2020 has proven to be a year that will go down in history. Over the course of a few months, both the coronavirus and the fight against systemic racism across the globe have turned the workplace on its head. With companies around the world working from home, workers have started to re-evaluate what they need and expect from their employers and what's expected of them not only in terms of structure but support. Sharing a black square on a social feed in support of Black Lives Matter is no longer enough. There has to be a real pledge, and proof, that companies are taking a leap into ensuring a future of diversity and equity across all fronts. 

Join us at the Future of Work Forum: Diversity and Inclusion, where we’ll focus on areas that are front and center in the workplace. From hiring and retention, to leadership and health and wellness, we’ll discuss these topics through a lens of creating a diverse and inclusive environment for all. You’ll hear from executives across industries as they have an open and honest discussion about what it means to bring your full self to work, what the workplace can do to fight against unjust systems and how that's going to impact the future of work. 

Join us and come away with clear steps to take to ensure a diverse and inclusive workplace.

10 percent of all pass sales will go towards select diversity and inclusion initiatives. Read more about it here.

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Speakers

  • Coltrane Curtis
    Founder
    Team Epiphany
  • Guru Gowrappan
    CEO
    VERIZON MEDIA
  • Tamara Keller
    PARTNER
    THE SAX AGENCY
  • Will Lee
    SVP, DIGITAL, ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
    MEREDITH
  • Dave Morgan
    FOUNDER & CEO
    SIMULMEDIA
  • Kara Sax
    CEO
    The Sax Agency
  • Jeanniey Walden
    CHIEF INNOVATION & MARKETING OFFICER
    DAILYPAY
  • Serena Ziskroit
    VP OF PEOPLE
    THIRDLOVE

Agenda

Wednesday, August 19

  • 12:00 p.m.
    Opening Remarks and Key Trends

    Join us as we open the conversation around how the future of work will impact the industry's outlook on diversity and equity.

    • Tim Peterson

      SENIOR REPORTER

      DIGIDAY

  • 12:15 p.m.
    How to Show Up for Your Employees

    In a time where workers are bringing their full selves to work, how are employers making sure that they are creating a comfortable and positive environment? From discussions on the Black Lives Matter protests, to what to do if they are arrested for protesting, and allowing employees to share their stories and backgrounds -- one executive will walk us through how they create such an open dialogue.

    • Coltrane Curtis

      Founder

      Team Epiphany

    Moderator
    Tim Peterson
  • 12:45 p.m.
    The Future of Work is Already Here

    In March, everything changed in an instant. For the past six months, we’ve been living in a futuristic, digitized workplace. While some of us thought those changes would only be temporary, we’re actually experiencing the dramatic onset of a whole new era. The future of work is here, and there’s no going back. Join us as we share newly collected data about evolving expectations and best practices in the workplace.

    • Jeanniey Walden

      CHIEF INNOVATION & MARKETING OFFICER

      DAILYPAY

  • 1:00 p.m.
    Reimagining the "Norm"

    Join two founders as they walk us through what it’s like to be a small, minority woman-owned agency, swimming in a sea that looks the exact opposite from them. From initial strategies, to focusing on creative, hear their stories as they show us how they truly compete against the bigger fish. 

    • Tamara Keller

      PARTNER

      THE SAX AGENCY

    • Kara Sax

      CEO

      The Sax Agency

    Moderator
    Tim Peterson
  • 1:20 p.m.
    Staffing and Accountability

    Saying you’re going to hire diversely, and actually following through, are two different things. Hear from Will Lee of Meredith as he outlines their path to diverse staffing, how they recruit, and what their talent pool looks like. But it doesn’t stop there, hear how Meredith keeps themselves accountable with their own progress through internal auditing. 

    • Will Lee

      SVP, DIGITAL, ENTERTAINMENT GROUP

      MEREDITH

    Moderator
    Tim Peterson
  • 1:40 p.m.
    Town Hall

    Having some challenges? Bring yours to the conversation as we dive into best practices to continue to move forward.

Thursday, August 20

  • 12:00 p.m.
    Welcome Back
    • Lara O’Reilly

      SENIOR CORRESPONDENT

      DIGIDAY

  • 12:05 p.m.
    Mental Health Comes First

    How do you talk about mental health at work? Join Guru Gowrappan, CEO of Verizon Media, as he walks us through how Verizon has tackled this question head on. From making mental health trainings required for employees as well as activating across media brands and events, keeping mental health front and center is key in de-stigmatizing this normal part of life. From managing stress to keeping the conversation consistent, join us as Guru walks through both internal and external initiatives Verizon has taken across the board. 

    • Guru Gowrappan

      CEO

      VERIZON MEDIA

    Moderator
    Lara O’Reilly
  • 12:25 p.m.
    The Future of the Office

    As the coronavirus outbreak drags on and more companies think of flexible work arrangements, what exactly does the return to work look like? Hear from Dave Morgan, founder and CEO of Simulmedia as he outlines how he was able to partially reopen offices far ahead of competitors, and what the future of the office looks like.

    • Dave Morgan

      FOUNDER & CEO

      SIMULMEDIA

    Moderator
    Lara O’Reilly
  • 12:45 p.m.
    Using Your Platforms to Promote Positivity

    In a time where most companies use social platforms for communication, such as Twitter, Instagram and even TikTok, how are they utilizing these tools outside of their normal business goals? Hear from Serena Ziskroit from ThirdLove as she walk us through how they are using their platforms to promote diversity and inclusivity, and how that directly affects their internal accountability. 

    • Serena Ziskroit

      VP OF PEOPLE

      THIRDLOVE

    Moderator
    Lara O’Reilly
  • 1:05 p.m.
    Key Takeaways

    To wrap up the end of the forum, we will run through the top trends we heard throughout two days of content.

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