HR Transform features two and a half days of workshops, keynotes, roundtables, fireside chats, and a technology showcase from over 200 thought leaders and innovators.
Speakers for HR Transform 2021 to be announced.
HR Transform 2020 will feature two and a half days of workshops, keynotes, roundtables, fireside chats, and a technology showcase from over 200 thought leaders and innovators.
Head of EX and Service Delivery - APAC
Patrick Acheampong is the APAC head of Employee Experience (EX) and Service Delivery at Zurich Insurance. This innovative, and exciting role involves ‘weaponising’ the Employee Experience (EX) to help Zurich in the war for talent. As well as holding various HR and Technology roles in large multinational organisations in APAC, and Europe over the past 20 years, Pat has also been a tech startup founder and is a published Author in the Cyber Security space.
Chief Culture and Talent Officer
Diane Adams is the Chief Culture and Talent Officer at Sprinklr, an enterprise software platform for customer experience and social media management. Her team focuses on accelerating the growth of a high-performing, inclusive culture. Prior to Sprinklr, Diane served as Chief Culture and Talent Officer for McGraw-Hill Education and Qlik Technologies. She also spent four years managing HR at Allscripts Healthcare, where she helped triple the company in size. Additionally, Diane held top HR leadership roles for 14 years at Cisco Systems. Diane is also a chancellor of the International Board of Directors for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Chief Talent Officer
Lamya’s corporate background includes 14+ years’ experience in Talent Acquisition and Management, where she had the opportunity to build and lead teams for companies such as Bertelsmann, Orange, Intelcia, Groupon, Google, and Microsoft across EMEA countries. Her work focuses on improving workplace performance and culture through a better understanding of behavioral dimensions, thought processes, and motivational drivers. She is also a mentor for Silicon Valley accelerators, including Plug and Play and The Alchemist, where she works with startups on talent strategies and leadership development.
Raised By Us
Matt Amalfitano is the CEO/Executive Director of Raised By Us, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that sets up and runs employee giving and volunteering programs for high growth companies like Casper, Squarespace, Bonobos and Shutterstock. Through its program, Raised By Us has directed over $4m to thousands of organizations and tens of thousands of employee volunteer hours to hundreds of causes. Prior to Raised By Us, Matt was a Vice President on the Cross Asset Sales team at Goldman Sachs.
Sr. Director, People Systems & Analytics
Ray has spent the last 13 years in the HR Tech space with a focus on broad transformation, system implementations, and process optimization. He brings a diverse experience including financial services, CPG, retail, and tech. Most recently Ray has helped drive broad transformation through Success Factors and is currently leading a global implementation and process design at Peloton.
Director of Agile Transformation
Heidi partners with leaders and companies to help solve agile and digital transformation, teaming, organization design and strategy execution challenges. With over 20 years of experience in a wide range of industries and roles in technology, Heidi brings a culture-centered, yet pragmatic approach to her work. Her passion is helping organizations harness the creativity and innovation of their people to drive improved business results. She has extensive experience in overcoming challenges with distributed, virtual and remote teams. Heidi is also co-founder and advisory board member of the Open Leadership Network. She trains and speaks at events and conferences worldwide and co-hosts a popular virtual meetup series for Agilists at www.coachingagilejourneys.com.
Allison is a General Partner at SemperVirens VC, where she focuses on technology transforming the future of the workplace. Previously, Allison was an investor at Trinity Ventures, as well as a co-founder and managing partner of Fresco Capital, a global seed fund with offices in Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Menlo Park. Allison started her career on Wall Street trading Equity Derivatives at Goldman Sachs in New York. She joined General Assembly as an early product manager, and then launched their Asia business from Hong Kong (General Assembly sold to Adecco for $413 million in 2018). Allison has a B.A. in Economics with Honors, a minor in Film Studies, and a language citation in French from Harvard University, and is also a frequent writer and speaker on the topics of entrepreneurship, future of work, and venture capital.
Partner & President
Neil is a Founding Partner at Local Industries, a Change Marketing consultancy building culture, employee experience, and internal communication programs for some of the world’s best companies. His marketing career spans 15+ years running teams and agencies in London, Amsterdam, San Francisco, and Atlanta. Before founding Local, Neil led global digital strategy at Coca-Cola and ran the brand’s digital program for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Neil is an advisor to multiple start-ups and a regular Forbes Agency Council contributor and speaker on employee engagement and marketing disruption with appearances at SXSW, The Economist Big Rethink, Worldz, and DisruptHR.
Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment
CEO & Founder
Jordan Berman is the Founder & CEO of OFC (ofc.tv), a creative agency and video production studio that injects storytelling into employee communications to earn attention and inspire action. OFC lives at the intersection of pop culture and office culture to build multimedia campaigns that create buzz, drive engagement and maximize results one cubicle at a time. Clients include PepsiCo, AT&T, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Motorola Solutions. Jordan previously held senior marketing positions at MTV, Showtime, AT&T, Black & Decker, and the DDB agency. He has a BS in Industrial & Labor Relations from Cornell and an MBA from NYU.
Lightspeed Venture Partners
Luke Beseda leads Talent Operations at Lightspeed, an early-stage venture capital firm that has invested in Snap, AppDynamics, MuleSoft, Stitch Fix, and more. His team works with over 200 startups, helping them design and scale their People Infrastructure ranging from single-person Seeds through multi-thousand employee pre-IPO companies. As the founding member of the Talent Operations team, Luke has supported companies with problems ranging from Recruiting, HR, People Operations, Compensation Strategy, etc. Prior to Lightspeed, Luke led recruiting at Flurry, a mobile analytics company acquired by Yahoo!, and Nextag, an e-commerce company.
Laura Bock serves as a Principal at QED, focusing on US fintech investments. Prior to QED, Laura was an Engagement Manager at management consulting firm Oliver Wyman, where she worked with major financial institutions on engagements spanning growth strategy, product design, operational efficiency, and risk management. Laura also spent time at the World Economic Forum, where she led an initiative focused on bringing better financial infrastructure to emerging economies. Laura lives in NYC. Outside of work, she enjoys Ultimate frisbee, strategy board games, and live music. Laura studied biochemistry and biophysics at Princeton University.
Talent Insights Consultant
Globally experienced leader with proven success scaling startups & early-growth companies. Dynamic background spanning roles in People, EX, L&D, Sales, and Customer Success. Skilled at fostering engaging workplaces via holistic + experiential people programs and personalized internal communications across the employee lifecycle, attracting great talent via a strong employer brand, ensuring successful customer experiences in pre- and post-sales, shaping product roadmaps, defining Ideal Customer Profiles, creating targeted material / messaging / thought leadership, building community, and fund-raising. Entrepreneurial, data + results-driven, passionate about the future of work and empowering employees + customers to exceed goals and expectations, both personally and professionally.
Brianna Rizzo Brown
Brianna works directly with Stripes Group’s portfolio companies and advises them on all things related to human capital efforts including executive leadership recruiting, talent development, and compensation planning. From pet food and restaurants, to plant-based food and B2B software, Brianna’s network and ability to impact teams spans across all industries within Stripes Group’s unique portfolio. A proud Nittany Lion, Brianna bleeds blue and white and holds a degree in Public Relations from The Pennsylvania State University. Brianna was born and raised in Las Vegas although has never gambled.
Founder & Chief Innovation Officer
Matt Burns transforms organizations. As a business executive, he led a group recognized in 2018 as the Canadian HR Team of the Year – Retail / Hospitality, following-up their 2017 award for the Most Innovative Use of HR Technology.
Today as the Founder & Chief Innovation at BentoHR, Matt simplifies digital transformation; aligning culture, strategy & technology in organizations to improve performance. And as a Founder of the Global HR Summit, he’s highlighting the potential for immersive technologies, such as virtual reality, to make work better for everyone.
Talent Hacker & Advisor
Steve Cadigan is a highly sought-after talent advisor to leaders and organizations across the globe. As Founder of his own Silicon Valley-based firm, Cadigan Talent Ventures, Steve advises a wide range of innovative organizations that include Twitter, Eventbrite, GoPro, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Telefonica, and the BBC. He is also regularly retained by some of Silicon Valley’s leading VC firms such as Andreesen Horowitz, Index Ventures, Sequoia, and Greylock Partners for his counsel on a wide range of talent topics. Steve speaks regularly to conferences and major Universities around the world and his amazing work in helping shape the unique culture at LinkedIn led Stanford University to build a graduate- level class around this ground-breaking work. Steve is frequently asked to appear on global TV and is a regular guest on Bloomberg West and CNBC, and he is also a regular contributor to Forbes. Prior to launching his own firm, Steve worked as an HR executive for over 25 years at a wide range of companies and industries including ESPRIT, Allianz, Cisco Systems, Electronic Arts and capped by serving as the first CHRO for LinkedIn from 2009 through 2012, taking the company from a private firm of 400 employees, through an IPO and into the powerhouse that it is recognized as today. Today Steve serves on the Board of Directors to three companies and sits on the Advisory Board of several other dynamic organizations. Steve graduated from Wesleyan University with an BA in History and received a Master’s Degree in Organization Development from the University of San Francisco.
