Wednesday, May 25, 2022 @ 2pm ET
WEC Exclusive Member Town Hall : The Role of HR in a Time of Employee Activism and Political Divide
Join us Wednesday, May 25th at 2PM ET for CNBC’s Workforce Executive Council Member Town Hall: The Role of HR in a Time of Employee Activism and Political Divide.
Megan Reitz, Hult International Business School Professor of Leadership and Dialogue
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 @ 2pm ET
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The way we approach work is changing before our eyes.
Chief human resource officers, diversity and inclusion leaders, and top talent and benefits executives often are the guardians of a company’s culture. As corporations and financial markets place more value on human capital concerns like stakeholder capitalism, corporate culture and jobs of the future, it’s clear that senior Human Resources Officers will continue to be central to redefining how businesses survive and thrive in the next era.
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My CNBC Workforce Executive Council membership has been extremely valuable in terms of resources, access to insightful speakers and community. Over the past two years, the learning and commoradre helped me navigate complexity in my role and helped me stay informed of emerging trends and best practices.”
To sustain inclusion, companies must recognize the interconnectivity of employee perceptions and organizational systems. Engaging as a member of the CNBC Workforce Executive Council has been a valuable tool to benchmark experiences and best practices, as I work to identify and address the gaps that exist to ensure we have true equity in the workplace.”
Joining CNBC’s Workforce Executive Council is one of the best decisions I made in 2020. With so much uncertainty, change, and expectation, having a network of dynamic global HR and culture leaders assembled to inspire, innovate, and talk through issues has been a game changer for me. I am excited about what is in store for the workforce, just by being in the orbit of incredible people with great talent who want what’s best for our organizations and their people.”
Mary Moreland is Executive Vice President, Human Resources. She was promoted to this role in August 2019 after serving as Vice President, Compensation and Benefits, since 2013. She joined Abbott in 2011 as Vice President, Global Retirement Programs and Human Resources Mergers and Acquisitions.
Ms. Moreland advocates on behalf of Abbott employees around the world – from those on the manufacturing lines to scientists working on our breakthrough inventions. She started as a consultant working in healthcare, hospitals and manufacturing. Then, when she knew she wanted to join the corporate world, Abbott was her first call.
“Culturally, I knew I could work here,” she said. “If you are going to do benefits inside a company, you want a company that sees benefits as an investment.”
She has a background in actuarial science and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Math and Economics from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
As Chief Human Resources Officer at Alight, Michael is responsible for leading Alight’s global HR function and defining and executing its people and talent strategies. With nearly 20 years of HR leadership experience, Michael is focused on improving employee experience while driving a high growth and performance culture to help drive the success of Alight, ensuring its 15,000+ colleagues across the globe have fulfilling careers.
Previously, Michael served as Chief People Officer of NGA Human Resources until the close of Alight’s acquisition of the business in late 2019. Michael also held key HR roles across a variety of companies, including Vistaprint, where he played a key role in driving its rapid growth across Europe. In addition, Michael served as HR business partner at Travelocity (lastminute.com), where he supported the integration into the Sabre business and developed its sales and marketing people strategy. He also held numerous HR roles at Cisco, including a key leadership role in its worldwide sales and engineering academy.
Michael lives in Belgium, with his wife and two children. He holds a degree in business and economics with first-class honours from University of Brighton, Brighton, England.
Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty
Ms. Leadley has been employed by the Allianz Group for 21 years. During this time, she has worked in a variety of functions, including marketing, communications, IT and Claims. These experiences coupled with a master’s degree in Organizational Management and Development and 17+ years in HR honed her interest in the drivers of positive corporate culture, including leadership, trust and transparency and organizational design as it relates to accountability and decision making. Currently, she is the regional head of HR for the US, Canada and Bermuda for Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS). She manages all aspects of HR from benefits ($54M+ budget, 32 benefits plans) to HRIS/payroll (22 vendors, 28 system interfaces) to development and employee relations (~1700 employees). Ms. Leadley joined Allianz in 1999 at its property & casualty company, Fireman’s Fund, where she was in the marketing department. From there, she spent two years in IT, developing web application standards and becoming a usability expert and then moved to Claims building the Claims Academy. All three roles involved significant change management efforts. In 2005, she moved to the Allianz headquarters in Munich to lead three global HR IT projects, including talent and performance management, elearning and erecruiting. After five years, Ms. Leadley transferred to Paris to become global head of talent management at Euler Hermes, another Allianz subsidiary, where she implemented talent management and talent acquisition tools, processes and standards along with delivering the Euler Hermes Academy. In 2015, she returned to the US to head HR for Euler Hermes’s Americas region, and then in 2018 she was appointed regional HR head for AGCS in New York.
Leah Stark serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) for Anthem, Inc., a healthcare provider for over 40M members. With more than 20 years of strategic global Human Resources (HR) experience, Leah is responsible for the global people agenda for more than 83,000 associates.
Prior to joining Anthem, Leah served as the CHRO for General Cable Corporation, and spent over a decade at Whirlpool Corporation in global HR leadership positions in both Benton Harbor, Michigan and Shanghai, China. Additionally, she has served in HR leadership roles with Schneider National and General Mills and as a board member for various non‐profit organizations.
Leah earned her B.A. degree from Lee University and received her Master’s in Human Resources and Labor Relations from Michigan State University. She resides in Indiana with her family.
Apollo Global Management
Mr. Breitfelder is a Senior Partner and Global Head of Human Capital at Apollo Global Management and is a member of the firm’s Management Committee. He is responsible for aligning all human capital initiatives and functions with the strategic objectives of the firm. Mr. Breitfelder leads talent management, leadership development, diversity and inclusion, performance management, learning, compensation and benefits, and recruiting. Prior to joining Apollo, he was Managing Director and Chief Talent Officer at BlackRock, as well as a member of the Operating Committee. Previously, Mr. Breitfelder held talent and strategy roles at Mastercard, PwC, and the Corporate Executive Board. He began his career at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he focused on international trade and economic policy. Mr. Breitfelder serves on the boards of the Lumina Foundation and the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society program. He holds a BA in economics from the University of Southern California, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Ash Hanson is the Chief Diversity & Sustainability Officer for Aramark, a leading global provider of food, facilities and uniform services with over 270,000 employees across 22 countries. In her role, Ash leads all diversity, equity and inclusion efforts and the strategy and governance of Aramark’s 2025 Sustainability Plan, focused on positively impacting People and Planet. Prior to her current role, she was the Senior Vice President, Human Resources for the US operations of the company, responsible for execution of all people strategies across a $10B portfolio with approximately 170,000 employees. Her 18-year tenure at Aramark has included a number of roles of increasing responsibility in diversity and inclusion, talent management and leadership development in addition to HR business partner roles. Aramark’s D&I efforts under Ash’s leadership have been recognized by organizations such as Diversity Inc, Black Enterprise Magazine, and the Human Rights Campaign. She was named one of the Top15 Diversity Champions in 2019 by Diversity Global and was recognized a diversity leader to watch by Black Enterprise in 2016. Ash is a Columbia Certified Coaching Professional and her background includes over 20 years of experience in business development, human resources and talent management in the Information Technology and professional service industries in India, Malaysia, and the U.S.
Jim Dunn, PhD, DHA, DAST, FACHE, is executive vice president and chief people and culture officer for Atrium Health, one of the most comprehensive and highly integrated not-for-profit healthcare systems in the nation. As a member of the executive leadership team, Dunn leads teams that focus on the engagement of Atrium Health teammates – from recruitment through retirement – including workforce relations, diversity and inclusion, compensation, benefits, learning and organizational development, teammate health, LiveWELL, recognition, events and HR communications, external affairs, corporate and community outreach and government relations.
A national expert in culture, diversity and inclusion and the employee experience, Dunn joined Atrium Health in April 2018. Previously, Dunn served as the executive vice president and chief talent officer for Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas, Texas. He served as a member of the executive leadership team overseeing the people and talent operations for the system, including human resources operations, inclusion and diversity, employee experience, language and linguistic services, pastoral care, occupational health and its learning and development structure. Additional leadership positions held throughout his career include, serving as the human resources and learning executive for the Cleveland Clinic, chief learning officer for Texas Health Resources and the national vice president of human resources and talent retention strategies for the American Cancer Society. His work history also includes progressively responsible roles as a research scientist with the Georgia Tech Research Institute and leading the global HR operations for former President Jimmy Carter at the Carter Presidential Center in Atlanta.
Among numerous notable achievements, Dunn has received the Outstanding Business Leader Award from the Dallas Business Journal, the South Dallas Outstanding Leader Award, and the Global Strategic HR and OD Award from the Organizational Development Institute for his work on informal cultures. He also was named among the 2018 and 2020 Most Influential African-Americans in Corporate America by Savoy Magazine.
Dunn holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and macro-environmental science from Howard University, a master’s degree in business administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a Master of Public Health degree in occupational health from Emory University. Additionally, he holds multiple doctoral degrees in education, organizational development and healthcare administration from Emory University, Benedictine University and the Medical University of South Carolina, respectively. He has served as adjunct and distinguished faculty for multiple universities including the Harvard School of Public Health, MIT Sloan School of Management, Morehouse School of Medicine, Emory University, University of Chicago and the University of Texas at Dallas.
He is also a state registered professional mediator, specializing in workplace conflict resolution strategies, and a fellow (FACHE) and faculty member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Dunn was elected by the US Congress and currently serves on the Congressional Award Foundation’s National Board of Directors.
David Atkinson, MBA, SHRM-SCP
David Atkinson, MBA, SHRM-SCP
David Atkinson, MBA, SHRM-SCP, serves as senior vice president of HR strategy and transformation for Atrium Health, one of the most comprehensive and highly integrated not-for-profit healthcare systems in the nation with more than 75,000 teammates based in Charlotte NC. As a senior executive at Atrium Health, David oversees workforce consulting and advisory services with a focus on aligning human capital and culture change with business strategy, planning and execution. He leads operating model design and effective integration including 30+ non-clinical and 12 clinical organizations, change leadership acceleration, enterprise-wide strategic shared services, and HR strategic partner teams. He serves on Health’s enterprise strategy council, enterprise risk management committee and the enterprise physician integration committee – supporting future workforce thinking, culture centered growth, integration value capture, and organization change agility. David joined Atrium Health in early 2019 in a vice president role to lead, with the EVP and chief people and culture officer, the comprehensive transformation of the HR division into a strategic, consultative and more effective business partner organization.
