September 8th, 2022 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Central

Preparing for Your Next Merger & Acquisition

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Michelle Ricardo, Quest Diagnostics

Dr. Susan Hanold, ADP

As companies look to capture long-term value from M&A deals in a market challenged by labor shortages, they are increasingly focused on building trust with employees and talent retention. Many employees may decide that being acquired is a reason to make a career pivot. That’s why now, more than ever, employers are becoming increasingly innovative when it comes to the talent side of M&A. Join us to learn what is happening in today’s market and how you can prepare your organization to gain long-term value capture through talent retention.

•Talent retention tools and best practices

•Culture integration do's and don’ts

•Creating purpose and belonging with employees

This roundtable is hosted by Dallas regional leaders Dr. Susan Hanold & Rhonda Mahan.


We host global roundtables the 2nd Tuesday of every month.

Michelle Ricardo

HR M&A Leader and HR Business Partner

Quest Diagnostics

As an HR Executive for Quest Diagnostics, Michelle Ricardo leads HR for Mergers and Acquisitions with HR Business Partner responsibility for Health Systems and Marketing. She holds 20 years of high-impact experience in human resources related to business transformation, organic and M&A growth, and in building high-performance teams. Prior to her current role, Michelle led the people transformation associated with building Quest’s new state-of-the-art 250,000-square-foot laboratory in Clifton, New Jersey. Before joining Quest, she worked for Canon.

Michelle’s impressive capabilities in setting strategy, influencing change, and driving execution in complex situations has enabled a career of strong business results in the areas of growth, operational excellence, talent development, and employee engagement. Michelle is passionate about diversity, equity and inclusion speaks fluent Spanish, and is a member of Quest’s Women in Leadership Steering Committee.

Michelle has a Master’s degree in I/O Psychology from Montclair State University and a Bachelor's in Psychology from St. Peter’s University.

Dr. Susan Hanold

VP, Strategic Advisory Services | Head of M&A Practice


Dr. Susan Hanold is a talent strategy expert and thought leader with more than 20 years of results-based leadership experience as an executive coach and organization development expert. As a vice president in ADP’s Strategic Advisory Services group, Susan collaborates with clients to build talent strategies that improve employee engagement, retention and drive organizational change.

Susan was selected as one of the “Top Women in HR Technology,” by Recruiting Daily, nominated on the “Most Inclusive HR Influencer List,” and received the Readership Award by Training Industry Magazine. Susan created ADP’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) Maturity Model that provides a snapshot of a company’s current DEI efforts while simultaneously achieving their business goals. Susan leads the Dallas HR Merger &Acquisition (M&A) Roundtable, a peer-learning forum for M&A professionals.

Prior to joining ADP in 2012, Susan served as vice president of organizational development with Bear Stearns, created the coaching model for YUM! Brands and served as a change management consultant at Accenture. She currently serves on the Human Capital Executive Research Board.

Susan has created and delivered global human capital management workshops for many of the Fortune 500 covering key areas such as M&A best practices, HR transformation, future of work, diversity, and talent trends.

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What is the purpose of the roundtables?

Our virtual global and in-person regional roundtable discussions offer you a unique opportunity for networking, learning, and sharing your knowledge and experiences with your peers. At each session you’ll:

• Expand your network of professionals who share similar interests in Mergers & Acquisitions.

• Exchange experiences and know-how with other group members, allowing you to validate and share ideas, opinions, and best practices.

• Explore emerging practices and new trends in the HR M&A space

What is the HR M&A Roundtable?

The HR M&A Roundtable is a forum for Human Resources professionals and others managing the people, leadership, and culture issues in Mergers & Acquisitions. We offer roundtable sessions, training, tools, and an annual conference.

Who participates in roundtable discussions?

Participation is limited to HR or Corporate Development professionals who are either in a role with M&A responsibilities or who anticipate managing a transaction in the next 12 months.

Where are roundtable sessions held?

We host global virtual roundtable sessions every month. These 60-minute sessions focus on a particular topic of interest to practitioners. Discussions are led by a seasoned HR M&A practitioner who will help ensure what you share can be applied to your deal work. Past topics have included leadership retention, culture assessment, global deals, and total rewards alignment.

We also offer Regional Roundtable sessions in many cities, including Chicago, New York, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Austin, Denver, and London. These sessions usually take place face-to-face but have moved to a virtual format in response to the pandemic.