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.
Victor Gaines VP, Talent Acquisition Comcast NBC Universal
Victor has held executive and lead recruiting roles at multiple Fortune 500 companies.
He currently serves as Vice-president of Talent Acquisition at Comcast NBC Universal, leading a large team for the cable business’ Central Division. His team facilitates 10,000-12,000 hires per year.
Victor’s history includes executive, leadership, and hands-on recruiting roles for other high-profile global organizations, including Fortune 5 McKesson, Cigna, and IBM Smarter Workforce.
He holds a Master’s degree from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky. He has been published and quoted in multiple online and print publications, including CIO Magazine, DICE, and many of the ADVANCE healthcare newsmagazines.
Victor was born and raised in Kentucky, and currently resides in Atlanta after spending 10 years in Philadelphia. He is a member of SHRM, and NAMIC, and is president of his HOA. His passion is his work, but his hobbies include international travel, wine, SEC basketball, and driving fast cars fast.
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.
Nina Brody Lead Talent Acquisition Operations and Strategy Brightview Landscapes
Dr. Nina Brody is a Talent Executive with broad experience in Human Capital Management including transformation, optimization and acquisitions. Executes innovative talent acquisition strategies that develop the depth, breadth and diversity of talent for the organization. Experience building and leading College, Military, Experienced Hires, Contingent workforces, RPO and Executive Hiring delivery models. Implements recruiting operational frameworks against the big three recruiting metrics (Quality of Hire, Time to Hire and Cost per Hire) that significantly improve business results. Implements Talent Acquisition scorecards and KPI’s, that produce transparency and accountability to help educate business leaders around the ROI of go to market Talent Acquisition strategies. Energetic self-starter with the ability to navigate through complex environments and changing organizations. Known for the ability to architect new vision and structure while creating partnerships and achieving significant business results.
Elizabeth Vincent Talent Acquisition Operations, Vendor Management Partner Biogen
Elizabeth Vincent joined Biogen in April 2016 as Talent Acquisition Operations Manager within the Vendor Management Office. She is responsible for the development and launch of a non-employee engagement strategy across the organization, including the delivery of communication, education, and training programs related to the global non-employee population. Liz has extensive experience in personnel and financial management as well as overall operations management in several clinical and non-clinical settings. Prior to joining Biogen, Liz led Merck KGaA’s on-site temporary workforce program for Randstad USA from 2012-2016. Previous roles include operations management at both Boston Children’s Hospital and Tufts Medical Center, as well as recruitment and staffing sales for Lab Support and Environmental Data Resources (EDR). Her background is grounded in recruiting, financial analysis, project management, networking, strategic planning, and marketing. Liz in engaged with the Massachusetts Hospital Association and Women’s Healthcare Management. She received a B.S. in Biology from Fairfield University.
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.
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.
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.
Melkeya is the Vice President of Talent Acquisition for Waste Management headquartered in Houston, Texas. Melkeya is focused on building a world class Talent function at WM, by spearheading the transformation of Talent Acquisition from transactional to consultative and strategic. She studied Human Resources Management at Trinity University, Employee Relations at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Strategic Business Leadership at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and Strategic Management at Harvard University.
Laura Smith Director, Talent Acquisition, U.S., Latin America, Japan & Asia Pacific AbbVie
Laura Smith is responsible for providing talent acquisition strategic direction and leadership for Abbvie’s U.S., Latin America, Japan & Asia Pacific regions and the Global Souring team. Laura leads a team of ~50 based in 9 countries. AbbVie is a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company formed in 2013 following separation from Abbott Laboratories. The company's mission is to use its expertise, dedicated people and unique approach to innovation to develop and market advanced therapies that address some of the world's most complex and serious diseases.
Laura joined Abbott in 2006 as a member of the sourcing team focused on proactive executive recruitment for the corporate functions. In the past ten years she has held roles of increasing responsibility including leading recruitment for Abbott’s corporate functions and pharmaceutical business and expanded regional responsibility at AbbVie.
Prior to joining AbbVie, Laura was an executive recruiter at boutique retained search firms focused on providing inclusive slates of talent. She started her recruitment career with an IT staffing organization.
David Amsden VP, Leadership Recruiting & Talent Acquisition Cognizant
Vincent Pierce Head of Talent Engagement, Latin America & Caribbean Diageo
Professional/Personal Career includes:
·Innovative thought leader with a focus on several key strategic areas including:
oTalent Management, Domestic and International Talent Acquisition strategies, Succession Planning, Workforce Planning, D&I
·Current role as Head of Talent Engagement for Diageo where I lead the team supporting all Latin America and the Caribbean
·Previously held Director of Talent Acquisition roles for Microsoft, Dell, Walt Disney and Marriott Vacation Club
·Change Advisory Board Member in Diageo where we review, prioritize and sign off on key processes and strategies designed to maximize efficiencies across our global function
·Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of South Alabama where I attended on a full baseball scholarship
·Currently resides in Fort Lauderdale, FL with wife and 2 children
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.
Lindsay Stanton Chief Client Officer Digi-Me
Lindsay Stanton is Chief Client Officer for Digi-Me, a Video Technology Company for talent acquisition that helps organizations add new dimension to their job and employment brand messaging. In her time with the company, Lindsay has facilitated relationships with 19 partners, including the largest recruitment advertising agencies, global recruitment process outsourcers, and staffing firms. These partnerships magnify the organization’s reach into the Global Fortune 1000, providing an effective and innovative solution to the largest global employers, including USG Corporation and Kiewit.
A subject matter expert on the use of video technology as a recruitment tool, Lindsay works closely with industry leaders, creating new and better ways to connect jobs and job-seekers. She has been a featured speaker at SHRM on the topic of “The Convergence of Video, Mobile, and Social for Talent Acquisition and Branding,” as well as a featured leader in the recruitment space through ERE, HRO Today, and major media outlets, including Forbes.com, ABCNews.com, and CCTV.
Lindsay possesses a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Her past experience includes Economic Development for a large Chicago municipality, wherein she facilitated retail and commercial growth by working with the nation’s largest developers. She also has extensive sales and marketing experience working with Fortune 500 accounts on product launches and developing and executing large-scale national retail programs.