The fundamentals of work used to be clear: We came into the office, and we connected and engaged with colleagues in person when we did. The attributes of what made a good manager and ways in which we compensated people followed a traditional standard. These systems were the bedrock of the workplace. In addition, the once significant DE&I initiatives established by many companies are now under assault, with the pushback leaving many struggling to maintain their momentum without specific guidelines in place. So much has been upended of late, it has created an ongoing and growing set of challenges as the standards continue to evolve.
If that’s not enough, add in uncertain and uneven economic and market conditions, a constant stream of emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence. That means many human resource leaders are being forced to rethink their approach to the profession and the employer and employees they serve.
To help navigate these hurdles, the CNBC Workforce Council Summit is convening for actionable conversations and peer-to-peer networking, to help WEC members tackle these never-ending shifts. Newsworthy experts, notable innovators, and executive-level leaders, as well as CNBC journalists and WEC members, will gather to explore smart approaches to problems new and old, including succession planning, compensation, inter-generational tensions, AI,
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Monica Bua is the President of Executive Intelligence at Censia. She brings more than 15 years of experience in identifying, evaluating, and developing the leadership talent that drives transformative goals and accelerates their goals. As a thought leader and a trusted partner, Monica guides world-class companies through the most challenging times in innovation and an ever-evolving talent landscape. She's a change driver with a passion for building inclusive teams.
Monica's professional vision aligns seamlessly with the vision and dedication to excellence of
Fortune 50 companies, top-tier private equity firms, and venture capital-backed enterprises. She has an uncanny understanding of the needs of emerging products, enabling them with the talent they need to thrive. Monica is continually called upon to build executive teams around disruptive and next-generation product strategies and launches. She is an expert in organizational assessment and has conducted hundreds of C-level assignments, developing CEO succession plans, and is well known for her strategic partnership and hiring entire C-suites.
Monica is an active Angel Investor, supporting early-stage emerging technology companies and leading multiple series A through F fundraising rounds. She is also a Limited Partner at Mighty Capital, a prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm. Monica further contributes her expertise as a member of the Board of Advisors for Cenisa.
Early in her career, Monica held pivotal roles as an international recruiter at Trilogy Inc.'s Paris office and as a marketing professional at CollegeHire.com. During her tenure at Trilogy, Monica spearheaded a highly successful global recruiting program across Scotland, England, Ireland, Spain, and Switzerland. As a founding member of CollegeHire.com, she played a pivotal role in leading the company's national marketing campaign.
Monica holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management and an Advanced International Management certificate. She graduated from Boston College, cum laude, with a BA in Human Development.
Nicole Eagan, Chief Strategy Officer and AI Officer for Darktrace, reports to the CEO and has responsibility for understanding, formulating and documenting corporate, product and partnership strategy. Both a leader and a doer, Nicole has an advisory role that ensures that strategic initiatives align with product direction set by the CTO and go-to-market goals set by the CRO. Given the foundational importance of AI within Darktrace, Ms. Eagan is involved in the governance aspects of responsible, ethical use of AI in its products and compliance with its policies.
Prior to Darktrace, Nicole’s extensive career in technology spans 30 years working in large technology corporations including Oracle and HP and working with early-stage startups and venture capital.
Erica is a workplace strategist who has worked for the past twenty years with some of the most iconic brands in the world as a consultant, speaker, author, and professional dot-connector.
Her bestselling book, Bring Your Human to Work: Ten Sure-Fire Ways to Design a Workplace That’s Good for People, Great for Business, and Just Might Change the World, was published by McGraw-Hill in the fall of 2018. Her second book, Rituals Roadmap: The Human Way to Transform Everyday Routines Into Workplace Magic (McGraw-Hill), was published in January 2021 and made the Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly and USA Today best seller lists.
Erica’s work and insights can be seen in various media outlets, including Harvard Business Review, NY Post, Forbes, Huffington Post, O Magazine, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, Mogul, Conscious Company, Quartz, and Fast Company.
Recent keynotes, workshops, and webinars (virtual and IRL) include the American Red Cross, SXSW, TIAA, IBM, New York Times, HighTower Associates, AllianceBernstein, Standard Industries, Banfield Pet Hospital, and Radio Flyer.
Erica was named one of Marshall Goldsmith’s Top 100 Coaches in 2020, as well as one of Business Insider’s most innovative coaches of 2020.
