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APRIL 30 - MAY 01, 2020

April 29, 2020

Pre - Conference Agenda

Registration and Continental Breakfast 8:00 – 9:00 am
Networking Refreshment Break 10:15 --10:45 am
Networking Luncheon 12:30 --1:30 pm
Networking Reception Break 2:45 --3:15 pm
Seminar Adjourns 4:30 pm

Creating the Manager of the Future. Today.

Your business is changing faster than ever, but your managers and your people aren’t. With business changing at breakneck speed, it’s critical that your people, in particular your managers, are equipped to support this pace of change. Helping your managers connect the dots between the strategy and their teams, understand changing business dynamics, and building their skills as chief engagement officers (CEOs) are crucial to your organization’s success.

You’ll work with a team of your peers, led by your own leadership development coach, to work through real-world scenarios in a simulated experience. Your team will compete to solve the challenges facing your managers, from engaging people in your purpose and strategy, to bolstering their coaching, feedback and engagement capabilities. You’ll explore the why, what, and how of helping your managers successfully lead change by activating a myriad of strategic initiatives, building their people’s skills for the future, or helping enable a differentiated customer experience. Come away new ideas and approaches for creating a cadre of managers prepared to help their teams successfully navigate the challenges of the future.

Gary Magenta, Chief Change Architect, Root Inc (NYC)


Who Should Attend

We recommend this pre-conference for executives who are attending the conference and involved in the following business areas:

  • CHROs
  • Directors and Vice Presidents of:
    • Leadership Development
    • Executive Development
    • Talent Management
    • Other L&D Functions
    • Centers of Excellence for Learning and Development
    • Corporate Universities
  • Diversity leaders
  • HR practitioners from: for-profit, not-for-profit and government agencies who are expected to build leadership capabilities and satisfy their organizations’ demands for “ready and able” leaders
April 30 - May 01, 2020

About the Conference

Today’s intense combination of economic, social, and political issues is challenging leadership like never before. Organizations are experiencing significant change and transformation, and pressures have led to an incredible need for human-centered, high impact leadership applications and methodologies. This year’s event will examine the latest best practices, strategies, and success stories for transforming the world of  leadership. This year’s focus will be on innovative and superior practices and mindsets necessary to advance your leadership development into the future. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in a highly interactive and human centered conference experience.

Who Should Attend

  • CHROs
  • Directors and Vice Presidents of:
    • Leadership Development
    • Executive Development
    • Talent Management
    • Other L&D Functions
    • Centers of Excellence for Learning and Development
    • Corporate Universities
  • Diversity leaders
  • HR practitioners from: for-profit, not-for-profit and government agencies who are expected to build leadership capabilities and satisfy their organizations’ demands for “ready and able” leaders

Earn Recertification Credits

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Earn up to 11 CPE credits
Personnel/Human Resources
Requirements: Attendees must sign-in each day for full credit. Delivery Method: Group-Live; Program Level: Intermediate, Prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree or higher, Advanced Preparation: None


This program has been approved for 9.5 (HR (General)) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, SPHR, PHRca, GPHR, PHRi, and SPHRi recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at


This program has been pre-approved for 9.5 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

Get Involved

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

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

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

Stephane Charbonnier, Chief Human Resources Officer, L'Oreal USA

Scott Docherty, P&G Creativity Leader, P&G

Carly Fiorina, Founder and Chairman, Carly Fiorina Enterprises

Lia Frid, Technology Leader, Red Hat

Bradley Haime, Head of Executive Education, Leadership Development and Performance Management, Verizon

George Halleneck, Director, Research, Center for Creative Leadership

Jonathan Kirschner, CEO, AIIR Consulting

Clint Kofford, Head, Talent Development, Johnson & Johnson

Maggie LaLima, Head of Leadership Development, Cigna

Elizabeth Lentz, Ph.D., Managing Consultant, PDRI

Arden Madsen, Director of Talent Management, Adobe

Gary Magenta, Chief Change Architect, Root Inc.

