' Los Angeles 2022 - From Day One

Los Angeles 2022

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Workers and the Corporate Values Revolution

Two years into the pandemic, what has the workplace revolution revealed? Our one-day conference at the Hudson Loft 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 about how organizations can build stronger bonds of trust with their workers and their communities. The event will focus on such topics as creating equity in a hybrid workplace, balancing productivity with well-being, offering better career paths, developing diversity in leadership, and supporting working parents. Among the timely questions: How can companies stay true to their core values, and accountable to their stakeholders, while making enormous changes?


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.

From Day One Is Proud To Welcome Title Sponsor 15Five


Mason Williams

Mattel, Inc.

Hoai Scott


Darren Chiappetta

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Nicole Husband

Warner Bros. Discovery

Mary Burke


Dana Brown

City of Los Angeles

Kelly McCulloch

Taco Bell

Alissa Lieppman

National Football League

Rick Wartzman

Author, “Still Broke: Walmart’s Remarkable Transformation and the Limits of Socially Conscious Capitalism”

Jonathan Landrum

The Associated Press

Margot Roosevelt

Los Angeles Times

Eve Rodsky


Jennifer Rice

Universal Music Group

Stacie de Armas


Jeremy Schiff


Alison Brower


Marissa Waldman


Lauren Ptak

New York University Tandon School of Engineering

Jon Greenawalt


Brittney Bartolini


Faith Pinho

Los Angeles Times

Shane Combest


Erica Graham Jordan


Tran Andrada


Dr. Zhike Lei

Pepperdine Graziadio Business School

Deborah Kuness


TeNita Ballard

TeNita LLC

Lila Seidman

Los Angeles Times

Adam Gefkovicz


Kevin Meyer




08:30 AM - 09:15 AM

Hudson Loft 1st Floor Breakfast

09:15 AM - 09:20 AM

Hudson Loft 2nd Floor Opening Remarks

09:20 AM - 09:25 AM

Hudson Loft 2nd Floor Title Sponsor Remarks

Jon Greenawalt, SVP, Customer Transformation, 15Five

09:25 AM - 09:45 AM

Hudson Loft 2nd Floor Fireside Chat


Hoai Scott, SVP, HR, NBCUniversal


Alison Brower, Insider

09:50 AM - 10:30 AM

Hudson Loft 2nd Floor Improving the Talent Pipeline, From End to End (Panel)

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


Kelly McCulloch, Global Chief People Officer, Taco Bell (Yum! Brands)

Dana Brown, General Manager, Personnel Department, City of Los Angeles

Adam Gefkovicz, co-founder and co-CEO, Untapped

Lauren Ptak, Chief Marketing Officer, NYU Tandon


Faith Pinho, Reporter, LA Times

10:35 AM - 10:55 AM

Hudson Loft 2nd Floor The Rise of the Modern Manager (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

During the “Great Resignation” growth period, millions of employees voluntarily quit their jobs to find better opportunities that offered them higher pay, greater flexibility, and the chance to grow and develop their careers in new and meaningful ways.

But as the global economy tightens, the job market cools, and fears of a recession persist, employees will more often be looking to stay put. And with the permanency of more flexible work models, employees demanding more from their employers, and engagement and productivity at record lows, managers will continue to struggle to effectively lead and get the most out of their talent by relying on yesterday’s skillset.

As a result, companies can no longer afford to avoid or postpone efforts to develop their new and emerging leaders. Managing an evolved workforce, even in the best of times, requires a different and more nuanced set of leadership skills, as well as a more adaptive, continuous approach to accelerate the development and application of those skills in the flow of work.

This session will explore the trends and challenges that organizational leaders face today, the science backed people skills leaders need the most, and an innovative coaching methodology that can give rise to the modern manager who thrives in the ever changing world of work.

Jon Greenawalt, SVP, Customer Transformation, 15Five

10:55 AM - 11:25 AM

Hudson Loft 1st Floor Coffee Break

11:25 AM - 12:10 PM

Loft 301 TeNita Ballard Coaching Workshop

TeNita Ballard, Coach and Speaker, TeNita LLC

11:25 AM - 12:10 PM

Loft 303 How Will Machine Learning and Automation Revolutionize Recruiting? (Workshop)

With the recent changes to the recruiting landscape, talent organizations are being asked to do more with less.  We'll discuss how next-generation outbound recruiting techniques that leverage machine learning and automation can improve candidate quality, reduce time to fill, and improve the the ROI of every recruiter.

Relevancy: There has been a big shift in the market, and it's going to get worse.  There will be a shift back to quality over quantity, and most talent organizations aren't prepared for the shift.  While adjustments will need to be spearheaded by HR to help the entire organization to adapt, technology can help.

