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Great Place to Work® Healthcare Summit
Great Place to Work® Leadership Development Program
Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Early Registration
Sponsored by Intel
Best Companies Gifts Sponsored by O.C. Tanner

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception
Sponsored by PwC

After you check into the hotel, wind down from a day of traveling by joining us for an informal networking reception. While enjoying drinks and hors d’oeuvres, you’ll be able to pick up your name badge early and connect with other conference attendees. Welcome remarks will commence at 6:30 PM.

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.

Restoration Yoga & Meditation
Sponsored by EILEEN FISHER

Restore the body and renew the spirit as you quiet the mind with this passive, gentle style of yoga, ideal for beginners.

7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Intel
Best Companies Gifts Sponsored by O.C. Tanner

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Sponsored by CarMax and Regeneron

7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Coffee Lounge
Sponsored by Nespresso

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Erin Moran, Executive Vice President, Great Place to Work

9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Opening Keynote Web streaming available

kip-tindell-ceo-small The Container Store
*Organization with Heart
Kip Tindell, Chairman & CEO
Kip Tindell has been at the helm of The Container Store since it first opened its doors in Dallas in 1978 – creating the first-ever store devoted solely to storage and organization products. The company has locations from coast to coast and a thriving website. But for Tindell, the goal never has been growth for growth’s sake. Rather, it’s to adhere to the retailer’s seven Foundation Principles™, the values-based business philosophies that guide every decision the company makes for its employees, customers and vendors. Fierce employee loyalty, fanatical customers, a differentiated shopping experience and strong financial performance has been the natural and inevitable result. You’ll hear more about what Tindell does to embody and nurture the unique corporate culture that’s landed the company on FORTUNE Magazine’s list of “100 Best Companies To Work For®” 14 years in a row.

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Industry Networking Roundtable: Get to Know Your Industry Peers

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Great Place to Work®
*The Future of Culture and Organizations
Nate Butki, Vice President, Advisory Services
Join Great Place to Work® in a dialogue with esteemed academic colleagues exploring latest research discoveries and emerging trends that provide insight into how culture will influence business, employees and talent strategies for the coming year and through 2025. Attendees will leave this session with new ideas and resources to inspire conversations and advance thought-leadership within their companies.

  • Gary L. Mangiofico, Ph.D., Associate Dean Fully Employed and Executive Programs Graziadio School of Business and Management, Pepperdine University
  • Dan Mulhern, Distinguished Practitioner of Business and Law at UC Berkeley, President of Granholm Mulhern Associates, Expert on Leadership and Organizational Development
  • Jennifer Robin, Research Fellow and Adjunct Consultant, Great Place to Work® Institute

Managing Millennials
Anne Donovan, U.S. Human Capital Transformation Leader
In September of 2011, PwC began to look at the next generation of individuals entering the workforce, with the goal of understanding the unique differences that characterize this group of "Millennials," those who were born between 1980 and 1995 and are currently under 33 years of age. In 2012, PwC partnered with researchers from the University of Southern California and the London Business School to release “NextGen: A Global Generational Study” to PwC leadership around the world. In total, PwC received more than 40,000 responses from Millennials and non-Millennials alike and more than 300 participated in individual interviews and focus groups. In addition, over 1,000 Millennial employees and 45 members of PwC's leadership team participated in a "Jam,” a 3-day social media event that brought together Millennial staff and firm leadership to engage in a global dialogue on a wide range of topics. In this session, PwC will share the findings that emerged from this study, how this data will be used to inform PwC’s global people strategy and what other organizations may learn from PwC's research into generational differences in the workplace.

Radio Flyer, Inc.
I Love My Job!- The Story of Radio Flyer, Building an American Icon for the Next 100 Years
Amy Bastuga, Vice President of Human Resources
Employee engagement is a key competitive advantage for companies - it is critical to create environments where employees can thrive, not just survive. Radio Flyer focuses on hiring people who love what they do who are committed to delivering on their Little Red Rule - “Every time we touch our Flyers lives they will feel great about Radio Flyer”. The company’s selection process involves a variety of steps to help hone in on candidates who are a match for the job, capable of owning their own engagement and who are also match with the company’s values and culture.

