Rediscovering Community Amidst 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
Grand Lobby Breakfast

The conference will take place at the Computer History Museum, which exhibits on early computers, the growth of the Internet, industry pioneers & more.

09:30 AM - 09:35 AM
Hahn Auditorium Opening Remarks

The conference will take place at the Computer History Museum, which exhibits on early computers, the growth of the Internet, industry pioneers & more.

09:35 AM - 10:00 AM
Hahn Auditorium The Power of Diversity in Innovation: Creating an Inclusive Brand in a Hybrid Work Environment  (Fireside Chat)

How does hybrid work affect diversity and inclusion in the workplace? And how can marketing play a role? The CMO of Webex by Cisco will share the transformation that Webex experienced over the course of the last two years affecting the brand, the product and the culture.


Aruna Ravichandran, Chief Marketing Officer, Webex by Cisco Systems


Steve Koepp, Chief Content Officer and Co-Founder, From Day One

10:00 AM - 10:05 AM
Hahn Auditorium Panel Introduction

Janet Ahn, Chief Behavioral Science Officer, MindGym

10:05 AM - 10:45 AM
Hahn Auditorium Performance Management in an Era of Rising Worker Expectations (Panel)

While traditional job reviews often fell by the wayside during the pandemic, both employers and workers need to assess performance and give feedback. If workers now demand empathy and flexibility, how can managers respect those wishes while still giving frank and authoritative direction?


Daisy Grewal, Group Manager, People Analytics and Research Partners, Intuit

Rekha Gurnani Chowdhury, Senior Director, Global Compensation & People Analytics, Box

Laura Lomeli, AVP, People Insights, BetterUp

Leah Pimentel, Director of DEI and Culture & Co-Director of the UCSF School of Medicine’s Differences Matter, UC San Francisco

Swati Sarupria, Senior Director, Global Talent and Organization Effectiveness Head, Splunk

Steve Koepp, Chief Content Officer and Co-Founder, From Day One.

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
Hahn Auditorium The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Recognition in a Hybrid Workforce (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

With changing needs among both employees and organizations, policies are moving in a direction that not only keeps the workforce engaged but also considers its future aspirations. Yet creating a collaborative work environment has challenged many businesses as the workforce continues to operate in an environment marked by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA). If organizations can recognize employees’ needs, work, and contributions, it becomes much easier to create a healthy environment and a smoother path to achieving business goals. Uncover some great strategies for designing recognition programs for your workforce in 2023.

Matthew Willis, Senior Vice President, North America, Advantage Club

11:05 AM - 11:40 AM
Grand Lobby Coffee Break
11:40 AM - 12:25 PM
Boole Out With the Old: How Alignment Creates a Culture of Performance, Impact, and Development (Workshop)

Let’s face it. Our old playbooks and antiquated performance-management processes are not going to serve us in today’s ever-changing environment. What will? Alignment. Alignment creates agility, which drives organizational impact and encourages employees to align their personal development and performance goals with the company’s strategic priorities. Join leaders from Sounding Board in this workshop to safely throw away your pretenses and even some of your processes. You’ll learn why current performance approaches are not working today; why alignment is the first step to ensure that any development strategy works; and why a dynamic, developmental approach is critical for organizational success.

Iyad Uakoub, Senior Director of Behavioral Science, Sounding Board

Ayishah Williams, Director of People & Culture, Sounding Board

11:40 AM - 12:25 PM
Grand Hall 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.

David Bator, Managing Director, Achievers Workforce Institute

11:40 AM - 12:25 PM
Lovelace The Power of Feedback: How It Can Make or Break Your Employee Experience (Workshop)

We’ve all heard that adage about feedback before, but it’s an accurate statement when it comes to enabling successful teams. As executives and HR professionals focus on the 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 impact of feedback in your organizations and why it matters; memorable exercises that will amplify the importance of feedback that you can put to use; methods to infuse feedback strategies into your team and organization; and examples of companies that are doing it well to inspire action.

Rob Catalano, Chief Engagement Officer, WorkTango

12:25 PM - 01:35 PM
01:35 PM - 01:40 PM
Hahn Auditorium Panel Introduction

Chewie Liu, Head of Enterprise, Saltalk

01:40 PM - 02:20 PM
Hahn Auditorium Developing Future Leaders Inclusively (Panel)

While corporate America is making a concerted effort in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), we continue to see major diversity gaps in leadership. What are the obstacles to promoting the careers of under-represented talent? What hidden biases are affecting promotions, performance reviews and access to leadership development? How can employers invest effectively in their under-represented talent, especially during a time of new austerity in business?


Christa St. Cyr, SVP, Director of Workforce Experience, Citizens Financial Group

Abhishek Budhraja, Senior HR Business Partner, Global Engineering, Uber

Anna Robinson, CEO & Founder, Ceresa

Swen Ervin, Director, HR Operations, San Francisco Unified School District

Dionne Adams, Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging, PG&E


David Thigpen, Director, Undergraduate Journalism Program, University of California, Berkeley

02:20 PM - 02:45 PM
Hahn Auditorium The Talent Shortage Is Coming. Is Your Employee Experience Strategy Ready to Combat It? (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

Brace yourself. By 2030, the U.S. could face a deficit of more than 6 million workers. Globally, that number could reach 85 million, with major shortages in China, Japan, Russia, Indonesia, and Brazil. As a result, a talent war is coming. Retaining your best people and creating a talent magnet will be critical. Winning the competition will take a profound shift in prioritizing the employee experience–from measuring employee engagement in real time to expecting more from our employee-experience technology to prioritizing communication, connection, and community. Together we will consider whether your EX strategy is up to the challenge–and if not, where you can start.

Carolyn Clark, VP for EX Strategy & Transformation, Simpplr

02:45 PM - 03:15 PM
Grand Lobby Coffee Break
03:15 PM - 03:20 PM
Hahn Auditorium Panel Introduction

Anna Robinson, CEO, Ceresa

03:20 PM - 04:00 PM
Hahn Auditorium Improving the Talent Pipeline, From End to End (Panel)

From campus recruiting to the job offer, the hiring process has many steps where diverse talent can be overlooked, blocked, or lost to competitors. What are the most effective ways in which employers can remove obstacles to a diverse pool of talent and boost engagement in the process? How can they make the most of other pathways besides recruiting, including internships and referrals?


Kristin Major, Chief Talent Officer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Leslie Lai, Director, Head of Social Impact, Roku

Jon LoCurto, Senior Director of Talent Acquisition, North America and EMEA, Micron Technology

Albrey Brown, VP of Strategy, Joonko

Pamela Rodas, Global Senior Director, Talent Acquisition, TELUS International


Megan Cassidy, Reporter, the San Francisco Chronicle

04:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Hahn Auditorium How the Qualities That Make People Outliers Can Be Their Strengths (Fireside Chat)

In a new book hailed as “an object lesson in resilience,” an engineer-turned-entrepreneur tells her story of overcoming daunting obstacles to launch a breakthrough in health care.


Surbhi Sarna, Author, Without a Doubt: How to Go From Underrated to Unbeatable, and Partner, Y Combinator


Rosalie Chan, Senior Editor, Insider

04:30 PM - 04:35 PM
Hahn Auditorium Closing Remarks
04:35 PM - 05:30 PM
Grand Lobby Evening Reception


The conference will take place at the Computer History Museum, which exhibits on early computers, the growth of the Internet, industry pioneers & more.