Live 2023: Denver

Wednesday, October 18, 2023
8:30AM MT - 5:30PM MT


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

10:00 AM - 10:25 AM
Ballroom C Thought Leadership Spotlight (Walton Family Foundation)


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

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 & Vice President Human Resources,  Denver Metro Region, UCHealth

Kassey Kampman, VP People Operations, SSA Group 

Melissa Uribes, Vice President, Talent, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, People eXperience, Trimble 

Rebecca Warren, Director of Customer Success, Eightfold


Elizabeth Hernandez, Higher Education/General Assignment reporter, The Denver Post

11:10 AM - 11:35 AM
Ballroom C Thought Leadership Spotlight (Care for Business)


Jess Marble, Director, Care for Business

09:40 AM - 10:00 AM
Ballroom C Fireside Chat


Jennifer Cockrum, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Hertz

11:35 AM - 11:55 AM
Foyer Coffee Break
11:55 AM - 12:40 PM
11AB The Significance of the Five Pillars of Belonging

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

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. It sets the groundwork by emphasizing the significance of training in employee performance and satisfaction. Topic 2 delves into the nitty-gritty of designing and delivering effective training. It introduces the basics of instructional design and explores various training methods and modalities.

This session also offers techniques to keep learners engaged through interactive activities. 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, specifically Learning Management Systems, in enhancing the training experience. the workshop concludes with a Q&A segment to address queries and share insights.


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)

Description: 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 Elebaas, CEO/Co-founder, Virtual Therapeutics. 

12:40 PM - 01:40 PM
Foyer Lunch
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, Vice President Human Resources, 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

02:35 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 Putting a Value on Supporting Workers With Family Care Needs (Panel)

When employees have significant caregiving responsibilities, whether it's for elderly parents or family members with challenging conditions, their work lives can suffer. What's the business case for helping them find solutions to these needs, including the impact on talent acquisition and diversity, equity and inclusion? To justify corporate investments in this area, are there metrics to show how much this support can boost productivity and engagement? What's the real-world experience of companies who have been involved in this kind of care?


Rachelle Carpenter, Chief People Officer, Apryse

Judith Almendra, Group Vice President, Global Human Capital & Talent Acquisition, TTEC

Jessica Hitt, Vice President, Human Resources Business Partner - TIAA

Mel Faxon, COO, Co-founder, Hey Mirza


Noelle Phillips, Senior Reporter, The Denver Post 

04:00 PM - 04:25 PM
Ballroom C Fireside Chat #2


Sabrina Volpone, Ph.D., Associate Professor - University of Colorado Boulder

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.