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
Lincoln Memorial & Library Lounge Breakfast
09:30 AM - 09:35 AM
Lincoln Hall Opening Remarks
09:35 AM - 09:55 AM
Lincoln Hall Leading the Human Side of Rapid Digital Transformation (Fireside Chat)

The CHRO of a 135-year-old, iconic publishing company takes a forward-looking approach to the reshaping of work for a digital era.


Jeannine Tait, Chief HR and Communications Officer, McGraw Hill


Ariella Cohen, Assistant Managing Editor, News, the Philadelphia Inquirer

10:00 AM - 10:40 AM
Lincoln Hall Transforming Organizations: Leadership’s Role in Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (Panel)

Leaders can serve as pivotal forces for change within organizations that have fallen short when it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). How can leaders break the cycle of the status quo and foster an environment that celebrates and benefits from diversity? What are effective strategies for creating an equitable structure that ensures all voices are heard and valued? How can leaders inspire an organizational culture where inclusion is more than a buzzword, but an embedded principle in every facet of the company's operations? How does transparency about past missteps and future intentions play a role in this transformation? How can leaders leverage their influence to not only reshape their organizations internally, but also contribute to societal change and justice?


Jennifer Brunelle, VP, Talent Acquisition, Development and Diversity, NRG 

David Rhoden, VP, Culture and Inclusion, Chubb 

Kristie Small, VP, Diversity and Inclusion, NFI

Katie Mooney, Managing Director, Seramount

Dana Kirwin, Director of Employer and Government Relations, Medela


Juliana Feliciano Reyes, Reporter, the Philadelphia Inquirer 

10:40 AM - 11:05 AM
Lincoln Hall Doing Good and Doing Well: the Business Case for Elevating Nontraditional Talent From Within (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

Companies seeking to do good through their talent development and acquisition practices have the opportunity to transform people’s lives–they just have to look in the right places. In this presentation, discover the social and economic factors leading companies to nurture internal talent for a more inclusive, productive and engaged workforce.


Anthony Hughes, Co-Founder and CEO, Tech Elevator

11:05 AM - 11:30 AM
Lincoln Memorial & Library Lounge Coffee Break
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Breakout Room A 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.


Krystal Hindle, Achievers Workforce Institute Advisor, Achievers

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Breakout Room B Creating a Culture of Feedback: Embracing the Discomfort (Workshop)

We all know that feedback is the key to effective teamwork, but delivering it can present a minefield of challenges. From framing tough feedback and navigating different communication styles, to managing up and voicing insights with leaders, it’s no wonder many teams leave feedback to annual performance touchpoints–to the detriment of team growth and culture. In this session, we will provide you with the tools and skills to transform your relationship with feedback. Through a mixture of open dialogue about shared challenges, best practice insights for feedback, and research-based scenario discussions, our goal is for you to walk away with concrete steps that will help your team build a culture of feedback.


Willie Jackson, Partner and Head of Growth, ReadySet

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Breakout Room C Employee Engagement Surveys: Gamifying Follow-up and Implementation of Actions (Workshop)

Do you or your leaders get frustrated with survey follow-up processes, or simply don’t follow up? Many organizations use surveys to understand employee engagement, retention, and culture. However, leaders often feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of data and often struggle to create clear action plans–or simply don’t find the time to do so. In this workshop, we will share best practices and identify tools that can help ensuring that actions are implemented and progress is monitored. You’ll leave the workshop with practices that can help you with your follow-up work and you’ll learn about a tool designed to assist you by utilizing gamification and science-based research to ensure a more engaging and effective approach. 

Abdirahman Guleed, CEO & Founder, Empida 
12:15 PM - 01:15 PM
Lincoln Memorial & Library Lounge Lunch
01:15 PM - 02:00 PM
Breakout Room B Tactical Ways to Improve Team Participation so Everyone is Heard (Workshop)

Employees have different workstyles, behaviors, backgrounds and comfort zones.  In team settings we often see two or three people do all of the talking – so how do we get everyone to contribute and what’s stopping them?  Join Vivek in a conversation about how to get the entire team to participate so that everyone can have an equitable voice and feel valued.  Vivek will show methods and techniques that you can do today that will improve the overall participation on your teams.  And he will touch on using AI, team processes and focus boosters to continue to encourage participation.


