2019 Annual Conference

Courageous Leaders + Bold Cultures

April 7 - 10, 2019 Aventura, FL


Josh Bersin

Principal and Founder 
Bersin, Deloitte Consultin 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.   



Jonathan Mildenhall

(former) Chief Marketing Officer  

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

(former) 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. 


Eric Severson

Chief People Officer
DaVita Kidney Care

 Eric Severson is a 25-year HR veteran known for building leading edge, evidence-based systems to manage talent and drive organizational performance. Eric is currently Chief People Officer at DaVita Kidney Care, a Fortune 500 health care provider with over 2,500 clinics and 70,000 teammates. Eric's innovations in HR include the Fortune 500's first performance management system based on mindset psychology and neuroplasticity; the largest implementation of the Results Only Work Environment in the world; and the first publication of gender pay statistics by a Fortune 500 corporation. 

Coverage of the leading-edge talent practices Eric and his team implemented have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and in the books Pull: The Power of Magnetic Leadership, and Why Managing Sucks and What to Do About It. Based on Eric's track record of innovation in talent management, in 2014 he was appointed by U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker to a 2-year term on the National Advisory Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship (NACIE)


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. 


Ian Gover


Ian is an innovative resources leader with 15+ years of experience in industry, consulting services, and solution/product development. 

Ian is passionate about designing, building, and deploying human capital management solutions that solve real workforce issues and help employees do their jobs better, faster, smarter. He has worked with public sector organizations and Fortune 500 companies around the world to help them improve employee effectiveness, increase organizational efficiency, and drive millions in operational savings.

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. 


Dan Schawbel

Author, Entrepreneur, Partner and Research Director 
Future Workplace

Dan Schawbel is a New York Times bestselling author, Partner and Research Director at Future Workplace, and the Founder of both Millennial Branding and WorkplaceTrends.com. He is the bestselling author of two career books: Promote Yourself and Me 2.0. His third book, Back to Human: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation, will be published by Hachette on November 13th, 2018. Through his companies, he's conducted dozens of research studies and worked with major brands including American Express, GE, Microsoft, Virgin, IBM, Coca Cola and Oracle. Dan has interviewed over 2,000 of the world's most successful people, including Warren Buffett, Anthony Bourdain, Michael Bloomberg, Chelsea Handler, and Colin Powell. In addition, he has written countless articles for Forbes, Fortune, TIME, The Harvard Business Review and others that have combined generated over 15 million views. He has been recognized on several lists including Inc. Magazine's "30 Under 30", Forbes Magazine's "30 Under 30", Business Insider's "40 Under 40", BusinessWeek's "20 Entrepreneurs You Should Follow," and as one of Workforce Magazine's "Game Changers". 



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. 


Kristin Bertelli

Chief, Support & Enterprise Hiring Division
Central Intelligence Agency 

Kristin Bertelli currently serves as the Chief, Support & Enterprise Hiring Division, Central Intelligence Agency.  Previously, she managed Intelligence Community (IC) strategic workforce planning efforts while serving within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).  While at ODNI, she served as the human capital co-lead on an IC-wide workforce study of the 17 Departments and independent agencies that make up the IC.

Prior to joining federal service, Kristin spent 18 years working for ANSER Inc., a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to supplying federal, state and local government officials with objective, timely and forward-thinking analysis.  As a senior analyst, she supported decision-makers in the U.S. Air Force, Strategic Defense Initiative Office, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and Defense Intelligence Agency.  


Celia Durall 

Chief Human Capital Strategies & Assessment Division
Office of the Director of National Intelligence

CC Durall serves as the Chief, Human Capital Strategies and Assessments Division for the Intelligence Community at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. She oversees the development, implementation and assessment of human capital strategic plans and modernization initiatives in support of the men and women who serve in our nation's intelligence agencies. Programs under her purview include performance management, strategic workforce planning, human capital policy development and analytics. 

Stacy Shamberger

Executive Vice President People and Revenue
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.


