KeyAnna Schmiedl

Chief Human Experience Officer, Workhuman

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KeyAnna Schmiedl is Workhuman’s Chief Human Experience Officer, responsible for guiding all the organization’s human experience strategy, including talent, total rewards, learning and development, culture and employee experience, organizational design, corporate social responsibility, and DEI initiatives. Previously, KeyAnna was the VP of Social and Environmental Impact (SEI) at Mozilla, the global head of Culture & Inclusion at Wayfair, and worked with top organizations such as Harvard University, Santander Bank, and IBISConsulting.
KeyAnna has received the industry’s esteemed Diversity Leader Award granted by the Diversity Journal® due to her stand-out work in creating an open, equitable, and inclusive workplace culture. KeyAnna was also featured on Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list and was named DEI Trailblazer by Business Insider in 2021.
Her superpowers include navigating complex structures to grow relationships and opportunities, connecting key stakeholders, assessing organizational readiness to allow for dialogue on DEI and people process topics at appropriate levels for all constituencies, and challenging/equipping leaders to move from careful to thoughtful conversations.
KeyAnna holds an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Organizational Learning & Development from Suffolk University, an MBA in Human Resource Management, and a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from Fitchburg State University. KeyAnna resides in the Greater Boston area with her husband, two boys, and a growing menagerie of pets.

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Tuesday, April 16
8:30 am - 8:55 am CT
Hello Humans
All-Attendee Event, Mainstage
Welcome session on how organizations can bring humanity into the workplace through the power of More details thanking, talking and celebrating together. Hide details
You are doing too much
Tuesday, April 16
2:40 pm - 3:30 pm
Dell’s ERG Initiative: Nurturing Diversity for Collective Success
Breakout Session
Join Dell's Chief People, Culture & Inclusion Officer, Vanice Hayes, in conversation with More details Workhuman's CHXO, KeyAnna Schmiedl, as she shares trailblazing strategies designed to enhance workplace inclusivity. Dell is leaning into the power of specialized Employee Resource Group (ERG) initiatives and has developed a program that includes tailored recognition and incentives, designed to actively encourage employee participation. Dell's dynamic community has achieved an impressive 92% adoption rate. In this session, Vanice will discus Dell's leadership commitment to actively engaging in ERG initiatives and amplifying successes through diverse communication channels. Dive into the business impact of ERGs through a meticulous data-driven approach, showcasing tangible outcomes such as increased employee satisfaction, innovation, and collaboration. Elevate your understanding of strategic significance of diversity and inclusion in shaping a thriving workplace culture from Dell.

Attendees will learn how:
  • Dell has tailored recognition programs and compelling incentives to drive active participation in ERGs
  • Dell's leadership commitment is underscored through executive involvement and communication channels
  • Data-driven metrics, including heightened employee satisfaction and increased innovation, emphasize the tangible business impact of Dell's ERG initiatives
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Learning & Development
HR Operations/HRIS
Employee Communication
You are future-proof
Wednesday, April 17
9:15 am - 10:20 am CT
Keynote – Spotlight Panel: Artificial Intelligence and the Role of Humanity in HR
Keynote, Mainstage
Artificial intelligence, machine learning, and automation aren’t just the future of work — they’ve More details arrived and they’re just getting started. Companies are racing to unlock their full potential, and HR is very much a part of that transformation. In fact, according to Aptitude Research, 75% of companies today are moving to embed AI in their HR operating models.

Preparing for this new way of working, HR departments are focusing on ways to increase operating capacity and stretching the boundaries of traditional HR work. As with any transformative technology, this will make a few roles obsolete while creating many new jobs and opportunities, but the most profound changes will be within jobs, as AI takes over routine or repetitive tasks, leaving humans to do what they do best – create, imagine, decide, communicate, and more. In this way, AI doesn’t take work from humans — it can create a more human way of working.

In this session, you will:
  • Get a crash course in AI and generative AI tools
  • Understand what role AI can play in certain functions within HR, making employees more productive where it counts
  • How to partner with IT to mitigate risks, review issues of corporate governance / due diligence and lean on this key stakeholder group to move projects forward
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Learning & Development
HR Operations/HRIS
Organizational Development
People, Culture & Experience
You are a purpose-driver
Wednesday, April 17
4:30 pm - 5:20 pm CT
A Conversation With Issa Rae
Keynote, Mainstage
Join Workhuman for an inspiring conversation featuring the remarkable Issa Rae, celebrated for her More details transformative influence on storytelling in Hollywood and her commitment to social change.

During this exclusive session, Rae will offer insights into her journey navigating the dynamic landscape of Hollywood with resilience and creativity. From her groundbreaking HBO series "Insecure" to her role in "Barbie" to her prolific work as a writer, producer, and actress, Rae's narrative stands as a testament to the potency of perseverance and authenticity. Moreover, Rae's aspiration to become a leader in media has led her to establish platforms amplifying diverse voices, reshaping narratives, and championing inclusivity in the industry.

Prepare to be inspired by Rae's passionate advocacy for diversity, representation, and inclusion in entertainment. Through her compelling narratives and steadfast dedication to amplifying marginalized voices, Rae has not only shattered barriers but also fostered connections among diverse communities. Additionally, her commitment to improving living conditions in South Los Angeles reflects her broader mission to effect positive change beyond the confines of the entertainment industry.

As you take in this enlightening conversation, you'll discover the joy of embracing individuality and vision, guided by Rae's infectious energy and unwavering belief in the transformative power of storytelling.

Whether you're a seasoned HR professional or an aspiring leader, this session promises to leave you motivated, refreshed and equipped to embark on your journey of personal and professional growth.

Don't miss this exceptional opportunity to celebrate the power of dreams, diversity, and storytelling excellence with Issa Rae. Join us for an unforgettable experience that will inspire and empower your HR journey. Hide details
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Learning & Development
HR Operations/HRIS
Organizational Development
People, Culture & Experience
Finance & Accounting
Employee Communication
Business Development/Sales
Customer Service
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