2019 CHRO Summit: Curating the Future of Work

March 15, 2019

HR Policy Association Chair Pam Kimmet, Chief Human Resources Officer at Manulife Financial Corporation, kicked off the 2019 CHRO Summit by focusing on the CHRO role in ushering in the future of work and challenging the Association regarding the ethics of workplace technology with the question: “We can, but will we?”

“We’re tasked with curating the future of work,” Kimmet continued.  “Ours is the only role in the company with the word ‘human’ in the title.  Our challenge is melding technology with purpose and values.”  Ms. Kimmet was introduced by Association CEO Dan Yager, quoting Malcolm X as saying, “Education is the passport to the future, and tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”

Tracy Keogh, Chief Human Resources Officer at HP Inc., led a discussion on big data, digitization, and privacy, zeroing in on near-term effects in the marketplace and how innovative companies are responding.

Marcia Avedon, Senior Vice President, HR, Communications and Corporate Affairs at Ingersoll Rand led a conversation on pay equity, discussing actions companies are taking to close pay and representation gaps.

HR Policy President Tim Bartl and Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Oren Cass set the stage for the afternoon session with a discussion of how global and technological change is forcing a re-examination of public policies and corporate strategies in view of their impact on workers.

CHROs discussed new forms of worker “voice,” data privacy, and the emerging expectations of future workers during the afternoon session.

CEO Emeritus—and in-all-but-name Founder of the Association—honored at gala:  Jeff McGuiness, who for over 35 years led the Association from a small labor policy group to the vibrant community of CHROs that it is today, gave a stirring retrospective of an impactful career.

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