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:


Elizabeth Adefioye

Chief HR Officer, Ingredion Incorporated

Elizabeth Adefioye is senior vice president and chief human resources officer for Ingredion. In this role, Adefioye overseas all global human resources functions, including talent acquisition, leadership development, compensation and benefits, as well as diversity, inclusion and engagement. Adefioye is committed to delivering people strategies that achieve a high-performance culture by attracting and developing world-class talent and building a high-performing organization. In 2016, Adefioye joined Ingredion as vice president of human resources for North America and global specialties. Before joining Ingredion, Adefioye served in leadership HR roles at Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Novartis Consumer Health, Medtronic, and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Yoruba Amador

Director, Learning and Knowledge Transformation, MetLife

Yoruba leads a group of Talented Instructional Designers, Business Instructors and Knowledge Analysts for MetLife Global Customer Solutions Center (GCS). He builds relationships with business partners to meet business objectives via innovative and instructionally sound Learning and/or Knowledge solutions. Previously, he led, managed, and coached an extremely talented team of professional Instructional Designers in charge of US and International projects within the Global Travel & Lifestyle Services (TLS) division of American Express. Yoruba has been recognized as a 2014 American Express Consumer Products & Services President’s Achievement Award winner.

Daniel Anastas

Total Rewards & HR Operations, UiPath

Daniel Anastas is a Total Rewards Leader focused on delivering quality, client focused solutions that align with overall business strategy. With experience in diverse global organizations and industries, I have hands on experience leading the development and administration for variable pay incentive programs (including sales compensation plans), benefit plan design, salary range development, compensation cycles and equity program design.

DeAnne Aussem

Managing Director, Leadership Development & Well Being Leader, PwC

DeAnne Aussem serves as Leadership Development & Well Being Leader for @PwC US and MX. As a Managing Director, leadership development expert and credentialed well-being coach, DeAnne draws upon more than 24 years of professional services experience supporting leaders, teams and organizations across the U.S. and globally. DeAnne is a recognized dynamic and innovative business leader with deep expertise in Strategy, Global Leadership Development, Well-being, Diversity & Inclusion and Human Capital which enables her to be a trusted advisor and source of strategic insight on today’s most difficult leadership challenges and initiatives that champion the future of work.

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.

Reid Blackman

CEO, Virtue

Reid is the Founder and CEO of Virtue. In that capacity he has worked with companies to integrate ethics and ethical risk mitigation into company culture and the development, deployment, and procurement of emerging technology products. He is also a Senior Advisor to Ernst & Young and sits on their Artificial Intelligence Advisory Board, and is a member of IEEE’s Ethically Aligned Design Initiative. Prior to founding Virtue, Reid was a professor of philosophy at Colgate University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His research appeared in numerous prestigious professional journals including the European Journal of Philosophy, The Canadian Journal of Philosophy, and Erkenntnis. He also founded a fireworks wholesaling company and was even a flying trapeze instructor. He received his B.A. from Cornell University, his M.A. from Northwestern University, and his Ph.D. from The University of Texas, Austin.


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.

Simon Brown

Chief Learning Officer, Novartis

Simon Brown is an experienced leader in changing organizations to operationalize business strategies by empowering people and transforming corporate culture. He is responsible for enabling 130,000 Novartis employees to grow in an organization committed to continuous learning. In his presentation Simon explains which skills will be important for future business success and how Novartis is investing in learning and training for their employees to build the new capabilities they need in the future.

Sander de Bruijn

Head of Global Employee Experience, ING

Sander de Bruijn joined ING in 2018 as their Head of Global Employee Experience. In this role, Sander is responsible for a differentiating and consistent employee experience within ING. With almost 20 years of experience in Marketing and Talent Acquisition roles Sander has delivered numerous customer and candidate experiences. As ING is standardizing global HR operations, it is Sander’s responsibility to put the employee at the heart of this transformation and design and create experiences that are personal, easy and smart.

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.

Kevin Byrd

Senior Manager of Augmented and Virtual Reality Learning Technology, Verizon

Kevin Byrd is the Senior Manager of Augmented and Virtual Reality Learning Technology at Verizon.


