The Total Rewards'24 Program is now live!

This year's program is the most customizable yet, including eight inventive session formats ranging from 75 minute workshops to bite-sized 25 minute talks covering eight key topic areas. No matter what your learning style or area of specialization is, you’ll find sessions that deliver real impact, right now.

Search Made Easy: Use the filters to search by Day, Key Topic Area, Session Type and or Attendee Level. 

12:00PM
12:00pm-5:00pm
8:00AM
8:00am-6:00pm
12:00PM
Networking

Jump on the Cincinnati Brew Bus to experience the history and excitement of Cincinnati’s craft beer scene. The history of brewing is strong in Cincinnati, with breweries calling the city home for over 100 years and some of those same breweries operating today. The history of beer in Cincinnati continues today with great locations like Rhinegeist, Moerlein, Wiedemann, Northern Row, Fifty West and more.​

Additional fee and registration required.

12:00pm-3:00pm
Blair Jones CECP, CCP, CBP, GRP - Managing Director, Semler Brossy
Phillip Pennell - Principal, Semler Brossy
Executive Compensation
Pre-Conference
Entry: Awareness with Limited Experience

Whether you’re considering a career shift towards executive compensation or currently managing related responsibilities, this quick and informative program is tailored to provide you with a foundational understanding of the essential elements, frameworks, and complexities of executive compensation. 

Don't miss your chance to acquire vital knowledge for navigating the realm of executive compensation confidently. Enroll now and build essential skills to thrive in today's business landscape. 

Key Takeaways: 

  • Grasp the significance of executive compensation for organizations, shareholders, and stakeholders, and its media and governance implications. 
  • Identify the components of executive compensation, including incentive design considerations, tailored for different organization types and their unique challenges. 
  • Understand external reporting considerations, including proxy anatomy and the impact of company strategy on compensation decisions. 
  • Explore how HR professionals can leverage executive compensation expertise and the opportunities a focus on this area can offer in their careers. 

Additional fee and registration required.

12:00pm-4:00pm
12:30PM
Networking

The Cincinnati Zoo is one of the oldest and best zoos in the nation. At its core lies an abundance of biodiversity, featuring over 400 species of animals and 3,000 plant species. It is also a world-renowned leader in the areas of endangered species reproduction, groundbreaking education collaboratives, and green practices.​

Additional fee and registration required.

12:30pm-3:00pm
1:00PM
Networking

Murder and blackmail are on the menu when six mysterious guests assemble at Boddy Manor for a night they’ll never forget! Was it Mrs. Peacock in the study with the knife? Or was it Colonel Mustard in the library with the wrench? Based on the cult 1985 Paramount movie and inspired by the classic Hasbro board game, CLUE is the ultimate whodunit that will leave you dying of laughter and keep you guessing until the final twist! *Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Additional fee and registration required.

1:00pm-2:30pm
Networking

Explore the historic Linck brewery tunnels that lie beneath the city's streets. Then, visit the location where Johnny Cash once filmed a movie, followed by a stop at one of Cincinnati's most important inclines. Next, get a rare glimpse inside the last remaining structures of the original Christian Moerlein Brewery complex, which has been closed to the public for decades. For guests 21+ we will end the tour with a beer at Northern Row Taproom​​.

Additional fee and registration required.

1:00pm-3:00pm
David Cichelli CSCP - Revenue Growth Advisor, The Alexander Group, Inc.
Sales Compensation, Total Rewards
Pre-Conference
Entry: Awareness with Limited Experience

Get ready to step up to the plate when sales management turns to you for help with their sales compensation program! Whether you're new to sales compensation or a seasoned pro, it's time to revisit the fundamentals. In this 3-hour pre-conference session, dive into basic terms, plan concepts, and frameworks with sales compensation guru David Cichelli. Bring your questions and knotty issues for an engaging discussion. 

Key Takeaways: 

  • Master essential sales compensation terms for effective communication and strategy. 
  • Explore foundational plan concepts to optimize sales performance. 
  • Learn practical strategies for addressing complex sales compensation challenges. 

Additional fee and registration required.

1:00pm-4:00pm
1:30PM
Networking

Experience an in-depth history & culture tour of Cincinnati's oldest urban market from 1855. Enjoy foods from 9 different vendors from a NY style bagel and schmear to a fresh smoothie to a German Butcher shop to empanadas, Belgian waffles, gelato and more! ​

Additional fee and registration required.

1:30pm-3:30pm
4:30PM
Networking

Are you a Total Rewards conference rookie? Join us for an onboarding session on Sunday afternoon before the Welcome Tailgate to get to know some fellow participants and put some words of wisdom from our experienced Conference Coaches to use. We’ll end the session by walking over to the Welcome Tailgate together.

4:30pm-5:00pm
5:00PM
Fountain Square, Offsite
Networking

Kick off the conference on Sunday by tailgating with your fellow TR professionals on the iconic Fountain Square in the center of downtown Cincinnati. Get into the tailgate spirit by wearing your favorite team's gear and showing your hometown or alumni pride.

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5:00pm-7:00pm
7:00AM
7:00am-6:00pm
7:30AM
Meals & Snacks

Powered by Trusaic

7:30am-8:30am
8:30AM
Total Rewards
Main Stage

Employee engagement has never been more important—or less understood. The workforce has changed profoundly over the past few years, but the fact remains: Despite investing a lot of money and conducting a lot of surveys, few organizations have made real progress in activating engagement. Disengaged employees still cost the U.S. a whopping $550 billion each year.

In the first part of our energizing opening session, behavioral economics expert Jeff Kreisler explores the promising potential of behavioral science—which draws from psychology, sociology, and economics to shed light on human behavior—to drive employee engagement. Could this fascinating field hold the key to unlocking a long-elusive metric? 

Then, WorldatWork CEO Scott Cawood kicks off an electrifying conversation with soccer legend and pay-equity champion Megan Rapinoe! They’ll discuss leading through transformational times, including how to build resilient teams, drive real results, and strive for equity. Get the ball rolling on Total Rewards’24 with this unforgettable opening session! 

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8:30am-10:00am
10:00AM
Networking
10:00am-10:30am
Meals & Snacks
10:00am-12:00pm
Networking
10:00am-5:00pm
Networking
10:00am-5:30pm
10:30AM
Guy Brenner - Partner, Proskauer Rose LLP
Thomas Carnahan - Senior Manager of Compensation Services, Berkshire
Fredrick Holt - Partner, Resolution Economics
Workplace Equity
Fast Skills
Advanced: Applied Theory and Strategy

Pay equity is coming under increased scrutiny and oversight at both the state and federal levels. The challenge for HR and compensation professionals is to stay ahead of emerging compliance risks and expectations. Our panelists will provide a crash course on key regulatory changes you’ll need to be aware of and will equip you with the knowledge to protect your organization from potential risks.

Takeaways

  • Be fully aware of current regulations governing pay equity at both the state and federal levels.
  • Identify which of these regulations apply to your organization and be ready to prepare an appropriate organizational response to them if and when needed.
10:30am-10:55am
Joe Krsul CCP - Partner- Sales Force Effectiveness Practice Leader, Aon
Sam Wilke - Director, Aon
Sales Compensation
TR Talks
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

Explore how best to invest your sales compensation dollars to grow revenue, increase productivity, reward results, and retain talent. Joe Krsul and Sam Wilke of Aon will review the financial impacts of top and middle performers and show how incremental gains in their performance can drive significant growth in sales.

Takeaways

  • Explain the importance of aligning incentive programs with performance management systems.
  • Understand and harness the impacts of top and middle performers to drive sales growth.
  • Know how to link sales compensation and performance management to growth and overall return, including decision criteria for making sales compensation investments.
10:30am-10:55am
Elli PIppin - Americas Compensation Leader, IMI Norgren
Career Growth and Development
TR Talks
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

Are you ready to establish a career architecture for your organization but are facing a blank slate? Or do you want to toss out the current design and start again? During this session Elli Pippin, Americas Compensation Leader at IMI, will describe her journey — the path and pitfalls — as she developed a new career architecture. You’ll also discover the organization-wide benefits and efficiencies that can be driven with this type of compensation planning.

Takeaways

  • Gain organization-wide support for career architecture, find new efficiencies in compensation, establish a baseline for pay equity, and create a foundation for career mobility.
  • Be able to describe to stakeholders the key benefits of career architecture and the process steps to launching such a project.
  • Anticipate common pitfalls and barriers to launching an effective architecture.
10:30am-10:55am
Steve Brink CCP - Executive Advisor, uFlexReward
Tanya Chan - Director, Compensation, Samsung Semiconductors
Total Rewards
Presentation
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

In a hotly competitive skills marketplace, Samsung Semiconductors (SSI) deployed a creative Total Rewards communications strategy that improved overall employee engagement. Tanya Chan, Director of Compensation for SSI, and Steve Brink, President of uFlexReward, will demonstrate how they gathered disparate data into one place to create an efficient and cost-effective online Total Reward communications platform — including a long-term incentive program.

Takeaways

  • Leverage examples of creative, effective rewards communications to improve your organization’s own online rewards communications.
  • Attract, retain, and motivate employees and candidates in a hot skills marketplace.
  • Engage employees with state-of the-art rewards communications.
10:30am-11:15am
Marybeth Gray - Senior Vice President, Health & Welfare Benefits Consulting, Trion, a March McLennan Agency LLC
Benefits
Presentation
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

The results of the latest Mercer Survey of Employee Benefits have arrived. If you think you know what employees really want, think again! The search for a common thread in the tangle of employees’ expectations is underway, and Marybeth Gray has a jumpstart on the process. Join us to learn how to satisfy the increasing demand for personalization while continuing to battle your budget.

Takeaways

  • Deconstruct the signal from the noise via case studies and survey data fresh from the Mercer Survey.
  • Customize total rewards packages that appeal to all five generations while balancing cost against effectiveness and demand.
  • Use survey data to help prioritize what to take on, in what order, and to what outcome.
     

Sponsored by Trion-Marsh McLennan Agency

10:30am-11:15am
Rebecca Gorman - Principal, Compensation Consulting, Salary.com
John Sumser - VP of Marketing, Salary.com
Compensation
Debate
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

In this session, legendary HR Tech analyst John Sumser and Salary.com Principal Compensation Consultant Rebecca Gorman will aggressively debate the implications of AI for the future of the compensation function in organizations. Together they will explore how AI is already seriously disrupting the work of compensation teams by automating data, analysis, job architecture and communications. Yet the aspirations of Tech visionaries may be missing critical factors, especially those relating to people – both those who staff the compensation function and the broader employee population. Sumser and Gorman will seek to disentangle hype from reality in a debate that promises to be provocative and action-packed.  Using Salary.com’s recently published “Attributes of a World-Class Compensation Function” as a framework, the duo will present a point-counterpoint discussion about the realities of AI in compensation. You won’t want to miss this lively, entertaining, and informative debate.

Sponsored by Salary.com

10:30am-11:15am
Jeff Swerdlow - Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal
Evolving Work and the Workforce
Roundtable Discussion
Entry: Awareness with Limited Experience

With more companies allowing employees to work remotely from any location, companies are facing more complexity with varying state withholding and reporting requirements, especially for equity awards. Jeff Swerdlow, Managing Director for Alvarez & Marsal, will discuss the interplay of various state rules on allocating income from equity awards, how to manage processes when systems don't allow for tax in multiple states, and developing internal policies and procedures to track employee mobility.

Takeaways

  • Understand key areas that should be incorporated into decision-making processes on whether and to what extent to allow employee mobility.
  • Understand types of necessary tracking and withholding for employee compensation and determine if you have set it up properly.
  • Learn how to develop company policies to help manage employee movement while minimizing risk.

Pre-register for this session through the conference mobile app.

10:30am-11:15am
Michelle Carpenter - Partner, Latham & Watkins
Zach Georgeson - Managing Director, WTW
Michael Horne - Head of Global Rewards, Dow Chemical
Executive Compensation
Panel
Advanced: Applied Theory and Strategy

Some compensation committee meetings need extra care and preparation. Maybe a pay philosophy is being overhauled, or a major shareholder is pressing for changes after a poor performance year. In this session, our seasoned panel will share data, war stories, and advice to ensure your materials, analysis, pre-calls, “seed planting,” and processes are all air-tight for managing a productive committee meeting. 

