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.
Juan Luis Betancourt CEO Humantelligence
Juan Luis Betancourt is the CEO of Humantelligence, the world’s leading A.I. software for recruiting. For a decade, he was a Partner at Korn/Ferry International and Heidrick & Struggles, and CEO/Founder of his own successful executive recruiting firm, Gonza Executive Search. Previously, he had a global career as a general manager in the USA, France, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, and Dubai. He also worked at Siebel Systems (now Oracle CRM) and at Procter & Gamble. While at Puma AG, as CMO & Chief Strategy Officer, he was responsible for re-launching the Puma sports brand globally in the late 90s, one of the most successful consumer brand turnarounds in the past 20 years. While in retail, Juan was CEO of the US division of Décathlon, the world's largest sports retailer and second-largest sporting goods manufacturer, as well as being a member of the executive operating committee, directly overseeing global initiatives that impacted retail operations, product ranges, IT, human resources, merchandising, expansion, real estate, logistics and the supply chain for the $25 billion, 100,000+ employee global retail group. Juan Luis also worked in business development alliances for Siebel Systems (now Oracle CRM), as they grew from $20M to $2.8B in revenue and from 200 to 13,000 employees in just 2.5 years.
Juan Luis Betancourt received an MBA from The Wharton School and an MA in International Management from The Lauder Institute, both from The University of Pennsylvania. He also received a bachelor's degree in economics from Harvard University.
Alan Edrick EVP, CFO OSI Systems
Alan Edrick joined OSI Systems as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in September 2006. Mr. Edrick has more than two decades of financial management and operations experience, including mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, financial planning and operations oversight. Between 2004 and 2006, Mr. Edrick served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of BioSource International, Inc, a biotechnology company, until its sale to Invitrogen Corporation. Between 1998 and 2004, Mr. Edrick served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of North American Scientific, Inc., a medical device and specialty pharmaceutical company. Between 1989 and 1998, Mr. Edrick was employed by Price Waterhouse LLP in various positions including Senior Manager, Capital Markets. Mr. Edrick received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Anderson School at the University of California, Los Angeles.
James E. Page, Jr. Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President John Hopkins Medicine
James E. Page, Jr. is the Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President of Johns Hopkins Medicine, overseeing all diversity and inclusion policy and planning across multiple hospitals, health care groups, and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
Since arriving at Johns Hopkins in 2014, James has overseen an increase of women in senior leadership positions from 44% to 55%, has launched the Center for Transgender Health, and has contributed to a marked statistical improvement of employee engagement and positive diversity perspectives across all 13 entities within Johns Hopkins Medicine.
As a result of his leadership, Johns Hopkins Medicine received the 2017 Innovations in Diversity and Inclusion award from Profiles in Diversity Journal, which also awarded James its 2018 Diversity Leader Award. James has further been recognized with the 2017 Senior Executive award from the National Association of Healthcare Executives and the National Diversity Council’s DiversityChampion award.
An expert on large-scale diversity operations in business, health care, and higher education, James served on the Corporate Advisory Committee for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the Disparities in Healthcare subcommittee, and former Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell’s Workforce Investment Board Leadership Council. In a gesture that was personally moving to him, James was ceremonially honored for his work by Congressman Mel Watt, who presented James with an American flag that had flown over the Capitol Building.
A disciple of the late Thurmond Woodard, a pioneer of diversity and ethics, James has built a distinguished reputation working with some of the most prestigious companies and health systems in the world. His prior work garnered Dell, Inc. the Top Innovator in Global Diversity award, while his groundbreaking programs for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital led to its selection by Diversity, Inc. as one of the nation’s top four health systems for diversity.
James has been featured on NPR, as well as in Insights into Diversity, The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, and Becker’s Hospital Review. He also was a contributor to the Prentice Hall casebook, Public Speaking in the Age of Diversity.
An engineer by training, James brings an analytic, quantifiable approach to diversity and inclusion, designing programs that foster employee engagement, boost productivity, and yield tangible returns on investment while furthering the goals of equity and mutual understanding. James holds an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Technology from Purdue University.
John Dawson CHRO Xref, North America
John Dawson was part of the team that made the Xref North America dream a reality, helping to launch the regional office in March 2016 and grow it successfully since. Operating out of Toronto, Canada, the team has tripled in size and has made its mark on the local HR industry across North America.