Mercer Carlin served as Co-Founder and Executive Vice President at TRANZACT, the largest insurance marketer in the US. Prior to launching TRANZACT, Ms. Carlin served as Senior Vice President of Mosaic Performance Solutions North America, and formerly Paradigm Direct. Ms. Carlin has been responsible for the profitability and management of large scale people operations implementation. She has also been actively involved in the human development field for twenty-five years and is Board President Agile Learning Centers Network.
Head of L&D
Anju Choudhary is currently the Head of L&D @NextRoll Inc. Prior to joining NextRoll she has led global L&D teams at UST Global and IBM. With unique thought leadership and extensive experience in L&D, she strives to help her organization accelerate performance through learning. Her expertise is in building strategic learning solutions focusing on supporting lifelong learning with great end user experience. She believes that a successful future comes from unleashing the power of diverse, engaged, self-directed teams which have an outlook of continuous learning. She is a Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Coaching Certified Coach and a champion for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
VP, People & Culture
Jacky Cohen is a global people leader with a passion for driving business objectives by enhancing and developing talent. As VP of People and Culture at Topia, the leading platform for global talent mobility, Jacky leads people operations and oversees the employee experience from the moment a candidate applies for a position and throughout their journey as a Topia employee. Jacky brings a wealth of experience leading teams and scaling people functions from past leadership roles at Lyft and Pandora, and she is committed to embedding the people function into the organization as a strategic partner to the leadership team.
Managing Director & Global Head of Human Capital
From Silicon Valley to Wall Street, Emily builds companies and empowers leaders through people, talent, and leadership.
Chief People Officer
Nolan Church is the Chief People Officer at Carta, a Series E fintech company headquartered in SF. As the CPO, Nolan oversees all employee touchpoints including HR, Recruiting, Total Rewards, Internal Communications and Real Estate. Prior to Carta, Nolan was the Head of Talent at DoorDash as its first hire in HR and scaled the company from 50 to >800 employees in three years. Nolan has also worked at Google in recruiting as the company doubled in size to 60k employees. He studied Political Science and was captain of the baseball team at the University of New Orleans.
City Light Capital
Head of Talent Acquisition & Employment Branding
Recruiter, manager, producer, change agent, consultative partner, servant leader, high EQ. Dan Collins is a renowned talent acquisition leader that’s helped some of the biggest brands in tech source, build, and retain world-class teams.
Global Inclusion, Diversity & Workforce Strategy Leader
Modupé leads Global Inclusion & Talent Strategy for Cisco Supply Chain Operations. This includes all new programs to accelerate university engagements, mid- and executive-level recruitment, along with the development of robust talent pipelines while partnering across the business to reinforce diverse hiring practices. Modupe’s team also leads the Supply Chain Inclusion and Diversity strategy. Prior to launching the Supply Chain Inclusion and Diversity initiative, Modupé led the Marketing and Customer Innovation Engagement strategy for Cisco Supply Chain Global Logistics. She managed the organization’s marketing presence both internally and externally while providing guidance on stakeholder engagement, and customer innovation events. Before exiting this role, Modupé co-led the launch of Cisco’s Innovation Center in Istanbul, Turkey. Throughout her 13 years with Cisco, she’s held roles in Customer Experience, Channels, Customer Operations and now Supply Chain. She holds an Executive Certification in Organization Leadership from Villanova University, a Bachelors in Mass Communications with a concentration in Communication Studies from NC Central University, Certified Change Management Professional and a host of professional certifications.
Chief Experience & Marketing Officer
As Sprinklr’s Chief Experience & Marketing Officer, Grad leads a team of modern marketers focused on helping the world’s most loved brands create happy customers. His title, CXMO, reflects Sprinklr’s view that – in a world where customers are connected and empowered like never before – experience is the new brand. Before joining Sprinklr, Grad spent 11 years at Microsoft, with the last 7 years as CMO for the Microsoft U.S. commercial business. There, powered by Sprinklr, he built the world’s largest customer experience center, analyzing and responding to 150+ million social messages per year. Prior to that, Grad worked as CEO or CMO at a number of startups, and began his career at Procter & Gamble. Grad holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He is a Microsoft Founders Award winner and Circle of Excellence Platinum Club recipient, and has been awarded multiple creative awards and technology patents.
CEO & Co-Founder
Parker Conrad believes that sometimes you’re the fire hydrant, sometimes you’re the dog. He speaks from experience — he graduated from Harvard after flunking out, beat testicular cancer at 24, founded three companies, and left two of them. In 2013, he launched Zenefits, the first all-in-one HR platform that allowed businesses to sign up and manage payroll and benefits online. Today he leads Rippling, the only platform that unifies every employee system across departments to truly automate administrative work.
Chief Talent Officer
GreenPath Financial Wellness
Danielle Crane has been committed to modernizing the HR field since her entrance. Practicing HR in a variety of industries, from privately held start-ups to national not-for-profits, Danielle has partnered with leadership to build simplified, high-performing HR functions that fuel organizational growth and success. Danielle currently serves as the Chief Talent Officer for GreenPath Financial Wellness. Danielle has a B.A. in HR and a M.B.A. She holds the PHR and SHRM-CP certifications, and is a certified practitioner of Design Thinking. Danielle is also a recipient of Michigan’s Top HR Professional MISHRM award and the American Society for Employers HR Executive of the Year award.
VP, Talent Acquisition
Lowe’s Home Improvement
Rob Daugherty recently joined Lowe’s to lead the global Talent Acquisition function,which is responsible for over 100,000 hires a year as they look to become the best retailer in the world. With a passion for candidate experience as well as diversity recruitment. Rob has led multiple companies through large-scale TA and digital transformations, most recently at American Airlines.
SVP, Talent Optimization
The Predictive Index
With 20 years of experience in Human Resources Jackie Dube, VP of Talent Optimization at The Predictive Index, has gained extensive insight into HR and people management. Her current role at The Predictive Index allows her to comment on the importance of people data – how it’s being used in organizations and how companies can leverage this information to build a talent strategy that aligns to the business strategy. Prior to The Predictive Index, Jackie was the Vice President of Human Resources at Intygral. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Rhode Island.
Head of Experiences & Networks
Robyn Duda has a passion for turning traditional experience and event strategies on their head through customer-centric design. With a knack for fixing problems, navigating ambiguity and thinking big, she imagines seemingly impossible ideas and turns them into reality. Throughout her career, Robyn has worked with some of the most recognized brands in the world including Coca-Cola, Spotify and IBM. She’s held positions in sales, marketing, and operations while working on community building, brand activations, national conferences, and global trade shows.
AVP, Digital Learning
Benjamin Duffy, AVP Digital Learning for Unum. I love working at the intersection of technology, learning and knowledge management and leading a team that’s focused on helping people quickly adapt to change and know how to get their work done.
Editor in Chief
Paul is an unstoppable advocate for the Talent Economy, inspiring others to embrace their potential in the future of work. He led the launch of Microsoft’s Gig Economy freelance program after leadership roles with Dell and Amazon. As Editor-in-chief for Staffing.com by Toptal, Paul curates and enables a destination for understanding the dynamic future within the rise of remote work, the expansion of the freelance economy, and the future of staffing. He also hosts the Talent Economy podcast and is a sought-after conference speaker and panelist. He is the bestselling author of Gig Mindset which was published in 2020.
Head of HR
Anthony Fears is the Head of HR at Industrious. Prior to joining Industrious 3 years ago, Anthony was the Head of People at Managed by Q – known as the operating system for offices, Q manages all activities through a robust technology platform and services handled by Q’s field operators and partner network. Under his leadership, Managed by Q grew rapidly to over 700 employees in four major markets and completed multiple venture rounds. Anthony started his HR career in the retail industry with Nordstrom, where he spent three years helping to expand the brand in the Carolinas focusing on high performing talent and hospitality. In his spare time, you can find Anthony rooting for his hometown Pittsburgh Steelers, enjoying local coffee as he travels the world, and seeking out new and interesting spots to fly his drone.