Takeaways

  • Collect best practices from leaders with more than 60 years of collective experience to take back to your organizations.
  • Learn how to meet the high expectations of compensation committees by mastering the basics (e.g., Board materials, clarity of analysis, and developing consensus behind the scenes)
  • Access a concise list of dos and don’ts for preparing for major compensation committee meetings. 
10:30am-11:30am
Steve Kapper - Associate Client Partner, Korn Ferry
Josh Reinhard - Vice President, PTO Exchange
Davida Rivens - Managing Director of Growth and Development, E4E Relief
Maureen Sutton - Advisory, Korn Ferry
Well-Being
Panel
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

As humans, we all want to be well. It’s in the organization’s best interest as well. In an uncertain economy and with evolving employee needs and expectations, organizations are rethinking the value of their employee benefit programs. Learn how a holistic, individual well-being strategy can optimize organizational performance. This panel of experts from Korn Ferry, PTO Exchange and E4E Relief brings unique perspectives so organizations can meet the distinct needs of their populations to drive workforce strategy.

10:30am-11:30am
Mykkah Herner CCP - Sr. Talent Intelligence Principal, McKinstry
Justin Sun - Senior Manager, Global Compensation, Expedia Group
Ruth Thomas - Chief Product Evangelist, Payscale
Sonia Uddin - Senior Global Compensation Consultant, Western Digital
Compensation
Panel
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

Compensation has undergone a seismic shift, transforming from a back-office analytical role into a strategic force in talent management. Our panel of compensation practitioners from Expedia, Western Digital, McKinstry and Payscale will explore the path of professional growth needed to become leaders in the Total Rewards and compensation fields. Through valuable and candid lessons, this session will provide insights to navigate change within your organization, adapt to evolving compensation expectations, and advance your career.

Takeaways

  • Understand the pivotal role of compensation as a strategic talent driver in the contemporary workforce.
  • Explore real-world experiences of compensation and rewards leaders, learning from their journeys in adapting to change.
  • Gain practical knowledge and timely examples of how to respond to changing expectations and approach challenging situations.
10:30am-11:30am
Beth De Lima - HR / Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant and Expert Witness, Leave Management Solutions and HRM Consulting
Benefits
Workshop
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

A simple Chat GPT tool can put you on the road to more effectively managing medical leaves and accommodations in the workplace. This session will demonstrate how this easy-to-use AI resource offers a comprehensive view of the employee life cycle, seamlessly integrating policies, performance management, and managing transitions from FMLA to ADA. Gain specific guidance on concurrent medical leave management, empowering you to navigate the intricate landscape of compliance effortlessly.

Takeaways

  • Acquire the knowledge to navigate concurrent medical leaves effectively when multiple leaves overlap.
  • Enhance your understanding of complex medical leaves and receive valuable insights into best practices for compliance management.
  • Learn the benefits and the boundaries of ChatGPT with HR leave and accommodation management strategies
10:30am-11:45am
11:00AM
Eric Weinberg CCP GRP - VP, Compensation, Prudential
Compensation
TR Talks
Advanced: Applied Theory and Strategy

As compensation leaders, we spend a lot of time and energy explaining to our executives, managers, and employees — with varying levels of success — that compensation is driven by cost of labor, not cost of living. Eric Weinberg, VP for Compensation at Prudential, proposes a better way to assess and demonstrate to stakeholders how your organization's investment in people might actually be matching or beating inflation.

Takeaways

  • Run analyses that show— despite discrepancies in comparing merit budgets with inflation statistics — the organization is actually doing far more than it may appear.
  • Deliver a clear message demonstrating how employee investments outpace inflation.
  • Give better answers to questions or challenges suggesting the merit budget is not adequate amid current inflation.
11:00am-11:25am
Patrick McNiel - Principal Consultant, Affirmity
Gwynne Zodrow - Technical Director, Management Systems International (MSI)
Workplace Equity
Fast Skills
Entry: Awareness with Limited Experience

“Organizational climates” describe the themes and tones of beliefs, thoughts, and emotions across groups of employees. Such climates can be measured and used to guide and facilitate better individual and organizational outcomes in many areas of importance — in particular, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I). In this session you will learn what climate is, how it works to influence people in organizations, how it's measured and changed, and how it relates to DE&I outcomes.

Takeaways

  • Understand organizational climates, with a focus on DE&I, and their effects on organizational outcomes.
  • Recognize the primary drivers of DE&I perceptions and start a measurement program to assess aspects of DE&I climate.
  • Modify your DE&I climate by understanding how targeted and consistent signals can change perceptions, expectations, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors.
11:00am-11:25am
Andrew Morales - Sr. Director, GTM Strategy & Operations, CaptivateIQ
Sales Compensation
TR Talks
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

Harnessing the transformative potential of AI can amplify sales motivation and maximize revenue performance, unlocking unparalleled business growth. Andrew Morales, Senior Director, GTM Strategy and Operations for CaptivateIQ, will share three new opportunities afforded by AI that are helping compensation leaders and go-to-market teams save time, improve performance, and boost their incentive compensation ROI.

Takeaways

  • Understand how to use AI in incentive compensation management to speed up workflows, motivate sales teams, and surface robust insights to better inform decision making.
  • Clearly understand AI use cases and benefits in the world of incentive compensation management.
11:00am-11:25am
11:15AM
Hywel Jones - Vice President, Total Rewards, TD SYNNEX
Lynn Moffett CCP, CBP, GRP - Vice President of Human Resources, BMC Software, Inc.
Warren Mueller CCP, CBP, GRP, CSCP - Senior Director of Global Compensation, FTI Consulting
Nancy Romanyshyn CCP - Senior Director, Total Rewards Strategy and Solutions, Syndio
Workplace Equity
Panel
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

What makes a workplace equity Dream Team? Nancy Romanyshyn from Syndio will share research on leading practices in Total Rewards and talent management to advance workplace equity. You’ll also hear from Dream Team leaders, Lynn Moffett at BMC Software, Hywel Jones at TD Synnex, and Warren Mueller at FTI Consulting on their global plans for addressing workplace equity and how they are driving change across HR, legal and the business.

Takeaways

  • Learn how to build cultures of trust through solutions like pay equity, Fair Pay Workplace Certification, transparent pay decision processes, career progression, global reporting, and employee listening.
  • Examine three different approaches by global companies and understand the challenges and solutions available for addressing them.
  • Gain access to resources to help you build and execute on the strategies for your own company.
11:15am-12:15pm
Heather Kennedy - Leadership Coach, Sparq Coaching
Rachel Martin - Bureau Director for Classification and Compensation, The State of Wisconsin, Department of Administration
Career Growth and Development
Workshop
Advanced: Applied Theory and Strategy

Transition seamlessly from a compensation expert to a versatile team leader with the ability to navigate between technical expertise and broader leadership responsibilities. This session will help you hone your interpersonal skills and business acumen, enabling you to become a more effective business partner and leader. Explore the art of leading in every direction across the organization in this interactive session.

Takeaways

  • Develop the skill to assess problems and situations with a leadership mindset, shifting from subject matter expert (SME) to a strategic leader and use your new executive presence to influence up and across the organization.
  • Empower your team with the freedom and responsibility to solve problems and make decisions, knowing you have their back.
  • Utilize business partnering skills to inform, educate, and influence clients, enhancing your role as a strategic leader in the organization.
11:15am-12:30pm
11:30AM
Tiffany Jones CCP - Global Head of Rewards, Recognition, and Performance, Accenture LLP
Rob McDowell - Head of Global Rewards Systems & Data, Solution Architecture, Accenture
Total Rewards
Presentation
Advanced: Applied Theory and Strategy

Generative AI (GenAI) may be the buzzword of the year, but when and how can it be used effectively for rewards and performance? Get a crash course from AI/HR experts at Accenture on navigating the different types of AI and see what you can do now, what's next, and what to avoid. You'll even have an opportunity to try some of the tools live!

Takeaways

  • Speak confidently about the different types of AI and their applications and uses.
  • Know how to ensure “Responsible AI” is considered as your team proceeds on its AI journey.
  • Consider immediate use cases for different types of AI in your Total Rewards plan you can implement fast — and how to get started.
11:30am-12:15pm
Asha George - CEO and Co-founder, SmartLight Analytics
Holly Moyer CCP - Assistant Human Resources Director, City of Fort Worth
Benefits
Presentation
Advanced: Applied Theory and Strategy

Employers lose billions each year to unidentified waste in the form of low-value healthcare, abusive or improper billing, and claims errors. Preventing wasteful healthcare spending is an easy, high-return win for benefits leaders. Employers need access to employee claims data and an independent partner without financial ties to carriers or PBMs. Hear how the City of Fort Worth returned more than .5 million to its plan with methods available to all employers.

Takeaways

  • Learn to use data to reduce spending on items like low- and no-value care, pharmacy overpayments and schemes with disrupting benefits.
  • Know how to critically review your healthcare spending plan and third-party administrator contracts to find areas to reduce spending.
  • Use data analytics to uncover waste in the form of overpayments, duplications, low-value care, and fraud and realize savings without having to change employee behavior or reduce benefits.
11:30am-12:15pm
11:45AM
Justin Hampton CCP - Founder & CEO, CompTool
Workplace Equity
Fast Skills
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

With the proliferation of pay transparency, much is changing for the compensation practitioner. Justin Hampton, Founder and CEO of CompTool, will discuss the many ways the field is changing and will continue to change. Through a blend of theoretical insights and practical case studies, this session will showcase the new realities of pay transparency and provide strategies for implementing greater transparency within your organization.

Takeaways

  • Gain skills to build a clear, actionable roadmap for navigating the inevitable growth of pay transparency in your organization.
  • Develop a strategy to roll out greater transparency within your organization, including the likely inevitable future need to post salary ranges.
  • Craft a plan for managing the employee experience as your employees become more keenly aware of internal rates of pay as well as pay opportunities outside the organization.
11:45am-12:10pm
Rebecca Warnken - Senior Vice President, Health Solutions, Aon
Benefits
TR Talks
Entry: Awareness with Limited Experience

Research shows that a strong sense of belonging positively correlates with engagement, commitment, productivity. Benefits is an area where we see vastly different experiences in how employees perceive employer support based on their individual characteristics and circumstances and plays a crucial role in driving a positive sense of belonging for individuals and company culture overall. How can employers advance DEIB priorities with benefits?

Sponsored by Aon

11:45am-12:10pm
Kevin MacDuff - Product Management Director, Visier
Compensation
Presentation
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

You know it's right, but it’s still hard… how do we get our organizations to be more data driven?  Join us for a thought-provoking session that illuminates the transformative role of Total Rewards in steering organizations away from gut opinions towards data-driven decision-making. This session will delve into the key decision point for 4 primary constituents: Finance, Executives, Managers and Employees… which are critical in the compensation cycle.

We’ll discuss strategies of using data to add clarity, alignment, and drive more impactful outcomes:

  • Why do we continue to use gut opinions in decision-making?: Explore the challenges associated with trying to move away from gut instincts in making critical decisions
  • What data is essential versus nice to have?: Discuss how data-driven approaches empower finance, executives, and managers to make informed decisions that are essential to realizing your Total Rewards strategy
  • How do you get buy-in across the organization to change?: Discuss how to advocate for and drive change to elevate your compensation planning process

Join us for this can’t miss session and embark on the journey towards leveraging even more data-driven Total Rewards decisions for enhanced clarity, alignment, and organizational impact!

Sponsored by Visier

11:45am-12:30pm
Chad Atwell CCP, GRP - Director of Client Solutions, RedCAT Systems
Justine Sundstrom - Sr. Compensation Partner, Instacart
Mia White - Senior Compensation Program Manager, Instacart
Compensation
Presentation
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

Innovative approaches to compensation planning require more than a simple merit matrix. But adding too many metrics and formulas can easily overwhelm managers and confuse employees. In this session, you'll hear about Instacart's journey to educate and engage managers and maintain a clear focus on rewarding results. RedCAT Systems’ Chad Atwell and Instacart’s Mia White and Justine Sundstrom will give their first-hand perspectives on rewarding employees for their contributions, simplifying manager decision-making, and promoting transparent pay practices.

