Workers and the Corporate Values Revolution

Two years into the pandemic, what has the workplace revolution revealed? Our one-day conference at Gilleys will bring together leading thinkers and top executives in HR, hybrid work, diversity, benefits, social impact and employee engagement for an up-to-the-minute conversation about how organizations can build stronger bonds of trust with their workers and their communities. The event will focus on such topics as creating equity in a hybrid workplace, balancing productivity with well-being, offering better career paths, developing diversity in leadership, and supporting working parents. Among the timely questions: How can companies stay true to their core values, and accountable to their stakeholders, while making enormous changes?

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.

From Day One Is Proud to Welcome Our Title Sponsor, Goldman Sachs Ayco Personal Financial Management


08:30 AM - 09:30 AM
Lone Star Breakfast
09:30 AM - 09:35 AM
Music Hall Opening Remarks
09:35 AM - 09:40 AM
Music Hall A Word From Our Title Sponsor


Peter Wirth, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs Ayco

09:40 AM - 10:05 AM
Music Hall Listening to What 200,000 Employees Really Want (Fireside Chat)

An HR leader from the world’s largest telecommunications company sheds light on how the expectations of workers has changed–and how the company has responded.


Ben Jackson, Vice President HR Technology & Analytics, AT&T


Jason Wheeler, Editor of “Right on the Money” and Anchor and Senior Reporter, WFAA-TV

10:10 AM - 10:50 AM
Music Hall Managing a Healthy Workplace in a Hybrid Environment (Panel)

In a workplace marked by uncertainty and lack of boundaries, employers need to be extra vigilant about the health and well-being of their workers. Leaders can boost morale and productivity when they show they care–and respond with empathetic and effective solutions. What kinds of innovative approaches can companies pursue, ranging from new benefits to improved work practices?


Dasha Crosby, Senior Vice President, HR Lead, Citi

Ashley Heis, Director, Employee Experience, American Airlines

Amy Messersmith, Chief People Officer, Builders FirstSource, Inc.

Rilee Buttars, CEO & co-founder, Dónde

Eujin Ahn, Director, Learning & Development, One Medical


Will Maddox, managing editor, D Magazine

10:55 AM - 11:15 AM
Music Hall How Corporate America Is Supporting Employees (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

The pandemic brought about a shift in benefits the American workplace hasn’t seen since World War II. Employers who best support and retain their talent are doing so by supporting the whole employee, both inside and outside of the workplace. Leaders from Goldman Sachs Ayco will show how corporate America is supporting its employees by creating equity in a hybrid workplace, balancing productivity with well-being, developing diversity in leadership, and offering better career paths by helping employees understand, appreciate, and maximize the value of their benefits and compensation.

Lauren Uranker, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs Ayco

Peter Wirth, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs Ayco

11:15 AM - 11:40 AM
Lone Star Coffee Break
11:40 AM - 12:25 PM
The Saloon How to Make a Difference in the Caregiving Struggles of Your Workers (Workshop)

All of us want to make sure we take good care of our loved ones, yet so many employees–often members of marginalized groups–struggle to find the support they need to remain focused and engaged at work. In this workshop, you will step inside the daily caregiving activities that the majority of your workforce has to balance with their work. By sharing their real-life challenges, we’ll focus on the kinds of support that will help this stressed-out population, the human connection they need, and how your benefits can be designed to be truly inclusive.

Wendy Whittington, Chief Care Officer, Cariloop

11:40 AM - 12:25 PM
Brazos Translating Corporate Values Into Employee Skills (Workshop)

For decades, businesses have promoted their corporate values on websites, S-1 filings, and policy statements as rules to memorize and follow. Yet they’ve never approached these values as core job skills to measure, develop, and improve. Given our changing demographics and social values, it’s time to turn our values into skills. Join us as we show how to go from raising awareness and memorizing rules to developing skills–so that leaders and employees are set up for success in demonstrating corporate values.

Janine Yancey, CEO, Emtrain

Odessa Jenkins, President, Emtrain

11:40 AM - 12:25 PM
The Loft Using Neuroscience to Boost Corporate Learning (Workshop)

Hendrik Dietrich, PhD, a learning expert and neuroscientist, will give practical, science-based advice for learners and L&D professionals. In this session, you will learn how to put your brain to work as an expert learning and experience platform; how to engage two fundamental, brain-based learning frameworks; and how to purposefully boost learning.

