Julia Louis-Dreyfus earned worldwide acclaim and recognition for her portrayal of Elaine Benes in the hit NBC series “Seinfeld,” as Christine Campbell in the CBS hit comedy “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” and most recently as Vice President Selina Meyer in the HBO series “Veep.” Between all shows combined, she has received eight Emmy awards with 22 nominations, a Golden Globe award with eight nominations, seven Screen Actors Guild awards with 16 nominations, two Television Critics Association awards with three nominations, five American Comedy Awards with 10 nominations, and has received the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy.
Louis-Dreyfus is currently in production on the sixth season of the HBO series, “Veep.” Directed by Armando Iannucci, the half-hour comedy centers on Selina Meyer, the new vice president of the United States. Louis-Dreyfus won five consecutive Emmy awards, a Television Critics Award, and SAG award for this role, as well as three Golden Globe nominations.
Michelle Robinson Obama served as First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017, transforming the position and becoming a role model, champion and inspiration for women, families, and young people across America and around the world.
As First Lady, Mrs. Obama launched and led four key initiatives:
Mrs. Obama attended Chicago public schools until enrolling in Princeton where she studied sociology and African American studies. She graduated cum laude from Princeton in 1985 and received a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1988. She then joined the Chicago law firm Sidley & Austin, where she met her future husband, Barack Obama.
Following her time at Sidley & Austin, Mrs. Obama served as an assistant to Mayor Richard Daley and as Assistant Commissioner of Planning and Development for the city of Chicago, before becoming the founding Executive Director of the Chicago chapter of Public Allies, an AmeriCorps program that prepares young people for public service careers.
As part of her continued focus on community service and engagement, Mrs. Obama joined the University of Chicago in 1996 as its Associate Dean of Student Services focused on fostering connections between the campus and community. She also served as Vice President of Community and External Affairs for the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Mrs. Obama was born on January 17, 1964. She married Barack Obama in 1992. They currently live in Washington, DC and have two daughters, Malia and Sasha.
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 15 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.
Chaz Bono, a transgender male and the only child of performers Sonny and Cher, is an Emmy-nominated producer and an accomplished writer. In 2011, Bono was featured in the three-time Emmy®-nominated documentary “Becoming Chaz,” a film about his life and experiences which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. His acting career includes repeat appearances on the television shows “American Horror Story,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Where the Bears Are” and “Degrassi” as well as cameos on “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” and the feature film “Dirty.”
Bono is the acclaimed author of Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man, a groundbreaking account of his struggle to align his gender identity with his physical body, and his transition from female to male, as well as Family Outing and The End of Innocence. His decision to come out as lesbian in 1995 sparked his public work to support LGBTQ rights and social justice. Since then, he has contributed extensively to The Advocate, a national gay and lesbian news magazine and is committed to raising awareness through college lecturing and facilitating workshops on conducting tolerance in the workplace for major companies and corporations. He has served as a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, promoting National Coming Out Day, and as the entertainment media director for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).
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.
Shawn Achor is the winner of over a dozen distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University, where he delivered lectures on positive psychology in the most popular class at Harvard. Shawn has become one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success. His research on happiness made the cover of Harvard Business Review; his TED talk is one of the most popular of all time, with over 6 million views; and millions have seen his lecture airing on PBS.
Shawn is the author of New York Times best‐selling books The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness, as well as Ripple’s Effect and The Orange Frog. He is featured in PBS’ The Happiness Advantage with Shawn Achor special.
Steve Pemberton, author of “A Chance in the World,” inspires audiences across the country sharing his story of triumph over adversity. He currently holds the position of global chief diversity officer for Walgreens Boots Alliance, the first global, pharmacy-led health and wellbeing enterprise in the world.
