Eva Sage-Gavin, Vice Chair
The Aspen Institute's Skills America's Future Advisory Board.

Eva Sage-Gavin is Vice Chair of the Aspen Institute's Skills for America's Future Advisory Board, working directly with senior White House leaders, community colleges and corporations to build skilled workforces. She is a member of the HR Policy Association board and chairs its Workforce Development committee.In 2013, she became the ninth member and first female elected to the Board of Directors of Sapient, a technology marketing firm based in Boston, and serves on its Compensation Committee.

Previously, she was Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources and Corporate Affairs, at Gap Inc. In her role as Chief People Officer, she set the strategy for the company's internal and external communications, government and public affairs, social and environmental responsibility, foundation, as well as human resources operations for 136,000 employees worldwide.

Michael J. Arena, Ph.D., Chief Talent Officer
General Motors Corporation.

Michael Arena is the Chief Talent Officer for General Motors Corporation. He is responsible for enterprise talent management, talent & organizational analytics, talent acquisition, leadership development and global learning. Since joining General Motors, he has employed an evidence-based approach to driving organizational performance, leveraging such concepts as predictive analytics and network analysis to empirically determine talent needs across the pipeline. These approaches have been complemented with qualitative research methods such as design thinking to discover the effective nuances of local solutions.

Arena also launched the General Motors InnovationXchange Lab, which provides a global platform to connect individuals and ideas across the business to amplify impact. These interactions are designed to produce new solutions and innovations that enable adaptive responses to external pressures and demands.

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Bill George, Senior Fellow
Harvard Business School and former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Medtronic, Inc.

Bill George is a Senior Fellow at Harvard Business School, where he has taught leadership since 2004, and is the former Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Medtronic. He is the author of four best-selling books: Authentic Leadership, True North, Finding Your True North, and 7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis. Professor George is faculty chair of HBS's executive education program Authentic Leadership Development and co-chair of Leading Global Enterprises.

He joined Medtronic in 1989 as President and Chief Operating Officer, was Chief Executive Officer from 1991-2001, and Chairman of the Board from 1996 to 2002. Earlier in his career, he was an executive with Honeywell and Litton Industries and served in the U.S. Department of Defense. Mr. George currently serves as a director of ExxonMobil, Goldman Sachs, Mayo Clinic, and also recently served on the board of Novartis and Target. He is a director of Minnesota's Destination Medical Center Corporation, World Economic Forum USA, and the Guthrie Theater.

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Anita McCaslin, Director of Global Staffing
Starbucks Coffee Company.

Anita McCaslin is a director of Talent Acquisition for Starbucks. She joined the company in 2000 and has held various roles in Human Resources including generalist roles in corporate functions and international,organization development and most recently, talent acquisition. In her role, Anita is responsible for the operational programs that support creating a world class hiring experience for candidates.

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Andrew Razeghi, Founder/Managing Director
StrategyLab, Inc. & Lecturer, Kellogg School of Management.

Andrew Razeghiis a professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and Partner at Clareo, an innovation consulting firm specializing in helping organizations become more agile and more creative in how they compete. His consulting work spans industries from consumer-packaged goods to media; technology to financial services; and entertainment to professional sports. A few of his consulting clients include Allstate, The New York Times, Novartis, PepsiCo, Qualcomm and others.

At Kellogg, Razeghi teaches coursework on growth strategy, entrepreneurship and innovation and is consistently ranked among top faculty. In addition to advising the executive teams of Fortune 500 and private equity backed companies,Razeghi walks the talk as a Limited Partner inTechStars, the worlds leading new venture accelerator.

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Eric Severson, Senior Vice President
Gap Inc. Global talent solutions

Eric Severson is Senior Vice President of Global Talent Solutions, responsible for enterprise talent management for Gap Inc.'s 135,000 employees, including strategy, total rewards, technology, performance, engagement, development, organizational effectiveness, and recruitment. He also oversees HR for Gap Inc.'s business in China and the Growth, Innovation and Digital Division.

Before entering his current position in 2013, Eric was Senior Vice President of Talent for Gap North America, with headquarters in San Francisco and stores in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico -- as well as Outlet stores across Europe and Asia.

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Christine Porath, Associate Professor
MCDonough School of BusinessGeorgetown University.

Christine Porath is an associate professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Her research focuses on leadership, organizational culture, and change. She focuses not only on the effects of bad behavior, but also how organizations can create a more positive environment where people can thrive; and how individuals and organizations benefit.

Christine is co-author of the book,The Cost of Bad Behavior.Her research has appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Consumer Research, Academy of Management Executive, Organizational Dynamics, and other journals and books.

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Joshua Ehrlich, Executive Coach; Chairman
Global Leadership Council.

