CORE CONVERSATIONS I
CORE CONVERSATIONS I (11:30 AM - 12:20 PM)
FOR SKEPTICS: MAKING MINDFULNESS IN THE WORKPLACE WORK
- Discussion Leader: Paige Davis, Soul Sparks
Location: Capital Factory - Johnny Five (1st Floor)
This session is geared to those who don’t know much about this topic...yet. We’ll discuss what Mindfulness is, what it isn’t, and why it matters. We’ll also go over case studies about individual and corporate benefits. Finally, we’ll share our own experiences and have a lively discussion about whether and how to bring Mindfulness into the workplace.
Note: Skeptics wanted, but if you’re a believer, please join us anyway!
CANCELLED: BOOK SNEAK PREVIEW: THE CRITICAL FEW
- Discussion Leader: Gretchen Anderson, Katzenbach Center at Strategy&
Location: Capital Factory - Mobility X (1st Floor)
Gretchen Anderson leads a discussion based on a new book she co-wrote with bestselling author John Katzenbach. The Critical Few is about leaders can direct the evolution of their culture. Each chapter opens with a dialogue featuring a fictional CEO facing a turnaround. These scenarios will form the basis of our discussion. The book also lays out the Katzenbach Center’s proven methodology for identifying your culture’s three most critical elements. All attendees receive a free copy.
MAKING IT OKAY TO SAY "NO" (AND OKAY TO ASK FOR HELP)
- Discussion Leader: Lauren Russo, The Creative Executive
Location: NEW ROOM - Capital Factory - Janis (16th Floor)
In recent years, we've heard a lot of lip-service paid to the idea that boundaries and "saying no" are integral to sustainable, creative work cultures, but what does that actually look like in practice? How do organizations make saying no, or asking for help, a real part of their culture? If you or your company are finding it complicated and confusing to oscillate between freedom and accountability, this session is for you.
BUILDING A SAFE ENVIRONMENT
- Joell Beagle, SAFE
- Sandra Molinari, SAFE
Location: Capital Factory - Death Star (5th Floor)
Led by two of SAFE’s nationally-recognized leaders on sexual harassment, we’ll discuss our own culture goals and challenges in a confidential forum. We’ll go over what workplace leaders can do to start building a safer environment today, as well as what needs to happen over the long term. Joell and Sandra also run us through a few group activities, time permitting, and they’ll stay afterwards to answer any questions you’d like to ask one-on-one.
BALANCING PROFIT AND PURPOSE, OR WTF IS A B CORP?
- Rick Alexander, B Lab
- Holly Ensign-Barstow, B Lab
Location: Capital Factory - Tatooine (5th Floor)
This session is designed for anyone who is curious in learning more about B Corp Certification, why it exists, how it works, what the benefits are, and what can be challenging about the certification and resulting commitment. Whether you are seriously considering or just curious, join us for a lively discussion about balancing profit and purpose.
THE LANGUAGE OF LEADERSHIP
- Discussion Leader: Rajkumari Neogy, Restart
Location: Capital Factory - Antone's (16th Floor)
In this Core Conversation, we inquire of each other about our language and vocabulary as leaders. When and why are we most effective? We share tips and tricks for improvement, and we’ll even do some role playing around how to use the relational language concepts introduced in the Featured Session. Everyone who attends this Core Conversation will receive a custom playbook/guide on how to transform your language as a leader for optimal impact.
Note: This Core Conversation is a companion to the 10:20 AM Featured Session, A New Playbook for Belonging, Risk-Taking, and High Performance. Only attendees of the Featured Session may attend this conversation, as it builds on concepts previously introduced. (Max capacity 25)
GEN Z: THE FUTURE OF THE WORKFORCE?
- Discussion Leader: Bob Carlton, MatchPoint
Location: Capital Factory - Austin City Limits (16th Floor)
We have five generations in the workforce today, a diversity that yields unprecedented opportunities, but also challenges and cause tension. Bridging those divides and helping our workforces band together is more important than ever and it starts in one place—leaning into Gen Z. We’ll talk together about what that means, why it's our best path forward, and how we actually do it in a way that works for everyone.
AUTONOMY AS A CATALYST FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE
- Discussion Leader: Josh Levine, Great Mondays& Culture LabX
Location: Capital Factory - Marcia (16th Floor)
Getting the best from your team means learning how to give them the right kind of autonomy. Josh has seen hundreds of corporate cultures up close; this theme repeats constantly. The future of culture starts with thinking of it as a community, and autonomy is a core part of all great communities. Together, we’ll have an intimate discussion about how to get the most out of your team by giving them more room and space to be themselves. What are the risks of giving up control? How do we maintain accountability? Perhaps most importantly, how can we lead by example?
