Perspectives 21 - Unleashed
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Our Perspectives 2021 speakers
NBA Hall of Famer, 15-Time NBA All Star Player, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist
Few individuals ever become iconic enough to be known by one name—Shaq. A revered cultural icon, Shaquille O’Neal is best known for an NBA career spanning nearly two decades and earning him the sport’s highest honors, including membership in the NBA Hall of Fame. The four-time NBA Champion, 15-time NBA All Star and three-time NBA Finals MVP has been named one of the most influential athletes byForbes magazine, in addition to being the highest ranked NBA athlete on Nielsen’s State of the Media: Year in Sports 2010 and Business Week’s Power Sports 100.
But Shaquille O’Neal isn’t only a legendary athlete; he has also established himself as a powerful media personality and businessman over the years. Ranked among ‘‘The 100 Most Creative People in Business’’ last year by Fast Company magazine, O’Neal is currently an NBA analyst on TNT’s Emmy-award winning show, Inside the NBA on TNT.
In addition to being an early investor in companies such as Google, O’Neal has managed an increasingly robust personal brand, which has included television shows, a shoe line and social media/tech products. The first verified celebrity account on Twitter, O’Neal announced his NBA retirement via Tout, a new social media app that allows users to tape 15-second video statuses.
Vice President of Fitness Programming and Head Instructor at Peloton, Best-Selling Author, and Ultramarathon Runner
New York Times best-selling author of Shut Up And Run, Robin discovered her passion for athletics after healing from a traumatic experience through movement. She fearlessly left behind a successful law career to embark on new adventures in the health and wellness space, and has since reinvented herself into an avid ultra-marathoner and renowned fitness coach. Greatness is simply the lens through which she operates. As Vice President of Fitness Programming and Head Instructor at Peloton, she believes that sweat transforms lives, and her story is living proof. Her life’s mission is to redefine, reform, and rethink possibility through movement.
Robin's unapologetic and inspirational ethos has led her to become a sought-after keynote speaker for several Fortune 500 company events. She successfully partners with major lifestyle and fitness brands, using her powerful influence to connect directly with consumers through social media. In 2020, she was named one of the most influential people on Fortune Magazine’s "40 Under 40" list.
Robin graduated magna cum laude from New York University and Villanova University School of Law. She is a RRCA certified running coach, NASM certified personal trainer, and Schwinn spin instructor.
Special Advisor, United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)
Elizabeth Nyamayaro is an award-winning humanitarian and Special Advisor for United Nations World Food Programme. Born in Zimbabwe, Elizabeth has worked at the forefront of global development for over two decades improving the lives of underserved populations and has been instrumental in fighting global inequalities, advancing social justice, and challenging the status quo to accelerate women’s rights around the world – through her leadership roles at the World Bank, World Health Organization, UNAIDS, and UN Women. Elizabeth wrote a memoir about her life and experiences, I Am A Girl From Africa.
Harvard Business Review author and Duke University Fuqua School of Business executive education professor
Dorie Clark helps individuals and companies get their best ideas heard in a crowded, noisy world. She has been named one of the Top 50 business thinkers in the world by Thinkers50, and was honored as the #1 Communication Coach in the world at the Marshall Goldsmith Coaching Awards. She is a keynote speaker and teaches for Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and Columbia Business School. She is the author of Entrepreneurial You, which was named one of Forbes’ Top 5 Business Books of the Year, as well asReinventing You and Stand Out, which was named the #1 Leadership Book of the Year by Inc. magazine.
A former presidential campaign spokeswoman, Clark has been described by the New York Times as an “expert at self-reinvention and helping others make changes in their lives.” She is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, and consults and speaks for clients such as Google, Yale University, and the World Bank. She is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School, a producer of a multiple Grammy-winning jazz album, and a Broadway investor. You can download her free Long Game self-assessment workbook and learn more at dorieclark.com/thelonggame.
Global Research Analyst and CEO of The Josh Bersin Company
Josh Bersin founded Bersin & Associates in 2001 to provide research and advisory services focused on corporate learning. He expanded the company’s coverage to encompass HR, talent management, talent acquisition, and leadership and became a recognized expert in the talent market. Bersin sold the company to Deloitte in 2012 and was a partner in Bersin by Deloitte up until 2018.
In 2019, Bersin founded the Josh Bersin Academy, a professional development academy which has become the “home for HR.” In 2020, he put together a team of analysts and advisors who are now working with him to support and guide HR organizations from around the world under the umbrella of The Josh Bersin Company. Recently published research covers topics such as hybrid work, HR technology market trends, employee experience, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. He is frequently featured in publications such as Forbes, Harvard Business Review, HR Executive, The Wall Street Journal, and CLO Magazine. He is a popular blogger and has more than 800,000 followers on LinkedIn.
International TEDx Speaker, Thought Leader & Resilience Ninja
Jaz Ampaw- Farr is a ‘resilience ninja’, international speaker, coach and author. Hailed as ‘The British Oprah’ in the US, Jaz has travelled the world advising governments, educators and helping tens of thousands of people with her bespoke leadership development programmes, training courses and motivational speeches. And as a successful entrepreneur, mum of three, and former teacher, Jaz knows a thing or two about galvanising people into action.
CEO, Security Innovation
Ed Adams is a software quality and security expert with over 20 years of experience. He is CEO of Security Innovation, a Ponemon Institute Research Fellow, and recipient of multiple industry awards. He serves as board member and treasurer for Cyversity, a diversity-focused non-profit. Ed has presented to thousands at RSA Conference, Connected Security, Allstate CyberCon, and others. He is the host of Ed TALKS, an online show that debates current topics in cybersecurity. Before Security Innovation, Ed held senior management positions at Rational Software, Lionbridge, Ipswitch, and MathSoft. He was also an engineer for the US Army and Foster-Miller earlier in his career.
Corporate Vice President, Microsoft
Kim Akers is Corporate Vice President for Microsoft’s Worldwide Learning organization where she is responsible for ensuring our customers, partners, employees and future generations are building the professional and technical skills they need to drive digital transformation. Prior to leading Worldwide Learning, Kim directed Microsoft’s ISV business, leading their transition to the cloud and enabling their success through our go-to-market activities. Since joining the company in 1995, Kim has been responsible for a variety of activities including product planning, business management and marketing communications. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in quantitative economics from Stanford University and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Global Group Vice President Learning Culture and Employer Branding, Welspun Group
Bidisha Banerjee is the Group Senior Vice President Talent, Culture and Employer Branding at Welspun Group. Bidisha has close to 20 years of rich experience industries like Retail, Insurance, and Telecom with MNCs and Indian Organisations. Bidisha is known for her forward-thinking attitude .She is an expert in driving Organisation Culture Change Initiatives, DEI initiative, HR Strategy in line with the business.
She is passionate about incorporating skill development for the differently abled as well as working with members of the LGBT community. She has been a speaker in many prestigious events like SHRM HR Conference, LinkedIn Learning Sessions, Skillsoft Annual India Conference. She also her articles published In ET HR, People Matter, HR Katha.
She believes that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. She is a certified PCC Coach and Alumnus of SDA Bocconi Milan where is has a business degree with a specialisation in Design Thinking.
She is a keen reader and traveller and has and draws inspiration and learning from various culture and people.