Kalpana Kotagal was designated by President Biden as a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on July 14, 2023. She joined the EEOC as a Commissioner on August 9, 2023, for a term expiring in July 2027.
Immediately prior to joining the Commission, Kotagal was a partner at Cohen Milstein, where she specialized in civil rights and employment law and chaired the firm’s Hiring & Diversity Committee. As a member of the firm’s Civil Rights & Employment practice group, she represented women and other marginalized people in employment and civil rights class actions, often involving cutting-edge issues related to Title VII, the Equal Pay Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, as well as wage and hour issues and the non-discrimination provision of the Affordable Care Act.
During this time, Kotagal co-authored the "Inclusion Rider"—a voluntary agreement between actors, filmmakers and studios aimed at advancing equal opportunity in the film industry both behind the camera and in front of it. The contract provision gained recognition when actor Francis McDormand endorsed it in her acceptance speech during the 2018 Academy Awards. In the years since then, Kotagal collaborated with studios, production companies, and actors to advance implementation of the Inclusion Rider in film, television, music and fashion.
Commissioner Kotagal has dedicated her career to supporting workers and championing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. A Harvard Law School Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow and Vanderbilt Law School Barrett Distinguished Practitioner in Residence, she frequently mentored law students and new lawyers about public interest law. Prior to serving as a Commissioner, Kotagal volunteered her time and expertise on the Board of Directors of A Better Balance and Public Justice Foundation; co-chaired the Alumni Advisory Board on Equity & Inclusion at the University of Pennsylvania Law School; was a member of the American Constitution Society Task Force on #MeToo in the Legal Profession; and served on the Advisory Board of the People’s Parity Project.
Before joining Cohen Milstein in 2006, Kotagal served as a law clerk to the Honorable Betty Binns Fletcher of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Commissioner Kotagal attended Stanford University, where she was a Morris K. Udall Scholar and graduated with honors. She earned her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where she was a James Wilson Fellow.
A daughter of immigrants from India, Kotagal is the first female Commissioner of Indian descent.
Stephanie Kramer is the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) of L’Oréal USA, Adjunct Professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), author of “Carry Strong: An Empowered Approach to Navigating Pregnancy and Work” (Penguin Life, 2023), and the mother of two young sons.
Stephanie currently leads Human Resources for L’Oréal USA, and is responsible for the company’s overall HR strategy in the U.S. including talent, learning, rewards and people experience.
Prior to becoming CHRO in January 2023, Stephanie was the Global General Manager, US General Manager, and Senior Vice President of Global Marketing, Product Innovation and Retail at SkinCeuticals. Previously she was Vice President of Global Marketing for Kiehl’s Since 1851, and an Executive Director of Marketing at Chanel. Prior to Chanel, Stephanie was also Global Marketing Director at L’Oréal for the Professional Products and Luxury Products divisions. She joined L’Oréal from Quest International Fragrances and was a participant in their European Graduate Development Program (EGDP) with roles in the U.S., the UK, and China.
Stephanie graduated with a major in chemistry from Wake Forest University. She completed her master’s degree at FIT and graduated in 2011; in 2023 she joined the FIT CFMM Industry Advisory board. Stephanie is a member of Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) and has been a featured speaker at the Wharton School, Harvard Business School and New York University.
A Wall Street trailblazer with more than 25 years in the financial services industry, Sallie has led Merrill Lynch, Smith Barney, and Citi Private as CEO. She’s been named “The Last Honest Analyst” by Fortune and one of the “Most Influential People in ESG Investing” by Barron’s.
Alison Omens has close to 20 years of multi-sector experience in cultivating stakeholder leadership, with a particular focus on human capital and worker issues. As the President of JUST Capital, she is responsible for overseeing all of JUST Capital’s major workstreams, strategy development, and the execution of core deliverables. She previously served as the organization’s Chief Strategy Officer, responsible for developing the organization’s strategy for impact. She also build the corporate engagement and programmatic functions of the organization, establishing trusted relationships with corporate leaders and building new programmatic initiatives like the Worker Financial Wellness Initiative.