Before joining Atrium Health, he spent several years with PwC US based in New York, NY, as a senior leader in global HR advisory services focusing on health and welfare plan design, workforce architecture, HR model evolution, human-centric culture transformation, and was the firms well-being consulting practice leader. His work also included advising international hospitality brands on evolving trends in health and consumer centricity as well as commercial partnership assessment and deal optimization for the firms well-being go-to-market strategy. Prior to PwC, David was a senior executive and board member for 6 of his 15 years with the renowned Cooper Clinic and Research Institute in Dallas, TX. While there, David served as the employer services leader founding and growing the organizations commercial consulting organization Cooper Wellness Strategies, LLC., with more than 200 employees across 7 states, delivering population health and advisory services with HR senior executive clients. He also advanced business development for the executive medicine function, and served on the strategic growth committee that successfully expanded operations into Nanjing, China. David holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion and an M.B.A in Organization Development and Change. Additionally, he holds certifications in HR, change management, strategic business partnering from Human Capital Institute (HCI), Cornel, Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), and business strategy and execution from The Wharton School.
Carolyn Moore is the Senior Vice President of People, responsible for all people and human resources (HR) teams including global recruiting, HR operations, HR business partnership, employee experience, culture, and internal communications.
Carolyn has spent the last three decades in global human resources roles helping fast growing startups, medium-sized companies, and Fortune 500 organizations—including Mercedes-Benz, Apple, Samsung, mSpot, and R2 Technology—form effective people strategies and build great cultures.
Carolyn lives in Redwood City, CA and enjoys international travel and cooking, and is currently studying wine with the goal of passing the sommelier exam.
Cathy Dickinson is Chief Human Resources Officer for Baptist Health.
Barilla America, Inc.
Laura Birk is the Head of Human Resources for the Americas Division of Barilla Group where she has been for almost 15 years. Laura is responsible for all of the talent and people processes and culture enrichment for Canada, United States, Mexico, and Brazil. Prior to Barilla she was accountable for Leadership Development at Discover Card/Morgan Stanley. Laura is passionate about D&I efforts and serves on several non-profit and advisory councils outside of work. She is the proud working mom of three daughters and works in the Chicagoland area.
Nathalie Carruthers Executive Vice President, Chief Associate Success Officer. A company focused on delivering game-changing innovation and world-class customer experiences needs a team of associates up to the challenge. As Executive Vice President and Chief Associate Success Officer, Nathalie Carruthers is passionate about attracting, retaining and engaging the best and brightest associates for JDA. Nathalie’s extensive human resources experience spans more than 20 years with leadership positions at Benchmark Electronics, Lumileds, Flex and Solectron (acquired by Flex). In her most recent role leading HR at Benchmark, she developed an organizational framework for standardized processes, fostered an environment for growing the company’s next-generation leaders and focused on enhancing the customer centric culture. Throughout her career Nathalie has championed programs focused on global talent management, talent acquisition and total rewards, as well as identifying and deploying world-class human resources systems and programs. She began her career with The Conference Board of Canada, Canada’s foremost independent, not-for-profit applied research organization in Canada. She owns a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Ottawa. When she’s not focused on building powerful teams at JDA, you might find this self-described sports mom cheering for one! An avid fan of hockey, soccer and football, she is a supporter of both her son’s and daughter’s collegiate soccer teams as well as her favorite professional team, the Liverpool Football Club.
BMO Financial Group
Mona Malone is Chief Human Resources Officer and Head of People & Culture for BMO Financial Group. As a member of the bank’s Executive Committee, she leads and shapes our efforts to fuel our growth strategy with our most valuable asset – our people.
In this role, she is accountable for the People & Culture agenda at BMO, which includes Human Resources, Corporate Communications, the Office of the Chief Executive Officer, BMO Quebec and the bank’s corporate university, BMO IFL.
Mona has held roles in human resources and in the business over her 20 years at BMO. She was a Retail Banking Sales Leader at BMO in the GTA and VP Product and Marketing Officer at ePost (a joint venture between Canada post and BMO), in addition to a range of senior HR roles such as CHRO of Canada’s Personal and Commercial Banking group and Chief Learning & Talent Officer.
Mona lives in Toronto with her husband and three children. She is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her community service with youth development organizations.
Mona holds an Honours Business Administration degree from Ivey Business School at University of Western Ontario. She is the Chair of the Advisory Council for the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership at the Ivey Business School, and a member of the Branksome Hall Board of Governors and The Long Run Initiative Board of Governors.
Susan is the Chief Human Resources Officer, and is responsible for designing and driving the global people strategy, including talent development, recruitment, diversity, compensation, benefits, and employee engagement. An ardent champion of diversity, she’s also an avid runner and hiker, and – fun fact – her last name means ‘distant mountain’ in Japanese.
As Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Tracy Platt leads the global human resources (HR) function, including organization development, integrated talent management, leadership development and culture.
Platt joined Cerner in 2019 with more than 20 years of experience. Previously, she spent nearly 10 years in executive HR roles at Medtronic, a global health care giant that develops and distributes medical devices.
As a mission-driven change agent with deep business expertise, Platt brings invaluable health care experience from Medtronic and other key organizations, including Cardinal Health and GE Healthcare. She has spent much of her career in a variety of business transformation-related roles, and she served in a primary leadership capacity during Medtronic’s 2015 acquisition of Covidien. Tracy’s most recent role at Medtronic included HR leadership for its global operations organization and driving an operating model transformation throughout the enterprise.
She has a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Kansas State University and holds professional certifications in Lean/Six Sigma, change management and organization development.
Executive Vice President, Human Resources Paul Marchand joined Charter Communications as Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer in 2015. Mr. Marchand is responsible for all human resources strategies, policies and practices for more than 95,000 employees. He oversees all aspects of HR including recruitment, training and development, HR operations including payroll, HR shared services and HR systems, as well as compensation and benefits. Mr. Marchand joined Charter from PepsiCo, most recently serving as Senior Vice President of Human Resources for the North America Beverages division. Earlier in his career he served in human resources roles at Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan and the May Department Stores. He received a B.A. in advertising from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in organizational psychology from Columbia University.
Rhonda J. Morris is vice president and chief human resources officer for Chevron Corporation and has led the company’s human resources, health & medical and diversity & inclusion groups since 2016. She also serves on the company’s Executive Committee. Prior to 2016, Morris held a number of roles of increasing responsibility in human resources, global marketing and international products. In 2014, Morris received the Industry Leader Award from the Professional Businesswomen in California recognizing her work to advance gender equality in the workplace. Morris serves on the board of Techbridge. She previously served on the boards of the East Bay Agency for Children, A Better Chance, a national organization dedicated to opening the door to educational opportunities for thousands of young people of color in the United States, the Math Engineering and Science Association at the University of California at Berkeley and the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management. Morris joined Chevron’s Human Resources Development Program in 1991. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis, in 1987 and a master’s degree in business administration from Boston University in 1991.
Beth Steinberg has over 20 years of experience in organizational growth, talent strategy, and leadership development for both emerging and Fortune 1000 companies. Beth holds her BA in Psychology from San Jose State University and is certified in Myers-Briggs, Hogan Assessment and the MRG. She is also a certified PCC level Leadership Coach through the International Coaching Federation. Beth currently serves as the VP of People for Chime – a financial services company based in San Francisco, CA.
Marissa Andrada is Chief People Officer for Chipotle.
Kristen Gorodetzer is SVP, Total Rewards, Talent Acquisition & Employee Services for Cigna Corporation.
Francine Katsoudas is Chief People, Policy & Purpose Officer for Cisco.
Janet Van Huysse
Janet Van Huysse
Janet Van Huysse is currently SVP, Chief People Officer at cyber-security company, Cloudflare. She has over twenty years experience as a HR leader in technology. Janet spent almost seven years at Twitter, as their first VP of HR, then the VP of Diversity & Inclusion. She was at the HR helm through both companies’ IPO’s. Prior to Twitter, Janet led HR at a few startups that were acquired: Crackle (online video) acquired by Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Spinner.com (online music) acquired by America Online. She has experience leading all facets of HR: recruiting, business partners, compensation, benefits, learning, HR systems and technology. Her expertise is in scaling, high-growth, international expansion, diversity and inclusion. She is also the co-founder of TendLab, a venture focused on leveraging the science behind parenthood to optimize the workplace. She is a huge proponent of diversity in tech and for parents in the workplace.
Chief Human Resources Officer at Cohesity, Board Member and Advisor
Amy Cappellanti-Wolf is Chief Human Resources Officer at Cohesity, a company with a mission to radically simplify how organizations manage their data and unlock limitless value.
Amy is an accomplished senior human resources professional, business transformer and executive coach with expertise in working with startups to Fortune 500 enterprises. Her capabilities focus on developing high performance leadership teams and guiding organizations through complex and challenging business transformations, including pre-IPO, rapid growth, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and culture changes. Her management roles span high-tech (Symantec, Silver Spring Networks, Cisco, Sun Microsystems), entertainment (The Walt Disney Company), and consumer goods (Frito-Lay). Amy’s specialty areas include Business Transformation and Change Management, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Organizational Design and Process Management, and Total Rewards.
Amy holds an M.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations and a B.S. in Journalism and Public Relations, both from WVU. She sits on the Board of Directors for Softchoice, an IT solutions and managed service provider, and Betterworks, a performance management platform, and is an HR Advisory Member to Betterworks and Hitch, a company focused on an end-to-end talent operating platform. Recently named one of the top 50 most influential women tech leaders by the National Diversity Council, Amy has been a Forbes Human Resources Council Official Member since September 2018. In October 2019, Amy was named to the Roll of Distinguished Alumni at WVU’s John Chambers College of Business and Economics.
Melanie Graper is the chief human resources officer for CoreLogic. She is responsible for leading the global Human Resources and Corporate Social Responsibility functions. With over 20 years of HR leadership experience, including extensive work on a global scale in Europe, Asia and Latin America, Graper’s passion is driving cultural and organizational transformation through impactful, outcome-based strategies.
Graper joined CoreLogic in December 2009, several months prior to the spinoff of CoreLogic from First American Title Company. Supporting CoreLogic’s growth, Graper partnered with the executive team to develop and launch the company’s vision, mission and values, global performance management platform, talent review and succession planning and a leadership development strategy designed to build organizational capability. She has led major organization transformation initiatives, and co-chaired the Operations Leadership Council, bringing together the top 40 leaders to drive alignment and engagement across operating groups.
Prior to joining CoreLogic, Graper served as VP of Human Resources at the Irvine Company, and prior to that she served in senior HR leadership roles at Mattel, Inc., J Walter Thompson, and SmithKline Beecham.
