Ram Charan Business Advisor/Author/Speaker

Ram Charan is a world-renowned business advisor, author and speaker who has spent the past 35 years working with many top companies, CEOs, and boards of our time. In his work with companies including GE, MeadWestvaco, Bank of America, DuPont, Novartis, EMC, 3M, Verizon, Aditya Birla Group, Tata Group, GMR, Max Group, Yildiz Holdings, and Grupo RBS, he is known for cutting through the complexity of running a business in today’s fast changing environment to uncover the core business problem. His real-world solutions, shared with millions through his books and articles in top business publications, have been praised for being practical, relevant and highly actionable—the kind of advice you can use Monday morning.

Ram’s introduction to business came early while working in the family shoe shop in a small town in northern India, where he was raised. He earned an engineering degree in India and soon after took a job in Australia. When his talent for business was discovered, Ram was encouraged to develop it. He earned MBA and doctorate degrees from Harvard Business School, where he graduated with high distinction and was a Baker Scholar, then served on the faculties of Harvard Business School and Northwestern University before pursuing consulting full time.

Ram’s work takes him around the globe non-stop and gives him an unparalleled, up-to-date insider view of how economies and leading companies operate. Through keen observation and analysis, he forms powerful insights that help business leaders face their toughest challenges in the areas of growth, talent development, corporate governance, and profitability. His timely concrete advice is a powerful tool in navigating today’s uncertain business climate. Former Chairman of GE Jack Welch says Ram “has the rare ability to distill meaningful from meaningless and transfer it in a quiet, effective way without destroying confidences,” while Ivan Seidenberg, the former CEO of Verizon, calls Ram his “secret weapon.”

Ram has coached more than a dozen leaders who went on to become CEOs. He reaches many more up-and-coming business leaders through in-house executive education programs. His energetic, interactive teaching style has won him several awards, including the Bell Ringer award at GE’s famous Crotonville Institute and best teacher award at Northwestern. He was among BusinessWeek’s top ten resources for in-house executive development programs.

He has authored 15 books since 1998 that have sold over 2 million copies in more than a dozen languages. Execution, which he coauthored with former Honeywell CEO Larry Bossidy in 2002, was a #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller and spent more than 150 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. He also has written for publications including Harvard Business Review, Fortune, BusinessWeek, Time, Chief Executive and USA TODAY.

Ram was elected a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources and has served on the Blue Ribbon Commission on Corporate Governance. He has served on the boards of Hindalco in India, Emaar, Austin Industries, Tyco Electronics, and Fischer and Porter.

Larry McClure Senior Vice President, Human Resources The Children's Place

Larry McClure, Senior Vice President, Human Resources Larry McClure joined The Children's Place in March 2010. Prior to joining The Children's Place, Larry served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Liz Claiborne where he helped establish a global human resources presence within a diverse set of brands.

Prior to that, he held senior human resources leadership roles with The Dexter Corporation, Aetna, and United Technologies. Larry holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree from Trinity College.

Mark B. Nadler Principal and Co-Founder Nadler Advisory Services

Mark B. Nadler is Principal and co-founder of Nadler Advisory Services, a firm that consults with Boards of Directors, CEOs, and Executive teams on issues of leadership, governance, and team effectiveness. Mark’s work in recent years has focused, in particular, on Board effectiveness, C-suite succession planning and senior team performance. He has consulted to the leaders of more than 30 companies across a broad range of industries, ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to family-owned firms and private equity portfolio companies.

Mark brings a unique background combining years of senior-level consulting experience with a distinguished career as a newspaper journalist and newsroom executive. He came to Nadler Advisory Services after several years as a Partner in the Leadership Consulting Practice of Heidrick & Struggles International and, prior to that, was a Partner for 16 years at Delta Consulting Group (later known as Mercer Delta and Oliver Wyman Delta.) Mark’s work at Delta covered a wide range of areas related to organizational change and effective leadership, and included founding and leading the firm’s global Strategic Communication practice.

Mark has written or contributed to more than 60 publications on topics related to leadership, governance and organizational effectiveness, including three books with David Nadler – most recently, “Building Better Boards: A Blueprint for Excellence in Governance.” At Heidrick, Mark authored the White Paper, “Move Faster, Drive Harder,” based on a major research project he led which gathered advice from nearly 60 CEOs for first-time chief executives.

He has been invited to speak on board effectiveness and CEO succession before professional groups including the National Association of Corporate Directors, the Academy of Management, Wharton School’s Corporate Governance Program, the University of Southern California’s Corporate Governance Summit, the Bank Directors’ Chairmen and CEO Forum, the Human Resources Planning Society, and the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals.