Christine Crouch

Director, Future of Work, BMO Financial Group

Christine Crouch is the Director, Future of Work, at BMO Financial Group. She is balanced between the artistic and the analytical, between the ability to lead and the open-mindedness to listen, between achieving professional growth and experiencing the world’s diversity.

Julie Dervin

Head of Global Learning & Development, Cargill

Julie Dervin is the Head of Global Learning and Development at Cargill. She has transformed learning and development at Cargill, by leading the execution of Cargill’s new L&D vision and strategy in order to accelerate organizational learning, strengthen the learning culture and dramatically improve the employee learning experience. By leveraging modern technologies, experimenting with non-traditional L&D practices and building a growth-minded, high performing team, she has delivered significant business value in terms of speed, cost efficiency, scale, and impact.

Matt Donovan

Chief Learning and Innovation Officer, GP Strategies

As the Chief Learning and Innovation Officer for GP Strategies, Matt’s mission is to accelerate GP Strategies’ ability to identify, refine, and validate innovative products and services, while ensuring that the global workforce is ready to deliver that value for our customers. Matt has more than 25 years experience leading teams in the crafting of training and development solutions with a focus on performance-driven learning. His teams have earned industry recognition, including multiple Brandon Hall and Horizon Interactive awards. Selections from these courses have been highlighted as exemplars in e-learning publications.

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.

Emma Engel

Global Learning and Development, Engagement and Culture, Lenovo

At Lenovo Emma ensures that Learning solutions are available to all employees with additional focus on providing Leadership development skills and opportunities to early career, aspiring and existing leaders. She solves for engagement and transforms the culture into something tangible for employees to value and feel included. Previously, Emma was the Chief Learning Officer for Unisys University, setting and executing the learning strategy across technical, business and personal development for all 22,000 associates and leaders. In her tenure at Unisys, she designed and implemented the Executive Leadership program, various Sales enablement initiatives and transformed the corporate university into a consultative yet metrics-driven organization that aligns and adapts to the ever-changing needs of a global information technology company. Emma has held key leadership roles in corporate L&D, consulting organizations, business focused and sales roles.

Chrys Ennis

Associate Director, Global Learning Technology, Verizon

Chrys has spent the past 12 years in the learning and development team at Verizon. She spent three years prior to that working in public education. Her background includes teaching, content development, managing learning and development teams and strategic planning. Chrys recently launched a gamification platform that connects online learning, reinforcement and on-the-job performance into a single hub that allows employees to earn virtual and real rewards for completing trainings and achieving goals. She lives in the Snoqualmie Valley near Seattle and enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two giant dogs.

Thomas Ffiske

Editor, Virtual Perceptions

Thomas Ffiske is the Editor of Virtual Perceptions, a website which follows trends and news in the immersive reality industry (AR / VR / MR). In particular Tom likes to focus on features and reports on particular industry areas, a notable example being his free ‘State of VR in 2017’ report.

Bill Finegan

Executive Vice President, North America, Immerse

Bill Finegan is the executive vice president of North America at Immerse. In his prior roles, Bill was the Vice President of Knowledge Management Solutions at GP Strategies. With over 10 years of eLearning experience, Bill’s focus is on supporting Enterprise Learning Technologies. Bill received his BBA from Loyola University Maryland (formerly Loyola College) and an MBA from the University of Baltimore.

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.

Matt Getz

VP, Human Resources, CryoLife

Matthew Getz joined CryoLife in August 2019 as Vice President, Human Resources. Matt brings more than 25 years of human resources leadership experience in media, banking, and technology industries, and will oversee the company’s global human resources practice and strategy. Prior to joining CryoLife, he served as the Chief Human Resources Officer of Encompass Digital Media, and has held senior human resources roles at SunTrust Bank, Xiocom Wireless, Earthlink and BlessingWhite. Matt holds an MBA with a concentration in organizational management and international business from Georgia State University and a BBA in accounting from Mercer University.

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.

