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2014 Global Conference Speaker Biographies

Speaker Biographies

Mila N. Baker, author and associate professor, New York University     

Dr. Baker is a business executive with 30 years experience in the field of human resource management, strategic leadership, organization development, design and change. She has held senior positions at Fortune 50 multinational companies and international organizations. She currently works at New York University and is a Visiting Professor at the University of Kuwait. Mila has been responsible for the design, implementation and success of major change initiatives, organization design and leadership programs. Her focus is on aligning people strategy, business strategy and organization culture, values and purpose. She is the author of Peer to Peer Leadership: Why the Network is the Leader and was named the 2014 recipient of the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Baker is a member of SHRM, HRPS, Academy of Management, SIOP, ILA, the OD Network and NTL Institute.  

David Bernstein, vice president, Big Data for HR - Data Analytics Division, eQuest

David Bernstein is the head of eQuest’s new Big Data for HR/Predictive Analytics Division, which enables organizations in making better-informed decisions about their recruiting and hiring strategy. He is responsible for developing consulting services and custom business solutions that leverage eQuest's Big Data. David’s focus is on yielding critical insights
for HR departments to drive talent acquisition and workforce planning strategies.

Mr. Bernstein is uniquely qualified to discuss these topics, with his long history of creating innovative HR technology strategies for Fortune 500 companies.  His background includes pioneering HR technology roles at PeopleSoft, start-up company leadership defining Internet-based HR solutions, and building HR technology platforms for global companies such as Solectron and Hitachi.

David speaks and writes internationally on the strategic capabilities Big Data brings to HR. 

He writes the blog, “Floating Point” and has been a featured speaker for SHRM, HCI, HRO, and HRIQ.  He has also been a presenter at IHRIM and IQPC conferences.  David earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley.

Lindsay Booher, manager, Human Factors, Center of Excellence, Exxon Mobil 

Lindsay began his career with Exxon Corporation in 1983 as an Industrial Hygienist with Exxon Company, USA. Since that time, he has held various managerial assignments in Refining and Supply, Biomedical Sciences, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, and ExxonMobil Corporation. He currently serves as the Manager, Human Factors Center of Excellence.

Richard Brasley, regional people manager, West Coast, Brooks Brothers

Mr. Brasley has 30 years’ experience in Retail Management. Since joining Brooks Brothers in 1998, he has held several Store leadership positions throughout the US. Additionally, Mr. Brasley has mentored and trained over 100 new managers to the organization, led numerous work teams to launch significant organizational initiatives, and currently is a participant on the BBGT Talent Management work team.

Ron Capelle, president and CEO, Capelle Associates Inc. 

Ron Capelle has over 35 years of organization experience. He and his colleagues have developed the Optimizing Organization Design® approach based on over 100 large scale projects and 24 research studies that they have conducted over the past 25 years. The research and client experience shows that this approach leads to better employee satisfaction, customer satisfaction and financial performance. Ron is the author of Optimizing Organization Design: A Proven Approach to Enhance Financial Performance, Customer Satisfaction and Employee Engagement and has supported global clients with operations in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. He has a Ph.D. from York University and is also a Certified Management Consultant (CMC); a Certified Organization Development Consultant; a Registered Psychologist (CPsych); and a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP).

Keith Caver, North America Practice Leader, Talent Management and Organizational Alignment, Towers Watson 

Throughout his career, Keith has coached executive and senior leaders of Fortune 500 and global  organizations from a wide range of industries. He is a retired U.S. Air Force officer with extensive global command and strategic operational experience in some of the world’s most challenging regions. Upon retiring from the military, he joined the business sector, where he led a global leadership "think tank" customized business unit responsible for client management, program design, faculty development, content formulation, delivery, and quality for North America. Keith holds a B.S. (magna cum laude) from Park University and an M.S. from the Air Force Institute of Technology and is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill’s Senior Executive Program.

James Cornehlsen, founding member, Culture Collaborative

Jim is a founding member of the Culture Collaborative, hosted by The TAI Group, Bizbash and The Open Future Institute.  Their goal is to foster a collaborative community around the importance of culture in driving performance, commitment and purpose in the new economy.

Jonathan Diller, vice president, Enterprise Solutions, Elance

Jonathan leads the Elance enterprise solutions team, driving enterprise customer success and enabling workforce innovation for medium and large businesses. During his tenure at Elance, Jonathan has become a talent supply management expert and was instrumental in the development of the first generation Elance Services Procurement and Management platform now owned by IBM. Prior to joining Elance, Jonathan held management positions at BlueStar Solutions and Arthur Andersen, where he was responsible for developing and deploying Ariba solutions. Jonathan holds an MBA, MIS and BS in Biology from the University of Arizona.

