Workers and the Corporate Values Revolution


Two years into the pandemic, what has the workplace revolution revealed? Our one-day conference at the Hudson Loft 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, 15Five


08:30 AM - 09:20 AM
Hudson Loft 1st Floor Breakfast
09:20 AM - 09:25 AM
Hudson Loft 2nd Floor Opening Remarks
09:25 AM - 09:30 AM
Hudson Loft 2nd Floor A Word From Our Title Sponsor

Jon Greenawalt, SVP, Customer Transformation, 15Five

09:30 AM - 09:50 AM
Hudson Loft 2nd Floor Inspiring People to Take Action in the Movement Towards Social Equity and Justice (Fireside Chat)

How an influential HR leader in filmed entertainment leverages the power of her personal story as a refugee from the Vietnam War to engage others to have courageous conversations–and be a part of the solution.


Hoai Scott, SVP, HR, NBCUniversal


Alison Brower, Los Angeles Bureau Chief, Insider

09:55 AM - 10:35 AM
Hudson Loft 2nd Floor Improving the Talent Pipeline, From End to End (Panel)

From campus recruiting to the job offer, the hiring process has many steps where talent can be overlooked, blocked, or lost to competitors. What are the most effective ways in which employers can remove obstacles and boost engagement? How can they make the most of other pathways besides recruiting, including internships and referrals?


Kelly McCulloch, Global Chief People Officer, Taco Bell (Yum! Brands)

Dana Brown, General Manager, Personnel Department, City of Los Angeles

Mary Burke, SVP, HR, Experian Consumer Services

Adam Gefkovicz, Co-founder and Co-CEO, Untapped

Lauren Ptak, Chief Marketing Officer, New York University Tandon School of Engineering


Faith Pinho, Reporter, Los Angeles Times

10:40 AM - 11:00 AM
Hudson Loft 2nd Floor The Rise of the Modern Manager (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

During the “Great Resignation,” millions of employees quit their jobs to find better opportunities that offered them higher pay, greater flexibility, and the chance to develop their careers. But as the economy tightens, employees will more often be looking to stay put–and still demanding more from their employers. As a result, companies can no longer afford to postpone efforts to develop their new and emerging leaders. This session will explore the trends and challenges that organizational leaders face today, the science-backed people skills leaders need the most, and an innovative coaching methodology that can give rise to the modern manager who thrives in the ever-changing world of work.

Jon Greenawalt, SVP, Customer Transformation, 15Five

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Hudson Loft 1st Floor Coffee Break
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Loft 301 Advocating For Yourself and Others: A Workshop for Leaders (Workshop)

As a team leader, you are responsible for the success of your team, and therefore the success of your company. But how do you balance your own needs with those of everyone else on your team? What if you could advocate for yourself and your team at the same time? In this workshop, we’ll explore how to advocate for yourself as a leader in the workplace, personal life and relationships, while also advocating for your team members. We’l discuss how to show up in a way that makes it safe for others to follow suit. We’ll also help you understand how important it is to advocate for yourself (and others) when it comes to end-of-year deadlines, holidays, economic uncertainty–basically anything that puts extra pressure on companies or individuals at work.

TeNita Ballard, Coach and Speaker, TeNita

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Loft 303 How Will Machine Learning and Automation Revolutionize Recruiting? (Workshop)

With the recent changes to the recruiting landscape, talent organizations are being asked to do more with less. We'll discuss how next-generation outbound recruiting techniques that leverage machine learning and automation can improve candidate quality, reduce time to fill, and improve the the ROI of every recruiter. The reason this is relevant: There has been a big shift in the market–back to quality over quantity–and most talent organizations aren’t prepared for this trend.  While adjustments will need to be spearheaded by HR to help the entire organization to adapt, technology can help.

Jeremy Schiff, CEO, RecruitBot

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Breakout Room One 2nd Floor How to Involve Employee-Led Groups in Your DEI Efforts (Workshop)

The way we work is constantly shifting, and the workplace of the future is not just a company–it’s a community. Employees are looking for a sense of belonging and a workplace where they can learn, all while taking action on the issues that matter most to them. While many organizations already have DEI initiatives in place, empowering employees to form grassroot groups can play a vital role in their DEI strategies. Join Benevity’s workshop as we discuss the impact that employee resource groups (ERGs) can have in your organization’s DEI, employee engagement, and social-impact initiatives.

Erica Graham Jordan, Area VP of Sales, Mid-Market, Benevity

12:15 PM - 01:10 PM
Hudson Loft 1st Floor Lunch
01:10 PM - 01:55 PM
Breakout Room One 2nd Floor How to Recognize and Reward Your People With Meaning (Workshop)

For organizations that want to retain top talent, the race is on to prioritize the things employees truly care about. Connection is one of those things; your people want to feel like they belong, and that they’re part of a greater whole. But recent Blueboard research revealed stark gaps when it comes to employees’ connection to their company, including disconnection to company values as well as teammates. Join us for a conversation about how you can identify and close connection gaps at your organization through effective, meaningful employee recognition.

