Senior talent, learning and HR professionals will join analysts and executives from Bersin by Deloitte at IMPACT 2015. The executive speakers and panelists are carefully selected by Bersin analysts, who know them to be market leaders and innovators. Attendees will learn much from their experiences, perspectives, and real-world advice. We are continually adding new presenters to the agenda, so please check back for the most complete list of presenters and panelists. Join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #IMPACTHR.
Bersin by Deloitte Speakers and Panelists
Principal and Founder, Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Josh Bersin founded Bersin in 2001 to provide research and advisory services focused on corporate learning. He is responsible for Bersin by Deloitte'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.
Senior Consultant, Member Advisory Team, Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Cherie Bescript is a Senior Consultant on the Member Advisory team. She brings more than 20 years of experience in Human Capital, with a focus on career development, talent management, training, assessments and talent acquisition. Cherie is a thought partner and advisor to the HR professionals at member organizations to address their talent priorities. Prior experience includes work in outplacement at DBM delivering coaching, training and facilitation to client organizations, advising on development and talent management strategies for during transition. In addition, Cherie has held both training and business consulting roles focused on technology and professional development training with Kaiser Permanente and KPIT. Cherie received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and an M.A. in Career Development from John F. Kennedy University.
Manager, Digital Product Development, Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Scott Carmichael manages the BersinInsights platform for Bersin by Deloitte, and joined the company in late 2013. Scott has more than 18 years of digital product development, management and strategic planning experience. He has worked for and consulted with a number of major media companies and successful startups including The New York Times, AOL, Bertelsmann, Verizon, Cablevision, JibJab and Ranker. He specializes in UI/UX design, process development, product strategy and market operations. Since he joined Bersin by Deloitte, Scott has worked with the research and engineering teams to deliver a number of enhancements to the web site including Communities, Playbooks and Interactive Factbooks among others. Scott earned his B.A. form Columbia University.
Senior Consultant, Member Advisory Team, Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Kris d'Ambrosio is a Senior Consultant on the Member Advisory team. She brings more than 15 years of experience in talent management, with a focus on learning and development, leadership development, and learning culture. Kris collaborates with members on their strategic goals and advises on ways in which to apply leading practices within their organization. Prior to joining Bersin by Deloitte, Kris spent six years in higher-education, then switched to a corporate setting where for about 10 years held various roles in the learning function for large and mid-size companies. Since 2010 she has worked with global organizations of all sizes as a consultant and advisor in talent management. Kris lives and works in Rhode Island where she received her B.A. and a master’s in Human Resources and Labor Relations from the University of Rhode Island.
Manager, Member Advisory, Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Julie Duda is a Manager on the Member Advisory team. She has more than 25 years of professional experience in various areas, particularly learning, leadership development, talent management, and talent acquisition. Prior to joining Bersin by Deloitte, Julie worked at Jo-Ann Stores, where she led several key initiatives, including the selection and implementation of the organization's first LMS and the design and roll-out of an enterprise-wide orientation and onboarding initiative. Julie spent her first years at Bersin assisting our members to achieve higher levels of impact as a member of the Consulting function, leading projects involving systems selection, program assessment, and strategy development. In her current role, Julie works with members as a thought partner; providing diagnostics, insights into strengths and opportunities and recommendations for growth. She provides research-based guidance with the goal of helping our members solve talent challenges, execute on human capital initiatives and drive high-impact in their organization.
Vice President, Talent Acquisition Research, Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Robin Erickson, Ph.D., directs Bersin by Deloitte's Talent Acquisition research practice, where she draws on her most recent experiences focused on Talent Strategies consulting and research for Deloitte's Human Capital practice. She led Deloitte's global Talent 2020 longitudinal survey series and has authored several Deloitte publications, including The Talent Paradox and Where Did Our Employees Go? With more than 19 years in consulting, Robin has broad experience in talent strategy, retention improvement, workforce planning, organization design, mass career customization, diversity and inclusion, leadership alignment, change management, culture assessment, workforce transition, project management, and facilitation. She has been published in the Deloitte Review, Business Finance, Workspan, and the International Journal of Organizational Analysis. Robin holds a doctorate from Northwestern University in Organizational Communication and Change, a master's degree in Communication from Northwestern University, a master's degree in Theology from Northern Seminary, and a B.A. from the University of Chicago.
Vice President, Talent & HR Research, Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Stacia Sherman Garr leads Bersin by Deloitte's Talent Management research practice. She is responsible for Bersin by Deloitte's research on talent strategy, integrated talent management, performance management, career management, diversity and inclusion, employee recognition, competencies, and workforce planning. Stacia's work has been covered by The Wall Street Journal FINS website, as well as industry publications such as Human Resources Executive, Chief Learning Officer, Talent Management and TrainingZone. Prior to joining Bersin, she worked as a senior analyst for the Corporate Executive Board, serving as both a research analyst and an instructional designer. She also served as an adjunct history professor at Northern Virginia Community College. Stacia holds master's degrees from the London School of Economics and the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and bachelor's degrees in History and Political Science from Randolph-Macon Woman's College.
Manager, Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Charles Goretsky has more than 30 years of both industry and consulting experience in human capital, with deep expertise in HR and Talent Management transformations, primarily focused on strategy development, analytics, operations, and technology selection. He leads consulting engagements for global clients across industries, where he assists organizations identify, develop and implement strategic human capital enhancements designed to substantially improve their ability to acquire, develop, manage, and lead high-performing workforces. His experience includes the development of leading edge HR analytics and predictive capabilities across the spectrum of HR, talent acquisition, retention, and learning functions. Prior experience includes corporate HR leadership roles, consulting, and coaching with leading companies in telecommunications, aerospace, healthcare, technology and publishing. He earned a master's degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Texas A&M University, and bachelor's degree in Psychology from Virginia Tech.
Director & Research Operations Leader, Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Chris Howard co-founded Bersin & Associates, now Bersin by Deloitte. Currently, Chris is a Director at Bersin by Deloitte and heads research operations including publishing, research infrastructure and project management. Previously, Chris held roles as head of product development and head of research. He led the effort to develop the BersinInsights platform and other technology products. Chris was also instrumental in creating the research development processes at Bersin by Deloitte. He has an extensive background in learning and enterprise systems technology and has provided research and consulting services in the deployment of learning systems to many organizations. Earlier in his career, Chris held positions in product development and management for several industry-leading learning technology products including those from Adobe, IBM, and Convergys. He helped direct the product strategy and development for key systems in the early days of the enterprise learning systems marketplace. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Houston.
