Conference Speakers

Senior talent, learning and HR executives will join analysts and executives from Bersin by Deloitte at IMPACT 2014. Executive speakers are carefully selected by Bersin analysts, who know them to be market leaders and innovators. You'll learn much from their experiences, perspectives, and real-world advice. We are adding new presenters to the agenda, so please check back for the most complete list of presenters and panelists.

Bersin by Deloitte Presenters

Josh Bersin Josh Bersin
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 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.

Cherie Bescript Cherie Bescript
Member Success Specialist
Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Cherie Bescript, Bersin by Deloitte Member Success Specialist, works with HR professionals at member organizations to address their talent priorities. Bescript supports members on the initiatives and challenges they face by creating research-based action plans and directing them to the most relevant research, tools, events and services. Bescript brings more than two decades' worth of industry experience in human capital to her engagements, including talent management, career development, leadership development, employee engagement, training and coaching. Prior experience includes work in outplacement at DBM delivering coaching, training and facilitation to client organizations, providing guidance, development and talent management strategies for individuals and groups in transition. In addition, Bescript has held both training and business consulting roles focused on technology and professional development training with Kaiser Permanente and KPIT. Bescript received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and an M.A. in Career Development from John F. Kennedy University.

Scott Carmichael Scott Carmichael
Manager, Digital Product Development, BersinInsights
Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Scott Carmichael manages the BersinInsights platform for Bersin by Deloitte, and joined the company in late 2013. Carmichael 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, Carmichael has been focused on the development of Bersin by Deloitte Communities, an expert-based social network that will soon be coming to the BersinInsights Platform. Carmichael holds a B.A. from Columbia University.

Steve Coito Steve Coito
Account Executive
Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Steve Coito, Bersin by Deloitte Account Executive, manages the overall relationship with Bersin by Deloitte members in the northwest U.S. territory. Coito is the first point of contact for members, advising them on ways to ensure optimal engagement with the membership resources for their organizations, and conducting regular calls to keep track of initiatives supported by Bersin by Deloitte research and resources. Steve has more than 15 years of talent management experience. Coito's prior experience includes providing HR outsourcing and consulting services to Administaff and Gevity. Steve also worked with DDI where he assisted his clients in assessing, selecting and developing global leadership with a focus on high potential development programs. Coito's rounded experience in this field allows him to engage executives around strategy development as well as to provide guidance to key areas of implementation to insure higher levels of success.

Robin Erickson Robin Erickson
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 over 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.

Stacia Sherman Garr Stacia Sherman Garr
Vice President, Talent Management 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 a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and bachelor’s degrees in History and Political Science from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. She is in her final year of study for an MBA at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

Chris Howard Chris Howard
Co-founder; Head of Product Development
Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Chris Howard heads product development at Bersin by Deloitte. He has an extensive background in learning and enterprise systems technology. Chris has provided research and consulting services in the deployment of learning systems to many organizations. He has authored research reports on a variety of topics in enterprise learning. Chris was instrumental in creating the research development processes at Bersin by Deloitte. Most recently, he led the effort to develop the BersinInsights platform and other technology products. Earlier in his career, Chris held positions in product development and management for several industry-leading learning technology products including those from Macromedia (now 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 from the University of Houston.

Katherine Jones Katherine Jones
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.

Kim Lamoureux Kim Lamoureux
Vice President, Leadership & Succession Research
Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Kim Lamoureux has more than 20 years of professional experience in talent management, with a primary focus on leadership development, succession planning and talent acquisition. She leads Bersin by Deloitte’s Leadership Development research practice. In this capacity, she is responsible for setting research priorities, overseeing all research initiatives, and aligning research with membership needs. Kim also helps clients to solve their most complex leadership challenges, including leadership strategy, leadership and executive development, high potential identification, leadership assessment, career management, succession management, and talent mobility. With more than 200 works published, Kim is a recognized thought leader in the leadership development industry and a frequent speaker at key industry events. Prior to joining Bersin, she held several talent and development management positions throughout her 13-year career as a practitioner at Textron Inc., a $12 billion global multi-industry manufacturer and service provider.