Britt Bartolini, Senior Enterprise Account Executive, Blueboard

01:10 PM - 01:55 PM
Loft 303 Shake up your L&D: A Spirited Approach to Measuring ROI and Business Impact (Workshop)

In this fun, interactive workshop, Shane Combest, VP of product for the workplace-training company Hone, will relate mixology to learning and development (L&D) concepts to help participants better understand how precise measurement helps HR leaders underscore the business impact of their learning investment. You’ll learn how to serve up Hone’s signature drink, L&D Liquid Courage, hear some relevant case studies and recent learning-impact stats, and take away a souvenir to shake things up this holiday season.

Shane Combest, Head of Product, Hone

01:10 PM - 01:55 PM
Loft 301 Why the Work of Psychological Safety Begins With You (Workshop)

Creating a healthy working environment calls for a dose of the classic prescription of “physician, heal thyself.” Self-awareness is necessary if we expect to cultivate it within our teams and organizations. Leaderology founder and CEO, Marissa Waldman, will tell the real-life story about her experience at a company that lacked such safety–and the events that led her to draw the line. She’ll illuminate the psychological-safety measures to which she committed when founding her own company, and the customizable blueprint that HR leaders can implement in their corporate cultures.

Marissa Waldman, CEO, Leaderology

02:05 PM - 02:10 PM
Hudson Loft 2nd Floor Session Intro Sponsor

Angie Maizlish, Enterprise Account Executive, Coursera

02:10 PM - 02:50 PM
Hudson Loft 2nd Floor How to Make Reskilling and Coaching Part of a Corporate Culture of Learning (Panel)

Employers who make reskilling and development important elements of their culture can cost-effectively develop the talent they need, as well as enhance their employer brand. How can companies best identify the employees who can make that shift and provide the coaching and mentoring to empower their career growth? What are the most effective new educational techniques, which put an emphasis on active learning? How can corporate leaders promote a mindset of continuous learning and curiosity?


Jennifer Rice, SVP, Learning and Organizational Development, Universal Music Group

Nicole Husband, VP, People & Culture, Warner Bros. Discovery

Alissa Lieppman, Head of Planning & Culture, the National Football League

Mark Allen, PhD, Professor and Academic Director, Master of Science in Human Resources Program, Pepperdine University

Kevin Meyer, VP, People Insights, BetterUp


Pamela Avila, Editor, USA Today

02:50 PM - 03:15 PM
Hudson Loft 1st Floor Coffee Break
03:20 PM - 03:40 PM
Hudson Loft 2nd Floor Building Culture for the Changing World of Work (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

Companies need to be flexible amid changes in the world of work–and need to understand why culture is so important. For some in the business world, culture is just something fluffy you talk about rather than a reality. That's why the HR platform HiBob was founded. In the past seven years, founder Ronni Zehavi has worked and interacted with businesses around the globe and with some 3,000 customers. He has held ongoing conversations with C-level executives, chief people officers, employees, and line managers in an effort to understand where the market is headed and the evolving relationship between employers and employees. One observation became clear: we are facing a fascinating change in the way people work.


Tran Andrada, Sales Engineering Manager, HiBob

04:30 PM - 04:50 PM
Hudson Loft 2nd Floor The Promise–and Pitfalls–of Walmart’s Socially Conscious Capitalism (Fireside Chat)

The world’s largest company has made huge strides in improving the rewards and working conditions of its 2.3 million employees. Yet why are so many of them still unable to earn a middle-class living? A new book explores the paradox.


Rick Wartzman, Author, Still Broke: Walmart’s Remarkable Transformation and the Limits of Socially Conscious Capitalism


Margot Roosevelt, Reporter on the California Economy and Labor, the Los Angeles Times

03:45 PM - 04:25 PM
Hudson Loft 2nd Floor 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?


Mason Williams, Global Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Mattel

Stacie de Armas, SVP, DEI, Diverse Insights, Intelligence & Initiatives, Nielsen

Darren Chiappetta, VP, Global Head of Employee Relations & Policy, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Deborah Kuness, Senior Business Psychologist, Workday

Odessa Jenkins, President, Emtrain


Jonathan Landrum, Reporter, the Associated Press

04:50 PM - 04:55 PM
Hudson Loft 2nd Floor A Word From Our Title Sponsor

Jon Greenawalt, SVP, Customer Transformation, 15Five

04:55 PM - 05:00 PM
Hudson Loft 2nd Floor Closing Remarks
05:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Hudson Loft 1st Floor Evening Reception


The conference will take place at the Hudson Loft, a photo, film, and event space, located in the South Park district of DTLA. We are two blocks east of the Staples Center and LA Live, off of 12th & Hope.