Philippine Country Manager, Satellite Office
Jeff Blake is the Philippine Country Manager of Satellite Office, and a highly experienced senior executive having worked for over 18 years in the Philippines BPO / offshoring sector. Jeff is responsible for all operations and support services performed in Manila for Satellite Office.
National Learning & Development Manger & Human Resources Business Partner, ASG Group
As the National Learning & Development Manager for ASG Group, Jess partners with the business to develop training and professional development initiatives and programs. Jess is responsible for defining the Learning and Development strategy including the ASG Graduate Program, as well as delivering internal training in leadership, management, and soft skill topics. With over 9 years’ experience in HR and 14 years’ experience in adult education and learning, this dual role encompasses the two disciplines Jess is most passionate about, supporting employees through meaningful HR and L&D. Jess is driven by a desire to provide opportunities for professional development and empowering ambitious, high achieving people pursue their goals.
Jess describes studying as one of her many hobbies and is continually progressing her professional and personal development through formal and informal education., Jess has completed a Bachelor Degree in Business: Human Resource Management as well as a Bachelor Degree in Adult and Vocational Education and is in her final semester of her Masters in Social & Organisational Leadership.
Jess lives near Canberra, ACT with her husband and two very spoilt cats, as well as a collection of their restored and mid restoration ex-military vehicles.
Chief Marketing Officer, Skillsoft
As Chief Marketing Officer, Michelle is responsible for the leading global marketing strategy for the Skillsoft group of companies, focused on driving growth, generating brand awareness and increasing demand for Skillsoft’s solutions among learners, customers and partners. Since joining the company in 2019, she has overseen customer marketing, corporate communications, demand generation, marketing operations and business development.
Michelle brings more than 25 years of marketing, branding and strategy experience to her role. Prior to Skillsoft, she held several executive positions of increasing responsibility in the high-tech sector, including as Chief Marketing Officer of IBM Watson, where she was responsible for marketing the company's artificial intelligence (AI) products and solutions. Michelle also served as the Global Head of Marketing for The Weather Company, an IBM Business, where she helped companies understand how to anticipate, plan for and ultimately make better decisions – with greater confidence - in the face of weather.
Michelle holds a Master's of Science from Simmons University.
Senior Director, Talent & Change, Target
In his current role, Nick Boyd serves as the Senior Director of Strategy, Design & Operations for
Learning & Development, Talent Management, Culture & Team Member Experience and Diversity &
Inclusion. Nick is responsible for helping to ensure all team members at Target have the skills,
capabilities and ongoing development support to reach their full potential. Nick has an extensive
background in Human Resources (Recruiting, Employment Brand, Culture, Recognition, Strategy &
Operations), Marketing (Strategy, Planning & Brand Management) and Team Leadership at multiple
F200 retail companies.
Nick is a proud uncle of Harrison and Hailey. He loves to spend his free time with family, traveling, camping, boating, biking or binging a new show.
Director of Learning Technology, UNC Health
Brian is Director of Learning Technology and has held various leadership and consulting roles in educational technology and eLearning design at UNC Health. He consults with executives, teams, managers and individuals on learning technology systems architecture, implementation, integration, customization, administration and support.
Brian is motivated to effectively equip co-workers with the information and training they need in order to perform their roles at the highest level. He applies sound instructional design practices to system-wide initiatives, provides system leadership and direction to entity LMS administrators, and establishes best practices for digital learning platforms and higher level LMS functions.
Prior to joining UNC Health, Brian worked for WakeMed Health and Hospitals in Raleigh for nearly eight years in Human Resources as Learning Technology Consultant and Systems Training Specialist supporting the launches of many enterprise-wide software solutions.
Brian received his Bachelor of Science in middle grades education from East Carolina University.
Regional Vice President, Asia Pacific, Skillsoft
Rosie Cairnes is Regional Vice President for Skillsoft Asia Pacific. With more than 23 years’ experience working with both national and global organisations across a wide variety of industry sectors and government agencies, she specialising in cloud-based learning and performance support solutions, Rosie's goal is to help organisations align learning with strategic business goals to deliver quantifiable results and impact that benefit both the organisations and their employees.
Rosie has lead the Skillsoft Australia & New Zealand business for the past 7 years and has recently taken on responsibility for greater Asia Pacific Region. With many years working in the region and across all business verticals in the industry, Rosie’s passion is to educate business leaders on the importance of learning as a strategic lever for the enterprise.
Rosie believes in the value of a quality, contemporary learning experience for the employee that delivers results aligned to strategic imperatives: "Modern learning solutions need to have the learner, the way we work, and the needs of the organisation in mind to be effective and impactful. To meet today’s demands, it is not just what we’re learning but how we’re learning that matters."
Senior Vice President, Product Management, Skillsoft
Potoula Chresomales is the SVP of Product Management at Skillsoft, a global corporate elearning company that serves 70% of the Fortune 1000. Potoula is responsible for product development and user experience design and launched the award-winning learning experience platform, Percipio. Potoula founded the Skillsoft Design Partner Program to collaborate with leading global companies to design Percipio to inspire, motivate, and engage learners. She drives rapid innovation through agile software development and applies the UX-driven process of prototype-test-iterate to build features that drive value and ease of use.
Potoula believes deeply in the power of education to open doors and in the unique position Skillsoft has to help thousands of companies fill critical skill gaps and create career opportunities for their employees.
Prior to joining Skillsoft, Potoula held leadership positions in product management and marketing at Kaplan Test Prep, The College Board, McGraw-Hill, and JP MorganChase.
She is a board member of Reach the World, an education non-profit that matches world travelers with K-12 classrooms so they can explore the world together and inspire a generation of global citizens. She is a founding member of the Digital Learning Consortium and a mentor with Built By Girls, which aims to prepare the next generation of women leaders in technology. She is a member of the Forbes Technology Council and was recently recognized by VentureFizz and the National Diversity Council as among impressive women leaders in tech. She is also among HR Executive’s Top 100 HR Tech Influencers in 2021.
Potoula has an M.B.A from the Tuck School at Dartmouth and a B.S. from New York University.
Senior Director, Global Business Strategy & Transformation, SumTotal Systems
Over 20 years of Operations and Sales experience leading Learning and Talent programs, Brent has successfully initiated and optimized talent development ecosystems and training programs during a career in the HR, Utilities and Energy sectors. Notable accomplishments include recognition by WebEx as “Innovator of the Year” in 2005 and by Skillsoft as the “2007 Learning Leader of the Year.” As an avid traveler, Brent enjoys meeting with clients around the globe to advise on learning and talent strategies while also writing for his weekly blog: www.brentcolescott.com.
Author, Commentator, Public Intellectual, Former VP & MD, P&G Worldwide
Gurucharan Das is an author and former CEO of Procter & Gamble India. He studied philosophy at Harvard University and later attended Harvard Business School (AMP) where he is featured in three case studies. A regular columnist for the Times of India and five Indian language papers, he contributes to Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, and the New York Times as well.
Learning Technology and Strategy Manager, Eaton
Cary Disney, Learning Technology and Strategy Manager, has 30 years experience in learning and development. His current role at Eaton is focused strategy and implementation for the enterprise learning technology and content or Eaton. Cary’s team designs and develops internal learning, curates’ content from Skillsoft and other vendors and supports the SumTotal learning management system.
Cary’s previous roles include Performance Consulting Manager, Performance and Learning Consultant, Training/Documentation Manager, Instructional Design/Development, and Technical Instructor.
