Susan Cain is co-founder of Quiet Revolution and author of the bestsellers Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts and Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. Quiet has been translated into 40 languages, has been on The New York Times bestseller list for over four years, and was named the #1 best book of the year by Fast Company magazine, which also named Cain one of its “Most Creative People in Business.” Cain is also the co-founder of the Quiet Schools Network and the Quiet Leadership Institute. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal and many other publications. Her record-smashing TED talk has been viewed over 14 million times and was named by Bill Gates as one of his all-time favorite talks. Cain has also spoken at Microsoft, Google, the U.S. Treasury, the SEC, Harvard, Yale, West Point and the U.S. Naval Academy. She received Harvard Law School’s Celebration Award for Thought Leadership the Toastmasters International Golden Gavel Award for Communication and Leadership, and was named one of the world’s top 50 leadership and management experts by Inc. magazine. She is an honors graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law School. She lives in the Hudson River Valley with her husband and two sons.
Adam Grant is Wharton’s youngest tenured professor and top-rated teacher. He has been recognized as one of HR’s most influential international thinkers, BusinessWeek’s favorite professors, the world’s 40 best business professors under 40 and Malcolm Gladwell’s favorite social science writers. Previously, he was a record-setting advertising director at Let’s Go Publications, an All-American springboard diver and a professional magician.
Grant is the author of Give and Take, a New York Times best seller translated into 27 languages and named one of the best books of 2013 by Amazon, Apple, The Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal—as well as one of Oprah’s riveting reads, FORTUNE’s must-read business books, Harvard Business Review’s ideas that shaped management and The Washington Post’s books every leader should read. He has been profiled on the TODAY show and in The New York Times magazine cover story, “Is giving the secret to getting ahead?” Grant’s forthcoming book, Originals: How Nonconformists Move the World Forward (February, 2016) examines how people can drive creative, moral and organizational progress and how leaders can encourage originality in their organizations.
Grant’s speaking and consulting clients include Google, the NFL, Merck, Goldman Sachs, Pixar, Facebook, Johnson & Johnson, the United Nations, the World Economic Forum and the U.S. Army and Navy. His recent New York Times op-eds include “Raising a moral child,” which has been shared over 250,000 times on social media, and “When talking about bias backfires” with Sheryl Sandberg.
He was tenured at Wharton while still in his twenties, and has been honored with the “Excellence in Teaching Award” for every class that he has taught. He has designed experiential learning activities based on The Apprentice in which students have raised over $325,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation while developing leadership, influence, networking and collaboration skills.
Grant earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan, completing it in less than three years, and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University, magna cum laude with highest honors and Phi Beta Kappa honors. He has more than 60 publications in leading management and psychology journals, and his pioneering studies have increased performance and reduced burnout among engineers and sales professionals, enhanced call center productivity, and motivated safety behaviors among doctors, nurses and lifeguards. His studies have been highlighted in best-selling books such as Quiet by Susan Cain, Drive and To Sell Is Human by Daniel Pink, Thrive by Arianna Huffington, A Path Appears by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, and David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell.
As co-founder and CEO of Globoforce, Eric Mosley has been directing the path of Globoforce as the innovator in the recognition industry since the company’s beginning. His vision to raise employee recognition from a tactical, unmeasured, and undervalued effort to a strategic global program with clear measures for performance and success is now being realized in some of the world’s largest and most complex organizations.
Eric’s work has been published in such publications as Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Forbes, and Fortune, and he has also presented at industry and investment conferences around the world. He is the author of The Crowdsourced Performance Review and the co-author of the critically acclaimed books Winning with a Culture of Recognition and The Power of Thanks.
Ricky Turner is a successful Human Resources Executive and “People Enthusiast” with over 15 years of progressive Human Resources Leadership experience. Currently, Ricky is the Sr. Director of Employee Experience at the Whirlpool Corporation, where he and his team are responsible for overseeing Whirlpool’s global effort to make Whirlpool employees the most engaged employees in the world. Previously, he was the Director of Human Resources for Otsuka Pharmaceutical in Princeton New Jersey and a Corporate Human Resources Leader at Hess Oil in New York City. Ricky has a Juris Doctorate from Rutgers University and his BS from Tuskegee University. Ricky serves on the Board of Directors for the Benton Harbor Boys and Girls Club and he is an active member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.
Namrata Yadav is the head of Inclusion strategy and Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Learning at Bank of America. In this role, Namrata is responsible for the enterprise strategy and initiatives focused on creating a work environment and culture where all employees have the opportunity to achieve their full potential and contribute to the bank’s success. She works closely with the Global D&I Organization, Business D&I Council leaders, Manager and Leadership Development, Human Resources, Staffing and other enterprise teams to ensure integration and holistic execution of the company’s Inclusion priorities.
Namrata joined Bank of America in 2008 as part of the Human Resources Development program and has held roles in Learning and Leadership Development for multiple lines of businesses as well as enterprise functions. Before joining the bank, Namrata held various human resources positions at General Electric and IBM Daksh in India.
She is a graduate of the Bank of America HR Development Program and the Emerging Leader top talent program. She was also recognized as a Top 50 D&I professional in the 2016 Global Diversity List.