Graper holds a B.S. degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.
Colleen McCreary is the Chief People, Places and Publicity Officer at Credit Karma. As the first person to hold this position, she is responsible for Credit Karma’s People, Workplace Services, Communications and Events teams. In this role, Colleen leverages both internal and external communications functions to foster a healthy workplace culture, drive long term value for the business and position the company competitively in the market. Since joining Credit Karma in 2018, Colleen has grown the employee base to over 1,300 employees across offices in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. In her first six months, she worked to evolve the company’s compensation structure to remove bias and variability and drive a culture of individual progress, growth and collaboration. Prior to Credit Karma, Colleen served as Chief People Officer at Vevo, the world’s leading music video entertainment platform. She has also held the CPO positions at The Climate Corporation and Zynga, as well as leadership roles at Electronic Arts and Microsoft. With more than 20 years of experience in human resources, operations, recruiting and M&A, Colleen brings a wealth of expertise in managing people operations to support rapid-growth technology companies. She has held executive team leadership roles through two IPOs and two company acquisitions. She is also a technical advisor for HBO’s Silicon Valley, and advises and coaches startups. She holds a B.S. in Mass Communication and Public Relations from Boston University, and a M.A. in Higher and Adult Education from Columbia University. When she’s not working and consulting on people strategies for other companies, Colleen is traveling around the world with her husband Andrew and her son Cooper, who has already been to more than 30 countries at just 15 years old.
CSAA Insurance Group
Ms. Jones leads the company’s efforts in corporate culture; employee and CEO communications; enterprise program management; charitable programs; talent management and leadership development; employee benefits, such as wellness, recognition and pension programs; and diversity and inclusion. Under her leadership, the company has achieved a perfect score in the Human Rights Campaign’s corporate equality index for LGBTQ workplace equality, and she co-founded the company’s Women’s Professional Network, which was created to empower women to take risks, use their voice and make an impact in the workplace and in the community. She is also the executive sponsor of the Black Employees Association. Ms. Jones has been recognized with the Industry Leader Award from the Professional Business Women of California, and also sits on the board of the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano County. She received a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from California Polytechnic State University and her MBA from Brandman University.
Rebecca Kirsch is Executive Director - Talent and Organizational Development for Cummins.
Celeste Bell is Executive Vice President, Head of Human Resources for Deutsch NY.
DICK'S Sporting Goods
Julie Lodge-Jarrett currently serves as Chief People Officer, a position she has held since joining DICK’S Sporting Goods in April 2020. In this role, Julie is responsible for leading the overall talent strategy for DICK’S, while ensuring that the Company’s culture, practices, policies and operations align with its overall objectives and values. She also provides strategic Human Resources leadership to the executive management team and Board of Directors.
Prior to joining DICK’S, Julie spent more than 21 years at Ford Motor Company, most recently serving as Chief Talent Officer. Julie held various human resources and organizational development roles during her tenure with Ford, including Chief Learning Officer; HR Director, Global Purchasing; HR VP, Greater China; and HRBP & Talent Director, Asia Pacific & Africa.
Dixon Hughes Goodman
Kevin joined DHG in January 2020 and oversees all Inclusion & Diversity efforts at the firm, which are an integral part of the firm’s strategy. Prior to joining DHG, Kevin was Senior Director of Diversity & Inclusion at a leading food service management and support services company headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is a veteran who served in the United States Air Force, and he also has a professional background in Human Resources, operations and project management.
Iesha Berry serves as the DocuSign Vice President and Chief Diversity and Engagement Officer (CDEO). In this role, she directly engages with DocuSign’s executive staff, and team members around the globe. As the CDEO Iesha focuses on accelerating the DocuSign Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging, and Equity strategy as well as oversees the continued evolution of the DocuSign IMPACT and sustainability efforts. She and her team support the continued amplification and impact of employee resource groups, inclusive talent development along with diverse pipeline sourcing and outreach.
Iesha is a human capital executive with over 20 years of experience in the human resources and diversity, equity, and inclusion space. Most recently Iesha served as the first Chief Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Officer for Slalom where she led the company’s diversity and inclusion programs, as well as its environmental, social responsibility, and sustainability efforts. Prior to her work at Slalom, Iesha was the Senior Vice President of Market and Site Human Resources at Bank of America and previously served as an HR Executive for the Retirement, Business Controls, and Operational Excellence teams as well as Head of Diversity and Inclusion for BofA’s Wealth Management division. In addition, Iesha has served in a variety of related global roles across various companies and industries including Pfizer, Microsoft, and Prudential Financial.
Prior to starting her professional career, Iesha earned an M.A. in HR/Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, a B.A. in Psychology from Tougaloo College in Mississippi, and received a Diversity Practitioner/Advanced Practitioner certification from Cornell University. Berry is a Diversity First 2021 and 20222 Top Diversity Officer recipient, Winter 2022 Diversity Woman Elite 100 honoree, 2019 30 Black Stars in Industry Awardee, an active member of (2018-2020) for the Charlotte, North Carolina Chapter of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources. Iesha is a former Advisory Board Member of the International Network for the Professional Development of Women and previously served as a member of the Conference Board Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council along with serving on the Councils’ Executive Board. She is a 2022 member of Chief(www.chief.com) as well as a Board Member of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) and the Racial Justice Institute. In 2017, she co-authored a book titled We Walk by Faith and Not by Sight: Women of Faith in the Marketplace and is working on her second book to be co-authored with her mother Antoinique D. Bowman.
Iesha is a wife and mother of three girls, Hannah (5), Gabrielle (13), and Chloe’ (18). She and her husband Leroy reside in Prosper, TX.
Danny Guillory is VP and Chief Diversity Officer at Dropbox, where he leads a team that approaches diversity in a comprehensive way, while also leading Dropbox’s Virtual First Community and Culture Team. Prior to this role, Danny served as Head of Global Diversity & Inclusion at Autodesk. For many years he served as CEO of Innovations International, a consulting firm that assists companies globally on leadership, innovation and diversity through assessment, strategic planning, learning and development, and internal communications. With his extensive background and B.A. from Stanford University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, experience studying at the Universite de Paris I–Pantheon Sorbonne & Chemnitz University of Technology in Germany.
Eastman Chemical Company
Perry Stuckey is the Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer for Eastman Chemical Company. He has responsibility for Eastman’s human resources strategy and services worldwide, which includes Inclusion & Diversity, Total Rewards, Learning & Leadership Development and Global Talent Acquisition & Management.
Stuckey is a native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He holds a B.A. degree from the University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff and a master’s degree from the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Stuckey joined Eastman in 2011. His work experience spans 25 years, including a variety of global human resource management positions in manufacturing, industrial automation, and bio-technology organizations. Prior to joining Eastman, Stuckey was Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Hill-Rom Company in Batesville, Indiana. Hill-Rom is a global medical technology company with operations in 30 countries. Before that, he was Global Vice President for Human Resources at Rockwell Automation, a $6.4 billion global automation and electronics company headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with operations in more than 80 countries. There he was responsible for the human resources function that covered 12,000 employees worldwide. He also managed the development and execution of strategies involving people across the global organization to drive business growth. Prior to his eleven years at Rockwell, Stuckey was director of human resources for Monsanto Company, where he directed all aspects of human resources for a global business unit which included sales, marketing, engineering, research and development, and manufacturing operations within the business unit globally.
He is a member of the Human Resources Policy Organization, the Executive Leadership Council, and the CHRO Board Academy. He is also a Trustee on the Board of Governors for the American Health Policy Institute based in Washington DC. He serves on the Board of Directors of “Healthier Tennessee,” Governor Bill Haslam’s initiative to encourage Tennesseans to adopt healthy lifestyles. In March 2014 and March 2016, Stuckey was named by Savoy Magazine as one of the top 100 influential black executives in corporate America.
Edward Jones Chief Human Resources Officer Kristin Johnson leads the firm’s efforts to attract, develop and engage a diverse workforce, foster an inclusive culture and grow human capital capabilities to support the firm’s Five-year Plan. As a member of the Edward Jones Executive and Management committees, Kristin provides critical thought leadership to the firm’s strategic direction and drives initiatives that enable the firm to progress toward its vision of becoming the first choice of serious, long-term individual investors. Kristin joined Edward Jones in 1995 as a member of the Internal Audit department and two years later was named the department’s internal audit manager. In 2000, she relocated to the Operations division, where she held leadership roles in several account and trade processing departments. Kristin was named a principal in 2006 and worked in the firm’s Retirement Services and Client Reporting areas over the next six years. In March 2012, she relocated to the firm’s Service division to lead the Service Optimization business unit, which she led until assuming responsibility for BOA Talent Acquisition and Performance in 2013. During her tenure with the BOA area, the role evolved to provide even more proactive contributions to the client experience and became a more integral member of the branch team. She became the interim co-leader of Human Resources in April 2019 and was named the firm’s chief human resources officer the following November. Kristin helps the firm work toward its objective of creating a talented and diverse workforce by serving as a senior executive sponsor of the firm’s Black African American and Young Professionals Business Resource groups. A native of Belleville, Ill., Kristin graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in accountancy. She earned a master’s in information management from Webster University and completed Washington University’s executive MBA program. Kristin is active in several organizations and serves on the boards of the Center of Creative Arts (COCA), Webster University and the St. Louis Fashion Fund.
Christine McCauley is Corporate Vice President, Human Resources for Edwards Lifesciences.
Karyn Twaronite is Global and US Diversity & Inclusiveness Officer for EY.
As EY Americas Vice Chair — Talent, Ginnie leads the Americas efforts to create exceptional and transformative experiences for 80,000 people in 31 countries. During her tenure with EY, Ginnie has worked around the world in several key roles, building and leading high-performing EY teams on three continents. After joining EY in 1993 in Cleveland, she moved to Silicon Valley in 2000 to work with leading technology companies and was promoted to partner in 2006. In 2008, Ginnie transferred to Dubai and served as global client service partner for several technology, energy and advanced manufacturing companies, becoming the first Diversity and Inclusiveness Leader for the EY Middle East and North Africa Region. In 2011, she was appointed EY Europe, Middle East, India and Africa Assurance Talent Leader. Ginnie returned to the West Coast in 2014 to serve as the US-West Region Talent Leader, prioritizing the development and well-being of 15,000 people across 18 states while also leading Assurance teams in client service. Throughout her various roles, Ginnie’s commitment to building an EY in which everyone belongs and thrives has remained constant. Ginnie received a BA in Accounting and Marketing from Ohio University.
