Carl Garraffo is the Chief Human Resources Officer for Lennar Corporation (NYSE: LEN). Lennar is an S&P 500 and Fortune 500 company and one of the nation’s largest homebuilders. Carl leads all people initiatives including talent acquisition, talent development, compliance programs, compensation, benefits and total rewards, and Associate relations. Carl has developed and implemented various organizational initiatives including a national college relations and college recruiting program, and leadership and management development projects. Carl previously served as Lennar Corporation’s Corporate Director of Human Resources, Director of Associate Relations and Director of Human Resources – East Coast Operations.
Before joining Lennar, Carl held several senior Human Resources positions during his career including Director of Human Resources Services with Arthur Andersen, Firm-wide Director of Human Resources with LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae L.L.P., and Senior Vice President – Human Resources with Prime Hospitality Corp.
Alexander Neumann-Loreck VP, Corporate HR Services BASF
Alexander Neumann-Loreck is Vice President of Corporate HR services, since February 1, 2014. He moved back to New Jersey, from Michigan, where he was the Director of Business Controlling for the Performance Materials Group, since December 2008. In 2013, following the “New World” reorganization he transitioned to the newly formed Performance Materials Group.
Mr. Neumann-Loreck has been with BASF, for 20 years, in various roles in finance, controlling and marketing. Following his rotations in the MBA PDP program he worked in logistics and controlling in the Plastic Materials Group, and was a regional controller, for Asia, based in Hong Kong. After moving back to New Jersey he was the assistant to the BASF Board member responsible for North America, focusing on restructuring and strategy projects. Then he joined Chemical Intermediates marketing team as a Business Manager with responsibilities for BDO and derivatives and Polyalcohols and subsequently Core Specialties and Amines.
Prior it joining BASF Mr. Neumann-Loreck worked as a Senior Trust Officer in the Financial Institutions Group, of Citibank, in New York, with account responsibility for a number of pension funds and insurance companies.
Born in Salem, MA he grew up in Massachusetts and New York until he started high school when his family moved to Tokyo. He graduated from St. Mary’s International School in Japan with an International Baccalaureate diploma. He then received his BA from Tufts University in history and international relations. Later he earned his MBA, in finance, from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Paula Baker CHRO Best Buy Co.
Paula Baker is the chief human resources officer for Best Buy Co. Inc. In her role, Ms. Baker oversees human resources, talent development and the health and well-being of the more than 125,000 Best Buy employees worldwide.
Ms. Baker has a proven track record of leading teams that drove stellar financial and customer performance results. She has served in a variety of retail and human resources leadership roles since joining the company in 2004. Most recently, she was territory vice president for the Southeast region of the United States, responsible for 172 stores and more than 12,000 employees.
Prior to that, Ms. Baker was a territory human resources director. In that role, she built strong business partnerships that helped create a culture of engagement, reduced turnover, succession planning and talent development that led to company-leading business performance. She has also previously held district manager and general manager roles.
Before joining Best Buy, Ms. Baker worked at Books-A-Million, Golfsmith International and St. Andrews Golf Company in retail leadership roles. She received her bachelor’s degree in accounting/finance from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. She serves as a board member for the Best Buy PAC and previously for Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta
Robin Miller VP, People Strategies Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
Robin Miller is the Vice President of People Strategies for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. She has over 25 years of experience in the field of Human Resources in both the public and private sectors. In addition, she spent several years as a Community College Instructor. She joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina in 1994 in the staffing area and has held increasingly responsible positions in Talent Management and HR Business Partnerships. Currently, she is responsible for leading the areas of Organizational Development, Performance Management, Succession Management, Diversity and Work Life Programs and the HR Partner Relationship. In addition, she is the liaison for the company’s on-site back-up child care center. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).
Most recently, she has been responsible for developing programs in Change Management to accelerate the organization’s ability to adapt to business changes.
In addition, she has developed programs to build a diverse talent pipeline for succession such as summer internships, rotational development programs and accelerated development for mid level and senior level leaders. She works with her team to develop a strong workplace culture of creativity, collaboration, caring and commitment.
In addition, she is active in her community. She is currently a board member with Dress for Success NC with a mission to promote economic independence of disadvantaged women.
