Rediscovering Community Amid Changing Corporate Values

In an environment of constant workplace change, how can employers create a consistent community that builds enduring bonds of trust with workers? Our one-day live conference 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 on topics such as creating equity in a hybrid workplace, balancing productivity with well-being, offering better career paths, developing diversity in leadership, and supporting working parents.

From Day One is a Recertification Provider for SHRM and HRCI. This session is eligible for 4 credits from both organizations. The Activity IDs will be sent to attendees after the conclusion of the session.


08:30 AM - 09:40 AM
Ballroom Lobby Breakfast
09:40 AM - 09:45 AM
Grand Ballroom Opening Remarks
09:45 AM - 10:05 AM
Grand Ballroom The Culture of H-E-B: Why Employees (and Customers) Are So Devoted (Fireside Chat)

How the iconic Texas grocery retailer offers a unique blend of team spirit, attractive benefits, and career opportunities for its 145,000-strong workforce.


Mayerland Harris, Group VP, Talent, H-E-B


Dan Goodgame, Editor in Chief, Texas Monthly 

10:05 AM - 10:10 AM
Grand Ballroom Session Introduction

Marty Mickelson, Sales Executive, Axomo

10:10 AM - 10:50 AM
Grand Ballroom Supporting the Employee's Whole, Individual Self at Work (Panel)

The cookie-cutter approach to benefits has been widely rejected, but what philosophy and specific programs will take its place? How can companies personalize their approach to workers, so that they take full advantage of the benefits and rewards available to them, including health programs and financial well-being platforms? What can help encourage workers to embrace these offerings? 


Carmen Whitney Orr, Chief People Officer, Yelp  

Joanna Daly, VP Total Rewards, IBM

Israel Gutierrez, Vice President, Talent Acquisition, Axios

Arthur Lane, Head of Marketing, Stork Club

Aidan McMahon, Director of Employer Sales, Talkspace    


Sahar Chmais, Staff Writer, Austin Business Journal

10:50 AM - 11:15 AM
Grand Ballroom Evolution of Employee Recognition & Rewards: 7 Trends & Best Practices (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

Recognition and rewards have been used by organizations for over a century to improve employee engagement and retention. But today, only 33% of organizations feel their R&R programs are actually effective. This Thought Leadership session will share seven best practices for Employee Recognition & Rewards Programs, drawn from organizations that have successfully revamped their strategies to improve employee retention, engagement, and the holistic employee experience.


Merrily McGugan, Vice President, WorkTango

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Ballroom Lobby Coffee Break
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
Amplify Learning Impact: A Workshop for HR and L&D Leaders (Workshop)

Are you a leader who wants to measure and highlight the impact of your learning investments? Join Meica Hatters, senior learning strategist at Hone, for this interactive workshop designed for talent-development professionals like yourself. You'll have the opportunity to delve into a practical case study, where we'll explore how measurement techniques were applied to demonstrate the true value of a learning investment. By gaining insight into the power of precise measurement, you'll be able to enhance your role and increase your influence within your organization. You'll have exclusive access to our online ROI calculator, a dynamic tool that enables real-time calculations and allows you to quantify the results and unlock insights that will strengthen your ability to make data-driven decisions.


Meica Hatters, Senior Learning Strategist, Hone

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
The Significance of the Five Pillars of Belonging (Workshop)

Research shows that for organizations looking to improve the employee experience, creating conditions for belonging have an immediate and lasting effect. Employees who feel a sense of belonging are more engaged and have higher job satisfaction, better mental health, and improved productivity. In this interactive session, Achievers will share a tactical, practical perspective on how to ensure that every employee feels Welcomed, Known, Included, Supported, and Connected.

