Workers and the Corporate Values Revolution

Two years into the pandemic, what has the workplace revolution revealed? Our one-day conference at the International Trade Center 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.


08:30 AM - 09:30 AM
Amphitheater Foyer Breakfast
09:30 AM - 09:40 AM
Amphitheater Opening Remarks
09:40 AM - 10:10 AM
Amphitheater The Dramatically Changing Relationship Between Employers and Workers (Fireside Chat)

How employers will compete for labor based on compensation, total rewards, and sense of mission and purpose.


Jessica Bonjorni, Chief of Human Capital Management, Veterans Health Administration


Sam Fulwood, Dean, School of Communication, American University

10:15 AM - 10:55 AM
Amphitheater Innovative Ways to Build Skills in a Hybrid Workplace (Panel)

The remote-work revolution provides a historic opportunity to rethink traditional coaching and development. What are the most effective new educational techniques, many of which put an emphasis on active learning? How can employers best match workers with the coaching and development that will optimize their potential? And in this new environment, how can employers make reskilling a continuous part of their culture, one that promotes a mindset of continuous learning and curiosity?


Lin Burton, Chief Learning Officer, U.S. Department of Justice

Jayana Garvey, VP, Global Performance Advisory, Marriott International

Adrian Taylor, Chief Learning Officer, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

Merrick Krause, Deputy Chief Human Capital Officer and Director, Human Capital Strategy, U.S. General Services Administration

Sarah Sheehan, Co-founder and President, Bravely


Hannah Denham, Reporter, Washington Business Journal

11:00 AM - 11:20 AM
Amphitheater Equity and the Hybrid Workforce: Generational Perspectives (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

A hybrid or even “remote-first” approach to building organizations that attract and retain top talent can intersect in interesting ways with the perspectives of workers across generations. Prior to 2020, getting “face time” with leadership was an effective tool for career advancement, but now the landscape has shifted significantly. How can we take a deliberate approach to building equity in ways that blend the best of old and new, and how do workers across the age spectrum think about this topic?

Heather Tinsley-Fix, Senior Advisor, Financial Resilience, AARP

11:20 AM - 11:45 AM
Amphitheater Foyer Coffee Break
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
Polaris Suite How Managers Can Address Common Employee Mental Health Challenges (Workshop)

Mental health is one of the biggest challenges American businesses face today. At a time when untreated mental illness costs the American economy as much as $300 billion a year in lost productivity, our modern workplaces cannot ignore the impact that these struggles have on our work. This workshop will help managers understand how they can have a conversation about mental health: How it's defined, the signs of people who struggle, and how managers can support their employees.

Haeli Harris, Lead Clinician, Nivati

David Malmborg, VP of Community and Marketing, Nivati

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
Hemisphere A How Improved Employee Healthcare Experiences Can Aid Recruiting and Retention (Workshop)

A recent survey suggested that three out of four full-time employees are thinking of quitting their job this year. As HR professionals look for new ways to attract and retain talent, it’s important to recognize the role that health plans and health care experiences can play. Research conducted for Accolade found that offering improved, meaningful benefits can influence how long employees stay with their employer and how they evaluate their options when choosing between job offers. In this workshop, you’ll gain insights on how you can enhance the way you retain employees and recruit new ones, give employees an improved benefits experience with increased satisfaction, and improve employee perception of your benefits and health plan.

Andrew Rosa, VP, customer care, Accolade

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
Hemisphere B 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

12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
01:30 PM - 01:50 PM
Amphitheater The HR Department and Creating Justice From the Bottom Up (Fireside Chat)

An expert on the rise of corporate power argues that educated and responsible workers know what’s best for themselves and their work–and employers would be wise to hear their voices.


Matt Stoller, Director of Research, American Economic Liberties Project, and author, Goliath: The 100-Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy


Nick Baily, Co-founder and CEO, From Day One

01:55 PM - 02:35 PM
Amphitheater 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?


Millette Granville, VP, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, 2U

Scott Nycum, VP, Inclusion, Diversity and Giving, General Dynamics

Sally Bartas, VP, HR Corporate, Stanley Black & Decker

Alyssa Johnson, VP, Account Management, Blueboard

Gabriela Mauch, VP, Productivity Lab, ActivTrak


Emily McCrary-Ruiz-Esparza, independent journalist

02:40 PM - 03:00 PM
Amphitheater The Connection Gap: Redefining Leadership Post-Pandemic (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

The pandemic has created a new reality in which people are connecting with more frequency and less friction than ever before. There are limitless tools for conversation and platforms to engage in countless ways. So, why do our workplaces still feel so disconnected? Why do our leaders struggle to stay ahead of the needs of their people and teams? Join us to discuss how to close the connection gap and redefine leadership for post-pandemic success.

Steve Arntz, CEO, Campfire

03:00 PM - 03:20 PM
Amphitheater Foyer Coffee Break
03:20 PM - 04:00 PM
Amphitheater 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?


Danny Dickerson, Director, Diversity and Inclusion, National Institutes of Health

Tamar Becks, VP, Diversity and Inclusion, CACI

Loren Hudson, Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer, Cable at Comcast

Jo Linda Johnson, VP, Head of DIB Strategy and Equity, Capital One

Krissah Thompson, Managing Editor for Diversity and Inclusion, the Washington Post


Gracie Lawson-Borders, Dean and Professor, Cathy Hughes School of Communications, Howard University

04:05 PM - 04:25 PM
Amphitheater Dignity in a Digital Age: Making Tech Work for All of Us (Fireside Chat)

A Congressman offers a vision for democratizing digital innovation, empowering workers, and embracing a new kind of “progressive capitalism” to build economically vibrant and inclusive communities.


Ro Khanna, Silicon Valley Member of Congress and author of the new book, Dignity in a Digital Age


Brian Bennett, Senior White House Correspondent, Time Magazine

04:25 PM - 04:30 PM
Amphitheater Closing Remarks
04:30 PM - 05:30 PM
Amphitheater Foyer Evening Reception


The conference will take place at the International Trade Center, also known as the Ronald Reagan Building.