Christopher Henry VP, Talent & Change Management Sutter Health
Christopher Henry, Sutter Health, Vice President of Talent and Change Management,with a dual reporting relationship to Chief Enterprise Transformation Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer. In this role, Christopher applies his expertise in organization development and human resources practices to help Sutter achieve its strategic priorities related to a number of key initiatives, including workforce planning and analytics; talent acquisition and development; organizational change management and eLearning. Areas of focused leadership will include organization change initiatives, people-strategy development and performance management.
Christopher comes to Sutter Health from MGM Resorts International, where he has served as vice president of talent and organizational development for the past three years where he led the alignment of the company’s people philosophy with its business strategy through its talent acquisition and organizational development teams and the MGM University. Before that, he served two roles for Kaiser Permanente Health Plan’s Northwest Region in Portland, OR; director of learning and organizational development and senior manager for national management development. Christopher holds two bachelor’s degrees—in psychology and Spanish—from Knox College and a master’s degree in psychology from Golden Gate University. He is currently completing his doctorate in organizational leadership and business administration through Argosy University.
Denise Nichols Global Head of Talent Acquisition Marsh & McLennan
Denise leads Marsh & McLennan's global talent acquisition activities across all of its operating companies.
She has been with MMC for over 12 years, holding a variety of roles in HR and the business. She gained cross-Company experience while running talent acquisition for Marsh during a period where the team also held responsibility for recruiting for Guy Carpenter, MMC, and former OpCo Kroll. From there, Denise moved into an HR Business Partner role, eventually serving as Senior HRBP for Marsh Global Specialties. She also spent time as the head of HR for Marsh in the US. Most recently, Denise was focused on leadership development.
Before joining MMC in 2004, Denise held various positions in HR, sales and operations management in organizations such as PaineWebber and Merrill Lynch.
Jon Canger VP of Global Talent Management Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation
Jon Canger is the vice president of global talent management for Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation, where he is responsible for leading the human resources centers of expertise in talent acquisition, learning & performance management, internal communications, engagement, culture & organization effectiveness.
Jon’s career with Marriott began in 2007 as VP-Talent & Organization Capability. In 2009, he moved to Marriott’s Americas Division to become VP - HR Operations for the Southern Region, where he had responsibility for HR at 100+ hotels across the Southeastern US, the Caribbean and Latin America. In late 2011 Jon rejoined MVCI just prior to its spinoff from Marriott International into a stand-alone, publicly-traded company.
Prior to Marriott, Jon’s career included senior HR leadership positions with GTE (now Verizon), Motorola, the Coca-Cola Company and LAI Worldwide (now Monster Worldwide) where he was their first Chief Human Resources Officer. Jon also started and ran an HR consulting business, Skyway Associates, prior to joining Marriott.
Jon earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rutgers University, as well as Masters and Doctorate degrees in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of South Florida. He and his wife Giovanna split their time between Orlando and Anna Maria Island, FL.
Stephanie Neuvirth VP, Talent Acquisition Mars Petcare – Banfield Pet Hospitals
Stephanie is the VP, Talent Acquisition for Mars Petcare – Banfield Pet Hospitals. Banfield Pet Hospital® is the largest general veterinary practice in the world with more than 900 hospitals in neighborhoods across the United States and Puerto Rico and employs more than 15,000 associates. Mars, Inc. is one of the largest privately held businesses in the world, based in McLean, Virginia, and consists of six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks and Symbioscience.
Stephanie celebrates 25+ years of broad HR background in the Healthcare, Consumer Packaged Goods, Entertainment, and Retail industries. Previous employers include City of Hope, the Walt Disney Company and Bullocks / Macy’s. Her knowledge and experiences have been in global and domestic environments, in both union and nonunion environments. She has extensive experience building human capital solutions in organizations going through change transformation. She is also known for her collaborative working style and passion for youth and workforce development programs.
She has had experiences overseeing all facets of Human Capital Strategy - Workforce Planning, Talent Acquisition, Organizational Design, Compensation, Benefits, HRIM, Employee and Labor Relations, Change Management, Diversity and Inclusion, and Learning and Development.
She has served on not for profit boards and is active in her community. She currently serves on the Board of the California Diversity Council, Healthcare Diversity Council, and is the President of the Greater Los Angeles Diversity Council. She is also a regular contributor to Healthy Hispanic Living, the first preventive care online educational platform targeted to U.S. Hispanics.