A forward-thinking, growth minded and results-oriented executive highly regarded for 15 years of success leading highly effective HR teams, establishing diversity initiatives, advising and coaching executive teams, and implementing superior change management practices for world-class companies. Proven track record of executing on projects, recruiting, improving and retaining innovative talent and collaborating to build HR strategies aligned with the organization’s overall vision and goals. Respected as a motivational, influential leader and collaborator who guides high-performing teams in integrating diversity, equity and inclusion as a top of mind priority. Out-of-the-box, visionary thinker committed to increasing employee engagement and maximizing staff contributions.
Denise Williams leads FIS’ global people function. A seasoned HR executive with more than 25 years of experience, she works with the executive team to drive the company’s people agenda.
Prior to joining FIS in 2016, Denise spent 15 years leading global human resources support teams at IBM. She most recently served as vice president of Human Resources IBM North America. Before IBM, Denise held human resources roles at Alliance Bernstein, First Data, Avis and Coopers & Lybrand.
Denise earned her bachelor’s degree from SUNY Albany and is an active member of organizations including the Human Resources Policy Association and the Center on Executive Compensation.
Floor and Decor
Melissa Smith is Chief Human Resources Officer for Floor and Decor.
Paul is passionate about making things BETTER. Better lives, better days, better hours, better minutes. He is an executive HR leader with more than 20 years of experience. Most recently, Paul served as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Indeed. During his 7+ years at Indeed, he helped the company grow from just under 1000 employees to over 11,000. Aside from the tactical side of helping the organization grow, he was focused on developing and engaging Indeed’s talent and nurturing the company culture. In this role, Paul oversaw a multi-disciplined HR organization that included HR Business Partners; Talent Attraction, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging; Employee and Organizational Development; Total Rewards; HR Analytics; Employee Experience; and Real Estate.
Prior to Indeed, Paul served as a Vice President, Senior Vice President, and Chief Human Resources Officer at a number of well-known companies, including Match.com, Orbitz, Conde Nast, and Ticketmaster. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. Paul lives with his husband and their dogs in New York.
Suman Gopalan is the Chief HR Officer (CHRO) at Freshworks, where she guides the company’s global people strategy to engage, develop and care for its worldwide employees. Suman and her teams oversee culture, talent and organizational development, employee relations and experience, benefits, compensation, and diversity and inclusion. Suman has played a crucial role in supporting Freshworks’s rapid growth with innovative practices to attract and retain top-tier talent while strengthening the company’s culture to create a workplace environment that delights both employees and customers. She championed the #pledgeforequality campaign and as part of that the company hired over a thousand women in 2020 to put Freshworks ahead of the industry average. Under her leadership, the Freshworks was also named a top 25 company to work for during the COVID-19 pandemic. Previously, Suman led the global and regional HR teams for The Nielsen Company, Dell Technologies and Whirlpool. She holds an MBA in Human Resources from XLRI Jamshedpur, is an active mentor for start ups, and young women leaders, and the co-founder of the ACT for Women initiative.
Eric is a Technology executive with expertise in general management, customer programs delivery, sales and business development. He is experienced in creating strategies within multi-national companies and implementing with specific core competencies and operational excellence. Eric specializes in organizational and people development, increasing profitability, cost containment and managing growth in complex environments and emerging markets. Eric currently serves as Genesys’ first Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion officer and formerly led Genesys’ Global Professional Services organization delivering over $1BUS in worldwide software solutions. Prior to his current role, Eric served in multiple leadership roles at Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson, including the Program Executive of the largest global customer for Alcatel-Lucent’s Enterprise Business Group and the Vice President of Ericsson’s transformation office driving the company’s transition to Agile software delivery methods.
Piyush is the Chief Human Resources Officer at Genpact, whose 90,000+ employees are helping companies around the world to digitally transform. As a member of the Genpact Leadership Council, he has played an instrumental role in the organization’s journey to becoming an employer of choice in the communities where its employees live and work. Together with his global team of HR leaders, Piyush continues to focus on building a workforce that is diverse and inclusive, rooted in a culture of curiosity, courage, incisiveness, and integrity. His team is personally involved in ensuring employees are engaged within a rapidly transforming industry. He also ensures the business has the HR solutions, analytics, and new talent models to continue to succeed while driving collaboration to deliver real value for Genpact’s clients. Piyush also has led the integration of sometimes diverse company cultures after mergers and acquisitions have been completed.
Kathleen S. Carroll is Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, a position assumed in December 2018. Previously, Ms. Carroll served as Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer of First Midwest Bancorp, Inc., a diversified financial services company, from 2017 to 2018. Prior to that role, Ms. Carroll was employed at Aon Corporation, a global insurance brokerage and consulting company, between 2006 and 2017, in various human resources roles, culminating in her position as Vice President, Global Head of Talent Acquisition.
Grosvenor Capital Management
Sandra Hurse is the Chief Human Resources Officer of Grosvenor Capital Management. In this capacity Ms. Hurse is responsible for the development and execution of the firm people strategy and leads the firm’s real estate and facilities efforts. She also serves on the ESG Committee and the Diversity & Inclusion Governance Committee. Prior to joining GCM Grosvenor, Ms. Hurse held various positions at Bank of America, most recently serving as Global Head of Human Resources for Corporate and Investment Banking. Previously, Ms. Hurse also held leadership roles in Talent Management and Talent Acquisition at Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Bernard M. Baruch College and her Master of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Michigan. Ms. Hurse serves as a Corporate Board Member for the Harlem School of the Arts, the Council for Urban Professionals and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund where she is a member of the finance committee.
Lorna Hagen is a Human Capital executive with over 20 years of experience focused on building high-performance companies. Today, she is the Chief People Officer at Guild Education. Prior to Guild, she was Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer at iHeartMedia where she successfully rebuilt their HR function and transitioned the company to fully remote during Covid. Lorna helped lead a successful IPO at OnDeck Capital and led the organization to 16 “Best Companies to Work For” awards. At Dow Jones, she executed transformations of its HR technology, team, and work practices inclusive of global compensation, recruitment, learning and development, and benefits administration. As a Latina executive, Lorna is passionate about taking D&I from talk to action and is committed to building equitable career opportunities for all employees.
Tiffany Scalzitti Monroe is the chief people and culture officer for H&R Block. In this role, Monroe leads H&R Block’s people strategies, including organizational and performance management, talent development, and ensuring the workforce has both the people and organizational capabilities to enable and ultimately deliver company strategy. She leads programs and initiatives to attract, develop and retain a world-class full-time and seasonal workforce of nearly 90,000. Monroe has more than two decades of human resources experience. Prior to her role at H&R Block, she served as the chief human resources officer, at U.S. Foods. While there, she oversaw talent and culture development, including instituting a formal talent assessment process, formal development programs, and redesigning the company’s incentive programs to better attract and retain great talent. Before U.S. Foods, Monroe spent 14 years at Target Corporation where she served as senior vice president for human resources at Target Canada, vice president of human resources, and director of human resources. During her tenure, she developed a comprehensive total compensation offering, implemented an innovative program focused on enhanced talent development, and maintained high employee engagement and retention levels by ensuring a positive team culture and working environment. Monroe holds a Juris Doctor degree from Pepperdine University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Indiana University.
Harley-Davidson Motor Company
As Chief Human Resources Officer, Tori Termaat leads the Global Human Resources Organization at Harley-Davidson, Inc. In this role, Termaat is responsible for global HR and development, including global talent management and acquisition, learning and development, organizational efficiency and effectiveness, employee benefits and compensation, people practices and health and safety. Passionate about transforming and driving progressive HR programs throughout the organization, Termaat’s deep expertise in Human Resources and knowledge of the company, has allowed her to be instrumental in strategically implementing organizational change throughout her career at Harley-Davidson. Termaat joined the Harley-Davidson in 2000 and was appointed Chief Human Resources Officer in 2021. Prior roles at the company have included, Head of Human Resources, Director of Talent Management, Director of Talent Acquisition and Director of Strategic HR. Termaat holds a master’s degree in Human Resources Management from Marquette University.
Laura Fuentes was appointed as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer in 2020. She joined Hilton in 2013, and has led teams across Human Resources functions including Recruiting, Diversity & Inclusion, Learning & Leadership Development, Total Rewards, People Analytics & Strategy and HR Consulting. Most recently, she served as Chief Talent Officer.Prior to joining Hilton, Laura spent 6 years at Capital One Financial in various corporate strategy and Human Resources roles: leading workforce analytics, recruitment, and compensation functions for the organization. Prior to Capital One, she worked at McKinsey & Company in their Madrid, New York, and Washington D.C offices, where she served clients across financial services and non-profit sectors. Laura represents Hilton on the board of directors of MAKERS Women and also serves on the boards of directors of Make-a-Wish Mid-Atlantic and Arlington Free Clinic. Originally from Spain, she holds a B.S. from the University of Virginia, a M.S. in Structural Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.She lives in Arlington, VA with her husband Will Meyer and two children, Alex and Nico.
Tara Ataya is Chief People & Diversity Officer for Hootsuite.
Human Rights Watch
Colin Mincy is Human Rights Watch’s first Chief People Officer. The organization elevated the role to demonstrate the organization’s commitment to implement diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies and to ensure a resilient and thriving staff in ways that reflect the organization’s global role, identity, and mandate. Colin sits on the Executive Team and directs the organization’s global human resources function. He oversees recruitment and hiring, international compensation and benefits, performance management, learning and development, and employee and labor relations. Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, Colin was the Director of Culture and Change Management for Open Society – US, and managed human resources operations for Open Society Foundation’s US offices. Colin also worked at the International Rescue Committee leading the regional human resources function for its US and European headquarters. Previously, Colin worked in the finance and technology sector as HR Business Partner Consultant for CFO Americas at Credit Suisse, Head of Human Resources at Tracx, and led SimCorp North America function in New York and Toronto. Colin serves on the Board of Directors for Workforce Professionals Training Institute (WPTI), a non-profit training and technical assistance intermediary for New York City’s workforce and Youth Represent, a non-profit dedicated to ensuring young people in NYC affected by the criminal justice system are afforded every opportunity to reclaim lives of dignity and engagement in their communities. He is also an advisor, alumni and volunteer of INROADS, the nation’s largest non-profit source of paid internships for diverse, high performing, undergraduate students.
Nickle LaMoreaux is CHRO for IBM Corporation.
Christy Pambianchi is executive vice president and chief people officer (CPO) at Intel Corporation. As CPO, she is responsible for driving Intel’s people strategy and fostering a vibrant culture focused on bold innovation, flawless execution, and continuous development and learning.
