2018-Thursday, September 20 – Dinner, Drinks, Discussion

Please join our next Triangle CHRO Association gathering to engage in good conversation, eats, and drinks.

We’ll have a fun evening with Dan Davies, founder of the National Association of CEOs (after which TCHROA  is modeled), among other things. He will delve into his leadership journey and share his observations along the way…essentially what works and what doesn’t. You’ll be invited to share your experiences as well!

About Dan Davies

Dan DaviesBusiness leader, reader, thinker, writer, presenter, Dan is the founder and former publisher of Business Leader magazine and the former president of Business to Business Inc. In the twenty years he led the publishing company, he not only interviewed leaders and wrote about leadership, he became, and remains, a student of leadership. A keen observer of others, he noticed the traits of leaders with dedicated followers and those with reluctant followers.

He is also the creator, former producer, and moderator of The Business Leaders’ Breakfast, a monthly series on leadership which includes a presentation by a CEO, followed by a lively question and answer session. The popularity of this event led him to create another breakfast series for technology executives in the world renowned Research Triangle Park. In his capacity of publisher, president and moderator, Dan has met, interviewed and had discussions with hundreds of CEOs, company presidents, and other executives.

In 2010 he founded the National Association of Chief Executive Officers and served as the organization’s CEO and executive director until 2018. This organization served as the model for the later creation of the Triangle CHROA Association, in 2015.

Dan began his career as an educator before moving on to sales, then management positions with Gillette, Six Flags, and the North Hills corporations. He was Managing Director of Executive Search with Vaco LLC, a nationwide search firm recognized as one of the fastest growing privately owned companies in both the 2008 and 2009 Inc. 500.

Triangle CHRO Board of Directors:

David Campbell, Allscripts
Florina Gordon, Liquidia Technologies
Lisa May, RTI International
Fara Palumbo, Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina
Ron Tomaszewski, Butterball
Lisa van Capelle, Syneos Health
Christiaan Heijmen, Director, Triangle CHRO Association
Donna Rhode, Director, Triangle CHRO Association


2018-Thursday, April 12 – Dinner, Drinks, Discussion

“Tell Me Everything”
Please join our next Triangle CHRO Association gathering to engage in good conversation, eats, and drinks.

We’ve all experienced conversations where you simply run out of things to talk about and questions to ask. At this gathering, this dilemma will be addressed by Margaret Chadwick as she shares the impetus behind, and results from, her book, Tell Me Everything. This book, filled with probing and insightful questions, can help you initiate and fuel great conversations. Or you can simply use it as a personal journal for self-reflection on some of life’s deeper questions. The book has even been used to record answers to pass along to future generations. This is especially helpful in a world where very few people write letters anymore!

Triangle CHRO Association
Umstead Hotel & Spa
100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary, NC 27513
Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

Have questions about TCHROA Dinner, Drinks & Discussion: Tell Me Everything? Contact Triangle CHRO Association

About our Speaker: Margaret Chadwick, HR Director, Cree 

Margaret Chadwick - HR Director - CreeMargaret is currently HR Director at Cree in Durham, where she’s worked for 12 years. When she started, the company had about 1000 employees and they were all located in RTP. Since then, Cree has grown to almost 7000 employees globally. She has led all the different disciplines in HR, but her personal passion is in leadership training and coaching.

Margaret’s personal leadership journey began in earnest in her mid-twenties, where she held several different leadership roles in the Raleigh Jaycees, eventually serving as the organization’s president in 1999. Margaret is quick to confess, “I made every leadership mistake in the book. Hopefully at least today I’m making all new mistakes.”

Even though she has been a lifelong reader and writer, Margaret says it had never really occurred to her to write a book. But a homemade Father’s Day gift for her Dad was the inspiration for “Tell Me Everything”, a book filled with probing questions meant to deepen people’s connection to each other and to themselves. The book was a really fun, small side project that has resulted in events that have brought Margaret to tears when she is privileged to hear the stories.

She is originally from Wilmington and is a Wake Forest Demon Deacon. She lives in Raleigh with her husband Greg. Her passions include Pearl Jam, Cubs baseball, amateur political commentary, travel, and hosting Sunday dinners for family and friends.