Managing Director - India, Skillsoft
Kamal Dutta is the Managing Director of Skillsoft for the India and SAARC region. In this role he is responsible for accelerating growth and drive customer success while developing strategic relationship with key partners and building newer route to markets.
Prior to Skillsoft, Kamal was the Managing Director for Asia Growth Countries in HPE Software which included India, SEA, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Korea where he lead a team of 200 to high growth. Prior to that he was Vice president of IT management and Application Delivery for Asia Pacific and Japan in HPE Software for five years. Previously, he was the Managing Director and Country General Manager of HP Software in India for four years. He has worked for IBM and Wipro previously in capacity of software development, solution consultant and sales.
A 25 years IT industry veteran, Kamal also held a variety of positions, in areas of expertise including software development, data base administration, solutions architecture and R&D engineering in companies including IBM and Wipro in India.
Kamal holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering with specialization in artificial intelligence. He has written books on IT landscape and many media articles on technology trends of DevOpsSec and Digital Transformation. He has considerable experience of working with Large Enterprises across APJ, US and India and has extensive knowledge across IT/ ITES, Software, Leadership, Partnership, Coaching and Leading Change Management.
Award-Winning Executive Coach, Public Speaker, Company Director and Writer
Kirstin Ferguson is changing the way the world looks at leadership.
As an award-winning and globally recognised leader, executive coach, company director, writer and speaker, she’s one of Australia’s most prominent leadership experts, derived from her 30-year executive career in addition to her PhD in leadership and culture. Kirstin’s unique combination of skills and experience has driven her passion to inspire and educate all – because she believes everyone is a leader – to lead from the head and the heart.
Kirstin’s career includes over a decade of experience on a range of company boards, including a previous appointment by the Australian Prime Minister as Acting Chair and Deputy Chair of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She’s also been the CEO of a global consulting company, a senior executive at a leading corporate law firm, and spent nearly 10 years as an Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force.
A passionate advocate for women, diversity and inclusion, she’s responsible for sparking a viral social media campaign called #CelebratingWomen, and is the co-author of award-winning book, Women Kind. Her next book, Head & Heart: The Art of Modern Leadership will be published by Penguin Random House. Kirstin is also making a global impact, with UK-based Thinkers50 naming her one of the world’s top 30 “Thinkers to Watch” and she was shortlisted for the Distinguished Award in Leadership in 2021.
Kirstin is a sought-after executive coach and public speaker, she is working on her next leadership book, sits on multiple boards and writes for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, answering the nation’s work, leadership and culture questions in her weekly column, Got A Minute?
Kirstin is deeply committed to helping people become the best leaders they can be and helping them to leave a positive legacy in the world. Kirstin believes that while curiosity, analysis, strategy and technical expertise will always be important; humility, insight, courage and empathy is just as vital. Leading with the head and the heart is the art of modern leadership and is an ethos Kirstin embodies, and inspires others to live by, every day.
Global Head of Learning & Development, HR Communication and Culture Chez UPL
Laetitia is an HR generalist with expertise in learning & development, talent management and change management. She's been working in multinational companies for more than 20 years in various HR positions with experience in sharing HR best practices within international Group and working on global HR topics. She's been exposed to specific legal environments and set up technical solutions to solve social issues.
She successfully delivers HR support for business by turning strategy into actions, ensuring HR process effectiveness, coaching managers to transform initiatives, embed performance culture and keep people engaged.
Vice President, Global Functions IT, Baxter
As the leader of the Global Function IT team, Christie partners with the leadership teams to identify, define and execute on their digital transformation goals. Baxter’s transformation is much more than just technology, the transformation is focused on changing how we think, how we work, and how we can deliver innovation in all aspects of our business. Christie’s role is to help leaders envision what is possible and then help them achieve that vision. Christie has been a member of the Baxter team for more than 25 years, in a variety of roles, all focused on driving change and building a culture of innovation.
Chief Product Officer, Learn On Demand Systems
As Chief Product Officer at Learn on Demand Systems, Frank Gartland oversees our transformation of training through challenge-centric learning and hands-on skill development and validation. Frank challenges teams, partners and customers to create better methods to scale learning. He thrives on helping people reach their potential and loves building businesses that enable people to make a positive impact.
Prior to joining Learn on Demand Systems, Frank was CEO of Veeya, a managed service provider focused on serving K-12 with technology as a service, where subscription revenues increased more than 300% during his tenure. Frank has been innovating with virtual classroom technologies and content since 1999 when his team first delivered fully online, instructor-led training for Cisco, Microsoft, EMC and others. As Vice President of Products with iLinc, Frank led the transformation of the virtual classroom system used by Global Knowledge, Salesforce.com, and more than 2,700 others. At Microsoft, he led the content, platform, and go-to-market strategies for Microsoft Virtual Academy that resulted in a thriving international learning community. Frank lives in Arizona with his wife and four kids.
Senior Manager, Customer Success APAC, Skillsoft
Luisa Golgini is the Senior Manager of Customer Success for APAC. In this role, Luisa is focused on guiding her team to high performance and ensuring they collectively drive success and value for customers in the region.
For the 7 years prior to joining Skillsoft in 2014, Luisa was part of the Global Learning Solutions team at Hudson Recruitment, with responsibility for technology and business systems training for the organization. It was here that she first experienced the benefits of a strategic learning partnership with Skillsoft.
Luisa began her career in the Financial Services industry, where she acquired more than 10 years of workplace learning experience. A highlight was successfully delivering a training & change program to 2000+ learners as part of a system replacement project for the Australian money market, during her tenure with the Sydney Futures Exchange. She also held various operational and training roles in the preceding years where she first discovered her passion for helping others achieve their goals.
User Experience Manager, Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University
Keller has been serving veteran, transitioning active duty, and military spouse learners as a part of IVMF’s Programs & Services team since July of 2014. Keller serves as the IVMF’s User Experience Manager and within that role, she is responsible for managing and updating all Learning Management Systems (LMS), assisting in reviewing/updating current curriculum, managing the new curriculum onboarding process, and developing supplemental learning materials and resources to program participants. She continuously monitors program performance metrics and learner feedback, to make recommendations for improvements or adaptations to curriculum or content delivery methods. She also serves as a project lead for the IVMF Community for Online Resources and Engagement (CORE), an interactive online platform that brings together all O2O program participants, to provide them with the resources and support they need to accomplish their goals.
Prior to accepting the role of User Experience Manager, Keller served as the IVMF’s Manager of Advising Services. In that role, she supported and developed a team of Advisors by ensuring they had the resources necessary to provide meaningful services to learners and provided day-to-day operational instruction and guidance to the advising team. She also assisted in coordinating the professional development of the advising team, managed the maintenance of learner data by the advising team, and facilitated the funding of industry certification fees for learners. Keller began her time with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families as an Academic Advisor for the Veterans Career Transition Program. In this role, she was responsible for maintaining open lines of communication with VCTP learners and facilitating their questions and concerns regarding course completion requirements, program offerings, and guidance on future career choices.
Keller holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from the University of Pittsburgh. Upon graduation, she spent several years working for a financial institution before beginning her career in higher education. While Keller held the position of Enrollment Advisor at a higher education institution in Tennessee, she advised students pursuing both undergraduate and graduate degrees of the various degree completion requirements, financing options, course modality options and the application to the acceptance process. While working in this position, she discovered that her true passion lies in creating a positive impact on the lives of others by helping them achieve their educational goals. Keller now lives in the Syracuse area with her two children.
