Monday, October 16

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


Welcome Reception

Location: P6 @ The LINE Austin

Tuesday, October 17

6:15 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.

Morning Yoga

Location: P6 @ The LINE Austin

7:30 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.


Location: Arlo Grey, Lobby Level

Main Programming

Location: Onyx Ballroom, Level 2

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Opening Keynote: Talent Rising: Reimagining Guild's Member Experience with AI

  • Rebecca Biestman, Chief Marketing Officer, Guild
  • Dean Carter, Chief People & Purpose Officer, Guild
  • Bijal Shah, Interim CEO, Guild

10:00 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.

Panel: The Impact of Fostering Cultures of Opportunity

When individuals unlock opportunity, communities uplift, companies grow, and we all rise. Learn more about how building comprehensive skilling and career pathways programs has helped businesses across industries reimagine internal mobility, impact attract and retain employees, and create robust talent pipelines.


  • Allan Calonge, Chief People Officer, Bon Secours Mercy Health
  • Tonya Cornileus, SVP, Learning & Talent Solutions, The Walt Disney Company
  • Christopher Shryock, Chief People Officer, Sam's Club
  • Moderator: Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., President & CEO, SHRM

10:40 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Guild Opportunity in Action Award

10:50 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.

Connection Break

11:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Panel: Strategic Skilling: Innovative Learning Solutions for an Agile and Evolving Workforce

In a rapidly evolving world, a dynamic skilling solution is paramount to a business’s ability to thrive in tomorrow’s economy. To meet this imperative, the most innovative education and learning providers are breaking from traditional structures so they can be more agile and equip individuals with the skills they need to grow their career today – without sacrificing the competencies needed for long-term career success. Get a peek behind the curtain at how skilling leaders are revolutionizing the learning experience, utilizing their expertise in learning for the working adult and insight into the priorities of leading corporations to upskill and reskill individuals and keeps businesses at the forefront of their industry.


  • Jeffrey Buening, Chief Operating Officer,
  • Eleanor Cooper, CEO, Pathstream
  • Dr. Gregory Fowler, President, University of Maryland Global Campus
  • Moderator: Dr. KimArie Yowell, Chief Diversity Officer at Rocket Companies & Chief Learning Officer, Rocket Central

12:00 p.m. - 12:40 p.m.

Panel: When Our Talent Rises We All Rise: How the Frontline is Our Way Forward

Meet the people who have the most to gain from your investment in education and upskilling programs: employees themselves. We’ll hear firsthand from front-line workers about their experience in pursuing a learning program while working full time. Explore the challenges they overcame and celebrate the triumphs they've achieved. We have no doubt you’ll gain new insight into how to shape programs that meet employees in their real lives, so they can unlock life-changing opportunities.


  • Janice Anglim, Executive Team Leader - Specialty Sales, Target
  • Juanita Desplas, Medical Assistant, Baylor Scott & White Health
  • Keisha Owens, Send Us Feedback Analyst, JPMC
  • Sherry Reese, Parts Room Attendant, Tyson
  • Moderator: Kiera Fernandez, Executive Vice President and Chief Community Impact and Equity Officer, Target

12:40 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Guild Opportunity in Action Award

12:50 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch

2:05 p.m. - 2:35 p.m.

Keynote: AI's Impact on the Future of Work


  • Peter Schwartz, Chief Futures Officer and SVP Strategic Planning, Salesforce

2:35 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Investing in the Next Generation of Corporate Education, Skilling, and Career Leaders: The Education and Career Mobility Fellowship

In partnership with UpSkill America at the Aspen Institute, Guild has launched a new fellowship designed specifically to invest in the next generation of corporate education, skilling, and career leaders. The Fellowship is an exclusive learning and professional growth series for early to mid-career education, skilling, and career mobility program managers and administrators at organizations affiliated with Guild. Join leaders from Walmart, PepsiCo, and USAA to learn about how this opportunity will equip our Fellows with the skills they need to thrive in current and future roles and to advance our shares goal of unlocking opportunity for America's Workforce.


  • Haley Glover, Director of UpSkill America, The Aspen Institute
  • Tamla Oates Forney, EVP & Chief Human Resource Officer, USAA
  • Lo Stomski, SVP, Associate Learning & Leadership, Walmart

3:00 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.

Guild Opportunity in Action Award

3:10 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Connection Break

3:40 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.

