SHRM Executive Network

Join us for an executive convening to cultivate workplace cultures where everyone belongs and mental wellness is always top of mind.

October 17 — 18 | The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago

SHRM Executive Network members are granted access to this event. Not an EN member? Apply for membership and attend.

Secure Your Spot

It All Comes Down to Culture.

Being simply tolerated versus being fully accepted at work. Feeling like it’s okay to say, “I’m not okay.” Those things don’t happen by accident in the workplace. They are born out of company cultures that affect everything and everyone. It’s all connected. And that’s why this year’s Visionaries Summitbrought to you by the SHRM Executive Network,  and the SHRM Foundationwill examine the critical workplace issues of belonging and mental health through the lens of workplace culture. It’s where we’ll focus. It’s where your thought leadership is needed. And it’s why you’ve been invited to attend Visionaries Summit. 

Belonging Begins Where DE&I Ends.

According to psychologists the need to belong is essential to all humans and is on par with our need to be loved. Traditional DE&I efforts don’t address this prerequisite in the workplace.

The result is a downward spiral of decreased employee productivity, increased workplace turnover, and even a rise in employee mental health challenges like anxiety and depression. To finally get to the bottom of this issue and create workplaces where everyone belongs, we will start at the top at the Visionaries Summit.  

Meet us there to offer your executive insights Oct. 17-18 in Chicago. 

Our Only Agenda

To develop actionable strategies for creating workplace cultures that foster belonging and mental wellness for all employees by convening the leading thinkers in HR and business. Join us.

Sunday, October 16

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Optional Registration and Badge Pick-Up

Monday, October 17

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

8:00 am – 8:05 am


8:05 am – 8:15 am

Opening Remarks

8:15 am – 9:00 am

Panel: ESG and Belonging/Workplace Mental Health: The Business Case for Belonging/Workplace Mental Health

9:00 am – 9:30 am

Fireside Chat: Lived Experience of Belonging at Work

9:30 am – 10:00 am

Morning Networking Break

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Panel: The Workplace as a Social Determinant for Health

11:00 am – 11:45 am

Fireside Chat: How to Inculcate Cultural Transformation

11:45 am – 12:15 pm

Facilitated Q&A

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm


1:30 pm – 1:35 pm

Afternoon Welcome

1:35 pm – 1:50 pm

Keynote from SHRM President and CEO

1:50 pm – 2:10 pm

Facilitated Discussion with Audience Engagement

2:10 pm – 3:30 pm


3:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Closing Remarks and First Day Concludes

6:00 pm –

Tharseō Awards: Cocktails & Black-Tie Gala at The Field Museum

All big, bold, important change begins, grows and is realized by those with the ideas, courage and vision to lead the way, inspire others into action and cause a meaningful impact. Here we award three winners who are visionaries, innovators and change agents. They each demonstrate innovative and impactful leadership creating better workplaces and thus a better world. 2021 winners were Gloria Chen, Chief People Officer at Adobe; The Honorable Bobby Scott, U.S. Rep for Virginia 3rd Congressional District; and Ajay Banga, Executive Chairman (formerly CEO) at Mastercard.

Tuesday, October 18

8:00 am – 8:05 am


8:05 am – 8:35 am


8:35 am – 9:15 am

Panel: Relationship-Centered Workplaces: How Belonging is Critical

9:15 am – 10:00 am

Panel: Perspectives from Untapped Pools of Talent

10:00 am – 10:15 am

Workplace Design: How designing the workplace of tomorrow can accelerate a sense of belonging

10:15 am – 11:00 am

Fireside Chat: Infrastructure for Employers on Empathy, Benefits, and Access (Panel with Spotify)

11:00 am – 11:45 am

Panel: Curating Belonging and Workplace Mental Health

11:45 am – 12:30 pm

Panel: Trauma Informed Discussion

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Luncheon with celebrity keynote

2:00 pm –

Conference ends

Tharseō Awards

Highlights from the inaugural gala in 2021 at Gotham Hall in New York City. Join us this year at Tharseō Awards gala during Visionaries Summit.



  • Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. President and CEO, SHRM
  • Dan Porterfield President and CEO, The Aspen Institute
  • Justin Vianello CEO, SkillStorm
  • Johanna Söderström CHRO, Tyson Foods
  • Ida Rademacher VP, Financial Security Program, The Aspen Institute
  • Ben Carson, Jr. Co-Founder and Partner, FVLCRUM Funds
  • Jane Wales VP, Philanthropy and Society, The Aspen Institute
  • Caryl M. Stern Executive Director, Walton Family Foundation
  • Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan State of Georgia
  • Cordell Carter, Esq. Executive Director, Socrates Program, The Aspen Institute
  • Mo Fathelbab Founder and President of Forum Resources Network, LLC and co-founder of Harvard Business School Alumni Forums
  • Evan Feinberg Executive Director, Stand Together Foundation
  • Brenda Gerber Vincent Vice President, Community and Corporate Impact, Greater Fort Wayne, Inc.
  • Dr. Brent Jones Interim Superintendent, Seattle Public Schools
  • Michael Akin President, LINK Strategic Partners
  • Simeon Sessley Founding Partner, Advisory Trail
  • Wade Hinton Founder, Hinton and Company
  • Yuen Yung, CMFP, CFL Chief Executive Officer, Caroso Group
  • Marty Rodgers U.S. South Market Lead, Accenture
  • Eunice Tarver Vice President of Student Success & Equity Tulsa Community College
  • Beatriz Acevedo CEO & Co-Founder Suma Wealth
  • Carmen Ortiz-McGhee Chief Operating Officer National Association of Investment Companies
  • Darrell Booker Corporate Affairs Specialist Microsoft Philanthropies
  • Laura Maristany Director of External Affairs Bitwise Industries
  • Melissa Tidwell Global General Counsel Prosus Group
  • Najma Roberts Sr. Director Communications & Equity Democracy Fund
  • Nilza Serrano Board Member The Los Angeles City Employees’ Retirement Fund
  • Emily Dickens, J.D. Chief of Staff, Head of Government Affairs & Corporate Secretary, SHRM
  • Michael P. Aitken SHRM Executive Network, SVP, Membership, SHRM
  • Alexander Alonso, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP Chief Knowledge Officer, SHRM
  • Lateefah Durant Vice President of Innovation, CityWorks DC
  • Tawanda Johnson Vice President of People, The Knot Worldwide
  • Tiffany Eubanks-Saunders Managing Director, Head of Diverse Segments, Tennessee Market Executive, Bank of America - Private Bank
  • Cheya Dunlap Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer, Honeywell
  • Donnica Hawes-Saunders Partnerships Manager for Global Transformation Communications Philip Morris International
  • Trent Burner, SHRM-SCP VP of Research, SHRM

Where It’s Happening

The Ritz Carlton, Chicago
At Water Tower Place, 160 E Pearson St

Please make room reservations by Friday, September 23.

Be a Leader. Be a Visionary. Be a Sponsor.

Positive workplace cultures, mental wellness and belonging benefits everyone, including your business. Show your commitment and demonstrate your leadership by becoming a sponsor of Visionaries Summit. It’s your opportunity to shape the national dialogue around these key issues, gain visibility for your organization, release co-branded new research to an executive audience, and reach decision-makers across the HR and business spectrums. 

To become a sponsor, contact:
Emile Davis, Director, Exhibits & Sponsorships
[email protected]

Contact Us

For information on the Visionaries Summit contact:
[email protected]