Josh is a senior advisor and coach who helps leaders drive innovation and change. Heis a leading authority on succeeding in demanding environments and an expert in mindful leadership.Josh is the Chairman of the Global Leadership Council—an international network of specialists in leadership and organizational transformation. He provides advanced training for leaders and OD/LD professionals in coaching and mentoring, and serves as a Master Coach Supervisor for the European Coaching and Mentoring Council. He has contributed to theHarvard Business Review, Wall Street JournalandNPR,and appeared onFox NewsandVoice America. He advises the Aspen Institute on global sustainability and is a featured speaker on Board effectiveness at Stanford's Directors College. His research at Yale and New York University clarified the psychological and physiological mechanisms by which stress impairs effectiveness. Josh is the author ofMindshifting: Focus for Performance(Steiner Books).

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Dr. Camelia Ilie-Cardoza,‎ Dean of Executive Education and Professor
INCAE Business School.

With over 20 years of experience throughout Europe, United States and Latin America, Prof. Camelia Ilie-Cardoza is currently the Dean of Executive Education and Director of the Women's Center at INCAE Business School. Likewise, she co-leads the Women Executive Leadership Program and the Presidents Club with the Rector of the INCAE Business School.

Dr. Ilie-Cardoza has taught programs regarding personal and team development, neuroscience, leadership and change management with innovative and high-impact methods. This has allowed her to cooperate with multinational companies of the standing of Telefónica, Ferrovial, Gas Natural, Repsol, Santander Bank, Iberdrola, PWC, Banco de España, Pfizer, Novartis, Maersk, YPFB, Bunge, IDB, Roche, COPA, Avianca, among many others. She also collaborated with prestigious academic institutions such as ESADE, IE Business School, Georgetown, and Columbia University.

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Paul Taylor, Senior Fellow

Pew Research Center

Paul Taylor is a senior fellow at the Pew Research Center, a non-partisan "fact tank" that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. From 2004 to 2014, he had served as the center's executive vice president and oversaw all of its demographic, social and generational research.

He is the author of The Next America: Boomers, Millennials and the Looming Generational Showdown, (PublicAffairs,2014), a book about demographic change; See How They Run (Knopf, 1990), a book about presidential campaigns, and co-author of The Old News Versus the New News (Twentieth Century Fund, 1992) a book about political journalism.

Before helping to launch the Pew Research Center in 2003, he served as president and board chairman of the Alliance for Better Campaigns, a public interest group that sought to reduce the cost and improve the content of political campaign communication on television. The Alliance's honorary co-chairs were Walter Cronkite and former Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter.

Prior to launching the Alliance, he was a newspaper reporter for 25 years, the last 14 at The Washington Post, where he covered national politics and served as bureau chief in South Africa during the historic transformation from apartheid to democracy.

He has a BA from Yale University and twice served as the visiting Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University.

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Anna Tavis, founder  
Global Lab plus

GlobalLabPlus a consulting firm which assists organizations in re-thinking, re-tooling and transforming their cultures. Anna's global consulting practice spans a broad variety of industries and public and private sectors.  Prior to founding GlobalLabPlus, Anna’s corporate career spanned a broad variety of industries including financial services (banking and insurance), technology, manufacturing and  pharmaceutical firms. She has held senior internal positions with Motorola, Nokia, United Technologies, AIG and BBH.

Anna is currently an adjunct professor at New York University teaching graduate and senior level courses in the departments of Organizational Behavior and Change and in Master’s Program in HR Management at NYU’s SCPS.  She has also served as full time professor at Williams College, MA and Fairfield University, CT and held a post doctorate fellowship at Columbia University.

She is the Executive Editor of People + Strategy Journal,  a highly regarded strategic practitioner focused publication of HR People + Strategy, the executive network of the Society for Human Resource Management. 

She has served on the Board of HR People + Strategy; and is a member of the Brain Trust at NeuroLeadership Institute and an Advisory Board member at East West Institute.

She holds  M.A. and PH.D in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and an Executive MBA certificate in International Business from University of South Carolina School of Business.


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Stuart Kaplan, President

As President, Knightsbridge USA, Stuart is responsible for all Knightsbridge businesses in the US, including Recruitment, Leadership Development, and Learning, and will oversee the development and growth of the Knightsbridge brand in the US.
Prior to Knightsbridge, Stuart was the Global Chief Operating Officer of Korn Ferry's Leadership and Talent Consulting business. He oversaw the business's four-fold growth and global expansion. Stuart also served C-level clients across industries, helping organizations most effectively implement business strategy through people.

Earlier in his career, Stuart spent over a decade at Accenture, where he was the global director of research and development and capability development for that firm's Strategy Consulting practice. He also served Fortune 500 clients as a strategy and management consultant, focusing on competitive market assessment, organization strategy, and new market entry.

