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Listening to What Workers Want

Our one-day conference at the Asia Society will bring together leading thinkers and top executives in HR, talent acquisition, 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.


Matthew Dodson


Ann Miller

Memorial Hermann Health System

Paula Harris

Houston Astros

Pedro Neiva Botelho


Julie Fawdington

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Kristi Pittman

Goodman Manufacturing

Tiana Carter

Waste Management

Denise Malloy

Johnson Controls

Michael Bramnick

NRG Energy

April King


Christine Morehead

One Medical

Cynthia Ford

Sysco Corporation

Clelia Cayama Soto


Vijay Swaminathan


Bob Hamer


Lucho Vizcardo

Nabors Industries



08:30 AM - 09:30 AM


09:30 AM - 09:40 AM

Opening Remarks

09:40 AM - 10:05 AM

Fireside Chat


Paula Harris, SVP, community affairs & executive director, Astros Foundation, Houston Astros

10:10 AM - 10:50 AM

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?


Julie Fawdington, head of operations, data office, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Matthew Dodson, manager, organizational development leader, Chevron

Kristi Pittman, Vice President, HR, Goodman Manufacturing

Clelia Cayama Soto, Vice President Human Resources, corrosion protection platform, Aegion

10:55 AM - 11:15 AM

How to Simulate Career Progressions as a Retention Tool (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

By understanding the trends affecting your company's market ecosystem, you can develop prospective career progressions for your employees, as well as gaining valuable insights for your workforce-planning needs.

Vijay Swaminathan, Co-Founder, Chief Product Officer, Draup

11:15 AM - 11:40 AM

Coffee Break

11:40 AM - 12:25 PM

What Next Gen Leaders Want (Workshop)

CEOs worldwide shared that their #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, Sr. Consultant, DDI

11:40 AM - 12:25 PM

ClassPass (Workshop)


Bob Hamer, Director of Corporate, ClassPass

12:25 PM - 01:25 PM


01:25 PM - 01:30 PM

Session Intro

Bob Hamer, Director of Corporate, ClassPass

01:30 PM - 02:10 PM

Managing a Healthy Workplace in a Hybrid Environment (Panel)

In a workplace marked by uncertainty and lack of boundaries, 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 from new benefits to improved work practices?


Lucho Vizcardo, head of international HR, western hemisphere, Nabors Industries

Cynthia Ford, senior director, change management, Sysco Corporation

Christine Morehead, Chief People Officer, One Medical

02:15 PM - 02:35 PM

3 Key Leadership Trends for 2022 (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

With the workforce going through unprecedented changes, new challenges are emerging for companies and leaders to ensure a successful talent pipeline and future. Find out what DDI research says are the top leadership trends for 2022 that have come out of these changing times, and what you can do to respond and make the most of them. These are the trends you can’t ignore as you prepare leaders to meet upcoming challenges and win the race for talent in a faster, more tumultuous, and increasingly digital future.

April King, Sr. Consultant, DDI

02:35 PM - 03:00 PM

Coffee Break

03:05 PM - 03:45 PM

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?


Pedro Neiva Botelho, head of HR – Americas, Schlumberger

Tiana Carter, head of inclusion, equity & diversity & senior director, culture & engagement, Waste Management (WM)

Agnes Denise Malloy, global VP diversity & inclusion, Johnson Controls

Ann Miller, VP, talent acquisition & staffing, Memorial Hermann Health System

03:50 PM - 04:10 PM

Thought Leadership Spotlight

04:10 PM - 04:40 PM

Fireside Chat


Michael Bramnick, Senior Vice President-Corporate Affairs, Chief of Staff & Chief Compliance Officer, NRG

04:40 PM - 04:50 PM

Closing Remarks

04:50 PM - 05:30 PM

Evening Reception


The conference will take place at the Asia Society in Houston, Texas known for Asia's arts and culture, education, sustainability, business, and technology.