For nearly two decades, Shirley has advised Fortune 500 companies on creating inclusive, high performance leaders and enterprises. Prior to founding InclusionINC, Shirley held senior management positions in global consumer product organizations Brown & Williamson and Frito-Lay. She is one of the leading pioneers around workplace initiatives that improve business results through employee engagement and inclusion.
In Engelmeier’s latest book, Becoming an Inclusive Leader, she addresses the new leadership skills, experience and tools necessary to succeed in an increasingly diverse and participative workforce that will generate positive business results globally.
Since founding InclusionINC, she has introduced significant corporate training, leadership development, strategic business constructs (such as the Key Employee Demographics Required For Growth™ (KEDRG), customized web-based assessments, strategic and customized metrics and solutions for Learning Over Time®.
She is a frequent speaker at national HR, leadership, workplace and business strategy conferences in the US and abroad.
A highly regarded business strategist, Shirley has consulted with C-Suite executives globally on workplace Initiatives across a broad range of industries that include Cargill, PetSmart, Hershey’s, ESPN, Denny's/Advantica, 3M, Caterpillar, U.S. Bank, JM Smucker and others.
Shirley earned her B.S. degree from the University of Minnesota and resides with her family in Minneapolis.
Debbie Brown VP, HR, Americas Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
Debbie Brown’s tenured career with Four Season began in Chicago as the Director of Human Resources and she has held subsequent HR leadership hotel and regional positions in Houston and Seattle before assuming her current role as Vice-President Human Resources, Americas.
Debbie is responsible for overseeing the Human Resources function for the company’s forty-one hotels and resorts and over 19,000 employees in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Latin America and Caribbean, as well as the properties that are currently under development or in conversion within the Americas. Widely recognized as an employer of choice, Four Seasons has been on the list of FORTUNE magazine ‘100 Best Companies to Work For' list for the past eighteen years.
“More than thirty five years with one company, is unusual”, she says, “but if you are lucky enough to find the perfect fit early in your career, you are smart to stick around.”
Debbie is an active member of the University of Denver School of Hospitality Advisory Board, the American Hotel and Lodging Association HR Committee, the Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor & Employment Relations as well as Washington State HR Executive Roundtable.
Originally from Minnesota, Debbie graduated from the University of Denver and began her hospitality career with Hyatt Hotels. She is based in Seattle, Washington.
Kevin Ricklefs SVP, Talent Management CHG Healthcare Services
Kevin Ricklefs is the senior vice president of CHG Healthcare Services, a healthcare staffing firm headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. CHG has been recognized as one of Fortune Magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For, for the past six consecutive years. In addition, for the last 5 years, they has been ranked as one of the country’s top 10 learning and development organizations by Training magazine.
Kevin has been with CHG since 1998 and has more than 25 years of experience working in employee engagement and culture. He was instrumental in the creation and development of CHG’s talent management group. The talent management group is responsible for running all of CHG’s “people” aspects – employee relations, benefits, wellness, learning and development, talent acquisition and compensation. But the group’s main responsibility is building and maintaining CHG’s award-winning culture. Through Kevin’s leadership, over the past sixteen years CHG has transformed itself from having a standard human resources structure to a holistic talent management philosophy. Kevin’s expertise in organizational development and passion for statistical analysis provides continued guidance to the company as it becomes a leader in building a people-centric culture.
Lizanne Gottung SVP and Chief HR Officer Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Lizanne (Liz) Gottung currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Kimberly-Clark Corporation, a $20 billion global company with 43,500 employees in more than 63 countries. With brands like Kleenex, Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex, Poise and Depend, K-C holds the No. 1 or No. 2 brand share in more than 80 countries.
Liz led the development of a five-year People Strategy with initiatives, processes and systems designed to further strengthen K-C’s performance-driven culture. She continues to identify ways to attract, develop, retain and engage the best people to drive innovation and growth around the globe. In 2012, Liz was recognized by Evanta HR and received a Top 10 Breakaway Leaders Award for excellence and innovation in human resource management.
Liz began her career in 1981 within K-C Labor Relations, working at a manufacturing facility. After various HR roles of increasing size and scope, she transitioned into line operations as a plant manager within several manufacturing facilities. Today, she reports to Chairman and CEO Thomas J. Falk and is a member of Kimberly-Clark’s executive team.