Triangle CHRO Board of Directors:
David Campbell, Allscripts
Florina Gordon, Liquidia Technologies
Lisa May, RTI International
Fara Palumbo, Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina
Ron Tomaszewski, Butterball
Lisa van Capelle, Syneos Health
Christiaan Heijmen, Director, Triangle CHRO Association
Donna Rhode, Director, Triangle CHRO Association

2017-Friday, June 9th – Staying Competitive with Executive Compensation

Date: 06/09/2017

Time: 7:00am – 10:00am

Where:  The Umstead Hotel and Spa

100 Woodland Pond Drive

Cary, NC 27513


Staying Competitive with Executive Compensation

In today’s competitive business environment, how do organizations attract, retain, and motivate, as well as know when to say “no” to their executives? Why are you paying so much more for a replacement executive than the person who previously occupied the role? Is that okay? When do the numbers not make sense anymore?

While it’s commonplace to recite the mantras, “pay for performance” or “good talent is expensive talent”,  it remains difficult to balance short-term compensation with long-term incentives, and to align those elements to drive the right behaviors. What works for one company may not work for the next. Consideration must be given to variables such as industry, size, public vs. private, for-profit vs. not-for-profit, PE, VC, high-growth, etc. And what worked in the past must continually be evaluated for relevance in today’s world.

Join us for this engaging discussion on such topics as:

– Trends/developments in executive and director compensation

– Incentiveplan designs

– Aligning compensation to drive intended behavior

– Quantitative and qualitative examples of salaries, equity, and LTE, from both Triangle-based and out-of-market companies

– Lessons from this Say on Pay season

And feel free to invite your Compensation Specialist to join us as well.

About Our Panelists 

Fara Palumbo, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (Moderator)





Fara Palumbo is a leader in delivering innovative health care products, services and information to more than 3.8 million members. Her responsibility is to ensure that the company’s more than 4,900 employees are equipped to support and achieve strategic and business goals.

Fara has led the transformation of the company’s talent strategy, delivering a compelling and credible employment value proposition and leading cultural change. She is the primary driver behind the company’s major life/work initiatives, including the design, development and implementation of a backup childcare center – the first backup center in North Carolina. During her tenure, BCBSNC has earned numerous recognitions as an employer of choice in North Carolina, including the Working Mother Top 100, AARP Best Employers, American Heart Association Fit Friendly and the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index.

Previously, Fara worked at Citibank in New York in a variety of Human Resources leadership positions in both the retail and investment banks, rising to the position of vice president of HR for the Global Securities Division.

Fara was the first executive sponsor for the BCBSNC Women’s Employee Network, one of 10 employee networks serving its workforce. She is an active supporter and board member for the Susan G. Komen Triangle to the Coast Affiliate, which invests in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer. She is also a board member of the Triangle Chief HR Officer Association, an organization created to support senior HR leaders in their pursuit of organizational excellence.

She obtained her MS in organizational management from Pfeiffer University and a BA in psychology from Fordham University.

Daniel Rodda, Lead Consultant, Meridian Compensation Partners, LLC

Daniel Rodda, Lead Consultant

Daniel Rodda consults with compensation committees and senior management on all aspects of executive and director compensation, developing customized compensation programs aligned with business strategies and the governance environment. His consulting work includes competitive assessments, incentive plan design, risk assessment, alignment of pay and performance, responses to shareholder and regulatory concerns, disclosure, equity plan share requests, employment agreements, and severance arrangements.

Daniel works with companies in a diverse range of industries including banking and financial services, business services, retail, media, aerospace, utilities, and healthcare. He is a frequent speaker and writer on executive compensation trends and developments.

Daniel has assisted clients with their compensation and benefits programs for over a decade. Prior to joining Meridian, Daniel was a Principal in Mercer’s executive compensation practice.

Christiaan Heijmen, Principal, Executive Search, Vaco 

Christiaan is truly a generalist when it comes to executive search and human capital advisory. He has executed retained executive searches for clients in audit/tax/advisory, banking, construction, consumer, entertainment, government, hospitality, IT, legal, life/sciences/pharma, management consulting, not-for-profit and SaaS. He now focuses his practice mostly on the RTP area.

He has also worked as a human capital advisor, to include clients: Aetna, BHP Billiton, CIGNA, Gap, Health Alliance Plan, Hewlett-Packard, NY Life, Major League Soccer, Pulte Homes and The International Olympic Committee.

