July Virtual: The New Strategies for Upskilling and Career Mobility

Wednesday, July 10, 2024


Learning and Development: How New Strategies Are Changing Upskilling and Career Mobility

As employers put more emphasis on skills as the currency for worker development, they’re seeking new ways to measure them, fill in gaps, and predict the skills needed in the future. How can these new tools, including AI, create better matches between employees and projects? How can employers gain insights from the data they gather? Why do real-world simulations help measure certain skills better than traditional assessments? 

From Day One is a Recertification Provider for SHRM and HRCI. This session is eligible for 3 credits from both organizations. The Activity IDs will be sent to attendees after the conclusion of the session.


All times shown below are U.S. Eastern Time

12:00 PM - 12:15 PM
12:15 PM - 12:25 PM
Opening Remarks: Nick Baily and Steve Koepp, Co-Founders, From Day One
12:25 PM - 12:50 PM
How “America’s Diner” Creates a Culture for Workers to Grow and Thrive (Fireside Chat)

Denny’s, the restaurant chain, offers an ambitious career-development program for all of its 70,000 employees at more than 1,600 locations. An inside look at how the company’s GAIN program provides grassroots support for workers in four key areas, including life skills and career pathways.


Fasika Melaku, SVP of HR and Chief Learning Officer, Denny’s


Lydia Dishman, Senior Editor, Growth and Engagement, Fast Company

12:55 PM - 01:15 PM
The Four Pillars: A Psychology-Based Approach to Developing Leaders With Strong Connections to Their Teams (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

In the modern work landscape, many employees are stressed and disengaged, but effective leadership can boost team connection and performance. Join us for a fireside chat illuminating four pillars of leadership development based on the science of group cohesion: exploring the self as leader, laying the groundwork for a strong team culture, using group psychology to understand team dynamics, and learning to apply basic psychological tools to become the best leader possible.


Bobbi Wegner, Psy.D., Founder & CEO, Groops


Steve Koepp, Editor in Chief & Co-Founder, From Day One

01:20 PM - 02:00 PM
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?


Tim Gerrits, Head of Learning & Leadership Development, AbbVie

Kimber Hanrahan, Head of Learning and Development, GoDaddy

Steven Ransone, VP, Talent and Organizational Capability, White Lodging 

Carrie Berg, VP, Learning and Development, Teledoc Health

Rachel Bittarelli, Head of Career Coaching & Development, Correlation One


Lydia Dishman, Senior Editor, Growth and Engagement, Fast Company

02:05 PM - 02:25 PM
Upskilling Leadership Skills With Tech-Enabled Group Coaching (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

The future of work is shifting dramatically with the rise of AI, remote work, and generational changes in attitude. This future might feel scary, but our vision for the world remains grand: leadership will remain human and necessary. The flag-planting, ethics-setting, charismatic choreographers of society will be more essential than ever before. That means “soft” skills are going to be the most critical skills for future-proofing our organizations and careers. In this presentation, Anita Hossain Choudhry, CEO of The Grand, will show you how we’ve designed group-coaching programs to prepare leaders for the future, and how we use technology to enhance the learning and development experience.


Anita Hossain Choudhry, Co-founder and CEO, The Grand

02:30 PM - 03:15 PM
Conversations: The Currency of the Future (Workshop)

In a world where artificial intelligence and a distributed global economy are reshaping the workplace, conversational skills have never been more critical. Join Campfire for an engaging workshop on how mastering the art of conversation can set you apart and drive success in your career. We will explore why conversational intelligence is essential in the AI era, how it enhances collaboration and innovation, and practical strategies to improve your conversational skills. This session will provide insights and tools to help you thrive in an increasingly interconnected and automated world. You’ll learn strategies to support your people in conversations and career growth, the impact of AI on communication in the workplace, and techniques to enhance your conversational skills


Steve Arntz, CEO & Leadership Development Expert, Campfire

02:30 PM - 03:15 PM
Career Growth: Strategies to Simplify and Boost Employee Development (Workshop)

We all know the problem: employees crave growth. Managers want their direct reports to grow. Companies are in urgent need of skilled, inspired employees. Yet somehow it's still difficult to catalyze the career growth everyone wants. In this mini-workshop by LifeLabs Learning, we'll share tools, frameworks, and experiments you can immediately use at your company to deepen your career growth culture and systems. You'll learn how to define and message “career growth” at your organization, a framework to help employees navigate their own development, and pro-tips to grow your own career in People Operations.


Dossier Harps, Facilitation Manager, LifeLabs Learning

02:30 PM - 03:15 PM
Flex Your Style and Build Emotional Intelligence (Workshop)

Join ThinkHuman for an interactive “Flex Your Style” Learning Jam that will cover how you can elevate your ability to flex your communication style and behavior to enhance your own effectiveness, enhance the effectiveness of others that you interact with, and understand emotional intelligence and psychological safety at work. At ThinkHuman, we serve our mission by providing leadership-development programs that specifically focus on people leadership, which is the leadership of oneself and others. Based on behavioral science, our leadership programs focus on creating mindset shifts and long-term leadership change in leaders at all levels.


Jake Fishbein, Executive Coach & Facilitator, ThinkHuman

03:15 PM - 03:20 PM
Session Introduction: The Training Industry

Tom Whelan, Director of Corporate Research, The Training Industry Inc.

03:20 PM - 04:00 PM
Using New Technology to Predict the Skills of the Future (Panel)

From the new technologies and tools being implemented in workplaces, employers are accumulating vast amounts of data and valuable information. How can they effectively leverage this data to gain valuable insights into current skill landscapes and anticipate future skill needs? How can businesses strike the right balance between automating skills and preserving the indispensable human touch?   


Deon Correa, Senior Director, Learning and Development, Carnival Cruise Line

Lauren Adams, Head of Leadership Development Programs, JLL

Michael Trusty, VP and Head of Learning Officer, Fannie Mae

Jenny Neuharth, Director of Talent-Centered Transformation, Eightfold    


Emily McCrary-Ruiz-Esparza, Journalist, Contributing Editor, From Day One

04:05 PM - 04:30 PM
How to Navigate Different Learning Styles to Include Everyone in a Large Organization (Fireside Chat)

One of the biggest roadblocks to learning is individual attitudes and starting places, so it's important for leaders to get everyone involved, manage the needs of all, and identify what they want in terms of personal development. The head of learning for Memphis-based Baptist Memorial, with 24 hospitals across the region, tells how she promotes a culture of learning by empowering middle managers and ensuring that the same compassionate, connected care that’s given to patients is spread across the entire organization.


Sherri Brooks, Chief Learning Officer, Baptist Memorial Health Care


Nicole Smith, Editorial Audience Director, Harvard Business Review

04:30 PM - 04:35 PM
Closing Remarks