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
Lone Star Breakfast
09:30 AM - 09:35 AM
Music Hall Opening Remarks
09:35 AM - 09:55 AM
Music Hall A Magnet for Collaboration: What Employers Want in the New Workplace (Fireside Chat)

An inside look at how workplace design will foster corporate culture and give workers a sense of purpose, according to a leader of the world’s largest commercial real-estate company.


Elizabeth Jenswold, SVP, Global Head of People, Corporate Functions, CBRE


Christine Perez, Editor, D CEO Magazine

09:55 AM - 10:40 AM
Music Hall 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?


Jennifer Chopelas, Head of HR, Merlin Entertainments  

Chelle O'Keefe, EVP and CHRO, Associa

Jennifer Mahone Rightler, SVP, Global Chief Diversity Officer, CSR, Wellness Programs, Epsilon 

Liz Pittinger, Head of Customer Success, Stork Club 

Lia Gass Rodriguez, MD, Chief Medical Officer, ActiveHealth


Will Maddox, Senior Editor, D CEO Magazine

10:40 AM - 11:05 AM
Music Hall The Science Behind Why Volunteering Works: The Evolutionary Drive to Help (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

It’s an essential question about humanity: “Why do we help?” Across continents, generations, and cultures, why are we driven to help others in need–even, at times, to our own detriment? With a combination of pertinent research, inspiring storytelling, and audience engagement, this session aims to rise above the limiting view of volunteering as painting walls or planting trees. We’ll invite listeners to consider the expansive meaning and potential behind helping others. Ultimately, we answer the question, “What does it look like to apply these concepts at work and in our corporate volunteering and social-impact efforts?”

Chris Jarvis, Co-Founder, Chief Strategy Officer, Realized Worth

11:05 AM - 11:30 AM
Coffee Break
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
How to Weave Learning Into the Employee Lifecycle to Build Agility and Higher Performance (Workshop)

Every step of the employee lifecycle gives leaders of an organization a precious chance to support the growth of their people. But from sloppy onboarding to rushed performance management, we fall into the same patterns and missed opportunities. Justin Dile and Jeff Reid from SkillCycle will share the pain and lessons drawn from their own careers and engage you in a conversation about how we can confront a world of accelerating change by getting your people the right support at each step.

Justin Dile, VP, Sales, SkillCycle 

Jeff Reid, Co-founder, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Product Officer, SkillCycle

11:30 AM - 12:15 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

11:30 AM - 12:15 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.

Kristy Jones, Advisor, Achievers Workforce Institute, Achievers

12:15 PM - 01:15 PM
Lone Star Lunch
01:15 PM - 02:00 PM
The Power of Feedback: How It can Make or Break Your Employee Experience in 2023 (Workshop)

“Feedback is a gift.” We’ve all heard that adage before, but it’s an accurate statement when it comes to enabling successful teams. As executives and HR professionals focus on growth of their people and businesses, it’s critical to understand the importance of feedback and infuse that into the culture. This workshop will explore the real impact of feedback in your organizations and why it matters; memorable exercises that will amplify the importance of feedback that you can use for your company; methods to infuse feedback strategies into your team and whole organization; and examples and stories of companies that are doing it well to inspire action.

Rob Catalano, Chief Engagement Officer, WorkTango

01:15 PM - 02:00 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 connection gaps at your organization through effective, meaningful employee recognition.

Natasha Wahid, Director of Content, Blueboard

01:15 PM - 02:00 PM
The Menopause Revolution: Why Menopause Has Taken Center Stage Both in the Workplace and Pop Culture (Workshop)

Only a few months ago, discussing menopause wasn’t just taboo in the workplace–it was virtually unmentioned in everyday life outside of women’s groups and kitchen-table discussions. But the tide is turning, starting with a New York Times expose and a Super Bowl commercial. Pamela Anderson, Oprah, Stacey London, and Drew Barrymore are discussing it. Companies like Disney, JPMorgan, Coty, Microsoft, and Mr. Cooper are adding menopause-specific employee benefits as part of a more inclusive approach to supporting women’s health. 

Max Landy, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Peppy Health 

Barb Dehn, VP, Menopause and Women’s Health Services, Peppy Health 

Carol McBride, VP, Benefits, Mr. Cooper

02:10 PM - 02:55 PM
Music Hall Creating a Purposeful Return to the Office Experience (Panel)

Corporate leaders have been saying it a lot lately: We want to make the office a magnet, not a mandate. They can make that a reality by creating the kind of experience that re-engages workers with their leaders, their colleagues, and their roles. How can employers be intentional about the office as a welcoming community and place where workers can fulfill their need for connection and purpose, inclusion and belonging?


Paula Moore, Managing Director, Global Experience Strategy, JLL 

Yetta Toliver, Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, Xerox 

Jamie Walsh, Risk Management Consultant, Anco Insurance 

Calli Hartman, Head of Customer Success, Corporate Impact, Blackbaud 


Alcynna Lloyd, Reporter, Insider 

02:55 PM - 03:20 PM
Music Hall Attracting Non-traditional and Diverse Talent (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

Every company is a tech company. Maintaining a competitive edge in business begins and endswith how diverse talent and innovation is fostered, created, and developed. How can qualified, non-degreed, and diverse entry-level talent be sourced for your tech teams? Additionally, what can companies do to retain in-demand talent and build a sense of belonging across their workforce?

Jonathan Pride, Executive Director, Npower

03:20 PM - 03:45 PM
Lone Star Coffee Break
03:45 PM - 04:30 PM
Music Hall Personalizing Support to Create an Inclusive Culture (Panel)

Instead of looking for a “culture fit” in new employees, companies can make their workplaces better-suited to diversity through implementing personalized support systems, from accessible upskilling programs to inclusive wellness initiatives. How can companies do a better job of recognizing the whole individual through their offerings and programs? Which companies have the most innovative approaches?


Juan Suarez, VP, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Southwest Airlines   

Rudy Rodríguez, Jr., EVP, Chief Legal and Human Resources Officer, CEC Entertainment         

Shenece Johns, Head of Inclusion and Diversity, JCPenney   

Elena Gambon, Chief Growth Officer and Chief Strategy Officer, First Stop Health    

Harpreet Nagra, Senior Director, Clinical Oversight, Supportiv  


Christine Perez, Editor, D CEO Magazine

04:30 PM - 04:35 PM
Music Hall Session Introduction

Lauren Combs, Regional VP, Central U.S., Headspace Health

04:35 PM - 04:55 PM
Music Hall How Well-Being Is a Key Ingredient in Healthy Work Lives and Company Success (Fireside Chat)

As Mental Health Awareness Month gets underway, AT&T’s top doctor will show how the pursuit of well-being needs to involve everyone in the company, as well as how it can strengthen an employer’s brand and help ensure that workers lead well-balanced lives.


Dr. Jeff Tzeng, SVP, Health and Well-being, AT&T 


Shelly Hagan, Bloomberg News

04:55 PM - 05:00 PM
Music Hall Closing Remarks
05:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Lone Star Evening Reception


The conference will take place at Gilley’s Dallas, a vast event space in Cedars, Dallas.