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HR Leadership Summit

HR Leadership

HR Leadership Summit Thursday, October 19, 2017
Queens University of Charlotte Sports Complex & Conference Center
2229 Tyvola Road, Charlotte NC 28210

2017 Event Agenda:
7:30 | Networking, Breakfast & Registration
8:30-4:00 p.m. | Program
4:00 p.m. | Reception

Registration and session information will be available in March.

This program will be submitted for review by HRCI and ICF with requests for 
strategic and resource development CE credit. 

Who Should Attend?

  • Managers and Directors of Human Resources, Strategy and Workforce Planning, Organizational Development, Talent Development and Organizational Effectiveness
  • Organizational Change Agents
  • Consultants
  • Executive Coaches
  • Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs
  • Graduate students in the disciplines of Human Resource Management, Organization Development, Executive Coaching, Business Administration and other related programs

2016 HR Leadership Summit Speaker Biographies

2016 Agenda

9:00 a.m. | Welcome

9:05 - 10:05 a.m. | Session 1 | The New Organization: Different by Design: An overview of Deloitte's 2016 Human Capital Trends
Speaker: Bradd Craver, Director, Human Capital, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Deloitte's research has identified a major trend that leaders in companies are looking to redesigning and reshaping the workplace and making it a priority. This reorganization of companies involves empowered teams, a new generation of younger and global leaders, focusing on the employee experience, and embracing digital. This session will provide an overview of the 2016 Human Capital Trends Report. The sessions that follow will take a deeper dive into some of the focused areas of the trend including: design thinking, strategy and shaping culture, the gig economy, employee engagement, and leadership awakened in new generations, teams, and science.

10:05 - 10:15 a.m. | Networking Break

10:15 - 11:15 a.m. | Session 2 | Design Thinking: So What?!
Speakers: Dani Chesson, Consultant, MBA, MSOD, Doctoral Candidate and Patrick Mumford, Director, Neighborhood & Business Services, City of Charlotte
Design thinking has been described as a human-centered, iterative, and collaborative method for driving innovation and transforming organizations. It has emerged over the past two decades as an approach to addressing complex societal and business problems. With origins spanning from systems thinking to design theory, design thinking has revealed itself in a variety of management, business, and broad organizational contexts. So, what does it mean to be a design thinker? What are the key attributes of design thinkers and design thinking organizations? How do organizational cultures and individuals that foster design thinking differ from traditional business environments and business thinkers? Why are these capabilities important to organizations? This session will discuss the answers to these questions. You will learn:

  • The key attributes of design thinkers and the role of these attributes in organizations.
  • How design thinking capabilities can be developed and what aspects of organizational culture allow design thinkers to thrive.
  • The importance of design thinking and how design thinkers contribute to organizational success.

Chesson and Mumford will present this topic from an organization perspective, as evidenced by a study of design thinking within the City of Charlotte, as well as from that of the individual design thinker.

11:15-12:15 p.m. | Session 3 | Achieving Strategic Targets through Culture: Culture Eats Strategy for Lunch
Speakers: Bill Partin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sharonview Federal Credit Union, Candace Nichols, Chief Human Resource Officer, Sharonview Federal Credit Union, and Ricky Otey, Chief Operating Officer, Sharonview Federal Credit Union
Sharonview Federal Credit Union executives will share how their culture is a pivotal piece of their organization's strategy and competitive advantage. This innovative financial institution truly views its culture as a key competitive edge. Learn how to use people strategies and build business processes that drive people's behaviors, innovation and help the organization reach its strategic goals. Culture is not a buzz word at Sharonview - they live, eat and breathe it.  Examples of how they align all facets of their strategy to preserve and influence their culture will be shared. Sharonview is a local Charlotte area company that drives results with culture as a business imperative.

