Los Angeles 2022 - From Day One (2023)

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Los Angeles 2022 Topic Speakers Mason Williams Mason Williams Hoai Scott Hoai Scott Nicole Husband Nicole Husband Mary Burke Mary Burke Jennifer Rice Jennifer Rice Dana Brown Dana Brown Rick Wartzman Rick Wartzman Kelly McCulloch Kelly McCulloch Alissa Lieppman Alissa Lieppman Jonathan Landrum Jonathan Landrum Margot Roosevelt Margot Roosevelt Stacie de Armas Stacie de Armas Jeremy Schiff Jeremy Schiff Alison Brower Alison Brower Marissa Waldman Marissa Waldman Lauren Ptak Lauren Ptak Jon Greenawalt Jon Greenawalt Britt Bartolini Britt Bartolini Faith Pinho Faith Pinho Shane Combest Shane Combest Erica Graham Jordan Erica Graham Jordan Tran Andrada Tran Andrada Odessa Jenkins Odessa Jenkins Deborah Kuness Deborah Kuness Darren Chiappetta Darren Chiappetta TeNita Ballard TeNita Ballard Adam Gefkovicz Adam Gefkovicz Pamela Avila Pamela Avila Angie Maizlish Angie Maizlish Mark Allen, Ph.D. Mark Allen, Ph.D. Kevin Meyer Kevin Meyer Partners Schedule Hudson Loft 1st Floor Breakfast Hudson Loft 2nd Floor Opening Remarks Hudson Loft 2nd Floor A Word From Our Title Sponsor Hudson Loft 2nd Floor Inspiring People to Take Action in the Movement Towards Social Equity and Justice (Fireside Chat) Hudson Loft 2nd Floor Improving the Talent Pipeline, From End to End (Panel) Hudson Loft 2nd Floor The Rise of the Modern Manager (Thought Leadership Spotlight) Hudson Loft 1st Floor Coffee Break Loft 301 Advocating For Yourself and Others: A Workshop for Leaders (Workshop) Loft 303 How Will Machine Learning and Automation Revolutionize Recruiting? (Workshop) Breakout Room One 2nd Floor How to Involve Employee-Led Groups in Your DEI Efforts (Workshop) Hudson Loft 1st Floor Lunch Loft 301 Why the Work of Psychological Safety Begins With You (Workshop) Loft 303 Shake up your L&D: A Spirited Approach to Measuring ROI and Business Impact (Workshop) Breakout Room One 2nd Floor How to Recognize and Reward Your People With Meaning (Workshop) Hudson Loft 2nd Floor Session Intro Sponsor Hudson Loft 2nd Floor How to Make Reskilling and Coaching Part of a Corporate Culture of Learning (Panel) Hudson Loft 1st Floor Coffee Break Hudson Loft 2nd Floor Building Culture for the Changing World of Work (Thought Leadership Spotlight) Hudson Loft 2nd Floor Is Your Company Developing an Inclusive Culture? (Panel) Hudson Loft 2nd Floor The Promise–and Pitfalls–of Walmart’s Socially Conscious Capitalism (Fireside Chat) Hudson Loft 2nd Floor A Word From Our Title Sponsor Hudson Loft 2nd Floor Closing Remarks Hudson Loft 1st Floor Evening Reception Venue

Los Angeles 2022

Tue., Dec. 13, 2022

8:30am PT - 5:30pm PT

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Topic

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 Our Title Sponsor, 15Five

Speakers

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Mason Williams

Mattel, Inc.

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Mason Williams

Mattel, Inc.

Mason Williams is the Global Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Mattel, Inc.

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Hoai Scott

NBCUniversal

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Hoai Scott

NBCUniversal

Known amongst her peers, colleagues and leaders she supports as an “inspiration for change,” Hoai Scott has made it her passion to inspire leaders and individuals to find their purpose as a means to living a fulfilled and joyful life. As an HR professional in the entertainment industry for 30, she has played a key role in educating leaders in diversity and inclusion, leading with purpose, how to be an ally and how to create a culture of inclusion and belonging in the workplace.

As a refugee from the Vietnam War who came to America in 1975 and is in a bi-racial marriage, she leverages the power of her story to enlighten others on how racial inequity has affected her family in the hopes to engage others to have courageous conversations on racial bias and be a part of the solution. She is committed to fostering work that creates more awareness, changes perspectives and inspires people to take action in the movement towards social equity and justice.

