Kimo Kippen is Chief Learning Officer at Hilton Worldwide, based in McLean Virginia. Due to his successes in this position, CLO Magazine recently named Kimo CLO of the Year. Kimo was recently selected as the chairman of the board of directors for the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) of which Hilton Worldwide is a founding member. Kimo has served as the chairman of the board of the Association for Talent Development (formerly, American Society for Training & Development) in 2007 and is a member of the organization’s Public Policy Council. Kimo also sits on the board for the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) and is actively involved with Business Champions as a representative for Hilton Worldwide. Prior to joining Hilton, Kippen worked for Marriott International for 21 years. In his last position there, he was responsible for the Center of Excellence for Learning. Before this, he led management engagement for the enterprise. He also has served as vice president of human resources for Renaissance Hotels and Resorts, North America. Kippen holds an M.S. in career and human resource development from Rochester Institute of Technology, a B.S. from the University of Hawaii, and is a graduate of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland's Post Graduate Program.
Morgan Browning, President, joined Emergenetics International in August, 2005. As the youngest son of the Founder of Emergenetics, Morgan has spent his entire life with the company and assisted in writing the book, “Emergenetics: Tap Into the New Science of Success.”
Morgan is responsible for global oversight of Emergenetics International. The company has grown to doing business on 4 continents, with 2000 Associates worldwide. Morgan has presented Emergenetics keynote speeches and workshops across the world, in organizations as diverse as Fortune 500 corporations, to educational institutions, to local nonprofit organizations. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Quality Stone Veneer, Inc.
He served on the Board of Directors for the Denver chapter of the Mennonite Economic Development Associates from 2007-2012 and has volunteered with Junior Achievement since 2011. He has also served as an Executive Mentor for the University of Denver, Daniels College of Business. He has lived in Prague, Czech Republic and worked with HIV+ children in Kenya.
Morgan graduated with Honors from the University of Kansas and attended law school at American University, Washington College of Law in Washington, DC. He received his JD in 2005 and was licensed to practice law in the state of Colorado in 2006.
Morgan enjoys traveling the world, hiking, cooking and spending time with his wife and 4 children.
Global Head of Learning & Development
Amy is a learning and development consultant and coach with over 18 years’ experience helping hundreds of leaders navigate the challenges they face in their roles. At Facebook, she is the Global L&D Leader with responsibility for making Facebook a great place to learn to lead and for ensuring the company has the leadership capability needed today and in the future.
Prior to joining Facebook, Amy spent 14 years with PwC in various HR/L&D leadership roles in Boston, London and New York. Amy has a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from George Mason University and a MS from Boston University. She is a pursuing her certificate at the Hudson Institute of Coaching and has travelled to more than 35 countries and 6 continents working in many of them. As a former, "east coaster", she is a new resident of San Francisco and is enjoying the California sun…..immensely!
Director of Talent Development
Cheryl Harris is the Director of Talent Development at American Airlines. She is reinventing talent management at American, the world’s largest airline after merging with US Airways in December 2013. Her team provides tools for leaders to identify and develop their talent, including: performance management, succession planning, leadership and targeted development, assessments, organization development, and executive coaches.
Some key initiatives while at American include: supporting new culture post-merger through team and leadership programs; implementation of continuous talent conversations approach; developing new Emerging Leaders (HiPo) Programs; development of selection processes for Flight Attendants and Pilots; and focus on improving effectiveness of a new joint business between American, British Airways, and Iberia.
Prior to American, Cheryl consulted to various companies while conducting research and publishing in the area of collaborative work systems. Cheryl holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of North Texas and a B.A. in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. Human Resource Executive magazine recognized Cheryl as an HR Rising Star in 2015.
VP Business Development
Refined Data Systems
Lawrence has more than 20 years of experience in learning markets - spanning content development and deployment, leadership assessment and development, as well as training, continuing education, professional development, coaching and organizational design work. He has engaged many organizations in their transformational journey from inside the tent and as an external support/ SME. He is a seasoned leader and accomplished functional manager in start-up, small cap entrepreneurial, and Fortune 500 companies – helping create and foster cultural change to generate growth. He spent the last several years developing next generation learning models to enable transformation at scale. Lawrence holds a B.A. in Literature, an M.A. in Comparative Literature and an MBA from University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. His academic background mirrors his professional desire to grow and learn.
The Versatile Company
Eric Verzuh is President of The Versatile Company. Since founding The Versatile Company in 1990, Eric has been an instrumental figure in the world of project management, providing organizations from aerospace to public education to healthcare an easy-to-understand framework for creating and managing effective projects. His current focus is making project management practical for the many non-project managers who lead so many projects in every industry.
His trademark style is a practical approach that simplifies the process of solving critical business problems and delivering results. His book, The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management, which is currently in its Fifth edition, is the leading project management guidebook used by universities and working professionals around the world.
The Versatile Company, founded in 1990, helps our clients deliver innovation faster, with better results. We work with large and small businesses, government agencies, and non-profits. Our clients include community health centers, Lockheed Martin, Nordstrom, the U.S. Postal Service, Boston Scientific, and public school districts.
VP Organizational Effectiveness Services
Bill Baetz, Ph.D. is Vice President, Organizational Effectiveness Services for Perceptyx. Over his career, he has served in consulting, L&D, and line management capacities, including extensive experience in training, marketing, sales, engineering, R&D, and manufacturing roles for General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, and Eastman Kodak.
In his career, Dr. Baetz has supported many organizations in helping build their organizational development capabilities, including at Unilever, Amazon, Merck, BP, Wells Fargo, MetLife, McGraw-Hill, MetLife, KPMG, MasterCard, NASA, GE, UBS, Williams Energy, Crayola, BG Group, Carnival Cruise Lines, Bank One, Southern California Edison, NATO, the U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. Navy. He has extensive facilitation and training experience, working with groups in a variety of settings around the world (including in Europe, Asia, South America, Australia, New Zealand, and North America).
Dr. Baetz has also worked with a broad range of organizations globally to help accelerate their HR transformational efforts. He is a thought leader in this area, presenting and facilitating sessions on strategic HR and OD at numerous conferences (including the OD Network, OD Summit, SHRM, Talent & OD Institute, HR Management Institute, HR.com, and Corporate Learning & Talent Development Summit conferences). He has also taught executive MBA courses for the Universidad del Salvador in Argentina.
Bill holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Studies, a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. He is also a Certified Co-active Professional Coach (CPCC) from Coaches Training Institute (CTI).
Chief Talent Officer
Siegel + Gale
Lori Almeida is an attorney and HR professional in advancing women. She has built top HR teams and strives to develop each employee to their potential.
In her current role at Siegel+Gale, a global brand experience, design and strategy firm, Ms. Almeida collaborates with the company’s senior leadership to hire and retain the best talent for their offices in the US, EMEA and Asia.
Before joining Siegel+Gale, Ms. Almeida was Director of Human Resources for Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen, a law firm in New York City. She held that same title at Merkley + Partners, an advertising agency. Earlier in her career, Ms. Almeida was Director of Human Resources at ABC Carpet & Home.
Awards and Accomplishments: Juris Doctor, City University of New York School of Law at Queens College; Bachelor’s, Roger Williams University, National Association of Professional Women VIP Woman of the Year Circle, Continental Who’s Who Pinnacle Professional Member, Parents Association Steering Committee of Temple Emanu-El and Executive Board Member of PS 198.
SVP/Talent Acquisition & Development
Compass Group North America