Friday, May 17


8:00 a.m.–Noon Registration
8:00–9:00 a.m. Full Breakfast Buffet
Granite Ballroom E-H
Granite Ballroom A-D
9:00–10:15 a.m. GENERAL SESSION

Building a Workplace of the Future and a Connected Culture to Further Employee Engagement

Employee engagement is integral to your business. A highly engaged workforce can mean the difference between just getting by and leading in your respective industry. And, engagement goes far beyond retention metrics—it is about the personal connection and passion individual employees have for where they work and how they work. Ally Financial has developed a multi-pronged, winning employee engagement strategy. Ally’s strategy centers around the idea that personal and professional lives aren’t separate or single, they are combined, and it’s vital to help people create careers with meaning. As such, Sarah Comstock, Executive Director of Internal Communications, will explore how the company has created a highly engaged workplace where people want to work and feel connected both personally and professionally by creating a culture that helps them achieve careers with meaning. You’ll learn how the company uses internal news content that’s relatable and authentically human, flexible and collaborative work arrangements, localized employee give-back efforts, and a robust diversity and inclusion program to empower its employees. Ms. Comstock will explore:

*   The importance of fueling your company’s “culture engine”—and how to keep the momentum going strong
*   How to establish a work environment where employees feel connected both personally and professionally and can ultimately improve output and employee retention
*   The success of Ally Financial’s new employee resource groups (ERGs) and how this framework can be used as a guide for developing your own efforts to embrace diversity and inclusion in a new way
*   How to effectively cultivate a culture of volunteerism—and how those efforts can translate into better employee engagement
*   How the company’s employee news and social media content—including a digital newsletter deemed The BRIEFally, social media series #equALLYHuman, and video series “Elevator Pitch” – promote understanding, camaraderie and support Ally’s underlying mission to create a 360-approach to employee engagement
Sarah N. Comstock, Executive Director, Internal Communications, Ally Financial Inc.
Granite Ballroom A-D

10:15–10:30 a.m. Break

The Anything and Everything Legal Update

Bettye will bring you significant employment law developments from 2019, and looking forward to 2020.

Bettye Lynn, Lloyd Gosselink Rochelle & Townsend, P.C. and Lynn Law, PLLC
Granite Ballroom A-D