She currently serves as Senior Vice President, Human Resources for NBCUniversal where she supports the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group and provides HR leadership to NBCUniversal teams in Canada, London, EMEA and APAC. She graduatedmagna cum laudefrom the University of Rochester and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son.

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Nicole Husband

Warner Bros. Discovery

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Nicole Husband

Warner Bros. Discovery

Nicole Husband is the Vice President of People & Culture at Warner Bros. Discovery, an attorney and Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (“CPCC”). Nicole graduated from Howard University School of Law in 1996 with a Juris Doctorate and from Ohio State University in 1993 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration, with a Finance/International Studies double major and Spanish minor.

Nicole studied coaching with The Coaches Institute (“CTI”). Nicole took the five core courses with CTI in 2009, completed her 6-month certification process in 2010 and received her CPCC certification from CTI in January 2012.

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Mary Burke

Experian

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Mary Burke

Experian

Mary Burke is the SVP, Head of HR atExperian.

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Jennifer Rice

Universal Music Group

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Jennifer Rice

Universal Music Group

Joining Universal Music Group in 2022, Rice has more than two decades of global experience specializing in building culture, learning and organizational development, talent acquisition, employee relations, diversity, equity and inclusion, executive coaching and directing company strategies to support profitable business results through highly engaged employees. As Senior Vice President of People Development and Organizational Effectives for Universal Music Group, Jennifer Rice works to create innovative and inclusive learning solutions to maximize employee potential, growth and performance across business labels, functions and countries.

Passionate about building and evolving culture and leaders to tackle the demands of the future, Rice is spearheading global programs and initiatives to further management and leadership development to create an exceptional employee experience. Prior to joining UMG, Rice was the Chief Learning Officer and Head of Human Resources for Beautycounter in Santa Monica, California. In her role at Beautycounter, she created strategies embedding the mission and values into every day behaviors increasing engagement and learning opportunities for all. To foster inclusion and belonging, Rice launched the first Employee Resource Groups and integrated company benefits to be inclusive of mental and financial health.

Before Beautycounter, Rice was the VP of Human Resources for Hard Rock International overseeing the Café, Hotel and Casino divisions. At Hard Rock, Rice spearheaded a cultural transformation integrating the Seminole Tribe of Florida and Hard Rock International and launched the first mentor programs for underrepresented talent and Women’s Leadership. She also launched a global training program supporting the company mission, values and mottos. Rice served a long tenure as the Global Director of Training and Development at Guess?, Inc. where she implemented dynamic results-oriented blended learning throughout the company. She also led efforts to establish a cutting-edge process designed to enhance customer experience, which was later integrated into all corporate-wide initiatives.

In her spare time, Rice is enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, practicing yoga and going to concerts. Rice graduated magna cum laude from Florida International University with a BA Degree in Psychology and is a certified coach through the International Coaching Federation. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California with her husband, Matthew, daughter, Zoe and son, Desmond.

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Dana Brown

City of Los Angeles

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Dana Brown

City of Los Angeles

Dana Brown is the General Manager of the Personnel Department for the City of Los Angeles. In that capacity she manages a staff of over 600 full time employees engaged in the recruitment, examining, hiring, and training of all employees in the City of Los Angeles. Over her 35-year City career Ms. Brown has served in a number of positions of leadership including General Manager of the Department of Animal Services, Chief Employee Relations Officer at the Office of the City Administrative Officer, and Personnel Director at both the LA Zoo and Los Angeles Fire Department.

Ms. Brown holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Cal State University Dominguez Hills and is an avid reader who loves travel and music. Away from the job, Ms. Brown can be found delivering motivational presentations to youth regarding career paths and preparation skills for job searching.

