Faculty


Jeanne Meister

Founding Partner, Future Workplace

Future Workplace Academy is led by Jeanne Meister, Founding Partner, Future Workplace, an HR Advisory and Research firm. She is co-host of the Future Workplace Network, a consortium of heads of HR, Talent and Learning, Jeanne’s most recent book, The Future Workplace: 10 Rules For Mastering Disruption in Recruiting and Engaging Employees was awarded the Silver Axiom Best Business Book Award for HR professionals and the Bellwether Award by the Community College Futures Assembly.

Jeanne has written over 100 articles on the future of working and learning and her current focus is on the power of using AI for HR. Jeanne was recently named one of the Top 100 HR Tech Influencers by Human Resource Executive® and the HR Technology Conference!

Jeanne has claimed her Using AI 4 HR: Certified badge on LinkedIn.

Jeanne is joined by an all-star faculty of leading practitioners who share their expertise in our courses, including:

Gianpaolo Barozzi

Senior Director Human Resources, Cisco

Gianpaolo Barozzi is a Sr. Director in Cisco HR, leading the Digitization Office in the newly formed Leadership & Team Intelligence organization. He leads the design and development of innovative workforce experiences, solutions and analytics in multiple HR areas at Cisco. His passion is re-defining the future of work in corporations – how talent is identified, leveraged, allocated and engaged, and how work is organized, measured and rewarded – and its implication on people, HR and ultimately the society. Gianpaolo is based in Milan, Italy, and holds a degree in Physics.

Susan Biancani

Data Science Manager, People Analytics, Airbnb

Susan Biancani is an experienced data scientist, manager, and team leader with a demonstrated history in People Analytics in the tech industry. She brings a strong social science background (PhD in Organizational Sociology from Stanford) and technical expertise (MS in Computer Science, with focus on Artificial Intelligence & Data Management, also from Stanford) to her work. She is currently the Data Science Manager, People Analytics at Airbnb.


Kevin Blair

Former VP Global Talent Acquisition, IBM

Kevin has spent his entire career in Recruitment, Talent Acquisition, and Talent Branding. He has extensive Global experience, building and re-building teams and processes to drive effective delivery across all regions and in many organizational structures. Kevin has led the delivery and attraction of Talent in EMEA, the Americas and Asia Pacific/Japan regions, managing high-performance delivery teams and driving enhanced experiences for clients, stakeholders, partners and candidates. In his most recent role as Global VP Talent Acquisition at IBM, Kevin is responsible for all hiring, across all divisions of IBM. Annually he is responsible for delivering 50,000 plus new IBMers into the business and giving them a uniquely IBM onboarding experience. Kevin has a Talent leadership team building industry-leading cognitive & AI tools to enhance and speed up the process, candidate engagement approaches and Agile delivery methodologies.

Michael Bland

VP, CLO,  TIAA

Michael Bland is VP and Chief Learning Officer for TIAA, where he is accountable for the strategic vision and tactical execution of Learning and Development across the company. Michael is passionate about the role of technology and innovation in learning and the focus of L&D in preparing talent to deliver improved business results today and into an ever-changing future. Prior to TIAA, Michael spent over 20 years in learning and leadership development roles, working across varied industries, and large and small companies.

Robert Brown

VP, Center for the Future of Work, Cognizant Technology

Robert Brown joined Cognizant’s Center for the Future of Work in 2014. Since that time, he has worked extensively with the Cognizant Digital Operations practice as head of market strategy, and also with Cognizant’s Business Accelerator leadership to drive the development of its intelligent automation strategy, messaging and go-to-market outreach. His research emphasis has been on the topics of robotics, automation, privacy and augmented reality and their impact on business processes. Prior to joining Cognizant, Robert served as a Managing Vice President at Gartner, Inc. both in the US and London. In addition to his career as a strategist and research analyst, his experience has included positions at Hewlett-Packard as well as the British House of Commons.

Katherine Brune

Former SVP of Employee Well-Being & Benefits, SunTrust now Truist, Owner, WorkSprout & Future Workplace Fellow

Katherine has 15 years of experience working in the people arena. She is a thought-leader in employee experience and well-being programs. Some of Katherine’s greatest accomplishments include designing and introducing an industry-leading financial well-being program for a top financial institution now sold to hundreds of companies, creating a full-time storyteller job to spread purpose in action, introducing integrated health providers in onsite clinics to address the whole person, unleashing a campaign on mental health services, and leading early-career bankers through a super-charged development program. These and many more programs all have one thing in common – a focus on the employee and their ability to deliver their best.

