Live 2023: Seattle

Tuesday, February 21, 2023
8:30AM PT - 5:30PM PT


Rediscovering Community Amidst 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
Brotman Forum Breakfast

The conference will take place at Seattle Art Museum, a vast gallery and event space in the heart of Seattle.

09:30 AM - 09:35 AM
The Auditorium Opening Remarks
09:35 AM - 09:55 AM
The Auditorium Transporting Your Corporate Values and Culture to Widespread Workplaces (Fireside Chat)

How a rapidly growing home-furnishings retailer is boosting its employee engagement, even as it distributes its work around the country and world.


Cathy Peterman, Chief People Officer, Tech, Wayfair


Bridget Chavez, Reporter, KIRO 7 News

09:55 AM - 10:30 AM
The Auditorium After Three Years of Crisis, What Will Keep Employees Engaged and Motivated? (Panel)

When workers had to respond and adapt quickly to the pandemic and new ways of working, they focused on coping and survival. But with many workers suffering burnout in the aftermath, what new approaches can employers take to bring a sense of renewed purpose and spirit of community? How can managers respond to workers who seem sick and tired of adapting–and yearn for a period of stability?


Shannon Flynn, VP, Corporate HR, Fortive Corp.

Denise Bowen, VP, HR Strategy & Solutions, Providence

Janine Yancey, Founder & CEO, Emtrain

Murika Matz, Chief Customer Officer, Visier


Alex Halverson, Reporter, Puget Sound Business Journal

10:40 AM - 11:05 AM
The Auditorium Closing the Connection Gap: Redefining Modern Leadership (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

We’re experiencing a new reality in which people are connecting with more frequency and less friction than ever before. There are limitless tools for conversation and platforms to engage in countless ways, but why do our workplaces still feel so disconnected? Join us to discuss how to close the connection gap and redefine leadership for post-pandemic success.

Steve Arntz, CEO, Campfire

11:05 AM - 11:30 AM
Brotman Forum Coffee Break
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Simons Boardroom How to Involve Employee-Led Groups in Your Diversity and Inclusion Efforts (Workshop)

The way we work is constantly shifting, and the workplace of the future is not just a company—it’s a community. Employees are looking for a sense of belonging and a workplace where they can learn, all while taking action on the issues that matter to them. Empowering employees to form grassroots groups can play a vital role. Join Benevity’s workshop as they discuss what successful employee resource groups (ERGs) have in common, how the world’s best brands include ERGs in their DEI programs, and three ways to empower your ERGs.

Erica Graham Jordan, Area VP of Sales, Mid-Market, Benevity

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Arnold Ballroom (Re)Building Teams Amid Recession, Resignations, and Remote Work (Workshop)

Have you been rocked by economic pressures over the past few months? Has your team been reduced and redirected? Are resignations ripping away your reliable winners and innovators? Still struggling to create engagement with remote workers? It’s time to rebuild. It’s time for teams to rebuild their cadence, for managers to rebuild their connections with team members, and individuals to rebuild their own vision for what’s next. In this interactive session, you’ll experience an exercise that managers can use to rebuild connections with individuals on their team, and then develop an alignment to team mission.

Nicole Tanzillo, Co-Founder & COO, Ceresa

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Nordstrom Lecture Hall 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, Global Customer Care, Achievers

12:15 PM - 01:05 PM
Brotman Forum Lunch
01:05 PM - 01:50 PM
Nordstrom Lecture Hall How to Recognize and Reward Your People With Meaning (Workshop)

For organizations that want to retain top talent, the race is on to prioritize the things employees truly care about. Connection is one of those things; your people want to feel like they belong, and that they’re part of a greater whole. But recent Blueboard research revealed stark gaps when it comes to employees’ connection to their company, including disconnection to company values as well as teammates. Join us for a conversation about how you can identify and close connection gaps at your organization through effective, meaningful employee recognition.

Natasha Wahid, Head of Content, Blueboard

01:05 PM - 01:50 PM
Arnold Ballroom Building a Community of Connected Leaders Within Your Organization (Workshop)

In an environment of constant workplace change, employers with the right insights and tools can create a vibrant community of connected leaders who build enduring bonds of trust among teams, create equity in a hybrid workplace, balance productivity with well-being, and offer better career paths. This workshop introduces you to Numly's “Connected Leadership Platform,” with strategically designed coaching pathways and programs, to help accelerate equity across any organization and equip future leaders with the skills, peer networks, continuous learning, and career sponsorship they need to achieve their aspirations and grow within their organization.

