Not the Fun Police: Leveraging HR the Right Way
Monday, March 16
5:00PM - 6:00PM
Hilton Austin Downtown
500 E 4th St
There is a fundamental misunderstanding in startup culture about the role of HR professionals. Long misperceived as the fun police tasked with setting up insurance policies and settling internal employee disputes, human resources has been de-emphasized at many startups for fear of dampening an anything goes company culture. By avoiding establishing a healthy human resources practices early on, startups are losing out on the opportunity to develop a diverse, healthy culture, to attract the best talent, and to create a place where people want to work. Moreover, they end up dealing with major, and sometimes public, crises.
Veteran HR professionals Kelli Dragovich of Github and Margaret Wheeler, Chief People and Culture Officer at Stitch Fix and former SVP, People Potential at lululemon athletica, will discuss how best to build a healthy company culture for the long term, how to recruit the best people, and lessons learned from their careers.
Kelli Dragovich is the vice president of human resources at GitHub, where she leads the team responsible for enabling the rapidly growing company to scale effectively. She’s passionate about buildi...Show the rest
Kelli Dragovich is the vice president of human resources at GitHub, where she leads the team responsible for enabling the rapidly growing company to scale effectively. She’s passionate about building a diverse, welcoming, and productive environment for the company’s growing global workforce. Prior to GitHub, Kelli was a senior HR leader at NOOK Media, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, and has previously held senior HR positions at RockYou!, Yahoo!, and Intuit. Kelli is a mother of twin boys and the ultimate sports enthusiast - even competing as an ametur boxer in the past. She attended Santa Clara University where she played Division I softball and graduated with a degree in Psychology, before going on to receive a Masters in Organizational Psychology from Alliant International University in San Diego.Hide the rest
Chief People & Culture Officer
Margaret’s mission is to create and maintain a consistently amazing experience for all Stitch Fix employees through hiring, developing and retaining incredible people. She believes that a strong cu...Show the rest
Margaret’s mission is to create and maintain a consistently amazing experience for all Stitch Fix employees through hiring, developing and retaining incredible people. She believes that a strong culture combined with leadership development is essential to creating an enduring brand loved by both employees and clients alike. Prior to joining Stitch Fix, Margaret was the Senior Vice President, People Potential at lululemon athletica. She was responsible for creating strategies to support business growth while developing leaders in stores and the lululemon community, and played a significant role in building one of the most recognized cultures in the retail world. Prior to lululemon, spent 15 years with Starbucks Coffee Company, in a broad range of roles including VP, Global Learning and Development. Margaret holds a B.A. in Humanistic Studies and English Literature from St. Mary’s College, South Bend, IN and an M.A., Anglo Irish Literature from University College, Dublin, Ireland.Hide the rest