Takeaways

  • Understand how organizations can utilize modernized tools and communication strategies to train and engage managers in the compensation planning process, accommodating more sophisticated and complex metrics without overwhelming managers and confusing employees.
  • Reinforce a pay-for-performance philosophy with meaningful metrics that connect to pay recommendations.
  • Learn how compensation practitioners work with vendors and their internal teams to put these strategies into practice.
11:45am-12:30pm
Marjorie Williamson CCP, GRP, CCCP - Senior Vice President, Global Total Rewards & HR Operations, RTI International
Evolving Work and the Workforce
Presentation
Advanced: Applied Theory and Strategy

RTI International is a nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition. It recently announced an ambitious goal: to positively impact 1 billion people across the globe by 2030. With this strategic imperative came an opportunity to develop a compelling People Strategy that will ensure staff fully understand how they contribute to this ambitious undertaking. During this session you'll learn about the organization’s rigorous cross-functional process of creating a People Strategy that empowers people and enhances culture.

Takeaways

  • Think and act more strategically as HR and Total Rewards leaders and professionals.
  • Know how to create a comprehensive People Strategy— not just an HR strategy — that enables an organization to fulfill a big ambition.
  • Learn about the process to begin the development of a Culture and Organizational Health Dashboard for your organization.
11:45am-12:30pm
Jannice Koors - Senior Managing Director, Pearl Meyer
Shane Meredith CECP - VP, Total Rewards & Coworker Experience, CDW
Renee Rudolph CECP - Sr. Director, Executive & Broad-Based Compensation, General Mills
Doug Friske CECP - Managing Director, Executive Compensation, WTW
Michael Perloff - Managing Director, Global Head of Total Rewards, Apollo Global Management
Executive Compensation
Debate
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

Executive compensation is a hot topic — and everyone has an opinion. Our panel of consultants and leaders in the field will tackle key topics, including, are RSUs an effective tool? Are mega-grants ever warranted? Are CEOs really worth their pay packages? This sure-to-be-lively forum is designed to show participants that exec comp is as much art as it is science. There is not always a right answer, and reasonable minds can disagree.

Takeaways

  • Gain a clear understanding of the arguments for and against some of the most controversial executive compensation practices.
  • Be a stronger participant in internal discussions on the merits of different executive compensation practices.
  • Understand the rationale underlying executive compensation practices where there is no clear consensus on what is viewed as a best practice.
11:45am-12:30pm
12:00PM
Meals & Snacks

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12:00pm-1:30pm
12:15PM
Theresa Harkins-Schulz - Senior Vice President of Customer Experience & Product, Inspirus
Well-Being
TR Talks
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

Burnout is a state of physical, emotional, or mental exhaustion caused by prolonged stress, often related to work or personal life. In today’s fast-paced, always-connected world, individuals are facing increasing demands and pressures, making them more susceptible to burnout. Factors like remote work, extended work hours, and blurred boundaries have contributed to this issue.

Common signs of burnout include persistent fatigue, a sense of cynicism or detachment from work, reduced productivity, and even physical symptoms like headaches and sleep disturbances. Recognizing these signs early can help individuals take proactive steps to address burnout.

It’s essential for both individuals and organizations to address burnout. Individuals should prioritize self-care, set boundaries, and seek social support. Organizations should promote a healthy work culture, encourage work-life balance, and provide resources like employee assistance programs. Recognizing and tackling burnout requires a multi-faceted approach.

12:15pm-12:40pm
Lori Wisper - Managing Director, WTW
Compensation
Fast Skills
Advanced: Applied Theory and Strategy

In this quick skills-building session, participants will learn to think through what an effective compensation philosophy looks like for their unique organization and how to develop one.

12:15pm-12:40pm
Don Berman - Co-Founder and Chief Evangelist, JDXpert
Katie Jenkins - Skills-Edge Product Director, Mercer
Career Growth and Development, Evolving Work and the Workforce
Debate
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

Are you concerned that AI and evolving technology will make the jobs of tomorrow less human? Then join job description expert Don Berman from JDXpert, and Katie Jenkins, Skills-Edge Product Director from Mercer, as they answer your most burning questions about the evolution of job roles, impact on the labor market and the adjustments needed in our talent toolbelt to stay ahead. You’ll discover the chilling challenges and thrilling opportunities that lie just over the horizon. Multiple viewpoints will be presented, and attendees will have the unique opportunity to drive the conversation by voting for the narrative they agree with. Whether you're concerned about the future of job work, the integration of AI in talent management, or adapting to the changing workforce, this session promises to arm you with actionable insights and strategies to navigate the future of work confidently.
 

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Consider the Impact of AI and Technology on Job Evolution: Participants will gain insights into how traditional job roles are expected to change and the impact that will have on the labor market. Also, learn about the types of work and skills that may be important in the future.
  • Strategize Adaptations to Talent Management Tools: Attendees will learn options to critically evaluate and adapt their current talent management tools—including job descriptions, recruiting practices, and skills distribution mechanisms—to better prepare for the dynamic future of work.
  • Anticipate and Plan for Industry Challenges and Changes: Participants will be exposed to expert predictions on the major challenges and exciting changes facing our industry in the next 5-10 years. Concerns like privacy, change management and the fate of human decision making.

Sponsored by JDXpert

12:15pm-12:40pm
Lauren Hoggatt - Unit Manager Total Rewards, Lockton Companies
Aaron Schlipman - AVP, Sr Consultant, Lockton
Total Rewards
Workshop
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

Total Rewards is integral to shaping an organization's employee experience and reflection of culture. Establishing a well-defined total rewards philosophy and strategic framework is essential to ensuring each program consistently reflects a positive and sustainable employee value proposition. This session dives into the critical elements of compensation, benefits, time off, retirement, career development, and workplace experiences, aligning them with employee needs and business objectives. Join us to discover how to effectively engage senior leadership in defining the current and future state of total rewards, explaining market dynamics, and implementing program-specific strategies to attract and retain high-performing talent.

Takeaways

  • Define a Total Rewards philosophy and strategic framework to reflect a consistent, sustainable, and positive employee value proposition.
  • Learn how to engage senior leadership in defining the current and future state of Total Rewards.
  • Understand and explain the market and program-specific strategies to help attract and retain the very best talent ensuring alignment with both employee needs and broader business goals.
12:15pm-1:30pm
1:00PM
Kim Evans - Vice President of Partnership Development, bswift
Tanya Mulqueen - Senior Director, Communication Agency, bswift
Well-Being
TR Talks
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

With healthcare costs continuing to rise at an alarming rate, many employees aren't financially equipped to address their immediate health concerns. Today's HR professionals are tasked with bringing the topic of short-term financial planning to the forefront of employee benefits programs and education. Hear how organizations can help employees to thrive at the intersection of health and wealth, and improve overall engagement with their wellbeing. 

Takeways

  1. Examination of the "wellbeing circle" and the interconnectedness between financial and physical wellbeing
  2. Exploration of holistic, comprehensive strategies and methodologies aimed at fostering behavior change and promoting wellbeing across the entire organization
  3. Actionable tips and strategies for effectively engaging employees across all dimensions of wellbeing to create a culture of wellbeing, not just a program
     

Sponsored by bswift

1:00pm-1:25pm
Reid Rasmussen - CoFounder & CEO, freshbenies
Benefits
Fast Skills
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

Being an American healthcare consumer is difficult; there is no GPS for navigating our complex system. Advocacy services can provide guidance to help people move through the intersection of healthcare, benefits, and insurance. How do these services work? What level of quality and price transparency insights are available today? How can employers use this as a strategy? Reid Rasmussen, Cofounder and CEO of freshbenies will explore these questions using real-life case studies.

Takeaways

  • Articulate the many types of employee frustrations with benefits.
  • Better understand why quality and price transparency are so difficult to find.
  • Have a clear understanding of the level and quality of concierge services available to employees.
1:00pm-1:25pm
Don Hubbartt - Head of Sales Incentive Center, Siemens
Elizabeth Walgram CCP, CBP, GRP, CCCP - Senior Director, Sales Compensation, Siemens
Sales Compensation
Presentation
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

Business is global, and organizations often face the challenge of compensating a multinational salesforce. However, sales compensation professionals are not always sure when to implement a global design, and when to leave sales incentives to local country management. Even when the decision is clear to “go global,” getting the process started is not easy. Two sales comp leaders from Siemen’s will draw on their experience of building a global center of expertise.

Takeaways

  • Learn how to identify, anticipate, and address challenges of implementing a global sales compensation framework.
  • Find out what aspects of a sales compensation framework should be defined at the global vs. local level.
  • Learn what to watch for when rolling out a global framework.
1:00pm-1:45pm
Amy Stern - Managing Director, Research and Strategy, BI WORLDWIDE
Carl Saunders - SVP, Global Total Rewards, The Coca-Cola Company
Total Rewards
Presentation
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

Employees who say they have a great company culture more often stay, work hard and feel inspired. However, about one in three are not happy with their culture. BI WORLDWIDE will discuss their latest research on culture and its business impact. Carl Saunders will then share how The Coca-Cola Company uses strategic communications, targeted recognition, non-cash rewards, and ongoing measurement to impact culture and drive key, global enterprise initiatives. Hear how this results in higher engagement and a true culture of recognition.

Takeaways

  • Understand key drivers that build a strong culture.
  • Gain the tools to develop and evaluate a recognition and rewards program to reinforce and build the culture globally.
  • Learn how to use data to maximize the effectiveness of your recognition program.
1:00pm-1:45pm
Takis Makridis - CEO, Equity Methods
Gillian Emmett Moldowan - Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Workplace Equity
Presentation
Advanced: Applied Theory and Strategy

In June 2023, the Supreme Court held that certain college admission practices favoring underrepresented groups violated the Equal Protection clause of the U.S. Constitution. Although seemingly removed from the field of Total Rewards, this decision will have major implications on corporate compensation programs, messaging, external reporting, and internal modeling and tracking. This session will walk through how D&I, pay equity, and related activities may (or may not) need to change after the Supreme Court ruling.

Takeaways

  • Learn to critically assess pay equity programs and to revise compensation programs that have problematic metrics.
  • Adjust CSR and 10-K language pertaining to D&I.
  • Update strategies for promoting D&I in a sustainable manner, maintaining and growing D&I progress while avoiding litigation as laws evolve.
1:00pm-1:45pm
Lipika Verma - VP-Rewards & Performance Innovation & Thought Leadership, Schneider Electric
Benefits
Presentation
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

Learn how Schneider Electric wove elements of local and global approaches to create a Family Leave Policy that felt inclusive for all and helped position Schneider Electric as a Caring & Responsible employer.

Takeaways

  • Learn how to navigate enhancing certain benefit policies in spite of cost pressures
  • Understand how to apply benefit policies with minimum standards, allowing for local “flavour”
  • Leverage policies that balance global needs and local perspectives to demonstrate care as an employer and enhance attraction and retention
1:00pm-1:45pm
Andy Cripe - Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright
Stefan Gaertner - Leader in People Analytics, NA, Aon
Anuj Mongia - Executive Vice President of Products and Revenue, Trusaic
Workplace Equity
Presentation
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

Join us for an insightful session where Anuj Mongia, Executive Vice President of Products and Revenue will lead a discussion on integrating pay equity strategy into global pay data reporting. Our expert panelists, including Andy Cripe, Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright, will provide invaluable insights into navigating the complex legal landscape and compliance considerations surrounding pay equity. Stefan Gaertner, Partner and Innovations Leader for Talent Analytics at Aon will offer analytical approaches, showcasing the significance of statistical modeling and key metrics in pay equity analysis. The session will conclude with a panel discussion and Q&A, providing attendees with actionable takeaways to enhance their pay equity strategies and ensure compliance with global pay data compliance and reporting requirements. Don't miss this opportunity to gain comprehensive insights and expert guidance to help you achieve your global pay equity goals.

