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Heidi Capozzi
Executive Vice President, Global Chief People Officer
North America
June 21 - 24, 2022
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Jeff Schmitz
Chief Human Resources and Marketing Officer
Daniel Carusi
Vice President, Chief Learning Officer
Christopher D. Lee
Chief Human Resources Officer
Scott Redfearn
Executive Vice President of Global Human Resources
Kevin Langford
Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Nicole D'Uva
Associate Vice President, Employee Health & LifeWork Strategies
Heidi Capozzi
Executive Vice President, Global Chief People Officer
Larry Restieri
CEO, Goldman Sachs Ayco Personal Financial Management
Jason Lioy
Chief People Officer
Julian Sado
Executive Vice President, Learning & Development
Aisha McClendon
Senior Director of Partnerships and Outreach
Steve Pemberton
Chief Human Resources Officer

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Building a Stronger Workforce during a Cultural Awakening

Today, business leaders globally are facing a critical cultural awakening. The bar is high for employers to build inclusive environments where all employees can thrive as their authentic selves in the workplace.

At Zebra Technologies, Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Marketing Officer Jeff Schmitz has made it his mission to create, sustain, and nurture a community of changemakers, innovators, and doers. Jeff believes that to foster community at any company, organizations must embrace a culture of respect, collaboration, inclusion, and innovation.

During his presentation, Jeff will expand on tangible actions and key insights to support leaders as they attract top talent, retain high-performing employees, and develop a diverse and inclusive workforce.

Key Takeaways:

  • Why investing in diversity is key to advancing innovation
  • How to create a workplace focused on inclusion where all employees can thrive
  • How to develop and attract diverse talent; How to implement a successful targeted retention initiative


Jeff Schmitz
Chief Human Resources and Marketing Officer
Transforming Leaders to Transform the World

Leadership development programs in many companies fail to deliver the results they were intended to create, which is especially problematic during a time when effective leadership at all levels is sorely needed to transform businesses and respond to today’s challenges. Transformational leadership is the solution to the challenge. But to create transformational leaders, we need a bold, new approach that is different from leadership programs of the past. Transform leaders to transform organizations to transform the world.

Key Takeaways:

  • Learn why leadership development programs of the past have failed and why change is needed
  • Learn what challenges leaders and organizations are facing today and why transformation is critical to success
  • Learn what Transformational leadership is and the best approach for Transforming leaders in a changing world


Daniel Carusi
Vice President, Chief Learning Officer
Creating a Culture of Care

When it comes to recruitment, retention, and creating an environment of belonging – where the best talent wants to come work and stay, organizations must create a ‘Culture of Care.’

Underpinned by McDonald’s values, Heidi Capozzi will break down the components of what demonstrating a ‘Culture of Care’ looks like for one of the world’s most recognizable brands and how it’s differentiated the company in one of history’s toughest labor markets.

Key Takeaways:

  • How you can use your company’s purpose and values as a catalyst to determine what programs and benefits to offer your employee base
  • Understand why compensation is more than money for employees – and what you should be considering when outlining your rewards and benefits, no matter what level in the company
  • Why going “Beyond the Paycheck” requires accountability that your employees and stakeholders can measure—not just listening and learning.


Heidi Capozzi
Executive Vice President, Global Chief People Officer
Out of a crisis comes a new leadership mandate: leading through empathy and paradoxical thinking

Whether on the frontlines or fully remote, the last two years have forever changed the way we think about work – including where, how, and when it gets done. As someone responsible for 4,000+ global team members, Chief People Office Jason Lioy of Dawn Foods – a leading bakery manufacturer and ingredient distributor – continues to think about this every day. Throughout his time at Dawn, Jason has prioritized attracting and retaining employees from all work models imaginable and modified leadership approaches to meet the changing needs of employees.

In this session, Jason will share top strategies to develop and sustain employee engagement and new leadership competencies that are changing the way we think about work.

Key Takeaways:

  • Strategies to keep employees engaged in a variety of work models – including in-person, hybrid, remote, and frontline workers
  • Why empathy is now a mandatory leadership trait in the workplace
  • New solutions to evolving issues in the workforce – including challenging leadership teams through paradoxical thinking


Jason Lioy
Chief People Officer
Workplace Reimagined: How Tech Can Help Us Have Hard Conversations

In the last 2 years, America has focused its attention on continuing issues of racism & inequality, both in the workplace and in public life. As a result, employees’ expectations for DEI in the workplace, and how management is handling potential issues, has come into sharp focus. Smart employers are looking for cost-effective ways to produce actionable, transparent results & ultimately, positive change in their organization. But, finding robust methods to make this happen can be difficult. A bright spot can be found among a crop of human-oriented tech solutions that are springing up to serve the enterprise. This session will give an overview of the current state of DEI training and how emerging technologies like virtual reality and AI can help us build more equitable & diverse workplaces.

Key Takeaways:

  • An overview of the DEI tactics and strategies that are rising to the top across corporations, with practical and real-world examples
  • How the unique value proposition VR training - in which participants learn by doing, not by passively consuming - empowers new possibilities for a suite of corporate training needs, including DEI
  • How the advent of the mass remote workforce is accelerating the creation and adoption of virtual solutions that bridge connections and diffuse isolation, and how this space will adapt and grow in the next 5-10 years


Aisha McClendon
Senior Director of Partnerships and Outreach
How to Develop Every Employee Into A Superstar Performer

Whether Olympic athletes, Broadway stars, C-Suite executives, or employees in cubicles down the hall, superstar performances are not the result of hard work and dedication alone. The world’s best outcomes are the result of dynamic duos working together to produce unlimited results. Given the right mindset, skillset, and toolset, the average manager can transform into a leader that develops every employee into a champion. Learn about a pioneering performance improvement system that gives managers a framework and tools to inspire breakthrough results.