Subhadra Dutta

Director, People Analytics, Stitch Fix

As the Director of People Analytics at Stitch Fix, Dr. Subhadra Dutta’s primary focus is on employee engagement, assessments, statistics & analytics, and research. Before Stitch Fix, she worked at Twitter, as well as companies across India and US, such as Molina Healthcare, PepsiCo, and Infosys Leadership Institute in areas of engagement, analytics, assessments and talent management. She has a Ph.D. and Masters in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Central Michigan University, and a Masters in Organizational Behavior from Delhi University.

Jeremy Eaves

Senior Director Employee Relations, DaVita Inc.

Jeremy Eaves is the Vice President of Human Resources at DaVita Kidney Care. Jeremy has extensive experience in partnering with senior leadership to drive business results. In his previous role as head of employee relations and workplace investigations for the Fortune 500 healthcare organization, he led a team of employee relations advisors and managers responsible for consulting on and investigating all domestic employee relations issues. Jeremy has demonstrated success in aligning human resource initiatives with business strategies and maximizing management potential.

Esther Gallo

Vice President – Strategic Workforce Planning and People Insights, Corporate HR, MasterCard

Esther Gallo leads the People Planning and Insights team in Mastercard, being her areas of focus Strategic Workforce Planning, Future of Work, and advanced analytics. She has worked across multiple industries and supported international companies during her experience as managing consultant in Deloitte, delivering engagements related to strategic and business planning, program management, financial modeling, organizational design, change management, and process reengineering. She has a master’s degree in Business Administration and degree and master’s degree in Telecommunication Engineering.

Nicholas Garbis

VP, People Analytics Strategy, One Model, Inc

Nicholas is the VP of People Analytics Strategy at One Model, Inc. Nicholas has 15+ years experience in people analytics & planning. He partners with people analytics teams to help them establish their strategies for deploying analytics and to bring back key insights to the product team. Previously, Nicholas was the Global Head for Strategic Workforce Planning for Allianz, where he built SWP methodology that supports the digital transformation agenda for the business. Prior to joining Allianz, Nicholas worked for General Electric, joining the GE Energy division’s Global Strategy & Planning in a dual role including economic analysis and strategic workforce planning.

Sarah Gretczko

SVP, People Insights & Organization Intelligence, MasterCard

Sarah Gretczko is a self-proclaimed future of work enthusiast and behavioral insights junkie with experience bringing innovative people strategies and solutions to some of the world’s most iconic companies.  As Chief Learning and Skills Officer at MasterCard she is responsible for shaping the company’s culture during a time of rapid growth and change by providing strategic advice and solutions to a diverse set of businesses all competing for critical skillsets to drive continued growth and performance. She brings deep expertise in learning, leadership development, and culture. She has designed and facilitated dozens of executive transition labs for transitioning executives of major Fortune 500 companies. She also brings expertise around workforce transformation and analytics through her work to reimagine employee engagement, performance, and leadership in rapidly changing environments.

Stefaan van Hooydonk

Chief Learning Officer, Cognizant

celebrated global CLO / Corporate University head

Stefaan has 25+ years global exposure and leadership roles in learning arenas. This includes deep insights in modern methods such as change management, global transformations, knowledge management, Communities, digital learning (e and mobile learning), certification and customer learning. Stefaan is a regular speaker at international conferences on topics such as corporate universities, learning innovation, customer learning, the role of the CLO in the 21st century, and learning strategy.

Gina Jeneroux

Chief Learning Officer, BMO Financial Group

Gina Jeneroux is a business-focused professional who is passionate about the future of work. She has deep experience in front-line banking, human-centred design, learning and development, and strategies and solutions that make an impact. As Chief Learning Officer at BMO Financial Group, Gina leads the company’s focus on advancing performance through learning. She is accountable for enterprise learning strategy, design, operations and governance. She leads a diverse team of professionals who support all of the ways in which employees learn: for their job, career, personal interests, and to prepare for the future. Gina also manages BMO’s corporate university – the Institute for Learning in Toronto – and learning sites in Chicago and Montreal.

Brent Lessard

Founder & CEO, rLoop X Limited

A mechanical engineer with experience in intelligent building monitoring and management systems, Brent Lessard is co-founder and Project Manager at rLoop, a SpaceX award winning, globally distributed and crowd sourced organization with over 1,300 members from more than 50 countries. Brent also serves as Advisor to the President of Durham College for the School of Science and Engineering, and was recently awarded the Ontario Premier’s Award for his work within the local community as well as rLoop.