Sandi Riffle Director of People Communications Northwell Health
Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer. With 21 hospitals and nearly 450 outpatient practices, we serve more than 1.8 million people annually in the metro New York area and beyond. Our 61,000 employees work to change health care for the better. We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institute. We're training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and the School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. And we offer health insurance through CareConnect.
Sandi has over 20 years of executive experience in communications, operations and process improvement. A native of south Florida, Sandi studied Business, Psychology and Human Resource Management at Florida State University. During her senior year, she participated in the Executive Management Development program with Gap, Inc. After five years of progressive field experience, she was relocated to their headquarters in San Francisco and held several leadership positions in Communications, Operations and Corporate Finance including Senior Director, Outlet Operations & Communications.
She worked with Macy’s, Inc. in Manhattan as the Divisional Vice President, Home Store Operations where she launched their dedicated Intranet site, managed the Facilities team and developed business continuity plans. Then, she joined The Children’s Place in Secaucus, NJ as the Senior Director, Store Communications where she developed communication strategies and launched their Intranet site to foster two-way feedback between corporate and store partners.
Sandi joined Century 21 Department Store as the Director of Process Improvement & Communications. She created a new company-wide Intranet, implemented scheduling software, revised over 450 policies and launched their organization’s Vision, Mission and Core Values. She was promoted to Vice President, Strategic Process Improvement where she also developed new-store opening strategies and marketing production best practices.
In her spare time, Sandi enjoys traveling, wine tasting, yoga, walking with her charming, yet stubborn, French bulldog Barc Chagall (a.k.a., Mister B) and spoiling her niece and nephews.
Stevens Sainte-Rose CHRO Walgreen Co.
Stevens Jacques Sainte-Rose is chief human resources officer for Walgreen Co. headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois. Sainte-Rose is responsible for human resources strategy and delivery for Walgreens.
Sainte-Rose joined Walgreens in August 2015. Previously, he was senior vice president of human resources, International, at The Coca-Cola Company, where he led human resources operations for Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and America. Prior to Coca-Cola, he held a number of positions at ARAMARK Corporation, including associate vice president, Field Human Resources, Sports and Entertainment, and before that at Pier 1 Imports.
Stevens holds a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in organizational dynamics and an undergraduate degree from Cornell University in industrial and labor relations.
Lynn Schroeder VP of Client Relations CAEL
Lynn has more than 30 years of business leadership experience in sales and marketing, management and program delivery, client relations, communications and publishing. Lynn first joined CAEL in 1997 and has held a number of varied positions within the organization. From 2009 – 2013, Lynn transitioned to serve as Vice President for Sales and Marketing at EdLink, LLC, a tuition management company jointly owned by CAEL and ACT, Inc. When EdLink was sold successfully by CAEL in 2013, Lynn returned to CAEL as VP of Client Relations, where she focuses on strategic growth and customer satisfaction for CAEL’s corporate clients.
Anne Fulton CEO Fuel 50
Anne Fulton, CEO of Fuel 50 by Career Engagement Group, has been a Registered Organizational Psychologist for over 20 years, executive career coach and strategic contributor to organizational development strategies that have resulted in tangible ROI and, in particular, engagement uplifts in multiple organizations. Working with Fortune 100 companies such as Citigroup, Coca-Cola and Global Top 10 banks such as Westpac, Anne’s experience spans all sectors. Anne is a recognized global expert in Career Management systems from Onboarding, Performance, Succession and Talent planning, consulting with many of the world’s thought-leading organizations. She has presented her research on Career Agility and Engagement Trends in New York, London and Sydney to much acclaim.
The Career Engagement Group are the creators of the innovative Fuel50 Career Management Cloud Technology that enables your employees to “own” their careers and get a line of sight to career opportunities with you, provides insights for managers to engage and motivate each and every employee, and enables HR to deliver a strategic, impactful career engagement initiative with ease and confidence. An executive-level influencer, Anne has worked alongside a number of award-winning HR practitioners to design HR initiatives and solutions that significantly raise business performance through engagement.
