Photo & Video Highlights

How to Build Authentic Leaders: the Role of HR

Wed., Mar. 24, 2021


How to Build Authentic Leaders: the Role of HR

If leaders are made, not born (as Vince Lombardi said), then what are the smart ways in which HR can play a major role in developing them? How can HR help identify employees with leadership potential? What can be done to help employees with outstanding technical skills make the transition into management? How can they be trained early in their career trajectory–and then refined in a continuous way? And how can HR work with top management to define an organization's leadership qualities and promote diverse new leaders?


From Day One is a Recertification Provider for SHRM and HRCI. This session is eligible for 3 credits from both organizations. The Activity IDs will be sent to attendees after the conclusion of the session.


Simone Martins


Cheryl Smith


Belinda Grant-Anderson


Seth Green

University of Chicago Graham School

Janine Yancey


Paul Tripp


Kathy MacKay


Abby Guthkelch

Workplace from Facebook

Grace Berman

DaVita Inc

Mina Morris


Myla Skinner

Quarter Five

Lydia Dishman

Fast Company

Rocky Ozaki

Now of Work

Dave Games

Workplace from Facebook

Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks

University of Michigan

Melissa Kilby

Girl Up (UN Foundation)

Ursula Llabres


Alexa Teare

Lingo Live

Patricia Huska

American Express Global Business Travel

Teresa Hopke

Talking Talent

Stephanie Neal


Kristen Bellstrom


Patrick Donahue

Danaher Corporation

Kimberly Newkirk

Liberty Mutual Insurance

Laurie Rebholz




12:00 PM - 12:15 PM


12:15 PM - 12:25 PM

Opening Remarks – Nick Baily, co-founder, From Day One & Steve Koepp, co-founder, From Day One

12:25 PM - 12:50 PM

Opening Fireside Chat: Leading in an Authentic Way During a Time of Crisis

A leader in an industry sharply affected by the pandemic offers insights on maintaining team spirit and engagement, being transparent, working with reduced staff, and preparing to get the business up to speed again.


Patricia Huska, Chief People Officer, American Express Global Business Travel


Seth Green, founding director of the Baumhart Center for Social Enterprise and Responsibility, Loyola University Chicago

12:50 PM - 12:55 PM

Main Stage Intro - Steve Koepp, co-founder, From Day One

12:55 PM - 01:15 PM

Thought Leadership Spotlight: What stands in the way between leaders and true authenticity?

Leaders often pursue an outdated model of what a leader needs to be and as a result often appear rigid and out of touch with the organization. Hear from Abby Guthkelch and Ursula Llabres from Facebook on how to break down this status quo and how Facebook approaches driving authentic leadership.

Abby Guthkelch, Facebook, Global Communications Solutions Lead

Ursula Llabres, Facebook, Executive Programs

01:15 PM - 01:20 PM

Workshop Intro - Steve Koepp, co-founder, From Day One

01:20 PM - 02:05 PM

Workshop: Agile Leaders: Identifying and Developing Potential

In today’s ever-changing world, successful leaders are those who are visible, demonstrate decisiveness in the face of limited information and possess a greater empathy and ability to adapt to the changing world- we call them Agile Leaders. How can HR and talent leaders build a robust and diverse leadership pipeline by creating data-driven leadership pathways? We will share a real client example of an organization leveraging objective data to hone its current and upcoming leaders’ skills. We’ll also show you how you can identify and develop the agile leaders in your workforce.

Mina Morris, Aon, Partner

Kathy MacKay, Aon, Director

01:20 PM - 02:05 PM

Workshop: The Role of Coaching in Leadership Development at All Levels

When you read the title above, do you think "C-Suite coaching?" I had that same thought; yesterday. Today, coaching for leadership serves a much larger group than it did in the past. Along with senior management, subject matter experts, line managers, middle-managers, and hi-potentials are ALL leaders whose impact on organizational performance is being increased through the benefits of coaching. In this workshop, Paul Tripp will give a brief overview of the current coaching landscape and methods and then use a fascinating case study to help you understand how you can deploy coaching broadly within your own organization to develop leaders at ALL levels. You won't want to miss hearing one of the country's top executive coaches sharing his thoughts on how to build amazing leaders through coaching!

Paul Tripp, AceUp, PCC ICF Certified Executive Coach

02:05 PM - 02:10 PM

Main Stage Intro - Steve Koepp, co-founder, From Day One

02:10 PM - 02:50 PM

Panel: New Insights on Coaching and Training Leaders

How HR executives can help develop managers who can engage and motivate their teams, bridge their differences, and help them grow professionally. What are the most effective training and coaching programs? And how can HR professionals work with C-Suite executives to support and guide these programs for profitable results?


