2018 Annual Conference

Building Extraordinary Organizations—Human + Digital Collaboration

April 22 - 25, 2018 Scottsdale, AZ



Jonathan Mildenhall 

Chief Marketing Officer (former)


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.  


Mark Levy

Chief Employee Experience Officer 


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. Mark Levy is a seasoned globally minded HR Leader who has chosen to work for bi 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 learning organization and ensure integration between work and life. 


Josh Bersin

Bersin By Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Josh Bersin founded Bersin & Associates in 2004 to provide research and advisory services focused on corporate learning, 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, Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal. He is a popular blogger for Forbes.com, a leading LinkedIn influencer, and has been a columnist since 2007 for Chief Learning Officer magazine. He has over 25 years' experience at organizations such as Convergys, Arista Knowledge Systems and IBM.   


Beth Simonetti

Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer  
Tech Data Corporation 

Beth joined Tech Data Corporation in 2015 as senior vice president and CHRO, leading Tech Data's world-wide HR organization in the areas of human resource management, employee relations, talent acquisition, organizational design, leadership development, and team dynamics. Beth has more than 20 years of experience with multinational companies in global leadership roles for a variety of industries. She oversees all areas of Human Resources including compensation benefits, education and diversity and inclusion. She was promoted to Executive Vice President in January 2017. 


Mike Bergelson


Mike is the CEO of Everwise and is working to reinvent mentoring for knowledge workers and entrepreneurs. Previously, Mike was co-founder and CEO of Audium (enterprise call center software, sold to Cisco) and adMarketplace (online advertising firm, sold to private equity, management). At Cisco he held multiple roles including, most recently head of strategy for their unified communications business. Earlier in his career he was a management consultant in the retail banking industry. 


Tanya Moore

Director, IBM Career & Skills
IBM Corporate Headquarters

Ms. Moore is the IBM Director of Career & Skills, responsible for leading a new career experience and growing skills of the future.  Previously, Ms. Moore was the IBM Global Business Services (GBS) Public Sector Human Resource (HR) Leader where she has primary responsibility for GBS Public Sector strategic talent initiatives. In this role, she led strategic workforce issues such as talent strategy, career advancement, executive recruiting, executive diversity, employee morale, and other strategic HR programs.

In addition to her HR experience, Ms. Moore has 20 years of consulting experience in the public, non-profit, and private sectors.  Ms. Moore is an expert in complex transformation efforts; organizational change management; employee engagement; stakeholder engagement; strategic communications; project and people management; facilitation; organization and project assessment, analysis, and professional development.


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 300 leading organizations across industries on a variety of solutions including innovation, revenue growth, leadership effectiveness and talent management. 

Ideas emerging from his research have resulted in three books, the most recent one titled, "Driving Results through Social Networks." Rob has written over 50 articles, many of which have won awards. In addition, to top scholarly outlets, his work has been repeatedly published in Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, California Management Review, Academy of Management Executive and Organizational Dynamics. His work has also been featured in venues such as Business Week, Fortune, The Financial Times, Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, CIO, Inc. and Fast Company. 


Greg Pryor

Vice President, Leadership & Organization Effectiveness 

Greg Pryor is vice president of leadership and organization effectiveness at Workday, responsible for applying Workday's technology to optimize the company's internal talent management programs, including leadership and manager effectiveness, learning management, career engagement, and performance enablement. 

Before joining Workday, Greg served as the vice president of talent for Juniper Networks where he helped create Juniper's Talent Matters practice that has been featured as an innovative performance management practice by the Corporate Executive Board, Mercer, Bersin by Deloitte, Fortune, and Strategy & Business. Greg also served as head of talent management for Merrill Lynch's Global Technology and Operations function and as a partner for Accenture's Human Performance Practice. 


Leena Nair 

Chief HR Officer

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. 


Kevin Dooley

Head of Human Resources
Deutsche Bank

Kevin Dooley is a business executive with over 20 years of experience across different industries and geographies. During his 18 years with Deutsche Bank, Kevin has held a variety of human resources and communications roles around the world, and has driven the HR agenda for many Deutsche Bank's business lines. Kevin currently leads the Human Resources teams in Jacksonville, Florida and Cary, North Carolina and relocated from New York to Jacksonville during the Summer of 2014. 


Ami Shah

Vice President, Deutsche Bank Labs, Strategy, and Innovation 
Deutsche Bank

Ami Shah is an Innovation Specialist at Deutsche Bank with Deutsche Bank Innovation Labs, the team charged with accelerating the bank's adoption of new compelling technologies. She started her career at Deutsche Bank through the Graduate Training program in 2008 and has worked in the End User Services team focusing on the bank's migration to a new email tool. Vendor strategy for application development work and Organizational Design before joining the Labs team in 2014. In her current role, Ami imagines the future of banking and scopes for the technologies that are redefining the industry. 


Zoe Harte

Vice President, Human Resources and Talent Innovation 

Zoe leads human resources at Upwork. As such, she has guided the growth of the company's team by more than 50 percent since its merger in spring of 2014. She implements innovative management approaches and focuses on building a mission-driven culture for Upwork's team of employees and global network of freelancers. Among her team's responsibilities, Zoe includes talent innovation, workplace management, recruitment and HR operations and payroll. Prior to joining Upwork, Zoe was Director of Global Initiatives and Senior HR Business Partner at Yahoo!, Director of HRBPs and Director of Recruitment at Rovi, and also led International Customer Care for Yahoo. 



