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We’ve all seen it — The “Great Resignation” is affecting businesses all across the U.S. with 4.3 million Americans quitting their jobs in August alone. Increasingly, we are seeing big employment gaps and even bigger retention issues. Whether the “Great Resignation” has already hit your company or not, the next few months will be critical in getting your business ready for a post-pandemic employment environment. In this salon, Laura Butler, Chief Human Resources Officer at Talkdesk discusses the creative heroics of companies and CHROs dealing with the incredible war on talent and the "Great Resignation". Talkdesk is a $3B+ unicorn and a global customer experience leader partnering with over 1,800 innovative companies around the world. Learn how you can protect your organization against losing your best employees and explore new equity models and compensation structures to prioritize your workforce’s needs to turn the retention challenge into a scaling opportunity. Gain knowledge on topics including:

  • How to rethink the value proposition to benefit the organization as a whole
  • How we can reimagine our team's support system
  • How to transform the workplace environment to increase well-being
  • How to personalize and establish deeper connections with your employees
  • How to optimize time to value to create a more resilient organization

CHRO Perspectives is a monthly forum exclusive to Athena members and CHRO leaders and heads of learning and development (all genders). Each month, Athena founder & CEO, Coco Brown, hosts a fireside chat with an HR innovator, focusing wholly on executive development trends, workforce management, human capital thought leadership, and more.


Laura Butler Chief Human Resources Officer

Laura Butler is Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) at Talkdesk. Butler joined Talkdesk from Workfront (an Adobe company), where she served as senior vice president of people and culture. While there, Butler oversaw the creation and strengthening of their award-winning culture and acceleration of the digital work experience. Her career reflects over two decades shaping global talent strategies for several Fortune 500 and Cloud 100 companies while in senior leadership positions at Ttec, Taleo, Oracle, and Pacific Gas and Electric.

Nationally recognized for her leadership roles in workforce development, and diversity and inclusion initiatives, Butler counts among her professional accolades a special veterans program recognition by the White House and former Vice President Joe Biden. She is also a past recipient of the Most Influential Women listing from the San Francisco Business Times, a finalist for Utah’s Women in Technology award, and an advisory board member of the Women Tech Council in Utah.


Coco Brown CEO

Coco is founder and CEO of Athena Alliance. Prior to her current roles, Coco served as President, COO, and Board Director of Taos, a market leader in IT Services serving hundreds of F1000 companies, including Apple, Cisco, ebay, Facebook, and Silicon Valley Bank. Coco brings rich experience across F1000 companies, start-ups, and nonprofits in the roles of CEO, COO, advisor, and Board member to Athena. She possesses a unique understanding of the breadth of challenges and opportunities of leadership. She empowers leaders to execute successfully, working with them to develop the relationship between a company’s strategy and its organizational design and environment. Coco’s expertise in developing and strengthening these important linkages makes her a powerful C-level advisor and Board member. In addition to serving on the Board of Taos from 2004 to 2014, Coco served as a Board Director for MentorNet during its rebranding, product transformation, and subsequent acquisition by Great Minds in STEM. Coco was on the finance committee supporting the Board of Directors of Samasource and established the Operating Committee for the Silicon Valley arm of Golden Seeds, a New York-based early-stage investment firm. She also currently serves as Chair of the Nominating Committee for the Anita Borg Technology Leadership Award, one of the most prestigious awards honoring women in technology.

Key Details

The War For Talent and the Great Resignation

Tue, Nov 23 @ 9:00am PT (1 hr)

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