Chicago HR Next Generation Summit

17 & 18 October 2024 Hotel Crown Plaza West Loop, Chicago

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Chicago HR Next Generation Summit

Book Now & Save $700!

17 & 18 October 2024 Hotel Crown Plaza West Loop, Chicago

About the Event

Are you ready to redefine the future of Human Resources? 

In a fast-paced world where HR challenges and opportunities evolve swiftly, staying ahead requires adapting and leading. The HR Next Generation Summit in Chicago, happening October 17-18 at the Hotel Crown Plaza West Loop will bring together industry leaders and visionaries to delve into the dynamic landscape of HR in a hybrid, connected, and ever-evolving world. This summit provides a crucial platform for strategic learning, networking, and professional growth, which is essential for organizational success.

Strategic Workforce Planning: Adapt to the hybrid and evolving global landscape by learning from industry leaders like the former NASA Chief Human Capital Officer Jane Datta. Ensure your HR strategies are future-proof and responsive to change.

Employee Engagement and Productivity: Explore advanced strategies with experts like Angela Cheng-Cimini, SVP, Talent & CHRO, Harvard Business Publishing and Lily Benjamin, Ph.D., Head of Talent Management & Organization Optimization, Amazon, focusing on hyper-individualization to boost productivity and employee engagement.

Gen AI Integration in HR: Participate in a comprehensive workshop with Martin Barner, Head of People & Organization Global Product Development at Sandoz, exploring strategic considerations for embedding Gen AI into HR practices. Learn how to effectively integrate new technologies, emphasizing the human side of digital transformation.

Organizational Culture and Resilience: Gain insights from Katerina Zacharia, Managing Director, Head of Organizational Effectiveness at JPMorgan Chase & Co, on building and sustaining a regenerative culture that supports dynamic change and transformation, ensuring your organization remains resilient.

Secure Your Spot Today and Transform Your HR Journey!






Facts & Figures

  • In the past 14 years, the Global HR Trends Summit has been hosted in 27 countries, including Belgium, Canada, Portugal, Malta, Italy, Germany, Azerbaijan, Croatia, Turkey, Lebanon, Georgia, Qatar, Switzerland, and Bahrain.
  • The first-ever edition of the Global HR Trends Summit was held in Belgrade, Serbia in May 2012.
  • The Global HR Trends Summit is the only HR Summit that brings global knowledge and experience and enables learning in a highly interactive environment! 
  • So far, there have been 86 HR Trends Summits Around the World! 


Erica Briody Culture Index

Kat Zacharia JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Temitope Sadiku Kraft Heinz

Jennifer Christie DocuSign

Angela Cheng-Cimini Harvard Business Publishing

Lily Benjamin, Ph.D. Amazon

Jane Datta NASA

Martin Barner Sandoz AG

Clarice Colón Suvida Healthcare

Pamela Lipp-Hendricks T. Rowe Price

Seth Williams Lucid Motors



Registration and Morning Coffee


Strategic Workforce Planning In A Hybrid, Connected, And Evolving World
In this session, we will explore how strategic workforce planning (SWP) serves as a critical framework for navigating significant disruptions. We will discuss future-forward thinking, focusing on environmental disruptors and scenario planning, and highlight the pivotal role of HR leadership in guiding organizational change and fostering workforce flexibility.

Jane Datta, Human Capital Leader, Former NASA Chief Human Capital Officer


Hyper-individualization at Work
In this session, I’ll explore the concept of hyper-individualization at work, emphasizing the increasing demand for workplace flexibility, instant gratification, and a sense of belonging. We'll discuss how these trends impact employee expectations and the importance of treating each employee as a unique individual.

Angela Cheng-Cimini, SVP, Talent & CHRO, Harvard Business Publishing


Building A Thriving, Regenerative Culture To Sustain Dynamic Change And Ongoing Transformation
In this talk, I’ll discuss a shared commitment approach to culture that enables employees, managers, and leaders ability to manage and nurture culture in one of the most volatile economic, social, political, and environmental eras our society has known.

Katerina Zacharia, Managing Director, Head of Organizational Effectiveness, JPMorgan Chase & Co


Workforce Transformation: Adapting To A New Era
Reimagining how and where we work has become essential in the post-pandemic world. With Millennials comprising the largest and fastest-growing cohort in the workforce, it’s crucial to explore their evolving needs and expectations. Learn why organizations must move beyond traditional roles with defined and limited scopes to embrace skill-based work that supports dynamic, evolving environments.

Jennifer Christie, Chief People Officer, DocuSign


Lunch for Speakers and Delegates


Interactive Workshop: Building A Culture Of Engagement To Improve Productivity And Profitability
Gallup's research shows that companies with engaged workforces have higher earnings per share (EPS). Their research further demonstrates how employee engagement levels impact business performance. Through guided facilitation and this experiential workshop participants will walk away with a strategic plan on how to build a strong high performing culture with highly engaged employees.

