STEWART HOTEL: NOV 5 - 7, 2018



Stewart Hotel, New York City, NY
*All functions will be held in the Fitzgerald Ballroom except as noted below

Monday, November 5

  • Noon-3:00 p.m.
    AAU-HR Institute Board of Directors Meeting – Gillespie
  • 4:30-5:00 p.m.
    New Member Orientation – Wharton
    For new members and first-time attendees
  • 5:00-8:30 p.m.
    Registration – Fitzgerald Foyer
  • 5:30 p.m.
    Opening Reception – Fitzgerald Ballroom
    Sponsored by UnitedHealth Group  
  • 6:15 p.m.
    Welcome and Introductions
    Kathryn Brown, Chair of the Board and Vice President of HR, University of Minnesota, and Laura Avakian, President
  • 7:00 p.m.
  • 8:00 p.m.
    Session 1: Keynote
    Introduction: Diane Tucker, Chief Human Resource Officer, Boston University
    Keynote Speaker: Robert A. Brown, President, Boston University 

Tuesday, November 6

  • 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Registration – Fitzgerald Foyer
  • 7:30 a.m.
  • 8:15 a.m.
    Session 2: Founder’s Session 

    Remarks by Ken Hutchinson, Founder
    The Challenge: Preserving Free Speech, Campus Safety and Institutional Values
    Introduction and Panel Facilitator: Kathryn Brown, Chair of the Board 
    Panelists: Doug Peterson, General Counsel, University of Minnesota, and Vincent Del Casino, Vice President of Academic Initiatives and Student Success, Geography and Development, University of Arizona
  • 10:00 a.m
  • 10:30 a.m.
    Session 3: The New Employee Experience
    Introduction: Laurita Thomas, Associate Vice President for HR, University of Michigan
  • Noon
    Session 4: Lunch and Business Meeting
  • 1:30 p.m.
    Session 5: The CHRO Role in Managing Crises

    Presenters: Sharon Butler, Vice President of HR, Michigan State University, and Susan Basso, Vice President of HR, The Ohio State University
  • 3:00 p.m.
  • 3:30 p.m.
    Session 6: Lightning Round: Tough Problems/Best Practices
    Facilitator: Kyle Cavanaugh,Vice President of Administration, Duke University
  • 5:00 p.m.
  • 6:30 p.m.
    Session 7: Dinner hosted by TIAA (Location TBD)
    Transportation to and from the restaurant will be provided

Wednesday, November 7

  • 8:00 a.m.
  • 8:30 a.m.
    Session 8: HR Metrics and Analytics
    Presenters: Cheryl Reardon, Vice President of HR, University of Iowa, and Mary Opperman, Vice President of HR, Cornell University 
  • 10:00 a.m.
    Session 9: Sexual Harassment and Culture Change
    Presenters: Julie McCallin, Vice President of HR, California Institute of Technology; Felicia Washington, Vice Chancellor for Workforce Strategy, Equity and Engagement, University of North Carolina; and Andy Brantley, President and CEO, CUPA-HR 
  • 11:30 a.m.
    Wrap-Up and Adjournment
    Kathryn Brown, Board Chair, 2018
    Julie McCallin, Board Chair, 2019
    Laura Avakian, President