General Manager, Director, Bersin by Deloitte Deloitte Consulting LLP
Andrew Huddart is responsible for running the Bersin by Deloitte business. He has built multiple global content and technology businesses over a 30 year career. He was most recently General Manager of the Corporate Leadership Council (Human Capital franchise) and Asia Pacific region of the Corporate Executive Board. Before joining CEB, Andrew was President of Moody's KMV, a credit risk software and analytics business. Prior to that, he served as Chief Executive Officer for mPower, an investment advisory firm (sold to Morningstar in 2003) and was Chief Operating Officer and then President, International, at Barra (now MCI Barra), institutional investment analytics provider. Andrew spent the first 14 years of his career with Reuters (now Thomson Reuters), the global news and financial products company, in sales, marketing and product management positions around the globe. He has a degree (B.A. Hons.) from the University of Leeds, England, in French and Management Studies.
Research Manager, Enterprise Learning Research, Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Dani Johnson has spent the majority of her career writing about, conducting research in, designing, and consulting on human capital practices. Johnson led the Human Resource Competency Study with the University of Michigan and six other professional organizations around the world, which resulted in her coauthoring the book, HR Competencies: Mastery at the Intersection of People and Business. Her ideas have also appeared in publications that include HR Magazine, Employment Relations Today, and The Human Factor. Johnson has an MBA and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University.
Vice President, HCM Technology Research, Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Katherine Jones, Ph.D., covers the underlying HCM technologies and services that support the management of a global workforce. Prior to joining Bersin by Deloitte, she was director of marketing for NetSuite, Inc. Previously, she was a research director at the Aberdeen Group where she established Aberdeen's Human Capital Management practice, focusing on research and consulting services in HR, talent acquisition, workforce management, ERP, and mid-market companies. She has written widely on many areas of talent management, technology and business practices, with more than 300 works published to date. Prior to a high technology career, Jones was a university dean, involved in academic administration, research, and teaching. Jones is a frequent speaker and is widely published in the U.S. and abroad. She has a master of arts and a doctorate degree from Cornell University.
Vice President, Product Management, Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Kim Lamoureux joined Bersin by Deloitte more than eight years ago and currently leads the development of the corporate membership products. She previously led the Leadership and Talent Acquisition research practices and specializes in leadership development, succession management, career management, high-potential development and recruiting. With more than 20 years of professional experience in talent management and more than 200 works published, Lamoureux is a recognized thought leader in the talent industry. Prior to joining Bersin, she held several leadership positions throughout her 13-year career as an HR practitioner at Textron Inc., a $12 billion global multi-industry manufacturer and service provider.
Head of Research, Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP
David Mallon leads the Research team — setting strategy, ensuring high-quality operations, and driving continuous innovation. He is also the steward for our Learning and Development research practice and is the primary force behind our work in learning cultures, high-impact learning organization maturity, and learning management systems. He is a recognized thought leader in the learning industry and a frequent speaker at key industry events. Before joining Bersin, Mallon led the consulting practice for a major LMS provider. Prior to that, he held learning and organization development-related positions with EarthLink, where he was responsible for overall learning strategy for its global call center organization. He holds a B.A. in English Literature from Emory University and an M.S. in Digital Media from the Georgia Institute of Technology with focuses on computer-aided distance learning and on storytelling in digital environments.
Vice President, Benchmarking & Analytics Research, Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Karen O'Leonard leads the talent analytics and benchmarking practice at Bersin by Deloitte. She is the author of the Factbook series, Bersin by Deloitte's popular benchmarking studies in human resources, leadership development, learning & development and talent acquisition. Her more recent work involves identifying the key drivers of successful talent analytics teams, which has served as the basis for a set of research and tools that enable organizations to assess and improve their analytics capabilities. In addition, O'Leonard has led several studies over the past year on leadership development practices in China. Prior to joining Bersin, O'Leonard spent 15 years in research, product management, and corporate strategy for Silicon Valley companies Apple, Sun Microsystems, and eBay. With an M.B.A. degree and concentration in Quantitative Methods from Drexel University, O'Leonard brings a solid background in research design and data analysis, together with a keen understanding of business issues, to her work at Bersin.
Senior Consultant, Member Advisory Team, Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Christina Rasieleski is a Senior Consultant on the Member Advisory team. She brings more than 15 years of experience in talent management, with a focus on leadership development, succession planning, performance management, career development and mentoring. She works with members as a thought partner; providing diagnostics, insights into strengths and opportunities and recommendations for growth with the goal of helping them build high impact human capital programs. Prior to joining Bersin by Deloitte, Rasieleski worked with Hasbro, Inc. and led the transformation of its performance management process and organizational change management efforts. She was instrumental in the development of career and mentoring programs and led the organization's Great Place to Work efforts. Prior to Hasbro, Rasieleski held several positions in HR and global leadership development at Textron, Inc. She received a B.A. in Management from St. Mary's College of California and a M.A. in HR Management from National University.
Research Manager, Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP
As a Research Manager at Bersin by Deloitte, Karen Shellenback is responsible for global research insights in the areas of Talent Management and Human Resources. Prior to joining Bersin by Deloitte, Shellenback held research and consulting positions at Cornell University and PwC. Shellenback is an experienced speaker at national, state and local conferences, and has been quoted in numerous national media outlets. She holds two degrees from Cornell University, graduating with honors in Policy Analysis and Management/ Industrial and Labor Relations. Recently completing course work in commercial interior design/architecture, she is particularly interested in what she calls "The Design of Work": the interface of culture and technology, workplace design and virtual work from both an organizational practice and physical space perspective.
Vice President, Learning & Development Research, Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Todd Tauber leads Bersin by Deloitte's Learning & Development research practice, focusing on workforce learning, high-impact learning organizations, and learning technology. He is responsible for defining research priorities, managing data collection and analytics, and aligning research with members' needs. Tauber's thought leadership on learning has been published by Quartz, Business Insider, Yahoo! Finance and The Atlantic. Before joining Bersin by Deloitte, he led business development at Nomadic Learning and shaped business strategy and new ventures at The Economist, where he co-led the development and launch of a new corporate learning division. Tauber has a MBA from Columbia Business School.
Senior Vice President and Learning Manager, Bank of America
Daniel Abdo is a results-driven learning development and talent management professional specializing in aligning strategy and innovative technologies with the needs of the organization for improved employee and business performance. Abdo currently leads a product management team in the Global Learning Organization at Bank of America. In this role, he is responsible for helping employees with the learning resources they need to achieve their career and development goals. Prior to joining Bank of America, Daniel served as co-founder and executive vice president of a global workforce performance consulting firm. He has led dozens of learning and HR strategy and technology-based initiatives for Fortune 500 companies throughout his career. Abdo holds a B.S. in computer science from North Carolina State University.
Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition and Inclusion and Diversity, W. W. Grainger
At W.W. Grainger, Marty Belle is responsible for outstanding execution in everything that touches and shapes the candidate experience globally and for creating an environment where all 23,000 team members feel respected, valued and seen as individuals who can do their best work. He is also a member of the Executive Human Resources Leadership Team. Belle has 30-plus years of experience in human resources management. Prior to joining W.W. Grainger, Belle was the senior human resources executive and company officer for key growth businesses and the group marketing function at Owens Corning. He has a B.S. in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Co-Author of Collective Genius; Former Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, The Walt Disney Studios; Former Senior Vice President, Pixar
Greg Brandeau is the co-author of Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation, published by Harvard Business Review Press in 2014. The book, which includes case studies of individual leaders at companies such as Google, eBay, Pixar, and Pfizer, as well as nonprofits and international government agencies, focuses on the distinctive kind of leadership that unleashes and harnesses the collective genius of employees. Brandeau has had a long career at some of the world's most innovative companies. His most recent executive role was as president and COO of Maker Media, the innovative media company that jumpstarted the global Maker movement. Its publication, MAKE Magazine, and its Maker Faire are at the very center of the DIY and 3D printing revolutions currently transforming innovation, manufacturing, culture, and education. An MIT-trained engineer, Greg's early career saw him working for Steve Jobs at NeXT Computer. He joined Pixar when it was a relatively small company, and led the effort to develop strong teams and cutting-edge technology to establish Pixar as an enter¬tainment powerhouse. Following the sale of Pixar to Disney, Brandeau became executive vice president and chief technical officer of The Walt Disney Studios, where he led technology innovation from film production to global collaborative tools. Brandeau has bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from the Fuqua School of Business. He serves on the CALIT2 Advisory Board and on the MIT Humanities Visiting Committee.
Group Director, Global HRIS and Business Intelligence, Citrix
Rich Berger has more than 35 years of experience as a practitioner and thought leader in human resources and HR technology. He joined Citrix in 2007; in his current role, he is responsible for HRIS strategy, metrics and analytics, and HR technology for employees. Berger was awarded the IHRIM Summit award in 2013. He is a frequent conference speaker and has participated in IHRIM, HCI, HRO World and other events. He has published articles in Workforce Magazine, Workforce Solutions Review and Program Management Journal. He also contributed to the book Out of Site: An Inside Look at HR Outsourcing. He previously was employed as the vice president of HR transition and transformation at Affiliated Computer Services (a Xerox company) as well as the director of core process redesign at Motorola, Inc. Rich holds a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and an M.B.A. with a concentration in HR from Western New England University. He holds HRIP and SPHR certifications.
Chief Learning Officer, MasterCard
Janice Burns' career at MasterCard has spanned almost 25 years and encompasses operations, customer service, diversity and human resources. In her current role, Burns is responsible for building MasterCard's organizational capabilities and developing talent by innovating the way employees learn. She is also responsible for integrating the workforces of newly acquired companies into MasterCard through the development and implementation of customized talent development plans. In addition to working with a wide range of business partners to ensure alignment of learning to business strategy, she and her team also collaborate with MasterCard's Global Diversity Office and Business Resource Groups to stimulate and encourage informal learning, such as through the company's reverse mentoring program. Prior to her current role, Burns served as group head of human resources for MasterCard's Global Products and Solutions organization. In this role, she was responsible for the human capital strategy and human resources support for a workforce of more than 3,000 employees. In 2003 and 2007, Burns was named Woman of the Year by Women Looking Ahead magazine. Additionally, she is a recipient of the Harlem YMCA Black Achievers in Industry award. Burns earned a master’s degree in public administration from New York University and a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University. She has also completed the University of Michigan’s Advanced Human Resources Executive Program.
Vice President, Talent Management, Red Robin
In 2010, Deanna Cauley joined Red Robin, a casual dining restaurant company with approximately 450 restaurants, as the vice president of learning and development. In her current role, she is responsible for developing talent, succession planning, performance management, team member engagement and employment branding. Prior to joining Red Robin, Cauley spent nine years with Applebee's as the executive director for the Applebee's Leadership Institute. Before joining Applebee's, she was a member of PepsiCo's learning and development team for ten years. While at PepsiCo, she served in a one-year international assignment and worked with leaders in Bangkok, Johannesburg, Istanbul, Barcelona and London. Cauley holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri and a master's degree in management from Baker University.
Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Bob Danna supports Deloitte's Human Capital practice to leverage Bersin by Deloitte research insights and benchmarking in client engagements. He joined Deloitte in 2013 as part of the acquisition of Bersin & Associates, now Bersin by Deloitte, where he most recently served as chief operating officer. He brings to clients more than 35 years of experience in leadership development, HR and learning transformation, workforce analytics and associated management consulting. Danna is a frequent presenter at HR and learning events. Recent presentation and workshop topics span integrated talent management; leadership development and the evolution of high performing HR and learning organizations, including the blending of formal and informal learning, metrics, measurement, and analytics; learning culture; and performance management. Prior to Bersin he held senior executive management positions at several consulting firms. Danna has a B.A. and M.A. in physics from City University of New York – Hunter College and an M.S. in engineering from the University of Central Florida. He was an officer in the U.S. Navy and served as an instructor and division director at the Naval Nuclear Power School.
Senior Vice President and Chief Learning Officer, SAP
Jenny Dearborn is responsible for driving measurable business impact by designing, aligning, and ensuring execution of SAP's overall learning activities for the company's 71,000 employees globally. Before joining SAP, Dearborn held senior executive positions at SuccessFactors, Hewlett-Packard, and Sun Microsystems. She is a regular contributor to Forbes, The Huffington Post and TLNT and has written for publications such as Fast Company, HR Executive and Chief Learning Officer Magazine. In 2014, Dearborn was named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology by the National Diversity Council; she also received the 2014 Silicon Valley Women of Influence Award and the 2013 Silicon Valley Tribute to Women in Industry Award. She is the executive producer of the "Game Changers: Women in Business" series on the Voice of America Radio Network and the author of Data Driven: How Performance Analytics Delivers Extraordinary Sales Results. Dearborn earned an M.B.A. from San Jose State University, an M.Ed. from Stanford University and a B.A. from University of California, Berkeley.
