Thought Provoking Speakers

Keynote Speakers

JOSH BERSIN
Principal
Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Josh Bersin founded Bersin & Associates (now Bersin by Deloitte) in 2004 to provide research and advisory services focused on corporate learning, leadership, talent management, and HR technology. Today he is responsible for Bersin by Deloitte’s long-term strategy, research direction, and market eminence. Josh is a frequent speaker at industry events and has been quoted on talent management topics in key media, including Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, The Financial Times, BBC Radio, CBS Radio and National Public Radio. He is a popular blogger for Forbes.com, a leading LinkedIn influencer, and has been a columnist since 2007 for Chief Learning Officer magazine. Josh spent 25 years in product development, product management, marketing and sales of e-learning and other enterprise technologies at companies including DigitalThink (now Convergys), Arista Knowledge Systems, Sybase, and IBM. Josh's education includes a B.S. in engineering from Cornell University, an M.S. in engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

ROB CROSS
Edward A. Madden Professor of Global Business
Babson College

Rob Cross is the Edward A. Madden Professor of Global Business at Babson College. For almost twenty years, his research, teaching and consulting have focused on applying social network analysis ideas to critical business issues for actionable insights and bottom-line results. He has worked with over 300 leading organizations (companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations) across industries on a variety of solutions including innovation, revenue growth, leadership effectiveness and talent management.

JONATHAN MILDENHALL
Chief Marketing Officer
Airbnb

Jonathan Mildenhall joined Airbnb as the Chief Marketing Officer in June 2014. He says he has never worked harder, never worked smarter, never felt more creative in his life. His role is to create the preeminent 21st century marketing organization. He says, "Airbnb has literally taken twenty years off me- I feel as energized and excited about the work that I do as I did in my late twenties." Mildenhall started his career as a graduate trainee in 1990 at McCann-Erickson. Over the next 15 years he rose rapidly through the ranks of the London Ad industry working at some of the world's most respected creatively-driven agencies.

LEENA NAIR
Chief Human Resources Officer
Unilever

Leena Nair is the first female, first Asian, youngest ever CHRO of Unilever and member of the Unilever Leadership Executive (ULE), which is responsible for delivering Unilever’s business & financial performance.

Leena bears overall responsibility for the human capital of Unilever, which operates across multiple regulatory and labour environments spread over 190 countries. She ensures the company has the right people, in the right roles, with the right capabilities and mindset to deliver high business performance that enables Unilever to meet its ambitious business growth with environmental and positive social impact. She also heads the Diversity and Inclusion agenda for the organization ensuring that its workforce is truly diverse and inclusive