Sally Thornton

Founder & CEO

Sally is the Founder & CEO of Forshay, a recruiting and consulting form that connects innovative companies with exceptional talent for both executive recruiting and interim, project-based work. In 2015, she also founded WorkLab, a design- thinking community of action committed to making work better. What Sally cares about is solving on how people do their best work, on terms that work for their full lives. She has spoken at two TEDx events, is a regular guest lecturer at both Stanford's Graduate School of Business and Berkley's Haas School of Business, and serves on the Advisory Council of Stanford's Clayman Institute for Gender Research.


Stan Duncan

Chief Human Resource Officer 
Raymond James Financial 

Stan Duncan oversees Raymond James Financial’s global human resources organization, providing oversight and leadership for the firm’s talent strategy and serving as the most senior human resources officer to advise and counsel the CEO., Executive Committee and Board. He leads all human resources functions including talent acquisition, talent development, diversity & inclusion, executive compensation and total rewards, employment practices, HR technology, workforce planning and business development to ensure human capital strategies align with the firm’s culture and growth. Stan is recognized as a transformational human resources leader who builds organizational capability and innovates businesses. 


Heather Whiteman

Head of People Strategy, Intelligence & Operations
General Electric (GE) Digital

Heather Whiteman is the Head of People Strategy, Analytics & Operations at General Electric (GE) Digital. Her work focuses on identifying and defining key capabilities and talent segments and utilizing advanced workforce analytic techniques, such as machine learning, text analytics or modeling, to drive business insights and decision making in the areas of recruiting, learning, development, org design and culture. Of late her work has been particularly focused on identifying & defining the talent shifts and strategy necessary to transform an industrial organization into a digital one.  


Nathan Blain

Senior Client Partner
Korn Ferry

Nathan Blain is a Senior Client Partner and the Global Leader of Talent Strategy and Work Design Solutions at Korn Ferry. He has over 25 years of experience working with Boards, CEOs, and business leaders to help them design and implement business strategy. The focus of his work over the last fifteen year has been to help companies to deliver the talent capacity, capability and behaviors to execute business strategy. Mr. Blain's work has consistently focused on delivering tangible impact for clients. The global sales effectiveness consulting practice Mr. Blain built delivered $2B in documented impact for twenty clients across a broad range of industries and geographies.


Vince Molinaro

Global Managing Director
Lee Hecht Harrison Leadership Transformation Practice

Vince Molinaro travels the world helping organizations successfully transform themselves by building strong leadership cultures with highly engaged and truly accountable leaders. A New York Times best-selling author, speaker and leadership adviser, Vince is the Global Managing Director of  the Lee Hecht Harrison Leadership Transformation Practice.

As a senior executive himself, Vince doesn't just preach leadership accountability – he lives it every day. His passion for strong leadership extends to his writing and global research. He is a go-to source for media, and his writing has been featured regularly in some of the world's leading business publications, including The Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Inc. Magazine and The World Economic Forum


Dan Ward

Chief Workforce Economist
The MITRE Corporation

Dan Ward is Chief Workforce Economist for The MITRE Corporation, a not-for-profit that runs seven Federally Funded Research and Development Centers. Dan provides people strategy counsel to Federal Government Agencies.  He also led the design and deployment of MITRE's CLEAR Conversations™, which migrated traditional performance management practices into a neuroscience-based focus on individual growth. Tossing out traditional career ladders, Dan's team also introduced Careers in Motion which helps employees clarify personal goals and create career strategies that align successive experiences with future workforce opportunities. Dan previously held leadership roles at EDS, Texaco, and GTE. He began his professional career by developing workforce simulation and diversity modeling for AT&T/Western Electric/Bell Labs. 


Stacy Shamberger

Executive Vice President
Skyline Group International 

Stacy Shamberger is Executive Vice President of Skyline Group International, a global human capital solutions company. She has over 25 years of business experience in Human Resources, Finance, Operations and Sales. Stacy has held leadership and executive positions with IBM, ADP, Citibank and Fischer Scientific and was an adjunct Professor at Towson University in their Leadership and Executive Studies program. Stacy is an international speaker and published author, speaking and writing on topics such as leadership development, employee engagement and process improvement. 


Ruslan Tovbulatov

Director of Corporate Product & Partnerships
Thrive Global

As Thrive Global's Director of Corporate Product and Partnerships, Ruslan oversees curriculum and content development for Thrive's behavior change methodology and its integration into the Thrive product suite, from live trainings to digital solutions. He started his career at Kantar Retail, leveraging a passion and expertise in human psychology and data insights to manage consumer research for some of the world's largest CPG companies. After moving to the Bay Area to join Google, Ruslan co-founded the Google BrandLab, Google's state-of-the-art experience center and brand consultancy. Over the course of 5 years, he ran experiential workshops for over 225 of the world's largest brands, creative shops, and media agencies, and oversaw curriculum design across 5 global centers as the Head of Curriculum Innovation. He is also a 30 under 30-recognized creative, a native Russian speaker, and holds a B.A. in Government and Philosophy from Dartmouth College.