Alison was most recently Advisor for Private Sector Engagement to U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, where she managed the inclusive capitalism strategy for the Secretary and with the White House. She was also responsible for engagement on the Department’s future-of-work efforts and its ESG investing guidance. Previously, she was Vice President at Outreach Strategies, an environmental strategic communications firm, and the Director of Media Outreach for the AFL-CIO.
Alison is on the Board of Directors of JobsFirstNYC, which expands opportunities for out-of-work and out-of-school youth and on the Advisory Councils of NextGen Chamber, a business organization for millennial business owners, and LitWorld, which promotes youth literacy through storytelling. She is also the co-founder of Smash Squad, a network for women focused on doing well by doing good. Alison received her masters of public administration from Harvard Kennedy School and B.A. from Scripps College.
Jada Pinkett Smith is an actor, producer, musician, host, author and advocate whose career has spanned over 30 years. Raised in Baltimore by her mother, Pinkett Smith attended the Baltimore School for the Arts where she majored in dance and theatre. She continued her studies at the North Carolina School of the Arts before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. In 1987, she landed her breakthrough role as Lena James on the groundbreaking NBC series, A Different World. Her acting career continued to evolve when in 1993 she made it to the big screen in her first feature film, Menace II Society, which took her from Hollywood across the globe to the Cannes Film Festival.
Pinkett Smith had officially become a global star garnering roles in films such as The Nutty Professor, Set It Off, Scream 2, Ali, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, The Matrix Resurrections, Madagascar, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, and Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted and comedies such as Bad Moms and Girls Trip, to name a few.
At the same time, Pinkett Smith also lends her talents behind the camera producing projects including The Secret Life of Bees starring Queen Latifah and Dakota Fanning, the Tony Award winning Broadway musical Fela! and executive producing King Richard, The Karate Kid, the documentary Free Angela and All Political Prisoners, the CBS syndicated talk show The Queen Latifah Show, Red Table Talk: The Estefans as well as Queen Cleopatra and Queen Njinga for Netflix.
In 2018, Pinkett Smith added a new element to her multi-hyphenate talents as co-host on the Emmy award-winning talk show titled Red Table Talk. On the series, Jada, alongside her daughter, Willow Smith and mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris take a multigenerational approach to discussions that speak to
social and cultural issues which have encouraged open discussions and dialogue among people of all ages.
Christina Schelling is a highly influential global HR executive recognized for her expertise in talent management, leadership, culture and transformation with proven success working across different industries including technology/telecom, financial services, consulting, government and prestige beauty.
Christina is a well-versed and trusted advisor having worked with multiple Fortune 100 CEOs, C Suites and Boards of Directors - leading discussions on topics such as succession, performance management, employee engagement, DEI and the Future of Work.
As the Chief Talent and Diversity Officer for Verizon, she manages a team of over 1000 HR professionals and oversees all talent practices including acquisition, learning and leadership, career development, talent and performance management, succession planning, DEI and more for the $130+ billion company with over 125,000 employees globally.
Christina and her team leverage data science and market intelligence to create people strategies that ensure Verizon has the current and future capabilities to win. By helping to sustain a differentiating and inclusive culture, Christina's team works to enable a V Team that continues to exceed the expectations of Verizon's customers, shareholders, employees and society for today and tomorrow.
Everette Taylor is CEO of Kickstarter, the world’s premiere crowdfunding platform. Everette is a creative entrepreneur who is passionate about art, supporting creatives and entrepreneurs, and helping people bring their dreams to reality. He is deeply experienced in building and growing successful businesses as a CEO, marketing executive, and founder himself.
Before joining Kickstarter, Everette most recently served as the CMO of Artsy, the largest online marketplace for buying and selling fine art. During his time at Artsy, he was recognized by Business Insider as one of the World's Most Innovative CMOs and named by Forbes as one of the World's Most Influential CMOs due to the business seeing all-time record revenue growth, brand awareness, user engagement and product innovation during his tenure.
As a marketing executive, he led both on-demand rental car company Skurt as their CMO and business software company Qualaroo to successful acquisitions. He also led growth and co-founded GrowthHackers.com which became the largest community for growth marketers and established Taylor as one of the most sought-after marketers in the tech industry. He also helped e-commerce company Sticker Mule see its largest growth as a company as their youngest CMO ever and oversaw growth strategy for new social products for Microsoft China.