In this session, you will hear from Radio Flyer on how they drive engagement through a rigorous selection process. Amy Bastuga will discuss some of the key building blocks necessary in the selection and assimilation process to create a workplace where all Flyers have the opportunity to say, “I love my job!”

Ryan LLC
*Culture Shift - Using Great Place to Work Culture Audit© Results to Draw a Map for Change
Delta Emerson, EVP and Chief of Staff
G. Brint Ryan, Chairman and CEO
Eight years ago, when Ryan received the culture audit results from its first entry in the 100 Best Companies to Work For® competition, the leadership team was shocked. Not only were the results far below the winners’ benchmarks, several of the scores were downright embarrassing. Four years ago, Ryan abandoned the traditional approach it had taken to managing employees for almost twenty years. Employees who were accustomed to rigid office hours and little flexibility, weren't sure how to respond when they found themselves suddenly working in an environment that allowed them to work anywhere, anytime, as long as their work got done. Now, eight years into the journey, though there are improvements yet to be made, Ryan’s revenue, client satisfaction, employee satisfaction, and retention metrics are better than ever.

In this session, Ryan executives will share the story of a journey that enabled them to finally successfully make the list all because they were willing to listen to their employees, treasuring the Great Place to Work® culture audit results that helped draw the map. Attendees will benefit from learning how to use the GPTW Culture Audit data to make decisions about priorities and that persistence pays - careful analysis, planning, and continued effort will drive results.

Teach for America
Leveraging Internal Communications to Increase Employee Engagement

Justin Fong, Vice President, Internal Communications
Teach for America is an organization with more than 1,800 staff members and 10,000 corps members teaching in classrooms around the country. The organization’s workforce is spread out over 40 regional offices, with 10% of staff working from home offices. Using a unique approach, Teach for America works has established an organizational culture that transcends location to connect staff members to each other and to the organization’s mission.

In this session, Justin Fong will share more information about Teach for America’s established a suite of communication tools that help solidify the culture in a multinational organization. Participating organizations will walk away with knowledge of how to build culture across a dispersed employee base and some specific, innovative ways to keep them informed and inspired.

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Networking Lunch

12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Well-Being Lounge
Sponsored by Bright Horizons

Come in and say ahh… at the Bright Horizons® Well-Being Lounge! At Bright Horizons, we understand that employee well-being is an essential building block for a high-performing workforce.  Now we are doing the same for conference attendees by bringing some wellness activities to you. Stop by the lounge for a five-minute chair massage, get a quick read of your blood pressure, or pick up some calming bath salts! Also, while you go from session to session, don’t forget to stay hydrated and energized with healthy drinks and snacks - all provided by Bright Horizons. And to download our latest white paper, visit

1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Main Stage Remarks
Michael Burchell, Vice President International Operations, Great Place to Work

1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Keynote Presentation Web streaming available

Scott McNealy Wayin
*Culture Shock: From Sun to Startup
Scott McNealy, Chairman
Company size often influences an organization’s culture, both in how it is shaped and how it spreads. In this session, Scott McNealy will speak about his experiences as founder and former CEO of Sun Microsystems and how that shaped his current role as Chairman of Wayin, a Denver-based startup. Scott's discussion will cover the importance of culture inside the office, and how he has learned to adapt as a leader with the evolution of social media, the technology industry, and the business market that exists today. Scott believes that employee engagement is fundamental to a dynamic company culture, and will focus on how the implementation of new technologies can spark vital conversations both internally and externally for an organization. As a seasoned veteran with 30+ years of experience, Scott abides by his philosophy of "kick butt and have fun."

