Workers and the Corporate Values Revolution

Two years into the pandemic, what has the workplace revolution revealed? Our one-day conference at the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center will bring together leading thinkers and top executives in HR, hybrid work, diversity, benefits, social impact, and employee engagement for an up-to-the-minute conversation about how organizations can build stronger bonds of trust with their workers and their communities. The event will focus on such topics as creating equity in a hybrid workplace, balancing productivity with well-being, offering better career paths, developing diversity in leadership, and supporting working parents. Among the timely questions: How can companies stay true to their core values, and accountable to their stakeholders, while making enormous changes?


From Day One Is Proud to Welcome Our Event’s Title Sponsor, 15Five 


08:30 AM - 09:30 AM
Ballroom Lobby Breakfast
09:30 AM - 09:35 AM
Grand Ballroom Opening Remarks
09:35 AM - 09:40 AM
Grand Ballroom A Word From Our Title Sponsor

Jon Greenawalt, SVP, Customer Transformation, 15Five

09:40 AM - 10:05 AM
Grand Ballroom Creating a Culture of Belonging in a Tech-Based Workplace (Fireside Chat)

How the DEI leader at Dell is bringing her experience in learning and development to give its 133,000 employees a sense of empowerment to achieve and a connection to those around them.


Vanice Hayes, Chief Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Dell Technologies


Dan Goodgame, Editor in Chief, Texas Monthly

10:10 AM - 10:30 AM
Grand Ballroom The Rise of The Modern Manager (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

Research shows that workers are seeking better opportunities, greater flexibility, and organizations that help them grow and develop their careers. But many organizational leaders have been slow to adapt, relying to much on yesterday’s skillset to lead their teams effectively. Managing an evolved workforce requires a different and a more nuanced set of skills, as well as a more adaptive approach. This session will explore the trends and challenges that organizational leaders face today, the science-backed people skills they need most, and an innovative coaching methodology that can give rise to the modern manager who thrives in the new world of work.

Jon Greenawalt, SVP, Customer Transformation, 15Five

10:30 AM - 10:35 AM
Grand Ballroom Panel Session Introduction

Sayar Lonial, Associate Dean, Communications and Public Affairs, New York University Tandon School of Engineering

10:35 AM - 11:15 AM
Grand Ballroom Improving the Talent Pipeline, From End to End (Panel)

From campus recruiting to the job offer, the hiring process has many steps where talent can be overlooked, blocked, or lost to competitors. What are the most effective ways in which employers can remove obstacles and boost engagement? How can they make the most of other pathways besides recruiting, including internships and referrals?


Jeannie Steele, Head of Global Talent Acquisition, AMD (Advanced Micro Devices)

Israel Gutierrez, Vice President, Talent Acquisition, Axios

Melissa Santarcangelo, Executive Recruiting Practice Leader, Google Cloud, Google

Jeremy Schiff, CEO, Recruitbot

Lynne Marie Finn, CEO, Broadleaf Results


Will Anderson, Managing Editor, Austin Business Journal

11:15 AM - 11:40 AM
Ballroom Lobby Coffee Break
11:40 AM - 12:25 PM
Salon AB How to Break the Rules and Create a People-First Culture (Workshop)

HR teams are always caught in the middle between doing what’s best for the company and doing what’s best for their people. This balancing act has been the norm for decades during economic downturns and upswings. But here’s some breaking news: We don’t live in that world anymore. And the companies that thrive in the future will find ways to do what’s best for both. So, how do we change the way we evaluate success, in which  the growth and development of businesses and their employees are intertwined?

Kristy McCann Flynn, CEO, GoCoach

11:40 AM - 12:25 PM
Conference Room 301 How Managers Can Address Common Employee Mental Health Challenges (Workshop)

Mental health is one of the biggest challenges American businesses face today. At a time when untreated mental illness costs the American economy as much as $300 billion a year in lost productivity, our modern workplaces cannot ignore the impact that these struggles have on our work. This workshop will help managers understand how they can have a conversation about mental health: How it’s defined, the signs of people who struggle, and how managers can support their employees.

Amelia Wilcox, CEO, Nivati

Haeli Harris, Lead Clinician, Nivati

11:40 AM - 12:25 PM
Salon DE Building Connection and Engagement Throughout the Employee Lifecycle (Workshop)

In the midst of a still-tight labor market, it’s more important than ever to meet the needs of your existing employees and help them feel more connected. However, the hybrid and remote workplace models have left many of us feeling isolated and out of the loop. With connection being a fundamental human need, how do you balance the need for workplace flexibility while creating strong connections and relationships? Join us for this in-depth session on how you can create a more connected human experience across the entire employee lifecycle and help your employees create the connections that will create your success.

Jay Harry, Chief Financial Officer, Enboarder

12:25 PM - 01:15 PM
Ballroom Lobby / Grand Ballroom Lunch
01:15 PM - 02:00 PM
Salon AB The Power of Feedback: How It can Make or Break Your Employee Experience (Workshop)

“Feedback is a gift.” We’ve all heard that adage before, but it’s an accurate statement when it comes to enabling successful teams. As executives and HR professionals focus on growth of their people and businesses, it’s critical to understand the importance of feedback and infuse that into the culture. This workshop will explore the real impact of feedback in your organizations and why it matters, memorable exercises that will amplify the importance of feedback, methods to infuse feedback strategies into your organization, and examples of companies that are doing it well to inspire action.

