North American HR Executive Summit

The North American HR Executive Summit is a premier gathering of industry leaders, human resources executives, and experts dedicated to exploring innovative strategies, emerging trends, and best practices in the dynamic world of human resource management.

March 30 - April 1, 2025

The Diplomat Beach Resort | Hollywood, FL

of attendees are Director level and above
Global Organizations
Renowned Speakers

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NAHRES gathers Chief Human Resources Officers, Chief Culture Officers, Chief Diversity Officers, Chief People Officers, Chief Talent Officers, EVPs, SVPs, VPs, and Directors of Human Resources to share insights, foster innovation, and build invaluable connections. Dive into a thoughtfully curated environment that brings together today’s thought leaders, allowing you to explore new ideas and engage in meaningful discussions. Join the conversation at NAHRES and be part of a community dedicated to pushing the limits of human resource success.

Previously Featured Speakers

Year after year, we bring to the stage today's thought leaders and innovators

Lindsay-Rae McIntyre

Lindsay-Rae McIntyre, Chief Diversity Officer and Corporate Vice President of Talent Development, Microsoft, leads the company’s strategic efforts and systemic solutions to advance diversity and inclusion and create equitable access to opportunity for all employees at Microsoft. The work she drives is guided by a commitment to be mission-driven, outcome-oriented, globally informed, science-based, and culturally competent. Under her leadership, her global team of human resources professionals and employee engagement strategists are driving the adoption of Microsoft’s Core Priority for Diversity & Inclusion, taking a holistic and intentional approach to talent development motions at all levels, cultivating thriving employee communities, building leadership capability, scaling enterprising solutions to advance inclusive behaviors, and helping leaders and managers apply a growth mindset and adaptive approach to talent development and diversity and inclusion.

Lindsay-Rae McIntyre

Chief Diversity Officer and Corporate VP of Talent Development


Kim Seymour

With over 20 years managing human resources from revenue-generating commercial businesses to vast global servicing organizations, Kim has a demonstrated ability to architect transformation, forge connections, deliver insights and link talent to strategy. Kim is a trusted advisor and thought partner and has successfully built world-class business teams across different industries, functions, geographies and environments. She is a leader with people operations expertise and ensures that the employee side of the business equation enables execution of strategic objectives.

Kim wholeheartedly believes that talent, leadership and culture are the keys to successful businesses. Therefore she focuses on the quality of the talent in the business, the culture being created, the effectiveness of programs and policies, workforce dynamics, change strategy and inclusive leadership, among other key levers. A lifelong curiosity about what makes people join, perform, contribute, stay and elevate has made her a valued partner to senior leaders who understand that strong talent and the right culture are the ultimate competitive advantages.

Kim’s expertise is rooted in strong business acumen and forward-thinking HR strategies in the areas of talent assessment, succession planning, organizational design, performance management, labor relations, benefits, acquisitions, divestitures and coaching. Kim is often asked to speak to a variety of audiences globally on all of these topics as well as her personal leadership philosophies.

Kim joined Etsy to drive global strategy in all areas that impact the company’s talent. She oversees all aspects of the company’s human capital plan, with a strong emphasis on talent, leadership, diversity and organizational effectiveness.

Prior to joining Etsy, Kim served as Chief People Officer at WW where she developed and delivered impactful human capital strategies.
Prior to WW, Kim held successively progressive roles at American Express, Home Depot and General Electric.

Kim currently serves on the Board of Directors of RHR International and the Board of Trustees for Fisk University, a Historically Black College/University. She has been featured in The Wall Street Journal,,, and Bloomberg and speaks on Leadership and Culture globally.

Kim Seymour

Chief Human Resources Officer

Etsy, Inc.

Shammara Howell

Shammara serves as Vice President and Global Chief Talent Officer at McDonald’s Corporation. In this role, she is responsible for talent attraction, performance management, leadership development and organizational effectiveness. She’s been a part of the McFamily since 2017 and most recently served as Senior Director, Corporate Human Resources.

Shammara is an accomplished human resources professional who draws on her experience and passion for talent and diversity to create high-impact people strategies. In her role as Senior Director, Corporate HR, Shammara led McDonald’s corporate people initiatives for the global functions, providing leaders with support and advice for cultivating high-performing, agile teams.

