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.

From Day One Is Proud to Welcome Our Title Sponsor, the Walton Family Foundation


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


Tanya Odom, Director of Equity and Inclusion, Walton Family Foundation

09:40 AM - 10:00 AM
Ballroom C Developing Leaders to Tap Their Potential and Boost Their Performance (Fireside Chat)

In a competitive field, your company needs innovative approaches to developing the leaders of tomorrow, including coaching, training, goal-setting and more. A look at the present and future state of leadership development.


Peter Leckemby, Head of Talent Management, DISH Network   


Megan Ulu-Lani Boyanton, Reporter, the Denver Post

10:00 AM - 10:25 AM
Ballroom C Embedding DEI in Grantmaking: From Vision to Action (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

Diversity, equity and inclusion leads to greater and more lasting impact for people, teams and communities. And we know that embracing our differences and lived experiences enhances innovation, creativity, decision-making and better problem-solving. But it’s not always easy to turn aspirations into tangible actions. In this session, we’ll explore practical strategies and real-world examples of embedding DEI principles and practices into philanthropy, both internally and externally.


Tanya Odom, Director of Equity and Inclusion, Walton Family Foundation

10:25 AM - 10:30 AM
Ballroom C Session Introduction

Jess Marble, Director, Care for Business

10:30 AM - 11:10 AM
Ballroom C Creating Opportunity Within: How Employers Are Boosting Internal Mobility (Panel)

To retain valued workers and attract top talent, more companies are focusing on providing both upskilling and reskilling opportunities to their workers to help prepare them to move into new roles across the organization. What are the benefits to the company of improving internal mobility? How can employers coordinate these efforts by their executive teams and leaders in HR and talent acquisition? Why will better internal mobility align with efforts toward greater diversity, equity, and inclusion?


David Mafe, Chief Diversity Officer & VP, HR, Denver Metro Region, UCHealth

Kassey Kampman, VP, People Operations, SSA Group 

Melissa Uribes, VP, Talent, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Trimble 

Rebecca Warren, Director of Customer Success, Eightfold

Scott David, CEO, Founder, The Authentic Executive


Elizabeth Hernandez, Reporter,  Higher Education and General Assignment, the Denver Post

11:10 AM - 11:35 AM
Ballroom C Benefit Priorities: Why the Current Caregiving Crisis Is a Business Problem Worth Solving (Thought Leadership Spotlight

An estimated 73% of your workers are primary caregivers. That means they’re facing a caregiver shortage and skyrocketing costs at home that directly impact their productivity and retention at work. In the state of our economy, every dollar counts for employers and your workforce. Join us to learn which benefits employers are prioritizing that directly impact their bottom line and how the caregiving crisis is affecting your employees. You will walk away with immediate steps you can take to evaluate and implement equitable and accessible benefits for employees at every life stage.


Jess Marble, Director, Care for Business

11:35 AM - 11:55 AM
Foyer Coffee Break
11:55 AM - 12:40 PM
Room 11AB 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.


Emily Pearce, Director of Global Customer Care, Achievers

11:55 AM - 12:40 PM
Ballroom A Foundations of Effective Training (Workshop)

This workshop is designed to provide an overview of the entire lifecycle of employee training, from its foundational principles to its evaluation and improvement. Topic 1 focuses on establishing the importance of training, understanding adult learning principles, and identifying training needs. Topic 2 delves into the nitty-gritty of designing and delivering effective training. Topic 3 shifts the focus to evaluating the efficacy of training programs using models like the Kirkpatrick Model and emphasizes the role of feedback for continuous improvement. It also explores the potential of technology in enhancing the training experience.


Chris Packert, CEO, Emerge ID

11:55 AM - 12:40 PM
Ballroom E What Is Mental Fitness and Why Is It the New Business Imperative? (Workshop)

New research is uncovering a costly gap in meeting the mental health needs of organizations, particularly for the “massive middle,” the proportion of your workforce that is neither thriving nor suffering. You will learn what mental fitness is, how employees can strengthen it, and why investing in mental fitness results in a happier, healthier and more productive workforce.


Linda Pourmassina, Senior Director, Product Management, Virtual Therapeutics

Dan Elenbaas, CEO/Co-Founder, Virtual Therapeutics. 

12:40 PM - 01:40 PM
Foyer Lunch
01:45 PM - 01:50 PM
Ballroom C Session Introduction

Lyssa Hansard, Founder, CEO, Principal Consultant, Cura HR

01:50 PM - 02:30 PM
Ballroom C How HR Leaders Can Use People Data to Increase Their Strategic Influence (Panel)

Since C-suite leaders rely heavily on data to make decisions, HR leaders can embrace the burgeoning field of people analytics to advise their colleagues about the way people impact the business–and the way the business impacts people. People analytics is becoming the foundation for collaborations with the CEO, the board, and the organization at large for decisions in areas including benefits, talent acquisition, workforce planning, and diversity, equity and inclusion. What are the best methods for carrying out the analysis, translating into a business context, and delivering that information to the C-suite? 


Jim Ritchey, VP, HR Strategy & Delivery, Intermountain Health

Andrea Osborne, VP, People, Product/R&D Unit, Genesys

Monet Hires, VP, Business Partnerships, Diversity, & Talent Acquisition, Summit Materials

Andrea Derler, PhD, Principal of Research and Value, Visier

Kristian Gaetano, Chief Operating Officer, Achievers


Matt Bloom, Reporter, Colorado Public Radio

02:30 PM - 02:55 PM
Ballroom C The Future of Work Is Now: Offering Child Care Benefits Is Essential to Your Business (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

How can employers evolve their benefits approach to best support working parents? What are forward-thinking companies doing today to attract and retain working parents today and in the future? You’ll gain perspective on how working parents’ expectations have shifted and what employers can do to meet them; why child care benefits are one of the most impactful benefits to offer working parents today; and how employers are taking advantage of this opportunity.


Dan Figurski, President, Kindercare for Employers

02:55 PM - 03:15 PM
Foyer Coffee Break
03:15 PM - 04:00 PM
Ballroom C Enhancing Employee Well-Being Through Whole-Person Management

Whole-person management is revolutionizing the employee experience by recognizing the importance of addressing all aspects of an individual's well-being. What are some effective strategies and initiatives used to enhance the overall employee experience? As this thinking evolves, how can employers be most effective in discovering what their individual employees need–including child care and mental-health support–and how are they aligning those needs with new solutions? What are the benefits of adopting and supporting a holistic approach?


Rachelle Carpenter, Chief People Officer, Apryse

Judith Almendra, Group VP, Global Human Capital & Talent Acquisition, TTEC

Jessica Hitt, VP, Human Resources Business Partner, TIAA

Mel Faxon, COO, Co-Founder, Mirza


Noelle Phillips, Senior Reporter, the Denver Post 

04:00 PM - 04:25 PM
Ballroom C What Employees Expect When They Bring Their Full Identities to Work (Fireside Chat)

In recent years, workers have demanded greater respect for the many facets of their lives: family, ethnicity, politics, outside interests, and much more. A much-published scholar who focuses on the orientation of workers toward their roles will show why the clock can’t be turned back.


Sabrina Volpone, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Colorado Boulder


Saja Hindi, Reporter, the Denver Post

04:25 PM - 04:30 PM
Ballroom C Closing Remarks
04:30 PM - 05:30 PM
Foyer Evening Reception


The conference will take place at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, a nonprofit, multi-use cultural facility.