Pambianchi was previously at Verizon, where she served as executive vice president and chief human resources officer (CHRO). During her time there, she reimagined Verizon’s HR mission and practices, delivering an enterprise strategic transformation workforce plan to stay at the forefront of the digital transformation. In addition, she ran Verizon’s internal COVID-19 response. In April 2020, Pambianchi joined as founding CHRO with cross-industry HR leaders from Accenture, Lincoln Financial Group and ProCore to launch the People+Work Connect platform, creating the first business-to-business platform for HR leaders to work together to accelerate talent movement and reduce negative impacts on mass unemployment.
Prior to Verizon, Pambianchi was most recently an executive vice president of People & Digital at Corning Inc., forming a dual role leading human resources and information technology to create a digital transformation roadmap. Earlier, Pambianchi served in other senior leadership roles at Corning, including as CHRO for 12 years.
Before joining Corning, Pambianchi spent 10 years at PepsiCo Inc., starting in labor and employee relations field roles in multiple regions before moving into corporate organization capability and, finally, providing HR support for a companywide IT transformation.
Pambianchi holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. She serves on the boards of the National Academy of Human Resources Foundation, the Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies at Cornell University for the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, the HR Policy Association, the Health Transformation Alliance, and the Center for Executive Succession at the University of South Carolina, Darla School of Management. She also serves as a board member of the Lumina Foundation, an organization committed to increasing the percentage of citizens in the U.S. with post-secondary education and credentials. Pambianchi has also been active in the FIRST robotics program, serving five years as head coach at the high-school level for FTC Team 5484 and as a tournament director. In 2017, she was installed as a fellow to the National Academy of Human Resources.
Johnson & Johnson
Wanda Bryant Hope is an accomplished business executive with significant experience in general management, marketing, sales, commercial operations, and human resources. She currently serves as Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Johnson & Johnson, and is responsible for globally advancing the company’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) outcomes, strengthening DEI capabilities, and driving growth through innovation.
Prior to this role, Wanda held a variety of leadership positions across Johnson & Johnson including Vice President, Sales & Marketing; Vice President, Commercial Analytics, Development & Operations; and Vice President, Global Performance & Development. She has been recognized for her ability to exceed business results, deliver innovative solutions to complex challenges, lead global change, develop people for optimal results and drive diversity and inclusion global outcomes.
Wanda is a sought-after speaker and thought leader on advancing DEI to drive business performance and results. She recently presented at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Conference and currently serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the New Equality and Inclusion. Wanda also serves as Chair of the Business Roundtable Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Working Group and on the Penn State Smeal College of Business Board of Visitors.
Her passion and performance have been recognized with several awards including the Penn State Smeal Diversity Award, the Most Powerful Women in Corporate Diversity by Black Enterprise Magazine, American Needs You Honoree, Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association’s Rising Star Award, Auburn Lives of Commitment Award, YWCA Tribute to Women in Industry Award, and the National Sales Network Community Service Award.
Wanda received her Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from The Pennsylvania State University. She and her husband Bobby are the proud parents of Tyler, their 14-year-old son.
Darren H. Burton is the chief human resources officer of KPMG LLP and a member of its management committee. He is also a member of the board of directors of KPMG U.S. Foundation Inc., a public charity committed to workforce development and community sustainability.
Darren is responsible for developing the firm’s people strategies and all human resources activities, including compensation and benefits, talent acquisition, learning and development, talent management, and inclusion and diversity. He works closely with KPMG’s leadership teams to advance and build upon the firm’s culture and employee engagement, while also ensuring that the HR team is positioned to support the evolving needs of the business and the workforce of the future.
Darren has more than 20 years of experience leading HR programs and strategies for large employee-focused organizations. He has a proven track record of achievements, particularly in talent management, employee engagement, and performance development.
From 2010 to 2016, he was a senior HR executive at Raytheon Company, most recently serving as vice president of human resources and security for Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services Company. In this role, he oversaw all HR strategies and initiatives for the $6 billion organization’s 16,000 employees and led HR efforts for more than 10 acquisitions.
While at Raytheon, Darren also served as vice president of corporate human resources and enterprise human resources operations, where he oversaw corporate HR, labor relations, talent acquisition, HR mergers and acquisitions, and workforce planning. Earlier in his tenure at Raytheon, he was vice president of human resources and global security at Raytheon Missile Systems, leading the business through a three-year transformation that focused on organizational effectiveness, talent management, and leadership development.
Prior to Raytheon, Darren served as senior vice president of human resources for Williams Lea, a U.K.-based business process outsourcing company. In this role, he was responsible for the development and implementation of HR and organizational strategies to help drive business growth and the successful execution of business objectives.
Prior to that, Darren was the director of human resources, commercial engagements, and alliances for IBM, where he led a global organization of 200 HR professionals in 50 countries.
Earlier in his career, he held a number of other senior HR positions, including tenures at Campbell Soup Company and E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company.
Levi Strauss & Co
Tracy Layney is Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Levi Strauss & Co. Tracy is responsible for LS&Co.’s people strategy on a global scale, including diversity, equity & inclusion, recruiting, employee engagement, talent management, compensation and benefits, HR technology and HR communications.
Tracy brings more than 20 years of experience in human resources and organization strategy to her role. Prior to joining LS&Co., she served as senior vice president and chief human resources officer for Shutterfly, Inc., the leading retailer of personalized photo-based products. Before Shutterfly, Tracy spent 10 years at Gap Inc., where she held numerous senior leadership roles in HR, most recently serving as the senior vice president of Global Human Resources and Communications for Old Navy. Prior to Gap Inc., Tracy held positions at LS&Co. and PricewaterhouseCoopers/IBM Business Consulting Services where she worked with Fortune 500 clients in the high tech, financial services, retail and healthcare industries on projects ranging from organization design and development to strategic change management.
Tracy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania where she graduated magna cum laude. She is active in the HR thought leader community and serves on the Board of Directors for the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) Foundation. Her philanthropic commitments are reflected in her service on the GLIDE Board of Trustees and the Levi Strauss Foundation.
Lincoln Financial Group
Jen Warne is executive vice president, chief people officer for Lincoln Financial Group. Warne is responsible for setting, implementing and providing strategic oversight over all aspects of Lincoln’s Human Resources programs, including Diversity and Inclusion, Employee Relations, HR Business Partnering, HR Operations and Technology, Leadership and Employee Development, Organization and Leadership Effectiveness, Talent Management, Total Rewards, and Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability efforts.
Warne has been with Lincoln for more than 10 years, serving as the Chief Talent Officer since 2011. During this time, she was also the Head of HR Business Partnering for a variety of business lines and led multiple, critical enterprise HR initiatives. As Chief Talent Officer, she led the development and execution of effective talent strategies to differentiate Lincoln in the marketplace as a destination employer. Warne also played a critical role in the company’s response to COVID-19, return-to-office planning and the development of Lincoln’s new work model.
Warne joined Lincoln Financial from Towers Watson, formerly Towers Perrin, where she served on the HR leadership team and held various HR roles. Warne holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resources from Temple University and is based in Lincoln Financial’s Radnor, PA office.
Mr. Sean Vanderelzen serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer of Lineage Logistics, where he leads all aspects of the company’s Human Resources function. Under his leadership, the Human Resources department is committed to serving as a strategic partner to the business by fostering a dynamic, values-based culture and driving employee engagement. Sean also oversees Lineage’s Marketing & Communications organization, which is responsible for the strategic execution of all internal, external and digital communications as well as marketing and public relations on behalf of the company. Prior to Lineage, he held a variety of leadership positions both domestically and internationally at General Motors (GM), most recently serving as Global Director, Hire-to-Exit Employee Services for GM’s Global Business Services organization. In this role, Mr. Vanderelzen was responsible for HR Shared Services Globally for 207,000 employees in 67 countries. In addition to leading the company’s Global Talent Acquisition functions and Early Career Development programs, he has had HR responsibility at multiple business units across GM, including Saturn Corporation, engineering, information technology, OnStar and Finance. Mr. Vanderelzen has also gained valuable global experience in his career, especially during his international assignment in Shanghai, China. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management & Human Relations from Trevecca University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Laura Cushing is the Chief Human Resources Officer at Loews Corporation. Laura joined Loews in March of 2016 and is directly responsible for all aspects of Human Resources. In her capacity, Laura serves as a strategic partner to the Loews Executive Leadership team and its subsidiaries. Before joining Loews, Laura spent over 21 years at J.P. Morgan Chase. During her tenure there, Laura led several HR functions across the firm which included roles in Wholesale, Consumer Banking as well as Corporate. Prior to leaving J.P. Morgan Chase, Laura’s last role was the Head of Talent Management and Organizational Development for the Consumer and Community Banking businesses. Laura received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Rhode Island and attended the New School for Social Research. Laura currently resides in Mountainside, New Jersey with her husband and teenage son and daughter. Laura still enjoys playing soccer, outdoor activities and finds her on-going involvement with the St. Pat’s Camp for kids with cancer and the International Rett Syndrome Foundation most rewarding.
Chatelle Lynch is Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer at McAfee. She oversees the People Success organization which includes recruitment; inclusion and diversity; total rewards; systems and services; and workforce intelligence; and talent development. Lynch joined McAfee in 2005, later helping it evolve during its time as a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel, until today: an independent $3BN global IT security software company with 7,000+ employees worldwide. An expert in designing HR initiatives for thousands of global team members, Lynch is leading the charge in cultivating a culture where all employees thrive and can bring their full authentic selves to work. She continues to play a pivotal leadership role in recruiting and developing the best talent in the industry. As a driving force for inclusion and belonging in cyber, under Lynch’s direction McAfee became the first major pureplay cybersecurity firm to achieve global gender pay parity on April 1, 2019. This initiative was awarded “Diversity Initiative of the Year” at the Women in IT Silicon Valley awards in 2019. McAfee was also recently named “Ally of the Year” at the AYA 2020 Awards for creating an environment where men and women are equally valued, honored, and heard. Lynch is also a regular contributor on HR and workforce trends for Forbes as well as an industry commentator on diversity, online safety for kids, the cyber security skills shortage and more. In 2017, Lynch was named ‘Chief Human Resources Officer of the Year’ at the Stevie Awards for Great Employers and her team was also named ‘HR Department of the Year’ in the same awards
McKinsey & Company
Katy George is Senior Partner & Chief People Officer for McKinsey & Company.
