Social Recruiting: Art or Science?

April 8, 2014
Hosted by Bonnie D. Graham

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Today’s buzz: Social Recruiting Gone is the era of your HR manager hoping hard-to-find talent would stumble upon their business-critical job postings. Today, millions of job candidates eagerly post their credentials on social media sites. Is successful social recruiting for top talent an art or a science for today’s HR? The experts speak. Mervyn Dinnen, Social engagement strategist: “Social recruiting is just recruiting. Forget the word ‘social’… Get the hiring process right… then ‘social’ is no different than the phone or Internet.” Katrina Collier, Winning Impression: “Finding people on social channels is easy. Getting a response is a different matter and that’s the art. If you ignore or mistreat social job seekers, you’ll miss hiring great people...” Will Staney, SAP: “Social media is not necessarily a source of hire, it's a communication channel. It's important to remember this when measuring an ROI of your social recruiting efforts.” Join us for Social Recruiting: Art or Science?

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Bonnie D. Graham

Bonnie D. Graham has been producing and hosting live talk radio since 1998. She is the creator, producer and host of more than 25 weekly business thought leadership talk series presented by SAP under the banner of Coffee Break with Game-Changers Radio, which debuted in 2011. In a uniquely lively, unscripted roundtable discussion format, Game-Changers offers a broad range of expert business and technology insights to a global business audience.

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Sarah Miller Caldicott

Sarah Miller Caldicott, a great grandniece of Thomas Edison, is CEO of her own innovation consultancy, The Power Patterns of Innovation. An innovation process expert, she is the author of several books, including “Innovate Like Edison” and “Midnight Lunch.” She advises leaders world-wide on how they can build new innovation capability in their organizations. Sarah is also an expert on the role of collaboration as a driver of innovation in the digital era. She has appeared as an innovation expert on CNBC, PBS, and NPR, and been featured in The New York Times, Fortune Small Business, USA Today, and Fast Company. Previously, for 15 years Sarah served as a marketing executive in Global 100 companies including Quaker Oats/Pepsico and Unilever. As an International Marketing Director, Sarah spearheaded global innovation teams launching new products in the foods and personal care industries worldwide. Sarah is a popular blogger on innovation, collaboration, and leadership for Forbes.com. Guest Sarah Miller Caldicott

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Andrea Agnew

Andrea Agnew is the Executive Director of Workforce Diversity and Inclusion for Comcast since 2006. Her fifteen years of experience in recruiting, talent management, and workforce diversity include roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Booz Allen Hamilton, National SAP Practice, and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Mid-Atlantic Region. In her current role at Comcast, Andrea is responsible for developing strategies and building programs to enhance, leverage, and celebrate the diversity of Comcast's most valuable assets - its employees. She is a Service Leader, meaning she believes in living a life of service to others. Not only is she committed to volunteer service supporting Comcast Cares Day, Big Brothers, and Big Sisters, Andrea also serves on several boards in an executive and/or advisory capacity. Guest Andrea Agnew

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Faheem Ahmed

Faheem Ahmed is Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at SAP, overseeing the research, design, development, and product management for SAP's consumer healthcare initiatives. He serves as founder and Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Care Circles, a wellness platform connecting families with the information and services they need to care for their loved ones. Previously, Faheem was vice president for portfolio marketing, leading the development and rollout of a series of social CRM applications. Before that, he held various management roles in strategic planning, market strategy and solution management for multiple product lines. Faheem began his career in South Africa in 1997, and spent several years advising businesses and governments in sub-Saharan Africa on the role of technology in emerging nations. Guest Faheem Ahmed

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Jamie Anderson

Jamie Anderson is no stranger to SAP Game-Changers Radio, or to coffee, for that matter. And he needs that coffee every day in his role as Global Vice President of Product Marketing for SAP’s Line of Business Customer solutions. Jamie is somewhat of a CRM veteran, with over 15 years of experience in the customer-facing solutions space, both client and vendor side, and has worked with many Brands in defining and implementing engaging customer experiences. Jamie is an active blogger and tweeter @collsdad. Guest Jamie Anderson

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Kare Anderson



Communicating to connect and create greater opportunities together and for each other is Kare Anderson’s key mission in work and life. This Emmy-winning former NBC and Wall Street Journal reporter, author of Mutuality Matters, and TEDx and TED@IBM speaker, loves to share actionable insights on becoming sought-after Opportunity Makers. Guest Kare Anderson

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Tracey Arnish

Tracey Arnish, Senior Vice President, Talent for SAP since March 2013, is responsible for SAP’s end-to-end talent strategy, ensuring that SAP continues to live the philosophy, “Everyone is a Talent”, and that each individual is fully enabled to grow a meaningful career at SAP. Under her leadership, Talent Acquisition, Total Rewards, and Talent Management and Development are responsible for the design of leading solutions in support of a compelling career experience for each and every one of SAP’s 65,000 talents globally, and ensuring that SAP has the talent it needs now and for the future. With over 15 years of progressive Human Resources experience, Tracey has worked in the private and public sectors. Passionate about building an organization that attracts and retains the best talent, Tracey focuses on developing a culture that enables strategic business plans and supports colleagues in achieving their career best with an employer of choice. She is also a mentor and coach. Guest Tracey Arnish

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Cathy Benko

Cathy Benko is Vice Chairman and Managing Principal, Deloitte LLP. She is a U.S. patent holder and co-author of bestselling books including The Corporate Lattice: Achieving High Performance in the Changing World of Work and Mass Career Customization: Aligning the Workplace With Today’s Nontraditional Workforce (Harvard Business Press). As leader of Deloitte’s corporate citizenship agenda, Cathy acts as a catalyst to drive and amplify the firm’s philanthropic contributions, societal impact, and organizational pride. As Deloitte Consulting LLP’s talent game-changer, she creates innovative solutions to improve how work gets done, innovation occurs, and careers are built. Previously, Cathy was Deloitte’s Chief Talent Officer, as well as director of Deloitte’s award-winning Women’s Initiative, among many other roles. She was recognized by Consulting Magazine on its 25 Most Influential Consultants list and its inaugural Leadership Achievement Award for Women Leaders in Consulting. Guest Cathy Benko

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Kevin E. Bennet

Kevin E. Bennet is Chair of the Division of Engineering of the Mayo Clinic of Rochester, MN, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and co-Director of the Neural Engineering Laboratory. His division, comprised of 67 technical staff, collaboratively develops and applies new technology for clinical practice and research. Major development efforts include deep brain stimulation, wireless physiological monitoring and minimally invasive surgery. His experience in technology development includes organizations such as W.R. Grace & Co., Exxon International and Amoco Chemicals. He has been a consultant to the National Institutes of Health and served on National Institute of Health site visit teams. He holds a variety of patents, published in the peer reviewed literature and has founded several technology-based companies. Mr. Bennet received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard University. Guest Kevin E. Bennet

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Jazmine Boatman

Jazmine Boatman is a senior consultant and I-O psychologist at DDI. In this role, she focuses on helping organizations create and successfully implement talent strategies such as assessment and leadership development, success profiling, and selection strategies. Previously, Jazmine managed DDI’s Center for Applied Behavioral Research, which conducts and champions research on leadership and talent in the workplace. She has authored multiple global research studies including DDI’s largest Global Leadership Forecast study featuring more than 12,000 leaders around the world, DDI’s Global Selection Forecast (a study about employee selection trends in today’s organizations), and most recently a study about Women as Mentors: Does She or Doesn’t She? Jazmine is a sought-after speaker at HR and industry conferences. Guest Jazmine Boatman

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Mark Brandau

Mark Brandau is Vice President, HCM Solutions for SAP, in SAP’s Cloud Business Unit, HR Line of Business. He is responsible for the go-to-market strategy and execution of SAP HCM Solutions, with day-to-day responsibilities for HR Cloud Technology, Competitive and Market Intelligence, Workforce Analytics, and Talent Management solutions, which includes Learning, Performance & Goals, Compensation, Succession & Development, Recruiting and Onboarding. Mark came to SAP via their acquisition of SuccessFactors, where he led go-to-market activities for the acclaimed talent management solutions. Previous roles include leading product go-to-market for Plateau System’s (acquired by SuccessFactors) learning solutions, and Vice President at Visual Mining, where he helped achieve record operating results. His early career includes marketing and product management roles at Softek (sold to IBM), and Legato Systems (sold to EMC). Mark holds an M.B.A., Magna Cum Laude, from Marymount University. Guest Mark Brandau

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Liz Brenner

Liz Brenner is a Senior Director in the SAP Marketing organization and interim head of Global Career Development at SAP. In her interim role on the Talent Experience Team, Liz is building and driving the strategy for Career Development at SAP. Passionate about diversity and inclusion, simplicity, good leadership, and customer-first thinking, Liz provides internal consulting and coaching on social media strategy, blogging, personal branding, and career development. She previously led the Customer Engagement Team in SAP Services Marketing and the marketing strategy for SAP Enterprise Support. Before her seven years at SAP, Liz spent eight years in business operations, consulting, and marketing. She also spent over seven years in the energy and utilities industry, including energy trading and as an Arthur Andersen energy practice consultant. Liz is a board member of the Women’s Leadership Forum of Greater Philadelphia and is actively involved with the SAP Business Women’s Network. Guest Liz Brenner

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Bill Briggs

Bill Briggs is Chief Technology Officer of Deloitte Consulting LLP, where for 16-plus years he has delivered complex transformation programs for clients in various industries. He is a strategist with deep implementation experience—helping clients anticipate the impact emerging technologies may have on their business in the future and getting there from the realities of today. As CTO, Bill is responsible for helping to define and communicate the vision for Deloitte Consulting LLP’s technology services, identifying and communicating technology trends affecting clients’ businesses, and shaping the strategy for Deloitte Consulting LLP’s emerging services and offerings. As the former global lead for Deloitte Digital, Bill was responsible for the launch and growth of a global practice that helps clients harness disruptive digital technologies to redesign “business as usual”—to engage differently with customers, change how work gets done, and rethink the very core of their markets. Guest Bill Briggs