Sponsored by Trusaic

1:00pm-1:45pm
LaCinda Glover - Senior Principal, Mercer
Belinda Roberts - Partner and US & Canada Data and Insights Leader, Mercer
Lisa Webb - Director, Compensation Programs & Analytics, Humana
Compensation
Debate
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

Join this captivating conversation on merit-based compensation and its impact on work. Explore the pros and cons, discover its effect on employee motivation and performance, address fairness concerns, and learn best practices for designing and implementing merit systems. Our panel will challenge your assumptions and position you to unlock the potential of merit-based compensation for your organization.

Takeaways

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of merit-based compensation, including the advantages and disadvantages and potential impact on employee motivation, performance, and organizational success.
  • Understand and address fairness and equity concerns with a merit-based model to create a compensation system less likely to have inherit bias.
  • Address the challenges of limited compensation budgets and historic high market compensation increases.
1:00pm-1:45pm
1:15PM
Eric Weinberg CCP GRP - VP, Compensation, Prudential
Executive Compensation
Roundtable Discussion
Advanced: Applied Theory and Strategy

Where and how can exec comp pros free up time spent on activities that add less value? Additionally, where can you invest saved time to maximize impact? Join this roundtable discussion designed for experienced executive compensation professionals and walk away with concrete steps to maximize your effectiveness. Possible areas of discussion include –

  • Streamlining Preparation of the Comp Sections of the Annual Proxy Statement
  • Innovations in Proxy Design
  • Compensation Committee Annual Calendar of Topics
  • Compensation Committee Materials

Takeaways

  • Exchange ideas for minimizing low-impact activities and prioritize high-impact ones for executive compensation professionals.
     
1:15pm-2:00pm
Laurie Bienstock - Managing Director and Global Solution Line Leader, Work & Rewards, WTW
Joan Gliboff - Compensation Partner, Global Compensation Lead, Bristol Myers Squibb
Career Growth and Development
Presentation
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

Bristol Myers Squibb recently created an enterprise-wide job architecture and leveling approach and streamlined its job catalog. Building upon this foundation, BMS is now establishing starter job descriptions for each role to support more efficient talent acquisition and provide relevant content for career discussions. Join this conversation to learn how BMS teamed up with WTW and used their data science methodology to identify skills, accountabilities, and qualifications across the job catalog.

Takeaways

  • Understand how global job architecture and job leveling serve as an effective foundation for building job documentation and skills taxonomies that align with career pathways and experiences.
  • Learn how to leverage the power of data science to quickly build job description and skills content across your job catalog.
  • Review the steps and approaches used to generate and validate job descriptions and skills content with the business and across the job catalog.
1:15pm-2:00pm
1:30PM
Jason Fan - CEO and Co-founder, Forma
Ellen Meza - VP, People Operations, Crunchyroll
Benefits
TR Talks
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

Amidst the widespread adoption of employee-centric benefits, a significant challenge remains prevalent – benefits packages frequently include underutilized programs, leading to inefficient capital allocation, especially during challenging economic periods. Join Forma as we delve into the current state of the benefits market and examine why Lifestyle Spending Accounts (LSAs) have emerged as a groundbreaking solution to address the individual needs of each employee.


You’ll leave the session with actionable insights and data-backed recommendations from Forma’s 2024 LSA benchmark report – collected from over 200 companies and 450K employees worldwide – so you can design best-in-class LSAs that employees love.

Sponsored by Forma.ai

1:30pm-1:55pm
Aymen Dewji - CEO / Managing Partner, ShiftRight Consulting
Evolving Work and the Workforce
TR Talks
Entry: Awareness with Limited Experience

Learn from the successes of industry giants like Walmart, Pepsi, and Apple, who recognize the pivotal role of emotional connection in motivating a workforce through change. Utilizing Kotter's “See-Feel-Change” model, in addition to neuroscience-based research on behavior adoption, this session will demonstrate the critical correlation between rationality and emotionality to drive lasting behavioral change.

Takeaways

  • Grasp the significance of crafting a compelling change narrative to ignite engagement within your organization.
  • Learn to appeal to both rationality and emotionality to drive truly sustainable behavior adoption.
  • Leverage real case examples and draw on data-backed insights to develop and utilize tactical strategies that encourage emotional connectivity to drive transformative objectives with lasting impact.
1:30pm-1:55pm
Marina Vassilev CCP, CBP, CECP - VP, Rewards & Performance, Schneider Electric
Total Rewards
Fast Skills
Advanced: Applied Theory and Strategy

Want to take your compensation programs and processes to the next level? Join us to learn how! Marina Vassilev, VP of Rewards for Schneider Electric, will talk about how her organization has used AI to create job descriptions, job postings and determine FLSA and EEO classifications. You'll see creative examples of how IT and HR teams partnered to gain efficiencies and position the company as an employer of choice.

Takeaways

  • Learn about Schneider Electric’s internally developed AI tool and the impact it has on attracting and retaining key talent and realizing cost savings.
  • Explore ideas on partnering with your IT team and develop an AI-based compensation model.
  • Make compensation processes efficient, fair, and compliant and position your organization as an employer of choice.
1:30pm-1:55pm
Meals & Snacks
1:30pm-3:00pm
1:45PM
Stacey Petrey CCP - Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Courtney Mcmillian CCP, CBP, GRP, SHRM-SCP - Founder, Vanguard HR Strategy Group
Compensation, Total Rewards
Panel
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

With rapidly shifting employee expectations and market upheaval, leaders and organizations are trying to catch their break, take a beat and rebase line. Workplace culture has evolved, and some leaders and organizations are clinging to obsolete practices with others feeling overwhelmed and disoriented. Join this panel of global leaders from across industries to discuss three evolving trends in developing a ‘Fit for Purpose’ Total Rewards Model.

Takeaways

  • Learn how to create work experiences that address the whole self through tools such as AI, conjoint analysis, and more to deliver tailored Total Rewards.
  • Move beyond outsourcing to partnering with the right provider to deliver holistic tactical solutions – freeing up HR to manage the strategic and complex items that face the ‘future of work’.
  • Optimizing organizational ‘people experiences’ at work by reviewing the inventory of current practices, checking the ‘shelf life’, assessing future talent needs and developing strategic workplans to address the business of the future.
1:45pm-2:45pm
2:00PM
Erik Charles - Executive Director, SalesGlobe
Compensation
TR Talks
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

While group rewards acknowledge employees for collective efforts, they often fall short in driving individual behavior. Individual incentives motivate higher performance and monetary recognition. In Japan, the longstanding practice of team bonuses is giving way to new approaches after three decades of flat GDP growth. This session will explore how to make course corrections — and avoid pitfalls — when adding individual measures to supplement team measurements, using examples from Japanese companies.

Takeaways

  • Effectively engage with leadership to target employees with individual incentives in a way that will drive corporate performance.
  • Learn how to increase individual performance, reduce the “free rider” risk, and transition from a team bonus to a system that includes individual incentives.
  • Avoid pitfalls when implementing individual incentives.
2:00pm-2:25pm
Carlene Anteau - SVP, Marketing, Learn to Live
Well-Being
Workshop
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

The bottom-line value of workplace mental health is impossible to ignore. Untreated conditions lead to reduced productivity, increased absenteeism, and higher turnover. This workshop empowers you to recognize the real costs of unaddressed mental health struggles. Learn to quantify the costs of absenteeism, attrition, and lost productivity, and measure the value of mental health programs. Join us to access customizable models that help build an irrefutable business case for supporting mental health at your organization.

Takeaways

  • Understand the costs associated with untreated mental health conditions in the workplace.
  • Learn how to calculate the ROI of implementing mental health initiatives, clearly articulating the numbers behind mental health to quantify effectiveness.
  • Enable ongoing optimization by tracking ROI over time to determine appropriate scale and identify areas needing adjustment.
2:00pm-3:15pm
Charlie Saffro - CEO, CS Recruiting
Evolving Work and the Workforce
Workshop
Entry: Awareness with Limited Experience

This session will delve into the transformative potential of human connection and its impact on shaping the future of work. By challenging conventional approaches to recruiting and retention, Charlie Saffro, CEO of CS Recruiting, will unveil the immense power of authentic interactions in attracting top talent and nurturing a thriving workplace culture. Join us on a journey to humanize the workplace, empowering companies to embrace a new paradigm that values people as the cornerstone of organizational success.

Takeaways

  • Leverage unique company values to clearly define what makes your company unique in the hiring market, identifying areas of strength and potential improvement compared to competitors.
  • Learn actionable tactics to create and maintain a strong company culture.
  • Understand why employees stay, why employees leave, and the importance of putting your people first.
2:00pm-3:15pm
2:15PM
Jennifer Hassrick CCP - Senior Principal, Korn Ferry
David Herrera - Head of People and Org Analytics, Korn Ferry
Workplace Equity
TR Talks
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

Pay equity is a crucial aspect of a holistic talent strategy — not a siloed activity only focused on statistical analysis and pay remediation actions. This session will challenge you to reconsider and broaden your role in fostering overall workplace equity, understanding that pay (thus pay equity) is an outcome of organizational culture, people strategy, talent management processes, and the capabilities of people managers.

Takeaways

  • Gain insights into the principles of inclusive design and learn how to identify root causes of talent and pay inequities.
  • Learn to use these principles to transform pay equity processes and develop sustainable workplace equity.
  • Understand how to utilize advanced analytics to pinpoint drivers of inequity and develop a strategic mindset to build equitable Total Rewards strategies that resonate with the modern workforce.
2:15pm-2:40pm
Zach Basich - Director, Alvarez and Marsal
Compensation
Fast Skills
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

Automation is one of the most powerful tools available to compensation professionals, and it can be used to improve the accuracy, efficiency, and fairness of compensation programs. Zach Basich of Alvarez & Marsal will guide you through the tools and resources you need to streamline tasks and processes, developing an automation strategy that meets organizational needs, freeing up your time to focus on more strategic initiatives.

Takeaways

  • Fully understand the benefits of using automation to improve compensation programs.
  • Identify the news-breaking trends in compensation automation.
  • Implement specific automation tools and processes to improve your compensation programs.
2:15pm-2:40pm
Supriya Rahul Bahri CCP, CBP - VP of Global Total Rewards at Roblox, Roblox
Priya Padmanabhan - Director, Compensation, Roblox
Charlie Franklin - Co-founder and CEO, Compa
Compensation
Presentation
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

Today the best compensation teams in the world are turning to offer data to stay ahead of market trends. This data can help identify market premiums for emerging roles, uncover market trends, and drive impact with signing bonuses. Dive in with Charlie Franklin, Co-founder and CEO of Compa, and Supriya Bahri, VP of Total Rewards at Roblox and Priya Padmanabhan, Director of Compensation, at Roblox, to learn how the digital gaming company leverages offer data from Compa to build a competitive benefits strategy.

Takeaways

  • Incorporate offer data into new and existing compensation strategies to gain an edge in the talent market.
  • Enhance collaboration between compensation and talent acquisition teams to ensure more data-driven decision-making.
  • Learn how to equip yourself with real-time market intelligence data while talking about emerging roles and compensation concerns with business leaders.
2:15pm-3:00pm
Muir Macpherson - Partner, Aon
Scott Reithel - Director, People Analytics, Aon
Career Growth and Development
Presentation
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

Moving to become a skills-based organization will come with a number of roadblocks. Understanding the challenges is the first step on implementing a skills-based transformation. Join Aon leader Muir Macpherson, North America Performance & Analytics, and Scott Reithel Director, People Analytics, for real-world examples and tested tools that will equip you to initiate a skills transformation and set your company up for future success. 