Susan Dunn, partner, Mercer 

Working in Mercer’s Leadership Development group, Susan Dunn has conducted extensive research on managing virtual and lateral teams, and on how analysts assess and assign a value to leadership as they develop their stock price recommendations.
Marc Freedman, CEO and founder, Encore

Marc Freedman spearheaded the creation of Experience Corps (now AARP Experience Corps), mobilizing Americans over 55 to improve the education of low-income children, and The Purpose Prize, an annual $100,000 award for social innovators in the second half of life. Freedman is the author of The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including an Ashoka Senior Fellowship. Fast Company magazine selected him three years in a row as one of the nation’s leading social entrepreneurs and in 2010 The NonProfit Times picked Freedman as one of the 50 most influential individuals in the nonprofit sector. He is a graduate of Swarthmore College, holds an MBA from Yale University and was a Visiting Research Fellow of Kings College, University of London.

Bernardo Ferdman, professor of organizational psychology, California School of Professional Psychology of Alliant International University, and a leadership and organization development consultant

Bernardo Ferdman is passionate about helping to create an inclusive world in which more of us can be fully ourselves. Bernardo consults, writes, speaks, teaches, and conducts research on diversity and inclusion, multicultural leadership, Latinos/Latinas in the workplace, and bringing one’s whole self to work. A professor of organizational psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology of Alliant International University and a leadership and organization development consultant with three decades of experience, Bernardo has worked with organizations in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America to foster inclusion, to implement effective ways of using everyone’s talents and contributions, and to build multicultural and cross-cultural competencies on the part of individuals, teams, and the whole organization, as well as to inspire individuals to find their own voice and make their full contribution.

Marianne Gattinella, vice president, Enterprise Human Resources, McGraw Hill Financial     

In her current role, Marianne is responsible for delivering strategic human resources plans to the Enterprise functions and works in close partnership with the CFO, CTO, Chief Legal Counsel and EVP marketing/Communications. She also leads the Employee Relations, COE. Most recently, she led the Talent, Selection and Staffing process for the Company’s Growth and Value Plan and assumed a lead role in the HR Transformation initiative. Marianne has a MBA from the University of Hartford and a BS with a concentration in Management from the University of Rhode Island. She is currently on the Board of Directors for the New York Human Resources Planning Society and the Business Advisory Council for the University of Rhode Island.  

Britt Huber, vice president, Human Resources, Kiva

Britt Huber serves as the Vice President, Human Resources for Kiva, the world's first personal micro-lending marketplace with a mission of connecting people through lending to alleviate global poverty. Britt has been responsible for supporting the organization’s doubling in size with relevant people strategies, HR operations and internationalization, which included establishing an office in Nairobi, Kenya. Britt and her team also steward Kiva’s organizational T.R.E.A.T. values-based culture (T.R.E.A.T. is an acronym for Transparency, respect, entrepreneurialism, accountability and teamwork). Britt holds an M.B.A. degree from St. Mary’s College, Moraga, California and a SPHR-Certification.
Ambrosia Humphrey, VP of Talent, HootSuite

 As VP of Human Resources, Ambrosia's tech, operations, and hyper growth experience provide invaluable assets for leading HootSuite's talent management. Overseeing human capital strategies across our global operations, she specializes in organizational development and stakeholder maximization She has grown and managed teams in North America and Europe; developing top talent, culture, and innovative practices across all organizational levels. Ambrosia works with many local non-profit foundations and is the co-founder of children’s music initiative Sing it Fwd. She is a graduate of Simon Fraser University.

Jeremy Hunter, assistant professor of Practice, Peter F. Drucker School of Management, Claremont Graduate University


Since 1999 Jeremy Hunter has been affiliated with the Peter F. Drucker School of Management, where he teaches in the Executive Management and MBA programs and has been voted Professor of the Year three times. He created and still teaches The Practice of Self-Management and The Executive Mind, a series of challenging and transformative executive education programs dedicated to managing oneself. These courses were among the first to introduce mindfulness practice (a rigorous form of mental discipline) as well as attention training and emotional management in a management context. Jeremy is also actively involved in the civic leadership programs of the Southern California Leadership Network as a Senior Curriculum Fellow, teaching The Internal Dynamics of Leadership to give leaders the inner skills needed to deal with life’s challenges. Jeremy also serves as part of the executive coaching team with Corporate Coaching International, co-founded by Lois Frankel, author of the bestselling books Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich and Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office. From 1994-2004, Jeremy Hunter served as Research Director of the Quality of Life Research Center, which he co-founded with Jeanne Nakamura and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi at the Drucker School of Management.