Chief Learning Officer, BNY Mellon University, BNY Mellon
Dave DeFilippo, Ed.D. leads BNY Mellon's learning and development strategy as part of the company's BK University, which fosters an active and on-going learning culture for more than 50,000 employees across the firm. He is also a member of the company's operating committee and the Diversity and Inclusion Council. DeFilippo regularly speaks and writes about topics related to leadership development, executive coaching and learning and talent management. Prior to joining BNY Mellon, DeFilippo held leadership roles in learning and development at Bank of America, Capital One Financial and Comcast. DeFilippo received a bachelor's degree from Union College and an M.A. from New York University. He received a doctorate with distinction from the University of Pennsylvania. Dave is also a graduate of Georgetown University's Leadership Coaching Program.
Director, Human Capital, Deloitte Consulting LLP
David A. Dye, Ph.D., assists Deloitte clients in developing and aligning human capital programs to achieve organizational strategy and mission. His experience spans the human capital lifecycle for attracting, developing, and retaining talent. He is also the lead executive sponsor for eminence initiatives with the firm, including sponsorships with the Partnership for Public Service's Best Places to Work in government, the Senior Executives Association, The Engagement Institute, and The Conference Board. Prior to joining Deloitte, Dye worked at Booz Allen Hamilton and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. He is a past president of the Personnel Testing Council of Metropolitan Washington (PTC-MW) and the International Personnel Assessment Council (IPAC), for which he led the development of the association's HR certification program. Dye received his Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology from The George Washington University. He has presented internationally and has contributed articles to various professional journals, including Public Personnel Management, Personality and Individual Differences, and International Journal of Selection and Assessment.
Global Lead, Talent Strategy, Sapient
Kathy Gagne currently has global responsibility to collaborate with senior business leaders and HR partners across Sapient to support both company and business unit strategy through innovative talent initiatives and programs. In her role, she has built a strong new global team which defines and develops talent programs and learning interventions to increase both individual and organizational effectiveness. Gagne also leads an initiative with the people leadership team to abolish the annual performance and people growth process and focus instead on enabling the potential of each individual and the organization as a whole. Prior to joining Sapient in 2012, Gagne held several management roles with CVS Pharmacy in leadership and talent development. She also was a principle consultant for Cambria Consulting for 14 years, specializing in HR strategy solutions. Gagne has a B.S. in special education and psychology from University of Connecticut and an M.S. in organizational behavior from University of Hartford.
Executive Director, Global Talent, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Anjelica Garcia, Ed.D. joined the organization in 2012 and currently leads the company's talent management, acquisition and analytics functions. Garcia previously served as program manager for the Center for Effective Organizations at the University of Southern California, a leading research institution in the area of organizational effectiveness. There she managed all public and custom learning opportunities, the executive education advisory board and the Human Capital and Effective Organizations certificate program. She previously held a similar role at the Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy. Garcia began her career in publishing. She holds a doctorate in education psychology and a master's degree in counseling psychology from the University of Southern California.
Director and Chief Learning Officer for Leader Development and Performance Management, Deloitte Services LLP
Ashley Goodall is responsible for all of Deloitte's leader development and performance management redesign efforts in the United States. He is leading the firm's efforts to create a leadership culture which builds on each individual's strengths, and to reinvent performance management so that it better serves each team and each team leader. At the same time, he and his team are developing processes to provide reliable and real-time data to support effective decision making. Goodall has been with Deloitte for 14 years and has held roles in human capital consulting and in the firm's internal talent function. He collaborated with Michael Feiner on his book, The Feiner Points of Leadership, and is the co-author, with Marcus Buckingham, of "Reinventing Performance Management," in the April 2015 edition of the Harvard Business Review. Ashley holds a B.A. in music from University College, Oxford, and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.
Administrator, Office of Leadership and Organization Development, Mayo Clinic
Grace Gorringe leads the talent management, leadership development, and organizational development activities at Mayo Clinic, the world's largest integrated, nonprofit group practice in the world with 60,000 employees and 4000 physicians and scientists. She is responsible for building organizational capabilities and talent development for physicians, scientists, administrative and allied health leaders and employees. Gorringe also collaborates with Mayo Clinic's Office of Diversity and Inclusion to advance a diversified workforce and a culture of inclusion and to eliminate unconscious bias. Her team has developed an internal leadership coaching practice to support the building of a coaching culture throughout Mayo Clinic. Before joining Mayo Clinic, Gorringe held a similar position at Medtronic, Inc. for 11 years. Previously, she worked in health care training, consulting, and nursing. Grace has a B.S. from Michigan State University and a M.S. from University of Michigan.
Global Head of Talent Acquisition, Illumina
In August of 2013, Celia Harper-Guerra accepted the role of global talent acquisition leader at Illumina. Her responsibility is to ensure that Illumina attracts and develops diverse talent with a passion for the organization's mission. One of her goals is to identify and build a strong diverse pipeline of leaders who together can unlock the power of the genome. Harper-Guerra has more than 25 years of global talent acquisition experience in high tech and healthcare. Prior to joining Illumina, she held talent acquisition and talent development executive roles at Allscripts. Harper-Guerra also worked for Cisco for almost 20 years. During her tenure, she held several senior roles in HR and talent acquisition and led many major talent initiatives, including Cisco's partner talent strategy, which encompassed the company's 40,000 resellers, along with human capital forums for top partners and executive workshops for the company's Technology 2.0 program. Harper-Guerra studied at El Camino College. She is a community leader for Connected Women North Carolina and Illumina Women's Leadership Network.
National Training Manager, Dyson U.S.
Jesse Hartigan manages all aspects of the training strategy and execution for Dyson U.S. Dyson's training initiatives target resellers (such as Bed Bath & Beyond, Costco and Best Buy), sales representatives, customer support and buyers of Dyson products. In his 10-year career with Dyson, Hartigan has held many different leadership roles. One of his most notable accomplishments was the creation of Dyson's Demonstration Program, developed for the company's part-time sales representatives and demonstrators. The initiative was a primary driver of Costco sales growth and established Costco as Dyson's top-ranked retailer. Its success was based on the development of simple yet effective sales training strategies and tools that turned part-time employees into successful sales consultants. Hartigan has a B.A. in technical sales from Weber State University.
Managing Director, Human Capital, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Tauna Jecmen has more than 20 years of experience in human resources – both as an HR professional and as a consultant. Her consulting experience combines deep HR functional knowledge with technology solutions to help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of HR. Her areas of specialization include HR transformation, HR operating model design, HR process design, and HR SaaS technology implementation. Jecmen brings to clients practical knowledge of ways that HR can deliver business critical impact to an organization, combined with a deep background in HR technology design and implementation for complex, global organizations. She has a B.A. in Spanish and English from Hope College.