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Marla Britt

Marla Britt is a senior level process engineer at Applied Materials in the Rapid Thermal Processing division. Born and raised in New England, she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from MIT in 2001, and moved to California to work for Applied Materials. When Applied Materials’ Women’s Professional Development Network (WPDN) was started in Santa Clara in 2005, Marla started as an active member and volunteer. She has stepped up her role over the years to include Social and Community Outreach Chair, Vice President and currently President. She is a member of the Corporate Women’s Initiative Consortium, EMC’s Women in Technology Group, and regularly participates in all other employee resource groups at Applied Materials. Guest Marla Britt

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Florian Brody

Florian Brody, managing partner at Brody and Partners and a Principal at The Halo Agency, is a marketing strategist in the digital content, transactions, and payment space. He was Vice President Marketing at multiple Silicon Valley startups in mobile retail payments, targeted offers, digital media, and visual search; Director of Marketing at A9.com, an Amazon.com company; and headed Marketing Communications at YouSendit. Earlier, he was Director of Business Development at Red Herring Magazine. Florian co-invented the first electronic books and created groundbreaking digital publishing solutions in Europe and the US. A member of the Graduate Faculty of Art Center College of Design, Florian studied Computer Science and Linguistics at the University of Vienna. He is co-chair for the GABA media and entertainment chapter (German American Business Association), a member of the Cinémathèque Française, and was founding president of the Austrian Association of Scientists in N. America. Guest Florian Brody

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Dr. Gabriela “Gabby” Burlacu

Dr. Gabriela “Gabby” Burlacu works in the Cloud Customer Office at SAP, developing methods and tools to assess and improve the value customers get from their SAP solutions. She received her doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Portland State University, where she studied the motivational, attitudinal, and behavioral impacts of age in the workforce. Although Gabby’s role at SAP involves engaging with companies broadly on issues and challenges related to managing their workforces, often this involves directly addressing the design and implementation of HR processes that meet the needs of employees of all ages. When not on the frontlines of strategic talent management, she can be found boating, kayaking, and hiking in her hometown of Portland, Oregon. Guest Dr. Gabriela “Gabby” Burlacu

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Michael Castellano

Michael Castellano, the Founder and CEO of engajer, Inc, an interactive video company based in Menlo Park, CA, is a Silicon Valley 3x entrepreneur. Since starting engajer Inc. Michael has launched successful engajers with Will Ferrel, American Idol star Toddrick Hall, various universities and non-profits, and a multitude business looking to engage their customers on a deeper level. Michael graduated from Santa Clara University Cum Laude in three years, receiving a degree in mass communications and a minor in music. Guest Michael Castellano

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Katrina Collier

Katrina Collier has been an independent voice on social recruiting since 2009. Through her company, Winning Impression, she shows companies how to make the best use of social media for recruitment. She is a regular event speaker, including at TMA’s Social Recruiting conference in New York in July; she writes articles for Work4, Computer Weekly, Social Hire and her own blog; and she volunteers at Working Knowledge, bridging the gap between education and the workplace. Guest Katrina Collier

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Mick Collins



Principal Consultant, Workforce Analytics & Planning, SuccessFactors, is in a global Sales Acceleration role. He divides his time between product strategy and marketing, sales enablement, prospect and customer engagement, alliances, and thought leadership. Mick delivers workforce analytics and planning presentations at national and international conferences, including events by SAP, SuccessFactors, Human Capital Institute, Evanta, IHRIM, Talent Management Alliance, and the American Strategic Management Institute. His published articles include “Workforce Data in the Boardroom”, “Making Talent Metrics Count”, and “Critical Decisions in Launching a Workforce Analytics Program”. Previously, Mick was Vice President of Marketing, founding and leading Infohrm’s (acquired by SuccessFactors in July 2010) North American marketing group. He has a Master’s degree in Political Science (Virginia Tech) and a BA (Honors) in Economics and Politics (University of Leeds, England). Guest Mick Collins

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Christine Comaford

Christine Comaford is a coach, consultant, and the bestselling author of SmartTribes: How Teams Become Brilliant Together and Rules for Renegades. For over 30 years, she has helped leaders navigate growth and change. Bill Gates calls her “super high bandwidth.” President Bill Clinton thanked her for “fostering American entrepreneurship.” Newsweek says, “By reputation, Christine is the person you want to partner with.” She has built and sold five of her own businesses at an average 700% return on investment; served as a board director or in-the-trenches advisor to 36 startups; invested in over 200 startups (including Google) as a venture capitalist or angel; consulted to 700 of the Fortune; and helped over 50 businesses exit for up to $425 million. Christine worked with the Clinton Administration on developing and implementing the USA intranet strategy that ultimately enabled millions of Americans to access government services through the internet. Guest Christine Comaford

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Sarah Cooke

Sarah Cooke is Associate Vice President & Managing Consultant at Great Place to Work (GPTW), responsible for strategy and delivery of services that improve business performance through strengthened workplace culture. GPTW's culture transformation services are rooted in 25 years of research into exceptional organizations, refreshed annually through Best Companies To Work For competitions in 45 countries (i.e., annual Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For in America). Sarah is recognized as an advocate for individuals and organizations who seek more meaningful and impactful work experiences. This comes, in part, from influence developed with previous employers including Dell, Herman Miller, Motorola. In addition to GPTW, she is engaged in a global initiatives that further social intrapreneurship and social entrepreneurship through FIG STRATEGY, a consultancy she founded in 2010. Sarah relocated to California from Texas, where she founded Net Impact Austin in 2008. Guest Sarah Cooke

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Jenny Dearborn



Jenny Dearborn, MEd, MBA, is Senior Vice President and Chief Learning Officer (CLO) for 67,000 SAP employees. She is accountable to design, align and drive overall learning activities to enable measurable business impact. Before SAP, she was CLO at SuccessFactors, where her team was recognized as the #1 performing corporate learning department by eLearning Magazine; CLO for the Americas at Sun Microsystems; and led learning for Global Sales & Enterprise Marketing, Global Technology Services and Global Corporate Learning Strategy at Hewlett-Packard. Jenny was named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology by the National Diversity Council.

She serves on the boards of the Association for Talent Development and Institute for Corporate Productivity,and is a US State Department mentor to female entrepreneurs in developing countries. Her first book, Data Driven: How Performance Analytics Delivers Extraordinary Sales Results (Wiley), is due out in 2015. Guest Jenny Dearborn

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Mervyn Dinnen

Mervyn Dinnen is a content creator and social engagement strategist for the Recruitment and HR sectors. He guest-blogs in the UK for digital recruitment sites Monster and Broadbean, which are part of Careerbuilder, and helps businesses to create and implement a social business strategy. Mervyn speaks and chairs at a number of industry events and is invited to live-blog from HR and Technology events in Europe and the US. In 2013 Mervyn was a winner of the UK Recruitment Blog of the Year Award and has been listed in a number of influencer lists for the HR and Recruitment industry including a Top 50 Huffington Post listing for Social HR and a Top 20 CIPD listing in most influential to follow. In his previous role, Mervyn was content and community manager for a global digital recruitment brand and, prior to that, was an HR Recruiter, helping to build the UK’s first dedicated online HR community. Guest Mervyn Dinnen

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Raluca Druta



Raluca Druta is TEC’s HCM analyst. She holds a graduate diploma in computer science, and brings in-depth knowledge of various industries and their related business fields to her research. She has experience as a consultant for IT firms in the areas of conflict management resolution, and recruiting and staffing. Raluca has also implemented feedback management software and trained end users and administrators in higher education institutions. She is proficient in project management, and has a working familiarity with employee issues common to higher education, IT, retail, and manufacturing. Previously Raluca was a professional services consultant with the Montreal-based feedback management software provider eXplorance. Guest Raluca Druta

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Kris Dunn



Who is Kris Dunn? That's an easy question. He's currently the Chief Human Resources Officer for Kinetix, a national RPO/recruiting firm based in Atlanta. Previously, Kris held HR leadership stints at Fortune 500s and venture capital-held startups. He works for a living, and believes that the key to great business results is to get great people, then do cool stuff to maximize their motivation, performance and effectiveness once you have them in the door. Kris is among the most transparent HR pros you can find, and here's why. He cares so much about the art of HR that he started two blogs, www.hrcapitalist.com and www.fistfuloftalent.com, with the goal of building a community he could learn from. Kris has been named a Top 100 Influencer in the HR World, a Top 25 Most Influential Recruiter, a Top 25 HR Digital Influencer, and a Top 25 Influencer in Talent Management World by HR Examiner.com, as well as the #1 Employment Blogger to follow on Twitter by Monster.com. Guest Kris Dunn

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Bela Dwivedi

Bela Dwivedi works in the Office of the CMO (Chief Marketing Office) at SAP in the exciting area of Mergers & Acquisitions. She builds and leads virtual teams across SAP Marketing and the acquired company to deliver business results with ‘all brains on deck’ coming together as one team. Bela is the global lead for SAP’s Business Women Network (BWN), an elected leadership position for a volunteer, grassroots employee-driven network. Prior to joining SAP, she was an entrepreneur and the founder of Belatrix Software, with the focus on delivering solutions that aligned business needs with emerging technology. During her children’s early school years, she chaired their school Diversity Committee and volunteered in the computer lab. Guest Bela Dwivedi

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Richard Eisenberg

Richard Eisenberg is Assistant Managing Editor and Editor of the Money & Security and Work & Purpose channels for PBS's Nextavenue.org site for people age 50+. He was part of the site's launch team in 2011. Previously, Richard was the Front Page Finance Editor for Yahoo.com; Executive Editor of Money magazine; and Special Projects Director/Money Editor at Good Housekeeping magazine. He is also the author of "How to Avoid a Mid-Life Financial Crisis and The Money Book of Personal Finance." Guest Richard Eisenberg

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Allison Ellis



Allison Ellis is a doctoral candidate at Portland State University, studying industrial/organizational psychology and focusing in occupational health psychology. Her research centers on employee health and well-being, especially as it relates to employee engagement, motivation, and performance. Allison has extensive applied experience in taking research to practice in the form of applied research, designing and evaluating interventions, and sharing her work in the form of facilitated workshops, speaking engagements, and authoring book chapters and whitepapers for both business and academic audiences. Allison has presented her work at the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and Work, Stress, and Health conferences over the past several years; and has published her research in the Journal of Management, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, and Organizational Dynamics. Guest Allison Ellis

