture
  • Uzair Qadeer Chief People Officer, Carbon Health
  • Jessica Ridenour Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Strategist, USAA
  • Laura Rock CHRO, Zurich Insurance Group
  • Bob Rothman President, Gap International
  • Wendi Safstrom President​, SHRM Foundation​
  • David Shapiro CEO, MENTOR
  • Kevin Silva Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Voya Financial
  • Holly Simon Executive Director, 21 Pineapples
  • Nate Simon Founder, 21 Pineapples
  • Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. President and Chief Executive Officer, SHRM
  • Pat Wadors Chief People Officer, UKG
  • Martin Whittaker CEO of JUST Capital

Where It’s Happening

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

The Ritz-Carlton room block is full. A new Visionaries Summit block at another hotel will be available soon. You can also see a list of nearby hotels here.

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