Live 2023: Minneapolis

Tuesday, May 09, 2023
8:30AM CT - 5:30PM CT


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
Johnson Great Room Breakfast
09:30 AM - 09:35 AM
Memorial Hall Opening Remarks
09:35 AM - 09:55 AM
Memorial Hall Making Diversity and Inclusion Happen on a Very Large Scale (Fireside Chat)

How does a company with nearly 400,000 employees make sure that its DEI efforts are thoroughly inclusive? Innovations like a dynamic sponsorship program are just part of the answer. 


Antonio Henry, VP, Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, UnitedHealth Group


Steve Koepp, Chief Content Officer, From Day One

09:55 AM - 10:20 AM
Memorial Hall Changes to Employee Benefits in an Uncertain Economy: 2023 Priorities for HR Leaders (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

Because of the economic uncertainty we’re facing in 2023, HR Leaders are focused on optimizing benefit spending for workforce productivity and retention. According to the latest research from Care for Business, 95% of employers are recalibrating their benefit strategy, bringing another year of change to their workforce. In this presentation, you’ll learn: which benefits are most impacted by today’s economic shifts, the impact of supporting your employees with caregiving needs on your business, who these benefits programs are commonly designed for (and why we need to shift our thinking), and about employer expectations of government support for working caregivers.


Jess Marble, Director of Growth Marketing, Care for Business

10:20 AM - 10:25 AM
Session Introduction


Laura Clark, Enterprise Account Executive, Academy to Innovate HR 

10:25 AM - 11:05 AM
Memorial Hall Retaining and Motivating Employees by Showing Them Their Work Matters (Panel)

In an uncertain economy, employers can bring an important dimension to total rewards, benefits and wellness by focusing on the intangible but crucial sense among employees that their work has significance not only to the company but also the world outside. What are the most effective ways for companies to send this message? How should it reflect the company's values as well as its mission in business? How can companies make this idea a conversation with employees?


Laura Lorenz, VP, HR, Transportation & Electronics Business Group, 3M

Julie Kline, Chief HR Officer, North Memorial Health

Toni Newborn, J.D., Chief Equity Officer & Director of HR, City of Saint Paul

Hannah Yardley, Chief People & Culture Officer, Achievers

Jeni Mayorskaya, Founder & CEO, Stork Club


Ryan Faircloth, Politics and Government Reporter, Minneapolis Star Tribune 

11:05 AM - 11:30 AM
Memorial Hall Mapping The Human Genome of Potential (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

For more than 500 years, human beings have used resumes to assess the potential of individuals. While it may be tempting to think that the reason we still use them is because they’re a good indicator of future performance, the truth is—we just haven’t found anything better. And employers and job seekers alike agree that a reliance on resumes, combined with technology, is a catastrophic combination. Algorithms that scan for keywords, metrics, and skills effectively exclude more than 80% of potential job candidates. What if, instead of relying on an exclusionary demand-side search for skills and themes, we instead used an inclusive, supply-side approach? Allowing people to demonstrate their potential and then obtain the skills they need to succeed in their career? Through data science, performance coaching, and some empathy, we can change the way the world works.


Scott Dettman, CEO & Board of Directors, Avenica

11:30 AM - 11:55 AM
Johnson Great Room Coffee Break
11:55 AM - 12:40 PM
Ski-U-Mah Theater The Positive Social and Business Impact of Investing in Workforce Well-being (Workshop)

All too often, employee wellbeing takes a backseat to other programs that have a clearer return on investment. Yet productivity and engagement, with their proven ability to positively affect profits, are a direct result of high levels of employee wellbeing. Join E4E Relief and representatives from Cargill and Sleep Number as we explore the current state of emotional and financial wellness among employees and what best practices are making the biggest differences in improving productivity and engagement. 


Kymme Barber, AVP, Customer Experience, E4E Relief

Julie Caldwell, VP, Sales, E4E Relief 

Kari Luehmann, Senior Benefits Manager, Sleep Number Corp.

Stacey Smida, Senior Manager, Global Employee and Community Engagement, Cargill 

11:55 AM - 12:40 AM
Thomas Swain Room 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, Senior Content Marketing Manager and Lead Analyst, Achievers 

11:55 AM - 12:40 PM
Heritage Gallery 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.


Britt Batolini, Senior Enterprise Account Executive, Blueboard

12:40 PM - 01:40 PM
Johnson Great Room Lunch
01:45 PM - 02:25 PM
Memorial Hall Is Your Company Inclusive About Career Growth and Leadership Advancement? (Panel)

Employers can build a more equitable environment for advancement by focusing on untapped potential and skills, as well as coaching and development that’s applied in a holistic way. How can companies do a better job of spotting hidden talent and recognizing the whole individual? What new approaches can identify where workers need upskilling to progress to new roles? Why does this approach bring benefits for the whole organization, including a greater sense of employee well-being and engagement?


Mahogany Ellis-Crutchfield, Strategic Diversity Equity & Inclusion Projects Lead, Cargill

Philomena Satre, Director of Diversity and Inclusion and Strategic Partnerships, Land O’Lakes

Dannette Hanson, Head of Talent Acquisition, Americas, Nielsen

Joffrey Wilson, VP, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Mortenson

Rebecca Taylor, Chief Customer Officer and Co-Founder, SkillCycle


Megan Thompson, Special Correspondent, PBS News Weekend

02:25 PM - 02:50 PM
Memorial Hall 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

02:50 PM - 03:15 PM
Johnson Great Room Coffee Break
03:15 PM - 04:00 PM
Memorial Hall Strengthening the Corporate Role in Revitalizing Underserved Communities (Panel)

Companies can build stronger relationships with citizens and employees when they make a commitment to boosting the vitality of the marginalized communities around them–yet pursuing that ambition effectively calls for a well-thought-out strategy. What are the best ways to set goals, choose community partners, and get employees engaged in giving and volunteerism? What are some examples of new programs that show measurable results?


Srilata (“Sri”) Zaheer, Dean of the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Sofia Terzic, Assistant Vice President, Community Affairs Manager, U.S. Bank

Art Howard, EdD, VP, Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Wiley

Scott Peterson, EVP and CHRO, Schwan’s Co.

Patty Healy Janssen, Executive Director, Minneapolis, Jeremiah Program


Evan Ramstad, Business Columnist, Minneapolis Star Tribune

04:00 PM - 04:25 PM
Memorial Hall An Exploration Into How We Can Eliminate Unconscious Bias and Discrimination (Fireside Chat)

We know unconscious bias exists in the workplace and in life, to corrosive and even lethal effect. But when it comes to uprooting our prejudices, we still have far to go. The author of an acclaimed book brings the good news that biased behavior can change, and outlines the approaches that can help us begin to remake ourselves and the world.


Jessica Nordell, Author, The End of Bias: A Beginning. How We Eliminate Unconscious Bias and Create a More Just World


Stephanie Sisco, Assistant Professor, College of Education & Human Development, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

04:25 PM - 04:30 PM
Memorial Hall Closing Remarks
04:30 PM - 05:30 PM
Johnson Great Room Evening Reception


The conference will take place at the McNamara Alumni Center, with architecture that is stunning, inspired by the Minnesota landscape of wood, water and copper.