As a founder, Everette started his first company at the age of 19 called EZ Events which was successfully acquired in 2011. He then went on to establish ET Enterprises in 2013, a diverse portfolio of companies that includes PopSocial, MilliSense, ArtX and GrowthHackers. As CEO of PopSocial, he was recognized as Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2018 for his innovation in the social media marketing space.
In 2019, Everette received an honorary doctorate degree from Shaw University upon recognition of his “meritorious contributions to human society and welfare for humanity.”
Sharon Epperson, named one of “12 to Watch in TV News,” can be seen regularly on CNBC television and other media platforms.
As CNBC’s senior personal finance correspondent, Epperson covers the many facets of how people manage, grow and protect their money. Her expertise includes saving and investing for retirement, paying for college, managing mortgage, student loan, credit card and other debt, and building a financial legacy through estate planning.
Preparing your finances for the unexpected is another critical (and personal) aspect of her reporting. In September 2016, Epperson sustained a ruptured brain aneurysm and she nearly lost her life. She has become a staunch advocate for health and wellness issues, raising awareness about brain aneurysms and funding for research. In September 2018, she and her family established “The Sharon Epperson Chair of Research” through the Brain Aneurysm Foundation to provide grants for research on early detection and innovative treatments.
Epperson is a lead contributor to “Invest in You: Ready. Set. Grow.,” a multi-platform financial wellness and education initiative at CNBC in partnership with the micro-investing app Acorns, and developed its companion 8-week learning course and weekly newsletter, “Invest in You: Money 101.” She also contributes to NBC’s TODAY and NBC Nightly News as well as Today.com and NBCNews.com.
Her book, The Big Payoff: 8 Steps Couples Can Take to Make the Most of Their Money-and Live Richly Ever After, was a finalist for the Books for a Better Life Awards, honoring works that have “changed the lives of millions.” She also was a contributing writer for The Experts’ Guide to Doing Things Faster. Her personal finance expertise has been featured in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, USA Weekend, Self, Essence, Ebony and TIME, where she had covered business, culture, social issues and health as a correspondent prior to joining CNBC.
Epperson has numerous industry and civic awards, including the Special Achievement Award from the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) and the Savvy Inspiration Award from the non-profit, financial empowerment group Savvy Ladies. She won an Alliance for Women in Media’s Gracie Award for Outstanding Online Host for her “Financial Advisor Playbook” video series on CNBC.com. She has received the Vanguard Award for her distinguished career in business and personal finance reporting from the National Urban League Guild, and the All-Star Award from the Association of Women in Communications. She also has won awards from the New York Festivals, the New York Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists.
Epperson is committed to improving financial literacy, particularly in underserved communities. She was invited to the White House during President Obama’s administration to speak about financial literacy and to moderate a public meeting of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability at the U.S. Treasury Department. She also speaks frequently at conferences and events for local and national organizations, colleges and universities about many facets of personal finance.
An adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, Epperson has also taught courses at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. She enjoys teaching the importance of budgeting and building long-term savings as part of her professional development courses for graduate students.
Epperson received her bachelor’s in sociology and government from Harvard University, a master of international affairs degree from Columbia University, and an honorary doctorate from Carlow University in Pittsburgh. A Pittsburgh native, she has also been inducted into the Hall of Fame at Taylor Allderdice High School, her alma mater.
She currently lives with her husband and two children in Westchester County, N.Y.
Sue Herera is Anchor at Large, contributor to the network joining to anchor and report on special coverage and representing the brand in other areas. After more than 30 years with CNBC, Herera stepped back from her day-to-day on-air duties in February 2021.
Most recently, Herera served as Breaking News Anchor for CNBC, providing regular news updates throughout CNBC’s Business Day programming in addition to serving as the network’s lead anchor for breaking news stories. Prior to that, Herera was co-anchor of “Nightly Business Report,” an award-winning evening business news program that was produced by CNBC for U.S. public television. She was also co-anchor of CNBC’s “Power Lunch.”
Herera was one of the first women to break into the world of broadcast business news, earning her the nickname “The First Lady of Wall Street.” In her 30-plus years of covering Wall Street, Herera has provided viewers with a seasoned perspective on the major stories and issues moving the markets and groundbreaking interviews with leaders in politics and corporate America.