Jeremy Schiff, CEO, Recruitbot

11:25 AM - 12:10 PM

Breakout Room One 2nd Floor DEI & ERGs: How To Involve Employee-Led Groups in Your DEI Efforts (Workshop)

The way we work is constantly shifting, and the workplace of the future is not just a company — it’s a community. Employees are looking for a sense of belonging and a workplace where they can learn, all while taking action on the issues that matter most to them. While many organizations already have DEI initiatives in place, empowering employees to form grassroot groups can play a vital role in their DEI strategies. Join Benevity’s workshop as they discuss the impact employee resource groups (ERGs) can have in your organization’s DEI, employee engagement and social impact initiatives.

Erica Graham Jordan, Area VP of Sales, Mid-Market, Benevity

12:10 PM - 01:00 PM

Hudson Loft 1st Floor Lunch

01:00 PM - 01:45 PM

Loft 301 Why the Work of Psychological Safety Begins With You (Workshop)

Creating a healthy working environment calls for a dose of the classic prescription of "physician, heal thyself." Self-awareness is necessary if we expect to cultivate it within our teams and organizations. Leaderology founder and CEO, Marissa Waldman, will tell the real-life story about her experience at a company that lacked such safety–and the events that led her to draw the line. She'll illuminate the psychological-safety measures to which she committed when founding her own company, and the customizable blueprint that HR leaders can implement in their corporate cultures.

Marissa Waldman, CEO, Leaderology

01:00 PM - 01:45 PM

Loft 303 Shake up your L&D with Hone: A Spirited Approach to Measuring ROI and Business Impact (Workshop)

In this fun interactive workshop, Hone’s VP of Product Shane Combest will relate mixology to L&D concepts to help participants better understand how precise measurement helps HR Leaders underscore the business impact of their learning investment. You’ll learn how to serve up Hone’s signature drink, L&D Liquid Courage, hear some relevant case studies and recent learning-impact stats, and take away a souvenir to shake things up this holiday season.

Shane Combest, Head of Product, Hone

01:00 PM - 01:45 PM

Breakout Room One 2nd Floor How to Recognize and Reward Your People with Meaning (Workshop)

For organizations that want to retain top talent, the race is on to prioritize the things employees truly care about. Connection is one of those things; your people want to feel like they belong, and that they’re part of a greater whole. But recent Blueboard research revealed stark gaps when it comes to employees’ connection to their company, including disconnection to company values as well as teammates.

Join us for a conversation about how you can identify and close connection gaps at your organization through effective, meaningful employee recognition.

Brittney Bartolini, Senior Enterprise Account Executive, Blueboard

01:55 PM - 02:15 PM

Hudson Loft 2nd Floor Fireside Chat


Lila Seidman, Reporter, Los Angeles Times

02:20 PM - 03:00 PM

Hudson Loft 2nd Floor How to Make Reskilling and Coaching Part of a Corporate Culture of Learning (Panel)

Employers who make reskilling and development important elements of their culture can cost-effectively develop the talent they need, as well as enhance their employer brand. How can companies best identify the employees who can make that shift and provide the coaching and mentoring to empower their career growth? What are the most effective new educational techniques, which put an emphasis on active learning? How can corporate leaders promote a mindset of continuous learning and curiosity?


Jennifer Rice, Senior Vice President Learning and Organizational Development, Universal Music Group

Nicole Husband, VP, People & Culture, Warner Bros. Discovery

Alissa Lieppman, Head of Planning & Culture, National Football League

Zhike Lei, Professor of Applied Behavioral Science, Pepperdine University

Kevin Meyer, VP, People Insights, BetterUp


Faith Pinho, reporter, Los Angeles Times 

03:00 PM - 03:25 PM

Hudson Loft 1st Floor Coffee Break

03:30 PM - 03:50 PM

Hudson Loft 2nd Floor Hibob (Thought Leadership Spotlight)


Tran Andrada, Sales Engineering Manager, Hibob

03:55 PM - 04:35 PM

Hudson Loft 2nd Floor 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?


Darren Chiappetta, Vice President, Global Head of Employee Relations & Policy, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Mason Williams, Global Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Mattel

Stacie deArmas - SVP, DEI, Diverse Insights, Intelligence & Initiatives, Nielsen

Deborah Kuness, Senior Business Psychologist, Workday

Odessa Jenkins, President, Emtrain

04:40 PM - 05:00 PM

Hudson Loft 2nd Floor The Promise–and Pitfalls–of Walmart’s Socially Conscious Capitalism (Fireside Chat)


Rick Wartzman, Author, Still Broke: Walmart's Remarkable Transformation and the Limits of Socially Conscious Capitalism


Margot Roosevelt, California Economy and Labor Reporter, Los Angeles Times

05:00 PM - 05:05 PM

Hudson Loft 2nd Floor Title Sponsor Closing Remarks

Jon Greenawalt, SVP, Customer Transformation, 15Five

05:05 PM - 05:10 PM

Hudson Loft 2nd Floor Closing Remarks

05:10 PM - 05:40 PM

Hudson Loft 1st Floor Evening Reception


The conference will take place at the Hudson Loft, a photo, film, and event space, located in the South Park district of DTLA. We are two blocks east of the Staples Center and LA Live, off of 12th & Hope.