Workers and the Corporate Values Revolution

Two years into the pandemic, what has the workplace revolution revealed? Our one-day conference at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House 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
The Loge Breakfast
09:30 AM - 09:35 AM
Studio Loft Opening Remarks
09:35 AM - 10:00 AM
Studio Loft Weaving New Threads into Today's Talent Acquisition Fabric (Fireside Chat)

Talent acquisition today demands a nuanced understanding of organizational goals in people strategy, as well as a thoughtful approach to fulfilling those goals. The chief diversity and talent officer at a storied American financial-services company illuminates the thinking behind her strategy.

Shannon Armbrecht, Chief Diversity and Talent Officer, Western Union


Spencer Cambell, Features Editor, 5280 Magazine

10:05 AM - 10:45 AM
Studio Loft 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?


Monica Jackson, VP, Inclusion and Diversity, Eaton

Kate Langhorst, HR Director, Medtronic

Jamie Alvarez, Director, Corporate Communications, Vail Resorts

Teresa Hopke, CEO, Talking Talent

McKendree Hickory, Director of Performance and Development, Leadership Trainer, LifeLabs Learning


Megan Ulu-Lani Boyanton, Reporter, The Denver Post

10:50 AM - 11:10 AM
Studio Loft 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

11:10 AM - 11:35 AM
The Loge Coffee Break
11:35 AM - 12:20 PM
Chambers Grant Salon Suffering in Silence: Family Caregiving’s Profound Impact on the Great Resignation, Mental and Physical Health, and Productivity (Workshop)

Many organizations struggle to address pressing issues such as retention, presenteeism, mental health, physical health, diversity, equity and inclusion and general productivity. One of the biggest contributors to all these issues is the challenges family caregiving presents for employees. In this session, we’ll interactively discuss how family caregiving impacts the most important areas for an organization, why it’s so often overlooked or misunderstood and strategies to use family caregiver support as a secret weapon in your organization.

Lisa Bomrad, VP of Human Resources, Homethrive

11:35 AM - 12:20 PM
Studio Loft How Improved Employee Health Care 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, Vice President, Customer Care, Accolade

11:35 AM - 12:20 PM
Parterre People Investments in the Face of the 3 Rs: Retention, Remote Work, Recession (Workshop)

The stats are bleak: poor retention and bad management cost companies more than $1 trillion per year in the U.S. In fact, 80% of workers cite bad managers as the cause of stress and thoughts of quitting. But there’s a critical point of leverage that most leaders are not considering: early and emerging talent, a diverse workforce that's demanding more from their employers than ever before. Yet four out of five organizations say they are ineffective at developing the right skills or providing career development for this emerging talent. How can you show up for them? In this session, you’ll learn and practice strategies for providing compassionate support and growth opportunities for your early and diverse talent.

Anna Robinson, CEO, Ceresa

12:20 PM - 01:20 PM
Chambers Grant Salon Lunch
01:20 PM - 01:45 PM
Studio Loft Enriching Your Company Culture with Allyship, Advocacy, and Belonging (Fireside Chat)

The diversity leader of a global apparel and footwear company explains her collaborative approach to amplifying social-impact initiatives and engaging in direct support of the diverse associates, communities and consumers served by the VF portfolio of iconic brands.


Lauren Guthrie, Vice President of Global Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Action, VF Corp.


Elizabeth Hernandez, Reporter, The Denver Post

01:50 PM - 02:10 PM
Studio Loft Meet the Future-Minded Leader (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

Just when we thought there might be a light at the end of the tunnel, we now find ourselves transitioning from a global pandemic into a global recession. Uncertainty continues to affect people at all levels across all organizations and the consequences for our mental health have been disastrous. If uncertainty is the new norm, is there a way out? This keynote will highlight BetterUp’s research insights and discuss how future-mindedness can help individuals, and organizations, better navigate uncertainty, increase our effectiveness, and improve our well-being.

Scott Baker, Solutions Consultant, BetterUp

02:15 PM - 02:55 PM
Studio Loft Do Your Employees Feel Valued? How to Improve Retention in a Hybrid Workplace (Panel)

At a time of high attrition, employers have a major incentive to foster community, cohesion, and a sense of belonging among their workers. What are the key ways to do that in a flexible, hybrid work environment? How can companies create opportunities for workers to engage with one another no matter where they are, creating an environment in which they develop trust for one another?


Danae Atkins, Acting Vice President, Talent Management, and Director of Talent Development, Ball Corp.

Carla Anthony, Director, Human Resources, Department of Public Safety, City and County of Denver

Amy Cohen, VP, Total Rewards, Hunter Douglas

Judith Almendra, Vice President, Global Human Capital and Talent Acquisition, TTEC

Bonnie Dowling, Expert Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company


Tamara Chuang, Staff Writer, The Colorado Sun

02:55 PM - 03:20 PM
The Loge Coffee Break
03:20 PM - 04:00 PM
Studio Loft 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?


Jennifer Cockrum, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Hertz

Amy Carris, Director, People and Culture Development, Centura Health

Donald Deas, Director, Human Resources Business Partner, E.W. Scripps

Jennifer Fairweather, Director of Human Resources (CHRO), Jefferson County, Colorado

Anna Robinson, CEO and Founder, Ceresa


Saja Hindi, Reporter, The Denver Post

04:05 PM - 04:30 PM
Studio Loft How to Respond When a Crisis Tests Your Values (Fireside Chat)

When the pandemic challenged one of the nation’s best children’s hospitals, the organization had to rethink what makes it a great and inspiring place to work.


Betsy Rodriguez, SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer, Children’s Hospital Colorado


Cynthia Barnes, Journalist

04:30 PM - 04:35 PM
Studio Loft Closing Remarks
04:35 PM - 05:30 PM
The Loge Evening Reception


The conference will take place at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, the premier venue inside of the historic Quigg Newton Denver Municipal Auditorium.