Stacie Alexander

Senior Human Resources Director
Worldwide Clinical Trials

Stacie Alexander, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, is a senior human resources professional with over 20 years of experience providing strategic direction and management of HR Operations, Shared Services, Customer Service, HR Analytics and HRIS.  Stacie has focused much of her HR career on designing and monitoring HR processes, HR services and implementing metric scorecards in global organizations for companies ranging in size from 1,500 employees to over 100,00.  She has designed, implemented and managed both in-house and outsourced HR operations, as well as led the HRIS implementation of Sage People at her current organization.  Stacie's HR experience has spanned a variety of global, fast-paced industries including Telecommunications, Software, and Health care services. 

Paul Burrin

Vice President
Sage Business Cloud People

Paul Burrin is a work trends expert, self-proclaimed People Geek and Vice President at Sage Business Cloud People, a global cloud HR and People system that helps organizations around the world to acquire, retain, manage and engage their workforce.


Sarah Hulsey

Customer Success Manager for the Americas
Sage Business Cloud People

Sarah Hulsey is the Customer Success Manager for the Americas at Sage Business Cloud People, a leading provider of global cloud-based HRMS software. Prior to joining Sage, she was Senior Partner and Director of Human Resources for Mindshare, a division of WPP. Sarah joined Sage Business Cloud People following a successful career in HR, having held leadership roles for organizations in a variety of industries and locations.

Her HR career spanned every facet of HR, from talent acquisition to compensation & benefits design to strategic leadership…and more. A self-proclaimed "technology evangelist," Sarah uses her deep background in human resources to help businesses execute their employee engagement and people goals via the smart use of technology and innovative HR strategies.  


Monica Willis

Head of Global HR Operations

Monica Willis is currently the Head of Global HR Operations at SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC a leader in IT Management Products and Services.  Prior to her time at SolarWinds, she was the Head of HR at Camelot Education.  Over the past two decades, Monica has led each area of HR, with a passion for streamlining the way HR does business and maximizing HR's contribution to organizational results. 

Her experience spans the HR function, including business partnership, total rewards, technology, M&A, operations, talent acquisition, strategic talent programs, and learning and organizational development.  Adept at navigating in fast moving, high-bandwidth environments from software start-ups to Fortune 100 companies in union and non-union environments. 


Enio Velazco, Ph.D.

Vice President, HR Strategy & Business Transformation 

Enio provides human capital management strategy and value advisory services to SAP customers. Assisting organizations identify performance accelerators during their digital journey. 

He has 30 years of experience in executive and global leadership roles. Prior to SAP, he led business transformations in the manufacturing, technology, and consulting industries. Partnering to design and implement talent management, leadership development, post-merger integration, organizational restructuring, and culture transformation programs.  


Jill Havely

Director, Talent & Rewards 
Willis Towers Watson

Jill Havely is the Midwest Region Leader for our Talent Line of Business. Prior to her current leadership role, Jill was the Americas Regional Leader for Towers Watson's Communication & Change Management Practice.

Jill is a catalyst and for over 25 years has been bringing her passion and innovation to her thought and business leadership, successfully guiding companies through all aspects of business, organizational, cultural and employee experience transformations. She is particularly passionate about helping companies define and bring to life their value proposition for all types of workers, maintain and improve employee engagement and help organizations grow through their people



Matthew Kamensky

Willis Towers Watson

Matthew is a Director in Willis Towers Watson's Talent & Rewards Line of Business located in Denver.  He has over 20 years of human resource consulting experience specializing in talent management, total rewards, employee engagement, measurement, organization design, training and HR excellence.

Matthew is a proven resource for helping organizations design and implement human capital programs that result in meaningful and results-oriented change. Prior to joining Willis Towers Watson, Matthew worked as an HR business partner and at three other consulting firms.

In addition to his client and leadership responsibilities, Matthew has worked extensively on Willis Towers Watson intellectual capital including: leading Willis Towers Watson's Global WorkAttitudes research, Talent Management & Rewards research, and CommunicationROI research.