Content tracks: Reimagined

Instead of siloed tracks on singular topics, we’ve shaped our content around what’s most important: you — your needs, experience, and real world problems.

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Create your path by choosing individual sessions aligned to your needs.

You are doing too much.

Focus on what’s creating value. Set aside what isn’t.
Addressing symptoms like burnout, isolation, and disengagement distract from the real issues holding companies back. Learn to address the root causes with data and insights that reflect your people’s actual workplace experience.
Leverage the conversations, insights and technological shifts paving the way to better workplaces. Learn:
  • Strategies for simplifying HR processes to enhance employee understanding, engagement, and overall organizational efficiency.
  • How to leverage analytics to reveal insights about workplaces, performance, and talent, then align them with wider strategic initiatives to drive business outcomes.
  • How to use artificial intelligence and automation to streamline HR processes while ensuring a human-centered approach to employee engagement.
Topics include:
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A.I.
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Allyship
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Cultural anthropology
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Data/ Technology
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DEI
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Feedback
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Middle management
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Neurodiversity
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Psychological safety
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Re/Upskilling
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Recognition
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Well-being
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Workplace communication
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Workplace psychology
76% of HR leaders believe that if their organization does not adopt and implement AI solutions, such as generative AI, in the next 12 to 24 months, they will be lagging in organizational success compared to those that do.
You are doing too much.
Featured sessions
Wednesday, April 17
10:45 am – 12:00 pm CT
What the Barbie Movie Can Teach Us About Psychological Safety and Leadership in the Workplace
Eight-five percent of employees are disengaged at work. Unlike Barbie Land, “everyday is ‘not’ a More details great day” in the workplace and for many of us this stems from a lack of psychological safety and supportive leadership in the corporate landscape. The Barbie movie embodies the zeitgeist of our time and is a clever exploration of the deeply rooted imbalances in our culture that continue to have very real consequences – such as patriarchal dominance and misogyny. As with most things, healing requires balance. Balance that global play expert, Jeff Harry, argues can be achieved by celebrating and embracing all characteristics and qualities that each of us possess as human beings – masculine, feminine, and nonbinary.

In this workshop, Jeff will break down the archetypes of iconic Barbie characters and examine the real-life lessons they have to offer – such as psychological safety with Weird Barbie and authenticity and identity with Alan – and challenge the systemic gender expectations that prevent us from building the workplaces of the future that not only represent who we are but who we want to become.

Attendees will:
  • Uncover the art of nurturing psychological safety through the lens of the Barbie cast
  • Challenge patriarchal norms shaping our workplaces so we can build the future of work we want to see
  • Celebrate and learn how to embrace the inherent and multi-faceted qualities and characteristics that cultivate balanced and supportive leadership and workplace environments
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Talent & Recruiting
Learning & Development
People, Culture & Experience
Employee Communication
Tuesday, April 16
1:30 pm – 2:20 pm CT
Panel – Stuck in the Middle: Your People Managers Can’t and Shouldn’t Be Expected to “Do It All”
Did you know that 60% of hybrid employees view their managers as their primary link to company More details culture? Yet, people managers often find themselves caught in a balancing act: They’re often torn between meeting employee expectations for purpose, flexibility, and career advancement while navigating performance pressures and shifting business priorities from senior leadership—and managing their day-to-day duties at the same time. In this panel, you’ll hear from HR leaders at top-tier organizations who are actively addressing these challenges. During this session, panelists will cover:
  • Strategies to strengthen the connection between managers and company culture in any work environment.
  • Innovative approaches to support and train people managers to meet employee expectations for purpose, flexibility, and career growth.
  • Insights into mitigating the skills gap among managers.
  • Practical examples of how HR leaders are clarifying manager priorities to enhance organizational culture.
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Talent & Recruiting
Learning & Development
Organizational Development
People, Culture & Experience
Employee Communication
Tuesday, April 16
4:15 pm – 5:05 pm CT
Keynote – How to Citizen with Baratunde Thurston
The word “citizen” is so much more than a noun we use to draw lines between people. Citizen is also More details a verb. Citizen isn’t what you are; it’s how you are. In this talk, Baratunde breaks down the four pillars of How to Citizen which are to participate, to invest in relationships, to understand power, and to value the collective as in working towards outcomes that benefit the many and not just the few. Hide details
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You are a purpose-driver.