David Mallon David Mallon
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, David 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.

Arthur Mazor Arthur Mazor
Deloitte Consulting LLP

Art 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.

Karen O'Leonard Karen O'Leonard
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, Karen has led several studies over the past year on leadership development practices in China. Prior to joining Bersin, Karen 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, Karen brings a solid background in research design and data analysis, together with a keen understanding of business issues, to her work at Bersin.

Todd Tauber Todd Tauber
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. Todd’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. Todd has a MBA from Columbia Business School.

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Executive Speakers and Panelists

Funda Acarseki Funda Acarseki
Unit Manager, Succession Planning and Career Development

Funda Acarseki joined Isbank more than 17 years ago as an economic research analyst and in-house trainer on core banking topics. Today she is responsible for the design and deployment of leadership development initiatives for more than 2,000 managers. She also leads succession planning efforts designed to promote from within all managers for critical roles at Isbank. Acarseki's recent work also included a bank-wide change initiative to restructure the HR operating model including aligning HR and talent management processes. Earlier, she was involved with several projects where she gained extensive expertise in HR and talent management practices. Acarseki holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Istanbul University.

Sarah Allen Sarah Allen
Global Director, HR Strategy and Talent Solutions
BNY Mellon

Sarah Allen leads the HR group that designs and monitors key people management processes across the enterprise to support greater organizational effectiveness. Her team provides expertise on an integrated framework of talent strategy principles and processes to ensure BNY Mellon attracts, develops and retains global talent to successfully execute its business strategy. Allen also is a member of the company's operating committee and the Global Diversity and Inclusion Council. Her prior positions include global director of HR for BNY Mellon Investment Management, director of business planning and strategy for BNY Mellon Wealth Management, and other HR leadership roles at BNY Mellon. She joined Mellon Financial Corporation in 1992 following HR assignments at Crum & Forster Commercial Insurance and Saks Fifth Avenue. Allen has served on various boards including Mellon Trust of New England, JFYNetworks, and The Children's Museum, Boston.

L.J. Brock L.J. Brock
Vice President, Talent Acquisition and People Infrastructure
Red Hat

L.J. Brock is responsible for developing talent pipelines to support Red Hat's high-growth enterprise software business. In this capacity, he is responsible for the overall talent acquisition strategy design, execution and implementation including Red Hat's employment brand, candidate sourcing and talent selection processes. Brock also leads the team responsible for all operations that support HR centers of excellence, including HRIS, analytics, change management and the HR PMO. Previously, Brock led recruiting for Experian, where he redesigned its recruiting operations in North America and led the development of in-house recruiting capabilities in Latin America. Before joining Experian, he worked at Sapient Corporation where he led the team responsible for manager-through-vice-president-recruiting and co-launched a new RPO business for the company.

Robert M. Burnside Robert M. Burnside
Partner, Chief Learning Officer

Robert Burnside oversees Ketchum's learning and development function, including Ketchum's ethics policies and practices. Robert has extensive experience in learning and development, including corporate learning, e-learning, adult development, leadership development, and creativity and innovation. He has applied this learning in a variety of roles including consulting, professional services, and executive management, and most recently, in the public relations industry. He worked for 12 years in marketing and merchandising with Wrangler Brand Apparel, and 14 years in executive development with the Center for Creative Leadership. In addition to managing Ketchum University and Ketchum Leadership Institute, he is a member of Omnicom EDU Board, an Omnicom initiative to direct learning activities across Omnicom. Burnside has an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and a BA from Wake Forest University.

