As a leader, wouldn’t it be amazing to build a great culture for your business? For four years running, TINYcon has gathered leaders from around the world who believe investing in culture, people, and transparent feedback will take their leadership to the next level.


11:00AM – 2:00PM

Registration Opens

Welcome! Grab your name tag and a free goodie bag and start forging relationships with some like-minded peers. Our team of TINYpulsers will be on hand to answer any questions you may have and help you get settled in.

2:00PM – 5:15PM

PULSE Certification 


This workshop is designed specifically to get you well-versed in the PULSE Framework. Hear directly from TINYpulse’s Customer Success team and get a start-to-finish understanding of this groundbreaking methodology. You’ll also learn:

  • How to form a culture committee
  • Steps to becoming a cultural leader
  • How to use the PULSE framework in any situation

Get the foundation you need to succeed with TINYpulse and get the maximum value from your subscription.

SHRM and HRCI credit hours pending. Inquire at for details.

PULSE Certification


This certification is for TINYpulse users who are already familiar with the PULSE Framework. No theory here — this session is chock full of actionable takeaways:

  • Hear case studies and war stories with solutions
  • Exchange ideas with leaders like you
  • Share your TINYpulse story

You’ll love meeting YOUR tribe of leaders who put people and culture first.

SHRM and HRCI credit hours pending. Inquire at for details.

5:15PM – 6:15PM

Networking Happy Hour

We expect this year’s conference to be our largest and most diverse event to date, with attendees flying in from across the country and representing a wide variety of industries. Get to know some of the best and brightest in the HR space and exchange tips with other event goers.

7:00AM – 8:00AM

Networking Breakfast

08:00AM – 08:15AM

Welcome and Opening Keynote

David Niu — Founder & CEO, TINYpulse

08:15AM – 09:00AM

HR at Scale

In this session, Sharon will share lessons from turning culture around at Sam’s Club, one of the world’s largest employers.

When the CEO of Sam’s Club departed, the company was without a CEO for about four months. During that same time period, Sam’s Club also lost its Chief Merchandising Officer and EVP of Operations.

For four entire months, the company was without its three most critical leaders. Sam’s Club limped through the holidays, experienced a re-org/layoff, and saw morale plummet. The timing could not be worse.

Join Sharon to learn how she skyrocketed morale and partnered with the new CEO of Sam’s Club to make culture and alignment a sustainable advantage.

Sharon Orlopp — ex SVP of People, Sam’s Club

09:00AM – 09:30AM

VR in HR

Experience the next megatrend that Fortune 500 companies are using to transform HR and people development, from interviewing to training to support.

Virtual reality carries a lot of buzz. Join Rachel to learn how VR is turbocharging training programs in a way no other technology can match.

Rachel will share the science, learnings, and applications of today and the future of VR in HR. The Pixvana team will also bring headsets so you can experience it live first hand.

Rachel Lanham — Chief Operating Officer, Pixvana

09:30AM – 10:00AM

Morning Break

10:00AM – 10:30AM

The Science of Retention

Join Dr. Holtom to marry cutting-edge research with tactical takeaways YOU can implement on day 1 back at their office.

Professor Brooks Holtom produced one of the most cited research papers in the history of the employee engagement field, and has spent the the last 20 years researching organizational people practices. His specialty is how organizations acquire, develop and retain human and social capital.

Dr. Brooks Holtom — Professor of Management, Georgetown University

10:30AM – 11:00AM

Secrets of Great Coaching and 1-on-1s

Expert Panelists:

11:00AM – 11:30AM

What’s New at TINYpulse — TINYcon Exclusive First Look

Learn about the next generation of tools for managers to create happy, high-performing teams.

This session always leaves our attendees buzzing and rushing the Genius Bar to discuss recently launched and upcoming features. Join Dave to learn what we’ve been hard at work on, based on feedback from customers like you, and how that will enable you to make your employees happier.

Dave Hajdu — Head of Product, TINYpulse

11:30AM – 12:30PM

Networking Lunch

12:30PM – 01:15PM

HR in National Security

Learn the secrets of building and inspiring a team that saves lives worldwide from within the US Government.

From a high-flying entrepreneur to building a startup within the Pentagon, Chris shares riveting lessons and stories from the front lines of how when his team misses deadlines, lives are at risk. He reported directly to General Mattis, who was the President’s former Secretary of Defense.

Chris was fanatical about intentionally creating an unique culture within the Pentagon, and will share lessons learned through his journey. Chris Lynch cofounded the Defense Digital Service after serving as part of the United States Digital Service team at the White House.