With several years’ experience supporting recruitment functions both as an external consultant and internal Talent Acquisition Lead, John has a profound understanding of talent acquisition, management and retention challenges and best practices in the North American market. He utilizes these expertise in his empathetic dealings with clients.
Karen Wilkins-Mickey Director, Diversity & Inclusion Alaska Air Group
Karen recently joined Alaska Air Group, as their first Director of Diversity & Inclusion located in Seattle. WA. She brings a wealth of experience from her 15 years in D&I; working in various industries including Financial and Technology. She finds value in helping people find their own passions and reach their full potential and companies to advance sustainable culture change. Karen has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from California State University, Chico. She is a native New Yorker but resides in Bothell, WA with her husband and two children.
Lynanne J. Kunkel Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Vail Resorts
Lynanne was named Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer in May 2017. Previous to joining Vail Resorts, Lynanne served as Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources for Michigan-based Whirlpool Corporation and she held various other executive positions within the company including Vice President of Global Talent Development & HR Asia and Human Resources Vice President (North America Region) since she joined in 2010. From 1989-2009, she served in a number of leadership roles at Ohio-based Procter & Gamble Company, including Human Resources Director of Global Home Care. Lynanne has served on the board of directors for both the United Way and Habitat for Humanity in Southwest Michigan.
Melissa Ebeling is the Vice President of Talent Acquisition & Workforce Strategies at Citrix, a leading $3B multinational technology company. She is responsible for talent acquisition, strategic workforce planning, diversity & inclusion, and HR business intelligence.
Prior to Citrix, Melissa worked for a $60B multinational technology company and a $30B global consultancy company. With 25 years of business experience, Melissa has held leadership roles in a variety of functions including human resources, finance, operations, information technology, product development, services, and sales. Melissa is recognized for her ability to transform teams and deliver business results that matter.
Melissa resided in Texas the majority of her life living in Dallas, Houston, and Austin. She also lived in College Station where she earned a Bachelors in Business Administration from Texas A&M University. Now based in South Florida, Melissa is an avid boater and enjoys traveling to nearby island destinations.
Rick Merritt SVP and CHRO OSI Systems, Inc.
Rick Merritt joined OSI Systems, Inc. (OSIS) in October 2014 as SVP and Chief Human Resource Officer. OSI Systems, Inc. is a vertically integrated provider of specialized electronic systems and components that meet the critical needs in the homeland security, healthcare, defense, and aerospace industries. As a global company, we are dedicated to developing solutions for our customers and the people they serve to lead the way to a safer and healthier world. Mr. Merritt is responsible for leading all human resources functions worldwide to attract, retain, and engage 5,800 employees located in over 20 countries.
Prior to joining OSI Systems, Mr. Merritt held the position of Global Vice President of Human Resources for Power-One (PWER), one of the world’s largest providers of power conversion and power management solutions. While at Power-One, Mr. Merritt was featured in Forefront Magazine, “Business Diagnostic” July/August 2013.
In addition, Mr. Merritt has held the position of Global Vice President at International Rectifier (IRF), a pioneer and world leader in advance power management technology from analog and mix signal ICs to advanced circuit devices, power systems, and components. Mr. Merritt has also held senior level position in global human resources roles for organizations such Sybase and Applied Materials.
Mr. Merritt received his Masters of Science Degree in Exercise Physiology and Organizational Behavior from California State University, Hayward and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Sports Science from Indiana University.
Shaun E. Smith Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer New York Presbyterian
In this role, he is responsible for the organization’s people strategy and leading all aspects of the human resources operations, including talent acquisition, training and organizational development, total rewards, employee and labor relations, as well as workforce health and safety. Mr. Smith joined NewYork-Presbyterian in 2012 as Vice President of Human Resources at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell. As NewYork-Presbyterian evolved, he took on the responsibility of providing strategic direction and oversight for human resources throughout the NewYork-Presbyterian Regional Hospital Network.
Mr. Smith has over 20 years of human resources, legal, and health care management experience, including leadership roles at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh, New York, where he also served as the Chief Human Resource Officer. Mr. Smith received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration and his law degree from Pace University. He was an adjunct professor of Human Resources Management at the State University of New York in Plattsburgh and also serves on a number of associations and health care industry boards, including his current role as the Chair of START Treatment and Recovery Centers in New York City.
