Rediscovering Community Amid Changing Corporate Values

In an environment of constant workplace change, how can employers create a consistent community that builds enduring bonds of trust with workers? Our one-day live conference 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 on topics such as creating equity in a hybrid workplace, balancing productivity with well-being, offering better career paths, developing diversity in leadership, and supporting working parents.

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
Landing Breakfast, hosted by Greenhouse
09:30 AM - 09:35 AM
Main Forum Opening Remarks
09:35 AM - 09:40 AM
Main Forum Opening Session Introduction


Jess Marble, Director, Care for Business

09:40 AM - 10:00 AM
Main Forum How an Iconic Brand Cultivates Its Workplace Culture for Modern Times (Fireside Chat)

A 154-year-old company, Welch’s, stays fresh by promoting a strong sense of purpose among its many stakeholders, from family farmers to office workers to customers. What lessons does this legendary cooperative offer about worker engagement, flexible work, and a sense of belonging?


Christine Kinahan, Chief People Officer, Welch’s


Callum Borchers, Workplace Columnist, the Wall Street Journal

10:00 AM - 10:25 AM
Main Forum Chief Learning Officers: Heroes of the AI Economy, Helping Companies Rethink and Adapt (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

In an age of relentless disruption, digital transformation and reskilling must go hand in hand. Chief learning officers (CLOs) will play a vital role in helping companies navigate emerging challenges. The rise of Generative AI and its impact on every industry has created an unprecedented need for structured and intentional learning pathways that support organizational agility and career advancement. Online learning can enable CLOs to build agile talent strategies that focus on critical digital and human skills necessary to drive long-term advantage.


Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO & Co-Founder, Coursera

10:25 AM - 11:10 AM
Main Forum Leading With Purpose and Inclusion to Reflect the Next Generation’s Values (Panel)

Many employees today, particularly younger workers, care about mission as well as money. That means employers need to demonstrate that they’re concerned about the social benefits of what they do in respect to all their stakeholders, including employees, their families, community members, and business partners. What are the building blocks for corporate culture that’s both purposeful and inclusive? How can companies foster a dialogue on these values that respects views from the bottom to the top of the hierarchy? And how can companies best communicate these values to attract talent?


Paul Francisco, Senior VP, Chief Diversity Officer, State Street Corp.

Marissa Vargas, VP, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategy, Planning, Operations and Measurement, Liberty Mutual

David Fineman, Global Leader, Workforce Planning, People Analytics and Process Enablement, PTC

Dan Figurski, President, KinderCare for Employers

Amy Van Aarle, Executive VP, Marketing & Communications, EF Education First


Delores Edwards, Executive Producer, Basic Black, GBH News 

11:10 AM - 11:35 AM
Main Forum Inclusive From the Start: How Great Hiring Builds Cultures of Belonging (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

Hiring is the first touchpoint for creating a company culture with strong, inclusive teams that center belonging and allow people to come to work and do amazing things. In this discussion with DEIB leaders at Carta and Greenhouse, you’ll learn the value of diverse hiring panels, how empowering employee resource groups (ERGs) and affinity groups to create community and ignite change can strengthen your retention, as well as what it means to authentically represent your employer brand.


Jamie Adasi, Head of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Allyship (IDEA), Greenhouse

Mita Mallick, Head of Inclusion, Equity and Impact, Carta

11:35 AM - 11:55 AM
Landing Coffee Break
11:55 AM - 12:40 PM
Room A Leading Change: Brain-Friendly Change Management Strategies (Workshop)

Change is now the norm. We’re living in an era where an organization’s capacity to change quickly and effectively is pivotal to its survival. The challenge? Our brains resist change and crave certainty. LifeLabs Learning is here to help! In this mini-workshop, you will learn science-backed strategies to help companies and employees adapt, accept, and commit to change. You’ll leave with the key skills to lead and reinforce change initiatives, tips to message change well, and a strategic change checklist you can use in any situation.


Kathy Pearce, Leadership Trainer & Facilitator, LifeLabs Learning

11:55 AM - 12:40 PM
Room B The Significance of the Five Pillars of Belonging (Workshop)

Research shows that for organizations looking to improve the employee experience, creating conditions for belonging have an immediate and lasting effect. Employees who feel a sense of belonging are more engaged and have higher job satisfaction, better mental health, and improved productivity. In this interactive session, Achievers will share a tactical, practical perspective on how to ensure that every employee feels Welcomed, Known, Included, Supported, and Connected.


Caitlin Nobes, AWI Lead Analyst, Achievers

11:55 AM - 12:40 PM
Room C How to Drive Loyalty and Performance With More Meaningful Recognition (Workshop)

The right kind of employee recognition is proven to increase engagement, motivation, and performance—all of which are critical in a tight economy and labor market. The problem? Most organizations are getting recognition wrong, investing dollars only to be disappointed by a lack of return. In this workshop, we’re going to give you the tools to do recognition better. Based on our work with hundreds of organizations across industries and our unique experiences-based approach, we’ll walk through a step-by-step framework you can steal to drive real loyalty and performance results from your recognition efforts.