Emma Harvie, AWI Advisor, Achievers

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
Dimensional Values: Unleashing the Power of Respect, Inclusion, and Ethics in Today’s Corporate Culture (Workshop)

In this session, we’ll explore corporate values­–those words posted on the wall and the website. We’ll learn how expectations are increasing, the skills and behaviors needed to truly live those values, and how to leverage them to progress internal initiatives and meet public commitments. Join Emtrain’s ambassadors as they review how to be more intentional around values like respect, integrity, accountability, and inclusion. We’ll map out relevant behaviors using a skills taxonomy, talk about how to teach and measure them, and show how your values can help you gain consensus and engagement in creating healthier workplace cultures and delivering on your mission.


Leesa Askew, Enterprise Account Executive, Emtrain

Laraine McKinnon, Talent and Culture Strategist, Emtrain

12:30 PM - 01:40 PM
Ballroom Lobby Lunch
01:40 PM - 01:45 PM
Grand Ballroom Session Introduction

Jenny Cotie Kangas, Director, Employer Branding and Awareness, PandoLogic

01:45 PM - 02:25 PM
Grand Ballroom How to Keep Momentum Going on Diversity and Inclusion (Panel)

Companies made huge commitments to DEI, yet many employees in Gallup surveys say they aren’t feeling it in terms of greater respect and sense of belonging. How can employers identify their blind spots and obstacles to progress? How can they coach their managers to become more open in talking about discrimination and its impact on employee well-being? What factors build trust on diverse work teams?


Janet Etlinger, Vice President, HRBP Leader HPE Compute Business Unit, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)  

Julia Lashay-Israel, Head of Inclusion & Belonging, Keller Williams (KW)  

Mark Pearson, Corporate Vice President for AMD Human Resources, Talent and Organizational Capabilities, AMD

Susanne DiCocco, Principal, Human Capital, Deloitte

Madhukar Govindaraju, Founder & CEO, Numly  


Deborah Sengupta Stith, reporter, Austin-American Statesman

02:25 PM - 02:50 PM
Grand Ballroom Thought Leadership Spotlight: Tech-Driven, Human-Centered: Building the Future of Work

Although recent tech advancements can revolutionize HR processes, the power of human connection remains at the heart of recruitment and team-building. How can we harmoniously blend tech innovation and human connection in the rapidly evolving world of work? Join us as we envision the future: a vibrant workplace that masterfully combines technology and human-centric strategies, fostering a sense of belonging, engagement, and commitment to growth.


Jerry Aubin, CEO, BountyJobs

02:50 PM - 03:20 PM
Ballroom Lobby Coffee Break
03:20 PM - 03:25 PM
Grand Ballroom Session Introduction

Matt Barker, Enterprise Account Executive, Burnalong

03:25 PM - 04:05 PM
Grand Ballroom How Career Growth Can Be a Part of Employee Experience From the Beginning (Panel)

Increasingly, workers say they want to grow in their jobs. How are companies designing an experience that provides a variety of career paths and development opportunities? When are the key moments to communicate a company's learning culture, starting with onboarding? What are the most effective new educational techniques, including coaching and mentoring?


Elsa Zambrano, SVP, Talent & Culture, NXP Semiconductors  

Ramona Arora, Ph.D., Vice President, Global Talent Development Chief Learning Officer, Dell 

Lya Icaza, Head of Talent Marketplace, USAA

Mel Faxon, COO & Co-Founder, Hey Mirza

Rebecca Warren, Director of Customer Success, Eightfold    


Tom Miller, Morning Anchor, KXAN 

04:05 PM - 04:30 PM
Grand Ballroom Why America’s Wage Gap Is Leading to Its Decline–and What to Do About It (Fireside Chat)

Many people believe that wages are determined by labor-market forces. But that’s an insidious myth, according to a provocative new book that casts light on the influences at work and proposes how to reverse the destructive effects of chronic income inequality.


Michael Lind, author of Hell to Pay: How the Suppression of Wages Is Destroying America


Will Anderson, Managing Editor, Austin Business Journal

04:30 PM - 04:35 PM
Grand Ballroom Closing Remarks
04:35 PM - 05:30 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.