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The virtual C2HR CON curriculum includes thirteen sessions with interactive Q&A with the speakers. All sessions are one hour (unless noted).  All times are shown in Eastern Standard Time.

Topic-specific video chat discussion groups will also be held to allow attendees to continue the conversation after the session. All sessions will be available for on-demand viewing except Inclusive Conversations and the networking events.


On November 13, attendees are invited to participate in For You Friday with sessions focused on well-being, resilience, career advancement and networking roundtables for HR functions.

 10:45 am 


Welcome & Keynote Address by Erica Dhawan


The Power of Connectional Intelligence:

Creating a Better Normal

Erica Dhawan is the world’s leading authority on collaboration and connectional intelligence. She has helped global organizations unlock the collective power of teams, become more agile and drive breakthrough initiatives. During her keynote address, Erica will share her insight on leading with empathy, addressing overload during turbulent times, and decoding digital body language which will help attendees elevate innovation and employee engagement amid the transformation of the world of work.

Keynote Speaker:

Erica Dhawan, Founder & CEO, Cotential

 3:00 pm

Inclusive Conversations: For the Health of HR 

2020 has certainly given us something to talk about! Join your peers for an interactive discussion about the personal and professional impact of recent events, the importance of building empathy for others, and how inclusion is key to thriving in these uncertain times. In addition to connecting with colleagues in a meaningful way, you’ll take away practical tips for making your mental, emotional, and physical well-being a daily priority.

Featured Speakers:

Wokie Daboh, Director of D&I, ESPN

Adam DeSantis, Program Manager of D&I, ESPN




 11:00 am 

Attracting Diverse Talent to Your Tech Team

Hiring for technology positions is a highly competitive endeavor which makes it that much harder to achieve diversity. Yet a mindful commitment and a comprehensive DEIJ strategy can help ensure that your engineering and innovation teams reflect the demographics of your customers.  Our multicultural expert will provide an overview of diversity in tech, share insight into the impact of recent events and identify recruiting best practices that you can put to work in your organization.

Featured Speaker:

Maria G. Arias, Principal, Arias Solutions

 3:00 pm

Employment Law 2020

The pandemic and the racial justice movement that is sweeping the nation have created several labor law considerations for industry employers. Two leading experts will share insight into three categories of employment law: COVID-19 related laws and actions including sick leave, FFCRA and RTW guidelines; social equality / discrimination law including BLM, sexual orientation and #metoo / sexual harassment; and wages and employee classification law including changes to overtime laws and state classifications.

Featured Speakers:

Mark Konkel, Co-Chair of Kelley Drye’s Labor and Employment Practice, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

Barbara Hoey, Co-Chair of Kelley Drye’s Labor and Employment Practice, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP




 11:00 am 

The Pursuit of Justice & Equity for All

This summer’s series of eye-opening racial injustices created a social movement that has led many companies to take a fresh and candid look at their DEIJ initiatives and corporate social responsibility programs. This fireside chat will focus on how to create lasting change within a company as well as our communities. Participants will explore best practices, trends, and forecasts for the future.

Featured Speakers:

Dennis Williams, SVP of Corporate Social Responsibility, WarnerMedia

Jennifer Williams, Senior Director of Enterprise Inclusion, WarnerMedia

3:00 pm

Analytics as a Business Imperative

In today’s business world, data is critical for effective decision making and strategic planning. This session will show how to look under the hood to fully understand what the numbers are trying to tell you. The session will focus on three key categories of HR reports: workforce analytics, business continuity planning (BCP) and diversity & inclusion (D&I). Participants will gain an understanding of the difference between surface results and deep-dive analysis as well as how to leverage analytics to measure performance and drive success. 

Featured Speakers:

Lilly Lin, Specialist Leader, Deloitte Consulting


John Schuler, Senior Director, Cox Communications


Mike Carnathan, Manager of Research & Analytics, Atlanta Regional Commission


10:00 am 

For You Friday helps you to end the work week on a high note with a variety of networking, wellness and inspirational storytelling sessions!

Coffee & Conversations with Industry CHROs

Join a trio of industry execs and colleagues from across the country for a dynamic dialog about the current state of HR and what’s ahead for 2021. 