One of America’s most inspiring executives, he brings a deep personal understanding of human differences and the human experience to his position. Pemberton was a ward of the state for much of his childhood, an experience he chronicled in his 2012 best-selling memoir, “A Chance in the World” (Thomas Nelson). His extraordinary life journey, featured in People Magazine, has been translated into Mandarin and continues to inspire audiences across the world; the movie adaption of his life has just been completed. Pemberton’s book, “A Chance in the World,” has been used as a school read selection at numerous high schools and colleges across the country. His dedication to public service and personal and professional achievement have also earned him Honorary Doctorates from Winston-Salem State University (2014), Boston College (2015), and Mount Ida College (2016). In 2015, Pemberton was awarded the prestigious Horizon Award by the United States Congress, presented to individuals from the private sector who have contributed to expanding opportunities for all Americans through their own personal contributions, and who have set exceptional examples for young people through their successes in life.
A graduate of Boston College, he is a Bostonian by birth and a Chicagoan by choice. Pemberton resides on several non-profit boards including UCAN, New Yorkers for Children, and The United States Business Leadership Network. He and his wife Tonya are the proud parents of three children.
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.
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.
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.
As Accenture’s Global Head of Talent and Learning, Rahul Varma leads the Talent organization, which is responsible for the onboarding and integration, learning, career development and performance of Accenture’s 380,000+ people. Most recently, Rahul led the re-envisioning of Accenture’s performance management approach, launching Performance Achievement in 2016. Prior to this Rahul established Accenture’s Connected Learning, a new approach to enterprise learning, powered by innovations such as digital learning boards, connected classrooms, and a global network of learning centers (more on both here).
Rahul joined Accenture in 1994 and served as the company’s first India HR director from 1999 to 2007, helping the organization grow from 200 to 37,000 employees. Throughout his journey, he has remained passionate about enabling Accenture’s people to achieve their full potential. Rahul is currently based in New York City and enjoys country walks, single malt whisky, spending time with his wife, and is an ardent dog lover.
Cynthia H. Bowman is chief diversity and inclusion officer for Bank of America. In this role, she serves as the chief strategist for diversity and inclusion globally, focused on leading programs, initiatives, and policies that actively support the bank’s diverse and inclusive workplace – in thought, style, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, culture, and experience.
As part of her role, Bowman serves on the bank’s global diversity & inclusion council, comprised of senior leaders from across the company responsible for keeping diversity and inclusion at the forefront for managers throughout the company. She leads the company’s global diversity and inclusion organization (GDIO), which supports enterprise-wide diversity initiatives, diversity and inclusion learning, strategic partner management and sponsorships, diversity awards and recognition, and diversity metrics and data reporting. The GDIO also provides strategic oversight to the bank’s 11 Employee Networks, made up of nearly 80,000 memberships and allies around the globe.
Bowman joined Bank of America in 2007 and has served in various leadership roles throughout Global Human Resources. Prior to her current role, she was the learning leadership development and diversity and inclusion executive for the Global Wealth and Investment Management businesses. She started at Bank of America in Executive Leadership Development and later served as the leadership development executive for the Global Human Resources organization, leading enterprise efforts in Performance Management, Survey and Engagement, Cultural Assessments and Integration, and Organizational Development.
Prior to joining Bank of America, she was a Partner at Accenture where she was responsible for the deployment of performance sales and consulting projects.
Bowman has been recognized by the Georgia National Diversity Council as one of the “Most Powerful and Influential Women 2013,” and by Diversity MBA Magazine as one of the top “50 Senior Executives Under 50.” She was also awarded a “2014 Trailblazer Award” by re:gender. In 2016, Bowman was recognized by Black Enterprise as a Top Executive in Corporate Diversity and was honored by EBONY magazine as a Power 100 Honoree.
Bowman graduated from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management with an MBA in Organization Behavior and Operations. She also has a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science from Spelman College. Bowman is married and the mother of four children.
A human resources technology industry veteran with more than 20 years of HR software and services product management and marketing leadership, Beckett joined Globoforce in July 2009 and leads the company’s product strategy initiatives. Previously, Beckett served as Vice President of Product Management for HR Services at Fidelity, where he launched the new business unit to provide HR services to mid-sized US-based multinational companies. Prior to Fidelity, Backett served as Vice President of Product Strategy and Alliances at Kenexa, where he drove product strategy, messaging, and the product roadmap. During this time, he was responsible for Kenexa’s human capital management (HCM) products and he played an integral part in Kenexa’s acquisition of Webhire. Before this, Beckett held leadership roles in product management at both Workscape and PeopleSoft. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Computer Science from the University of Virginia.