Cathy Hackl

Chief Futurist & Founder, Futures Intelligence Group

Cathy Hackl has been recognized as one of the 25 most influential people to follow in VR in 2020! Considered one of the top women in augmented reality, virtual reality, spatial computing and innovation, she works at the intersection of future technology, strategy and storytelling engaging audiences across the globe and across industries. She’s spoken in more than 12 countries, including memorable talks at Twitter’s HQ in San Francisco, Facebook’s HQ in Menlo Park and Sony’s HQ in San Diego. She’s been named one of the top 10 Tech Voices on Linkedin for two years in a row, the highest honor on the platform. She currently works as part of the Enterprise team at one of the industry’s top OEMs, and is currently working on her second book The Augmented Workforce: How AI, AR, and 5G Will Impact Every Dollar You Make.

Mark Hanson

Product Owner, Talent Analytics, Emsi

As a product owner for Emsi’s talent analytics team, Mark Hanson leads the development of Emsi Skills products, guides initiatives and partnerships related to Emsi Skills, and both conducts and presents skills research. Prior to Emsi, he was the Director of Talent Analytics at UnitedHealth Group (as well as an Emsi customer for five years!), where he led UHG’s people analytics teams focused on talent intelligence, talent acquisition reporting, human capital reporting, and site selection. Mark has five years of management consulting experience: three years focused on strategic planning and business analysis, and two years focused on talent development and leadership training.

Anson Ho

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft

Anson Ho is a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, working on bringing mixed reality into the classroom. He is a passionate advocate for technology that can spark students’ innate creativity, drive deeper engagement in curriculum, and make lessons accessible to every type of learner. He currently works with a team of dedicated developers aiming to reshape the future of educational technology together with education thought leaders around the world.

Richard Hess

Immersive Experiences Lead, IT Innovation, Nestlé

Richard has more than 10 years’ experience in managing product innovation, digital solutions and projects with the consumer or end-user at the center of the process. Recently he has become extremely passionate about the mixed reality space (AR/VR/XR) where he’s spent the past 3 years evangelizing and scaling the technology within a large FCMG business. Richard developed skills through project and product management, IS/IT and innovation strategy and business development work across B2C and B2E approaches. He focuses in combining his understanding of business processes and needs, with innovative technology solutions and opportunities to transform the business.

Nick Howe

Chief Learning Officer, Area9 Lyceum

Nick Howe is an award winning chief learning officer and business leader. He is the CLO at Area9 Lyceum, the global leader in micro-adaptive learning technology, a strategic advisor to the Institute of Simulation and Training at the University of Central Florida, and board advisor to multiple EdTech startups. For 12 years Nick was the chief learning officer at Hitachi Data Systems where he built and led the corporate university and online communities serving over 50,000 employees, resellers, and customers. Nick is passionate about the transformation of customer experiences, partner relationships, and employee performance through learning and collaboration.

Steve Hunt

Chief Expert, Technology & Work, SAP

Dr. Steven Hunt is Chief Expert, Technology & Work at SAP. A recognized expert on strategic human resources (HR), Dr. Hunt has had a pivotal role in developing systems that have improved productivity and engagement of millions of employees working for hundreds of companies around the globe. A well-known speaker, author and thought leader on strategic human resources, Dr. Hunt has written over 100 articles, published two books, and supported strategic HR efforts working with companies across five continents. Dr. Hunt holds a Ph.D. in industrial-organizational psychology from The Ohio State University, and certification as a Strategic Professional of Human Resources (SPHR) from the Society of Human Resource Management.

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.

Willis Jensen

HR Analytics Business Partner, W L Gore & Associates

Willis is a data and analytics expert with more than 15 years of applied experience in diverse areas such as HR, New Product Development, Marketing, Manufacturing and Supply Chain. Formally trained as a statistician, he helps others gain value through data as a teacher, presenter, analyst, writer and coach. His publications emphasize practical analytics approaches for real world problems. He is an experienced consultant, collaborator and effective communicator of data, analytics and statistical concepts across all levels of the organization.