Senior Manager, Global Talent Acquisition
Jason Filby serves as Senior Manager of Global Talent Acquisition at Carrier with a focus on Technology, Innovation, Project Management, Change Management, Employer Branding, Talent Programs, and Strategic Talent Initiatives for 53,000 employees and 180 countries. A Globally experienced leader with a Dynamic background across Management Consulting, Program Management, Strategy, and Human Capital Leadership. Jason spent most of his career with Disney, ADP, and Consulting for high profile clients such as Disney, Gartner, Steve Madden, Staples, and FedEx. Jason holds a Bachelors in Business and is based out of Carrier World HQ in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
CEO & Co-Founder
Current CEO of GGV and Bessemer backed startup, Crosschq. Former Co-Founder and CEO of Advanced TV Advertising & Commerce Company, Connekt, Inc. which was acquired by JMJ Financial in 2018. Former Founder & CEO of Interactive Commerce Company, Delivery Agent which was acquired by Hillair Capital in 2016. Experienced in all aspects of corporate and business development as well as general corporate functions including finance, sales & marketing, technology and product management. Industry thought leader who has been featured on CNBC, CNN and Bloomberg as well as in publications NY Times, WSJ and Forbes.
Timothy Flacke, Executive Director of Commonwealth, has for 25 years led teams designing, testing, and implementing innovative solutions to help workers and families in America become more financially secure. Flacke helped launch Commonwealth (formerly Doorways to Dreams Fund (D2D)), in 2001 and has served on the nonprofit’s board of directors since that time. Under his leadership, D2D grew from a start-up social venture into Commonwealth, a nationally recognized innovation incubator partnering with leading financial service firms and supported by some of the world’s most respected philanthropies. In 2019, Commonwealth was one of the select industry expert groups chosen to lead the first phase of BlackRock’s philanthropic commitment to fuel innovation with employers to allow millions living on low- to moderate-incomes to establish a stronger financial safety net. Flacke is a frequent speaker to banking, human resources and fintech groups. He also provides expert commentary and perspective in the media on broadening financial security and on how employers, financial institutions, fintech developers and nontraditional players can play positive and profitable roles addressing America’s savings crisis. Flacke and his teams have pioneered the use of prizes and gamification to encourage savings, and their efforts have repeatedly impacted the federal tax code and spawned new financial products and public policies have resulted in over $3 billion saved by nearly 1 million households. He previously worked as an independent consultant, author and grant writer in the field of financial empowerment and asset development. Earlier in his career, he held leadership positions in corporate human resources and risk management where he oversaw defined contribution and defined benefit plans, life, health, property and casualty insurance programs, equity-based compensation plans and writing the annual shareholder proxy statement. He holds a Master’s in Public Policy degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Boston College.
Chief People Officer
Chief People Officer
Mariana is the Chief People officer at Peloton Interactive, where she oversees the people, asset protection and safety functions. Prior to Peloton, Mariana was at Amazon for 11 years where she oversaw a number of teams and businesses and held key leadership roles both in HR as well as Operations and General Management. Mariana started her career in education as a bilingual teacher in Title I schools in Texas. She holds a BA in international studies from the University of Oklahoma and an MBA from the Dartmouth Tuck School of Business.
VP, Brand and Marketing, Small Business Card
Jenn Garbach is a transitional business leader with a passion for building high performing teams and navigating organizational complexity to deliver customer value. She joined Capital One in 2012 and has worked on both the retail bank and small business card teams. Jenn’s previous experience includes roles at Thomson Reuters and Deloitte Consulting. She holds an M.B.A. from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and a B.S. in Economics and Operations from Boston College. She is originally from Rochester, NY and currently resides in Northern Virginia with her husband, Faheem, daughter, Nyla and son, Tarek.
Manager of Talent Acquisition
Eli Garland, recruitment leader and entrepreneur, Manager of Talent Acquisition at Health Carousel. Eli studied at Ball State University before launching his career in recruiting. He leads diverse teams in executing recruitment strategies, marketing engagement, and diversity initiatives. In his free time, Eli runs his own video production company, is an associate board member for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati, and a volunteer with Give Back Beyond Cincinnati where he travels abroad empowering communities and leaders through service. Eli enjoys advocating for health, wellness, and service.
Dr. Shauna Geraghty
SVP, Head of Global People and Operations
As the first U.S. employee at Talkdesk, Shauna initially helped scale Talkdesk’s Marketing team, infrastructure and activities from the ground up. In 2016 she was tapped to build Talkdesk’s Talent Acquisition function and since then has helped to scale Talkdesk to over 1,000 employees in 7 offices globally and to achieve $1B+ valuation. Shauna now runs Talkdesk’s global Talent Acquisition, HR, IT, Facilities and Executive Operations functions. Shauna has a doctorate in clinical psychology and has applied foundational knowledge from the field of psychology to help propel Talkdesk along its hyper growth trajectory.
Head of People
Garrison currently works as the Head of People at Knotch. Prior, he worked at Mic, where he served as deputy to the VP of People. When BDG acquired Mic, he oversaw the acquisition. Before going corporate, he worked in the fitness industry in People and Operations – first at Barry’s, before being hire #5 at Rumble. Garrison has worked exclusively for companies that make an impact with their work. He uses this mission-focused mentality to impact morale and better company culture. He’s an expert at scaling practices and policies. His personal values are leading with empathy, proactive transparency, and belonging.
VP, People & Culture
Christopher M. Good
Jignasha Amin Grooms
Jignasha Amin Grooms, Chief Human Resources Officer at Epicor Software, is a demonstrated leader with a breadth of technology industry experience in Human Resources and Sales Operations. Based out of Epicor’s headquarters in Austin, Texas, Grooms is focused on executing an inclusive people strategy that adds quantitative business value. During her tenure at Epicor, Grooms has led the company through a significant culture shift which resulted in stronger business performance and an enhanced employee experience proven by a 20% increase of Glassdoor ratings and employee engagement results. Prior to Epicor, Grooms held a variety of HR leadership roles at Cisco, Freescale and Dell. Grooms holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Spanish Literature from Emory University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law.
Kevin W. Grossman is the Talent Board president and board member responsible for all aspects of the Candidate Experience Awards worldwide, the first nonprofit research organization focused on the elevation and promotion of a quality candidate experience. He’s also the chief evangelist at TalentCulture, a leading media outlet for content about HR technology, talent acquisition and HR’s role in the future of work. He co-hosts the #WorkTrends podcast with TalentCulture CEO, Meghan M. Biro, where he’s collaborated with Meghan since 2010. He also produces and hosts the Talent Board podcast The CandEs Shop Talk. A certified Talent Acquisition Strategist (TAS) and Human Capital Strategist (HCS) by HCI, Kevin has 20 years of domain expertise in the human resource and talent acquisition industry and related technology marketplace. He’s been a prolific “HR business” blogger and writer since 2004 and his first business book on career management titled Tech Job Hunt Handbook was released in December 2012 from Apress. Kevin holds a B.A. in Psychology from San Jose State University.
Chief People Officer
Beth is responsible for leading TripAdvisor’s global human resources organization, a role she has held since September 2015. Previously, Beth was at Nuance Communications, a global provider of speech and imaging solutions, where she served as the senior vice president of human resources. Prior to Nuance, Grous spent three years at Sanofi Corporation, a global healthcare organization, where she was the vice president of human resources. Beth also held a number of roles at Genzyme Corporation for nine years, including vice president of human resources, before it was acquired by Sanofi. Earlier on, Grous held human resources leadership positions at Perot Systems Healthcare Services, Reebok International, Aramark Educational Services and Federated Department Stores. Grous holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Cornell University. Beth’s favorite travel destination is Maui, Hawaii.
Chief People Officer
Lorna Hagen is Chief People Officer and Executive Vice President at iHeartMedia, the country’s #1 audio company. Prior to joining iHeart, Lorna worked with several NYC-based start-ups. At Namely, she was responsible for all of Namely’s HR practices, D&I, and Internal Communications. Before Namely, Lorna was the first Chief People Officer at OnDeck, the nation’s leading online lending platform for small businesses. Lorna helped scale the company from a successful IPO through international expansion. OnDeck is consistently recognized as a top company to work for. Lorna holds a BS from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Management and is an alumnus of Cornell’s Modern CHRO program.
Head of People Ops
Q is a Global People Leader with deep expertise in Strategy & Operations, Finance/Payroll, Business and Technology. He has had the privilege of working in various functions in a variety of industries across management consulting (Deloitte), industry (Aon & GE), private equity (TPG Capital), hyper growth late stage firms (Airbnb) and his own startups (GoQuali & Supertek Scientific). He brings a unique perspective from each of his experiences that enables him to be a creative business leader. He specializes in building scalable people functions to align with evolving business objectives and hyper growth.
SVP, Public Affairs
American Property Casualty Insurance Association
Jessica Hanson Hanna is the senior vice president, public affairs for APCIA. In this role, she leads industry strategic communications efforts comprised of: advocacy campaigns and coalition building; earned and paid media strategy; positioning and reputation initiatives; branding opportunities; consumer education; and social media planning. Prior to assuming this position, she served as the vice president, communications at the American Council of Life Insurers. She started her insurance career at the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) in 2007. Hanna earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science a Master of Business Administration from Florida State University.