Rita Mitjans joined ADP in 2000 as division vice president, marketing & strategy for ADP TotalSource, and was responsible for launching ADP Resource®, ADP’s comprehensive HR outsourcing solution for small businesses. During her tenure as head of marketing & strategy, TotalSource more than doubled its revenues and profitability and became the largest PEO in the industry. She later assumed responsibility for TotalSource’s client health & welfare program, significantly improving the competitiveness of its more than $800 million health insurance program. In 2009, Rita assumed responsibility for ADP’s global marketing function, launching key initiatives such as ADP’s new vision, mission, and values, the ADP Research Institute®, and ADP’s social media and digital marketing strategy.
In 2013, she was appointed chief diversity & corporate social responsibility officer. She leads ADP’s global diversity, inclusion, and corporate social responsibility efforts that enable ADP to achieve its talent and business objectives. Under her leadership, ADP has achieved notable market recognition for its progress with diversity, such as meaningful increases in women and multicultural employees in senior leadership, a tripling of membership in Business Resource Groups that connect ADP’s diversity strategy to the marketplace, and a doubling of employees participating in community and corporate giving. Rita has also shaped the culture by introducing myMoment, a global rewards and recognition platform that’s resulted in more than seventy percent of employees receiving regular peer recognition for living ADP’s values.
Prior to ADP, Mitjans held leadership positions in marketing, strategy, and business development at Deutsche Bank and Bankers Trust. She serves on the Catalyst Board of Advisors and the Advisory Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Union & Hudson Counties, and is a Trustee of the ADP Foundation, the Foundation Board for New Jersey City University, and Leadership New Jersey.
Mitjans holds a master’s degree from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from St. John’s University.
Michelle Gielan, Founder of the Institute for Applied Positive Research, researches the science of positive communication and how to use it to fuel success. She works with Fortune 500 companies and schools to raise employee engagement, productivity and happiness at work. Michelle is a Partner at GoodThink, a positive psychology consulting firm, and she holds a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Michelle is an Executive Producer of “The Happiness Advantage” Special on PBS, and she formerly served as the anchor of two national newscasts at CBS News. Her research and advice have received attention from Forbes, USA Today, CNN, FOX and NPR.
Vicki Williams is senior vice president, compensation, benefits and HRIS at NBCUniversal. In addition to overseeing these three HR specialist areas for the company, she also oversees HR support for corporate functions, specifically corporate legal, HR, labor relations, communications, and diversity.
Williams joined NBCUniversal in 2011, soon after Comcast’s 51% acquisition of NBCUniversal from GE. Prior to joining NBCUniversal, Williams was a consultant on compensation and benefits as a partner with Pay Governance LLC and previously as a principal with Towers Perrin (now Willis Towers Watson). In these roles, Williams worked directly with boards of directors and senior management on all elements of compensation and benefits. Williams worked across a number of industries, but maintained a strong concentration in the entertainment & media industry, including clients such as Time Warner, CBS, Viacom, The Walt Disney Company, and Sony.
Williams attended Vanderbilt and the University of Georgia for undergraduate, and received a B.S. in Education with honors from the University of Georgia. She taught high school mathematics for three years before returning to the University of Georgia for an M.B.A. with honors and a concentration in finance and quantitative statistics.
Williams lives in Manhattan with her husband, Scott.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Conduent Human Resource 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.
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.
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.
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”.