Christiaan has a B.A. in English and a B.S. in Management from UMass where he was a summa cum laude honors scholar and a 4-year division one rugby player. He was president of the Rugby team and president of the Navigators, a national faith-based community service organization.


Christiaan has his MBA from Fuqua. At Fuqua, he was honored to serve as: (COLE) Leadership & Ethics Fellow, co-Chair admissions, co-President of the graduate men’s rugby team, co-President for STEP (high-school mentorship program), board member for First in Families North Carolina and a Habitat for Humanity Volunteer. He was honored in 2013 by way of the “Business Award for Exemplary Alumni Service” to the Fuqua School of Business.


In his spare time, Christiaan enjoys boxing, hiking, reading, and staying engaged with people with disabilities.


Christiaan, his wife Linzy, son Andrew, and Daughter Alivia live in Durham, NC.


Scott Thibeault, Vice President Talent, Strategic Talent Innovations

Scott Thibeault (t-bo)

Scott has been a compensation practitioner for the past 30 years with experience in-house at several Fortune 50 companies, and has consulted with many Fortune 500 companies supporting their executive compensation design needs. He has consulted with many C-suites and Boards of Directors with in-depth support to compensation committees. Scott has reviewed hundreds of compensation summaries and authored several for public company proxy statements. Over the years, he has worked with many premiere executive compensation consultants including: Pearl Meyers, Fred W. Cook, Graef “Bud” Crystal, and Jude Rich, to name a few. Scott has been consulted on some of the most intricate CEO compensation negotiations over the past quarter century. His experience with public and private companies has required creativity in the design of long-term equity and performance cash elements.


Scott led the Compensation functions at the following companies:


  • Aetna, Inc. – Hartford, CT; $120 billion assets under management, 64,000 employees worldwide; $2.6 billion payroll
  • Oxford Health Plans – Norwalk, CT; $7.2 billion market value; 7,400 employees; $418 million payroll
  • WCI Communities, Inc. – Bonita Springs, FL; $4.7 billion assets managed; 1,700 employees; $79 million payroll
  • Talecris Biotherapeutics – Durham, NC; $4.4 billion market value; 2,900 employees worldwide; $151 million annual payroll
  • ISGN Mortgage Services – Palm Bay, FL; $111 million market value; 1,100 employees worldwide; $26.5 million payroll
  • Carestream Inc. – Rochester, NY; $14 billion market value; 8,000 employees worldwide; $376 million payroll.


Additionally his consulting experience includes executive compensation and board compensation design and communications for companies including:


  • Pitney Bowes
  • Pfizer Pharmaceutical
  • Citicorp
  • American Express
  • Coopers & Lybrand
  • Price Waterhouse
  • Janus Financial
  • Bayer Biologics
  • HCA Health Group
  • NNE Pharmaplan
  • Eisai Pharmaceutical
  • Enterra Health
  • Goodwill Industries

2017-Thursday, April 6th – TCHROA Spring “Meet, Eat, and Get Acquainted”

Where: Second Empire (private room)  2010 Renaissance Park Place  330 Hillsborough Street  Raleigh, NC 27603

When: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Let’s get together for the simple sake of getting to know each other better, which invariably leads to the enrichment of your network, as well as more candid, in-depth discussions in future meetings.  We’ll engage in interesting conversations, all while enjoying wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres.

And, as always, feel free to invite others in your network who are the most senior local HR leaders in their company.

2017-Friday, February 10th – Performance Management: New Approaches to Rewards, Recognition, and Retention

Cary, NC | The Umstead Hotel and Spa
Friday, February 10, 2017 from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Performance Management: New Approaches to Rewards, Recognition, and Retention

Performance management is not a new concept. Several sources suggest that performance appraisals were invented by WD Scott as early as World War I. On the whole, the way companies conduct appraisals has changed massively over the last 100 years. And the last handful of years has brought about a new way of thinking about how to motivate, reward, and retain employees. Many organizations have completely overhauled their traditional performance processes and systems, in order to better align employee performance with company strategy, goals, and expectations.

Join us for this engaging session to hear how a few of our local organizations have creatively shifted their performance management approaches, and how they have fared.