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Rick Wartzman

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

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Rick Wartzman

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

Rick Wartzman is the author of the new book Still Broke: Walmart’s Remarkable Transformation and the Limits of Socially Conscious Capitalism, which tells howAmerica’s biggest company began taking better care of its workers–and why such efforts will never be enough.Rick is head of the KH Moon Center for a Functioning Society at the Drucker Institute, a part of Claremont Graduate University. His commentary for Fast Company was recognized by the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing with its Best in Business award for 2018. He has also written for Fortune, Time, Businessweek, and many other publications. His books include The End of Loyalty: The Rise and Fall of Good Jobs in America, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Current Interest and named one of the best books of 2017 by strategy+business; Obscene in the Extreme: The Burning and Banning of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History and a PEN USA Literary Award; and The King of California: J.G. Boswell and the Making of a Secret American Empire (with Mark Arax), which won a California Book Award and the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing.

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Kelly McCulloch

Taco Bell

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Kelly McCulloch

Taco Bell

As Global Chief People Officer, Kelly McCulloch leads the human resource management teams for Taco Bell, which employs more than 260,000 people globally.

For more than 15 years, Kelly has served in leadership roles within the Human Resources function across Pizza Hut, KFC, Taco Bell and Yum!, focusing on turning business strategies into action plans, specifically in the areas of organizational effectiveness, leadership development, employee engagement, talent acquisition, employee relations, diversity and inclusion, and total rewards. She is passionate about cultivating an authentic culture where everyone can thrive.

Kelly has a Master’s degree in Human Relations and Business from Amberton University, and a Bachelor’s degree in English from Abilene Christian University.

Kelly and her husband, Lewis, live in Orange County, Calif., with their two children.

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Alissa Lieppman

National Football League

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Alissa Lieppman

National Football League

Alissa brings 17+ years of experience in consulting, digital marketing, strategy development and relationship management.After spending a decade building a consulting group to support the 32 NFL clubs through the rise of digital and social media, she pivoted into a leadership role with focus on people and strategic operations in early 2020.She now focuses on advancements in team culture, improved internal communications, community programs and works in partnership with staff and senior leaders to champion key initiatives across the NFL, including the office relocation efforts for NFL’s brand-new Inglewood location.She is a proud alumnae of USC Marshall School of Business andlives in Long Beach with her husband, 3 year old daughter and chocolate lab. She also enjoys singing with the all-female a cappella group she founded in 2011 (Lolas Music), traveling and exploring new coffee shops.

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Jonathan Landrum

The Associated Press

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Jonathan Landrum

The Associated Press

Jonathan Landrum Jr. is an award-winning writer, editor, producer and mentor covering the entertainment industry for The Associated Press in Los Angeles.

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Margot Roosevelt

Los Angeles Times

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Margot Roosevelt

Los Angeles Times

Margot Roosevelt covers California economic, labor and workplace issues as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times. A former environmental reporter for the Times, she previously wrote for TIME magazine as a foreign and national correspondent, for the Washington Post on the Congressional beat, and for the Orange County Register focusing on business and the Southern California economy.

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Stacie de Armas

Nielsen

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Stacie de Armas

Nielsen

Stacie M. de Armas is Senior Vice President Inclusive Insights & Initiatives and a Leader within Nielsen’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion practice. She is an inclusion & identity researcher, consumer behaviorist, and subject matter expert on diverse communities. Specializing in data at the intersection of community, advocacy & entertainment, she is responsible for producing inclusive thought leadership and new research initiatives on diverse consumers and audiences.

She joined Nielsen in 1998 and has served in many roles related to multicultural marketing. She sits on the Hispanic Marketing Council Board of Directors as well as Google’s 21st Century Multicultural Marketing Council and has been the recipient of industry honors for her work in diversity marketing.

Stacie is an adjunct professor of qualitative research at California State University Los Angeles and California State University Northridge. She received her Master’s degree in Business Administration with a focus on marketing from Texas A & M. Stacie is a first-generation Cubana and lives in Los Angeles with her two children.

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Jeremy Schiff

Recruitbot

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Jeremy Schiff

Recruitbot

Jeremy Schiff earned an undergraduate in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 2005 and a PhD in Applied Machine Learning in 2009 from The University of California, Berkeley. In 2006, Jeremy co-founded FotoFlexer.com, an online photo editing company that powered companies including MySpace and Photobucket. In 2009, Jeremy joined Ness Computing as VP of Product and Machine Learning, which was sold to OpenTable in 2014. While working at OpenTable, Jeremy saw first-hand the opportunity to transform the way that recruiting works through machine learning and automation, and founded RecruitBot in 2017 to spearhead the mission to automate recruiting

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Alison Brower

Insider

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Alison Brower

Insider

Alison Brower is Insider’s LA bureau chief, leading a new team that covers the business of entertainment and the digital transformation of Hollywood.