Josh Bersin founded Bersin in 2001 to provide research and advisory services focused on corporate learning. He is responsible for Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP’s long term strategy and market eminence. Josh is a frequent speaker at industry events and has been quoted on talent management topics in key media, including Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, on BBC Radio, CBS Radio and National Public Radio. He is a popular blogger for Forbes.com and has been a columnist since 2007 for Chief Learning Officer magazine. Josh spent 25 years in product development, product management, marketing and sales of e-learning and other enterprise technologies at companies including DigitalThink (now Convergys), Arista Knowledge Systems, Sybase, and IBM. Josh’s education includes a B.S. in Engineering from Cornell University, an M.S. in Engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
Vice president, client strategy and consulting, Globoforce
As vice president, client strategy and consulting at Globoforce, Derek leads the company’s Insight consulting division. In this role, he helps clients, including some of world’s most admired companies, leverage proven recognition strategies and best practices to elevate employee engagement, increase retention, and improve bottom-line results. Derek is one of the world’s foremost experts on employee recognition and engagement, helping business leaders set a higher vision and ambition for their company culture. As a renowned speaker, author of an acclaimed blog, Recognize This!, and the co-author of Winning with a Culture of Recognition and The Power of Thanks, he teaches HR leaders how to use recognition to proactively manage company culture. His viewpoints and writings are also regularly featured across all major HR publications, including Workspan, HR Magazine, HR Executive, Talent Management, and Workforce Management.
Dave began his current role in March, 2012 and has responsibility for supporting our leader’s efforts to transform the character of UnitedHealth Group. He works to ensure that Our United Culture values of integrity, compassion, relationships, innovation, and performance are integrated into every aspect of our organization to sustain this cultural movement. Prior to this role, Dave served as the Human Capital leader for UnitedHealth Group’s OptumHealth business of 21,000 people, where he had responsibility for all facets of Human Resources strategy and delivery.
Prior to joining UnitedHealth Group in 2003, he was a partner in the Los Angeles office of Arthur Andersen.
Dave graduated from Bob Jones University with a B.S. in Accounting, is a former CPA and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). He offices in Minnetonka, MN and resides in Eden Prairie, MN, with his wife and four children.
Rasmus Hougaard is the Founder and Managing Director of Potential Project, the global leader in customized leadership and organizational training programs based on mindfulness. With a proven track record of enhancing individual and collective performance, resilience and creativity, Potential Project works with Fortune 500 companies such as Accenture, Nike, KPMG, Microsoft, EY and Sony among others across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Rasmus has led more than 1,500 workshops and programs and is recognized as a leading international authority on training the mind to be more focused, effective and clear in an organizational context. His book, One Second Ahead – Enhance Your Performance with Mindfulness was published by Palgrave McMillian in 2015 and has sold over 20,000 copies globally. Rasmus is a regular contributor to renowned publications such as Business Insider and Harvard Business Review for his thought leadership and knowledge. His next book on The Mind of the 21st Century Leader, which will include interviews of the CEO’s of Accenture, Microsoft, Citrix and more, will be published by Harvard Business Press in 2018.
Christine Porath is an Associate Professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. She is also a consultant working with leading organizations to help them create a thriving workplace.
Her speaking and consulting clients include Google, United Nations, International Monetary Fund, Genentech, Department of Labor, Department of the Treasury, Department of Justice, and National Security Agency.
Christine is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review and Psychology Today and has written articles for New York Times (Sunday Review), Wall Street Journal, McKinsey Quarterly, and Washington Post.
She frequently delivers conference talks, including at Conference Board, Human Resources People and Strategy (HRPS), and Work Human. She has taught in various Executive programs at Harvard, Georgetown, USC, and ESADE. Prior to her position at Georgetown, she was a faculty member at Marshall School of Business at University of Southern California.
Porath is the author of Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace and co-author of The Cost of Bad Behavior. Her research has appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Consumer Research, and many other journals and books.
Christine’s work has been featured worldwide in over 1,500 television, radio and print outlets. It has appeared on 20/20, Today, FoxNews, CNN, BBC, NBC, msnbc, CBS, ABC, and NPR. It has also been included in Time, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Fortune, Forbes, NY Times, The Washington Post, and L.A. Times.
Before getting her Ph.D., she worked for International Management Group (IMG), a leading sports management and marketing firm. Porath received her Ph.D. from Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from College of the Holy Cross where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa as well as the women’s basketball and soccer teams.
Erica Dhawan is the Founder & CEO of Cotential, a global consultancy that helps organizations accelerate the connectedness of their people, customers, clients and other stakeholders to prepare for the workplace of tomorrow. As one of today’s most provocative business thinkers on the future of work, Erica advises business leaders and companies to lead markets through innovations that matter, create increasing value for customers and clients, deliver sustainable results and ensure future global competitiveness.
Erica Dhawan is the coauthor of the bestselling book: Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence rated #1 on What Corporate America is Reading. An in demand speaker, Erica has spoken, worldwide, to organizations and enterprises that range from the World Economic Forum at Davos to U.S. and global Fortune 500 companies . Her clients range from Deloitte, Fidelity Investments, Credit Suisse, and Pepsico. Her writings have appeared in dozens of publications, including Fast Company, Forbes, and Harvard Business Review. In 2015, Erica was shortlisted for the Thinkers50 RADAR award, for the management thinker around the world most likely to shape the future of business, management and strategy and was named one of Levo 100’s Transformers alongside Chelsea Clinton and Alexis Ohanian. She serves as a board member to Deloitte’s Inclusion External Advisory Council and Lufthansa Innovation Hub.
