August Virtual: The Changing Profile of HR Leaders

Wednesday, August 09, 2023


The Changing Profile of HR Leaders: How the Role Is Evolving and Growing

In just the past two years, HR has risen to the C-suite level in influence and responsibility. How should HR leaders respond in terms of preparing for changing roles, managing their new duties, and charting their own career paths? Why are they expanding their influence to related departments, including employee engagement, volunteering, and philanthropy? What can HR leaders do to leverage their new prominence to make change happen across the whole organization?

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.


All times shown below are U.S. Eastern Time

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
Emphasizing the Human Impact of Technology at a Time of Rapid Change (Fireside Chat)

In the midst of digital transformation, HR leaders need to be transparent about the reasons behind change, bringing clarity if not certainty, as well as taking a strategic view that touches on all parts of the employee lifecycle.


Sahana Mukherjee, Head of HR, Global Wealth Technology, Citi  


Emily McCrary-Ruiz-Esparza, Journalist, Contributing Editor, From Day One

12:55 PM - 01:15 PM
The Case for Strategic HR: How to Translate HR Programs Into Business Outcomes for Executive Buy-In (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

What does it mean to be a strategic HR leader? Although the HR function has evolved significantly from administrative to strategic, too many leaders across the C-suite still don’t get it. If you’re looking for ways to prove the business impact of the important, meaningful work your teams are focused on, join us for this session led by 15Five’s VP, Transform, Emily Diaz. She will explain how to ensure buy-in from execs and support for your initiatives, especially when budgets are shrinking. You’ll learn how to make progress on your strategic initiatives by aligning your team’s priorities to the priorities of the business; identifying which HR outcomes matter most in today’s business environment; gathering and organizing the right data to build a compelling narrative that ties people outcomes to business outcomes; and building credibility as a business leader across your leadership team.
Speaker: Emily Diaz, VP, Transform, 15Five

01:20 PM - 02:00 PM
Making Reskilling and Internal Mobility Part of the Whole Employee Lifecycle (Panel)

From hire to retirement, workers want opportunity and career growth, which can benefit the company as well. At a time of digital transformation, how can HR leaders work with their colleagues in L&D and talent management to provide a more seamless structure for employee advancement? How can employers best match workers with the coaching and development that will optimize their potential? How can companies improve the development process for new training programs–as well as finding the right candidates for upskilling?


Gary Blinth, Head of Executive Search, Humana 

Aimée Meher-Homji, VP, Global Talent Acquisition, Nielsen 

Nicole Underwood, VP of HR Business Partners, Getty Images 

Kristy McCann, CEO, SkillCycle 


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

02:05 PM - 02:25 PM
The Impact of HR: Preparing Leaders for the Future Today (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

HR’s talent-management skills are crucial, but they remain surprisingly underutilized. As companies brace for a faster, more digital future, HR is vital for anticipating and developing leadership and talent strategies. Prepare for the uncertain times ahead with actionable insights from the Global Leadership Forecast, the largest study of its kind.

Speaker: Rosey Rhyne, Senior Research Manager, DDI

02:30 PM - 03:15 PM
Why the Current Child Care Crisis is a Business Problem Worth Solving (Workshop)

Nearly 73% of your workers are primary caregivers. That means they’re facing a caregiver shortage and skyrocketing costs at home that directly impact their productivity and retention at work. In the state of our economy, every dollar counts for employers and your workforce. This session will explore:which benefits employers are prioritizing to drive productivity and retention; how the caregiving crisis in our nation impacts your workforce; and steps that employers can take to evaluate and implement equitable and accessible benefits for employees at every life stage


Jess Marble, Director, Care for Business

Maria Gay, Manager of Customer Stories and Engagement, Care for Business

02:30 PM - 03:15 PM
Flex Your Style and Build Emotional Intelligence (Workshop)

At ThinkHuman, we serve our mission by providing leadership development programs that specifically focus on people leadership,  which is the leadership of oneself and others. Based on behavioral science, our leadership programs focus on creating mindset shifts and long-term leadership change in leaders at all levels. Join ThinkHuman for an interactive “Flex Your Style” Learning Jam (a condensed session from one of our core leadership development programs) that will cover how you can elevate your ability to flex your communication style and behavior to enhance your own effectiveness, enhance the effectiveness of others that you interact with, and understand emotional intelligence and psychological safety at work.


Shaun Sperling, Facilitator, ThinkHuman

03:20 PM - 03:40 PM
HR’s Evolving Role in Employee Engagement Through Corporate Social Impact (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

Employee engagement has been at the top of many HR leaders’ priority lists, but with increasingly remote workforces, the traditional engagement strategies–that are also important for attracting and retaining talent–must shift. Corporate happy hours and mentor programs are no longer enough. Employees are looking for their organizations to show up and do good, so the intersection between HR and social impact is growing. There are greater demands on HR leaders to become the champions behind CSR, philanthropy, and community support in the name of true employee engagement.


Ben Sampson, Managing Director of CSR, WizeHive

03:45 PM - 04:25 PM
How HR Leaders Can Use Data and Insights to Influence the C-Suite (Panel)

Corporate leaders welcome news they can use, which means HR executives have an opportunity to help guide their colleagues with fresh insights about their workforce. Whether it’s using AI to measure employee skills or platforms to connect with worker sentiment, technology puts new tools in the hands of HR leaders. What are the potential benefits, as well as obstacles? Who should be their corporate allies in taking these new initiatives? How can they choose among the many new technologies available? What are the best methods for sharing with the C-Suite?  


Courtney White, Head of HR, Agricultural Solutions-North America, Global Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, BASF

Isobel Lincoln, Senior VP, HR, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Shashank Bhushan, Chief Talent Development Architect & VP, HR, BMC Software

Rebecca Warren, Director of Customer Success, Eightfold

Josh Merrill, CEO & Founder, Confirm


Emily McCrary-Ruiz-Esparza, Journalist and Contributing Editor, From Day One

04:30 PM - 04:55 PM
Broadening the HR Leader’s Focus to People, Place, and Purpose (Fireside Chat)

The chief of talent for one of the world’s largest commercial real-estate companies tells how the HR leader’s role has expanded in the past three years to become more strategic, including an awareness of external forces that affect the stucture of work, location, and the increasingly important factor of corporate purpose in engaging and retaining workers.


Heather Rickard, SVP, Global Head of Talent, Cushman & Wakefield


Bryan Walsh, Editor, Future Perfect, Vox

04:55 PM - 05:00 PM
Closing Remarks