Rob Catalano, Chief Engagement Officer, WorkTango

01:15 PM - 02:00 PM
Salon DE How to Become a Future-Minded Leader (Workshop)

Just when we thought there might be a light at the end of the tunnel, we now find ourselves transitioning from a global pandemic into a global recession. Uncertainty continues to affect people at all levels across all organizations and the consequences for our mental health have been disastrous. If uncertainty is the new norm, is there a way out? This workshop will dive into BetterUp’s research insights and peers will explore how future-mindedness can help individuals and organizations better navigate uncertainty, increase our effectiveness, and improve our well-being.

Brad McCracken, SVP, Worldwide Sales, BetterUp

01:15 PM - 02:00 PM
Conference Room 301 How to Involve Employee-Led Groups in Your Diversity and Inclusion Efforts (Workshop)

The way we work is constantly shifting, and the workplace of the future is not just a company—it’s a community. Employees are looking for a sense of belonging and a workplace where they can learn, all while taking action on the issues that matter most to them. While many organizations already have diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives in place, empowering employees to form grassroots groups can play a vital role. Join Benevity’s workshop as they discuss the impact employee resource groups (ERGs) can have in your organization’s DEI, employee engagement, and social-impact initiatives. You’ll learn what successful ERG programs have in common, how the world’s best brands include ERGs in their DEI programs, and three ways to empower your ERGs.

Trey Yost, Executive Leader, Benevity

Karen Carter, Director, Goodness Solutions, Benevity

02:15 PM - 02:55 PM
Grand Ballroom Is Your Company Developing an Inclusive Culture? (Panel)

Instead of looking for a ‘culture fit’ in new employees, how can companies make their workplace better suited-to diversity? What are the key elements that make an employer welcoming to a diverse labor pool, from personalized benefits to a sense of belonging? How much does career growth and employee retention add to a company’s reputation for inclusion?


Elsa Zambrano, SVP, Talent & Culture, NXP Semiconductors

Paul Kim, Head of Global Implementation, Expedia Group

Kazique Prince, PhD, Global Director, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging, NI

Paul Agustin, Director, Solutions Engineer, Betterworks

Steve Armbruster, Partner, McKinsey & Company


Kathryn Lundstrom, Sustainability Editor, Adweek

03:00 PM - 03:20 PM
Grand Ballroom How HR Can Look Ahead During Uncertain Times (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

The recent hiring boom is easing somewhat, with employers reducing the intensity of their recruiting efforts. However, wise HR and talent leaders can shift now to a strategic outlook that goes beyond just hiring new team members. Among the issues HR leaders can address: What will be the company’s workforce needs in 2023 and beyond? What are the emerging skills needed–and what investments of resources will be needed for workers to acquire them? Forward-thinking recruiters and other HR professionals who pursue answers to these questions will be more assured of having a voice in C-suite decisions.

Vijay Swaminathan, CEO, Draup

03:20 PM - 03:40 PM
Ballroom Lobby Coffee Break
03:45 PM - 04:25 PM
Grand Ballroom Rebalancing the Relationship Between Workers and Employees (Panel)

In the push-and-pull of managing the workplace and talk of ‘quiet quitting,’ how can workers and management turn the tension into a catalyst for positive change? What are the best new ways for companies to focus on the overall people experience (PX) of their workers? How can employees establish work-life boundaries at a time when employers are renewing their focus on productivity?


Chinyere (ChiChi) Anyanwu, Director, Organizational Development & Culture, CPS Energy

Alton Scott, Director, HR Business Partner, Sodexo

Kim Colbeck, VP, HR, Maximus

Chad Lafferty, VP,  Gobal Sales, Attuned

Tran Andrada, Sales Engineering Manager, HiBob


Tom Miller, Morning Anchor, KXAN

04:30 PM - 04:55 PM
Grand Ballroom How Today’s Racial Reckoning Represents a New Opportunity to Choose Hope Over Fear (Fireside Chat)

A distinguished historian offers a powerful and personal new interpretation of recent history: that the period since 2008 has marked nothing less than America’s Third Reconstruction, a chance to achieve Black dignity and citizenship at last.


Peniel Joseph, PhD, Professor of Public Policy, University of Texas at Austin, and Author, “The Third Reconstruction: America’s Struggle for Racial Justice in the Twenty-First Century”


Evan Smith, CEO and Co-Founder, the Texas Tribune

04:55 PM - 05:00 PM
Grand Ballroom A Word From Our Title Sponsor

Jon Greenawalt, SVP, Customer Transformation, 15Five

05:00 PM - 05:05 PM
Grand Ballroom Closing Remarks
05:05 PM - 05:45 PM
Ballroom Lobby Evening Reception


The conference will take place at AT&T Hotel and Conference Center, the grand hotel of the University of Texas at Austin.