President, Earls Kitchen + Bar
More than 25 years ago, Mo Jessa took a summer job as a junior prep cook at Earls Kitchen + Bar. The experience led to a passion for the restaurant industry, and Jessa continued to advance his career at Earls. He became executive chef in 2000 and vice president of operations in 2005, a position he held until 2014 when he became president. Over the years, Jessa has steered Earls back to its roots. Menus focus on dishes cooked from scratch with fresh, often local ingredients. The bar program reflects the kitchen's emphasis on high quality in beverage selections. Jessa also introduced a state-of-the-art leadership development program for employees to support the company's commitment to promoting from within. The company has seen impressive growth over recent years and is now expanding into the United States. Earls has been on Aon Hewitt's Best Employers in Canada list for more than five years. Jessa has a master's certificate in hospitality management from Cornell University, a certificate in executive coaching from Royal Roads University and several certificates from the Sauder School of Business.
Group President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Reliance Industries Limited
In December 2013, Prabir Jha joined Reliance Industries (RIL), currently ranked 114 in Fortune's Global 500, to support the company's aggressive growth plans. Among the challenges he faces are bringing about a culture change aligned with RIL's mission of becoming a consumer-driven company and hiring approximately 130,000 employees in 33 cities by end of this year for the planned launch of a new division. He and his team are in the process of revamping the company's talent strategies, HR processes, and supporting systems across multiple divisions. Prior to joining RIL, Jha served as chief human resources officer for Tata Motors and Dr. Reddy's Laboratories. He also has 10 years of government experience leading HR and administration for the Indian Ordnance Factories. Jha has B.A. and M.A. degrees from St. Stephens College. He also holds a post graduate diploma in personnel management and industry relations from the Xavier School of Management (XLRI). Jha is the recipient of many awards, including: the National Institute of Personnel Management (NIPM) Medal; the Reckitt & Colman Award; the Citibank Leaders Award at XLRI recognizing academic performance and leadership; and the 2012 Asia HRD Award outstanding contribution to the field of human resources.
Gary Johnsen, Specialist Leader, Human Capital, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Gary Johnsen specializes in HR strategy development as well as the design and implementation of HR operating models and talent management processes, such as performance management, succession learning, leadership development, and employee engagement. Johnsen brings to Deloitte more than 25 years of executive experience in HR and operations. During his career, he has led operations for a shared service organization for a large healthcare company, led the talent management department for a financial services organization, and conducted consulting engagements in the retail, consumer product, financial services and manufacturing sectors. Johnsen researches, writes and speaks on a variety of HR topics including HR strategy, HR transformation 2.0, developing HR communities of expertise and HR business partners. Johnsen has a master's degree in psychology from the University of St. Mary and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas. He is a licensed psychologist, specializing in industrial organizational psychology and holds a MBA certificate.
Vice President, Talent Management, Essilor of America
Matthew Jones leads all talent management activities for more than 11,000 domestic employees, manages Essilor International's global people review process and serves as chief learning officer for the Americas. Prior to joining Essilor, Jones was a group manager for Frito-Lay North America where he led all sales capability initiatives. He also worked as a senior consultant for Accenture in its change management group. In 2009, Jones received CLO Magazine's Learning in Practice Leadership Award. His approaches to talent and blended learning have been cited as leading practices by the Corporate Leadership Council and the Center for Creative Leadership. He is active in Essilor's Vision Foundation dedicated to providing vision care children in lower income areas. He holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Arkansas and a master's degree in business administration from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas, Austin.
Human Capital Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Joe Kaplan has more than 20 years of Human Resources, Organizational Effectiveness, Change Management, Training and Leadership Development experience with a track record of improving profit, revenue, quality, and employee engagement by increasing the performance and tenure of critical talent. As a leader of Deloitte's Employee Engagement Practice, he oversees the firm's participation in The Engagement Institute™, a consortium of organizations committed to furthering the research and thinking about engagement issues. He also consults organizations to shape their employee engagement strategies in order to effectively attract, retain and continuously increase the discretionary effort of employees in order to facilitate effective strategic execution. Joe holds a bachelor's degree and master's degree in Applied Social (Organizational) Psychology from Loyola University Chicago. Prior to joining Deloitte, he worked at consulting firms such as Accenture, Gallup and Novations where he served in a variety of service delivery and leadership positions to help clients continuously improve the performance of their people, manage business/process transformations and engage their employees and customers.
Vice President, Talent Solutions, The Walt Disney Company
Chris King leads the development, management and continuous improvement of talent management processes such as talent and succession planning, executive development and performance. During his 19 years with Disney, he has led enterprise-wide talent initiatives and served as an executive for the parks and resorts organization development, talent management and executive development functions. He also served as a senior HR business partner for a variety of professional services clients. Before joining Disney, Chris worked for NCR in the areas of change management and executive development. He also worked for Abbott Development Services, an external consulting group located in Sydney, Australia. Chris has a B.A. from Northwestern University and a M.A. from Columbia University.
Vice President of Talent Management, Ericsson Corporation
Elizabeth Knuppel is responsible for driving talent strategy of Ericsson's $9 billion North America Region. In this role, she oversees succession planning, employee engagement, leadership development, performance management, culture, change, and diversity for the division's approximately 20,000 employees. Prior to Ericsson, Knuppel has held a variety of leadership roles spanning HR, finance, and consulting for Alliance Data, the Corporate Executive Board, Astra Zeneca, Booz Allen Hamilton, Wellpoint and others. Knuppel holds an M.B.A. from Duke University and a B.S. in finance from the University of Missouri.
Chief Learning Officer, Cigna
Karen Kocher is employed by Cigna as the Chief Learning Officer for the global organization. In this role Kocher is accountable for Learning, Leadership Effectiveness and Organizational Development for the entire Cigna team and also external stakeholders. Specifically, Kocher is responsible for capability and competency development, strategic workforce planning, employee engagement and the redesign of Cigna's performance management model. Prior to joining Cigna, Kocher worked at IBM in multiple roles including as a Global Solutions Executive in the Software Division and an Offering Executive for Advanced and Emerging Technologies in Global Services. Prior to IBM, Kocher was the General Manager/Vice President and P&L leader for the IKON Office Solution's New England Learning Services business. The early years of Kocher's career were spent in line positions in insurance and financial services including finance, operations, information technology, risk management and sales. Kocher earned the prestigious Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation from the American College and is a member of the CPCU Society.
Senior Dapifer, HR Research, Insights, and Analytics, Rackspace
Robert Lanning joined Rackspace in 2012. In two and a half years, he has created an HR analytics team from scratch. Now composed of six members, the team provides tactical reporting, but spends the majority of its time on providing strategic answers and solutions to help Rackspace effectively and efficiently manage its human resources. Prior to joining Rackspace, Lanning provided research and analytics services to a wide variety of organizations. He is also an ordained minister.