Jeff Johnson

Director, Internal Mobility, Bon Secours Mercy Health

Jeff is a healthcare talent management leader with adaptive leadership style based on situational need. He is a strong communicator and relationship-builder with all levels ranging from governing boards to individual contributor, and enjoy the intersection of workforce trends, new technologies, and cross-functional collaboration to achieve big goals.

Brent Kedzierski

Head of Shell Learning Strategy & Innovation, Shell International

Brent Kedzierski is the Head of Shell Learning Strategy & Innovation, Shell International. Brent is an expert in building organizational capability in high risk environments. He conducts research in top quartile performance, innovation and learning solutions. On a personal level, Brent is an organizationally courageous leader that is known for pushing the envelope to tackle complex challenges by implementing transformational strategies that help people and organizations excel where it matters most.

Donna Kimmel

EVP, Chief People Officer, Citrix

Donna Kimmel is the executive vice president and chief people officer of Citrix. She is responsible for all aspects of identifying, fostering and developing top talent as well as overseeing organizational strategies that maximize engagement and position the company to win in the marketplace. With more than 30 years of experience in creating and implementing successful global talent programs that drive business results, Donna is a trusted Human Resources leader who believes in creating diverse and engaged teams that enable the extraordinary. Before joining Citrix in 2015, she was the senior vice president, human resources of International Game Technology (IGT). Prior to IGT, Donna was senior vice president and chief human resources officer of Sensata Technologies, a private-to-public spinoff from Texas Instruments. She also held leadership positions at Texas Instruments and Fannie Mae.


Sebastian Kolberg

VP HR Solutions – Global Data2Insights Program Lead, Bayer

Sebastian Kolberg is the VP HR Solutions – Global Project Lead AI4Talent at Bayer. In this role he supports people and teams to journey together and shape digital transformation. As a #ChangeAgent, he is particularly interested in promoting collaborations, establishing trusting networks and jointly challenging the status quo with a view toward the customer.

Jill Larsen

Chief People Officer & EVP, PTC

Jill is a Global Chief People Officer / CHRO with proven success in public and private best-in-class companies with a focus in the technology and life sciences sectors. She has deep experience in Digital HR Transformation and Future of Work, and is an innovative HR Executive focused on driving business impact and building great cultures. She has built award winning, high performing HR, Employee Engagement & Talent organizations. and has led large global HR teams and budgets. She is a passionate advocate for belonging and diversity.

Anne-Marie Law

Chief Human Experience Officer, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Anne-Marie Law is Executive Vice President, Chief Human Experience Officer of Alexion. She is responsible for Human Resources, Patient Advocacy, and Digital and IT globally, with the goal of turning patient insights into action and cultivating world-class leadership and innovation capabilities across the organization to advance Alexion’s strategy and elevate the patient experience. Law brings more than 25 years of experience at global corporations to the organization. Prior to joining Alexion in June 2017, she served as Chief Human Resources Officer at Hyatt Hotels Corporation, where she was responsible for building the strategy to support the company’s 100,000 employees worldwide, and designing talent systems to create world class leadership and customer connectivity capabilities.

Megan Leasher

Chief Solutions Strategist, Talent Plus

Dr. Megan Leasher is an award-winning industrial and organizational psychologist who is passionate  about connecting challenge and compassion, insights and intuition, and faith and fearlessness into the  design of talent-based solutions for individuals and organizations.  Currently, Dr. Leasher serves as the Chief Solutions Strategist for Talent Plus. She previously led the people science  practice for Macy’s Inc. and served as a senior consultant for Chally Group Worldwide. An avid speaker, she has presented at national and regional conferences, corporate meetings,  universities and non-profit events. Dr. Leasher’s awards include the Society for Industrial and  Organizational Psychology’s Distinguished Early Career Contributions Practice Award, Cincinnati’s Forty  Under 40 and being honored as an “HR Rising Star” by Human Resource Executive Magazine, a national  award presented to five HR professionals. Dr. Leasher earned her Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational  Psychology from Wright State University. 

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.

