Kathy-Jo Payette SVP of Human Resources CVS/pharmacy CVS Health
KJ brings over 20 years of HR and business experience to her current role as Senior Vice President of Human Resources for CVS/pharmacy. In this role, KJ acts as the Strategic HR Business Partner for Helena Foulkes, EVP, CVS Health and President of CVS/pharmacy. KJ is responsible for the strategy and execution of HR programs and services, including a comprehensive talent strategy to ensure alignment of our human capital with our business objectives.
KJ began her career at CVS as a business analyst in the IT organization, moved into Pharmacy Operations as a project manager, and then into an HR management role focusing on Change Management. She has held a variety of roles of increasing responsibility in HR, including her prior role as Head of Talent Management and Organizational Effectiveness for the CVS Health Enterprise.
Prior to joining CVS Caremark in 1996, KJ worked as a consultant for Children’s Hospital at the University of Washington and as a Senior Consultant with Andersen Consulting in their Change Management practice in the Pacific Northwest. KJ has a BA in Psychology from Stanford University.
Rebecca Atamian Director, People and Performance, Career Practice Buck Consultants, a Xerox Company
Rebecca Atamian is a Director in the People & Performance group in the New York office of Buck Consultants, a Xerox Company. Rebecca has consulted for more than 7 years, supporting client teams in strategy development, organization design and transformation, service delivery and technology, workforce planning, project management, and change and readiness.
Rebecca’s experience includes conducting in-depth workforce analyses in the oil and gas sector as well as organizational assessments for a number of clients. She led the talent administration workstream in a multi-million-dollar HR outsourcing implementation for a marquee international client and has substantial facilitation experience. In addition to leading strategy workshops, she has conducted more than 200 hours of focus groups and interviews with subject matter experts at client sites and with employees around the world. She has a B.A. degree in Biology from Colgate University.
Suzanne Schell ROI Consultant Perks
With over 20 years of experience in finance, tax, and accounting management, Suzanne is a Certified ROI Professional and a Certified Recognition Professional with Recognition Professionals International. Her role includes developing data collection and analysis strategies to identify change in behavior and business impact, and identifying and executing team building and leadership development activities. Suzanne teaches the ROI Methodology to various audiences and is involved in program evaluation projects. In the past, Suzanne developed a business development department within the Chartered Accountant firm to provide business clients with solutions. This included HR issues, customer service improvements, leadership development, business development and growth. Her operational, project, process management and business development expertise significantly improved business metrics with her clients and proves useful in her involvement with Perks. An accomplished ROI professional and speaker, Suzanne also makes topical presentations to forums and professional groups and teaches the ROI Methodology.
Steve Timmerman Co-founder and VP of Business Development Perks
Steve Timmerman is a co-founder of Perks and oversees all sales and business development functions. Building businesses ranging from an internet start-up to a multi-billion dollar manufacturer, Timmerman holds over 30 years of experience creating, contributing to, and advising an assortment of successful, engaged organizations. He was previously Vice President of Marketing for Electrolux LLC and was responsible for the development of their sales incentive program strategy, outlining motivational components which directly contributed to significant revenue increases within the company’s 10,000 member sales force. Timmerman held the post of President of Oreck Corporation’s licensed retail division, developing an ongoing dealer incentive program while driving record sales. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Chemistry from Lehigh University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University in New York.
Rob Ollander-Krane Senior Director, Organization Performance Effectiveness Gap Inc.
Rob Ollander-Krane is the Senior Director of Organization Performance Effectiveness at Gap Inc. Gap Inc. is comprised of 5 brands (Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta and Intermix) and employees 135,000 people in over 40 countries. Rob’s passion is performance. He has spent most of his career in Learning and Development, Talent Management and most recently Performance Management. His last two and a half years have been focused on reinventing Gap Inc.’s performance management process. As he describes it, ‘changing our process to focus more on performance and less on management’.
Sarah Johnson VP, Enterprise Surveys and Analytics Perceptyx, Inc
Sarah reveals that she never wanted to run a company, but did aspire to be a “strategic influencer” - the person behind the CEO to answer “What advice do you have to help me make this decision?”
And that is just what Sarah does.
Dr. Sarah Johnson, Vice President of Enterprise Surveys and Analytics at Perceptyx, Inc., has more than two decades of experience in her field. She specializes in employee engagement, organizational development and effectiveness and survey data analysis – advising senior leaders at Fortune 500 firms around the world.
Sarah witnesses executives struggling across industries with such common challenges as leading a global company through transformational change, leading successfully in turbulent times, and driving employee engagement and retention among high-potential employees. Sarah says she is most often asked by clients how to leverage employee engagement to drive organization strategy. Her clients rely on her to capture the attention of senior leadership in a way that “makes the light bulb go off in their heads” when discussing employee engagement and alignment.