Erica also serves as a member of the Aspen Institute Socrates Society, World Economic Forum Global Shapers, and the Young Entrepreneur Council. She previously worked at Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital and served as a research fellow at Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership. She has an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School, MBA from MIT Sloan, and BS at the Wharton School.
Cy Wakeman is a dynamic international keynote speaker, business consultant, New York Times bestselling author, and global thought leader with over 20 years experience cultivating a revolutionary new approach to leadership. Grounded in reality, Wakeman’s philosophy has helped organizations and individuals all over the world learn to ditch the drama and turn excuses into results.
Wakeman’s professional journey began when she was promoted to her first management position in the late 1980’s. Rather than forcing ineffective, conventional management practices into her workplace, Wakeman began developing and teaching her employees a reality-based mindset, one that is founded in personal accountability. What she found was inspiring – her employees were not only motivated to succeed, but they were also driven to deliver results, adept to change, and emanate happiness on the job. Inspired to help others transform their organizations and their work, Wakeman began consulting and training. Today, she visits more than 200 companies each year, empowering employees and executives alike to take control of and invest in their work.
Named one of the “Top 100 Leadership Experts to Follow” on Twitter, Wakeman’s influence continues to build. Participants consistently rank her programs as the single most impactful training they have ever received. An expert blogger on FastCompany.com, Forbes.com and The Huffington Post, Wakeman’s ideas have been featured on the TODAY Show, The Social, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Business Insider, The Daily Muse, Success.com, and SHRM.com. She’s written two books, Reality-Based Leadership: Ditch the Drama, Restore Sanity to the Workplace, & Turn Excuses into Results (Jossey-Bass; 2010) and The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace: Know What Boosts Your Value, Kills Your Chances, & Will Make You Happier (Jossey-Bass; 2013).
Wakeman’s New York Times bestselling book, The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace, shows employees how to calculate their true value to their organization. With an original formula for measuring current performance, future potential, and “emotional expensiveness” – the toll an individual’s actions and attitudes take on the people around them, Wakeman shows employees how to become invaluable team members and learn to love their jobs again.
Wakeman is a highly sought-after conference headliner and holds a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speaker’s Association, placing her within the top 3%of speakers. For more information, please visit www.realitybasedleadership.com.
Robin Schooling, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is VP of Human Resources with Hollywood Casino in Baton Rouge, LA and has extensive experience in a variety of industries including gaming, banking and health care. She’s a regular speaker at HR, Recruiting, and business conferences, has a popular HR blog at robinschooling.com and is on a mission to make organizations better by making HR better. The Huffington Post named her one of The Top 100 Most Social Human Resource Experts on Twitter and Glassdoor called her one of the 2015 HR and Recruiting Thought Leaders to Follow. She’s been interviewed, quoted by, or has written for numerous entities including Yahoo, CareerBuilder, Monster, HRM Online Canada, Certified Magazine, HR Examiner, SHRM and Recruiting Daily. She serves on the Advisory Board for HROnboard, is the current Ringmaster at the Carnival of HR, is active with the ATD Baton Rouge chapter, has been an involved SHRM volunteer leader, and once upon a time received an award as “HR Professional of the Year.” She has been known to search out the perfect French 75 and is a fervent and unapologetic fan of the New Orleans Saints.
For the past 25+ years, Tracy has worked with startups, small businesses and Fortune 50 firms, and is highly-regarded for helping companies and individuals access new potential, improve their performance and achieve desired results. She has worked in Aerospace & Defense, Banking & Financial Services, Federal/State Government, Professional Services, national Not-for-Profits and Healthcare. Most recently Tracy is the Senior Director of Learning & Development at Ellucian where she is challenging the status quo to breathe new life into talent management strategies to impact business results. Tracy has a Masters in Human Resources from George Mason University, is a certified coach from ICF, and is on faculty at the Gestalt Institute in Cape Cod facilitating programs in leadership effectiveness.
Lee leads the People and Culture team at The Motley Fool—a company dedicated to helping the world invest better. The Motley Fool also believes in helping the world work better and is recognized worldwide as a leader in innovative workplace culture—including being named Glassdoor’s #1 Best Place to Work in the USA two years in a row. With the guiding principle to start with trust, Lee and his team’s inventive workplace initiatives have been featured in FastCompany, Forbes, Inc., The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post, and the list goes on. Lee draws inspiration from his time on the soccer pitch with his two boys and soaking up live music with friends.
Pandit Dasa is a Mindful Leadership and Wellbeing expert. He has conducted Mindfulness and Work-life Balance workshops at Google, JPMorgan Chase, Citi, Bank of America, Intel, Novartis, The World Bank, Columbia University, and many other institutions. He has spoken at the World Government Summit in Dubai, the SHRM national convention and the WorkHuman Conferences. At these workshops, Pandit presents the research on Mindfulness practices and how they are improving the workplace environment. Pandit engages the audiences in various breathing and focusing exercises that people will be able to implement at work and at home. Through these workshops, Pandit helps individuals lower stress and anxiety, increase focus and productivity, and develop positive perspectives on challenging situations. Pandit has spoken at a TEDx conference and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, PBS, NPR, The New York Times, Psychology Today and writes for The Huffington Post. In his book, Urban Monk, Pandit writes about the turning point in his life that came after his family lost their multimillion-dollar business, which ultimately led him to living as a monk for 15 years in New York City. He uses his training and experiences to help corporate and student audiences manage stress and develop a work-life balance. You can learn more about Pandit at www.panditdasa.com.