Laurie Ledford CHRO Marsh & McLennan Companies
Laurie Ledford is Chief Human Resources Officer of Marsh & McLennan Companies, the premier global professional services firm providing advice and solutions in the areas of risk, strategy and human capital. Ms. Ledford is responsible for the firm’s overall human capital and talent strategy and the delivery of human resources services to 54,000 colleagues worldwide. She is a member of the Marsh & McLennan Companies Executive Committee.
Previously, Ms. Ledford served as Chief Human Resources Officer for Marsh Inc., the world’s leading insurance broker and risk advisor, a position she assumed in 2006. Ms. Ledford joined Marsh in 2000 and held a number of leadership positions of increasing responsibility before assuming the CHRO role there, including Senior Human Resources Director for international specialty operations, which comprised the firm’s operations in Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia/Pacific, and Africa. Earlier, she held positions in Corporate Human Resources, Private Client Services, and Mobility and Succession Planning.
Before joining Marsh, Ms. Ledford was with Citibank for six years and held positions in recruitment, staffing and development, before becoming senior human resources officer for the firm’s US branch network, including Operations, Retail Brokerage, and Business Banking.
Earlier in her career she was with NationsBank (now Bank of America), where she held a variety of positions over a 15-year period, culminating with vice president of human resources responsible for staffing and management development.
Ms. Ledford earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Florida Atlantic University and an M.B.A. from the University of Miami.
Wendy Crudele VP, Global HR Operations The Walt Disney Company
As Vice President, Global HR Operations, Wendy supports all business segments of The Walt Disney Company. With a focus on providing innovative and exceptional HR services to all 185,000 Disney employees worldwide, Wendy and her team are responsible for maximizing business performance through technology-enabled tools, efficient in-person experiences and best-in-class HR transactions, policies and services.
Wendy began her Disney career thirty years ago as a member of the International Cultural Representative Program representing Canada at Epcot. Prior to her current role, Wendy held a wide range of executive Human Resource positions at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, including Vice President, Human Resources, Disneyland Paris Resort, Vice President, Parks and Resorts Disney University, Cast Communications, and Casting. A strong operational leader and collaborative team member, Wendy was integral in the opening of Hong Kong Disneyland, and Disney’s California Adventure. As someone who believes in the value of community involvement, Wendy was a member of the American Hotel and Lodging HR Committee, as well The Orlando Museum of Art Board of Trustees and has been the Chair of the Florida Methodist Conference Health and Pension Committee. Currently she is a member of the Conference Board’s HR Operations Council II Executive Committee.
Wendy attended James Madison University, Virginia, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree.
Herb Johnson, Jr. Chief Diversity Officer Michelin North America
Herb Johnson was appointed Chief Diversity Officer for Michelin North America January 1, 2014.
He joined BFGoodrich Tires in 1977, holding a number of positions in research and development. In 1988 he transferred to the marketing department in the High Performance Tire and Motorsport division.
In 1990 Michelin purchased BFGoodrich, and in 1995 he relocated to Greenville, SC, Michelin’s North American headquarters. From 1996 to 2002 he was the North American director of Motorsport for the Michelin and BFGoodrich brands. In 2002 he took an assignment in Sales responsible for the independent dealer network. Prior to his current assignment he worked as director of Community Relations for 7 years.
He has served on the ETV Endowment Board, the Greenville Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the United Way of Greenville County, board chair of A Child’s Haven, as well as the boards of the Center for Developmental Services, Public Education Partners, the Children’s Museum of the Upstate, and SC Future Minds. He is also an advisory board member of the MedEx Academy and the United Way’s African American Leadership Council.
He is a proud Ohio State University Buckeye, and is married to the former Cheryl R. Jones, a Greenville County Schools Administrator. They have two daughters and four grandchildren.
Jana Brown HR Chief Operating Officer TIAA
Jana Brown is the HR Chief Operating officer of TIAA’s Human Resource Department. TIAA is a financial services organization that offers customized financial advice and a broad set of savings and investment solutions, including education savings, life insurance and banking services.
With over 25 years of sales enablement, human resources and talent management experience, Jana joined TIAA in January 2013 with the ultimate responsibility of ensuring talent readiness in meeting and exceeding business and client expectations.