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Niki Ernst

Niki Ernst’s background is advertising. He has worked in global ad agencies such as BBDO and McCann, and “would not want to miss a day.” Still, one day, he was stuck with the observation that “I don’t want to be called an ad-man for all the associations you would have with this species: talk a lot, say a little; believe that advertising in the world of business revolves around great ad campaigns.” So he raised his own agency, started positioning it as a non-ad agency, and finally turned it clear into a design agency with the focus on packaging, corporate and publishing design. Being introduced to TED in 2006 changed a lot in Niki’s life. The invitation to become a TEDxAmbassador was not only the invitation to a huge global network of game-changers, but also the starting point of the IACy, the innovation agency network, curating innovation for global players. Guest Niki Ernst

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Cheryl Fields Tyler

Cheryl Fields Tyler is an entrepreneur, consultant, leader, colleague, wife, mother and friend—in no particular order. In her day job, she is founder and CEO of Blue Beyond Consulting, a management consulting firm that helps leaders and their organizations thrive in times of change. With over 20 years of experience in management consulting and organizational effectiveness, Cheryl has had the pleasure of working with companies in a wide variety of industries around the globe in both the private and non-profit sectors—including dozens of Silicon Valley firms. She is Chair of the Board of Not For Sale, a leader in the fight against human trafficking. She is proud to say that her twins have flown the nest and are now in college; she and her husband Tom are delighted to call the San Francisco Bay Area home. Guest Cheryl Fields Tyler

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Charles M. Firestone

Charles M. Firestone, Executive Director, Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program, and Vice President, The Aspen Institute, joined the Aspen Institute as executive director in 1989. Since then, the program has focused on the implications of communications and information technologies for leadership; the impact of new technologies on democratic, economic and social institutions; and the development of new communications policy models and options for the public interest. Charlie also served as the Aspen Institute's Executive Vice President for policy programs and international activities for three years. Previously, he was director of the Communications Law Program and Adjunct Professor of Law at UCLA, the first President of the Los Angeles Board of Telecommunications Commissioners, and a communications attorney. Charlie has argued two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, and many in the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals. Guest Charles M. Firestone

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Joe Gerstandt

Joe Gerstandt has worked with Fortune 500 corporations, small non-profits, and everything in between, bringing new clarity and a fresh perspective to diversity and inclusion through his keynote messages and interactive workshops. He is a contributor to the Workforce Diversity Network Expert Forum and his insights have been published in Diversity Executive, HR Executive, The Diversity Factor, The American Diversity Report, Associations Now, and other print and online journals. Joe grew up on a family farm in NW Iowa, served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, including participation in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, attended Iowa State University, and spent six years in sales and sales management. A strong advocate for resetting the diversity and inclusion conversation, Joe believes that we can ill afford to continue applying a 20th century approach to an increasingly critical set of 21st century issues. Guest Joe Gerstandt

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Al Gini

Al Gini is a Professor of Business Ethics and Chair of the Department of Management in the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago. He is also the co-founder and long-time Associate Editor of Business Ethics Quarterly, the journal of the Society for Business Ethics. For over 26 years, Al has been the Resident Philosopher on National Public Radio's Chicago affiliate, WBEZ-FM, and regularly lectures to community and professional organizations on issues of business and ethics. His books include: My Job My Self: Work and the Creation of the Modern Individual (Routledge, 2000); The Importance of Being Lazy: In Praise of Play, Leisure and Vacations (Routledge, 2003); Why It's Hard to Be Good (Routledge, 2006); Seeking The Truth of Things (ACTA, 2010); The Ethics of Business with Alexei Marcoux (Rowan & Littlefield, 2012); and 10 Virtues of Outstanding Leaders with Ronald M. Green (Wiley & Blackwell, 2013). Guest Al Gini

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Sherri Goldberg

Sherri Goldberg has worked in various HR roles in the pharmaceutical and technology industries for the past 15 years. After completing her Master’s degree in HR from Villanova University, she went to work for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and over the course of 8 years got broad HR experience in a variety of roles such as HR Data Analyst, HR Business Partner, Project Manager and Total Rewards Consultant. In 2010, she was hired by SAP as the Project Manager for Global Total Rewards and in 2013 was promoted as the Global Recognition Lead for SAP. Guest Sherri Goldberg

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China Gorman

China Gorman is Chief Executive Officer of Great Place to Work®. With 30 years’ experience in strategic business leadership roles within HR professional services organizations, China has firmly established herself as a sought-after thought leader within the human resources domain. Previously, she served as Chief Operating Officer and interim CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Most recently she served as CEO for CMG Group and held posts as President of DBM North America, and Lee Hecht Harrison – the global consulting division of Adecco which became the performance leader in its industry under her leadership. In support of organizations that make a difference, China has served on the board and is the past Chair for Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), on the board and executive committee of Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG), and on the Strategic Advisory Councils of RiseSmart and CVCertify. Guest China Gorman

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Peter Graf

Peter Graf serves as Chief Sustainability Officer and Executive Vice President at SAP. Peter built SAP’s sustainability strategy and organization from the ground up. Under his guidance, SAP has become highly regarded for its leadership both as an exemplar of sustainable operations and as a provider of software solutions that enable SAP’s global customers to enact more sustainable business practices. Peter oversees strategy and innovation for sustainability solutions and operations. Based out of SAP Labs in Palo Alto, CA, he is part of the company’s senior leadership team and reports to the co-CEOs, Jim Snabe and Bill McDermott. Guest Peter Graf

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Herb Greenberg, Ph.D.

Herb Greenberg, Ph.D., is founder and CEO of Princeton-based Caliper, a human resources consulting firm with offices in 13 countries. For over 50 years, Caliper has assessed the potential of more than 3.5 million individuals for over 28,000 companies worldwide. A recognized authority on the relationship between personality and job performance, Dr. Greenberg developed the Caliper Profile, a proprietary personality assessment that identifies the potential, motivations, and strengths of applicants and employees to match individuals to appropriate positions, coach for improved performance, align talent and corporate culture, and develop effective teams. Prior to Caliper, he was a professor at Texas Tech and Rutgers University. Herb Greenberg lost his eyesight by age 10. He earned a Ph.D. with highest honors in Human Relations and Psychology from NY University and has authored the NY Times bestseller, Succeed on Your Own Terms, and How to Hire and Develop Your Next Top Performer. Guest Herb Greenberg, Ph.D.

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John Hagel III

John Hagel III is co-chairman of the Silicon Valley-based Deloitte Center for the Edge, which conducts original research and develops substantive points of view for new corporate growth. Before Deloitte, John was an independent consultant and writer. From 1984-2000, he was a principal at McKinsey & Co., and founded and led McKinsey’s Electronic Commerce Practice from 1993-2000. He is also the founder of two Silicon Valley startups. John is the author of best-selling business books, including Net Gain, Net Worth, Out of the Box and The Only Sustainable Edge. He won two awards for articles he published in the Harvard Business Review. He is a regular contributor for Fortune, Techonomy and Harvard Business Review blog. Recent contributions include: The Farmer, the Food Truck, and the Foodie (Techonomy, Oct. 2013); When the Professor Works at Google (Fortune, Sept. 2013); and How Drucker Thought about Complexity (HBR blog, June 2013). Guest John Hagel III

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Matt Healey



Matt Healey is a principal analyst in TBR’s Software Practice, focusing on customer buying behavior, enterprise software markets and IT services. He leads TBR’s SourceIT program, a groundbreaking research initiative that analyzes customer buying behavior by vertical industry. He manages various engagements across TBR’s Software Practice, directing research that delivers valuable insights into customer behavior in competitive markets. Matt is a key contributor to TBR’s Corporate IT Buying Behavior & Customer Satisfaction Study: Services & Support research. He has spoken at industry events such as CES and Interop, and is frequently quoted by media outlets and interviewed for Channel NewsAsia. Prior to TBR, Matt was based in Singapore and tracked the software and services markets across Asia. He has held a variety of IT analyst positions. Matt holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business and a B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Guest Matt Healey

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Erwil Heath

Erwil Heath is the SAP Business Operation Principal for Southern Africa located in Johannesburg. He graduated with a honours degree in Investment Management in 2008, and joined SAP fresh out of university as a marketing graduate. Working through the various COO departments, Erwil found his passion in business operations. He received the Africa Peak Performer Award in 2011, was part of the Top Talent Program in 2012, and received the EMEA Early Talent Ambassador of the Year Award for 2013 as well as the Winner’s Circle 2013. He enjoys the outdoors as an avid mountain biker and tries his best to stay on the bike and off the rocks. Guest Erwil Heath

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Patrick Heffernan



Patrick Heffernan is the practice manager for TBR’s Professional Services Practice, where he cultivates and manages projects covering topics ranging from management consulting to firms’ financial advisory services, as well as emerging technologies and consulting issues. Patrick’s responsibilities tap his expertise in competitive intelligence, strategy, and global political-economic impacts on business cycles and consulting vendors. Prior to joining TBR, Patrick was part of a Big Four firm’s competitive intelligence team, conducting field work and analysis. His professional career started in diplomacy, with Middle East postings as a foreign service officer with the State Department and counterterrorism assignments with the National Security Council and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Patrick received a B.A. from Washington and Lee University and an M.A. in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia. Guest Patrick Heffernan

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Chris Heuer



Chris Heuer, CEO and Founder of Alynd, has been a digital revolutionary for over 20 years as a serial entrepreneur, keynote speaker, startup advisor, facilitator, professor and consultant. Alynd is an innovative SaaS solution that facilitates collaboration with accountability and produces an evidence based reputation for knowledge workers. Previously, he spent 2-plus years as a “game-changer” with Deloitte Consulting where he helped launch Deloitte Digital.