Liz received her B.S. in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Albany. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Louisiana Pacific Corporation and the American Heart Association. She is also a member of the University of Georgia Terry College Dean’s Advisory Council. Liz resides near Atlanta, Georgia, with her family.
Marc Ramos Head of Education Google Fiber
Marc Ramos has been a leader in learning & development, talent and change management for more than 16 years with a focus on both corporate and K-12 teacher training. Most recently Marc led global instructional design for Google's central People Operations function, and Enterprise EDU's professional development of teachers on how to use Google products to make teaching more efficient and effective. Currently he is leading training for Google's new Fiber initiative, or 1,000 megabits per second broadband service. Prior to joining Google in 2011, Marc led Red Hat's worldwide sales training function, and had similar learning leadership roles with Oracle, Microsoft and Accenture.
Marc is a graduate from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in film studies and lives with family in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Richard G. A. Taylor Senior Vice President Director, Human Resources Intel Corporation
Richard Taylor is senior vice president and director of Human Resources for Intel Corporation. In this role he oversees all human resources policies and programs for the company worldwide.
Taylor joined Intel in 1986 as European audit manager. From 1989 to 1997 he held positions of United Kingdom finance manager, European controller, controller mobile computing group and director of operations Europe. Taylor was promoted in 1998 to corporate controller, and in 1999 his duties were expanded to include delivery of worldwide employee services.
Prior to joining Intel, Taylor was a corporate auditor for Mobil Oil Corporation from 1981 to 1986. He worked as an audit manager with Deloitte and Touche from 1976 to 1981.
Taylor received his bachelor's degree in psychology from Southampton University in the United Kingdom in 1976. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Bridgette A. Weitzel VP and Chief Talent Officer BAE Systems
Bridgette A. Weitzel is the Vice President and Chief Talent Officer for BAE Systems. In this role she is responsible for human capital management, organization development, talent management, diversity and inclusion, leadership development, and the global high potential programs.
Prior to joining BAE Systems, Bridgette was the Chief Human Capital Officer for Fannie Mae where she was responsible for working with the company’s officers to design, develop, and implement the overall human capital strategy, including culture transformation, talent management and succession, promotion and selection assessment, leadership development, organization design, and cross-functional teaming.
Additional executive experience includes leading the executive, learning, and organization development functions for Dell Computer Corporation, the MITRE Corporation, MCI, and Bell Atlantic as well as leading HR for Celera Genomics and Genentech R&D.
Weitzel has a bachelor of arts in business, a master of science in organization development from the University of Pennsylvania, an Education Specialist degree from The George Washington University, and is completing her doctorate at Georgetown University.
Carole Hackett SVP, HR Houston Methodist
Carole Hackett serves as Senior Vice President of Houston Methodist. In her current role she leads the Human Resources and Wellness function for the 7 hospitals of the Houston Methodist System, 2 Physician Organizations, Houston Methodist Research Institute, and Houston Methodist Global. She is also the Executive Sponsor of the Center for Performing Arts Medicine. Prior to her current position, Carole was Vice President of Human Resources/Operations for Houston Methodist Hospital, Physician Organizations, Research Institute, and Houston Methodist Global along with several hospital departments. The majority of her career was at the Cleveland Clinic Health System in a variety of executive roles in Human Resources, Organizational Development, and Nursing. Carole has a strong history in developing leaders and Houston executives across many organizations, and is passionate about helping people at Methodist reach their highest potential.
She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Bowling Green University and an EdM in Human Resources Development with specialization in Global HR Development and Instructional Technology from the University of Illinois, Urbana – Champaign. She is certified as a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance.
Jack Morehouse COO & EVP Perceptyx, Inc.
Jack is the co-founder and driving force behind one of the fastest growing employee engagement survey companies in the market. Jack's background in curriculum design, executive management training and consulting, leadership training, internal operations management and customer service program development informs and enhances the intuitive design of Perceptyx™ systems. Perceptyx has now touched millions of employees in almost every industry in over 80 countries with astounding results. Using the speed and reach of the most powerful survey platform available, companies large and small continue to switch to Perceptyx for positive organizational alignment, and the resulting transformational gains for employees and their organization.