Susan Schmitt Senior Vice President Chief Human Resources Officer
Susan Schmitt is the Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Rockwell Automation, the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information to make its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. For more than a decade, Susan has led the company’s Human Resources function for its over 22,000 employees in 80 countries. A member of the senior leadership team, Susan sets global strategies designed to strengthen leadership, build organizational capacity and power the company’s business priorities. Susan’s innovative mindset and commitment to excellence define her leadership style. She continually looks to meet today’s global business challenges with creative Human Resources strategies that engage people, enable exceptional performance and support a dynamic, inclusive corporate culture. Her passion for creating value for organizations is evident, whether she is strategizing future workforce imperatives or clarifying talent assessment and development models that will enable all individuals to contribute their best work. This work is consistently recognized by external organizations, and significantly contributed to Rockwell Automation being recognized with the prestigious Catalyst Award in 2017. The Catalyst Award recognized the company’s innovative approach to building a Culture of Inclusion. It focused on the transformation and results of the Culture of Inclusion journey with proven, measurable results that address the recruitment, development and advancement of women. Additionally, in 2017, the Ethisphere Institute named Rockwell Automation as one of the “World’s Most Ethical (WME) Companies” for the ninth time. For the past four years, the company’s inclusive practices have earned a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s annual Corporate Equality Index for LGBT Equality and the distinction of “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.”
In addition to culture, Susan responded to today’s information security business challenges by partnering with Rockwell Automation’s Chief Financial Officer, General Counsel, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Officer to establish a Chief Information Security Office. She then worked closely with the Director of Insider Risk, Legal and IT executives to establish a program that engages the global HR team as agents in managing insider risk. This cutting-edge program was recognized with the 2016 Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Global Leadership Award. These innovative Insider Risk practices are benchmarked by many global companies. She serves as Executive Sponsor for the Company’s Insider Risk program.
With almost 30 years of professional experience, Susan was named a National Association of Human Resources (NAHR) Fellow in November 2016, which is the highest honor that can be achieved by an individual in the HR profession. Susan is a member of the HR Policy Association (HRPA), where she serves as a Board member, Subcommittee Chair of the Workforce 2020 Committee (assessing current employment laws in the U.S. to determine the changes required to better support the workforce of the future) and a member of the Center on Executive Compensation.
Susan is an inspiring author known for her insights into creating value through leadership, talent and corporate culture. She provided career guidance for millennials in a January 2016 Fortune 500 Insider network blog on: “How Taking a Smaller Job Title Can Boost Your Career, But It Takes Time and Work.” This is in addition to many blogs, articles, book chapters and being a sought-after engaging speaker, most recently on topics including “Manufacturing 4.0: How Women Leaders are Shifting the Needle in the Digital Age.”
Wendy Crawford Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources & Marketing Officer HonorHealth
Wendy Crawford leads talent acquisition, retention, employee development, benefits/compensation, and employee relations and people strategy for HonorHealth employees and physicians. She has a strong focus on attracting and keeping a talented workforce to provide the best patient care and support of patient care.
She also currently leads the Marketing/Communications function for the system. The focus with this team is the move to the digital space and be more easily accessible to our patients.
Wendy’s professional background includes more than 30 years’ experience as human resources executive and consultant in a wide range of healthcare organizations, including Scripps in San Diego, SCL in Denver and SSM Health in St. Louis. Her expertise includes executive coaching, strategic planning, and leadership development, innovative problem solving and process improvements.
She holds a Bachelor in Psychology/Sociology from Indiana University and an M.S. in administration and management from the University of Michigan.
Jack Morehouse Co-Founder & Vice Chairman Perceptyx, Inc.
Jack is the co-founder of one of the fastest growing employee listening companies in the market. The author of the Perceptyx engagement approach, Jack's background in consulting, leadership training, process improvement and 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 employee listening platform available, companies large and small continue to switch to Perceptyx for positive organizational alignment in the employee experience and the resulting transformational gains for employees and their organization.
Ken Barrett’s Chief Diversity Officer General Motors
As General Motors’ first Global Chief Diversity Officer, Ken Barrett leads GM’s diversity and inclusion portfolio, which includes workforce diversity strategy, empowering employee resource groups, and fostering an inclusive culture that promotes diversity of thought to help GM compete and win in the marketplace.