As Chief Human Resources Officer, David Hanrahan leads the global human resources team at Eventbrite, and plays a key role in leading organizational culture initiatives. David’s career has spanned 18+ years building strong HR teams and fostering a collaborative team culture across global organizations including Niantic, Zendesk, Twitter, Electronic Arts and Universal Pictures.
CEO & Co-Founder
Nathan Harris is a serial entrepreneur, restaurateur and Co-Founder & CEO of Ease which improves organizational efficiency by providing a predictive talent management system that gives your organization access to a tailored and a screened pool of on-demand remote talent. As CEO Nathan has led Ease through the nationally ranked accelerator program gener8tor, the world’s largest corporate innovation accelerator Plug and Play Tech Center, and becoming backed by CSA Partners Venture fund. Nathan is also the creator and host of the #LIFEWITHEASE Podcast where he engages in deep discussions around how digitization is changing how we work, live and think.
CEO & Co-Founder
Teresa Hodge is the Chief Executive Officer/co-founder of R3 Score. She is committed to reducing the harm prison causes to individuals and their families. After completing a 70-month federal prison sentence she co-founded Mission: Launch, with her daughter Laurin Leonard. The organization focuses on financially stabilizing opportunities for individuals post-incarceration. It was during this experience she began to truly understand the need for a new market based solution and set out to form R3 Score by way of becoming a 2017-2018 inaugural cohort member of Unlocked Futures, a startup venture philanthropy fellowship with New Profit, Bank of America and Free America – an initiative of musician John Legend. Prior to that she was a 2015-2016 Open Society Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship where she authored a position paper – Unlock Inclusion: A Pathway of Digital Inclusion for People Living with Criminal Records. Her innovative approach to criminal justice advocacy has led to national recognition. She presented twice at SXSW (2016 and 2017) and is a 2017 Dewey Winburne SXSW Community Service Award recipient. Teresa’s TEDx talk “We’ve Made Coming Home Too Hard” highlights the impact of personal bias and social stigma on formerly incarcerated people. Along with Laurin she is a 2018 Harvard Kennedy School, Carr Center AI and Human Rights visiting Research Fellow. This fellowship is resulting in a Harvard published piece on the future of artificial intelligence and criminal background screening.
Partner, Head of Talent
Partner, Initialized Capital
Former VP of People & Culture at Reddit, Katelin is passionate about building scalable, inclusive institutional cultures. First introduced to the notion of intentional cultural development at Pixar Animation Studios, she studied the storytellers that would ultimately change the course of her career. From film to tech (and a few interesting layovers in between), the one common denominator remains: enabling people through belonging to create beautiful, innovative products.
Michael is the founder of Arist, the first text message learning platform. Used by leading companies and universities, Arist is pioneering the use of text message courses as an effective and accessible learning tool. For his work with Arist, Michael has been named a Learning 30 under 30. Previously, Michael founded TILE.org, a conversation network connecting students with underserved entrepreneurs in over 450 locations and 50 countries. For TILE.org, Michael was named one of the world’s top 30 young social entrepreneurs by the We Are Family Foundation.
As Chief Human Resources Officer at Paylocity, Cheryl oversees strategy for HR, culture, and employment brand. She joined Paylocity in 2018 and brings with her more than 20 years of progressive HR experience with an extensive focus on developing strategies for high-growth companies to shape and scale their culture. Through her strong leadership experience in a wide range of industries, Cheryl has become a thought leader in the “next-gen” HR space and has been an avid speaker on this topic at numerous conferences such as HR Tech, Leap HR, UNLEASH, SOAHR, Gartner’s REIMAGINE HR, and Deloitte’s IMPACT.
Talent Tech Labs
Jonathan is the Co-Founder & Managing Director of Talent Tech Labs. He is a lawyer by education and an entrepreneur and investor by trade. Jonathan can be found at HR technology conferences all over the world as a sought-after speaker and panelist sharing deep insights into the evolution of the Talent Acquisition Ecosystem.
CEO & Founder
Mikaela has an MS in Human Resources Management, is a certified executive coach, and experienced consultant. In 2015, Mikaela founded Reverb, creating healthy, inclusive culture in startups and growing companies in the Pacific Northwest. A People Operations professional for nearly twenty years, Mikaela enjoys coaching leaders at all levels and promoting gender equality at work. She’s been quoted in Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal, The Muse, and is a member of the Forbes Human Resources Council. She’s the author of the book Female Firebrands: Stories and Techniques to Ignite Change, Take Control, and Succeed in the Workplace.
Work Culture Evangelist
Damon Klotz has spent his career working at the intersection of people & technology. He’s held roles as a HR Consultant, Digital Strategist & co-founder of a men’s mental health charity. He joined Culture Amp as an early employee where he grew their community to one of the largest in the world & scaled the company during a time where the employees and customer base grew by over 2500%. As Culture Amp’s first Work Culture Evangelist he represents what’s possible within People & Culture through storytelling, consulting, coaching, strategy execution and thought leadership. As the host of The Culture First Podcast Damon interviews people like Esther Perel, Claude Silver, Adam Grant & Simon Sinek to have conversations about why a better world of work can exist for the individual, team, leader & organization by focusing on workplace culture as the lever for change.
Steve is a Managing Director in Deloitte’s Human Capital Consulting practice within Workforce Transformation. He leads the Collective Intelligence (Knowledge Management) offering for the US market. In this role, Steve assists clients with issues impacting their future of work issues pertaining to talent and learning in the flow of work. He has more than 20 years combined industry and consulting experience specializing in business transformation, talent, organizational design, and M&A. Over the course of his career he has focused on designing and implementing talent management, development, organizational and operating models to help his clients execute their strategy.
Head of Talent
Yoni is passionate about building relationships and working with great people. Currently Head of Talent at NerdWallet with experience in legal, operations and recruiting functions with the Oakland A’s, Zynga, Pacific Union Financial and other dynamic companies, Yoni has firmly established himself as a talent leader expertly matching people and organizations.
VP, Strategic Growth and Engagement
Tolu Lawrence is Vice President of Strategic Growth and Engagement at Promundo, a gender equality organization that Co-Chairs the global Paternity Leave Corporate Task Force with Dove Men+Care. She has over a decade of experience bringing together leading nonprofits, foundations, social enterprises, and brands to create and support mission-driven initiatives that further social good. Prior to joining Promundo, Tolu led Partnerships at The Representation Project, developing gender equality campaigns and initiatives with socially conscious brands, including Harry’s, Lucasfilm, and Unilever. Tolu sits on the boards of MotherCoders and Paid Leave for the United States (PL+US). She holds a Juris Doctor degree from American University Washington College of Law and is a member of the California Bar.
Head of Talent Development
Nancy Lee is Head of Talent Development (and interim Chief People Officer) at Khan Academy, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing free, world-class education. Her role is to develop a highly skilled and engaged workforce through career development programs, leadership training, and executive coaching. She is also the cultural steward, ensuring that team members thrive in an environment of diversity, transparency, and joy. She previously held roles of VP Marketing at Khan Academy and at Intuit, where she led customer acquisition for the QuickBooks brand.
Tom is the CEO and visionary behind Galileo — a next-generation health care delivery model designed for the future. Using innovative mobile technology and human-centered design, we’re looking to improve the quality and affordability of medical care for all. Prior to Galileo, Tom helped build One Medical into the leading, independent primary care group in the country. In addition, he was responsible for mobile and web products at Epocrates, serving as Chief Medical Officer and lead designer. Tom is a board-certified internist who completed training at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He received his BS from Yale University, MD from the University of Washington School of Medicine, and MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
I am on a mission to humanize the workplace. I work with the Conference Board’s Fortune 500 corporations-members on rethinking their workplace strategies; lead Reframe.Work Inc. and consult on how to create inclusive workplaces through the use of technology, human-centered design, people analytics, and future-thinking; and founded amazing.community, a nonprofit extending the work horizon for women. Previously I transformed the workplace at the intersection of technology, analytics, and HR at Fidelity Investments, TIAA, IBM, Price Waterhouse, and PwC Consulting and their clients.
Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer
Chris is Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Button, the mobile commerce platform powering an internet paid for actions, not ads. Button works with the world’s biggest brands to drive growth in ways that leave users delighted. Prior to Button, Chris led mobile at social payments platform Venmo, through its eventual acquisition by PayPal. Over the past decade, Chris has created several successful mobile products (and several not successful ones) including Corkbin, which was acquired in 2014 by popular wine guide Hello Vino. A transplant from London, Chris received his degree in computer science from Bristol University in the UK. In his spare time, Chris is an avid foodie and wine-lover with an extensive list of recommendations for anyone looking. When not eating or drinking he will always be found tinkering with some new project.