Key Takeaways:

  • How to use questions to empower and engage employees
  • Learn how to use a performance improvement model and coaching method
  • How to use positive psychology techniques to unleash potential


Christopher D Lee
Chief Human Resources Officer
Navigating the Great Reshuffle: Trust and Empowerment in a Hybrid Workforce

Trust and empowerment will be central to the success of hybrid work models over the coming years and will help ensure company culture transcends the walls of the physical office. Companies should focus on providing stability to their people so they are better able to handle the decisions that come from working in hybrid environments. Leaders must balance between offering employees the flexibility they desire while promoting and empowering strong employee engagement. In this session, Scott will share best practices for establishing trust and stability to empower success in hybrid environments.

Key Takeaways:

  • Trust generates a deeper sense of empowerment for employees
  • Understanding the critical elements of trust in a hybrid work environment
  • Importance of stability enhancers to show employees that executive leadership is committed to helping and protecting their employees


Scott Redfearn
Executive Vice President of Global Human Resources
he Good, the Bad & the Pandemic: Confronting How the Racialized Impacts of the Pandemic Have Impacted Our Workplaces

The pandemic has impacted our world in a myriad of ways, with communities and workplaces continuing to suffer as a result. To combat these ongoing challenges, employers have been working tirelessly to implement new everyday practices, policies, procedures, values, and commitment to not only support the current workforce but to intentionally recruit and pave pathways for those in communities most impacted by the pandemic. In this session, HR leaders will learn how racial disparities in the workplace were exacerbated by the pandemic, as well as actionable steps companies can take to be a better support system for employees moving forward.

Key Takeaways:

  • Specific examples of what organizations are doing to face the racism pandemic head-on using antiracist frameworks authentically, meaningfully, and empathetically
  • How to implement a recruiting framework that not only benefits staff of color but those of all forms of demographics and diversities.
  • How to maintain empathy and gratitude to the existing staff who have carried the burden of living through this pandemic


Darin Conley-Buchsieb
Senior Director, Human Resources Business Partners
Pivoting Through Change for Leadership

In the new world of Employee mindset, virtual needs, and retention, take time to learn how employee communication and engagement are the key factors in retention, morale, and overall company brand and production. This is not a typical session as you become consciously aware of the cultural shift with career perception, the repetitive way we have managed the workforce, and why it needs to change with the new type of employee. You will receive a crash course on Neuroscience and NLP in a practical, interactive, and FUN way so that you may apply these new insights and strategies.

Key Takeaways:

  • What words affect mental health, engagement, and branding
  • Increase engagement through NLP and learn how the subconscious controls everything and creates stress
  • How feelings are cognitive and how to lead using them


Julian Sado
Executive Vice President, Learning & Development
Navigating the Ever-Changing Human Resources Landscape

Today’s world is full of uncertainty. COVID-19 has completely changed the way the world looks, feels and operates. The impact on a vast majority of businesses – small to large, can easily be seen. Each day seems to present a new set of challenges and can feel like running in quicksand. Discussion, observation and tactics to manage the changes in strategic direction, hybrid workplaces, the war on talent, the great resignation, inflation’s impact on salaries, diversity, equity and inclusion, employee engagement, vaccine mandates and changing CDC guidelines will be addressed.


Kevin Langford
Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer


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Employee Experience: Beyond the Paycheck

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Virtual Event Questions

CONNECT HR Virtual Summit is unique in its ability to connect you to qualified solution providers. They’re more than willing to underwrite the cost of your attendance in exchange for access to such an exclusive audience.

Your virtual pass includes:

  • All sessions and their recordings
  • 6 or 8 one-on-one meetings with vetted solution providers, specifically matched to you
  • $300 or $500 in swag upon meeting completion

Based on the details of your registration, we carefully select at least 6 best-fit solution providers for you to meet with. Each meeting is 30 minutes long and focused on solving a specific priority you have listed. Once completed, you’re eligible to receive a swag package. All meetings will take place on Zoom and all logistics are handled for you!

We are looking for executives with genuine needs for new solutions and buying influence or authority. Invitations are extended to C-level executives, SVPs, VPs, Directors and Managers within all HR functions.

Yes, but only for your one-on-one meetings which are scheduled for a date and time you prefer. The summit sessions do not expire and will all be available on-demand to watch at your leisure—anytime, any place.

There are many reasons to attend! For starters, CONNECT HR Virtual Summit is the only online event customized to help you with your current challenges. You’ll learn from industry veterans and connect to the solutions you need. Your time is valuable, and sticking to your budget is more important than ever. CONNECT HR is designed to help you maximize your time and money for the best possible results.

General Event Questions

The most important thing you can do is take the time to complete your registration. Your registration is the basis for all of our methods of personalizing your experience. The more accurate and complete your registration is, the easier it is for us to select opportune sessions and schedule private meetings for you.

We are closely monitoring and following CDC event guidelines and strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and maintain healthy event operations. This includes proper cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces throughout the event venue.

Yes, we offer a variety of networking sessions to interact with speakers and event attendees during the Summit. Following each presentation the speakers often share their contact information so you can continue to foster the relationship.

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