2023 HR Summit - Schedule


This schedule is subject to change, and more information will be added as sessions and speakers are confirmed. All times listed are in Eastern time.

Thursday, September 21

11-11:30 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks


  • Chana Anderson, Vice President, Talent, Equity and Operations, Council on Foundations
  • Alice Y. Hom, Executive Director, CHANGE Philanthropy

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Opening Plenary Session

Building an Equitable, Sustainable, and Results-Driven Culture

Many organizations have made a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion but despite the best of intentions, too often the result falls short of the goal of building the skills, systems, and mindsets needed to drive change, nurture growth, and create organizations where people can thrive.

In this session, Jakada Imani, CEO of The Management Center and co-author of “Management in a Changing World,” will join Alice Y. Hom, Executive Director of CHANGE Philanthropy, for a conversation on what it truly means to build an equitable, sustainable, and results-driven culture. Together, they’ll explore practical steps you can take to hire, retain, and develop staff that can deliver on your organization's mission and build a culture of inclusivity along the way.


12:15-12:30 p.m.


12:30-1:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

Session #1

Equity in Action: Lessons Learned in Implementing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives in Philanthropy

Join us for an enlightening fireside chat with leaders from the field who have embarked on a transformative journey towards implementing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives within their organizations. In this candid discussion, panelists will share their valuable experiences, challenges, and successes while striving to embed equity and inclusivity in the core of their organizations. Learn from their lessons, best practices, and innovative approaches that drive meaningful change within their institutions.  In the second half of the session, participants will have the opportunity to collaborate on a case study to put lessons learned into action!


  • Yoo-Jin Kang, Senior Advisor of Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Council on Foundations
  • Karyn Sciortino Johnson, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Manager, McKnight Foundation
  • Brooke Treadwell, Culture, Race, and Equity Officer, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • Jennipher Trujillo, Vice President, People & Culture, Santa Fe Community Foundation

Session #2

Equitable Compensation in Practice (Part 2 of 2022's Across the Lifecycle: Compensation Conversations in an Interdependent Workplace)

Organizations are working diligently to revise internal systems through a DEI lens, including compensation philosophies and practices. Often that means market-based salary studies and pay audits, but is that enough to drive equity? Join us in an interactive panel discussion to learn how organizations can connect values to compensation, move toward a thriving wage, and create alternatives to market studies and geographic differentials. In this real-time case study discussion, we'll highlight bold steps made and lessons learned by one organization, and link those to new practices launching across the sector. Participants will leave with resources and actionable steps to begin embedding equity in their compensation programs.


1:30-1:45 p.m.


1:45-2:45 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

Session #3

Using the DAPP to Promote Inclusive Workplaces

Now entering its 4th iteration, the Diversity Among Philanthropic Professionals (DAPP) Survey and Report aim to help the philanthropic community better understand its workforce and leadership. In addition to featuring one of the most comprehensive demographic sections in the sector, the DAPP has several features designed to help institutions better understand the experiences of distinct communities and provide real data to participants on the state of diversity, equity, and inclusion in their home institutions. Join us as we learn more about two of these features—the custom report and the community snapshot—and how some of your colleagues have used them to advance their own DEI goals. Our hope is that this session helps you think about how to use the DAPP to make changes in your own institution.


  • Tenaja Jordan, Research & Communications Director, CHANGE Philanthropy
  • Jennifer Jaramillo, Chief Talent Officer, Kresge Foundation
  • Winoka Yepa, Program Manager of Research & Education, Native Americans in Philanthropy

Session #4

What Makes an Effective Leader?

Social and political turbulence, work-life fusion, and flexible work arrangements are redefining the leader-employee dynamic, yet many HR leaders say their leadership development approach does not prepare leaders for the future of work.

What leadership “looks like” and who “gets” to lead has shifted dramatically over the past few years. The shift away from siloed work to cross-functional project-based teams has meant that employees are now called upon to lead even if they don’t have a formal leadership title. As a result, the pathways to leadership are more expansive and varied than ever before.

Leadership comes in many forms, for some individuals, that may look like the traditional path of a people-leader. But for others, the opportunity to lead presents itself through being a deep-level subject matter expert or project manager. A generation of younger workers now expects to contribute at work via informal leadership opportunities.

HR leaders want to prioritize initiatives that strengthen their organization’s ability to drive change in leadership, culture, and employee experience. During this session, we will hear best practices and lessons learned from some organizations with leadership programs.


  • Lawrence Hamilton, Senior Adjunct Faculty and Executive Coach, Eckerd College, Leadership Development Institute
  • Elyse Gordon, Director of Programs, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP)
  • Stephanie Roman, Sr Program Manager, Leadership & Learning, Hispanics in Philanthropy

2:45-3:00 p.m.


3:00-3:30 p.m.

Small Group Reflections


  • Biz Ghormley, Coalition and Convening Manager, CHANGE Philanthropy
  • Shawn Donnelly, Director, Organizational Development and Learning, Council on Foundations
  • Chana Anderson, Vice President, Talent, Equity and Operations, Council on Foundations

3:30-4:15 p.m.

Closing Plenary Session

Cultivating & Unleashing Talent: Deepening the Bench for Capacity & Equity-Embedded Systems Change

To advance our missions and visions, many of us in the social change fields have been building awareness, courage, capacity and practice to ensure that our institutions more deeply embody equity.

Now, in light of significantly increased equity awareness and language used across multiple sectors, many of us are asking, “What’s next? How do we go deeper?”

This session will support practitioners in People & Culture functions to deepen their own skill and capacity and find “what’s next” in their lives and practice to catalyze more profound, beneficial, and equity-embedded social change.


4:15-4:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks


  • Tenaja Jordan, Research & Communications Director, CHANGE Philanthropy


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