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AGENDA
SEPTEMBER 16 - 22, 2020
VIRTUAL MEETING
September 16 - 22, 2020

About the Virtual Conference Series

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy and employee health have wide-reaching implications on succession management. While organizations may be more cognizant of succession plans, few are prepared to deal with boomers who will no longer retire when planned, executives who are more at risk of health issues, and the changing workforce distribution.

The 2020 Succession Management Conference will focus on making succession real in today’s dramatically new world. How do we have more real conversations about our talent? How do we have real conversations with our talent? How do we have real outcomes so that when the organization needs a successor, what actually happens is what was planned?

We hope you will join us as we examine innovative and superior practices along with mindsets necessary to bring authenticity to succession planning, and drive real business results! 

Sessions We Are Planning

  • Handling Disruption Within Your Succession Plan
  • Board Oversight of Succession Plans
  • Bringing Human-Centeredness to Succession
  • Creating Real Experiences that Develop your Leaders
  • Driving Engagement Through Transparency
  • Assessing Real Talent
  • Real Dollars – Case Studies on Financial Implications When Succession is Done Well or Poorly
  • Aspirations – Understanding What Your Leaders Really Want Next
  • Identifying the Roles That Really Matter – Key Roles and Critical Talent
  • Measuring to Uncover Your Real Impact
  • Making it Real for Your Organization – Bringing Succession Planning to Life

Who Should Attend

This conference is designed especially for SVPs, VPs, and Directors in the following groups responsible for succession management:

  • HR
  • Succession Management
  • Leadership Development
  • Talent and Global Talent Management
  • Training and Development
  • Employee Development
  • Diversity
  • Learning and Development
  • Workforce Planning
  • Executive Development

This event is FREE for members ($495 for non-members). Register now to join us for the live virtual event and to receive a link to watch later on-demand.

Get Involved

If you would like to get more involved in this year’s conference, please contact us.

Amy Lui Abel, Vice President, Human Capital Research, The Conference Board

Nabeel Ahmad, Principle Researcher, Human Capital, The Conference Board

DK Bartley, Global Head Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Moody's

Bianca Chow, Head of Diversity, Fossil

Patrick Gaston, Former Chairman of the Board, Bed, Bath & Beyond

Jennifer Gima, Head of Executive Development and Leadership Succession, CVS

Ramona Hood, President and CEO, FedEx Custom Critical

Raghu Krishnamoorthy, Former Chief Human Resources Officer, General Electric

Mita Mallick, Head of Diversity and Cross Cultural Marketing, Unilever

Christine Vaccola, Head, Global Leadership Development Curriculum and Transversal skills, Sanofi

Chantal Veillon-Berteloot, VP HR - Global Product Development & Supply, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Jason Wingard, Dean, Columbia University School of Professional Studies

Day One | Wednesday, September 16, 2020

11:00 – 11:05 am

Welcome, Introductions

Audrey McGuckin, Conference Program Director, The Conference Board


11:05 – 11:35 am

A Call to Action: Eight Disruptive Ways to Transform Succession Management

How can organizations build a succession plan that works now and keeps pace with the continually changing world of work? They start by evaluating the current plan, and go from there:

  • Learn if your organization’s current succession practices are maintained, evolved, refreshed, or disruptive on our Succession Management Continuum.
  • Explore how top organizations are reshaping talent management processes to prepare continual disruption.
  • Discover eight disruptive ideas that will align your organization’s approach with today’s needs.

11:35 am – 12:05 pm

Succession Management in Times of Crisis

From multiple US crises to economic discontent in Europe and election turmoil in Thailand, public attitudes toward elected leaders have never been more negative. But there may be an equally risky situation developing among corporate leadership ranks. According to a recent analysis, only 15 percent of leaders are seen as having what it takes to navigate today’s business environment, and more than half are seen as inadequate to the task of leading the organization of the future.

Patrick Gaston, Former Chairman of the Board, Bed, Bath & Beyond


12:05 – 12:25 pm

1on1 with Patrick Gaston

Moderator:

Audrey McGuckin, Program Director, Human Capital, The Conference Board

Panelist:

Patrick Gaston, former Chairman of the Board, Bed, Bath & Beyond


Break:
12:25 – 12:45 pm

12:45 – 1:10 pm  

How Bristol-Myers Squibb Managed an Acquisition and a Pandemic at the Same Time

After last fall’s acquisition of Celgene, big pharma company Bristol-Myers Squibb navigated integration of the two companies while responding to the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic. How did they succeed? With a deliberate approach to succession planning that made BMS’ supply chain and technical operations leadership the most diverse in the industry.

