Executive Speakers and Panelists
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.
Global Director, HR Strategy and Talent Solutions
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.
Vice President, Talent Acquisition and People Infrastructure
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
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
Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Communications
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.
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.
Vice President of Human Resources, Americas
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.
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.
Chief Learning Officer, BNY Mellon University (BKU)
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Group Vice President, HR and Corporate Communications
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.
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.
Recruitment Marketing Leader
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.
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.
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 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, knod.es, 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
Vice President, Human Resources and Administration; Manager, Strategic Workforce Planning and HR Analytics
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.
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.
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.
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.
Senior Director of Talent Acquisition
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.
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, Ph.D.
Vice President, Talent Management & Organizational Effectiveness
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.
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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