In addition to building several companies and digital agencies over the years, Chris was the global founder of Social Media Club, a non-profit community organization that promoted the professional and ethical use of social media. He considers himself a “Work Hacker”, striving to fix broken corporate systems and empowering others to transform their organizations and their lives. He's known for his vision, his willingness to help others, his holistic perspective, his passion for changing the world and his innovative spirit. Guest Chris Heuer

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R. David Hofferberth

R. David Hofferberth, PE, founder and a Managing Director at Service Performance Insight, has over 30 years of experience in information technology as an industry analyst, market consultant, and product director. He is focused on the services economy; in particular, white-collar productivity issues and technologies that help people perform at their highest capacity. In 1999 Dave introduced the solution area now known as Professional Services Automation (PSA) when he published the seminal report, Professional Services Automation: Increasing Efficiencies and Profitability in Professional Services Organizations. He co-authored the groundbreaking Professional Service Maturity Model™ benchmark, now in its sixth year, used by more than 6,000 project-oriented organizations to diagnose and improve performance. Dave is the father of a 17-year old son who was diagnosed with severe autism at age three, but who has developed into a teenager many would never consider ‘autistic’. Guest R. David Hofferberth

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Peter Howes

Peter Howes, founder and former CEO of Infohrm and now VP Workforce Analytics and Planning at SuccessFactors, an SAP company, has more than four decades of experience in human resources management. He has earned a distinguished global reputation as a pioneer and thought leader in HR metrics, analytics, and workforce planning. The Infohrm Program had more than 150 clients in Australia, North America, Europe, and Africa before Infohrm was acquired by SuccessFactors in July 2010. For the past five years, Peter has spoken at more than 500 conferences and workshops globally, and over the past 30 years has been involved in more than 100 consulting engagements in workforce planning and analytics. He now has an ambassadorial role in advancing the Analytics and Planning business of SuccessFactors. Peter is a Life Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute. In 2003, he earned the Outstanding Alumni Award for the Business Faculty at Queensland University of Technology. Guest Peter Howes

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Dr. Steven Hunt

Dr. Steven Hunt is Senior Vice President of Customer Value at SuccessFactors where he guides development and implementation of technology-enabled solutions to maximize workforce engagement and productivity. He has over 20 years of experience designing systems for human resource applications including performance management, staffing, employee development, culture change, workforce transformation, and succession planning. A recognized expert on strategic human resources, Dr. Hunt has played a pivotal role in the implementation of systems that have improved productivity and engagement of millions of employees working for hundreds of companies, from small startup organizations to the world’s largest employers. He has written two respected books on HR process design and implementation: “Commonsense talent management: Using strategic human resources to increase company performance” (2014) and “Hiring success: The art and science of staffing assessment and employee selection” (2007). Guest Dr. Steven Hunt

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Jeremy Hunter, PhD

Jeremy Hunter, PhD, the great-grandson of a sumo wrestler, is Assistant Professor of Practice at the Peter F. Drucker School of Management. He created and teaches The Executive Mind, a series of challenging, transformative executive education courses dedicated to Drucker’s assertion, “You cannot manage other people unless you manage yourself first.” Jeremy challenges leaders to relentlessly transform themselves to face the demands of complex and volatile world. His work is informed by the experience of living day-to-day for 17 years with a potentially terminal illness. When he was faced with the need for life-saving surgery, more than a dozen former students came forward as organ donors. He holds a Ph.D. from University of Chicago, M.P.P. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and B.A. in East Asian Studies from Wittenberg University. He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Los Angeles Times and National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. Guest Jeremy Hunter, PhD

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Aaron Hurst

Aaron Hurst is an award-winning entrepreneur and globally recognized leader in fields of purpose at work and social innovation. He is the author of three books including The Purpose Economy, which redefines how we think about work and the economy. He is the CEO of Imperative, the new career development platform for professionals seeking purpose at work. Previously, Aaron founded the Taproot Foundation where he was the catalyst and lead architect of the $15 billion pro bono services market. Aaron has been an advisor and consultant to leading global brands like LinkedIn, Elance, Etsy, Deloitte and Twitter. He speaks regularly at companies like Google, Citi and BMW, and at the campuses of leading business schools around the world. Aaron is the recipient of the LS&A Humanitarian Award, the highest distinction bestowed on alumni of the University of Michigan. Guest Aaron Hurst

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Ravin Jesuthasan

Ravin Jesuthasan is the global practice leader of Towers Watson’s Talent Management Practice and a Managing Director of the firm. With his extensive experience in the design and implementation of workforce and people systems that align with an organization’s strategic drivers and the creation of shareholder value, he has led large-scale, global restructuring and transformation engagements. He has been featured and quoted by CNN, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, CNBC, Fortune, FT, Human Capital (China), Les Echoes (France), Valor Economico (Brazil), Business Times (Malaysia), Globe and Mail (Canada), South China Morning Post, Dubai One TV and The Australian. Named one of the top 25 most influential consultants in the world by Consulting Magazine, Ravin is co-author of Transformative HR. His article on Performance Management as a Business Discipline (HR People and Strategy Journal) earned the 2014 Walker Award for most original and valuable contribution to the HR profession. Guest Ravin Jesuthasan

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Dr. Katherine Jones



Dr. Katherine Jones is a Vice President focusing on HCM technology research at Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP. She analyzes the underlying technologies and services that support the management of a global workforce, including HR, hiring and performance management, and workforce planning. She is a veteran in enterprise workforce and talent management applications and a recognized expert in cloud computing.

Previously, Katherine was a research director for eight years at the Aberdeen Group, where she established Aberdeen’s Human Capital Management practice. She was later the Director of Marketing for NetSuite, Inc., a cloud-based ERP company. Katherine has written on talent management, technology and business practices, with over 300 works published. Prior to a high tech career, she was a university dean, involved in academic administration, research, and teaching. Katherine has a Masters and Doctorate degree from Cornell University. Guest Dr. Katherine Jones

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Doug Kern

Doug Kern is a marketing veteran of B2B software and services startups, based in Austin, TX, and has a passion for things that intersect the creative and the quantitative. Doug is currently Director of Marketing at nFusion (@nFusion), a digital marketing agency that helps marketers at brands like Samsung and la Madeleine create change and transform their digital platforms. Doug leads the company’s inbound marketing efforts, weaving together content and marketing automation systems to engage future clients. Prior to nFusion, Doug was VP of Marketing for Dachis Group, a social analytics software company that was recently acquired by Sprinklr. In a previous life, Doug raced sailboats full-time, wandering across 17 countries with two lifelong friends to win an Olympic medal. Guest Doug Kern

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Thibaud De Keyzer

Thibaud De Keyzer works in the SAP Innovations team, specializing in SAP HANA and Big Data. He is a sponsor of business innovation through simplification and a facilitator of ideas to customers in order to obtain competitive advantage from trusted information. Thibaud has been with SAP since 2011. His current role is Sales Executive working with Innovations Key Accounts High Potential who are overachieving quotas year-over-year. Previously, he was at IBM (2007 - 2011) as a Sales Executive, Information Management. Thibaud enjoyed participating in the IBM Young Graduate Program, which is comparable to the SAP Academy for Sales. Guest Thibaud De Keyzer

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Grace Killelea

Grace Killelea, founder of Grace Killelea Consulting and Half the Sky Leadership Institute, uses the four cornerstones of leadership – relationships, reputation, results, resilience – to help CEOs, executives, and professionals elevate their leadership and transcend perceived limitations to achieve sustained business and personal success. Grace served as Senior Vice President of Talent and the first-ever Vice President of Talent Management and Leadership Diversity at Comcast Cable Corporation, where she implemented a management process to identify top internal leaders and develop leadership pathways. Starting her career in retail as one of Price Club’s first 300 employees, at age 26 she successfully negotiated with the Teamsters Union and led the East Coast division of Human Resources, growing it from 20 employees to nearly 4,000. After 35 years in talent management, human resources, retail, and programming, she retired to re-launch her practice as a keynote speaker and consultant. Guest Grace Killelea

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Ellen Ernst Kossek, Ph.D.

Ellen Ernst Kossek, Ph.D., is Basil S. Turner Professor of Management at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management & Research Director of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence. She is President of the Work and Family Researchers Network and Associate Director of the Center for Work-Family Stress, Safety & Health of the Work Family Health Network. Elected a Fellow in the American Psychological Association & the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, to the Academy of Management’s Board of Governors, and Chair of the Gender and Diversity Division, Dr. Kossek’s research has won awards for advancing gender, work-life and diversity in organizations, most recently receiving the Families and Work Institute’s Work Life Legacy award for helping to build or advance the work life movement. Prior to becoming a professor, she worked in Human Resources in Asia, Europe, and the U.S. for Hitachi, IBM & GTE. Guest Ellen Ernst Kossek, Ph.D.