Sarah says she believes that companies need people who are not just book smart, but “maze bright” – people who can adapt to different cultures and continually changing circumstances. As she puts it, those people who can “read the signs and figure out where to go from here.”
Sarah, an industrial/organizational psychologist, began her career by happenstance: she initially wanted to become a clinical psychologist. One day Sarah’s father, a metallurgist and head of research laboratory, described how a group of consulting psychologists helped his leadership team make hiring and executive succession decisions based on background gathered from leadership assessments. “My father helped me see how psychology could be used in a corporate setting, which led me into the field of organizational psychology” she says.
Sarah works with clients around the world, from as far north as Denmark to as far south as Brazil. She enjoys the travel global consulting entails, experiencing different cultures and getting out of her comfort zone, which she attributes to the fearlessness and abilities she acquired as a child growing up near the city of Chicago, which she explored every chance she had.
Sarah received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Purdue University, and holds a Master of Arts degree and PhD in industrial organizational psychology from The Ohio State University. Prior to joining Perceptyx Sarah was a Global Practice Leader at CEB. Prior to CEB, she led the global organizational survey program at IBM, and held a number of HR positions at IBM that gave her experience in Employee Relations, Compensation, and Resource Planning. Sarah began her professional career at Procter & Gamble.
Amy Blair SVP & CHRO Liberty Global
Amy Blair is Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Liberty Global. In this capacity, Ms. Blair is responsible for developing and implementing policies and programs which address employment and retention, compensation and benefits, organizational structure, performance management, training and development, and compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Ms. Blair is an executive officer of Liberty Global and sits on the company’s Executive Management Committee.
Ms. Blair was employed in a number of key operational and human resource management positions with UGC, Liberty Global’s predecessor, and its affiliates since 1991. From 1998 to 2005, Ms. Blair was based in Amsterdam, UGC’s European Headquarters. During her tenure in Europe, Ms. Blair served as Vice President of Operations Management and then as Managing Director of Human Resources for UGC’s European operations.
Ms. Blair holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Denver and a Bachelor of Arts from The Colorado College.
Lauren Kowalski VP, Global HR Strategy & Planning Liberty Global
Lauren Kowalski is the Vice President of Strategy and Planning for global Human Resources at Liberty Global. In her role, Lauren is responsible for developing and managing the company-wide people strategy and continuously monitoring the efficacy of the strategy. In addition to the people strategy, she has been designing and leading the company-wide Women’s Initiative.
Prior to joining Liberty Global, Lauren was a Principal consultant at Mercer, a global consulting leader in talent, health, retirement and investments. As a Principal in the Talent business, she led and participated in a multiple client engagements in the areas of HR strategy and implementation, leadership development, talent management, organizational development and transformation, and workforce planning.
Lauren holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in Business Management, Operations and Economics from Purdue University.
Susan Aldridge President Drexel University Online SVP Online Learning Drexel University
Dr. Susan Aldridge is responsible for building an administrative division that provides comprehensive services focused on the unique needs of online students and pursues new approaches to online curricula, teaching and student tracking that improve retention and learning outcomes. From 2012-2013, Dr. Aldridge served as Senior Fellow at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities in Washington, DC. As the former President of the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), Dr. Aldridge is a recognized leader in adult and distance education to Drexel University. Dr. Aldridge is a frequent keynote speaker at national and international conferences and a consultant to university presidents, government officials, and business leaders.
Richard Joffe Co-founder and CEO People Prodigy
Mr Joffe is the co-founder and CEO of People Prodigy, and considered an industry leader in Artificial Intelligence applications.
Prior to People Prodigy, Richard was the founder-CEO of Park Assist, which developed Smart Sensors including the first parking guidance, and ‘find your car’ system in the world. The Technology is now used in 25 countries & was considered one of the most important breakthrough in the transportation industry for the past 30 years. Park Assist was successfully acquired by TKH, a public company, 2012.
Prior to founding Park Assist, Richard was a consultant with McKinsey & Co and an Investment banker with Morgan Stanley. Richard has a passion for how artificial intelligence can impact industries and improve our everyday lives.
Michael Levy CEO Online Rewards
As CEO of Online Rewards, Michael Levy has helped Fortune 1,000 and Government Agencies improve their employee engagement scores by designing and developing award-winning employee reward and recognition programs.
Michael has helped clients such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, Macy’s, Lend Lease, Blizzard, British Airways, TIAA-CREF, Federal Reserve, Yum Brands, Sleep Train, Ace Cash Express and many, many others, design, develop and deploy groundbreaking programs that have been recognized by industry for their innovative approach, while helping deliver valued business outcomes for his clients.
