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Breakout Session

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Presentation Details

Forms of employee recognition and rewards have been a part of organizations for over a century to improve employee engagement and retention. Over the decades, approaches have been modernized and companies are implementing more holistic recognition strategies to improve the overall employee experience.  This session will share combined experiences and learnings from hundreds of organizations that have upgraded their recognition and reward strategy.


In this session, you will learn:

  • Why focusing on a Recognition strategy is critical in today’s workplaces and how it can be leveraged through economic uncertainty

  • The evolution of Employee Recognition, and why certain methods are outdated and no longer adequate on their own

  • Proven effective methods and practical solutions to creating a culture of appreciation

  • A live case study from OneStream on implementing employee listening into their organization.


Speaker Bios:

Merrily McGugan

Merrily McGugan is Vice President at WorkTango, the only holistic Employee Experience Platform built for the modern workplace that enables meaningful recognition and rewards, offers actionable insights through employee surveys, and supports alignment through goal setting and feedback. Prior to helping organizations improve (work) lives at WorkTango, Merrily led teams at B2B technology companies LogicMonitor, Khoros, and dataxu (acquired by Roku in 2019). Merrily has also previously held positions at Omnicom’s Communispace; Accenture – Sydney, Australia; and Havas’ Arnold Worldwide, where she won two Hatch awards for her work on the award-winning truth™ and Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey accounts. Merrily is a published author and holds a B.A. with honors from Harvard University.

Jaime Seba

Jaime Seba is the Director of Talent Development and Engagement at OneStream Software, where she oversees learning, performance, onboarding, internal communications, and culture programming for a global workforce of more than 1,200 employees. She has more than 20 years of experience in talent development and inclusion.

Jaime’s career began as a Gannett News reporter before shifting into non-profit public education, where she developed the first LGBT-focused breast cancer awareness initiative through the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Her move to corporate talent development began in the hospitality industry with Carnival Corporation for more than 12 years, before her transition to the exciting world of start-ups with Clutter Inc.,, and now OneStream. Jaime has also published 12 books on topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion for youths facing persistent prejudice.

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