Previously, she was the deputy editor for arts and entertainment at the Los Angeles Times, where she spearheaded cultural and business coverage as well as investigative features on celebrities and longstanding L.A. institutions. From 2014-2019, as deputy editorial director at the Hollywood Reporter, she led entertainment, culture, and news coverage and was the architect of the magazine’s high-wattage power lists and other special projects.

Before moving to Los Angeles in 2014, Brower was the founding editor-in-chief of Dr. Oz: The Good Life at Hearst and worked in the editorial leadership of magazines including Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, and Seventeen. As a writer and editor, she has contributed to publications from O: The Oprah Magazine to Popular Mechanics; she began her journalism career at Adweek. Brower grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Princeton University.

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Marissa Waldman

Leaderology

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Marissa Waldman

Leaderology

Marissa is a respected industry executive with over 20 years of experience managing and leading high- performing teams and organizations. She is a business builder and strategic leader who intuitively understands her clients’ and stakeholders’ needs. Marissa builds leaders: it is her fundamental belief that anyone has the capacity to be a leader in whatever they do.

Marissa is referred to as the Chief Excellence Officer of Leaderology, wholly committing herself to serving her team, her clients, and the HR/business community. You can often find her enjoying an iced tea and meaningful conversation with a friend in the business community. Regardless of whether they are a client, an employee or a vendor partner, to Marissa they are always a dear friend.

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Lauren Ptak

New York University Tandon School of Engineering

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Lauren Ptak

New York University Tandon School of Engineering

Lauren architects and implements marketing strategies to grow NYU Tandon’s brand awareness and reputation by amplifying the school’s research, innovations, and opportunities to a diverse set of audiences — including industry partners, peer school collaborators, students, alumni, and the local Brooklyn community.

Born and raised outside Boston, Lauren headed South to earn her bachelor’s degree in economics from Duke University before subsequently joining the marketing agency world in New York. Prior to joining NYU Tandon, she spent 15 years advising for-profit and nonprofit organizations including American Express, Charles Schwab, Cognizant, NYU Stern, and Cornell Tech on branding, communications, and digital strategy.

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Jon Greenawalt

15Five

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Jon Greenawalt

15Five

Jon Greenawalt is the SVP of Customer Transformation at 15Five, and is accountable for the growth, expansion and delivery of the Transform education and coaching practice for leadership and management development, a key component of the company’s holistic, continuous performance management solution.

Jon is a people and culture expert, executive and strategic advisor with over 25 years of global, cross-industry experience working with management teams to build culture, values, leaders, and teams through progressive people strategies that accelerate and support business performance and organizational growth.

He is also the former Chief People Officer at SharkNinja, innovators of the popular Shark and Ninja household appliance brands, where he redesigned the global HR team to deliver the human capital strategy for IPO readiness. He modernized the function, helped re-positioned the global workforce for scale, created the Talent Development team, and was the chief architect and facilitator of the company’s core leadership development and team performance programs.

Jon received his MBA from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business, and his BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Britt Bartolini

Blueboard

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Britt Bartolini

Blueboard

Britt Bartolini is the Senior Enterprise Account Executive at Blueboard.

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Faith Pinho

Los Angeles Times

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Faith Pinho

Los Angeles Times

Faith E. Pinho is a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, and the creator and host of a narrative podcast the Times is set to launch in Spring 2023. Faith has covered a dynamic range of stories, from California wildfires to weird-looking fish.Her reporting on the 2021 California gubernatorial recall election and the Jan. 6 insurrection earned national attention and awards. Faith is also an active member of her union and a mentor to student journalists. Aside from journalism, Faith is co-founder of the Crimson Community Mentorship Program, an organization to connect high school students with mentors in her hometown of Everett, Massachusetts.

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Shane Combest

Hone

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Shane Combest

Hone

Shane Combest is Hone’s Head of Product, or the mastermind defining the product experience for all of our L&D admins, learners, and coaches. Shane leads Hone’s Product Management and Design teams, which help him oversee every new product feature and release from ideation to launch. He sets Hone’s overall product vision and strategy, while always ensuring that building a user-friendly learning experience remains at the core of everything we do.