Dasha is a Partner at Felicis leading the firm’s Founder Success efforts. In this role, she provides high-impact, customized support to founders and leverages the collective wisdom, data and best practices from the diverse group of 200+ companies Felicis has backed. Dasha also manages investment operations and helps guide strategic planning and execution within the firm. She previously worked at sweetgreen, a venture-backed, fast-casual restaurant chain, where she developed, launched and managed a line of bottled organic cold-pressed juices. A native Russian, Dasha is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and started her career as a management consultant.
Chief People Officer
Stephanie Mardell is the Chief People Officer at Button, the world’s leading mobile commerce platform. As the first employee tasked with building Button’s People Team from scratch, Stephanie has built, nurtured, and evolved Button into a place of admirable talent through her meticulous, data-driven approach to people operations. For the past five years, Button has been recognized as one of the best places to work in New York and in the U.S.
Senior Policy Analyst
National Partnership for Women & Families
Jessica Mason is the Senior Policy Analyst for Economic Justice at the National Partnership for Women & Families, where she oversees in-house research and data analysis, tracks developments in academic and other research and develops advocacy resources. She also helps find ways to engage with current and new allies in this work. Prior to her work at the National Partnership, Jessica taught Anthropology and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has also conducted research on gender politics, nationalism, social movements and authoritarianism in contemporary Russia. She holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Chief People Officer
With more than 20 years’ experience leading large public companies and scaling private startups, Colleen McCreary has made it her mission to instill company culture and values that prioritizes its people the way it does financials. Since joining Credit Karma in 2018 as its first Chief People Officer, Colleen helped triple the employee headcount by recruiting talent and investing in employees true to Credit Karma’s values of helpfulness, ownership, empathy and progress.
VP, Head of Team HR Support
Gracie Mercado currently leads the Team HR Support group for the National Basketball Association (NBA). In her role she consults with HR departments at teams to provide best practices and solutions across the NBA, WNBA, G League and 2k. Her team’s focus is on all aspects of people and culture including talent acquisition, total rewards, organizational design, engagement as well as diversity, inclusion and belonging. Prior to her work at the NBA, she held leadership positions at the Golden State Warriors, NJ Devils and Conde Nast.
CEO & Founder
Morgan Mercer is the founder of the immersive enterprise training company, Vantage Point. Mercer, a solo minority founder, was recently regarded as one of the Top 10 Female Tech Innovators in history by TechRadar and was listed as the Top Female in Tech in Los Angeles. Morgan has been featured in 4+ dozen publications including WIRED, The Guardian, NPR, The Economist, BBC, Grow by Facebook, FastCompany, Vogue, and has spoken at dozens of conferences including Anita Hill’s IDEAS Summit, Fortune Magazine Design Conference, TechCrunch Disrupt, Games for Change, UN Women’s Summit, Workhuman and the upcoming HR Transform. Mercer frequently keynotes conferences and hackathons including AthenaHacks, the Non-Gaming VR Meetup, and the VRAR Investor Fundraising Panel.
Oliver Muhr, CEO at Starmind, is a long-time pioneer in the software ecosystem with over 15 years of experience. Passionate about starting, scaling and investing in businesses, his experience ranges from raising early-stage venture capital rounds to growing and turning around later stage, private equity, triple-digit-million dollar revenue companies. During his time with Sungard, he led major acquisition deals annually, with values ranging up to 700 million US dollars. Oliver’s expertise on strategy, sales and product management has led to building world-class teams.
Chief People Officer
Cher Murphy is the Chief People Officer for Ph.Creative, a global creative agency that focuses solely on Employer Brand. As an anthropologist, an organizational development geek, and a reticulist, she sees the business world as her canvas for creativity and what’s possible. Cher’s work is the intersection of unleashing individuals’ potential and driving organizational change. As a trusted advisor to boards and executive management teams, she advises leaders on their talent strategy. Talent is a business challenge not an HR goal. When not focusing on People & Culture, Cher is an avid hiker, supporting rural Haitian communities to become more self sustainable, and currently obsessed with Airbnb online experiences.
Jason is the co-founder/CEO of Comparably, and one of the most active tech entrepreneurs, investors and writers in southern California over the past decade. Previously, he was founder/CEO of Docstoc — the largest content site to help small business — before he sold to Intuit in 2013. Often credited with helping build Silicon Beach, Jason was named one of the “Most Admired CEOs” by the Los Angeles Business Journal and appointed “Entrepreneur in Residence for the City of Los Angeles” in 2016-2017 by Mayor Garcetti.
EVP, Chief People Officer
EMC Insurance Companies
Beth Nigut is the Executive Vice President – Chief People Officer at EMC Insurance Companies in Des Moines, Iowa where she is responsible for creating and implementing effective people strategies. This includes oversight of Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness, Innovation and Corporate Communications. Before EMC, Beth was general counsel for the Des Moines Independent Community School District. Beth previously was a shareholder with the Bradshaw law firm focusing on employment and insurance defense litigation. Beth received her bachelor’s degree in political science in 1991, and her Juris Doctorate degree in 1994.
CEO & Co-Founder
Matt Oppenheimer is the co-founder and CEO of Remitly, the global online money transfer service, whose vision is to transform the lives of immigrants and their families by providing the most trusted financial services on the planet. Remitly is disrupting the broken $689 billion remittance industry with its mobile-first money transfer service that is easy, affordable and secure. To date, Remitly has served over 2 million customers, has raised ~$300 million from leading investors, is valued at nearly $1 billion, and has ~1100 employees globally. The inspiration behind Remitly came when Matt was working for Barclays in Kenya and saw how difficult it was to send and receive money overseas. Matt was drawn to the global impact his business could have: remittances eclipse foreign aid in improving global wealth equality and give people who receive them upward mobility. He began working on the problem immediately as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Highway 12 Ventures in Idaho and launched the company from Techstars in Seattle. Matt was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 in the Pacific Northwest and has been recognized as a Puget Sound Business Journal 40 Under 40 honoree for his work with Remitly. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Dartmouth College.
Sonja Gittens Ottley
Head of Diversity & Inclusion
Sonja Gittens Ottley is Head, Diversity & Inclusion at Asana, a leading work management platform that helps teams organize and manage all of their work, from small projects to strategic initiatives. At Asana, she’s responsible for developing and leading initiatives that create an inclusive workplace. Prior to her roles in diversity & inclusion at Asana and at Facebook, she was global policy counsel for Yahoo’s Business & Human Rights Program.
Justin is the CEO and co-founder of TopFunnel, a platform that transforms how teams source and engage talent. Previously, Justin was a founding partner at LendingHome, a modern mortgage bank, where he was VP Data. Over his career, he has built many products with machine learning at their heart, focusing on natural language processing. He was a PhD candidate and has an MS in Computer Science from Brown.
Chief People Officer
Terry Pauzer has served as Chief People Officer for 1010data since September,2015 where she is responsible for everything People. Terry is an empowering leader who supports companies and top executives with a unique perspective and appreciation that human capital is every organization’s greatest asset. Terry thrives on tough challenges and converts visions and strategies into actionable, value-added goals. Having extensive information technology experience, Terry’s career has focused on leveraging technology to integrate business vision into people management initiatives that improve perform, increase profitability, enable growth and promote engagement in fast-paced high growth organizations.
DEI Speaker & Consultant
Torin Perez is a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion consultant on a mission to inspire authenticity and inclusive leadership in the workplace. Since 2015, he has facilitated transformative learning experiences and spoken at more than fifty organizations, conferences, and Fortune 100 companies. He is the author of Who Am I to Lead? The World Is Waiting for You, and his writing has been featured in leading publications like Wiley’s award-winning Leader to Leader Journal, and IHRIM’s Workforce Solutions Review. Torin is a Posse Scholar, StartingBloc Fellow, and inaugural class member of the TED Residency, an incubator for breakthrough ideas.
Robby Peters is the Co-Founder of PeopleTech Partners. PeopleTech Partners is an advisory group that works with early stage HR technology founders and matches them with early customers for product feedback and pilots of the technology they are building. Some of the advisors that are in the group include the Heads of HR from companies like Slack, Box, Github, Reddit, 23andMe and over 100 more. PeopleTech partners has worked with over 30 companies including Reflektive, Sapling, Beamery, Carrot, Bravely and Cleo to name a few. PeopleTech also focuses on running events that are centered around Progressive HR initiatives and Robby has put on more than four hundred events across SF, NY, LA, Austin, and Seattle bringing together thousands of HR leaders across the country.
CEO & Founder
After serving as Chief People Officer in a couple of global tech companies (MediaMath and Shutterstock) Peter Phelan hung out a consulting shingle as a Culture Doctor, as he wanted to help more than one company at a time. He’s enjoying sharing lessons learned along the way to getting MediaMath to be the only East Coast or West Coast <1,000 employee company to ever make the Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Best Place Places To Work list three years in a row. He’s iss delighted to have since seen dozens clients’ cultures and businesses thrive – with several also joining Glassdoor’s Best Places To Work, Crain’s Best Places To Work, and other prestigious BPTW lists.
