' Chicago 2022 - From Day One
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Thank You Chicago!

Tues., March 29, 2022


Listening to What Workers Want

Our one-day conference at Venue SIX10 will bring together more than 200 top executives and leading thinkers in HR, talent acquisition, social impact, 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.


Natasha Miller Williams


Marquis Miller

City of Chicago

Tara Leweling


Corey Flournoy

Aurora Tech

Andrea Wood

Best Buy

Christine Doucet

Ace Hardware Corp.

D.L. Morriss

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

Melina Barona

Conagra Brands

Pam Pujo


Chuck Adams


Sarah Sheehan


Zoraida Sambolin


April King


Gianna Bern

University of Notre Dame

Melissa Versino

Zurich North America

Karen Weigert

Loyola University Chicago

Bridget Gainer


Michelle Relerford

NBC 5 News Today

Vijay Swaminathan


Ed Richardson


Jim Coleman


Danica Lohja


John Graham

Shaker Recruitment Marketing

Lisa Bomrad


Colette Gregory

Fairplay Communications

Andy Eninger


Antoine Andrews




08:30 AM - 09:25 AM

Landing Breakfast

09:25 AM - 09:35 AM

Feinberg Theater Opening Remarks

09:35 AM - 09:40 AM

Feinberg Theater Session Intro

Gianna Bern, teaching professor of finance and academic director, EMBA program, Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame

09:40 AM - 10:05 AM

Feinberg Theater Two Years Later, Where Do We Stand? (Fireside Chat)

The racial-justice movement inspired a reckoning. As the anniversary approaches, Chicago's diversity, equity, and inclusion leader takes stock of the progress so far–and the road ahead.


Marquis Miller, chief diversity officer, City of Chicago


Michelle Relerford, weekday morning co-anchor, NBC 5 News Today

10:10 AM - 10:50 AM

Feinberg Theater How High-performing Workplaces Can Show Compassion, Too (Panel)

A competitive, innovative business can be a demanding place to work. Yet employee engagement and retention depend on empathy and compassion–especially when workers are expected to take certain risks and deliver maximum effort. What does this kind of sensitivity look like in a workplace with high expectations?


Corey Flournoy, VP, people development and cultural engagement, Aurora Tech

Melissa Versino, AVP, talent development and manager development, Zurich North America

Christine Doucet, director, Ace Hardware Foundation and employee engagement, Ace Hardware

Sarah Sheehan, co-founder and president, Bravely

Lisa Bomrad, CHRO, advisor  Homethrive


Steve Koepp, co-founder, From Day One

10:55 AM - 11:15 AM

Feinberg Theater Measuring Diversity and Inclusion for a Stronger Workplace (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

More and more companies have set goals for diversity and inclusion and are committed to pursuing a more balanced workforce. The first step toward building a diverse and inclusive workplace is measuring it. If you want to know whether your employees’ experience aligns with your company’s ideals–at scale–you can just ask. Surveys are the perfect tool for measuring the feelings and opinions of your workforce. When used correctly, they can raise red flags about potential problems that you didn’t know about–and would never have thought to check for. They can uncover opportunities to empower employees through internal programs. In this session, the chief diversity and social impact officer at Momentive (maker of SurveyMonkey), will show you how to measure diversity and inclusion to build a stronger, more balanced workplace.


Antoine Andrews, Chief Diversity and Social Impact Office, Momentive

11:15 AM - 11:40 AM

Landing Coffee Break

11:40 AM - 12:25 PM

Two Words That Will Make Your Employer Brand Diverse & Inclusive (Workshop)

Over the past 2 years, companies have had to take an honest look at who they are and the culture they want to create for marginalized employees. When it comes to Employer Brand, it’s not enough to throw a few ethnically diverse and disabled person stock images on your career site and call yourself a diverse company.

Join John Graham as he reveals the two words that are critical to ensuring that your Employer Brand is truly diverse and inclusive. If you want to ensure that your marketing actually matches reality and better attract, retain and engage marginalized talent, then you won’t want to miss this session.


