Building a Culture for Workers and Companies to Thrive in Times of Change

In an era of digital transformation and rising employee expectations, companies will need to become even more attuned to the needs and aspirations of workers to keep them engaged and satisfied on their career paths. And in an environment of hybrid work and strained profits, employers will have to focus on making work both efficient and sustainable. How can companies do more with less, while maintaining employee well-being? What are the next frontiers in talent acquisition, employee benefits, learning and development, and diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging?

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
Indian Ocean Breakfast
09:30 AM - 09:35 AM
Pacific Ocean Opening Remarks
09:35 AM - 09:55 AM
Pacific Ocean In Employee Experience, What Is True No Matter What? (Fireside Chat)

Since the lesson of recent years is that the workplace will be buffeted by one disruption after another, employers need to focus on fundamental values that resonate with workers in any season. A leader at the Coca-Cola Co., which employs 80,000 workers in North America, will tell how her company focuses on employee fulfillment, including the innovative Thrive Career Network. 


Katharyne Gabriel, Chief of HR, North America, the Coca-Cola Co.


Leroy Chapman, Editor-in-Chief, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

09:55 AM - 10:00 AM
Pacific Ocean Session Introduction


Angela Ogle-Ysaguirre, Channel Sales, ZayZoon

10:00 AM - 10:40 AM
Pacific Ocean How to Embrace Diversity of All Kinds in the Workplace (Panel)

While diversity and inclusion efforts have focused primarily on ethnicity and gender, many employers are seeking to be more inclusive to all, including veterans, working parents, and other underrepresented groups. Not only can this create a more culturally rich work environment for everyone, but an opportunity to broaden the search for talent in a competitive labor market. How can companies connect with overlooked talent pools and leverage the unique capabilities and perspectives of these communities, while providing support, learning and development opportunities, leadership training and other benefits to ensure everyone feels included and embraced?


Kitty Chaney-Reed, Chief Leadership, Culture and Inclusion Officer, IBM  

Cheryl Kern, VP, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, MillerKnoll

Karlene Gordon, SVP, Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Ameris Bank 

Liz Pittinger, VP, Customer Success, Stork Club

Kristin Taylor, EVP, Workforce Solutions, Avenica 


Ernie Suggs, Race & Culture Reporter, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

10:40 AM - 11:05 AM
Pacific Ocean Getting Ahead of Attrition Through Career Equity and Recognition, Using HR Tech (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

Today’s geographically dispersed workforce reveals ever-expanding needs based not only on where employees are, but also who they are as individuals. This challenge is compounded by the impact of inflation, as HR leaders face twice as many workers approaching a job hunt for better compensation in 2024 compared to last year. Discover how to gather data that gauges disparities in a highly engaging feedback process to provide insights for targeted strategies and initiatives. Understand how nearly a third of HR professionals are already using AI-driven nudges to encourage specific, timely behaviors. And get in on how innovations between HCM and recognition platforms are designed to bolster your people programs.


Jeff Cates, Chief Executive Officer, Achievers

Kumari Williams, VP of Belonging & Diversity, Workday

11:05 AM - 11:30 AM
Indian Ocean Coffee Break
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Arctic Ocean Leading With the Heart (Workshop)

Social-emotional learning (SEL) and emotional intelligence (EQ) are crucial aspects for personal and professional development. Leaders who incorporate SEL and EQ into their leadership style can create positive work environments, foster strong relationships, and enhance overall team effectiveness. Dr. Rhonda Sutton will cover the importance of EQ in leadership and lead an interactive workshop that will provide quick tips to help enhance EQ awareness.


Rhonda Sutton, Ed.D., ACC, Professional Learning Specialist, Special Projects, National University

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Atlantic Ocean Workplace Well-Being Revolution: Building a Sustainable Strategy (Workshop)

Establishing the foundation of a well-being strategy is one of the more important things people leaders can do for their modern workforce. And maintaining momentum throughout the year is what truly makes a difference in everyone’s life. Learn the outcomes of Reward Gateway's most recent wellbeing research, how to reframe your benefits to be more accessible, and how to take care of the full employee. We will explore the vital role managers and champions play in modeling the desired culture. Join the revolution, and how to build a comprehensive well-being program, full of creative ideas and designed to be inclusive, efficient and effective.


Alexandra Powell, Director of Client Cultural Insights, Reward Gateway

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Antarctic Ocean Moving Beyond One and Done to Create an Inclusive Culture (Workshop)

Join us as we unravel the mindset shift required to move from relying on one leader or department to catalyze change, to fostering a community of change agents across your organization. In this experiential workshop, you’ll embark on a transformative journey tailored for executive leaders who are eager to move beyond the limitations of a one-and-done approach and pave the way for fostering an inclusive culture. Say farewell to the monotony of check-the-box training and embrace scalable, transformational change that increases engagement, drives retention, and lays the foundation for leaders driving sustainable change through community. This workshop is designed to propel you beyond the status quo, leaving you inspired to actively champion DEI.


