Human Resources Leadership Forum 2020 December - Argyle Executive Forum Events


Creating the Workplace of the Future

The Argyle Group presents the Argyle Digital: Human Resources Leadership Forum, an online gathering for senior HR leaders and CHROs in search of emerging trends and the latest predictions and solutions for the current and post-COVID landscape. Now that the fourth quarter is here and the pandemic has reset major work trends, HR leaders are rethinking and reimagining everything from workforce and employee planning to experience strategies.

In short, COVID-19 has become the accelerator for the greatest workplace transformation of our lifetime. So how will this transformation impact the workplace, HR teams, and organizations as a whole?

Join our invitation-only event to hear from industry leaders on these topics and more. By attending this exclusive event, you will better understand:

  • CHRO leadership through the coronavirus crisis-a reflection on lessons learned since the start of the pandemic and how to apply them moving forward
  • The evolving CHRO-CIO relationship and the HR technologies bringing the two functions together
  • The future of diversity & inclusion, specifically how innovative companies are advancing their D&I goals
  • How to turn data into actionable intelligence to help your organization thrive

Join us for this day of deep dive discussions regarding the above, and more. You’ll walk away with specific strategies and actionable steps to take your organization to the next level.

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10:55 AM - 11 AM ET

Opening Remarks

11 AM - 11:30 AM ET

KEYNOTE CONVERSATION: The Challenges and Opportunities of Talent Without Borders

Organizations today have a unique opportunity to recruit top talent regardless of the candidate’s geographic location. Join our opening keynote session as we discuss this opportunity and some of the key challenges associated with remote recruiting and onboarding (as well as thoughts on how to overcome them).

This session will cover:

  • Sourcing diverse talent and inclusion in a remote work environment
  • Innovative solutions for recruiting and onboarding during this time
  • The skills and capabilities that are needed to drive resilience and growth

Trent Cotton Vice President of Talent Acquisition & StrategiesBureau Veritas

11:35 AM - 12:20 PM ET

FIRESIDE CHAT: Radically Reinventing HR: The Paradigm Shift of HR 3.0

Brand new research published by IBM’s Institute for Business Value reveals that more than two-thirds of executives surveyed say the HR function is ripe for disruption. The best companies in the world – those outpacing all others in profitability, revenue growth, and innovation – are extremely confident in the need to reinvent HR. And eight times as many HR executives from these north star companies are already driving the disruption in their organizations, as compared to other enterprises.

We will share how the research shows HR executives recognize the needs to become inherently humanized, to build engagement with remote employees, to foster trust in uncertain times, and to cultivate a resilient workforce capable of facing whatever the future may hold. We will talk about the five common characteristics that underpin HR 3.0: deeply personalized experience-centric design, skills placed at the core of the enterprise, data-driven decision-making powered by AI, agile practices for speed and responsiveness, and consistent transparency to preserve trust and reduce reputational risk.

We will also hear from a senior HR executive who sees HR 3.0 as a business imperative and is on a journey of transforming talent management through skill development, data, and AI.

Victoria PelletierV.P., North America Talent & Transformation LeaderIBM Services

12:10 PM - 1 PM ET


Most CFOs are not happy with their Financial Planning and Analysis process, believing it delivers too little value and eats up too many resources.

As a result, they often ask “What are Best Practices in Financial Planning &  Analysis?”

To date, the answers have been based on conventional wisdom, anecdotes, and popular trends propagated by finance magazines. What’s been lacking is hard data… until now.

During this exclusive executive roundtable discussion, we will take a deep dive into the “12 Best Practices of FP&A,” and you will take away key information to help drive financial analysis in your organization, and connect the dots between operational measures and financial outcomes.

***Please note that this is a closed door, invitation-only session. To be added to the waitlist for the event, please email

12:25 PM - 12:55 PM ET

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP: The Now of Work: Hiring the Talent You Need for Today and the Future

The way companies hire and operate has forever changed and is continuing to evolve. While short-term responses to the pandemic certainly vary by industry, all business leaders have the same question keeping them up at night – what do the long-term changes look like as we approach the one year mark? This presentation will dive into hiring trends from the iCIMS platform, which processes 75 million applications, 4 million hires and 3 million job postings per year. These unique insights will provide a look at where the job market has been over the past few months and where it is heading so we can better plan for 2021 and beyond.

Joe EssenfeldVice President of Business Architecture iCIMS

12:55 PM - 1:25 PM ET

Afternoon Break

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM ET

PANEL DISCUSSION: Exploring the Implications and Future of a Distributed Workforce

Join our first panel discussion of the day as we examine what the current landscape means for the future of remote work. The panelists will reflect on the past year of remote work and share how they’ve helped their workforce adjust.

 This discussion will explore:

  • Actionable strategies for harnessing and managing distributed and hybrid workforces in the future
  • The keys to effective collaboration and how to build culture in a remote environment
  • Lessons learned from the past 8 months of remote work and the challenges/opportunities of distributed workforces in 2021


LaToya LynVice President of Talent Strategy Oscar Health


Mary CarrollSVP Human ResourcesWorldVentures Holdings

Laura LeeChief Human Resources OfficerMGM Resorts International

Rob MarkovicSenior Director Global Talent AcquisitionCubic Corporation

2:20 PM - 2:50 PM ET

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP: Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging: How to Build a Culture of Inclusion to Advance Progress in the Workplace

The time for empty promises about diversity and inclusion shared on corporate websites has passed. We are now at an inflection point when current and future employees are demanding real action to create truly equitable and inclusive experiences at work. This will call upon employers to take a hard look at their policies and practices to make meaningful progress.