Sara Ley

Digital Learning Strategist, PwC

Sara Ley is a Digital Learning Strategist for PwC with over 18 years’ experience delivering global solutions across Technology, Industrial, Aviation, Healthcare, Transportation, Energy and Finance Industries. Most recently, Sara was the Digital Learning and Technology Leader for General Electric’s Crotonville Learning and Development Organization. Sara led the implementation of GE’s BrilliantYOU™ Digital Strategy and development of a next-generation learning experience platform and community. Prior to GE, Sara held positions at UBS and HP in consulting roles where she led transformational change initiatives, facilitated executive integration workshops and managed large-scale development projects. Sara is an eminent speaker at various conferences, including SXSW, IMPACT, Masie, and CLO Symposium, and has received three Brandon Hall Award Gold Awards and Excellence Award by ATD.

Obed Louissaint

VP, Talent, Watson Health & Employee Experience, IBM

Obed Louissaint, VP, Talent, Watson Health & Employee Experience. Obed is focused on IBM’s investments in several of the fastest-growing and most strategic parts of the information technology market. He leads HR for IBM Analytics, IBM Commerce, IBM Security, IBM Watson, Watson Health and Watson IoT as well as IBM Research and the company’s Intellectual Property team. Obed’s top priority is to reinvent people systems and culture to stimulate innovation in key areas of information technology.

Chris Lovato

Director of Human Capital Insights, Medtronic

Chris Lovato, Ph.D. has over 25 years of experience in the people analytics space including employee surveys, assessments, competency modeling, and artificial intelligence for HR. He currently serves as the Human Capital Insights Director at Medtronic and previously held positions at IBM, Home Depot, United Airlines, and Century Link. Chris earned doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Colorado State University.

Chris Pirie

Former CLO, Microsoft, Founder, Learning Futures Group & Future Workplace Fellow

Former Oracle Global VP of Online Learning, where he launched the Oracle Learning Network, Microsoft’s Chief Learning Officer for Microsoft’s entire global sales force for the past 7 years, and previously Head of Sales and Marketing for the Microsoft Learning Division where he orchestrated the move from a product to a cloud sales approach, Chris’s entire career has been spent working at the intersection between Learning and Technology.

Ben Putterman

Learning & Development, LinkedIn

Ben leads the global sales readiness function at LinkedIn. He is responsible for the learning and development of LinkedIn’s sales organization, with a focus on skills development, go to market effectiveness, sales systems & processes, as well as leadership and management development. He is a strategic and creative Learning and Talent Development professional with a passion for enhancing personal and organizational performance, and has worked across several industries with deep expertise in leading high performing teams, learning and development, performance management, employee engagement, succession planning, innovation, customer experience, change and organizational transformation, and internal communications.

Jeff Rieb

Senior Director, People Operations & Innovation, DaVita Inc.

Jeff Rieb is the Senior Director of People Operations & Innovation at DaVita, where he is responsible for leading the People Insights & Analytics team, Project Management Office, and HR Technology functions for DaVita People Services. He was also responsible for optimizing the People Services operating model, including creating the strategy and culture required for People Services teammates to embrace change and technological experimentation. Prior to his work at DaVita, he worked in HR for Lowe’s.

Chase Rowbotham

Head of People Analytics, Genentech

Chase Rowbotham is the Head of People Analytics at Genentech. In his time at Genentech, the people analytics function has nearly tripled and has had real impact on the business. As head of people analytics, Chase reports directly to the CHRO, and his team includes two primary functions, Data Science & Engineering, which maintains the people analytics infrastructure, and Strategy & Solutions, which plays the front-end role on the team and leads project scoping, prioritization, stakeholder management, project management, and ensures that product strategy is both effectively communicated and realized. Prior to working at Genentech, Chase worked at McKesson, Intuit, and M&T Bank.

Dan Rowley

Vice President, Talent Management & Development, The Freeman Company

Dan Rowley is currently the Senior Director, Operations Talent Management at Hilton. Prior to working at Hilton he served as the Vice President, Talent Development / Talent Management at The Freeman Company where he built a learning infrastructure and programs to drive business results and support organizational strategy. His contributions included redesigning leadership curriculum to build a cadre of leaders to support organizational and business transformation, assessing current programs and launching new programs with a focus on alignment to core values and competencies, and supporting sales executives as an HR Business Partner focused on top talent identification and retention, OD, and change leadership/organizational restructuring.

Andrew Saidy

VP Talent Digitization, Schneider Electric

Andrew Saidy is a Human Resources executive with more than 15 years of experience with public and private multinationals and international organizations. Specialized in leading digital HR transformations & disruptions, Andrew has also held various roles in talent acquisition & management, executive coaching, HR business partnering and learning & development. Andrew currently leads Schneider Electric’s ambitious Talent Digitization agenda, bringing digitization, AI and machine learning to Schneider’s HR ecosystem.