Vivek Nigam, CEO, ReTeam

01:15 PM - 02:00 PM
Breakout Room A Is HR Already Behind in the AI Revolution? (Workshop)

The future of work is both human and AI. Where is HR in this revolution? i4cp, the leading authority on next practices in human capital, recently conducted a global research study that reveals how generative AI is specifically impacting the HR function–and how innovative HR teams are taking full advantage of this fast-evolving technology. In this session led by i4cp’s VP of research, Lorrie Lykins, you’ll be among the first to see the key findings from the study and hear what sets high-performance organizations apart from the rest. Highlights include the nine practices of AI innovators, i4cp’s Generative AI Maturity Model, AI governance and policy trends, 
hw HR is currently using generative AI–and what the future holds.


Lorrie Lykins, VP of Research, i4cp (Insitute for Corporate Productivity)

01:15 PM - 02:00 PM
Breakout Room C Empathic Leadership: Bridging Engagement and Belonging in the Modern Workplace (Workshop)

Gone are the days when managers were advised to keep a professional distance from employees’ personal lives. Today, successful leaders understand that to drive employee engagement, they must now lean in and arm themselves with the necessary tools to address personal matters effectively. This workshop delves into the transformative power of empathic leadership, illustrating its direct impact on team engagement, productivity, and overall organizational success. You will learn specific strategies to elevate your leadership, foster a culture of belonging, and secure your company’s competitive stance, and you will walk away with action items that your organization can take to upskill managers at scale and equip leadership with the know-how needed to lead more effectively through employees’ personal experiences.


Debi Yadegari, CEO & Founder, Villyge

02:10 PM - 02:15 PM
Lincoln Hall Session Introduction


James Baker, Senior Account Executive, Movo

02:15 PM - 02:55 PM
Lincoln Hall Building Upon Workplace Culture Through Recognition and Engagement (Panel)

When employees feel recognized and engaged, a workplace culture that supports productivity, loyalty, and overall organizational success is built. How can leaders effectively implement programs that go beyond financial incentives to ensure employees feel valued and appreciated? What are some innovative approaches to boost employee engagement, especially in remote or hybrid work environments, and how can leaders measure the effectiveness of these initiatives?


Geneva Campbell Brown, Head of Office of Corporate Secretary and Lead Counsel for Corporate Governance, Shareholder Engagement and Community Engagement, The Cigna Group 

Kate Feather, SVP, Head of Employee Experience & Talent Development, Lincoln Financial Group

Elaine Becraft, Head of Human Resources, Diagnostics, Siemens Healthineers

Trevor Bogan, Regional Director, Americas, Top Employers Institute 


Ximena Conde, Reporter, the Philadelphia Inquirer

03:00 PM - 03:20 PM
Lincoln Hall Middle Managers Hold the Keys to the Future of Work (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

Middle managers have long been underappreciated and misused, but they matter more to your organization–and its bottom line–than you might realize. Join McKinsey partner Bryan Hancock and senior partner emeritus Bill Schaninger for this fireside chat to explore how middle managers need to be empowered, supported, resourced, developed, and promoted so they can reach their full potential. 


Bill Schaninger, Senior Partner Emeritus, McKinsey & Company, and Co-Author, Power to the Middle: Why Managers Hold the Keys to the Future of Work

Bryan Hancock, Partner, McKinsey & Company, and Co-Author, Power to the Middle

03:20 PM - 03:45 PM
Lincoln Memorial & Library Lounge Coffee Break
03:45 PM - 04:30 PM
Lincoln Hall Improving the Talent Pipeline, From End to End (Panel)

From 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? How can employers use people analytics to gain insight into what keeps employees engaged and satisfied?


Krista Gathercole, VP, Talent Acquisition,  Burlington Stores 

Lisa Santin, EVP, HR, Graham Packaging

Peter Adebi, EVP, Chief HR Officer, Nemours Children’s Health  

Heather Hoffman, Chief Operating Officer, Recruit Rooster 

Carla Garcia Williams, Senior Director, People Analytics Consulting, Visier


Lizzy McLellan RavitchWorkplace Reporter, the Philadelphia Inquirer

04:35 PM - 04:55 PM
Lincoln Hall What Motivates Workers? An Exploration of How Employees Relate to Their Roles (Fireside Chat)

A leading thinker on the experience of work shares her latest research into the relationship between the individual and the work itself, especially how people understand the nature of their motivation. 


Amy Wrzesniewski, Ph.D., William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management, the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania


Reynaldo Anderson, Ph.D., Graduate Director and Associate Professor of Africology and African American Studies, Temple University

04:55 PM - 05:00 PM
Lincoln Hall Closing Remarks
05:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Lincoln Memorial & Library Lounge Evening Reception


The conference will take place at The Union League of Philadelphia. The Grand clubhouse founded in 1862, housing a public heritage center focused on Civil War history.

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