Head of Diversity & Inclusion
Amy Philbrook is the head of diversity and inclusion for Fidelity Investments, a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing and other financial products and services to more than 26 million individuals, institutions and financial intermediaries. Ms. Philbrook leads efforts to ensure Fidelity is a workplace where everyone can fully be themselves. She is responsible for creating a diverse workforce, tapping into the power of our differences to develop and retain talent, creating a culture of inclusion, and showcasing Fidelity’s reputation as an inclusive employer and service provider.
Founder, Reflective Management
James partners with leaders to develop their leadership presence and the work culture they create for those they lead. He coaches using more than 20 years of diverse and unique experience including software engineering, product management, engineering leadership and HR leadership. James is an educator, teaching his “Art of People Management” class to classes around the world. James is a mental health advocate through his Silent Superheroes podcast telling the story of the millions of Americans working with a mental illness, informed by his own experience with addiction and bipolar 2 disorder.
Sequoia Consulting Group
As the Wellbeing Director at Sequoia Consulting Group, Kaleana is responsible for the needs assessment, vendor selection, strategy and planning, and rollout support for clients’ wellbeing programs. This approach includes looking holistically at what constitutes as “wellbeing” and analyzing employee needs & gaps in care as they relate to employees’ physical, emotional, financial and social wellbeing. Kaleana has spent 10 years in the Total Rewards sector, with a background in recruiting, benefits, and employee wellbeing program design. She was recognized as one of EBA’s 2017 Most Influential Women in Benefit Advising for her innovative approach to holistic wellbeing, and has spoken on various panels and conferences including SXSW.
At T3 Advisors, Caroline helps executives and leaders in HR, real estate, operations, and finance at rapid-growth companies scale their businesses through strategic, culturally aligned real estate and workplace solutions. As Twitter’s first head of Real Estate and Workplace during the company’s expansion from 100 to 3,000+ employees, Caroline navigated the challenges of corporate real estate and used it as a tool to support accelerated growth and amplify company culture. Caroline has since advised countless companies through similar processes, understanding individual cultures and helping their teams with everything from evaluating location decisions quantitatively and qualitatively; identifying and incorporating cultural elements into the physical space; managing global brokerage; and implementing critical processes to support massive growth.
Director of People
Natalie Rast, SHRM-CP, is the Head of People at Y7 Studio – the yoga brand disrupting the fitness space and rapidly expanding with studios across LA, NYC and Chicago. After launching her career at Warby Parker, Natalie has gone on to build out the entire People function at Y7. Y7’s mission? To create an inclusive and accessible space for clients. Natalie aims to provide the same degree of nourishment and support to its staff by focusing on creating a culture of conscious collaboration and feedback at all levels of the organization. Natalie’s passions lie in employee relations, employee engagement, change management, management coaching and culture building. In addition, she is a member of the Forbes Human Resources Council.
Over the past 20 years, JR has established herself as a leader of transformational talent acquisition strategies for high-growth technology companies and consumer brands. Her work is predicated on passion and respect for her team, her candidates, and clients around the world. A Detroit-area native and proud University of Michigan graduate, JR is currently having great days as the VP of Recruiting at Looker in Santa Cruz, CA. Looker has grown from 150 to over 1000 employees during her tenure and was recently acquired by Google for $2.6B.
CEO & Founder
Mike Rothman is the Co-Founder and CEO of Fatherly, the leading digital lifestyle brand for today’s parents. Through a combination of expert advice, live experiences and consumer products, Fatherly empowers moms and dads to raise great kids and lead more fulfilling adult lives. Previously Rothman was one of the founding employees at Thrillist, responsible for all business operations. Rothman also serves on a number of non-profit boards, including Career Gear, The Moth, and ProPublica. Rothman is on the business advisory council for Hot Wheels and was recently named one of Ad Age’s 40 Under 40 and Oprah’s Super Soul list.
Enrique is an HR, Tech and Future of Work expert and keynote speaker and founder of Hacking HR, a global learning community at the intersection of future of work, technology, business and organizations, with thousands of members of all over the world. He came to the United States from Venezuela as a Fulbright Scholar. Prior to coming to the US, Enrique was the CEO at Management Consultants, a firmed specialized in Human Resources in Venezuela. Before Management Consultants, Enrique worked in the telecommunications sector as a Senior Project Engineer for Telefonica. He is also the cofounder of Cotopaxi, a recruitment platform focused on Latin America and the Caribbean. Enrique is a guest author in several blogs about innovation, management and human resources. Most recently Enrique worked as an advisor to the Chief Human Resources Officer at the Inter-American Development Bank. Enrique has over twenty years of experience and is an Electronic Engineer with an Executive Master’s in Public Administration from Maxwell School.
Director of Operations & COO
Nicholas is a trained architect, furniture designer, and a proud father & husband living in San Francisco. “The root of my work is inspired by others around me who are achieving incredible things, and pushing towards a more inclusive and diverse world. The work by other people, inspires me to create and connect. Relationships are the fruit of my work. I believe that empathy, kindness, respect, perseverance and loyalty make me who I am. These are the values I hold high, and share with others around me.
Sarahjane brings her experience both as a veteran tech executive and a busy mother of two to lead team Cleo as our CEO. Prior to joining Cleo, Sarahjane helped build Collective Health as their CMO, and has helped launch and build several startups in a variety of industries, from adtech to social media to energy and enterprise technology. Earlier in her career, she led political campaigns for healthcare and education districts across California.
Tim Salau, Mr. Future of Work, is the CEO & Co-Founder of Guide, the life skills training app helping 4.9M low-income high school students learn essential life skills from their favorite content creators. He’s an accomplished international keynote speaker, product leader, and one of the few multicultural experts and global thought leaders leading the discussion on the Future of Work. Tim has been recognized by and works with global brands, government institutions, and leading publications like Google, LinkedIn, Forbes, Toptal, the Wall Street Journal, the Honduras government, Omani Ministry, the Young Presidents Organization, SXSW, The Millennial Mogul and other global media platforms for his work as an innovator, influencer, and global tech leader.
Head, Performance & Leadership Model
Johnson & Johnson
Donna Scarola has worked in Product Management, University Education and Digital Strategy all surrounding the intersection of Talent, Evidence and Technology. From working at startups to Fortune 100s, her focus has been on the pillars of co-creation, understanding what users need to do, and how to get them there in a way that feels delightful. What fuels her is the science behind what makes people do great work.
Jeremy is a serial entrepreneur focused on the intersection of AI and easy-to-use products. His latest venture is RecruitBot, which connects the right candidates with the right roles through the combination of easy-to-use automation and more authentic communication. Prior to RecruitBot, Jeremy led Data Science at OpenTable after selling Ness Computing. Jeremy’s first company, FotoFlexer, powered photo editing for giants like MySpace and Photobucket. Jeremy holds a PhD in a Robotics and BS in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from the University of California Berkeley.
Managing Director, Talent Acquisition – North America
Throughout his almost 25 year career at BMO Jeff has been known as a fixer, a change agent who has led enterprise change initiatives and refined North American operations in diverse areas such as technology development, procurement, learning, and now Talent Acquisition. As Managing Director, Talent Acquisition – North America at BMO Jeff is leading an aggressive growth agenda to attract the best talent the industry offers at a very exciting time looking to create the highest caliber recruiting experience in the marketplace…to position BMO to “be the best, attracting the best”. Jeff is passionate about disrupting the status quo and loves to ask the question “Why not?”, apply a little common sense and bring everyone along for the ride.
Partner & Head of HR, Americas
Alex began his HR career really began at Citi, where he spent almost 5 years within the Global Wealth Management division, as an Assistant Vice President of Human Resources, supporting Private Bankers and their sales support teams. After stints at the global advertising agency, Ogilvy & Mather, and as an HR Director for both Time Inc. as well as NBCUniversal he joined Blue Shield of California (BSC), a mission driven not-for-proflt health plan provider, where he was a Senior Director, HR Business Partner and ran the Employee Relations function. In 2019, Alex moved back to the East Coast to join WeWork as Senior Director, Global HR Business Partner, where he headed up HR for the Development and Real Estate functions globally. Currently, he is Partner, Head of HR, Americas for Control Risks, a specialist risk consultancy that helps to create secure, compliant and resilient organizations in an age of ever-changing risk. Working across disciplines, technologies and geographies, everything they do is based on their belief that taking risks is essential to their clients’ success. He is based out of their Los Angeles office.
CEO & Co-Founder
Ian Siegel is CEO and co-founder of ZipRecruiter, a leading online employment marketplace that uses AI-driven matching technology to actively connect millions of businesses of all sizes and job seekers across all industries to their next great opportunity. Prior to co-founding ZipRecruiter, Ian held executive product and technology leadership roles at companies including CitySearch, Stamps.com, and Rent.com. He received his B.A. in sociology from Oberlin College and is based in Santa Monica, California.