Anshul Sheopuri

VP & CTO, AI & Offering Strategy, IBM

Anshul Sheopuri is the VP & CTO, AI & Offering Strategy, at IBM. In this capacity, he is re-inventing people data and offerings via AI. He is a digital transformation leader who drives business outcomes via changes to process, platforms, products, and people. Previously, Anshul was Senior Manager, Digital Research, at the IBM T J Watson Research Center, where he led a team of researchers working on innovative big data digital technologies.

Carolyn Shuster

Senior Director, Global Recruitment Technologies & Operations, Hilton

Carolyn Shuster works as the Sr. Director – Global Recruitment Shared Services at Hilton Hotels. She is responsible for Global Recruitment Operations which include systems, tools and services to enable recruiting and hiring for exempt and non-exempt Team Members. Prior to Hilton, she worked at AVP where she was accountable for region’s branch operations specializing in placing Accounting & Financial and Management & Office Professionals in both temporary and permanent positions. Overall responsibilities include hiring, developing & retaining team of Account Executive and Executive Recruiters, managing financials for the branch (P&L), manage own desk & book of business by securing new retail and contract business, penetrate existing accounts and recruiting professionals to meet the staffing needs of our clients.

Paula Squires

Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Paula Squires, MBA, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, serves as senior vice president of Human Resources for Brigham Health. Squires is passionate about creating an organizational culture in which our 20,000 employees feel valued, rewarded and inspired to do their best work. As part of this cultural transformation, Squires leads Brigham Health system-wide efforts to shape and enhance the Brigham Experience — defined as the patient experience plus employee experience — which aims to cultivate an even more transparent, diverse, inclusive and innovative environment in which to work and receive care. She has extensive experience in human resources in health care settings and a deep understanding of the role that the HR team plays in recruiting, engaging and retaining the right employees.

Jennifer Sullivan

Chief Talent Officer, PerkinElmer

Jennifer Sullivan is the Chief Talent Officer at PerkinElmer. Jen joined PerkinElmer in 2017 and is responsible for delivering high impact leadership and organizational development solutions closely aligned to key business drivers. She is a Gold Brandon Hall Winner for Best Learning Program Supporting a Change Transformation and Silver Brandon Hall Winner for Best Unique or Innovative Learning Program, as well a past Mentee in the Women in America organization for top emerging leader female talent. Jennifer completed her M. Ed. in Organizational Leadership from Vanderbilt University.

Steve Turner

Process Design & Technology, Google

Steve is an Innovative Leader with expertise in Program Management, Software Development, Data Architecture, Enterprise Applications, People Experience, Change Management, People Strategy, Transformation & Enterprise Analytics (Business Intelligence) with focus on People Analytics, People Data Science. His tenure at Deloitte, Skadden, and Accenture in Human Capital Transformation Consulting, has helped him gather valuable experience in the implementation of HR Analytics products that support Human Resources, Total Rewards systems, Learning Solutions, Payroll for Professional Services, Financial Services, Airlines, Telecommunication, Higher Education, Hi-tech, Manufacturing, Health Care, Pharmaceutical, Retail, & Diversified Energy companies. He recently started at Google as a Project Manager and previously spent time as the Global Manager / Head of HRIS at Skadden.

Pablo Vera

Chief Learning Officer, Baker Hughes

Pablo is the CLO of Baker Hughes. In this capacity he leads and inspires a learning & development strategy across Baker Hughes, a GE Company, to ensure the capabilities needed to support the execution of the business strategic operating plans. Working closely with Human Resources and the business leadership team, he owns the learning framework, vision, and mission.

Heather Whiteman

Lecturer – People Analytics, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business & Future Workplace Fellow

Heather Whiteman, PhD is an expert in People Analytics, Talent Transformation and the Future of Work. She has held executive roles leading People Analytics, Talent Management, Learning & Development, HR Operations and HR Technology at companies like General Electric (GE), Pacific Gas & Electric, and more through consulting partnerships. Heather teaches People Analytics at UC Berkeley Haas and UC Berkeley Extension. She has a master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and a PhD in Human Capital Management.


Karie Willyerd

Chief Learning Officer, Visa

Karie Willyerd is the Chief Learning Officer of Visa. Prior to this role, she was the Head, Global Customer Education and Learning at SAP. Karie has won over 40 awards in learning and talent development, including #1 ATD Best Award and 2017 Distinguished Contribution award. She is also the coauthor of two best-selling books on the future of HR and careers.