Joe Pellegrini, Vice President Human Resources, Stryker

Elaine Pulakos, CEO, PDRI

Noah Rabinowitz, Chief Learning Officer and Vice President Global Leadership Development, Intel

Nancy Stefanick, Head of Leadership Development, Stryker

Hitendra Wadhwa, Professor, Columbia University

Nick Wagner, Organizational Development Consultant, Cigna

Stephanie Waite, Director, Leadership & Organizational Development, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Chris Winton, VP of HR, FedEx Corporation

Christopher Yates, General Manager of Global Learning and Development, Microsoft Corporation

Day One
Thursday, April 30, 2020


Registration and Continental Breakfast 8:00 – 9:00 am
9:00 – 9:15 am

Welcome, Introductions

Audrey McGuckin, Conference Program Director, The Conference Board


Keynote A 9:15 – 10:00 am

Unlocking the Potential of Today’s Workforce

Carly has spent her life building leaders and problem-solvers in nearly every context, including for-profits, non-profits, faith-based-communities, and academia. As the CEO and Chairman of Hewlett Packard, the chair of two internationally-recognized non-profits, and a trusted advisor of executives around the world, she has inspired and empowered diverse groups for decades. She recognizes that leadership is not about how impressive your title is or how big your office is – but how you effectively solve problems and unlock the potential of those around you.

Today’s workforce is increasingly interested in accessing regular growth and development through their professional communities, and companies in every industry are continuing to explore how to meet those demands. Carly delivers a powerful presentation that inspires, empowers, and connects employees at every level. She introduces her proven leadership philosophy, which is based on a set of human behaviors and characteristics of leadership (traits that everyone can develop and deploy), as well as a set of practical, accessible tools that enable effective problem-solving.

Carly Fiorina, Founder and Chairman, Carly Fiorina Enterprises, Former CEO HP (NYC)

General Session B 10:00 – 10:45 am

Organizational Agility – It’s Not What You Think

Exponential, disruptive change and hyper-competition have left companies searching for a new holy grail – agility, which has ignited a huge uptick in efforts to develop agile leaders and teams. But new research on over 300 global companies shows that the conditions that create organizational agility are not what we thought. They don’t focus on driving change, require multidisciplinary teams, or stem from personally agile people. Instead, the most agile companies effectively counter-balance the chaos and complexity that disruptive change brings with three key strategies that simplify work, clarify what matters most, and focus people’s efforts. Further, the companies that do this best are most financially successful.

In this session, we’ll share what’s required to build organizational agility that translates into higher competitive success. We’ll discuss the vital role leaders play in achieving this – what new leader behaviors are most essential and what leaders need to do differently with their teams.

Elaine Pulakos, CEO, PDRI

Elizabeth Lentz, Managing Consultant, PDRI

Networking / Refreshment Break 10:45 – 11:00 am
General Session C 11:00 – 11:30 am

The New Game for Driving Value Through Leadership Capability

Intel’s Chief Learning Officer, Noah Rabinowitz is breaking barriers in how Intel thinks about people, leadership and learning. At a holistic level, the entire leadership ecosystem must be re-imagined allowing for greater connectivity and integration among siloed functions.

In this session you’ll learn how connecting these functions requires a common data thread that all systems can read, understand, and translate. To get this data thread, an organization must have certain foundations in place, such as an inference of skills, sentiment analysis and cognitive systems. Once the data thread is identified, artificial intelligence can be added to cognitively connect all functions and allow the systems to exponentially learn through the constant flow of data.

