OPEN 2018 update: announcing 5 New Sessions you won’t want to miss

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It’s hard to believe, but OPEN is just 5 weeks away!

At the end of every month, I get the honor of unveiling the newest sessions and speakers. I’m thrilled to share the latest additions. I continue to be blown away by how our community is rallying around this event and by the caliber of the industry leaders that are taking the stage to lend their expertise and experience.

(Don’t forget, there are only three days left to secure your spot at OPEN 2018 at discounted pricing. On March 1, two-day conference tickets will jump from $849 to $1,095, and our half-day immersive bias workshop will go from $399 to $499.)

The latest OPEN speakers include:

  • Jennifer Turner, HR Strategy Consultant, Alphabet Companies at Google
  • Jolen Anderson, Chief Diversity Officer at Visa
  • Andres Traslavina, Director of Global Executive Recruiting, Whole Foods
  • Nissa Booker, Head of Talent Acquisition, Buzzfeed
  • Susan Lee, VP of People, Warby Parker
  • Tyler Benjamin, SVP of HR, SoulCycle

Here’s a snapshot of the newest content you can expect from OPEN:

1. Employment Law AMA (Ask Me Anything)

HR law can be daunting, especially when it comes to the intricacies and regulations. Employment Lawyer and Partner at Cooley, Gerard O’Shea, will be at OPEN to answer your most pressing and intriguing questions during this AMA session - come prepared with your most burning questions.

2. Practical Tips to Improve your Diversity & Inclusion Practices and Enable High-Performing Workplaces

Featuring: Tariq Meyers (Lyft), Rich Cho (Chan Zuckerberg Initiative), Jolen Anderson (Visa)

The path for developing a Diversity & Inclusion strategy is not always straightforward, but it’s incredibly rewarding. It’s no secret that more diverse teams experience better business results - and it’s just the right thing to do. Hear from the professionals who are moving the needle and innovating how companies build inclusive cultures. You’ll walk away from this panel discussion with practical tips and tools you can apply immediately.

3. Elevating the Game: People Teams as Strategic Business Drivers

Featuring: Marilyn Miller (Anaplan), Jennifer Turner (Google), Diane Adams (McGraw-Hill)

People Teams strive to become a helpful and strategic business partner within their organization, and the conversation around the importance of hiring and People Teams in the business is gaining momentum and credibility as we’re seening more and more CEOs come from HR backgrounds. In this session, hear from some of the leading HR officers in the world. You’ll have a chance to talk to people who are successfully giving People Teams a seat at the table, and bring back learnings to your own organization.

4. Trends in HR According to the Experts

Featuring: George LaRocque (HRWins), Madeline Laurano (Aptitude Research Institute), William Tincup (Recruiting Daily), and Tim Sackett (Fistful of Talent)

Everyone’s got an opinion on what the latest trends are, but in this panel you’ll hear from the experts that spend their days analyzing and researching the HR industry. During this interactive session, four of the most trusted HR technology analysts will take the stage to share top trends in the field and then answer questions from the audience in an exciting discussion.

5. Give Away Your Legos - Wise Words For Scaling Companies

Molly Graham, VP of Operations at the Chan Zuckerberg Institute, is a well-known name in the business world. Her experience in helping companies scale and grow at lightning speed is as prominent as her wisdom around how to think about change. Molly will share insights from her own experience growing fast-scaling teams at Google, Facebook and Quip in this must-attend talk.

As we’ve mapped out this killer line-up of sessions, we’ve also had a chance to sit down with a few of our speakers in the OPEN Q&A; blog series.

This time, we sit down with Andres Traslavina of Whole Foods Market about how the well-known consumer brand approaches hiring now that it’s part of the Amazon family. We also synced with Joelle Emerson, the CEO of Paradigm to hear how her career as a women’s rights lawyer propelled her to start a movement centered around diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

With March just around the corner, make sure to buy your OPEN 2018 tickets before Thursday, 3/1 to take advantage of our special February pricing. Two-day conference ticket prices will jump from $849 to $1,095, and our half-day immersive bias workshop will go from $399 to $499 on March 1. Get your tickets before they sell out at

See you in New York this April!

Maia Josebachvili

Maia Josebachvili

is Head of People at Stripe, and former VP of Marketing at Greenhouse. Maia has a decade of experience building and scaling teams. She was the Founder & CEO of Urban Escapes where she was named one of Inc. Magazine’s 30 Under 30. She later sold the company to LivingSocial and went on to run several business units there, hiring and managing a team of 800 full and part-time employees across the country. In a previous life chapter, Maia was a professional skydiver with 750+ jumps. Follow her on Twitter.