About The Council
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.
To be the agent of change in these complex times, the right tools and resources are needed. The WEC is the unparalleled resource for senior HR executives, equipping them with the information and network necessary to succeed in today’s business environment. Members hail from a wide range of industries, and through WEC, gain access to exclusive private events, intimate peer-to-peer networking, professional development, and news and information tailored uniquely for them.
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Jennifer Weber is Chief Human Resources Officer for ADM, and a member of the company’s Executive Council. In this capacity, she oversees all human resources functions for ADM’s global workforce of more than 38,000.
Weber has an extensive record of strong human resources leadership and strategic management, leading companies during times of significant transformations, mergers and acquisitions, and growth initiatives. Prior to joining ADM in 2020, she served as executive vice president of human resources at Lowe’s Companies, where she drove strategic efforts spanning talent acquisition, development, culture and broad-based business transformation. She also led human resources for companies including Scripps Networks and Duke Energy, and began her career in HR at Towers Perrin (now Willis Towers Watson), where she became managing principal of the firm’s Cincinnati office.
Weber is active in community and volunteer groups, and serves as the 2020 board chair for the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Ohio, and a master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University.
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.
Marilyn Miller is the Chief People Officer (CPO) of Anaplan. Marilyn is well known as a seasoned and highly reputable executive who has spent her entire career devoted to exceptional human resources leadership. Prior to Anaplan, Marilyn was the CPO at Alfresco Software. Marilyn also was the Chief Human Resources Officer at Quotient Technology and held senior leadership positions at URS/AECOM, BMC Software, and Cisco Systems Inc. Marilyn holds a B.S. in political science and government from the University of Iowa and completed course work for her M.A. in labor and industrial relations from the University of Minnesota.
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.
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.
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 Resource Officer for Baptist Health.
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.
The Carlyle Group
Kara Helander is a Managing Director and Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer. She is based in Washington, DC. Prior to joining Carlyle, Ms. Helander was a Managing Director at BlackRock, where she led the firm’s global inclusion and diversity, and philanthropy initiatives. Harvard Business School profiled those efforts she directed in the case study, “BlackRock: Diversity as a Driver of Success”. More recently, Ms. Helander consulted with organizations to develop corporate social responsibility and diversity strategies. She founded the Science of Diversity and Inclusion (SODI), a coalition of top companies and behavioral scientists working to design and test new approaches to accelerate diversity and inclusivity in the workplace. Ms. Helander also led corporate social responsibility at Barclay’s Global Investors (BGI). Prior to BGI, she launched and led the Western Region for Catalyst in Silicon Valley. She serves on the Board of Directors of Leading Educators. Ms. Helander received her MBA from The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania and her BA from Vanderbilt University.
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.
Francine Katsoudas is Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer for Cisco.
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.
Franklin joined Cummins in January 2019 to lead the Compensation and Benefits team, including health and wellness, retirement, mobility and broad-based compensation. Before joining Cummins, Franklin spent 15 years devoted to employee success focusing on talent strategy, performance and succession management, organizational culture change, diversity and inclusion and leadership development in roles with Tesla, Kellogg and Ernst & Young.
Amy brings to Databricks more than 20 years of experience designing and implementing innovative, results-oriented people programs in high-growth environments. She leads all of the company’s global HR programs, including talent acquisition, total rewards, performance enablement, learning and development, and diversity and inclusion. Prior to joining Databricks, Amy served as the Chief People Officer at Adaptive Insights, a Workday company for five years and was responsible for leading human resources worldwide. Preceding Adaptive Insights, Amy was the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at E2open for eight years. Amy holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from Palo Alto University, a masters in counseling psychology from Santa Clara University, and a bachelors in psychology from University of California, Los Angeles.
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.
Melanie oversees our global people team, including people operations, recruiting, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Prior to Dropbox she held HR leadership roles at Apple and GE.
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.
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.
Susan E. Pietrucha joined Gallagher in 2007. She is responsible for developing a comprehensive human resources and organizational strategy to address key margin improvement initiatives and drive the development of a robust, performance-based culture. Ms. Pietrucha came to Gallagher with 16 years of human resources experience, most recently as Vice President of Human Resources for General Electric’s Commercial Distribution Finance business. Prior to that she was Vice President of Human Resources for Financial Guaranty Insurance Company, Vice President of Human Resources for GE Capital Auto Financial Services, and Director of Human Resources at Ernst and Young. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. In addition, she is a graduate of GE’s Management Development Program.