About Our Panelists 

Stephen Bewley, Senior Client Account Executive, Accenture


Stephen Bewley is a Senior Client Account Executive in Accenture’s Health & Public Service practice. He has over 20 years of experience helping clients with large-scale, strategic programs. He has supported clients across the healthcare spectrum including large regional and national health payers, providers, and back office intermediaries.  He specializes in helping clients develop end-to-end solutions, from strategy through execution, to adapt to changes in the market.

Steve currently serves as the Client Account Lead for two regional health payers.  Prior to that role, he led the SaaS ERP and Finance offerings for Accenture’s Health Back Office practice. Steve also has startup experience working for two healthcare software startups from 2002-2008. He specializes in helping clients develop end-to-end solutions, from strategy through execution, to adapt to changes in the market.

As Client Account Lead for two regional health payers, Steve has been responsible for oversight of Accenture’s services including the development of client strategies and the delivery of strategic programs in the areas of Operations Strategy & Management, Consumer Engagement, Digital Transformation, and Cost Management.

Kyle Cavanaugh, Vice President for Administration, Duke University

Kyle Cavanaugh

As Vice President for Administration at Duke University, Kyle Cavanaugh provides leadership to a comprehensive Human Resources operation. Over the past several years, he has also assumed leadership for Disability Management and Duke Police, Parking and Transportation Services, and Visa Services.

Kyle came to Duke in 2009 from the University of Florida, where he started in 2005 as vice president for human resources and, in 2007, was promoted to senior vice president for administration, overseeing a range of business, financial and operational activities.

Prior to joining the University of Florida, Kyle was associate vice president for human resource services at The University of Texas at Austin, where he led all HR activities and had oversight of the campus police, environmental health and safety, and parking and transportation services.

Previously, he held senior positions at Rice University and Vanderbilt University. Before entering the higher education field, he led health promotion and occupational health services for five years with AT&T.

Kyle has served as a consultant on HR and other issues for numerous universities and organizations across the US and Canada. He has held a faculty position for the past sixteen years with the National Association of College and University Business Officers, College Business Managers Institute. Kyle has held adjunct positions and presented extensively on various higher education business topics.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Kyle holds three master’s degrees: business administration from Belmont; health promotion and exercise science from Vanderbilt; special education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He received his bachelor’s degree in special, elementary and early childhood education from Tusculum College in Greeneville, TN.

Tom Mathews, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Cree (Panel Moderator)

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Tom Mathews joined Cree on February 1, 2015 as Senior Vice President, HR. In this role, Tom has accountability for HR along with other Administrative functions (Facilities, EH&S, Security and Travel Management).

Prior to Cree, Tom was president of TMathewsHR, a Human Resources consulting firm focused on driving results through people productivity.

Previously, he was Executive Vice President, HR for Time Warner Cable in Charlotte, NC. Tom also spent time in HR at AOL, International Data Group, Shearson Lehman Hutton, and Pillsbury.

Tom holds a BS degree in Economics and Psychology from Trinity College, an MBA in Organizational Behavior & Industrial Relations from the University of Michigan and an MS in Organizational Development from Queens University.

Amy Robertson, Chief People Officer, ChannelAdvisor



As Vice President and Chief People Officer, Amy Robertson is responsible for global HR management, operations, and recruiting at ChannelAdvisor. With over 19 years of benefit, compensation, and HR technology experience, Amy leads ChannelAdvisor’s global human resources team to hire and develop top talent for the company.


Prior to joining ChannelAdvisor, Amy served as vice president, global total rewards, people systems, and operations at Red Hat, where she managed HR operations, technology, compensation, benefits, recognition, global expansion, and compliance, among other responsibilities.


Amy received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from North Carolina State University.

2016-Friday, November 4th – The Power of Assessments for Hiring, Selection, Coaching, and Development

Meeting Details:
Time: Friday, November 4, 2016
Location: Prestonwood
Speaker: Joy Ruhmann

More information will be announced closer to meeting date.

The Power of Assessments for Hiring, Selection, Coaching, and Development, or said more simply: Why Use Assessments?

“Employers Find ‘Soft Skills’ Like Critical Thinking in Short Supply.”  This is the title of a recent article in the Wall Street Journal in which studies conducted by LinkedIn and the Wall Street Journal revealed that soft skills are not only in short supply but also very difficult to effectively measure with the traditional recruiting process. Per the LinkedIn study, “58% of hiring managers say the lack of soft skills among job candidates is limiting their company’s productivity.” The WSJ study, conducted with 900 executives, revealed that “soft skills were equally important or more important than technical skills.”


