' Denver - From Day One
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October 17, 2020


Shannon Armbrecht

Western Union

Bhavna Chhabra


Jim Collins


Yolánda L. Chase

Arrow Electronics

Mark Bishop

Terumo BCT

Kristen Blessman

Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce

Willie Jackson


Cynthia Carpenter

Charter Communications

Natasha Gardner

5280 Magazine

Scott Dishong

Make-A-Wish Colorado

Stefanie K. Johnson

University of Colorado

Jandel Allen-Davis, M.D.

Craig Hospital

Tamara Chuang

The Colorado Sun

Karen Niparko

City & County of Denver

John Hollander


Pattie Money


Jensen Werley

Denver Business Journal

Lee Wheeler-Berliner

Colorado Workforce Development Council Office

Judith Almendra


Santiago Jaramillo


Mike Bailen


Brittany Hill


Abby Cheesman

Skill Scout

Ellen Valde


Daliah Singer

Daliah Singer

Wendy Barnett

Lingo Live

Mina Morris




08:30 AM - 09:00 AM

The Loge Breakfast

09:05 AM - 09:45 AM

The Loft Panel: Crafting a Corporate Culture That Means Something

What makes it authentic to the company's roots and current mission? How does it weave itself into all aspects of company life, from people to products? How do companies update their culture to be responsive to changing times?

Judith Almendra, vice president of talent management & employee engagement, TTEC
John Hollander, chief people officer, Geostabilization International
Mark Bishop, senior vice president, associate & organizational effectiveness, Terumo BCT
Karen Niparko, chief human resources officer, City and County of Denver
Wendy Barnett, HR business partner, Lingo Live

Daliah Singer, journalist

09:45 AM - 10:05 AM

The Loft Keynote: Change from Within: Building a Roadmap for Future Talent

Rapid technological advancements, evolving business strategies, and changing mindsets around work are driving a shift in the skills and competencies needed in the workforce of the future. Join Aon associate partner, Mina Morris to:

  • Learn how to flip the script on digital transformation to support business growth and develop talent
  • Understand how organizations are developing a talent strategy to buy, rent, automate or grow talent needs
  • Review practical strategies to help "home grow" your future talent
  • Learn how to develop insights to empower individuals to own and grow their future careers
  • Hear real-life examples of companies that have successfully led their people through a digital change

Mina Morris, associate partner, Aon

10:05 AM - 10:20 AM

The Loge Coffee Break

10:20 AM - 10:45 AM

The Loft Fireside Chat: How to Build Healthy Teams and a Collaborative Environment

The new head of the Google Boulder campus, overseeing 1,300+ employees, is an engineer with a passion for teamwork, communication and community-building.

Bhavna Chhabra, engineering director, Boulder site lead, Google, interviewed by Jensen Werley, tech and health-care reporter, Denver Business Journal

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

The Loge Coffee Break

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

The Loft Breakout Session: How to Build a Winning Employee Engagement Strategy

Creating a written engagement strategy to align your executive team is paramount to achieving your people goals for the year. Yet, of the 90% of leaders who think an engagement strategy has an impact on business success, barely 25% of them have an actual documented strategy. In this session, Santiago Jaramillo, CEO and Co-Founder of engagement platform Emplify, will walk through a framework based on the philosophies found in his Amazon Best-Selling Book, Agile Engagement. This strategy will help you tackle some of the most challenging problems you face internally, including gathering employee feedback, retaining top talent, and increasing productivity for unprecedented business success.

Key Takeaways:

- Create your own personal engagement action summary to help you build your own strategy to align your executive team.
- Learn how millennials play a part in the future of the workforce and how to engage a multi-generational workforce.
- Get best practices and real-life examples of companies that have put their employee engagement strategies into action.
- See real data trends explaining some of the hardest culture challenges and how to craft your strategy to tackle them.

By Santiago Jaramillo, CEO and co-founder, Emplify

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

The Parterre Breakout Session: Achieving a Transformative Hiring Strategy: What New Research Reveals about Key Metrics to Focus On

A look into the key talent metrics you should be measuring and strategies to achieve those metrics so you can take your recruiting strategy to the next level in 2020. Featuring Lever's latest research on industry benchmarks, you'll learn key findings for sourcing, hiring, and conversions. We'll cover every metric needed to transform your hiring, and how to use them to effect change, so you gain the reach of a marketer, the forecast of a sales leader, and the insights of a finance leader.