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.
A growth-oriented talent management executive with 20+ years of experience in talent development, executive team development, employee engagement, culture change, c-suite assessment & succession planning, innovation/design thinking, strategy development, and employee experience design. And, a father, a husband, and a wildly curious learner who is dedicated to ensuring iconic brands become iconic companies.
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.
Desmond Mitchell leads Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Guild Education, a company on a mission to unlock opportunity for America’s workforce through education and upskilling. Prior to Guild, Desmond served as Chief of Staff for Entangled Group which Guild acquired in May 2020. He brings more than 8 years of experience in organizational design, leadership development, and facilitation. Previously Desmond worked in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion space, facilitating and advising Fortune 500 companies and served as a leadership development coach. He spent his first 5 years of his career building design thinking organizations in frontier economies, running a specialized holistic football academy in New Zealand, and working in sales and marketing at Google. Desmond holds a M.B.A. and M.A. (Education) from Stanford University and B.A. in Psychology from Harvard 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.
Tracy Keogh has worldwide responsibility for HP’s strategic human resources activities and employee communications. She leads all aspects of HR including workforce development and organization effectiveness, total rewards, talent acquisition, global inclusion and diversity, HR processes and information management.
Prior to joining HP in 2011, Tracy was the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Hewitt Associates (acquired by Aon), the world’s largest provider of human resources consulting services. Her accomplishments included creating an award-winning virtual learning and development network, implementing a disciplined global succession planning process, and designing a comprehensive and successful employee engagement program.
Previously, Tracy led HR at Bloomberg LP, the financial data, news, and analytics provider. Prior to joining Bloomberg, she was Vice President of Human Resources for Analog Devices. In addition to her human resources background, she has a wide range of leadership experiences in operations, sales, marketing and management consulting at a number of organizations.
In 2018, Tracy was appointed to the Board of Directors for Cisive, a global provider of human capital management and risk management solutions. She is also on the boards of the HR Policy Association, HP Foundation, National Academy of Human Resources (NAHR), and is a member of the Cornell Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies (CAHRS) Advisory Board at Cornell University. She previously served as the Chair of the CAHRS Advisory Board.
In 2015, Tracy was recognized by Human Resources Executive magazine as HR Executive of the Year. That same year, she was inducted as a Fellow into the National Academy of Human Resources. Previous honors include Tracy being named to the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology by the National Diversity Council and being recognized as a global Top 10 Breakaway Leader in Human Resources by Evanta. In 2019, Tracy was awarded a Gold Stevie Award for HR Executive of the Year by the American Business Awards and was named HR Leader of the Year by Digiday.
Tracy holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Smith College. She also attended the University of Geneva in Switzerland.
Tracy is based in Palo Alto, California.
Bruce Slawitsky, Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Service Excellence joined HSS in 2005 as Assistant Director, Organizational Learning. He was promoted to Vice President, Human Resources and Service Excellence in 2009 and to Senior Vice President in 2014. As Senior Vice President, he oversees recruitment and onboarding, benefits and compensation, employee engagement, leadership training and the patient experience. Over the years he has played a key role in implementing workplace best practices in employee engagement, culminating in HSS receiving two Gallup Great Workplace Awards.
Prior to joining HSS, he served as Director of Organizational Development at Hackensack University Medical Center and served three years as a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award examiner. He is currently Chair of the American Management Association’s Advisory Board for the AMA’s Certified Professional in Management program.
Mr. Slawitsky completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Scranton, and holds a Master’s degree in International Relations (cum laude) from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
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 LaMoureaux is Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for IBM.
Paul Wolfe serves as Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Indeed, with a focus on growing, developing and engaging Indeed’s talent and nurturing the company culture. In this role, Paul oversees a multi-disciplined HR group that includes HR Business Partners, Talent Attraction, Employee Development, Total Rewards, Inclusion, HR Analytics, HR Operations and Employee Experience. Paul sets the talent strategy at Indeed to ensure all current and future business needs are met. He is passionate about creating an environment where the business can thrive and where employees can be their true, authentic selves each day.