Madhukar Govindaraju, CEO, Numly

01:05 PM - 01:50 PM
Simons Ballroom Advocating For Yourself and Others: A Workshop for Leaders (Workshop)

As a team leader, you are responsible for the success of your team, and therefore the success of your company. But how do you balance your own needs with those of everyone else on your team? What if you could advocate for yourself and your team at the same time? In this workshop, we’ll explore how to advocate for yourself as a leader in the workplace, personal life and relationships, while also advocating for your team members. We’l discuss how to show up in a way that makes it safe for others to follow suit. We’ll also help you understand how important it is to advocate for yourself (and others) when it comes to end-of-year deadlines, holidays, economic uncertainty–basically anything that puts extra pressure on companies or individuals at work.

TeNita Ballard, Coach and Speaker, TeNita

02:00 PM - 02:45 PM
The Auditorium Performance Management in an Era of Rising Worker Expectations (Panel)

While traditional job reviews often fell by the wayside during the pandemic, both employers and workers need to assess performance and give feedback. If workers now demand empathy and flexibility, how can managers respect those wishes while still giving frank and authoritative direction?


Maris Krieger, Senior Director, Talent Programs, Hearst

Ki Thompson, Head of Global Executive Engagement, Microsoft

Julie Johns, Head of Talent, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Nicole Tanzillo, Co-Founder & COO, Ceresa

Aidan McMahon, Director of Sales, Talkspace


Jake Whittenberg, News Anchor, KING 5 News

02:45 PM - 03:10 PM
The Auditorium The Science Behind Why Volunteering Works: The Evolutionary Drive to Help (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

It’s an essential question about humanity: “Why do we help?” Across continents, generations, and cultures, why are we driven to help others in need–even, at times, to our own detriment? With a combination of pertinent research, inspiring storytelling, and audience engagement, this session aims to rise above the limiting view of volunteering as painting walls or planting trees. We’ll invite listeners to consider the expansive meaning and potential behind helping others. Ultimately, we answer the question, “What does it look like to apply these concepts at work and in our corporate volunteering and social-impact efforts?”

Chris Jarvis, Co-Founder, Chief Strategy Officer, Realized Worth

03:10 PM - 03:35 PM
Brotman Forum Coffee Break
03:35 PM - 04:20 PM
The Auditorium Finding the Most Accurate and Enlightening Ways to Measure DEI (Panel)

Headcounts go only so far in reflecting all the ways in which diversity can be embraced in an organization. What kinds of innovative methods can employers use to measure inclusion, belonging, and a sense that individual workers matter? How can companies inspire candid comments in surveys, interviews, and probing conversations?


Elizabeth Umphress, PhD, Michael G. Foster Endowed Professor, and Faculty Director of Consulting and Business Development Center, University of Washington

Mardia Shands, Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, Swedish Health Services

Gloria Ngezaho, EdD, Senior HR Manager, Workforce & Workplace Equity, King County, Wash.

Leann Pereira, EdD, Senior Director of People and Learning Sciences, Emtrain

Scott Dettmann, CEO, Avenica


Cathy Duchamp, Assistant Managing Editor, Puget Sound Business Journal

04:20 PM - 04:45 PM
The Auditorium The Keys to a Culture of Belonging–and a Better Way to Look at “Imposter Syndrome” (Fireside Chat)

Few would disagree that inclusion is both the right thing to do and good for business. Then why are we so terrible at it? The author of an eye-opening book shows how to make it happen through awareness, intention, and regular practice.


Ruchika Tulshyan, Author, Inclusion on Purpose: An Intersectional Approach to Creating a Culture of Belonging at Work, and CEO, Candour


Naomi Ishisaka, Assistant Managing Editor for Diversity, Inclusion, and Staff Development, and Social Justice Columnist, the Seattle Times

04:45 PM - 04:50 PM
The Auditorium Closing Remarks
04:50 PM - 05:30 PM
Brotman Forum Evening Reception


The conference will take place at Seattle Art Museum, a vast gallery and event space in the heart of Seattle.