Michele Aguilar Carlin Michele Aguilar Carlin
Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Communications
Motorola Solutions

Michelle Aguilar Carlin joined Motorola in 2008 as corporate vice president, global rewards. Previously, she was vice president of global compensation, benefits and HR technology for the Campbell Soup Company. Carlin's earlier positions included vice president of HR rewards and operations for TIAA-CREF; vice president of compensation and benefits for Sears, Roebuck and Co.; and senior vice president of executive compensation and corporate unit reporting for Bcom3 Group, Inc. She currently serves as vice chair of the board of directors for Skills for Chicagoland's Future, an initiative to match local employers with qualified unemployed job seekers in the Chicago metro area. Carlin earned an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Deborah Carter Deborah Carter
Manager of Operations, Open Cloud Academy

For more than five years, Deborah Carter has managed projects for Rackspace's learning and development team, called Rackspace University. Her work has included establishing partnerships for Rackspace with the Texas Workforce Commission, Project Quest, and Alamo Community Colleges. In March 2013, Carter and her team launched the Rackspace Open Cloud Academy, an initiative to provide IT training to members of the San Antonio community to fill talent gaps in the web hosting services industry. Today, she is responsible for managing Rackspace Open Cloud Academy operations, budget, and instructional and administrative staff.

Judith Castaño Judith Castaño
Vice President of Human Resources, Americas
Munters AB

Judith Castaño has more than 15 years of experience in human resources. She joined Munters in 1999 as an HR manager for the company's Texas operation. Today she oversees the HR function for the Americas region which includes locations in the United States, Brazil and Mexico. Earlier in her career, Castaño was a senior HR representative with Bausch & Lomb. She holds a BBA in human resources and an MBA with a concentration in international business from Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas.

Bina Chaurasia Bina Chaurasia
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Bina Chaurasia joined Ericsson in 2010. Previously, she served as vice president of global talent at Hewlett-Packard Company, where she was responsible for talent management, learning and development, executive development, diversity, and staffing. Earlier, Chaurasia was vice president of global human resources for Gap Inc., where she was responsible for driving HR strategy and leading international and corporate HR, worldwide supply chain, and Gap Inc.'s outlet and online divisions. She also has held senior HR leadership roles at Sun Microsystems and PepsiCo/Yum. Chaurasia holds a Master of Science degree in management and human resources from The Ohio State University and a Master of Arts degree in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin.

Dave DeFilippo Dave DeFilippo
Chief Learning Officer, BNY Mellon University (BKU)
BNY Mellon

Dave DeFilippo leads BNY Mellon's learning and development strategy as part of the company's BK University, which is aimed at fostering an active and ongoing learning culture across the firm. His role includes enhancing leadership, technical skill and career development capabilities for BNY Mellon's globally distributed workforce more than 50,000 employees worldwide. DeFilippo also is a member of the company's operating committee and Corporate Social Responsibility Council. He joined BNY Mellon Asset Management from Bank of America, where he led learning and development for the wealth management business. Earlier, DeFilippo held learning leadership roles at Capital One Financial and Comcast. He began his career more than 20 years ago as a high school Spanish teacher and track coach. DeFilippo holds a doctor of education degree in work-based learning leadership from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Stephanie Demiris Stephanie Demiris
Director, Global Learning and Engagement
Deckers Outdoor Corporation

Stephanie Demiris is an innovative learning and engagement professional with more than 15 years in the field. She has broad experience in the leadership, management, and implementation of organization-wide learning development strategies. Demiris' additional areas of expertise are employee engagement, culture, change management, recognition, communications, onboarding and experience design and development. She holds a master's degree in cultural anthropology from California State University, Fullerton.

Diane Dowsett Diane Dowsett
Associate Vice President, Talent Management
Alliance Data | LoyaltyOne

Diane Dowsett is a human resources leader, specializing in talent management, leadership development, change management and employee engagement. She built her career of 20-plus years through a variety of private and public sector roles within Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. In her current role, Dowsett is focused on developing and executing strategy, delivering results, providing clarity, and leading teams. She is passionate about developing others through coaching and mentoring, making positive change and continuous learning.

