Save the Date for the Annual Conference: November 8-10, 2021


2021 Agenda

All functions will be held in Salons CD except as noted below. 

Monday, November 8

10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. | Board of Directors Meeting and Lunch (Salon A) 

2:00-8:30 p.m. | Registration (Ballroom Foyer)

2:15-2:45 p.m. | New Member/First-Time Attendees Orientation (Salon C)
Facilitator: Legail Chandler, Past Chair of the ARU-HRI Board and Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, Washington University in St. Louis

3:00-3:30 p.m. | Session 1: Welcome and “Thriving as a CHRO” Activity
Sharon Butler, ARU-HRI Board Chair and Associate Vice President for Human Resources, Michigan State University; Jeff Benton, Founder and CEO, and Brett Weinroth, Partner and Managing Director, both of Paragon Performance Evolution

3:30-5:00 p.m. | Session 2: Sustaining a World-Class CHRO in Higher Education
John Whelan, Vice President for Human Resources, Yale University

5:00-5:30 p.m. | Opening Reception (sponsored by Segal)

5:30-6:30 p.m. | Introductions of Members, Sponsors and Participants
Facilitator: Felicia Washington, ARU-HRI Vice Chair and Senior Vice President for Human Resources, University of Southern California

6:30-7:30 p.m. | Dinner and Introduction of Keynote Speaker 
Facilitator: Sharon Butler, ARU-HRI Board Chair and Associate Vice President for Human Resources, Michigan State University

7:30 p.m. | Session 3: Keynote – What’s Next in Higher Education 
Facilitator: Vivian Fernandez, Senior Vice President for Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness, Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Keynote Speaker: Jonathan Holloway, President, Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Tuesday, November 9

7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. | Registration (Ballroom Foyer)

7:30-8:15 a.m. | Breakfast (Salon BCD)

8:15 -10:00 a.m. | Session 4: Founder’s Session – Topic TBD
Amanda Bailey, Vice President of Human Resources, Boston University
Speaker: Jennifer Benz, Senior Vice President, Communications, Segal-Benz Consulting  

10:00-10:30 a.m. | Break

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. | Session 5: Impact of Changes to the Worker, Workplace and Work Environment
Moderator: Mary Opperman, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Cornell University
Panelists: Michael Ireland, Executive Director, Columbia Leadership, Master Coach, Columbia Coaching Institute, Faculty, Columbia University; Eugene Whitlock, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Human Resources and Chief HR Officer, University of California, Berkeley; Kelley Stuck, Total Rewards Advisor and Former Vice President of Human Resources, University of Virginia

12:00-12:30 p.m. | Session 6: Lunch Break

12:30-1:30 p.m. | Business Meeting (Members Only)

1:30-3:00 p.m. | Session 7: Future of Work: Return to Work 
Lorraine Goffe, Vice President for Human Resources and Chief HR Officer, Penn State
Panelists: Mike Rounds, Vice Provost for Operations, University of Kansas; Cheryl Reardon, Chief HR Officer and Associate Vice President, University of Iowa; Kyle Cavanaugh, Vice President for Administration, Duke University

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

3:15-4:30 p.m. | Session 8: Concurrent Sessions (during the registration process, select the session you’d like to attend – please note, seats are limited)
Introduction: Elizabeth Zacharias, Vice President of Human Resources, Stanford University

(a) Employee Engagement in Unprecedented Times: Challenges and Opportunities
Facilitators: Sara Gillespie, Managing Director, Client Engagement and National Advocacy, TIAA, and Elizabeth Zacharias, Vice President, Stanford University
Panelists: Andy Habenicht, Senior Vice President, Chief Associate Experience & Employee Relations Officer, TIAA, and Hitomi Katsumi, CPO Program Specialist, Ross School Center for Positive Organizations, University of Michigan
Description: As the pandemic resets major work trends, HR leaders need to rethink workforce and employee planning, management, performance and experience strategies. This session will focus on the trends that have a direct impact on employee engagement, including the shift to more remote work operations, use of non-traditional employee monitoring tools, and the expanded employer role as the social safety net and arbiter of a culture of inclusiveness. Join our panelists as they share their insights and experiences given this unprecedented environment and offer actionable employee engagement ideas.

(b) Future of Work and Artificial Intelligence
Facilitator: Amanda Bailey, Vice President, Brown University
Speaker: Fiona J. McEvoy, Founder,, and Leading AI Ethics Thought Leader 
Description: Artificial Intelligence (AI) and big data have increased in demand to create process efficiencies in HR operations. AI-driven tools have been used to administer multiple HR functions such as recruitment, selection, onboarding, professional development and identifying health trends in benefits and wellness. This session is intended to address benefits and implications of using AI to create a diverse, inclusive workplace.

(c) Fostering Effective Relationships With Faculty
Facilitator: Allison Vaillancourt, Vice President in Organizational Effectiveness, Segal
Panelists: David DeJong, Chief Human Resources Officer, University of Pittsburgh; Kenneth Freeman, Interim Vice President, Human Resources, Boston University; Kelly Hannah-Moffat, Vice President, Human Resources and Equity, University of Toronto; Helena Rodrigues, Vice President and Chief HR Officer, The University of Arizona
Description: It takes more than deep HR expertise to become a trusted advisor in a research university. The most effective CHROs know it is critical to understand academic culture, the varied challenges faculty face, the intricacies of their institution’s strategy and operating model, and key trends influencing higher education nationally and internationally. Effective CHROs also know their status will be influenced by how well their HR staff are prepared to navigate often-complex academic dynamics. In this session, four CHROs with faculty backgrounds will lead a conversation about strategies CHROs can use to enhance credibility among critical academic stakeholders.

(d) Principled Leadership in a Crisis — Restarting and Sustaining Our University in the Midst of a Pandemic
Facilitator: Felicia Washington, Senior Vice President for Human Resources, University of Southern California
Speaker: Mary Harper Hagan, Vice President for Human Resources, University of Miami
Description: Universities have faced extraordinary challenges requiring a rapid, transparent and ethical response to the global pandemic. Learn how a university culture grounded in the shared values of integrity, teamwork and passion can shape intentional decision-making and messaging for remote work policies, financial mitigation strategies, coping support and the safe return of faculty, staff and students to campus. Join your peers for an engaging and interactive discussion on the lessons and opportunities emerging from these crises that will reshape workforce priorities for decades to come.

4:00-4:15 p.m. | SESSION 8: Closing Session
Speakers: Legail Chandler, Outgoing Chair, ARU-HR Institute; Sharon Butler, Incoming Chair, ARU-HR Institute; Laurita Thomas, President, ARU-HR Institute

4:15-5:15 p.m. | SESSION 9: Let’s Connect – Networking Session
Facilitator: Amanda Bailey, Vice President of Human Resources, Brown University
Description: Even though our conference this year is virtual, it doesn’t mean we have to lose valuable time connecting with each other. This session is designed to provide networking with colleagues virtually and offers the opportunity to meet new colleagues or connect with colleagues you have not seen since last year’s conference. We hope to see you at this session to relax and have a little fun!

Wednesday, November 10