Chris Powell, CEO, Talmetrix

Featured CHROs:

Karen Gray, EVP of HR, A+E Networks


Paul Marchand, EVP of HR, Charter Communications


Bill Strahan, EVP of HR, Comcast

11:00 am 

Decompressing in a Time of Disruption

As humans we are wired to deal with some stress, but what happens to our bodies when we’re faced with unprecedented levels of fear, uncertainty and anxiety? Let’s explore the pathophysiology of how our bodies deal with stress. Our medical expert (and stage IV cancer survivor) will share a series of coping mechanisms, mindfulness exercises, and resilience techniques that you can put to work to manage whatever life throws your way.

Featured Speaker:

Omar Dawood, Chief Medical Officer, Calm

11:45 am 

DEIJ Networking Roundtable

12:15 pm 

Recruiting Networking Roundtable  

1:00 pm 

Climbing the HR Ladder: Stories of Success

If you’re an up and coming HR professional, don’t miss this session! The 2020 Aspiring Leader and honorees from past years will inspire you with their HR journeys, share secrets of success and answer questions on how to fast track your career.


Amy Maclean, Editorial Director, Cablefax


Featured Speakers:

Christine Calandros, Senior Director of Recruiting, Charter Communications


Jennifer Znaniecki, Senior Director of L&D, Mediacom Communications

2:00 pm 

Parenting in the Pandemic

Join a group of parents from our HR community to discuss tips to manage the challenges of family life during COVID-19.  

Maria G. Arias, Principal, Arias Solutions

Featured Speakers:

Angela Auz, VP of HR, Univision Communications


Dave Crossen, SVP of HR, NBC Universal

Seth Feit, Group VP of Talent, Charter Communications

3:00 pm 

Employee Engagement Networking Roundtable

3:30 pm 

L&D Networking Roundtable

4:30 pm 

Analytics Networking Roundtable 




11:00 am 

Leading with Empathy & Inspiring Resilience

This year has tested the best of leaders with a global pandemic, social unrest and several natural disasters. This session will examine how to show up as a leader, understand your team members’ emotional reactions, and meet them where they are to lead them through a crisis. Our leadership expert will provide insight into what to say and not say, how listening can heal and help, and the importance of self-care and knowing your own triggers.

Featured Speaker:

Jennifer Sumiec, Senior Consultant, Empathia Inc.

3:00 pm

Vying for Talent on a Virtual Platform

What was born out of necessity has now gained permanence, and companies are building upon initial virtual hiring and onboarding experiences to fine-tune processes, mitigate associated risks and create meaningful connections. Panelists will share current challenges and opportunities, and proven practices to assess candidates, engage recruits, and seamlessly transition new hires into your organization.  


Karen McClendon, VP of HR, Comcast

Featured Speakers:

Jacquillia Hooper, VP of Global Solutions, KellyOCG

Deborah Thomas, Chief People Officer, Somos Inc.

Joseph Wong, VP of Talent Acquisition, Comcast



 11:00 am 

HR: Leading Through the Pandemic

This panel discussion will take a deep-dive into how HR led a Fortune 100 company through the COVID-19 crisis. Charter Communications’ response required a comprehensive, collaborative and flexible strategy. The panelists will share lessons learned as well as the milestones and successes achieved throughout the pandemic.

Featured Speakers:

Paul Marchand, EVP of HR, Charter Communications

Robyn Alper, VP of HR, Customer Service, Charter Communications

Danielle Gaston, VP of HR, Charter Communications

Suki Parsons, VP of HR, Charter Communications

3:00 pm

Closing Session: Allyship, Inclusion & Belonging

There’s a monumental difference between being included and feeling like you belong. There’s also a stark distinction between thinking you are an ally and actually showing up as one.  A dynamic group of industry leaders will reflect on their personal experiences, have a candid discussion about how daily deliberate decisions and actions are required to be an authentic ally, and share strategies for cultivating a truly inclusive culture of belonging.


Jennifer Williams, Senior Director of Enterprise Inclusion, WarnerMedia

Featured Speakers:

Fabienne Clermont, Group VP, Discovery

Pooja Jain-Link, EVP, Coqual


Chris Powell, CEO, Talmetrix


Lydia Williams, Senior Director of Enterprise Inclusion, WarnerMedia

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This conference is hosted by Content & Connectivity Human Resources (C2HR), a professional association serving human resources professionals in the technology, media and entertainment industry.

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