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Rachel Carlson is the co-founder and CEO of Guild Education, a mission-based company providing opportunities for America's workforce through education. Working with employers and nonprofit universities, Guild designs adult education programs as a company benefit to support the 64 million working Americans who have yet to earn a college degree. Guild partners with America's leading companies including Walmart, Disney, Lowe's and Discover Financial. Guild has raised $71.5M from leading future of work and impact investors and has been named Top Woman-Owned Business of the Year, Employee Initiative of the Year and a Fast Company Most Innovative Company.
Prior to founding Guild, Rachel was the CEO of Student Blueprint, led teams at American Honors, and worked for the 2008 Obama campaign before serving in the Obama White House. Rachel holds an M.B.A. from Stanford's Graduate School of Business as well as an M.A. in Education and B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University. Rachel lives in Denver with her husband, David, and their daughters, Lily Grace and Magnolia.
Daniel Jacobs is the CEO and co-founder of Avanoo. Daniel's work has been featured on Fortune, Inc., BusinessInsider, Apple News, HuffPo, and most major news publications in the United States. His company, Avanoo, uses storytelling, micro-learning, and cutting-edge technology to help many of the world's most prominent brands drive improved culture, performance, and engagement within their workforce.
Mark founded OTM in 1990 after completing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Fresno State University (1980) and an interdisciplinary Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from San Jose State University (1985) – where his work focused on systems theory and its application to human systems and processes. Having himself successfully delivered over 300 redesigns and 600 engagements, has trained and developed approximately 5,000 executives, managers and internal change agents – across a broad and diverse range of industries on 6 continents and over 20 countries on OTM’s comprehensive solutions.
Mark shares his experience and supports the wider industry through regular publication of best practice and is the author of one of the industry’s most integrated and comprehensive re-design/transformation methodologies. Mark also sits on the European Organization Design Forum board and regularly speaks at industry events.
When not on a plane or watching a real football (soccer) match, he’s at home with his family in Phoenix, Arizona.
Alastair Robertson is a highly experienced executive with an impressive track record in leading Human Resources (HR) teams in large and complex global organizations. His international background and ability to drive organizational transformation and growth – in addition to his strengths in managing complexity, building capabilities, and embedding culture.
Mr. Robertson served as Chief HR/People Officer and Member of the Executive Board in each of his three previous companies – Kingfisher Plc, Europe's leading home-improvement retailer (2016-present; 79 000 employees), C&A, the global retail company (2014-2016; 50 000 employees), and Panalpina, the global logistics company (2007-2014; 18 000 employees). Prior to this, he spent 11 years with the multinational packaging company Tetra Pak in senior HR positions on several continents. The first seven years of his career in the industry were in personnel management, training, and development with W.H. Smith and Graham Builders Merchants in the UK.
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