This new model provides enhanced value to an organization by proactively driving data and solutions for the business and adopting a professional "talent services" mindset – all while cognitive technology and A.I. drive value to your end users and customers

Noah Rabinowitz, Chief Learning Officer, Intel

General Session D 11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Connecting People to Possibilities: Aligning Purpose, Passion and Profession to Attract Top Talent and Engage Employees

As a global corporation with more than 450,000 employees, FedEx puts its people at the heart of its culture and management philosophy – and that philosophy is brought to life through programs that help make it a best-in-class employer. Join FedEx Vice President of Human Resources Chris Winton as he shares insights into the success of the FedEx people-first philosophy and how the company continues to attract and retain top talent by connecting people to possibilities across the globe.

Chris Winton, VP Global Talent, Fedex

General Session E 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

Connecting Skills To Purpose To Performance

Imagine if…

Every leader, manager and individual had the capability, sense of ownership, and resilience to quickly adapt to the business change before them.

Your talent strategy clearly aligned with your company strategy so that you are agile and ready to develop the necessary skills to deliver what the business needs today and tomorrow.

Every. Single. Person. was fully engaged in the purpose of their work resulting in greater individual and team performance to realize your strategy.

Gary Magenta, Senior Vice President, Root Inc (NYC)Lunch

12:45 – 1:30 pm

Connections Track – this track is highly participative and designed to allow participants to connect with peers in an interactive environment.

Perspective Track – this track is filled with an abundance of perspectives and insights from the industries top thought leaders

F1 and F2 1:30 – 2:15 pm
Connections Track F1:

The Necessary Capability of Leadership Empathy in today’s world

In an ever-changing world of technology, rapid change and new consumer habits, Empathy has emerged as one of the key Leadership Capabilities needed for leaders to excel. This session will focus on what we can learn from can be learned from a children’s hospital environment and be developed and nurtured across multiple level of leadership in organizations.

Stephanie Waite, Head of Organizational Development, Robert H Lurie, Children's Hospital of Chicago

Perspectives Track F2:

How Does AI Affect Leadership?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) can affect nearly every aspect of an organization, including its leaders. But how exactly is leadership changing from the implementation of AI, and should we be concerned or relieved? Learn about new research on the intersection of AI and leadership, including counterintuitive findings, practical insights and challenges that lie ahead.

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

Nabeel Ahmad, EdD Senior Researcher, Human Capital, The Conference Board (NYC)

Rebecca L Ray, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Human Capital, The Conference Board (Chicago)

G1 and G2 2:15 – 3:00 pm
Connections Track G1:

Creativity – The New Leadership Commodity

The importance of innovation in today’s business setting cannot be overstated. Innovation is what keeps you ahead of the competition and attractive to the best prospects. Most businesses see innovation as the elusive “ah-ha” moment, when the stars align perfectly, and a great idea is birthed. Without intention, these flashes of ingenuity are far too infrequently than we like. Innovation’s fuel is creativity, and yet most companies neglect this valuable resource. In a study conducted by the World Economic Forum, creativity is predicted to be one of the top three most important and in-demand skills in 2020.This session will explore and discuss what creativity means to business, debunk the myths associated with creativity, and examine the necessary components of fostering a creative culture. Creativity is inherent in all of us and simply needs permission and an outlet to flourish. We will discuss how creativity has unintentionally been taught out of all of us, and how to recapture its power for dynamic leadership, business growth, and employee retention.

Scott Docherty, Creativity Lead, P&G

Perspective Track G2:

Developing Arguably the Most Critical Leaders

The role of middle managers in executing on business strategy is often underestimated. This critical cohort sit at the center of strategy execution and yet they are often the most overlooked.

In this session learn how the explosive business growth within Red Hat meant that they had to purposely develop their team in a way they hadn’t been developed before. We’ll hear how different intervention at different times meant that a cadre of ready now leaders were able to support the business.

Lia Frid, Director of People Infrastructure, Red Hat


Networking / Refreshment Break 3:00 – 3:15 pm
H1 and H2 3:15 – 4:00pm
Connections Track H1

A Leaders Role in Creating Psychological Safety

Psychological safety emanates from the leader of the group through action, speech, dynamics, and culture. While it will vary from time to time, depending on the current work and/or project, it is a necessary component for people to truly excel, feel connected, and to want to go the extra mile for themselves, their team, and an organization.