2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Carolinas HealthCare System
*Journey to Engagement: Building Trust One Message at a Time
Debra Plousha Moore, Chief Human Resources Officer and Executive Vice President
Jon M. Joffe, Vice President, Corporate Human Resources
Over the last three years, Carolinas HealthCare System built an innovative, pride-building strategic communication model that delivers direct communication to its more than 60,000 team members.

As one of the nation’s largest and most complex healthcare systems, Carolinas HealthCare System built a culture of engagement using this direct-to-teammate approach for Human Resources messaging.

Carolinas HealthCare System was recognized nationally by three prestigious groups for system engagement:
  • Morehead Associates -- APEX Award for Work Place of Excellence
  • The Studer Group -- Patient Excellence Award/Employee Engagement
  • Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals -- Platinum and Gold Awards for outstanding achievement in employee benefits communications
In this session, you will learn some best practices for direct communication to teammates including Benefits, Compensation, Community giving, Pride messages, and Policy management. These practices will show you how to improve, leverage, and support the relationships that exist between senior leaders and front line teammates in a complex multi-site organization.

Darden Restaurants
The American Dream is Alive and Well in Corporate America: A Case Study
Samir Gupte, Senior Vice President, Culture
David Fischer, Senior Director, Learning Center of Excellence
The American Dream is built on the principle that there are no limitations to one’s success. It was first defined in 1931 by James Truslow Adams as, “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement"" regardless of social class or circumstances of birth. Through determination, ability, cultivation and hard work the American Dream is within reach for all those who aspire. Darden has developed a culture where everyone can achieve their personal and professional dreams regardless of where their journey begins.

Attendees will learn how Darden has taken the culture of eight very recognizable, unique and successful brands - Red Lobster, LongHorn Steakhouse, Olive Garden, The Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, Eddie V’s and Yard House – and shaped an enterprise development journey where people can grow and learn enduring life skills. During this session, participants will see firsthand how working at Darden has become more than just a job, but a place where employees can realize their personal and professional dreams. Part of this journey includes how Darden transformed their brand-dedicated employee development approach into an enterprise employee development strategy that supports and helps fulfill the dreams of their 190,000 employees every day.

Ernst & Young
*Benefit Your Brand and Bottom Line Through Flexibility and Wellbeing
Maryella Gockel, Americas Flexibility Strategy Leader
Sandra Turner, Ph.D., Director, EY Assist
Through the past few years of economic uncertainty, all companies have worked hard to find ways to support their people while staying focused on the bottom line. Learn how flexibility and wellbeing has helped Ernst & Young to attract, empower and engage their people to create an exceptional EY experience that lasts a lifetime. Maryella Gockel, Ernst & Young’s Flexibility Strategy Leader will be joined by Sandra Turner, Ph.D., Ernst & Young’s Director of EY Assist to share stories about the role of flexibility and wellbeing in employee satisfaction, engagement and retention which ultimately benefits the bottom line. This session will focus on why flexibility and wellbeing is important to any business, proof points to support it, and ways any company can implement low cost/high impact programs that work.

Great Place to Work®
Taking the Random out of the Rankings: The Great Place to Work Evaluation Methodology
Leslie Caccamese, Director, Strategic Marketing and Research
Understanding how Great Place to Work® evaluates companies is key to appreciating our Best Companies to Work For® lists. In this session, Great Place to Work’s Director of Strategic Marketing and Research Leslie Caccamese, who oversees the evaluation process, will address the age-old question: “How do companies get on the list?” Caccamese will break down the Models used to understand organizations, share the basic tenets of the evaluation methodology, and dispel the myths that have long-shrouded the Best Companies to Work For in mystery. Participants in this session will leave understanding the dynamic interplay between the Trust Index© Employee Survey and the Culture Audit© Questionnaire, why a workplace culture is more than the sum of its practices, and the value in being a “non-winner.”