Anne Fulton CEO Career Engagement Group
Anne Fulton, CEO of 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.
John Schwarz Co-Founder and CEO Visier Solutions
Visier’s co-founder and CEO, John Schwarz brings to the Visier Board over forty years of business and IT experience. With over forty years experience in Information Technology, John Schwarz has previously successfully acted as CEO for Business Objects, now part of SAP. During his tenure, Business Objects doubled its revenue to more than $1.5 billion, improved profitability, and executed seven strategic acquisitions. After SAP’s acquisition of Business Objects, John oversaw a dramatic continuing expansion of its business as a member of the SAP Executive Board. Prior to Business Objects, John held senior executive positions at Symantec and IBM. John is a director on the Boards of Teradata, Synopsys, and Avast, and is a former board member of SuccessFactors and Verity. John is also a member of the Dalhousie University Advisory Board.
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.
Victor Buzachero Corporate SVP of Innovation, HR and Performance Management Scripps Health
Vic Buzachero is currently a Corporate Senior Vice President with Scripps Health in San Diego. Since joining Scripps in 2001, Scripps has been recognized by AARP and Working Mother Magazine as a top employer as well as being ranked #60 by Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” in 2015. Vic has more than 30 years in human resources and health care experience. He joined Scripps from the Providence Health System. Prior to his tenure at Providence, Vic served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development for the Banner Health System and as Senior Vice President of Human Resources for the Samaritan Health System, which is now a part of Banner. During this time, he led new programs for leadership development, service excellence, reduction in employee turnover, and improved employee satisfaction. His efforts at organization development and effectiveness were recognized by Franklin/Covey with a 1999 “Organization of Excellence” award. Vic has held senior executive roles in Presbyterian Health System (Texas Health Resources) and Baptist Health System. Vic is a frequent speaker at the national level and serves on the Board of Directors for various corporations.
Jennifer Correa VP, Talent Performance and Engagement Intuit, Inc
Jennifer is the Vice President for Talent Performance and Engagement at Intuit, Inc. where she has responsibility for diversity and inclusion, the company’s organization and talent review process, engagement, and volunteerism. She’s been with Intuit for over 10 years and has also been the Vice President of Talent Development and held other HR leadership roles in the business. Prior to Intuit, she was in a variety of HR related roles at Brocade Communications. Early on she worked in education for a variety of different universities working both as an adjunct faculty member and administrator in Student Life.
Joseph Zuniga Head of Total Rewards Parkland Health and Hospital System
Joe is the Director of Total Rewards at Parkland Hospital and Health System. After graduating from Morehead State University in Business Administration, he has spent his career leading the strategic development of benefits and compensation programs for Fortune 500 companies and large multi-industry corporations including Bank One, US Shoe (LensCrafters, Casual Corner and Easy Sprit), Borden Capital Management Partners, the American Cancer Society and Tulane University. His experience spans multi-industries in retail, banking, consumer goods, non-profit charity, healthcare, and education.
Joe has implemented major strategic initiatives for each of these industries in the areas of compensation restructuring, pension conversions, consumer driven healthcare, etc, and has accomplished significant ROI in each while balancing the needs of the workforce.
Though compensation and benefits has been where he has been focused, Joe has also been chosen to lead mission initiatives in the non-profit settings with American Cancer Society and the Sisters of Mercy Health System. He also is the co-founder with his wife of a private high school in 2009 which has grown to 175 students, and was recently decreed as an official school by the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
Joe lives in St. Louis, Missouri with his wife and children, and balances his busy work/ life schedule commuting weekly to Dallas, Texas where Parkland is located.
David Scott SVP, HR Walmart
Growing our talent – As the senior HR leader for the Walmart U.S. Home Office, David is responsible for the talent strategies for more than 100,000 associates in merchandising, operations, health and wellness, marketing, realty and human resources.
Serving our associates – David has been an associate advocate throughout his career. From his beginning as a store operator to leading the recent $2.7 billion investment in leadership, training and wages, David is focused on empowering our frontline associates to serve the customer.
Inclusion as a business imperative – Whether as a founding member of the Office of Diversity, or serving as Chair of the President’s Council on Inclusion, David brings his passion about creating an environment where all associates can be successful to work every day.