Pat Wadors joined LinkedIn in January 2013 to lead its world-class talent and HR team. In addition to hiring, retaining, and inspiring top talent, Wadors 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 all its worldwide offices. From August 2011 to August 2012, Wadors 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, Wadors also spent more than four years at Yahoo!. As the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Yahoo!, Wadors led Yahoo!’s HR business partner function, which supported 14,500 employees in more than 17 locations. Prior to Yahoo!, Wadors served as the chief human resources officer for Align Technologies and also held senior human resource management positions at Applied Materials, Merck Pharmaceutical, Viacom International, and Calvin Klein Cosmetics. She graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from Ramapo College, with a major in Human Resources Management and a minor in Psychology.
Dr. Jay M. Dorio serves as the director of employee voice and assessment for IBM Talent Management Solutions. In this role, Jay is directly responsible for ensuring the success of the Employee Voice and Assessment businesses. Dr. Dorio’s main objective is helping organizations improve their business performance by guiding the delivery of Employee Voice and Assessment solutions.
With more than 20 years of human capital management experience, Dr. Dorio has a strong background creating and implementing solutions with organizations to hire the very best candidates and optimize their work environments to ensure top performance.
Dr. Dorio most recently served as the global program director responsible for leading the global Smarter Workforce Consulting team, including talent (assessment, competencies), organizational (employee voice), data, and HR analytics consulting.
Previously, Dr. Dorio served as a senior manager on the IBM, Strategy and Product Management team, responsible for developing Smarter Workforce solutions that highlight and capitalize on proven workforce science.
Prior to that, Dr. Dorio served as the managing director of IBM’s Smarter Workforce/Kenexa business in Canada and continued in his role as an executive consultant. In this role, Dr. Dorio managed the day-to-day operations and played a central role in sales, customer relations, operations, and business development functions across all Smarter Workforce products.
Prior to joining IBM, Dr. Dorio gained extensive experience in both internal and external consulting roles working in a variety of industry segments, including hospitality, educational services, manufacturing, and specialty materials, as well as with the United States military and local and federal governments.
Dr. Dorio has published work on employee engagement, survey follow-up, task performance, and the work-family interface, and is a frequent presenter at professional conferences on topics such as organizational development and change, consulting, and engagement.
Dr. Dorio holds a Doctorate in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of South Florida, a Master of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of South Florida, and a Master of Education in Counseling from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
He is a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the American Psychological Association, the Society for Human Resource Management, and the Academy of Management.
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.
Mr. Church retired from AVNET, Inc December 31, 2013 as a Corporate Senior Vice President and Executive Officer of the company. He began his career with AVNET, Inc. as senior Vice President, southwest region in 1991. He held additional positions as Vice President of Corporate Marketing, Executive Vice President and President of the Americas, and co-president of Electronics Marketing Global. After his roles on the operational side, Mr. Church held corporate staff positions as Chief Human Resources Officer, Corporate Strategy Officer, Corporate Business Development Officer, Chief Operational Excellence Officer, and also launched AVNET Integrated, an after-market services business.
Prior to his tenure with Avnet Mr. Church held positions with Schweber Electronics as general manager and Philips Semiconductor as director of North American Distribution and Coordinator of Global distribution.
Mr. Church is now consulting small and medium sized businesses in the areas of employee engagement, customer experience, mergers & acquisitions, and change management
Mr. Church is an Emeritus Board Member of the Arizona State University Center for Services Leadership, part of the W.P. Carey School of Business.
He lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and enjoys spending time with his three adult children and three grandchildren.
Jennifer Sweda is currently the Rewards and Recognition Manager at Eaton. She has over sixteen years of HR experience across manufacturing and hospital environments, encompassing compensation program administration, program design and deployment, project management, technology implementations and relationship management. In her current role, Jennifer is responsible for providing the strategic direction for global incentive plan design and governance as well as driving Eaton’s culture through its global recognition programs.
Under Jennifer’s management, global recognition participation at Eaton is over 80% and has been proven to be an indicator of employee engagement and is directly correlated to reduced employee turnover.