Prior to joining McDonald’s, Shammara had a dynamic career with more than 12 years in human resources positions within the retail industry, including roles at PetSmart and Walmart. Throughout her career, she has built strong HR leadership experience in corporate and field HR, distribution, talent and diversity.

Shammara holds a dual degree in Psychology and Sports, Health, Leisure & Physical Studies from the University of Iowa. She also holds a master’s degree in Human Resources and Employee Relations from Penn State University. Shammara is committed to lifelong learning and development and represented McDonald’s in the 2018 cohort of the Leading Women Executives program.×

Shammara Howell

Chief Field People Officer

McDonald’s USA

Kimberly Cockrell

Kim Cockrell is chief human resources officer for Toyota Motor North America (TMNA), responsible for TMNA’s human resources (HR) function. In this role, she is responsible for the setting the vision and strategic direction of human capital across the North American Region. Her organization delivers solutions to enhance team member engagement for areas including Compensation, Benefits, Talent Development, Talent Acquisition, Strategy & Workforce Planning, HR Technology & Analytics, HR Communications, and Labor Relations.

Prior to Ms. Cockrell’s current position, she served as vice president of Human Resources, Toyota Motor North America.

Ms. Cockrell joined Toyota Financial Services (TFS) in 2006, as HR manager for the company’s Eastern Customer Service Center (CSC) and, later, its Western Region and Sales, Marketing & Product department at Toyota’s national headquarters. In 2011, Ms. Cockrell was promoted to national HR manager for CSC Operations & Field Services, providing leadership and strategic direction to operations teams nationwide. She was also national manager of business readiness & change management for an enterprise transformation program before joining the TFS service operations team in 2013 as the General Manager for service operations strategy, planning & support.

Ms. Cockrell began her career in recruiting, training, and development at Lehman Brothers, where she worked with senior management to develop strategies and created a continuing education curriculum for the company. She later continued with the HR teams at Yahoo, First Data Corporation (Fiserv), and BearingPoint Inc., where she held the role of HR manager.

Ms. Cockrell serves on the board for North Texas Food Bank, Southern Regional board for Step Up Women’s Network and serves in several ministries at Fellowship Dallas Bible Church. She was recognized by Who’s Who in Black Dallas in both 2018 and 2019.

Ms. Cockrell earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and her Master of Science in Counseling from Fordham University in New York.

Kimberly Cockrell

Chief Human Resources Officer


Sara Bowen

Sara Bowen is vice president of Global Equity, Diversity & Inclusion and Employee Listening & Organizational Research at The Boeing Company.

Sara is responsible for developing and executing the company’s global strategy on equity, diversity and inclusion, ensuring Boeing fulfills its promise of equal opportunity, and strengthening a culture of belonging. She also leads the Employee Listening and Organizational Research team, which harnesses the power of employee voice to drive business excellence.

Prior to joining Boeing, Sara led Starbucks’ Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility team, which included the company’s first-time public achievement of 100% pay equity in 2018. Sara also worked as an employment lawyer for two decades, helping companies fulfill their promises of equal opportunity.

Sara earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University and her law degree from Stanford Law School.

Sara Bowen

VP of Global Equity, Diversity & Inclusion and Employee Listening & Organizational Research


Christopher Shryock

Christopher Shryock serves as Sam’s Club’s Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer. In this role, he oversees all aspects of human resources for Sam’s Club and is responsible for attracting, developing, rewarding, and retaining talent as well as building a diverse and inclusive organization.

Prior to Sam’s Club, Christopher spent nearly 14 years at PepsiCo in a variety of global HR leadership roles in Plano, Texas; Geneva, Switzerland; Moscow, Russia; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and New York. Most recently, he was senior vice president of human resources for the PepsiCo Foods North America sector’s Commercial organization where he led the HR agenda across the sales, marketing, and strategy and transformation organizations.

Christopher earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Xavier University (OH) and a Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Hofstra University.

