' Atlanta 2022 - From Day One
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Thank You Atlanta!

Tue., Feb. 22, 2022


Listening to What Workers Want

Our one-day conference at the Georgia Aquarium will bring together over 200 founders / ceos, as well leading thinkers and top executives in HR, CSR, talent, diversity, employee engagement, and benefits for an engaging, up-to-the-minute conversation about how employers can build stronger bonds of trust and connection with their workers and their communities. The urgent topics will include the importance of offering career paths, developing diversity in leadership, balancing productivity with well-being, supporting working parents, and encouraging employees in community work.


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.


Lori George Billingsley

The Coca-Cola Company

Carol Henderson

Emory University

Tommy Welch

Gwinnett County Public Schools.

Julia Levy


Jeri Hawthorne


Pam Pujo


Emily Bianchi

Emory University

Lynette Bell

Truist Foundation

David Adamson

Arc Fertility

April Lee

Arc Fertility

Maya Lawrence

Alliance Theatre

Jennifer Reimert


Rohini Shankar

Ciox Health

Michelle Prince

MPrince Consulting LLC

Vivian Greentree


April King


Davida Rivens

E4E Relief

Guy Assad


Wendy Whittington


Ayanna Cummings

Compass Group

Valerie Norton

Habitat for Humanity

Vijay Swaminathan


Rick Kearney

Rise Against Hunger

Kelly Yamanouchi

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Bria R. Griffith


Cierra Boyd

Cummins Inc.

Alexis Hauk

Journalist / Editor

Jamie Hillegass

White Cap

Nicole Smith

Harvard Business Review

David Malmborg


Haeli Harris




08:30 AM - 09:30 AM

Indian Ocean Breakfast

09:30 AM - 09:40 AM

Pacific Ocean Opening Remarks

09:40 AM - 10:05 AM

Pacific Ocean Two Years Later, It's All About the Follow-through (Fireside Chat)

The DEI leader of a legendary brand illuminates how The Coca-Cola Company turned a social-justice movement into a sustainable and global strategy for the company.


Lori George Billingsley, global chief DEI officer, The Coca-Cola Company


Steve Koepp, co-founder and chief content officer, From Day One

10:10 AM - 10:50 AM

Pacific Ocean Is Your Company Developing an Inclusive Culture? (Panel)

Instead of looking for a "culture fit" in new employees, how can companies make their workplace better-suited to diversity? What are the key elements that make an employer welcoming to a diverse labor pool, from personalized benefits to a sense of belonging? How much does career growth and employee retention add to a company's reputation for inclusion?


Carol Henderson, chief diversity officer, vice provost, diversity & inclusion, Emory University

Tommy Welch, Ph.D., chief equity & compliance officer, Gwinnett County Public Schools

Valerie Norton, Chief People Officer, Habitat for Humanity

Jamie Hillegass, director of talent development and learning, White Cap

Pamela Pujo, diversity advocate, Affirmity


Nicole Smith, editorial audience director, Harvard Business Review

10:55 AM - 11:15 AM

Pacific Ocean Time Has Come for Rethinking Employee Engagement (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

During this unpredictable time one thing is clear: human connection matters now more than ever. The events of the past two years have radically transformed the workplace, including disrupting traditional employee incentive programs and perks. Organizations have been jolted into having to rethink their employee value proposition and consider radically new programs that meet the needs of both the organization and its people. It’s time organizations take inventory of traditional pay and perk programs, create a better employee experience through non-traditional programs that drive connection, engagement, and impact the bottom line. Join Workhuman to learn the impact of these employee-centered programs on the future of work, and the value creation possible though the power of gratitude and human connection.

Jennifer Reimert, VP, strategic advisory, Workhuman

11:15 AM - 11:40 AM

Indian Ocean Coffee Break

11:40 AM - 12:25 PM

Atlantic Ocean What Next Gen Leaders Want (Workshop)

CEOs worldwide shared that their No. 1 challenge is developing the next generation of leaders. Your future leaders are demanding more coaching and feedback, and seek a workplace that truly embraces authenticity, empathy, and inclusion. Join us in an engaging workshop to discover the research and proven practices to help you develop and retain future leaders.

April King, senior consultant, DDI

11:40 AM - 12:25 PM

Arctic Ocean Why Employers are Racing to Solve the Employee Debt Crisis (Workshop)

Millions of Americans struggle with debt every day, whether that’s medical debt, student loans, or credit card debt. The result is one in three American adults with debt in collections. That’s 71 million people. It’s a crisis that’s been exacerbated by the pandemic, driving employers to take action.

In this session, Clerkie founder and CEO Guy Assad will lead a discussion on how major employers are using advanced solutions and data to reimagine their financial benefits. Through an intimate look at the history of consumer debt and its impact on the workforce, Guy will shed light on the rapid growth in the Debt Benefits space among leading employers and discuss how innovative financial benefits can help ensure that each employee, regardless of socioeconomic status, can bring their best self to work.