One Chance to Make a Lasting Impression: The SAS Onboarding Experience
Annette V. Holesh, SPHR, Human Resources
SAS believes in making lasting impressions. Whether it’s the end of the first day, the first year or even after 20 years, the company wants employees to be thrilled about choosing SAS. With this in mind, SAS ensures that its onboarding process creates a memorable experience where employees feel included and cared about as they begin their SAS career. In this session, attendees will learn how SAS goes the extra mile even before a new employee starts on day one. You’ll hear how SAS’ orientation “wows” their new hires and introduces employees into the culture, builds trust, solidifies their commitment to the company and provides the resources they need to be successful in their job. Understand how the company welcomes regionally-located employees into the SAS family, and how the SAS onboarding experience extends beyond day one, resulting in higher performance levels and more satisfied and motivated employees. Attendees will leave with practical tips and applications to improve any company’s onboarding experience.

4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Keynote Presentation Web streaming available

Dr. Deborah Dunsire Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company
Millennium: We Aspire to Cure Cancer
Dr. Deborah Dunsire, President & CEO
Employees at Millennium aspire to be part of the step-by-step process that may one day lead to finding a cure for cancer. A significant part of the company’s success has been a strong culture that allows each employee to make a difference and have a voice. In this session, Millennium CEO Dr. Deborah Dunsire will describe employees’ passion behind their work and how the company draws inspiration through progress, people and the patients they seek to help. Dr. Dunsire will describe how employee commitment to delivering results has contributed to Millennium becoming the leading global biopharmaceutical organization. She will highlight how the company does not just focus on the business plan but how employees experience the workplace.

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Networking Reception Sponsored by Ernst & Young
Join attendees after Dr. Dunsire’s keynote for a networking reception at the end of the first day of the conference. Network with attendees over wine, beer and heavy hors d' oeuvres. Remarks will be at 5:30 PM.

8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

MARS Dessert Social
Sponsored by MARS DRINKS

Be sure to close the day out by visiting the X Bar for a champagne and dessert social featuring Mars candy inspired desserts and a special signature cocktail.

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.

Restoration Yoga & Meditation
Sponsored by Alston & Bird LLP

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Intel
Best Companies Gifts sponsored by O.C. Tanner

8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Sponsored by ACUITY and Robert W. Baird & Co.

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Coffee Lounge
Sponsored by Nespresso

8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.


9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Keynote Presentation Web streaming available

Chris Van Gorder Scripps Health
*From Turnaround to Transformation: The Benefits of a Strong Corporate Culture
Chris Van Gorder, President & CEO
Thirteen years ago, Scripps Health was in disarray. The health care system was struggling financially, staff had lost confidence in leadership and employee morale was at an all-time low. Today, it’s a different story. The $2.6 billion San Diego health system is successful despite multiple challenges. Employees and physicians are engaged and partnering to reorganize and reduce costs. And Scripps has been on the Fortune 100 GPTW list for five years running. How did they do it? CEO Chris Van Gorder will share more in this enlightening address that highlights the power of corporate culture in bad times, good times and times of extreme transformation.

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Great Rated! Lounge

10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

*Using Analytics to Build and Sustain a Great Workplace at Deloitte
Suzanne Vickberg, Senior Manager, Workforce Analytics Lead
Creating and sustaining a great workplace starts from the top, and yet not every leader is an expert in nurturing such a culture. They rely on their Talent or HR teams to inform, guide, and influence them to take action in ways that will make, or keep, their workplace great. At Deloitte, the Talent organization is increasingly relying on advanced analytics to guide leaders. The company recently established a Workforce Analytics Center of Expertise focused on understanding its own professionals and the factors that influence their experiences, productivity, commitment, and engagement with the organization. With the ability to quantify the impact of various workplace factors, Deloitte is becoming better equipped than ever to advise their leaders. In this session, Suzanne Vickberg will offer some of the lessons learned in the form of six guidelines for influencing leaders through analytics. In each case, she will provide a concrete, data-based example that illustrates how the guideline is manifested at Deloitte.