Shane is no stranger to the world of L&D and tech. Having spent the last few years working for people engagement software company Glint, Shane has a passion for building and scaling products that help workplaces invest in their employees.

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Erica Graham Jordan

Benevity

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Erica Graham Jordan

Benevity

Erica Graham Jordan is the Area VP of Sales, Mid-Market at Benevity.

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Tran Andrada

Hibob

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Tran Andrada

Hibob

Tran Andrada has over 25+ years in the HR and Technology space. She started her professional career in APJ as an HR Specialist and over the course of her career has been an HR Analyst, Solution Consultant, Account Executive, and People Leader leading cross functional teams. Tran has experience with and managed business applications such as PeopleSoft, UltiPro, ADP’s myriad of systems (EV4, EV5, PayForce, WFN, Vantage) and services. Last but not least, Workday’s full Suite of HCM solutions. She has worked in many industries which include: airlines, banking, retail, PEO, and technology. She now leads the Sales Engineering Team at Hibob for the Americas and ANZ.

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Odessa Jenkins

Emtrain

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Odessa Jenkins

Emtrain

Odessa Jenkins is the Founder of the Women’s National Football Conference (WNFC), and sought after executive leader. She most recently served as the Head of Business Develop for Parity, and VP of Support/Ops at YourCause. An in demand national speaker, Jenkins is also the founder of multiple nonprofits. She is a recognized market leader in CSR, DE&I, Team Dynamics, and SAAS technology with multiple years of leadership experience in private funded start-ups, joint ventures and fortune 100 public companies. Jenkins served for several years as an executive leader at YourCause, a start-up which helped to revolutionize the CSR industry.

As a disrupter in sports, Jenkins is paving the way to create inclusion and equity in sports for women and girls. She was an inaugural participant in the NFL’s first Women’s Career in Football Forum and is one of the first women to obtain the coveted NFL Bill Walsh Diversity Internship in an on-field position (Running Backs Coach – Atlanta Falcons). Featured on Fox, Sport Illustrated, CBS, ESPN, Yahoo Sports, The Undefeated and more, Jenkins was recently recognized as one of the most influential and powerful women in sports by Sports Illustrated (Unrelenting).

Jenkins has 22 years of coaching and leadership experience, is a Hall of Fame, a 5X National Champion, 2X USA National Team captain, 2X Gold Medalist, and heralded as one of the top leadership experts in the country.

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Deborah Kuness

Workday

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Deborah Kuness

Workday

Debs is a UK-based business psychologist, and has worked within the field of Employee Engagement for over a decade. As an experienced consultant, facilitator and executive coach, Debs has deep expertise across the employee experience lifecycle, and has used this to support organisations across sectors and geographies. This includes the application of psychological theory and best practice to Employee Engagement, individual, team and organisational development, organisational culture and change. Previously, Debs worked in the field of clinical psychology, and holds a Masters degree in Forensic Psychology.

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Darren Chiappetta

Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Darren Chiappetta

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Darren Chiappetta is the Vice President, People, Employee Relations & Policy at Sony Pictures Entertainment.

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TeNita Ballard

TeNita LLC

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TeNita Ballard

TeNita LLC

TeNita is an impressive powerhouse of a woman with 18+ years’ experience in HR, diversity & inclusion, and leadership development. She wears many hats as a Diversity & Inclusion Leader, Coach and Speaker, but the common thread is her commitment to SERVICE. TeNita follows Christ’s lead and allows Him to direct her path. She was groomed to be the STRONG One by her life experiences being a Black girl growing up in the Inner-City of Los Angeles, attending Magnet Schools outside of her community, the oldest of three and working in Corporate America per the “Bring Your Full Self to Work” days. She found herself advocating for everyone around her yet found that she lost her own voice. She had to realize that everyone IS NOT her assignment to find her OWN voice.

As a Coach and Speaker, she empowers leaders with the tools they need to advocate for themselves, prevent burnout, walk in purpose, and live a life of abundance with her Signature Framework. If you’re ready to Live Your Passion, let’s connect!

