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.

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, SVP, Chief People Officer, Ryan LLC
    • Adrianne Court, Chief HR Officer, Tealium
    • Kiel Werking, Sponsor Representative, Holmes Murphy
    • Gary Eisenstat, Sponsor Representative, Ogletree Deakins
    • Linda Irby, EVP and HR Director, PlainsCapital Bank
    • Beth Loomer, Director, HR, Methanex
    • Maryam Morse, EVP HR, Andrews Distributing
    • Anna Kay Rice, HR VP of Operations, Frontier Communications
    • Sherry Vidal-Brown, Chief People Officer, Caliber Collision

  • 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


  • 2021 Meetings

    The Roundtable meets four evenings per year. Meetings will be held virtually until in-person meetings are safe and feasible.

    • Wednesday, March 10, 2021: The Vaccine is Here - Is It Safe to Return to Work? Dr. Marcus Butts will lead a panel of experts in the area of the safe return to work, now that the vaccine is here. Panelists:
      • Legal perspective – Gary Eisenstat and Bryant McFall -Ogletree Deakins
      • Medical Perspective – Dr. Cristie Columbus, BSWH Medical Director for Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases
      • HR Best Practices – Carla Dawson, Chief People Officer, Texas Health Resources (THR) 
    • Thursday, June 24, 2021:  Economic & Employer Update for North Texas. Economic & Employer presentation on the North Texas area and prospects for 2021.
    • Thursday, August 12, 2021: The Science of Care. When we talk about Well-Being, Engagement, and Inclusion, how does Care fit in? Join us in this interactive discussion with Brook Lewis, EX Growth Director at Limeade, Jenelle Buatti, Employee Experience Manager at Limeaide, and Tony Bridwell, CPO at Ryan, as we dive into the science and the impact of care.
    • Wednesday, November 3, 2021: Advancing Corporate DEI Programs: Why outcomes matter with Dr. José Antonio Bowen. Diversity and inclusion are hard and cannot be improved with one-off training or media statements. The work begins with transparency, threshold numbers, inclusive leadership and attention to culture supported by data, but success requires a relentless focus on outcomes over intentions. It is policy and practice that drive improvement and this session will demonstrate the types of assessment and data required and provide opportunities to apply these findings to your organization.

  • Annual Conference

    2021 Conference: May 6, 2021

    Adaption and Change in the Future of Work: Where Do We Go From Here?

    This presentation will cover such topics as:

    • Rethinking Strategic Planning & Lessons Learned
    • Teleworking & Accountability
    • Retaining Key Talent
    • Succession Planning & Knowledge Transfer
    • Upskilling & Reskilling: Preparing Employees for Consistent Change & Rethinking the Talent Ecosystem

    A preliminary schedule is below:

     9:30 am CT   Kickoff and Introductions 
     9:30 - 11:30   Preventing a Burnout Epidemic - Keynote and Workshop 
     11:30 - 1:00   Lunch Break 
     1:00 - 1:45   What Will Our Workspace Look Like? - The Real Estate Perspective 
     1:45 - 2:00   Short Break
     2:00 - 2:45   What Support Do Our People Need to Return? - The Human Perspective 
     2:45 - 3:15   Let's Take This Deeper - Networking, Breakouts, and guided discussion
     3:15 - 3:30   Wrap up, evaluations, upcoming sessions

    This event will be held virtually. 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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