Melissa Jones, vice president of Human Resources, CSAAIG      

Melissa is responsible for the company’s human resources strategy and programs including talent management, development, learning, performance management, compensation, benefits, talent acquisition and organizational effectiveness. Prior to joining AAA in 2009, Melissa held senior human resources leadership positions in the financial services industry, most recently as First Vice President, Human Resources with Washington Mutual and its acquirer JP Morgan Chase. Melissa is a graduate of Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo with a BS in Social Sciences, a Certificate in Human Resources Management from UC Santa Cruz and a MBA from Brandman University. 

Jere Brooks King, marketing consultant, nonprofit volunteer, 2012 Encore Fellow

Jere Brooks King is a retired high technology marketing executive who is serving as a marketing consultant and nonprofit volunteer in her community.  During 2012, she was an Encore Fellow with Abilities United, a Palo Alto non-profit focused on community inclusion that has been serving children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities.  For more than 35 years prior, she held a variety of executive positions at technology companies such as IBM, Auto-trol Technology, SDRC, Autodesk, and Cisco. Most recently, Jere was a vice president of marketing at Cisco Systems for 16 years, retiring in November 2011.  Jere brings significant experience in marketing and communications to her nonprofit volunteer and board positions.  She holds an from the University of Denver and a B.A. degree in Liberal Arts from Kalamazoo College

Leslye Louie, national director, Encore Fellowships Network

Leslye Louie was a General Manager and Vice President at the Hewlett Packard Company. During her 20-year career, Louie held numerous senior sales, marketing, operations and finance positions in the high-tech industry in the United States and Europe. In 2009, Louie participated in the Silicon Valley Encore Fellows pilot, working at Partners in School Innovation, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that works with low-income public schools to achieve educational equity through school-based reform. During her part-time, yearlong fellowship, Louie implemented a performance management system, revamped the human resources policies and practices and served as the group’s interim executive director during a leadership transition. Louie credits the fellowship with enabling her to make a successful transition from an extensive for-profit career to an encore career in the social sector. Louie is now working for, directing its efforts to expand the fellows program nationally.

Tonushree Mondal, North American Practice Leader, Mercer 

Ms. Mondal is the North American Practice Leader for Mercer’s Leadership and Organization Practice and a Partner based in Philadelphia. Tonushree leads projects in the areas of talent management strategy and implementation, M&A, leadership development, competency modeling, performance, succession and career management, and linking pay and performance.  Tonushree has a graduate degree in Economics from Jadavpur University, India. She has an MBA in Human Resources from XLRI, India. She is a member and speaker at WorldatWork and the Conference Board. 

Donna Morris, senior vice president of People and Places, Adobe

As senior vice president of People and Places, Donna Morris drives organizational strategies that support the company’s growth, talent management, rewards and workplaces for more than 11,000 employees worldwide. A key priority for Morris is continuing to build upon a culture and set of values that make Adobe a place where people can do and be their best. During her career, Morris has led both generalist and specialist human resources functions in the high technology, communications and governmentfields. Morris has earned several industry honors, including 2013 Top 10 Breakaway Leader from Evanta; Human Resources Professional of the Year in Ottawa, Canada, and the Silicon Valley YWCA’s Tribute to Women (TWIN) Award. She is currently on the board of directors for the Adobe Foundation and SecondHarvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties in California. Morris has a bachelor’s degree from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, and holds the Senior HR Professional (SHRP) and Canadian Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designations.

Nellie Morris, Co-Founder & Co-Creator, Purpose Generation

Nellie is the co-founder of Purpose Generation, which is a strategy and consulting firm helping iconic brands better engage the next generation of consumers and talent by building meaningful communities. Prior to Purpose Generation, Nellie was in South Africa working for Nexii helping launch the world’s first regulated social stock market. She has had previous experience with Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management and Clearbrook Global, where she was responsible for making recommendations for integrating impact investing into the firm’s business practices. She was the Student Brand Manager for Red Bull. Currently, she serves as co-chair on the board of Circle of Women. Nellie is a graduate of Princeton University where she pursued a degree in Near Eastern Studies with a certificate in Women’s Studies. Nellie speaks Arabic and grew up in Dubai and London before moving to the United States.