Beyond a sense of humor and a very, very Southern accent (think Kangaroos), Michael brings a unique and refreshing perspective to round-table discussions, and has the knowledge and expertise gathered across a decade of building programs. He'll happily explain how to go beyond just points & prizes, orawarding every 5 years for showing up, and get to the core of how to build meaningful and engaging reward and recognition programs and, explains what it takes to see them succeed.
Douglas Melville Chief Diversity Officer, North America TBWA\Worldwide
Doug Melville is currently Chief Diversity Officer for TBWA\Worldwide, and works with the North American (NA) network of agencies on Diversity efforts across Outreach, Culture and Vendor relationships. He's presented two TEDx talks on the topic, and lead the NA Network to spend over $90 million with female and diverse owned businesses in the creative space. TBWA is a creative agency that holds Disruption® at its core to develop business-changing ideas for the brands it works with. TBWA is a top-ten ranked global advertising network, with 323 offices in 97 countries, and 11,000+ FT employees worldwide.
Prior to joining TBWA\, Melville was Founder and CEO of RedCarpets.com. Melville worked alongside Earvin “Magic” Johnson from 2005 until 2009, as both President of his Advertising Agency with Jordan Zimmerman, ZMagic, and as Vice President-Business Development and Marketing for Magic Johnson Enterprises, his New York Times best-selling book and his portfolio of partners.
Melville founded Off The Bench Marketing in 1999 and developed branding opportunities for Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Maxim magazine and Tommy Hilfiger; as well as, for MTV’s Punk’d, Newlyweds, Pimp My Ride and the USA Network’s Emmy Award-winning Monk. In 2005, Melville developed strategies for the two largest U.S. cable network re-launches, MTV2 and the USA Network.
Mike Danczak Director, Human Capital Solutions Allegis Global Solutions
Mike Danczak brings eleven years of staffing and workforce management experience to his current role as Director, Human Capital Solutions. Sitting on the business development team, Mike collaborates with companies across a wide range of industries to design and deploy enterprise-wide solutions and build world-class talent acquisition programs that continually optimize the permanent recruitment process. Keeping abreast of trends and demands in technology, strategy and process, Mike is recognized as a thought leader in recruitment process outsourcing (RPO).
Mike began his Allegis Group career at Aerotek as a technical recruiter, and after one year he was promoted into an account executive role. He was responsible for new business development, workforce management solutions and account management servicing Automotive, Defense, Aerospace, Logistics, and Food & Beverage industries. In this role, Mike also provided strategic consultation solutions to ensure customers meet their hiring initiatives on time and within budget, and grew to manage, develop and mentor professional recruiters and sales representatives.
Later, Mike transitioned into a Strategic Account Executive position with Aerotek, where he developed and executed on national sales and delivery strategies and coached multiple sales and recruiting teams in unique delivery solutions. Mike was proficiently able to align talent acquisition strategies to client specific business framework, and he often consulted customers and colleagues on market trends and labor analysis to identify pains, develop solutions, and implement strategies to influence positive business outcomes. His experience identifying opportunities and managing complex client RF processes by working interpedently with multiple departments and internal team members in this role prepared Mike for success in the position he holds today.
Mike graduated with Honors from Madonna University in Detroit, MI with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. He is active with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and lives in Metro-Detroit with his wife and two sons.
Rick Wildt Principal, People and Performance, Career Practice Buck Consultants, a Xerox Company
Rick has over 23 years of experience providing HR consulting and advisory services to Business Leaders across several geographies and industries. He has a concentrated focus in advising business leaders on the many facets of HR, people and benefits related issues. More recently, Rick has focused on HR and benefits program transformations, helping organizations align their talent programs and investments with their overall strategic objectives to drive business performance.
Raj Ramachandran Vice President, Channel Partnerships Group Apollo Education Group
Raj Ramachandran serves as Vice-President of the Channel Partnerships Group which is responsible for overseeing Apollo Education Group’s industry, diversity and channel partnerships to enable sales and enhance job-readiness and workforce competitiveness across multiple economic sectors.
Raj has more than 19 years of management consulting experience working at Accenture, IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers providing strategic learning services to a variety of Fortune 500 clients in the higher-education, manufacturing, retail and high-tech industries.
Raj has presented at such events as Chief Learning Officer magazine’s Breakfast Club series, Elliott Masie’s Learning conferences, the University of Chicago’s Booth School Leadership Summit and India’s NASSCOM events as well as taught at Accenture’s Management Consulting University.
Raj has a bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from The Ohio State University and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, earning both his Doctorate and Masters in Education. He is also an alumnus of the Wharton Business School.
