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 - 09:30 AM
Hudson Loft 1st Floor Breakfast
09:30 AM - 09:35 AM
Hudson Loft 2nd Floor Opening Remarks
09:35 AM - 09:55 AM
Hudson Loft 2nd Floor Building a Corporate Culture of Creativity, Passion, and Empathy (Fireside Chat)

How one of the entertainment industry’s largest talent agencies fosters an environment in which a sense of purpose and inclusion gives rise to fresh ideas, employee growth, and a positive impact on underserved communities.


Jean-Rene Zetrenne, Chief People Officer, United Talent Agency


Alison Brower, Los Angeles Bureau Chief, Insider

09:55 AM - 10:00 AM
Hudson Loft 2nd Floor Session Introduction


Miki Cisic, VP of Revenue, Northstar

10:00 AM - 10:40 AM
Hudson Loft 2nd Floor Cultural Transformation and Meaningful Work: Nurturing a Purpose-Driven Workplace (Panel)

In an era of rapid change, purpose-driven environments are increasingly more important. How can leaders navigate cultural shifts within their organizations that prioritizes meaningful work, foster employee satisfaction, loyalty, and overall well-being? How can leaders tap into the power of intrinsic motivation to create genuine purpose and fulfillment? 


Nicole Husband, VP, People & Culture, Warner Bros. Discovery

Amy Baker, VP & People Officer, Corporate Functions, Activision Blizzard

Jerrold Coakley, SVP, HR, Stater Bros. Markets

Octavius Black, Co-Founder and CEO, MindGym

Matt Stone, Senior Solutions Consultant, Attuned


Faith Pinho, Reporter, the Los Angeles Times

10:40 AM - 10:45 AM
Hudson Loft 2nd Floor Session Introduction


Marty Mickelson, Sales Executive, Axomo

10:45 AM - 11:05 AM
Hudson Loft 2nd Floor 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

11:05 AM - 11:30 AM
Hudson Loft 1st Floor Coffee Break
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Loft 303 Taking a Skills-Based Approach to Activating Corporate Values in Workforce Behavior (Workshop)

For 25 years, organizations have relied on policies and training to ensure that employee behavior matches corporate values. While program managers can point to completion certificates, today companies experience just as many violations of corporate values as we did 25 years ago. It’s time to take a different approach, a skills-based approach to values like respect, inclusion, and integrity. In this session, we’ll share a skills taxonomy for corporate values and a learning approach to develop, measure, and quantifiably improve skills throughout the workforce. Bring your corporate values with you to the session and we’ll make it interactive! 


Janine Yancey, Founder & CEO, Emtrain

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Loft 301 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.


David Bator, Managing Director, Achievers Workforce Institute, Achievers

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Breakout Room A - 2nd Floor Leading Change: Brain-Friendly Change Management Strategies (Workshop)

Change is now the norm. We’re living in an era where an organization’s capacity to change quickly and effectively is pivotal to its survival. The challenge? Our brains resist change and crave certainty. LifeLabs Learning is here to help! In this workshop, people-ops professionals will learn science-backed strategies to help companies and employees adapt, accept, and commit to change. In this session, you will learn the key skills to lead and reinforce change initiatives; practice your change-messaging skills; and leave with a strategic-change checklist you can use in any situation.


Katya Davydova, Leadership Trainer and Facilitator Lead, LifeLabs Learning

12:15 PM - 01:15 PM
Hudson Loft 1st Floor Lunch
01:15 PM - 02:00 PM
Breakout Room A - 2nd Floor The Talent-Driven Advantage: Leveraging Capability Building and Talent Insights Into Business Results (Workshop)

In a rapidly evolving business landscape, the key to success lies in developing critical leadership capabilities that allow your leaders to adapt to change, embrace innovation, and thrive in complex environments. In this session, you will discover how Mursion’s immersive simulations empower your workforce to develop essential leadership capabilities, effective communication skills, emotional intelligence, and decision-making abilities. Mursion's immersive technology combines the best of AI and human interaction, offering a unique and dynamic approach to building the capabilities that retain, grow, and advance your leaders.


Mark Atkinson, CEO, Co-Founder, Mursion

01:15 PM - 02:00 PM
Loft 301 How to Drive Loyalty and Performance With More Meaningful Recognition (Workshop)

The right kind of employee recognition is proven to increase engagement, motivation, and performance—all of which are critical in a tight economy and labor market. The problem? Most organizations are getting recognition wrong, investing dollars only to be disappointed by a lack of return. In this workshop, we’re going to give you the tools to do recognition better. Based on our work with hundreds of organizations across industries and our unique experiences-based approach, we’ll walk through a step-by-step framework you can use to drive loyalty and performance.


