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
Johnson Great Room Breakfast
09:30 AM - 09:35 AM
Memorial Hall Opening Remarks
09:35 AM - 09:55 AM
Memorial Hall Leading the Next Generation in the Sports Business (Fireside Chat)

As high-profile businesses, NBA and WNBA teams can have impact well beyond the basketball court. The leader of people for the Timberwolves and Lynx has played a crucial role in the transformation of the organization’s culture, using HR to develop business strategies, guide decisions, and meet the needs and goals of the organization and its employees.


Sianneh Mulbah, Chief People Officer, Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx


Megan Ryan, Assistant Business Editor, Star Tribune

09:55 AM - 10:00 AM
Memorial Hall Session Introduction


Sharon Sackett, PhD, SVP of CEO and Board Services and Executive Assessment, MDA Leadership

10:00 AM - 10:40 AM
Memorial Hall Creating Opportunity Within: How Employers Are Boosting Internal Mobility (Panel)

To retain valued workers and attract top talent, more companies are building a culture of career growth. What are the benefits to the company of improving internal mobility? What kinds of new learning tools can help employees acquire the skills to pursue more opportunities? How can talent leaders coordinate succession strategy with succession readiness among the candidates for new responsibilities? Will better internal mobility align with efforts toward greater diversity, equity, and inclusion?


Christa Emerson, VP, Talent, UnitedHealth Group

Monica Gockowski, SVP, Leadership Development & Senior Learning Director, U.S. Bank

Kari Ziemer, Chief Talent Officer & VP, HR, Schwan’s Company

Korie Holden, Enterprise Account Director, Coursera 

Chris Harrington, SVP, Sales & Customer Success, Randstad RiseSmart


Evan Ramstad, Business Columnist, Minneapolis Star Tribune

10:40 AM - 11:05 AM
Memorial Hall The New Age of HR: Meeting Higher Corporate Performance Demands (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

Society has become obsessed with maximizing human performance. In our personal lives, we listen to self-help podcasts, drink green smoothies, and wear fitness trackers. But at work, we forward thought-leadership articles, chug coffee, and send the occasional employee-engagement survey. Are we reliably helping our people, business, or our personal career trajectories? In the new age of HR, leaders are expected to make a meaningful, measurable impact on corporate performance through people. This session will teach you how to harness a powerful, often underutilized company data set to boost corporate performance, leverage AI for enhanced HR influence and decision-making, and improve the effectiveness of your business's force multipliers: your people managers.


Neil Taylor, VP, Product Marketing, Visier

11:05 AM - 11:30 AM
Johnson Great Room Coffee Break
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Heritage Gallery Unlock the Power of Recognition: Building Scalable Programs for Diverse Workforces (Workshop)

Crafting an inclusive culture of recognition is vital for organizations to compete in today’s world. But how do you ensure your recognition initiatives resonate from head office to the frontline? Join us for an interactive workshop where the Guusto team will share strategies that work for employees at desks, on the floor, or in the field. Get specific tips on how to design milestone, top-down, and peer-to-peer recognition programs that foster alignment, connection, and engagement across all employee demographics. Gain practical insights and participate in exercises to enhance the impact of your team’s recognition efforts, no matter their work environment.


Skai Dalziel, CEO, Guusto
Julia Fulton, Head of People, Guusto

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Thomas Swain Room How to Recruit the Employees You Already Have (Workshop)

The last three years have witnessed record levels of resignation and historic labor shortages amid shifting expectations of what work should look like so that it works for employees. With many organizations challenged by economic uncertainty, hiring your way out of the problem may no longer be an option. In this interactive session, David Bator, managing director of Achievers Workforce Institute, will leverage primary and applied research to provide a tactical, practical roadmap on how organizations can focus on Connection, Celebration, Compensation and Choice to recruit the employees they already have.