She is a founding member of CNBC, helping to launch the network in 1989. Well-versed in the world of global economics, Herera has covered several of the major geopolitical summits held overseas. She has traveled to China and Japan to report on and produce groundbreaking series about the economies of those countries. In 2004, she was host and anchor of CNBC’s special international series “CNBC in Russia,” which took an in-depth look into Russia’s economy and leadership, contrasting the country’s successes with its problems. She won the first-place prize in the National Headliner Awards for the special. She also hosted “CNBC in India,” which took top honors in the Business & Consumer Reporting category.
Prior to joining CNBC, Herera spent seven years as an anchor and reporter with Financial News Network, honing her expertise in the areas of foreign exchange and futures trading.
Herera is the author of “Women of the Street: Making It on Wall Street—The World’s Toughest Business.”
Herera earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from California State University at Northridge in 1980, and in 2003, she was honored with the University’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
Carl Quintanilla is co-anchor of CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” (M-F, 9AM-12PM ET), which broadcasts from Post 9 at the New York Stock Exchange. Previously, he was co-anchor of CNBC’s “TechCheck” and “Squawk Alley.”
Since joining NBCUniversal in 1999, Quintanilla has covered a wide range of stories for both CNBC and NBC News, where he was a New York- and Chicago-based correspondent for “Today” and “NBC Nightly News,” including the Olympic games, presidential elections, and international military conflicts from Israel to Iraq. As part of NBC’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, he shared a national Emmy Award, DuPont Award, RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award and broadcast’s highest honor, Peabody Award.
The one-hour documentaries Quintanilla has reported for CNBC include: “The New High: Extreme Sports,” ”#TwitterRevolution,” “The Costco Craze: Inside the Warehouse Giant,” “BMW: A Driving Obsession,” “Big Mac: Inside the McDonald’s Empire,” “Trash Inc: The Secret Life of Garbage” and “The Money Chase: Inside Harvard Business School.”
Prior to joining NBC, Quintanilla spent six years as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Colorado.
Jen Geller, CNBC Senior Director of Programming, Events & Councils, Workforce Executive Council Senior Editor
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Sallie Krawcheck rose through the ranks at legendary Wall Street firms like Sanford Bernstein, Citigroup, and Bank of America, to her current post as CEO of Ellevest. With a sharp eye for the markets and a knack for leading teams Krawcheck shares insights on headcount, maximizing resources, return-to-office strategy, and what she expects her C-Suite to deliver following tough conversations.
Sallie Krawcheck, Ellevest CEO & Co-Founder
Interviewer: Sharon Epperson, CNBC Senior Personal Finance Correspondent
With the rapid changes in technology and the need for data privacy, security, and policies at the forefront for businesses, workforce executives are increasingly collaborating with their CTO and CIO counterparts. What impact is AI actually having on employees? Are there policies that can keep your business safe and productive at the same time? And what questions should everyone be asking as this new tech tool becomes integrated? We’ll sit down with a Technology Executive Council member to talk about ways to manage AI to better manage the human team.
Nicole Eagan, Darktrace Chief Strategy Officer & AI Officer
Interviewer: Steve Kovach, CNBC Technology Correspondent
To achieve Verizon’s business imperatives and deepen bench strength, the telecom giant set out to evolve its approach to executive talent management. Verizon partnered with Censia using their pioneering AI driven, talent intelligence platform to apply an “external lens” and provide insights that informed strategic talent plans and opportunities. Verizon’s SVP & Chief Talent & Diversity Officer and WEC member, Christina Schelling, and Censia President of Executive Intelligence, Monica Bua, join us to discuss how over the last 12 months, executing their new data-driven strategy, Verizon has successfully delivered the leadership foundation for competitive advantage and sustained growth.
Christina Schelling, Verizon SVP Talent and Diversity
Monica Bua, Censia President of Executive Intelligence
Moderator: Morgan Brennan, CNBC “Closing Bell: Overtime” Co-Anchor
With the speed of technological innovation, it’s often difficult to keep your workforce up to date on the latest necessary skillsets. That can make your company less competitive and even less desirable for top talent. We speak to WEC members on how they successfully narrowed the skills gap at their organizations and actionable ideas that you can take to your business too.
