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, SVP, Chief People Officer, Ryan LLC
    • 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 VP of Operations, Frontier Communications
    • 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


  • 2022 Meetings

    Meeting Dates

    • March 3, Thursday  - Campus - 5-7PM – Roxann Griffin, Department of Labor – Advancing Women in the Workforce:
      Trends, Insights, and Recommendations  - Invite coming this week
    • March 29, Tuesday – CONFERENCE – Campus – 9am – 3pm Keynote:  John Coyle, Design Thinking Author and US Olympian – Applying Design Thinking to current HR Challenges
    • May 19, 2022 – Offsite – Lunch Program (DRC Economic and Employer Update) Economy in Brief: Indicators for the Dallas Region + Tools and Trends for Attracting Talent in the Dallas Region. Guest Speakers: Eric Griffin & Jessica Heer Dallas Regional Chamber. 
    • August 25, 2022 – Offsite 5-7PM
    • November 17, 2022 – Hosted by Ogletree and Deakins Dallas Office, 5-7PM
    • Holiday Event – December 13, Tuesday – Luncheon 12-1:30 Offsite
    Programming Format - All programming will be in person for 2022 with the possibility a one virtual event as topics arise.

    Topic: Building Empathy in Virtual Reality

    August 25, 2022 – VR Demo – Perspectives on Bias

    SAVE THE DATE - Thursday, August 25th - 5-7PM for our next meeting where we will experience a Virtual Reality workshop on Perspectives on Bias. Please invite a guest from your DEI or L&D team to wear the headsets and experience bias within a VR platform. This Demo experience takes about 5-7 minutes and will be debriefed by the AMP Creative team. This meeting is hosted by one of our members, Lucy Dominguez, Vice President of Business Development and Engagement at Injury Management Organization, Inc. (IMO); 5560 Tennyson Parkway, Suite 110, Plano Texas 75024

    Session Description: While modern research shows that empathy is a learnable skill, teams struggle daily to "walk in the shoes" of their colleagues. AMP's Perspectives VR experience literally allows individuals to sit in the space of another and experience bias and feel how it might feel when your power is taken from you or your ideas invalidated not out of merit, but simply due to identity.
      In this session, you will learn: -
    • Why VR is a game-changing platform for behavior change training
    • What are the key benefits in using VR for learning and development, particularly when it comes to learning new skills
    • Best practices for building content in VR and what critical tenets to follow
    Location: IMO
    5560 Tennyson Pkwy Ste. 110, Plano, TX 75024
    Time 5:00-PM to 7:00PM (Cocktail Reception 5-6pm, Demo and Debrief 6-7pm)
    Parking – Free surface parking

  • Annual Conference

    2022 Conference: Tuesday, March 29, 2022

    HR by Design (Thinking)

    A preliminary schedule is below:

     9:30 am CT   Kickoff and Introductions – Marcus Butts
     9:30 - 10:30   John Coyle – Design for Strengths
    10:30 - 12:00   Ideation workshop
     12:00 - 1:00   Lunch Break 
     1:00 - 1:45   Panel Discussion – Design Thinking Applied – Case Studies
     1:45 - 2:00   Short Break
     2:00 - 2:45   Jeff Strese (TBD) – How do CHRO's reset their own strengths?
     2:45 - 3:15   Let's Take This Deeper - Networking, Breakouts, and Guided Discussion
     3:15 - 3:30   Wrap Up, Evaluations, and Upcoming Sessions

    This event will be held at 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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