Christopher Shryock

SVP, Chief People Officer, Sam’s Club

Walmart | Sam’s Club

Joel Martinez

Joel spends his time partnering with business leaders and HR colleagues to design and implement innovative and scalable HR solutions across the full people spectrum (talent management, org design, recruiting, compensation, inclusion & diversity and change management) to name a few.  He is a vital partner in ensuring the growth and development of the leaders and employees in these businesses.

In October of 2022 Joel began providing HR support for all of the General and Administrative (G&A) businesses across Amazon which include Security, Legal, Finance, HR, Communications, Public Policy & Corporate/Business Development.

Prior to this role he supported the AWS business which included Applications, Region Services, Migration and Control Services as well as Security across all of Amazon.  He was also involved in providing HR support for the HQ2 location in Arlington and provided oversite and guidance for many of our East Coast based businesses.

Joel started his career with Amazon in the North American Consumer business.  These businesses included Selling Partner Services, Seller Recruitment and Development, Alexa Voice Shopping, Digital Commerce and Content Services and Amazon Search.  All in this represented nearly 10,000 employees across 10 countries and 15 sites.

Before Amazon, Joel was the EVP of HR for Red Ventures, a rapidly growing technology and digital sales marketing company.  He provided valuable insights and built critical infrastructure to this start-up firm.

Joel was also an HR executive with Capital One Financial for 13 years. He served as Managing Vice President HR Enterprise Services/Staff at Capital One. These groups provided support for all lines of business across the Bank, Card and Financial Services Divisions as well as all the core technology and infrastructure for the company.

Before Capital One, Joel worked at Citigroup and Allied Signal Aerospace.  He has 28 years of experience in HR working with senior leaders developing and implementing people strategies.

Mr. Martinez graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in Psychology and an MBA.

Joel Martinez

HR Director


Stephanie Lundquist

Stephanie Lundquist was named chief human resources officer (CHRO) of Cargill in April 2022. As a member of the Executive Team, Steph oversees all aspects of human resource strategy and execution for our 155,000 employees in 70 countries.

As a seasoned HR and business leader, she brings expertise in aligning strategy, capabilities, people and culture to deliver results and accelerate growth. She focuses on delivering leading people and culture practices that create a preferred, diverse and inclusive workplace. Steph also fosters a ‘one team approach’ and learning culture that fuels innovation, curiosity and agility. Purpose and people driven, she brings her astute and savvy talent management expertise to every role, building high-performing diverse teams.

Prior to Cargill, Steph spent more than 15 years with Target [NYSE: TGT], a Fortune 30 company and one of the world’s most recognizable brands. She held a variety of roles in HR, as well as the company’s transformation office, before becoming a member of their Executive Team as CHRO, supporting a global team of more than 350,000 employees. Most recently, she served as the first-ever President of their food and beverage business.

As Independent Board Director for Sysco Foods from 2019-2022, Steph served on the Compensation and Leadership Development, Technology and Corporate Social Responsibility committees. Steph is also a member of Concordia College’s Board of Regents. She is passionate about contributing broadly within her industry and community, serving on various industry and community organizations.

Steph attended the Board Governance Executive Education Course at Harvard Business School and received her B.A. in Business and Communication from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.

Stephanie Lundquist

Chief Human Resources Officer


Stephane Charbonnier

Charbonnier has over 30 years of experience helping organizations function at their best to achieve business growth. He is passionate about attracting and mentoring talent and is a thought leader on HR trends including employee engagement, labor relations, talent development, and the future of work. He has worked in HR leadership positions at global organizations including L’Oréal, Towers Watson, PepsiCo, Kraft Foods, American Express and McDonalds in Europe and in the United States. In his most recent role as CHRO, Charbonnier pioneered a data-driven talent strategy which resulted in a strong talent pipeline. He was an advocate for developing a holistic approach to employee wellbeing inclusive of mental, physical and financial wellness offerings. Charbonnier also championed DE&I efforts leading to a more diverse workforce and a more inclusive workplace. Charbonnier is a solution-oriented leader with proven success building and leading multi-disciplinary HR teams within dynamic organizations. Charbonnier holds a degree in Human Resources from the Institute of Social Management in Paris. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the New York chapter for the Arthritis Foundation and the Advisory Board of AceUp, a platform making executive coaching accessible at all levels. He is a regular speaker on people related topics across the globe, frequently presenting at industry conferences and contributing to HR trade publications.