Linda Forte SVP, Business Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer Comercia Bank
Linda D. Forte is senior vice president of Business Affairs for Comerica Incorporated and Comerica’s Chief Diversity Officer. She also is a member of Comerica's senior Leadership Team.
Forte is responsible for defining and driving business strategies that establish Comerica as a leader in diversity and work life practices. She also is responsible for the Comerica Charitable Foundation, Comerica Contributions and Civic Affairs.
She began her banking career with Comerica in 1974. She has held management positions in Comerica's Business Banking, Municipalities, U.S. Banking and Loan Administration Groups, as well as positions in Human Resources and in Banking Center Administration.
Forte serves as board Chair of the Economic Development Corporation of the City of Detroit and she is also a director of the Local Development Finance Authority, Neighborhood Development Corporation of the City of Detroit; The Henry Ford Health System and New Detroit. Also, she was appointed by the Mayor as a Commissioner for the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. Forte serves on the boards of the Downtown Detroit Business Improvement Zone (BIZ), the Executive Leadership Council, and the United Negro College Fund, Michigan Leadership Team.
Forte received the 2014 Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion Annual Humanitarian Award, the 2014 Michigan Women’s Foundation Woman of Achievement and Courage recognition, and was a 2013 Inductee into the “Academy of Distinguished Alumni” for Bowling Green State University. She was recognized in 2014 by The Network Journal as one of 25 Influential Black Women. In 2012, Forte was honored as a Woman of Achievement and Courage by the Michigan Women’s Foundation and as a PHD Awardee by the Mercy Education Project. She was also honored as a 2012 Detroit Catalyst by Uptown Magazine and one of Savoy Magazine’s Top Influential Women in Corporate America. In 2011, Black Enterprise recognized Forte as one of the “Top Executives in Diversity.” In 2007, Forte was recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business as one of southeast Michigan’s Most Influential Women. In 2005, Forte received the YMCAs John Copeland Community Leadership Legacy Award. In 1998, Forte was recognized by Crain's Detroit Business as one of Detroit's 100 Black Business Leaders. In 1996, she received the National Black MBA Association H. Naylor Fitzhugh Award; in 1990 she received the Banker of the Year Award and in 2005, the Aubrey W. Lee Award from the Urban Financial Services Coalition. Forte is a graduate of Leadership Detroit.
Forte received her Bachelor of Science degree from Bowling Green State University, and her MBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Michigan.
Gunjan Aggarwal VP, HR Global Head of Talent Acquisition and M&A Ericsson
Gunjan Aggarwal is Global Head of Talent Acquisition and M&A’s, Human Resources, for Ericsson. She is responsible for driving the talent acquisition and M&A HR strategy of Ericsson across the $34 Bn. company and an employee base of 115,000. Most recently, she was Head of Human Resources for Ericsson’s North American region, where she was tasked with driving the human resources strategy for the US and Canadian region, an annual revenue of $ 8.5 billion and an employee base of more than 16,000.
Aggarwal joined Ericsson in 2012 and has several years of experience in managing the human resource function across North America, Europe and Asia. She has lived and worked in United States, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and India in various HR roles. She was most recently serving as Vice President and Global Head of Talent Management for the Vaccines & Diagnostics division of Novartis.
Gunjan has written articles for various publications including ASTD, New England Journal of Technology & OD Practitioner. She has served as a board member of SHRM Global Human Metrics Expertise panel, executive member of the Novartis Learning board, global D&I council, and as a member of the CLO Network advisory board.
Currently, she is an advisory board member of CanGrade, a Harvard University based start-up that utilizes data analytics for better hiring outcomes. She also serves on the board of Rubia Inc., a New Hampshire based non-profit that provides employment opportunities to Afghan women. She is a member of the Advisory Council for the Jindal School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas and an Executive Sponsor of the American Heart Association 2014 Heart Walk.
Aggarwal holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from JMI University in India and a Master’s degree in Human Resources from XLRI Jamshedpur. She has also completed post-graduate executive programs from Stanford University, MIT and Harvard University.