Focus on what drives your people. They’ll drive your business.
Focusing on processes and practices won’t help employees feel fulfilled if they don’t see themselves reflected in your company’s vision, values, and goals. By integrating your people’s values into your company’s, they can become a key ingredient in shaping your culture and motivating your people. Less distraction, more connection.
Learn to create a team of believers with:
  • Ways to promote diversity and inclusion at all levels of the organization, and new metrics to evaluate progress in this area.
  • Tools and policies that proactively promote employee well-being, work-life balance, and resilience to mitigate burnout and ensure a sustainable, engaged workforce.
  • Strategies to address pay equity and ensure a fair and transparent compensation structure within your organization.
Topics include:
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Authenticity
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Burnout
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Culture
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DEI
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ERGs
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Multicultural workforce
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Leadership
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Recognition
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Resilience
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Strategic inclusion
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Teamwork/ Collaboration
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Workforce archetypes
When asked what one thing they would like to change most about their organization, the most popular response was engagement or culture-related, at 41%.
You are a purpose-driver.
Featured sessions
Monday, April 15
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm CT
The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business
As today’s business world becomes ever-more global and virtual, executives and managers are More details expected to work harmoniously together with counterparts from a broad array of cultures and backgrounds, often without leaving their desks. But when you throw people together who come from starkly different backgrounds and cultures, the result can be interesting, event sometimes funny, but can also lead to misunderstanding and confusion.

In this talk, Erin Meyer offers a highly practical and timely perspective on one of today’s most pressing business issues: how do different cultures influence the way to do business when working globally? Even those who are culturally informed, travel extensively, and have lived abroad often have few strategies for dealing with the cross-cultural complexity that affects their team’s day-to-day effectiveness.

Meyer provides a new way forward with vital insights for working effectively and sensitively with one’s counterparts in the new global marketplace. This talk will help you build a more cohesive and successful team: one that will work together to bridge gaps, transform differences into assets, and ultimately grow your business. Hide details
People, Culture & Experience
Employee Communication
Business
Tuesday, April 16
11:10 am – 12:00 pm CT
Be the One℠: Cultivating Expansive Thinking and Radical Appreciation
Retain and embolden your workforce through a heart-led culture shift: What is the mindset needed to More details create an inner vibrancy and buoyant aliveness in our work and our life—and grow a happier, more productive workforce? How do we access the energy to always lead with our presence and care, and fully engage the hearts of our people?

Allison Massari states, “There is a way to experience our life and our work that feels transcendent.”

In her new, enthralling keynote, acclaimed speaker, entrepreneur and visual artist, Allison Massari, teaches how developing expansive thinking, self-leadership, and joyful appreciation of others unleashes an inner strength and professional enthusiasm that radically elevates our company culture, increases retention, and quite simply – makes our own life better. Allison explains, “Instead of waiting for the world to give us what we want and crave, we can make the decision to GIVE what we want to RECEIVE—to ‘Be the One.’ This is a way to take charge of our culture and radically transform our experience of our professional environment and our life.”

This timely and visionary keynote is packed with content and original concepts that provide specific methods to uplift and transform your workplace. Allison’s compelling history gives her unique authority to share what it takes to persevere and transcend life’s difficulties. Audiences are transported by her extraordinary personal stories of Art, Vivaldi, Mozart, Austria and so much more—and fortified with fresh and unique metaphors and insight. Energized with renewed passion for work and bolstered by a sense of unity and empowerment, you walk away feeling revitalized, refreshed, and seeing life and work from new coordinates.

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Learning & Development
Organizational Development
People, Culture & Experience
Employee Communication
Wednesday, April 17
2:40 pm – 3:30 pm CT
Bring Your Whole Self to Work
For us to truly succeed, especially in today’s diverse and ever-changing business world, we must be More details willing to bring our whole selves to the work that we do. And, for the teams and organizations that we lead or are a part of to thrive it’s essential to create an environment where people feel safe enough to bring all of who they are to work, as well. When we operate with courage, trust, and vulnerability, we’re able to unlock innovation, connection, and performance at the highest level for ourselves and those around us.

Speaker, author and teamwork expert, Mike Robbins, returns to the Workhuman Live breakout stage to show us how to put down the mask and live in our authenticity on and offline. In this session, he will teach us how to build more authentic relationships, exemplify the power of appreciation, demonstrate ways to enhance emotional intelligence, encourage ourselves and others to operate with a growth mindset, and challenge us to collaborate in more strategic and genuine ways. Hide details
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You are future-proof.