Jonathan Kirschner, Psy.D. CEO, AIIR Consulting (NYC)


Perspectives Track H2:

Great Leaders are Great Learners: Identifying and Developing Learning Agility in Your Leaders

What do you do when you don’t know what to do? You adapt. In an era of increasing disruption, business leaders are frequently confronted with new problems that appear suddenly and require urgent and effective action. Learning agility is a powerful skill that can help you navigate new situations by pulling from your own experience, even when the task at hand is something you haven’t tackled before.

In this presentation, you’ll learn how to identify and develop leaders who possess the aptitude to learn “on-the-fly,” and how to create a learning environment that encourages this skill throughout your organization. This interactive workshop will help you understand how you can maximize the learning and growth you gain from your experiences and how you can recognize and develop this capability in others.

As a participant, you will learn how to:

  • Maximize learning from on-the-job experiences
  • Support the development of 4 skills essential to becoming a learning agile leader
  • Create organizational environments that engage and leverage learning agile leaders

George Hallenback, Director, Center for Creative Leadership

I1 and I2 4:00 – 4:45 pm
Connections Track I1:

Creatively Building the Bench

How do you scale leaders at the same pace as your business? The Adobe Talent Management team will share how they are redefining success in their culture. Building on their creative strengths by adding more focus on scale and emphasis on people leadership is crucial as the company continues to grow and adapt to new markets. The team will share their new Talent Review and Adobe Capabilities framework and how these tools are being used throughout the talent lifecycle to identify, develop and accelerate people through the company.

Arden Madsen, Director of Talent Management, Adobe (NYC)


Pushing the Limits: Leadership Development Priorities for Impact

We all know the limits we’re up against: Time. Budget. Competition for leaders’ attention. In today’s world, we’re lucky to have so many options for learning and development at our fingertips. But it’s also become much more important to define and curate leadership development practices to focus on the highest impact experiences.

Join us for an interactive session on making the tough choices about what to prioritize in a leadership development program. We’ll discuss:

  • What global research tells us is most in-demand by leaders
  • The most critical skills leaders will need
  • Practical ways to prioritize and design engaging,

Janice Burns, Principal Consultant, DDI (Chicago)

Perspectives Track I2:

Build Your Next Generation of Leaders by Leveraging Leadership Development Programs

Understand how your organization can attract, retain and development talent by leveraging rotational Leadership Development Programs.

Learn how Cigna utilizes structured curriculums that are augmented by coaching, experiential learning and various role opportunities to prepare future leaders for a dynamic environment that requires the ability to lead with purpose and embrace innovation with a customer centric mindset.

Nick Wagner, Organizational Development, Cigna (NYC)

Maggie LaLima, Leadership Development Manager, Cigna (NYC)

Creatively Building the Bench

The Adobe team will share how they are redefining success in their culture. Building on their creative strengths by adding more focus on scale and emphasis on people leadership is crucial as the company continues to grow and adapt to new markets. The team will share the new Adobe Capabilities framework and how it is being used throughout the talent lifecycle to identify, develop and accelerate people through the company.

Danielle Clark. Head of Talent Development, Adobe (Chicago)

Arden Madsen, Director of Talent Management, Adobe (Chicago)

4:45 – 5:00 pm

Closing Remarks

Audrey McGuckin, Conference Program Director, The Conference Board

Networking Reception: 5:00 – 6:15 pm




Day Two
Friday, May 1, 2020


Welcome, Continental Breakfast 7:45 – 8.30 am
8:30 – 8:35 am


Audrey McGuckin, Program Director, The Conference Board

General Session J 8:35 – 9:15 am

Developing Leaders to Realize the Microsoft Vision

In a world laden with technology Microsoft believes that purpose driven leadership is critical for their business, This means they value some of the critical leadership capabilities like Empathy, Creativity and Innovation, Chris Yates will share with us how they approach developing these critical skills through the leadership programs.

