Learning & Development
SUMMIT Keynotes


The Agile Revolution and Its Impact on HR

Peter Cappelli, Professor of Management, The Wharton School; Director, Wharton's Center for Human Resources

Thursday, October 11 | 8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Agile isn’t just for tech anymore. It’s been working its way into other areas and functions, from product development to manufacturing to marketing—and now it’s transforming how organizations hire, develop, and manage their people. Join industry innovator Peter Cappelli for an insightful keynote presentation focused on this paradigm shift and its implications. 

About Peter

Peter Cappelli is the George W. Taylor Professor of Management at The Wharton School and Director of Wharton’s Center for Human Resources. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA, has served as Senior Advisor to the Kingdom of Bahrain for Employment Policy from 2003-2005, and, since 2007, is a Distinguished Scholar of the Ministry of Manpower for Singapore. He has degrees in industrial relations from Cornell University and in labor economics from Oxford where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He has been a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution, a German Marshall Fund Fellow, and a faculty member at MIT, the University of Illinois, and the University of California at Berkeley. He was a staff member on the U.S. Secretary of Labor’s Commission on Workforce Quality and Labor Market Efficiency from 1988-1990, Co-Director of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center on the Educational Quality of the Workforce, and a member of the Executive Committee of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center on PostSecondary Improvement at Stanford University.

The Ulta Beauty CEO/CHRO Partnership: The Possibilities are Beautiful

Mary Dillon, Chief Executive Officer, Ulta Beauty, and Jeff Childs, Chief Human Resources Officer, Ulta Beauty

Thursday, October 11 | 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Join 2017 HRMAC Leader of the Year and Ulta Beauty CEO Mary Dillon and CHRO Jeff Childs for an insightful and practical keynote discussion centered on the importance the CEO/CHRO relationship in driving business results and building a winning culture. Together they will discuss Mary’s clearly defined expectations for the CHRO, the culture journey that is at the heart of Ulta Beauty’s current and future success, and how the company has built an HR team to support its mission to use the power of beauty to bring to life possibilities that inspire every guest and enable every associate to build a fulfilling career.

About Mary

Mary Dillon joined Ulta Beauty as Chief Executive Officer in July 2013, bringing extensive experience leading consumer-driven brands to the role, as well as a passion for leveraging consumer insights and customer-focused strategies to build brand engagement.

With Mary’s strategic direction, Ulta Beauty has achieved record sales and earnings and excellent momentum in its e-commerce business. Mary leads an associate base of more than 37,000, 92% of whom are women, and, under her leadership, the Board of Directors has become the most gender diverse of any Fortune 500 company in Illinois. Mary believes strongly in leading through the lens of culture and driving associate engagement through valuing the perspectives of her diverse team. Fortune Magazine named her #5 on its 2017 Business Person of the Year Top 20 listing. Mary also serves on the Board of Directors of Starbucks Corporation.

Mary championed the establishment of the Ulta Beauty Charitable Foundation in 2016 and serves on the board of directors for Save the Children, the Ounce of Prevention Fund, World Business Chicago, the Economic Club of Chicago and the Executives' Club of Chicago. She earned her bachelor's degree in marketing and Asian studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Mary is the mother of four and lives in Evanston with her husband Terry.

About Jeff

Jeff Childs is the Chief Human Resources Officer of Ulta Beauty. As CHRO, Jeff serves as a trusted advisor to the CEO and steers all Human Resources responsibilities including all talent acquisition, retention, total rewards, organizational development and training efforts, as well as all strategic internal communications and community relations programming. In 2017, the company created 3,000 jobs and achieved employee engagement results above the global top quartile. Jeff is a 2015 recipient of the Illinois Diversity Council’s Leadership Excellence Award in recognition of the business results he has delivered while developing others and operating with the highest level of integrity.

Prior to joining Ulta Beauty in 2013, Jeff served as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer at U.S. Cellular after joining as Senior Vice President of Human Resources in 2004. From 2001 to 2004, he was President and Owner of Childs Consulting Services. 

Jeff is an active member of the Chicago community, serving on the board of directors of After School Matters and Skills for Chicagoland’s Future. He is also a member and past board chair of the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago. Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Ball State University.