Prior to joining GM, Barrett, a retired Navy Captain, served as the Undersecretary of Defense’s acting director of the Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity in Washington, D.C. He also served five years of award-winning performance as the U.S. Navy's Diversity Director, where he achieved historic levels of minority and female officer additions and transformational work-life balance initiatives. Barrett continues to set the bar high, and is regarded as a thought leader and subject matter expert in global diversity.
Anthony Spagnolo AVP, HR Data, Analytics & Reporting TD Bank Group
Anthony has been a member of TD Bank Group for nearly 21 years and has grown up in the Data and Analytics function across the organization. Before joining Human Resources, Anthony spent time in a variety of groups such as Enterprise Real Estate completing market and retail analytics, a variety of Product areas (Credit Cards, Personal Lending, Real Estate Secured Lending) leading teams through product and customer analytics, and most recently the North American Phone Channel where he setup the Data, Analytics & Reporting team for the North American Call Centre Operations.
He is well known as an Analytics leader in the organization and was welcomed by HR to kick-start the people analytics journey for TDBG. Anthony has built-up, grown, and developed the HR Data & Analytics group into an Enterprise CoE through the development of People, Processes and Tools/Technology to enable Human Resources to Lead with Data.
Anthony holds an undergrad degree in Econometrics and Management Science and a Masters degree in Spatial Analysis. He is also an active instructor at Ryerson University in Toronto where he has both developed and teaches courses in The Chang School of Continuing Education.
Tom Kaminsky VP, Talent Supply Chain Advisory Services KellyOCG
Thomas F. Kaminsky is Vice President of Talent Supply Chain Advisory Services for KellyOCG. With more than 25 years of human capital industry experience, Thomas is a sought after thought leader and business practitioner focusing on transformational talent strategies. KellyOCG consulting services include strategic workforce planning, workforce analytics, candidate experience, employer branding, and talent sourcing.
Iris Drayton-Spann VP, HR & Organizational Development WETA TV
Iris was recently appointed (on 2/1/2018) as the Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development for WETA TV in Arlington Virginia. She develops, builds and maintains a strategic human resources function that supports WETA’s business strategy; aligning policy and programs with the organizations strategic plan, mission, values and culture. As a member of the management team, Iris promotes positive employee relations and acts as a trusted advisor on human resources issues. She is also responsible for developing and implementing programs for staffing, employee relations, benefits, performance management, compensation, compliance and professional development for over 300 employees. In this role, Iris reports directly to the SVP/CFO and Treasurer of WETA.
WETA is the leading public broadcasting company in the nation’s capital, serving Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia with educational initiatives and with high-quality programming on WETA Television and Classical WETA 90.9 FM. WETA is one of the largest-producing stations of new content for public television in the United States. At the core of that mission is PBS NewsHour, produced by NHP, a wholly-owned non-profit subsidiary of WETA. The award-winning show is broadcast weeknights from WETA’s Production Center. The NewsHour is carried by more than 350 PBS stations nationwide and is known for its in-depth coverage and discussion of issues and current events.
For 7.5 years, Iris was previously the Vice President of Human Resources at Goodwill Industries International, Inc. (GII) Member Services Center located in Rockville, MD. In her role as Vice President of Human Resources at GII, Iris was responsible for executing a Compelling Place to Perform with programs designed to engage, develop, value and celebrate their employees, teams and colleagues. Iris was responsible for creating and improving HR policies, procedures and systems. She strategized, planned, and executed effective HR initiatives that allowed GII to achieve growth and sustainability by focusing on talent acquisition, retention, and attrition control. In addition, Iris was responsible for working cross functionally to build a culture that reinforced GII’s “Walk This Way” values.
Iris has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Howard University, a master’s degree in Human Resource Development from George Washington University, and her PHR (Professional in Human Resources) certification from HRCI. Iris has over 18 years of experience in employee relations, strategic recruiting, performance management, mediation, policy and procedure management, and training and development. She is a member of SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management) and holds a SHRM-CP certification. A member of the Society for Diversity and holds a certificate from the Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Leadership Program, sponsored by SHRM. She obtained her Certified Diversity Professional (CDP) certification (2013) and her Certified Diversity Executive (CDE) certification in 2016 sponsored by The Institute for Diversity Certification. Iris has also received Results Based Facilitation (RBF) Training and most recently Results Based Leadership (rebranded “Results Count”) Training from The Annie E. Casey Foundation. She is also a Certified Facilitator for RightPath Resources.
