Strategies to Re-Imagine Your Workforce

This talent program is a 3-part series that will explore how to transform your workforce during disruption and uncertain times.

What does your team need to be ready for the future?

Teams and roles are changing. Evolve your HR leadership skills, re-think your people strategy, and create new pipeline to support a workforce of the future.

Take away actionable insights from the most innovative tech talent leaders. This event is for Heads of Talent or anyone who is tasked with leading, planning, and implementing change across their organization.

Workshop III: The Hybrid Workforce 2021 – Compliance and Return To Work in an Evolving Environment

December 10, 2020, 11am-12:30pm

The Hybrid Workforce 2021: Compliance and Return To Work in an Evolving Environment

Targeted to talent professionals leading their return to work and workforce compliance issues in their organization.

This workshop will discuss the new workforce approach and strategy in a post-covid mindset. Join your peers, listening to trends that are evolving in real-time impacting your workforce management.

The two sessions will explore

  • Multi-state and global employment legal and compliance issues.
  • The impact of the 2020 election results for managing the workforce
  • Managing risks with COVID as we return to the office


11:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Session I: Compliance: Multi-State AND Global Employment





This session will discuss how employers can remain compliant with employment laws in these challenging times. We will explore new employment laws, legal issues with managing a remote workforce, and multi-state employment problems. Listen to this discussion among peers on preparing for this next normal.

David Mayes, Principal- Global Mobility Services, KPMG LLC

Stephen Melnick, Labor and Employment Attorney, Littler


11:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Session II: How to Build the Workplace of the Future





With Return to Work protocols evolving, this session will explore how to keep up and create a safe environment for your workforce in 2021 and beyond. Experts on this panel will discuss the operational strategies to have in place. Discuss how to plan/configure the workplace–in a hybrid model and in the building of the future.

Moderator: Joanne Derr, Executive Coach, AceUp

Michael Bearman, Chief Legal Officer, Vecna Robotics

Brian Murray, Sr. Director of Global Facilities, Akamai

Regina O’Brien, Head of People, Algorand


12:00 PM to 12:30 PM

Session III: Breakout Sessions

Bring your questions and ideas to a breakout room with your topic of interest. Speakers will be on hand for a Q&A and continued discussion.


Past Workshops

Workshop I: How to Develop the HR Leader Mindset and Skillset Shaped by Pandemic

Tuesday, August 18th

Chevy Cleaves
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
MIT Lincoln Lab

Chevy is the inaugural Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory. A four-time CDIO (Higher Ed, Industry, Government, R&D), Chevy is an experienced and transformational executive leader skilled in building and influencing coalitions to help further connect the application of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) to an organization’s core strategy and goals. He has proven experience leading high-profile initiatives across national / international landscapes. Chevy is an expert in optimizing best practices across large government and private sector organizations, enabling increased collaboration, innovation, and productivity. He helps leaders develop a clear vision of how to maximize D&I across employee and operations life cycles to leverage all talent, enhance performance and create a strategic advantage.


Watch Chevy’s keynote presentation here


Access the Powerpoint here


11AM – 11:15AM Keynote – Chevy Cleaves

11:20AM – 11:45AM Session I: The CHRO Shift – Jo Deal, CHRO, LogMeIn





A fireside chat moderated by Cheryl Barbato

As organizations transform during this pandemic, HR leaders are tasked with building a world-class people organization to support this transformation. Listen to this dynamic panel of leaders on their innovative and forward-thinking strategies that is keeping them on top. Explore why these strategies are critical to supporting the organization: Learning and Development, pathways to leadership, reskilling, internal training and certifications.


Watch Cheryl and Jo’s discussion here.


Access Jo’s PowerPoint on Leading with Empathy


11:50AM – 12:20PM, Session II: How to redesign your team: Explore people, process, tools – Sarah Hamilton, Sr. Director HR at Workhuman; Will Markow, Managing Director, Burning Glass; Amy Parker, Sr. Director, Global Talent Development, Acquia






Organizations with the agility to adapt faster than their peers will be best positioned to thrive in a constantly evolving environment. This agility is built from the workforce on up, and can be fostered through thoughtful reskilling programs, talent acquisition practices, and internal mobility initiatives targeting the key skills that unlock greater resilience, productivity, and innovation across an organization.


Watch this discussion here


12:20 – 12:35, BREAK/Speed networking

12:35 – 1:00PM, Session III: How to create an internal foundation: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – David Delmar Senties, CEO, Resilient Coders; Keami Lewis, VP, People and Organization Development and DEI, Toast; Reed Bundy, Sr. Global Director, Employee Experience and Social Impact, Mimecast





Moderated by James Lopata, VP of Coaching Supervision, AceUp

Explore how infusing DEI strategies in your organizations culture, systems and practices can create change. Learn how programs and strategies are proven to build stronger teams and a stronger company.


Watch this discussion here


Read Dave Delmar Senties playbook for building equitable employment at your company

Workshop II: Recruiting Innovative Practices During Uncertainty

October 13, 2020, 11am-12:30pm

For HR, talent acquisition, talent management professionals, and those who are tasked with implementing or planning change across their organization.

Have recruitment and retention strategies played an expanded role in the success of a tech organization? Learning to foster a company’s core culture is essential to supporting its workforce and attracting the right talent during a major shift in the way we work. Hear from talent leaders who are defining a new path to attract, develop and retain during and post-COVID.


11:00 AM to 11:20 AM

Session I: Fireside Chat: Building Your Team with a Transformative Mindset





Listen to these talent change makers discuss how developing a holistic approach to  hiring, developing and retaining your talent will be critical to the success of your organization, post-COVID. What is the difference between equality and equity when building your team? Explore why creating a holistic career experience will be the driver to build a smarter workforce.

Moderator: Melissa James, CEO, The Tech Connection

Alfredo Mendez, VP, Talent and Career Development, AthenaHealth


Watch Melissa and Alfredo’s conversation here


11:20 AM to 11:45 AM

Session II: Talent Acquisition; From Transactional to Advisory






Explore how talent acquisition has a bigger seat at the table. This session will explore how businesses are looking to their TA teams to build culture, advise on hiring practices, and create new methods in their search for the ideal candidate. These experts will share their latest in tracking analytics and how this impacts their hiring practices.

Liz Gormley, Senior Director of Talent, Rapid7

Matthew Liptak, Senior Director TA, Mimecast

Brendan Murphy, Global Head of Talent Acquisition, Athenahealth

Moderator: Rachel Weeks, Head of Growth, Reward Gateway


Watch the panel discussion here


11:55 AM to 12:20 PM

Session III: Mastering Retention and Culture in a Remote Workforce





As companies have transitioned to fully remote, a company’s culture has potentially gotten lost in the shuffle. An authentic and genuine cultural experience has proven critical to retain and attract your talent. Listen to how these practitioners have learned to foster their organization’s culture in the time COVID-19, and continue to meet their goals.

Laurie Butson, VP of Global Training and Development, IDG

Phil Reese, Director,Talent Acquisition,Chewy

Mindee Owens, Digital Colleague Operations & Strategic Planning, Aetna

Moderator: Paul Tripp, Executive Coach, Ace Up


Watch the panel discussion here


12:20 PM to 12:35 PM




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