Goldman Sachs
Humanizing Your Company’s Brand
Lisa Shalett, Global Head of Brand Marketing and Digital Strategy
Lisa Shalett, global head of brand marketing and digital strategy at Goldman Sachs, will discuss the ways in which organizations can creatively market their brand in today’s digital world. Using Goldman Sachs as a case study, she will share some lessons learned about the importance of authenticity, relatability, storytelling and risk-taking, as companies communicate about their brand. She will discuss the challenges all companies are facing to create their own content to fill ever-hungry channels, such as social media, and participate in the 24x7 online conversation about themselves. Lisa will additionally share how important these efforts are in connecting employees to the company culture and brand.

Great Place to Work®
*A Deeper Dive into The List: Findings among the 2013 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For®
Yulia Savitskaya, Program Manager for Global Training
Join Great Place to Work® for an in-depth look at the 2013 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list. This session will explore demographic trends seen inside the Best Companies, as well as changes to the composition of the 100 Best List itself. Learn the areas where these forward-looking organizations are developing compelling practices – contributing to a strong workplace culture in 2013 and beyond.

Going Mobile with the Next Generation Workforce
Tamar Elkeles, Chief Learning Officer
According to Wireless Intelligence, mobile subscriptions are set to surpass the world population in 2014, and with increased anytime, anywhere access, mobile is empowering new types of work and learning for employees. In order to support the opportunities and demands of the next generation, mobile devices are being used as a key productivity tool at work - for new employee orientation, leadership development and for employee engagement. In this session, attendees will learn about future trends using mobile applications for workplace productivity, as well as industry best practices from leading companies. This session will focus on providing relevant and practical information about how to engage the next generation workforce.

Xactly Corporation
*Mission, Vision and Core Values
Christopher Cabrera, Founder & CEO
The current buzz around workplace culture highlights cool perks and innovative people practices. While benefits and systems are important, it takes a great deal to create and, more importantly, sustain a desirable culture and successful company. Xactly Corporation believes in an Operational Blueprint which is the foundation for its people and there approach to customers. The Blueprint is built upon three pillars:
  1. A vision clearly defining why the company exists; and one which ignites, focuses, and unifies company efforts.
  2. A mission providing a pragmatic approach so every employee understands what she/he does on a daily basis within the operational blueprint
  3. Succinct and memorable core values that act as a compass for behavior and decision-making. These principles must be real and embedded in the leadership’s DNA to have power and credibility.
Once these three essentials are in place, management can begin to layer sustainable perks and practices into a company.

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Bright Horizons
Employee Well-Being: The Key to Building the New Great Workplace
Danroy "Dan" T. Henry, Chief Human Resources Officer
Dan Henry, Bright Horizons CHRO and a contributing author to Inside the Minds, is responsible for the delivery of leading-edge people solutions to more than 20,000 Bright Horizons employees. Bright Horizons is a leader in actively analyzing and acting on compelling data from a comprehensive well-being assessment conducted for two consecutive years. In this session, Dan will share Bright Horizons’ experiences with working in partnership with top employers across industries, research findings that communicate clear implications based on vast data assets, and leadership in an international company that is recognized on the 100 Best Companies to Work For® list. Attendees in this session will learn about the value of employee well-being and how it moves beyond engagement and wellness, what most impacts well-being, paradigms for strategically organizing attendees’ people investments and related communications strategies that engage employees in improving their own well-being, and will hear case studies from organizations with whom Bright Horizons has worked.