Associate Vice President, HCL Technologies
Ashok Madaan can be easily identified at the spearhead of the Learning and Development at HCL Technologies. An Industry veteran with over 33 years of experience in competency development and delivery unit head, he heads Learning and development for in Engineering and R&D Services (ERS) Division of HCL Technologies with a strength of 35000+ engineers.
An MBA in International Business with a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and communication, Mr Madaan started his career from ALTOS India. He joined HCL in 1992 in the HCL Hewlett Packard Ltd. R&D division’s hardware design group. He was pivotal in transforming the HCL VLSI Business from a board manufacturer to a prominent provider of end to end embedded solutions.
He eventually moved on to the Learning and Development field, and was the founder of the STAR Academy in ERS. Under his guidance and insight, the STAR academy has moved on from being a simple training facilitator of certain business units in HCL, to being entrusted with the Learning and Development of the entire ERS, with many programs and portfolios under his wing. He has been known for many notable firsts in HCL, such as the STAR Academy, Fresher Program, Executive Learning programs, Technology competency horizontal and has been a key component of the corporate strategy and direction of the HCL Group.
In his spare time, he practices meditation and mindfulness, while often hosting sessions on mindfulness and emotional calmness. He is associated with many foundations and is an active volunteer in several programs and events.
Vice President of Talent Management, TriNet
Cathy is a Human Resources Executive and Talent Cultivator with nearly over 25 years of Talent Management, Training, Organizational Effectiveness, Culture Change and Human Performance experience. Currently, she is the VP of Talent Management and Diversity at TriNet where she is accountable for leading the firm-wide strategies and initiatives for developing and retaining talent as well as cultivating a ‘best in class’ culture. Previously to joining TriNet, she was the Chief Talent Officer at TD Ameritrade leading both Talent Acquisition and Talent Development. Catherine has also worked globally within the Financial Service Industry for MetLife, Citigroup, AXA Insurance Group and Prudential. She is a certified Executive Coach, Talent Executive as well as Senior Professional in Human Resources and holds a master’s degree in Organizational Behavior and a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communications from Cornell University.
Catherine believes in “paying it forward” by providing insights as an adjunct faculty member at Fairleigh Dickinson University, a guest lecturer for the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, speaker at industry conferences and contributor to publications such as the Human Resource Executive Magazine, Advisor Solutions Magazine, and books, Manage Like Your Mam, The Future Workplace Experience and Building the Core Competencies of Change.
She has four children, a dog and finds passion in boating and supporting the community through mentoring and volunteering with programs such as the Lupus Foundation, Professional Services Group of NJ, the Seton Hall Prep Griffin Bridges Program and Girls Inc. NY/NJ.
CEO & Editor-in-Chief, People Matters
Ester Martinez is the CEO & Editor-in-Chief at People Matters, the fastest-growing community for CHROs and business leaders committed to the advancement of talent & work practices for sustainable business impact. In 2009, upon sensing the need for a platform to deliberate talent management, leadership and hold critical insights on people & future of work for C-suite audience, Ester founded People Matters and rapidly grew it to become one of the few successes in independent publishing and a brand synonymous to knowledge and digital innovation in People and work-tech space. And today the brand is a name to reckon with not just in India, but also globally, with a special focus on Southeast Asia. A people’s person at heart, Ester holds a Postgraduate degree in Human Resources Management from EADA (Spain) and a Master of Business Administration from Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad.
With more than 15 years of experience in human resources, Ester has a wealth of knowledge in the areas of talent, learning & development and work-tech. Until 2008, she worked as a professional manager with a host of Blue Chip companies such as Hewlett Packard and Tata Consultancy Services, both in India and the UK.
A much sought-after speaker on leadership and Future of work, Ester was recognized as a top influencer on employee engagement by The Employee Engagement Awards, and top influencer in HR Technology by Recruiting Daily. Ester was also featured in the 2016 & 2018 LinkedIn Top Voices List, which ranks the top writers on LinkedIn for the year. She is also a renowned TEDx speaker and was nominated for the Global Employee Engagement Influencers 2017.
Head of Learning Technology, People Capability, Standard Chartered Bank
Casey currently Heads up Learning Technology for Standard Chartered Bank. As part of his role, he manages the Banks learning platforms and is responsible for strategic partnerships within the digital learning space. Casey has been involved in corporate learning for over 15 years and prior to joining Standard Chartered in 2018 he had sat on the other “side of the fence”, spending over 10 years with a leading global knowledge solutions company.
Before “falling” into the world of learning, he worked in Wealth Management after playing Rugby professionally in NZ and the UK for 10 years.
Managing Director & Principal Consultant, Partner Consulting
Daniel is the founder and director of Partner Consulting – a New Zealand based group working with clients in the region to help them understand their digital skills needs and build the capabilities they need for the future. An experienced consultant and expert in the use of SFIA (the Skills Framework for the Information Age) – Daniel is also an active contributor to the development of SFIA as a member of the global SFIA Council and SFIA Design Authority Board.
Digital & Professional Learning Solutions, Learning & Professional Development Talent Enablement, HPE
Kevin leads the Digital Learning Strategy and Solutions team at HPE. Responsible for HPE’s learning experience platform governance, management, integrations, and user experience. Kevin also heads HPE’s efforts in building a culture of continuous career conversations by implementing a framework founded in performance, career growth and development planning for all 60,000 team members.
Customer Market Leader, Leadership and Business Solutions, Skillsoft
Rashim is responsible for driving innovation and growth in her role as Customer Market Leader, Leadership and Business Solutions. Her role concentrates on leading the content, platform, customer success, sales, and marketing teams to deliver compelling experiences to our customers.
Rashim is a prominent woman in tech evangelist and a frequent speaker at global conferences. Her thoughts on leadership, innovation, women in technology, and enablement strategies have appeared in publications like Forbes, Association for Talent Development (ATD), and Thrive Global.
Prior to Skillsoft, Rashim held leadership roles at companies like VMware, Amazon Web Services, Oracle and Automation Anywhere, where she built high-performing education teams and launched innovative solutions to support over $2 billion businesses. Recognized by Business Chief USA as a woman to watch, Rashim is an industry influencer, a thought leader, and a best-selling author. She is also a recipient of Women Empowerment: Game Changer, Woman of the Year, Women Tech, and Silicon Valley Woman of Influence awards and was inducted in Alameda county hall of fame in 2020.
Principal Consultant, Morehead Compliance Consulting
Eric Morehead is the Principal Consultant at Morehead Compliance Consulting and has over 20 years’ experience working with organizations seeking to address compliance issues and build effective compliance and ethics programs. Eric conducts program assessments and examines specific compliance risks, he drafts compliance policies and codes of conduct, works with organizations to build and improve their compliance processes and tools, and provides live training for Boards of Directors, executives, managers and employees.
Eric was formally the Head of Advisory Services for NYSE Governance Services, a leading compliance training organization, where he was responsible for all aspects of NYSE Governance Services’ compliance consulting arm.
Prior to joining NYSE, Eric was an Assistant General Counsel of the United States Sentencing Commission in Washington, DC. Eric served as the chair of the policy team that amended the Organizational Sentencing Guidelines in 2010.
