HR Roundtable

  • What is the HR Roundtable?


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

    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.


    • 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

    Members and sponsors guide the Roundtable’s activities.

    • Claudia Bailey, Principal, Pariveda
    • Adrianne Court, CHRO, Alkami Technology
    • Valerie Davisson, formerly Chief People Officer, At Home
    • Steve Harris, Sponsor Representative, Holmes Murphy
    • Keith Holtz, SVP HR, Cook Children’s Health Care System
    • Linda Irby, EVP and HR Director, PlainsCapital Bank
    • Beth Loomer, Director, HR, Methanex
    • Sherry Vidal-Brown, EVP HR, G6 Hospitality

  • 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 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 $5000, and there are other sponsorship opportunities available. To learn more, contact Sheri Moore at or 214.768.9113


  • 2019 Meetings

    The Roundtable meets four evenings per year in the James M. Collins Executive Education Center on SMU’s Dallas campus or at member locations.

    • Thursday, February 21, 2019:  Predictive Analytics and Workforce Trends. Peter Louch, VEMO, San Diego, CA. How do you understand your future workforce needs, assess risk of losing critical talent and knowledge, and successfully close talent gaps most important to the business? Predictive analytics. Vemo works with leading companies across technology, healthcare and manufacturing sectors - to increase collaboration between HR and the Business through the use of data-driven predictive analytics. 
    • Thursday, April 4, 2019:  What is the Neuroscience behind Mindfulness and does it really work?  Dianna Purvis Jaffin, PhD, Director of Strategy and Programs, Brain Performance Institute. How do you design your Employee Experience (EX) and office space around Mindfulness activities?    
    • Thursday, August 8, 2019: AI and Robotics - the next workforce disruptor. Presentation by Gary Eisenstat, Ogletree Deakins, on the changes ahead in labor and employment laws.
    • Thursday, November 7, 2019:  Next Generation Talent - The Employee Experience (EX) – Panel discussion around matching the changing demands of the workforce with the goals and expectations of students entering the labor force. Topics will also include how higher education is bring experiential learning from the classroom to the board room, what are the emerging roles and declining roles and how can leadership maintain a human touch in a data-centric workforce.

  • Annual Conference

    2019 Conference: April 18, 2019

    Disruption is Certain – is your team prepared?

    Jerry Magar will lead the conference though an immersive workshop and computer based simulation with real-time feedbackThis Disruption Simulation brings to the surface unproductive leadership habits, so that better habits are learned and reinforced. This is not your average change talk. This executive level workshop will give participants the confidence and competence to face disruption head-on with an immediate skill set to ensure their organization will thrive and endure.

    2019 SPEAKER:

    Jerry Magar, is a founding partner of People Systems Consulting and brings over 25 years of experience to his work with clients such as Lockheed Martin, Dell Computer, JPMorgan Chase, Southwest Airlines, Shell Oil, Devon Energy, JC Penney, Sabre, and many more large and small clients. In addition to his work in North America, he has engaged extensively with clients in Europe, Asia and South America. His expertise spans a variety of areas, with particular focus on change leadership, performance management, leadership development, and executive team coaching.

  • Past Speakers

    Raj Sisodia (author of Firms of Endearment, and leader in Conscious Capitalism), Robert Moran (Author of Managing Cultural Differences), Dave Ulrich (University of Michigan), Richard Boyatzis (Case Western Reserve, emotional intelligence), Shawn Achor (author on positive psychology and happiness), Pam Patsley (CEO, MoneyGram), Bill Blase (SVP, AT&T), Mike Ullman (CEO JCPenney), Harolyn Watts (Assistant VP, Corporate Diversity/ HR, State Farm), David Horsager, (CEO, Trust Edge Leadership Institute)

  • Current Members

    Alkami Tech
    Andrews Distributing
    At Home
    Baylor Scott & White Health
    Children's Health
    Comerica Bank
    Cook Children's Health Care System
    Chronos Solutions
    Dallas Federal Reserve Bank
    DFW Airport
    G6 Hospitality

    Hillwood Development Company
    Interstate Batteries
    Lennox International
    Mr. Cooper
    Pariveda Solutions
    PlainsCapital Bank
    Service King
    Susan G Komen Foundations
    Texas Scottish Rite Hospital
    Texas Capital Bank
    Trinity Industries




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