Senior Vice President, Global Learning Product Management, Bank of America
Susie Lee is a results-driven leader who has demonstrated success in financial services, human resources and marketing. Lee oversees the learning product initiatives and implementation team within the Global Learning Organization at Bank of America. In this role, she is responsible for leading strategic planning, design, process and change management activities, and works closely with business and technology partners to deliver innovative employee-driven product and technology solutions. Previously, Lee served as the global staffing and learning lead for legacy MBNA Canada Bank, which was acquired by Bank of America. She led the transition of MBNA Canada's HR practices to Bank of America HR practices. She also held positions as card credit insurance product manager, business development and new product development manager for co-brand partnerships and business readiness and change management lead for credit card regulatory initiatives. Prior to joining Bank of America, Lee spent six years in direct response marketing positions in marketing and financial services companies. She has also worked overseas in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as executive director of the Malaysia Canada Business Council and in Seoul, Korea as a lecturer in business English programs at Hongik University. Lee is a graduate of Queen's University in Canada.
Director of Training and Organizational Development, Autodesk, Inc.
Jonathan Levy joined Autodesk in 2009. His focus is on creating environments where people perform their best work in service of helping people imagine, design and create a better world. During his tenure, he has had a significant role in redesigning and implementing the company's engagement survey, revamping the performance management process, designing and delivering leadership programs across the globe; and working with senior leadership teams to maximize their results and performance. Prior to Autodesk, Levy worked as an organizational development consultant focusing on executive coaching, the creation of high-performance teams, and communication skills for senior leaders. He also worked as an employment attorney for five years. Levy has J.D. in Law from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and a B.A. degree in History from the University of California, Berkeley.
Global Talent Management Program Manager, Bentley Systems
Suzanne Little develops and leads high-impact talent management programs that drive business results through partnerships with HR and business leaders. These programs are supported by the SuccessFactors platform. Her current responsibilities include strategic TM program creation, oversight and execution; education, branding, and promotion of talent management at Bentley; and the SuccessFactors system design and management. Little received Bentley’s Keystone Award in 2015 for outstanding contributions. She holds a GRP certification from WorldatWork, an M.S. in human resources development from Villanova University, and a B.A. in psychology from the University of North Florida. Before joining Bentley, she worked in human resources, training, and communications at Lockheed Martin, Aberdeen Asset Management, and Villanova University.
Manager, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Mach has more than seven years of experience delivering projects in the areas of learning strategy and transformation, learning measurement and evaluation, change management, strategic communications, training development, project management, advanced analytics and modeling, mergers and acquisitions, interview facilitation, process improvement and stakeholder engagement. Mach's recent focus has been helping clients transform compliance learning programs, specifically building capability around the measurement of learning effectiveness and leadership reporting. His clients have included Allianz, Bank of America, BMO Harris Bank, Aon, Northwestern Mutual, Delta Air Lines, and Capital One. Mach has a B.A. in economics and business from Kalamazoo College.
Principal Manager, HR Shared Services, Southern California Edison
Michael Manning leads a team of approximately 60 HR professionals who perform a variety of HR functions including enterprise-level workforce planning, HR analytics and other centralized HR functions. Prior to joining Edison in 2010, Manning held various roles in operations management, engineering and HR with Siemens and Merck. Prior to that Michael was part of a seven- person start-up company which raised over $60 million from JP Morgan. Michael holds an M.B.A. with Beta Gamma Sigma honors in operations management from California State University – San Bernadino and a B.S. from the University of Utah. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the Electric Utilities HR Metrics Group and the Center for Workforce Development Workforce Planning Council. He holds a Six Sigma Black Belt and is a certified ISO 9000 auditor and SPHR.
Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Arthur Mazor collaborates with complex, global clients to achieve high business impact with a focus on transforming Human Resource strategies and the delivery of HR services. With a balance of strategic planning, organization design, process transformation, technology deployment, governance, and outsourcing integration, Mazor helps large enterprises generate tangible business results through innovative, pragmatic human capital practices. Mazor's professional journey over nearly 20 years has been exclusively focused on Human Capital Management. He has held senior level HR leadership, HR outsourcing executive and HR transformation consulting roles that create a truly multi-faceted foundation from which Art delivers value to his clients. Achieving success means partnering with clients to design, build and operate new ways of working for Human Resources and Mazor brings clients creative approaches to adopt leading practices and the latest HR technology that are right for achieving an organization's business goals.
Vice President, Talent Management and Diversity, McKesson
Amit Mohindra and his team are accountable for equipping the business and HR with data-driven insights through analytics to drive effective decisions about McKesson's workforce, developing a workforce planning capability that is designed to strengthen business results and be the envy of the industry, and managing all talent management operations and technology. Prior to joining McKesson in 2011, Mohindra led Nelson Touch Consulting, a consultancy specializing in human capital strategy, workforce analytics and incentives. Mohindra has worked in economics research, consulting and human capital management for such industry-leading organizations as The World Bank, Towers Perrin, Lucent Technologies, IBM and Goldman Sachs. Mohindra has a master's degree in economics from Brown University and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Lafayette College. He teaches a human capital analytics course at the UC Berkeley Extension Program and has published articles in HR Executive, Talent Management, Chief Learning Officer and Training & Development.
Manager, AQP, Allegiant Air
Rick Morgenstern reports to the director of flight standards and training to assist in the development, regulatory approval, oversight and maintenance of the Advanced Qualification Program (AQP) Program for the training of all pilots at Allegiant Air. He works with the Allegiant air fleet managers, training captains, instructors and evaluators to promote the highest level of compliance with the Federal Aviation Regulations and the maintenance of all FAA-approved manuals for pilot training. Prior to joining Allegiant, Morgenstern held a range of airline management positions with Shuttle America, Emery Worldwide, NetJets, Braniff and the Aviation Group. He has flown as a captain in scheduled airline service in the DC10, DC8, B727, B737 and ERJ-170 aircraft. Rick is also an FAA Certification Specialist and has successfully completed six different FAA certifications for airlines operating in the United States. Morgenstern is a graduate of the U.S. Airforce Academy.
Senior Manager, Global Talent Center of Excellence, Dell, Inc.
Jennifer Jones Newbill's team manages the global strategy for Dell, Inc.'s employment brand, candidate experience, recruiting tools and process, social media planning, go-to-market recruiting strategies and employee referral program. Since joining Dell, Inc. in 2003, Newbill has held a variety of HR roles in areas such recruiting, leadership and development and HR operations project management. Prior to her career with Dell, Inc, she held HR-related roles with start-up companies pcOrder.com, eLaw.com, and Ignite! Learning. Newbill received Glassdoor's Talent Warrior Award in 2014. She has an M.B.A. from the University of Dallas.