Eric also spent nearly a decade as a litigation attorney in Houston, Texas where he focused on white-collar and regulatory cases and represented clients at trial and before various agencies including SEC, OSHA and CFTC.
Global Diversity and Inclusion Director, Lenovo
Flavia C Moreira is the Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion at Lenovo. She has a solid and diverse Human Capital Management background in various industries, gained through years of experience in Latin America, Europe, and the United States with companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Kraft Foods, BG Group, and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).
Flavia is also an executive coach and has helped leaders from all over the world in tapping into their deeper strengths and connecting with whom they really are. She coaches and teaches leadership skills in Portuguese, Spanish, English, and German.
Flavia describes herself as a results-driven, open minded, and authentic global leader. Her mission in life is facilitate growth and help talent, teams, and organizations create exciting futures..
She was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and relocated to the US in 2016 with her previous company. She lives in Raleigh, NC, with her partner Rob and their two dogs, Viva and Macho and their newly born son, Rio. She enjoys exercising, reading, and calling her family in Brazil.
She has a Master of Science degree in Business, with concentration in Organizational Behavior and two bachelor’s degrees, one in Communications and one in Business, all from Brazilian Universities. She is also is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and has completed the Business Coaching Certificate Program from North Carolina State University.
Director of Solution Architects, SumTotal Systems
Mike Mosgrove lives in Atlanta, Ga, and has been with SumTotal for 7 years. In his tenure, he has served as a Solution Architect, working with customers in the small business space all the way through the Fortune 5 using the SumTotal platform. Mike now serves as a Director of Solution Architects for North America. Mike’s degree from Georgia Tech is in Leading and Managing Human Capital, he is a member of SHRM and hold’s their SHRM-CP certification, and he has consulted for a myriad of HR Technology platforms over the course of his career. In addition to his work with the Solution Architects at SumTotal, Mike is also a member of Skillsoft’s Inclusion Council, driving and promoting Skillsoft’s D.E.I. strategies and programs. Outside of work, he is a runner, an alumni advisor for his fraternity, and dog-dad to Daisy, his 2 year old cocker spaniel.
Chief Content Officer, Skillsoft
Since becoming Chief Content Officer in 2018, Mark has been responsible for leading all aspects of Skillsoft’s content catalogue, including strategic direction, roadmap and development.
Mark previously served SVP of Skillsoft Books, successfully launching the company’s book summary product, increasing the audiobook collection by more than 60% and creating the largest collection of audiobooks in the corporate learning market. Prior to Skillsoft Books, Mark led Skillsoft’s strategic business development, where he worked on cross-functional projects and services teams to deliver integrated learning experiences with key clients.
Mark became Skillsoft’s VP, Content Production after the company acquired Element K in 2011. His career with Element K spanned 15 years, where he was responsible for product strategy, content development and operational execution.
Mark holds an MBA from the Rochester Institute of Technology and Bachelors of Science in Finance and Economics from State University of New York, College at Brockport.
Vice President, HR Digital Operations and Global Learning Solutions, Baxter
Manoj leads Baxter’s Digital HR Operations and Global Learning Solutions team that spearheads digital transformation for HR and learning function. This includes technology, innovation, process, business engagement and content creativity. Manoj has over 20 years of experience in the HR and learning space. Prior to joining Baxter, Manoj was a leader in HR Transformation organizations in various consulting firms such as Deloitte and Accenture.
Head of Learning and Development, 2Degrees, New Zealand
Anne has been in the learning and development field for 20 years helping organisations to develop learning solutions that help move companies forward. She has led the L&D function at 2degrees for the last 12 years during the startup phase and subsequent maturity of the business. This has meant an ever-changing focus for L&D to ensure it aligns to the company vision and looking at how technology will play its part.
Apratim Purakayastha (AP)
Chief Technology Officer, Skillsoft
As Skillsoft’s Chief Technology Officer, AP is responsible for engineering, product management, cloud operations and IT across all products in the Skillsoft group of companies, a role he has held since 2016.
AP has extensive experience supporting rapidly growing technology companies, including as General Manager and SVP of SaaS at SevOne, where he was responsible for the on-demand / SaaS business segment. He previously served as Group President at ACI Worldwide and as Director of Software at IBM.
AP holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Duke University, Masters of Science in Computer Science from Washington State University and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Jadavpur University in India.
Director, Training and Development, Greyhound Lines
Bobby Quinten is the Director, Training and Development for Greyhound Lines, the iconic motorcoach transportation provider. He oversees Greyhound University at Percipio, along with new hire driver training. The Leadership Academy, Top Dog Talent Development, and Safety and HR training. He also is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation. Bobby celebrates his 25th year as a corporate Learning Leader in 2021.
Senior Customer Success Manager, Skillsoft
After 20+ years in the industry, Edel has consistently demonstrated a sound knowledge of learning and performance. She is passionate about modern workplace learning, using modern learning technology to enable continuous learning in the flow of work and leveraging data to get insights that inform the learning strategy & correlates learning to performance.
Edel also have a deep interest in understanding how the mind & body work, often immersing herself in podcasts/books/articles from the likes of Michael Neill, Dominic Scaffidi, Anita Moorjani or Michael Mosley to name but a few!
Edel's biggest passion of all is her 2 wonderful children & husband and she delights in hanging out and having adventures with them!
Janani Ravi has a master’s degree from Stanford and is a certified Google Cloud Architect and Data Engineer. She has worked for large technology companies, such as Google, Microsoft, and Flipkart. In fact, Janani was one of the original engineers for Google Docs and holds four patents related to its real-time collaborative editing framework. After spending years as a senior software engineer, Janani decided to combine her love for technology with her passion for teaching. She co-founded Loonycorn, a studio for high-quality technical video content, and has authored a vast array of Skillsoft courses. From the basics of Python to the intricacies of machine learning, Janani loves sharing her knowledge with learners of all abilities.
Area(s) of expertise: Data science, machine learning, cloud computing, programming languages, full-stack development.
Interesting fact: Absolutely loves dogs and has 4 dogs of her own!
Vice President, Customer Success, Skillsoft
Danielle Riley is the Vice President of Customer Success for North America at Skillsoft. In this role, Danielle and her team are responsible for ensuring Skillsoft customers achieve success and delight in the complete Skillsoft experience.
Always a learning champion, Danielle spent 20 years leading learning and talent functions prior to joining Skillsoft. She also ran her own leadership consulting and technical training company where she was able to roll up her sleeves, challenge the status quo, and help her customers achieve their individual and organizational goals.
When not working, Danielle is actively involved in her local youth soccer community and has been a volunteer coach for over 20 years. Danielle and her family live in the Greater Boston area, and she is sending her oldest son to college this fall.
People & Culture Director, Asia Pacific & Middle East Region, ManpowerGroup
Carine is People & Culture Leader – APAC & ME, ManpowerGroup Carine brings over 20 years of experience as a Talent Management and People & Culture professional across leading global organizations. Having lived and worked in five different countries across Europe and APAC, she carries a deep understanding on design & implementation of Talent Acquisition, Learning & Development strategies, leading complex HR transformation, enhancing performance management frameworks, implementing change initiatives, as well as harnessing coaching and mentoring programs to help build strong talents across multiple domains.Carine joined ManpowerGroup in 2019 as Head of People & Culture for APME region, covering 11 countries with over 4000 employees and focuses on designing and deploying advanced HR strategies to drive the growth and talent agenda.
