The Westin St. Francis
335 Powell Street

San Francisco, CA 94102


  • HR Thought Leadership
  • New Sequoia Product Unveil
  • Expert-Led Sessions
  • Latest Vendors and Innovators


March 12th

1:00PM - 8:00PM

Please register each individual from your team who will attend the event. 

A Sequoia client conference focused on the best practices of People-First companies.

Thursday • March 12, 2020 1PM

About the Event

It’s a half-day dedicated to bringing our client community together for learning and inspiration. An afternoon of unpacking people-first topics will conclude with the Sequoia WellBeyond Reception, where we've integrated some of the most forward-thinking vendors across mental, physical, emotional, and financial wellbeing into a social environment. You can connect with the vendors as well as network and collaborate with other high-tech leaders.

We'll bring the benchmarking, domain experts, and thought leaders, you bring the hard questions, the idea sharing, and experiences. Together, we’ll advance the people-first category. This year’s Grove has an expanded scope, addressing a broader range of roles and topics around your investment in and enhancement of your people.

The Grove is a client conference focused on the best practices of people-first companies. 

2:00-3:00 pm

3:00-4:00 pm

1:00-2:00 pm

Check-In & Networking

Unveiling of Sequoia's New Product for HR

Keynote: Preparing for the Next Decade of HR

4:00-5:00 pm

Breakout Tracks #1

Breakout Tracks #2

5:00-6:00 pm

6:00-8:00 pm

WellBeyond Cocktail Reception

Announcing our Keynote Speakers

We're excited to announce Total Rewards guru Michael Ross and Professor Hayagreeva Rao as our event keynote speakers. Michael, former CHRO at Visa and active advisor in the HR tech space, and Hayagreeva, Atholl McBean Professor of Organizational Behavior and HR at Stanford Business School, will guide us through Preparing for the Next Decade of HR. 

Preparing for the Next Decade of HR

Faculty Advisor

Stanford University

Faculty Director

Stanford University

Our 2020 Speakers Include

Head of Talent

Upfront Ventures

Head of Talent

GGV Capital

Talent Partner


Founder & Principal

Lalo Consulting

Leadership Coach

Reflective Management



Talent Partner


Managing Director

Industry Ventures

Chief Human Resources Officer


Co-Founder & CEO

Spring Health

VP, Total Rewards

Electronic Arts

Co-Founder & CEO




Vice President, Total Rewards


Sr. Director, Org Strategy

 & Transformation

Paradigm Strategy

Chief People Officer


Thought Leadership Breakout Sessions

Participate in two rounds of interactive breakout sessions

Session 1:
Attendees will select 1 session to attend

Session 2:
Attendees will select 1 session to attend

Give it to Me Straight: How HR Leaders and CFOs Want to be Sold To

Sequoia Vendors & Partners only

What VCs are Looking for Now

A good fit for:

Business & Finance Leaders

First Look: New Workforce Tech

A good fit for:

HR Teams & VC Talent Partners

Diversity & Inclusion: Moving Towards Meaningful Change

A good fit for:

HR Teams, Recruiting & Talent, and Culture Ambassadors

VC Leverage: Creating Value for your Portfolio Companies

A good fit for:

VC Talent Partners

First Look: New in Healthcare/Wellbeing Tech

A good fit for:

HR Teams & VC Talent Partners

Preparing for
the Next
Decade of HR

A good fit for:
HR Leaders

Building an Effective Employee Onboarding Program

A good fit for:


Mental Health: Solving for Stress in the Workplace

A good fit for:

HR Teams & Culture Ambassadors

HRX Deep Dive for Sequoia Clients

A good fit for: 

HR Leaders & Teams

Strategies for Determining Your Total People Investment

A good fit for: 

HR Leaders, Business Leaders, and Finance Leaders

Distributed Workforce 3.0: What Happens Next? 

A good fit for:

HR Teams & Recruiting/Talent

Compliance Confidence: 2020 Essentials

A good fit for:

HR Team & Legal/Compliance Leaders

valid for HRCI credit

2020 Retirement Safeguards & Trends

A good fit for:

HR Teams

Get Up Close to Leading Wellbeing Vendors

Vendors participating in The Grove SF 2020

Emotional & Behavioral

Physical Health & Care Management

Family Focused

Financial & Legal

Culture & Engagement 

335 Powell Street

San Francisco, CA 94102

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Event Sponsors

Thank you to our event sponsors! Sponsorship opportunities are designed to elevate your brand to give you additional exposure to our community. 

About Our Keynote Speakers

Huggy is the Atholl McBean Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resources at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and faculty director for the Next Generation CHRO program. He has taught and consulted broadly on leading organizational change. He co-authored the book Scaling Up Excellence, included as “Best Business Books” in 2014 by the Financial Times, Inc Magazine, Amazon, Forbes, Washington Post, and the Library Journal

Hayagreeva "Huggy" Rao, Faculty Director at Stanford University

Michael Ross, Faculty Advisor at Stanford University

Michael is the former Chief Human Resources Officer for Visa and Chief Talent and Rewards Officer at HP, currently serving as faculty advisor for the Next Generation CHRO program at Stanford Business School. Prior to joining HP, he worked in Merrill Lynch’s human resources division in New York and London. Michael has earned a BBA in Finance from James Madison University and has an MSc in International Employment Relations and Human Resource Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science.