John Graham, VP, employer brand, diversity & culture, Shaker Recruitment

11:40 AM - 12:25 PM

What the Flux? How to Harness the Four Change Superpowers in Your Team–Right Now (Workshop)

What would work look like if everybody on your team had a superpower for staying positive, productive, and resilient through change? What if they already do, but it’s dormant, waiting to be activated? This session will uncover four typical mindsets for moving through change and give you techniques for reaching and supercharging folks who fall into each of them. Along the way, you’ll recognize personal and institutional biases so that your change-management conversations include an equity and inclusion lens. From empowering your Transformers to nudging your Defenders into "letting go," this empathetic framework helps you to lead people through change so that everybody can be at their best.

Andy Eninger, co-founder, Fairplay Communications

Colette Gregory, senior facilitator, learning designer, Fairplay Communications

11:40 AM - 12:25 PM

What Next Gen Leaders Want (Workshop)

CEOs worldwide shared that their number one 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

12:25 PM - 01:25 PM

9th Floor Crown Family Great Hall Lunch

01:30 PM - 02:00 PM

Feinberg Theater Bridging the Gap Between Talent and Opportunity (Panel)

Professional apprenticeships play an integral role in closing the skills gap in the U.S. Accenture, Aon, and Zurich North America co-founded the Chicago Apprentice Network in 2017. Today, the network has partnered with more than 75 forward-thinking employers like McDonald's, Walgreens, and JPMorgan Chase to create more than 1,400 apprenticeships representing diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Our local community colleges and non-profits are sources for a viable talent strategy that helps to balance social inequities, providing an opportunity for more people in our community to succeed. Ready to be part of this national movement? Join us and learn how to jumpstart your apprenticeship program. Together, we can fuel innovation, inclusion, and career opportunities in Chicagoland and beyond.


Bridget Gainer, Global Head of Public Affairs & Policy, Aon

Jim Coleman, Senior Managing Director, Chicago Office Lead, Accenture

Ed Richardson, Reinsurance Broker (Apprentice Graduate), Aon

Danica Lohja, Ecosystem Supplier Management, Associate Manager & Apprentice Graduate, Accenture

02:05 PM - 02:25 PM

Feinberg Theater Building Resilient, Inclusive Organizations (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

Is transforming your organization into a fully optimized, resilient, and inclusive workplace proving elusive? Wondering how to keep your best people in this competitive talent market? Is measurable progress on your organization's inclusion journey moving sporadically rather than consistently? LCW has some thoughts. Join Managing Principal Chuck Adams to explore what it means to establish a sustainable culture of inclusion at your organization.

Chuck Adams, managing partner, Language & Culture Worldwide

02:25 PM - 02:50 PM

Landing Coffee Break

02:50 PM - 03:30 PM

Feinberg Theater 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 do career growth and employee retention add to a company's reputation for inclusion?


Andrea Wood, head of social impact, Best Buy

Natasha Miller Williams, VP, head of DE&I, Ferrara Candy Company

Melina Barona, D&I leadership team, Conagra Brands

Pamela Pujo, diversity advocate, Affirmity

DL Morriss, diversity & inclusion partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson


Zoraida Sambolin, journalist

03:35 PM - 03:55 PM

Feinberg Theater The Impact of the Aging Working Population and What HR Should Do About It (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

Demographic trends–population growth, population aging, migration, and urbanization–hold important implications for companies.  A research inquiry into this topic will be presented by Draup.


Vijay Swaminathan, CEO, Draup

04:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Feinberg Theater How Sustainability Became Everyone's Concern (Fireside Chat)

It was once a niche issue, but rising concern among stakeholders–employees, customers and investors–is rapidly making companies show both their commitment and their progress.


Tara Leweling, VP of stakeholder engagement and sustainability and chair of the Allstate Sustainability Council, Allstate Insurance Co.


Karen Weigert, director, Baumhart Center for Social Enterprise & Responsibility, Loyola University Chicago

04:30 PM - 04:35 PM

Closing Remarks

04:35 PM - 05:30 PM

Landing Evening Reception


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