Maryjo Charbonnier, Kyndryl CHRO
Terrence Cummings, Guild Chief Opportunity Officer
Moderator: Jen Geller, CNBC Senior Director Programming, CNBC Events and Councils and Senior Editor
Marketing guru and serial entrepreneur Everette Taylor has always put Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion front and center. Now as CEO of crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, he’s made diversity and inclusion a fundamental strategy for his company and its customers. Everette and Kickstarter’s Vice President of People, Tarveen Forrester, talk about the benefits of a DE&I foundation, and the company prospers from their efforts.
Everette Taylor, Kickstarter CEO
Tarveen Forrester, Kickstarter VP of People
Moderator: Sharon Epperson, CNBC Senior Personal Finance Correspondent
Following workshop-style lunch conversations on Rethinking People Management, moderated by our CNBC Councils Content Editor, Susan Caminiti, our table captains take the stage to talk about the findings, the challenges, and the solutions that emerged.
Moderator: Susan Caminiti, CNBC Content Editor
Kalpana Kotagal spent her career as a civil rights and employment attorney, perhaps best known as one of the creators of the Inclusion Rider, which diversified Hollywood in front of, and behind, the camera. Confirmed as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commissioner in August 2023, Kotagal talks about her agenda and how she plans to work with Human Resource leaders in her new position.
Kalpana Kotaggal, EEOC Commissioner
Interviewer: Sharon Epperson, CNBC Senior Personal Finance Correspondent
Boomers, Gen-Xers, Millennials, and Gen-Z. Collectively, they bring a dramatically varied set of values, experiences, and approaches to one table. Instead of spending time and energy figuring out what makes each generation tick, learn actionable ways to highlight commonalities, let the differences of each group inspire the entirety of workforce, and to create learning opportunities for each demographic.
Erica Keswin, Author, Retention Revolution
Stephanie Kramer, L’Oreal CHRO
Moderator: Steve Kovach, CNBC Technology Correspondent
Join a strategy session to talk through topics critical to your function including the challenges with the current labor market, big data, and economic indicators you need to watch. Actionable solution-driven conversations with workforce executives in mind.
Beyond the BLS: Making a Business Case for Talent Acquisition
Sponsored by iCIMS
Labor market data can be heavy and complex but leveraging the right data points can be a game changer for driving business decisions and investments. A discussion on the state of the economy and the labor market, and what to focus on when it comes to strategic planning for what’s ahead when it comes to data and analytics for getting what your workforce goals achieved.
Carolyn Roach, XPO, Chief Human Resources Officer
Moderator: Steve Lewis, Vice President and Senior Executive Producer, Strategic Content and CNBC Councils
How Artificial Intelligence Will Change Human Resources in 2024
Sponsored by Oracle
As we watch Artificial Intelligence change so many aspects of an enterprise, there may be no better time to explore the ways it can energize HR. Discover actionable ways your organization can use traditional and generative AI to improve workforce productivity, find and develop talent, and deliver personalized employee experiences.
KeyAnna Schmiedl, Workhuman Chief Human Resources Officer
Moderator: David Spiegel, Editorial Director, CNBC Councils
JUST Tell Us: What Employees Expect Out of a Good Job
What happens when employee and employer expectations are not aligned? The recent upheaval in the labor market has certainly been one outcome. As companies work to narrow that alignment gap, all while being mindful of all stakeholders, including shareholders, what steps can people leaders take to appeal to a wide swath of workers and still reflect the values of their employer? JUST Capital’s President, Alison Omens, will present data on what the American people want from their employers and unveil tools and strategies that C-suite leaders can use to create empirically good jobs in America.
Alison Omens, JUST Capital President
Moderator: Susan Caminiti, Content Editor, CNBC Councils
It’s stressful out there—domestic politics. World events. The gap between everyone’s opinions feels wider than ever before. That means many workers are on the brink, drowning in anger, isolation, and anxiety, especially as emotions about what’s happening out there, spill into the workplace. As a result, customers have been yelled at, and conversations between workers and management have gotten intense and even contentious. At best, workplace relationships can feel strained. At worst—hostile and even violent. De-escalation once reserved for protests and hostile situations is required in the workplace. An NYPD hostage negotiator for 30 years, Wallace Ziens explains how the fundamentals of his work can be applied to business. He’ll offer up tools to empower frontline managers, quell hot spots before they erupt, and enable workers to ask for help before things boil over.