In March 2014, she assumed the HR Chief Operating Officer role and is now responsible for partnering with the Chief Human Resources Officer and HR Leadership Team to develop and evolve HR strategies, manage HR’s portfolio of initiative, institute robust business, financial and risk controls and measure business impact. Jana is accountable for ensuring effective resource allocation, alignment and engagement, and managing HR’s external and internal communications.
Prior to joining TIAA, Jana was with ARAMARK Corporation and was accountable for accelerating sales and retention growth by partnering with business, sales and HR leaders to build and implement International Sales Talent Management Solutions.
Earlier in Jana’s career, she led a sales and underwriting training organization for CIGNA Corporation’s Group Insurance Division. She later transitioned into the role of Human Resources Director supporting key leaders within the Finance organization. Jana was with CIGNA over eight years and prior to this, she was with The Hartford Financial Services for eight years in progressively responsible Sales and Sales Enablement roles.
Jana earned a B.A. from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX in 1988 and an Ed.M. in Human Resources Education from Boston University in Boston, MA in 1994. She resides in Philadelphia, PA with her husband of over 20 years and their 17 year old daughter.
Jana is a member of the Executive Leadership Council and the HR People+ Strategy Network (SHRM).
Jim Arnold CEO finHealth, Inc.
Jim Arnold is the founder and CEO of finHealth. finHealth’s primary mission is to “Simplify & Control Healthcare Costs” for large self-insured plans and their employees. It is a lofty goal, but not dissimilar from Jim’s initial ambitions when he launched APEX Analytix back in 1988. Over twenty-five years, Jim was able to grow a one-man operation into a $40 million+ global company that currently serves over 200 Fortune 500 clients with audit services and software.
While there are similarities to APEX in using technology to audit payments, finHealth operates in an even more challenging arena due to complex eligibility requirements, stringent healthcare regulations, arcane medical coding rules and a large pool of specialized medical knowledge/jargon. Much like APEX, Jim plans to achieve success for our clients through a combination of education, benchmarking, cost transparency, powerful data analytics and proprietary algorithms.
Prior to founding APEX, Jim spent two years at Texaco, Inc. as a programmer/analyst working on a cash and banking system. Jim moved to the General Foods/Philip Morris organization in their corporate audit function in order to earn his CPA. After nearly 4 years within corporate audit, Jim was promoted to Manager of Financial Planning for their Maxwell House Coffee division. In that capacity, Jim oversaw financial planning and analysis for nearly $1 billion of annual coffee purchases. Jim is certified as a CPA, CMA, CAPP, CISA and CFE.
Lyle Wells National Director of Leadership Processes Flippen Group
Lyle is a published and sought-after speaker and advisor to educators, corporate leaders, athletic teams, and non-profit organizations. He holds bachelor’s degrees from Colorado State and Palm Beach Atlantic University, as well as a master’s degree from the University of Colorado.
In his role at Flippen Group and throughout his professional career, Lyle’s goal has been to equip and encourage others. His focus is growing high performers, maximizing leaders, and multiplying the influence of all the individuals he engages.
Lyle was a Colorado school administrator at two nationally-recognized high schools, coached multiple state championship teams, and spent more than a decade as a classroom teacher. He was athletic director and head basketball coach for Palm Beach Atlantic University’s nationally-ranked basketball team, received the National Coach of the Year award, and has been a senior leader for successful business ventures.
Lyle and his wife Ronda reside in College Station, Texas with their two children, Michael, and Jordan.
Cheryl Fullerton Executive VP, People and Communications Corus Entertainment
Cheryl Fullerton is Executive Vice President, People and Communications at Corus Entertainment. Cheryl is accountable for the creation of integrated and high impact HR solutions to support the exceptional creativity and performance of the company’s 4,000 people. Communications responsibilities include internal and external stakeholder communications strategies and execution for Corus’ roster of market-leading television networks, radio stations and associated assets. Cheryl also oversees Corus’ corporate social responsibility programs including the organization’s company-wide philanthropic initiative, Corus Feeds Kids.