As appropriate, lots of focus is given to attracting and retaining those special people that have the talent (both the technical and soft skills) needed to drive your organization to the highest level of success. However, with a large pool of available candidates, it can be a challenge to simply and efficiently wade through the mountain of resumes so that your recruiting staff can focus on selecting the best of the best. Even though assessments are beginning to play a role in the selection process, it seems the main deciding factor is often still – the interview. And the problem with both resume review and the interview is very simple: BIAS.  It is an irrefutable fact that we all have biases and blind spots in our thinking.

Join us for this engaging talk on how assessments can be used to streamline your hiring process, overcome the natural biases of your recruiting staff, and ensure that you hire the best of the best for your organizations, while at the same time saving time and money.

About Our Speaker 

Joy Stroud Ruhmann, Level Up Leadership, Inc.

Joy Stroud Ruhmann, a native of Raleigh, NC, is a passionate and engaging change agent who focuses on helping leaders and their teams understand and resolve unique people issues that serve as obstacles to their success.

In both her personal and professional life, she believes that living fully requires that we “Lean In” to our vulnerability in order to experience the fullness of life and work every day. Thus, her personal and professional core values are to:

  • Listen to understand
  • Engage in conversations which effect change
  • Align her actions and the actions of her client to match their core purpose
  • Navigate with her clients to…
  • Inspire others to move to a deeper sense of wholeness and integrity
  • Nudge others along their path to do the same

She started her career in the banking industry and worked her way to the C-Suite where she faced many of the issues her clients deal with today. Joy received a BSBA in Business Administration from East Carolina University’s College of Business and holds certifications in a wide variety of tools and processes designed to facilitate sustainable growth for her client organizations. Her passion is to clearly understand her clients’ needs and change their world through workplace transformation!

We hope you can join us.


2016-Friday, September 9th – Building a Positive, Values-Based Culture

Meeting Details

When: September 9, 2016

Time: 7:00am – 9:00am

Location: Umstead Hotel and Spa; 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary, NC 27513


Building a Positive, Value-Based Culture

Culture is the game changer. Get the culture right, and your company and people thrive. Diane Adams’ new book, More than Casual Fridays and Free Coffee: Building a Business Culture that Works for Everyone, is a front-row seat to building a positive, values-based culture in your organization, and in turn, gaining an edge in today’s competitive economy. In this session, we’ll discuss how to build a culture that works for everyone. Diane will share with us a 7-step model for building an innovative, high performance organization, along with great examples from companies, large and small.

About Our Speaker 

Diane Adams, a TCHROA member herself, is an innovative leader with strong global orientation and diverse background. She currently leads the global human resources organization at Qlik, and is focused on building the Qlik culture—a fun, high-performance culture with people who care about “making a difference” with our customers and in our communities.

Author of More than Casual Fridays and Free Coffee: Building a Business Culture that Works for Everyone (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), her goal is to help people and companies recognize how to energize their teams, develop creative strategies to meet changing market requirements, and facilitate high-performing value-based cultures. She is passionate about helping people and companies achieve excellence and reach their potential professionally and personally, as demonstrated by her record of excellence in organizational and leadership development, change management, and strategic staffing for Fortune 500 and high-growth entrepreneurial companies.

Prior to Qlik, Diane was Executive Vice President, Culture and Talent, with Allscripts, where her team was instrumental in growing the company from $500M to $1.44B. Diane also served in a number of human resources leadership roles in her 14 years with Cisco Systems. During her last three years with Cisco, she held the dual role of Vice President, Human Resources, International; and Vice President, Human Resources, Worldwide Sales, growing Cisco from 4,500 people when she joined to 70,000 people in 152 countries. Both Allscripts and Cisco were consistently recognized as “Best Places to Work.”  Diane is also a past recipient of the “Women in Leadership” award for making an impact in business and the community within the North Carolina Research Triangle Park area.

Diane holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from UNC Chapel Hill. She cares deeply about giving back and serves on several boards, including Make-A-Wish, NC Communities in Schools, and the International Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Board, where she is a recipient of the “Living and Giving” Award.

We look forward to seeing you!