Lynette is a Senior Recognition Strategist for Globoforce and a researcher in the WorkHuman Research Institute. She is passionate about creating more human work environments by helping millions of employees feel noticed, valued and appreciated for what they do and who they are. She provides organizations with the supporting industry trends and best practices often needed to consider the many aspects of what it means to make work more human, validate their social recognition strategy and approach, and achieve success. Lynette is a frequently requested speaker with a talent for engaging audiences in making work more human through the power of thanks and appreciation to drive business results. During her career, she has helped organizations spanning various industries to realize their ambitions for social recognition by conducting workshops, recognition master classes, and train-the-trainer sessions. And her experience in marketing, media and analyst relations lends expertise to her consulting contributions on employee communications and training programs.
Pinwheel Partners LLC specializes in coaching and training leadership teams on 7 elements that make up a winning culture. Terry Cain is now a principal at Pinwheel Partners, regular faculty at the Annual CSL Symposium and The Services Leadership Institute, as well as guest faculty in MBA classes. His guest lecturer/speaker appearances include Kellogg at Northwestern, Eller at U of A, Argyle leadership events, Richmond events, NG Customer Experience, and others. As co-author of a business book called The Pinwheel available the spring of 2017, Terry is passionate about building a business culture that serves with excellence. His experience includes 30 years in Fortune 500 sales, business development, process mastery, change management and customer engagement.
He resides in Tempe, Arizona with his wife Rebecca. He has one adult son Jonathan, soon to be married!
With more than 13 years of HR experience, Corinne Selk is passionate about maximizing the employee experience through social recognition. As a Solutions Consultant at Globoforce, Selk helps new and prospective customers understand the recognition market and build programs designed to achieve stronger (recognition) cultures, better employee engagement and positively impact strategic business metrics. Selk also 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, Selk worked for IM Flash Technologies delivering results as an HR Business Partner in Organizational Performance, Employee Relations, Recruiting, Global Mobility and Immigration. She successfully managed strategic recognition, engagement, and performance initiatives, including the redesign, implementation and integration of an award winning recognition program. Selk also has over 7 years’ experience managing outsourced supply chain management functions and accounts.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in social psychology from Brigham Young University. She is a certified recognition professional through RPI and has also completed the Human Resource Management Program through Mountainland Applied Technology College.
Christina is the Vice President of Global Compensation, M&A Integration and an HRBP Leader for G&A at LinkedIn. She leads all compensation initiatives at the company, including sales compensation, sales plan design, executive pay, equity plans and recognition programs. In the area of Mergers and Acquisitions, Christina’s team partners with the Corporate Development team to develop employee offers, retention strategies and integration plans. Christina also manages the Human Resource Business Partners who support Finance, Legal, Marketing, Communications and HR.
Christina comes to LinkedIn after stints at Facebook, where she managed their compensation team through the IPO, and Intuit (the maker of TurboTax and Quickbooks) where she spent 6+ years in their Total Rewards and legal teams. Christina is an attorney who found herself in-house after practicing law in the areas of Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits at Silicon Valley law firms.
Christina sits on the advisory board at Equilar, a data analysis firm for executive compensation. She is also a member of the advisory board for the Stanford University Bing Overseas Study Program.
Christina graduated from Stanford University with a degree in History and Political Science. She received her JD from University of California, Hastings. Christina enjoys spending time with her family – including two teenagers and needy dog – and unwinds with SoulCycle, cooking and/or a good book.
In her role as Principal Recognition Strategist with Globoforce, Brenda collaborates with customers to help set effective strategies for creating cultures of recognition. Nothing energizes her more than engaging in strategic conversations with customers about building more human workplaces through the power of recognition. She has been instrumental in leading successful change management campaigns for new recognition program launches with customers such as JetBlue, Cisco, Lilly, Nestle and Hershey. Her career spans 20 years in HR consulting, with an emphasis on employee engagement, talent management, and rewards and recognition. Before joining Globoforce, Brenda was the HR Consulting Practice Leader with the Employers Resource Council in Cleveland, Ohio. Brenda holds a B.A. in Psychology from Boston University.
