2016- Friday, April 1st – Accountability by Embarrassment

Meeting Details:
Time: Friday, April 1, 2016
Location: Umstead Hotel and Spa
Speaker: Jim Kochanski

More information will be announced closer to meeting date.

Accountability by Embarrassment

Looking for ways to increase accountability for desired results?

Many management tools and techniques use either “command and control” or “carrot or stick” to drive accountability. As work and organizations have become more complex, these traditional management methods have become less impactful and, as a result, the effectiveness of human resource management has been known to suffer.

It turns out that accountability seems to increase with the chance for embarrassment. That is why scorecards work so well. And some organizations have found that certain ways of using scorecards can tap into a powerful source of human motivation, leading to improved business results.

Come hear Jim Kochanski and Emma Browning from Sibson Consulting present their findings from several clients that used scorecards to increase accountability by allowing for the possibility of individual and/or team embarrassment. This will be an informative and interactive session, with our speakers as well as among participants.

About Our Speakers:

Jim Kochanski

Jim Kochanski recently retired as the Leader of Sibson’s Performance and Rewards practice. He focused on organizational effectiveness, talent management, and compensation. Recent clients include: University of Tennessee, Duke University, Maine Medical System, Caterpillar, Allscripts, Daiichi-Sankyo, The National Football League, The National Hockey League, FHI 360, and Proskauer Rose.

Mr. Kochanski has more than 20 years of consulting experience. Prior to joining Sibson, he held HR roles with several large corporations.

Mr. Kochanski received an MA in Human Resource Development from American University and a BA in Business Administration from the University of Maryland. He has SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications. He was a frequent author and speaker at national conferences.

Emma Browning, Senior Consultant, Sibson Consulting

Ms. Browning is passionate about creating positive workplaces where people can do their best work. As a Senior Consultant at Sibson Consulting, she helps clients achieve competitive advantage through their people. She works primarily in the areas of talent management, organization effectiveness, employee engagement, compensation, and incentive design. She manages Sibson’s performance management offering and leads consultant staffing for the Performance & Rewards practice. Some of her recent clients include Microsoft, Cisco, Caterpillar, FHI 360, Community Care of North Carolina, and the National Football League.

Prior to joining Sibson Consulting in 2008, Ms. Browning consulted at a hospital in the Southeast, evaluating and recommending retention and performance management strategies. She also directed communications and earned income ventures in the nonprofit sector.

Ms. Browning received her MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, with a concentration in social entrepreneurship, and completed her BA at Wake Forest University. She has earned the Compensation Management Specialist (CMS) designation from IFEBP. Ms. Browning is a frequent writer and presenter; her work has appeared in multiple outlets including WorldatWork and Bloomberg BNA.

We look forward to seeing you!


2016-Friday, February 5th – Corporate Restructurings

A Look at the Human Side of Corporate Restructurings

Meeting Details:
Date: Friday, February 5, 2016
Time: 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM (EST)
Location: SAS, Building C, Executive Briefing Center
Address: 820 SAS Campus Drive, Cary, NC 27513
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Mergers. Acquisitions. Joint ventures. Spinoffs. New divisions. IPOs. Privatizing. Downsizing. Divestitures.

These are terms that are well known in the corporate world. Initial headlines announcing corporate restructurings typically focus on improved finances, less duplication of services and staff, the ability to grow a company faster, and the anticipation of higher returns (for shareholders, in the case of public companies).

But what about the impact on employees? And to the human resources organization? With big change comes the need for effective change management that deals with morale, productivity, organization design, benefits, systems, and much more. All while ensuring that the company stays on track to meet/exceed expectations.

We have the good fortune of having several members who have experienced one or more of these restructurings while in a senior HR leadership role. At this time, here’s who has agreed to tell us about it:

– Jodi Cheek, Armacell (recently bought by Blackstone, the biggest private equity firm in the world)
– Florina Gordon, Liquidia & Envisia Therapeutics (recently spun out a company from an existing one)
– Jason Kranack, Square 1 Bank (recently went public)
– Bill Donovan, M*Modal – Moderator (former CHRO of Nortel and has, quite frankly, been through it all!)

We will start with hearing their stories, and continue into a breakout format where you will have the opportunity to dive deeper into these topics as well as share your own situations.

We hope you can join us!

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2015-Friday, November 6th – HR Analytics: Understanding the Value of Your Human Capital

We hear the word “analytics” in every news article, white paper, industry blog – but what does it really mean? How can you use it to better understand your business, anticipate your needs, and empower your future? And more importantly, how does analytics fit into your strategic HR vision? To be successful, organizations need to foster a culture of analytics. Are you ready to make analytics a reality for your organization?
In this session, attendees will learn:

  • How to empower the execution of your mission,
  • Examples of strategic objectives, along with specific examples of how analytics can make it happen,
  • How to understand the makeup of the analytics “dream team” – what skillsets are needed, and
  • What HR organizations are using the power of analytics to become strategic advisors to the business and add more value

About our Speakers:

Jennerfer Mann

Jennifer Mann, Vice President, Human Resources, SAS

Jenn Mann leads a global HR organization that acts as stewards of the SAS culture and engages a diverse workforce of more than 14,000 employees. She is responsible for developing and guiding SAS’ Talent Management strategy and ensuring SAS acquires, develops, rewards, and retains the best talent.

