Executive Series

Registration Information

Attendance at the Executive Series events are by invitation only. Our breakfast meetings are exclusive for DallasHR Members and networking events are for Members and Future Members alike.

For questions regarding participation, please contact Erin Swain.

2020 Executive Series Sponsor



This unique benefit has been developed to provide HR executives in our community with access to other HR leaders of national and international organizations. Annually, we will offer 3 morning educational programs that will feature an opportunity for Senior HR leaders to network with peers and hear about their challenges while sharing best practices. Additionally, DallasHR will host 2 networking events during the year.

Please note that these meetings are offered by Invitation Only and each is open to a limited number of attendees.


June 23: Virtual Coffee Talk: "Getting Back to Work"

Moderated discussion by Tony Bridwell 
HR executives around the world have seen a dramatic shift from normal to 100% remote employees and then a slow transition back to the office.  Grab a cup of coffee and join other HR executives for a casual conversation about the initial discussion, actual plans, or final execution of bringing your employees back to work in the DFW area.  Participants can be at any point of the transition to attend. Be prepared to share lessons learned and the new best practices utilized to help attendees with their transition.

Tony Bridwell
Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer at Ryan, LLC

 Tony Bridwell is a highly recognized thought leader in corporate culture, learning and development, and human resources with more than 25 years of global leadership
expertise inspiring, motivating, and empowering employees to realize their highest potential. In his current role as Chief People Officer for Ryan, a leading global tax services and software provider, he leads the Global Human Resources department. His focus is on enhancing, communicating, and driving Ryan’s award-winning culture to support the Firm’s strategic vision while gaining greater competitive advantage by attracting, developing, and retaining the most talented tax professionals and associates in the industry. Ryan is an award-winning organization and ranked 52nd on the 2019 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list. Additional awards include Glassdoor’s 2019 Best Places to Work for U.S. Large Employers, the 2019 Best Workplaces for Women in Canada, and a top-20 honor on the Best Companies to Work for in Texas list. In his most recent role as a senior partner for the global consulting firm, Partners in Leadership, Tony worked with some of the top organizations in the world, helping maximize their cultures to meet and exceed business objectives and deliver greater shareholder value. As the former Chief People Officer of Brinker International, Mr. Bridwell led a global team in support of more than 60,000 people. His work transforming the Brinker culture to the next level garnered him the highest acclaim and recognition from his peers in the industry. Tony is an accomplished author, speaker, and consultant in the work of purpose and culture, and brings hands-on experience as a practitioner of maximizing high-functioning cultures. Mr. Bridwell was selected 2015 HR Executive of the Year by Dallas HR (the local SHRM affiliate) and won the 2015 Strategic Leadership Award from Strategic Excellence HR.  Tony has also worked with executive leaders at some of the world’s most acclaimed organizations, such as Halliburton, Citibank, Baxter Healthcare, Dell, Kimberly Clark, Kellogg’s, AT&T, Lockheed Martin, CocaCola, Morton’s Steakhouse, Whirlpool, OG&E, the Centers for Disease Control, and many more well-known international organizations. Tony is the author of several articles and five books: The Kingmaker, A Leadership Story of Integrity and Purpose (June 2016); The Newsmaker, A Leadership Story of Honor and Love (February 2018); The Difference Maker, A Leadership Story of Faith and Friendship (June 2018); The Changemaker, A Leadership Story of Courage and Character (April 2019); and Saturday Morning Tea, The Power of Story to Change Everything (January 2020). 

August 11, 2020: Putting the "Human" back in Human Resources

Cigna’s latest study has revealed a loneliness epidemic. Since 2014, millennial's have seen a 47% increase in major-depression diagnoses. Gen-Z’s second leading cause of death is suicide. A Fortune 500 company is being sued for not providing resources for mental health issues caused by the workplace. We are experiencing a perfect storm in the state of our employees’ mental health and the demands of the workplace. What can we, as HR leaders do to raise awareness, mitigate risk, and address the issues in recognizing our employees for the people they are and mental health challenges they face? 

Learning Objectives:
  1. Gain awareness on the growing mental health issues of our workforce
  2. Acquire tools to address delicate employee issues
  3. Discover what others are doing beyond an Employee Assistance program
Presented by: Stephanie Forand
VP of Human Resources
Cici's Pizza

Stephanie is an HR professional with over 13 years of comprehensive human resources experience. She is currently Vice President for Human Resources for CiCi Enterprises, LP. She has also been the HR Director for Boston Pizza Restaurants, Taco John's International, and Mrs. Fields Famous Brands. Stephanie currently serves as President on the Chain Restaurant Total Rewards Association Board. Stephanie is passionate about building relationships as an HR partner and developing a people-focused over policy-focused image for Human Resources. In her spare time, Stephanie is a Ballroom and West Coast Swing dancer.

November 3, 2020: TBA

Presented by: Colleen Dutton
Chief Human Resource Officer The University of Texas at Dallas

Most Recent Event

February 25, 2020: What do we mean by Strategy?
HR leaders spend  time building people strategies that are proven to drive organizational results. There are some ideas about strategy out there today, that may turn our original definition on its head. Look to discuss and contemplate the future of strategic planning, and how trends are making it unclear as to just how “strategic” we are.

Presented by: Dennie Laney 

VP of Training and People Development
MOOYAH Burgers Fries & Shakes
Author of the upcoming book, Get Woke

Dennie has dedicated her career to serving individuals, teams, and organizations desiring to cultivate an environment of building trusting relationships, where authenticity and humility lay the foundation for outstanding results. Dennie has accomplished this by defining the people and performance strategies for both corporate and for operations teams, aligned to achieve bottom line success for performance, profitability and EBITDA achievement. Dennie is also a John Maxwell certified Coach, Public Speaker, and Leadership Professional, speaking to audiences of hundreds of leaders and executives about the value of people. Her passion lies with supporting leaders in providing an environment where their teams can thrive and succeed both personally and professionally, and recently became a certified leader of Results Through Relationships, a CoreStrengths Program, focusing on improved human interaction in achieving bottom-line and EBITDA results. Dennie has worked for iconic brands such as Brinker International, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, and G6 Hospitality LLC (Motel 6 Studio 6). She elevates leadership excellence at all levels, with maximum results-orientation at the forefront.

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