COX HR Roundtable

Annual Conference

2017 Conference

April 20 - 21, 2017 | Omni Barton Creek Resort, Austin Texas

The Roundtable conducts a conference where members, sponsors, and academics can concentrate on in-depth consideration of a current strategic human capital challenge.

Past Conference Themes:

 

2017 Conference: April 20-22, 2017

The Roundtable will conduct a 2-1/2 day conference in Austin, Texas where members, sponsors, and academics concentrate on in-depth consideration of a current strategic human capital challenge.

The conference begins with a reception and dinner Thursday evening, April 20, continues with conference sessions all day on Friday, April 21, and a breakfast briefing Saturday morning, April 22, followed by a tour of the state capitol and a sponsored golf outing.

2017 Conference Theme and Content:

The working title for the conference is "Connectional Intelligence at Work: Business and Politics." The conference centers on a workshop conducted by Erica Dhawan on "The Power of Connectional Intelligence: Get Big Things Done." We seek to promote deeper dialog about Connectional Intelligence by engaging senior business and HR leaders and academics to speak about their experiences. In keeping with the Texas state capitol venue, guest speakers will provide historical and contemporary perspectives on the use of connectional tools to get messages to the masses.

Conference Goals:

While the annual conferences always serve to deepen relationships and promote networking among members, this year's goals include a better understanding and appreciation of how HR relates to the business and how to create a culture of connection that impacts the business through innovation, speed, and decision making. We expect participants to take away a personal action plan for applying new learning from the presentations and discussion.

Conference Leaders:

Current thought leaders, experienced senior business and talent leaders, distinguished SMU instructors: 

  • Erica Dhawan, co-author of Get Big Things Done, is the world's foremost expert on collaboration and connectional intelligence. She advises many leading brands and global organizations to transform through cutting edge collaboration approaches and behaviors.
  • Jeffery A. Engel is an award-winning American history scholar and director of the Center for Presidential History at SMU. He is an expert on the U.S. Presidency and American diplomatic history, and has authored numerous publications and has been featured in the media.
  • Aaron Gibson is Chief of Staff to Texas House Representative Morgan Meyer, District 108 in Dallas. He has served in Chief of Staff and Legislative Aide roles in the Texas House for over twelve years. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Mike Levin is a Senior manager in Deloitte's HR Transformation practice focusing on large scale global digital HR and technology modernization. He has over 10 years of experience working with retail clients to develop digital technology strategies for their HR service delivery and technology transformations.
  • Miguel (Mickey) Quiñones, Ph.D., is the O. Paul Corley Distinguished Chair of Organizational behavior and Chairman of the Department of Management and Organizations at the Cox School of Business at SMU. He is an internationally recognized expert and well-published  author in the areas of individual and organizational development as well as the strategic management of human capital.
  • Francesca Spinelli, Ph.D., Management and Organizations department, SMU Cox School of Business, adjunct faculty; previously chief human resources officer at PetSmart, Inc. and RadioShack Corporation

The full agenda is available here.

Connectional Activities:

Nightly receptions and dinners, a sponsored golf outing, and leisure to explore spas, shops, and sightseeing. Plan for a two night minimum stay at the Omni Barton Creek Hotel in Austin, Texas.

 

2016 Conference: March 31-April 2

The Roundtable conducted a 1-1/2 day conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico where members, sponsors, and academics concentrated on in-depth consideration of a current strategic human capital challenge.

2016 Conference Theme:

Changes in workplace demographics and technology are causing organizations to reexamine the roles of managers and employees. This year we will be exploring the emerging issue of employee self-management. We will learn about  “Holacracy:  Distributing Authority According to the Work People Do” through a workshop led by Brian Robertson, the author of Holacracy, and SMU COX  professor Jay Carson along with a panel of practitioners. We will also consider other means of self-management through case discussion and supplemental reading.

Conference Leaders:

Current thought leader, experienced senior business and talent leaders, distinguished SMU instructors: 

  • Brian Robertson, author of Holacracy: The New Management System for a Rapidly Changing World, previously founded and led a fast-growth software company
  • Jay Carson, Ph.D., Professor of Practice, Management and Organizations department, SMU Cox School of Business
  • Claudia Bailey, Principal, Pariveda Solutions
  • Alexis Gonzales Black, Thoughtful Org Partners, previously with Zappos
  • Francesca Spinelli, Ph.D., Management and Organizations department, SMU Cox School of Business, adjunct faculty; previously chief human resources officer at PetSmart, Inc. and RadioShack Corporation

Community Activity:

Exclusive visit to Tesuque Pueblo to explore New Mexico's cultural past and  present.

Social Activities:

Nightly receptions and dinners, optional sponsored fly fishing and golf outings, and leisure to explore galleries, shops, museums, spas, and  sightseeing.

 

2015: Innovation, led by:

Nancy Tennant, Whirlpool’s Vice President for Innovation and author of “Strategic Innovation: Embedding Innovation as a Core Competence in Your Organization” 

Kate Canales, formerly of Ideo and now Research Professor and Director of Design and Innovation Programs in the Caruth Institute for Engineering Education of SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering

Adrianne Court, Chief Human Resources Officer for Transplace, a global third party logistics provider. Transplace is regularly recognized for their exceptional investment in talent—listed three consecutive years among the Best Private Companies for Leaders by Chief Executive Magazine (#4 in 2015), identified as a Top 25 Best Places for Recent Grads, and recognized as for Excellence in Employee Training globally by INFOR.

2014:  Strategic Talent Management, led by:

  • Bill Behrendt PhD, Vice President Human Resources, UT Southwestern Medical Center

  • Suzanne Farmer PhD, AVP, Organization Development and Training, UT Southwestern Medical Center

  • Harry Hutson, independent leadership consultant; most recently led the leadership development, organizational effectiveness and learning functions at Devon Energy

  • Francesca Spinelli, Department of Management and Organizations, Edwin L. Cox School of Business SMU, adjunct faculty; previously chief human resources officer at PetSmart, Inc. and RadioShack Corporation, and  VP Organizational Development , Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

  • Debbie Storey, Senior Vice President—Talent Development and Chief Diversity Officer, AT&T; responsibilities include oversight of AT&T’s corporate university

  • Patrick Walsh, Admiral, United States Navy (Ret.), President, Strategic Programs; one of the highest-ranking officers in the U.S. Navy from 2007-2012, first as the vice chief of naval operations and then as commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet and the Joint Support Force, in response to the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake, tsunami, and radiological crisis.

2013:  Building Corporate Culture led by:

  • Jennifer Bowes, Culture Ambassador, Interstate Batteries

  • Julian Dalzell, Lecturer, Management Department, Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina and retired VP HR, Shell US

  • Fiona Haworth, Director of Team Member Development , Interstate Batteries

  • Larry Paulsen, Vice President, Administration and Risk Management, Pioneer Natural Resources
  • Miguel “Mickey” Quiñones, O. Paul Corley Distinguished Chair, Department of Management and Organizations, Edwin L. Cox School of Business SMU
  • Francesca Spinelli, Department of Management and Organizations, Edwin L. Cox School of Business SMU, adjunct faculty; previously chief human resources officer at PetSmart, Inc. and RadioShack Corporation, and  VP Organizational Development , Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

  • Carol Wise, Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)