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
Gateway Pavillion Breakfast
09:30 AM - 09:35 AM
Cowell Theater Opening Remarks
09:35 AM - 09:55 AM
Cowell Theater Embracing Strong Values to Navigate A.I. and a World of Uncertainty (Fireside Chat)

The head of people for a top data-management company puts a major emphasis on values, spelled out as DATA: Do Good, Act as One Team, Think Customer-First, and Aspire and Innovate. As the company delves into A.I., the goal is to build literacy among all employees as part of the company’s commitment to inclusion and belonging.


Erin Andre, Chief HR Officer, Informatica


Steve Koepp, Co-Founder and Chief Content Officer, From Day One

09:55 AM - 10:00 AM
Cowell Theater Session Introduction


Ilona Jurkiewicz, President, Americas, Cappfinity

10:00 AM - 10:40 AM
Cowell Theater Developing Leaders Who Can Balance Productivity With Individuality (Panel)

In managing a diverse and flexible workforce, today’s leaders need expertise well beyond their technical skills that got them into management roles. How can employers identify and develop leaders with the human insights, confidence and authority to make myriad decisions a day about the people they supervise? How can they set high expectations as well as embracing the individuality of team members? What kind of learning and development formats bring the best outcomes? What are the typical mistakes of first-time managers–and how can they be avoided? 


Charlotte Park, Head of People, Tapestry, Google X

Antoinette Hamilton, Global Head of Inclusion & Diversity, Lam Research 

John Bailey, VP, People, Fanatics 

LeeAnn Mallorie, Founder, Guts & Grace Leadership 

Jake Canull, Regional Director of the Americas, Top Employers Institute


David Thigpen, Journalism Educator, University of California, Berkeley

10:40 AM - 11:05 AM
Cowell Theater A.I. Powered L&D: Helping Companies Rethink and Adapt with Agile Learning Pathways (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

Generative artificial intelligence (A.I.) advancements have prompted companies to reskill their workforces swiftly to keep up with new threats and opportunities, while delivering on their technology ambitions. L&D leaders have a crucial role in navigating this change by empowering their organizations with structured learning that supports business agility, while minimizing the human cost of disruption. In this session, Coursera’s solutions consultant will show how to harness AI’s power to create tailored learning experiences that address the diverse needs of your workforce while tackling the complexities of today’s evolving business landscape.


Zac Rule, VP, North America, Enterprise, Coursera

11:05 AM - 11:30 AM
Gateway Pavillion Coffee Break
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Gallery 2 Mapping Diversity and Inclusion to Skills and Business Outcomes (Workshop)

Diversity results from your lived experience. Inclusion results from skills. Join us as we map inclusion to a set of skills, which you can measure and track over time and correlate to desired business outcomes such as increased productivity, increased retention, and decreased conflict and claims.


Laraine McKinnon, Head of Client Experience, Emtrain

Dr. Leann Pereira, VP, Organizational Psychology, Learning and People Sciences and Analytics, Emtrain

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Seminar Room 2 The End of the Transactional Workplace Is Here: the New Work Promise Cultivates a Resilient Organization (Workshop)

In a time of rising anxiety and shrinking budgets, maintaining employee engagement and confidence in personal and organizational resilience can feel like a daunting task. In this presentation, based on qualitative and quantitative research conducted by Keystone Partners, we’ll discuss key findings: when, where, and what kinds of investments make the greatest impact on employee perceptions of stability, reciprocity, authenticity, empathy, and other leading indicators of resilience. We’ll share how to identify these defining moments and show how leaders can improve resilience with strategic investments in employee development.


Tim Driscoll, EVP, Sales & Marketing, Keystone Partners

Shawna Simcik, SVP, Leadership Development, Keystone Partners

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
The Grey Box Pathway to Becoming a Skills-Based Organization: Tools, Frameworks and Insights (Workshop)

At a time of rising focus on the skills economy, data shows us that skills-based solutions, frameworks, talent strategies and assessment approaches are the foundation for building unbiased processes that support DEI and talent-transformation goals. Join us to learn how skills-based approaches can solve your business challenges, unlock employee potential, attract more diverse candidates, and discover the full potential of the workforce. During this interactive session, you’ll get insights from Cappfinity’s 18 years of research and a practical review of best practices for creating and leveraging a skills-based framework across the whole employee lifecycle.