Before joining Delta, Mark worked for more than 20 years in the newspaper business. He was a senior editor at The Wall Street Journal and completed his career as Executive Editor of The Chicago Sun-Times. He twice served as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes in journalism.

Mark holds a BA in English from the George Washington University. He served as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota’s School of Communication, teaching upper-level courses in the management of communications organizations. He has been a member of the Academy of Management and the American Society of Newspaper Editors.

Janette M. Shimanski, Ph.D Vice President & Chief Learning Officer Global Talent Solutions

Jan is currently Vice President, 3M Global Talent Solutions, a position she’s held since April 1, 2014.  She was most recently Vice President, 3M Global Marketing Excellence.    Jan rejoined 3M in April 2008 after a twelve year career at Medtronic, Inc. 

At Medtronic, Jan was most recently the Vice President of Marketing for Medtronic’s $1B Diabetes business. She had several other positions including Vice President, Corporate Strategy working directly with two CEOs and Vice President and General Manager of Medtronic’s Blood Biologics business.

Prior to joining Medtronic, Jan worked at 3M Company for ten years in a variety of healthcare marketing positions.  Jan has her BA and MBA from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a PhD in Business from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

Mark Green Chief Human Resources Officer/Senior Vice President Eastman Kodak Company

Mark Green is Chief Human Resources Officer and Senior Vice President of Kodak.  The Board of Directors elected Green a corporate officer of Kodak effective in June 2014.  He reports to Kodak Chief Executive Officer Jeff Clarke.

Green is responsible for Kodak’s human resources strategy and all functions within Kodak’s global Human Resources organization, including employee relations, compensation, benefits, and talent management and engagement.  As a senior human resources executive with several leading technology companies, he has a track record in effectively building and motivating employee teams to deliver growth and achieve success.

Green joins Kodak following four years with Applied Materials, an $8.5 billion Silicon Valley-based provider of equipment, services and software for technology industries.  He most recently was Vice President, Human Resources, Integrated Talent Management for Applied Materials, with responsibility for talent acquisition, performance management, succession planning, career development, organizational development and employee engagement.  Previously, he was Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources and Real Estate for UTStarcom, a provider of IP networking and telecom solutions with 8,000 employees and revenue that reached $3 billion.  Green also has held senior HR leadership roles at Nortel Networks and Verisign.

A native of the U.K., Green has held assignments in London, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Green received a Bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Leeds University, and a Master’s degree in human resources and industrial relations from the London School of Economics.

Melanie Hughes EVP, Human Resources Tribune Media Company

Melanie Hughes was appointed as EVP Human Resources for Tribune Media Company in May, 2013. She is responsible for overseeing all of the company’s human resources functions. During a 25 plus year career in the finance, technology, retail and consumer goods industries, Hughes has worked with iconic brands as UBS, Gilt Groupe, COACH and DoubleClick, holding a variety of high-level executive positions overseeing human resources, operations, facilities and change management.

Prior to joining Tribune Media Company, Hughes worked three-plus years as Chief Administrative Officer for Gilt Groupe and was responsible for customer service, creative services, human resources, facilities, and sales operations. Under her leadership, Gilt grew from 120 employees to more than 1,000, and revenues jumped tenfold. She helped build senior teams, operational technology systems, an internal recruiting operation, and attacked cost inefficiencies across real estate, creative services, and customer service. Hughes also integrated several acquisitions into the structure and culture.

Before her work with Gilt, Hughes was SVP Human Resources at COACH, responsible for managing the HR function globally for ten thousand employees. She was instrumental to developing the talent management, systems, communication and people that were an important factor in the exceptional growth of COACH.

From 2000 to 2005, Hughes oversaw human resources for the digital advertising giant DoubleClick, where she helped to lead the reorganization of the company through the peaks and challenges of the technology sector and changes to its business model. She created the company’s infrastructure operations in India, introduced a compensation model aligned with shareholder interests, and conducted due-diligence and integration for many acquisitions and several divestitures. Her efforts culminated in preparing the company for sale to Hellman & Friedman.

Hughes earned her BSc with honors in psychology from Brunel University and an MBA from INSEAD.

Jeffrey J. Clarke Chief Executive Officer Eastman Kodak Company

Jeff Clarke is the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Kodak.
Prior to joining Kodak, Clarke was a Managing Partner of Augusta Columbia Capital (ACC), a private investment firm he co-founded in 2012. From 2012 to 2014, Clarke was the Chairman of Travelport, Inc., a private, travel technology firm, where he served as CEO from 2006 to 2011, after leading its sale from Cendant Corporation to the Blackstone Group for $4.3 billion in 2006.

