Anis joined Amgen as the Global Head of Talent Acquisition in 2017. He is a senior Talent & HR Professional with of 20+ years of experience as a HR Generalist, HRBP and Talent Acquisition leader building Talent CoEs, leading HR Transformation, launching global EVP and employment brand and supporting large scale business and HR Transformations across Americas, EMEA and APAC.
He has been in the Life Science industry for over a decade with experience in Pharma, Diagnostics and Medical Devices at Abbott and AbbVie. Prior to joining Amgen he was at Teva as VP of Global TA and Mobility where he built a CoE from the ground impacting over 20K hires in 60 countries across R&D, Commercial, Technical Operation and Corporate functions. He has also worked in Technology services, Consumer and Industrial sectors globally early in his career.
Anis has a Bachelors in Science and Masters in Positive Organization Development & Change from Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. He is a certified Executive Coach and certified in Developing Leadership through Emotional Intelligence (EI). Anis was born in India and lives with his family in Bucks County, PA. He is active in volunteering and teaches Heartfulness Meditation as a Trainer for the not for profit Heartfulness Institute. He also speaks regularly on HR, Talent and Engagement topics at conferences and expert panels
Jim Cochran Head of Global Recruiting JPMorgan Chase
Jim Cochran is the head of global recruiting at JPMorgan Chase, a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.4 trillion and operations worldwide with 260,000 employees in 60 countries. He began his career with the Chase Manhattan Bank in 1987. Over his 25-year career, Cochran has held a variety of roles across the firm in audit, operations, sales, district management, segment marketing and human resources. Cochran has been overseeing the recruitment strategy for JPMorgan Chase since 2011, and in late 2012 he took on the additional responsibility for leading the Experienced Recruiting Team in the Corporate and Investment Bank. Cochran holds a graduate degree in marketing management from Saint John's University and an undergraduate degree in computer information systems from Manhattan College.
David Amsden Global, VP Leadership Recruiting, Talent Acquisition Cognizant
David currently holds the role of Global Vice President of Leadership Recruiting, Talent Acquisition & TSC Strategic Programs for Cognizant. In his role he is active in building, leading and managing the people, process and systems for global leadership recruiting and talent acquisition. He also provides executive leadership, strategy and execution for TSC, Congizant’s Talent Supply Chain Strategic Program.
David has also held roles with Keane, Korn Ferry and Christian & Timbers and attended Virginia Military Institute.
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.
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, and Bay Farm Community Church, where he served as Music Director for over 25 years. He has formerly served as Chairman of the Board of the California Grocers Association; President and 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.
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.
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.
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.
Lynn Meyer SVP & Recruiting Manager, Eastern US Wells Fargo
Lynn has over 30 years of experience with Wells Fargo leading both line and staff teams. Since November 2012 she has served as the Talent Acquisition Manager for the Wells Fargo Community Bank’s Eastern Region. Prior to this current assignment, she was the Learning & Development Manager for the Carolinas and MidAtlantic Regions.
From 2003 to 2010, Lynn held the position of Area President, in the Triangle Region in North Carolina, with Wells Fargo and formerly Wachovia. She held the same position for several years in the Greater Philadelphia market prior to that. During the early part of her career, Lynn served in a variety of other positions in both the retail and wholesale bank.
Lynn graduated from the University of Florida, with a BS degree in Business Administration. She enjoys reading, boating, attending college football games (Gators), and spending time with family.
Pam Hennard VP, North America, Talent Acquisition Dell
Pam Hennard has over 20 years of experience in talent acquisition in industries such as banking & financial services, healthcare, and technology. She is experienced in building talent acquisition strategies across industries, leading talent strategies during mergers & acquisitions, process improvement aligned to hiring, and developing and leading teams.
She is currently Vice President of North America Talent Acquisition at Dell, based in Phoenix, AZ. She and her team are responsible for hiring in the US and Canada, which includes university and professional hires. She received a master of art degree in organizational management from University of Phoenix.
Sheila Stygar VP, Talent Acquisition PepsiCo
Sheila Stygar is currently the Vice President of Talent Acquisition at PepsiCo, based in Chicago, IL.
She is responsible for leading the Global Talent Acquisition Center of Excellence providing strategic design & leadership across the talent acquisition function. Her scope of responsibility encompasses technology, social & digital candidate attraction & engagement strategies, employment brand, talent pipeline sourcing as well as campus recruitment, marketplace intelligence and analytics. She also leads a team of Talent Advisors supporting the Supply Chain and Operations recruitment across PepsiCo, domestically. Prior to PepsiCo, Sheila held various roles within Human Resources at Baxter International. She resides in the Chicagoland area.
