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Town Hall
An interactive, roundtable-style discussion. For members only.
May 25, 2022 | UPCOMING

COMING UP — CNBC WEC Member Town Hall: The Role of HR in a Time of Employee Activism and Political Divide

Workforce Executive Council | Leadership & Management

Join us Wednesday, May 25th at 2PM ET for CNBC’s Workforce Executive Council Member Town Hall: The Role of HR in a Time of Employee Activism and Political Divide

Speakers

Megan Reitz, Hult International Business School Professor of Leadership and Dialogue

May 25, 2022 | UPCOMING

COMING UP — CNBC WEC Member Town Hall: The Role of HR in a Time of Employee Activism and Political Divide

Workforce Executive Council | Leadership & Management

Join us Wednesday, May 25th at 2PM ET for CNBC’s Workforce Executive Council Member Town Hall: The Role of HR in a Time of Employee Activism and Political Divide

Town Hall
An interactive, roundtable-style discussion. For members only.
February 10, 2022

Social Media Matters

Workforce Executive Council | Leadership & Management | Talent Pipelines & Inclusion

Social media is arguably the quickest tool to make or break a company. Combatting online trolls, establishing a strong presence online, creating a unique social media strategy are all critical components to consider for the world of HR and social media teams. These few tips and tricks were among the numerous offered at CNBC’s Workforce Executive Council’s Town Hall.

Host

Deirdre Bosa, CNBC “Techcheck” Co-Anchor

Speakers

Sree Sreenivasan, Visting Professor of Digital Innovation at Stony Brook University, CEO & Co-Founder of Digimentors

February 10, 2022

Social Media Matters

Workforce Executive Council | Leadership & Management | Talent Pipelines & Inclusion

Social media is arguably the quickest tool to make or break a company. Combatting online trolls, establishing a strong presence online, creating a unique social media strategy are all critical components to consider for the world of HR and social media teams. These few tips and tricks were among the numerous offered at CNBC’s Workforce Executive Council’s Town Hall.

Key Points

  • “What’s common sense in real life is common sense on social media,” Sree Sreenivasan, a professor of Digital Innovation and CEO/Co-Founder of Digimentors said of how companies should go about implementing social media strategies. If you wouldn’t do it in person, don’t do it online.
  • Negative comments are inevitable in the digital world. Instead of focusing on combating these comments completely, social teams should be connected to HR on reputable online platforms in order to gain an in depth understanding of their policies and how they deal with these matters.
Town Hall
An interactive, roundtable-style discussion. For members only.
December 9, 2021

Peak Performance: Rethinking performance reviews in a hybrid world

Workforce Executive Council | Leadership & Management | Talent Pipelines & Inclusion

As the year draws to a close, companies are facing fresh challenges in the form of the omicron variant, the risk it poses, and confusion over what fully vaccinated really means. At the same time, questions remain about the best ways to deliver fair and equitable performance reviews as employees continue to split their time between being in the office and working remotely. We tackled both these important topics at the last WEC Town Hall of 2021.

Host

Meg Tirrell, CNBC Senior Health & Science Reporter, Dominic Chu, CNBC Senior Markets Correspondent

Speakers

Dr. Vin Gupta, Amazon Sr. Principal Scientist & Chief Medical Officer, COVID-19 Response

Bryan Hancock, McKinsey & Company Partner

December 9, 2021

Peak Performance: Rethinking performance reviews in a hybrid world

Workforce Executive Council | Leadership & Management | Talent Pipelines & Inclusion

As the year draws to a close, companies are facing fresh challenges in the form of the omicron variant, the risk it poses, and confusion over what fully vaccinated really means. At the same time, questions remain about the best ways to deliver fair and equitable performance reviews as employees continue to split their time between being in the office and working remotely. We tackled both these important topics at the last WEC Town Hall of 2021.