Clarke was the Chief Operating Officer of CA, Inc., an enterprise software company, from 2004 to 2006. At CA, he was responsible for sales, services, distribution, corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, information technology, corporate strategy and planning.

From 2002 to 2003, Clarke was Executive Vice President of Global Operations at HP. In this role, he was responsible for HP's worldwide supply chain, manufacturing, procurement and internet operations. He also co-led HP's merger integration with Compaq Computer. Prior to HP, Clarke was the Chief Financial Officer of Compaq Computer, which he joined in 1998 following the merger of Compaq with Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC). Clarke was with DEC from 1985 to 1998, serving in management roles in international operations, finance and manufacturing.

Clarke has served on the board of directors of Red Hat, Inc., an enterprise software company, since 2008. He served as Chairman of Orbitz Worldwide, a global online travel agency, from 2007 to 2014. He also served as director of the Compuware Corporation, an enterprise software company, from 2013 until 2014.

Clarke earned an MBA from Northeastern University, where he serves as a Trustee. He holds a B.A. in Economics from SUNY Geneseo.

Linda A. Hill Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration Harvard Business School

Linda A. Hill is the Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School.

She is the faculty chair of the Leadership Initiative and has chaired numerous HBS Executive Education programs, including the Young Presidents' Organization Presidents' Seminar and the High Potentials Leadership Program. She was course-head during the development of the new Leadership and Organizational Behavior MBA required course.

She is the co-author, with Kent Lineback, of Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives of Becoming a Great Leader and Breakthrough Leadership, a blended cohort-based program that helps organizations transform midlevel managers into more effective leaders. Breakthrough Leadership was the winner of the 2013 Brandon Hall Group Award for Best Advance in Unique Learning Technology. The book was included in the Wall Street Journal as one of the “Five Business Books to Read for Your Career in 2011.”

She is also the author of Becoming a Manager: How New Managers Master the Challenges of Leadership (2nd Edition). In 2014, Professor Hill co-authored a book entitled Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading InnovationIt features thick descriptions of exceptional leaders of innovation in a wide range of industries—from information technology to law to design—and geographies—from the US and Europe to the Middle East and Asia. Collective Genius was awarded a Gold medal at the 2015 Axiom Business Book Awards, and Business Insider named it one of “The 20 Best Business Books” in summer 2014.

Her books are available in multiple languages.


Steve Steckler Head of Transformation Management and Corporate HR M&A Integration Merck KGaA

Steve Steckler is currently Head of Transformation Management and Corporate HR M&A Integration at Merck, KGaA, the world’s oldest chemicals and pharmaceuticals company, headquartered in Germany and operating in the U.S. under the umbrella brand of EMD. In this role he supports large strategic change and transformation projects and activities both within the company and for M&A including change readiness/management, culture integration and HR readiness. Prior to joining Merck, KGaA, Steve was a senior consultant with inTalent Consulting and with Convergency Partners, two management consulting firms whose work focused on top leaders and their organizations to build team effectiveness and organization capability. He has also managed his own consulting firm.
Steve has over twenty-five years of business experience across multiple sectors and industries. In addition to consulting and for most of his career, Steve held senior HR leadership roles at a number of global companies. He was Director of Strategic Talent Planning and Director of HR Integration for M&A at Microsoft; SVP,HR at The Kantar Group/WPP; VP, Executive Development and Organization Capability at Marriott International; Director of Individual and Organization Effectiveness and a senior HR generalist at TRW and Manager of Training and Development at Ciba-Geigy’s Plastics & Additives Division. He began his corporate career at Citibank.
Steve currently is an adjunct faculty member at the Latam Business School, the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business and was an adjunct faculty member at Seattle Pacific University and has taught at the University of Washington, The University of Alberta School of Business, Marymount University’s School of Business Administration and at Cornell University’s IL&R School’s public seminars.  He has also lectured at Harvard University. Steve is an associate editor of the HR People & Strategy Journal and manages the journal’s “thought leader” series. Since early 2012, Steve has been a blogger for The Conference Board’s Human Capital Exchange. He has a M.A. in Education and a B.A. in Sociology from the George Washington University.

Al Vicere Executive Education Professor of Strategic Leadership The Smeal College of Business at Pennsylvania State University

Al Vicere is Executive Education Professor of Strategic Leadership for The Smeal College of Business at Penn State.  He has served as Smeal's Associate Dean for Executive Education, Director of the Institute for the Study of Organizational Effectiveness, and Faculty Director of the Executive MBA program. 