Mary Ainsworth is the EVP, Chief People Officer of Medallia, the pioneer and market leader in Experience Management. Known for building high-performance teams, Mary believes that talent is everywhere, and that diversity, inclusion and belonging is essential to a winning work culture. She is passionate about coaching and mentoring new and emerging leaders. Prior to Medallia, Mary served as EVP, Chief People Officer for CallidusCloud, acquired by SAP in 2018. During her time at CallidusCloud, Mary and her team scaled the talent landscape of 200 employees in 2 countries to over 1,400 employees in 15 countries to support CallidusCloud’s rapidly growing SaaS business. Mary is a member of the Forbes HR Council and a Gold Stevie Award Winner as ‘Woman of the Year’ for the Business Products Industry. Mary graduated Summa Cum Laude from Saint Mary’s College of California with a BA in Liberal Arts.
Erica J. Bolden
Erica J. Bolden
As the Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Equity Engagement for Mercedes‐Benz USA (MBUSA), Erica J. Bolden oversees internal and external relationships and designs strategies to attract, develop and advance the most talented individuals in support of Mercedes‐Benz Group AG’s commitment to foster a diverse workforce and inclusive environment. This includes ensuring that national employment, dealer development, training, marketing and media, purchasing and philanthropic outreach activities are implemented in ways that direct the strategic global direction of the company’s diversity, community and social engagement initiatives.
Prior to joining MBUSA, Erica was the Director of Diversity for Perkins Coie LLP where she focused on critical intervention strategies affecting more than 1K lawyers in 19 offices across the U.S. and Asia. She is also a 10‐year veteran of Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP (PwC), where she last served as the National Diversity Programs Senior Manager in the National Office of Diversity. In that role, Erica planned and managed signature earlier minority success programs and special projects to strengthen retention and advancement strategies and execute the firm’s national people strategy targeting 55K+ U.S. partners and staff. Erica has also been responsible for driving profitable revenue growth and leading
business/relationship development efforts, while sharing winning practices across the firm network.
Erica has 20 years of HR strategy consulting and change management experience in data analysis; communications; business issue identification; corporate social responsibility and employee engagement; as well as training design related to leadership development, teambuilding and cultural transformation/diversity nuances.
Erica is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she earned a B.A. in Speech Communications and a B.A. in Spanish. In addition, she is a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP) and serves as a member of the American Council on Germany’s German‐American Working Group on DEI, CNBC Workforce Executive Council, the Board of Trustees for Meals on Wheels Atlanta; as well as the Board of Directors for Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta, National Diversity Council (GA Chapter) and the National Coalition for Racial Justice and Equity. Most recently, she was recognized in ELLE Magazine as a 2021 Empowered Women honoree; presented the 2020 Diversity Leadership in Action Award by Career Mastered Magazine; and featured in Savoy Magazine’s list of 2019 Most Influential Women in Corporate America.
Celeste Warren is Vice President, Global Diversity and Inclusion Center of Excellence. As the leader for Merck’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Center of Excellence, she is responsible for working with Merck’s global leaders to advance and embed diversity and inclusion as a strategic approach to maximize business performance and create a competitive advantage.
Ms. Warren joined Merck in 1997 and has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility within its Human Resources organization. Most recently, she was Vice President, Human Resources of Merck’s Global Legal, Compliance, Communications, Population Health, Patient Health and Global Public Policy Organizations. Prior to that, she held the role as Vice President, Human Resources for Merck’s Manufacturing Division and Global Labor Relations and US Employee Relations Center of Excellence.
Prior to joining Merck in 1997, Celeste worked for nine years in Human Resources at Kraft Foods, Inc. and General Foods and held several positions of increasing responsibility including such roles as Training & Development Leader, Diversity leader, Labor Relations Director and Human Resources Leader for several organizations within Kraft and General Foods.
She has been honored with many awards, including Black Enterprise’s “Top Executives in Global Diversity and Inclusion”, Savoy Magazine’s “Most Influential Women in Corporate America”, “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” and Diversity Global’s “Influential Women in Global Diversity.”
Celeste attended the University of Kentucky where she earned her B.S. degree. She received her Masters Degree from Carnegie Mellon University.
She is the wife of John Warren and the mother of two children, Christina-Celeste and John Steven, Jr.
Harsha brings more than 20 years of experience in a broad range of HR and business roles to her role as Chief People Officer at MongoDB. Most recently she was the Vice President of HR at Unilever, responsible for delivering the end-to-end HR strategy and operations for the U.S. business, and co-creating Unilever’s strategy to build a sustainable future of work across its multinational business while being on a part-time secondment to the World Economic Forum. She started her career as a business development associate with a software company before finding her calling as an HR business partner at Cognizant Technology Solutions in 2004. She spent 10 years at Cognizant, helping the company through its hyper-growth phase, and laying the early foundations of their talent acquisition, talent management, reward management, employee relations practices. Harsha is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council for the New Education & Work Agenda, sits on the advisory board of the HRD Summit, and was recently recognized as Crain’s New York Notable Women of Talent for 2020.
New York Times
Jacqueline M. Welch became Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources officer in January, 2021. In this role she leads The Times’s human resources department and oversees all aspects of talent acquisition, career development, organizational development, equitable compensation practices, performance enablement and diversity, equity and inclusion. She sits on the company’s executive committee and reports to the Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Welch joined The Times from Freddie Mac, where she was Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Diversity Officer since 2016. In this role, she led the Freddie Mac H.R. team and served as a trusted adviser to its board of directors and the executive team. She also had oversight responsibility for Freddie Mac’s corporate community engagement program and their 10 employee resource groups. A seasoned corporate executive, Ms. Welch joined Freddie Mac with 20 years of experience in H.R. strategy and execution. She served as senior vice president for international human resources for Turner Broadcasting System from 2010 to2013 and was Senior Vice President, talent management and diversity, from 2008 to 2010. Prior to Turner, she worked for organizations such as WestRock, Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting) and Willis Towers Watson (formerly Towers Perrin). She began her career in New York at Lord & Taylor as a merchant. Ms. Welch earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Syracuse University and a Master of Science in Human Resources Management from The New School’s Milano School of Policy, Management and Environment. She serves on the Boards of Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia, the Human Resources Policy Association and Buckman.
Addison is responsible for all aspects of Northrop Grumman’s human resources strategy and programs. Her responsibilities include strategy; organization effectiveness; change leadership; performance management; talent development and acquisition; succession planning; executive development; training; labor/employee relations, compensation and benefits, including the company’s international operations. She is also a member of the company’s executive leadership team.
Addison has more than 30 years of business and HR experience. She joins Northrop Grumman from Leidos, where she was executive vice president and chief human resources officer. Prior to joining Leidos, she was the vice president, Information Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS) at Lockheed Martin Company, with responsibility for HR services for the IS&GS business area. Additionally, Ann served in various other human resources management positions at Lockheed Martin Company and General Electric Company.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in quantitative business analytics from Indiana University.
Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, space, strike, and logistics and modernization to customers worldwide.
Don J. Robertson joined Northwestern Mutual in July 2018 to lead employee experience, driving organizational vision through the power of its people.
As the company’s chief human resources officer, Robertson is responsible for advancing the company’s people strategy and employee value proposition, as well as for the overall employee experience. He leads an organization that comprises Human Resources, change management, campus facilities and meeting events. Collectively, his organization delivers business-focused solutions that propel the business strategy and culture of Northwestern Mutual.
Throughout his career, Robertson has held senior HR leadership roles during times of transformation in companies ranging from Fortune 50s to maturing start-ups. In addition to his broad-based HR experience, Robertson brings strategic leadership, foresight, systems thinking expertise and a collaborative style to engage key stakeholders and lead the HR organization to deliver on the people strategy needed now to advance the company’s transformation.
Most recently, Robertson headed HR at Apttus, a Silicon Valley start-up firm that provides software solutions for mid-sized and enterprise companies. Previous to Apttus, Robertson was head of HR at Sutherland Global Services and start-up firm TrueCar. Before transitioning to the start-up world, Robertson worked at Hewlett-Packard Corporation for 14 years, where his broad-based HR experience culminated as SVP-HR Global Technology & Operations. He led a team of more than 300 HR professionals responsible for all HR-related matters for a global organization of 100,000+ employees.
Robertson launched his career in accounting, finance and sales roles before moving into Human Resources. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California State University in Fresno, where he currently serves on the advisory board for the Craig School of Business. He is also a member of the board of directors for the Wisconsin Humane Society and the Milwaukee Public Museum.
Heather McHale is Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer at OneMain. She is responsible for focusing on OneMain’s 10,000+ team members and ensuring it remains a great place to work for all employees by focusing on leadership development, diversity and inclusion, and performance achievement. She also leads OneMain’s talent acquisition, employee development, learning, operations, compensation, benefits and employee relations teams across the United States. Before joining OneMain in June 2019, she was the SVP of Global Human Resources for Marchon Eyewear, responsible for all aspects of human resources in over 20 countries. She has also held senior roles at Merrill Lynch, Pfizer and Kidder Peabody. Heather holds a Master of Arts degree in organizational psychology from Columbia University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Loyola University. Additionally, Heather completed the Harvard Business School Executive Education’s HR-Executive Suite Connection program. She is a member of Chief, the Society of Human Resources Management and the Nassau/Suffolk Autism Society.
Nancy Tostanoski has served as OUTFRONT Media’s Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer since February 2015, and oversees talent acquisition and management, compensation and benefits, recruitment, communications and administration. From May 2014 to February 2015, she served as Senior Vice President, Human Resources at OUTFRONT Media. Ms. Tostanoski served as Vice President, Global Compensation and Benefits at PVH Corp. (formerly known as The Warnaco Group, Inc.) from 2010 to 2013, where she was responsible for global compensation, benefits and performance management for the publicly-held branded apparel company. From 2007 to 2010, Ms. Tostanoski served as Vice President, Global Compensation, Benefits and Shared Services at Reader’s Digest Association, Inc., where she was responsible for global compensation, benefits and U.S. shared services for the privately-held publishing and media company. Nancy currently resides in New York with her husband and has four children.
Kausik Rajgopal is PayPal’s Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, responsible for global workforce planning, talent acquisition and evaluation, compensation, benefits, learning and development, as well as culture, diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Kausik brings a unique blend of senior leadership experience and expertise in human resources, technology and payments to his role. Prior to joining PayPal, he spent nearly 15 years with McKinsey & Company leading the development of high-performing HR functions for global companies across industries and sectors. Most recently, he served as the firm’s co-Managing Partner for the United States office where he was responsible for HR-related priorities and initiatives. Kausik also helped advance and scale McKinsey’s fintech efforts in his time with the firm. He co-founded the Digital Payments Practice in 2005, led the firm’s global Payments Practice for five years and served as McKinsey’s global Fintech co-lead.