Joyce Lum

Leader, Resilience & Facilitated Experiences, BMO Financial Group

Joyce is the Leader, Resilience & Facilitated Experiences at BMO Financial Group and leads a team of professional facilitators focused on Human Skills and Leadership Development. Complementing her leadership expertise and coaching, Joyce is a strong advocate for human flourishing. Recognizing the importance of Wellbeing in the corporate domain, she has received certifications in Applied Positive Psychology, Resilience Training, and Brain Health, making her uniquely qualified to help leaders and teams thrive through the science of positive psychology and neuroscience.

Disha Mehtani

Vice President, Human Resources, View, Inc

Disha is an accomplished professional who has embraced change and risk in her career. After receiving her Ph.D. in Material Science with a specialization in polymer science and nanotechnology, she joined View to help bring disruptive innovation to the real estate market. Now, as the first female executive at View, she is bringing her model of the innovation mindset to Human Resources. She is also a contributing author, public speaker, and holds several patents.

Michael Martin

Partner, Global HR & Talent Advisory, Kincentric

Michael is a Partner and Global Practice Leader of Kincentric’s HR & Talent Advisory consulting business. With more than 20 years of experience, Michael helps clients align their business, talent, and HR strategies with the goal being to unlock the power of people and teams. Michael has experience working with clients in many industries including health care, financial services, logistics, entertainment, transportation, energy, education, retail, consumer products, public sector, and manufacturing. He has experience with a broad range of complex initiatives including HR transformation; HR technology strategy, evaluation, and implementation, shared services design and implementation; business process optimization; change management; and M&A readiness and integration.


Tina Kao Mylon

SVP Talent and Diversity, Schneider Electric

Tina Kao Mylon is the Group Talent and Diversity Officer for Schneider Electric. A Global HR Executive with broad experience in talent strategy and management, leadership development, talent acquisition, diversity and inclusion, learning and development, organizational effectiveness and change management. An innovative and pragmatic strategist with a proven ability to lead, influence change and execute. Focus on digital and culture transformation. Strong interpersonal and communication skills that help build trusted and productive relationships at all levels of an organization. Core expertise includes: people and HR strategy, culture transformation, talent management, recruitment and staffing, employer branding, leadership development, succession planning, career and performance management, organizational design, change management and communications, team facilitation and project management.

Deborah Olson

Principal Benefits Manager, Genentech

Deborah Olson is the Principal Benefits Manager at Genentech. She leads the Occupational and Non-Occupational Leave and Disability programs as well as the Mental Health Initiative across Genentech and Roche in the United States, supporting more than 24,000 employees. Olson has international experience across Canada and the United States, and prior to working at Genentech, she founded a consulting firm that incorporated a holistic approach to ability management and drew on that experience to support teams within Kaiser Permanente and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford.

Rune Overgaard Jensen

Co-founder & CEO, VitaSim

Rune is the Co-founder and CEO of VitaSim. His vision at VitaSim is to make it easy for anyone to utilize immersive virtual reality (VR) as a tool for education and training. Many companies and institutions struggle with the implementation of VR, and good educational content is still lacking. To change this VitaSim is providing a software package that allow users to produce, edit and distribute VR-based educational content without writing a single line of code.

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.

Shradha Prakash

VP Future of Work, Org Design & Talent Enablement, Prudential Financial

Shradha is a passionate Org Design and Org Transformation leader. She brings along deep experience in this topic across various industries and geographies. Shradha loves to transform organizations and solve business challenges through Org Design vantage. She believes that reimagining the work itself while rewiring the organizational system with right leadership accountabilities is the foundation of the future of work. She advocates for the power of curiosity and simplicity, infused with a good sense of humor – which can solve for most organizational problems.

Natalie Prescott

Litigation & Privacy Attorney, Mintz Levin

Natalie is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and an award-winning trial lawyer. She is the go-to lawyer in bet-the-company cases, class actions, and complex litigation matters. She has been recognized with such prominent awards as “Super Lawyers,” “Women in the Law,” “Top Attorneys,” and “The Best Lawyers in America.” She was the first female recipient of the prestigious Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award from the International Bar Association. After graduating at the top of her class from Duke Law School, Natalie clerked for the District Court Judge Roger Benitez of the Southern District of California. She then spent many years as a litigator at the highest-ranked law firm in the nation before joining Mintz. She is a graduate of the highly selective Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College and has further honed her trial skills as a volunteer Assistant District Attorney. She has taken and defended hundreds of depositions; has argued twice before the Ninth Circuit; and has tried many cases to verdict.