Director of Human Resources, Extra Space Storage
Having been with Extra Space Storage for 15 years, Sally Newton has seen the Extra Space Storage grow from just over 100 locations to more than 1,000 in her 15-year career with the company. She's also had the opportunity to help resolve the growing pains and culture changes that come with such rapid business growth. She brings to her current role experience as a front-line leader in operations, as well as work in talent acquisition, learning and development, and human resource management. Newton has a B.S. in accounting from Webster University and an M.H.R. from Utah State University. She also has SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications.
Senior Director, Organization Performance Effectiveness, Gap Inc.
Gap Inc. is made up of five brands (Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta and Intermix) and employs 135,000 people in more than 40 countries. Since joining Gap Inc. in 2007, Rob Ollander-Krane has held a variety of management positions in learning and development, HR and talent management. Since assuming his current role in 2013, he has focused on reinventing Gap Inc.'s performance management process, with an increased emphasis on performance and less emphasis on management. Prior to joining Gap Inc., Ollander-Krane held a variety of training-related positions at Levi Strauss, DFS Galleria and Macy's West. Ollander-Krane has also served as a development coach and instructional designer for Gap Inc. Leadership Initiative, a program designed to provide leadership capability building to non-profit organizations that cater to youth, and as a faculty member for the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Senior Manager, Human Capital, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Terry Patterson, who joined Deloitte Consulting LLP in 2013, helps clients achieve business goals through the implementation of talent practices designed to support skilled, engaged employees within high-performing cultures. He works with clients across industries and across the total suite of talent strategies and programs, with particular focus on leadership strategy, leader assessment and development, performance management, and learning solutions and transformation. Most recently, he has led significant learning-related engagements for Delta Air Lines, Capital One, and T. Rowe Price. Prior to joining Deloitte, Patterson held a range of executive positions with HR and talent-related responsibilities at IBM, Taubman and Ford Motor Company. He holds a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Michigan.
Director of Facilities and Business Office, Quicken Loans
Melissa Price began work with Quicken Loans (QL) as a project coordinator. Fueled by her passion for people-centered, efficient workspaces, she moved into her current role by 2009, when the company announced it would move its headquarters from the Michigan suburbs to the Compuware Building in downtown Detroit. From 2009 to 2014, Price directed the design and building out of more than 1 million square feet of QL office space in five different buildings. Quicken Loans was named one of Fortune Magazine's Top Five Places to Work in 2014. The company's offices were on the list of Fortune's 25 Coolest Offices in 2015. In 2013, Quicken Loans hosted NewWOW's symposium on organizational culture and new ways of working. Price is an active member of Commercial Real Estate Women Detroit, the Building Owners and Managers Association, the International Facilities Management Association, and the New Ways of Working Network. In addition to her work at Quicken Loans, Price is also CEOof dPOP!, a commercial interior design firm which, along with Quicken Loans, is part of the Rock Ventures Family of Companies.
Senior Vice President, Global HR Programs and Analytics, Edelman
In his current role, Albert Quisumbing works with global HR leaders to provide direction on the technologies available for various HR initiatives. In addition, he conducts research, analysis and forecasting of Edelman's workforce information. Quisumbing also oversees the HR information systems team that manages the recruiting, payroll, and employee data systems at the firm. The team's work includes implementing and automating Edelman's talent acquisition and succession planning platforms. Prior to his work with Edelman, Quisumbing was a senior business analyst at Credit Suisse. While there, he led several successful global HR projects to improve the organization's compensation system. He holds a B.S. and M.B.A. in enterprise resource planning from the University of Scranton and an M.B.A. in information systems from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Newark.
Vice President, People Operations, Earls Kitchen + Bar
When Brenda Rigney joined Earls Kitchen + Bar in 2012, her mission was to transform the company's approach to HR. She now leads People Operations, a team that delivers people, process and technology solutions to Earls' restaurant operations. Not a typical HR team, members have specialties in operations, digital media, business intelligence, technology infrastructure and networks and software development. Rigney has extensive experience in retail operations and talent management within the retail, hospitality and video game development industries. She has held management positions with leading organizations such as Gap Inc., Aritzia and Vancity Credit Union. She has studied at the University of Western Ontario; University of California, Los Angeles; British Columbia Institute of Technology; Sauder School of Business; and USC Marshall School of Business.
System Director, Human Resources, Lee Memorial Health System
Kristy Rigot is responsible for strategic human resources planning, operations, programs, policies and procedures related to recruitment, employment, employee/labor relations, diversity/language services, performance management, contract labor and in-house temporary staffing services. Lee Memorial Health System (LMHS) is a leading provider of healthcare in Southwest Florida, with more than 10,500 employees, 4,500 volunteers, and 1,100 physicians on staff. Lee Memorial has earned awards for its quality of care and service. Most recently, Lee Memorial received the Healthgrades 2015 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence. In 2014, Lee Memorial was recognized as "Most Wired" by Hospital and Health Networks and it was designated at an Employer of Choice by Employer of Choice International. Rigot has a master's degree in human resource development and administration from Barry University, a bachelor's degree in speech communications from the University of Georgia. She is also a certified SPHR.
Head of Research, Center for the Edge
For the last three years, Tamara Samoylova has research on work environment redesign, worker passion, future of business landscape, and patterns of disruption for the Deloitte Center of the Edge, a corporate strategy and innovation research center that helps executives understand and profit from emerging opportunities on the edge of business and technology. Previously, she served as a senior manager in Deloitte Consulting's Growth and Innovation practice, where she focused on helping mature companies find new areas of growth and innovation by better understanding unmet customer needs, industry dynamics and competitive moves. Samoylova has a B.S. in accounting and a B.S. in international business from Oklahoma State University, and an M.B.A. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Director, Organization Effectiveness, Halliburton
Debbie Sehulster currently leads the organization effectiveness function at Halliburton and serves as the first dean of Halliburton's College of Human Resources, launched in 2014. She has responsibility for the change management, competency development and training to support Halliburton's global HR transformation. Prior to joining Halliburton, Sehulster held executive roles in organizational development, talent management and program management at Ingersoll Rand, Lucent Technologies and AT&T. She also has had HR-related assignments in China and Japan. She has a B.A. in psychology from Miami University and an M.L.H.R. from the Ohio State University. She delivered a keynote presentation on redesigning performance management at SuccessFactors' 2009 Global Connect conference and presented a workshop on building change management capability at the 2011 HR Tomorrow conference hosted by the Carlson School of Management.