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Adam Gefkovicz

Untapped

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Adam Gefkovicz

Untapped

Adam discovered his passion for creating equal access while navigating how to get internships in college. After an internship at LinkedIn he saw the opportunity to create a platform that better served the underrepresented and early in career community. For the last five years he’s been building Untapped, an all-in-one recruiting platform, which is on a mission to make the world more equitable by broadening access to transformative careers. He currently serves as the company’s Co-CEO and Co-Founder.

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Pamela Avila

USA Today

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Pamela Avila

USA Today

Pamela Avila is a journalist, editor, and social media strategist based in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. Her reporting focuses on entertainment, pop culture and books with a lens often on the Latinx community, and the way those topics intersect with social justice issues. She currently serves as an Entertainment Editor and Latinx Culture Reporter for USA TODAY. Previously she worked as a social media manager for Los Angeles Magazine, and more of her bylines can be found in Business, Insider, E! News, Shondaland and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

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Angie Maizlish

Coursera

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Angie Maizlish

Coursera

Angie Maizlish, currently Senior Account Manager with Coursera, has over 20 years of experience as a strategic leader empowering Fortune 500 global companies with HR Tech software. Previous to Coursera, she led Digital Learning Services for Adobe where she consulted some of the world’s most recognized brands on transformative enablement. Earlier at Cornerstone OnDemand, she was an award winning Regional Sales Manager for the US West, where she formed long-term relationships at various levels within client organizations.

Angie has always been passionate about the intersection of technology and people, and for ten years ran her own Career Coaching business that resulted in over 300 individuals securing new career opportunities. She was a frequent guest speaker at The University of Utah’s MBA program as well as Careerbuilder and Indeed.com.

When not working she loves spending time with her family, skiing with friends, hiking with her Dachshund, and traveling as often as possible. She is passionate about championing customer success, bringing out the best, achieving together, and innovating every day.

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Mark Allen, Ph.D.

Pepperdine University

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Mark Allen, Ph.D.

Pepperdine University

Dr. Mark Allen isan award-winning educator, speaker, consultant, and author who specializes in talent management, corporate universities, and human resources.He is the author ofAha Moments in Talent Management,The Next Generation of Corporate Universities, andThe Corporate University Handbook. In 2017, he was honored with theGlobal Training and Development Leadership Award by the World Human Resource Development Congress in Mumbai, India. He was recently named one of the Top 100 Human Resources Influencers by Engagedly.

Dr. Allen is a Professor atPepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management, where he also serves as Academic Director of the Master of Science in Human Resources program and where he previously served as Director of Executive Education. He was awarded Pepperdine University’s Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence in 2021 and the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School Teaching Award in 2020. Mark is a senior faculty member of the Human Capital Institute, a senior associate with the Kiely Group, and has taught for Vatel University and the American Management Association.

He has consulted with or delivered executive development programs for 3M, Alpha Natural Resources, AT&T, Boeing, Caesars, Farmers Insurance, Kaiser Permanente, the Los Angeles Police Department, Samsung, Northwestern Mutual, Southern California Edison, the government of Taiwan, Verizon, and many other global organizations. He has done Strategic Workforce Planning engagements with Baxter International, Orange County Transportation Authority, and AltaMed Health Services.

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Kevin Meyer

BetterUp

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Kevin Meyer

BetterUp

Kevin Meyer is the VP, People Insights atBetterUp.

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Schedule

08:30 AM - 09:20 AM

Hudson Loft 1st Floor Breakfast

09:20 AM - 09:25 AM

Hudson Loft 2nd Floor Opening Remarks

09:25 AM - 09:30 AM

Hudson Loft 2nd Floor A Word From Our Title Sponsor

Jon Greenawalt, SVP, Customer Transformation, 15Five

09:30 AM - 09:50 AM

Hudson Loft 2nd Floor Inspiring People to Take Action in the Movement Towards Social Equity and Justice (Fireside Chat)

How an influential HR leader in filmed entertainment leverages the power of her personal story as a refugee from the Vietnam War toengage others to have courageous conversations–and be a part of the solution.

Speaker:

Hoai Scott, SVP, HR, NBCUniversal

Moderator:

Alison Brower, Los Angeles Bureau Chief, Insider

09:55 AM - 10:35 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?