Shari Conaway Director of People Southwest Airlines
Southwest Airlines embodies the principles of Servant Leadership, and Shari Conaway lives those out every day as the Director of People for Southwest Airlines. In her current role, she is responsible for staffing, compliance, onboarding, the Campus Reach Internship Program and the Drug & Alcohol Program. Shari learned her Leadership skills from the ground up, starting as a Recruiter and then holding several different positions leading up to her current role as Director – People. In her 23 years at Southwest, her focus has always been on leading, guiding, and serving both External and Internal Customers. Shari has over 25 years of Human Resources experience and has a passion for the airline industry and for Southwest Airlines. She leads her Team to hire the best Employees in the industry. Shari graduated from the University of Oregon with Bachelors in Speech Pathology and Audiology. Outside of work, Shari and her husband stay very active with their three grown children.
Sheridan Orr Senior Director, Market Development & Product Marketing PeopleFluent
Sheridan Orr is the Senior Director of Market Development and Product Marketing for PeopleFluent Recruiting. Before joining PeopleFluent, she was a customer experience consultant and crafted experiences for companies like Standard Chartered Bank, Starbucks, Macy’s and T-Mobile. In addition, she’s led marketing teams for companies like Cisco, RedHat and had the pleasure of creating a failed start-up—you can’t win them all. She’s a proud mother of a freshman at OleMiss and a golden doodle.
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
Lisa Ryan VP, Global HR & Shared Services Manulife/John Hancock
Lisa has over twenty-five years of experience in the human resources profession in various functions including compensation, leadership, development, employee relations, employee communications and recruitment. As Vice President, Lisa contributes to the global human resources strategy by delivering a consistent candidate, employee and manager experience with a client centric view using best-in-class technology. She is responsible for leading a global he delivery of recruitment programs globally ensuring Manulife and John Hancock can attract and acquire the best talent to achieve our strategic goals. She is passionate about people, leadership and careers and is always on the lookout for the best talent for Manulife and John Hancock globally. Her previous positions included Vice President, Global Talent & Succession, Vice President North American Recruitment, Assistant Vice President, US Recruiting and Talent Management, and Director of Compensation at Manulife. Lisa earned a B.A. in Mathematics, Physics and Secondary Education at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.
Jamie Schmitgen Chair of People Service Mayo Clinic
Jamie Schmitgen is the Chair of People Service at Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic is recognized as a leader in healthcare, a not for profit committed to clinical practice, education and research, providing expert, whole-person care to everyone who needs healing. Mayo’s world-class experts work together to provide comprehensive care and a seamless experience for patients with even the most complex conditions.
Jamie leads the shared services functions for HR which includes: allied health, executive and physician/scientist recruitment; recruitment strategies; HR Connect (service center); workforce planning/analytics; credentialing; and payroll. He joined Mayo Clinic in January 2000 as a Senior Service Partner in Rochester providing HR expertise to departments in medicine and medical specialties, and surgery and surgical specialties. Since coming to Mayo in 2000, Jamie has held management positions as a Radiology Director in the practice, Director of Human Resources, and HR Division Chair in Arizona.
Prior to working at Mayo Clinic, Jamie held HR leadership and staff roles within the City of Phoenix. In total, Jamie has over 20 years of human resources experience. He holds a bachelor’s in Economics from Minnesota State University, Mankato and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Arizona State University.
Regina Hartley VP, HR UPS
The Regina Hartley speech on hiring practices discuss both her difficult childhood as well as patterns she has noticed as a human resources professional. Currently, the speaker works as the director of human resources for UPS Information Services. For the past 25 years there, she has gained experience in talent acquisition, succession planning, learning and development, employee relations and communications. The Regina Hartley speech emphasizes not to judge job candidates based on first impressions and to hire those with diverse and challenging backgrounds.
The speaker received a Bachelor of Arts degree from SUNY Binghamton in political science and earned a Masters degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in corporate and organizational communication. She is also an HCRI-certified Senior Professional in Human Resources.
Lauryn Sargent Co-Founder Stories Incorporated
Lauryn Sargent is a co-founder at Stories Incorporated. Along with the Stories team, Lauryn has collaborated with some of the most people progressive companies in the world to develop powerful and authentic employer branding and recruitment marketing content. From creating career site content on a global scale (CSL Behring), publishing a graphic novel to bring values to life (innovative gaming company), or going deep with content that appeals to niche groups like interns or veterans (Dell), Lauryn and the Stories team are building a company that solves talent brand content challenges.