Focus on your people. They determine your future.
No matter how much you plan for it, the only sure thing about the future is that it’s full of surprises. At a macro, micro, social, global, personal, and technological level, things aren’t always in our control. But when these changes come, businesses with a strong culture are less reactive and more resilient.
Prepare for the future by focusing on the now with:
  • New strategies that can sustain remote or hybrid work models effectively as they continue to evolve.
  • Insights into how HR can foster innovation within the organization.
  • Strategies to prepare for the skills gap in our industry, and the educational and industry partnerships that can be leveraged to address this challenge.
Topics include:
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A.I.
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Data/ Technology
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DEI
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Future of work
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Gender roles
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Multi-generational workforce
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Re/Upskilling
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Recognition
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Succession planning
Half of all business leaders ​​say their organization is unprepared to react to future shocks.
You are future-proof.
Featured sessions
Wednesday, April 17
1:30 pm – 2:20 pm CT
Embracing AI and Skills: Unlocking Your Organization’s Potential
Join Mercer experts, Global Solutions Lead – Skills, Jobs, Careers, Brian Fisher, and Partner, John More details Land, for a thought-provoking session on the dynamic intersection of AI, skills, and the future of work. They will explore how AI and skills are reshaping the very fabric of our professional landscape and explain HR’s mindset shift from jobs to skills, and why hiring, developing, rewarding, and planning for skills are improving workforce productivity.

In doing so, they will also expose the two largest upskilling challenges that today’s HR professionals are facing: a lack of understanding of what skills are now needed, and more importantly, a lack of understanding of the skillset that currently exists in their own organizations. Thankfully, these are easy fixes according to Brian and John who will share key tips, tools and solutions that will help close these gaps.

As an attendee you will walk away with an understanding of:
  • How AI is changing the future of work
  • Why putting skills at the center of your HR programs and services is imperative
  • How you can start transitioning to a skills-based workforce
  • How your recognition program data can be a quick win and ongoing tool to gathering skills data
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Organizational Development
Technology
Wednesday, April 17
2:40 pm – 3:30 pm CT
The [Generational] Business Case for DEIB
Every CEO wants their organization to be inclusive. In order for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and More details Belonging to be truly embedded throughout your organization, every employee, from the C-suite to the frontlines, must be committed to inclusion and rooted in a clear business case.

If the business case is not made clear at every level of the organization, you run the risk of DEIB fatigue, disengagement in creating change, and bottlenecked inclusion that can lead to your organization being last on the “apply to” list for top Gen Z talent.

In this engaging and insightful program, Raven takes those skeptical of the value of DEIB in their workforce and makes them believers, by clearly articulating the risk of their business without it. For those who are already believers, Raven equips them with additional tools and awareness to further understand and articulate the value of DEIB. She does all this uniquely, using generations to frame the value proposition.

You will learn how to:
  • Identify the risks associated with not making DEIB a serious business imperative
  • Provide a common language and working knowledge of key DIEB terms such as diversity, inclusion, equity, belonging, identity, and intersectionality
  • Explain the generational evolution of diversity work in the workplace
  • Understand the organization and individual value of DEIB
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Employee Communication
Tuesday, April 16
1:30 pm – 2:20 pm CT
Brave New Work: The Change-Friendly Playbook for Navigating Non-Stop Transformation
Volatility. Uncertainty. Complexity. Ambiguity. Four words that defined our lives over the past few More details years. Now, emerging from chaos, we face yet another challenge: navigating a fast-approaching future of work – an always-on “new abnormal” characterized by hybrid work, persistent technological disruption, and constantly shifting behaviors and expectations.

Today’s organizations must compress their five-year plans to two years (or less) to thrive in tomorrow’s fast-paced world. In an age where everything that can be automated will be, it’s imperative that people change before it’s too late. To meet this challenge, attendees of this dynamic session require a bold new approach to navigating constant change; they must lean into an array of uniquely human qualities – such as attunement, (true) resilience, and creativity – that are difficult, if not impossible, to disrupt. The future of work belongs to those who can change before change is required.

Key takeaways include:
  • Familiarity with the top reasons organizations fail to navigate constant change
  • Understanding of how to operationalize and maximize change-friendly values to future-proof your career
  • The inspiration to transition your organization to a change-friendly state of automatic and perpetual renewal
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You are the answer.