Key Points

  • Given what is known—and not known—about omicron, Dr. Vin Gupta, a critical care pulmonologist, affiliate faculty member and scientific health advisor at the University of Washington, says the psychological wellbeing of employees would be better served with more time and certainty about the risks posed by this latest variant.
  • While changing return dates only makes CHROs’ jobs even more complex, the bigger issue that companies will soon need to address is the definition of fully vaccinated. Companies should prepare now to re-evaluate their definition of fully vaccinated to better reflect what we’re learning about omicron and communicate that clearly to their employees.
  • Bryan Hancock, a partner with McKinsey & Co., said the challenge of fair performance reviews pre-dated Covid, but the pandemic amplified the need to get this right.
  • It will require a new way of doing things but fairness and equity in performance reviews can be achieved when there is a premium placed on transparency and consistent and open communication between managers and employees.
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Summit
Flagship member event with interactive sessions, panels, and marquee speakers.
November 3, 2021

2nd Annual WEC Summit

Workforce Executive Council | Future of Work | Leadership & Management | Talent Pipelines & Inclusion

The way we approach work is changing before our eyes. Technological advances, demographic shifts and new perspectives on the employee/employer relationship have led to a major cultural shift when it comes to the workforce. The Workforce Executive Council Virtual Summit convened WEC members to discuss key program themes, including the future of work, employee engagement and talent development, and diversity and inclusion. Chief human resource officers, diversity and inclusion leaders, and top talent and benefits executives often are the guardians of a company’s culture. They face a delicate balancing act, and the stakes are high. The role of the HR executive never has been more challenging — and the opportunities more exciting. As corporations and financial markets place more value on human capital concerns like stakeholder capitalism, corporate culture and jobs of the future, it’s clear that senior Human Resources Officers will be central to redefining how businesses survive and thrive in the next era.

Host

Tyler Mathisen, CNBC "Power Lunch" Co-Anchor and Vice President, Events Strategy

Speakers

Joseph Allen, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Associate Professor and Harvard Healthy Buildings Program Director

Masheika Allgood

Jared Bernstein, White House Council of Economic Advisers Member

Nicholas Bloom, Stanford University Professor of Economics

Heidi Brooks, Yale School of Management Senior Lecturer in Organizational Behavior

Lawrence O. Gostin, Georgetown University Professor, Founding O’Neill Chair in Global Health Law; World Health Organization Center on National and Global Health Law Director

Steve Pemberton, Workhuman Chief Human Experience Officer

Betsey Stevenson, University of Michigan Professor of Public Policy, Professor of Economics

November 3, 2021

2nd Annual WEC Summit

Workforce Executive Council | Future of Work | Leadership & Management | Talent Pipelines & Inclusion

The way we approach work is changing before our eyes. Technological advances, demographic shifts and new perspectives on the employee/employer relationship have led to a major cultural shift when it comes to the workforce. The Workforce Executive Council Virtual Summit convened WEC members to discuss key program themes, including the future of work, employee engagement and talent development, and diversity and inclusion. Chief human resource officers, diversity and inclusion leaders, and top talent and benefits executives often are the guardians of a company’s culture. They face a delicate balancing act, and the stakes are high. The role of the HR executive never has been more challenging — and the opportunities more exciting. As corporations and financial markets place more value on human capital concerns like stakeholder capitalism, corporate culture and jobs of the future, it’s clear that senior Human Resources Officers will be central to redefining how businesses survive and thrive in the next era.