Takeaways

  • Grasp the reasons behind the growing emphasis on skills in organizations and how it addresses key business and talent issues.
  • Acquire practical knowledge about the potential obstacles and roadblocks organizations may encounter when transitioning to a skill-based model and understand the persistent challenges organizations face in effectively managing nurturing skills over the long term. 
  • Gain actionable insights and practical examples on how to kickstart a skills transformation, leveraging real-world use cases and experiences.
2:15pm-3:00pm
Eun-Mee Jeong - VP & GM, Career, Slate
Susanne Harris - SVP, Total Rewards & People Operations, LendingClub
Benefits
Roundtable Discussion
Advanced: Applied Theory and Strategy

Your severance strategy is not just a policy — it's a statement of your organization's values and commitment to your talent pool. Join Eun-Mee Jeong, VP & General Manager of Career Slate, and Susanne Harris, SVP, Total Rewards & People Operations at LendingClub to navigate the complexities of severance — balancing cash severance, benefits continuation, and career services with organizational goals. Together, we'll unpack how to infuse your severance framework with intention and empathy, ensuring alignment between your culture and goals.

Takeaways

  • Learn how to avoid common mistakes which can compromise your employer brand, employee morale and talent attraction.
  • Evaluate whether your current severance strategy supports your company's goals and aligns with your culture.
  • You’ll be able to articulate ideas or options to explore for adjusting your company's severance strategy.
2:15pm-3:00pm
Tyler Huddleston - Total Rewards Solutions Leader, Morningstar
Mariann Madden - North America Pay Equity Co-Lead, WTW
Workplace Equity
Interview
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

Since beginning their fair pay journey in 2021, Morningstar has publicly evaluated their pay gaps, sharing results internally and externally. Tyler Huddleston, Total Rewards Solutions Leader for Morningstar, and Mariann Madden, North America Pay Equity Co-Lead for WTW, will discuss Morningstar’s pay equity roadmap, including plans for sharing individual pay ranges with employees globally in 2024. Learn tangible steps for providing clarity and visibility into your organization's own pay programs and processes.

Takeaways

  • Learn about global pay transparency trends and what’s driving the demand for pay transparency.
  • Be ready to build a business case for greater pay transparency within your own organization.
  • Understand key components of a pay transparency roadmap and the steps toward shining more light on your pay programs and processes.
2:15pm-3:00pm
Maria Colacurcio - CEO, Syndio
Athar Siddiqee CCP, GRP - Vice President of Total Rewards, Micron Technology
Zack Vinton - VP Executive Compensation, Walmart
Executive Compensation
Panel
Advanced: Applied Theory and Strategy

Learn how leading organizations are moving from simply reporting about pay equity audits to truly advancing workplace equity at their compensation committee meetings by presenting a robust, data-driven framework. In this session Maria Colacurcio, CEO of Syndio, and Athar Siddiqee, VP of Total Rewards at Micron Technology will show you how to build the business case that will inspire your leaders to advance workplace equity efforts.

Takeaways

  • Create customized workplace equity frameworks/scorecards with the right human capital metrics to advance the conversation at your compensation committees and other meetings.
  • Learn how to advance pay and opportunity equity efforts with executives in a robust, data-informed manner to obtain the buy in needed and meet growing shareholder, regulatory and employee demands for disclosure.
  • Plan for steps taken at each point of the journey as you build a framework for your organization, including predicting outcomes and demonstrating progress.
2:15pm-3:15pm
2:30PM
Sharell Thomas - Total Rewards Director, YMCA of Metro Atlanta
Total Rewards
TR Talks
Entry: Awareness with Limited Experience

Dive into a world where work meets play! Explore how gamification is revolutionizing traditional Total Rewards strategies. Join Sharell Thomas, Total Rewards Director for the YMCA of Metro Atlanta to discover how incorporating game elements and mechanics can turn everyday incentives into an exhilarating adventure, fostering employee motivation and driving peak performance.

Takeaways

  • Explain why and how gamification in Total Rewards can contribute to higher employee retention and overall workplace satisfaction.
  • Effectively implement gamification strategies, using the tools and knowledge gained to transform the workplace into a high-energy, rewarding game.
  • Leverage this engagement to boost employee morale, improve performance, and create a more engaging and enjoyable work environment.
2:30pm-2:55pm
Martha Cook - Global & EMEIA Total Reward Leader, EY
Peter Newhouse - Global Reward Counselor, uFlexReward Limited
Total Rewards
Presentation
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

Join Martha Cook of EY and Peter Newhouse of uFlexReward as they present strategies and solutions to surf the Digital Wave for Total Rewards. The digitalisation of Rewards is inevitable – are you ready to surf the wave or will it sweep you aside?

Hear about the Digital Reward Cube – a navigational tool to help you develop your strategy and prioritise where to apply technology and AI to Total Rewards with intelligence.

Hear about Global Total Reward & Digital Optimisation trends and data driven insights – to help you stay ahead of the wave.

Takeaways

  • Gain insights into how companies are approaching Reward Optimisation through data driven insights
  • Learn how to apply a practical tool to help you develop your company’s Digital Reward Strategy

Sponsored by uFlexReward

2:30pm-3:15pm
2:45PM
Grant Berthold - Director of Sales Planning & Performance, Workiva
Evolving Work and the Workforce
Fast Skills
Entry: Awareness with Limited Experience

In our data driven world, our intuition often takes a backseat in our decision making and analysis. But should it? Grant Berthold, Director of Sales Planning and Performance for Workiva believes that our intuition is actually our superpower and should be used alongside data and processes consistently. Join this session to learn how to trust and incorporate your intuition into your work in a way that elevates your capacity and influence within your organization.

Takeaways

  • Be able to present intuitive ideas in a way that conveys professionalism and expertise.
  • Reconcile differing viewpoints between data and your “gut feel” so you feel confident with the insights/recommendations you’re bringing to the business.
  • Gain confidence in trusting you intuition and leaning on it when applicable.
2:45pm-3:10pm
3:30PM
Steve Browne - Chief People Officer, LaRosa's, Inc.
Fermin Diez - Adjunct Professor, National University of Singapore
Jessica Klein - Senior Vice President, Total Rewards, Humana
Billy Schultz - Global Vice President, Total Rewards, Mars, Inc.
Andy Valenzuela - SVP, Global Total Rewards, Salesforce
Total Rewards
Featured Session

Given that economic and social realities are constantly evolving—and increasingly unpredictable—how can we create Total Rewards programs that will engage and retain tomorrow’s workforce? That’s the question four global rewards leaders will explore in this lively, Oxford-style debate. They’ll discuss the state of Total Rewards, from design to communication to measurement, and weigh in on whether current systems are sufficiently “future-proof.” By the end of the session, you’ll be able to gauge your own readiness for the uncertain road ahead.

3:30pm-4:30pm
Jim Bagley - Manager, Deloitte Consulting, LLP
Jeremy Feinstein - Managing Director, Empsight International, LLC
Sheila Sever CCP - Senior Manager, Compensation, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Justin Sun - Senior Manager, Global Compensation, Expedia Group
Devann Steele - Vice President, Enterprise Compensation, Humana
Compensation
Featured Session
Advanced: Applied Theory and Strategy

Have you asked any of the below questions?

  • How does the cooling labor market and high inflation rates impact compensation programs?
  • Is my job architecture optimizing the organization's future by including emerging roles like AI?
  • Is my company a technology company?
  • How do I best compensate your critical workforce segments while pursuing cost optimization efforts?

Please join Expedia Group, Empsight, Humana, and Deloitte Consulting as we discuss recent research findings on navigating cyclical change.

Takeaways

  • Analyze the interconnectivity between labor market trends and the broader economy.
  • How to create and optimize the organization's strategic compensation positioning.
     
3:30pm-4:30pm
Melissa Anderson - Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Well-being, Worldpay
Ariel Hardin - Well Being Partner, FIS
Sheila Krueger - Principal Advisor, The Benefits Bungalow LLC
Well-Being
Featured Session

Whether it’s due to financial challenges, caregiving demands, or polarizing politics, long-term stress is driving increases in chronic illness and mental health diagnoses among Americans. It’s also hurting workplaces, since stressed-out employees are less engaged and productive. In this practical session, you’ll explore a state-of-the-art well-being program designed to promote workers’ well-being and learn how to develop your own effective plan, regardless of company size. You’ll leave ready to achieve the ultimate win-win—healthier workers and a better bottom line.

3:30pm-4:30pm
James Atkinson - Vice President, Data Products, Payscale
Jason Averbook - Senior Partner, Mercer Leapgen
Elizabeth Crofoot - Senior Economist, Lightcast
Ben Eubanks - Chief Research Officer, Lighthouse Research & Advisory
Evolving Work and the Workforce
Featured Session
Entry: Awareness with Limited Experience

As the use of AI proliferates across HR technology, compensation practitioners will become exposed to a greater breadth and depth of data to advance outcomes within their organizations. In this forward-looking discussion, leading consultants and data innovators will help compensation and rewards professionals prepare for changing regulations and technological innovation. Moderated by Ben Eubanks, Chief Research Officer of Lighthouse Research & Advisory and Artificial Intelligence for HR author, this panel will explore how AI-powered innovation leads to informed and predictive compensation management.

Through this session, practitioners will be able to:

  • Understand how AI has impacted HR and compensation data.
  • Learn where the market is today and what the next 5 years may hold.
  • Identify ways an organization using AI may enhance its strategy even further to achieve business outcomes in line with AI-ethics.
  • Identify the steps, processes, and tools needed to implement AI-driven solutions.
     
3:30pm-4:30pm
4:00PM
Networking

Powered by Peoplefluent, US Bank, Mercer, Compport, Bank of America andTrusaic

4:00pm-5:30pm
7:00PM
Networking

The After Party has moved to Monday night this year as Total Rewards takes over the Great American Ballpark. Join us for an unforgettable night of nostalgia, games, and ballpark fare at the Cincinnati Reds stadium.

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7:00pm-9:30pm
6:00AM
West Pre-Function Lobby, 2nd Floor
Networking

Bodyweight Strength + Metabolic Conditioning
Join us as we play through an energetic and powerful combination of bodyweight strength and cardiovascular intervals. After a solid warm-up and mobility set, we’ll alternate blocks of functional strength and high intensity (HIIT) movements creating a full-body training session. 

The class will be accessible for all fitness levels.

There is no fee to participate in the class, but a small donation to the WorldatWork Foundation is encouraged. A QR code for donations will be displayed at the class location.

Pre-register for this session through the conference mobile app. 
 

6:00am-7:00am
7:00AM
Networking

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7:00am-8:15am
7:00am-5:00pm
7:30AM
Meals & Snacks
7:30am-8:30am
8:30AM
Katie Burke - Former Chief People Officer, Hubspot
Donald Knight - Chief People Officer, Greenhouse
Courtney Mcmillian CCP, CBP, GRP, SHRM-SCP - Founder, Vanguard HR Strategy Group
Theresita Richard - Chief People & Culture Officer, Patagonia
Total Rewards
Main Stage

The pressure is on Total Rewards professionals to optimize the return on the single biggest investment their companies make today—in total rewards—while navigating a constantly changing labor landscape where exceptions have become the rule.

In this must-attend Main Stage Session, three chief people officers at top global companies—Greenhouse Software, HubSpot and Patagonia—will share their secrets on creating successful rewards strategies amidst so much disruption and uncertainty. They’ll cover how to:

  • Meet business goals and provide value
  • Structure your Total Rewards function
  • Leverage data effectively
  • Incorporate leading technologies like artificial intelligence to enhance decision-making

In a dynamic discussion moderated by WorldatWork board member Courtney McMillian, this diverse panel of transformative leaders will deliver insight and inspiration in equal measure. You won’t want to miss it!

8:30am-9:30am
9:30AM
Meals & Snacks
9:30am-12:00pm
Networking

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9:30am-5:30pm
Networking
9:30am-5:45pm
10:15AM
Michael Schmit - Senior Director, Alvarez & Marsal
James Deets - Senior Director, Alvarez & Marsal
Benefits
Fast Skills
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

Even the most diligent plan sponsors occasionally run into operational errors in their qualified retirement plans. Timely identification and correction of these issues is key to maintaining compliance. Michael Schmit and James Deets of Alvarez and Marsal will walk you through the many correction programs, procedures, and requirements, which can be confusing to navigate. During this session, you’ll gain the knowledge to properly correct (and potentially avoid) errors and failures which can save money, time, and resources for everyone.