He serves as Chair of the Board and Executive Committee of the Bay Area Council, and is on the Leadership Council of California Forward. He was previously a board member for the World Affairs Council, the San Francisco Symphony and the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University.
Kausik earned his MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar and now serves as Vice Chair of the Advisory Council. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Political Science and Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.
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Kimberly Ayers Shariff is Executive Vice President of Strategy for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Penguin Random House.
Jon Couture is Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer for Principal Financial.
Lucien is executive vice president and chief human resources officer of Prudential Financial, Inc., a Fortune 50 financial services company located in Newark, New Jersey. A U.K. citizen, Lucien has over 30 years of experience in major international companies. From 2012 to the beginning of 2017, he was executive vice-president and chief human resources officer of A.P. Moller-Maersk, a global shipping and energy conglomerate located in Copenhagen, Denmark, with operations in over 130 countries and around 90,000 employees worldwide. From 2004 to 2012, he was the chief human resources officer and head of corporate responsibility for Avon Products Inc., based in New York. Prior to this, he held increasingly responsible roles with Mars Confectionery in the U.K. and PepsiCo Inc. in New York, Vienna and Dubai. From 2016 to 2021, Lucien was a non-executive director of C&J Clark International, a U.K.-based global footwear company with around $2 billion in revenues. He is also a fellow and director of the National Academy of Human Resources, a founding member of HR50 and recently concluded a three-year term as chair of the board of advisors of the Center for Executive Succession at the University of South Carolina.
Sheila Rostiac was named Senior Vice President Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer, effective September 2019. Ms. Rostiac leads the Human Resources team in delivering a rewarding employee experience that meets the evolving needs of a diverse workforce. She also serves as a strategic partner to the business in developing a talent pipeline to drive organizational success. In addition, she assumed the role of Chief Diversity Officer, merging the company’s diversity and inclusion efforts within the Human Resources organization, in January 2020. Ms. Rostiac is a member of the Executive Officer Group. Previously, Ms. Rostiac was vice president -Total Rewards and Talent Management. Ms. Rostiac joined PSEG in 1997 and has held a variety of management positions across finance and human resources. She also served as director-Corporate Responsibility and president of the PSEG Foundation. Ms. Rostiac also held key roles in global human resource management at Schering Plough and financial roles with Jersey Central Power & Light and Arthur Andersen & Co. Ms. Rostiac holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Lehigh University and a Master of Business Administration from Centenary College. Ms. Rostiac was formerly a Certified Public Accountant and is a SHRM-certified senior professional in human resources. She sits on the Executive Council of the Center for Energy Workforce Development. Active in the local community, Ms. Rostiac is corporate executive sponsor for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and serves on the Trustee Emeritus Council for Imagine, a grief support center. She is a former board member and treasurer for Lead New Jersey. Ms. Rostiac was a NJ Biz Best 50 Women in Business Honoree and is a Lead New Jersey fellow.
Michael Fenlon is Chief People Officer for PwC.
Yolanda Seals-Coffield is Deputy People Leader for PwC.
Cecilia McKenney is Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer for Quest Diagnostics. She is responsible for all human resources activities across the company.
Prior to joining Quest in February 2018, Ms. McKenney spent more than a decade at Frontier Communications, where she led the telecommunications company’s human resources function, as well as held senior leadership roles leading the Consumer Division and sales, marketing, business operations and customer service. Before Frontier, she served in various HR leadership roles at PepsiCo over a period of 16 years.
Ms. McKenney earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Franklin & Marshall College, and a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist certification from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.
Tanya Harris is Executive Director, Human Resources for RealTruck.
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Wayne Davis has developed and led human resources teams for several fortune 500 companies including Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Comcast NBCU, YRC Worldwide, American Greetings, Northrup Grumman, Baxter International and Frito-Lay. In many of his roles he has overseen the delivery of a comprehensive suite of HR solutions which include talent acquisition, organizational design, employee engagement, total rewards, succession planning, employee development and workforce analytics.
In his most previous role he developed and delivered a comprehensive International Human Resources strategy for a 2000+ employee population across 16 international locations. He engaged with business and human resources leaders across five business units in the UK, China, France, Germany, Netherlands, India, Ireland, and Canada.
Wayne also implemented a human resources strategy and service delivery infrastructure for a 21,000-employee segment of Comcast Cable and led a field HR team of approximately 150 professionals across 10 regional locations. Wayne earned a reputation for operational excellence, successfully piloting the HR transformation initiative for the company. He also demonstrated a clear vision of a “great place to work” environment and created action plans to make that vision a reality.
A Human Resources veteran with more than 30 years of experience, Wayne served as the Corporate Vice President for Field Human Resources at YRC Worldwide. In that role, he was responsible for providing services to six separate operating companies which collectively generated more than $8 billion in annual revenue. Prior to YRC, Wayne served as the Executive Director for Training and Development at American Greetings, where he designed and launched a new corporate university, designed a leadership development program for middle managers and launched a talent management initiative aimed at developing future leaders.
In addition, Wayne has served as the Vice President for Human Resources at Cuyahoga Community College as well as in a variety of Human Resources roles at TRW. While at TRW, Wayne led the effort to recruit 7,000 part time employees for the year 2000 Census and was the recipient of the TRW Chairman’s Award for Innovation. Wayne has also served on the HR team at Baxter International and began his HR career at Frito-Lay.
Wayne holds a BA from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from Indiana University. He enjoys travel, reading, community service, and golf.
Gunjan Aggarwal is Chief People Officer for RingCentral.
Anna is SoFi’s Head of People, responsible for the company’s total talent strategy. Her career spans large, global organizations with fast-paced growth environments, and she has a breadth of experience building teams and business. Prior to SoFi, Anna led HR for Tesla’s EMEA region. She previously spent 14 years at Stryker, where she began her career in product operations and business unit leadership before she transitioned into several HR functions. Anna holds a BA in Communications and an MBA from the University of Arizona.
As Chief Human Resources Officer, Janet Smith-Hill is responsible for the direction and oversight of SSM Health’s Human Resources teams, securing the system’s position as a top employer across its four-state network. Ms. Smith-Hill sets the course for system-wide human resources activities, with oversight of market HR partners, total rewards, talent acquisition, HR operations (people services and HR technology), talent management, including learning and organizational development, and employee/labor relations. She’s also focused on diversity, equity and inclusion, and on ensuring SSM Health achieves exceptional engagement and well-being for all employees.
Ms. Smith-Hill became Chief Human Resources Officer of SSM Health in March 2021, after serving in that role on an interim basis beginning in August 2020. Throughout her 30-year career as a transformational leader, Ms. Smith-Hill has focused on modeling values-based leadership; exhibiting strategic business partnering; delivering high-impact talent solutions; fostering organizational health and culture change; promoting diversity, equity and inclusion; implementing forward-thinking performance management initiatives; and cultivating positive and engaging workplace environments.
Prior to joining SSM Health, Ms. Smith-Hill served as Chief Human Resources Officer for Novant Health, a four-state integrated delivery system headquartered in North Carolina. She played a key role in shaping culture and improving organizational effectiveness for the system’s nearly 30,000 employees. Ms. Smith-Hill has also served in nursing administration and leadership roles for other healthcare organizations, including Aetna Health Plans and Duke Health.
Ms. Smith-Hill received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and her master’s degree in nursing administration from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. She is also a Certified Professional Coach through the Academy for Creative Coaching, an ICF-ACTP Accredited organization.
Debbie Shotwell is the Chief People Officer at Stack Overflow, where she leads the company’s people strategy.
She works to accelerate business results through leadership, attracting and retaining the best talent, empowering Stackers to reach their full potential, and creating a compelling employee experience that emphasizes collaboration and diversity, inclusion, and belonging — all designed to drive exponential business value.
Debbie has 20 years of experience delivering business transformation and creating innovative cultures aligned with the rapidly changing needs of the workforce. Prior to joining Stack Overflow, Debbie led the People function at Saba Software, leading it through two global acquisitions where the overall company strategy, mission, vision, and values were redesigned to enable employees to deliver on business results. Her team was on the front lines of driving Saba’s award-winning culture; Saba Software was recognized as a Best and Brightest Company to Work For and a Top Place to Work in the Bay Area. Prior to Saba Software Debbie held leadership positions at BigCommerce, Good Technology, Pacific Pulmonary Services, Taleo, and PeopleSoft. Debbie was on the Board of Pleasanton Partners in Education and is currently on the advisory board of Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, WorkTribe Dynamics, and Agile Literacy.
Debbie earned her Bachelor of Science degree at California State University, Sacramento with an emphasis in human resources and a communications minor. She is a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP). She’s married and has three children.
Adrienne Gemperle is Chief People Officer for Sweetgreen.
DJ Casto Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Leader Our culture is truly special. We have created an environment where inclusion and development are not just initiatives, but enablers to our greatness.David “DJ” Casto is Executive Vice President and Human Resources Leader of Synchrony. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President, Human Resources for the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer and their organizations consisting of 9,000+ Synchrony employees in 20 locations in the US, India, and the Philippines. He joined Synchrony in 2014 serving as HR Client Leader for the Corporate Governance Functions: Finance, Risk, Credit, Regulatory, Compliance, Legal and Internal Audit, where he helped manage the integration and separation from General Electric. DJ started his career at PepsiCo and held several roles of increasing responsibility within HR Field Operations. He later became Director of Labor Relations where he led labor and employee relations for the North America Beverages business, a division with over $14B in revenue. In that role, DJ managed all aspects of union awareness strategies and programs. After that, DJ served as Senior Director Global Organization Development responsible for global career development and succession planning. Highlights: Holds a BS in Business and MS in Industrial Relations from West Virginia University Serves on three Boards: The West Virginia University MSIR Executive Alumni Board BuildOn for Connecticut, an international nonprofit organization that runs youth service after school programs in the United States and builds schools in developing countriesJAG (Jobs for America’s Graduates, a state-based national nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the educational and career pursuits of at-risk students across the country.
Mr. Woodroffe is responsible for TIAA’s human resources strategy and execution for the company’s global workforce, including compensation and benefits, talent acquisition, organizational design and effectiveness, and inclusion and diversity. He also oversees the company’s internal communications strategy, which focuses on driving the alignment and engagement of approximately 17,000 employees.
Joining TIAA in 2017, Mr. Woodroffe is the Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at TIAA. Previously, Mr. Woodroffe held the Chief People Officer position at National Life Group. Prior to that, he served as the regional Head of HR at Sun Life Financial U.S., and also held executive HR roles at Financial Guaranty Insurance Company, and the United Bank for Africa. Mr. Woodroffe started his career and spent over 18 years at Merrill Lynch & Co., where he last served as First Vice President and Head of International HR based in London. He also led HR for Merrill Lynch’s Japan Wealth Management business unit based in Tokyo.