And as organizations move into 2021, they must demonstrate that they not only believe in the value of diversity but that they are committed to fulfilling the promise of inclusion. While important, diversity is a passive view of workforce composition, and initiatives often fall short of making meaningful progress. Inclusion is a more active, non-negotiable view that focuses on creating an empathetic workplace environment. When employees feel welcome, included, valued and connected, they feel a sense of belonging. What are the concrete steps to get there?

In this session, you will learn:

  • A three-pronged approach to fostering a culture of inclusion and belonging
  • The evidence showing how coaching can accelerate progress toward diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging
  • The downstream and upstream impacts of optimizing the value of diversity, inclusion, and belonging

Ali O'Malley, PhDSenior Behavioral ScientistBetterUp

2:55 PM - 3:40 PM ET

FIRESIDE CHAT: Indeed’s Latest US Labor Market Update

During this interactive session, we’ll chat with Daniel Culbertson, Hiring Lab economist at Indeed. Daniel will offer a review of the US labor market, with a focus on what can be learned from the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics employment report and insights from Indeed’s dataset.

With 2021 on the horizon, we’ll discuss the implications of the latest report and examine what the trends tell us about the year ahead.

Daniel CulbertsonEconomistIndeed


Jess BozzoContent ManagerArgyle Group

3:45 PM - 4:15 PM ET

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Breaking Down the Data: Strategies for Smarter Decisions in HR

Data and technology are disrupting HR processes across industries and have accelerated roadmaps for creating the workplace of the future. While acquiring new skillsets for best use of technology is necessary for successful transformation, leaders sometimes forget about the next steps in innovation. After all, there’s no use in implementing new strategies with technology if you are not collecting the right data or data isn’t used to improve the workplace with smart decision making.

Join our closing keynote session as we discuss:

  • How to provide actionable intelligence through data and analytics
  • Aligning critical business drivers to a strategy for identifying and managing your data
  • How data can be leveraged, especially now, to keep employees safe, engaged, and productive

Rose SheldonDirector of Allstate Enterprise LearningAllstate

4:20 PM - 5:05 PM ET

FIRESIDE CHAT: How HR Leaders are Leveraging the Lessons of Disruption

Human resource managers across global organizations expect to be faced post pandemic with a bifurcated workforce of remote and on-site workers, creating challenges balancing employee needs, organizational goals, policies and culture, according to a recent survey released by Oxford Economics, the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and SAP SuccessFactors.

The report surveyed HR leaders across 10 countries. During this interactive fireside chat, SAP SuccessFactors will reveal what HR should expect in the next 12 months. While the data varies globally, the trends are clear. During this session we’ll walk through 5 key findings:

  1. Remote work will be a talent magnet.
  2. Training and reskilling programs are critical.
  3. The two-tier workforce creates big challenges.
  4. Social justice, economic inequality, and worker well-being should be in focus.
  5. Leaders must respond to the global crisis with a local focus.

Lauren Bidwell, Ph.D.Research Scientist, Product Strategy SAP SuccessFactors

Edward ConeEditorial Director and Technology Practice Lead for Thought Leadership Oxford Economics

Liz Supinski Director of Data Science and Research Products in the Department of Research & Insights The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

5:05 PM - 5:10 PM ET

Closing Remarks



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.

Eric Hutcherson is Executive Vice President, Chief People and Inclusion Officer at Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment. In this role, Hutcherson is a member of the company’s senior management and leads a global team across UMG’s record labels, publishing division and operating companies to align talent functions, amplify the company’s entrepreneurial-based culture, accelerate diversity and inclusion across all levels and territories, attract, retain and develop talent, accelerate the company’s social justice initiatives and build on UMG’s successful track-record of driving innovation by recruiting employees who bring new ideas, perspectives and skillsets.

Hutcherson joined UMG from the National Basketball Association, where he managed a team that drove the NBA’s global workforce strategy built on a commitment to attract, retain, develop and engage top talent for the NBA, WNBA, NBA G League and NBA 2K League. With a focus on people, culture and innovation, Hutcherson was responsible for leading global projects, processes and analytics that addressed business needs. He partnered with the leagues’ senior leadership to enable, empower and develop employees in 13 offices globally, guided by the league’s strategic direction.

Prior to joining the NBA in July 2014, Hutcherson was Managing Director and Chief HR Officer for the U.S. and Canada Division of Marsh, a leading global insurance brokerage firm. Before that, he held several leadership positions at Mercer, a financial services and human resource consulting firm, including Chief Human Resources Officer – Americas, and Global Leader for Mercer’s Outsourcing and Global Operations and Shared Services businesses. Earlier in his career, he worked for Foot Locker and served as Assistant Director of Public Relations for the Boston Celtics.

Hutcherson is also a motivational speaker and created a career development training program, “Say Yes to Success.” He serves on the Board of Councilors for the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, the Senior Advisory Council for the National Association of African Americans in HR, the Executive Advisory Committee for CNBC. He also served on the Executive Board for Covenant House New York and has been recently named to the Covenant House International Board. Additionally, he serves as strategic advisor to the Board of Directors for the Young Peoples Chorus; a multicultural youth chorus whose mission is to provide children of all economic and cultural backgrounds with a unique program of music education and choral performance.

Hutcherson earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from New York University and a master’s degree in Sports Management and Administration from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.