He also has earned a number of MBA teaching awards for his courses on strategic leadership.  Beyond the university, he is President of Vicere Associates Inc., a consulting firm whose clients have included 3M, Anheuser-Busch, BASF, First Data Corporation, Hallmark, Hewlett Packard, IBM, McDonald's, McGraw-Hill, Merck, Motorola, National Australia Group, Samsung, Saudi Aramco, and UBS. He has published over eighty articles and his books include, "Leadership by Design,” published by Harvard Business School Press, and “The Many Facets of Leadership,” published by FT Prentice-Hall.

He was awarded the 2003 Walker Prize by the Human Resource Planning Society for his article “Leadership in the Networked Economy,” and his research has been honored with two Literati Club Awards for Excellence.  He also is a recipient of the Institute for Management Studies’ Distinguished Faculty Award, was named one of the “12 Gurus of Executive Education” by Business Horizons, and was listed among the 10 top leadership development coaches in the book, The Art and Practice of Leadership Coaching.  Al serves on the Board of Jana Marie Foundation, an organization committed to overcoming the prejudice and discrimination that surrounds mental illness.

Miles Overholt Principal Riverton Management Consulting Group

Dr. Miles H. Overholt is the Principal of Riverton Management Consulting Group.  His professional work focuses on coaching, leading organizational transformation and researching the drivers of organizational performance.  As a coach, he works with executives to maximize their personal leadership ability and their organization’s performance.  As a leader of organization transformation, he guides executives in the strategies of change and growth.  As a researcher, he develops organizational assessments that reveal the deep rooted drivers of organizational performance.   He has over 30 years of consulting and research expertise in strategy execution and organizational design, as well as in guiding change for organizations, teams, and individuals.  His clients range from entrepreneurial start-ups to the Fortune 500.

Miles is the author of Building Flexible Organizations: A People-Centered Approach and has written numerous articles on strategy execution, change processes, organizational behavior, and organizational alignment.  He was awarded the 2005 Walker Prize by the Human Resource Planning Society as co-author of “Building a Strategic HR Function: Continuing the Evolution.” 

He is the team leader and co-developer of MAPP© which assessesorganizational alignment and identifies an organization’s deep drivers of performance, its DNA. His current passion is working with an organization’s DNA to create more agile, more efficient, high touch organizations.  

Additionally, Miles is a practicing family therapist and hypnotherapist who incorporates the sophisticated systems approach of Traditional Chinese Medicine into his work with patients.  His undergraduate degree is from Lafayette College and he earned his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania.

ELIZABETH (LIZ) HULDIN Senior Director, Human resources Boeing Defense Space & Security Systems

Elizabeth (Liz) Huldin is presently a Senior Director of Human Resources for Boeing Defense Space & Security Systems. In this role she leads strategic HR aligned with business plans and drives talent strategies to fuel growth and innovation across engineering and operations disciplines. She also sits on the boards of subsidiaries and offers HR guidance to the board of directors of key joint ventures. Huldin’s experience allowed her to lead people programs across all areas of the global business. 

Prior to this position, Huldin was the Director of Human Resources, Network & Space Systems leading HR as a member of the senior leadership team for a global space,satellite, command and communciaoitn business. Huldin started with Boeing as Director of Mergers & Acquisitions, International Rewards and Integration in the corporate Human Resources Strategy, Compensation and Benefits group. Her group focus was on leadership of enterprise-wide best practices and development of M&A capabilities in human resources as well as driving international compensation and benefits strategies cross Boeing. She also represented Enterprise HR as a member of the Corporate Development Practice Group.

Before joining Boeing in 2009, Huldin led the Human Resources Strategic Transactions team at Motorola, held HR leadership roles in Honeywell and Eaton and practiced employment and labor law.

She was published in The Harvard Business Review-China discussing cultural challenges of business mergers in China. She has published other articles on topics including early leader talent development, M&A, change and labor negotiations. She speaks regularly to professional groups on HR strategy, M&A, global labor, diversity and talent development. She is on the Advisory Committee for Women in Security Careers, the Human Resouce People Strategy Association and a founding member of the Global M&A Roundtable.

Huldin is a Six Sigma Black Belt and a graduate of the University of Michigan and Wayne State Law School.

