Episode 293: HRetreat’s CHRO Panel Highlight

This podcast is part of a series on the Workology Podcast focused on the role and responsibilities of the Chief Human Resources Officer, or CHRO. The CHRO (sometimes called SVP of HR or Chief People Officer) is an executive or C-level role that deals with managing human resources, as well as with organizational development and implementing policies of change to improve the overall efficiency of the company. 

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Episode 293: HRetreat’s CHRO Panel Highlight

One of the reasons I wanted to do this series is because there is a lot of mystery around the CHRO role. I want aspiring CHRO’s to know what type of skills and experiences they need to promote into a future CHRO role along with hearing from senior HR leadership how they are partnering and collaborating with their executive peers. 

This episode is from our most recent HRetreat in May and comes from the CHRO panel discussion. We’ve put together some of the best advice we heard from our panelists during this session, which was moderated by Teresa Sande.

Teresa is passionate about equity in the workplace, healthy corporate cultures, and ensuring people are valued and rewarded for all of their contributions—those seen and unseen. Teresa holds her M.A. in Organizational Effectiveness and Communication and has over 20 years of corporate experience as an executive at companies such as Intel, Capital One, Cargill, and UnitedHealth Group.

In addition to being an accomplished HR executive, Teresa is a consultant, coach, author, and speaker who works with leaders from all walks of life to build the future they want and to realize their vision. Her debut book, Find Your Fierce: Interrupt Imposter Syndrome and Own Your Success, is available for order now!

See All Panelist Bios Below


Roycie Eppler

In a career that encompasses financial, engineering, retail, manufacturing, M&A and healthcare, Roycie utilizes her experience in strategic planning, human capital management, operations and leadership to help organizations develop high-performing work teams that create greater value, achieve improved results and deliver an exceptional customer experience. 

Roycie currently serves as the Global SVP, Human Resources and at the end of 2020 moved to San Frisco, CA to lead acquired business as the General Manager, for Heraeus Medical Components, a global leader in specialized components and solutions for the world’s largest medical device companies. Prior to joining Heraeus, Roycie served in senior executive positions with global and nationally-recognized companies that included Macy’s/May Department Stores, Ameriprise Financial, Cargill, Inc. and MTS Systems.

Michele Lanza

Michele leads Global Talent Acquisition for Ketchum. She has a keen interest in innovative strategies, such as the creation of LaunchPad, Ketchum’s blind selection process for entry level talent, that was featured in Fast Company.  Michele is passionate about deploying recruiting processes that foster diversity and inclusion because she has experienced firsthand the value it creates for teams and businesses. Michele is also the founder of Work Wider. Work Wider is an inclusively diverse professional community, convening the workforce needed by the workplaces of today.

Adam Rosenfield

As a Human Resources Business Partner and Human Resources Generalist Adam earned his SHRM- CP in June 2019. He is actively involved in the HR community through organizations such as the Austin Human Resources Association, Hacking HR, and serves as the Vice President of the University of North Texas Austin Alumni Association.

He combats conscious and unconscious bias in the workplace; gets human resources professionals (and others) to think differently about employee engagement, talent development, and truly becoming HR activists; and helps HR professionals learn the difference between charity and social impact and teaches them how they can be productive stakeholders when growing those initiatives. Adam’s dream job would be “CHRO/GM/End of the bench player for the Dallas Mavericks.”

Steve Browne 

Steve is the Vice President of Human Resources for LaRosa’s, Inc. – a regional Pizzeria restaurant chain in Southwest Ohio and Southwest Indiana with 12 locations and over 1,100 Team Members. Steve has been an HR professional for 30+ years and has worked in the Manufacturing, Consumer Products, and Professional Services industries in various Human Resources roles. He is on the SHRM Board of Directors and a former MAC member. Steve facilitates a monthly HR Roundtable in Cincinnati and runs an internet message board for HR professionals that reaches 12,000+ people globally on a weekly basis. 

Connect with Roycie Eppler, Michele Lanza, Adam Rosenfield, and Steve Browne.


Roycie Eppler on LinkedIn

Michele Lanza on LinkedIn

Adam Rosenfield on Linkedin

Steve Browne on Linkedin

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Learn more about Jessica Miller-Merrell, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, the founder of Workology, a workplace HR resource, and the host of the Workology Podcast. More of her blogs can be found here.


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