Jonathan Mayes | SVP, External Affairs & Chief Diversity Officer | Albertsons Companies
Jonathan Mayes is Senior Vice President of External Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer for Albertsons Companies. Albertsons is one of America’s largest grocery and pharmacy chains. It operates over 2,300 stores, under 19 different banners, in 35 states and D.C. The company employs over 275,000 individuals.
Mr. Mayes received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Science from Warner Pacific College, in Portland, Oregon. He received a Juris Doctorate degree from Willamette University College of Law, in Salem, Oregon, where he served as Vice‐Chairman of the Moot Court Board and was inducted into the Order of the Barristers for his exemplary advocacy and leadership skills. Mr. Mayes, a member of the California Bar Association, began his legal career at Donahue, Gallagher, Thomas & Woods, before becoming Senior Counsel at Lucky Stores in 1991 and Senior Counsel at Safeway Inc. in 1994. In 1996, Mr. Mayes was named Safeway’s Director of Government Relations. He was later promoted to Vice President and Group Vice President of Government Relations before being named Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Government Relations, Sustainability & Philanthropy in 2010. Safeway merged with Albertsons in 2015. In March 2017, he was named the Company’s Chief Diversity Officer. He also manages the Company’s Government Relations, Sustainability and Philanthropy teams.
Mr. Mayes has received the Martin Luther King Jr. Service Award from Willamette University, and been honored by the Bay Area Minority Bar Coalition and the Charles Houston Bar Association for his exemplary service to the legal community. He also has been honored as Warner Pacific College’s Alumnus of the Year and is a Certified Diversity Executive.
Mr. Mayes serves on the boards of the California Chamber of Commerce, California Grocers Association, Law Center for Families, Faith Network (which provides academic tutors to children in low-income neighborhoods), and Bay Farm Community Church, where he also serves as Music Director. He has formerly served as Chairman of the Board of the California Grocers Association; Chairman of the Board of the Charles Houston Bar Association; Vice Chairman of the Board of Warner Pacific College; and Chairman of the Food Marketing Institute Government Relations Committee. He also has served as a Committee Chairman or board member in other professional organizations.
Mr. Mayes is an accomplished athlete, completing nearly 70 marathons, in addition to Ironman Triathlons. He also is a professional musician. He and his wife, Varetta, reside in San Francisco, CA.
Joy Johnson | SVP, HR | Black & Veatch
Joy Johnson has extensive experience in finance, HR and operations. In her current role of Senior Vice President and Director, Human Resources for Power/Oil & Gas at Black & Veatch, an employee-owned, global leader in building critical human infrastructure in Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Government Services, she is responsible for leading the HR functions related to talent acquisition; staffing; employee relations; salary and incentive management; performance management; organizational design and change management; talent development; leadership assimilation and succession planning; global assignments and immigration.
Joy was a key leader on Black & Veatch’s global culture change program management team and led and delivered the education component of this highly successful program. She led the operations and culture integration for five acquisitions. She led a design and implementation team that delivered an innovative, comprehensive compensation plan. She established sustainable operations for a successful startup division.
As an operations executive for 12 years, Joy led a variety of business functions such as general administration; human resources; workforce management; process development/improvement; policies and procedures; internal communications; IT; marketing; proposals and sales support.
In the first 12 years of her career Joy used her accounting degree/CPA to support various finance functions at three different companies.
Larry Perkins | AVP, HR Talent and Diversity | University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Larry D. Perkins, Ph.D. is currently the Associate Vice President, HR Talent and Diversity Organizations, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He has more than 35 years’ experience in human resources, education, training and leadership development. Larry retired as a Colonel from the U.S. Army in 2001. He held numerous leadership positions in the Army including five years as the Director and Senior Instructor, Center for Enhanced Performance, U.S. Military Academy, and West Point, NY. Larry served as the Battalion Commander, 14th Transportation Battalion in support of Operation Joint Guardian, Operation Joint Forge and Operation Joint Endeavor in Italy, Bosnia, Croatia, and Hungary.
Upon retirement from the military in 2001, he joined the prestigious law firm Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP in New York City where he held the position of Diversity Manager. In 2005 Larry moved to Houston, Texas as the Director, Organization Development for Dynegy. From 2007-2012 he held the position of Administrative Director, Organization Development and Clinical Education with Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. Throughout his career he has had numerous leadership opportunities to lead talent acquisition teams and talent development strategies for every level of talent management.
Since 2012 his role includes strategic and operational responsibility for the executive and classified recruitment functions, employment branding, logistics, temp/contractor vendor management, leadership development, employee training, organization development and the office of institutional diversity at MD Anderson. Larry received his Bachelor of Science in Education from Kansas State University in 1978, Master of Education degree in Counseling from Boston University in 1986, and earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Education with specialization in Training and Human Performance from Capella University in 2010.
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 TaleoResearch. Prior to Taleo, Mr. Lermusi founded iLogos (acquired by Taleo) and heldseveral positions in research and consulting organizations in Europe.Mr. Lermusi is a well known public speaker and a Career and Talent industrycommentator. He is often quoted in the leading business media worldwide, includingFortune, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Business Week, and Time Magazine.His articles and commentary are published regularly in online publications and businessmagazines. Mr. Lermusi was named one of the “100 Most Influential People in theRecruiting 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 inEconomics from the University of Brussels and from the University of London.