Mary Cianni, Ph.d Global Leader, M&A Practice Towers Watson

Mary Cianni is the Global Leader of Towers Watson’s M&A Practice which provides M&A services from due diligence through integration execution. Mary focuses her consulting on leading complex global M&A and spin-off assignments and providing strategic oversight to change, culture and leadership activities resulting from corporate transactions and business transformations. She previously served as the Northeast Change Implementation Leader for Towers Perrin. Mary co-led the Change and Communication workstream for the Towers Perrin/Watson Wyatt merger.

From 2007-2009, Mary was the Vice-President, Global Human Resources at a specialty pharmaceutical company. In this role, she set the strategic direction for the global HR team and led the people integration of three acquired companies. Mary also served as a tenured Associate Professor of Management at Susquehanna University.

Mary has published articles on a range of HR topics in WorldatWork Journal, International HR Journal, Academy of Management Executive, Human Resource Development Quarterly, Executive Development, Applied HRM Research, Sex Roles, Gender, Work and Organizations, and Group and Organization Management. Her research on gender in the workplace has earned several awards. Mary authored two chapters of the SHRM/Towers Perrin book Making Mergers Work. She has been featured in a variety of media outlets on topics related to people and cultural integration. Mary holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from Penn State University.

Monique R. Herena Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer BNY Mellon

Monique R. Herena is a Senior Executive Vice President of BNY Mellon and the company's Chief Human Resources Officer. She is also a member of the company's Executive Committee, the organization's most senior management body, which oversees day-to-day operations. BNY Mellon is the corporate brand of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE:BK).
As Chief Human Resources Officer, Monique is responsible for all Human Resources strategies, policies and practices for more than 51,000 employees around the world. Further, she leads the efforts to attract, retain, develop and reward talent globally.
Prior to joining BNY Mellon, Monique spent 13 years with PepsiCo and advanced through a variety of leadership positions and was most recently Senior Vice President Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer PepsiCo Global Beverages, Snacks & Nutrition Groups, R&D and Corporate. She partnered with senior leadership on all aspects of talent management and human resources leadership for PepsiCo's enterprise-wide change efforts. Prior to that role, Monique was the Senior Vice President Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer for PepsiCo's Asia Middle East and Africa business sector based in Dubai, UAE. She led the Human Resources function for the division with over 50,000 employees. She led the Human Resources organization through numerous business model and human resource transformation efforts in China, Egypt, India, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Thailand and Vietnam. Earlier in her career, Monique held a number of senior human resources leadership roles across PepsiCo, including Senior Vice President and Chief Personnel Officer of Quaker Oats, Tropicana and Gatorade & Global R&D, as well as Chief Personnel Officer for PepsiCo North America Sales.
Before joining PepsiCo, Monique worked for AlliedSignal in numerous U.S. and International human resources business partner, talent development and merger & acquisition roles in the Aerospace, Specialty Chemicals and Corporate divisions. Prior to joining AlliedSignal, Monique worked for the Quaker Oats Company in staffing, diversity and HR business partner roles. Monique began her career as an executive-retained search and organization change consultant.
Monique holds a B.A. in communication studies from University of Wisconsin — Parkside and she received her M.A. in communication studies from Northern Illinois University.  Ms. Herena is an active member of CHRO Board Academy, Human Resources Policy Association and a graduate and faculty member of the Cornell ILR CHRO Top Seat program. She also completed the NAHR CHRO Academy and Kellogg School of Management Women’s Director Programs.

Mark Levy Head of Employee Experience Airbnb

Mark Levy is a seasoned globally minded HR Leader who has chosen to work for big hearted companies and focus on how he and his team can unleash the talents and interests of a company’s employees. He has worked with the likes of Levi Strauss & Company and Gap Inc. partnering with business leaders to support their HR needs including innovative ways to create a learning organization and ensure integration between work and life. In addition, Mark has been actively involved in helping organizations enable their employees to help those less fortunate through volunteering programs and community involvement, and is currently on the Board of First Graduate, a non profit which helps those who are first in their family to attend college.

Mark is Head of Employee Experience for Airbnb, responsible for traditional HR functions in addition to Global Citizenship + Diversity & Inclusion, Food, Facilities, and Ground Control, a team which is responsible for curating the culture. Airbnb’s mission is to create a world where you can belong anywhere, and the employee experience mission is to ensure employee’s feel they belong here.  It is a privilege, a ton of fun and a lot of work to scale the organization while ensuring we don’t F#@k up the culture.

Mark has his JD/MBA from the University of Colorado after four formative years at Colorado College. Mark chose to leave the practice of law after one year to focus his career on helping organizations do the right thing and to attract, develop, engage and retain creative and diverse talent to drive business results and curate the culture.