CHROs Set Stage for New Paradigms in HR at Washington Policy Conference

September 13, 2019

Amid political turbulence both in the U.S. and abroad and a reexamining of corporate purpose by corporate leadership, HR Policy Chair Pam Kimmet, Chief Human Resources Officer at Manulife Financial Corporation, challenged the audience in saying, “Who among us will be bold enough to blaze new trails in the value propositions we offer at our companies?”

“I’m excited and energized by what lies ahead and the role we—as Chief Human Resource Officers—can and will play in creating a new age of purpose,” Kimmet continued.

In a meeting focused on culture, Ms. Kimmet moderated a panel featuring Melissa Anderson, Executive Vice President, Administration and Chief Human Resources Officer at Duke Energy Corporation, and John Reid-Dodick, Senior Vice President of Culture at WeWork Companies, Inc., that explored the CHRO's role as a steward of company culture.  The panel was preceded by a report on groundbreaking findings regarding the CEO lifecycle by James M. Citrin, Leader, North American CEO Practice, Spencer Stuart and Robert Stark, Leader, CEO Succession Advisory Services, Spencer Stuart.

CHRO leadership in Health Care geared toward new era:  CHROs and HR Policy staff, led by Association President Tim Bartl, explored the present health care landscape and unveiled a revitalized American Health Policy Institute aimed toward answering the pressing health care questions challenging large businesses in the future, with a special announcement that former Kaiser Permanente CHRO Chuck Columbus will take the helm as CEO of the Institute.  The panel featured Deb Caplan, Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Services at NextEra Energy, Inc., and Perry Stuckey, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Eastman Chemical Company.

In a conversation with Association CEO Dan Yager, the Honorable Madeleine Albright, Secretary of State under President Bill Clinton, related her historic perspectives on events from the Second World War to today, laying a historic roadmap from the past to the present, with perhaps some sense of what may lie beyond.  Michael Steele, former Chairman of the Republican National Committee, gave his analysis of the political landscape during the morning session.

HR Policy staff facilitated a membership-wide conversation taking a deeper look at the policies confronting senior HR executives.

View the full Washington Policy Conference recap here.