Prior to Indeed, Paul served as a vice president and senior vice president of a number of well-known companies, including Match.com, Orbitz, Conde Nast and Ticketmaster. Paul holds a bachelor’s degree from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. He lives with his husband and their dogs in New York.
Anne Benedict is Chief Human Resources Officer for Infor.
Sandra L. Rivera is executive vice president and Chief People Officer at Intel Corporation. She leads Intel’s Human Resources organization and is responsible for driving greater business results through a culture which embraces diversity and inclusion as well as being responsible for the company’s policies and programs related to human resources worldwide. Before assuming her current role, she led the Network Platforms Group which was a global organization of over 3,000 employees that drove the transformation of network infrastructure to Intel-based solutions and enabled breakthrough ways to integrate Intel’s silicon and software portfolio to create greater customer value. The organization was one of the Data Center Group’s fastest growing businesses, enabling Intel to become a market leader for network logic silicon, an annual $20B market segment. Rivera joined Intel in 2000 as a marketing director after the acquisition of Dialogic Corporation. Before joining Intel, Rivera co-founded and served as president of The CTI Authority, and served as president of the computer telephony division at Catalyst Telecom. Rivera holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University. She sits on the Equinix Board of Directors, she is a member of Berkeley’s Engineering Advisory Board, a member of the Intel Foundation Board, and is part of Intel’s Latinx Leadership Council.
Lincoln Financial Group
Jen Warne is Senior Vice President, Chief Talent Officer for Lincoln Financial Group.
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.
Mr. Ellis was formerly the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for United Airlines. In this role, he was responsible for the strategy, design and ongoing management of HR programs focused on talent management, diversity and inclusion, talent acquisition, compensation, and benefits. He was also responsible for employee relations, which included the delivery of HR services to employees and managers, as well as strategic HR consultation with business leaders. Previously, Mr. Ellis was a managing consultant at Towers Watson where he provided strategic human capital advice to clients in the healthcare, oil and gas, retail and technology industries.
Mr. Ellis proudly served as a member of the United States Marine Corps. He graduated from DePaul University and most recently completed the Stanford Executive Program.
Thomas Gaissmaier is Chief People Officer for Match Group.
Amy Thompson is Chief People Officer for Mattel.
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
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.
As the Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Corporate Social Responsibility 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 Daimler’s commitment to foster a diverse workforce and inclusive environment. This includes ensuring that employment, dealer development, training, marketing and media, purchasing and philanthropic outreach activities are implemented in ways that direct and uphold the strategic direction of the company’s national diversity and community 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 PricewaterhouseCoopers 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 over 18 years of HR strategy consulting and change management experience in data analysis; 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 serves on the Board of Directors for National Diversity Council (GA Chapter) and is a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP). Most recently, Career Mastered Magazine presented Erica with the 2020 Diversity Leadership in Action Award and Savoy Magazine recognized her in its 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.
The 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.
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.
Louise Pentland brings a global understanding of business, leadership, innovation and culture to her role as PayPal’s Chief Business Affairs & Legal Officer. Having spent more than 20 years serving in leadership roles, and the past decade as a C-Suite level executive, at innovative global technology companies, Louise has established herself as a key stakeholder in driving digital transformation and ecommerce. Leveraging this experience and her innate strengths as both a key problem solver and strong contributor, Louise brings deep expertise and passion for transforming companies through change leadership, driving results, creating a culture of collaboration and innovation, and building high performing functions to the PayPal leadership team.
In her role as Chief Business Affairs & Legal Officer, Louise is responsible for PayPal’s global People, Legal, Communications, Intellectual Property, Government Relations and Social Innovation functions. In this position, she drives focus on PayPal’s financial, regulatory and legal requirements across all global markets and engages stakeholders to promote PayPal’s reputation globally through corporate affairs initiatives. She is also responsible for PayPal’s People function, which leads and drives leadership excellence, culture, training, workforce planning, employee relations, compensation, benefits, as well as diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Under her leadership, PayPal has expanded affinity group offerings and employee engagement opportunities aligned with the company’s mission, vision and values, including the legal team’s international pro-bono initiative, which serves the needs of global communities. This initiative is of personal importance to Louise, who was recently recognized for her efforts in this area as the recipient of the 2016 National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) Exemplar Award.