*Maintaining a Competitive Advantage with Data-Driven Decisions: Google's Compensation Story
Frank Wagner, Director of Compensation
John Schirm, Manager, Compensation
As Google has matured as a company and the competitive landscape has changed, what Googlers - and prospective Googlers - want in their compensation packages has also shifted. This session will showcase how Google has augmented traditional survey information, employee engagement data and focus groups, with advanced techniques and leading-edge thinking, to better understand what its employees value and determine compensation programs changes. These broad changes include competitive targeting, fixed vs variable pay mix and the design of equity vehicles. They ensured Google compensation programs continue to be a powerful tool in the total rewards mix—despite a constantly evolving environment. The sessions will highlight two separate conjoint studies Google conducted to quantify the perceived value of different elements of its compensation package. It will also cover the survey and data gathering approach, the specific base salary and equity compensation design changes, how these program changes were implemented and the results Google has seen to date.

Great Place to Work®
Top 10 Great Workplace Moments of 2012
Sarah Cooke, Managing Consultant
Great Place to Work® was founded to build a better society by helping companies to transform their workplaces. Twenty years later, possessing data from millions of employees and best practices from thousands of companies, Great Place to Work® has insights available nowhere else. This year, Great Place to Work® will share the Top 10 Great Workplace Moments with you in a Tonight Show style countdown of stories that inspire and educate. Attendees will leave armed with the greatest lessons of the year, curated from exceptional and improving organizations across the US.

PCL Construction Enterprises
*Building Strong Communities
Diana Canzona-Hindman, Community Relations and Human Resource Advisor
Stephanie McCay, Communications Specialist
Social responsibility is one of PCL Construction’s guiding principles, where employees are encouraged to support and improve the quality of life in their communities. Each PCL Construction employee takes personal and professional pride and leadership to give back to their community in a meaningful way. Community involvement is part of the company’s culture and is viewed as a journey, not a single program or destination.

This session will explore the timeline from the start of PCL Construction’s volunteer guidelines trial three years ago in one district, to the current evolution which includes all districts and worksite locations nationwide. Attendees will also learn best practices from PCL Construction’s unique community involvement approach, along with plans for enhancement and quality improvement methods and processes.

Robert W. Baird & Co.
*Is Your Workplace Culture Strong Enough to Define How You Do Business?
Beth Kavelaris, Managing Director, Director of Culture & Integration
Is your company’s workplace culture strong enough that employees and clients really experience it? Does it make a difference in how you do business? Do your new employees understand your culture well enough to put it into practice? If you answered “no” to any of these questions, your company must more actively define how your culture translates into everyday practices. For any great place to work, a strong workplace culture is the foundation of the business and sets the standard for how the company does business. Robert W. Baird & Co., one of FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For® for the past nine years, is an employee-owned financial services firm that has invested considerable time and effort into building and strengthening the firm’s unique workplace culture. In this session, Beth Kavelaris will share the many ways the firm has addressed defining their workplace culture. Attendees of this session will get ideas on how to accurately define & asses workplace culture, learn how to champion a company’s best traits, while strengthening weak areas, and will bring home tips on how to jump start a cultural infusion.

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

American Express Company
American Express’ Journey to Gender Intelligence
Valerie Grillo, Vice President, Global Leadership Development
There’s no denying the benefits of having a gender-balanced culture in a workplace, but how can companies leverage gender differences in order to achieve better business results? How can employees learn to appreciate and complement each other in the different ways men and women solve problems, make decisions, communicate, negotiate, resolve conflicts, and lead?

In this session, Valerie Grillio, VP of Global Leadership Development at American Express, will share American Express’ journey to becoming a more gender intelligent organization. Attendees will learn how the company is building awareness and educating their employees on Gender Intelligence—everything from workshops to one-on-one senior leadership coaching — and how this has helped create a more inclusive culture, driving innovation and bottom-line growth.

Great Place to Work®
Developing the Foundation of Trustworthy Leadership: Honor and Inclusion
Amy Lyman, Co-Founder & Author of The Trustworthy Leader
This session will include an overview of Trustworthy Leadership, along with an emphasis on steps companies can take to develop their understanding of the key leadership concepts of Honor and Inclusion. Attendees will learn how to enhance their ability to be a trustworthy leader in their own organizations, engage people in discussion about the powerful leadership experiences that influence their lives, and enable them to recognize and mentor the development of trustworthy behavior in others.

