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.
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.
Ernest holds a BS in Industrial Engineering & Management Sciences from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL, USA). Over the course of his career, he has held progressive roles in Human Resources, within the life sciences, MedTech, retail and pharmaceutical sectors. In 2020, Ernest joined Ralph Lauren with global responsibility for the enterprise’s talent strategy which includes strategic oversight of talent acquisition, talent management, talent operations, learning & development, performance management, early career talent programs and enterprise mentoring. In this role the work in focused on a renewed, refreshed and holistic view of talent for the global organization and its over 20,000 employees.
As the Chief People Officer at VICE Media Group, Daisy Auger-Domínguez oversees human resources, diversity, equity and inclusion, and social impact practices. Her TEDx talk “Inclusion Revolution” and forthcoming book with Seal Press by the same name calls on everyone, from individual contributors to CEOs, to take on the work of dismantling inequity in the workplace. Daisy has designed and executed organizational transformations at Moody's Investors Service, The Walt Disney Company, Google, and Viacom, and founded Auger-Domínguez Ventures, a workplace culture consultancy. She serves on the boards of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, and The 19th.
Tracy has spent the last 20+ years as an entrepreneur working at the intersection of HR, healthcare, and startups. In 2013, she started Post'd, a network for senior HR leaders. This would be the start of her passion project, pushing forward and doing more by building out the network, curating content, and organizing HR events as a way to contribute to the advancement of the people leader profession. As a cancer survivor, she considers herself to be a bit of a warrior, never giving up and always pushing forward. She has used that same determination to build out her HR network to become the platform it is today, TroopHR.
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.
Neil is a Founding Partner and President at LOCAL, a team of seasoned creatives who help some of the world’s best companies achieve lasting change. LOCAL’s work centers on Change Marketing™, a unique blend of progressive change management and consumer marketing techniques that treats employees as an audience worth winning. Neil is a marketing leader with 20 years experience running teams, brands, and creative businesses in the UK, Europe, and the US, most recently leading Global Digital Strategy for Coca-Cola.
Madhu Chamarty is the founder and CEO of BeyondHQ, a startup that helps companies plan and scale distributed teams. An engineer and math nerd at heart, he has 15+ yrs of startup experience in Silicon Valley, as an early employee and co-founder at 3 high-growth B2B startups in digital media (Adify, sold to Cox), employee communities (Dynamic Signal), and geospatial analytics (Descartes Labs). He has scaled sales & support teams globally, in both colocated and remote formats. He grew up in a fully distributed family across 4 countries, so believes he was destined to build BeyondHQ even before he knew it.
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.
Tony Cicio joined Argo in 2019. He is an experienced, strategic business leader with a dual career path in finance and human resources. His career includes serving as the vice president, human resources at Samsung Electronics, the vice president of human resources at Danone North America and the chief financial officer at The Dannon Company. Cicio began his career as an auditor with Deloitte. He holds a bachelor of science degree in Accounting from the University of Delaware.
Noelle is the Co-Founder and Chief Transformation Officer at Verto LLC, focused on advancing the next frontier of talent through authentic engagement at every level of an organization. She has spent the last 20 years promoting student interest in the insurance industry, and actively advancing approaches and solutions to recruiting, retention, and the increasingly diversified composition and functional areas of insurance. She serves as a Co-Champion for the Global Dive In Festival in the Americas, a global movement in the insurance sector to support the development of inclusive workplace cultures, a member of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation Philadelphia Board, and a member of the Temple University Department of Risk Insurance and Healthcare Management Advisory Board.
HR Talent Acquisition Professional, Podcaster and Blogger
Wendy Dailey is a talent acquisition professional, writer, blogger, podcaster, wife, mother, & Girl Scout leader. Follow her online: #HRSocialHour, #HRWonderWomen, and @wyndall93. And check out her blog at mydaileyjourney.com.
Dr. Heather Doshay is VP People at Webflow where she leads a variety of teams from Talent Acquisition to People to IT. She previously served as SVP People & Places at Rainforest QA, led Talent Marketplace at Hired, and taught Leadership at the University of San Francisco. She has a doctorate in Organizational Leadership, is SHRM senior-certified, is active within PeopleTech Partners Advisory, and previously the Forbes HR Council. She was honored as a recipient of the 2020 Anchor List and 2018 SaaS Report. You can find her work published in Entrepreneur, Forbes, Thrive Global, and VentureBeat.
Massella has an MBA with a focus on leadership development and organizational change. Her areas of expertise include talent development, employee engagement, optimizing CX team performance, and helping teams scale effectively.