Stephane Charbonnier

Former Chief Human Resources Officer

L'Oreal USA

Tish Archie-Oliver

Tish Archie-Oliver is the Chief Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging for Unilever, North America.  In this role, she oversees the integration of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging in the business and talent agenda for the United States and Canada.  In addition, she leads the organization’s mission to achieve equity in all forms – talent, brand, and supplier diversity.

Before joining Unilever, Tish served as the Second Vice President of Enterprise Diversity & Inclusion at Travelers Insurance. She was responsible for integrating diversity and inclusion strategies into talent acquisition, retention, and development practices and processes across the enterprise.

She has over 20 years of talent acquisition, talent management, and diversity and inclusion experience in the financial services, consumer-packaged goods, and luxury retail industries.

Tish dedicates her life to serving the community and developing the next generation of leaders. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Jack and Jill of America, Scholarship Chair for the National Coalition of 100 Black Women’s Bergen-Passaic chapter, and Advisory Board member of BRIDGE and HACE. Tish received her bachelor’s degree from Claflin University, a Master of Business Administration from American Intercontinental University, and an advanced certificate in Diversity & Inclusion from Cornell University.  She is also Intercultural Development Inventory certified.

Tish was recently recognized as Mindr’s 2023 Women of Influence and by Savoy Magazine as a 2023 Most Influential Executive in Diversity & Inclusion.

Tish Archie-Oliver

Chief Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Officer


Rob Kowalski

As Chief People & Organization (P&O) Officer of Novartis, Rob Kowalski leads the company’s strategy to unleash the power of its people and ensure it has the diverse talent, skills and organizational capabilities to deliver on its long-term priorities and purpose as a focused medicines company.

Rob is passionate about fostering an Inspired, Curious and Unbossed culture that drives innovation and performance, and ultimately impacts how Novartis reimagines medicine for patients. Since taking his current position in 2021, he has played an instrumental role in implementing a new structure and operating model designed to support the company’s next phase of innovation and growth.

“Through the work we do in P&O, we have an impact on shaping our organization and fostering a culture that influences the way we learn together, the way we grow, the way we challenge and build on each other’s ideas and the way we empower our people to reach their individual and collective potential. Our culture is our catalyst to innovation that fuels our purpose.”

As part of his strategic focus on culture, Rob is committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment where all employees can fully apply their talents and energies. He is responsible for delivering on the company’s pledge to the United Nations (UN) Equal Pay International Coalition to achieve gender balance in management and further improve pay equity and transparency processes by 2023.

Known for his skill in building and leading diverse organizations, Rob draws on 30 years of experience in regulatory affairs and drug development roles in the pharmaceutical industry and has led teams to successfully develop and register dozens of new medicines. Prior to his current role he was Global Head of Regulatory Affairs for Novartis. He holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, US.

Outside of Novartis, Rob loves spending time with family and friends and enjoys all kinds of outdoor activities with his wife and two children, including water sports and skiing.×

Rob Kowalski

Chief People & Organization Officer


Caroline Jecko-Parkes

Caroline Jecko-Parkes joined Airbus Americas in July 2022 as the VP for the Human Resources and Workplace function including HR, Facilities and Environment Health & Safety. She is responsible for the design and execution of the strategy, plans and policies to optimize organizational effectiveness and performance, leveraging a multi-tiered, geographically diverse team of HR Business Partners & COE Experts.

Prior to joining Airbus, Caroline has held leadership positions across the financial services, healthcare, BPO and aerospace industries. Her areas of expertise include HR transformation, strategic planning, shared services and outsourcing, business process improvement, M&A and customer relationship management. Her background in Customer Service management and Sales and Account management is at the source of her drive for service excellence and her philosophy of continuous process improvement. She is bilingual (English / French) and has extensive experience working around the globe.

Caroline holds a BA in International Business from the ESLSCA Business School, Paris, France and a Postgraduate Diploma in Administrative and Information Management from Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Caroline Jecko-Parkes

VP Human Resources & Workplace North America


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