Lauryn has spoken at NACE, Employer Branding Strategies Conference, and DisruptHR (DC), and will be speaking at the SHRM national conference in June, instructing audiences on how to create story-based content to educate and engage potential candidates. Prior to starting Stories, Lauryn managed the talent acquisition function for a publicly traded company and recruited for Fortune 500 companies as well as growing entrepreneurial environments in retained search and tech contingency agencies. Lauryn has a Master of Arts in Human Resource Development from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in Audio and Video Communications Management from Ohio University.
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.
John Mirtich Senior Business Consultant Select International
John Mirtich is a Senior Business Consultant based in the Cleveland oﬃce of Select International. After joining Select, he honed his I/O skills by implementing talent acquisition assessment systems, designing leadership development programs and managing the executive assessment process. As a Senior Consultant on the delivery team, John managed both internal and external projects, as well as client relationships. John is now responsible for identifying and developing strategic client solutions, account management and business development.
Primary areas of focus include the prediction of human performance in Safety, Manufacturing, Healthcare and Service Industries. As well, the identiﬁcation of methods to impact lasting behavioral change.
Prior to joining Select International in 2006, John worked as a consultant and built much of his career at American Greetings Corporation. Throughout his career he focused on employee selection, development, succession planning, testing, interview processes and job analysis. There he was able to apply his skills to various roles including: sales personnel administration, sales training, sales recruiting, business process re-design and account management. John completed his M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from The University of Akron. He received his B.S. in Psychology from Bowling Green State University.
John is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.
Lynda Risser is a Principal in the Human Resources division at Vanguard, overseeing the Talent & Inclusion subdivision. Comprised of 150+ crew, her organization provides deep subject matter expertise across the employee lifecycle around: talent branding and marketing, talent acquisition, performance management, learning, leadership and career development, diversity and inclusion, and succession planning.
Prior to leading this sub-division, Lynda held many positions at Vanguard. More recently, she was a Relationship Manager and HR Business Partner for several divisions, where she provided consultative and human resources solutions—driving a division’s full human capital business strategy. She also supported Leadership Development and the Retail Investor Group by leading the hiring process and by designing and heading talent assessment and development, performance management, and succession management strategies.
Prior to working at Vanguard, Lynda began her career in HR in the health care industry, supporting staffing and strategic management recruiting. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Psychology from Albright College, a Master’s degree in Training and Organizational Development from St. Joseph’s University, and the Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR ®) Certification.
Doug leads our Talent Advisory Services practice specialty areas of Talent Acquisition, Human Resources & Workplace Optimization. Doug possesses 20 years of talent acquisition and human resource expertise in developing talent acquisition strategies in response to business change. This includes experience defining value proposition, building talent pools, recruitment & delivery strategy, optimizing holistic talent processes, retention strategies, attrition analysis, strategic workforce planning, training, creating talent marketing campaigns and strategic human resources advisement.
He has held various senior leadership positions with major national and international specialty staffing firms for finance, accounting, legal, HR and administrative human capital needs — most recently holding positions as Senior Vice President and Chief Talent Officer. His focus has ranged from talent management and executive leadership, to sales, operations, and workplace insights.
As the employment expert for FOX News in Tampa, Florida, Doug Arms is a weekly spokesperson with a live segment. He also appears on additional local and national broadcasts, and lends his insight to print media sources. He has been featured in Forbes® and The Wall Street Journal®, and on CBS Money Watch, CNN®, and NBC®, as well as a number of other news outlets.
Doug received his BA from Montclair State University and his MBA from Saint Leo University. He is certified by SHRM as a Sr. Certified Professional (SCP) and certified by HRCI as a Sr. Professional in HR (SPHR), SWP & STA. He has also completed Advanced Leadership Training at the IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Matthew Schwartz President & CEO MJS Executive Search
Dynamism. Passion. Creativity. Analytics. Innovation. These are the characteristics of the ideal Transformational Talent™ that MJS Executive Search focuses on.
After over two decades in retained executive search, Matt has an instinctive and thorough understanding of what his clients want, and time and again, he has been able to meet their challenges.
In 2003, he founded MJS Executive Search. Despite those lean times, the new firm thrived from the start. MJS has established itself as a leading retained executive search firm that knows how to find the right unique executive—even in the most unexpected places.
Matt knows when a client’s objectives are achievable—and when they are impossible. He relishes difficult searches, while setting realistic expectations.