M. Tamra Chandler is a bona fide people maven. She’s spent the majority of her career thinking about people, researching how they’re motivated, and developing new and effective ways for organizations to achieve the ultimate win-win: inspired people driving inspiring performance. She’s also the CEO and co-founder of PeopleFirm, one of Washington State’s fastest-growing businesses and most successful women-owned firms. An award-winning leader in her field (she’s been recognized by Consulting Magazine twice as one of the top consultants in the U.S.), she is the author of How Performance Management is Killing Performance — and What to Do About It.
Jeanne is Founding Partner in Future Workplace, an HR Executive Network and research firm dedicated to the future of learning and working. The firm operates the Future Workplace Network, a consortium of Fortune 500 global organizations who use Future Workplace research and insights to prepare for the future workforce and workplace. Jeanne is the author of four books and her most recent one is The Future Workplace Experience: 10 Rules For Mastering Disruption in Recruiting and Engaging Employees. Glassdoor named Jeanne to the top 50 Influencers in Corporate Human Resources and Recruiting. Jeanne is the receipt of the Distinguished Contribution in Workplace Learning Award, an award given by Association For Talent Development to one executive each year honoring their body of work. She is also a Contributor to Forbes Magazine and her column can be found here: http://blogs.forbes.com/jeannemeister/. Jeanne’s books have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Estonian. In addition, Jeanne has written articles in such publications as AACSB, Association of Business Schools, Chronicle of Higher Education, CLO Magazine, Financial Times, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, Harvard Management Update, HR Executive, Journal of Business Strategy, SHRM, T&D Magazine, Outlook, a publication of Accenture, People & Strategy Journal and Workforce Management. Jeanne is on the Corporate Advisory Board of edX, a partnership between Harvard and MIT. Jeanne’s work on how companies are preparing for the future of work has been covered by such media as; CIO, CNBC Power Lunch, CNN, Fox Business, Harvard Business Review, NPR, Time Magazine, and WPIX, New York. Jeanne was previously Vice President of Market Development at Accenture (www.accenture.com) Jeanne is a graduate of University of Connecticut and Boston University. Jeanne lives in New York City and Columbia County, New York.
Erica is a workplace strategist who has worked with some of the most iconic brands in the world as a researcher, writer, speaker and professional dot-connector.
From 2011-2015, Erica researched the impact of technology on people in the workplace with MIT Professor Sherry Turkle, author of Reclaiming Conversation. Erica blogs for the Huffington Post and the Society for Human Resource Management, is on the board of the Information Overload Research Group (IORG) and is a guest contributor for shows like “Huffington Rise” and Randi Zuckerberg’s “Dot Complicated,” as well as an expert in magazines like Better Homes and Gardens, and Oprah Magazine.
Her current passions include the Spaghetti Project, a roving homespun huddle based on a Cornell study that found that firefighters who eat together perform better, in other words—save more lives. These events bring together groups of colleagues, freelancers, working parents, and neighbors. And the Human Workplace Index is an original and totally workable system Erica has created to help companies design a human workplace.
Erica earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Vermont and her Masters in Business Administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Her career began as a management consultant at the Hay Group and Booz Allen & Hamilton and as an executive recruiter at Russell Reynolds Associates. She also served as an executive coach at the New York University Stern School of Business. Some recent and upcoming keynotes on relationships and technology include Alliance Bernstein, CRA Inc., Gleneagles Group, Golden Door, Omnicom Media, Rodan & Fields, Wharton Club of New York United Jewish Appeal, YPO Leaning In Conference.
And as a recovering digital addict herself, she infuses all her work with a truly human touch.
Erica lives in Manhattan with her husband, three children and dog Cruiser.
Mary is a talent strategist and business leader with over 10 years experience in helping organizations achieve their goals. After working on the Operations side of start-ups and small companies, Mary landed in HR by way of learning and development, with extensive experience in leadership and organizational development, coaching, key talent planning, performance management, business partnering, HRIS, process and policy creation, and instructional design. Mary is currently the Director of Talent at Denver Water.
In addition to her work within companies, Mary authors a leadership development blog (Surviving Leadership) to continue the dialogue around the challenges of leadership – both being a leader AND being led. Mary is also the co-chair of the Denver chapter of DisruptHR, dedicated to helping HR and business think about talent differently.
As co-founder, president and executive producer of Improv Asylum, Norm brings corporate as well as military experience toward the continued development and expansion of Improv Asylum’s theatrical and IA Innovation’s business divisions.
Prior to a career in comedy and teaching, Norm worked in the marketing and PR industries in New York City. He is a former member of the Massachusetts and Vermont Army National Guards and a graduate of the Vermont Military Academy’s Officer Candidate School. Norm continues to lead Improv Asylum’s strategic business and artistic vision locally, nationally, and globally.
A co-founder, CEO and executive producer of Improv Asylum, Chet has years of comedic acting, producing, directing, and training facilitation experience, as well as an extensive business background. He is currently the Director of Corporate Training for both Improv Asylum and IA Innovation.