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Elmar Kronz

Elmar Kronz is Vice President, Global Business Development for DDI, focusing on helping multinational organizations define and execute their global talent strategies. Previously, Elmar held regional leadership roles for DDI’s Asian and European operations, consulting with global and local organizations. He has extensive client experience across the entire range of talent management with a primary focus on succession management, including assessment and leadership development, success profiling, and selection strategies. Prior to joining DDI, he worked in a Germany-based executive search firm. Elmar holds a Master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology. Having lived and worked in numerous countries and three continents, globalization is a daily reality for Elmar, who is a regular media contributor and a sought-after speaker at HR and industry conferences. Guest Elmar Kronz

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Sharlyn Lauby

Sharlyn Lauby is president of ITM Group Inc., a consulting firm focused on developing training solutions that engage and retain talent in the workplace. The company has been named one of the Top Small Businesses in South Florida. Sharlyn is the author of HRBartender.com, “a friendly place to talk about workplace issues,” recognized as one of the Top 10 Business Blogs Worth Reading by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and named on SparkHire’s Top 25 Must-Read Blogs for Employers. She serves on the Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility expertise panel for SHRM. Sharlyn’s personal goal in life is to find the best cheeseburger on the planet. Guest Sharlyn Lauby

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Jason Lauritsen

Jason Lauritsen is an innovator, consultant and keynote speaker. His company, Talent Anarchy, helps leaders and organizations unleash their talent for greater performance and innovation. Jason says he is one part human resources executive, one part sales guy, and one part entrepreneur. He is the co-author of the book, Social Gravity: Harnessing the Natural Laws of Relationships. Guest Jason Lauritsen

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Brenda A. Lautsch

Brenda A. Lautsch, B.Admin, M.I.R., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Management and Organization Studies in the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University. Her recent book that helps individuals understand how to manage work-life challenges and flexibility is CEO of Me: Creating a Life That Works in the Flexible Job Age (Kossek and Lautsch, 2008 Wharton School Publishing). Dr. Lautsch holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and a Masters in Industrial Relations from Queen’s University. She teaches and conducts research on new work arrangements, negotiation and alternative dispute resolution, work-life balance, and the effect of flexible work arrangements on work and life outcomes. Guest Brenda A. Lautsch

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David Learmond

David Learmond is a senior advisor and senior fellow in human capital at The Conference Board. In these roles, he supports the human capital practice, which includes Human Capital Exchange™, research, conferences, webcasts, and other human capital programs. He has also written and contributed to a number of reports from The Conference Board, including Bridging China’s Talent Gap and Go Where There Be Dragons: Leadership Essentials for 2020 and Beyond. In addition to his work at The Conference Board, he is a principal industrial fellow of the Institute of Manufacturing at the University of Cambridge and a partner at Better Business Coaching, LLP, an international coaching business. David was previously senior vice president, human resources, Greater China for Unilever, a position based in Shanghai. During his tenure at Unilever, he also held various senior human resources positions in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Australia. Guest David Learmond

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Alan Lepofsky

Alan Lepofsky is Vice President and Principal Analyst, Constellation Research. With almost two decades of experience in the software industry, Alan helps organizations understand how to develop, purchase and implement collaboration solutions. Rather than evangelizing how social software can change the way people work, Alan instead focuses on how organizations can improve their existing business processes by providing access to the colleagues, content and communities that can help people get their work done more effectively. Guest Alan Lepofsky

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Marc Lesser

Marc Lesser is the CEO, founder and board member of SIYLI.org and author of Know Yourself, Forget Yourself. A long-term Zen student and teacher, he also authored Less: Accomplishing More By Doing Less, and Z.B.A. Zen of Business Administration; How Zen Practice Can Transform Your Work and Your Life. Marc is founder and CEO of ZBA Associates LLC, providing executive coaching, consulting, and keynote speaking to businesses and non-profits, including Google, Twitter, City of San Francisco, Stanford, and Global Fund for Women. He is the founder and former CEO of Brush Dance, grown from an idea in his garage to a global, multi-million dollar, spiritual-theme greeting card and calendar publisher. A resident of the San Francisco Zen Center for 10 years and former director of Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, he facilitates retreats for CEOs, business leaders, and management teams. Marc holds an M.B.A. degree from New York University and B.A. in psychology from Rutgers University. Guest Marc Lesser

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Jenn Lim

Jenn Lim is CEO and Chief Happiness Officer of Delivering Happiness, a company she and Tony Hsieh (CEO of Zappos.com) co-founded to inspire science-based happiness, passion and purpose at work, home and everyday life. Jenn has been a consultant at Zappos from its 2003 start-up to the $2B business it is today. Since 2009, Zappos has been on Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list and was bought by Amazon.com in a deal valued at $1.2 billion on the day of closing. One of Jenn’s creations, the Zappos Culture Book, has become a global symbol of how companies can use happiness as a business model to increase productivity and profitability. In 2010, Jenn led the launch and management of Tony’s first book, Delivering Happiness, which has sold 550,000+ copies worldwide and hit #1 on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. Delivering Happiness has evolved from a book to a bus tour, and now a company and global happiness movement represented by people from 110 countries. Guest Jenn Lim

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Justin Locke



Justin Locke is an author, playwright, and contributor to the discussion on management philosophy. In his upcoming book, "Renaissance 2.0," he asserts that the management systems of the industrial revolution are obsolete. The “new” model for work in the digital era is the culture of artists, as any work not requiring raised consciousness and total emotional involvement will be done by computers and robots (wonderful news). Justin is uniquely qualified to talk about artistic approaches to leadership. He played bass in the Boston Pops for 18 years, working with Arthur Fiedler, John Williams, and other top conductors. He managed the Bose Philharmonic, and his musical plays for children are performed in major concert halls worldwide. He has been an “author@google” and is a guest co-host on CBS Radio. Justin authored "Principles of Applied Stupidity," a pragmatic guide to using the Dilbert Principle, and "Real Men Don’t Rehearse," a laugh-out-loud memoir of his Boston Pops years. Guest Justin Locke

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Natasha Loeffler-Little

Natasha Loeffler-Little is the leader of Product Management for Small and Medium Businesses for SuccessFactors, an SAP Company. She’s got a small town-help your neighbor-honest goodness-get things done right mentality. She has always had a passion for creating order from chaos and has found a true match to fulfill that in her career as a Product Manager. She enjoys studying everything from economics, business practices, people, human resource management, health and nutrition. Natasha’s greatest feelings of accomplishment are when she builds something that truly helps people. That, and the pure joy of hearing her 2.5 year old daughter’s laugh during a tickle monster session. Guest Natasha Loeffler-Little

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Dr. Natalie Lotzmann

Dr. Natalie Lotzmann, MD and Vice President Human Resources at SAP, has headed Corporate Health Management globally since 2012. From 1997-2011 she established SAP´s Health Management in Germany and SAP´s Diversity Management from 2003-11. She focuses on fostering workplace productivity and a culture of innovation, prevention of work-related illness, and coping with stress, imbalance and mental burden. Her work has been recognized with Great Place to Work Awards for Health, Diversity and Equality; the “Diversity-as-Chance” Award; the MUWIT-Training Award for the innovative training program Encouraging Female Talent; Move Europe Awards; and Corporate Health Awards. An executive board member of the Enterprise for Health network in Germany, Natalie represented SAP on the board of directors of National Demographics Network “ddn” until 2012. In 2013 Germany’s Federal Minister of Labor and Social Affairs appointed Natalie as Health-Ambassador of the National Initiative New Quality of Work. Guest Dr. Natalie Lotzmann

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Jill McGillen

Jill McGillen, best known for the weekly work advice column, “Ask Jill,” and for her skills as a presenter, trainer and consultant to Bay Area and global organizations, founded San Francisco-based Next Turn in 2001 in the midst of a highly successful business career. She now shares her passion for leadership training and team building. Jill is one of 15 individuals in the United States certified as a Wiley DiSC® behavioral style instructor. She created the Calm in Conflict™ resolution e-learning program, is an active blogger and work advice columnist. Jill has been a guest lecturer on Leadership, Conflict and Influencing at University of San Francisco and Golden Gate University. She holds a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology. Guest Jill McGillen

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Jill McGillen

Jill McGillen is best known for the weekly work advice column, “Ask Jill,” and for her skills as a presenter, trainer and consultant to Bay Area and global organizations, In the midst of a highly successful business career, Jill founded Next Turn based in the San Francisco region in 2001. She now shares her passion for leadership training, consulting and team building. Jill is one of 15 individuals in the United States certified as a Wiley DiSC® behavioral style instructor. She is an active blogger and work advice columnist. She has been a guest lecturer on Leadership, Conflict and Influencing at University of San Francisco and Golden Gate University. Jill has a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology. Guest Jill McGillen

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Brigette McInnis-Day

Brigette McInnis-Day is executive vice president of Human Resources for SAP, responsible for overseeing SAP’s largest organizational unit, Global Customer Operations (GCO), led by President and Global Managing Board member Robert Enslin. Brigette leads the HR Business Partner organization that focuses on global, regional and country specific enablement of all respective GCO business leaders and employees, accounting for more than 25,000 people worldwide. She has piloted and run initiatives including Build your Brand, LEAP (Leadership Excellence Acceleration Program), Talent Roundtables, and People Communities. Previously, Brigette was the head of Human Resources for the U.S. and the North America GCO team, after nearly four years as an HR Director at SAP’s global headquarters in Walldorf, Germany. Prior to Germany, she was the lead HR Business Partner for the mid-market and ecosystem business in the U.S. Brigette joined SAP in 2002 as Director of Total Rewards for North America. Guest Brigette McInnis-Day

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Mark McLane

Mark McLane is the Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion for Barclays, responsible for creating a global diversity and inclusion strategy to maximize organizational strengths, remain nimble in the ever-changing global business climate, and enable Barclays to maintain its competitive advantage by driving innovation to its customers. Prior to Barclays, Mark was Director of Diversity and Inclusion for Booz Allen Hamilton, a professional services firm in Washington, D.C., and served as Chief Diversity Officer for Whirlpool Corporation, a Fortune 500 global consumer product company. Mark also has an extensive background in innovation, strategy development, marketing and sales across U.S. and international markets. He is a member of the global leadership council at Diversity Best Practices, a member of the Hidden Brain Drain for the Center for WorkLife, and co-chair of the Human Rights Campaign Executive Diversity Council. Guest Mark McLane

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Jo Miller

Jo Miller is CEO of Women’s Leadership Coaching, Inc. She created the Women’s Leadership Coaching™ system after interviewing more than 1,000 women and recognizing a common set of challenges encountered by women wanting to advance their careers—especially in industries long considered “a man’s world,” such as technology, finance, and energy. Used successfully by thousands of emerging women leaders worldwide, the system identifies the key steps women must take to advance into positions of leadership and influence. Delivering more than 60 speaking presentations annually to audiences of up to 1,200 women, Jo travels widely in Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East to present keynotes and teach workshops for women’s conferences, women’s professional associations, and Fortune 1000 corporate women’s initiatives. She has been developing and implementing coaching programs for emerging women leaders since 1998. Guest Jo Miller

