08:30 AM - 09:30 AM
2nd Floor Landing Breakfast

The event will take place at Venue SIX10, with panoramic views of Chicago and Lake Michigan.

09:30 AM - 09:35 AM
Feinberg Theater Opening Remarks
09:35 AM - 09:55 AM
Feinberg Theater The Role of the CHRO in Shaping the Employee Experience (Fireside Chat)   

How Northwestern Mutual, a company with a 166-year history, keeps its employee-value proposition up to date, putting it in the ranks of America’s best places to work.


Don Robertson, Chief HR Officer, Northwestern Mutual


Isis Almeida, Chicago Bureau Chief, Bloomberg

09:55 AM - 10:20 AM
Feinberg Theater Closing the Connection Gap: Redefining Modern Leadership (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

We’re experiencing a new reality in which people are connecting with more frequency and less friction than ever before. There are limitless tools for conversation and platforms to engage in countless ways, but why do our workplaces still feel so disconnected? Join us to discuss how to close the connection gap and redefine leadership for post-pandemic success.

Megan Galloway, Head of Learning Experience, Campfire

10:20 AM - 11:05 AM
Feinberg Theater How HR Leaders Can Focus on the Whole Lives of Workers–and Boost Productivity Too (Panel)

Knowing that employee well-being is good for both workers and companies, HR leaders are taking a more expansive view of their roles. With employees now demanding empathy, flexibility and respect for their personal lives, how can leaders respect those wishes while still creating structure and expecting strong performance?


Jordana Kammerud, Chief HR Officer, Claire’s

Kim Nero, EVP & Chief HR Officer, GATX Corp.

Rose Sheldon, Chief Learning Officer, KeyBank

Matthew Willis, SVP, North America, Advantage Club

Kat Frosolone, Director, Strategic Partnerships, Care.Com for Business


Alex Maragos, Anchor and Reporter, NBC5 News Chicago

11:05 AM - 11:30 AM
Feinberg Theater The Future of Work Is Now: Offering Child Care Benefits Is Essential (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

The pandemic has forever shaped the way we work, whether it’s hybrid, completely remote, or in-person. Nowhere has that shift been more evident than with working parents, who have struggled with balancing the demands of work and caring for their children. How can employers evolve their benefits approach to best support working parents? What are forward-thinking companies doing today to attract and retain working parents today and in the future? You’ll gain perspective on how the pandemic has shifted working parents’ expectations and what employers can do to meet them; why child care benefits are one of the most impactful benefits to offer working parents today; and how employers are taking advantage of this opportunity.

Dan Figurski, President of KinderCare at Work & Champions, KinderCare Learning Companies

11:30 AM - 11:55 AM
2nd Floor Landing Coffee Break
11:55 AM - 12:40 PM
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 the connection gaps at your organization through effective, meaningful employee recognition.

Britt Bartolini, Senior Enterprise Account Executive, Blueboard

11:55 AM - 12:40 PM
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.

Tom Kiriakou, Director, Customer Success, Achievers

11:55 AM - 12:40 PM
Resilience Before the Rally: 2023 Trends in Corporate Social Responsibility (Workshop)

Purpose and social impact play an increasingly significant role in a variety of business metrics like brand reputation, revenue, employee retention, and more. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is no longer a “nice to have” in today’s landscape, and companies that want to thrive in 2023 will need to recognize the value CSR brings to their business health, workforce, and community. Join Accelerist CEO Brittany Hill as she uncovers 2023 trends in CSR that can help your company flourish.

Brittany Hill, CEO & Founder, Accelerist

Rosa Skinner, Senior Manager of Global Corporate Social Responsibility & Community Relations, Whirlpool

Carol Cone, CEO, Carol Cone ON PURPOSE

12:40 PM - 01:40 PM
9th Floor Crown Family Great Hall Lunch

The event will take place at Venue SIX10, with panoramic views of Chicago and Lake Michigan.

