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Melissa Noonan SPEAKER

The CARA Group - Vice President, Sales & Solutions

Melissa will prime us for today’s session by sharing data on HR’s rapidly changing role, including taking on expanded responsibilities, and dealing with the increased pace of business change and transformations. She’ll share key highlights from published CHRO surveys and summarize what the data is telling us about the new HR frontier.

Mick Clancy PANELIST

KraftHeinz - Senior Director, Global Head of HR Evolution

Mick is no stranger to technology and HR innovation. Hear how he and his team are leading the way at KraftHeinz to integrate Gen-AI within HR, leading Agile pods/squads focused on HR Transformation, an HR service delivery model, and process optimization, while maximizing value from an integrated global HR tech landscape.

Melissa Mounce PANELIST

GTCR - Managing Director, Leadership Talent & Diversity

As portfolio talent and diversity leader at GTCR, LLC, Melissa will share insights gleaned in her advisory role and Chair of the CHRO Roundtable for GTCR’s 40 portfolio companies. She’ll discuss what’s changing today in terms of the table stakes for CHROs to drive human capital value. This includes transforming HR, expanded responsibilities, and creating a culture of people-driven innovation supported by integrated technologies.


Interior Logic Group - Chief HR Officer

Closing the gap between business needs and the employee is the motivation that leads Ofa to inspire ways of work—influencing people to top performance. Ofa will share how decision autonomy, championing aggressive change, commercial focus, and finding partnership in micro-cultures mold a work culture that is purposeful, successful, and above all meaningful.

Event Details:


The CARA Group
One Lincoln Centre, 18W140 Butterfield Rd.
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
(Ground Floor Auditorium, adjacent to Parking Garage #1)


7:30-8:30am – Networking & Breakfast

8:30-9:00am – What the Data is Telling Us
Melissa Noonan, VP Sales and Solutions at CARA, will share key findings from recent published industry surveys on what the data is telling us about the new requirements for HR, shifting responsibilities and the new role of the CHRO today.

9:00-10:30am – Panel Discussion
Hear how our CHROs/Sr. HR Executive panelists are leading the way with transformative changes to their HR function.

10:30-11:00am Q&A with Panelists 

11:00-11:45am – Breakout Tables
We’ll assemble in small groups to gain clarity and probe deeper answers from the panelists to take back and implement within your own organization.


Launched by The CARA Group in April 2024, CHRO Connections is a invitation-only group designed exclusively for Senior HR leaders in the greater Chicagoland area. Join us for live events that combine social interaction, educational opportunities, and collaborative working sessions. Network with peers, share innovative ideas, and discover how other CHROs are addressing fast-evolving HR changes and challenges within their organizations today.

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