The From Day One conference is a gathering of 300+ Founders, CEOs and principals across industries, designed to answer the question: how can we build stronger, more purposeful relationships with our employees, customers and community – starting today?
Our Brooklyn conference took place on June 19, 2019, at BRIC in Downtown Brooklyn. It featured a day of keynotes, panels, and fireside chats with leaders of businesses who are committed to putting people first. The day also included opportunities to network and join discussions with like-minded principals and change makers.
At a time of rising expectations about corporate accountability, companies need to be more in touch than ever with all of their partners in business. Cutting-edge technology and a mission statement are not enough; a well-developed sense of purpose and code of values become the guiding lights of the conversation from Day One.
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Check out the full 2019 schedule!
Jesse Abing, PhD, Chief Learning Officer, Lingo Live
Compensation counts for a lot, but the biggest factor is whether the worker feels appreciated and valued. An exploration of new thinking on subjects including healthy feedback, public recognition, a new generation of benefits, and a sense of mission and purpose on the job.
Lydia Dishman, Reporter, Fast Company
Martha Delehanty, SVP HR, Verizon
Christopher Rotolo, Vice President, Global Talent Management & OD, PepsiCo
Alyssa Schaefer, CMO, Laurel Road
Toby Hervey, Co-Founder & CEO, Bravely
Alex Seiler, Senior Director, Global HR Business Partner, WeWork
Darja Gutnick, CEO, Co-founder, Bunch
How to build a corporate reputation that can withstand business cycles, industry disruption—and mistakes. What lessons can be learned from how companies that have managed crises and survived? How can leaders decide to take a public stand on issues that could be seen as political? Our experts and industry leaders explore the keys to building durable bonds with employees, customers and community members.
Damian Slattery, VP Marketing, Fast Company
Christine Salerno, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Marsh & McLennan
Howard Sherman, CEO, Good360
Colleen Devery, VP Strategy, NAF
Katherine Hand, Global Head Strategic Comm., Sustainability, and Social Innovation, HP
Hiren Shukla, Director | Automation & Innovation | Neurodiversity Centers of Excellence, Ernst & Young interviewed by Lydia Dishman, Reporter, Fast Company
An exploration of new ways organizations can accommodate neurodiverse professionals, including professionals on the autism spectrum, in the workplace.
Whitney Dailey, Vice President, Marketing and Research/Insights, Cone Communications
Learn about key findings and insights from the newly released 2019 Porter Novelli/Cone Purpose Biometrics Study which show that Purpose messages evoke demonstrable physical responses – that then inspire consumers to act.
Survive or Thrive: A lesson from elephants and rats for developing organizational empathy – By Taylor Smith, Co-Founder & CEO, Blueboard (Main Stage)
Join Taylor Smith, Co-founder and CEO at Blueboard for a discussion around developing organizational empathy – and the ability to welcome and support your employees in their current state, providing them the runway to truly thrive at work.
We’ll outline the concept of organizational empathy (what it is, why it matters), with a focus on people-centric values, the foundation for building empathy. Attendees will workshop through their own company values and share learnings in small groups.
Manage Stress and Be Happier with Journey Meditation – By Stephen Sokoler, Founder and CEO, Journey Meditation (Stairs)
Stress Management classes are among the top wellness offerings for 2019. Research has shown that companies who offer onsite meditation classes have higher retention rates, increased employee performance and fewer sick days. Companies like American Express, Disney, Facebook and Google invest in the well-being of their workers by offering mindfulness training programs with Journey. Come sit with us, take a breath and learn more!
Anand Giridharadas, Editor-at-large, Time Magazine interviewed by Lucas Wittman, Editor-at-large, Time Magazine
Big businesses have increasingly taken on the mantle of having a positive social impact. But how much have they done to change the status quo, to do less harm? An author and thinker confronts the problem of trusting our elites too much—when we should be fostering change from the bottom up.
Tom Griffiths, CEO and Co-Founder, Hone
The pursuit of diversity is a given in Corporate America, yet progress can be a struggle. How new insights are emerging on factors including unconscious bias, pay equity, and employee feedback. What new practices, technology and ideas are driving the next wave of inclusion?