Her workplace culture insights have been shared in The Wall Street Journal, US News & Report, CBS MoneyWatch.com, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN, The Huffington Post, and “The Great Workplace” by Michael Burchell and Jennifer Robin. Mann was selected as HRO Magazine’s Chief Human Resources Officer of the Year award in 2015.

Mann joined SAS in 1998, working initially with executive leadership on employee performance and organizational effectiveness programs. She managed an HR team supporting Worldwide Marketing and R&D divisions before taking on her current role in 2008. Prior to joining SAS, Mann held HR leadership roles in high-tech manufacturing, health care and academia. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and business from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. She serves on the HR Advisory Board at North Carolina State University’s Poole College of Management, as well as is a member of the Tugboat Institute Fellows.Jenn Mann leads a global HR organization that acts as stewards of the SAS culture and engages a diverse workforce of more than 14,000 employees. She is responsible for developing and guiding SAS’ Talent Management strategy and ensuring SAS acquires, develops, rewards, and retains the best talent.

Theresa Barber

Theresa Barber, Director, HR Business Operations, SAS

Theresa is responsible for creating alignment across SAS’ HR technologies. She leads a team of business analysts in the development and implementation of business processes, establishment of key connection points between technologies and creating a seamless employee experience as we attract, develop and retain talent.

Theresa received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She has 19 years of Human Resources experience in the high tech industry. Theresa is a member of the National Society of Human Resources Management and has participated in one of SAS’ high potential leadership programs.

Jennifer Nenadic

Jennifer Nenadic, IT Manager, Enterprise Analytics Services, SAS

With a background in data management and analytics, Jennifer has aided SAS’ leaders and external customers in strengthening their business by strategically transforming their current systems into intelligence-generating solutions using advanced analytics techniques and data management best practices. Jennifer has worked with clients across various industries to find creative designs and solutions to meet their evolving business needs.

Jennifer holds Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Textile Engineering as well as a Master’s degree in Advanced Analytics from North Carolina State University.

We look forward to seeing you!


2015-Friday, September 11th – Succession Planning – Lessons from the Athletic Field of Play



About Our Speaker


Joseph A. Bailey III, Managing Director

Joseph A. Bailey III is a Managing Director and the leader of RSR Partners Global Sports Practice. Mr. Bailey, who has extensive experience in the global sports industry as a leader, adviser and recruiter, was the CEO of the NFL Miami Dolphins Football Club, Dolphin Stadium and Dolphins Enterprises, Deputy Commissioner of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, COO of the World League/NFL, and VP of Administration of the Dallas Cowboys Football Club. Most recently, Mr. Bailey served as the Acting Commissioner of the Big East Conference on behalf of 21 university presidents.

Mr. Bailey has been a successful CEO who has led sport-oriented enterprises in the US and internationally. He has experience in virtually every facet of the business including strategic vision development and leading and building teams to launch, turn around, and grow complex businesses. Joe has a strong record for revenue and content creation and for driving culture change, workforce diversity, brand recognition and loyalty, business development, experiential marketing, and stadium and team operations. A thought leader on the future of leadership and global sport, Joe is a frequent speaker and media guest.

As the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Global Sport 360, Joe advised businesses in the global sport industry on strategies and tactics to maximize innovation and talent. He is a member of Duke’s Fuqua Center of Leadership and Ethics Advisory Board, Adjunct Professor for Duke Sports Medicine Feagin Program, member of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and member of the U.K.-based Beyond Sport Advisory Board. He also serves as a special advisor to an international Olympic committee and an international management consulting firm.

Prior to joining RSR Partners, Joe established a global sport leadership advisory group for an international leadership consulting firm. The Group advised on effective leadership and solving complex problems that involved vision, strategic alignment, general management/ execution and talent management. The practice served owners, boards, companies, associations, federations and government entities – all involved in the “global sport ecosystem.” The U.S. Olympic Committee, the Canadian Olympic Committee, Major League Soccer and various private equity firms were clients.

In 2005, Joe was named CEO of Dolphins Enterprises where he was responsible for the NFL Miami Dolphins franchise, 75,000-seat Dolphin Stadium, and its 170-acre complex. As an agent of culture change, he combined customer service, cutting-edge technology, and entertainment to create the gold-standard guest experience coined “The Gateway to the Dream.” He also re-branded Dolphin Stadium as the “Stadium of the Americas.” All properties were sold in 2009 for $1.1 billion.