Conni Todd, Principal, Clearwater Consulting

Dr. Robin Hindsman Stacia, Sr. Leadership Consultant, Clearwater Consulting 

12:15 PM - 01:15 PM
Indian Ocean Lunch
01:15 PM - 02:00 PM
Arctic Ocean Establish a Best Practice, Skills-Based Employment program to Maximize Veteran Hiring and Retention (Workshop)

In this workshop, attendees will learn about an innovative approach to matching military skills and a Veteran’s civilian career to any employment opportunity identified in O*NET. Purepost will demonstrate this capability through their proprietary software that fully translates 35,000 military jobs into transferable hard, soft, and technical skills and then uses Soft Skills Taxonomy and data science to achieve precision mapping to all levels of career paths. The Warrior Alliance will provide valuable insights on how organizations can leverage their referral network and outreach programs as a force multiplier for recruiting Veterans and military spouses through the Purepost platform.


Scott Johnson, President/CEO, The Warrior Alliance,

Anthony R. Garcia, Jr., Purepost, CEO

01:15 PM - 02:00 PM
Antarctic Ocean The Rise of the Energy-Inspired Sustainable Organization (Workshop)

The pace of change, coupled with ongoing uncertainty, is leaving all of us with a difficult, yet unspoken reality: We are currently incapable of adapting to change at the levels we are experiencing. The stress creates fissures and cracks in organizational performance and personal health and well-being. The Energy-Inspired Sustainable Organization values energy–rather than time–as its primary currency to combat burnout and build leadership capacity and sustainability. Key takeaways from this workshop: insight into the symptoms and root cause of a depleted workforce; proven ways to keep pace in a new world order of ongoing uncertainty; and the steps your company can take to better care for employees, outperform peers, and engage and retain workers.


Andrew Deutscher, Founder, Regenerate

01:15 PM - 02:00 PM
Atlantic Ocean Motivating Beyond Money: Investing in “Emotional Salary” to Engage and Retain (Workshop)

Three-quarters of employees would stay longer in a job where they feel supported and valued than one where they do not feel that way but were paid 30% more. Creating a culture where employees feel a strong sense of belonging has true business impact, and there are actions you can take today to improve employee sentiment for every function and level. Learn the non-monetary factors that ensure employees feel adequately rewarded and learn from your peers in a discussion about challenges and best practices.


Caitlin Nobes, Lead Analyst, Achievers Workforce Institute, Achievers

02:10 PM - 02:15 PM
Pacific Ocean Session Introduction


Jaime Ninataype, Hiring Specialist, Workstream

02:15 PM - 02:55 PM
Pacific Ocean Fostering Workplace Well-Being Amid Today’s Stressors (Panel)

It’s not just workplace disruption that stresses workers out, it’s personal and external issues as well, from political conflict to major health concerns and inequities in the economic system. Leaders play a pivotal role in helping employees navigate and cope with these challenges and uncertainties. How can businesses adapt their well-being initiatives to effectively address the external pressures of today? What are the most innovative and holistic approaches to wellness that address financial equity and inclusion, emotional resilience, and a concern for individuals with complex or rare medical conditions? How can leaders create and champion company-sponsored initiatives that can make a lasting impact for employees?


Joshua Crafford, VP, Technology Learning and Development, Synchrony

DeRetta Rhodes, PhD, EVP, and Chief Culture Officer, Atlanta Braves

Kimberly Rath, VP, HR,  PulteGroup

Steven Lester, M.D, Professor of Medicine, Cardiologist and Health Care Futurist

Jon Lowe, Chief People Officer, DailyPay


Kelly Yamanouchi, Business Reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

02:55 PM - 03:20 PM
Pacific Ocean In Case You Get Hit By a Bus: Helping Employees Organize Their Lives Now for When They’re Not Around Later (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

Everplans helps employees get the most important documents, policies, benefits, and information in place for themselves and their family, and helps employees organize all this vital information and make sure it’s shared with people in their life who need it. Join us for an overview of how Everplans works, focusing on key areas of planning and organization: important documents, insurance, financial, digital estate, and legacy.


Abby Schneiderman, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Everplans

03:20 PM - 03:45 PM
Indian Ocean Coffee Break
03:45 PM - 04:30 PM
Pacific Ocean Creating an Inclusive Dialogue With Workers About New Technology (Panel)

The arrival of AI and other new technology in the workplace can be necessary but disruptive of a company’s culture and leave talent behind. How can leaders involve their managers and workers more in the conversation about upskilling, changing roles and processes, and the new employee experience that results? How can employers promote workplace equity in the course of digital transformation, so that workers are provided with the technology and training they need to succeed? What are the elements of a culture of feedback and productive learning for both workers and managers?  


Tanie Eio, VP, HR Business Partner, UPS

Sherlonda Martin, Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Takeda 

Mark Fordyce, Regional Sales Director, Workvivo

Marshall Bergmann, VP, Advisory Services, Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp)


Carrie Teegardin, Investigative Reporter, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

04:30 PM - 04:55 PM
Pacific Ocean Does Your Corporate Culture Promote Overwork and Extreme Commitment? How to Tell–And How to Fix It (Fireside Chat)

Many workers believe that to compete with other top talent, they must embrace a culture that rewards long hours and a constant connection to work. An expert on burnout shows how to escape the trap of putting work at the center of everything and thus losing your well-being—or your company’s performance—in the process.


Malissa Clark, PhD, Author of Never Not Working: Why the Always-On Culture is Bad for Business–and How to Fix It, and Associate Professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology, University of Georgia


Nicole Smith, Editorial Audience Director, Harvard Business Review 

04:55 PM - 05:00 PM
Pacific Ocean Closing Remarks
05:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Indian Ocean Evening Reception


The conference will take place at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Ga., which is home to hundreds of species and thousands of animals across seven major galleries.