Sheila M. O’Neill, vice president of Human Resources, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services

Sheila’s responsibilities include leading Standard & Poor’s global talent management strategy, including organizational design, leadership development, succession planning, performance management, and employee engagement. Sheila serves on Standard & Poor’s Executive Committee and has been with McGraw-Hill since 2000. From 2007 to 2012 she served as Vice President of Human Resources for McGraw-Hill’s Commodities & Commercial Markets business. In addition to leading the talent management strategy, Sheila played active roles in acquisition and divestiture activities. Previously, she was Vice President of Human Resources for the Corporate groups at McGraw-Hill. Sheila received a bachelor’s degree in History from Montclair State University and holds a master’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University/Baruch College.

Steven Rice, executive vice president, Human Resources, Juniper Networks

Steven Rice is Executive Vice President, Human Resources at Juniper Networks. Rice joined Juniper Networks in 2006 and leads the human resources organization that supports the company's operations worldwide. He is responsible for leading Juniper Networks’ people strategy of creating an inspired community of people able, committed, and empowered to achieve amazing success.  Rice’s 30+ year career spans a range of HR leadership positions both at Hewlett-Packard and in his current role at Juniper Networks. Rice also chairs the Juniper Networks Foundation Fund, which uses the power of the new network to take on the toughest challenges facing our communities to change the world.

Tony Rogers, senior consultant, Talent Management division, Right Management’s Gulf region

With Right Management since 2002, Tony Rogers is a Senior Consultant in the Talent Management division and provides leadership on client engagements in Right Management’s Gulf region.  Prior to his tenure with Right Management, Tony was a Senior Executive with Accenture's (Andersen Consulting) Human Performance practice from 1985 to 2001, where he led numerous large scale transformation projects and also coached leaders in their role as change leaders. He primarily serves clients in the energy industry, including upstream, mid-stream, and downstream, from globally integrated super-majors to independent exploration and service companies.  

Renée Smith, senior consultant, Talent Management and Organizational Alignment, Towers Watson            

Renée is a Senior Consultant, leading talent management efforts for Northern California and based in San Francisco. Since joining the firm in 1998, she has worked with clients on a variety of projects involving market pricing, job evaluation, salary structure design, competency model creation, career ladder deployment, career management training, incentive plan design, and total rewards studies to support business objectives. She has contributed to 100 client engagements across many industries, including pharmaceutical, financial services, high tech, and consumer products. Renée has played a significant role developing Towers Watson’s intellectual capital and service offerings in the talent management space and serves as the firm’s leading global expert in career management and competency model design. Renée earned a BBA with an emphasis in corporate finance and management from the Goizueta School of Business at Emory University in Atlanta (summa cum laude). 

Paul Storfer, senior partner and solution leader, Korn Ferry         

Paul has facilitated the building of core competency models with senior executives from Fortune 500 clients, and has modeled hundreds of positions for various clients. He has managed skills transformations, helping employees update to current skill sets, and has worked with scores of organizations to solve problems associated with moving to new technologies and tools. Paul has re-engineered, redesigned, and restructured organizations, establishing standards for compensation, job design, and broad banding. He has performed skills inventories, assessed employee skill strengths and weaknesses, performed gap analyses, and prepared development plans to improve skills and facilitate career development, aligning skills with training and development resources.  Paul chairs the Competencies and Performance Management workgroups for HR-XML, and is an officer on their Board of Directors.

Maryellen Valaitis, chief human resource officer and senior vice president, Human Resources, McGraw-Hill Education

As MHE’s leader of the human resources team, Maryellen’s major responsibilities include talent acquisition, talent development, performance management and rewards & recognition. Prior to her current role, Ms. Valaitis held the senior human resources positions for MHE’s PreK-12 business unit and the Customer Service& Global Technology group. She holds an Executive Masters of Business Administration from Baldwin-Wallace College and a bachelor’s degree in Personnel and Labor Relations from Cleveland State University. Ms. Valaitis is a member of the board of directors of the McGraw-Hill Employees Federal Credit Union.

Amber Wiseley, America’s Retirement Design Strategist, Intel

Amber Wiseley is Intel’s America’s Retirement Design Strategist.  Amber is responsible for the design and strategy of Intel’s retirement programs in the United States, Canada, and Latin America.  Prior to her current role, Amber was a compensation analyst for Intel’s Labor Cost efforts, an Intel’s Compensation and Benefits Consultant for the R&D/Engineering divisions and Intel Capital. She has also enjoyed a six month expatriate assignment in Shanghai, China and held various finance roles at Intel. Amber holds a BS in Finance from California State University of Chico and an MBA from Arizona State University.







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