01:40 PM - 02:25 PM
Building Connection and Engagement Throughout the Employee Lifecycle (Workshop)

In the midst of a tight labor market and shift in employee demographics, it’s more important than ever to meet the needs of your existing employees and help them feel more connected. However, the hybrid and remote workplace models have left us feeling isolated. With connection being a fundamental human need, how do you balance the need for workplace flexibility while creating strong connections and relationships? Join us for this in-depth session on how you can create a more connected human experience. Key takeaways: How the role of connection takes center stage at every step of the employee journey; why building a human-centric workforce is important for innovation; and how to set managers up for success to carry your culture forward.

Paul Son, Customer Success Manager, Enboarder

01:40 PM - 02:25 PM
Bridging the Gap Between Philanthropy and Community (Workshop)

Corporate values are changing, and people feel a greater sense of responsibility to give back and be part of a larger purpose. How can companies facilitate this shift and serve their employees, customers, and communities in a better way? Businesses of all sizes can create a community-driven giving program that helps recruit and retain employees, increases impact on the causes most important to your community, and authentically builds social impact into your mission, without having to invest large amounts of time, money, or resources. In this workshop, you’ll discover ways to establish or enhance your corporate giving efforts to create a workplace culture that engages, uplifts, and empowers your employees and your greater community.

Dani Engelking, VP of Strategic Partnerships, Givinga

01:40 PM - 02:25 PM
Building a Culture of Trust (Workshop)

The heart of success in the face of current challenges–hybrid work, recession fears, diversity, retention, engagement, and more–comes down to solving one key challenge: Trust. This session will focus on ew research on how employee views on trust have changed in the workplace; how trust changes at different levels of leadership, from the frontline to the C-suite; how to develop key leadership behaviors that build a culture of trust.

Liz Donohue, Consultant, DDI

02:35 PM - 02:40 PM
Feinberg Theater Panel Introduction

Maria Stutsman y Marquez, Director of Graduate Recruiting & Admissions, Mendoza School of Business, University of Notre Dame

02:40 PM - 03:20 PM
Feinberg Theater Is Your Company Inclusive About Career Growth and Leadership Advancement? (Panel)

By focusing on untapped potential and skills rather than traditional criteria for advancement, employers can build a more equitable environment for advancement. How can companies do a better job of spotting hidden talent, as well as the systemic obstacles that might stand in the way of marginalized populations? What new approaches and tech tools can identify where workers need upskilling to progress to new roles?


Taylor Amerman, Global Social Impact Lead, CDW

FaLisa Jones, SVP, Head of Learning & Development Program, HFS, Northern Trust Corp.

Mariana González, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Leader, North America Operations, Schneider Electric

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

Meghan Pickett, Leadership Trainer, Lifelabs Learning


Maudlyne Ihejirika, Columnist, Multimedia Journalist, Former Assistant Metro Editor, Chicago Sun-Times

03:20 PM - 03:45 PM
Feinberg Theater 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, HiBob has worked and interacted with businesses around the globe to have 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 has become clear: We are facing a fascinating change in the way people work.

Mike Kaupe, Global Director of Sales Engineering, HiBob

03:45 PM - 04:10 PM
2nd Floor Landing Coffee Break
04:10 PM - 04:35 PM
Feinberg Theater Creating a Sense of Purpose in Both the Workplace and the Work (Fireside Chat)

How one of America’s largest commercial-property managers is rekindling community spirit in the places where business gets done.


Holly Tyson, Chief People Officer, Cushman & Wakefield


Christian Farr, General Assignment Reporter, NBC5 News

04:35 PM - 05:00 PM
Feinberg Theater A Resurgent Hospitality Company Finds Innovative Ways to Grow Its Workforce (Fireside Chat)

Looking beyond traditional credentials, embracing refugees, and blazing new career paths are just some of the answers for solving a chronic worker shortage.


Jin Ivacic, Global Head of Talent Acquisition, Hyatt Hotels


Edward McClelland, Contributing Editor, Chicago Magazine

05:00 PM - 05:05 PM
Feinberg Theater Closing Remarks
05:05 PM - 05:30 PM
2nd Floor Landing Evening Reception