Key Points

  • The labor shortage and what it will take for companies to attract and retain talent remains top-of-mind for WEC members. Betsey Stevenson, a professor of economics and public policy at the University of Michigan, encouraged council members to invest in workplace flexibility and focus on the humanity of their workers to reinvigorate current employees and attract new ones. “People are reevaluating their jobs and lives. They figured out what they really want, so they’re searching for something different,” she told CNBC’s Sara Eisen.
  • Flexibility is the key to keeping both sides engaged, said Nicholas Bloom, Stanford University Professor of Economics, in conversation with CNBC’s Dominic Chu. Bloom said 40% of the U.S. workforce is going utilize some type of hybrid work option, whether employees are coming into the office 2 or 3 days per week.
  • In a hybrid space, Brooks said companies can foster a culture of learning across all levels of employment to facilitate this transition. “It's a huge time for learning because everyone knows that we haven't been around this corner. Hybrid work is new for us,” Brooks said.
  • “Vaccines and economic progress, revenue growth, income growth, wage growth, jobs, GDP industrial production; every variable that I look at seems highly and positively elastic to wiggles in the [Covid-19] caseload,” Jared Bernstein, White House Council of Economic Advisers Member, said to Kayla Tausche, CNBC Senior White House Correspondent.
  • According to Masheika Allgood, AllAI Consulting Founder, HR professionals should acquire three skills when it comes to AI: understand what it is, what it’s good at, and what its limitations are. “When it comes to AI, there's this hands-off fear,” Allgood said. “Like, ‘No, the data scientists know best.’ They know how to code, but they don't know what you know.”
  • Alison Borland, Alight EVP, Wealth Solutions and Strategy, in a conversation with Devin Banerjee, LinkedIn Editor at Large stated that wellbeing can be defined in four dimensions: a healthy body, healthy mind, healthy wallet and healthy life.
  • With a recent vaccine mandate for federal workers, larger companies with 100 or more employees may soon mandate vaccinations or routine testing against Covid-19. This may lead to more employees getting vaccinated to avoid the time, cost and hassle of regular testing, said Lawrence O. Gostin, Georgetown University Professor, Founding O’Neill Chair in Global Health Law; World Health Organization Center on National and Global Health Law Director, in a conversation with CNBC’s Contessa Brewer.
  • “Greater ventilation leads to significantly better cognitive function performance of employees,” Joseph Allen, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Associate Professor and Harvard Healthy Buildings Program Director, said to CNBC’s Meg Tirrell “It is good for worker health, productivity and performance.”
  • Steve Pemberton, Workhuman Chief Human Experience Officer and author of “The Lighthouse Effect: How Ordinary People Can Have an Extraordinary Impact in the World,” in a conversation with CNBC’s Sharon Epperson shared “When you work in human resources, you are, in essence, the people who take care of people and you get to see all these human stories." “Perhaps as you are navigating your own daily life, you are being a lighthouse to someone else who might draw strength and courage and conviction just from your presence,” he told WEC members.
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Town Hall
An interactive, roundtable-style discussion. For members only.
September 22, 2021

How Are You Doing? A New Approach to Tackle the Burnout Crisis

Workforce Executive Council | Crisis Management & Resilience | Leadership & Management

How are you doing? A new approach to tackle the burnout crisis with Jennifer Moss, author of "The Burnout Epidemic: The Rise of Chronic Stress and How We Can Fix It", and CNBC's Sharon Epperson.

Host

Sharon Epperson, CNBC Senior Personal Finance Correspondent

Speakers

Jennifer Moss, Author of The Burnout Epidemic: The Rise of Chronic Stress and How We Can Fix It   

September 22, 2021

How Are You Doing? A New Approach to Tackle the Burnout Crisis

Workforce Executive Council | Crisis Management & Resilience | Leadership & Management

How are you doing? A new approach to tackle the burnout crisis with Jennifer Moss, author of "The Burnout Epidemic: The Rise of Chronic Stress and How We Can Fix It", and CNBC's Sharon Epperson.

Key Points

  • To change the workplace culture that causes employee burnout, companies must first separate their well-being strategy and burnout prevention strategy. One is more upstream, looking at macro causes and fixing them, while the other promotes motivation,” says Jennifer Moss, author of “The Burnout Epidemic: The Rise of Chronic Stress and How We Can Fix It”.
  • According to Moss, create psychological safety and a safe space for employees through a diverse work team with different perspectives.
  • “Instead of recycling the same content, brief weekly team meetings must provide transparent communication reflecting on how the team worked together that week and how to collectively improve moving forward,” states Moss.
  • A certain comfort level must be established for employees to understand that their mental health is valued in the company. Therefore, executives must set the tone and display through their personal workstyle that mental health should be a priority for everyone. “Simple, thoughtful actions done with repetition equal positive well-being outcomes,” says Moss.
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Breaking News
A roundtable discussion on a devleoping, pressing breaking news topic impacting member executives.
August 30, 2021

Recruiting, Retaining, and Returning to the Workplace

Workforce Executive Council | Talent Pipelines & Inclusion

The start of Septembr was critical in how companies navigate vaccine requirements, masking, and the return to the office. As summer winds down and fall kicks into action, we invite you to join us as we discuss the tight labor market and what some companies are doing to recruit and retain their employees. Watch live as CNBC Workforce Executive Council members DJ Casto of Synchrony, Tanya Harris of RealTruck and Nickle LaMoreaux of IBM participate in this panel addressing the challenges ahead and solutions we all should consider.