Chantal Veillon-Berteloot, VP HR - Global Product Development & Supply, Bristol-Myers Squibb


1:10 – 1:35 pm  

Trends that Complicate Talent Mobility

Three intersecting trends demand attention: the emergence of new business models, starkly new ways of working, and the consumerization of the employee value proposition, which means employees are demanding personalized experiences.We unpack the most recent research and dive into the purposes behind and barriers to talent mobility.

Amy Lui Abel, PhD, Vice President, Human Capital, The Conference Board

Doreen Coles, PHR, Sr. Director, Career Growth & Development, Global Talent & Performance Acceleration, ADP


1:35 – 2:00 pm  

Building a Diverse Talent Culture at Unilever

Global consumer goods company Unilever is gender balanced at the manager level and above and was named the #1 company for working mothers by Working Mother Media in 2018. Unilever’s head of D&I discusses unconscious bias, talent reviews, and other topics at the juncture of diversity and culture, and details Unilever innovations in the field.

Moderator:

Audrey McGuckin, Program Director, Human Capital, The Conference Board

Panelist:

Mita Mallick, Head of Diversity and Cross-Cultural Marketing, Unilever


Break:
2:00 – 2:30 pm

2:30 – 3:10 pm  

Succession Management at Sanofi

Christine Vaccola has led talent management at global pharmaceutical company Sanofi, creating high potential programs for the top leaders. She will share her approach to succession management, including how it translates to talent reviews and business impact.

Christine Vaccola, Head, Global Leadership Development Curriculum and Transversal skills, Sanofi


3:10 – 3:25 pm  

Panel Discussion: Ask the Experts

Moderator:

Audrey McGuckin, Program Director, Human Capital, The Conference Board

Panelists:

Christine Vaccola, Head, Global Leadership Development Curriculum and Transversal skills, Sanofi

Jennifer Gima, Head of Executive Development and Leadership Succession, CVS

3:25 – 3:30 pm

Closing Remarks

Audrey McGuckin, Conference Program Director, The Conference Board

 

 

 

Day Two | Tuesday, September 22, 2020


11:00 – 11:05 am

Welcome, Introductions

Audrey McGuckin, Conference Program Director, The Conference Board


11:05 – 11:35 am

Future of Work: Optimizing the Succession and Talent Pipeline

The scope and pace of technological innovation is fast transforming the nature of work. The skills and preparation that employers need in succession and talent pools are shifting. Workers must be not only technically proficient but also exceptionally agile in their capacity to think and act creatively and to quickly learn new skills. Leadership, teamwork, and communications are paramount

Dr. Jason Wingard, Dean, Columbia University School of Professional Studies


11:35 am – 12:05 pm

Succession Management: Best Practices and Battle Scars

Succession planning is both a fiduciary board responsibility and a vital role of the CHRO and the talent management function. Using lessons learned from real-life applications, this session will focus on the process of succession planning, the human drama that accompanies its implementation, and its implications for the organization, including what works and doesn’t from past implementations and strategies that lead to powerful business outcomes.

Raghu Krishnamoorthy, Former Chief Human Resources Officer, General Electric


12:05 – 12:25 pm

Fireside Chat: Succession 2020

Moderator:

Audrey McGuckin, Program Director, Human Capital, The Conference Board

Panelists:

Dr. Jason Wingard, Dean, Columbia University School of Professional Studies

Raghu Krishnamoorthy, Former Chief Human Resources Officer, General Electric


Break:
12:25 – 1:10 pm

1:10 – 1:35 pm  

What Should the Next Generation of Leaders Look Like?

Enabling future leaders is always important but will be critical post-COVID19. A leading researcher shares insights on what skills matter more now than ever before and how those skills can be embedded into organizations.

Nabeel Ahad, Principle Researcher, Human Capital, The Conference Board


1:35 – 2:00 pm

Panel: Diversity & Inclusion and Its Effect on Succession Management

Today’s organizations understand that diverse leadership is more than a mere public relations or morale boost. Executive teams with varied backgrounds, experiences, and styles offer critical advantages to businesses.

But such dynamic teams don’t build themselves, particularly in today’s high-turnover labor market. Diverse teams are built through intentional and strategic succession planning. Leaders from Moody’s and Unilever discuss how they have built D&I into their processes.

Moderator:

DK Bartley, Global Head, Diversity & Inclusion, Moody's Corporation

Panelist:

Mita Mallika, Head of Diversity and Cross-Cultural Marketing, Unilever


Break:
2.00 – 2:45 pm

2:45 – 3:10 pm  

Succession Management at CVS

Jennifer Gima of CVS discusses her experience of leading the talent review practice for the global health company’s succession planning function through personalized and tailored experiences.

Jennifer Gima, Head of Executive Development and Leadership Succession, CVS


3:10 – 3:15 pm

Closing Remarks

Audrey McGuckin, Conference Program Director, The Conference Board

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