Jennifer Sutton Director of Diversity Recruitment and Campus Recruiting Strategies Allegis Global Solutions
Jennifer Sutton serves as the Director of Diversity Recruitment and Campus Recruiting Strategies at Allegis Global Solutions (AGS). Jennifer is currently responsible for strategic consultation across all global RPO accounts supporting campus and diversity recruitment strategy, design, execution, and delivery. Jennifer is a world class trainer in diversity recruitment best practices and behaviors. She specializes in business development and transforming strategy into executable solutions, specifically the offerings and talent advisement. With over eight years of diversity recruitment experience, Jennifer is a very sought after strategic talent ambassador as she has educated many industries on a variety of inclusive recruitment practices.
Prior to AGS, Jennifer worked for a number of notable organizations. She began her career at Merrill Lynch in an asset management relationship management capacity, but later transitioned into talent acquisition where she uncovered her passion for attracting and promoting diverse talent. Over the past thirteen years, she has also worked at OneWire, Goldman Sachs & Co, Morgan Stanley & Co., and Prudential Financial as an influential contributor, diversity recruitment expert and leader, and strategic diversity & inclusion advisor. Jennifer attended Hampton University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Finance, and graduated with honors. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and resident of Jersey City, NJ.
Kristen Weirick VP, Talent Acquisition and Diversity & Inclusion AbbVie
Ms. Weirick is responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership in the areas of talent acquisition, culture and diversity & inclusion for AbbVie, a global biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and delivering advanced innovative therapies that solve some of the world’s most challenging health problems.
She joined AbbVie just prior to the company’s split from Abbott Laboratories in 2012 to lead a global team of approximately 100 recruiting, culture and D&I professionals. She is focused on creating an organization that delivers long-term, sustainable performance and attracts and retains the best talent available.
Prior to AbbVie, Weirick was Global Leader for Recruiting, Employer Branding and Onboarding at Cargill, an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. She joined Cargill in 2009 as their North American Recruiting Leader.
Prior to Cargill, Weirick was the Director of Talent Acquisition at Whirlpool Corporation. During her 12 years at Whirlpool, she focused on leading the talent acquisition function and developing their employer brand strategy for the global appliance manufacturer.
Molly Weiss Director of Human Resources Mortenson Construction
Molly Weiss is the Director of Human Resources for Mortenson Construction and has sixteen years of human resources experience. She has worked in multiple industries, including Sales and Service, Healthcare as well as Design and Construction. Her areas of focus are employee relations, leader development, team effectiveness and organizational HR solutions. She has a bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota and a Master’s degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne.
Eric Bruce CEO Performex
Throughout his career, Eric Bruce has served in Senior Leadership positions in the utility, automotive, consumer products, medical device and pharmaceutical industries. As a “turnaround specialist,” Eric gained a unique perspective on the challenges facing organizations as they seek transformation or rapid improvements in results.
A Performex client for many years, Eric has always believed in the powerful behavioral change that the company brings. He credits much of his own success to his participation in Performex programs, and in 2011 he acquired the firm and became CEO with the goal of sharing his learnings and passion for development with others.
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.
Shane Green President & Founder SGEi
As President & Founder of SGEi, Shane collaborates with client’s c-level executives to craft customer experience and employee engagement strategies to support brand promises. He leads SGEi’s team of operations, human resource, and training professionals: together, they inspire brands to deliver exceptional internal and external experiences that create brand advocates and loyal customers.
Prior to founding SGEi, Shane consulted for The Ritz-Carlton, where his foundation for understanding customer and employee dynamics was fostered. Since then his work with many of the finest hotels in the world, and well-known brands like BMW, NetJets, the NBA, Le Frak, Cisco Systems, and Christy’s, has established him as one of the most sought-after speakers and insiders on customer experience and employee engagement.
Shane’s multicultural background has created an ambiance of diversity and global thinking at SGEi. He received his BS of Commerce in Marketing and Business Psychology from Canterbury University in New Zealand.
Joe Burton Founder & CEO Whil
Joe’s an entrepreneur and investor in the Digital Health and Wellness industry and former President of Headspace. He also spent fifteen years as a global C-level executive running some of the world’s largest advertising agency networks. Joe is an alumnus of Harvard Business School and an advisor to nonprofits including Holistic Life Foundation, iBme, and the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute. As a super stressed executive, Joe discovered mindfulness after dismissing it as “definitely not for me” and it changed his life.
