Listening to What Workers Want

Our one-day conference at the Seattle Art Museum will bring together leading thinkers and top executives in HR, talent acquisition, diversity, employee engagement, and benefits for an engaging, up-to-the-minute conversation about how employers can build stronger bonds of trust and connection with their workers and their communities. The urgent topics will include the importance of offering career paths, developing diversity in leadership, balancing productivity with well-being, supporting working parents, and encouraging employees in community work.


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
Forum Breakfast
09:30 AM - 09:40 AM
The Auditorium Opening Remarks
09:40 AM - 10:05 AM
The Auditorium How HR Is Leading the Transformation of Work Life (Fireside Chat)

The chief people officer of a global travel business illuminates a dramatic shift in the relationship between workers and employers–and how HR leaders are playing pivotal roles

Archana Singh, chief people officer, Expedia Group

Josephine Cheng, founder/owner, Smart Chick Media

10:10 AM - 10:50 AM
The Auditorium 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?


Shannon Flynn, VP, corporate human resources, Fortive Corporation

Karen Wilkins-Mickey,  VP, diversity, equity & inclusion, Seattle Seahawks

Michaela Doelman, chief human resources officer, Employment Security Department

Taryn Little, director of recruiting, Zillow

Henry Albrecht, CEO, Limeade

Morgan Chaney, senior director of marketing, Blueboard


Enrique Cerna, senior correspondent, KCTS Television

10:55 AM - 11:15 AM
The Auditorium What Do Working Parents Really Want? (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

What does it take to retain working parents and caregivers—and bring those who left the workforce back? The key may lie in your benefits package. From family building to caring for an elder, leading employers are stepping up to support employees through a variety of life experiences with inclusive benefits, flexibilities and a culture that cares. But where can you start, and what benefits will have the most impact for your employees, and ROI for your team?

Join this session to learn key findings from Ovia Health’s Future of Family Benefits Survey and hear what matters most to working parents when it comes to benefits and support.

Shauna Cour, Vice President, Employer Sales, Ovia Health

11:15 AM - 11:35 AM
Forum Coffee Break
11:35 AM - 12:20 PM
Lecture Hall The New Pandemic: Families and the Mental Health Crisis (Workshop)

48% of people are experiencing increased stress levels since COVID began. In this presentation, you’ll gain the knowledge you need to support yourself. You’ll learn about the effects of stress, how to recognize them, and how you can support your wellbeing through mindfulness and self-care tools. You will even learn how to discuss mental health with others right from our lead counselor - the most important thing you can do to support yourself and others on their mental health journeys.

Haeli Harris, lead clinician, Nivati

11:35 AM - 12:20 PM
Arnold Boardroom Employee Well-being(Workshop)

Amid the Great Resignation, employee engagement and loyalty are hot topics. The solution for many companies? Focusing on employee well-being.

In this interactive workshop, we’ll explore emotional and financial well-being along with the valuable linkage to reaching corporate business goals.

Davida Rivens, VP and director, product management & sales, E4E Relief

12:20 PM - 01:20 PM
Forum Lunch
01:20 PM - 02:00 PM
The Auditorium How to Make Reskilling Part of a Corporate Culture of Learning (Panel)

Employers who make reskilling a continuous part 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? 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?


Karen Kocher, general manager, global learning experiences, Microsoft

Sonia Vora, director of talent, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Tara Denman, chief human resources officer, BDA

Sherry Pelletier, VP, human resources - U.S., BGIS

Tom Griffiths, CEO and co-founder, Hone

Samreen Aslam, director of learning strategy, AMP Creative


Enrique Cerna, senior correspondent, KCTS Television

02:05 PM - 02:25 PM
The Auditorium Go Beyond Resumes: How you can democratize the recruiting process to hire better, more diverse talent (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

Henry Ford said “if you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always got.” This certainly rings true for talent acquisition efforts. If you want to bring more diverse candidates into your talent pipeline, you need a fresh approach. In this talk with CodeSignal’s Co-Founder and CEO, we’ll explore why traditional hiring processes are broken and how a new, data-driven approach can help you go beyond resumes to secure better and more diverse hires.

Tigran Sloyan, co-founder and CEO, CodeSignal

02:30 PM - 02:50 PM
The Auditorium The Lessons of Boeing's Cultural Decline–and How It Can Recover (Fireside Chat)

The author of an acclaimed new book explores how a revered American corporation went astray by neglecting its original core values

Peter Robison, author of Flying Blind: The 737 MAX Tragedy and the Fall of Boeing, and investigative reporter, Bloomberg and Bloomberg Businessweek


Marissa Nall, aerospace/airlines reporter, Puget Sound Business Journal

02:50 PM - 03:10 PM
Forum Coffee Break
03:10 PM - 03:50 PM
The Auditorium 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?


Steven Zwerin, director, hr investigations unit, City of Seattle

Cassandra Mitchell, SVP, diversity, equity & inclusion strategy and engagement, KeyBank

Denise Banuelos, director, equity, inclusion & diversity, Kaiser Permanente

Madhukar Govindaraju, CEO, Numly


Steve Scher, journalist, Town Hall Seattle

03:50 PM - 04:05 PM
Forum Coffee Break
04:10 PM - 04:40 PM
The Auditorium How Seattle Can Be More Connected and Inclusive (Fireside Chat)

The new owner of two city publications on his vision for urban journalism, inclusion in the tech industry, and his own journey as an Asian-American entrepreneur

Jonathan Sposato, publisher of Seattle and Seattle Business, chairman of Geekwire, and venture capitalist

Steve Koepp, co-founder and chief content officer, From Day One

04:40 PM - 04:50 PM
The Auditorium Closing Remarks
04:50 PM - 05:30 PM
Forum Evening Reception


The conference will take place at Seattle Art Museum, a vast gallery and event space in the heart of Seattle.