Prior to opening Improv Asylum in Boston, he worked at Leo Burnett Advertising in new business development on their Kellogg’s account and at Polaroid as their Director of North American Advertising and PR, overseeing the company’s national advertising, multi-million dollar media buying and planning, and PR.
Bill Boorman – the one in the hat – used to have a real job, and wear a suit, and everything. Now he does what he describes as “stuff he gets paid for”. He has worked in and around the recruiting space for the last 30 something years. As the founder of #tru (the recruiting unconference), he has hosted 100s (perhaps thousands!) of events, travelling to 65 countries, speaking and listening to tens of thousands of people who work in and around the recruiting space, about how we can collectively make recruiting better for everyone. He is lead advisor to talent technology companies as they work on their product road map and work with VCs and investors and works with companies including Clinch, RolePoint, TakeTheInterview, HROnboard, Job & Talent, and more. He advises corporate companies on adopting new technology and working practice, such as KPMG, Oracle, BBC and Hard Rock Café, and is a judge for the UK edition of the Candidate Experience Awards #CandE’s. Boorman is a regular speaker and disruptor at conferences – John Sumser has described him as explosive chaos, and China Gorman as the “King of Social Recruiting.”
Catherine Flavin has more than 20 years of experience in leadership, engagement, diversity, and organizational development across industries (including financial services, professional services, pharma, healthcare, insurance, hospitality/gaming, foundations, and higher education). As a coach, facilitator, and researcher, she focuses on helping the people with whom she works to identify practical insights and clear behavioral ways to improve. And she strives to do her work in a way that “lives” the research she loves (e.g., basing improvement in strengths and skills; encouraging leaders to stretch, learn and grow, and err on the side of humility; showing up in an emotionally engaged way; maintaining an empathetic, positive approach, even while delivering hard data and tough messages; and keeping a strong future focus that is accompanied by plans and actions to move forward).
Jason Lauritsen is an employee engagement and workplace culture expert who will challenge you to think differently.
A former corporate Human Resources executive, Jason has dedicated his career to helping leaders build organizations that are good for both people and profits.
Most recently, he led the research team for Quantum Workplace’s Best Places to Work program where he has studied the employee experience at thousands of companies to understand what the best workplaces in the world do differently than the rest.
Jason is the co-author of the book, Social Gravity: Harnessing the Natural Laws of Relationships and some people may know him as the tall, dancing guy with Talent Anarchy.
Cheryl Johnson has served as Senior Vice President of Talent at Echo Global Logistics since March 2014. Cheryl holds more than 18 years of progressive HR industry experience, which includes several executive-level appointments. Her experience in designing talent strategies for a number of high growth organizations runs across various industries including consumer products, retail, and industrial products. She brings strong leadership in all people areas related to attracting, engaging, developing, and retaining talent while ensuring that the cultural fabric of the organization evolves and scales in the most effective manner.
Cheryl previously led talent management for retail chain ULTA Beauty. Prior to her time with ULTA, Cheryl served as Divisional Vice President of Strategic Talent Management for Sears Holding Company and also spent time as Vice President of Human Resources for Fossil Inc.
Cheryl holds a BA in Psychology with a focus in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Toledo.
Roseann Kobialka, RN, MBA, is responsible for planning and implementing policy and programs that contribute to the personal and professional growth of AtlantiCare staff, physicians and leadership. She collaborates with senior leadership in succession planning and career development. She directs AtlantiCare’s Serving Leader endeavors, orientation processes, leadership development and School At Work® programs. Roseann co-chaired AtlantiCare’s implementation and coordination of Baldrige National Quality Award endeavors, resulting in national recognition in 2009, and has been a national Baldrige examiner. She’s held a number of leadership roles since joining AtlantiCare in 1976, including staff nurse, clinical manager, Total Quality Management director, Cardiology Service Line administrator, Education director, and most recently, Assistant Vice President of Organizational Development.
Lucy English, Ph.D. is the Managing Director of Institutional Research at Horizons Workforce Research. In this role she conducts research and speaks on organizational policies and programs as workforce supports and strategic business tools. Dr. English also provides consulting for corporate and university clients. Prior to coming to Bright Horizons, Dr. English was a Sociology professor and department chair at Moravian College where she was granted tenure in 2002. In that role she taught social research methods and conducted independent research. She joined Horizons Workforce Research in 2003. Dr. English holds a BA from the University of Redlands and an MA and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Dean Becker is Managing Director, Principal and co-founder of Adaptiv Learning Systems, a company that develops and delivers research-based resilience assessments, coaching, and training programs to companies, schools and individuals worldwide.
Dean is a recognized expert in the field of individual and organizational resilience, having co-founded Adaptiv Learning Systems, and having directed the development and delivery of Adaptiv’s research-based resilience assessments, coaching and training programs. He holds an MBA in Medical Group Management, and a BA in Psychology. He managed companies in the human resources and healthcare arenas prior to creating and leading Adaptiv Learning Systems.
Dean has delivered hundreds of presentations and workshops on Resilience and Emotional Intelligence to managers and leaders at Fortune 500 companies including Verizon Communications, Sony Electronics, United Technologies, L-3 Communications, Walgreens, Merck, Johnson & Johnson, Century Link (formerly Qwest Communications), FIS Global, Siemens, and Campbell Soup.
