Special Event

Virtual CHRO Summit
Schedule of Events

This fall, we will offer two virtual CHRO Summits, both of which will take place over two days, and both of which will have identical programming:

Monday, September 13 and Tuesday, September 14 | 12:00-4:00 p.m. ET both days
Monday, September 20 and Tuesday, September 21 | 12:00-4:00 p.m. ET both days

The below schedule of events represents the main areas of focus. In order to make the summit as timely and relevant as possible, specific details will evolve and will be updated prior to the event. To facilitate discussion, seating is limited, so register soon!

Day 1

12:00-12:30 p.m. ET Welcome and Introductions
12:30-1:15 p.m. ET Discussion: Current and Future Challenges and Priorities 

During this segment, we'll focus on our current priorities and the challenges our campuses and HR teams are facing during the fall semester and looking ahead toward the spring and beyond.

Facilitated by Susan Norton, Vice President for Human Resources, Augusta University 

1:15-1:30  p.m. ET  Break
1:30-3:00 p.m. ET  The Future of Work in Higher Education

Driven by the urgency of the pandemic, employers have succeeded in meeting both customer expectations and employee needs through creative approaches that have redefined where, when and how work is accomplished. Now, we are leading and facilitating yet another transformation of the workforce to ensure our business and institutional goals continue to be met. As part of that transformation, many higher ed institutions are making the business case for flexible work in order to minimize attrition and increase employee engagement and productivity. Others are skeptical that flexible arrangements can work for the long-term, but acknowledge that eliminating flexibility could come at a cost. A panel of higher ed HR professionals will share what their institutions are doing now to implement changes on campus and how they are preparing for the future of work, all while ensuring they meet their institutional goals. The panel will discuss getting leadership buy-in, the value proposition of flexible work, and equity considerations.

Facilitated by Rob Shomaker, Senior Vice President, CUPA-HR
Speakers: Elizabeth (Liz) Ross, Interim Executive Director, Pellissippi State Community College; Jeff Herring, Chief HR Officer, University of Utah; Sally Madden, Associate Vice President for Human Resources, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science; Jay Stephens, Vice President for Human Capital Services, Kansas State University; Ken Abosch, Partner, Aon

3:00-3:15 p.m. ET Break
3:15-3:45 p.m. ET Small Group Discussions

This is your chance, in a small group of CHROs, to ask questions and share experiences related to your biggest challenges on campus.

Facilitated by Susan Norton, Vice President for Human Resources, Augusta University 

3:45-4:00 p.m. ET  Summary and Closing Comments

Day 2

12:00-12:15 p.m. ET Welcome and Introductions
12:15-1:15 p.m. ET Washington Update: Higher Ed HR and Workforce Challenges and Opportunities

What have we seen thus far and what should we be preparing for regarding regulations and key policy initiatives under the Biden administration? What can we expect from Congress and its committees, including the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee? What initial and forthcoming executive action has and will continue to impact higher ed and the workforce? This session will provide insight into the legislative and regulatory landscape.

Josh Ulman, Chief Government Relations Officer, CUPA-HR; Basil Thomson and Bailey Graves, both of CUPA-HR's Government Relations Team; Jay Stephens, Vice President for Human Capital Services, Kansas State University 

1:15-1:30 p.m. ET  Break
1:30-2:00 p.m. ET 


Quick Connections

This time is dedicated to allowing you to connect with other CHROs in small groups and discuss what’s on your mind.

2:00-3:45 p.m. ET  CHROs Taking Action on Equity and Inclusion

CHROs are challenged now, more than ever, to take action and lead campus efforts to create a more diverse, inclusive community. During this session, participants will review representation and pay disparities across higher education and compare these to their campus challenges and successes. Participants will also discuss ways that institutional cultures and climates, policies and practices can impact recruitment and retention efforts and compare diversity and inclusion barriers to those they face on their campuses. This interactive session will include segments highlighting important higher education workforce data, research regarding ways to reframe our areas of focus, and opportunities to learn from other participants.

Facilitated by Andy Brantley, President and CEO, CUPA-HR
Jackie Bichsel, Ph.D., Director of Research, and Melissa Fuesting, Ph.D., Senior Survey Researcher, both of CUPA-HR; Christina Brogdon, Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University; Sheraine Gilliam-Holmes, Vice Chancellor for Organizational Effectiveness and Chief Human Capital Officer, University of North Texas System; Heather Hart, Executive Director of Human Resources, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana-Lafayette; El Pagnier Kay (EK) Hudson, Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Vice Provost, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Florida International University

3:45-4:00 p.m. ET Summary and Closing Comments

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