Panel: Making the Case for People Investments in a Volatile Economic Environment

The retention and skills development in the workforce have never mattered more to company strategy. At the same time, scrutiny hasn't been higher on these types of people investments in over a decade. Hear from Chief HR & People Officers about which investments they are pursuing, how they're building cross-functional buy-in, and what they're finding to be critical aspects of business cases in a post-covid world. Most importantly, they'll talk about how they're partnering to get their CEOs and CFOs beyond skepticism about these investments.


  • Beth Biggs, Group Vice President, Benefits & Employee Services Center, Charter Communications
  • Sarah King, Chief People & Diversity Officer, Darden
  • Tamla Oates Forney, EVP & Chief Human Resources Officer, USAA
  • Moderator: Jonathan Marek, Chief Customer Officer, Guild

4:20 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Guild Opportunity in Action Award

4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Keynote: A Conversation with Tara Westover, Bestselling Author of EDUCATED

Terrence Cummings, Chief Opportunity Officer at Guild, will host a conversation with Tara Westover, discussing the critical need and impact of equal access to education and mobility opportunities.

5:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Wrap Up & Reflections

5:45 p.m.

Buses begin to depart for Evening Event (meet in hotel lobby)

6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Evening Event

Location: The Belmont Austin, 305 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

Join us for an evening of connection and fun featuring a live band, fresh local food, refreshing drinks and multiple activities. Transportation will be provided to and from the Belmont. Walking is also an option for those looking to stretch their legs!

Wednesday, October 18

7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Breakfast Open

Location: Arlo Grey, Lobby Level

9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

HR Insights Interactive Workshop

Location: Onyx Ballroom, Floor 2

Guild is regularly engaging our members and learners, from the beginning of exploring education benefits to preparing for that next internal step in their career. During this session, we'll share some of the insights we're gathering in those interactions. We'll also spend much of this workshop with you sharing ideas and practices with your peers from other organizations to address these same insights. You should come away from this session with novel ideas that you can start applying right away!


  • Maura Cassidy, Principal, Solution Marketing, Guild
  • Matthew Daniel, Senior Principal of Talent Strategy & Mobility, Guild
  • Sarah Favreau, Senior Director of Solution Marketing, Guild
  • Kathy Qu, Senior Director of Product & Solution Marketing, Guild

Learning Partners Breakout (Guild Learning Partners Only)

Location: Topaz 1 + 2, Floor 2

We are gathering leading minds in education and skilling for an interactive session aimed to share best practices and engage in collaborative problem solving in areas of highest impact for employers and learners. With data on future of work skilling needs and working adult learner best practices, small groups will work through programmatic and learner experience design sprints to build something truly innovative. Breakout topics will include:

  • Skills-first program design
  • Ensuring AI competency for all
  • Outcomes improvement

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Industry Lunch Programs


Location: Topaz 1 + 2, Floor 2

An opportunity to connect with other industry leaders and learn from experts around transformation in the healthcare workforce. We will spend time discussing how to design for career mobility as well as opportunities for innovation within clinical education.


  • Allan Calonge, Chief People Officer, Bon Secours Mercy Health
  • Terrence Cummings, Chief Opportunity Officer, Guild
  • Renee Herzing, President, Herzing University
  • John Lacy, CHRO, AmeriVet Partners


Financial Services

Location: P6

Generative AI is set to transform business and jobs as we know them today - and employers want to know how to skill all segments of their workforce for an AI-powered future. Learn how Guild is positioning its learning marketplace to meet the needs of employers and learnings for this AI-powered future.


  • Chandler Koglmeier, Vice President, Marketplace Management & Ops, Guild


Retail, Grocery, Restaurants and Food & Hospitality

Location: Topaz 3, Floor 2

You will hear from program champions on how they were able to mobilize their organization around the Guild business case, how to maintain momentum and buy-in to build a strong partnership, and insights on other key challenges faced by businesses in the Retail, Grocery, and CPG space. This session will be heavily interactive and discussion based, so bring your questions, challenges, and obstacles to the table to ideate and consult with your peers on potential solutions!


  • Daniel Banks, Director of Global Benefits, Chipotle
  • Kristen Lee, Senior Director of Talent Management, Target
  • Tim McDonnell, Director, Strategic Employer Partnerships, Guild
  • Bridgette Mulder, VP of Talent Development, Stanley Black & Decker
  • Stephanie Quillen, Head of Talent and Transformation, Indigo Ag
  • Carly Saveraid, Engagement Manager, Guild


Grab N' Go Lunch will be available in Arlo Grey (lobby level) to anyone not attending an industry-focused program.