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The Future of Work: Shelly Holt, VP L&D, Expedia Group

Uncategorized Jun 11, 2019

Join me to hear from Shelly Holt, VP of L&D at Expedia Group to learn about the Future of Work, and how the changes lead the way for new opportunities for Human Resources to really make an impact on the business.

Shelly shares that as the world is changing it requires a new set of experiences, and makes it an exciting time for HR professionals everywhere. The first step of adapting to these new changes is getting HR executives to pay attention to this topic, so that HR as a whole can be equipped to succeed in the Future of Work. Digital disruption continues to play a large role in what the Future of Work will look like, innovation is happening fast. While that can be scary to some, Shelly explains that no business is ahead anymore. Everyone is learning to adapt with the fast paced innovation. Shelly also gives insight into what this innovation means for startup businesses. Click above to watch the full VLOG interview.   (If you prefer to read the interview, see the...

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Technology Fallacy: How People are the Real Key to Digital Transformation Summary

Uncategorized May 29, 2019

Cindy Lu summarizes Digital Transformation webinar Coming of the Digital Age from a webinar by MIT Sloan and Professor Gerald Kane, Boston College.

 Source: Webinar - How Do You Lead Digital Transformation?

Runtime 1:00:49

Based on book:  Digital Fallacy - People are the Real Key to Digital Transformation


Cindy Lu

P.S. I wanted to let you know that we are opening enrollment for our DFW HR mastermind groups from now until early July.  If you or someone on your team (Corporate HR Director level and above and has direct reports) would like to learn more about our HR peer advisory boards, please click on my calendar link below to schedule a zoom video call with me:


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Hi there. This is Cindy Lu, founder of HR Mastermind Peer Advisory Boards. You know, recently I've been doing a ton of research and watching a...

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Employee Experience Survey Results: Emma Lokar, Talent & Organization Enablement Intern, McAfee

Uncategorized May 21, 2019

Summary of Vlog Post by Emma Lokar, HR Intern (Looking for a Summer 2019 Internship)

Future of Work, What Will it Look Like? Emma Lokar, HR Intern

The Future According to Research:

As an intern for CHRO Partners, Emma Lokar, looked into what the workplace will be like as new technology emerges. Many are wondering what it will look like, and how it will affect jobs as we know them today. Emma shares what she found interesting about the research and her personal opinion from her unique perspective coming into the workforce for the first time.

Many speculate that Artificial Intelligence is on the verge of taking over and taking jobs from people as result. While this technology is on its way it will only enhance the jobs that people are doing. It will have the ability to do the jobs most people do not want to do. Such as the tactical sides of business. This will allow people to focus more on big picture, strategy, and making things better. With this being said

People will have to change...

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Aligning Culture to Strategy: Deslyn Norris, Chief People Officer, Fitness Connections

Uncategorized May 20, 2019

Summary of Vlog Post by Emma Lokar, HR Intern

Aligning Culture to Strategy: Deslyn Norris, Chief People Officer, Fitness Connection

Growing Culture in a Growing Organization
With an education background in Industrial Organizational Psychology and an MBA, Deslyn has spent over twenty years in the HR space. Deslyn is incredibly passionate about the proactive side of HR such as: Leadership Development, Culture, Engagement, scaling and growing a team very quickly, and it all begins with a strong culture within a company. When Deslyn joined Top Golf there were 900 employees, and when she left there were 1,800 employees, she shares “through all of that growth the company is always focused on culture”.

The Fun vs. The Culture
In many organizations it is common for culture to be mistaken for perks. A lot of times you hear leaders talking about “How do you save company culture?”, and HR is viewed as the keeper of culture. Leaders are focusing on the perks such...

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3 Must-Have Soft Skills for CHROs: Dave Pace, CEO Jamba Juice (prior) and CHRO (Starbucks)

Uncategorized Apr 17, 2019

Summary of Guest Speaker by Emma Lokar, HR Intern

3 Must-Have Soft Skills for CHROs: Dave Pace, CEO Jamba Juice (prior) and CHRO (Starbucks)

Soft Skills
Dave Pace  shares his advice on the three soft skills you need to have to be a successful CHRO, and how to develop these skills to maximize your potential as strong HR leaders. Pace has the unique perspective of switching from the HR space into a CEO role after being in HR for most of his career, and shares a few tips for making that jump.