Chris Yates, General Manager Global Learning and Development, Microsoft

General Session K 9:15 – 10:00 am

Purpose and Passion

Leadership as A Critical Capability

As one of the 2019 Workforce 100 list, which recognizes companies for its excellence in HR, from workplace culture, diversity and inclusion, to innovation in HR & talent acquisition, Clint Kofford shares JnJ’s approach to succession management.

JnJ is a 133-year-old organization with a strong track record in developing leaders. In this session you’ll learn about how they work to advance the enterprise talent and leadership agenda by applying a specific strategy known to work best to develop leaders.

Clint Kofford, Head of Talent Development, Johnson and Johnson

Break 10:00 -10:15 am
General Session L 10:15 – 11:00 am

Reimagining Leadership in the 21st Century

Nurturing the collective intelligence, initiative and inspiration in your organization. The world as we know it is changing, rapidly and radically. Leaders are being pushed to drive change without knowing the rules of the new game. Along the way, as established giants fall and new giants arise, leaders are learning a humble truth: to transform their organization and their people particularly during times of change, they need to transform themselves. What are the 20th-century mindsets, values and behaviors that are holding us back today? How should leadership be reimagined for the 21st century? 

Prof. Hitendra draws from his research at Columbia Business School to lay out the thesis that success in the fast-evolving 21st century will come to organizations that are able to maximize the intelligence, initiative and inspiration of their collective, not selective, talent. This will require five pivotal shifts in the way we lead:

  1. Building a model where purpose is fused with profit
  2. Driving human transformation, not simply organizational transformation
  3. Managing performance via inner metrics, not simply outer metrics
  4. Developing great leaders who are great followers
  5. Guiding decisions by being integrators of truth, not arbiters of truth

The audience will walk away with three learnings:

  1. The shift from selective to collective intelligence, initiative and inspiration
  2. Five pivotal shifts required for leaders to help their organizations flourish in the 21st century.
  3. Tools to put these five pivotal shifts into action

Dr. Hitendra Wadhwa, Professor, Columbia Business School

General Session M 11:00 – 11:45 am

Creating the Leaders Who Create the Networks to Move the World Forward

An ambitious business strategy spearheaded by a newly-appointed CEO set the stage for Verizon’s executive education program. The objective was to strengthen Verizon’s leader’s ability and mindset to lead through transformational changes in the business and enable Verizon to maximize digital investments such as 5G to change the way the world communicates and does business.

The talent development team took the challenge as an opportunity to think differently, bring all of their creativity and innovate their way through this invitation. The team ultimately created an award-winning, three-day experience to help leaders imagine, innovate and inspire a new way-forward.

Learn about the program Verizon developed, the impact it had on the business and have the opportunity to ideate with your peers on how you might implement some of these novel approaches to executive education.

Bradley Haime, Head, Executive Education, HiPo Development, Performance Management and Executive Coaching, Verizon

Panel Session N 11:45 am – 12:30 pm

Panel Discussion: The Future of Leadership Development

This panel of corporate practitioners will share their concerns, issues and solutions for dealing with tomorrow’s succession challenges. Each will highlight a challenge they are focusing on and how they plan to mitigate the impact on the business.


Joe Pellegrini, Vice President Human Resources, Stryker

Stephane Charbonnier, Chief Human Resources Officer, L’Oréal (NYC)

12:30 – 12:40 pm

Closing Remarks

Audrey McGuckin, Conference Program Director, The Conference Board

Other scheduled dates and locations for Leadership Development Conference - New York:

June 04 - 05, 2020 – Westin Chicago River North, Chicago, IL


Westin Times Square
270 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036
Tel: 1-888-625-4988

To book a room at a discounted rate by 4/08/2020, click here


All proceeds support The Conference Board's educational, scientific, and not-for-profit mission.

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