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Jessica Miller-Merrell

Jessica Miller-Merrell is the Founder of Bloging4Jobs.com, a workplace resource for HR professionals and business leaders. The site was listed as a top 75 career resource by Forbes Magazine. Jessica is the president and CEO of Xceptional HR, a digital workplace technology and consulting agency, and a published author of Tweet This! and most recently The HR Technology Field Guide. Jessica is listed as the 7th most powerful woman on Twitter. Because of vast industry expertise and knowledge, Jessica’s professional opinions and expertise are sought after and sourced by publications and media including: Forbes, CIO Magazine, CBS, Entrepreneur Magazine, and SHRM’s HR Magazine. Guest Jessica Miller-Merrell

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Simon Mitchell

Simon Mitchell is General Manager for DDI UK (Development Dimensions International) and head of multinational client marketing globally. Previously, Simon held sales and marketing and general management roles with organizations including Microlease PLC and GE Healthcare. He consults widely with organizations throughout Europe and has published a number of thought leadership pieces including Talent Beyond Borders, Lessons for Leaders from the People Who Matter, Sales Perceptions Research, Failing the Interview, and Leaders in Transitions: Stepping up not off. A regular media contributor, Simon has been featured on Radio 4, BBC World Service, The Times and Financial Times, Business Review Europe and Management Today. Guest Simon Mitchell

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Jacob Morgan

Jacob Morgan is the Principal of Chess Media Group, a strategic advisory firm on the future of work and collaboration. Chess recently launched the FOW Community, an invite-only membership community that connects companies around the world to share best practices and ideas around the future of work and collaboration. Jacob is the author of the forthcoming The Future of Work (Wiley), endorsed by Gary Hamel, the CEO of SAP, CEO of KPMG, CEO of Whirlpool and others,and a digital book for Forbes, The 12 Habits of Highly Collaborative Organizations. His Amazon best-seller, The Collaborative Organization, is a comprehensive strategy guide to digital collaboration in the workplace. Jacob is a judge for Gary Hamel’s Management Innovation Exchange and has been named by SAP as one of the world’s top influencers on Human Potential. He has been featured in the WSJ, USA Today, Inc Magazine, CNN, and Fast Company, writes a popular Forbes column, and blogs at TheFutureOrganization.com. Guest Jacob Morgan

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Simone Morris

Simone Morris is an award-winning Diversity and Inclusion Leader with numerous years of experience in Employee Resource Group Leadership roles. As ERG Advisor, she pioneered the need for organization investment dollars to build ERG Leadership Capabilities and recognize volunteer contributions. Simone continues to leverage her project management and technical background for her D&I work launching the first ERG online portal and building social media strategies for ERGs. She is a frequent presenter at the Network Affinity Leadership Congress. Simone is a published diversity thought leader with articles in Profiles in Diversity Journal, Diversity Best Practices, SmartRecruiters, Recruitment Buzz, and Employer Brand News. She currently serves as the Diversity Director for the Southern CT Society for Human Resource Management Chapter. Guest Simone Morris

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Holger Mueller

Holger Mueller is a Vice President and Principal Analyst at Constellation Research Group for the fundamental enablers of the cloud, IaaS, PaaS, with forays up the tech stack into BigData and analytics, and sometimes SaaS. He provides strategy and counsel to Chief Information Officers, Chief Technology Officers, Chief Product Officers, investment analysts, venture capitalists, sell-side firms and technology buyers. Prior to Constellation, Holger was VP of Products for NorthgateArinso, a KKR company; Chief Application Architect with SAP; VP of Products for FICO; and worked for Oracle in various management functions. Earlier in his career, he worked for SAP, starting the products suite that is currently SAP CRM, and worked in the Office of the Chairman for Hasso Plattner. Holger started his career with Kiefer & Veittinger, which he helped grow from a startup to Europe’s largest CRM vendor from 1995 onwards. As a native European, he speaks six languages. Guest Holger Mueller

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Lindsey Nelson

Lindsey Nelson currently works in SAP Global Marketing on the Portfolio Marketing team, involved in marketing-driven initiatives related to the Future of Work. She is a blogger on the Business Innovation site, writing frequently on leadership, mobility, and cloud computing. Before joining Global Marketing, Lindsey was a Communications and Operations Associate in Global IT. Prior to joining SAP, she worked at EMC, the cloud computing and data company. She graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Communications and a minor in Business. Guest Lindsey Nelson

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Jim Norman

After more than 30 years with Kraft Foods, where he was appointed Director of Diversity for Kraft Foods North America in January 2001, Jim Norman now works as a human resources and diversity consultant for organizations seeking effective, innovative and inclusive culture change. Jim’s extensive field human resources experience included union and non-union assignments and two plant closures. At Kraft, he worked to expand the definition of diversity and develop strategies to advance the diversity agenda, align resources to support and drive Kraft Foods’ excellence strategies, and build upon the recognized best diversity practices. In 2012, with the Kraft Foods Group launch, Jim was appointed Vice President Diversity and Community Involvement. He has served as President of the Employment Management Association Foundation, Vice President-at-Large for the Employment Management Association, and on the Advisory Council for the American Institute for Managing Diversity. Guest Jim Norman

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Carmen O’Shea

Carmen O’Shea is Head of Talent Marketing at SAP and was named Interim Head of Diversity at SAP from July 2012 to March 2013. Prior to this role, she led Innovation Marketing. As part of the Senior Executive Women’s network at SAP, she actively mentors employees. Before joining SAP, Carmen spent seven years in IBM’s Business Transformation Outsourcing, Software, Global Small Business, and Corporate units, and created the IBM Multi-Cultural Women’s network, the first cross-constituency effort of its kind. She also led La Red, a 1000-women Hispanic initiative focused on leadership development of IBM Latinas. Carmen graduated with honors in Anthropology from Harvard University, where she was a member of the Women’s Advisory Group to the Dean of Harvard College and was ranked #1 in her Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps class. She is an Advisory Board member for Watermark, a community of women leaders and a Commissioner of the Women’s Refugee Commission. Guest Carmen O’Shea

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Thomas Otter



Thomas Otter is the Vice President of Product Management for Employee Central at SuccessFactors, an SAP Company. In May 2014, he joined SuccessFactors from Gartner, where he was a Research Vice President covering human capital management (HCM) technology. He was also Gartner's lead analyst on SAP from 2009-11. He has a strong background in HCM trends and technologies, including core HR, payroll, talent management and workforce analytics. Thomas also has experience in European HCM compliance issues, such as data protection law. Prior to joining Gartner, Thomas worked at SAP in a variety of roles, including business development, sales, and key account strategy. He has extensive experience in global HR technology deployments, especially with larger multinational organizations. Thomas grew up in South Africa, has worked in the US and the UK, and now lives in Heidelberg, Germany. He holds an LLM in Computer Law, a PDM in HR Management and a BA (hons) in Political Science. Guest Thomas Otter

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Sameer Patel

Sameer Patel is GM and Senior Vice President for SAP’s Enterprise Social and Collaborative Software Business, leading Product Management and Go-to-Market. He brings 15 years of technology leadership experience, having worked with some of the largest organizations in the world on business execution via collaboration and application technology. Customers have included Intel, Nike, CA, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, XO Communications, Symex, McKesson, and Wrigley. Sameer has keynoted on the topic of social computing and the future of enterprise software at events including CeBIT, GigaOM Future of Work, IBM Connect, Enterprise 2.0, and WebCom Toronto. Sameer writes on the topic of organizational performance and the future of enterprise software at http://pretzellogic.org. Guest Sameer Patel

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Stacey Perrin



Described as a melting pot of over 19 years legal and compliance experience blended with an overwhelming passion for human rights and a culture of care, Stacey Perrin is a global director with the People Sustainability Office of SAP, focused on building employee trust and engagement. She collaborates closely with HR, Compliance, Corporate Audit, the Ombuds Office and the Legal team in implementing innovative practices that support a healthy work environment of constructive and cooperative relationships to maximize employee productivity, commitment and engagement. Previously, Stacey was an Officer with SAP’s Global Compliance Office where she focused on anti-harassment, non-discrimination, and anti-retaliation matters in the US and Canada and worked closely with HR and Legal to assist in the development of SAP’s US Employee Relations model. She has had a strong affinity to Human Rights since a young age and brings a heartfelt passion to driving respect, accountability, trust and care. Guest Stacey Perrin

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Brenda Pohlman

Brenda Pohlman, Senior Recognition Strategist, is an accomplished HR consultant, recognition strategist and business leader by background. Serving as a Senior Recognition Strategist for Globoforce she works with clients helping to set program strategy and design and evaluate current programs against benchmarks. Her career experience spans varied work ranging from employee engagement, performance management, rewards and recognition, talent assessment, and training, serving clients such as Bank of America, JetBlue, Cisco, Belgacom, SAP, Nestle, and Phillips 66. Prior to joining Globoforce, Brenda served for many years as HR Consulting Practice Leader for Employers Resource Council (ERC) in Cleveland, OH. During her time at ERC she also served in the roles of Director of Member Services and Director of Training. Brenda holds a B.A. in Psychology from Boston University. Guest Brenda Pohlman

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Malcolm “Mal” Poulin

Malcolm “Mal” Poulin, Senior Director of Product Strategy for ANCILE, has worked in corporate learning and workforce performance for over 30 years. He focuses on strategies and technologies to help organizations achieve business value by enabling all stakeholders: subject matter experts, business leaders, front-line workers, learning professionals. For the prior 15 years, Mal held positions at RWD Technologies and SAP Education in Business Development, where he assessed market trends and customer business needs, and helped evolve solutions to lead and match. Mal also held positions in Education Services at Digital Equipment Corporation, from technical classroom instruction to global alliance management with organizations including Microsoft. He has been published in CLO Magazine, Training Industry, and ASTD Online. Mal’s thought leadership has produced new ways to address the needs of the ever-changing workforce and never-ending mission of companies to optimize employee performance. Guest Malcolm “Mal” Poulin

