Yahoo! President and CEO Marissa Mayer defended her controversial decision to terminate the company’s teleworking policy at the Great Place to Work conference in LA.

Her keynote presentation generated a lot of buzz among attendees and fellow speakers before she even took the stage. Tamar Elkeles, chief learning officer for another technology company, Qualcomm, argued that in today’s world, work and life are so blended that work-life balance has turned into work flexibility. At the beginning of her keynote presentation, Mayer said she needed “to talk about the elephant in the room.”

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