Keynote Speakers

Executive Vice President, Global Chief Human Resources Officer Marriott International, Inc.

Dr. Rodriguez joined Marriott International and assumed the role of senior vice president – staffing & development in 1998. In 2003, he was appointed executive vice president – human resources for Marriott Lodging. Prior to joining Marriott International, Dr. Rodriguez held various human resources-related positions at Citicorp (now Citigroup) and Avon Products. Dr. Rodriguez graduated from New York University in 1980 with a bachelor of arts in psychology and in 1987 with a Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology.

Author, thought leader and professor emeritus
MIT Sloan School of Management

Edgar Schein is the Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management Emeritus and a Professor Emeritus at the MIT Sloan School of Management and founder of the Organizational Culture and Leadership Institute.

Schein investigates organizational culture, process consultation, research process, career dynamics, and organization learning and change. InCareer Anchors, third edition (Wiley, 2006), he shows how individuals can diagnose their own career needs and how managers can diagnose the future of jobs.

Senior Vice President of Human Resources, ESPN ​and ​Chief Diversity Officer The Walt Disney Company

Paul Richardson joined ESPN in 2007 as senior vice president, human resources, bringing significant experience in managing human resources operations at global companies. Serving as a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for ESPN, Richardson oversees all aspects of ESPN human resources, supporting 50 different business units and approximately 8,000 employees around the world.

In February 2011, Richardson added the additional role of chief diversity officer for The Walt Disney Company (TWDC). He partners with diversity leaders throughout TWDC business segments in defining and implementing the global diversity and inclusion strategies for the Company.

Chairman and Founding Partner of Denison Consulting and Professor of Management and Organization IMD in Lausanne Switzerland

His research, teaching, and consulting focuses on organizational culture and leadership and the impact that they have on the performance and effectiveness of organizations. He has consulted with many leading corporations regarding organizational change, leadership development, and the cultural issues associated with mergers & acquisitions, turnarounds, and globalization. Prior to joining IMD in 1999, Denison was an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management at the University of Michigan Business School.

Senior Editor
Harvard University Press

Julia Kirby is author (with Thomas Davenport) of Only Humans Need Apply: Winners and Losers in the Age of Smart Machines (Harper Collins, 2016). Positively reviewed by the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times, and excerpted by Harvard Business Review and Fortune, the book offers an optimistic game plan for knowledge workers as their employers increasingly rely on cognitive technologies to get work done. Previously, she coauthored Standing on the Sun: How the Explosion of Capitalism Abroad Will Change Business Everywhere.

Kirby is a senior editor at Harvard University Press and long-time writer and editor for Harvard Business Review.

Former CEO
JetBlue Airways

David Barger former CEO of Jetblue Airways led JetBlue’s charge to bring humanity back to air travel and to establish JetBlue as a new standard in the airline industry for service, performance and innovation. Barger is credited with being a pioneer of an airline that has tried to be different, offering premium service at coach prices. He founded JetBlue in 1998 as President and Chief Operating Officer, and was named Chief Executive Officer in May 2007. Barger is no stranger to the airline industry. He has served in various management positions with Continental Airlines, including Vice President. He also held various director level positions at Continental Airlines and New York Air.

Executive Editor, Harvard Business Review Press and Senior Editor,
Harvard Business Review

Melinda Merino is Executive Editor, Harvard Business Review Press and Senior Editor, Harvard Business Review where she leads acquisitions in the areas of strategy and innovation, organization and HR, and talent management. She has published several popular HBR articles with authors such as Ram Charan, Tom Davenport, Sylvia Ann Hewlett, Adam Grant, Herminia Ibarra and Morten Hansen. She has also published a number of best-selling HBR Press books including Blue Ocean Strategy by Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne, Michael Porter’s On Competition, and Conscious Capitalism by Whole Foods Market CEO John Mackey. Prior to joining HBR in 2000, Melinda launched a business publishing program at Stanford-affiliated Consulting Psychologists Press in Palo Alto, and has held editorial and sales positions at a number of publishers.

Worldwide VP, Head of Human Resources
Johnson & Johnson, Consumer company

Sumeet Salwan, joined Johnson & Johnson in July 2015 as and is currently the Worldwide Vice President of Human Resources for their Consumer Family of Companies. With experience that spans the globe, Sumeet spent three years in Singapore as Head of HR Unilever South East Asia and Australia New Zealand. He also spent six years in Europe in both senior regional and global roles focused on Leadership Development, Organization Effectiveness and Reward. Earlier in his career, he led the global program management office for HR, partnering with the Chief HR Officer to deliver the transformation plan for Unilever. Most recently, he was Senior Vice President of HR for Unilever North America, a $10 billion business with a full suite of category-leading brands across the personal care, food, ice cream and beverage categories.

Concurrent Speakers

Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources and Internal Communications and Chief Human Resources Officer
Global HR at AES Corporation

Chief Human Resources
FTI Consulting

Vice President of OrgSolutions
McKinsey’s Organizational Solution

Executive Vice President, Human Resources
KIND Healthy Snacks

President & CEO
Gatti & Associates

Chief People Officer

Chief Human Resource Officer
Bob’s Discount Furniture

Lighthouse-Consulting Partners LLC

Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources
Nuance Communications

Senior Vice President, Leadership, Learning and Organizational Development
QBE Americas

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