Dean is author of the “Resilience Workbook”, a joint development of Adaptiv Learning Systems and Hay Group/Korn Ferry.
Lori Block is a principal and total wellbeing strategist in Xerox HR Services’* award-winning Engagement Practice, specializing in strategic planning and innovative solutions to address a wide array of HR, employee benefit, and compensation issues. A thought leader within her organization, Lori helps to guide the direction of Buck’s financial wellbeing consulting services and point solutions, overseeing a team of financial wellbeing “champions.” A frequent speaker and author, Lori was named a 2014 Most Influential Women in Benefit Advising by Employee Benefits Advisor. She holds a BFA (Honors) in broadcast journalism from Southern Methodist University and an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.
* Note: Effective January 1, 2017, Xerox HR Services will become Conduent HR Services.
Sophie is the Founder and Workforce Innovation Specialist at Flexcel Network. Sophie is an authority on the wide-ranging Future of Work issues impacting companies and workers’ new demands – such as attracting, engaging and retaining talent, workplace flexibility, Millennial demands and more. Flexcel provides consulting services to corporations to maximize the benefits and minimize the disruption in their transition to the new work environment. Flexcel Network also helps employees and independent workers adapt and start proactively managing their new, latticed corporate or diversified, independent careers.
Sophie has lived and worked in Asia, Europe and the U.S., assisting entrepreneurs and major corporations identify, develop and execute strategic initiatives, build teams and ventures and create partnerships. She writes and speaks regularly about the Future of Work issues. Her new book Embracing Progress – Next Steps for the Future of Work will be published in April, 2017. Sophie is the 2015-17 President of the New York City chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). She has a BA from Oxford University in Oriental Studies (Chinese) and an MBA from INSEAD.
Known for her disruptive style, Stacie Mallen has played a critical role in 6 successful start-ups, most recently with Ulthera Inc. Having sold Ulthera to Merz Pharmaceutical for the 4th highest multiple in Medical Device history and being named “AZ Deal of the Year” she began spending more time speaking and writing about the power of culture in each of those stories. Rulesmakerebels.com was born and is now being included as a chapter contributor in Best Selling Author Martha Finney’s (Author, HR From the Heart) upcoming collective of breakthrough leaders in the practice. Stacie is now working on her own stand-alone publication due out before the end of 2017.
In the last year she has also joined the International DisruptHR movement, signing as charter founder for AZ in 2015. In concluding her Executive Obligation from Merz, she began working with several start-up companies in the Valley with a focus on Operational Execution founded in Purpose. After experiencing the power of Video to proliferate culture and communicate more effectively, she took the role as CLO (Chief Loco Officer or CEO) of Videoloco. This fast-growing start-up is heavily entrenched in the AZ Start-up community and involved with Start-up Grind, Start-Up week, and the YESPHX movement. Using that energy, and with a purpose to Building Businesses and Connecting Communities through Powerful Communication, they are helping clients (including municipalities, corporations, non-profits and small business) communicate more efficiently and effectively.
Today Stacie speaks to Start-Up Communities, Human Resources Conferences, Universities, and Trade Associations about People-Centric Business founded and guided by purpose. She challenges her audience to find their authentic voice and rebel against the status quo, starting on that day. Each participant has the opportunity to walk away with a plan on how to create their own rebellion of change within their business to maximize growth while fostering compassion, kindness and transparency. She challenges each audience to find their own truth in order to create tangible change in the world.
John has 26 years of experience in Human Resources and is the president and founder of Humareso. Humareso handles all facets of employee engagement and business development, providing strategic direction to help employers manage talent, recruit for skills gaps, assess markets for growth, assess competition, increase employee performance, develop long-range succession plans and influence an enthusiastic, innovative culture.
James Ferrell is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of the Arbinger Institute and its training and consulting arm, Arbinger Training and Consulting. He has authored or co-authored multiple bestselling books, including Arbinger’s international bestsellers, Leadership and Self-Deception and The Anatomy of Peace and Arbinger’s soon-to-be-released book, The Outward Mindset (June 2016). His publications have sold many millions of copies and have been translated into more than thirty languages.
Mr. Ferrell has degrees in economics and philosophy and is a graduate of Yale Law School, where he serves on the Yale Law School Executive Committee. He joined the California Bar in 1992 and began his career as an attorney at the major international law firm, Latham & Watkins. In 1996, he left his legal practice, joined with his university mentor (whose scholarly work solves a problem crucial to organization performance—the self-deception paradox), and co-founded The Arbinger Institute.
In his role as Managing Partner, Mr. Ferrell directs the development of Arbinger’s training and consulting programs and the development and customization of Arbinger’s intellectual property. He is a sought-after speaker, teacher, and advisor to leaders of corporations, governments, and organizations of all kinds around the world on the topics of leadership, innovation, collaboration, culture change, mindset change, conflict resolution, alignment, and strategy.
Mr. Ferrell has provided training and consulting expertise internationally to leaders and organizations across a broad range of industries, including technology, telecommunications, banking and finance, health care, retail, consumer products, aerospace, automotive, transportation, education, energy, entertainment, athletics, insurance, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and professional services.
