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

SHRM Executive Network members are granted access to this event. Not an EN member? Apply for membership and attend.

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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
(Limited Space Available- RSVP Required)

Monday, October 17

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

7:55 am – 8:00 am

Kick-Off: Mo Fathelbab, Host of EN:Insights Forum; President, Forum Resources Network; Co-Founder, Harvard Business School Alumni Forums and Google Peer Groups

8:00 am – 8:05 am

Welcome: Wendi Safstrom, President​, SHRM Foundation​

8:05 am – 8:20 am

Keynote: Uzair Qadeer; Chief People Officer, Carbon Health

8:25 am – 9:25 am

Panel: The Business Case for Belonging and Workplace Mental Health

Moderator: Martin Whittaker, CEO of JUST Capital

9:30 am – 10:15 am

Lived Experience: How Boston Scientific created a culture and strategies to address belonging after crisis  

Moderator: Camille Chang Gilmore, Vice President, Human Resources and Global Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, Boston Scientific 

  • Michael Bazinet Director, HR Service Delivery Americas, Boston Scientific 
  • Jorge Perera, VP, Global Manufacturing, Boston Scientific 
  • Robyn Thornton, SR HR Operations Analyst, Boston Scientific  

10:15 am – 10:30 am

Morning Networking Break

10:35 am – 11:00 am

Panel: The Aging Workforce – How to maximize potential and integrate caregiving as a key retention strategy

  • Mike Hodin, CEO, Global Coalition on Aging 
  • Shruti Singh, Project lead, Ageing and Employment Policies, The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

11:05 am – 11:50 am

Panel: How to inculcate cultural transformation

Moderator :Dr. Arthur Evans, Chief Executive Officer, American Psychological Association

  • Maysa Akbar, American Psychological Association, Chief Diversity Officer (DE&I) on belonging 
  • John Ferguson, CHRO, NASCAR 
  • Bridgett Paradise, CHRO of Tenable  
  • Kevin Silva, CHRO, Voya 

11:55 am – 12:45 pm

Panel: How Psychologically Safe Workplaces lead to an inclusive culture  

  • Kristen Puchek, Managing Director, Accenture’s Talent and Human Potential practice 
  • Julie Lodge-Jarrett, Chief People and Purpose Officer, DICK’s Sporting Goods 
  • David B. Simmonds, SVP, Global Chief Communications and Sustainability Officer, Great-West Lifeco and The Canada Life Assurance Company

12:45 pm – 1:55 pm


1:55 pm – 2:00 pm

Afternoon Welcome: Mo Fathelbab

2:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Keynote: Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer, SHRM

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Keynote: Pat Wadors, Chief People Officer, UKG

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm


2:45 pm – 4:05 pm

Interactive Tabletop Exercise: Tables come together to solve a real-world mental health crisis in their workplace  

  • Patrick Kennedy, CEO, Kennedy Forum, Co-Founder, PsychHub, Co-Founder, One Mind; former U.S. Congressman from RI 
  • Marjorie Morrison, CEO and Co-Founder, PsychHub 
  • Daniel Gillison, CEO, NAMI  

4:10 pm –

Closing Remarks: Mo Fathelbab

4:15 pm –

Day Concludes

5:30 pm –

Departures for The Field Museum

6:00 pm –

Tharseō Awards Gala*: Cocktails & Dinner at The Field Museum (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. 2021 winners were Gloria Chen, Chief People Officer at Adobe; The Honorable Bobby Scott, U.S. Rep for Virginia 3rd Congressional District; and Ajay Banga, Executive Chairman (formerly CEO) at Mastercard.

*Black-tie optional.

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 – 8:50 am

Panel: How Belonging, Mentoring and Skilling is Critical to Retaining Employees 

  Moderator: David Shapiro, CEO, MENTOR 

  • Monique Matheson, EVP, CHRO of NIKE 
  • Brandon Carson, Vice President, Learning and Leadership, Walmart  

8:55 am – 9:10 am

Keynote: Nate Simon, Founder, 21 Pineapples

9:15 am – 10:00 am

Panel: Perspectives from Untapped Pools of Talent

Moderator: Glen Kreiner, L.S. Skaggs Presidential Chair in Business Ethics, Management Department Chair, University of Utah

  • 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

Panel: The Future of Work

  • Dr. Alex Alonso, Chief Knowledge Officer, SHRM

10:30 am – 10:45 am

Morning Networking Break

10:45 am – 11:30 am

Panel: Benefits, Treatment and Access 

Moderator: Jim Link, Chief Human Resource Officer, SHRM

  • Preeti Singh, Global Head of HR for Content & Advertising Business Unit, Spotify  
  • Laura Rock, CHRO, Zurich Insurance Group 
  • Tracy Layney, Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resource Officer, Levi Strauss & Company 

11:35 am – 11:55 am

PechaKucha: Curating Belonging and Workplace Mental Health Solutions for HR. 3 organizations. 20 slides for 20 seconds on each slide.

    Lauren McCann, CEO of Procure Impact

12:00 pm – 12:40 pm

Interactive Tabletop Exercise: Resiliency and Trauma in the Workplace  

Mo Fathelbab will conduct a vulnerable and resiliency interactive session to get the audience engaged. Then he will facilitate dialogue between distinguished speakers and the audience.  

  • Gap International, CEO, Bob Rothman  
  • Denean Pillar-Jackson, Chicago Resiliency Network, Executive Director 

12:45 pm – 2:30 pm

Lunch & Closing Session

2:30 pm –

Summit ends


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.



  • 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

Please make room reservations by Friday, September 23.

Contact Us

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