Before joining Dolphins Enterprises, Joe launched the Sport, Entertainment and Media practices for a premier global executive recruiting firm, where he established himself in leadership and talent management consulting and served as the Partner-in-Charge of the Dallas, Houston, and flagship New York offices. Joe recruited for and consulted with the NFL, NBA, NASCAR, The Hong Kong Jockey Club, Olympic sports organizations, cricket, rugby, and gaming. In nine years, he conducted more than 200 executive searches in the US, Canada, UK, Europe, Australia, India, and China.

Earlier, Joe owned a diversified, independent sport strategy consulting firm, where his work ultimately led to his appointment as Deputy Commissioner of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association responsible for improving the economic viability of the $100 billion North American thoroughbred racing industry.

Prior to that, Joe co-founded and became the Chief Operating Officer of the World League/NFL, where he was responsible for launching and leading the first intercontinental American professional football league. The league operated successfully in five countries including the US, Canada, UK, Germany, and Spain.

Joe entered the sport industry with the Dallas Cowboys Football Club. Over his 19-year tenure he held roles including player personnel, business manager, and eventually vice president of administration, and chief operating officer. Joe was a contributor to the long-running success of the Cowboys, created the “Americas Team” brand and negotiated all player contracts. During his tenure there the Cowboys won 13 divisional titles, five NFC titles, and two Super Bowl championships. In 1985 and again in 1989 Joe participated in the sale of the team and stadium, the latter representing the largest transaction in sport history at that time.

Joe has held numerous board positions with for-profit and philanthropic organizations. He is a frequent media guest speaker on “Leadership and the Future of Global Sport.” Additionally, he has been a frequent speaker and media guest on national and international television, radio, and online programs. The Sporting News called him “the most influential executive recruiter in sport” and included Joe on its list of “The 100 Most Powerful People.”

Joe graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed Harvard’s Advanced Management Program. He and his wife, Charlotte, live in New York, New York and Scottsdale, Arizona.

Meeting Details:
Time: Friday, September 11, 7:00 – 9:00am
Location: Umstead Hotel and Spa
Includes breakfast and networking time
Attendance/Membership: The most senior HR leaders in the Triangle, by invitation only.

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2015-Thursday, June 4th – Meet, Eat, and Get Acquainted

You spoke, we listened. Several of you have indicated that it would be beneficial to gather for the simple sake of getting to know your peers – other CHROs across the Triangle. This will allow for the enrichment of your network as well as richer discussions in future meetings.

Please join us for the third gathering of the Triangle CHRO Association.




Meeting Details:
Time: Thursday, June 4, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Location: Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and networking time
Attendance/Membership: The most senior HR leaders in the Triangle, by invitation only.



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2015-Friday, April 10th – Emerging Trends in Employee Benefits

Most CHROs indicate that managing employee healthcare costs continues to be one of their top priorities. In fact, surveys show that employers are shifting toward more aggressive cost management strategies, including value-based insurance, pharmacy carve-out, and defined contribution approaches.

Please join us and your peers from across the region for our second meeting of the Triangle CHRO Association.



John McDonnell, Senior Vice President, Marsh & McLennan Agency will discuss Emerging Trends in Employee Benefits, touching on:

  • State of the benefits industry using benchmark data from the 2014 Mercer Employee Benefits Survey
  • Emerging markets – private exchanges & pharmacy benefit management
  • Update on the Affordable Care Act (ACA)


This session will assist you in finding the right strategy for your organization, including ways to effectively evaluate new opportunities to reduce benefit spend.


Meeting Details:
Time: Friday, April 10, 7:00 – 9:00am
Location: Umstead Hotel and Spa
Includes breakfast and networking time
Attendance/Membership: The most senior HR leaders in the Triangle, by invitation only.

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2015-Friday, January 30 – How HR Can Most Effectively Serve as Business Partner

Please join us at the first meeting of the Triangle CHRO Association. Come network with your peers – the most senior HR leaders from across the Triangle region, and hear from 3 business leaders about How HR Can Most Effectively Partner with the Business.


In this ever-changing world, businesses must be strategic, innovative, agile, and efficient, just to name a few critical components of business success. Human resources plays a critical role by managing a company’s most valuable resources, its people. Our distinguished panelists represent companies of various industries, size, ownership models, growth strategies, etc. They will share their views on how HR can be most impactful; what works well and not so well; and what they expect from their HR leaders.




Neal Fowler

CEO, Liquidia Technologies and Envisia Therapeutics


Ravila Gupta

President and Legal Counsel at Umicore USA Inc.

Ward Nye

President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, Martin Marietta Materials

Meeting Details:
Time: Friday, January 30, 7am – 8:50am
Location: Umstead Hotel and Spa
Breakfast Event: First gathering of the Triangle CHRO Association. We will also discuss criteria for membership and go-forward plans.
Attendance/Membership: The most senior HR leaders in the Triangle, by invitation only.