Learning & OD Manager, Datacom
Karen has deep learning expertise that’s been developed in multiple industries including Technology, Telecommunications, Retail and Banking. Karen has recently joined Datacom Asia Pacific’s leading locally-owned IT-based service provider. Datacom operate across New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia and the Philippines. As Learning & OD Manager she and her team are engaged in building technical, professional and leadership capabilities as well as supporting strategic projects and group compliance.
Karen is passionate about creating a learning culture focused on continuous learning, learning in the flow of work enabling experimentation and innovation to engage our employees, keep their skills future fit and be invaluable to our customers.
Shuchika Sahay is the CHRO at Firstsource, a leading provider of business process solutions in the Banking and Financial Services, Healthcare, Communications, Media and Technology industries. She works towards building a purposeful organization, implementing the company’s people value proposition, and developing a growth mindset.
In her vast work experience of nearly two decades, she has worked in several leading companies such as HDFC Life, Lehman Brothers and ICICI Prudential Life Insurance. Her most recent stint before Firstsource was with Standard Chartered bank, where she served as the Global Head – People Capability Delivery. She has held several leadership positions, leading large scale people transformation and change management projects, enabling high performing cross-cultural teams to deliver impactful outcomes. She enjoys coaching business leaders to maximize the impact with their teams and developing her own teams to be ahead of the curve with their craft. During her tenure at HDFC Life, she received the coveted ‘Young HR Professional of the Year’ presented by Asia Brand Awards.
Shuchika holds a master’s degree from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and is currently pursuing a coaching certification from New Ventures West, San Francisco.
Group Director of Learning and Development Minor Hotels
I love seeing people grow, be happy, and succeed in their endeavors. As a passionate educator, I believe that everyone has the potential if we give them the support, trust, and opportunities to do so.
As the Group Director of Learning and Development of Minor Hotels, I have the unique opportunity to follow my passion, which is to make a difference in the lives of others through training, learning, and development. Minor Hotels is a global hospitality operator that has a diverse portfolio over 530 properties in over 50 countries worldwide. At Minor Hotels we have over 10,000 learners and I am privilege to be entrusted the stewardship of the organization’s and individuals’ learning and development.
I am a life-long learner, and this is reflected in my eclectic and wide range of interest, roles, and certifications. From development of a curriculum to teaching, coaching, strategy development, course and instructional design, module writing, e-learning, e-learning content creation, evaluation, and assessment, I immerse myself as much as I can in all of them. After all, I personally believe in the quote “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever”.
Global Head of Talent Development, Tata Consultancy Services
With over 22 years of Industry experience across Retail, Consumer goods & Manufacturing, Janardhan currently heads Talent development for TCS. In this role, Janardhan is responsible for transforming TCS Talent from Recruits who are yet to join all the way to Senior leadership, on the full set of skills and traits needed in the Business 4.0 era - across Technology, Domain, Process, Culture/Language, Behavior, Business skills and Leadership.
Janardhan started his professional career with TATA motors as an Automotive engineer. Subsequently with TCS he has specialized in Retail Industry, Big data & Analytics and worked with several global enterprises in Consulting, Program management, Client relationship and Delivery partnership roles.
Based out of Chennai, Janardhan holds a Master’s degree in Industrial engineering. Outside of work, he likes to spend his time on long walks, gardening and podcasts
Global Head - Learning, Leadership & Organization Development, Dr. Reddy's Laboratories
A C-suite level practitioner in strategic workforce design, capability and leadership development. Excellence in talent modeling, strategic visioning and deployment, learning and workplace innovation in people and organization processes
Leader in design & execution of Learning, Leadership & OD interventions. A Ph. D holder, academic Gold medalist, with 25+ publications. A HR influencer, thought leader and eminent speaker at global platforms.
Head-Capability & Leadership Development, Tata Power
Aditya Sareen is a dynamic HR professional with over 24 years of experience having worked across sectors such as Advertising/ Media, Consulting, Telecom, Banking, Retail, Airports/ Infrastructure, Hospitality & Power. Aditya has professional qualifications in HR, Marketing & Finance, thereby enabling him to have a holistic business perspective.
Having completed his PGDM (Full Time) from IMT-Ghaziabad, PGCHRM from XLRI-Jamshedpur, PGDHRM from ICFAI University and ICWA (Intermediate) from ICWAI- Delhi, he has various certifications to his credit and is a Certified Kirkpatrick Four Levels ® Evaluation- Bonze Level Practitioner by The Kirkpatrick Partners ®.
He is currently pursuing a 15 months Advanced Management Program from Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (with alumni status) as part of Senior Leaders’ development program of Tata Power. He has innate capabilities of People Development & Customer Service Excellence and firmly believes in creating delight for all his internal & external stakeholders.
Lead Organisational Development & Change, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
Passionate people centric and development practitioner, Wynn joined Te Wānanga o Aotearoa as the Lead for Organisational Development, Capability and Change, in January 2021. Previously the Group Learning and Development Manager for Datacom New Zealand, he was instrumental in the adoption of Percipio for the business that spanned across APAC region.
Wynn held positions and consulted in the learning and development and the learning technology space, in government, corporate, education and NFP sectors, and developed initiatives and programmes that has gained recognition and won multiple national and global learning and workforce development awards in both innovation and execution.
He is passionate about developing people’s potential and leadership development, and considers the keys of success lie in being a considered partnership, Wynn brings analysis, strategy and implementation into the learning ecosystems and people development conversations.
David Meerman Scott
Bestselling Author, Marketing Strategist, Entrepreneur, Investor and Advisor to emerging companies
David Meerman Scott spotted the real-time marketing revolution in its infancy and wrote five books about it including The New Rules of Marketing and PR, now in a 7th edition, with more than 400,000 copies sold in English and available in 29 languages from Albanian to Vietnamese.
Now David says the pendulum has swung too far in the direction of superficial online communications. Tech-weary and bot-wary people are hungry for true human connection. Organizations have learned to win by developing what David calls a “Fanocracy” - (the subject of his Wall Street Journal bestseller) - tapping into the mindset that relationships with customers are more important than the products they sell to them.
He is a massive live music fan, having been to 804 live shows since he was 15 years old, is passionate about the Apollo lunar program, and he loves to surf but isn't very good at it.
Executive Director and Chief Human Resources Officer, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages
Indrajeet Sengupta is currently the Executive Director & Chief Human Resources Officer at Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt Ltd, one of the top FMCG companies in India. He is based in Bangalore. With over 20 years of experience, he is a consummate HR professional, a talent developer and transformational change leader. He has prior experiences in top MNCs incl General Electric, Mars Inc. and Johnson & Johnson. In his career span, Indrajeet has led the HR function at start-up, turnaround and growth phases across a variety of industry segments including Research & Development, Information Technology, Industrial, Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals and Consumer.
Indrajeet started his career with General Electric as a member of the prestigious global Human Resources Leadership Program (HRLP). He moved through roles of increasing responsibilities during his career with GE. Some of his notable achievements have been in setting up the HR function for the John F. Welch Technology Center in Bangalore, a first of its kind R&D center in GE outside USA; and as the Total Rewards Lead for GE Healthcare - AsPac, he played a significant role during various acquisitions and established GE Healthcare’s Total Rewards framework in the region.