You'll get answers to questions like:
-Which source of candidates has the quickest time-to-hire?
-How do you achieve optimal sourcing response rates?
-What roles take the longest to fill?

Mike Bailen, vice president of people, Lever

11:45 AM - 12:35 PM

The Salon Lunch

12:35 PM - 01:20 PM

The Loft Breakout Session: Your Job Post is As Boring As This Session: [Easy Ways To Use Video In Recruiting]

Jobs happen in motion, so why do we communicate the tasks, organizational culture, work environment and skill through a boring, text?based posting? You've probably heard of "employer branding" but what does it mean, and how can we "brand" ourselves with the limited resources and tools available? What can you actually do about your organization's brand? If these questions keep you up at night, join Abby from Skill Scout as she gives a crash course in employer branding and visual job postings -and then roll up your sleeves to get started on your very own branding and visuals! You can do it, we promise. Bring your smart phone. You'll communicate your jobs better, hire faster, and retain your best employees.

  • Identify why storytelling and visuals are key to attracting talent (through da- ta!)
  • How to capture the best photos that make your job and workplace environment stand out
  • How to use short video to showcase your work and environment
  • Identify and outline the key pieces to your next visual job posting

Abby Cheesman, founder, Skill Scout

12:35 PM - 01:20 PM

The Parterre Breakout Session: How the Next Generation Is the Bridge You Need to Integrate Your Team and Your Company's Purpose

Millennials and their successors, Gen Z, are having an undeniable impact on society, purchasing decisions, innovation and yes, the workplace. Yet few companies have turned to this powerful demographic force as an engine for integrating purpose across their organizations. Join Brittany Hill, founder and CEO of Accelerist, to explore the purpose-driven mindset of young workers and ways to leverage their desire for change. Learn how to create advocates for corporate social responsibility (CSR) and channel their energy. Discover how Champions of Change have started movements inside and outside their companies. On a range of crucial business goals-recruiting top talent, identifying issues, building a culture of inclusion-the next generation will produce vital players. Their strengths are key to elevating your CSR efforts.

01:30 PM - 02:05 PM

The Loft Fireside Chat: What It Means to Provide Care That's Focused on the Patient and Family

The M.D. who leads one of America's top specialty rehabilitation hospitals for people with spinal cord and brain injury is a voice for excellent healthcare, diversity and inclusion, and accessibility for people with disabilities

Dr. Jandel Allen-Davis, president & CEO, Craig Hospital, interviewed by Jensen Werley, tech and healthcare reporter, Denver Business Journal

01:30 PM - 02:50 PM

The Parterre Workshop: New ways to foster critical conversations about difference and equality

The ReadySet Ally Skills workshop positions people of color and their allies to successfully undertake allyship at work and beyond. By illustrating the stakes of allyship in tech and industries—as well as practical tools that can be used to achieve it—this training provides an optimal way to foster healthy workplaces for the growing number of womxn, queer, and transgender people of color in tech.
Through a combination of learning and development, small and large group discussions, and skill acquisition sessions, this workshop will provide new ways to foster critical conversations about difference and equality. The training provides concrete, actionable tools to empower employees and leaders to advocate for themselves and others.

Willie Jackson, diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant, ReadySet

02:50 PM - 03:00 PM

The Loge Coffee Break

03:05 PM - 03:45 PM

The Loft Panel: The Company in the Community

Prosperous companies have begun investing in responses to community needs, including job training, health care, education, disaster relief and other humanitarian efforts. How does a company decide what role fits its values and competencies? What's the best way to work with government and nonprofits?

Lee Wheeler-Berliner, Managing Director, Colorado Workforce Development Council
Shannon Armbrecht, head of people development and strategy, Western Union
Scott Dishong, CEO & president, Make-A-Wish
Ellen Valde, managing partner, Denver, PwC

Tamara Chuang, writer, The Colorado Sun

03:50 PM - 04:30 PM

The Loft Fireside Chat: Lasting Lessons from Years of Research into What Makes Companies Great

America's most celebrated expert on exceptional businesses has distilled his findings into a series of timeless insights, from A Culture of Discipline to Return on Luck. A look at his core concepts.

Jim Collins, bestselling author of Good to Great, Built to Last, and Great by Choice, interviewed by Steve Koepp, co-founder, From Day One

04:35 PM - 04:40 PM

The Loft Closing Remarks

Nick Baily, From Day One