Laurie Ledford CHRO Marsh & McLennan Companies
Laurie Ledford is Chief Human Resources Officer of Marsh & McLennan Companies, the premier global professional services firm providing advice and solutions in the areas of risk, strategy and human capital. Ms. Ledford is responsible for the firm’s overall human capital and talent strategy and the delivery of human resources services to 54,000 colleagues worldwide. She is a member of the Marsh & McLennan Companies Executive Committee.
Previously, Ms. Ledford served as Chief Human Resources Officer for Marsh Inc., the world’s leading insurance broker and risk advisor, a position she assumed in 2006. Ms. Ledford joined Marsh in 2000 and held a number of leadership positions of increasing responsibility before assuming the CHRO role there, including Senior Human Resources Director for international specialty operations, which comprised the firm’s operations in Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia/Pacific, and Africa. Earlier, she held positions in Corporate Human Resources, Private Client Services, and Mobility and Succession Planning.
Before joining Marsh, Ms. Ledford was with Citibank for six years and held positions in recruitment, staffing and development, before becoming senior human resources officer for the firm’s US branch network, including Operations, Retail Brokerage, and Business Banking.
Earlier in her career she was with NationsBank (now Bank of America), where she held a variety of positions over a 15-year period, culminating with vice president of human resources responsible for staffing and management development.
Ms. Ledford earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Florida Atlantic University and an M.B.A. from the University of Miami.
Harry Griendling Founder and CEO Double Star
As a recognized thought leader in talent acquisition and workforce optimization, Harry Griendling has been at the forefront of modernizing his clients' approaches to attracting, engaging, and optimizing talent since founding DoubleStar in 1993.
Under Harry’s leadership, DoubleStar has become one of the leading firms in the U.S. to apply and sustain a full-service consulting model to solving difficult TA challenges. The firm has been engaged by over 325 clients and has delivered over 1,000 high-volume, specialized recruitment projects in difficult-to-fill talent segments.
DoubleStar’s clients include industry leaders such as GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, SAP Americas, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Cisco, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Capital One, Home Depot, M&M Mars, The Vanguard Group, JP Morgan/Chase, Celgene, Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, QVC, TD Bank, Aramark, Siemens, Nasdaq, and Campbell Soup, among hundreds of others.
Harry has authored and delivered over 100 seminars and presentations at regional, national, and international HR industry events. He has provided expert commentary in print and televised media for Fox Business News, ABC News, CBS Market Watch, USAToday, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Reuters TV, among others.
DoubleStar has appeared twice on the INC 500 list of America’s Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies and has received numerous awards over its 23 years in business.
In his free time, Harry is a songwriter who has composed over 100 songs. Two albums of his original songs are available on iTunes.
Harry holds his Master's and Bachelor's degrees from Pennsylvania State University.
Nathaniel Bennett III SVP, Chief Diversity Officer & Head of Talent Acquisition Comerica Bank
Nathaniel Bennett III is Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer and Head of Talent Acquisition for Comerica Bank.
Nathan joined Comerica Bank in 2009. His responsibilities include all talent acquisition activities for Comerica Bank consisting of executive recruitment, talent sourcing, and talent acquisition for all business lines. Additionally, he is responsible for leading the company’s Diversity and Inclusion office established to drive key diversity initiatives throughout the bank. With over 17 years of experience Nathan has been employed by several Fortune 500 companies in various roles in Talent Acquisition all in two major industries, Consumer Retail and Financial Services. Nathan also has covered the areas of executive recruitment through global recruitment where he spent time in Seoul, Korea leading various recruitment efforts for Walmart Stores. Prior to joining Comerica Bank he led Talent Acquisition Services for a 17,000 employee division at Bank of America.
Nathan was a 2011 nominee for the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce Ogletree Deakins HR Professional of the Year Award and was named to the Who’s Who of Black Executives in the Dallas/Fort Worth market. Additionally, he is a member of the DFW Texas Recruiters Network and the DFW Staffing Management Association an affiliate of the Society of Human Resource Management.
Nathan is a graduate of Rice University in Houston, Texas, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and was also named to the Southwest Conference All-Conference 1st Team as he was a 4 year varsity letterman in football.
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.