Prior to Accenture, Stuart was the general manager for a communications start-up, where he was responsible for the overall operation and growth of the firm. His clients included Intel, IBM, Adobe, and Nestle. Stuart also lived and worked in Japan, and he began his career as a member of the Accelerated Management Program at AT&T.

Mr. Kaplan earned a Masters of Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business. He also holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of California, Davis, and holds several professional certifications.

Stuart is a sought-after thought leader. He has been featured in Forbes, the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times. He has also spoken on the topic of leadership at Northwestern, IE, and Brown Universities and at numerous professional conferences.

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Vince Molinaro, Ph.D., Manager of Talent & Leadership Development

Vince Molinaro is a New York Times Best Selling Author and Managing Director of the Leadership Practice within Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions. As a Senior Executive of this award winning company, Vince has helped create one of the leading brands in the Human Capital industry. As a leader, Vince sets the leadership bar high for himself and his team. He doesn't just preach the leadership stuff – he works hard to live it.

His passion and focus have been to help senior leaders and executives create compelling organizations that drive sustainable growth. How? By building strong leadership cultures where every leader demonstrates personal clarity and commitment to the execution of the business strategy.

Over his career, Vince has worked in several key sectors including energy, pharmaceutical, professional services, technology, financial services, and the public sector.

Vince is regularly called upon by the media for his innovative opinions on the future of leadership. An engaging speaker, he conducts keynote presentations for corporations and conferences. He is the author of the New York Times Best Selling book, The Leadership Contract (Wiley, 2013). He's also co-author of two other successful books: Leadership Solutions (Jossey-Bass, 2007) and The Leadership Gap (Wiley, 2005). He also is an active blogger on www.theleadershipcontract.com. Follow Vince on Twitter @VinceMolinaro.

Vince received his Doctorate from the University of Toronto and conducted pioneering research in holistic leadership. He also has degrees from Brock University and McMaster University.

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William Browning, Partner
Terrapin Bright Green LLC

Bill Browning, Hon. AIA, co-founded Terrapin Bright Green in 2006. He has coauthored several publications including: Green Development, and The Economics of Biophilia. Browning was named one of five people "Making a Difference" by Buildings magazine. Browning founded Rocky Mountain Institute's Green Development Services, was a founding member of US Green Building Council's Board of Directors, and is the Chair of the Greening America.

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Arthur Woods, Co-Founder & COO

Arthur Woods is an entrepreneur, speaker and writer on the future of work. He is the co-founder and COO of Imperative, the first professional platform to help people manage a fulfilling career. Arthur's deep expertise engaging the millennial generation has enabled him to lead both the conversation and innovation around the next generation of work. His efforts have been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, Huffington Post, Washington Post and ABC7's Washington Business Tonight.

Arthur previously led operations for YouTube EDU at Google where he oversaw operations of YouTube for Schools, managed the development of YouTube's first guide for education and co-organized YouTube's inaugural Education Summit. He previously co-founded the Compass Fellowship, the world's largest collegiate social enterprise training program, in over 18 universities worldwide. He also co-founded Out in Tech, the largest technology meet-up for New York's LGBT community. Arthur studied Operations and information Management at Georgetown University and Project Management at Stanford University. He is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and sits on the Boards of the Sierra Institute, Georgetown Technology Alliance and Compass Partners.

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Sarah Froning Nodarse, Ph.D.
Senior Consultant, Towers Watson

Sarah is a senior consultant located in Towers Watson's Chicago office. With a decade of consulting experience, she specializes in the design of employee research strategies that help clients align their cultures with their strategic objectives while maximizing employee engagement. Sarah has led large-scale employee research initiatives for several large companies across a range of industries including financial services, high-tech, biotech, health care, luxury products, and professional services industries. She helped these organizations transition complex surveys from other vendors, evolve their surveys into more effective management tools, discover ways to maximize employee engagement, and evaluate the alignment of their culture to their goals in order to refine their employee value propositions.

Educational background: Ph.D. in cultural anthropology and an M.A. in social sciences from the University of Chicago, as well as undergraduate degrees from Indiana University and the University of Paris, Sorbonne IV. Professional certifications (HCS and SWP) from the Human Capital Institute. Before joining Towers Watson, Sarah worked in the non-profit field, notably serving as both a cross-cultural consultant and a corporate development director for major museums both in the U.S. and in France.

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

During 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's" customized business unit responsible for client management, program design, faculty development, content formulation, delivery, and quality for North America. He has facilitated strategy sessions for leaders in the U.S. congress, Fortune 500 organizations, the military, non-profit and educational institutions.

Keith holds a B.S. (magna cum laude) from Park University and an M.S. from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill's Senior Executive Program. Keith is the author, co-author, or contributor on numerous publications, including Leading in Black and White: Working Across the Racial Divide in Corporate America; Business Leadership; The Handbook of Leadership Development; and "Dear White Boss", which appeared in the Harvard Business Review.