Kimberly’s life on the stage has taken many forms, forging a circuitous path that has given her more than 25 years’ experience in front of groups and audiences of all sizes. Her rich career includes work as a professional actress; designing and leading cross-cultural workshops throughout Japan; “Customer Experience Programs” in the US, UK, France, Germany, and Hong Kong; and employee engagement/leadership development workshops for a multitude of Fortune 500’s throughout the US.
An expert on authentic leadership, Kimberly Davis shares her inspirational message of personal power, responsibility, and impact with organizations across the country and teaches leadership programs world-wide; most notably, her program “OnStage Leadership” which runs in NYC and Dallas, TX. Kimberly’s clients include: GE, Merck, Pepsico, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, TGI Fridays, Southwest Airlines, Essilor of America, JCPenney, Wolff Olins, United Technologies, Essilor, The National Kidney Foundation, the Public Relations Society of America, Turlock Unified School District, and many more.
Additionally, Kimberly currently teaches Authentic Influence and Executive Presence for Southern Methodist University’s (SMU) Cox School of Business’ Executive Education Program, and partners with SMU in teaching for the Bush Institute’s Women’s Initiative Fellowship program (empowering female leaders from the middle east) and for the National Hispanic Corporate Council. Kimberly’s TEDx Talk, What it Means to Be Brave can be found here and her new book, Brave Leadership: Unleash Your Most Confident, Authentic, and Powerful Self to Get the Results You Need, will be released soon.
Dr. Susan Hanold serves as vice president for Strategic Advisory Services at ADP and is responsible for working with clients to provide strategy, consultation, and practical talent management solutions to help drive organizational change. Her experience has cut across industries, spanning from large, multi-nationals to national organizations pursuing global growth. ADP’s Strategic Advisory Services is a team of experts who help clients develop and execute highly effective Human Capital Management (HCM) strategies in the areas of compliance, data analytics, decision support and analytics, service delivery, workforce, talent management, and communications. Dr. Hanold has more than 20 years of results-based leadership experience as an executive coach and organization development expert working with corporations to help them develop their talent strategy. She regularly serves on panels, speaks at industry forums and participates in leadership summits. Susan currently serves on the 2016 Human Capital Executive Research Board (HCERB) and was a guest speaker at the 2016 Conference Board’s Merger Integration Conference and Thomson Reuters M&A Integration Forums. Before joining ADP Strategic Advisory Services, Dr. Hanold served as vice president of organizational development with Bear Stearns. Earlier, she was a member of the management development team at Pizza Hut (PepsiCo), building a coaching culture and designing the company-wide coaching model and brand-transparent restaurant management training curriculum for more than 8,000 restaurants. She also was a senior change management consultant for Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting). Dr. Hanold is a graduate of Texas Tech University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Education. She also holds a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership Development with a minor in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University.
With more than 20 years of HR experience, Jennifer Reimert is passionate about driving positive organizational change through social recognition. As vice president of solutions consulting at Globoforce, Reimert helps new and prospective customers understand the recognition market and build programs designed to achieve their strategic objectives for success. Her team provides customer and market feedback to Globoforce’s customer success, consulting, sales, and product teams to guide product development and enhance the Globoforce customer experience.
Prior to joining Globoforce, Reimert served as the vice president of total rewards for Symantec, where she was responsible for setting and leading the company’s global total rewards strategy. In her 17 years with the company, Reimert also managed HRIS and relocation and immigration, and she served in various human resources operations roles.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology-organizational studies from the University of California at Davis. She is a certified compensation professional through WorldatWork, and has also completed the Human Resources Management Program at the University of California Extension at Santa Cruz.
Dan Schawbel is a New York Times bestselling author, serial entrepreneur, Fortune 500 consultant, Millennial TV personality, global keynote speaker, career and workplace expert and startup advisor. He is a Partner and Research Director at Future Workplace, Founder of Millennial Branding and bestselling author of two career books: Promote Yourself and Me 2.0. Through his companies, he’s conducted over 30 research studies, interviewed over 1,600 successful people, written over 2,000 articles and spoken at over 100 conferences, companies and Universities. Schawbel has consulted for several major brands from Staples to Oracle, and has been profiled or quoted in over 1,200 media outlets, such as “The Today Show” on NBC,“Fox & Friends” on Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, People Magazine, Wired Magazine, GQ, The Economist and NPR. He has been recognized on several lists including Inc. Magazine’s “30 Under 30”, Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30”, Business Insider’s “40 Under 40”, BusinessWeek’s “20 Entrepreneurs You Should Follow” and as one of Workforce Magazine’s “Game Changers”.
Alan Colquitt is the director of global assessment and workforce research at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis, IN. Alan’s group is responsible for Lilly’s assessment strategy encompassing all phases of the employment lifecycle from recruiting, selection, evaluation, development, talent identification, succession planning, promotion, and separation. Alan is the architect of Lilly’s employee survey strategy including Lilly’s employment lifecycle surveys (recruiting, onboarding, and exit), internal customer satisfaction surveys, 360 feedback surveys, team effectiveness surveys, and alliance/collaboration surveys. His group also conducts research and analytics projects in the areas of attraction, hiring, on-boarding/socialization, engagement, performance, retention, diversity, innovation, and customer satisfaction. Alan’s group also has had global responsibility for Lilly’s performance management process. He has worked on many different performance management projects over his career and has written and presented extensively on this topic in many forums inside and outside of the company. Alan has been a member of i4cp’s performance management exchange group and he leads a performance management subgroup within the Mayflower group. Alan has represented Lilly externally in many groups and forums including the Conference Board, the Mayflower Group, the Attrition and Retention Consortium, and the Institute for Corporate Productivity. Prior to starting up Lilly’s Workforce Research group, Alan helped start up Lilly’s internal organizational effectiveness consulting group, focused on organization development, organization diagnosis and design, and change management. Alan joined Lilly in 1990 after spending 5 years at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati in various workforce research roles. Alan received his B.A. with honors in psychology from Indiana University in 1982 and his masters and Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology from Wayne State University in 1987. Alan is a member of Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychologists, the American Psychological Association, the Academy of Management, the Society for Human Resource Management, and HR People + Strategy.