Aya Dubman Aya Dubman
Talent Analytics Consultant
Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

Aya Dubman leads the efforts of Bridgepoint Education's talent management organization to identify relevant metrics and enhance processes to capture data. She also enables the organization to create reports to analyze the efficiency, effectiveness, and business impact of talent management solutions. Her effort to shift the talent management organization into the role of strategic business partner has increased front-end ROI analysis of potential programs and has led to better alignment of talent resources to organizational objectives. Dubman holds an MBA from the Forbes School of Business at Ashford University.

David R. Fineman David R. Fineman
Vice President, Analytics
State Street Corporation

Dave Fineman leads the human resources analytics team within State Street Corporation. Fineman's team works with partners from throughout the business to ensure that everyone has access to appropriate human capital information to make informed decisions in support of the company's strategic and operational objectives. Fineman provides consulting on human capital analytics, is the business owner of the firm's human capital reporting systems and promotes strategic workforce planning within State Street. Fineman joined State Street from Fidelity Investments where he initiated a workforce analytics program. Prior to joining the human resources function, Fineman held roles in industry and management consulting where he focused on strategy development, market segmentation, supply chain optimization and business transformation. Fineman has an MBA in strategy and finance from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a Bachelor of Arts in economics and sociology from Clark University.

Patty Glines-Kotecki Patty Glines-Kotecki
Director of Talent Acquisition
CUNA Mutual Group

Patty Glines-Kotecki has two key areas of ownership. As the head of talent acquisition, she is accountable for finding and bringing to CUNA Mutual Group the best talent the market has to offer. In leading the HR technology area, she is responsible for championing technology-enabled processes and experiences that engage, empower, and delight users throughout the company (including HR!). Glines-Kotecki was a key driver in leading the company's HR transformation and has accountability for the self-service channel of the HR organization's service delivery model.

Per-Arne Håkansson Per-Arne Håkansson
Group Vice President, HR and Corporate Communications
Munters AB

Since 2011, Per-Arne Håkansson has led human resources for Munters AB, which has 3,000 employees in 30 countries. He also serves as chairman of the board for three Munters subsidiaries in Australia, South Africa and Denmark. Previously, Håkansson served as vice president of executive human resources for A.P. Moller-Maersk, where he was responsible for the HR needs of 120 executives as well as for compensation and benefits for 115,000 employees in 150 countries. Håkansson also held senior HR positions with global companies including Luvata Ltd. in London. Earlier in his career, he held several senior management and consulting positions in the information technology segment for companies including Cambridge Technology Partners and Digital Equipment Corporation in Switzerland.

David Howe David Howe
Executive Director, Global Talent Development
Merck & Co

David Howe has spent 20 years in positions across Merck's human resources organization. Today he leads Merck's talent development outside of the U.S. Previously he led HR for Merck's U.S. pharmaceutical commercial business, global medical affairs, Americas manufacturing operations, global supply chain management, and vaccines. Howe also has led a range of HR centers of expertise for the U.S. business and provided organization development and business strategy consulting through an internal business consulting organization. In 2007, Howe co-led design and implementation of a new global operating model for Merck Human Resources and, in 2009, was HR co-lead for the Merck/Schering-Plough merger. Prior to Merck, Howe spent two years as a bench scientist in microbial genetics. He graduated summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis and earned his MBA with distinction at the University of Michigan.

Charlotte Jones Charlotte Jones
Recruitment Marketing Leader
Lockheed Martin

Charlotte Jones is responsible for leading Lockheed Martin's employment branding, digital campaigns, social media talent acquisition strategies, employee referral program and alumni program. She has more than sixteen years of experience in marketing, HR program management, diversity management, talent acquisition and employer branding in various industries including telecommunications, aerospace and defense, and financial services/insurance. Jones has held senior HR manager positions for diversity recruiting programs at MetLife and Merrill Lynch. Earlier, she served as HR program manager for AT&T where she led a global employer branding campaign. She also worked for Bell Labs Lucent Technologies as a marketing associate. Jones holds an MBA in business management from the University of Phoenix.

