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September 25-27, 2024  |  Austin, TX

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Are You Ready to Navigate Disruption in the Workplace?

Imagine an event that brings the HR industry’s elite together to discuss the major challenges present in the workplace and the proven approaches to address them. When you attend the two-day Visionaries Summit, brought to you by the SHRM Executive Network, you’ll leave with data-backed ideas and action plans to implement right away. Connect with industry players and learn the strategies that ultimately drive your business’s success and empower you to make a resounding impact in your world of work.

Visionaries Summit 2023

Last September, SHRM Executive Network members gathered in Washington, DC for an exclusive two-day convening focused on mental health and belonging in the workplace. Watch the recap of the summit where HR and business leaders addressed cultivating a positive workplace culture.

Visionaries Summit 2023 Agenda Overview

12:00 pm – 6:00 pmRegistration open in the Conrad 2nd floor foyer
3:30 pm – 3:45 pmBus transportation from the Conrad to Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. The last bus will depart at 3:45 pm.

The entrance to the building is located on 6th Street NW.
4:00 pm – 6:00 pmNetworking and Learning Reception

Attendees are invited to join an exclusive reception and sneak preview tour of the new Johns Hopkins location in Washington, D.C.. Join us to meet professors working on research projects to shape the future in areas related to wellbeing, AI-Human teaming, DEI, learning, resilience, innovation, health, and other areas. In addition, Johns Hopkins will be launching their new Human Capital Development Lab and offer opportunities to be a part of this collaborative effort. Transportation will be provided.
6:00 pm –Bus transportation from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School to the Conrad

7:00 am – 6:00 pmRegistration open
7:00 am – 8:00 amBreakfast at the Conrad
8:00 am – 8:05 am
8:05 am – 9:00 am

The Evolving CHRO Executive Role

  • Rick Smith, Ph.D. – Professor and Vice Dean, Johns Hopkins University

While the CHRO Role has risen to prominence in most organizations, the future value of this executive role is still unfolding, which calls for a clear future agenda for HR Leaders.

9:05 am – 9:30 am

How HR Professionals Can Add Value Through the Succession Planning Process

  • Prudence Pitter, Global Head of HR, Auto/Manufacturing and Healthcare & Lifesciences, Amazon Web Services

Learn actionable ways to influence leaders to prioritize Succession Planning as an ongoing process to preserve business continuity & stability, and mitigate the risks associated with leadership transition.

9:35 am – 10:10 am

HR as Architects of the Future

  • Beth Grous, Chief People Officer, Generate Biomedicine

With the rapid shifts in business and technology, the role of HR is also evolving – requiring HR leaders to embrace courage and curiosity as never before. Join a discussion about these changes, the implications for our profession and the role of HR leaders in architecting the future.

10:10 am – 10:40 amNetworking Break
10:45 am – 11:15 am

Health Equity as a Business Priority

  • Gerald E. Johnson, EVP Health Equity and Chief Diversity Officer, American Heart Association
  • Clayton Lord, Director, Foundation Programs, SHRM Foundation

Research shows that by addressing health inequities in the workplace, employers can improve workplace well-being, support the health and productivity of their workforce, increase productivity, loyalty, and retention, and reduce health care costs. But addressing health inequities can feel daunting even as doing so is increasing a business imperative. In this session, learn about a new initiative, spearheaded by the American Heart Associations Health Equity in the Workforce initiative in collaboration with Deloitte Health Equity Institute and the SHRM Foundation, to provide a comprehensive roadmap, casemaking, and set of resources to support employers in advancing health equity in the workplace and reaping the benefits.

11:20 am – 12:00 pm

Driving the Future of Employee Health in the Workplace

  • Guillermo Corea, Managing Director, SHRM Labs
  • Ariela Safira, Founder and CEO, Real
  • Etan Bernstein, Co-founder and Head of Ecosystem, Velocity Network Foundation

A new study from SHRM Research and the SHRM Foundation finds that nearly 2-in-3 of our youngest workers – and the future of our workforce – say they are likely to leave their current job for one that takes better care of their mental health. As we progress into the future, new technologies, products, and services are poised to help HR leaders and employers support, monitor, and improve the mental and physical health of their workers.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pmLunch
1:05 pm – 1:30 pm

Quantum Shift: The Evolving Expectations of Leadership

  • Jennifer McCollum, CEO, Linkage, A SHRM Company

The quantum shifts in the workforce, fueled by the pandemic, economic uncertainty, and rapid technological innovation, require transformational change in how business leaders manage talent, our most important asset. Join this talk to uncover the secrets of Linkage’s ‘Purposeful Leadership’ approach, and the role that inclusion increasingly plays in effective leadership in a hybrid world.

1:35 pm – 2:00 pm

AI and the Future of Hiring, Retention, and Engagement

  • Greg Kaye, Head of Industry, Careers, Google

Against a backdrop of labor market disruption, HR leaders are anticipating an increased pace of hiring as 2023 closes out and 2024 begins. Both job seekers and employers have increasingly high expectations for the job/talent search, often rooted in a desire for better matching of candidates with jobs, a more holistic understanding of the full set of skills and aptitudes a candidate brings to the job (and that a job needs), and a desire to reduce bias, increase opportunity, and diversify a fast-evolving workforce. In this session, hear from Google on how AI is impacting the candidate and employee experience, how employers can embrace these emergent technologies while maintaining quality controls, and what employers need to do to prepare their employees for the looming impacts of AI on hiring, training, employee engagement, and more.

