Top HR Executives to Examine Critical Issues Affecting Work and Workers in Upcoming Event

SHRM to lead solutions-focused discussion on people issues with Zappos, Booz Allen Hamilton, and John Deere leaders on Nov. 16 in suburban Washington

November 2, 2018
ALEXANDRIA, VA. — The CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) will be joined by three chief human resource executives from Fortune 500 companies in a forward-looking discussion of the complex and controversial issues that define today’s workplace.

Led by SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, the executive panel will discuss sexual harassment and the recruiting topics of the skills gap and employment-based immigration, all issues outlined in SHRM’s new “We are Work” campaign. 

The executives also will discuss how the HR profession can create healthy workplace cultures and address organizational change, as they offer practical ideas and takeaways for individual businesses.

What: “We are Work” discussion with Taylor, head of the largest association representing HR, and three Fortune 500 executives: Hollie Delaney, head of people operations for; Marc A. Howze, senior vice president and chief administrative officer of John Deere & Company; and Betty Thompson, chief people officer at Booz Allen Hamilton. Audience members also will participate.

When: Event begins at noon Eastern time on Friday, Nov. 16. Panel discussion is from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern as part of SHRM’s Volunteer Leaders’ Summit.

Where: Potomac Ballroom, Gaylord National Harbor, 201 Waterfront St, National Harbor, MD 20745.

Details: A year after the start of the #MeToo movement, SHRM found in a survey of executives that one-third have altered their actions to avoid behaviors that could be perceived as sexual harassment. The executive panel will discuss what work still needs to be done to prevent and address harassment.

A hot job market also has defined the past year. In an upcoming survey, SHRM will report that 83 percent of HR professionals say they are having difficulty recruiting for jobs. The executive panel will share perspectives on the skills gap and offer solutions to expanding the pool of job candidates. 

Press availability: The executive discussion is open to media coverage. In addition, individual interviews with the executives can be scheduled for the morning of Nov. 16. 
For those not able to attend, speakers are available for phone or a desk-side interviews. The discussion also will be livestreamed.

MEDIA: For more information and to schedule an interview, please contact Kate Kennedy at 703-535-6260 and, Vanessa Hill at 703-535-6072 and; or Sundra Hominik at 703-535-6273 and

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