Ilona Jurkiewicz, President, Americas, Cappfinity

Stephen Mueller, Head of Consulting, Americas, Cappfinity

12:15 PM - 01:15 PM
Gateway Pavillion Lunch & Structured Networking
01:15 PM - 02:00 PM
Gallery 2 Transforming Work With the Science of Networks (Workshop)

Building and maintaining strong networks within your organization is crucial for navigating today’s complex business challenges. Join Phil Willburn, a Network Leader Board member and VP of People Analytics at Workday, to explore how network science can make work easier and faster. In this session, participants will gain complimentary access to the Leader Network Diagnostic (LND), a quick network science assessment based on 40 years of research, and discover how leading organizations use it to implement scalable network analytics that drive personal and organizational success. 


Phil Willburn, Network Leader, Board Member, VP People Analytics, Workday

01:15 PM - 02:00 PM
The Grey Box 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

01:15 PM - 02:00 PM
Seminar Room 2 Leadership Under Fire: Turning Conflict Into Collaboration

Conflict is inevitable, especially when managing interactions across diverse stakeholder groups. Differing agendas and interests can stall progress and jeopardize success. The challenge is particularly acute at the executive level, where the ripple effect of conflict can lead to great harm. Drawing on our extensive experience with executives, leadership teams, and key employees, we will introduce framing concepts that transform the way we think about conflict and share ideas that can be implemented right away–whether we are coaching leaders or in the thick of conflict ourselves.


Natasha Kehimkar, CEO & Founder, Malida Advisors

02:10 PM - 02:55 PM
Cowell Theater Making Your Employee Value Proposition Relevant and Authentic (Panel)

Besides offering competitive salaries, employers seeking skilled workers from a limited talent pool need to ensure that what they’re offering aligns with what candidates are looking for right now. In what ways can employers be fresh and authentic in their value proposition? How can companies make sure the story they’re telling about their employer brand accurately matches what employees are saying? What is the current hierarchy of what's important to workers in terms of benefits, career advancement, job flexibility and corporate culture?


Tiffany Johnson, VP, HR, GlobalFoundries

Michael Mager, Head of Talent Branding, Samsara              

Melissa Sheehan, Senior Principal, Employer Brand, Nutanix      

Ken Oliver, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Checkr

Jon Harold, Head of Sales and Partnership, SoFi


Subadhra Sriram, Independent Journalist, Workforce Expert

02:55 PM - 03:20 PM
Cowell Theater If I Knew Then What I Know Now: How Inclusion, Trust and Insights Have an Impact on Pay-Parity Solutions (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

Join leading CEO and veteran HR executive Jason Phillips as he shares more than two decades of leadership learnings as both a customer and provider. In this session, you’ll hear how inclusion, trust, and insights are the bedrock for an impactful pay-parity approach. You’ll also gain an understanding of how investing in company rituals and culture can bridge the gaps necessary to embrace transparency.


Jason Phillips, CEO, RedCAT Systems

03:20 PM - 03:45 PM
Gateway Pavillion Coffee Break
03:45 PM - 04:30 PM
Cowell Theater How People Analytics Can Help Employers Match Worker Skills to Future Needs (Panel)

With the universe of workplace skills expanding constantly, employers have to think ahead about what they’ll need as their businesses change and grow. What are the best ways to assess the skills of current workers, predict the skills that will be needed soon, and put into place the methods to bring employees up to speed? At the same time, how can employers adapt their talent pipelines so they’re drawing on a wider and more relevant pool of candidates?


Dwight Davis, Head of Global Employee Learning & Development, Intuit

Kari Crowley, Global Head, Professional and Organizational Development, Google Data Centers, Google

Nick Kalave, Head of People Data Science, Atlassian

Adamaka Ajaelo, Director, Strategic Workforce Planning & Analytics, Visa

Rebecca Warren, Director, Talent Centered Transformation, Eightfold


Michal Lev-Ram, Editor-at-Large, Fortune

04:30 PM - 04:55 PM
Cowell Theater How to Be Respectful and Respected at Work, From the Author of the Bestseller “Radical Candor” (Fireside Chat)

In a new, companion volume to “Radical Candor,” veteran tech leader and author Kim Scott shows how to create cultures where everyone does the best work of their lives and enjoys working together. You’ll hear about a framework that helps identify what gets in the way of that, as well as practical tips for how to get back on track.


Kim Scott, Author, “Radical Respect: How to Work Together Better”


Michal Lev-Ram, Editor-at-Large, Fortune

04:55 PM - 05:00 PM
Cowell Theater Closing Remarks
05:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Gateway Pavillion Evening Reception and Book Signing


The conference will take place at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco known for renovated military buildings on the waterfront offering venues for the arts.