Chuck Blakeman is a successful entrepreneur, best-selling business author and world-renowned business advisor who built ten businesses in seven industries on four continents, and now uses his experience to advise others. His company, Crankset Group, provides outcome-based mentoring and peer advisory for business leaders worldwide. Chuck sold one of his businesses to the largest consumer fulfillment company in America and led three other $10-$100 million companies. He presently leads the Crankset Group and a for-profit business based in Africa, focused on developing local economies to solve poverty. Chuck is a results leader with decades of experience leading companies in marketing, import/export, fulfillment, call centers, website development, printing and direct mail processing. Some of Chuck’s customers have included Microsoft, Apple, Eli Lilly, TAP Pharmaceuticals, Sun Microsystems, Tyco Healthcare, Johns Manville and many more Fortune 5000s and smaller businesses. Chuck is a convention speaker, writer, and non-profit board member. Recent speaking appearances include Kenya, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and across the US. 100+ times a year. Recent print and online appearances include Inc. Magazine (regular contributor), Success Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, CNNMoney.com, NYTimes.com. He was recently cited in Dr. Stephen Covey’s recent book, The 3rd Alternative. Chuck’s vision is to live well by doing good.
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Pat Wadors joined LinkedIn in January 2013 to lead its world-class talent (HR) team. In addition to hiring, retaining and inspiring top talent, Pat is also responsible for all employee-related HR programs at LinkedIn, including compensation and benefits and performance management. She came to LinkedIn from Plantronics, where she was Senior Vice President of Human Resources, responsible for leading the company’s facilities and human resources programs across the all of its worldwide offices. From August 2011 until August 2012, Pat also served as the HR Executive Advisor to Twitter. In that role, she worked with Twitter’s head of HR, CEO and Board of Directors to help guide their workforce talent strategies to scale the business, while also attracting and retaining key talent. Previously, Pat also spent more than four years at Yahoo!. As the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Yahoo!. Pat led Yahoo!’s HR Business Partner function which supported 14,500 employees in more than 17 locations. Prior to Yahoo!, Pat served as the Chief Human Resources Officer for Align Technologies and has also held senior human resource management positions at Applied Materials, Merck Pharmaceutical, Viacom International and Calvin Klein Cosmetics. She graduated with a BS in Business Administration from Ramapo College, with a major in Human Resources Management and a minor in Psychology.
Under the leadership of Mike Elliott, JetBlue’s People Department works to inspire a culture of humanity at JetBlue that reflects its core values of safety, caring, integrity, passion and fun. Mike’s teams are responsible for all matters that shape and govern how employees relate to their work at JetBlue, including hiring, professional development, employee relations, diversity, compensation, benefits and corporate social responsibility.
Mike joined JetBlue in 2010 as Vice President, Crew Relations and was named Senior Vice President, People in 2014. In February 2015, he joined JetBlue’s executive leadership team as Executive Vice President, People.
Prior to joining JetBlue, Mike spent 19 years at Airborne Express/DHL, where he started in operations before moving into leadership positions in customer service as well as labor relations and human resources. After graduating from Siena College, Mike served as a Commissioned Officer in the United States Army.
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Ellen Wilson was appointed executive vice president, Human Capital, UnitedHealth Group in June 2013 and was named to the Office of the Chief Executive in November 2014. She is responsible for overseeing all aspects of human resources, including compensation and benefits, talent management, leadership and employee development, rewards and recognition, and organization development.
Prior to her appointment, she served as Chief Administrative Officer for Optum starting January, 2012. In this role, she played a central role in guiding Optum’s mission-critical business alignment and cultural programs.
Wilson brings deep experience in successfully leading large transformations in services-focused organizations. Prior to joining Optum, she served for 17 years at Fidelity Investments, most recently as head of Human Resources.
Wilson earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Bryant University, and an MBA from Babson College. She serves on the Board of Directors for the YWCA and on the Board of Directors for the Walker Art Center, in Minneapolis
Tom Aurelio is the Senior Vice President of People and Culture at priceline.com. For more than 25 years, Tom has gained broad experience in all facets of human resources in both corporate and consulting roles in diverse companies. Prior to priceline.com, Tom was with CheerNetworks, Inc., a business that created a technology platform that supports business processes and employee communications. As a co-founder of CheerNetworks, Tom consulted widely with varied corporate clients concerning their people and HR administrative needs. Prior to starting CheerNetworks, Tom led human resources for the software company Symantec Corporation in Silicon Valley for over ten years. At Symantec, Tom was responsible for all aspects of human resources from recruiting to HR technology and operations to compensation and benefits to other aspects of people and culture.