Talent Connect: Maintaining an Inclusive Culture in this Remote/Hybrid World

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Talent Connect: Maintaining an Inclusive Culture in this Remote/Hybrid World

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Ensuring that your employees feel connected to your company (including the mission, their bosses and fellow employees, and your shared values) is increasingly important in a post-COVID workplace. As more employees head back to the office – while many are still on a hybrid structure – finding ways to meaningfully connect on interpersonal communication, build inclusive workspaces, and setting expectations is crucial in today’s workplace.

In this session, we will discuss ways to:

  • Establish a communication structure
  • Build inclusivity
  • Provide equal opportunity and transparency
  • Establish ways to set boundaries and definitive deliverables


  • Jess Podgajny, Co-Founder & CEO, LLUNA


  • Vishal (‘Vish’) Punwani, CEO & Co-Founder, SoWork
  • Cath Riker, Managing Director, Retail, Northeast Market Unit People Engagement Lead, Accenture
  • Leslie Hafter, SVP of Operations, ORS Partners

Sponsored by:

  • Boomi
  • ORS Partners
  • SEI
  • Vanguard

Speaker Bios:

Jess Podgajny
Co-Founder & CEO

Jess Podgajny is a mom, culture curator, podcast host, and the co-founder & CEO of LLUNA – the TeamOS for hybrid and remote employers, combining personal user manuals and smart team dashboards to optimize how teams work together. Her passion for people and business fuels her mission to personalize the future of work. Jess and her family live in suburban Philadelphia.

Cath Riker
Managing Director, Retail, Northeast Market Unit People Engagement Lead

Cath Riker (she/her/hers) is a Managing Director in Accenture’s Retail Practice focusing on innovation to achieve scalable, sustainable results with her clients. She is passionate about building resilient, diverse teams who collaborate and win together. When she’s not partnering with her clients, she is the People Advocate for Accenture’s Northeast Market Unit, where she is committed to providing an engaging and inclusive environment for 10,000+ of Accenture’s colleagues.

Leslie Hafter
SVP of Operations
ORS Partners

Proven, experienced, dedicated Leader, Coach, and Mentor. Recognized for working collaboratively with teams, executive leadership, and clients to build consensus and achieve results. Delivers solutions to maximize integration, efficiency, and quality of recruitment functions. Partners with key stakeholders to ensure strategic Talent Acquisition goals, policies, and programs are aligned with business goals and priorities. Invested in developing employees to achieve their full potential, enabling them to deliver exceptional results to internal or external clients. Committed to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging inside and outside the work environment.

Vishal (‘Vish’) Punwani
CEO & Co-Founder

Vishal (‘Vish’) is the CEO and co-founder of SoWork – the ‘Workplace Metaverse’ – founded at Harvard’s iLab. SoWork started off as a more human way for his team to internally communicate, and now Fortune 10 companies and thousands of companies and startups alike enter the SoWork Metaverse to work, socialize, build communities, and host events.

Besides being a CEO, Vishal is a medical doctor, an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs, a Mentor at the Oxford Foundry, and Alumni Advisor at MassChallenge Boston. In his prior life, Vish worked at the World Health Organization in Geneva, and became one of the highest rated Teaching Fellows at Khan Academy in Health and Medicine. Vish likes traveling, playing videogames and hockey, and building things with smart people.


October 27
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Event Category:


Virtual Event
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