Lily Benjamin, Ph.D., Head of Talent Management & Organization Optimization, Amazon


Managing Your Employee Experience: Navigating Critical Moments That Matter

Clarice Colón, Senior Vice President, People & Culture, Suvida Healthcare


Unleashing The Power Of Simile: Transforming Internal Communications Through Strategic Storytelling

In this session, we'll explore how the strategic use of simile acts as a Trojan horse, seamlessly delivering powerful messages through familiar imagery. Storytelling isn't just an art; it's a catalyst for change. Discover how the skillful employment of simile can elevate your internal communications, fostering engagement, alignment, and organizational transformation. Prepare to be inspired as we uncover the secrets behind crafting narratives that resonate deeply with your audience, driving meaningful impact and driving change management initiatives forward.

Temitope Sadiku, Strategic Planning Lead, Kraft Heinz


Networking and Refreshment Break


Cultivating a Leadership Culture: Empowering Employees to Navigate Change and Drive Innovation

Pamela Lipp-Hendricks, Head Of Talent, T. Rowe Price


Harnessing the Power of Hidden Talent
Harnessing the power of hidden talent in your employees, candidates, and yourself is crucial for success in this rapidly changing environment. Despite AI tools making the talent acquisition process quicker and more streamlined, it is the human component that makes the real difference. We must continue to improve our skills in connecting with one another to find the right home for the right people at the right time.

Seth Williams, Technical Recruiting Manager, Lucid Motors


Strategic Talent Acquisition for Business Success
Aligning talent acquisition with business goals is essential for any organization's success. By understanding and prioritizing these goals, HR can shift from traditional hiring methods to a more strategic approach. This not only benefits HR but also the entire organization by tailoring recruitment to meet specific business needs. Using the right tools and techniques and overcoming common challenges helps in this alignment. Real-world examples show how companies have successfully done this, offering valuable lessons and best practices for others to follow.

Erica Briody, Executive Advisor, Culture Index


End of Day One


GenAI in HR: Strategic Considerations and Human-Centric Digital Transformation
While GenAI has been at the top of the Hype Cycle over the last year, we are still only scratching the surface of how to deliver tangible impact from this within HR. Join this immersive workshop on strategic considerations for HR when embedding GenAI into the workplace if you are seeking new ideas or looking to build your own digital roadmap. We will go deeper into a couple of HR specific case examples and (upfront) provide a framework for building your own business case and digital roadmap that you can either initiate or enhance further during the workshop. All while interacting with peers. 
Are you curious to see how the cocktail of technology, neuroscience, culture, and leadership development all come together?
Introduction and setting of the context 
Case examples of how GenAI is being deployed across different companies and industries within HR (incl. a demo of People Analytics use case) 
Interactive Peer Learning Session 
Fundamentals of building your own business case and (digital) roadmap for implementing a GenAI solution within HR (Provide a framework for building a business case and digital roadmap)
Aspects of neuroscience and how this links to driving organizational change
Learnings (the good, bad & ugly) from our Sandoz digital journey 
‘Your turn’: Choose a “mini-project” to work on in smaller groups (e.g., within the fields of talent management, learning, performance management, etc.), creating an AI solution for your business challenge/opportunity (to be pitched back in plenary)
Conclusions & Presentations (incl. Q&A and joint reflections)

About Your Workshop Leader:
Martin Barner, Head People & Organization Operations and Digital Solutions, SANDOZ AG

Martin Barner is the Head HR Operations & Digital Solutions at Sandoz. He joined Novartis in 2014 (former parent company of Sandoz) as part of the Corporate Strategy team in Basel, and moved into HR for the first time in 2016 as Sandoz Head HR Strategy & Program Management Office. Prior to Novartis, Martin started his career at McKinsey & Company and has since worked for several companies in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries in both global, regional, and local roles across a variety of functions, including strategy, marketing, sales, and finance. Martin holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Copenhagen, doing part of his studies at the California Institute of Technology.


Our partners


Crowne Plaza Chicago West Loop, an IHG Hotel, Chicago, USA

25 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661, United States 

Located near Greektown, Crowne Plaza® Chicago West Loop features thoughtfully designed rooms, premium amenities, elegant meeting spaces, and free Wi-Fi.​

Just steps from our Chicago West Loop hotel, you'll find some of the city's best eateries in Randolph Street, also known as Restaurant Row. Next, discover Fulton Market's trendy restaurants and bars, or head to the United Center for a concert or a game. At night, walk to Willis Tower for breathtaking views of the Chicago skyline. Business travelers will also be near the corporate offices of United Airlines, Google, and McDonald's, as well as the University of Illinois Chicago.​

After a day of travel, our Chicago hotel is the ideal place to work, relax, and explore the Windy City.​