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
Prefunction Breakfast
09:30 AM - 09:35 AM
Hahn Auditorium Opening Remarks
09:35 AM - 09:55 AM
Hahn Auditorium Macro Chips: Building the Workforce of the Future in a Critical Industry (Fireside Chat)

As semiconductor manufacturing in the U.S. gears up for major expansion, the demand for skilled employees is prompting companies to look for innovative methods of finding and training new generations of technology workers. 


Rebecca McCathern, Chief People Officer, Samsung Semiconductor


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

09:55 AM - 10:00 AM
Hahn Auditorium Session Introduction


Nicole Quinn Miles, Employee Health & Welfare Consultant, Marsh McLennan Agency

10:00 AM - 10:40 AM
Hahn Auditorium Does Your Company Genuinely Care About Well-Being? How to Show It (Panel)

Just one in three women in the workforce feels their employer is actually upholding its well-being commitments according to recent research, inspiring the phrase “well-being washing” to describe these superficial efforts. With the growing recognition of holistic well-being that encompasses facets like financial stability and mental and physical wellness, how can organizations translate their promises into meaningful action? What are the most innovative and inclusive approaches to holistic well-being including total rewards offerings?


Heather Ostrowski, Global Director of Benefits, Keysight Technologies

Kristin Wood, PhD, Head of Strategic Initiatives, Blue Cross Blue Shield of California

Supriya Bahri, VP, Global Total Rewards, Roblox

Gyre Renwick, Chief Operating Officer, Modern Health


Rachael Myrow, Senior Editor, Silicon Valley News Desk, KQED

10:40 AM - 11:05 AM
Hahn Auditorium What Makes Family Care Effective: Defining It, Measuring It, and Improving It (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

Family care is a $44B problem for employers. That's the amount of lost productivity directly attributable to employee caregiving today. Outdated schools of thought rely on back-up care and mental health to support well-being alone. But the problem is today's families come in diverse shapes and sizes, including blended families, single-parent, multi-generational, and single-person households. Employees who don't fit the traditional mold of a two-parent family with biological children are often put in the position of trying to get help from systems that weren't created with them in mind. It's no surprise why 88% of high-achievers report family care demands impede their ability to perform at their best. To genuinely empower today's employees and transform your culture, discover the five key shifts needed in family care, from inclusivity to DEI considerations. 


Julia Cohen Sebastien, Co-founder, CEO, Grayce

11:05 AM - 11:30 AM
Prefunction Coffee Break
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Boole Mapping D&I 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.


Janine Yancey, Founder & CEO, Emtrain

Leesa Askew, Enterprise Account Executive, Emtrain

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Great Hall 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

12:15 PM - 01:15 PM
Prefunction Lunch
01:15 PM - 02:00 PM
Great Hall Building Upon Workplace Culture Through Recognition (Workshop)

Learn how Golden 1 Credit Union successfully instilled an “Attitude of Gratitude” in the local community by empowering their employees to live their values and recognize each other for doing so. The opportunity to help the community has never been greater. Golden 1’s workforce has relied on its values of service excellence, inclusion, integrity and reliability to direct their efforts as a pillar of the community. We will share how Golden 1 has increased its impact by supporting financial well-being for employees, students, and the larger community. We’ll also show how the company developed its Golden Spotlight recognition and reward program to align with the company’s values and how they reached 88% program adoption among their 2,100 employees.


Alexandra Powell, Director of Client Cultural Insights, Reward Gateway

Heidi Haugen, Benefits Specialist, Golden 1 Credit Union


01:15 PM - 02:00 PM
Boole How Psychedelic Therapy Can Help Transform Workplace Wellness (Workshop)

Because the mental health of employees has emerged as a cornerstone of organizational resilience and success, employers need to consider innovative therapies. This workshop is designed to introduce employers to the revolutionary approach of integrating ketamine-assisted therapy into employee-benefit plans, offering a beacon of hope for those seeking alternatives to traditional treatments. Participants will gain insight into the science behind psychedelic therapy, the remarkable patient outcomes achieved thus far, and how these treatments can enhance workplace productivity, employee satisfaction, and retention. Join us to discover how your organization can be at the forefront of a paradigm shift in corporate wellness strategies.


Sherry Rais, CEO, Enthea

02:10 PM - 02:15 PM
Hahn Auditorium Session Introduction


Jonathan Murray, Head of Empowerly for Employers, Empowerly

02:15 PM - 02:55 PM
Hahn Auditorium Making Work Meaningful in an Uncertain World (Panel)

Work has caused burnout, to be sure, but it can also bring a sense of purpose, satisfaction, and even stability. What is the role of companies to bring a sense of meaning to their enterprises at a time when workers are doing a lot of soul-searching about the role of work in their lives? How can employers connect their business with the things that employees care about?


Jennifer Feri, VP, HR, VMware  

Geoff Boraston, VP, Organizational Development, Granite Construction

Melissa Adams, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Duarte

Katherine Ovadia, VP, Global Head of People, One Planet

Christine Schmidt, People Analytics Evangelist and Platform & Data Go-to-Market Strategy, Rippling


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

02:55 PM - 03:20 PM
Hahn Auditorium Widening the Lens: Age-Inclusive Practices in Automated Hiring Processes (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

Older workers offer employers the skills and knowledge needed to fill vacancies and mentor younger generations. However, recruiting and screening processes continue to be plagued both by explicit discrimination and other mechanisms that disfavor older workers and lead to disparate hiring outcomes. Yet when employers make key changes to sourcing, hiring, and retention processes, they can promote broad inclusivity and ameliorate the potential for automated discrimination. Join AARP to hear data-driven insights from the Burning Glass Institute into how talent acquisition practices affect older job applicants, as well as key recommendations for how to provide a level playing field for all.


Carly Roszkowski, VP of Financial Resilience, AARP

03:20 PM - 03:45 PM
Prefunction Coffee Break
03:45 PM - 04:30 PM
Hahn Auditorium Inclusivity in Practice: Shaping Your Company’s Culture (Panel)

Promoting inclusivity in the workplace requires a proactive effort. What are the best ways to check-in on a company's culture of inclusion? What are the most effective tools and methods to rectify issues within the culture? What are the key elements that make an employer inclusive and welcoming to a diverse labor pool, from personalized benefits to equal access to training and development?


Brian Little, VP, HR, Intel 

Curran Brugger, VP, Talent, Development & Inclusion, Gilead Sciences

Sudha Solayappan, Head of Talent Operations and People Research, Intuitive Surgical

Janine Yancey, Founder & CEO, Emtrain   


David Thigpen, Journalism Educator, University of California, Berkeley

04:35 PM - 04:55 PM
Hahn Auditorium How to Eliminate the Forces That Make It Harder, More Complicated, or Downright Impossible to Get Things Done (Fireside Chat)

Every organization is plagued by destructive friction, yet leaders who attempt to improve workplace efficiency often make things even worse. Drawing from seven years of hands-on research, the bestelling co-author of the new book The Friction Project teaches leaders how to become “friction fixers” in their organizations. Among the keys: civility, caring, and love for propelling designs and repairs.


Robert I. Sutton, PhD, co-author, The Friction Project: How Smart Leaders Make the Right Things Easier and the Wrong Things Harder, and Professor of Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University


Steve Koepp, Chief Content Officer, From Day One

04:55 PM - 05:00 PM
Hahn Auditorium Closing Remarks
05:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Prefunction Evening Reception


The conference will take place at the Computer History Museum, which exhibits on early computers, the growth of the Internet, industry pioneers & more.