HR Leadership Forum: Building the Workforce of the Future - Argyle Executive Forum Events


Organizations nationwide are preparing to turn the page on the next chapter of the American workforce, and many elements that existed prior to the pandemic may never be the same.

Over the last year and a half, Human Resources executives have adopted an Agile management methodology to navigate change, adopt rapidly advancing technology, and prioritize cultural and diversity values to attract, retain, and develop talent. As the world begins to return to some sense of normalcy, leaders must ask themselves – how can we lead by innovation to reimagine and build the next new normal?

Engage with leading professionals at the HR Leadership Forum on September 14th to discover:

  • Key elements for building the next era of the American workforce
  • How to leverage people analytics to improve talent management, attraction, & retention
  • Wellbeing initiatives that are vital to guiding employees back to the physical workplace
  • Best practices to develop a continuous learning culture
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11 AM - 11:30 AM ET

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Designing the Next Era of the American Workforce

HR leaders have been on a roller coaster of change since March 2020. As vaccination rates increase and companies get ready to open their doors, HR leaders are faced with another challenge: designing the optimal hybrid workplace.

In this session, you will discover the key considerations to design and execute a hybrid workforce strategy that captures your organization’s values and company culture.

You’ll learn:

  • How to strategically develop an in-office and a remote work design plan that allows employees to flex seamlessly in and out of the office
  • Ways to embed company culture into the employee experience, regardless of geographic location
  • Why it is vital to continuously evolve your remote work processes and innovation to keep permanently remote employees engaged

Rohini Shankar Chief Human Resources OfficerCiox Health

11:35 AM - 12:05 PM ET

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP - Featuring Headspace

12:10 PM - 12:55 PM ET

PANEL DISCUSSION: Upskilling Your Future-Ready Workforce

Technology is the lifeline of a flexible, digital workforce. Today’s employee needs to be Agile and able to continuously upskill to advance in a workplace that is dominated by AI and revolutionary technology.

Change and rapid adoption can be exhausting for employees, so how can HR leaders develop a culture that is proactive and supportive of efforts to upskill and reskill talent?

In this session, top leaders in learning and development reveal how to build high-performing teams to cultivate a continuously learning culture.

You’ll Learn:

  • Best practices to upskill and reskill talent to increase performance and talent retention
  • How to identify skills gaps in learning & development in your organization  
  • What resources and tools are beneficial to keep your workforce motivated to continuously learn


Jessica SamuelsChief Learning OfficerProssimo Global Partners


Arin BryanDirector, Global Learning & DevelopmentExpedia Group

Nitin MalikHead of Talent DevelopmentStepStone Group

Maricar ObietaGlobal Head of Learning & Leadership DevelopmentWillis Towers Watson

1 PM - 1:30 PM ET


1:30 PM - 2 PM ET


2 PM - 2:30 PM ET

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Leading by Emotional Intelligence to Nurture Employees Through Change

As organizations nationwide prepare to return to some sense of normalcy, organizations are also ramping up to mitigate the biggest resignation era that the American workforce has ever encountered. Employees have adjusted to the work from home posture, and many employees are not ready to return back to the physical workplace. This feat is resulting in mass resignation for thousands of employees.

To help reduce impact of mass talent loss, HR leaders need to learn how to support employees emotionally to shift the employee mindset from “fear and survival” to a “let’s get back to business in a healthy way”.

In this session, Renata Ledecky Brum, Vice President of Human Resources Management Excellence Coach, Bank of America, will educate HR leaders to learn how to improve their emotional intelligence to guide employees safely through disruption.

You’ll Learn:

  • Discover the five categories of emotional intelligence, and learn how to apply those learnings to manage employees
  • Why empathetic leadership combined with positivity will impact talent retention and development
  • How to shift from solid leadership model to a situational leadership model to address the needs of employees in real-time

Renata Ledecky Brum Vice President of Human Resources Management Excellence CoachBank of America

2:35 PM - 3:20 PM ET

PANEL DISCUSSION: Strengthening Talent Engagement and Retention with Innovations in Talent Analytics

Your talent pool is only as strong as the data behind the people. In the hybrid workforce, it is more important than ever to develop a strong advanced analytics framework to properly manage and improve existing talent, and to identify where gaps in development in the talent infrastructure may exist.

In FutureWork Live’s closing session, experts analyze how innovations in people analytics can be instrumental to help your efforts to retain talent and maximize performance. 

You’ll Learn:

  • Best practices to measure talent development and improve overall employee performance
  • How to identify silos in productivity and engagement to increase ROI
  • How to integrate AI into the advanced analytics framework to boost accuracy, relevance, and quality of data collected


Quinn KnudsenHead of People Analytics, NABASF

Harish NarangDirector - People AnalyticsAllstate

Jeff PicamanDirector - Talent & Culture | Analytics and Behavior ChangeAetna, a CVS Health Company

3:25 PM - 3:55 PM ET

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP - Featuring Workplace from Facebook

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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.