Takeaways

  • Identify common operational, fiduciary, and filing issues with retirement plans.
  • Understand the differences in IRS and DOL correction programs and the common methodologies for resolving issues as well as alternatives.
  • Mitigate potential resource burdens associated with identifying and correcting operational failures in qualified plans.
10:15am-10:40am
Brooke Fernandez - VP & General Manager, MainData Group
Jannice Koors - Senior Managing Director, Pearl Meyer
Executive Compensation
Interview
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

ESG metrics is a hot topic in the boardroom, but many organizations are still in learning mode. Brooke Fernandez, VP & General Manager for MainData Group, and Jannice Koors, Senior Managing Director for Pearl Meyer, will separate fact from fiction through an analysis of Russell 3000 ESG proxy disclosures. This session will help you understand the latest ESG metrics, emerging trends, and which metrics are gaining popularity in compensation plans — or losing ground.

Takeaways

  • Identify which ESG measures are being included in compensation plans and prevalence trends by sector.
  • Understand which measures are gaining ground in terms of impact and inclusion in executive compensation plans and which are falling out of favor.
  • Have a more educated discussion with your Board and management on how to approach ESG measures for inclusion in compensation plans and why it may or may not make sense for your unique circumstances.
10:15am-11:00am
Jeff Tulloch - Managing Principal, Financial Wellness Consulting LLC
Well-Being
Presentation
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

Not getting the desired results from your financial wellness programs? While most companies boast a financial wellness initiative, achieving optimal outcomes and engagement remains a challenge for many. Join this session for an insider's look into the financial wellness marketplace. You’ll gain invaluable insights on how to design or transform a program that supports your organization's business objectives, drives awareness, and actually improves the financial lives of your employees.

Takeaways

  • Understand the current financial wellness marketplace and vendors with specific examples of how the most successful financial wellness programs are designed and implemented.
  • Understand how a properly designed financial wellness program can support and drive awareness of your benefits offering.
  • Be ready to evaluate the various financial wellness vendors with key questions to ask yourself and your potential partners.
10:15am-11:00am
Stefan Gaertner - Leader in People Analytics, NA, Aon
Aria Glasgow CCP - Partner, Head of Rewards Advisory, Aon
Workplace Equity
Presentation
Entry: Awareness with Limited Experience

Ensuring pay equity is not just a regulatory requirement – but a strategic imperative for companies. Join our speakers Aria Glasgow, Partner and Rewards Practice Leader at Aon, and Stefan Gaertner, Leader in People Analytics at Aon, for this compelling session on why organizations need to prioritize pay transparency now for a more equitable tomorrow. Attendees will learn actionable strategies to navigate legal requirements with a roadmap to kickstart your pay transparency program and foster a culture of fairness and inclusion. Lead the change for pay transparency within your organization and unlock the benefits of equity and excellence.

Sponsored by Aon

10:15am-11:00am
Athar Siddiqee CCP, GRP - Vice President of Total Rewards, Micron Technology
Renee Rudolph CECP - Sr. Director, Executive & Broad-Based Compensation, General Mills
Shane Meredith CECP - VP, Total Rewards & Coworker Experience, CDW
Executive Compensation
Roundtable Discussion
Entry: Awareness with Limited Experience

What does it really take to be successful in executive compensation? Join our group of experts as they take you through a day in the life of a busy exec comp practitioner. Whether it's discussing bonus targets with the CFO, reviewing equity grant agreements with legal, or explaining the Pay for Performance disclosure to the investor relations team, this career is never dull and requires certain skills our experts deem essential to your success. 

Takeaways

  • Explore and understand the varied nature of the exec comp role and where you may have a gap in your own skill set. 
  • Understand current hot topics in executive compensation and which key stakeholders you engage.
  • Identify key skills required for exec comp practitioners and be able to apply to your own career growth.
10:15am-11:00am
Christine Belknap - VP Talent & Leadership Development, Tractor Supply
Ken Kunkleman - Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry
Career Growth and Development
Presentation
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

During this session learn about Tractor Supply Company’s (TSC) year-long immersive learning experience for high potential associates, Leadership EDGE. Christine Belknap, VP of Talent & Leadership Development for TSC, and Ken Kunkleman, Senior Client Partner for Korn Ferry, will describe the program’s design and creation, delivery and execution, and ongoing impact, with a particular focus on the strategic Total Rewards intent, inputs, and impact of the program.

Takeaways

  • Be inspired to build out a more holistic value proposition for your Total Rewards program.
  • Connect strategic Total Rewards to employee development.
  • Demonstrate the business case and linkage to measurable Total Rewards outcomes.
10:15am-11:00am
Sean Luitjens - General Manager of Total Rewards, Visier
Rebecca McConnell - Director of Compensation, Konica Minolta Business Solutions
Brad Robinson - Director, Compensation, MasTec Power Delivery
John Baldino - President, Humareso
Compensation
Panel
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

How much budget do you really need to deliver on a pay for performance strategy? Recent studies indicate that we have finally broken the stagnant 3% annual budget increase and may expect more. So how can you get the most bang for your buck with a pay-for performance program? Our panel will explore practical ways to differentially reward top performers now that budgets seem to finally be on the rise.

Takeaways

  • Leverage performance management tools and strategies to assist in differentially rewarding top performers.
  • Think more strategically in executing your compensation planning cycle, utilizing lessons learned in other organizations.
  • Understand best practices around equity and market adjustments, paying for performance while also addressing pay equity, utilizing company assets like stocks as a vehicle for rewarding performance, and more.
10:15am-11:15am
Hem Patel - VP Total Rewards, Moderna
Paul Smithivas - Managing Director and Solution Advisor, WTW
Total Rewards
Panel
Advanced: Applied Theory and Strategy

Join Paul Smithivas, Managing Director and Solution Advisor at WTW, for a panel discussion on optimizing Total Rewards amid a volatile and uncertain economic landscape. Hem Patel, VP of Total Rewards for Moderna, will explain how the company is using analytics and AI to make Total Rewards decisions and drive business performance. Learn how they and other entrepreneurial companies are embracing the future to create a modern Total Rewards experience for employees today.

Takeaways

  • Gain both strategic and practical applications of analytics and AI to use at your company.
  • Understand how to use analytics and new digital technologies such as generative AI as a Total Rewards professional. 
10:15am-11:15am
Bryan Briscoe - SVP Compensation, Marriott International, Inc.
Gail Greenfield - Executive Vice President of Pay Equity and Total Rewards Strategy and Solutions, Trusaic
Warren Mueller CCP, CBP, GRP, CSCP - Senior Director of Global Compensation, FTI Consulting
Devann Steele - Vice President, Enterprise Compensation, Humana
Workplace Equity
Panel
Advanced: Applied Theory and Strategy

Join us for a deep dive into the most challenging conversations in compensation and Total Rewards. Our panelists from Marriott International, FTI Consulting and Humana will offer a sometimes serious, sometimes lighthearted look at their most hair-raising encounters. Each story will provide practical takeaways to improve communication with non-compensation/Total Rewards colleagues. Prepare to laugh as we take a walk on the wild side of workplace interactions.  

Takeaways

  • Effectively communicate complex pay equity and pay transparency concepts to colleagues who may not be well-versed in these areas. Navigate challenging conversations with confidence, addressing tough questions and concerns.
  • Be equipped to prevent misunderstandings related to pay equity and transparency by providing clear and accurate information to your colleagues, reducing the risk of conflicts and disputes arising from miscommunication.
  • Build stronger workplace relationships with colleagues in various departments by improving communication and understanding of compensation-related topics.
10:15am-11:15am
Margret Bjarnadottir - Associate Professor of Management Science and Statistics, University of Maryland
Compensation
Workshop
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

In the evolving landscape of employer branding, demonstrating pay and workplace equity is critical. When faced with a significant pay gap, the challenge lies in correcting it promptly. Join Margret Bjarnadottir, Associate Professor of Management Science and Statistics at the University of Maryland, as she unveils a nuanced approach to closing pay gaps. This session focuses on dissecting specific segments of the salary structure contributing to pay gaps and addressing inequity at its roots.

Takeaways

  • Explore the complexities of closing pay gaps and understand why solutions may not be immediately apparent.
  • Understand the limitations of focusing only on employees who have the largest negative differences to close pay gaps.
  • Apply diverse and specific approaches to effectively address and close pay gaps within your organization.
10:15am-11:30am
10:30AM
Magdalena Bugallo - Director Total Rewards Experience, VCA
Total Rewards
TR Talks
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

The life of a rewards professional can no longer be centered on spreadsheets and formulas. Today, building influential human connections is critically important; we need to be less data technician and more strategic partner to the whole HR function and business leaders. Magdalena Bugallo, Director of Total Rewards Experience, for VCA, will present a new way to approach Total Rewards that will help you re-think the skills and capabilities you need to conquer the future of work.

Takeaways

  • Re-think the role of the Total Rewards function within your organization evaluating your team’s capacity for strategic partnership.
  • Create an action plan on how to up-skill rewards professionals for the future.
  • Resource your Total Rewards function with the right talent to face the challenges of the future.
10:30am-10:55am
10:45AM
Hamang Vohra - Senior Compensation Analyst, S&P Global
Workplace Equity
TR Talks
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

A “one-size-fits-all” approach to pay transparency — what organizations share about pay programs, policies, and practices — just doesn’t work. Instead, the goal of rewards transparency is to empower all people with facts. Hamang Vohra, Compensation Analyst for S&P Global, will discuss how proactively sharing information with the workforce has made the company more competitive in the talent market. Learn about S&P Global’s journey to pay transparency, achieving the goal of sharing salary ranges across all roles.

Takeaways

  • Learn how to stay connected to new laws and regulatory reporting as it relates to pay transparency.
  • Overcome resistance to change by leadership, management, and employees.
  • Understand the critical importance of data accuracy and how system advancement can play a key role.
10:45am-11:10am
11:00AM
Jack Towarnicky - Of Counsel, Koehler Fitzgerald LLC
Benefits
Fast Skills
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

HSAs are 20 years old while 401(k)s are 45. It is long past time for strategies that blend them together to gain a competitive cost advantage in the war for talent. HSAs offer maximum utility while 401(k)s provide liquidity — and both improve financial resiliency. Give your workers access to America's most valuable tax-preferred benefit by creating a synergistic combination of HSA and 401(k) benefits that work better together.

Takeaways

  • Create a plan that lowers employer-paid and worker-paid medical expenses while increasing financial resiliency as well as aggregate retirement savings and retirement preparation.
  • Learn how to leverage available transition provisions and innovations to improve associate engagement, as well as real and perceived perceptions of improved value.
  • Significantly improve retirement preparation (especially with respect to retiree medical and long-term care risk exposures) by leveraging tax preferences.
11:00am-11:25am
11:30AM
Thomas McMullen - Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry
Total Rewards
TR Talks
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

Dive into the evolving landscape of organizational rewards with Korn Ferry, drawing insights from a comprehensive study encompassing 4000 organizations worldwide. In the face of compounding challenges—ranging from high inflation and a competitive talent market to gloomy economic outlooks—organizations are compelled to reimagine their reward program strategies. Join us in this session as we delve into the 'what,' 'why,' and 'how' behind organizations reshaping their employee reward programs to navigate unprecedented levels of uncertainty.

Takeaway

  • Walk away with a profound understanding of the current state of reward strategy trends, empowering you to elevate the reward strategy within your own organization.
11:30am-11:55am
Jamie Newton - Managing Director, TRS Executive Search
Career Growth and Development
TR Talks
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

Jamie Newton, Managing Director for Total Rewards Search, has spent over a decade guiding careers to new heights. The Total Rewards industry is always short on talent, and companies often just throw money at the problem rather than offering genuine career opportunities. In this session, learn how to navigate through the traps of sideways moves while actively increasing your skill set and overall market appeal.