Focus on culture as a strategic imperative.
CHROs are the CEOs of the future. In the new world of work, what distinguishes great leaders is their ability to understand what drives their people. While economic instability and market corrections have put companies under pressures that seemed unthinkable just a year ago, it will take more than cost cutting and investment strategies to bring companies back to full strength. That’s why we’re tapping into the minds of HR leaders to reveal how innovations in performance development, coaching, collaboration, and culture-building are required for companies to thrive in the future.
Build a resilient HR strategy. Learn how:
  • HR leaders can determine the most suitable approach to drive long-term growth and innovation while maintaining short-term business agility and responsiveness.
  • Retention strategies that HR can implement to address employee concerns, maintain morale, and retain key talent during times of economic change and uncertainty within the organization.
  • HR can increase trust, employee engagement, and open communication within the workplace by fostering a culture of authenticity among corporate leaders.
Topics include:
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Conscious leadership
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DEI
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Hybrid work
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Leadership
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Multi-generational workforce
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Recognition
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Well-being
66% of executives believe culture is more important than an organization’s business strategy or operation model.
You are the answer.
Featured sessions
Monday, April 15
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm CT
The Playbook is Dead: From 20th Century Leadership to 21st Century Leadering
The world economy is standing at the precipice of an AI-led revolution, enabling an unprecedented More details ability to solve complex problems and build more relevant structures on a global scale across all industries. The potential of this new and awe-inspiring technological and innovative era is boundless but overwhelming especially when our thinking and incentive structures haven’t kept up with the exponential pace of change. Everyday it’s becoming clear that we need to quickly ditch outdated industrial era processes, metrics and beliefs focused on efficiency, growth and scale and instead cultivate a set of dynamic practices, systemic yardsticks, deep alignment, and technology adoption in order to empower much faster and more humane decision making. In this session, join exponential strategist, business futurist and bestselling author Nancy Giordano for an in depth discussion on:

  • The importance of developing your adaptability quotient
  • The enterprise and societal scaffolding needed to make the most of the huge productivity leap ahead
  • What it means to be AI-led as an enterprise and as a human
  • What AI advancements mean for the future of work and reskilling inside and out of your organization
  • The shifting metrics of success
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People, Culture & Experience
Technology
Wednesday, April 17
10:45 am – 12:00 pm CT
C.H.A.N.G.E. Traits®: Exploring the Critical Skills for Inspired Leadership Through Change
In this immersive workshop author, engineer, and change enthusiast, Cassandra Worthy, distills down More details 15 years’ worth of Corporate M&A experience into a critical skills masterclass that will leave you feeling empowered to create and sustain growth through change. Perfect for executives, leaders, change management and HR professionals alike, this session will provide you with a new perspective on the soft skills required to effectively lead through change, a practical framework to quantify your strengths and areas of growth when addressing, working and leading through transition, and an instantly-applicable plan that will empower you to improve critical leadership behaviors to effectively lead change movements. Hide details
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Organizational Development
People, Culture & Experience
Employee Communication
Tuesday, April 16
2:40 pm – 3:30 pm CT
Panel – From Moments that Matter to a Culture of Trust
As the global work-from-home movement, spurred by the Covid era, fades away, it gives rise to a More details hybrid workforce marked by unclear expectations and, often, diverging opinions between leadership and employees.

While leadership undeniably influences culture, the wellspring of innovative ideas for job redesign, team performance, or new work processes typically comes from a passionate and well-intentioned employee. Bridging the gap between leadership expectations and employee priorities poses a challenge – and the truth is, many companies aren’t quite hitting the mark.

Forward-thinking companies, guided by the idea of progress over perfection, are shifting their focus to creating a “culture of trust.”

With this shift, the best leaders can demonstrate their dedication to engaging in the necessary tough conversations, exploring unconventional ideas, and striving for meaningful compromises that benefit everyone in this ever-changing work landscape.

Key Takeaways:
  • Employee-Centric Innovation: Emphasizing the importance of tapping into the creativity and insights of employees
  • Realistic Leadership Expectations: Recognizing that leadership may not always get it right and acknowledging the impact on the employee experience, with a call for realistic expectations
  • Cultural Transformation: Understanding the role of a “culture of trust” in organizational success and how it contributes to a positive and dynamic work environment
  • Commitment to Continuous Improvement: Discussing the commitment to progress over perfection and how organizations can foster a culture of continuous improvement


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