Dr. Hendrik Dietrich, Learning Expert, getAbstract

12:25 PM - 01:20 PM
Lone Star Lunch
01:25 PM - 01:50 PM
Music Hall Shaping the Next Chapter of an Iconic Company With Inclusivity at Its Core (Fireside Chat)

The HR chief for JCPenney’s 50,000 employees talks about the company’s comeback–and making workers feel a part of its legacy and future growth.


Andre Joyner, Chief Human Resources Officer, JCPenney


Steve Koepp, co founder, From Day One

01:55 PM - 02:15 PM
Music Hall How HR Can Look Ahead During Uncertain Times (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

The recent hiring boom is easing somewhat, with employers reducing the intensity of their recruiting efforts. However, wise HR and talent leaders can shift now to a strategic outlook that goes beyond just hiring new team members. Among the issues HR leaders can address: What will be the company’s workforce needs in 2023 and beyond? What are the emerging skills needed–and what investments of resources will be needed for workers to acquire them? Forward-thinking recruiters and other HR professionals who pursue answers to these questions will be more assured of having a voice in C-suite decisions.

Vijay Swaminathan, CEO, Draup

02:15 PM - 02:20 PM
Music Hall Session Intro Speaker

Maria Stutsman y Marquez, Director of Graduate Recruiting & Admissions,  University of Notre Dame

02:20 PM - 03:00 PM
Music Hall How High-performing Workplaces Can Show Compassion, Too (Panel)

A competitive, innovative business can be a demanding place to work. Yet employee engagement and retention depend on empathy and compassion–especially when workers are expected to take certain risks and deliver maximum effort. What does this kind of sensitivity look like in a workplace with high expectations?


Michelle Hicks, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Micron Technology

Whitney Eichinger, VP, Culture & Engagement, Southwest Airlines

Kimberly Ardo-Eisenbeis, Regional HR Director, Central Region, Allied Universal

Amanda Conway, Senior VP, Employer Strategy & Sales, Talkspace

Steve Arntz, Co-Founder and CEO, Campfire


Rob Schneider, Managing Editor-Events, Dallas Business Journal

03:00 PM - 03:25 PM
Lone Star Coffee Break
03:25 PM - 03:45 PM
Music Hall Future of the Purpose People (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

In the era of the Corporate Values Revolution it is crucial for companies to consider the impact that CSR has on their employees. The power of purpose and the role cause engagement plays in employee loyalty and retention cannot be overlooked. 96% of employees would feel the same or more positive about their employer if they offered engaging ways to volunteer, and almost 40% of employees prefer to volunteer online. It’s clear that the Purpose People are demanding more accountability and support from their employers. Join Accelerist CEO and Founder, Brittany Hill, to unpack the future of the purpose people and discover ways to diversify your employee engagement strategy.

Brittany Hill, CEO and Founder, Accelerist

03:50 PM - 04:30 PM
Music Hall Is Your Company Developing an Inclusive Culture? (Panel)

Instead of looking for a “culture fit” in new employees, how can companies make their workplace better-suited to diversity? What are the key elements that make an employer welcoming to a diverse labor pool, from personalized benefits to a sense of belonging? How much does career growth and employee retention add to a company's reputation for inclusion?
Abbie Cowan, Chief Diversity Officer, Atos

Ryan Mitchell, Director, Global Diversity Equity & Inclusion, CBRE

Allison LyonsVice President, Human Resources, Frontier

Iesha Berry, Chief Diversity and Engagement Officer, DocuSign

Donald Knight, Chief People Officer, Greenhouse

April Simpson, senior reporter, Center for Public Integrity

04:30 PM - 04:35 PM
Music Hall A Closing Word From Our Title Sponsor


Lauren Uranker, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs Ayco

04:35 PM - 04:40 PM
Music Hall Closing Remarks
04:40 PM - 05:30 PM
Lone Star Evening Reception


The conference will take place at Gilley’s Dallas, a vast event space in Cedars, Dallas.