Eric Fuessell Director of Client Solutions EveryoneSocial
Eric Fuessel serves as Director of Client Solutions at EveryoneSocial. In his role, Eric is on the forefront of helping enterprise businesses understand and embrace their employees’ social activity. Eric thrives on developing and growing programs to engage employees with their company and industry content, and enable thought-leadership among their social groups.
Prior to joining EveryoneSocial, Eric led enterprise sales initiatives at Needle, a technology and services company that enables brand advocates to directly engage with customers. Eric's transition from enabling external advocates to driving engagement internally via the employee advocate was a natural progression.
Passionate about employee development, Eric works closely with prospective partners in understanding how their employees are social communicators, and their company’s strongest advocates.
Herb Johnson 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.
Kenneth B. Hunter Chief Diversity, Inclusion & Equal Employment Opportunity Officer NYC Department of Information Technology & Telecom
Kenneth (Ken) B. Hunter is the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer and Equal Employment Opportunity Officer for the City of New York’s, Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT). He is an accomplished human relations leader and program architect with extensive expertise in the principles of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Opportunity regulatory guidance.
He is skilled at defining, applying and measuring the principles and metrics of organizational development and change management within federal, healthcare, and higher education institutions. He has implemented Diversity programs at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport LA and in his current position at DoITT. Previous to his position at DoITT, Ken was the Deputy EEO Officer for the Department of Navy, Naval District Washington, in Washington DC. Previous to that he worked at the US Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) serving in dual positions managing two nationwide programs – The National Diversity Internship Program (NDIP) and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) program. Ken also served as the Equal Employment Opportunity Officer for the US Coast Guard in New London, CT. While with the Coast Guard, he managed the EEO program for the Coast Guard Academy as well as an additional area covering three states and 8000 personnel. He also honed his skills in human relations by serving in the US Army for over twenty years in a variety of stateside and overseas assignments.
Ken is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a BA in Management and a Master of Human Relations (MHR) degree from the University of Oklahoma. He is certified as a Diversity trainer with the Anti-Defamation league and as a Certified Diversity Professional from Diversity Training University International (DTUI).
Ken uses his vast life experiences and educational background to address cultural competency challenges. He also uses these to develop and lead transformative diversity and inclusion initiatives including the development and implementation of strategic plans, policies, and procedures to foster more collaborative and high performing organizations.
Scott Morgan National Vice President HCM Infor, Inc.
Scott Morgan is the National Vice President for Infor’s Human Capital Management practice. He has dedicated 20 years to the Human Resources field as an academic, practitioner and accomplished leader in business. Scott has both a Masters and Ph.D. in Human Resources and Organizational Development from Texas A&M University. He is also a practicing Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), as recognized by the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI). As a leading advocate for corporate adoption of HCM science and high value HR transformation, Scott speaks frequently and honestly about the importance of authentic understanding in the talent management discipline. A longtime resident of San Antonio Texas, where he lives with his three children and wife of 19 years, Scott is also active in Hope for Humanity, San Antonio Food Bank and Family Fund charities.
Mark Logan Assistant Dean "Center of Research Excellence" College of Security and Criminal Justice, University of Phoenix
Mark Logan began his 37 year career within the security and criminal justice profession as a private security guard, followed by 8 years as a Detroit Police Officer and then after 27 years with the U.S. Department of Justice he retired with being a member of the Senior Executive Service as Assistant Director of the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives as Assistant Director, Training and Professional development. His management philosophy is one of performance enablement, with a focus on doing whatever is necessary to ensure that employees have the training, environment, and resources available to perform their work at the top of their potential. Between September 2010 and June 2015 Mr. Logan was employed as Associate Faculty for the University of Phoenix, College of Security and Criminal Justice and between January 2013 and June 2015 served as the Area Chair/Lead Faculty and member of the Faculty Council. Mr. Logan currently serves as the Assistant Dean of the College of Security and Criminal Justice, Research Center of Excellence. He possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Management and a Master’s degree in Education and is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Service Leadership with Capella University. He has also completed executive leadership development programs through the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, and the Federal Executive Institute. Mr. Logan possesses extensive diplomatic experience, excellent speaking, presentation, and media relations skills. In 1983 he was awarded a Testimonial Resolution by the City Council of Detroit, Michigan. In1997 he was awarded Supervisor of the Year for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and explosives. In 2005 he was awarded the prestigious Presidential Meritorious Rank Award for the development of the organizations Learning Management System. For the 2014 calendar year Mr. Logan was selected as the Faculty of the Year for University of Phoenix, College of Security and Criminal Justice. He is a member of the FBI National Executive Institute; the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executive, the Police Executive Research Forum, the FBI Federal Executive Association, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the American Society for Industrial Security, International.