Brit Bartolini, Senior Enterprise Account Executive, Blueboard

12:40 PM - 01:30 PM
Landing Lunch
01:30 PM - 02:15 PM
Room A How to Use Gamification to Boost Employee Engagement (Workshop)

In this interactive workshop, we’ll explore how employee experience (EX) and HR leaders can leverage gamification to increase employee engagement within their organizations. In an age of information overload, burnout and noise, it’s crucial for leaders to be creative and break through the noise to get important messaging across. We will share best practices on why we are seeing a rise of gamification in the workplace, the value of engaging employees in this way, and some examples of organizations that are nailing it. We’ll then workshop ideas together and share experiences. Attendees will walk away from this workshop with tangible content, campaigns, and other ideas for initiatives to truly engage employees.


Ross O'Neill, Head of Customer Experience, U.S., Workvivo

Barbara Booras, Customer Community Manager, Workvivo

01:30 PM - 02:15 PM
Room B Workplace Well-being Revolution: Building a Sustainable Strategy (Workshop)

Establishing the foundation of a well-being strategy is one of the more important things people leaders can do for their modern workforce. And maintaining momentum throughout the year is what truly makes a difference in everyone’s life. Learn the four tenets of workplace well-being, how to reframe your benefits to be more accessible, and how to take care of the full employee. We’s explore the vital role managers and champions play in modeling the desired culture. Join the revolution, and how to build a comprehensive well-being program, full of creative ideas and designed to be efficient and effective.

Alexandra Powell, Director of Client Cultural Insights, Reward Gateway

01:30 PM - 02:15 PM
Room C Reskilling at Scale: Secrets of Training Remote and Hybrid Teams (Workshop)

How do you take what works in person and apply that to a distributed team? How do you keep people engaged? Or know whether your training is effective? We’re sharing the lessons we’ve learned from years pioneering live, online training at Hone. Over the past few years, we’ve learned a lot about what to do and especially what not to do when rolling out a hybrid training program across distributed teams. In this interactive workshop, we’ll cover mistakes you will want to avoid when training your distributed team, secrets behind creating an engaging remote or hybrid training experience, and how to measure the effectiveness of your program.


Alex Khurgin, Principal Learning Experience Designer, Hone

Savina Perez, Co-Founder and Chief Evangelist, Hone

02:25 PM - 02:30 PM
Main Forum Session Introduction


Kristopher Gunther, Sales Executive, Axomo

02:30 PM - 03:10 PM
Main Forum Building Upon Workplace Culture Through Recognition and Engagement (Panel)

When employees feel recognized and engaged, a workplace culture that supports productivity, loyalty, and overall organizational success is built. How can leaders effectively implement programs that go beyond financial incentives to ensure employees feel valued and appreciated? What are some innovative approaches to boost employee engagement, especially in remote or hybrid work environments, and how can leaders measure the effectiveness of these initiatives? 


Jacqueline Fearer, Head of Global Culture & Engagement Communications, Iron Mountain

Alexis von Kunes Newton, Head of Global Talent Development & Performance, Wayfair 

Amina Lobban, Head of HR business Excellence Global Manufacturing, Supply & Quality, Takeda 

Matt Stone, Senior Solutions Consultant, Attuned 

Deborah Merkin, CEO and Founder, GiftCard Partners


Paris Alston, Co-Host, Morning Edition, GBH News

03:10 PM - 03:35 PM
Main Forum The Future of Work Is Here: New Workspaces and New Workflows (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

Profound transformations are unfolding in the realm of work, centered around where we work and how we work. We will discuss how organizations are embracing new methods of collaboration and delve into the cutting-edge technologies driving innovation around how work is done in the modern workplace. This talk will equip professionals with the insights and strategies needed to thrive in this evolving landscape.


Matt Confer, VP, Strategy, Abilitie

03:35 PM - 03:55 PM
Landing Coffee Break
03:55 PM - 04:40 PM
Main Forum The Equitable Employee Experience: How Total Rewards and Career Development Go Hand in Hand (Panel)

Workers have spoken up about the new and improved benefits that would help them manage their diverse lives and advance their careers. They want more offerings in health and wellness and family care support, which can help them pursue career growth and internal mobility. How can companies offer menus of benefits and opportunities, to avoid the old, one-size-fits-all approach? How have employers responded to these expectations, while keeping costs under control? How can managers be trained to be responsive to these parallel employee needs and aspirations?


Shawna Oliver, AVP, Head of Global Benefits & Wellness, Manulife

Jodi Enggasser, Head of Technology, C&W Services, Technology & Data Solutions, Cushman & Wakefield 

Shahina Islam, VP, HR, Zensar Technologies

Jess Marble, Director, Care for Business 

Jason Cerrato, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Eightfold


Janelle Nanos, Business Reporter, The Boston Globe

04:40 PM - 05:05 PM
Main Forum Why Improving Frontline Jobs May Be Your Company’s Ticket to Success–or Survival (Fireside Chat)

From healthcare facilities to fulfillment centers to retail stores, companies are struggling to keep workers because the jobs they offer are low-paying, stressful, and provide little chance for growth. In her new book, MIT professor Zeynep Ton shows a better way–why good jobs combined with strong operations can make companies more competitive, more resilient, and more likely to attract loyal customers and dedicated employees.


Zeynep Ton, Professor, MIT Sloan School of Management, and Author, The Case for Good Jobs: How Great Companies Bring Dignity, Pay & Meaning to Everyone’s Work


Adi Ignatius, Editor in Chief, Harvard Business Review 

05:05 PM - 05:10 PM
Main Forum Closing Remarks
05:10 PM - 05:40 PM
Landing Evening Reception


The conference will take place at Artists for Humanity, Boston’s first Platinum LEED-certified facility.