Iris was a member of the Executive Team, Executive Strategy Council and Leadership Team at GII and was the co-recipient of the 2012 “Walk This Way Culture Award”. She is also a 2015 graduate of the Senior Leader Program (SLP) sponsored by GII.
She also works very closely with the Leadership Center for Excellence (Arlington, VA) and ProInspire (Washington, DC)as an HR advisor. She volunteers for Streetwise Partners,
Iris is happily married to Jeffrey J. Spann and has an adult son, Michael B. Drayton and an adult step-daughter, Dana Spann.
Lastly, Iris has previous years’ experience in the for-profit space (associations and consulting organizations) throughout the Washington DC metro area. She has a passion for people and believes we all can be champions of change!
Mayerland Harris Group VP, HR H-E-B
Mayerland Harris, Group VP of HR for H-E-B, is a dynamic, influential leader and team builder with over 31 years of retail experience in Human Resources and store operations - more than 27 of those years with H-E-B. She leads an impressive team of HR professionals including Field HR Managers, Recruiters, Training & Development Man-agers and Organizational Talent Managers. She provides human resources leadership for the Houston Food & Drug, Central Market, Smart Shop and Mi Tienda Divisions of H-E-B.
She develops the strategic direction to ensure alignment with key business initiatives. Her leadership team is accountable for implementation of policies and programs including employment, employee relations, benefits, compensation, training, and employee assistance.
Mayerland received her BBA from University of Texas at Austin and her MBA from Texas A&M University. She currently sits on the boards of the Houston Food Bank, HR Houston, and the Strategic HR Advisory Board at Rice University. She is a lecturing Corporate Fellow for the MBA program at the University of Houston-Downtown.
Mayerland was named a Breakaway Leader in 2012 by the Evanta Leadership Network, and she was ranked #13 on ExecRank’s 2012 Top HR Executive Rankings. Mayerland received the prestigious H-E-B Linda D Jimenez Award for Diversity in 2014. In 2015, she proudly accepted the “Most Powerful and Influential Women of Texas” award from the National Diversity Council. She was named one of Houston’s Top 15 Business Women from the National Women’s Council in September of 2016.
Ricky Robinson VP, HR Medtronic
Ricky Robinson is a member of the Medtronic CVG HR leadership team. He currently serves as the Vice President, HR of Aortic and Peripheral Vascular (APV) division. Prior to this role, Ricky worked in the Minimally Invasive Therapies Group (MITG) where he provided HR leadership for the Early Technologies division. Previous to joining the Medtronic Family, he also served as Senior Vice President of HR at Nortek, Inc., in the high-tech building and remodeling industry. He has more than 20 years of HR leadership experience, including roles at: Anixter International; Jackson Alternative Dispute Resolution Group, LLC; Gap; and Office Depot. Ricky holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Organizational Communications from San Francisco State University.
Andy Howell COO Benevity
A belief in a strong culture of service, transparency and accountability guides all of Andy’s interactions at Benevity. His tech experience includes a history of helping build world class service organizations and strategic partnerships, and he is no stranger to disruptive software companies. In various capacities, including general counsel, sales and marketing leader, and operations head, he has helped shape technology companies that include Blackbaud (serving the needs of non-profit organizations) and Benefitfocus (a cloud-based benefit administration solutions provider).
Andy embraces the open and engaging environment at Benevity, and is often seen moving around the office collaborating with co-workers. Having relocated to Canada from South Carolina, he brings with him a passion for the outdoors, which he actively pursues on the ski slopes and in the trout-laden streams of Southern Alberta.
Danna Szwed Executive VP, HR Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc.
As Executive Vice President of Human Resources for Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. Danna Szwed is responsible for the oversight and support of human capital needs at Ashley. This includes talent acquisition, management and development, HR services delivery, HR policies and programs, as well as preserving the company’s unique culture of positive engagement with it’s over 26,000 employees worldwide. She joined Ashley Furniture in June 2016.
