2014 Great Place to Work® Conference

April 3 - 4, 2014


Thursday, April 3

8:45 am CDT Welcome - 2014 Great Place to Work® Conference Embed     Watch On-Demand

Great Place to Work®
China Gorman, CEO

Moderator Marisa Stoltzfus
9:30 am CDT Opening Keynote: A Culture of Empowerment     Watch On-Demand
Keynote Introduction sponsored by EILEEN FISHER
Blake Nordstrom, President

Break: 10:15 am - 1:45 pm CDT
1:30 pm CDT Keynote: Success through Shared Accountability     Watch On-Demand
W.L. Gore & Associates
Terri Kelly, President and CEO

Known as the maker of Gore-Tex fabric and Glide dental floss, W.L. Gore & Associates employs more than 10,000 associates in 45 plants around the world. What sets them apart is the company's team-based, flat lattice organization that fosters personal initiative. In her session, peer-selected president and CEO Terri Kelly will explain how the absence of traditional organizational charts, no chains of command, nor predetermined channels of communication have contributed to the success of this global organization.

Break: 2:30 - 4:00 pm CDT
4:00 pm CDT Mutuality a Principle That Fosters a Shared Benefit     Watch On-Demand
Mars, Incorporated
Victoria B. Mars, Member, Board of Directors

Mars is a diverse, successful, global business that employs more than 72,000 Associates in 74 countries, and produces and markets some of the world's most iconic brands. Four generations of visible and active family leadership have built a culture rooted in Five Principles-- Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom. Associates at Mars understand the importance of consistently abiding by the Principles and how everyone benefits from being part of a principles-led business. The fact that Associates embed the Principles into every action and decision they make is at the core of Mars' success.

In her keynote address, Victoria Mars will share her own beliefs on how all Associates have a better chance of thriving when they feel respected, needed and appreciated. She will also provide insight into how Mars engages with its Associates through a culture of mutual respect empowering them to take responsibility for making a difference in both their own working environment and the communities in which they live. It is Victoria's belief that you can combine this more egalitarian culture with the sense of responsibility and passionate spirit that has underscored Mars' success.

Friday, April 4

9:15 am CDT Keynote Presentation: Workplaces, Human Health, and Social Sustainability     Watch On-Demand
Stanford University
Jeffrey Pfeffer, Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business

Despite employees becoming more vocal about requesting great workplaces, more flexibility, and a greater share of company profits, and many companies recognizing the benefits that can be realized through more people-friendly policies and cultures, many still have management practices that sicken and kill people, driving up health care costs in the process. It's well documented that heavy work demands and work-family conflict, coupled with long work hours, layoffs, and an absence of control over one's job can have adverse health effects on employees.

Drawing on his current research, author and organizational behavior expert, Jeffrey Pfeffer, estimates that there are more than 120,000 excess deaths in the U.S. that are the result of these detrimental management actions. Unfortunately, these practices that sicken employees do not actually improve profit or productivity, suggesting that these practices may be all in vain! In this session, Pfeffer will speak to specific areas for employers to focus on how to enhance human sustainability while cutting down on social pollution, waste, and excess cost. Pfeffer's latest research makes a powerful case for the business and human benefits of being a great workplace.

Break: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm CDT
3:00 pm CDT Closing Keynote Presentation: Not Everything That Counts Can Be Counted     Watch On-Demand
Quicken Loans
Bill Emerson, CEO

Numbers and money follow, they do not lead. That is one of 19 simple sayings Quicken Loans team members live by every day - and it's true. Spreadsheets can tell you numbers and formulas, but are useless when looking at the real human impact. The most important things, like innovation, creativity and a passion for client service can't be measured. So why do companies get so caught up on projections and complex data analysis, when what really matters are the people who make up their business? At Detroit-based Quicken Loans, America's largest online mortgage lender, they ask themselves one simple question - "How do we positively impact the outcome?" And that doesn't have to be the impact on the bottom line. You'd be surprised how asking one simple question can transform your business, your team members' morale and how they serve your clients.

About this conference

The annual Great Place to Work® Conference is the only national event that teaches, inspires and connects professionals across industries and functions to strengthen workplace culture through building trust. This premier event provides actionable information through presentations, panel discussions, and facilitated networking sessions.

About Great Place to Work®

Great Place to Work® is a global human resources consulting, research and training firm specializing in organizational trust. The Great Place to Work® Model is built on 25 years of research and data collected through our Trust Index© Employee Survey, which is taken by over 10 million employees annually worldwide.

Great Place to Work® provides leadership coaching and culture consulting services to businesses, non-profits and government agencies in 50 countries on all six continents. In the United States, Great Place to Work® also produces the annual FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list and Great Place to Work® Best Small & Medium Workplaces list published by FORTUNE.

For more information, visit: http://www.greatplacetowork.net