EVP, Chief People Officer
Electronic Arts (EA)
Mala serves as Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer at Electronic Arts where she focuses on developing EA’s talent and cultivating the company culture. Mala plays an integral role in redefining and evolving the People strategy at EA. She is passionate about creating environments which empower people and teams to do their best work. Prior to this role, Mala spent three years as Chief People Officer at Minted where she helped to define the culture and grow the creative and technical teams during a high-growth period for the startup. Mala earned both her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Art History and her Master’s degree in Human Resources Management from Rutgers University. Mala lives in the Bay Area with her family.
CEO & Founder
David is the Founder & CEO of Harness Wealth, a company focused on helping people reach their best financial future. The business provides a unified data platform for people to identify opportunities, optimize their wealth and connect with a highly curated set of top advisors across financial, tax and legal. David incubated Harness Wealth as an executive-in-residence at Bain Capital Ventures. Previously he served as COO & CFO of Compass, a real estate tech company that he helped grow from pre-launch to a valuation of $1.8 billion. He is the author of Money Makers published by Macmillan.
Inter-Generational Enterprise Chair
Bank of America
Shannon Snowden is a Senior Vice President at Bank of America where she is the Enterprise Chair for the Inter-Generational Employee Network group which is comprised of 24 chapters globally and over 20,000 members. IGEN is focused on raising awareness of generational diversity, expanding dialogue and driving productive interactions across all generations at the bank. Shannon has won the prestigious Bank of America Diversity and Inclusion award in both 2016 and 2019, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Shorter University and lives in Snellville, Georgia.
Managing Director, HR Transformation & Operations
Phil joined KPMG in June 2003 and since that time has held various leadership positions in HR including leading Human Capital Management and Talent Acquisition. Phil is now Managing Director, HR Transformation and Shared Services leading all operational elements of our transformation work, including the coordination of all HR transformation work streams—spanning performance, compensation, talent, career and core HR to deliver process improvements in advance of HR’s digital transformation. HR Services includes the HR Service Center, Offshoring, Newcomer Services and HR Policies & Procedures. Prior to joining KPMG, Phil was the Director of Human Resources, Operations and Administration for Arthur Andersen’s Business Consulting Northeast Region. He was responsible for all areas of Human Resources, Operations and Administration including Resource Management, Recruiting, Training, Communications, Change Management, Knowledge Management, Facilities, Events and Executive Support. Before moving into his practice management role, he spent years on the line consulting to companies as a leader in Andersen’s Change Enablement and ERP solution teams. In that role he led efforts for HR strategic development, process redesign and systems implementation. Phil started his career as an engineer for the Communications and Electronics Command for the US Army where he worked as a production engineer overseeing the production and testing of communications systems. He has a Bachelors degree from Rutgers University and a Master of Business Administration from New York University’s Stern School of Business in Operations Management. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children. He enjoys wine, all sports and spent 20 years as a volunteer docent at the American Museum of Natural History.
VP, Global HR
From recruiting to HR operations, business partnerships, and employee engagement, I have the honor of leading the teams that build, nurture, and support nearly 2000 Elasticians around the world. Prior to Elastic, I led HR at Plum Organics through a period of high growth following an acquisition by Campbell Soup Company; held various roles at Bloom Energy, which included a stint in Bangalore as the HR leader for India and Asia Pacific; and was also a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa. I hold a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and an MBA from Berkeley’s Haas School Business.
EVP, Managing Director
Dentsu Aegis Network
Samuel Tait is EVP, Managing Director of Transformation at Dentsu Aegis Network. Before joining Dentsu in 2018 he was a leading innovation consultant in Australia combining human centred design with strategy consulting to support startups, government and large companies. With over 20 years’ experience across marketing, technology, branding and business consulting he brings a unique perspective to transformative change within large organizations and currently leads technology, process and people changes through Dentsu’s 3000+ media business in the USA.
Assoc VP, Talent
Jennifer Terry-Tharp is an experienced leader and serial innovator in talent attraction, employment branding, and recruitment marketing & technology strategies. In her 20+ years leading AT&T’s Global Talent Acquisition team, she deployed a mix of progressive branding and media campaigns, ubiquitous mobile integration, meaningful social media, and comprehensive diversity recruiting programs. Jenn has also led several full cycle recruiting teams.
Global Head of Internal Communications
Maureen Thompson was named Global Head of Internal Communications for Box, the cloud content management software leader, in May 2019. She is responsible for the communications vision and strategy to educate, engage and reinforce culture across more than 2,200 employees globally. Previously, Maureen served in a similar role as Director, Employee & Culture Communications for GE Digital & GE Power Digital. Prior to GE, Maureen was Director, Corporate Communications for Prologis, advancing the company’s reputation as the world’s premier, industrial real estate company through internal and external communications targeted at customers, employees, media, investors and the community at large. Before relocating to the Bay Area, Maureen spent a decade in Corporate Communications at W.W. Grainger, Inc., a $10 billion, global, industrial distributor based in Chicago. There she held a variety of roles within Corporate Social Responsibility, Investor Relations and Internal Communications. Maureen’s career started in the non-profit sector as a fundraiser for the American Red Cross and as a fundraising consultant for a boutique consulting firm. She received her MBA with a concentration in International Business from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and her Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies from the University of Iowa. Currently, she serves as President of the San Francisco chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). Maureen and her husband, Michael, reside in Danville with their almost two-year-old daughter, Madelaine. She enjoys traveling, biking, hiking, golf and salsa dancing.
Insurance Careers Movement
Marguerite Tortorello is the Managing Director of the Insurance Careers Movement and President of Tortorello Communications Company. From the White House to corporate America, Marguerite champions technology to create connections, enhance engagement, and build communities. Marguerite coordinates 1,000+ insurance organizations to inspire professionals to choose insurance. Marguerite was honored to serve as Special Assistant to President George W. Bush at the White House. She worked for Allstate and the Property Casualty Insurers Association and she is on the Board of the University of St. Francis. Marguerite was a marathon runner and now she and her husband run after their twins.
Director, Financial Security Team
AARP Public Policy Institute
Lori Trawinski is AARP’s thought leader on age diversity in the workforce. She joined the AARP Public Policy Institute in 2010 and currently leads AARP’s work on age diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Dr. Trawinski holds a Ph.D. in economics and finance, an M.A. in international economics, and a B.A. in financial management from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. In addition, Dr. Trawinski holds an executive certificate in financial planning from Georgetown University. She completed the diversity and inclusion certificate program at the ILR School of Cornell University in November 2017. In her spare time, Dr. Trawinski performs as a professional stand-up comedian.
Executive Director, HR CIO
Michael joined KPMG in March of 2017, and is now the HR CIO (Executive Director) leading KPMG’s internal HR Digital Transformation and partnering with his peers in other KPMG Americas member firms to drive opportunities for collaboration, harmonization and growth via HR technology. With more than 30 years of strategy, delivery and operations of IT-enabled business process, Michael brings an extensive background in HR technology, transformation and operations across the entire employee lifecycle. Michael is a proven global collaborative transformation leader that embraces challenges with high energy, determination and a passion for employee engagement.
Senior Director Employee Relations
Ricky M. Turner is vigorous advocate for more humanity in the workplace. He is a successful human resources executive with over 20 years of values based human resources leadership experience. He loves people….and believes he was born to make lives better. As a sought after keynote speaker and podcast interview Ricky has a passion for helping organizations create diverse and inclusive workplaces that will produce strong and engaging employee relationships. Ricky has held executive leadership positions in Diversity and Inclusion and Employee Relations at several fortune 100 companies like Nike, Whirlpool Corporation and Hess Oil. He has a Juris Doctorate from Rutgers University and is a graduate of world famous Tuskegee University. Ricky is married to his wife Gwendolyn. They have two energetic and charismatic little boys; Asa James is 9 and Beau Hendrix is 6. Ricky is a novice triathlete and Little League baseball coach.
Scrum Alliance Certified Agile Coach
Amaitus VR Production
Elena Vassilieva is an executive team coach who uses the power of virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) to facilitate a sustainable and immersive feedback ecosystem for conscious leadership. Drawing on her years of training, mentoring and coaching executives and teams in Agile transformation, she now serves as a trusted advisor for thoughtful leaders who engage in digital transformation. Elena is a Professional Coach (ICF), a Scrum Alliance Certified Coach (CTC), and a Certified Systemic team coach by AoEC. She is an active member of Agile and Scrum Alliance and a regular speaker and facilitator at Business and Technology forums and conferences globally. Elena has also received awards for her VR documentaries about native aboriginal millennials, and the role of digital networking for establishing their cultural identity.