12:15 - 1:00 p.m. | Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. | Session 4 | Different Perspectives on the Gig Economy: Reinventing Employment Relationships
Introduction and Moderator: Nathan Sloan, Principal in Human Capital at Deloitte Consulting
Panelists: Jennifer Sutherland, Divisional HR Manager, Talent Acquisition, UTC Aerospace Systems; Danielle Frazier, Interim President & CEO, Charlotte Works; Ashley Lesko, Professor, Queens University of Charlotte and President, Square Peg Solutions; and Laurent J. Longin, Director, Talent Acquisition & Workforce Management, Duke Energy
The workforce is changing. It is made up more of contingent workers and freelancers instead of regular, full-time employees. The expectation of staying with the same employer for life or even for five years has changed. Technology is also modifying the needs of employers with the use of robotics and smart machines. The most well-known examples of the "gig -economy" include Airbnb and Uber; however this is a trend impacting companies across all sectors. The "gig-economy" reflects a network of people who are making a living without any formal employment agreement. This change in how talent is being handled is rapidly impacting and actively disrupting the workforce. Everything from HR teams to training and employment policies are affected by this change. This session will be introduced and moderated by one of the co-authors of the "Gig-Economy" section of the 2016 Human Capital Report, Nathan Sloan. The panelists will bring insights from a current gig employee, those looking for jobs, and companies that are being impacted by the gig economy.

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Session 5 | Revolutionizing Talent in a Fast-Growth Company
Speakers: Todd Cunningham, SVP of Human Capital and Talent Management, AvidXchange; AvidXchange; Gary Larson, Director Talent Development, AvidXchange; Meg Sadak, Director Talent Acquisition, and Will Foster, Sr. Manager, HR Operations, AvidXchange
This year, AvidXchange is on pace to double its revenue for the third consecutive year and double the number of employees from 500 to 1,000. In order to execute its business plan and meet growth targets, part of the organization's strategic plan involves creating and maintaining a unique and innovative culture that is not "your parent's workplace." This has posed distinct challenges to the Human Capital & Talent Management team to drive strategies for onboarding and employee development that will align with the corporate strategy. This "hyper growth" has challenged Avid's ability to maintain its unique and innovative culture that will attract a diverse and inclusive future workforce and meet the forecasted needs for human capital.  How does AvidXchange continue to identify top quality candidates that will best represent their culture and fight against the tendency to just fill open positions? How do you onboard and develop employees effectively when one-half of the company is new in the past 12 months? How do you continue to keep employees engaged and the culture alive with these record numbers? It required a revolution to the talent experience that aligns all facets of talent recruitment, development and engagement with the overall corporate culture and strategy.

3:00 - 3:15 p.m. | Networking Break

3:15 - 4:15 p.m. | Session 6 | Multi-chromatic Workforce: Rethinking Leadership Development
Speaker: John Bennett, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Programs, McColl School of Business, Queens University of Charlotte
The global forces of change are driving companies to reorganize and redesign, including their leadership pipeline. Today's workforce is younger and older, as well as more diverse. We now have more than 50% of the workforce as the millennial generation, and the role of Baby Boomers is shifting. According to Deloitte's 2016 report, 89% of executives indicated that improving organizational leadership is an important priority, and more than one-half say their organizations are not ready to meet future leadership needs. Come learn more about trends in leadership development that will accelerate the development of the millennial employees earlier in their careers, prepare baby boomers for shifting roles, and maximize inclusion using diverse teams that mix different generations and a variety of leaders.

4:15 - 4:30 p.m. | Closing Remarks & Conclude

Cancellation and Refund Policy: There is a $50 cancellation fee. Cancellations that are received at least 10 business days prior to the first day of class will receive a refund, minus the $50 cancellation fee. No refunds or make-up classes will be given after that time. If you do not officially withdraw from or attend a course, you are still responsible for the payment. If the course is canceled for any reason, you will be notified and your entire tuition fee will be refunded.

2016 HR Leadership Summit Steering Committee:

  • Diane Marsilio, Hartmann Group
  • Amy Noland Pack, Accrue Partners
  • Mary Grignon, UTC Aerospace Systems
  • Nancy McNelis, Queens University of Charlotte
  • Louise Korver, Global Executive Development Partners, LLC
  • Jennifer Solomonson, Compass Group
  • Ashley Lesko, Queens University of Charlotte
  • Sonja Kurcz, Deloitte Consulting LLP

HR Leadership Summit has been approved for 6 Business/Strategic CE Credits by HRCI.

HR Certificate

HR Leadership Summit has been approved for three core competencies and three resource development CE credits through the International Coach Federation for a total of 6 CE credits.


HR Leadership Summit Contact

Suzy Plott

2016 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor


Lunch Sponsor


Gold Sponsors

Delta Dental

Employee Benefit Advisors

Employers Association

Silver Sponsors




Challenger Gray




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