Michael Levy CEO and Co-Founder Online Rewards
Michael Levy (CEO and Co-Founder of Online Rewards) has helped create Reward and Recognition Programs for over 400 US and Global organizations. His unique approach of leveraging a combination of monetary and non-monetary recognition activities have helped clients create authentic Cultures and valued Engagement programs that align Cultures with business objectives.
David Reimer CEO Merryck & Co Americas
As CEO of leading business mentoring firm, Merryck & Co Americas, David Reimer has become a recognized expert in leadership development of the C-suite. With an operator’s knowledge of leadership, strategy, advising, and mentoring as well as executive development, he has helped high-impact leaders create maximum value for their organizations. Recently featured in the New York Times’ Corner Office column, Reimer’s clientele has included top business leaders in Fortune 250, FTSE 200, and ASX 40 organizations.
Prior to joining Merryck & Co, Reimer built his career leading companies of diverse sectors, from regional construction to global consulting, through various stages of growth and industry dominance. He most notably helped lead a three-year turnaround under private equity ownership of Drake Beam Morin’s (DBM) North American business through the heart of the financial crisis. These efforts doubled DBM’s revenues over a three-year period, and increased EBITDA 350% — outpacing competitors’ results and significantly improving the realized exit price. All while returning the company’s quality to number one.
In other leadership roles, Reimer consulted to the three largest financial services integrations of the crisis. He also spent time in Asia Pacific, directing a mix of wholly-owned, joint venture, and affiliate business units in 14 countries, including launching on-the-ground operations in China.
Doris Wong CEO Smart ERP Solutions, Inc.
Doris Wong is a long-time veteran of the computer software industry with over 25 years of technical, product development and business experience in the enterprise software arena. Prior to joining SmartERP as CEO, she served as Group Vice President and General Manager at Oracle Corporation responsible for the entire PeopleSoft software application product line, which included Human Capital Management, Financial Management, Supply Chain Management, Customer Relationship Management, Enterprise Performance Management, as well as the PeopleTools technology platform.
She is a hands-on leader with a passion for innovating and delivering the right tool for the job. Much of her current focus at SmartERP is working directly with clients on contemporary technology innovations to automate HR business processes including employee onboarding, offboarding and electronic HR personnel actions. Automation garners not only efficiencies and cost savings for organizations but through automation she has helped organizations big and small advance HR best practices, address compliance requirements, save a few hundred thousand trees and even increase revenue. Clients she has worked with to improve HR processes range from local to federal organizations, universities, as well as commercial companies including leading staffing firms hiring hundreds of thousands of positions per year.
Jennifer Hackett Head of Talent Management BASF North America
Jennifer Hackett is currently the Head of Talent Management for BASF North America, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey. Prior to BASF, she worked for BOC Gases as a manager in the company’s national customer service center, during which she developed her technical system and leadership skills in a series of supply chain roles while earning a Master’s Degree in Adult Education. Hackett joined BASF in 2008 as a Training Manager for its regional centralized Customer Care platform, a role in which she managed both technical and behavioral learning and development needs for about 200 customer service reps in North America. In 2010, she transitioned to a role as Career Development Manager in HR, with a focus on developing managers’ skills in assessing, developing and coaching talent. In 2013, she stepped into Talent Management and has been managing the overall talent and leadership pipeline strategy for North America. Jennifer recently completed her MBA through Centenary College in New Jersey and in her spare time enjoys traveling, cooking, drawing and is also planning a wedding with her fiancé, Christopher, for July 2017.
Nicholas Vay Business Development Fitbit Group Health
Nick Vay is the Business Development Manager (West Coast) on the Fitbit Group Health team, working specifically with our enterprise accounts to enable organizations to lead more effective and engaging wellness program through Fitbit products and technology. Originally from San Diego, Nick moved to San Francisco to obtain in Masters from the University of San Francisco. Prior to Fitbit, Nick worked as the Director of Sales for TRX and fitmob where he was responsible for managing national sales teams and strategic accounts. In his free time, Nick loves to ride his bike, continue to explore San Francisco and spend time with friends and family.