About The Council

The way we approach work is changing before our eyes. Technological advances, demographic shifts and new perspectives on the employee/employer relationship have led to a major cultural shift when it comes to the workforce.

Chief human resource officers, diversity and inclusion leaders, and top talent and benefits executives often are the guardians of a company’s culture. They face a delicate balancing act, and the stakes are high. The role of the HR executive never has been more challenging — and the opportunities more exciting. As corporations and financial markets place more value on human capital concerns like stakeholder capitalism, corporate culture and jobs of the future, it’s clear that senior Human Resources Officers will be central to redefining how businesses survive and thrive in the next era.

To be the agent of change in these complex times, the right tools and resources are needed. The WEC is the unparalleled resource for senior HR executives, equipping them with the information and network necessary to succeed in today’s business environment. The WEC is a community of members from a wide range of industries with access to exclusive private events, intimate peer-to-peer networking, professional development, and news and information products tailored uniquely for them.

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April 3, 2020

US payrolls plunge 701,000 in March amid the start of a job market collapse

It was the first decline in payrolls since September 2010 and came close to the May 2009 financial crisis peak of 800,000.

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April 3, 2020

Once a sought-after perk, working from home could be here to stay

Once out of reach for many employees, telework goes mainstream as the coronavirus forces millions to work from home. Will it leave a lasting impact on how work is conducted?

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April 2, 2020

Disney to furlough non-union employees at theme parks, waives annual pass fees

Disney will furlough its non-union park employees starting on April 19 as the coronavirus pandemic keeps its theme parks closed.

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April 2, 2020

Amazon hires 80,000 new workers, will take temperatures and provide face masks after public outcry

The move comes after warehouse workers, union leaders and elected officials called on Amazon to take greater measures to protect them.

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April 2, 2020

US weekly jobless claims double to 6.6 million

First-time claims for unemployment insurance had been expected to total 3.1 million, according to economists surveyed by Dow Jones.

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April 2, 2020

Boeing to offer employees voluntary layoffs amid coronavirus pandemic

Boeing is set to offer buyout and early retirement packages to employees to stem the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

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April 2, 2020

British Airways to reportedly suspend 36,000 of its employees

The flagship U.K. airline has reportedly reached an agreement that entails suspending 80% of its cabin crew, engineers, ground staff and head office employees.

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April 1, 2020

Jobless claims will be huge, but millions more are expected from the ‘earthquake shaking the whole country’

Economists expect more than 4 million to 5 million workers filed unemployment claims last week, but millions more are expected.

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March 31, 2020

Employers may drop 401(k) matches as companies look to cut expenses

Companies both large and small are seeking legal advice about their options for reducing or pausing their contributions to their workers’ 401(k) plans — a move that some employers made during the last U.S. economic downturn.

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March 31, 2020

Bank of America: Coronavirus will not lead to any layoffs in 2020

While many across the U.S. are announcing layoffs and hiring freezes due to coronavirus, Bank of America claims they hired more than 2,000 new employees in March alone and raised their U.S. minimum hourly wage to $20. Vice chairman Anne Finucane reveals how the company protects the well-being of its 200,000+ employees while also maintaining business continuity and protecting the bottom line.

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March 31, 2020

JPMorgan starts mandatory diversity training for managers after discrimination allegations

JPMorgan also said it was improving the ways it takes in employee complaints, bolstering hiring programs, and simplifying how customers find products and services.

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March 31, 2020

Largest US mall owner, Simon Property, furloughs 30% of workforce, adding to avalanche of coronavirus-related retail layoffs

The biggest U.S. mall owner, Simon Property Group, has furloughed about 30% of its workforce as the company copes with all of its properties being temporarily shut because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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March 30, 2020

Airline workers might not be cut but in coronavirus travel collapse their paychecks will be smaller

Airline workers are seeing fewer hours than they normally would have as airlines reduce flying to match the coronavirus travel slump

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March 30, 2020

Coronavirus jobs survey: 49% of companies considering layoffs, more than one-third freezing new hires

About half of U.S. companies may be forced to lay off employees as a result of the coronavirus, while more than one-third already have implemented a hiring freeze, according to a survey.

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March 30, 2020

Coronavirus job losses could total 47 million, unemployment rate may hit 32%, Fed estimates

Millions of Americans already have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus crisis and the worst of the damage is yet to come, according to the Federal Reserve.

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March 27, 2020

Trump signs $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill as the US tries to prevent economic devastation

Trump has promised to sign the bill quickly, as widespread layoffs hit workers and hospitals ask for more resources to fight the coronavirus.

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March 27, 2020

‘No layoffs’ — Bank of America CEO doesn’t want workers worrying about jobs during coronavirus crisis

“We told them all, there’s no issue, you’re all going to be working now through year-end. No layoffs, no nothing,” Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan told CNBC.

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March 26, 2020

Jobless claims soar past 3 million to record high

The number shatters the Great Recession peak of 665,000 in March 2009 and the all-time mark of 695,000 in October 1982.

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Blue Yonder

Nathalie Carruthers is EVP & Chief HR Officer for Blue Yonder.


The Carlyle Group

Kara Helander is Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer for The Carlyle Group.


Charter Communications

Paul Marchand is Executive Vice President, Human Resources for Charter Communications.


Chevron Corporation

Rhonda Morris is Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Chevron Corporation.



Marissa Andrada is Chief People Officer for Chipotle.



Francine Katousdas is Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer for Cisco.



Melanie Collins is VP & Global Head of People for Dropbox.


Edward Jones

Kristin Johnson is Chief Human Resources Officer for Edward Jones.



Karyn Twaronite is Global Vice Chair of Diversity & Inclusiveness for EY.


Freddie Mac

Jacqueline Welch is Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Diversity Officer for Freddie Mac.



Diane Gherson is Chief Human Resources Officer for IBM.



Anne Benedict is CHRO for Infor.



Amy Thompson is Chief People Officer for Mattel.



Eric Hutcherson is Chief Human Resources Officer for NBA.



Louise Pentland is EVP, Chief Business Affairs and Legal Officer for PayPal.



Ronald Schellekens is Chief Human Resources Officer for Pepsico.



Pat Wadors is Chief Talent Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer for ServiceNow.



Becky Cantieri is Chief People Officer for SurveyMonkey.



Charlene Thomas is Chief Human Resources Officer for UPS.


Zoom Communications

Lynne Oldham is Chief People Officer for Zoom Communications.