2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Not the Fun Police: Leveraging HR the Right Way

Monday, March 16
5:00PM - 6:00PM

Hilton Austin Downtown
Salon E
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.


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Kelli Dragovich

VP/Human Resources


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...

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Margaret Wheeler

Chief People & Culture Officer

Stitch Fix

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...

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