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
The Kimpton Fun Factor - a Vital Business Strategy
Steve Pinetti, Senior Vice President, Inspiration & Creativity
At Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, the “fun” factor is alive in everything they do each day; both for their employees and their guests.

Fun has been a part of Kimpton’s culture and spirit from the opening of its very first hotel and restaurant in 1981, and continues to be the most significant element that separates them from the competition. Steve will show attendees ways to increase employee engagement through fun, creative and quirky employee programs and activities, such as Kimpton’s idea blog, the company’s “10K Kimpton Moments,” and a Diversity and Inclusion calendar contest. Attendees who join Steve will learn about Kimpton’s “secret sauce,” and why having fun at work is not only great for employees – it can also impact your bottom line.

Navigator Management Partners
*Sustaining a Great Workplace
Brenda Sprite, Organizational Change Management Practice Lead
Clare Vetrick, Chief People Officer
Navigator Management Partners has been repeatedly recognized on Great Place to Work’s Best Small & Medium Workplaces list. In August 2011, while employee survey scores continued to be admirably positive, scores in some areas began to show a slight decrease. The Firm approached its 11th year in business and the question was posed regarding whether or not NMP’s flat organizational structure would continue to work. Recognizing that a company cannot expect to maintain such accolades without continuing to invest in its people practices, CEO Dave Schoettmer assembled the NMP Organizational Design Committee. The Organizational Design Committee began its work in late December 2011. A broad representation of data sources were gathered and analyzed, and best practices related to organizational design and workplace culture were considered. Overall findings included the areas of strategy, trends and key messages to employees. Attendees of this session will learn about the details of the findings and will takeaway practical, easy-to-implement strategies/ideas about how a growing organization can either sustain a great workplace culture, or strive to become one.
Inside's Innovation Machine - How to Create a Team Sport Culture that Fuels Growth and Delivers a #dreamjob Experience for Employees
Monika Fahlbusch, Senior Vice President, Employee Success
As one of the fastest-growing software companies in the world, has consistently been named to FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For® list, and the World’s Most Innovative Company by Forbes Magazine. How do they do it? Join Monika Fahlbusch, SVP of Global Employee Success, to find out how the company's “team sport” culture and #dreamjob experience help attract and motivate the people who fuel the company's success. This session will include an inside look into best practices for rapidly growing businesses navigating the new social workplace and world of empowered employees, while also offering practical tips you can use to start building a culture of innovation at your company.

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Closing Keynote Presentation Web streaming available

Marissa Mayer Yahoo! Yahoo!
*Renaissance and Change
Marissa Mayer, President & CEO
Marissa Mayer became CEO of Yahoo! in July 2012. Since then she has focused on transforming the company with fresh thinking, smart benefits, and radical transparency. But, it's not just about infusing new ideas: it's also about amplifying greatness. In this session, Marissa will discuss her philosophy on building an environment that serves as a catalyst for innovation and change — and it all starts with people.

3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Announcement of Video Contest Winner and Closing
Video Contest Sponsored by NetApp

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Send Off Reception
Sponsored by Nespresso

Web streaming available These presentations will be streaming via webcast and will be included in the Keynote Virtual Pass. To register for the Keynote Virtual Pass visit the Conference Registration page.


This program has been approved for 10 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

*Select sessions marked with an asterisk have also been pre-approved for Business and Strategy Management credits.

The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute’s criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.

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2013 Keynote Speakers
Marissa Mayer

Marissa Mayer
President & CEO


Dr. Deborah Dunsire
President & CEO
Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company


Kip Tindell
Chairman & CEO
The Container Store

Chris Van Gorder
President & CEO
Scripps Health

Scott McNealy


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