Agenda from 2018 Annual Meeting

Stewart Hotel, New York City, NY
*All functions will be held in the Fitzgerald Ballroom except as noted below

Monday, November 5

  • Noon-3:00 p.m.
    ARU-HR Institute Board of Directors Meeting – Gillespie
  • 4:30-5:00 p.m.
    New Member Orientation – Wharton
    For new members and first-time attendees
  • 5:00-8:30 p.m.
    Registration – Fitzgerald Foyer
  • 5:30 p.m.
    Opening Reception – Fitzgerald Ballroom
    Sponsored by UnitedHealth Group/Optum Rx  
  • 6:15 p.m.
    Welcome and Introductions
    Kathryn Brown, Chair of the Board and Vice President of HR, University of Minnesota, and Laura Avakian, President of ARU-HR Institute 
  • 7:00 p.m.
  • 8:00 p.m.
    Session 1: Keynote – Academic Excellence in the Evolving Landscape for Research Universities
    Introduction: Diane Tucker, Vice President, Human Resources, Boston University
    Keynote Speaker: Robert A. Brown, President, Boston University 

Tuesday, November 6

  • 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Registration – Fitzgerald Foyer
  • 7:30 a.m.
  • 8:15 a.m.
    Session 2: Founder’s Session 

    Remarks by Ken Hutchinson, Founder
    The Challenge: Preserving Free Speech, Campus Safety and Institutional Values
    Introduction and Panel Facilitator: Kathryn Brown, Chair of the Board 
    Panelists: Doug Peterson, General Counsel, University of Minnesota; Vincent Del Casino, Vice President of Academic Initiatives and Student Success, Geography and Development, University of Arizona; and Wendy White, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, University of Pennsylvania
  • 10:00 a.m
  • 10:30 a.m.
    Session 3: Creating the Employee Experience to Address the Changing Higher Education Workforce
    Presenters: Laurita Thomas, Associate Vice President for HR, University of Michigan, and Kelly Jones, Senior Vice President – National Higher Education Practice Leader, Sibson Consulting
  • Noon
    Session 4: Lunch and Business Meeting
  • 1:30 p.m.
    Session 5: The CHRO Role in Managing Crises

    Presenters: Susan Basso, Senior Vice President for Talent, Culture and HR, The Ohio State University; Sharon Butler, Associate Vice President – Human Resources, Michigan State University, and Dwaine Duckett, Vice President of HR and Benefits, University of California Office to the President
  • 3:00 p.m.
  • 3:30 p.m.
    Session 6: Lightning Round: Tough Problems/Best Practices
    Facilitator: Kyle Cavanaugh,Vice President of Administration, Duke University and Duke University Health System
  • 5:00 p.m.
  • 6:30 p.m.
    Dinner at Aretsky’s Patroon Restaurant hosted by TIAA
    Transportation to and from the restaurant will be provided

Wednesday, November 7

  • 8:00 a.m.
  • 8:30 a.m.
    Session 7: HR Metrics and Analytics
    Presenters: Linda Croll Howell, Director of HR Analytics, and Mary Opperman, Vice President of HR, both of Cornell University, and Cheryl Reardon, Associate Vice President and Chief HR Officer, University of Iowa
  • 10:00 a.m.
    Session 8: Sexual Harassment and Culture Change
    Presenters: Julie McCallin, Vice President of HR, California Institute of Technology; Felicia Washington, Vice Chancellor for Workforce Strategy, Equity and Engagement, University of North Carolina; and Andy Brantley, President and CEO, CUPA-HR 
  • 11:30 a.m.
    Wrap-Up and Adjournment
    Kathryn Brown, Board Chair, 2018
    Julie McCallin, Board Chair, 2019
    Laura Avakian, President