Guy Assad, CEO, Clerkie

11:40 AM - 12:25 PM

Antarctic Ocean Activating Your Allyship Culture (Workshop)

The Dictionary.com 2021 Word of the Year was "allyship", but what does that word mean to you and the people of your organization? Using theater-based strategies, allow the Alliance Theatre to lead you toward an innovative practice of allyship that spotlights the people of your organization to feel seen and heard in ways that shift the culture. Through an interactive presentation, intriguing prompts, and facilitated small group conversations, we will establish a culture of authenticity, connection, and curiosity within our session. These tools will allow you to take action in combating bias and begin fostering the foundation of an allyship culture in your own organization.

Maya Lawrence, allyship program director, Alliance Theatre

12:25 PM - 01:15 PM

Indian Ocean Lunch

01:15 PM - 02:00 PM

Atlantic Ocean Unlocking the Value of Human Connection in the Future Workplace (Workshop)

As the boundary between work and life has become increasingly blurred, people leaders are having to adapt to the changing needs of their workforce, and ensure they take into account employees’ personal circumstances.

CHROs and HR leaders play a key role in shaping an inclusive and psychologically safe environment for the entire business, but how can they achieve such a gargantuan task?

Jennifer Reimert, VP, strategic advisory, Workhuman

Rohini Shankar, CHRO, Ciox Health

Michelle Prince, founder, MPrince Consulting LLC

01:15 PM - 02:00 PM

Arctic Ocean Societal Trends Impacting Employers: How a Family Forming Benefit Addresses DEI and Talent Retention and Recruitment (Workshop)

2021 was the year of learning and growing about DEI and talent retention and recruitment. In 2022, employees will continue to demand a more human work experience and employers will continue to identify and implement benefit solutions that increase employee belonging, engagement, growth and loyalty - and address social determinants of health. A critical life goal for most people is the desire to form a family. This can be challenging for the one in eight people who suffer from infertility, the LGBTQ+ community, and others with non-traditional family forming goals. The result can be depression, anxiety, stigma and shame, which can lead to decreased engagement and productivity, as well as increased employer cost. We will explain the current landscape and trends for employers and how to provide a family forming benefit that addresses DEI, company culture and talent retention challenges. We will discuss how to offer health benefits that meet family forming goals, result in better employee health, and lower health care costs.

David Adamson, CEO, ARC Fertility

April Lee, SVP, ARC information systems, advanced reproductive care, ARC Fertility

01:15 PM - 02:00 PM

Antarctic Ocean The New Pandemic: Families and the Mental Health Crisis (Workshop)

Fourty-eight percent of people are experiencing increased stress levels since Covid began. In this presentation, you’ll gain the knowledge you need to support yourself and others. You’ll learn about the effects of stress, how to recognize them, and how you can improve your well-being through mindfulness and self-care tools. You will even learn from our counselor how to discuss mental health with others, the most important thing you can do to support yourself and others on their mental health journeys.

Haeli Harris, lead clinician, Nivati

David Malmborg, VP marketing, Nivati

02:10 PM - 02:50 PM

Pacific Ocean Managing a Healthy Workplace in a Hybrid Environment (Panel)

In a workplace marked by uncertainty, employers need to be extra vigilant about the health and well-being of their workers. Leaders can boost morale and productivity when they show they care–and respond with empathetic and effective solutions. What kinds of innovative approaches can companies pursue, ranging improved work practices to innovative benefits like financial well-being programs?

Jeri Hawthorne, VP of corporate HR, Aflac

Wendy Whittington, chief care officer, Cariloop

Cierra Boyd, global diversity & inclusion communications leader, Cummins Inc.

Bria R. Griffith, director, inclusion and diversity, Honeywell

Davida Rivens, VP & director, customer experience, E4E Relief


Kelly Yamanouchi, business reporter, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

02:55 PM - 03:15 PM

Pacific Ocean Recruitment as Science (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

We are a global talent war. Leveraging the supply chain, logistics, and experimental design principles will be very useful for arriving at powerful results. Our session will go over the details and practical applications of these innovative techniques.”


Vijay Swaminathan, CEO, Draup

03:15 PM - 03:35 PM

Indian Ocean Coffee Break

03:35 PM - 04:15 PM

Pacific Ocean Recruiting and Retaining Workers Through Social Impact (Panel)

Employees, especially younger ones, care more than ever about issues like social justice and climate change. How can employers listen better to those concerns and reflect workers' values in corporate policies, volunteer programs, and philanthropic work that translates into genuine impact?

Julia Levy, head of global talent acquisition, Commscope

Rick Kearney, chief operating officer, Rise Against Hunger

Ayanna Cummings, director of diversity & inclusion, Compass Group

Vivian Greentree PhD, SVP, head of global corporate citizenship, Fiserv

Lynette Bell, president, Truist Foundation


Alexis Hauk, journalist & editor

04:20 PM - 04:45 PM

Pacific Ocean How the Economy Shapes Our Job Attitudes and Self-concepts (Fireside Chat)

Beginning with our experiences in early adulthood, economic conditions help shape our decisions and even our moral behavior. What can employers learn from this dynamic?

Speaker: Emily Bianchi, Goizueta Foundation term associate professor of organization & management, Goizueta Business School, Emory University


Steve Koepp, co-founder and chief content officer, From Day One

04:45 PM - 04:50 PM

Pacific Ocean Closing Remarks

04:50 PM - 05:30 PM

Antarctic Ocean Evening Reception


The conference will take place at Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia, which is home to hundreds of species and thousands of animals.