CTHRA Announces Full Lineup of Symposium Sessions Featuring CHROs and HR Experts

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NAPERVILLE, ILL., August 3, 2018 — Today CTHRA, the industry’s source for human resources (HR) benchmarks and resources, announced the finalized roster of sessions and speakers for the Leading Seismic Change HR Symposium which will be held on October 2, 2018 in Philadelphia. The conference will feature 14 HR experts sharing practical insight on high-impact topics.

Lois Frankel

Lois Frankel

The day will begin and end with a dynamic general session. After a networking breakfast, New York Times best-selling author Dr. Lois Frankel (pictured left) will provide the keynote address. Using real-time examples of successful change leaders, Frankel will reveal typical mistakes to avoid and 10 things leaders must do to effectively implement change. The conference will conclude with a 3:00 p.m. panel featuring Adria Alpert Romm, chief HR and global diversity officer for Discovery Inc.; Karen Bennett, executive vice president and chief HR officer (CHRO) for Cox Communications; Bill Strahan, executive vice president of HR for Comcast Cable; and Kim Tingler, co-head of HR for A+E Networks. The four CHROs will lead a session titled, “HR at the Epicenter of Change,” which will focus on how organizational change impacts people, the critical role of HR in the change process and best practices for communicating change and helping employees build resilience.

After the morning keynote, attendees will customize their HR Symposium experience by selecting from three morning breakout sessions:

  • Impacting Engagement Through Design Thinking

Brian Fortson, senior director of process and method innovation for Comcast Cable, will crack open the secret to creating world-class employee experiences by leading attendees through an interactive exercise on design thinking.

  • Transforming Digital HR Through Technology

Lisa Massman, principal in advisory services for KPMG, will moderate a discussion of how organizations can leverage the power of digital technology to drill beyond the surface of employee engagement to attract and retain the best talent. The panelists are Monica Cederstrom, global HR director for The Dow Chemical Company; Scott McAllister, senior vice president of digital transformation for Comcast Cable; and Yvette Smetana, vice president of HR technology and service solutions for Comcast Cable.

  • Feedback: A Groundbreaking Advantage

Anil Saxena, director of employee engagement at Comcast, will lead a dynamic session by demonstrating how feedback can become part of the fabric of a company’s culture.

The HR Symposium’s afternoon breakout options are:

  • Agility at the Fault Line

Shari Pace, founder of Coaching Beyond Limits, will show attendees how to prepare for the unexpected and be agile when faced with a sudden tremor or full-blown earthquake of change.

  • Bridging Generational Gaps at Work

Raymond Lee, chief executive officer of Careerminds, will share how to foster collaboration across generations and positively impact employee morale, retention and productivity.

  • Shifting from Unconscious Bias to Inclusivity

Employment law advisor and industry thought leader, Katherin Nukk-Freeman, president of SHIFT HR Compliance Training, will share strategies and small, everyday actions that can help create an upstander culture within a company. In addition to the sessions on October 2, the HR Symposium will feature a networking breakfast and the Excellence in HR Awards Luncheon. A welcome reception will also be held on October 1. All events will take place at the Inn at Penn. Online registration is available at www.CTHRASymposium.com, and group discounts are available for six or more attendees from the same company. Please contact Colleen Gorniak at cgorniak@cthra.com for details. 


CTHRA is the industry’s human resources association and a growing nonprofit organization with more than 4,300 members spanning 50 companies. CTHRA provides industry-specific benchmarks, information and resources, as well as networking and educational opportunities. Its groundbreaking initiatives include its Compensation Surveys, Annual HR Symposium and Executive HR Forum. For more information, visit www.CTHRA.com.

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