Wallace Zeins, Former NYPD Hostage Negotiator
Interviewer: Sue Herera, CNBC Anchor at Large
We’ve seen the headlines and the backlash. But what has it been like in the eye of the storm? Actress, author, and creator of Red Table Talk, Jada Pinkett Smith, joins us on stage for a candid and revealing conversation about what she’s experienced and learned since the release of her provocative memoir Worthy. How do social media and tabloid headlines compare to the narrative she set out to share? Do race and gender contribute to her villainization? At a time when there’s constant pressure on leaders to speak publicly on issues, an insightful conversation about the risks and resilience needed to stay above the fray.
Jada Pinkett Smith, Actress, Author
Interviewer: Carl Quintanilla, CNBC, “Squawk on the Street” Co-Anchor
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Judy A. Smith is a crisis strategist and communications advisor who The Washington Post describes as “America’s best-known corporate fixer.”
For more than 25 years, Ms. Smith has counseled presidents and world leaders through global crises, advised Fortune 50 CEOs through complex challenges, and helped manage the reputations of some of the world’s highest-profile individuals. In 1993, she founded Smith & Company, a strategic advisory firm considered to be one of the top crisis firms in the world, that has offices in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, New York and London.
Ms. Smith has brought her unique combination of communication skills, media savvy, legal and political acumen to clients facing a wide array of issues and challenges throughout the United States and abroad. She honed her skills through her experiences with some of the most historic and sensational events of our time, including the Iran Contra investigation, the prosecution of former Washington D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, the 1991 Gulf War, the Los Angeles riots, the President Clinton scandal involving Monica Lewinsky, the congressional inquiry of Enron, the General Petraeus CIA scandal, the Sony Corporation hacking crisis, as well as the United Nations Foundation and World Health Organization response to the SARS epidemic. Additionally, she is currently serving as a trusted advisor at the forefront of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Perhaps best known in media circles for her expertise as a crisis management advisor, Ms. Smith is on speed dial for a host of high-profile celebrity and entertainment clients over the course of her career including, but not limited to, Angelina Jolie, Monica Lewinsky, Senator Craig from Idaho, Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., actor Wesley Snipes and the family of Chandra Levy. That work involves everything from managing unwanted press attention to rehabilitating reputations.
In addition to her work as a communications advisor during high profile moments, Ms. Smith is a long-time counselor to some of the world’s largest and most influential companies such as Amazon, Facebook, Panera, Lowes, Sony, Kaiser, United Healthcare, and Walmart. She provides her clients with strategic advice on a variety of corporate communications issues such as mergers and acquisitions, product recalls, intellectual property litigation, corporate positioning, diversity and other corporate, investor and public relations matters.
A former federal prosecutor, Ms. Smith worked in the U.S. Attorney’s office for the District of Columbia as well as the Office of the Independent Counsel, where she handled high-profile investigations. Ms. Smith cut her teeth in communications and crisis in the halls of the West Wing. She served as Deputy Press Secretary to President George H.W. Bush, during which time she worked on a host of domestic and international issues. Ms. Smith holds a Bachelor’s in Science in public relations from Boston University and a JD from the American University Washington College of Law, where she was the first Black woman to serve on the Executive Board of the Law Review.
Ms. Smith frequently appears in print and on television to offer commentary on crisis management. She has been featured in numerous national publications including: the Washington Post, National Journal, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, Fast Company. Ms. Smith is an experienced and sought-after commentator as a crisis management expert. She frequently appears on major television networks such as CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, NBC, ABC, and CBS. Ms. Smith also speaks at events throughout the year before conference audiences, corporate boards, academic institutions, and other professional groups. She is the author of the book Good Self, Bad Self, which was published in 2012 by an imprint of Simon & Schuster, and which The New York Journal of Books described as containing “a wealth of insight.”
As a result of her wide ranging and ground-breaking career, Ms. Smith inspired the hit TV series entitled, Scandal, which revolved around the life and work of a professional fixer. Ms. Smith served as Co- Executive Producer of the project and provided insight and technical expertise on crisis management issues. Ms. Smith’s advice and counsel has been valuable to corporate boardrooms and she currently serves on the boards for Save the Children, Carbon Health, Global Citizen, Ariel Investments and the Washington National Cathedral. Ms. Smith has received numerous communications and leadership awards and is active in community service.