Joe Burton is the founder and CEO of Whil Concepts, Inc. (“Whil”), a digital training platform helping employees to reduce stress, increase resiliency, and improve their sleep and performance. He’s an entrepreneur in scientific wellbeing, former President of Headspace, and spent fifteen years as a global COO in public companies. Burton is an alumnus of Harvard Business School and a regular contributor to Forbes, Business Insider, and The Huffington Post. He’s worked in over 50 countries and travels the world speaking on topics including disruption, culture, employee safety, and mindfulness as a competitive advantage. Burton is also a certified Search Inside Yourself instructor. He discovered mindfulness as a super stressed executive after dismissing it as “definitely not for me” and it changed his life.
Traci is a highly experienced Principal Recognition Strategist who has worked with Global 2000 companies for more than 15 years. Her passion lies in creating more human workplaces built on strong relationships and trust through the power of thanks. At Globoforce, she has held the positions of Director of Client Services, Global Product Manager and her current role of Principal Recognition Strategist. She has also led the company’s product strategy and has been responsible for successfully designing, implementing, launching and training many of Globoforce’s top customers.
Traci now focuses on helping prospects/customers define their global recognition strategy, develop the business case for strategic, social recognition including ROI measurements, and gain stakeholder buy-in. Traci is well versed at educating and training key customer audiences such as executives, human resource leaders, managers and employees. She conducted all Train-the-Trainer and Manager sessions for General Electric, Amgen, Procter & Gamble, LinkedIn, Schneider Electric and many others, including sessions across multiple geographic locations. Traci most recently designed, developed and delivered a comprehensive communications and training campaign in 23 languages to over 140,000+ employees in 113 countries. In total, she has communicated to over 2 million users on the importance and impact of recognition to making work more human.
Mary Duncan, CHRL is the chief human resources officer at CAA SCO (Canadian Automobile Association South Central Ontario), based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. CAA SCO is Canada’s largest not-for-profit automobile association with more than two million members and is affiliated with AAA in the United States.
Prior to joining CAA, Duncan spent the majority of her career in the financial services sector, with her last role as the human resources, assistant vice president, benefits, compensation and HRIS, for the Canada Life Assurance Company, located in Toronto.
Her recent academic accomplishments include being an Alumna of the Advanced Program in Human Resources Management, from Joseph L. Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. She also participated in an Executive Masters of Business Administration certification program designed by Schulich School of Business at York University.
Duncan has served on several boards for non-profit and charitable organizations throughout the greater Toronto Area, where she resides. An avid animal lover, Mary also enjoys reading and spending time with her husband and two daughters.
Marcy is a solutions consultant for Globoforce, where she currently serves as a recognition solution expert within the company’s North American sales team. Along with conceptualizing, communicating and demonstrating how Globoforce’s products and services help drive a company’s business performance to sales prospects, Ricci is also an advisor between the company’s sales, product, marketing, strategy and consulting, and customer success teams.
Ricci’s prior roles at Globoforce include being a customer success manager and account manager, during which time she implemented more than 10 clients and managed more than 25 unique clients. Additionally, she managed half of the company’s customer success team including customer success managers, launch success managers and customer success coordinators, as a team responsible for more than 100 account relationships and 750,000 active end users.
Prior to joining Globoforce, Ricci was an account executive at SHI where she provided IT solutions to customers based on their respective needs, and helped expand the company’s customer base throughout New England. Before that, Ricci served as a team leader and account manager for MathWorks, where she managed a team of four inside sales support specialists, and was responsible for hiring, job training and career development.
Jenna Shapiro is a senior consultant in the IBM Watson Talent and Kenexa division. She works with a talented team of individuals to provide insightful research and services to drive organizational effectiveness and change. Her strategy is to provide strategic consulting and solutions to clients across a spectrum of services to drive business results, including survey, assessment, competency modeling, and Watson Analytics.
At IBM, Dr. Shapiro’s deep expertise in survey research provides senior leaders with meaningful action plans that drive business results. Her passion in survey research lies within employee engagement, organizational culture, and employee health. As an assessment consultant, she identifies the skills and abilities needed to attract and hire the right talent for the job through job analyses, interviews and focus groups, and custom assessment development. Dr. Shapiro also has experience in competency consulting, identifying the critical competencies required for jobs that help develop clear career paths and development opportunities for employees. Her consulting experience with Watson Analytics helps enable HR professionals to analyze their own employee data through natural language and compelling visualizations.
