HR Leadership Forum: People Innovation 2021 - Argyle Executive Forum Events


People. They are the heartbeat of every business. The Argyle Digital: HR Leadership Forum on May 4, 2021 brings together top Human Resources executives for candid panel discussions and lively keynote presentations on everything related to people management and HR innovation for 2021 and beyond.

From remote work challenges to innovative people ops technologies, attend this practical, full-day event to learn the latest thinking and business strategies to create a people first culture, and achieve operational success. You will learn how to:

  • Steward your organization’s culture initiatives
  • Improve people processes (L & D, feedback, gamification, wellness initiatives, compliance & more)
  • Better every aspect of recruitment and retainment
  • Make better data-driven decisions that drive trust and streamline processes
  • Drive the diversity and inclusion initiatives that matter most
  • Choose the latest and greatest HR technologies for every aspect of people and organizational management
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10:30 AM - 11 AM ET

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Telling Tales - Transforming Culture for Max Business Success

Courageous leaders are the heartbeat of every company’s culture, and HR leaders have the power to create a positive, engaged culture through everyday actions and the stories they tell. Hiring, retention, employee happiness and overall business success depends on messages that are truthful, uplifting, and enable peak performance.

The stories HR leaders tell shape organizations and empower employees. Attend this opening keynote presentation to learn:

  • What a ‘culture changing’ story looks like and how to be sure your organizational story sets the tone for business success
  • How to craft a unifying company narrative that resonates and uplifts
  • Practical communication advice on using messaging, actions and intention to drive impact in your organization

Stephen ChildsCHRO/VP Human ResourcesPanasonic Automotive

11:05 AM - 11:35 AM ET

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP: Optimize Your People Pipeline to Transform and Future Proof Your Workforce

2020 effectively redefined work and the workforce. More than ever talent is your organization’s differentiator. In this discussion, Joe Essenfeld, iCIMS VP of Business Architecture, will explore how HR leaders can harness their people pipeline to win in the new talent economy. Join us for a strategic conversation on how to:

  • Develop a continuous talent experience to proactively attract, engage, hire and advance talent
  • Optimize talent tools for today’s hybrid work environment
  • Curate a high-performing, digitally skilled team

Joe EssenfeldVice President of Business Architecture iCIMS

11:40 AM - 11:55 AM ET

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP: Strategies for Meeting the Skills Challenge

Technological advances, the widening skills gap, shifting workforce expectations, and demand for next-level agility and performance have dramatically accelerated the urgency for organizations to lean in on the next big IDEAS in Human Capital Management.

Attend this session to hear Greg Pryor discuss:

  • Inclusion and belonging
  • Digital acceleration
  • Enabling experiences
  • Agile organizations, and
  • Skills-based talent development

Greg PryorExecutive Director People and Performance EvangelistWorkday

12 PM - 1 PM ET


1 PM - 1:30 PM ET

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP: Crack the Code! How to 10X Your Wellness Program Engagement

In these COVID-19 times, it has never been more important to help your employees be healthier.  How can you get more people to sign up and actually participate in all the great programs you are providing? The founders of FULLFILL solved this problem and will share how they increased participation rates by more than 10X, without any reliance on financial incentives to employees.

Attend this session to learn:

  • Why sign-up rates are often low
  • Why drop-out rates are often high
  • How you can reverse this trend

Seth TuckermanCo-founder & PresidentFULLFILL, Inc.

Steve WinshelCo-founder & CEOFULLFILL, Inc.

1:35 PM - 2:05 PM ET

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion - Priorities in 2021 and Beyond

HR leaders know that diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) programs are essential. However, some struggle when deciding which DE&I priorities matter most and how to communicate those DE&I priorities. Well-intended efforts to advance racial justice and equality in the workforce is not just about hiring more diverse employees.

Attend this keynote presentation to gain insight into:

  • Which priorities drive diversity and inclusion
  • How to create a culture that values and respects the contributions of everyone
  • Methods to measure your DE&I success (and learn from your failures)

Demetria JohnsonInclusion & Diversity Talent Acquisition StrategistGilead Sciences

2:10 PM - 2:55 PM ET

PANEL DISCUSSION: HR Recovery 2021 - Using Technology to Enhance Workforce Innovation

2020 taught HR leaders the importance of reliable technology systems that enhance productivity, ease workforce management, enable remote learning, and monitor employee’s mental health.