John is a business designer who helps people and organizations perform at their best. Currently Chief People Officer at TrueCar, he has served many of the world’s most innovative companies in both internal roles and consulting relationships. He has broad experience designing, building, and managing internal operations for talent driven companies; including all aspects of HR, learning & development, and innovation. In 2013, John founded Gamut HCD (Human Centered Design) as a platform to advise companies and build tools that help people learn and grow. He maintains a variety of relationships from short term projects to long term advisory and interim leadership roles. Along the way, he has served as CHRO Minted, Thrive Market and West LLC; and worked with Tala, Gensler, Pinterest, Facebook, Mozilla, Impossible Foods, Earnest, and Razer among others.
Tara Furiani is described as ""Creative and effective"", ""an intelligent business professional"", ""a natural leader”, “an incredibly quick learner"", ""a clear and proficient communicator"", ""delightfully fun and energetic, while abundantly smart and sharp as a tack"" and ""she's my role model"", by her peers.
A sought after thought leader, this strategic yet creatively minded executive sees the biggest picture and has made a career out of building, reimagining, and aiding organizations in understanding employee ROI.
After spending 20 years in the corporate world of work, 12 of those as an international Chief People Officer, Tara founded Not the HR Lady, A ‘People’ Consultancy Firm, a Popular Web Series & Podcast, a Professional Learning and Coaching Community and movement toward… All Things People. No BS.
Her mission is simple… to create an on-going dialogue and affect change related to previously thought of as “taboo” topics for the workplace (like bullying, racism, good old boys’ clubs, brilliant a**holes, and more) that often marginalize, harm & oppress Women, BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ employees.
Companies all over the world hire Tara as a Business Strategist & Executive Teambuilder, Facilitator, HR & DEIB Consultant, C-Level Coach & Psychologist, to Speak at Events (virtual or live), to help them find the right executives for their organizations and more.
Tara holds several certifications, including Predictive Index, DiSC, Dale Carnegie, Franklin Covey, Meyers-Briggs and more. She also has her BBA in Marketing, her MS in Organizational Leadership, and 2nd MS in Psychology.
She spends her free time with her seven children, her NTHRL co-host & partner Justin Boggs, and her mom and aunt, who round out their multigenerational household of 11. Their fun family team enjoys traveling (before COVID-19), dark hide and seek, going to the lake, making music together, dance parties, roller coasters, and cooking as a family. Learn more about Tara Furiani and Not the HR Lady by visiting: www.notthehrlady.com
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.
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.
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, she 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, she held human resources leadership positions at Perot Systems Healthcare Services, Reebok International, Aramark Educational Services and Federated Department Stores. Beth holds a bachelor's degree in English from Cornell University.
Sarah is a proven business leader who has led multiple start-up initiatives within her decade long career in product marketing at Microsoft, raising $40M to scale her last business. Expert in P&L management, enterprise software and GTM strategy, Sarah’s tenacity and drive for results led to her being widely recognized as a turnaround expert and new business incubator. Sarah holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Seattle University and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Business Administration from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL.
David Hanrahan is the VP of People at Niantic in San Francisco. Previously at Zendesk, Twitter, and Electronic Arts, Mr. Hanrahan has spent the majority of his career scaling and innovating HR and Recruiting functions in the tech industry. At Niantic, David and his team have been introducing new people practices grounded in empathy and inclusion. His proudest accomplishments are his children: Stella and Pierce. David graduated from the School of Labor and Employment Relations at Illinois.
Marisa is currently the Director of Enterprise Partnerships at Spring Health where she is responsible for all new business sales for employers with more than 3,000 employees. She has more than 25 years of experience in the employee benefits industry and has held several sales positions at major national insurance companies including Aetna and UnitedHealthcare. Her extensive experience has taught her that the power of relationships is the key to success in sales.
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.
As Vice President of Learning and Development at Zillow Group, Corina oversees the company’s talent development and talent management strategy and programs. She and her team focus on empowering employees to build long-lasting and meaningful careers by constantly evolving the learning and career development offerings in both tactical and interpersonal skills growth with an emphasis on leadership development. Corina also oversees the deep functional training to support all business verticals from Premier Agent to Zillow Offers. Corina joined Zillow Group in 2013, prior to which she spent 15 years at Nordstrom leading all compensation functions for corporate-based positions. Before Nordstrom she worked as a recruiter at Lockheed Martin. Corina earned her Bachelor of Science in psychology from Santa Clara University and is a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP).
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.
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.
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.
