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.


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

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 Events

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.

February 25, 2020: What do we mean by Strategy?
Moderated discussion by Dennie Laney
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.

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