Speaker:

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

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

Mary Burke, SVP, HR, Experian Consumer Services

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

Lauren Ptak, Chief Marketing Officer, New York University Tandon School of Engineering

Moderator:

Faith Pinho, Reporter, Los Angeles Times

10:40 AM - 11:00 AM

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

During the “Great Resignation,” millions of employees quit their jobs to find better opportunities that offered them higher pay, greater flexibility, and the chance to develop their careers.But as the economy tightens, employees will more often be looking to stay put–and still demanding more from their employers.As a result, companies can no longer afford to postpone efforts to develop their new and emerging leaders. 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

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Hudson Loft 1st Floor Coffee Break

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Loft 301 Advocating For Yourself and Others: A Workshop for Leaders (Workshop)

As a team leader, you are responsible for the success of your team, and therefore the success of your company. But how do you balance your own needs with those of everyone else on your team? What if you could advocate for yourself and your team at the same time? In this workshop, we’ll explore how to advocate for yourself as a leader in the workplace, personal life and relationships, while also advocating for your team members. We’l discuss how to show up in a way that makes it safe for others to follow suit. We’ll alsohelp you understand how important it is to advocate for yourself (and others) when it comes to end-of-year deadlines, holidays, economic uncertainty–basically anything that puts extra pressure on companies or individuals at work.

TeNita Ballard, Coach and Speaker, TeNita

11:30 AM - 12:15 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. The reason this is relevant: There has been a big shift in the market–back to quality over quantity–and most talent organizations aren’t prepared for this trend. While adjustments will need to be spearheaded by HR to help the entire organization to adapt, technology can help.

Jeremy Schiff, CEO, RecruitBot

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Breakout Room One 2nd Floor 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 we discuss the impact that 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

12:15 PM - 01:10 PM

Hudson Loft 1st Floor Lunch

01:10 PM - 01:55 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

01:10 PM - 01:55 PM

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

In this fun, interactive workshop, Shane Combest, VP of product for the workplace-training company Hone, will relate mixology to learning and development (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

01:10 PM - 01:55 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.

Britt Bartolini, Senior Enterprise Account Executive, Blueboard

02:05 PM - 02:10 PM

Hudson Loft 2nd Floor Session Intro Sponsor

Angie Maizlish, Enterprise Account Executive, Coursera

02:10 PM - 02:50 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?

Speakers:

Jennifer Rice, SVP, Learning and Organizational Development, Universal Music Group

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

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

Mark Allen, PhD, Professor and Academic Director, Master of Science in Human Resources Program, Pepperdine University

Kevin Meyer, VP, People Insights, BetterUp

Moderator:

Pamela Avila, Editor, USA Today

02:50 PM - 03:15 PM

Hudson Loft 1st Floor Coffee Break

03:20 PM - 03:40 PM

Hudson Loft 2nd Floor Building Culture for the Changing World of Work (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

Companies need to be flexible amid changes in the worldof work–and need to understand why culture is so important.For somein the business world,culture isjustsomething fluffy you talk aboutrather than a reality. That's why the HR platform HiBob wasfounded.In the past seven years,founderRonni Zehavi hasworked and interacted with businesses around the globeandwith some 3,000 customers.He has heldongoing conversations with C-level executives, chief people officers, employees,and line managersin an effortto understand where the marketisheaded and the evolving relationship between employers and employees. One observation becameclear:weare facing a fascinating change in the way people work.

Speaker:

Tran Andrada, Sales Engineering Manager, HiBob

03:45 PM - 04:25 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?

Speakers:

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

Stacie de Armas, SVP, DEI, Diverse Insights, Intelligence & Initiatives, Nielsen

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

Deborah Kuness, Senior Business Psychologist, Workday

Odessa Jenkins, President, Emtrain

Moderator:

Jonathan Landrum, Reporter, the Associated Press

04:30 PM - 04:50 PM

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

The world’s largest company has made huge strides in improving the rewards and working conditions of its 2.3 million employees. Yet why are so many of them still unable to earn a middle-class living? A new book explores the paradox.

Speaker:

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

Moderator:

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

04:50 PM - 04:55 PM

Hudson Loft 2nd Floor A Word From Our Title Sponsor

Jon Greenawalt, SVP, Customer Transformation, 15Five

04:55 PM - 05:00 PM

Hudson Loft 2nd Floor Closing Remarks

05:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Hudson Loft 1st Floor Evening Reception

Venue

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.

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