Sue Quackenbush, Chief Human Resources Officer at Vonage (NYSE: VG), is a global HR executive and business advisor with extensive leadership experience contributing to organizational growth, transformation and change. Sue has a demonstrated history of developing and implementing large-scale strategy, programs and processes that support business objectives, transformation and improvements to bottom line performance within global organizations. Sue's in-depth experience and success within organizations of all sizes and industries has made her a trusted advisor to CEO's, executive teams, strategic outside partners and Boards of Directors. Known for her business acumen, Sue serves on two Boards: RiseITSharedLABS, a global for-profit software and technology services company, and The Jillian Fund, a non-profit organization supporting children facing life-threatening illnesses. Sue was profiled in the book, "The Internet of Women: Accelerating Culture Change," which catalogs personal narratives and case studies of women around the world who illustrate the trend of bringing the modern workforce closer to gender equality than it has ever been. Prior to joining Vonage, Sue was Chief Human Resources Officer at Presidio, Inc. Prior to that, she was Vice President of Human Resources at DMG Information & Events and earlier, Head of Human Resources, Global Banking & Financial Markets, for BT (British Telecommunications). Sue has also held executive roles at Thomson Reuters, R.H. Donnelley, Honeywell and Ford Motor Company. She earned an M.B.A. from Drexel University, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Rutgers University.
Ahva Sadeghi is a passionate social entrepreneur and co-founder of Symba, a venture backed and all-female founded tech startup focused on the future of work. Ahva is an economist and researcher focused on remote work and workforce development. Prior to launching Symba, Ahva worked at the US Department of State in the Human Rights Bureau and completed a civil rights fellowship with Congressman John Lewis in Atlanta. She was recently named Forbes 30 Under 30 and a Global Entrepreneur Scholar by the US Department of State. In her spare time, Ahva enjoys playing the cello.
Lars Schmidt is the Founder of Amplify, an HR executive search and consulting firm. He's spent over 20 years in the industry building a range of leading global companies. He’s a writer for Fast Company, author of the bestselling Redefining HR book, co-author of Employer Branding for Dummies, and Host of the Redefining HR podcast. You can find him on Twitter at @Lars.
Julia is the co-founder and CEO of Grayce, the leading global caregiving empowerment solution. Having experienced adult care as a consistent challenge in her own family, and observing a rapidly growing societal need, she co-founded Grayce to create the leading solution for family caregivers. Julia has 15 years of experience building organizations in health care and benefits, having held executive roles at companies such as Clarify Health, Aetna, BCG, and The Advisory Board Company (Optum). She holds an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Dartmouth College.
Ragy Thomas is the founder and CEO of Sprinklr, the leading Customer Experience Management (CXM) platform. Sprinklr's mission is to help every organization on the planet make their customers happier. Sprinklr is helping the world’s most valuable brands reach, engage, and listen to customers across digital channels. Prior to founding Sprinklr, Ragy was the president of Epsilon’s (NYSE:ADS) Interactive Services from 2006 to 2008, and the CTO of Bigfoot Interactive, an email marketing leader that Epsilon acquired in 2005.
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.
Diane has almost 15 years of HR experience ranging from the Fortune 1 to start-ups. In 2021 she became the Chief People Officer of a consumer-focused, tech enabled startup that is co-founded by Marc Lore and is still currently in stealth mode. Diane is a member of the founding team and is in the unique position to build the company from Day 1. Prior to this role, Diane was the Chief People Officer of the popular beauty brand, Glossier, where she led all aspects of the people strategy. Before joining Glossier in 2019, 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. 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 Oil & Gas business. Prior to joining GE, Diane worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a Financial Auditor. Diane currently serves on the advisory board of GlamourGals, a non-profit that is focused on ending elder isolation by inspiring conversation and companionship between teens and the elderly. Diane holds a BS in Accounting from Pace University and a Masters of Industrial & Labor Relations from Cornell University.
Ambrosia has spent the past decade leading hyper growth technology organizations to
global scale and top employer award recognition. Currently the Operating Partner at
Operator Collective venture fund, she brings together the industry’s most sought-after
executives from diverse backgrounds to build the next generation of technology. She
was previously VP People at Duo Security and VP HR at Hootsuite; an early exec in
both companies which each reached one thousand employees globally and Unicorn
status in under five years. Co-founder of HR Open Source, she is a recognized industry
speaker on fostering emerging HR and culture practices in the workplace.
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.
Arthur Woods is a social entrepreneur working at the intersection of equity, inclusion and technology. He was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 and 40 Under 40 by BEQ. He is the author of Hiring for Diversity, Co-founder of Mathison, Out in Tech and Imperative. He is a three-times TEDx speaker and has advised leading brands from Disney, Sonos and MetLife to the Smithsonian.
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.
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.