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Shawn Price

Shawn Price is President of SuccessFactors, SAP Cloud, where he is responsible for the end-to-end HCM business for SAP globally. He reports to the SAP Board. Shawn joined the team with 20 years of experience in transforming companies into industry leaders, leading several IPOs, as well as successfully managing multiple acquisitions. His leadership of enterprise, SaaS, cloud, and consumer businesses has positioned Shawn well to manage and grow global organizations at scale. He is highly regarded for his ability to blend strategic thinking with operational discipline.Shawn is a charter member of Silicon Valley’s C100 organization supporting Canadian technology entrepreneurship. His fierce will to win has brought him notoriety for winning the 2005 Rolex 24-Hours at Daytona International Sports Car Race, being the Americas Top Rider in the world-famous Paris-Dakar Rally, completing 7,000 miles across the desert on a motorcycle, and as the 2002 Class winner in the Baja 1,000. Guest Shawn Price

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Greta Roberts



CEO and Co-founder of Talent Analytics, Corp., is responsible for charting a predictive analytics approach and software platform to solving employee challenges. She was elected Program Chair for Predictive Analytics World for Workforce and is on the faculty at the International Institute for Analytics and the International Customer Management Institute. Her unique perspective to use analytics to solve “line of business” challenges instead of “HR” challenges, and modeling business outcomes instead of HR outcomes, has led Talent Analytics to be the recognized leader in predicting employee performance and attrition. Her firm focuses on high value, high turnover positions where reduced attrition or increased performance can yield millions of dollars in bottom line savings or income. Greta is a multi-year presenter at Predictive Analytics World (PAW); ADMA Global Forum; INFORMS Analytics Conference; and SAP Sapphire Now. Guest Greta Roberts

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Jill Rowley

Jill Rowley was recently named the #1 most influential woman in Social Selling by Forbes. In 2013, after six years in Consulting and 52 “quota crushing” quarters in Sales at Salesforce.com and Eloqua (acquired by Oracle), Jill designed, deployed, and drove adoption of a global Social Selling program for Oracle’s 23,000 sales professionals. She recently launched her own company, JillRowley.com, to provide #SocialSelling and #ModernMarketing expertise to B2B companies that want to modernize the beliefs and behaviors of their Marketing and Sales teams. She delivers eye-opening keynote speeches, edutaining workshops and transformational strategy sessions. Jill brings deep subject matter expertise, passion, and her #CustomerCentered #CustomerCentric #CustomerObsessed culture to her clients. Guest Jill Rowley

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Laurie Ruettimann

Laurie Ruettimann (LFR) is a former Human Resources leader turned influential speaker, writer, and B2B marketing strategist. You may know her as the creator of The Cynical Girl and Punk Rock HR, which Forbes named as a top 100 website for women. She has been published in AOL, Business Insider, The Conference Board Review, CFO Magazine, Entrepreneur, Forbes, The New York Times, Reader’s Digest, Suicide Girls, The Wall Street Journal, US News and World Report, and USA Today. Laurie has keynoted, lectured and participated at business events around the world held by Harvard Business School, SXSW, Microsoft, Google, NBCUniversal, American Marketing Association, MediaBistro and more. She is recognized as one of the Top 5 career advisors by CareerBuilder and CNN. Laurie sits on strategic advisory boards at Vestrics and BlackbookHR, HR technology firms focused on learning analytics, big data and employee engagement. She holds a B.A. in Literature from Webster University. Guest Laurie Ruettimann

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Karen L. Russell

Karen L. Russell is the Assistant Director of Special Services, Fremont Unified School District, Fremont, CA. She received her master's degree and School Psychology Credential from UC Davis. Karen has worked for the Fremont Unified School District since 1989 and served as a school psychologist, infant services coordinator, transition coordinator, and program specialist prior to her current role. She has had the opportunity to work with hundreds of children with special needs and their families in a variety of public and private school settings. Guest Karen L. Russell

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Tim Sackett

Tim Sackett, SPHR is the President of HRU Technical Resources a leading IT and Engineering Staffing firm headquartered in Lansing, MI. Tim has 20 years of combined Executive HR and Talent Acquisition experience, working for Fortune 500 companies in healthcare, retail, dining and technology. Tim is a highly sought after national speaker on leadership, talent acquisition and HR execution. He also is a prolific writer in the HR and Talent space, writing for Fistful of Talent and his own blog The Tim Sackett Project. Tim is married to a hall of fame wife, and has three sons and one dog. He is a lifelong workplace advocate for Diet Mt. Dew fountain machines and hugs. Guest Tim Sackett

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Andrew “Andy” Savitz

Andrew “Andy” Savitz is a principal at Sustainable Business Strategies, an independent consultancy in Boston, MA. Formerly a lead Partner in the Environmental and Sustainability Services group at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), Andy authored the book, The Triple Bottom Line: How the Best-Run Companies are Achieving Economic, Social and Environmental Success - and How You Can Too (Wiley, 2006, 2013). His second book, Talent, Transformation and the Triple Bottom Line: How Companies Can Leverage Human Resources to Achieve Sustainable Growth (Wiley, 2013), presents a new, powerful case for employee engagement. Andy has helped organizations find their ‘Sustainability Sweet Spots’ and embed sustainability in operational and employee lifecycle processes. The founding Chair of the Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University, attended New College, Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and graduated from Georgetown University Law School. Guest Andrew “Andy” Savitz

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Deborah (Debbie) Schmidt

Deborah (Debbie) Schmidt is Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Head of Transformation Office for SAP’s Global Strategic Industries (Retail, Financial Services, Public Services, Telco), a unit created in 2013. She is a member of SAP´s Global Leadership Team for Strategic Industries, reporting to Head of Global Strategic Industries Simon Paris. Previously, Debbie served as Chief Operating Officer and Head of Transformation Office for Financial Services, an integrated unit that has positioned Financial Services as SAP’s most successful performing industry segment. Debbie is an active executive sponsor for the SAP Business Women’s Network, and a member of the SAP Global Customer Operations Diversity Committee, a cross-functional team accelerating diversity objectives across SAP’s global field organization. In addition to membership in the Professional Women’s Club of Chicago, she volunteers as a mentor to SAP employees and is part of Menttium, a corporate mentoring organization. Guest Deborah (Debbie) Schmidt

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David “Selly” Selinger

David “Selly” Selinger’s story is one of transforming customer data into extraordinary consumer experiences by unlocking the awesome power of data. Selly co-founded RichRelevance in 2006 to arm retailers with tools to compete with Amazon. He previously led the R&D arm of Amazon’s Data Mining and Personalization team, where he developed and deployed three new recommender systems that increased Amazon’s annual profit by over $50 million (25% of US profit, 2003). Prior to RichRelevance, Selly co-founded Redfin, an industry-leading real estate search/brokerage company, and managed Overstock’s personalization efforts as VP of Software Development and Data Mining. Recognized as a “40-under-40” innovator in the San Francisco region and among direct marketers, Selly holds a broad collection of patents in customer segmentation, analytics, and data mining. He holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Stanford University, and serves on the board of directors of Potential Energy. Guest David “Selly” Selinger

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Pam Seplow Silberstein

Pam Seplow Silberstein, Global Head of Leadership Experiences at SAP, is responsible for designing and delivering experiences that help to increase the overall leadership capabilities at all levels of the organization. Since joining SAP America in 1998, she has held a variety of roles, always focused on her passion around the intersection for developing people and business process. Prior to her current role, Pam lived in Germany for more than three years and was the head of Learning and Talent Management for EMEA at SAP. Guest Pam Seplow Silberstein

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Deepti Singh

Deepti Singh serves as the Director of Talent & Learning at American Savings Bank (ASB). She is responsible for creating integrated talent and learning experiences that positively impact employee performance, retention, and engagement. Prior to joining ASB in 2012, Deepti was a consultant at the Chicago and New York offices of Towers Watson, a leading global professional services firm, where she specialized in increasing organizational performance by maximizing investment in human capital linked to business strategy. She has extensive experience in HR and talent strategy, workforce analytics, rewards strategy, performance management, succession planning, leadership development, and employee engagement. Her experiences also span a variety of industries including technology, healthcare, manufacturing, energy, and financial services. Guest Deepti Singh

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Gilda Stahl

Gilda Stahl, Senior Editor, heads up survey-based research projects in the Thought Leadership Unit of The Economist Intelligence Unit—part of The Economist Group. Her area of focus is global talent management, and her projects have covered diversity and inclusion, talent strategy, the future of the HR function and change management. Some of the titles she has edited include: “Values-based diversity: The challenges and strengths of many,” “Plugging the skills gap: Shortages among plenty,” “Why good strategies fail: Lessons for the c-suite” and “CEO perspectives: How HR can take on a bigger role in driving growth.” Gilda has also recently conducted research on the changing role of marketing and customer-centricity. In her previous role as editor at the EIU, she focused on industry reports, including consumer goods, retail and healthcare. She is a graduate of Barnard College and attended the Juilliard School. Guest Gilda Stahl

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Deb Stambaugh

Deb Stambaugh is Senior Director, Talent Marketing. Deb has crafted a career that has run the gamut in B2B marketing from global to field level, covering SME’s as well as large enterprise. In most recent years, Deb has broadened her marketing scope, through collaboration with core areas of HR like Leadership and related pillars of workforce dynamics like employee engagement, and reputation building by focusing on alignment to purpose and meaning. Deb has a passion and belief in the responsibility of social impact of large organizations and doing well by doing good. Deb just completed an externship with the (RED) organization and is currently leading efforts around culture building to enable strategy inside of SAP. Guest Deb Stambaugh

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Will Staney

Will Staney is head talent warrior at Glassdoor, the world's most transparent site that is changing the way people find jobs and companies recruit top talent. Prior to Glassdoor, Will held recruiting leadership roles at SuccessFactors, SAP and VMware where he established himself as a thought leader in utilizing next generation online recruiting strategies – SEO, mobile, employment brand, social media and data analytics. He's an influential voice in the HR and recruiting space and regularly speaks on new media marketing, sourcing and recruiting strategies, and employer branding in the HR and recruiting conference circuits. Guest Will Staney

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Laura L. Stegall



Laura L. Stegall is a Customer Value Consultant with SAP, specializing in Talent Management program and system strategy. With 12-plus years of HR experience, she has provided consulting services to clients in the financial services, manufacturing, retail, oil and energy, healthcare, technology, pharmaceutical, agricultural, construction and non-profit sectors. Laura is an active speaker and presenter at industry events and conferences, sharing best practices and trends in Talent Management concepts and supporting technology. She spent several years as an HR practitioner for two Fortune 500 companies,where her roles were focused on developing and managing the technology supporting Talent Management, Talent Acquisition and Global Compensation functions. Guest Laura L. Stegall