Matt is passionate about the intersection of marketing and technology. If it’s digital, social, new, and cool, Matt speaks the language. Not only can he interpret it, he can also leverage it to teach, inform, and most importantly, to persuade.
In this way, Matt helps his clients remain or become leaders in their realm.
Hobbies: In his spare time, Matt is an active member of the New York Chapter of Entrepreneur’s Organization and is a highly engaged Crossfitter and Triathlete. Matt resides in Westchester, NY with his wife and two children.
Jack Hill VP, Recruiting Strategy PeopleFluent
Jack Hill is the Vice-Present of Recruiting Strategy at PeopleFluent. However, he is an experienced talent acquisition practitioner whose first Applicant Tracking System was a rolodex. Since then he’s been passionate about recruiting and technology. At PeopleFluent he’s responsible for the strategy, technical direction, sales and customer experience for the Recruiting line of business. In his spare time, he’s a golfer and tells dad jokes.
Suzanne Kinkel President HarQen
As President of HarQen, LLC, Suzanne leads the HarQen team to help companies align their Talent Acquisition strategies with organizational goals through the use of On Demand Interviewing technology. Suzanne's background includes 15+ years of experience in Recruitment and Human Resource Outsourcing. Passionate about people, HR, talent acquisition, and what makes companies successful she has the ability to translate her wealth of industry knowledge into measurable results for her clients.
In prior roles, Suzanne was CEO of The Talent Logics Group, a recruitment consulting company, and Executive Vice President at Headway.
Vivek Padmanabhan Co- President PSG Global Solution
Vivek has been co-president of PSG since its founding, and has spent the majority of his time at the company in Manila, running PSG’s Philippines operations. Vivek has extensive experience in international business, having operated in North America, Europe and Asia. Prior to PSG, Vivek was Senior Vice President for Global Shared Services at eTelecare Global Solutions, a publicly traded business process outsourcing company. Over a four year period, he oversaw growth of 65% YOY, resulting in an IPO in 2007. Prior to eTelecare, Vivek worked in Europe at McKinsey and Company. Vivek holds an International MBA from University of Chicago with concentrations in strategy, finance and entrepreneurship, an MS in Computational Mechanics from Duke University, and a BTech from IIT Madras. Vivek enjoys playing tennis and likes to travel. He is a huge fan of Japanese cuisine but makes no attempts to learn to cook it.
Kristen Hamilton CEO Koru
Koru is led and co-founded by Kristen Hamilton, CEO. As co-founder of Onvia, Kristen led the company from inception to public offering, worked as Microsoft’s Global Director Educator of Strategy & Marketing, and served as Chief Operating Officer at World Learning, Inc. Kristen is a leading expert in predictive hiring and the competencies that drive performance in the innovation economy. Koru's action research with large and growing employers provides data and practical, actionable insights to help employers navigate their journey towards using data and analytics to predict quality of hire in their applicants.
Kurt Heikkinen President & CEO Montage
As president and CEO of Montage, Kurt Heikkinen is responsible for business operations and the overall success and growth of the company. Kurt has a proven track record of leading start-up companies and large enterprises through technology product launches to serve rapidly emerging markets. During his 20-year tenure working with enterprise software within the talent management and SaaS domains, Kurt has held senior executive positions at PeopleSoft, Inc., where he helped grow the company from $50 million to more than $1 billion in annual revenue; Evolve, Inc., where he was instrumental in raising $45 million in funding and taking the company public; and Metavante. Kurt earned his BS in computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Philip Peterson VP, Global Sales HackerRank
Philip Peterson leads HackerRank’s Enterprise growth. He is an established, results-oriented global leader working with industry-leading companies to optimize their skill assessment and talent acquisition practices. Peterson has over 20 years of experience in running sales, business organizations, and revenue growth at leading software solutions, including Xactly Corp (XTLY), Selectica, Inc., Vignette, and Epicentric. Mr. Peterson received a bachelor’s of science degree in marketing with a minor in business administration from Chapman University.
Bill Schwaab Strategic Accounts Mya Systems
Bill Schwaab is a senior leader who is passionate about problem solving and delivering value to enterprise clients. With years of enterprise sales and strategic account management experience, he has a proven record of helping customers achieve a positive ROI by using SaaS technology across their IT stack. Bill has a B.S. in Economics from the University of Colorado, and a M.B.A. in Finance from the UCLA Anderson School of Business.
Key areas of expertise include: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Financial Services, Fintech, Risk Management, Solution Sales, SaaS sales, Web 2.0, Enterprise Sales