Dr. Shapiro’s knowledge in survey, assessment, competency modeling, and Watson Analytics provides a unique array of experiences on which she can draw to partner with clients more effectively. Dr. Shapiro has expertise across a variety of industries, including manufacturing, technology, retail, finance and insurance, healthcare, entertainment, food services, and more.
Dr. Shapiro is also a thought leadership liaison for North America at IBM. She works with a team of liaisons to help enable IBM consultants to produce practical and innovation research. Her background in industrial and organizational psychology allows her to apply rigorous methods that are of critical importance to business.
Dr. Shapiro has both her Masters and Doctorate degrees in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, including a certificate in Occupational Health Psychology from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Shaprio is a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and serves as a co-chair for the Doctoral Consortium at SIOP. Over the past several years she has presented research cross-nationally, collaborating with academics and applied researchers inside and outside the United States.
Rob Schmitter is a solutions architect for Globoforce, where he serves as a recognition solution expert within the company’s North American sales team. Along with conceptualizing, communicating and demonstrating how Globoforce’s products and services help drive a company’s business performance to sales prospects, he is also an advisor to the company’s sales, product, marketing, strategy and consulting, and customer success teams.
Schmitter has more than 20 years’ of industry experience as a global human resource leader. Prior to joining Globoforce, he was a Workday implementation consultant focused on maximizing customers’ Workday design and implementation success by sharing best practices and ensuring tight collaboration, configuration and integration across all HR functional areas. Before that, Schmitter served as director of total rewards at Blackberry, where he was the functional leader for BlackBerry’s transition to Workday and managed a team responsible for the design, development and implementation of BlackBerry’s global compensation, benefits, recognition, and work-life and wellness portfolios.
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.
Pamela Stroko is Vice-President HCM Transformation and Thought Leadership at Oracle Corporation and a recognized leader in HCM and talent management with over 20 years’ experience as a practitioner. She is an author, keynote speaker, seminar leader, executive coach, and consultant working with Oracle’s customers in the HCM space. Over her career she has developed deep expertise in all aspects of talent management, focusing on delivering business results by aligning enterprise strategy with strategies for building people capability across the organization.
As a recognized thought leader, Pamela is frequently a keynote speaker and workshop leader at the industry’s largest forums: SHRM (Internationational and Regional events), HCI, Argyle, Evanta, TMA, HRMA, Oracle HCM World, Oracle Open World, Gulf Coast Human Resource Symposium as well as numerous regional professional groups and Human Resource forums. Pamela has authored white papers, workbooks, and research reports. Her e-book series: The Chemistry of High Performance, which is a 7-part series, launched in June 2016.
At Oracle, Pamela works with customers to develop their HCM strategies and implement end to end core HR and Talent solutions. Customers engage Pamela to develop solutions in talent attraction and retention, performance management, talent review and succession, career management, culture and engagement, leadership and employee development, and business case development for HCM innovation.
Pamela developed her expertise as a talent leader by serving in senior business and HR roles at RR Donnelley & Sons Company, Deloitte, The Coca Cola Company, ICI London, and Gap Inc.
Onyeagoro serves as president & chief strategy officer of Great Place to Work®. She oversees the U.S. business, including the certification, employee survey, and consulting businesses. She works with executives in successfully executing business strategy through developing high-trust, high-performance cultures. Her executive advisory work with Great Place to Work® includes multibillion dollar technology companies. She is leading culture management and culture integration work with executives at the largest telecommunications company, the largest bio-pharma company, and the fastest growing SaaS companies in the world.
She has worked for two top management consultancies (McKinsey & Company and The Monitor Group – acquired by Deloitte in 2013). She has served as a strategic advisor to Fortune 1000 corporations, banks, and financial institutions, as well as small and medium enterprises in the U.S. and abroad. She specializes in strategic business planning, investment analysis, and financial management.