In addition to her pro bono contributions, including volunteer work with human rights organizations and supporting at-risk children seeking asylum, Louise dedicates her time to offering legal support to women and children victims of domestic violence, and serves as an active supporter of diversity in the workplace. She works enthusiastically to mentor women, both at PayPal and beyond, and is a strong advocate for women in senior leadership and board roles.
Louise was recognized by the California Diversity Council as one of the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology in 2017. In 2016, she was named one of the world’s Top 30 General Counsels by the Financial Times, and one of America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsels by the National Law Journal. Louise was also named General Counsel of the Year of a Public Company over $1 Billion category at the 2016 Bay Area Corporate Counsel Awards, presented by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and the San Francisco Business Times. In 2015, she was named as one of sixty top Women Leaders in Tech Law by The Recorder.
Before joining PayPal, Louise served as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at Nokia Corporation where she managed a team of 400+ lawyers, IP experts, government relations professionals and support staff working in more than 30 countries. During this time, she led M&A integration and ran an IP P&L in excess of one billion euros annually. Consistently cited for its excellence in IP management, the Nokia legal team she managed was named Europe’s most innovative in-house legal team by the Financial Times in 2011.
Louise has served as a member of Hitachi’s Board of Directors since 2015. She was named to the Board of Directors of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley in May 2016, an organization with the mission to advance the rights of under-represented individuals and families through legal services, advocacy and educational outreach. Louise also served on the Board of the Nokia Siemens Networks, a joint venture between Nokia and Siemens, from 2012 to 2014, and played a leading role in the sale of Nokia’s handset business to Microsoft.
Louise is licensed to practice law in England, Wales, Ireland, and is a licensed attorney admitted to the New York bar. Louise is currently based out of Austin, Texas.
Ronald Schellekens is Chief Human Resources Officer for Pepsico.
Jon Couture is Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer for Principal Financial.
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.
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.
Gunjan Aggarwal is Chief People Officer for RingCentral.
Enabling fast-growing companies through talent strategy is in Abby’s DNA. As Chief People Officer for SailPoint, Abby’s charter is to recruit and grow the strongest identity team in the industry. Having been with SailPoint since 2011, Abby created the company’s original “People Team,” including driving a differentiated employee experience and a globally recognized organizational culture. Her strong drive to attract and retain the best talent in the industry has not only helped to make SailPoint a leader in identity but SailPoint is now regularly recognized by Glassdoor, Fortune and Austin Business Journal for its values-driven culture. In addition to driving all areas of talent strategy for SailPoint, Abby is also responsible for SailPoint’s global facilities and real estate footprint. Prior to SailPoint, Abby held various Human Resources positions including ten years at Trilogy, comprehensive acquisition work with Versata Software and additional time at BMC Software and IntelliQuest. Abby holds a BBA in Management from the University of Texas at Austin.
Service Employees International Union
Ayesha Whyte serves as the Chief of Human Resources for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Ayesha is a seasoned and strategic human resources leader with expertise in employee engagement and employment law. She has enjoyed a diverse career as an employment attorney and HR professional. Ayesha has served in leadership roles at The Walt Disney Company and Amtrak. Prior to her role at SEIU, Ayesha served as the Counsel & Director of Employee Relations for WeWork.
Ayesha received her Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida. Ayesha is also a certified Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR).
During her spare time, Ayesha provides legal services as a pro-bono attorney in voter rights and voter protection matters. She is also an active Girl Scout.
Pat Wadors Chief Talent Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer Pat Wadors joined ServiceNow in September 2017 and serves as the Chief Talent Office and Chief Human Resources Officer for ServiceNow. Prior to joining ServiceNow, Wadors was Senior Vice President Global Talent Organization at LinkedIn where her focus was on recruiting and developing top talent, driving organizational transformation, supporting a highly engaged workforce and growing LinkedIn’s global footprint. Additionally, Wadors held human resources leadership positions at Plantronics, Yahoo!, Align Technology and Applied Materials. Wadors earned her B.S. in business management with a concentration in human resources management and a minor in psychology from Ramapo College of New Jersey.