Vice President, Global Talent Development and Organizational Effectiveness, MasterCard
Charles Silvestro is responsible for the design and implementation of global learning and development programs to enhance employee skills and capabilities that increase organizational effectiveness for MasterCard. Leveraging his many years of brand marketing and product management experience in both packaged goods and financial services, Silvestro works closely with colleagues in marketing and product management to align development strategies with business impact. Prior to his current role, Silvestro held a variety of marketing positions for MasterCard. His accomplishments included leading and managing MasterCard's worldwide airport advertising program, guiding marketing and advertising efforts in the Middle East and Africa, and overseeing the management of MasterCard's largest marketing and advertising agency relationships. Silvestro also worked in direct marketing for subsidiaries of both DMB&B Advertising and Young & Rubicam. His clients included British Airways, General Motors, FedEx and Philip Morris. Silvestro holds a B.S. in business management and marketing from Binghamton University.
Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Nathan Sloan is the leader for Deloitte's National Talent Strategies practice and oversees the development of all talent management solutions. He has worked closely with Deloitte's internal talent organization to formulate a new performance management design, worked with Bersin by Deloitte leadership on the integration of its research into Deloitte's solutions and has published articles and presented on the topic of talent management. Sloan has been with Deloitte since 2006 and has more than 15 years of consulting experience working with companies on organizational and talent strategies. Sloan holds a B.S. in psychology from Denison University and a M.A. in industrial/organizational psychology from George Mason University.
Talent Community Strategist, Lockheed Martin Corporation
A metrics-driven talent acquisition evangelist and practitioner, Marvin Smith focuses on strategies for talent acquisition, sourcing, branding, and engagement that leverage tools, teams and technology to maximize success for enterprise-wide initiatives. He is especially passionate about utilizing technology to put the human touch into recruiting. In his current role at Lockheed Martin, Smith has responsibility for automated recruitment marketing, strategic talent sourcing, and the creation of communities for key talent segments. Previously, he has held positions in strategic talent sourcing and program management with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Research in Motion and Microsoft.
Division Vice President, Extra Space Storage
For the last five years, Kenny Speegle has had responsibility for Extra Space Storage's Southeast division, which encompasses 120 facilities in Florida and Puerto Rico. Before moving into his current role, he spent 10 years as a district manager in the company's Midwest division. He started his career with Extra Space Storage as a site-level employee while in college. Speegle has a B.A. from Kent State University.
Vice President and Head of Talent Development, Lincoln Financial
Pearl Sumathi, Ed.D. is responsible for leading the strategy and execution of Lincoln Financial Group's talent development agenda, which is focused on building organizational capability, strengthening the leadership pipeline and enhancing employee engagement through high quality talent development offerings. Prior to joining Lincoln, Sumathi served as a director for Wharton Executive Education. In this role, she consulted with Fortune 500 companies on the design and development of high potential talent, as well as mid-level and executive leadership programs. Sumathi also has held various human resources, talent management and leadership development positions with Infosys Technologies, Fujitsu America and Mphasis, an HP company. She earned a master's and a doctorate degree in education with specialization in organizational learning from the University of Pennsylvania.
Director, Global Diversity and Talent Acquisition, International Paper
Quinn Thompson is responsible for overall strategic direction and leadership of diversity and inclusion; engagement and talent acquisition, which includes leading the development, execution and monitoring of a global diversity strategy; executive recruiting; staffing policies; systems, metrics and analytics; vendor management; employment branding and workforce planning. Quinn has been with International Paper since 1992. Her career history includes 20-plus years of leadership development experience for front line supervisors to senior level managers as well as functional area expertise in leadership development, strategic planning and recruiting. Quinn is a graduate of the University of Denver with a master's degree in technology management. She also has a bachelor of arts in management and business administration from the University of Phoenix. She currently serves on the board of trustees for BRIDGES USA.
Director, Talent Acquisition, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
In her current role, Stefanie Thornton oversees the staffing and recruitment function on a state-wide level for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network. Her responsibilities encompass diversity recruitment, intern programs, college relations and recruitment, new employee orientation and talent technologies. Throughout her career she has acquired specialized knowledge in such areas as integrating talent acquisition teams, applicant tracking systems implementation, diversity recruitment strategy, recruitment branding, social media and building college recruitment/internship programs. Prior to joining Blue Cross Blue Shield, she held recruiting management roles at LDMI Telecommunications, Kelly Services, and Level 3 Communications. Newton has a B.A. in employee relations from Michigan State University. She is a current member of Leadership Detroit Class XXXIV and serves on the boards of the Michigan Diversity Council and the Association of Hispanic and Latino Professionals for America.
Senior Director, Talent and Professional Development, Comcast
An employee of Comcast since 2010, Eric VanDerSluis' areas of specialization include leadership development, stakeholder management, talent strategy, change management and organizational effectiveness. During his time at Comcast, he has led the design and development of enterprise high potential programs, leadership competency models and large-scale broad-based development initiatives. VanDerSluis regularly consults with business partners on critical talent need, change management and career development initiatives. Prior to joining Comcast, VanDerSluis was responsible for the design, development, and implementation of strategic talent, leadership, and change initiatives for Chase Card Services. VanDerSluis has a B.A. in history and secondary education from the College of New Jersey and an M.S. in education, culture and society from the University of Pennsylvania.
Vice President, Talent Management and Organizational Effectiveness, Aleris Corporation
Akil Walton, Ph.D., partners with senior executives to design and implement global talent management and organizational effectiveness solutions that enable Aleris' growth strategy. His work spans business process improvement, organizational design, talent calibration and succession planning, leadership and high potential development, employee engagement and retention, and talent acquisition. Walton also partners with HR and business leaders to design and implement strategic talent and organizational culture measures to assess Aleris' global organizational capability. Before joining Aleris, Walton was the global director of organizational research, analysis and strategic planning for Eaton Corporation. In this role, Walton assessed and proposed global organizational solutions designed to grow Eaton's businesses through effective talent management and HR functional excellence processes.
Director, Learning Solutions, Qualcomm, Inc.
David Whittaker manages an internal consulting team focused on delivering high-quality, business-relevant software engineering training programs. He also serves as a co-lead on an internal solutions-focused team, responsible for driving and optimizing tools for learning experiences, increasing employee knowledge sharing and ensuring a collaborative culture across the enterprise. Through his work, David helps set the strategic vision for aligning training and development programs to business critical objectives. Prior to joining Qualcomm, he held various engineering-related positions at Metron and Raydon. He also developed learning-centered math curriculum while a faculty member at Cascadia Community College.