Bob Prichard

EVP & Chief Clinical Integration Officer St. Elizabeth Healthcare, and President and Chief Executive Officer St. Elizabeth Physicians

Dr. Robert Prichard is the EVP & Chief Clinical Integration Officer St. Elizabeth Healthcare, as well as the President and Chief Executive Officer St. Elizabeth Physicians. In his dual capacity, Prichard oversees the day-to-day strategic direction, operations, physician relations and alignment, and financial activities of St. Elizabeth Physicians, while also helping St. Elizabeth Chief Operating Officer Gary Blank lead hospital clinical operations and activities. Throughout his tenure at St. Elizabeth, Prichard has contributed to countless initiatives and projects that have improved the organization and the patient experience.

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.

Beth Ratliff

Chief Operating Officer, Premise Health

Beth Ratliff serves as Chief Operating Officer for Premise Health. Beth oversees enterprise integration of business processes, technology and clinical service delivery to drive enhanced experience, effectiveness and efficiency. Former roles at Premise Health include SVP, Product Strategy, and Integration Management Office Executive. Her 20+ year history in the healthcare field includes 14 years of experience with multi-site operations, including the onsite delivery of primary care, occupational health, pharmacy, and rehabilitation services to some of the country’s largest employers.

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.

Nikki Sharp

Sr. Manager of Health & Wellness Benefits Shaw Industries

Nikki is a Senior Manager of Health and Wellness Benefits with a demonstrated history of working in the textiles industry. She manages the vendor relationships and strategic operations and growth for the Shaw Family Health and Dental Centers, Employee Assistance Program(EAP), wellness partners, and all ancillary benefits in regard to Associate Experience at Shaw. She also manages Health and Wellness benefit plans, including the planning, review, and distribution of all associate communications and training materials. She leads the development and execution of Shaw’s wellness strategy, including programs and incentives, as well as the Behavioral Health Council, with goals to increase awareness by adding additional resources and driving culture change to remove the stigma around behavioral health.

Andrew Shatté

Chief Science Officer, meQuilibrium

Dr. Shatté has published prolifically in peer-reviewed journals and is the author of The Resilience Factor: 7 Keys to Finding Your Inner Strength and Overcoming Life’s Hurdles. Dr. Shatté has trained tens of thousands of professionals over the past fifteen years to build their own resilience and coping skills, with demonstrated success in bringing about long‐term change in productivity and performance. Dr. Shatté completed his undergraduate education in his native Australia, with degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, and completed his Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he worked on the first programs in positive psychology.

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.

Shawn Stavseth

Digital Learning Experience Global Lead, Cargill

Shawn is a technology innovation catalyst with more than 21 years experience driving growth for organizations. She has an extensive background in product development, marketing and innovation. She is currently working at Cargill as a Digital Strategy and Innovation Advisor in their newly formed Digital Labs. Cargill Digital Labs is a highly innovative space with a goal to bring a 150-year-old agriculture company into the digital future. They have done everything from putting health monitors, like a Fitbit, on cows to using drones, internet of things and robots on the farm.

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.

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.

Cheryl Fields Tyler

Founder and CEO, Blue Beyond Consulting

Cheryl Fields Tyler has nearly 30 years of experience helping leaders and their organizations thrive. She works with clients on everything from one-to-one executive coaching to the strategic design and implementation of large-scale business transformation efforts. Cheryl founded Blue Beyond in 2006 with a firm belief that “deep trust, high expectations” cultures — where people feel safe, seen, valued, and heard — are good for business and good for people. Prior to Blue Beyond, she served as senior vice president of ROI Communication, where she led strategic leadership communications and alignment efforts for Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). Cheryl also spent nine years early in her career at the American Electronics Association — the leading industry association for high-tech companies at the time. In 2020, Cheryl was recognized with the For All Leadership award from Great Place to Work®.

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.