Dr. Vivek H. Murthy was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in March 2021 to serve as the 21st Surgeon General of the United States. As the Nation's Doctor, the Surgeon General's mission is to help lay the foundation for a healthier country, relying on the best scientific information available to provide clear, consistent, and equitable guidance and resources for the public. And as the Vice Admiral of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, Dr. Murthy commands a uniformed service of over 6,000 dedicated public health officers, serving the most underserved and vulnerable populations domestically and abroad.
While serving as 21st Surgeon General, Dr. Murthy is focused on drawing attention to and working across government to address a number of critical public health issues, including the growing proliferation of health misinformation, the ongoing youth mental health crisis, well-being and burnout in the health worker community, and social isolation and loneliness. Additionally, he serves as a key advisor to President Biden's COVID-19 pandemic response operation.
During his previous tenure as 19th Surgeon General, under President Obama, Dr. Murthy created initiatives to tackle our country's most pressing public health challenges. The first Surgeon General of Indian descent and the youngest active duty flag officer in federal uniformed service, he helped lead the national response to a range of health challenges, including the Ebola and Zika viruses, the opioid crisis, and the growing threat of stress and loneliness to Americans' physical and mental wellbeing. Dr. Murthy also continued the office's legacy on preventing tobacco-related disease, releasing a historic Surgeon General's report on e-cigarettes and youth. And in 2016, he issued the first Surgeons General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health, in which he challenged the nation to expand access to prevention and treatment, and to recognize addiction as a chronic illness, not a character flaw.
Prior to his second confirmation, Dr. Murthy co-chaired President-elect Joe Biden's COVID-19 Advisory Board from November 2020 to January 2021. Before entering government service, Dr. Murthy co-founded VISIONS, a global HIV/AIDS education organization; the Swasthya Project, a rural health partnership that trained women in South India to become community health workers and educators; TrialNetworks, a technology company dedicated to improving collaboration and efficiency in clinical trials; and Doctors for America, a nonprofit mobilizing physicians and medical students to improve access to affordable care. His scientific research has focused on vaccine development and the participation of women and minorities in clinical trials. And as an internal medicine doctor at Brigham and Women's Hospital and at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Murthy cared for thousands of patients and trained undergraduates, medical students, and medical residents.
Raised in Miami, Dr. Murthy received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard, his MD from the Yale School of Medicine, and his Masters in Business Administration from the Yale School of Management. A renowned physician, research scientist, entrepreneur, mango aficionado, and author of the bestselling book Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World, Dr. Murthy is today among the most trusted voices in America on matters of public health. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Dr. Alice Chen, and their two children.
Maeve DuVally is a specialist in communications and diversity & inclusion and a passionate advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. She has spent most of her career as a journalist and corporate spokesperson, predominantly at Goldman Sachs, where she still has a consulting relationship.
Maeve has had a senior role in Goldman Sachs’ LGBTQ+ affinity network; mentors transgender people at and outside of Goldman Sachs; and is a frequent public speaker on transgender workplace issues. Prior to her 18-year career at Goldman, Maeve worked in media relations at Merrill Lynch.
Before that, she was a financial journalist and editor at Bridge News for nearly 15 years with stints in Tokyo and Washington before moving to New York. She spent ten productive and enjoyable years in Japan in the 1980s and is fluent in the language.
In addition to the GLAAD board, Maeve serves on the boards for the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship, a journalism non-profit; Connecticut-based LGBTQ+ healthcare provider Anchor Health Initiative; and Trans New York.
She earned a B.A. in English from Providence College in 1983 and was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism School in 1993/94.
Dave Stephenson oversees Airbnb’s global finance and employee experience functions. As CFO, Dave is responsible for Airbnb’s financial management, planning and reporting, accounting, tax, treasury, investor relations, corporate and business development, and procurement teams. His responsibilities for Airbnb’s employee experience function include recruiting, talent and leadership development, compensation and benefits, as well as operationalizing Airbnb’s design for employees to Live and Work Anywhere.
Prior to joining Airbnb, Dave spent 17 years at Amazon, where he was Vice President and CFO of their Worldwide Consumer Organization. Dave also served as CFO of Amazon’s International Consumer business and led finance across many areas of the company, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), North America Retail, and Merchant Services.
Dave holds an MBA from the University of Iowa and a BS in Industrial and Management Engineering from Montana State University. He is an Airbnb host in Washington State.