Emma Hinchliffe, Associate Editor, Fortune
Marisa Grimes, Director of Inclusion & Diversity, Mastercard
Lauren Lopez, Global Senior Director of HR, NBA
Tammy Sun, Co-Founder & CEO, Carrot
Jazmine Boatman, PhD, General Manager New York Metro Operations, DDI
Ellie Bertani, Sr. Director Associate Experience, Walmart US interviewed by
Rachel Carlson, CEO and Co-Founder, Guild Education
As the fundamental relationship between companies and employees continues to evolve, some employers are finding new ways to solve age-old problems. Walmart, for example, is tackling the student-debt crisis for its 1.4 million U.S. employees by launching the most innovative corporate education program in the country. They’ve fully-funded college degrees for their employees, with additional programs like high school, English-as-a-second-language, and more. Join Ellie Bertani, Walmart’s champion of this program, and Rachel Carlson, CEO of Guild Education, Walmart’s partner in the work, to explore how companies are addressing the student debt crisis while creating a positive ROI for the company by supporting recruitment, retention, upskilling and the company’s brand as a great place to work.
What can be done to support the rise of women as leaders in the American economy? Despite notable breakthroughs by many women, the social and structural impediments are stubborn. How can more capital and other resources be made available to female founders? What do women need from Corporate America to keep their careers on track as far as they aim to go?
Sage Lazzaro, Journalist
Stacey Olive, Vice President Talent Acquisition, The New York Times
Alexandra Cavoulacos, Co-Founder & President, The Muse
Jenny Chiu, VP Marketing, Maven
Susan McPherson, CEO, McPherson Strategies
Douglas Rushkoff, Author, Team Human interviewed by Steve Koepp, From Day One
Social media and other new technologies, which seemed like forces for human connection, now often isolate and repress us. The first step toward reversing our predicament is to recognize that being human is a team sport, says Douglas Rushkoff, award-winning author of Team Human, interviewed by Steve Koepp of From Day One.
By Brittany Hill, CEO & Co-Founder, Accelerist
A step-by-step workshop about the best practices: tapping your employees’ passions, integrating your company’s goals, connecting with the right partners, measuring your community impact and leveraging your efforts for greater diversity and inclusion.
By Willie Jackson, DEI Consultant & Facilitator, ReadySet
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.
The Human Side of Business Transformation – By Katie Coupe, Executive Advisor, BetterUp (James and Martha Duffy Performance Space)
People are the most powerful drivers of a company’s strategy yet most transformation efforts continue to rely on technology and process change to drive outcomes. Join us to explore the science behind lasting behavior change and how to incorporate purpose into your HR strategy.
The Uncomfortable Art of Giving Feedback – By J Zac Stein, COO, Lattice (Studio C)
Feedback can be strange and vulnerable, for both the recipient and the person giving it. But done right, feedback can drive productivity, strengthen your company culture, and develop an employee’s skills. Join this workshop to learn best practices for delivering feedback and how to foster a culture of trust and communication to promote feedback conversations.
Designing Simple Behavioral Nudges that Turn Intention into Action – By Héber Manuel Delgado-Medrano, Vice President, and Jenic Mantashian, Executive Vice President, BVA Nudge Unit USA (Howard Hodgkins Studio)
Inspired by the behavioral science principles described in our latest book, Nudge Management, the BVA Nudge Unit brings you an engaging, interactive workshop aimed at those seeking to achieve greater success rates in organizational change management.
How to build a learning culture in your workplace, to the benefit of all – By Kristy McCann Flynn, Founder and CEO, GoCoach (Howard Hodgkins Studio)
In this interactive session, we’ll explore the path to collaboration, persuasion, creativity and other elements of a culture that fosters diversity and inclusion.
Where Recruiting Intersects With Social Good and Philanthropy – By Bertina Ceccarelli, NPower; Tia Hodges, Citi Foundation; Gail Fierstein, CaaStle; and Racheal Ankrah-Fosu, Broadridge (Studio C)
College campuses aren’t the only place to look for your future workforce, as Fortune 500 companies are discovering. Hear unique insights from industry leaders on how to take novel approaches to recruitment, retention and growth of diverse talent.
Mita Mallick, Head of Diversity and Cross Cultural Marketing, Unilever interviewed by Cate Luzio, Founder & CEO, Luminary
The diversity of your staff is key to the diversity of your customers. In a rapidly changing marketplace, your workers can be guides to the future. Mita Mallick, who bridges diversity and marketing at Unilever, will talk about how to treat your employees as the most important customer on your inclusion journey in a conversation with Cate Luzio, founder and CEO of Luminary.
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The conference took place at both BRIC and MMDG situated in the heart of the Brooklyn Cultural District, near Atlantic Crossing and the Barclays Center in Downtown Brooklyn.