Society for Human Resource Management
Alexander Alonso, PhD, SHRM-SCP is the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM’s) Chief Knowledge Officer leading operations for SHRM’s Certified Professional and Senior Certified Professional certifications, research functions, and the SHRM Knowledge Advisor service. He is responsible for all research activities, including the development of the SHRM Competency Model and SHRM credentials.
During his career, he has worked with numerous subject matter experts worldwide with the aim of identifying performance standards, developing competency models, designing organizational assessments, and conducting job analyses. He was also responsible for working on contract task orders involving the development of measurement tools for content areas such as job knowledge (like teacher knowledge of instructional processes) and organizational climates (like organizational climate forecasting in military health care).
Dr. Alonso received his doctorate in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Florida International University in 2003. His works have been recognized for their contribution to real-world issues. They include being recognized by the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology (Division 14 of the APA; SIOP) with the 2007 M. Scott Myers Award for Applied Research in the Workplace for the development of the federal standard for medical team training, TeamSTEPPS; being awarded a 2009 Presidential Citation for Innovative Practice by the American Psychological Association for supporting the development of competency model for team triage in emergency medicine; and receiving the 2013 SIOP Distinguished Early Career Contributions for Practice Award.
Throughout his career, he has published works in peer-reviewed journals such as Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, Journal of Applied Psychology, International Journal of Selection and Assessment, People and Strategy, Personality and Individual Differences, Quality and Safety in Health Care, and Human Resources Management Review. He has also authored several chapters on community-based change initiatives in workforce readiness, as well as co-authoring Defining HR Success: A Guide to the SHRM Competency Model in Practice.
Dr. Alonso also served as a columnist analyzing major trends in the workforce for The Industrial Psychologist and HR Magazine. In addition, he has served on several professional society boards including the SIOP and the Personnel Testing Council of Metropolitan Washington.
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.
Becky Cantieri is Chief People Officer for SurveyMonkey.
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.
TGW Logistics Group
Alex Ruch is currently the Director of Human Resources for TGW, an Austrian intralogistics provider. He has global human resource experience in a variety of industries including aerospace, consumer products, and healthcare. Alex holds a Bachelors degree in Business and Psychology from Hope College and a Masters Degree from Cornell University.
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.
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.
United States Steel Corporation
Barry Melnkovic Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer Barry Melnkovic joined U. S. Steel in May 2017 as vice president and chief human resources officer (CHRO) and advanced to senior vice president and CHRO in March 2018. Mr. Melnkovic also serves as the company’s chief inclusion and diversity officer (CIDO). In these roles, he is accountable for all facets of the company’s global human resources, inclusion and diversity, and labor relations strategies and organizations. As he has throughout his career, he is focused on driving financial results through people, with particular emphasis on attracting, developing and retaining top-level talent and creating a high-performing organization that puts safety first at all times. Previously, he served as executive vice president and chief human capital officer, Labor Relations, Diversity and Lean Enterprise Solutions for National Railroad Passenger Corporation / Amtrak. He was also a corporate officer and executive committee member while at Amtrak. During his tenure, Mr. Melnkovic developed and executed Amtrak’s human and labor relations strategies for the company’s large workforce. He established an enterprise-wide lean six sigma function and developed a culture of operational excellence and accountability. Mr. Melnkovic’ s contributions and leadership in these areas played a leading role in the Amtrak team’s ability to achieve key business objectives in delivering record revenue, ridership, customer satisfaction and savings. During his tenure, Amtrak made the Forbes Best Employers list and significantly improved its standing year over year. The company also made the inaugural STEM Jobs list and in 2016 ranked first in the transportation industry. Amtrak also won numerous awards as a veterans’ destination employer of choice and earned Workforce magazine’s highest honor, the Optimas Award for General Excellence, in 2014. He was named the 2016 HR Executive of the Year by Human Resource Executive magazine. Prior to joining Amtrak, Mr. Melnkovic served as the top human resources leader at Lilly Industries, Motor Coach Industries and Holland America Line. He also held senior corporate leadership and officer roles at Owens Corning, including vice president – human resources, vice president – talent management and organizational effectiveness, and interim chief operating officer for one of the company’s business units. Earlier in his career, Mr. Melnkovic advanced through increasingly responsible positions in