Executive Education

What is the HR Roundtable?

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The SMU COX Human Resources Roundtable is a forum for a select group of strategic HR leaders.

Led by Academic Director Marcus Butts, the Roundtable meets quarterly to examine strategic people issues. Participants are limited to the senior HR person in their organization or company. Members are selected on the basis of their stature in the Human Resources community as well as the reputation of the organizations they serve.  

Our purpose is to provide a continuing forum as a means for this select group of executives to exchange strategic ideas with their peers on a regular basis.  

With SMU as the sponsor, the Roundtable has access to some of the latest findings in academic research and a renowned pool of speakers. Click here for more information on membership and sponsorship opportunities.

Unique Combination of Operational and Academic Excellence

  • SMU COX affiliation and access
  • Select group of practitioners
  • Select group of non-competing service provider sponsors
  • Thought-leading speakers
  • Networking, relationship building & strategic dialog
  • Advisory Board

    Advisory Board Members and sponsors guide the Roundtable’s activities.

    • Tony Bridwell, Chief Talent Officer, The Encompass Group 
    • Adrianne Court, Chief HR Officer, Tealium
    • Gary Eisenstat, Sponsor Representative, Ogletree Deakins
    • Linda Irby, EVP and HR Director, PlainsCapital Bank
    • Beth Loomer, Director, HR, Methanex
    • Amy Messersmith, Chief People Officer at Builders First Source
    • Maryam Morse, EVP HR, Andrews Distributing
    • Anna Kay Rice, HR Vice President - Head of People Partnering at Cushman & Wakefield Services
    • Sherry Vidal-Brown, Chief HR & Communications Officer, Invited
    • Kiel Werking, Sponsor Representative, Holmes Murphy

  • Membership

    Membership for the SMU COX HR Roundtable is limited to the key senior HR person in an organization or company. Members are selected on the basis of their stature in the Human Resources community as well as the reputation of the recognized organizations they serve.

    Benefits of membership:

    Peer to peer networking and dialog on strategic issues related to human capital and the business; deep and intimate exposure to business leaders, executive practitioners, and thought leaders in relevant fields; affiliation with Cox School of Business

    Annual dues are $575.

    To join as a member or learn more, contact Sheri Moore at shmoore@smu.edu or 214.768.9113

  • Sponsorship

    A Place at the Table
    Join a select group of HR service providers who bring thought leadership and insight to a dynamic group of HR Executives.

    Why Sponsor the Roundtable?
    Sponsors of the HR Roundtable will have access to a forum of leaders in the human resources field. As a sponsor, you will build relationships with select HR executives, you will be a part of discussions regarding strategic people issues.

    Intimate Size and Senior Level
    The Roundtable, hosted and administered by SMU, is limited to an organization’s senior HR person. This intimate group of senior level managers meets three times a year on the SMU campus in Dallas. And every year, the group gathers for its annual conference. Sponsor representatives are included in all meetings as well as the annual conference.

    Current Sponsors
    To Join: An annual sponsorship is $3,000, and there are other sponsorship opportunities available. To learn more, contact Sheri Moore at shmoore@smu.edu or 214.768.9113


  • 2023 Meetings

    Meeting Dates
    • Monday, May 22, 2023
      • Luncheon, 12:00-1:20PM
      • Topic: Dallas Region Chamber - Economic and Employer Update
      • Hosted by Holmes Murphy
    • Thursday, August 3, 2023
      • Reception, 5:00-7:00PM
      • Topic: The Big R [Retirement] in the Great Resignation 
      • Hosted by CAPTrust
    • Thursday, November 2, 2023
      • Reception, 5:00-7:00PM
      • Topic: Social Entrepreneurship and Creating Social Value
      • SMU Campus – Collins Building
    • Tuesday, December 5, 2023
      • Holiday Luncheon, 12:00-1:30PM, The Tower Club

  • Annual Conference

    2023 Conference: Wednesday, March 8, 2023

    Building an Irresistible Culture

    Dr. Steven Hunt will deliver an interactive keynote presentation about creating and using employee experiences to build irresistible cultures. The presentation will draw extensively from research and concepts in the book "Talent Tectonics: Navigating Global Workforce Shifts, Building Resilient Organizations, and Reimagining the Employee Experience." Dr. Hunt will talk about:

    • How technology shapes the experience of work
    • How "talent tectonic" forces are changing work
    • The role of employee experience in a future of chronic labor shortages and accelerating rates of change
    • Rethinking workforce challenges from an employee experience mindset
    • Our biggest employee experience challenges as a society

    This will be followed by a structured breakout work groups that will focus on:

    • Designing organizations and jobs to provide positive employee experiences
    • Filling positions and the employee experience of career change
    • Developing capabilities and the employee experience of learning and growth
    • Creating engagement and the employee experience of achievement

    This event will be held at the Collins Center. Contact Sheri Moore at 214.768.9113 or shmoore@smu.edu for more information. 

  • Past Speakers

    Jennifer Moss (author of The Burnout Epidemic-The Rise of Chronic Stress and How We Can Fix It) keynote speaker and workshop, David Salyers (author, Remarkable, former CMO, Chik-Fil-A), Jerry Magar (People Systems Consulting), David Horsager, (CEO, Trust Edge Leadership Institute), Harolyn Watts (Assistant VP, Corporate Diversity/ HR, State Farm), Mike Ullman (CEO, JCPenney), Bill Blase (formerly SVP, AT&T), Pam Patsley (CEO, MoneyGram), Shawn Achor (author on positive psychology and happiness), Richard Boyatzis (Case Western Reserve, emotional intelligence), Dave Ulrich (University of Michigan), Robert Moran (Author of Managing Cultural Differences), Raj Sisodia (author of Firms of Endearment, and leader in Conscious Capitalism)

  • Current Members

    American Airlines
    Andrews Distributing
    Baylor Scott & White Health
    Caliber Collision
    CECO Environmental
    Crestron Electronics
    Children’s Health
    Cook Children’s
    Dallas Mavericks
    DFW International Airport
    Energy Transfer
    Federal Reserve Bank
    G6 Hospitality
    Haynes and Boone

    Keurig Dr. Pepper
    Lennox International
    Paravida Solutions
    PlainsCapital Bank
    Raytheon Company
    Ryan LLC
    Tenet Health
    Texas Instruments
    US Anesthesia Partners
    Veritex Bank
    7-Eleven, Inc.




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