Cheryl is a member of the HR Professional magazine Editorial Advisory Board and the CHRO Advisory Council of the HR Professional Association, and has been granted a Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE) designation. She also currently chairs the Board of Spectra Community Support Services, a volunteer-driven, community-based organization providing emotional support and crisis intervention for the Region of Peel. She has a Bachelor of Science summa cum laude and an HRCCC designation from McMaster University.
Yves Lermusi CEO & Founder Checkster
Yves Lermusi (aka Lermusiaux) is CEO & founder of Checkster. Checkster is a Career and Talent Checkup tool. Mr. Lermusi founded Checkster after 7 years at Taleo (TLEO) as President of Taleo Research. Prior to Taleo, Mr. Lermusi founded iLogos (acquired by Taleo) and held several positions in research and consulting organizations in Europe. Mr. Lermusi is a well known public speaker and a Career and Talent industry commentator. He is often quoted in the leading business media worldwide, including Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Business Week, and Time Magazine. His articles and commentary are published regularly in online publications and business magazines. Mr. Lermusi was named one of the “100 Most Influential People in the Recruiting Industry” and his blog has been recognized as the best third party blog. Mr. Lermusi earned a degree in Physics and Philosophy, and has a diploma in Economics from the University of Brussels and from the University of London.
John Bruce President & COO Performex
As a Mechanical Engineer, John Bruce experienced firsthand the journey from technical professional to real leader. Throughout his career at Hitachi and Kimberly-Clark, John grew from individual contributor to corporate leader, and he developed a passion for coaching others along the way. From the early years developing production employees to recruiting and coaching engineers in the corporate headquarters to transforming the culture of his manufacturing facilities as plant manager, John was involved in leadership at every level.
In 2014, John joined Performex as President and Chief Operating Officer, following his passion for helping others become great leaders. Applying real-world experience from his own development path, John enjoys coaching, facilitating Performex® leadership programs, and speaking nationally on topics including Neuroscience, Emotional Intelligence and communication.
Jordan Styloglou Solutions Consultant Castlight
Jordan Styloglou is a seasoned management consultant and tech executive with experience at Deloitte Consulting, The Advisory Board, and Booz Allen where he developed and implemented strategies with payers, providers, and government entities. As a product expert at Castlight Health, he specializes in how employers can leverage big data and predictive analytics to drive employee engagement and impact health outcomes, particularly with behavioral health issues for at-risk populations. By partnering with employers across the country, Styloglou shares best practices on overcoming the significant barriers employees face to getting timely access to effective health care.
Styloglou studied at the University of Michigan, where he completed his undergraduate and master’s degrees in Health Services Administration.
Mike Olsson VP of HR and Professional Development PCL Construction
As vice president of Human Resources and Professional Development for PCL Construction, Mike is responsible for all of the Human Resources and Professional development activities, services and products the team delivers. PCL is the 6th largest contracting organization is the United States and is the largest in Canada. PCL’s 4500+ staff professionals and 10,000+ hourly tradespeople are involved with more than 700 projects at any one time ranging in value from $20,000 to over 1 billion across the civil, heavy industrial and commercial buildings markets.
Mike has over 20 years of experience in the leadership, professional development, and human resources fields. He credits ‘terrible handwriting’ as the catalyst to a career with PCL that began in 2005 as a training consultant. Mike was quickly named the HRPD manager for Canadian Industrial and from 2005 to 2014, he helped triple the size of the Canadian Industrial professional and administrative salaried staff to almost 1200 people. With a passion for leadership development, Mike became an instructor of PCL’s flagship leadership course in 2010, and in 2012 took over governance of the initiative. Current focuses for Mike include the launch of PCL newly established Leadership Academy, various performance management initiatives and the roll-out of a new HCM system.
Nicole Brahms Director of Client Relations CAEL
Nicole joined CAEL in December 2014 as the Director of Client Relations. Nicole is a true people person and has a wealth of experience building and nurturing client relationships. In her role, Nicole works with the Client Relations team to develop sales strategies and grow CAEL’s work with companies. She has expertise in client management, sales support, lead generation, contact negotiation and project management. She is a strong believer in education and was a traditional educator for 7 years, teaching high school history before transitioning into her client services roles. Nicole holds an MA in Education.