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Mark Stelzner

Mark Stelzner is the Founder and Managing Principal of IA, applying over twenty years of experience in the implementation of internal and external HR transformational initiatives for public and private sector clientele worldwide. Over his career, he has brought over $3.5 billion worth of value to his clients and employer. Prior to IA, Mark co-founded and served as Executive Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for EquaTerra Public Sector, a leading sourcing advisory and consulting firm. Previously, he was Senior Director of Global Alliances and Channel Management for Convergys Employee Care; held Business Development Director positions at Workscape and Workstream (formerly Kadiri); and advised WebMD and Biogen Idec. Mark co-founded a workforce effectiveness firm, whose platform was applied to Department of Energy labs, Federal contractors and strategic Department of Defense assets. He has been featured by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, CNN and NPR. Guest Mark Stelzner

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Karen Sumberg

Karen Sumberg is executive vice president at the Center for Talent Innovation (CTI) and a principal with the CTI’s advisory services practice, Hewlett Chivée Partners. She is an expert in gender, career-pathing, and communications, and leads research projects for the CTI including Executive Presence Multicultural, The Power of Out 2.0, The Sponsor Effect, The Power of ‘Out:’ LGBT in the Workplace, Bookend Generations: Leveraging Talent and Finding Common Ground. Karen is co-author of two Harvard Business Review articles, as well as two Harvard Business Review Research Reports. She serves on the board of Minds Matter. Earlier in her career, Karen taught English in Japan and worked in marketing and media in Australia and the U.S. Guest Karen Sumberg

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David Swanson

David Swanson has more than 25 years of human resources management experience with a number of technology leaders including SAP, where he is currently the Executive Vice President of Human Resources for the company’s products and innovation organization. He also has held executive HR roles at a number of technology companies supporting global development, marketing, sales, and service organizations. David is actively involved in the HR community as both an adjunct lecturer with the University of California Santa Cruz Extension, the Society of Human Resources Management [SHRM], and the Northern California Human Resources Association [NCHRA], as both a presenter and facilitator. He holds the professional certification of Senior Professional in Human Resources [SPHR] from SHRM. Guest David Swanson

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Beth Thiebault

Beth Thiebault is a principal in Deloitte Consulting’s Minneapolis office and is the Global SAP HCM / SuccessFactors Practice Leader. With over 26 years of combined industry and consulting experience, Beth specializes in large Human Resource transformation areas of the business and corporate functions. She assists clients in building and sustaining competitive advantage through the efficient and effective deployment of human capital by aligning the human resources strategy, organization, structure, processes, programs, and technology into an overall HR Service Delivery Model. Beth has led and delivered large transformation projects for clients including Cargill, Caterpillar, ConocoPhillips, Ecolab, Ford, Eli Lily. Johnson and Johnson, Koch Industries, Merck, St. Jude Medical and Target. She is a member of the Human Capital Executive Leadership Team, serves as faculty at Deloitte University, and is part of the Seat at the Table of Deloitte Consulting’s Executive Committee. Guest Beth Thiebault

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Rick Thompson

Rick Thompson is VP Talent Management at Rising Medical Solutions, one of Chicago’s fastest growing private companies. He is the father of two Millennial children and leads a predominately Millennial team in creating a unique, strengths-based corporate culture. Rick is passionate about employee development – helping people and organizations realize their hidden potential. Previously, he worked in leadership development at United Airlines and spent 15 years in editorial management in educational publishing. Rick earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and a Master of Business Administration from Bradley University. A certified facilitator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Predictive Index, he is also a certified personal trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Guest Rick Thompson

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Donald Truxillo, Ph.D.

Donald Truxillo, Ph.D., is a professor of Psychology at Portland State University in Oregon. His work examines issues associated with older workers, including job design, age stereotypes, and work ability. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, co-edited a special issue on age in the workplace for the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, and is co-editing an SIOP Frontiers book on the aging workforce. A co-founder of an international network of researchers studying workforce age issues, he serves on six journal editorial boards and is an associate editor at Work, Aging and Retirement. Donald received a Fulbright Specialist Grant to visit the University of Trento, Italy to teach and study older worker issues. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, the International Association for Applied Psychology, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Guest Donald Truxillo, Ph.D.

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Cindy Ventrice

Cindy Ventrice is the author of Make Their Day! Employee Recognition That Works. As a consultant and workshop facilitator she helps organizations implement recognition solutions that produce real results. She has worked a variety of organizations including Cisco, the United Nations, MIT, the Ministry of British Columbia, and Wells Fargo Bank. She has been quoted frequently in the media including: The New York Times, HR Magazine, Harvard Business Update, and Business Week. Her blog covers a variety of recognition topics: www.maketheirday.com/blog and she provides recognition tips to thousands of readers each week: www.maketheirday.com/weekly-tips. The latest research from Make Their Day provides insights into what makes recognition meaningful. With over 1200 respondents, the research provides a clear picture as to the effectiveness of current trends. Guest Cindy Ventrice

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R “Ray” Wang

R “Ray” Wang is a Principal Analyst, Founder, and Chairman of Constellation Research, Inc., and the author of the popular enterprise software blog, “A Software Insider’s Point of View”. With viewership in the millions of page views a year, Ray’s blog provides insight into how disruptive technologies and new business models impact the enterprise. In addition to being a prominent keynote speaker and research analyst working with clients on innovation, business model design, engagement strategies, customer experience, matrix commerce, and big data, he also advises Global 2000 companies on business strategy and technology selection. Ray is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review and is well-quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Bloomberg, CNBC TV, Reuters, IDG News Service, and other global media outlets. Guest R “Ray” Wang

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Barbara Wichmann

Barbara Wichmann is the award-winning CEO and women-business owner of ARTEMIA Communications Inc., a certified San Francisco Green Business that she founded almost two decades ago. A leading communications expert on sustainability and diversity, Barbara has helped clients from Fortune 100/500 to early-stage startups drive audiences to action through innovative and intelligent outreach, marketing and promotion. She took the unprecedented step for an agency in her field to seek and secure triple ISO certification, including the environmentally-focused ISO 14001, giving ARTEMIA an internationally recognized benchmark in sustainability in the workplace. An active member of the ASTRA Women’s Business Alliance and QuEST Forum’s small business leadership group, she also authors a column in MBE magazine and posts on her sustainability-focused blog, B’s Notions. In 2014, she was named a Business Leader “Star” by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, one of just 14 across the US. Guest Barbara Wichmann

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Karie Willyerd

Karie Willyerd is the VP of Learning and Social Adoption in the SAP Cloud. Prior to that she was the cofounder and CEO of Jambok, a video social collaboration platform acquired by SuccessFactors in March, 2011. While Karie was the Chief Learning Officer for Sun Microsystems, she and her team won over 35 awards for learning excellence including being named by ASTD as the #1 BEST in the world. She is the coauthor of the bestseller, The 2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop & Keep Tomorrow’s Employees Today and has written dozens of articles, including a feature in Harvard Business Review on Mentoring Millennials. She is an adjunct faculty at GE Crotonville where she teaches a course to GE customers on the 2020 Leader. Guest Karie Willyerd

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Toni Wilson

Toni Wilson is the Principal of AquaInternational Leadership Consulting. She has over 25 years of experience in human resources with leading international and domestic companies. Her areas of expertise include executive management of the HR function, development and implementation of organizational values and culture change, strategic diversity management, leadership development, leadership performance coaching/mentoring, business ethics and organizational effectiveness. She has been an instructor for the HR Certification Program at University of California at Berkeley Extension and currently teaches in the HR Management Certification Program at the University of Texas in Austin. Prior to consulting, Ms. Wilson held senior executive and senior management positions in HR, Diversity, Organizational Development and Learning & Development with Syntex Pharmaceuticals, The Gap, Inc., the California State Automobile Association (AAA) and Levi Strauss & Co. Guest Toni Wilson

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Anka Wittenberg

Anka Wittenberg is the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer (CDIO) at SAP, responsible for the development and implementation of SAP’s Diversity and Inclusion strategy globally, ensuring sustainable business success. SAP believes that diversity is a source of innovative strength that allows the company to better meet and understand the needs of its customers. Anka joined SAP in 2011 as the HR Business Partner Lead for the OPD Board Area, responsible for 29,000 employees (2012). She has also been leading the HR teams in China, India, and Ireland. She reports to Dr. Werner Brandt, member of the SAP Executive Board. Prior to SAP, Anka gained extensive international HR experience, most recently heading Corporate HR globally at Benteler International AG, overseeing 25,000 employees. Anka also held executive HR positions at General Electric and TRW Automotive. She is a member of the supervisory board of Westfalen AG, Germany and board member of the Childhood Foundation Germany. Guest Anka Wittenberg

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Janet Wood

Janet Wood, Executive Vice President of SAP’s Global Strategic Service Partners organization, works with strategic partners, field sales, and services organization to accelerate customer value, foster co-innovation, drive sales growth of SAP solutions portfolio, and expand channels to market. Janet joined SAP in 2008 via the Business Objects acquisition. She has served as Executive Vice President, SAP Maintenance Go To Market; Senior Vice President, Business Objects Customer Assurance organization; Senior Vice President, Global Partners and Sales Enablement; Senior Vice President, Global Partners and Integration; and Group Vice President, OEM and Alliances. Janet also held management positions at Crystal Decisions and IBM. She represents the SAP Global Customer Organization on SAP’s Global Diversity Committee. Janet received the 2011 YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the Business Executive category and was named to Canada’s Top 100 Women of the Year by the Women’s Executive Network. Guest Janet Wood

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Alyse Wyler

Alyse Wyler believes in good design, the best leaders are learners, and you should love what you do. She is a Director of Marketing at SAP with a focus on employee engagement, and is currently leading a campaign called #RunwithPurpose that can be found on #LifeatSAP social channels. Guest Alyse Wyler

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