Business Acumen
Really understanding the nature and rhythm of the business you operate in is an essential skill for HR:
• What drives that business?
• What drives its strategy?
• What drives it profitability?
• What drives goals and objectives of the overall business?

HR leaders underestimate the amount of operating knowledge they gain through osmosis. You don’t have to get an MBA, work on Wall Street in finance, or for a big consumer brand in marketing. By just being in...

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Building a Business Case to get your projects approved: Denise Johnson, Talent & Leadership Development Leader

Uncategorized Feb 25, 2019


Summary of Vlog Post by Emma Lokar, HR Intern (Ready for her Summer 2019 Internship)

Denise Johnson, Talent and Leadership Development:
Building and Business Case to Get your Projects Approved

Building a Business Case in HR:
With over 15 years of experience in Talent Development, Learning, OD, and Leadership Development in several different sized companies Denise Johnson has learned the how to get your project or program approved. In many organizations Human Resources can be thought of as a cost center, and this can make it hard to get approval for programs and initiatives you are driving. Denise walks through how her Leadership Development Program got approved, and her advice for others working through similar obstacles.

You Only Have to Start One Time:
Denise explains it is all about business impact when trying to receive approval for a new project. HR can be looked at as a cost center, because they do not do a good enough job linking the work of HR to what is going to...

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Connecting your Employees to your Org. Purpose: Sherry Vidal-Brown, CHRO, G6 on

Uncategorized Feb 15, 2019

Summary of Vlog Post by Emma Lokar, HR Intern (Ready for her summer 2019 internship)

Sherry Vidal-Brown, CHRO and Chief Communications Officer, G6 Hospitality:
How to Tie Employees to Company’s Purpose

Changes in Organizations Leadership:
As a psychologist, and G6 Hospitality’s CHRO, Sherry Brown, has a passion for helping people achieve more than they thought they ever could. Brown does this through her role, coaching, and helping businesses align people to achieve both personally and professionally. Often when leadership changes, and a new CEO is put in place employees are left questioning “is the direction changing?”, “are we still offering the same services?”, and “what does that look like?”. Upon the arrival of a new CEO, Sherry’s role as CHRO was extended to public relations for the company. The question became:

“What do we need to communicate and engage our employees in a way that is different and delivers what we are...

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Many hats of CHROs: Whitney Shelley, CHRO

Uncategorized Dec 10, 2018

Join me to hear from Whitney Shelley on CHRO on personal balance, the many hats of CHROs and so much more!. Enjoy! 

All my best,

Cindy Lu


P.S.  If you are leading in challenging times, and crave the (virtual) company of a group of HR leaders, join us in the HR Circle Group each month for live video discussions to solve your most pressing issues and learn from other HR leaders like you. To learn more:



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Value of a Peer to Peer Network: Kenneth Reeves, CHRO, Freese & Nichols

Uncategorized Oct 15, 2018

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Summary of Vlog Post by Emma Lokar, CHRO Partners Intern, Graduating May 2020


Ken:                      Okay. My name is Ken Reyes. I'm the Chief Human Resources Officer for an engineer consulting firm here in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area called Freese Nichols. I've been in HR for approximately 25 years. Probably 12 to 15 of those years being at the CHR level in many industries.

Ken:                      Started out in Houston in the energy industry for several years. Moved to Dallas/Forth Worth to go into the retail industry and...

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Hot Trend of Employee Experience: Nolan Godfrey, Chief Employee Experience Officer

Uncategorized Oct 09, 2018

Check out the Hot Trend of Employee Experience with Nolan Godfrey, Chief Employee Experience Officer

All my best,

Cindy Lu

Ps. If you’re interested in being part of a movement to ensure HR is positioned to bring the most to those we serve, consider joining our virtual monthly on-line meetings with hundreds of HR peers to discuss strategic human capital topics and build your personal board of directors.

Summary of Vlog Post by Emma Lokar, CHRO Partners Intern, Graduating May 2020






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