Danna’s career in Human Resources began in Manufacturing with General Motors while earning her Master’s degree. Following Graduate School, she joined Citi, a leading financial product and services company. Throughout her 21 year career at Citi, she led various disciplines across HR, while living in multiple geographies in the US, Europe, and Asia. As a Managing Director, and member of Citi’s regional and global leadership teams, she cultivated relationships and influenced business outcomes by effectively working across multiple geographies, languages and cultures with her Stakeholders. Prior to joining Ashley, Danna was the Asia Region Head for HR Shared Services and Global Product Head for Recruitment & Onboarding, based in Singapore. She provided leadership and change management oversight to more than 450 HR employees across Asia to drive multi-year, global strategies.
Danna Szwed holds a Master’s Degree in Labor Relations & Human Resources, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Michigan State University. She was a recipient of the 2016 World Women in Leadership Award and the Human Capital Future HR Leaders Award in 2007. In 2010, she was on the cover of HRO Today.
Shirley Engelmeier CEO & Founder InclusionINC
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.
Devin DaRif VP, Employer Brand Insights Bayard Advertising Agency Inc.
Devin DaRif is the Vice President, Employer Brand Insights at Bayard Advertising Agency Inc. in its New York City headquarters. Formerly Director of Employer Brand Solutions at WayUp, Inc., a digital platform connecting college students and recent graduates with employers, Devin comes to Bayard with an extensive background in recruitment marketing and employer brand consulting both in- house and on the agency side. Prior to WayUp, Devin led the employer branding efforts for the marketing team at Two Sigma Investments, LP., a NYC-based quantitative hedge fund, to increase their awareness and brand appeal, with the skills he honed as a global employer brand consultant for Universum Communications, Inc., a global market research and employer brand consultancy based in Sweden.
Sarah Larson Director, Human Resources Strategy & Integration MITRE Corporation
Sarah Larson is the director of human resources strategy and integration at The MITRE Corporation. In this role, Larson draws on her experience in corporate consulting and organizational development to align MITRE’s human resources strategy with the corporate mission and operating plan. Using metrics and dashboards, she ensures that management has the data and tools to determine what approaches are successful.
In addition, Larson monitors internal and external customer sentiment to drive process improvement. She employs Lean Six Sigma tools to identify what requires significant change, what requires adjustment, and what lessons the MITRE can take from its experience. She oversees special projects and pilots new initiatives. Larson also supports MITRE’s chief human resources officer, overseeing priority projects and facilitating officer and leadership meetings.
Larson operated her own consultancy, Larson & Associates. She held senior consulting roles at Schaffer Consulting, Right Management Consulting, and the Empower Group, as well as Lehman brothers and the Boston Consulting Group. She joined MITRE in 2009 as part of a team designing and implementing Leadership Edge, MITRE’s executive leadership development program. Since then, she managed coaching programs through the organization’s internal education arm, The MITRE Institute.
Larson holds a bachelor’s degree in history and theater from Clark University and a master’s degree in organizational psychology from Columbia University. She also studied at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England.
She is an enthusiastic advocate for community supported agriculture and a former board member of Stearns Organic Farm in Massachusetts.
Betsy Wheeler Chief People Officer Otter Products
With over 15 years of experience in human relations, Betsy Wheeler oversees the programs related to Otter Products’ greatest asset — its people. She ensures alignment of the people strategy with the business strategy, while partnering throughout the organization to maintain an engaged culture for Otter Products. Graduating with a Master’s degree in Organizational Development, she has applied human and organizational behavior principles to drive programs and initiatives that will increase performance and engagement throughout organizations.
Kirsten Phillips Account Executive PeopleFluent
Kirsten Phillips has been working in the Human Capital Management space for over seven years. She has been actively involved in supporting organizations in the healthcare and financial services space as they develop business cases for change around HR Technology ensuring these requests tie directly to business impact. Along with her expertise in building business cases for HR Technology, justified by true business results, she works closely with clients around change management strategies and HR process optimization to ensure organizations processes are thought of first with the technology to support those processes defined along the way.
Erica Pearce has been working for and partnering with some of the most well-known and respected companies for the past 20+ years. Her focus is on global HCM and SaaS-based talent solutions for the digital enterprise. She helps organizations adapt to complex and unique talent processes, while clarifying the strategic value.