Takeaways

  • Understand your market positioning and worth and why this assessment of your value is crucial to navigating your career.
  • Gain a roadmap to success by avoiding pitfalls, expanding your skill set, and escaping siloed positions.
11:30am-11:55am
Jannice Koors - Senior Managing Director, Pearl Meyer
Nate O'Connor - Managing Director, Equity Methods
Executive Compensation
Presentation
Advanced: Applied Theory and Strategy

The SEC released new guidance on pay vs. performance in late 2023, sending many companies back to the drawing board in preparing for their second round of disclosures for the 2024 Proxy. With proxy season now wrapped up, Pete Debellis and Eric Lesser from Deloitte Consulting LLP will recap key themes and best practices that emerged in the second round of disclosures, plus a rundown of changes companies made in year two.

Takeaways

  • Prepare your next proxy with an understanding of how other companies approached their recent proxy on several methodological questions that impact the current proxy
  • Understand how to prepare an important disclosure in the proxy and receive a pay vs performance disclosure development checklist
11:30am-12:15pm
Ryan Farber - Senior Director, Alvarez & Marsal
Sales Compensation
Presentation
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

Do you own the sales compensation process? Depending on structure, size, industry, and even personalities involved, the team or individual who owns sales compensation, from strategy to execution, can vary wildly. During this session learn what it really means to own sales compensation and the massive professional and organizational benefits you will gain from taking full control of the end-to-end process.

Takeaways

  • Know how to work with all cross-functional stakeholders involved and be at the center of major decision-making processes.
  • Gain the skills to own and take control of the sales compensation process to drive optimal financial results. 
11:30am-12:15pm
Danielle da Luz GRP, CCCP - Global Reward Professional, UFRJ
Evolving Work and the Workforce
Roundtable Discussion
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

Danielle Luz, Reward Manager, GRP and master student in IT and HR areas at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, will offer advice and tips for HR and Total Rewards professionals who want to use modern tools, API's and AI to generate predictive analysis and elevate their compensation strategies, increasing productivity and data quality. This session will provide you practical insights and guidance.

Takeaways

  • Realize the benefits of using AI and new technologies as strategic tools and reduce the fear that AI will threaten your career.
  • Gain knowledge and strategies to effectively navigate the integration of AI in compensation practices and advance their professional capabilities.
11:30am-12:15pm
Chris Nordman - Senior Vice President, Commercial, Vivante Health
Well-Being
Presentation
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

More than 40% of Americans’ lives are disrupted daily by digestive issues. Not only does this cost 6 billion in annual spending — more than heart disease, trauma, and mental health together — but people are suffering in silence, painfully navigating a fragmented care system that leads to anxiety, frustration, and lack of relief. Chris Nordman, Senior Vice President, Commercial Team, of Vivante Health, will discuss how employers and benefits leaders can implement GI health solutions that tackle this growing problem.

Takeaways

  • Know how to integrate GI health into your wellness and benefits programs, reducing rising healthcare costs and bringing employees the digestive care they need to feel better, gut first.
  • Better understand how gut health and wellbeing increases employee productivity and participation in the workplace.
11:30am-12:15pm
Jeremy Hollander - CEO, Milio
Greg Roche - VP, Compensation, United Health Group
Cory McGonigle Rose - Sr. Vice President, People Operations & Total Rewards, The Aspen Group (TAG)
Total Rewards
Panel
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

Total Rewards can be strategically utilized to achieve broader organizational goals during and after a merger and acquisition. Dive into the dynamic world of M&A with Jeremy Hollander, CEO of Milio, Cory Rose VP for Total Rewards & People Programs at the Aspen Group, and Greg Roche VP for Compensation at UnitedHealthcare. They’ll unveil their M&A playbooks, along with strategic insights and proven tactics for a harmonious and rewarding journey through M&A.

Takeaways

  • Equip yourself with strategies to align and optimize compensation structures effectively ensuring fairness and equity within the newly merged organization and gain strategies to align disparate benefit programs.
  • Strategically plan and leverage Total Rewards as a powerful tool to achieve broader organizational goals throughout the M&A process.
  • Identify and employ Total Rewards strategies to mitigate resistance to change, fostering a positive attitude among employees during organizational transitions utlimately driving employee satisfaction and retention during and after M&As
11:30am-12:30pm
11:45AM
Wilma Beaty - Former Chief Legal & Human Resources Officer, BioTouch Global Solutions, Inc.
Shari Nornes - Principal Consultant, MorganHR
Compensation
Fast Skills
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

Geographical differentials have an undeniable impact on pay transparency and equity initiatives. Today, it’s an issue every organization with remote workers must understand. Shari Nornes, Principal Consultant for MorganHR, Inc., and Wilma Beaty, CHRO and Legal Officer for BioTouch, will share how you can help your organization shift from a complex geographic differential approach to one that is culture-driven and simpler, resulting in a more cost-effective way to attract and retain talent.

Takeaways

  • Have the ability to strategically review your organization's geographic landscape using data and be able to explain the impact on pay administration.
  • Gain insights on leveraging data to support leadership involvement in the solution.
  • Recognize the importance of partnering with talent management to enhance employee attraction and retention.
11:45am-12:10pm
Don Delves - Managing Director, Executive Compensation Practice Leader, WTW
Jessica Page - Sr. Director, Rewards, Zebra Technologies
Compensation
Presentation
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

After a decade of exceptional performance, Zebra Technologies’ revenue dropped suddenly and dramatically. The compensation team stepped in to help right the ship. In this real-life case study learn how they redesigned incentives, creatively adjusted merit pay, retained talent, motivated the management and employee teams, and remained competitive in a very tight talent market. This session will inspire you to level up your compensation game to help solve challenging business problems affecting the entire company.

Takeaways

  • Learn how to use all the compensation tools at your disposal when your company faces a significant event or challenge.
  • Understand how to engage the Board in being part of the solution. 
11:45am-12:30pm
Beth Leff - Senior HR Compensation & Mobility Consultant, Dow
Rebecca Scully - VP of Product, Syndio
Workplace Equity
Presentation
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

There’s a new standard for pay transparency, driven by expanding global legislation, disclosures, and employee demands.

Learn how to build an effective response and strategy from Beth Leff, Senior Compensation & Mobility Consultant at Dow and Rebecca Scully, VP of Product at Workplace Equity Analytics Platform, Syndio. Hear how Beth generated buy-in for pay equity investments and lessons she learned along the way, as well as the role of analytics and technology in moving from a reactive approach to fair pay and transparency to one that’s embedded and proactive. 

During this session, you’ll hear:

  •  How this global material science company with over 37,000 employees in 160 countries created their pay transparency strategy. -
  • The impact on their approaches across rewards and talent management -
  • Lessons learned along the journey

Sponsored by Syndio

11:45am-12:30pm
Sam Jactel - Founder/CEO, Ayble Health
Brent Westra - Director, Mayo Clinic
Benefits
Presentation
Advanced: Applied Theory and Strategy

Digestive conditions are the fourth-largest driver of employee healthcare costs. Patients often move from low to high acuity over the course of their disease, making caring for this population complex and ripe for solutions. Brent Westra, Director at the Mayo Clinic, and Sam Jactel, Founder and CEO of Ayble Health, delve into an innovative solution that matches patients with virtual and in-person care based on acuity, offering cost-effective, multidisciplinary care and leading to better outcomes.

Takeaways

  • Understand the challenges of managing chronic gastrointestinal conditions in the workplace.
  • Learn about streamlined processes for employers and health plans to implement integrated digestive health care.
  • Explore the benefits of a hybrid care model in optimizing outcomes and costs and delivering seamless care for employees with chronic gastrointestinal conditions.
11:45am-12:30pm
12:00PM
Joe Leary - VP Sales, SecureSheet Technologies, LLC
Kara Reester - VP Customer Success, SecureSheet Technologies
Joe Holland - Co-Founder, SecureSheet Technologies, LLC
TR Talks

During this live demo, we’ll walk through an annual merit process to collect ratings and merit increases. You’ll see how SecureSheet guarantees real-time, secure, centralized data and enforces company budget and business controls. There will be plenty of time for interactive questions and answers. With SecureSheet, it's easy, fast, and secure. Simply: 

  1. Upload your spreadsheet with your formulas, formats, and validations. 
  2. Add user-defined security that controls precisely what users can do with the data. 
  3. Share one SecureSheet with no risk of multiple versions.

Data is updated immediately in real-time, and updates during the process is easy.

Sponsored by SecureSheet

12:00pm-12:25pm
Chris Brown - Partner and Chief Operations Officer, North America Talent Solutions, Aon
Marc Pajarillo - Partner and Solutions Architect – Talent Solutions, Aon
Evolving Work and the Workforce
TR Talks
Entry: Awareness with Limited Experience

The impact of AI on our workforce today goes beyond automation.​ It must also consider how AI will substantively change job responsibilities and what new skills will be required. In this discussion, Aon leaders Chris Brown, Chief Operations Officer for Talent Solutions, and Marc Pajarillo, Partner for Talent Solutions, will discuss the significance of AI on Human Resources and guide the audience on how to get started to up-skill their workforce today and prepare for the future.

Sponsored by Aon

12:00pm-12:25pm
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12:00pm-1:30pm
12:15PM
Kian Boloori CCP, GRP, CSCP - Senior Manager, Compensation, Edwards Lifesciences
Career Growth and Development
Workshop
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

The latest Excel updates have propelled its utility for Total Rewards professionals to unprecedented heights. By harnessing the power of Excel's new and advanced features, you can effortlessly tackle complex tasks in mere minutes. During this hands-on workshop you’ll discover the ins and outs of Excel's new features — including FILTER, SORT, UNIQUE, XLOOKUP, IFS, INDEX, XMATCH, INDIRECT, Goal Seek, Map Charts, dynamic ranges and wildcard characters — and learn how to apply them to typical Total Rewards scenarios.

Takeaways

  • Use the INDIRECT and SUBSTITUTE formulas to calculate compa-ratios and range penetrations for employees in different salary structures.
  • Use the XLOOKUP formula to determine each employee’s correct quartile based on their respective range penetrations.
  • Use the INDEX and XMATCH formulas and the Goal Seek function to build out merit matrices.
  • Use the IFS and DATE formulas to assign different effective dates to different employees based on a myriad of unrelated factors.
  • Use the FILTER and SORT formulas and the Data Validation tool to build interactive, filterable charts.
  • Use the UNIQUE formula and the Map Chart feature to create maps with employee information by state.

NOTE: The target audience for this workshop is Total Rewards professionals who already have a working knowledge of Excel. Mastery over common functions and formulas, such as Pivot Tables, VLOOKUP, SUM, and MEDIAN,  prior to attending the workshop is recommended.

12:15pm-1:30pm
1:00PM
Kate Milne - Healthy Aging Specialist, Cardea Health Consulting
Well-Being
Fast Skills
Entry: Awareness with Limited Experience

The landscape of the workforce is rapidly evolving, and by 2030, a staggering 150 million jobs will be held by individuals over the age of 55. Notably, midlife, and older women are playing an increasingly significant role in this transformation. You can slow down the loss of women from leadership positions and address talent shortages by better supporting midlife and older women with an age-friendly approach. Equip your organization to adapt and thrive by staying ahead of the female age curve of your workforce.

Takeaways

  • Discover the pivotal role women play in bridging talent gaps and enhancing leadership within organizations and understand the issues that cause them to go missing from top roles.
  • Learn how to cultivate an environment conducive to the growth, success, and retention of midlife and older women.
  • Explore practical tools and strategies for crafting age-inclusive benefits, with a special focus on well-being offerings that cater to the needs of midlife and older women.
1:00pm-1:25pm
Lori Wisper - Managing Director, WTW
Total Rewards
Fast Skills
Advanced: Applied Theory and Strategy

During this 30-minute, hands-on skill-building session you will learn how to effectively attract and retain frontline hourly workers by using meaningful and effective rewards programs. Lori Wisper, a WorldatWork faculty member and Managing Director for WTW will share her deep experience in developing rewards programs for hourly frontline workers along with extensive rewards program data.

