Fireside Chat and Reception


Activism@Work & HR's Role

40% of US employees polled say a company’s actions on societal issues impacts their decision to work there. HR’s role in managing the complexities of employees who want to express themselves on controversial issues is critical at a time when employee activism is on the rise. Because of social media and other platforms, virtually all employees are brand ambassadors with a megaphone and an audience, posing strong reputational and organizational gains or risks.

In this off-the-record session, hear how three dynamic workplace leaders address employee activism and understand how activism might tie to your organization’s culture or productivity so you can make informed decisions about engaging on divisive social issues like equality, immigration, sexual harassment in the workplace and more.

This session is closed to members of the press.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, March 16, 2020 - 4:30pm to 6:15pm

Steve Clemons


Steve Clemons is Editor at Large of The Hill, America's most read political media publication.  Clemons is also host of the weekly Al Jazeera show on American politics and global issues, The Bottom Line. Previously, Clemons served as Editor at Large of The Atlantic and has been a long time politics and economic issues contributor to MSNBC. He is proprietor of the popular political blog, The Washington Note.  He also founded and serves as Senior Fellow of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation where he previously served as Executive Vice President.  Prior to this, Clemons served as Executive Vice President of the Economic Strategy Institute, was Senior Economic & International Affairs Advisor to Senator Jeff Bingaman, and was the founding Executive Director of the Nixon Center, now re-named the Center for National Interest. 

Clemons serves on the advisory boards of the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College and of the Eastern European national security think tank, GLOBSEC. 

Frederick S. Humphries, Jr.

Frederick S.
Humphries, Jr.

Fred Humphries is Corporate Vice President of U.S Government Affairs for Microsoft. Under his leadership, U.S. Government Affairs provides expertise in policy, outreach, political engagement, and government affairs that helps advance the company’s advocacy goals.

Humphries is Microsoft’s chief public policy advocate internally and externally on all aspects of federal, state and civic affairs. He sets the company’s strategy and government affairs outreach on the most pressing policy issues facing the technology industry including cloud computing, taxes, privacy, trade, cyber security, education, immigration, and emerging technologies.  He also communicates with policymakers on Microsoft’s leadership role in fostering economic and job opportunities in the U.S.

In 2000, Humphries joined Microsoft as Director of State Governmental Affairs, building a team responsible for outreach to our nation’s governors, mayors and local elected officials in every state capital.  In that position, Humphries integrated on-the-ground state advocacy work into Microsoft’s overall corporate strategy, in coordination with the public sector, policy and lobbying teams.  He was promoted to Microsoft’s Managing Director of U.S. Government Affairs in 2009 and Corporate Vice President in 2015.

Humphries received a J.D. from Temple University School of Law and a B.A. in Political Science from Morehouse College.

He proudly serves on the boards of numerous non-profit and public service organizations including Temple University Beasley School of Law, WETA Board of Trustees, Information Technology Industry Council, The Information Technology Industry Foundation, Internet Association, National Association of Manufacturers, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Martha’s Table Leadership Council,, Ford’s Theatre Board of Governors and the USTR Trade Advisory Committee on Africa. 

Humphries resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife Kim. They have two adult children.

Jocelyn Moore


As the National Football League’s chief communications officer, Moore oversees all aspects of corporate affairs for the 100-year-old professional sports league, including football communications, strategic communications, corporate communications, executive communications, internal and stakeholder communications, government affairs, social responsibility and community relations. She first joined the NFL in 2016 to lead the league's Washington, D.C. office. 

Moore has been honored as a member of the inaugural class of “Notable Women in the Business of Sports” by Crain's New York Business and as a “Sports Betting Power Player” by both Sports Business Journal and Business Insider. 

Prior to joining the NFL, Moore served as a Managing Director in The Glover Park Group’s Government Affairs Division and spent 15 years in the United States Senate, most recently as Deputy Staff Director of the United States Senate Committee on Finance. 

Moore is a proud graduate of the University of Florida, where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She is a member of the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. and currently serves on the boards of the DC Rape Crisis Center, the University of Florida Foundation, the University of Florida Alumni Association, and the West Virginia University Health System. 

Holly Tyson


Tyson was the Chief Human Resources Officer for Dick’s Sporting Goods from August 2016 to January 2020. In this role, she was responsible for leading the overall talent strategy for the Company, while ensuring that the culture, practices, policies and operations aligned with the strategic organizational priorities and values.  She also provided strategic human resources leadership to the executive management team and board of directors.

Prior to joining DICK'S, Tyson served as the Chief Human Resources Officer at The Brink's Company from August 2012 to July 2016.

Prior to joining The Brink's Company, she was at Bristol-Myers Squibb from 2004 to 2012 with her final role as Vice President Human Resources U.S. Pharmaceuticals.

She began her career at Accenture & Cigna Corporation.  Tyson holds a Master's degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University and a Bachelor's degree from the College of William & Mary.  She lives outside of Pittsburgh, PA with her husband and two boys and enjoys travel, skiing with her family and fitting in a run every now and then.

Renaissance Ballroom
Session Type: 
General Session
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