Chief People Officer
David is Chief People Officer to Aetion and has nearly 20 years of experience building and leading human resources teams across public and private companies. Aetion is a healthcare technology company that delivers real-world evidence to determine which treatments work best, for whom, and when. Prior to Aetion, David served as Capsule’s first Head of People where he built out the HR team and led all aspects of the people strategy during a time of rapid organizational growth. Capsule is a healthcare technology business dedicated to rebuilding the pharmacy from the inside out. Earlier executive roles include time at Tyco International, XL Group, and New York Life. While at Tyco International, David also led the company’s efforts to leverage data and analytics for use by the property insurance industry. These efforts earned him five US patents. David is also an active early-stage investor and advisor. His most recent investments include Kettlespace, a NYC-based coworking startup and Circuit, an all-electric, free, local shuttle service. David serves as an advisor to Pernix, a startup focused on optimizing the performance marketing ecosystem. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Ithaca College and a master’s in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. David is an Eagle Scout and remains active in Scouting where he currently serves on the Greater New York Council’s Board of Directors and chairs the Compensation and Benefits Committee.
Chief People Officer
Diane is currently the Chief People Officer of Glossier Inc. and has over 12 years of HR experience ranging from the Fortune 1 to start-ups. Glossier is a people-powered beauty company with a skin first, makeup second philosophy. Prior to Glossier, Diane was the VP of HR for the Walmart U.S. eCommerce Retail organization which focused on creating great product offerings and category experiences for customers. There she led a team of 30 HR professionals supporting the full family of Walmart.com brands including Walmart.com, Jet.com, Bonobos, Modcloth, Eloquii, Moosejaw, Shoes.com, Bare Necessities and Hayneedle. Diane assumed the role after Jet.com was acquired by Walmart in 2017. At Jet.com, Diane led the Corporate HR function supporting the technology, retail, marketing and enabling functions and led the organization through exponential growth prior to sale. Prior to Jet.com, Diane spent almost 10 years at General Electric where she held various HR roles and was most recently the Executive of HR Operations for the $18B Oil & Gas business where she led a large team that was responsible for HR activity planning and performance as well as HR analytics. Prior to joining GE, Diane worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers as an Associate Financial Auditor. Diane holds a BS in Accounting from Pace University and a Masters of Industrial & Labor Relations from Cornell University.
Chief Talent Officer & CHRO
Pat Wadors joined ServiceNow in September 2017 and serves as the Chief Talent Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer for ServiceNow. Prior to joining ServiceNow, Wadors was Senior Vice President Global Talent Organization at LinkedIn where her focus was on recruiting and developing top talent, driving organizational transformation, supporting a highly engaged workforce and growing LinkedIn’s global footprint. Additionally, Wadors held human resources leadership positions at Plantronics, Yahoo!, Align Technology and Applied Materials. Wadors earned her B.S. in business management with a concentration in human resources management and a minor in psychology from Ramapo College of New Jersey.
CEO & Founder
Kellie Wagner is a consultant, speaker, and the founder of Collective, a diversity and inclusion consultancy and research lab shifting how companies grow, engage, and retain diverse teams. Collective helps build inclusion into the foundation of organizations through strategic consulting, workshops, and events. Prior to founding Collective, Kellie spent a decade working in strategy and operations at fast-paced startups like Meetup and DoSomething.org and graduated from NYU’s Managing Workplace Diversity & Inclusion program. Her work has been featured in Forbes and AlleyWatch, and she’s spoken at companies like The Muse, Deloitte, The Wing, and Namely.
SVP of People
Karen D. Weeks is a results focused, strategic partner, whose drive is to help companies build and scale their teams and culture to meet their business goals. Her passion is around talent development, organizational effectiveness, and helping teams through change. Currently, Karen is the VP of People at Ordergroove. Karen is a published author, including her recent book “Setting the Stage: A Guide to Preparing for Any Feedback Conversation” and has been asked to speak on several panels and podcasts. Karen’s academic credentials include a MS in HR Development from Villanova University and a BA in Theatre from Elon University. She lives in NYC with her husband and her furry babies.
VP Corporate Innovation
Plug and Play Tech Center
Connie Weisman is VP of Corporate Partnerships at Plug and Play Tech Center. Plug and Play’s innovation platform connects the best startups to the world’s largest corporations to enhance their digital transformation strategy. As one of the original members of Plug and Play, Connie has seen the organization grow to a global platform with over 15,000 startups and 350 corporate partners. Connie is the Director of the Enterprise Tech Program at Plug and Play, which identifies game changing technologies for corporations in every industry. Technologies cover but are not limited to Human Resources, Operations, IT, Customer Experience, and Cybersecurity. Some of the partners she’s working with on a daily basis are Cleveland Clinic, Willis Towers Watson, and Union Pacific RR. With her recent empty nest, Connie is rediscovering her past hobbies (which she vaguely remembers) such as tennis, traveling, cooking and hiking.
Head of People
Megan Wheeler is a Facilitator and Head of People at LifeLabs Learning. Megan has a Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. She specializes in leadership development, the remote experience, and managing dispersed teams. She has been head of L&D at Huge and managed the leadership development program at Illinois Institute of Technology’s Leadership Academy. The workshop has been developed by LifeLabs Learning, the go-to leadership training resource for innovative companies (like Lyft, TED, Reddit, Sony Music, and Warby Parker).
Ian is the Founder and CEO of ChartHop. Previously, he was the Founder and CTO of Sailthru, the marketing cloud delivering billions of personalized newsletter emails per month for top publishers and e-commerce brands. Before that, Ian was the first head of engineering at Business Insider and built the publishing platform that powers today’s highest-trafficked business website. Through this, Ian felt the pains of planning and building a team — and wanted to build something better than the spreadsheets and legacy HR systems he’d been struggling with. ChartHop was born to help organizations better plan with alignment and transparency.
CIO & SVP, IT
Clif Bar & Company
Todd Wilson is CIO & SVP, IT at Clif Bar & Company, a leading maker of nutritious and organic foods. He is responsible for all technology and has led a digital transformation at Clif – the company tripled its number of employees and transitioned to self-manufacturing – while supporting a value-based commitment to sustaining people, community, and planet. He began his career on Wall Street as a data warehouse architect before shifting to consumer software. He led a task force through two dozen M&A integrations, culminating in his role as VP, Business Systems at Mattel. Todd was founder and CEO of Corporate Radar, an innovative web-based BI platform and holds a bachelor’s from UC, Berkeley, and MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
Managing Director, Global Head of Social Impact
Deborah Winshel, Managing Director, serves as Global Head of Social Impact, leading the firm’s initiatives to create social impact on a global scale. Prior to joining BlackRock, Ms. Winshel was President and Chief Operating Officer of The Robin Hood Foundation, New York’s largest poverty- fighting organization. Known for its rigorous, metrics-based approach to fighting poverty, Robin Hood has invested over $1.5 billion since 1988 in hundreds of the most effective programs that help lift and keep children, families, and adults out of poverty. Ms. Winshel was previously the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Prior to working in the non-profit sector, Mrs. Winshel spent more than a dozen years working in New York and London for JP Morgan’s Investment Bank, culminating as a Managing Director advising key corporate clients on a variety of financial, capital markets and strategic issues.
Chief Customer & People Officer
Rene Yoakum is the Chief Customer & People Officer at Remitly, the global online money transfer service with 1100 global employees, whose vision is to transform the lives of immigrants and their families by providing the most trusted financial services on the planet. Rene has more than 25 years of experience in various U.S. and European based customer support and operations roles. Prior to Remitly, she was VP of Customer Support at Pearson Education, and before that, General Manager of Global Consumer Support at Microsoft managing over 20,000 Microsoft support agents around the world. Rene received her post-graduate degree from the Chartered Institute of Marketing in London, and her bachelor’s degree in Math and Computer Science from Pacific Lutheran University.
Fmr. Head of People
Jessica Yuen is a startup advisor who partners with CEOs and People Leaders to scale their organizations and teams. She formerly led the People team at Gusto through 10x growth and served as the Chief People Officer at Couchbase. She previously worked at McKinsey, Yahoo!, and Khan Academy. Jessica holds electrical engineering degrees from UCSD and Stanford, and found her passion at the intersection of technology and people. In her free time, she loves corny jokes, fast food, and spending time with family.
Serena is VP, People at ThirdLove, with the mission of helping every woman finding her perfect fitting bra. Prior to ThirdLove, Serena was CPO at RobustWealth, during which she led selling the company to PFG, and founded Zenefits Customer Community. What drives Serena is taking an antiquated function, human resources, and leveraging technology and psychology to help individuals develop into their best selves and enable teams to build something larger than themselves. Serena’s top VIA strength is awe. Before leading the People function, Serena passed the bar and received a master’s in applied positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.