David Bator, Managing Director, Achievers Workforce Institute

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Ski-U-Mah Theater Gen Z Decoded: New Data on How Your Youngest Employees Want to Experience Work (Workshop)

Gen Z is often misunderstood when it comes to the workplace. Seramount’s most recent research debunks myths surrounding Gen Z, including how they want to work, what motivates them, and what kind of career path they want. This seession will also explore best practices from diverse organizations that are getting the most out of their Gen Z talent.


Nicole Johnson, Senior Director, Seramount

12:15 PM - 01:15 PM
Johnson Great Room Lunch
01:25 PM - 01:30 PM
Memorial Hall Session Introduction


Jake Schauer, Regional Manager of Employer Relations, MOBE

01:30 PM - 02:10 PM
Memorial Hall Fostering Workplace Belonging: Overcoming Barriers and Cultivating Inclusive Culture (Panel)

In today's workforce, prioritizing workplace belonging is essential to ensure that each employee feels valued, respected, and empowered. How can leaders identify and address potential barriers to inclusion within their organizations, such as unconscious bias or systemic inequities? How can organizations cultivate a company culture that promotes inclusivity, respect, and a sense of belonging for all employees?


Renee Rice, Senior Director, Communications and Culture, Marvin

Joffrey Wilson, VP, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, HR, Mortenson Co.

Michelle Anderson, AVP, Global Learning, Development and Diversity, AmTrust Financial Services

Siham Adous, Senior Director Strategic Accounts & Partnerships, Praxis Labs   

Bethany Kurbis, Senior Executive Coach & Consultant, the Bailey Group


Brandt Williams, Editor, Minnesota Public Radio

02:10 PM - 02:35 PM
Memorial Hall Applying Machine Learning and AI in HR: Proven Playbooks and Approaches (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

Join us at the forefront of innovation for a presentation on transformative AI and Machine Learning in HR, where actionable insights meet groundbreaking technology. Dive into a detailed exploration of proven AI and ML playbooks that are not just theoretical but have shown tangible, cash-register-ringing results in real-world applications. Discover how to leverage AI to revolutionize workforce management, enhance productivity, and optimize operational expenses. This presentation will equip you with the strategies and tools necessary to turn AI potential into profitable reality, ensuring your company not only keeps up with the technological evolution but can step up to lead it.  


Jason Radison, Founder & CEO, Movo

02:35 PM - 03:00 PM
Johnson Great Room Coffee Break
03:00 PM - 03:45 PM
Memorial Hall Boosting Productivity in a Changing Workplace–and Workforce (Panel)

Who does the work and how they do it is constantly evolving. HR professionals can lead the way in exploring the kinds of resources, tools, and training workers need to produce the levels of output that their companies need to stay competitive. How can HR work with managers to help set sustainable goals and measure performance? How can managers be trained to watch for signs of worker stress, like burnout and cognitive overload?


Kami Peterson, Senior Director, Regional HR & Employee Relations, U.S., Thomson Reuters

Joel Geary, VP, HR, Global Business Units, Beckman Coulter Diagnostics

Carita Hibben, VP, HR, C.H. Robinson

Chad Deshler, SVP, U.S. Sales, LifeSpeak, Inc.

Andrew Deutscher, Founder, Regenerate


Megan Thompson, Special Correspondent, PBS NewsHour

03:45 PM - 04:10 PM
Memorial Hall Hiring 10,000 Employees a Year With an Eye on the Horizon (Fireside Chat)

An inside look at how the St. Paul-based, clean-water giant Ecolab recruits workers for its growth businesses around the world–and invests in their futures to develop the workforce of tomorrow.


Jason Grosz, Head of Global Talent Acquisition, Ecolab 


Patrick Kennedy, Business Reporter, Minneapolis Star Tribune

04:10 PM - 04:15 PM
Memorial Hall Closing Remarks
04:15 PM - 05:30 PM
Johnson Great Room Evening Reception


The conference will take place at the McNamara Alumni Center, with architecture that is stunning, inspired by the Minnesota landscape of wood, water and copper.