Previously, she founded O-H Community Partners (OHcp), an economic development consulting firm, and FundWell, a financial services technology firm, which partnered with hundreds of commercial lenders and raised a combined $150 million in financing for businesses. Prior to OHcp, Onyeagoro worked as one of four investment analysts, directly for Penny Pritzker, who was the U.S. Secretary of Commerce within the Obama Administration, overseeing the Pritzker Realty Group’s $3 billion in real estate assets.
Onyeagoro has co-authored publications with the Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business and the Federal Reserve Banks of Chicago and San Francisco, focused on business financing and financial health. She presented a TED Talk about access to capital and the small business loan market. She serves on the boards of private equity firms and lending institutions that have invested over a $1 Billion in small and medium enterprises that create good jobs in communities.
Kim Bors joined Schneider Electric in September 2014. Reporting to the CEO – Schneider, North America, she serves as the chief human resources officer and a member of the Executive Leadership team. With her broad business experience, she is focused on building a customer centric and high performance culture that attracts and retains great, diverse talent and provides significant opportunities for growth. She is driving the talent and people strategy to ensure the HR function is fully aligned with and enabling the business objectives, while creating a top tier employee experience.
For the prior five years, Kim was Vice President, Global Human Resources, Building Efficiency, for Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI), a $42 billion, global, diversified Fortune 100 in the building systems and automotive industries. With over 170,000 employees serving customers in more than 150 countries Johnson Controls is a global leader in building controls systems, HVAC and a pioneer in energy efficiency. She lead over 750 HR, communications and safety and health professionals in all aspects of creating, directing and executing strategic human resources including organizational design, strategic staffing, talent management, diversity & inclusion, succession planning, leadership development, executive and incentive compensation, workforce planning, and labor and employee relations.
Previously, Kim held senior executive positions from January 2003 to October 2009 in general management, human resources (CHRO) and communications, and China operations with IDEX Corporation, a $1.5 billion, publicly traded (NYSE: IEX), global, applied solutions manufacturing company specializing in fluid and metering technologies, health science technologies, dispensing equipment, and fire, safety and other diversified products sold to niche markets throughout the world. Prior to 2003, she held senior leadership positions in people strategy, process integration and general management at Brunswick Corporation, a $3.8 billion recreational boating, exercise equipment, bowling and billiards company with 22,000 employees headquartered in Lake Forest, IL; with Outboard Marine as CHRO, Waukegan, IL and Sarasota, FL as President of Chris-Craft Boats; and Browning-Ferris Industries and Pennzoil Company in Houston, TX.
Ms. Bors’ academic achievements include completion of the Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management, Evanston, IL, Women’s Director Development Program. She earned an M.B.A. in Finance and Management from the University of Houston, Houston, Texas; and graduated with honors, magna cum laude, with a B.B.A. in Organizational Behavior and Management also from the University of Houston.
Bors also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago and as a member of the Economic Club of Chicago. She and her husband, Paul, have two sons who are alums of University of Kansas, and a daughter who graduated from University of Illinois. They spend their time at their Deerfield, IL home and lake home in Waterford, WI.
Karyn DeFalco has 10 years of progressive HR industry experience working specifically within high-performing growth organizations. Serving HR in a variety of functions over the course of her career, Karyn’s expertise lies in partnering with executives on departmental deliverables and creating the strategy and execution plan to implement employee programs that motivate teams individually and financially to exceed corporate objectives and reduce turnover in both sales and non-sales teams. Central to the success of these business activities was the ongoing development of Echo’s leadership capabilities and succession planning programs, as well as targeted organizational communications strategies led by the HR team.
Karyn earned her bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication from Loyola University, Chicago. Prior to her current position, Karyn has led major company initiatives, including Echo’s largest integration from a human capital perspective, and has been an integral part of developing performance management and compensation platforms. Karyn has also overseen employee relations, analyzed and resolved EEO claims, prepared and implemented reduction-in-force analyses and separation packages, as well as implemented new employee compensation and commission plans.