Cheryl Smith, Xerox, head of talent management

Belinda Grant-Anderson, AT&T, VP, talent development & diversity

Melissa Kilby, Girl Up (United Nations Foundation), executive director

Grace Berman, DaVita Inc, senior director, learning and development, wisdom team

Laurie Rebholz, Citigroup, head senior vp, learning design, leadership & performance solutions


Lydia Dishman, Fast Company, contributing editor

02:50 PM - 02:55 PM

Main Stage Intro - Kaylan Clemons, head of talent engagement, From Day One

02:55 PM - 03:15 PM

Thought Leadership Spotlight: The Pressure is On! How to Develop and Retain Next-Gen Leaders

CEOs worldwide shared that their #1 challenge is developing the next generation of leaders. While HR plays a pivotal role in developing leaders, they recognize that leaders themselves are essential in coaching and developing others. How can HR develop leaders today who are committed to building talent for the future? Stephanie Neal will share highlights from DDI’s Global Leadership Forecast, the most expansive leadership research project of its kind, with data from more than 15,000 global leaders and 1,700 organizations. Discover the research and proven practices to develop and retain your next-gen leaders who demand more coaching and feedback, and seek a workplace that truly embraces authenticity, empathy, and inclusion.

Stephanie Neal, DDI, Director, Center for Analytics and Behavioral Research (CABER)

03:15 PM - 03:20 PM

Workshop Intro - Steve Koepp, co-founder, From Day One

03:20 PM - 04:05 PM

Workshop: How HR Can Help Establish Organizational Norms of Behavior

Emtrain has 17 million employee responses regarding the indicators of a healthy workplace culture. By far, the strongest predictor of a healthy culture is a high score in well-established norms of behavior. Organizations with well-established norms of behavior also score well in diversity and inclusion, respect, and ethical workplaces. In this discussion, we'll explore how HR can partner with their CEO to draft norms of behavior on every facet of the employee experience - from interviewing to team dynamics to resolving conflict to career advancement to transitioning out of business. HR can then identify the managers who best support those norms and cultivate them into tomorrow's leaders.

Janine Yancey, Emtrain, founder and CEO

03:20 PM - 04:05 PM

Workshop: Getting Employee Experience Right for Hybrid Teams and Workforces

From employee wellness, communications and technology adoption, to coaching, personal development and office design, the Employee Experience is continually evolving in a COVID-impacted workplace. In this workshop we will highlight growing trends and the need to personalize the experience to your unique culture.

Rocky Ozarki, Now of Work, founder and CEO

Dave Games, Workplace from Facebook, Workplace Client Partner

04:05 PM - 04:10 PM

Main Stage Intro - Steve Koepp, co-founder, From Day One

04:10 PM - 04:50 PM

Panel: How to Promote Authentic Leadership in the Workplace

When managers lead in a way that's consistent with their values–and they’re genuine in their relationships with their colleagues–it promotes a spirit of teamwork and loyalty. How can HR professionals empower managers to be more authentic by bringing out their self-awareness and empathy? Can this be taught? In a climate of uncertainty, why are those qualities more important than ever?


Simone Martins, Alcon, head of human resources

Teresa Hopke, Talking Talent, CEO

Patrick Donahue, Danaher Corp., VP, leadership development & learning; author, The Power of Genuine Leadership: How Authentic Leaders Earn Trust

Kimberly Newkirk, Liberty Mutual Insurance, VP, chief learning and talent officer

Alexa Teare, Lingo Live, chief people officer


Myla Skinner, Quarter Five, founder and managing partner

04:50 PM - 04:55 PM

Main Stage Intro - Steve Koepp, co-founder, From Day One

04:55 PM - 05:20 PM

Closing Fireside Chat: How Leaders Can Optimize Their Teams' Emotional Landscapes

Leaders tend to draw the same two plays from the old playbook of emotional management: giving a pep talk and sounding the alarm. However, leaders need to recognize that employees bring a diversity of moods to work each day. A behavioral scientist and professor of management explores how leaders can expand their emotion-management playbook.


Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, William Russell Kelly Professor of Business Administration, University of Michigan


Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, features editor

05:20 PM - 05:25 PM

Closing Remarks – Steve Koepp, co-founder, From Day One

05:25 PM - 05:45 PM

Expo & Happy Hour