' 2023 February Virtual - From Day One


Beyond Good Intentions: Measuring and Accounting for Progress in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The corporate world has responded to calls for racial equity over the last two years, evolving their DEI functions and making efforts to follow through, sometimes with mixed results. At this point, how can companies measure the progress they’ve gained in creating inclusive, equitable work environments–and position themselves to sustain it? How can employers measure the feeling of belonging?

From Day One is a Recertification Provider for SHRM and HRCI. This session is eligible for 3 credits from both organizations. The Activity IDs will be sent to attendees after the conclusion of the session.


Robert Perkins

Mondelēz International

Neddy Perez

McCormick & Company

Derek Gordon


Chevy Cleaves

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Singleton Beato

McCann Worldgroup

Livia Konkel

Charles River Labs

Shalin Kothari

Schneider Electric

Ellen McGirt


John Simons

TIME magazine

Megan Ulu-Lani Boyanton

The Denver Post

Lydia Dishman

Fast Company

Khalil Smith

Akamai Technologies

Teresa Hopke

Talking Talent

Shaun Sperling


Louis Chesney


Shannon Hopkins


Ariela Safira


Kristen Carlisle

Betterment at Work

Angela Logan

University of Notre Dame

Kristen Collett-Schmitt

University of Notre Dame

Maria Stutsman y Marquez

University of Notre Dame

Kara Palmer

University of Notre Dame

Jessica Nam Kim


Rebecca Warren


Keirsten Greggs

TRAP Recruiter

Tahra Taylor

Notre Dame



12:00 PM - 12:15 PM


12:15 PM - 12:25 PM

Opening Remarks: Nick Baily and Steve Koepp, co-founders, From Day One

12:25 PM - 12:50 PM

The State of DEI: Why Many Efforts Fail–and How Companies Can Overcome the Barriers (Fireside Chat)

The diversity chief for a global snack maker (everything from Cadbury to Oreos) reveals how his company since 2020 doubled the number of women in leadership roles and experienced 65% growth in the number of Black managers.


Robert Perkins, Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Mondelēz International


John Simons, Executive Editor, Time

12:55 PM - 01:15 PM

Unlocking Productivity in Your Workforce (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

Improving employee productivity–and ultimately performance–starts with the No. 1 driver: Well-being. In this session, HR leaders will hear: research on how well-being is the greatest predictor of performance; the importance of taking a whole-person approach to performance; and proven ways to increase well-being in your workforce.

Shannon Hopkins, Regional VP, BetterUp

01:20 PM - 02:00 PM

Identifying the Remaining Obstacles to Progress in Inclusion and Belonging (Panel)

Nearly three years after the murder of George Floyd, the commitments by corporate America should be having an impact. Where have they been felt–and where has there been resistance or backlash? What steps can be taken to challenge the most stubborn or insidious barriers? How can an expansive approach to diversity embrace workers from a wider range of marginalized groups, including neurodiverse people?


Khalil Smith, VP, Inclusion, Diversity, and Engagement, Akamai

Nereida (Neddy) Perez, VP, Global Head of DEI, McCormick & Company

Chevy Cleaves, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Lincoln Laboratory, MIT

Louis Chesney, Neurodiversity Product Manager, RethinkCare

Teresa Hopke, CEO, Talking Talent


Lydia Dishman, Senior Editor for Growth and Engagement, Fast Company

02:05 PM - 02:25 PM

The Future of Mental Health Care–and the Role of an Inclusive Solution (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

Mental health is a massive issue in the U.S.–50% of Americans will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their lifetime. And today’s solutions are inadequate. We only have enough licensed therapists for 7% of the U.S. population and 99.4% of people of color are left out of 1:1 therapy today. Join Ariela Safira, founder and CEO of Real, to learn about a more inclusive, scalable, and clinically effective mental health solution, making it easier for people to make mental health an essential part of well-being.

Ariela Safira, CEO, Real

02:30 PM - 03:15 PM

Breaking the Diversity Hiring Dilemma: Balancing Talent Acquisition and DEI Commitments (Workshop)

In this workshop, we’ll share insights into how companies can improve their hiring process to attract more diverse talent and meet their DEI commitments. We’ll focus on three actionable steps HR leaders and organizations can take to reduce bias, eliminate roadblocks, and enhance diversity hiring and employee retention.

Rebecca Warren, Director of Customer Success, Eightfold AI

Keirsten Greggs, Founder, TRAP Recruiter

02:30 PM - 03:15 PM

How Notre Dame’s Business School Leverages a Multi-Stakeholder Approach to DEI (Workshop)

In this session you'll hear from leaders at Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, who leverage a multi-stakeholder approach to improving diversity and inclusion across the college. As an evolving community, Mendoza staff, faculty, and students have identified measures toward accountable development as they build the inclusion and belonging necessary to education leaders for business and society.

Kara Palmer, Senior Director of Administration & Program Management

Kristen Collett-Schmitt, PhD, Associate Dean for Innovation and Inclusion, Associate Teaching Professor in Finance, Founder and Director of ND Elevate

Angela Logan, PhD, St. Andre Bessette Academic Director of the Master of Nonprofit Administration Program, Associate Teaching Professor

Maria Stutsman y Marquez, Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment

02:30 PM - 03:15 PM

Encouraging Inclusive Leadership Behavior in Your Organization (Workshop)

Inclusive leadership, the foundation for supporting humans in the workplace, involves demonstrating respect for the abilities, beliefs, backgrounds, and cultures of those around you and engaging those with diverse perspectives so that others feel an unconditional sense of belonging. Today’s movements in social justice challenge us to question whether organizations are supporting and embracing diversity in a way that shows all individuals are valued, recognized, and accepted for who they truly are. Join ThinkHuman for an interactive Learning Jam on inclusive leadership and its impact on teams and humans, designed to provide a deeper understanding of the importance of inclusion and belonging in teams.

Shaun Sperling, Facilitator & Coach, ThinkHuman

03:20 PM - 04:00 PM

Making the Employer-Value Proposition More Inclusive to the Diversity of Working Families (Panel)

The pandemic and racial-justice movement cast a bright light on the inequities in total rewards for many workers, including such factors as benefits accessibility and job flexibility. How can employers make sure that these kinds of benefits start to embrace neglected populations, including family caregivers, workers who struggle financially, employees with chronic health problems, and others?


Singleton Beato, Chief Diversity & Engagement Officer, McCann Worldgroup

Livia Konkel, VP, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Corporate Citizenship, Charles River Laboratories

Shalin Kothari, VP, People & DEI Strategy, Schneider Electric

Kristen Carlisle, VP, General Manager, Betterment at Work

Jessica Kim, Co-Founder and CEO, Ianacare


Megan Ulu-Lani Boyanton, Business Reporter, the Denver Post

04:05 PM - 04:30 PM

The Present and Future of the Chief Diversity Officer’s Role (Fireside Chat)

The head of DEI for a Fortune 500 company tells of his path to the job, the three fundamental keys to success in DEI efforts, and his view of what the role will look like in five to ten years. (Hint: It will be even harder.)


Derek Gordon, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, Colgate-Palmolive


Ellen McGirt, Senior Editor, Fortune

04:30 PM - 04:35 PM

Closing Remarks