GETTING YOUR LEADERSHIP ALIGNED ON YOUR VISION AND VALUES
- Discussion Leader: Michael Manning, Rocksauce Studios
Location: Omni Hotel - Bouquets (1st Floor)
If the CEO is the biggest influence on the culture, the leadership team is a close second. As CEO, how do you make sure you’re aligned with your leadership team on cultural goals? How do you ensure they’re living the values you care about? We’ll have a lively discussion about getting and staying aligned so that culture is consistent from top to bottom (and vice versa).
ADVANCING DIVERSE TALENT
- Discussion Leader: Minda Harts, The Memo
Location: Omni Hotel - Congress (2nd Floor)
To effectively engage your company or organization's diverse talent equitably requires leadership to incorporate new strategies to accelerate their path. Over 40% of diverse talent believe that management is not invested in their success. In this session we discuss strategies to engage our diverse talent and incorporate tools that can align the needs of individuals, teams, and your bottom line.
UTTERLY UNIQUE PERKS, BENEFITS, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
- Discussion Leader: Rebecca Ewing, JDI
Location: Omni Hotel - Ballroom Foyer (2nd Floor)
Beyond health insurance and whiskey Wednesdays, what are the things that your company does that are really different? What have you seen or heard of others doing that you’ve always thought about trying? This session is a shared ideas and group brainstorm session. Bring the ideas you know and love from your own company—those things that are truly special that no one else does—and be prepared to come up with completely new ideas collaboratively.
SPURRING REAL CHANGE IN BELIEFS AND BEHAVIORS: A GLOBAL STUDY FROM HARVARD AND DELOITTE
- Discussion Leader: Eric Dawson, Peace First
Location: Omni Hotel - Executive (2nd Floor)
Society is shifting rapidly and the upcoming generation is shaping new norms and expectations. How change happens is also shifting. Peace First, in partnership with Deloitte, spent a year researching global movements over the past 120 years that have shifted culture in powerful ways—from worker's rights to the Arab Spring—to understand common trends that are essential for wide-spread shifts in beliefs and behaviors. There are a remarkable set of commonalities that hold steady across time and drive significant change. What are those, and how we can apply them to our own organizational communities and workforces? What are we already seeing happen around us, and how can we move with it instead of against?
FAIR CHANCE EMPLOYMENT
- Discussion Leader: Jerry Davis, Goodwill
Location: Omni Hotel - Governors (2nd Floor)
More businesses and organizations are adopting Fair Chance hiring practices, prioritizing an applicant’s potential over his or her “alternative” resume. This session is a discussion about how to recruit, train and support employees, provide opportunities for advancement, and build trust. No experience is necessary!
LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE MOST DIVERSE BOARDS IN AMERICA
- Erin Essenmacher, NACD
- Henry Stoever, NACD
- Hope Taitz, ELY Capital
- Anna Catalano, Frontdoor
Location: Omni Hotel - Justice (2nd Floor)
Board diversity and inclusion is a priority because of the incredible value it creates. In this session, Erin and Henry are joined by NACD member company Directors with a very diverse Board. We discuss Board leadership best practices that can help create greater diversity and inclusion, with an emphasis on fostering long-term value creation.
CULTURES OF TRANSFORMATION: LESSONS LEARNED
- Tyson Tuttle, Silicon Labs
- Bill Bock, Silicon Labs
Location: Omni Hotel - Liberty (2nd Floor)
Transformation comes in many shapes, sizes and types. Sometimes it happens on purpose; other times your hand is forced. In this session, we discuss an intentional strategic shift: from a diversified semiconductor device vendor, to an IoT-focused systems provider. This strategic pivot challenged all elements of our company: organization structure, management personnel, investment allocation, the financial model, investor relations and Board dynamics. What didn’t change were core values. And our culture provided a foundation of trust. We discuss lessons learned as we have strived to build value. What would we have done differently? What would we do exactly the same? How are our stories the same, or different?
RESTORING A BROKEN CULTURE
- Discussion Leader: Tara Furiani, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
** CHATHAM HOUSE RULE **
Location: Omni Hotel - Representative (2nd Floor)
In this candid follow-up to Tim League’s keynote appearance, the Drafthouse’s Chief People Officer leads a deep, reflective discussion in which we relate what we’ve heard to our own direct and analogous experiences, both in the workplace and outside of it. How have we rebounded? Grown more strong? Where do we still hurt? When are we still afraid? What can we learn from our experience rebuilding culture after something—anything—goes wrong?