Scott Katz Scott Katz
Director, Turner People Development
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Scott Katz provides leadership and management in the execution of the global talent development strategy including executive development, performance management and succession planning across the enterprise. He joined Turner in 2008 as a consultant where he led the implementation of an integrated talent management technology solution across the organization. Prior to Turner, Katz held a variety of talent management roles at The Home Depot with responsibility for leadership development programs, succession planning, 360 assessments and career development. In addition, he held roles in HR integration and organization effectiveness with the Home Depot Supply, a group of subsidiary companies. Katz is certified in the Benchmarks 360 instrument through the Center for Creative Leadership, and in the Hogan Assessment. He holds a bachelor's degree in advertising from the University of Georgia.

Michael Krumpak Michael Krumpak
Program Director, Organizational Development and Learning
BAE Systems, Inc.

Michael Krumpak brings more than two decades of experience providing leadership and learning solutions to employees at all levels across the globe. Today, he supports high-potential leadership development programs at BAE Systems and is a graduate professor of leadership development at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Previously, Krumpak was a senior director of leadership and learning at Corporate Executive Board where he was responsible for global leadership development. Earlier, while at BearingPoint (which became Deloitte), he led a team to create human capital solutions for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). Krumpak also served as the director of learning for the United States House of Representatives and provided leadership development at AOL, Carfax, US Airways and American Management Association (AMA). He earned a Master of Science in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of Baltimore, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in business and organizational communication from the University of Akron.

Hilary Mason Hilary Mason
Data Scientist

Hilary Mason has been involved in data science for the last 15 years. She is currently a data scientist in residence at Accel Partners, a venture and growth equity firm. From 2009 to 2013, she served as chief scientist for bitly, a URL shortening service; she continues to work with the company as a scientist emeritus, advising a team that studies attention on the internet in realtime. Mason is co-founder of HackNY, a non-profit that helps talented engineering students find their way into the startup community of creative technologists in New York City; co-host of DataGotham, an annual event for professionals involved in data science; and member of NYCResistor. Mason advises a number of companies, including Mortar,, collective[i], DataKind, Betaspring, and TechStars New York. Mason also served on Mayor Bloomberg’s Technology and Innovation Advisory Council. Mason’s recent honors include the TechFellows Engineering Leadership award, the Forbes 40 under 40 Ones to Watch and Crain’s New York 40 under Forty. Mason has presented at many events, including the Digital Life Design conference and the Big Data Congress.

Kathleen Blake McCann Kathleen Blake McCann
Vice President, Human Resources and Administration; Manager, Strategic Workforce Planning and HR Analytics
Liberty Mutual

Kathleen Blake McCann, Ph.D., joined Liberty in 1993 in the Research Institute for Safety, executing empirical research projects focusing on risk taking behaviors, management style, and corporate culture. Her experience includes risk management consulting, commercial and specialty insurance, training and development, talent management, executive and international compensation and benefits, mergers and acquisitions, and workforce planning and analytics. Previously, McCann was the head of HR for Liberty International, spanning 19 operations in 27 countries. She assumed responsibility in 2012 for a new department focused on HR reporting and analytics, predictive modeling, and strategic workforce planning. McCann received a Ph.D. in behavioral and organizational psychology from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

Shazia McCormick Shazia McCormick
Director, Global Learning Programs

Scotiabank is Canada's most international bank1. As part of Scotiabank's global talent management team, Shazia McCormick leads the strategy for enterprise-wide learning programs including leadership, compliance and performance management. Upon joining Scotiabank in 2010, McCormick crafted the strategy for iLEAD, Scotiabank’s Institute for Leadership Development. She has more than 15 years of experience in the talent management field across a number of global locations and industries including manufacturing, engineering, telecommunications and finance. In 2013 her work with Scotiabank iLEAD was profiled in Flat Army: Creating a Connected and Engaged Organization by Dan Pontefract. Additionally, McCormick is founder and race director of the Railpath Community Run, an annual charitable event that has won multiple awards for its focus on building healthy communities within Toronto.

