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David A. Rodriguez, Ph.D.
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.

Edgar Schein
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. His research on culture shows how national, organizational, and occupational cultures influence organizational performance (Organizational Culture and Leadership, fourth edition, 2010). InProcess Consultation Revisited(1999) andHelping(2009), he analyzes how consultants work on problems in human systems and the dynamics of the helping process. Schein has written two cultural case studies—“Strategic Pragmatism: The Culture of Singapore’s Economic Development Board” (MIT Press, 1996) and “DEC is Dead; Long Live DEC” (Berett-Kohler, 2003).


Paul Richardson
Senior Vice President of Human Resources, ESPN ​and ​Chief Diversity Officer

The Walt Disney Company

Richardson was named The Walt Disney Company’s Chief Diversity Officer in 2011. He also serves as ESPN’s Senior Vice President of Human Resources. Disney has launched multiple diversity initiatives during his tenure, including resource groups, an executive diversity council, an annual Women’s Leadership Conference and Heroes Work Here, a company-wide effort to hire veterans.

Prior to joining ESPN and Disney, Richardson was Executive Vice President of Global Human Resources at Universal McCann and Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Paramount Pictures. He began his career as an attorney and also worked for more than a decade at the Times Mirror Company, which owned the Los Angeles Times.


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