Natasha Wahid, Director of Content, Blueboard

01:15 PM - 02:00 PM
Loft 303 Fueling the Future: Sustaining DEI Momentum Together (Workshop)

How do you maintain your DEI momentum and engagement? When leaders have the right tools and best practices, they are more equipped to support the psychological safety of all employees. In this session, IBIS Consulting Group will provide you with three  creative, innovative, and impactful customizable modalities: stand-up comedy, poignant personal stories from leaders and individual contributors, and interactive theater to keep your team engaged in 2024 and beyond.


Shilpa Pherwani, Principal/CEO, IBIS

Teji Arboleda, Chief of Global Creative Services, IBIS

02:10 PM - 02:15 PM
Hudson Loft 2nd Floor Session Introduction


Karen Jackson, Executive Director of Recruitment, Pepperdine University

02:15 PM - 02:55 PM
Hudson Loft 2nd Floor Developing Diverse Leadership From the Start (Panel)

Empowering employees to transition successfully into leadership positions is crucial today. How can organizations create robust and inclusive pathways for employees, ensuring they acquire the skills and confidence needed to thrive as managers? What are the hidden obstacles and the gaps in development? What supportive environments can businesses establish to nurture aspiring leaders, fostering the resilience and emotional intelligence needed to thrive?


Christina Glennon, Head of DEI Programs and Operations, Levi Strauss & Co.

Darren Chiappetta, Global Head of Employee Relations & Workforce Compliance, Roku

Kimberley Fernandes, VP & Head of Learning and Organizational Development, The Wonderful Company

Marissa Waldman, Chief Excellence Officer, Leaderology 

Michael Watson, Head of Customer Success, North America, Eightfold


Stacy Perman, Reporter, the Los Angeles Times

02:55 PM - 03:20 PM
Hudson Loft 2nd Floor Mapping the Human Genome of Potential (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

For more than 500 years, human beings have used resumes to assess the potential of individuals. While it may be tempting to think that the reason we still use them is because they’re a good indicator of future performance, the truth is that we just haven’t found anything better. Yet the reliance on resumes, combined with technology, is a catastrophic combination. Algorithms that scan for keywords, metrics, and skills effectively exclude more than 80% of potential job candidates. What if, instead of relying on an exclusionary demand-side search for skills and themes, we instead used an inclusive, supply-side approach, allowing people to demonstrate their potential? Through data science, performance coaching, and some empathy, we can change the way the world works.


Scott Dettman, CEO, Avenica

03:20 PM - 03:45 PM
Hudson Loft 1st Floor Coffee Break
03:45 PM - 03:50 PM
Hudson Loft 2nd Floor Session Introduction


Marisa Morgan, Sales Executive, Grubhub

03:50 PM - 04:30 PM
Hudson Loft 2nd Floor To Attract More Talent, Build a Bigger Tent (Panel)

To a notable degree, employers have hampered their ability to find underestimated talent by putting up too many barriers, many of them based on old thinking. In a historically tight labor market, enlightened employers are considering unconventional candidates, ranging from those lacking higher education to the formerly incarcerated. By developing apprenticeships and other training programs, they're finding new talent and fostering diversity and inclusion at the same time. What are their proven methods?


Mason Williams, Global Head of DEI, Mattel

Brian Padilla, VP, HR Business Partner & Production HR Leader, Lionsgate

Eric Ueno, SVP, HR, Hot Topic

Rita Stall, Senior Director of Digital Operations, Tech Elevator

Bertha Haro, Executive Director of California, Npower


Nick Wolny, Columnist, Out Magazine

04:30 PM - 04:35 PM
Hudson Loft 2nd Floor Session Introduction


Matt Kessler, Chief Revenue OffIcer, Snappy

04:35 PM - 04:55 PM
Hudson Loft 2nd Floor How Differences in Cultural Identity Can Be Bridged to Benefit Individual and Social Well-Being (Fireside Chat)

A leading researcher on inclusive success, who has studied the real-world experiences stemming from differences in cultural identity, tells how effective collaboration skills can not only defuse conflict, but also raise individual contributions to new heights. 


Heather Caruso, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Faculty Co-Director, Inclusive Ethics Initiative, Anderson School of Management, UCLA 


 Margot Roosevelt, Journalist, Economic and Labor News

04:55 PM - 05:00 PM
Hudson Loft 2nd Floor Closing Remarks
05:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Hudson Loft 1st Floor Evening Reception


The conference will take place at the Hudson Loft, a photo, film, and event space, located in the South Park district of DTLA. The venue is two blocks east of the Staples Center and LA Live, off of 12th & Hope.