2:05 pm – 2:35 pm

Irreconcilable Differences? Shifting Expectations Between Employers and Workers

  • David Reimer, CEO, The ExCo Group; Executive Editor, People + Strategy
  • Deb Bubb, Senior HR Executive; Associate Editor, People + Strategy
  • Laura Fuentes, CHRO, Hilton

How CHROs are navigating the tensions between organizations' expectations of people who work for them, and the expectations of the world of people who work.

2:35 pm – 2:50 pmCoffee Break
2:55 pm – 3:25 pm

Redefining HR Leadership in the Next Era

  • Tamla Oates-Forney, CHRO, USAA

Guiding HR to provide exceptional leadership through an ever-changing landscape of cultural evolution, accelerated growth and organizational transformations.

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

The Poet's Keys: The Artist's Guide to Unlocking Change

  • Tucker Bryant, poet

In this interactive keynote performance, former Googler and Stanford poet Tucker Bryant shares a surprising truth about how leveraging the behaviors poets call on to keep their craft in a state of evolution can empower leaders to innovate in the areas of our work that matter most.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pmAnnouncements and Interactive Debriefing
5:30 pm – 5:45 pm
Buses depart from the Conrad for The Anthem. The last bus will depart at 5:45 pm.
6:00 pm – 9:00 pmNetworking reception and dinner at The Anthem
9:00 pm –Buses to the Conrad depart The Anthem

7:00 am – 8:00 amBreakfast
8:00 am – 8:05 amWelcome
8:05 am – 8:30 am

Thriving Together: Unlocking Success through Boundaries, Mindfulness, and Empowered Support

  • Leah Marone, psychotherapist and author

Preventing cyclical burnout not only involves being deliberate and consistent with your self-care, it also requires you to be mindful of the role you tend to place yourself in when communicating with others. Learn how to become a ’space creator’ and maintain boundaries that will empower others and help you avoid taking false ownership and experiencing perpetual fatigue.

8:35 am – 9:35 am

Speaking Out on Social Issues: How to Decide If, When and How

A Panel in Collaboration with The Dialogue Project of Duke University

  • Ronnie Chatterji, Professor, Duke University, Moderator
  • Whitney Eichinger, Senior Vice President, Culture & Communications, Southwest Airlines
  • John Leer, Chief Economist, Morning Consult
  • Lisa Osborne Ross, Chief Executive Officer, Edelman USA

This session will explore one of the most challenging issues facing today’s CEO, CHRO and other business leaders: if, when and how to speak out on controversial social issues as well as how to manage marketing activity that doesn’t inadvertently create a corporate crisis. An all-star panel with experiences to share and frameworks to offer will take the stage.

9:35 am – 9:50 amCoffee Break
9:55 am – 10:30 am

Culture in the New Abnormal

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

Today’s workforce is different than ever before. With five generations working side by side and technological advances such as AI rapidly altering the way we do work, it is critical for management to strategically choose their organizational culture before it chooses them.

10:35 am – 11:05 am

Change – As You’ve Never Heard It Before

  • Bob Rothman, President, Gap International

Breakthrough organizations don’t wait for a crisis to hit. They are constantly evolving and innovating, creating the future while they are still successful. This session will show you how they do it. We will discuss the mindset, leadership, and environment necessary to be successful.

11:05 am – 11:30 amInteractive Debriefing
11:30 am –2023 Visionaries Summit concludes.

Visionaries Summit 2023 Speakers

Etan Bernstein

Co-founder and Head of Ecosystem

Velocity Network Foundation

Tucker Bryant


Deb Bubb

Senior HR Executive; Associate Editor

People + Strategy

Ronnie Chatterji


Duke University

Guillermo Corea

Managing Director


Whitney Eichinger

Senior Vice President, Culture & Communications

Southwest Airlines

Mo Fathelbab

Founder and President of Forum Resources Network, LLC and co-founder of Harvard Business School Alumni Forums

Laura Fuentes



Beth Grous

Chief People Officer

Generate Biomedicine

Gerald E. Johnson

EVP Health Equity and Chief Diversity Officer

American Heart Association

Greg Kaye

Head of Industry, Careers


John Leer

Chief Economist

Morning Consult

Clayton Lord

Director, Foundation Programs

SHRM Foundation

Leah Marone

Psychotherapist and author

Jennifer McCollum


Linkage, A SHRM Company

Tamla Oates-Forney



Lisa Osborne Ross

Chief Executive Officer

Edelman USA

Prudence Pitter

Global Head of HR, Auto/Manufacturing and Healthcare & Lifesciences

Amazon Web Services

David Reimer

CEO, The ExCo Group

Executive Editor, People + Strategy

Bob Rothman


Gap International

Ariela Safira

Founder and CEO


Wendi Safstrom


SHRM Foundation​

Rick Smith, Ph.D.

Professor and Vice Dean

Johns Hopkins University

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP

President and Chief Executive Officer


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