Chris Lynch — ex Director, US Digital Defense Service

01:15PM – 01:45PM

Culture is Everyone’s Responsibility

Expert Panelists:

01:45PM – 02:15PM

Sleep is the New Black

For a hot minute, meditation was the hot well-being trend. Sleep is now the new black. Inadequate sleep causes over $400 billion in losses country-wide each year.

The most shocking part is perhaps the normalcy of it all, as the RAND report revealed that only 20 to 30 percent of workers complain about not sleeping.

We can’t achieve peak performance without adequate sleep. That’s why Jeff consulted with championship sports teams so they can get more sleep. He’ll share tips to help you get more sleep tonight, and best practices that you can share with your team.

Jeff Kahn is Co-Founder and CEO at Rise Science, a sleep behavior change company. His research and work has has been featured in the NY Times, ESPN, AP and the Wall Street Journal.

Jeff Kahn — Co-Founder and CEO, Rise Science

02:15PM – 02:45PM

Afternoon Break

02:45PM – 03:15PM


Expert Panelists

03:15PM – 03:45PM

HR in Government

Learn how to apply human-centered principles to any workplace culture, with leadership techniques used at the higest levels of Washington State government.

Renée serves at as Director of Workplace Transformation at Results Washington, in the Office of the Governor, where she leads a statewide program of A Human Workplace: Make Government More Human to apply human-centered principles and practices to state government workplace cultures.

Renee Smith — Director of Workplace Transformation, at Results Washington

03:45PM – 04:30PM

HR in Sports

Learn first hand the vital role culture comes into play on winning sports teams, so that your team can be at their best.

Lisa Brummel took all her HR expertise from a twenty-five year career at Microsoft and injected it into the Seattle Storm, the 2018 WNBA Champions and a celebrated team that she owns.

Join Lisa to learn how to challenge the status quo. Hear her philosophy for selecting front office staff, coaches, and players.

Lisa Brummel — Owner, Seattle Storm

4:30PM – 5:00PM

Closing Thoughts & Farewell

David Niu — Founder & CEO, TINYpulse

5:00PM – 8:30PM

DineAround Seattle — Exclusive Networking Dinner Event

Meet up at the registration desks at 5:30 PM to depart for a delicious Dine Around!

VIP attendees are invited to join us for dinner at some of Seattle’s top restaurants. This is a great opportunity to network with other members in the TINYpulse community, share stories and continue exchanging ideas.

Members of the TINYpulse team will accompany each group of diners to act as expert resources for TINYpulse best practices and offer advice on growing your company culture.

8:45PM – Late

TINYcon Afterparty — VIP Celebration Event

Details coming soon. Rest assured, we’re cooking up something big!

TINYcon 2019 Speakers

TINYcon 2019 features an incredible lineup of the best and brightest in the world of employee engagement. Join us to hear powerful stories from leaders who have redefined people management. From Sharon Orlopp, former Global Chief Diversity Officer of Walmart to Jeff Kahn, Cofounder and CEO at Rise Science, our speakers will inspire you to build an outstanding employee experience.

Sharon Orlopp

Sharon Orlopp

Chief Human Resources Officer, Core Scientific

Sharon Orlopp is the Chief Human Resources Officer for Core Scientific, a blockchain technology start-up. She recently retired as the Global Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Vice President, Corporate HR. At Walmart, she was responsible for advancing a diverse and inclusive workforce of 2.2 million associates worldwide.

Jeff Kahn

Jeff Kahn

Co-Founder and CEO at Rise Science,

Jeff Kahn is Co-Founder and CEO at Rise Science, a sleep behavior change company. He believes that people need to be healthy to achieve their potential in the world.

Jeff’s research and work has has been featured in the NY Times, ESPN, AP and the Wall Street Journal.

Chris Lynch

Chris Lynch

Director at Digital Defense Service

Chris Lynch is proud to cofound the Defense Digital Service after serving as part of the United States Digital Service team at the White House. At USDS, Chris has focused on revamping the technology, processes, and policies around the delivery of benefits to the men and women serving our country. Chris is a serial entrepreneur with startups ranging from consumer to enterprise venture-backed solutions.

David Niu

David Niu

Founder and CEO of TINYpulse

The author of the book Careercation, David Niu is a visionary leader who believes that a great employee experience is essential to a successful business. He’s been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, and CNN on employee engagement issues. A high-energy and engaging speaker, David keeps a regular conference and convention schedule, speaking about culture, competition, and employee happiness.

Rachel Lanham

Rachel Lanham

COO at Pixvana

Rachel Lanham, is an accomplished leader with decades of experience delivering transformation and growth in startup and Fortune 500 settings. At Pixvana, she works closely with innovative companies to help them solve critical business challenges using immersive technologies. She dreams of a world where all companies leverage XR storytelling to engage employees, prospects, and fans.