At Mars Inc. he was responsible for leading HR in the growth of nascent consumer categories - Petcare and Chocolates in India. He was instrumental in creating the Mars Inc. India organization development roadmap endorsed by the global Management Board of Mars Inc. During this stint, he also led Talent Management for Finance and Supply Chain teams across Africa, Middle East and India and played an active role during the integration of Wrigley’s into Mars Inc in India.
Indrajeet joined J&J Medical India in 2010 and since then has played a significant role in leadership transitions, talent management, organization design and the acquisition of Synthes. He was promoted as Head of Human Resources – Johnson & Johnson India Region in 2015 tasked with transforming the HR agenda for India and was a member of the J&J India Presidents Council along with the three sector Managing Directors.
In various roles during his career, Indrajeet has contributed to organization and capability development, implemented initiatives for building high performing team culture and coached senior leaders in change management and talent management. He has also actively championed diversity, inclusion and community initiatives at the workplace.
Indrajeet holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi, India. Indrajeet and his wife Sonali are avid travelers and photographers.
Director of Talent Development and Learning, Delta Dental
Ben Sieke is Director, Talent Development and Learning at Delta Dental of California. Ben leads a national team of learning and development professionals, including facilitators, instructional designers, program managers and others, that develop, deliver, and manage learning programs for Delta Dental employees. He and his team take a consulting approach when working with internal clients and other human resources partners to develop and execute enterprise and divisional learning strategies in support of personal and professional employee development, both in our employees’ current roles and throughout their careers at Delta Dental.
Ben, who has more than a decade of experience in corporate training and human resources, joined Delta Dental in 2019 as a Senior Organizational Effectiveness Consultant. He was subsequently promoted to Manager of Talent Development and Learning later that year, and again promoted to Director of Talent Development and Learning in early 2020.
Prior to joining Delta Dental, Ben served as Director of Field Human Resources and Manager of Learning Programs at Guitar Center between 2016 and 2019. Ben has also held roles on the global learning and development teams at MUFG and at Weight Watchers. Ben has been a certified Master Trainer since 2013.
An active member of the professional learning and development community, Ben served as President of the Association for Talent Development, Los Angeles Chapter, from 2017 to 2019.
Chief Revenue Officer, Skillsoft
A global technology executive with extensive strategy and growth experience, Eric joined Skillsoft as Chief Revenue Officer in 2021.
He previously served as Chief of Staff for the President of Global Sales, Services and Customer Engagement at SAP, where he supported global go-to-market strategy and operations. Prior to that, he was Chief Revenue Officer at Qualtrics and Chief Innovation Officer for SAP America.
Earlier in his career, Eric held positions of increasing seniority at SAP, Ciber, Virtustream and Blackboard.
Eric is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board at Boston University School of Law and founder of the Eric & Neil Stine-Markman Scholarship, the first permanent endowment to dedicate scholarship funds to the LGBTQ+ community. He also plays active board and fundraising roles for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Yale Pediatrics and Northwestern University.
Eric holds a Juris Doctorate from the Boston University School of Law and Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and History from Northwestern University.
Chief Executive Officer, Skillsoft
Jeff Tarr is Chief Executive Officer of Skillsoft and brings a successful track record of building tech-enabled services companies into trusted industry leaders.
Over the last two decades, he has built three publicly traded, tech-enabled information companies into industry leaders. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer and a director of DigitalGlobe, the world leader in satellite imagery and geospatial intelligence, from 2011 until the sale of the company to MDA (now Maxar Technologies) in 2017. Subsequently, Jeff served as an advisor to TPG, other leading private equity firms and corporate clients. From June through October 2019, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Solera Holdings. Prior to DigitalGlobe, Jeff was President and Chief Operating Officer of IHS (now IHS Markit) and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the publicly-traded business information company, Hoover’s, Inc. (now a division of D&B). He began his career with Bain & Company.
Jeff currently serves on the board of EchoStar and is Chairman Emeritus of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Management Board. He also serves on the board of DSST Public Schools, one of the leading open enrollment school systems in the United States. He previously served on the board of CEB (The Corporate Executive Board Company) until the sale of the company to Gartner in 2017. Jeff also served as co-Chair of the World Economic Forum Council on the Future of Space Technologies and co-Chair of the Annual Meeting of New Champions in Dalian China. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Jeff holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs.
Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, UPS
Charlene Thomas serves as Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer for UPS and is a member of the company’s Executive Leadership Team. Her role signals a significant step forward for UPS as we strive to create an even more inclusive and equitable company. Charlene leads our global diversity, equity and inclusion efforts both internally and externally with UPS employees, suppliers and customers around the world.
Prior to being named Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Charlene served as the Chief Human Resources Officer. In this role she guided UPS’s transformation and HR initiatives to optimize the talent, leadership and culture for the company’s more than 540,000 employees worldwide.
Previously, she served as President, the West Region with responsibility for all package delivery operations in the U.S. central and western states.
Charlene began her UPS career in 1989, progressing through successive leadership roles in U.S. Operations, including the West Chester, PA and Metro Philadelphia District. She served as package division manager in Baltimore, and operations manager for the Alabama District. She later joined the Desert Mountain District as West Operations package operations manager and was promoted to President, Mid-South District and later President, North Atlantic District. Charlene also has held roles in global marketing, corporate learning and talent development as the U.S. operations training director.
Currently, Charlene serves on the Board of Directors for National Urban League (NUL). Recently, she served on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee, Orangewood Foundation in Orange County, CA and as an executive board member for Habitat for Humanity. Charlene is also a member of The Executive Leadership Council and has received numerous awards and accolades for Human Resources and Leadership. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Temple University and an MBA in Business Administration from Eastern University.
Senior Vice President, Global Marketing, Skillsoft
As Senior Vice President of Global Marketing, Jennifer is responsible for the development and execution of global marketing growth strategies to increase new business, as well as grow and retain Skillsoft’s valued customers. Leveraging her vast expertise in commercial organization builds and rebuilds, Jennifer is currently, focused on strengthening the Skillsoft’s marketing capabilities.
Jennifer has more than 20 years of global leadership experience in Marketing and Sales based in the US and Europe; for companies that range in revenue from $20B to $100M. Prior to Skillsoft, she was the VP of Market Development for Thermo Fisher Scientific’s Lab Products Division where she built a new global marketing organization. Before arriving at Thermo, Jennifer was part of a successful private equity turnaround, culminating in the acquisition by a syndicate of investors.
Jennifer has a consistent track record of building and leading high-performance marketing and sales organizations and has held progressive commercial leadership positions at Thermo Fisher, Haemonetics, Boston Scientific, Cardinal Health and Baxter Healthcare. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fairfield University, a Masters in Management from Penn State, and a Mini-MBA in Digital Marketing from Rutgers University Business School.
Chief Strategy Officer, Talent International
Ian has more than 20 years leadership, advisory and consulting experience with a focus on building teams, growing, and scaling businesses all with a bias toward tech, digital & media talent acquisition, human capital consulting, recruitment, employer branding and workforce solutions.
He has designed, led, and executed global workforce solutions, client service strategies, RPO and TA solutions. He has built and managed embedded In-house recruitment teams, delivered more than 50 talent advisory engagements and designed and delivered BPO/HRO and MSP programs for multi-national organisations with a strong technology bias throughout the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand & South East Asia markets.