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Mary Ladd Lauria Vice President, Global Talent Management

Mary Ladd Lauria is a senior Talent Management and HR executive with a strong track record of successful leadership and execution across a broad range of disciplines and industries including Health Care, Financial Services, Consumer Products, Energy and Management Consulting.

Mary rejoined Johnson & Johnson in August, 2012 as the VP, Global Talent Management. In this role, Mary is responsible for a global talent strategy that includes programs, process and design around key talent levers including talent acquisition, executive and leadership development and learning. Previous to her role at J&J, Mary was the Chief Human Resources Officer for Constellation Energy based in Baltimore, MD. In this role, she had responsibility for all aspects of the human resources function and was a member of the company's Executive Committee.

She joined Constellation Energy as the Vice President, Chief Talent Officer in April, 2010 where she led the Learning & Organizational Development team. Specifically in this role, she was responsible for the overall strategy and implementation of CE's talent development processes, leadership development, performance management and assessment strategies.

Prior to joining Constellation Energy, Mary was the Vice President, Talent Management & Leadership Development for Wyeth, a global leader in pharmaceuticals, consumer and animal health care products, where she was responsible for talent management, leadership development and change management.

Mary previously held human resource and talent development positions in Johnson & Johnson, Bank of America, Pepsi and Enhanced Communications. She began her career as a human resources and leadership development consultant at Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouse Coopers).

Mary resides in Branchburg, NJ with her husband, David and son, Kevin.

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RJ Heckman
President of Leadership and Talent Consulting, Korn Ferry

RJ Heckman is the President of Leadership and Talent Consulting in Korn Ferry's Minneapolis office.

RJ Heckman was the president and CEO of PDI Ninth House from 2008 to 2013. During that time he led the acquisition and integration of Ninth House, and he positioned PDI Ninth House to become the premier global leadership solutions organization.

Prior to his role as CEO, RJ held key leadership positions at Honeywell and AT&T as well as PDI.

He has lived and worked in New York, Boston, and Tokyo, and currently resides in Minneapolis with his wife and two children. A published author and sought-after speaker, RJ is a frequent presenter at both professional and academic venues. He also sits on the board of directors at PDI Ninth House.

RJ has a Ph.D. in I/O psychology from the University of Tulsa.

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Mike Bergelson
CEO, everwise

Mike Bergelson is the CEO of Everwise, a mentorship company that connects professionals with the people and insights that can help them succeed at every stage of their career.

Previously, Bergelson co-founded and ran enterprise software company Audium which was acquired by Cisco in 2006 and most recently ran strategy for Cisco's enterprise collaboration business.

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Chris Gagnon
Solution Partner, McKinsey & Company

A Solution Partner at McKinsey & Company, Chris leads all Solutions aligned with McKinsey's Organization Practice, including the Organizational Health Index, OrgLab, and People Insights. He is passionate about using cutting-edge analytics to help clients improve their organizations' health and performance.

Chris has had a long standing interest in the relationship between health and performance in an organization dating back to his days as a McKinsey Partner from 1987-1997. During that time he led the McKinsey team that co-wrote the book "Real Change Leaders: How You Can Build High Performance at Your Company."

Before returning to McKinsey, Chris worked in private equity and has significant experience in hospitality and leisure services including hotels, casinos, and fitness. He has published articles in Harvard Business Review and the McKinsey Quarterly on topics such as the role of the service sector in the economy, organizational change, and corporate finance.

Chris graduated from Dartmouth College where he earned both his B.A. and M.B.A.

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Chantal Veevaete
Retired Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Phillips 66

Chantal Veevaete, recently retired, was Senior Vice President, Human Resources, for Phillips 66 from May 2012 to December 2014. She has more than 30 years of experience in human resources roles, spending much of her time in the chemical, and oil and gas industries.

Before being named to her role at Phillips 66, Veevaete had served as Vice President, Human Resources for Chevron Phillips Chemical Company since April 2009. Prior to her work at Chevron Phillips Chemical, Veevaete was Vice President, Human Resources for the Accredo division of Medco Health Solutions (now Express Scripts, Inc.).

Veevaete began her career at a private legal practice in Belgium in 1980. In 1981, she joined Phillips Petroleum in Belgium, where she held various roles in employee relations, administration, government relations and public affairs. From 1983 to 1987, she worked for Applied Automation, a Phillips Petroleum USA subsidiary, where she held positions in manufacturing, research and development, sales, marketing, management services and public relations. Her last assignment during her tenure with Phillips Petroleum was in corporate human resources, OD and global diversity before leaving in 1998.

She currently serves on the Collins College of Business Executive Advisory Board at The University of Tulsa and as a Board member of Communities In Schools.

Veevaete attended ISTI in Brussels, Belgium and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from The University of Tulsa in 1990.

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