the human resources, labor relations, compensation and benefits fields at Cummins Engine Company and Ashland Chemical. Mr. Melnkovic began his professional career at PPG Industries. His approaches to leadership development, ergonomics and applied safety training were used to drive significant improvements in safety, cost and quality at an underperforming facility and were adopted globally. He also served as controller of a PPG business unit during his tenure. Mr. Melnkovic has also served as vice president – talent management and business development at a search and consulting practice. Mr. Melnkovic is certified by the HR Certification Institute as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). He has also been recognized multiple times for his accomplishments and leadership in his field. In addition to being named the 2016 HR Executive of the Year by Human resource Executive magazine, he also was awarded the 2016 Chief Human Resources Officer of the Year in the Large Company category by the HR Leadership Awards of Greater Washington, D.C. One year prior, Evanta recognized him with its HR Breakaway Leaders Award, which honors CHROs whose leadership elevated the performances of their people, partners and business. Aon selected Amtrak for its HR Innovation and Excellence award from more than 400 organizations based on talent, total rewards and HRIS excellence. A native of Windber, Pa., Mr. Melnkovic is the son of a retired U. S. Steel crane operator and welder who spent much of his career at the company’s former Johnstown Works in Johnstown, Pa. Mr. Melnkovic earned a bachelor’s degree in economics with honors from the University of Pittsburgh and received a master’s degree in human resources from Rutgers University.
Universal Music Group
Eric Hutcherson is EVP, Chief People & Inclusion Officer for Universal Music Group.
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Danielle Lombard-Sims, Ph.D., SPHR, is the Vice Chancellor/Chief Human Resources Officer at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). In this role, Dr. Lombard-Sims is responsible for developing and implementing a Human Resources Strategic Plan consistent with the university’s strategic plan, charting a course for change management, process improvements, leadership development, and greater organizational effectiveness for the university. She previously served in human resources executive roles at Regional One Health, LSU Health Sciences Center and Ochsner Health System.
Dr. Lombard-Sims has more than 20 years of human resources leadership experience. She earned her Senior Professional in HR certification (SPHR) and has been a certified HR professional since 1999. Originally from New Orleans, she graduated summa cum laude from Spring Hill College; obtained a Master’s Degree from Purdue University in Industrial/Organizational Psychology; obtained a second Master’s Degree in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University; and earned a doctorate in Global Leadership with a specialization in Organizational Management from the Indiana Institute of Technology.
Dr. Lombard-Sims has also co-authored three research articles, which were published in the Journal of Business and Psychology, Computers and Human Behavior, and the Journal of Developmental Education.
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.
Greg Cunningham is Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer for U.S. Bank.
Christy Pambianchi Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Christine M. Pambianchi is Verizon’s lead HR officer, managing all compensation, benefits, talent acquisition, diversity and inclusion, training and labor relations functions for the nation’s leading provider of fiber-optic and global Internet networks and services. Prior to joining Verizon in July 2019, Christy was the Executive Vice President of People & Digital at Corning Incorporated. At Corning, she served in a variety of roles of increasing responsibility including Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Division Vice President of Business Human Resources, and Vice President of Human Resources. Prior to working at Corning Incorporated, Christy worked at PepsiCo, Incorporated for ten years. Corporate and charitable leadership Christy is an active leader in her community and served as the president of the Board of Directors at the Alternative School for Math and Science, as a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Corning Foundation and a Member of the Board of the Cornell Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies (CAHRS). Christy is also Board member for the Lumina Foundation, a national foundation dedicated increasing the percentage of Americans with post-secondary education or credentials. She is an active supporter for FIRST Robotics, where she has also coached a team for five seasons. Personal and educational background Christy holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and lives in New Jersey with her spouse and four children.
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.
Donnie Upshaw has served as Senior Vice President of People since November 2019. He joined the team in April 2018 as Vice President of People. Before joining Wingstop, Donnie served as Vice President of HR for Credit Corp for two years, where he led initiatives that improved financial performance, fostered internal talent, and instilled a stronger focus on employee culture and overall satisfaction. Prior to joining Credit Corp, Donnie served as Director of HR and Compliance at Energy Dispatch a subsidiary of RaceTrac Petroleum Inc.
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.
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.