Postponed: HR Leadership Summit 2020

Chateau Elan Winery & Resort, Atlanta, GA
September 13, 2020 - September 15, 2020

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Postponed due to COVID-19

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Welcome to Opal Group’s HR Leadership Summit

Talent - Technology - Transformation
Planning for the Future Workforce

The HR Leadership Summit is a gathering of C-Suite Executives and Senior Decision Makers from Fortune 1000 and leading enterprise organizations. Our intimate, invitation-only event creates new business relationships and opportunities to benchmark with true peers while focusing on key business challenges.

Our summit provides a specialized, strategically-built experience featuring unparalleled speaking sessions, on and off-site networking opportunities, and customized face-to-face business meetings.

We believe in creating a memorable, collaborative and effective experience focused on continuous improvement for Chief Human Resource Officers, Chief People Officers, Chief Talent Officers and other top executives in human resources, talent management, learning, and leadership development.

Join us! Interested in attending, speaking or sponsoring? Contact Bobby Swartout at (212) 532-9898 ext 248 or email

The Summit Experience - Hear from Starbucks, Expedia, Home Depot, and more!

Current as of

Previous Speakers

Lars Minns, Chief HR Officer, Mercedes-Benz USA

Cathy Fraser, Chief Human Resources Officer, Mayo Clinic

Kevin Silva, EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer, Voya Financial

Jacqueline Welch, CHRO & Chief Diversity Officer, Freddie Mac

Gianetta Jones, VP, Human Resources, Coca-Cola Bottling Company

Christina McClung, VP, Human Resources, Capital One

Jim Dunn, EVP and System Chief Human Resources Officer, Atrium Health

Paul Rumsey, Senior Vice President, HR Chief of Staff, Atrium Health

Luciana Duarte, VP, Global Head of Employee Experience, HP

Ken Hubbell, Senior Vice President, Sr. Mgr. Instructional Design Strategy & Innovation, Wells Fargo

Deep Mahajan, Dir. People Development & Culture, Nutanix

Rukmini Sivaraman, VP, Business & People Operations, Nutanix

Michael Rossman, Chief Human Resources Officer, Hennepin County

West Ludwig, Chief Human Resources Officer, First Citizens Bank

Valerie Norton, Chief People Officer, Habitat for Humanity

Dr. Michael Grojean, Professor in Strategic Leadership, Haslam College of Business

Sara Greenspan, Vice President of Human Resources, San Diego Padres

Connie Puglia, SVP & Chief People Officer, TiVo

Peter Neufeld, Vice President of Leadership, Maple Leaf Foods

Lisa Toppin, Chief Diversity Officer & VP of Talent Management, LPL Financial

Matt Confer, VP, Strategy & Business Development, Abilitie

Amy Bodkin, VP, HR and Human Capital, Lockton

Jack Morehouse, Co-Chair&Co-Founder, Perceptyx, Inc.

Garrett Lord, CEO and Co-Founder, Handshake

Mark Rowe, Vice President Western Region, Fuel50

Loews Coronado Bay Resort
4000 Coronado Bay Road, Coronado, CA 92118

Please contact your business development associate to reserve your hotel room.

More networking, greater interactions, bigger ROI:

One of the biggest challenges that companies face is standing out from the crowd and getting exposure with executives from leading enterprise organizations. Your company has the perfect solution to your customer’s problem but how do you grab their attention and present your value proposition?

The HR Leadership Summit is the perfect platform to gain valuable exposure for your brand with exclusive access to key decision makers. The attendees at the Summit are C-Suite Executives and Senior Decision Makers from the Fortune 1000 and are selectively invited and pre-qualified to ensure they carry budgetary responsibility. The event provides a specialized, strategically-built experience for cutting-edge solution providers to engage, interact, and build relationships with executives who are actively looking for new business partners.

Solution providers at the Summit have the opportunity to showcase their brand as a leader in the Human Resource industry while developing new business relationships through unparalleled speaking sessions, interactive networking events, and custom face-to-face business meetings.

  • Creating new talent acquisition, management and retention models for an evolving workforce
  • Developing an environment and successful organizational culture where employees feel supported and empowered
  • Designing benefit packages that appeal to four or five generations of employees
  • Extending employee experience initiatives to include candidate-facing strategies to improve recruiting
  • Developing a contingent workforce and job sharing programs to encourage growth and improve retention
  • Reinventing continuous learning strategies to engage the younger generations of your workforce
  • Linking diversity and inclusion to organizational goals
  • Designing programs for a multigenerational workforce
  • Utilizing technology tools to develop skills for future business needs
  • Setting better policies and educational initiatives to recognize unconscious bias and prevent harassment
  • Prescheduled One-to-One Meetings:
    Each participating solution provider and attendees will have pre-summit access to our matching software that allows you to completely customize your meeting agenda. The password-protected website provides the information needed to make your selections on who you want to meet with.

  • Exceptional Networking Opportunities:
    We strive to maximize your face-to-face time by providing a multitude of avenues to engage the senior executives in attendance. The agenda incorporates an off-site networking activity, networking luncheons and cocktail reception. Leverage the meeting’s intimate atmosphere to build strong personal relationships with current and future clients.

The HR Leadership Summit is an invitation-only, exclusive event for heads of human resources, talent management, learning and leadership development, diversity and inclusion and organizational effectiveness from Fortune 1000 and leading enterprise organizations.


Chief Human Resources Officers (CHROs)
Chief Talent Officers (CTOs)
Chief People Officers
SVP/VP/Head of Human Resources
SVP/VP/Head of Talent Management
SVP/VP/Head of Leadership Development
SVP/VP/Head of Learning & Development


To request your invitation today, please contact Katherine Ilagan at 212-532-9898 ext 233 or email

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      This experience was amazing. It was personal, conversational and relational. It expanded my knowledge and more importantly, my network. Laura Vostad

      POET, Dir. L&D

      What I enjoyed most was that the number of attendees was big enough to provide me a wealth of information, but small enough to allow me to network with almost everyone at the conference. I walked away with pages of notes, many new contacts and met some great vendors that we will likely do business with in the future. Shelby Pyatt

      Rayonier, VP, HR & IT

      By far, this was the most engaging, value added convening of leaders. It was the right mix of experience, learning, and networking. I absolutely enjoyed the Disney Tour and the book exchange was brilliant. The roundtables were also an added bonus. Sharahn Monk

      Worldpay, US Market Leader, Learning and Development

      Great event, very well organized with relevant speakers and potential business partners. I would recommend to anyone. Shawn Dingle

      Sonic Automotive, Senior Training Director

      OPAL is first class. It was the best Conference that I ever attended from the standpoint of speaker quality, organization, and venue. They really seem to care! John Barbieri

      Sompo International, VP, Human Resources

      I thought the whole conference was so well run and that the OPAL team did an amazing job. I would definitely love to attend another event! Tennille Boyer

      Blue Ocean Brain

      Excellent line-up of speakers Connie Keys

      Campbell Soup, Head of Culture & Learning