Ian is a proud and active foundation team member of the Bteam global initiative, 100% Human at Work in APAC, having worked within the design team to create the network in Australia and New Zealand and alongside the Virgin Unite global leadership team to build the movement in APAC.
- Embedded Talent Acquisition services
- RPO solution design and delivery
- Talent Acquisition Team builds
- Workforce design and advisory
- Business establishment and growth
- Organisational design / business transformation
- Brand and business integration
- Go-To-Market strategy development
- Brand refresh and market positioning
- Employer Branding Strategy
- Employee Value Proposition (EVP)
- Human capital strategy and competency analysis
- Digital Media, Digital & Performance Marketing
- HR Tech and ATS strategy, selection and implementation
- Strategic & Operational Business Planning
- Sales Leadership and consulting
- Project Delivery
- Team engagement
Dr. Elizabeth Valentine
Managing Director, Enterprise Governance
Dr Lizzie Valentine is an award-winning researcher and transformation thought leader.
An experienced CEO, CIO, and change and transformation consultant, Lizzie describes herself as a professional cage rattler - a fearless change agent and problem solver who involves and inspires people to bring their best to their work. She has led the technical, people and capability aspects of some of New Zealand and Australia’s largest mergers, industry and organisation transformations and capability development challenges.
Lizzie is Managing Director of Enterprise Governance Consulting, a boutique consultancy specialising in transformation strategy, digital capability development and IT governance.
Until March 2021 she was the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Massey University (NZ). Since 2017 she also held the post of Adjunct Researcher and Teaching Fellow at Victoria University of Wellington.
She holds a Doctor of Information Technology from QUT, Australia, 2016, and an MBA from Henley, UK.
Vice President of Global Talent Enablement, Skillsoft
Elisa Vincent is the Vice President of Global Talent Enablement at Skillsoft, where she leads strategic initiatives that foster the individual and collective success of the organization. Her journey to human capital leadership was not a traditional one. She has built a latticed model to her own career path that has afforded her many opportunities to grow new leadership strengths and skills. She started her career in international education and study abroad where she designed, developed, and led international leadership development experiences for students and faculty - experiences that enabled research and study of gender equality and equity around the world. She was a founding member of the Bentley University Center for Women in Business leadership team, where she served as both consultant and leadership coach for organizational and emerging leaders in various industries. After moving into corporate human capital management, her goal has been to build transformative talent development and management infrastructures that enable cultures of inclusion, equity, and belonging. She has designed and implemented leadership models and learning content, curricula, and experiences with proven success and rapid adoption in diverse markets, and she has loved every moment.
Global Business Executive, Board Member, CHRO, Sony Pictures Networks
“To believe in heroic makes heroes” Benjamin Disraeli
Driven by the purpose to strive for excellence, Manu focuses on nurturing ecosystems wherein individuals challenge their own, as well their team’s limits, to drive the growth of the organization and the universe around them. With a career spanning over two decades, across multiple industries and countries, Manu has steered workplace & people agenda of globally dynamic organizations likes Sony Pictures, Coca-Cola, American Express & GE, specializing in roles like Head HR, Talent & Development, Mergers & Acquisitions, HR Transformation, Change & Digital Innovation. She has also operated in board positions wherein, she was/is entrusted to safeguard the company's interest as it pertains to license to operate and sustain in the marketplace. Manu is a graduate of the GE Human Resources Leadership Program (#HRLP) and started her career as a Finance Analyst with Tata Unisys. Apart from corporate endeavors, Manu is a member of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) – National Leadership & HR Committee, Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) – Asia Pacific Advisory Board, Chandigarh University Corporate Advisory Board and Jombay Advisory Board. She is also an active participant in various country citizenship efforts, such as #Startup India and a regular speaker at industry forums, wherein she passionately delivers insights on Leadership and HR Transformation, Change Management and Human Capital Index, amongst other key topics.
Manu is a qualified MBTI, Six Sigma professional, Instruction Designer & Facilitator on variety of leadership & professional skills subjects. She has acquired her bachelor's in Finance, Statistics & Economics and master’s in human resources from Symbiosis Center of Management & HRD, India.
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CEO, Ellevate Network
Kristy Wallace is the CEO of Ellevate Network and is responsible for executing Ellevate Network’s mission to close the gender achievement gap in business by providing professional women with a global community to lean on and learn from. She directs the Network’s staff, is responsible for business growth and strategy, and works closely with Ellevate's Chapter Leaders, Business Partners, and Champions to further Ellevate's impact.
Kristy is a regular speaker and thought leader on Driving Business Change Through Leadership Engagement, the Positive Impact of Diversity on Business, Social Entrepreneurship, Networking, and Entrepreneurialism. Kristy is also the host of the Ellevate Podcast, Conversations with Women Changing the Face of Business. Most recently, Kristy testified in front of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Businesses on the force of small businesses in driving positive impact and rang the Nasdaq Opening Bell marking 2020 as a pivotal year for gender equality in the workplace.
Kristy is an Advisor for the 92Y Women in Power Fellowship for Rising Female Leaders; on the Advisory Council for the Villanova University Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship Institute; Co-Chair of the Leadership Advisory Board for the Girl Scouts of Greater NYC; a Board Member at Workforce Professionals Training Institute; and a Member of the UN Women Global Innovation Coalition for Change.
Kristy obtained her BA in English/Sociology from Villanova University. Kristy lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and three wonderful children.
Founder & CEO, Bronze Phoenix
She is passionate about engaging audiences around the world on the future of work and what it means for organisations, individuals, and society. My company, Bronze Phoenix, helps organisations and leaders reinvent themselves.
Have been an independent director for over 10 years, and currently serve on the Boards of several public, private, membership, and not-for-profit organisations in Australia, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Singapore, and the United States. A few years ago I was incredibly honored to be named to the Financial Times’ Agenda Directory of Top 100 Board Candidates With Pay-Setting Skills - to date, the only individual based in Asia to be included on the list.
Customer Market Leader, Technology & Developer, Skillsoft
Michael is responsible for driving innovation and growth in the Technology and Developer Customer Market. His role as General Manager of this customer market concentrates on leading the content, platform, customer success, sales and marketing teams to deliver compelling experiences to our customers.
Prior to Skillsoft, Michael led the council member organization at GLG, focused on growing GLG’s network of professional experts. Before that, Michael spent over a decade at Gartner, where he led several business units serving technology providers, chief information officers, professional services firms, technology investors, digital marketers, and small & medium businesses. He also led Gartner’s corporate marketing and corporate development organizations. Prior to Gartner, Michael spent 4 years at McKinsey serving high-tech, telecom, and pharmaceutical clients on a variety of strategic issues.
Michael began his career as a research physicist, leading fundamental R&D efforts in semiconductor nanotechnology at IBM, Philips Electronics, and Bell Laboratories. Michael received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard, and his Ph.D. from MIT.
CEO and Co-Founder, Data Society
The CEO and Co-Founder of Data Society, a Washington, D.C.-based analytics training and advisory firm. Data Society delivers customized corporate data science training programs and consulting services to transform the way that businesses and government agencies operate. Built on real-world use cases and practical data science solutions, Data Society works with staff at every level from executives to analysts to bridge the data communication gap and empower professionals to solve tough challenges.