As the economy rebounds and vaccines are deployed, HR technology budgets will grow as will the myriad of solutions available. From cloud-based workforce management (WFM), to learning systems and service delivery tools, HR tech is more essential than ever before!

Attend this panel discussion to learn how top companies are using HR technology to:

  • Make work easier and more productive
  • Streamline key HR processes
  • Facilitate collaboration and teamwork
  • Support both remote and hybrid (partly remote) workforces


Carmen CanalesSVP and Chief People OfficerNovant Health

Catherine EdgeHead of Talent Acquisition & People OperationsNational Life Group

Harry GlantzSenior Vice President Human Resources/CHRO and DirectorRailWorks

3 PM - 3:30 PM ET

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP: Rethinking Performance and Measurement

How does a more hybrid workforce impact how you analyze performance? Do 100% remote employees need a different approach to those in the office more? Do biases around employees we see less exist still?

Join Vivek Raval, Director of People Growth at Facebook as he shares his insights on how Facebook is rethinking people & performance.

Attend this session to learn:

  • Best practices for analyzing performance in 2021
  • Common biases to be aware of in our remote world
  • How to maximize performance no matter where an employee sits

Ursula LlabresExecutive ProgramsFacebook

Vivek Raval Director, People Growth Facebook

3:35 PM - 4:35 PM ET

INVITATION-ONLY Roundtable on ‘Employee Experiences for Hybrid Teams and Workforces'

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We are proud to share with you the following Argyle Industry Influencers. Their contributions to Argyle help keep the programs we offer our membership current and relevant, so we can continue delivering you premiere experiences, content development, and membership engagement.

Demetria Johnson has over 20 years of experience as a hands on expert in the field of Diversity & Inclusion and Talent Strategy. She counsels clients on innovative methods to maximize their workplace environment through training in talent management, integration, cultural awareness, mindful listening and inclusion.

A well-known expert in the corporate and legal community, Ms. Johnson is a frequent speaker at conferences focused on women’s initiatives, inclusive leadership, and professional development.  A former member of the National Association for Law Placement, Ms. Johnson has served as Vice-Chair of the Annual NALP Education Conference, Vice-Chair and Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Section and has also co-authored several articles for the NALP Bulletin. Ms. Johnson has also held several leadership and Board positions with regional and national professional organizations.  She served as both Historian and Board member for the Association for Law Firm Diversity Professionals (ALFDP), a national organization focused on the advancement of diversity in the legal profession.  In addition to her role with ALFDP, Ms. Johnson also served as President and Vice-President of the Washington Area Legal Recruitment Administrators Association (WALRAA), a Washington based city group for law firm and law school professionals.

 Laura Lee is the Chief Human Resources Officer for MGM Resorts International, a Fortune 300 Company. With over 20 years of Human Resources senior leadership experience, she oversees recruitment, workforce development, talent acquisition, benefits, compensation, learning and development, employee and labor relations, labor strategy, talent management and employee engagement and culture for the Company’s more than 77,000 employees and its 29 properties worldwide.

Before her current role, Ms. Lee held the position Senior Vice President of Human Resources for MGM Regional Operations.  Ms. Lee stood up the corporate, regional Human Resources operation resulting in growth from 3 to 8 properties and approximately 5,000 to over 15,000 employees.  While in this role, she led the successful workforce development and talent acquisition for the opening of MGM National Harbor in Maryland and MGM Springfield in Massachusetts as well as led the successful acquisition and integration effort of three regional casino properties in Ohio, New Jersey and New York. Ultimately, leading all human resources’ functions at the Company’s eight properties in Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York and Ohio. Ms. Lee has over 30 years of hospitality and gaming experience.

She is proud to work for a company that is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce and tries to ensure that her efforts reflect these values. In addition to being named one of America’s Best Large Employers by Forbes, MGM Resorts has received numerous awards for its dedication to diversity and inclusion in 2019 alone.

She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Personnel Management from Arizona State University.