Takeaways

  • Develop a strategy to more effectively use rewards to attract and retain frontline hourly workers
  • Gain perspective on why you need to treat frontline hourly workers differently then professional/knowledge workers and how best to do this
  • Discuss considerations for what rewards programs need to consider for frontline hourly workers to be effective
1:00pm-1:25pm
Pete DeBellis - Managing Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Eric Lesser - Specialist Leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Evolving Work and the Workforce
Presentation
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

We’re entering a golden age of people analytics and HR applications, where the increased demand for insights around work, the workforce, and the workplace is intersecting with the availability of emerging technologies and capabilities. We unveil Deloitte's latest research around people analytics maturity and how Total Rewards professionals can realize business value and make evidence-based decisions from their people analytics investments.

Takeaways

  • Understand the current state of people analytics maturity in the marketplace and how to analyze and apply insights through a Total Rewards lens.
  • Identify leading people analytics practices and how Total Rewards professionals can leverage these insights.
  • Create actionable plans to integrate people analytics into Total Rewards applications to maximize value of human capital investments and increase employee satisfaction.
1:00pm-1:45pm
Cary Sparrow - Founder and CEO, WageScape
Compensation
Roundtable Discussion
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

The volatility of the labor market and wages makes real-time intelligence an essential tool for any compensation team.

Takeaways

  • Understand tools available and insights from real-time labor market intelligence.
  • Ensure wages remain competitive to retain and attract talent.
1:00pm-1:45pm
John Radford - Founder, Board Advisor to Compport Private Ltd., Radford Surverys
Navneet Rattan - COO and Partner, Compport Private Limited
Compensation
Panel
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

Amidst the sea of discussions on 'Business Transformation,' 'Innovative Business Models,' 'The Future of Work,' and 'Future of Rewards,' we've delved into the crossroads of multi-industry business model dynamics and the evolving landscape of work. These forces have undeniably left their mark on Compensation strategy and execution. Within this context, the Compensation Role finds itself in a perpetual state of evolution. What lies ahead for the Compensation Role in this dynamic landscape? Join us for an exclusive session with John Radford and Navneet Rattan to uncover the unprecedented and reshape your understanding of the Compensation role 2.0.

Takeaways

  • Uncover the expansive landscape shaping the Compensation role, placing it within the broader context of transformative business and talent forces.
  • Explore the future Key Result Areas (KRAs) and anticipated outcomes, providing a roadmap for the evolving responsibilities of the role.
  • Delve into the upcoming skills and competencies demanded by the future of Compensation landscape, ensuring you're equipped to navigate the evolving demands of the profession.
  • Acquire actionable insights on strategic focus areas for professional development. Discover how to leverage these insights to make a profound impact on both organizational success and employee engagement.
     

 

1:00pm-1:45pm
Jessica Ebenstein - Vice President of Total Rewards & HR Technology, J. Crew
Kathleen Harris - Head of People and Solutions Lead, Level
Benefits
Presentation
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

Learn how J.Crew and Level listened to their employees and designed benefits that were easier to use and more accessible. 

In this interactive exercise, you will also have a chance to inventory your own benefit offerings by answering these questions:

  • Are the benefits we offer accessible to all?
  • How simple is it to use our benefits?
  • Are my benefits affordable for all my employees?
1:00pm-1:45pm
Thomas Carnahan - Senior Manager of Compensation Services, Berkshire
Fredrick Holt - Partner, Resolution Economics
Workplace Equity
Presentation
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

In today's labor market, maintaining a strong pay equity structure is more than a retention strategy — it's crucial to the longevity and profitability of your company. In this session, an I/O psychologist and a labor economist will explain why and how your organization should be building its compensation structure on one simple foundation: market analysis data. Too many companies overlook this small investment, leaving them without a defensible compensation philosophy. Is yours one of them?

Takeaways

  • Be ready to effectively communicate to key stakeholders the vital importance of market analysis and make the case for investment in this fundamental component of pay equity.
  • Understand the connection between market analysis and a strong compensation structure.
  • Make your case for investing in market analysis to cost-effectively lower your risk of pay-related litigation and elevate retention by paying your employees fairly.
1:00pm-1:45pm
Nanci Hibschman - Managing Principal, C3 Nonprofit Consulting Group, SullivanCotter
Diane Samuels - Vice President and Chief People Officer, Ford Foundation
Larry Vales - Director of Talent, The James Irvine Foundation
Amanda Wethington - Principal, C3 Nonprofit Consulting Group
Compensation
Panel
Advanced: Applied Theory and Strategy

Organizations often find they are not paying employees a living, let alone a thriving, wage. But achieving this ambition can feel like an insurmountable undertaking both operationally and financially, even though philosophically, most organizations agree it’s the right thing to do. Learn how the Ford Foundation and the James Irvine Foundation had the courage to do something about it. You’ll also gain an understanding of how to talk about it and how you can determine and implement a living wage for your own workers.

Takeaways

  • Understand how paying a living wage is part of a comprehensive equity program
  • Assess whether your organization is paying all employees a living wage.
  • Understand the difference between paying a living and thriving wage.
  • Get tips for approaching leadership to consider a living wage program and how to navigate the administrative complexities program design, including financial navigation.
1:00pm-2:00pm
1:15PM
Jennica Christiansen - Head of People Operations, CHG Healthcare
Total Rewards
TR Talks
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

Over the past decade CHG Healthcare has been through a Total Rewards transformation, evolving programs to be flexible, inclusive, and competitive. In this session, Jennica Christiansen, Head of People Operations, will walk through the practicalities of CHG’s choices and how these decisions impacted the business. We will help you think about rewards in new and flexible ways, using a step-by-step process to evolve your Total Rewards program.

Takeaway

  • Understand how to tie your investment in rewards programs back to the business, creating a case for ROI.
1:15pm-1:40pm
Lisa Funiciello - Vice President Human Resources, Anika Therapeutics
Becky Huddleston - Managing Director, Executive Compensation and Board Advisory, WTW
Aman Malhotra - Director, Work & Rewards, WTW
Hem Patel - VP Total Rewards, Moderna
Executive Compensation
Panel
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

Today’s uncertain economic climate can have a significant impact on a company's equity compensation program. A depressed stock price leads to share pool constraints and challenges the overall effectiveness of the equity program. During this session, learn how two companies — Moderna, Inc. and Anika Therapeutics, Inc.— navigated these challenges and took a path forward, fully aligned with the business strategy, the compensation philosophy, and shareholders.

Takeaways

  • Proactively prepare your company for the challenges that come with operating equity compensation programs in a volatile environment.
  • Learn approaches companies apply to equity-granting practices to conserve shares
  • Find out how to design a motivating, competitive, and compelling equity compensation program in volatile environment (e.g., underwater stock options, decreased holding power, unattainable performance goals, etc.)
1:15pm-2:15pm
Gail Greenfield - Executive Vice President of Pay Equity and Total Rewards Strategy and Solutions, Trusaic
Workplace Equity
Workshop
Advanced: Applied Theory and Strategy

Join us for a dynamic session led by pay equity expert Gail Greenfield, Executive VP of Pay Equity and Total Rewards Strategy and Solutions for Trusaic. She will explore key topics covering compliance with global regulations, effective pay transparency, measurement frameworks, and strategies for proactive prevention of pay inequities. This session will provide you with the strategic insights and actionable strategies needed to develop a comprehensive global pay equity strategy.

Takeaways

  • Develop a comprehensive global pay equity strategy tailored to your organization's needs and values in preparation for enhanced pay transparency, including a measurement framework for key performance indicators.
  • Navigate global compliance requirements effectively, including regulations such as the European Union Pay Transparency Directive.
  • Learn proactive strategies, including pay equity audits and specialized software, to prevent future pay inequities and ensure unbiased pay decisions aligned with internal equity.
1:15pm-2:30pm
1:30PM
Christopher Goff CCP, GRP, CSCP - Senior Director, Sales Compensation, Labcorp
Workplace Equity
TR Talks
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

Pay equity and pay transparency legislation is here to stay. But most of the regulation revolves around base pay. What does that mean for roles reliant on variable pay? During this session learn how to ensure regulatory compliance and fairness in Total Rewards beyond conventional boundaries. Gain valuable tools to assess and address bias in sales compensation programs, spanning target setting, territorial opportunity, incentive plan design, job documentation, and governance. Elevate your understanding of the broader impact on take-home pay and navigate the complexities of pay equity in variable compensation.

Takeaways

  • Learn where to look for unintentional, structural, and perceived inequities in your compensation program.
  • Use an evaluation checklist to audit and appraise your compensation programs for fairness.
  • Understand how to formulate changes that will reduce risk and bias across your sales compensation design and processes.
1:30pm-1:55pm
1:45PM
Louisa Heywood - Consultant, Compensation Advisory Partners
Susan Schroeder CECP, MBA - Partner, Compensation Advisory Partners
Executive Compensation
Fast Skills
Entry: Awareness with Limited Experience

Effective, tailored incentive plans are critical to motivating employees and ensuring alignment with shareholder interests. High-performing organizations design long-term programs that complement the company's structure and key objectives, which change over time. Using case studies, this session will cover the key features and unique characteristics of effective long-term incentive plan designs for companies in specific situations — start-up or high-growth phase, anticipating a value-realizing event in the future, turnaround, and management successions. 

Takeaways

  • Identify appropriate long-term incentive design alternatives for companies in various scenarios and understand the linkage to the company's strategy and key objectives. 
  • Weigh the pros and cons of each approach and identify the key indicators to know the right time to proactively consider incentive re-design.
1:45pm-2:10pm
2:00PM
William Self - Partner & Global Leader, Workforce Strategy & Analytics, Mercer
Evolving Work and the Workforce
TR Talks
Entry: Awareness with Limited Experience

Amidst the rising prominence of AI and generative AI in HR discussions, the prevailing narrative often focuses on the limitations of AI and liability risks. This session challenges that narrative by showcasing AI's power as a catalyst for equity and fairness. Join William Self, Workforce Strategy & Analytics Leader for Mercer, to learn about AI breakthroughs in the compensation, talent acquisition, and employee experience spaces and explore strategies for targeted AI solutions for your equity initiatives.

Takeaways

  • Identify opportunities for using AI to promote equity, recognize common pitfalls in AI implementations, and understand best practices for governing AI in HR.
  • Become more confident introducing AI into your HR strategies by dispelling myths about AI's limitations and liability risks and understanding practices that mitigate AI-related risks in HR strategies.
  • Equip yourself with real-world examples of organizations responsibly using AI to promote equity.
2:00pm-2:25pm
Angelica Lamartino - Senior Global Benefits Manager, Peloton Interactive, Inc.
Jason Fan - CEO and Co-founder, Forma
Sean Grady - Director of Global Benefits, Peloton
Benefits
Presentation
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

Employees want to use benefits based on what's meaningful to them — whether for wellness, education, family planning, and so on. Meanwhile, employers need to balance personalized support at scale with ROI. During this session learn key tactics for supporting employees with a consolidated benefits program that's streamlined, cost-effective and drives productivity. Topics include effectively analyzing current benefit programs, gaining support and approval from finance stakeholders, and using customizable spending accounts to give employees the power of choice.

Takeaways

  • Create plans to optimize benefits spending in ways that attract and retain top talent, build a strong company culture, and achieve a high ROI on benefits.
  • Simplify benefits administration, improve employee satisfaction, and ensure compliance.
  • Ensure all company benefits are compliant with local, state, and federal laws.
2:00pm-2:45pm
Jason Walker - Cofounder, Thrive HR Consulting
Well-Being
Presentation
Intermediate: Hands-on and Practical Application

As employee well-being becomes a priority for organizations, innovative solutions are emerging to gauge and improve the mental and emotional health of the workforce. In this engaging session, we'll explore the use of AI-powered chatbots to take the pulse of your organization and gain insights into how employees truly feel. You'll also learn about the potential of smart chatbots in enhancing employee wellbeing, including ethical considerations and challenges.

Takeaways

  • Explore the role of AI-powered chatbots in monitoring and improving employee wellbeing.
  • Gain insights into real-world use cases of AI chatbots enhancing employee emotional health.
  • Understand the ethical considerations and challenges in deploying AI chatbots for employee wellbeing and strategies for their effective implementation.
2:00pm-2:45pm