Ayse Ozel Ayse Ozel
Unit Manager, Learning

Ayse Ozel joined Isbank in 1996 as an in-house trainer, course designer and assessor. Today, she leads all learning-related activities as part of Isbank's talent management division. Her team won the Brandon Hall Excellence award for Best Learning Team in 2013 and the ASTD Excellence in Practice award in the Organizational Learning and Development category in 2011. During the earlier years of her career at Isbank, she was responsible for the content management of core banking topics and managed distance learning initiatives. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Marmara University and a Master of Science degree from Istanbul University, both in international relations.

Henry Sauer Henry Sauer
Vice President of Human Resources

As a part of the senior leadership team, Henry Sauer is responsible for all talent acquisition and management, rewards, employee engagement, HR business partnering, and HR tools and systems. Since joining Rackspace in 2004, Sauer has led the company's corporate training function (called Rackspace University), directed employee engagement and internal communications, and served as the senior HR business partner to meet the talent needs of the company's cloud business. He also led the HR business partner functional team for Rackspace's U.S. operations and helped manage the launch of the company's professional services practice. Sauer holds an MBA from Rice University, a master's degree in education from Vanderbilt University, and a bachelor's degree in biology from Washington and Lee University.

Jennifer Shappley Jennifer Shappley
Senior Director of Talent Acquisition
Express Scripts

Jennifer Shappley is the Senior Director of Talent Acquisition for Express Scripts, a Fortune 25 healthcare company with more than 30,000 employees. Her team is responsible for proactively sourcing and engaging the right talent to align with the organization's workforce needs. They are also focused on ensuring that recruitment messaging is authentic and results in a superior candidate experience. She has been with Express Scripts for 6 years and is based in St. Louis. Prior to Express Scripts she worked in Talent Acquisition at First Horizon National Corporation and in Human Resources at Morgan Keegan (now Raymond James). She received a bachelor's degree in human resource management from Harding University.

Leela Srinivasan Leela Srinivasan
Director of Marketing

Leela Srinivasan leads global content marketing and thought leadership for LinkedIn Talent Solutions. She is a passionate advocate for talent-centric employer branding and an avid student of the discipline. Srinivasan's team is responsible for developing and sharing talent brand best practices via content such as the Employer Brand Playbook, which she co-authored. Srinivasan is also a member of the cross-functional team responsible for showcasing and strengthening LinkedIn's talent brand. She received an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a BA in history and English literature from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Akil Walton Akil Walton, Ph.D.
Vice President, Talent Management & Organizational Effectiveness
Aleris Corporation

Dr. Akil Walton 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. Dr. 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, Dr. Walton was the global director of organizational research, analysis and strategic planning for Eaton Corporation. In this role, Dr. Walton assessed and proposed global organizational solutions designed to grow Eaton's businesses through effective talent management and HR functional excellence processes.

Brett Winchell Brett Winchell
Director, Workforce Measurement and Technology, Human Resources
Allstate Insurance Company

Brett Winchell has worked for Allstate Insurance Company for more than 23 years. An experienced HR business partner, he has supported various members of Allstate's senior leadership team. Today, as leader of the workforce measurement and research function, Winchell is responsible for providing business and HR leaders with evidence-based talent insights that inform strategic and operational decision-making about Allstate's most critical resource – its people. He also is accountable for all workforce technology functions including development and execution of the strategic roadmap. Recent projects include implementation of the SAP/SuccessFactors' BizX talent management suite and integrated workforce analytics and planning technology. Winchell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration - legal environment of business from CSU, Fresno and an M.A. in industrial-organizational psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

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