HR Leadership Forum: People Strategies & Actionable Insights for the Future - Argyle Executive Forum Events


Human Resources (HR) has, and always will be, an integral part of every organization. HR leaders have remained resilient to embrace and overcome unforeseen challenges, all while focusing on the wellbeing of their employees and company culture.

HR leadership is more than recruitment, onboarding, and training. HR is the essence of an organization, tasked with reinforcing the core values of a business and supporting the essential elements of employee morale. A stronger focus on employee success, mental, and physical wellbeing, reinforces a profound commitment to the organization’s goals.

As we enter the second half of 2021, CHROs and HR professionals consider new priorities and pinnacle goals for the remainder of the year. An emerging priority will be a larger focus on data, especially to analyze workforce performance data and develop new training and upskilling initiatives. New and existing employees will also need more support than ever, especially since remote work has become the new norm for most companies.

Join this engaging Argyle Digital: HR Leadership Forum to learn proven strategies for:

  • Investing in new technologies and tools to assess productivity
  • Maintaining company culture through virtual activities
  • Promoting employee mental health and physical wellbeing
  • Adapting to unexpected changes and remaining agile in 2021
  • Gathering and analyzing data and turning it into actionable insights
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11 AM - 11:30 AM ET

KEYNOTE: Human Resources is Human Too! Supporting Yourself & Each Other During Difficult Times

HR teams play an integral role within every organization, providing unwavering support throughout every initiative and putting employee well-being before their own – but HR leaders are simply human too! Extreme fatigue threatens HR professionals on every level, so it is crucial to remember to also support yourself and your team throughout unforeseen disruptions. Allowing HR teams to express themselves to have their voices heard encourages support and the overall well-being of this critical team.

In this keynote, topics will include:

  • Implementing meetings with HR teams to discuss personal matters and any issues
  • Prioritizing work for HR professionals to ensure the workload is evenly balanced
  • Developing methods to identify mental distress in colleagues and address stress levels

Monica PanettaGlobal Head of PeopleLifeScan

11:35 AM - 12:05 PM ET


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12:10 PM - 12:55 PM ET

PANEL DISCUSSION: Work-Life Balance – Managing Expectations & Promoting Healthy Symmetry

Successfully implementing a sustainable work-life balance is much easier said than done! Even before the 2020 global pandemic hit, remote employees were tasked with how to manage work expectations alongside their personal lives. So, how do you draw a distinct line between the dedication to work and enjoying life outside the office? Freeing employees from unhealthy, unsustainable, and draining work expectations is critical to them achieving a rewarding work-life balance.

In this interactive panel discussion, topics will include:

  • Recognizing employee “burnout”
  • Encouraging a healthy work-life balance
  • Managing work expectations and promoting R&R


John Brown Jr.Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources OfficerBlue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana

Paul CabreraGlobal Onboarding & Employee Experience Programs ManagerWhatsApp

Dionne HarrisVice President, People + CultureNational Restaurant Association

1 PM - 1:30 PM ET


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1:30 PM - 2 PM ET

Afternoon Break

2 PM - 2:30 PM ET

KEYNOTE: Political & Societal Issues – Encouraging Communication & Reinforcing Brand Values

It is no secret that these last two years have been filled with political and societal unrest, but how do you support employees during unnerving events? As HR leaders, you are tasked with creating a safe space for dialogue, encouraging open discussions, and establishing appropriate guidelines for political expression. Employees are attracted to organizations whose core values align with their own, and there are high expectations for organizations to become more actively involved in controversial debates.

This engaging keynote presentation will address:

  • Responding to social issues with ACTION and emphasizing your organization’s core values
  • Promoting productive conversations around potential uncomfortable topics
  • Providing support to help manage negative emotions resulting from today’s social issues

Pamela TuraySenior Vice President, Human ResourcesCECO Environmental Corporation

2:35 PM - 3:05 PM ET


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3:10 PM - 3:55 PM ET

PANEL DISCUSSION: Designing & Intertwining a Well-Being Framework into the Fiber of Your Organization

Well-being has always been a vital focus for organizations, and over the last year employee welfare has significantly grown in importance. Although we are no longer in the throes of the pandemic, CHROs and HR professionals are tasked with continuing to ensure the proper support is provided to all employees, including mental and physical assistance. Integrating well-being into the fabric of your organization will promote a future of positivity, productivity, and success.

Join this insightful panel discussion, which will address:

  • Investing in employee mental & physical wellbeing for the overall success of your organization
  • Empathizing with challenges employees face, especially while working remote
  • Establishing new programs that support well-being, including providing mental health services


Peter SursiSection Chief, Head of Financial Processing and Modernization, Previously Section Chief, HR DivisionFBI


Dr. Ollie MaloneVice President, Human ResourcesDallas-Ft. Worth International Airport

Paul RumseySenior Vice President, Human Resources Atrium Health

Laurel FarrerCEO & Founder/ContributorDistribute/Forbes

The use of this official seal confirms that this Activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.

  • Credit Hours Awarded:  2.50
  • Credit Type: HR (General)



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.