Host

Jen Geller, CNBC Senior Councils Editor

Speakers

DJ Casto, Synchrony EVP & Chief Human Resources Officer

Tanya Harris, RealTruck Executive Director, Human Resources

Nickle LaMoreaux, IBM Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer

August 30, 2021

Recruiting, Retaining, and Returning to the Workplace

Workforce Executive Council | Talent Pipelines & Inclusion

The start of Septembr was critical in how companies navigate vaccine requirements, masking, and the return to the office. As summer winds down and fall kicks into action, we invite you to join us as we discuss the tight labor market and what some companies are doing to recruit and retain their employees. Watch live as CNBC Workforce Executive Council members DJ Casto of Synchrony, Tanya Harris of RealTruck and Nickle LaMoreaux of IBM participate in this panel addressing the challenges ahead and solutions we all should consider.

Key Points

  • According to DJ Casto, Synchrony CHRO, satisfying employee needs is not a “one size fits all” situation. Offer flexibility and choice to fit the employees’ personal and professional needs for them to truly excel. "Offer competitive wages for all the roles which are important to drive the business forward.”
  • During a labor shortage, Nickle LaMoreaux, IBM Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer advises that, “Companies must take a ‘skills first’ approach. To retain talent, focus less on how or where applicants learned a skill and more on if they actually have it."
  • “As a smaller company, personal development is a key marketing point to sell. Not only can the company pay its workers competitively, but it will also provide a skill set that workers can use beyond their career at the company,” says Tanya Harris, RealTruck Executive Director of HR.
  • The current labor shortage is not just a wage issue. Applicants are reflecting on why they want to work, therefore companies must also stay true to their values and establish policies and programs that continuously reinforce them.
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Town Hall
An interactive, roundtable-style discussion. For members only.
June 24, 2021

Evolving the Workplace: How to Be an Agent of Change — Now

Workforce Executive Council | Future of Work

In her new book, How to Change: The Science of Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be, Wharton Professor Katy Milkman looks at the science of change and how to break through the barriers holding us back—be it within ourselves and organizations large and small. She joins the CNBC Workforce Executive Council as we discuss the changes we want to see in this next phase of work.

Host

Sharon Epperson, CNBC Senior Personal Finance Correspondent

Speakers

Katy Milkman, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania Professor

June 24, 2021

Evolving the Workplace: How to Be an Agent of Change — Now

Workforce Executive Council | Future of Work

In her new book, How to Change: The Science of Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be, Wharton Professor Katy Milkman looks at the science of change and how to break through the barriers holding us back—be it within ourselves and organizations large and small. She joins the CNBC Workforce Executive Council as we discuss the changes we want to see in this next phase of work.

Key Points

  • Vaccine convenience still matters. Employers can potentially increase vaccinations among employees through on-site vaccination centers.
  • The majority of people who are unvaccinated are not extremely opposed to the vaccine, so there is still an opportunity to convince them about safety and convenience.
  • In moments that seem like major turning points, such as switching from remote to in-office work, motivate individuals to be more productive and welcome change.
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Past
Speakers

  • Valerie Jarrett

    Former Obama White House Sr. Advisor

    Eric Yuan

    CEO, Zoom

    Tiger Tyagarajan

    CEO, Genpact

    Erika H. James

    Dean, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

    Bill McDermott

    President and CEO, ServiceNow

    Congresswoman Yvette Clarke

    U.S. Representative (NY)

    Caryn Seidman-Becker

    Co-Founder & Chairman, CLEAR

    Tsedal Neeley

    Professor, Harvard Business School

  • Dr. Scott Gottlieb

    Fmr Commissioner, Food & Drug Administration

    Mary-Frances Winters

    President & CEO, The Winters Group

    Cassandra Hatton

    Sotheby's Global Head of Science & Popular Culture Dept.

    Fran Katsoudas

    CHRO, Cisco & WEC Member

    Katy Milkman

    Professor, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

    Kenneth Feinberg

    Attorney, Mediation & Dispute Resolution

    Jim McKelvey

    Co-Founder, Square

    John Chambers

    JC2 Ventures CEO and Cisco Systems Chairman Emeritus

  • Henrique Dubugras

    Brex Co-Founder & Co-CEO

    Sharon Epperson

    CNBC Senior Personal Finance Correspondent

    Andrew Ross Sorkin

    “Squawk Box” Co-Anchor

    Jon Fortt

    “TechCheck” Co-Anchor

    Deirdre Bosa

    “TechCheck” Co-Anchor

    Julia Boorstin

    CNBC Senior Media & Entertainment Correspondent

    Meg Tirrell

    CNBC Senior Health & Science Reporter

    Seema Mody

    CNBC Global Markets Reporter and Host, “Trading Nation”