Mr. Woodroffe received his bachelor’s degree in international relations from Shaw University in North Carolina. He is an active leader in the community and currently serves on the Board of the Chapin School in Princeton, NJ, and the Board of Shaw University.
Tillamook County Creamery Association
Sheila Murty serves as the executive vice president of people and culture at Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA), leading the adoption of a culture framework, driving TCCA’s vision for a values-based organization, and managing all aspects of building a responsive and strategic HR function. TCCA is a farmer-owned agricultural cooperative and one of the fastest growing consumer food brands in the U.S., employing nearly 1,000 employees in varied roles, from manufacturing, retail, office-based business and administrative, and a remote workforce across the country.
Murty brings more than 15 years of experience in strategic human resources and operational leadership. Prior to joining TCCA, she served as vice president of operations at The Oregon Community Foundation where she led people & culture, technology, diversity and facilities administration for the $1.9B community foundation. Murty previously was a senior HR leader at Legacy Health, one of Oregon’s largest private employers, and was also appointed Legacy’s diversity officer.
Since joining TCCA in 2018, Murty established an Inclusion & Diversity Framework to guide the organization’s development of an inclusive culture, where all employees have the opportunity to contribute, feel valued and have a sense of belonging. The co-op’s inclusion & diversity journey and achievements were recognized in a 2020 Portland Business Journal article.
Murty also serves on the board of Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest. In 2021, Sheila was named a Women of Influence Honoree by the Portland Business Journal for her positive impact at TCCA and the Oregon community. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Oregon Health Sciences University and a master’s in business administration from Portland State University.
Murty was born and raised in Malaysia. She moved to Oregon as a college student, and since then has made it her home. In her free time, Sheila and her husband enjoy time with their three children, enjoying life, food and friendships in Oregon, and traveling near and far.
Torrington Public Schools
Kimberly Schulte is Director of Human Resources for Torrington Public Schools.
Anilu Vazquez-Ubarri is a Partner and TPG’s Chief Human Resources Officer and is based in San Francisco. Prior to joining TPG in August 2018, Anilu was with Goldman Sachs for more than 11 years, where she most recently was the firm’s Global Head of Talent and Chief Diversity Officer. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Anilu was an associate at Shearman & Sterling LLP in the Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits group from 2002 to 2007. Anilu received a AB in History and Latin American Studies, cum laude, from Princeton University and a JD from Fordham University School of Law. Anilu currently serves on the Board of Teach For America Bay Area, LatinoJustice PRLDEF and the Fordham University School of Law Alumni Board.
Greg Cunningham is Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer for U.S. Bank.
As Chief People Officer at UKG, Dave Almeda oversees global HR and drives HCM strategy — including talent acquisition and development, compensation and benefits, employee engagement, and components of the workplace solutions and physical security functions — to support continued growth, innovation, and profitability. Prior to the April 2020 merger of Kronos Incorporate and Ultimate Software to form UKG, Dave joined Kronos as chief people officer in 2010 and led the company’s award-winning culture transformation built on trust and transparency. As a firm believer that innovative ideas come from employees across the globe and that a talented workforce is the cornerstone of business success, Dave is an active advocate for all employees and remains committed to strengthening and building an intentional culture at UKG — which debuted at #6 on the 2021 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list in its first year as a merged entity.
Universal Music Group
Eric Hutcherson is EVP, Chief People & Inclusion Officer for Universal Music Group.
Charlene Thomas serves as Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer for UPS and is a member of the company’s Executive Leadership Team. In her previous role of Chief Human Resources Officer, she guided UPS’s transformation and HR initiatives to optimize the talent, leadership and culture for the company’s more than 528,000 employees worldwide.
Previously, she served as President of the West Region with responsibility for all package delivery operations in the U.S. central and western states.
Charlene began her UPS career in 1989, progressing through successive leadership roles in U.S. Operations, including the West Chester, PA and Metro Philadelphia District. She served as package division manager in Baltimore, and operations manager for the Alabama District. She later joined the Desert Mountain District as West Operations package operations manager and was promoted to President, Mid-South District and later President, North Atlantic District. Charlene also has held roles in global marketing, corporate learning and talent development as the U.S. operations training director.
Recently, Charlene served on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee, Orangewood Foundation in Orange County, CA and as an executive board member for Habitat for Humanity. Charlene is also a member of The Executive Leadership Council. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Temple University and an MBA from Eastern University.
Lynanne Kunkel is the Chief Human Resources Officer for Vail Resorts. Prior to joining Vail Resorts in 2017, Lynanne served in various executive positions for Whirlpool Corporation, most recently as Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources. Throughout her career, she has led all aspects of human resources to deliver enhanced business performance in areas that include: business HR; talent acquisition; talent management; leadership development; organizational effectiveness; diversity and inclusion; and talent analytics.
Samantha Hammock is Senior Vice President, Global Talent for Verizon.
Human Resource executive with over 20 years of global experience in both corporate and consulting environments. Specialized in partnering with C-Suite and Board of Directors, to establish HR and rewards strategy that are aligned with overall business objectives while ensuring all related programs support the business strategy, are easily communicated to employees, and drives engagement.
Wind River Systems
Terese Lam oversees the company’s global human resources organization. She brings to Wind River nearly 20 years of HR experience in both large multi-national and medium-sized high-growth organizations spanning across the globe, having lived in Australia, Singapore, France, UK, and now the U.S. Her most recent experience was as vice president and head of HR for AppDynamics, a global SaaS company. Before AppDynamics, she was executive HR leader for the GE Grid Software Solutions business leading integration and cultural transformation efforts following its acquisition of Alstom Grid. Prior to GE, she served in a range of leadership roles at Alstom Grid, including regional HR director for East Asia Pacific based in Singapore and vice president in charge of talent management based in Paris. She also founded after school company Tap in Talents, which she later sold.
She holds a Master’s degree in human resource management and training from University of Leicester and a Bachelor’s degree from Queensland University of Technology.
Steve joined Workhuman in December of 2017 as Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) and works with HR leaders and senior management executives worldwide to help build workplaces where every employee feels recognized, respected, and appreciated for who they are and what they do. He champions and promotes our Workhuman movement to inspire HR leaders to embrace more humanity and foster a sense of purpose in the workplace. Steve is focused on building upon Workhuman’s award-winning culture, which has set a new industry standard through its own power usage of recognition and positivity. Before joining Workhuman, Steve served in senior HR executive roles for Walgreens Boots Alliance and Monster.com. A frequent presenter on Capitol Hill, in 2015, he was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez to serve on the Advisory Committee for the Competitive Integrated Employment of People with Disabilities. A passionate human rights champion, Steve has made equality, access, and opportunity the foundation of his personal and professional life. Author of the USA Today best-selling memoir and subject of the film, “A Chance in the World,” Steve chronicled his extraordinary journey of his search for family. His tireless advocacy for the disenfranchised has earned him numerous accolades – including honorary doctorates from Winston-Salem State University, Mt. Ida College, and Boston College. He received the prestigious Horizon Award by the U.S. Congress, presented to private sector individuals who have expanded opportunities for all Americans through their own personal contributions, and who have set exceptional examples for young people through their successes in life. Steve is a Boston College graduate and serves on several nonprofit boards, including UCAN (Chicago), Boys Hope Girls Hope, and The United States Business Leadership Network.
Wynn & Encore Las Vegas
Susie McDaniel is Senior Vice President, Human Resources for Wynn & Encore Las Vegas.
Jenn Bouyoukos is a savvy award-winning HR professional with more than 20 years’ experience in leading and transforming HR teams at high-performing media, tech, and financial services companies, including eOne, Workbrain, SAP, Manulife, Kobo, and RBC.
Ranked among the top 100 HR leaders globally by HRD, a definitive list of the best and brightest, and two-time Canadian HR Team of the Year and Corporate Social Responsibility finalist. A visionary, proactive and dynamic business savvy executive with over 20 years of global experience leading human resource operations at industry-leading international companies across the media, technology, and financial services sectors. Strong HR expertise leading functions and teams in Canada, the US, the UK, and across EMEA and APAC. Exceptional track record of designing impactful HR models that support the achievement of organizational business goals and objectives. Proven ability to collaborate with cross-functional teams at all levels to ensure critical synergies that result in scaling a highly engaged and performing workforce. Natural engaged, an empathetic leader with a “lead-by-example” hands-on management style that fosters teamwork and collaboration. Trusted business partner, confidant, and in-demand content contributor, thought leader, and speaker.
InaMarie Johnson is Zendesk’s chief people and diversity officer, responsible for overseeing the company’s people, diversity equity and inclusion, and workplace experience functions, and leading the vision for the employee experience company-wide. Before joining Zendesk, InaMarie was senior vice president and chief human resources officer for Plantronics, Inc., an audio communications company. Prior to that, she was the chief human resources officer at UTi Worldwide Inc., a supply-chain management company. Previously, InaMarie held senior leadership roles at Honeywell International Inc., an international technology and manufacturing company. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences, with an emphasis in human resource management, from the University of California, Berkeley and a master’s degree in organizational development and management from John F. Kennedy University. When InaMarie’s not at the office, she enjoys spending her time gardening and is an avid yogi.
Lynne brings to Zoom extensive experience driving transformational human resources strategies while overseeing a full scope of local and global initiatives. She is an inspirational and successful developer of talent with a passion for instilling leadership that improves organizational culture, company bench strength, business operations, employee morale, internal communication, recruitment strategy, and diversity and inclusion initiatives. While serving as chief people officer for Televerde, Lynne led ongoing organizational reinvigoration efforts through strategic management of people and leadership development, compensation and benefits, talent acquisition, employee relations/communication, and HR systems. Lynne is credited with influencing an all-around operational and culture shift in a stalled organization, leading to a 30% increase in revenue in under two years. Previously, Lynne ran her own business as founder and chief consultant of Human Capital Dynamics LLC—a consulting firm assisting companies with achieving better business results through effective leadership and alignment of culture, talent, and strategy. Prior, Lynne was senior vice president and global chief human resources officer for Driscoll’s where she was called in to establish HR strategy, processes, and operations to support sustainable growth. Earlier in her career, Lynne held roles as SVP of organizational effectiveness & transformation for Suntrust; CHRO, Americas for BNP Paribas; and director of HR & shared services for Castrol. Lynne holds a Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law and a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Business Administration from State University of New York, College at New Paltz.