Meet This Year’s Speakers
We are honored and excited to have these incredible professionals leading our keynotes, case studies, head–to–head debates, Business Continuity Panels, Executive Advisory Board sessions and product demos at Perspectives 2020.
Tiffany Abinsay is the Head of Learning Technology for Citi, and has been with the company since 2007. She has held many different roles at Citi in the learning and talent space, across Operations, Technology and L&D.
Currently, Tiffany leads the team responsible for managing the implementation and strategy of all learning systems across Citi, including SumTotal and Degreed. She has been engaged in multiple enterprise system transitions to SaaS. Tiffany has a background in Computer Science, which helps to bridge the gap between business and technical knowledge to drive innovative solutions.
Shawn Achor is The New York Times best–selling author of The Happiness Advantage and Big Potential. He spent 12 years at Harvard, where he won over a dozen distinguished teaching awards. Since then, Shawn has traveled to more than 50 countries and has worked with over a third of the Fortune 100 companies on how to create interconnected happiness and success. Shawn has spoken all over the world from Camp David to shantytowns in Zimbabwe, and worked with the NFL, NASA, the Pentagon and the U.S. Treasury. His research made the cover of Harvard Business Review, his TED talk is one of the most popular of all time with over 20 million views, and his lecture airing on PBS has been seen by millions.
Lucy is the founder of Disruptive HR which she created having grown frustrated with the lack of innovation and fresh thinking in the profession. She works with business leaders and HR professionals across the world to help them lead, engage and develop their people differently. Having led HR in major organisations such as the BBC, she knows why HR has to change and offers genuinely fresh perspectives on how to do it.
Andy Anderson is a Strategic Planning Analyst within the Global Strategy Office at Lexmark international, and her responsibilities include synthesizing multiple input points then provide context and direction for best business outcomes. She also supports a strategy cross functional team comprised of 30+ senior Lexmark leaders, providing strategic initiative status, developing supporting process and delivering informational context for executive and leadership decision making. Andy joined the Strategy Office in October of 2018. Prior to serving in the strategy office, Andy pioneered new managed print service offers targeting midmarket customers and channel partner growth. These offers were developed with simplicity and ease-of-use in mind and included behind-the-scenes automated opportunity management, dashboard monitoring and consistent offer governance.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts and was awarded Honors Graduate in Fine Arts from Indiana University. She also holds a Master’s in Design degree and was awarded Honors Graduate from University of Cincinnati.
John Arendes is the Vice President and General Manager of Global Compliance Solutions at Skillsoft. John is responsible for leading the direction of Skillsoft’s Global Compliance solutions, ensuring the company’s compliance programs have a multinational impact on organizations. John works closely with many clients in identifying best practices for successful compliance training programs. John’s experience crosses multiple verticals in dealing with compliance training. Prior to joining Skillsoft, John was Head of Compliance Learning, North America for Thomson Reuters.
Nikhil is currently responsible for leading GoDaddy’s India business, constantly working towards identifying new growth strategies for small businesses in the country. Nikhil joined the company in 2017, and since then, has taken the world’s largest internet domain registrar and web hosting company to new summits, bagging the honor of The Economic Times Best Brands 2019 Award and NexBrands’ Thought Leadership & Brand Innovation Award two times in a row.
His focus is on forging a connection with entrepreneurs as they try to make their way in a fast-changing economy and has become an avid voice for small businesses opening themselves up to digital possibilities. A recent recipient of The Economic Times’ Most Promising Business Leaders of Asia 2019 award, Nikhil has been using press and social media platforms to highlight important ways in which the Indian consumer is changing, and the various resources small businesses have at their disposal today to capture this new market.
Bidisha Banerjee is the Group Vice President Learning, Culture and Employer Branding at Welspun Group. Bidisha has close to 20 years of rich experience across industries including Retail, Insurance and Telecom with MNCs and Indian Organizations. Bidisha is known for her forward-thinking attitude. She is an expert in driving Organization Culture Change Initiatives and HR Strategy in line with the business.
She is passionate about incorporating skill development for the differently abled as well as working with members of the LGBT community. She has been a speaker in many prestigious events like SHRM HR Conference, LinkedIn Learning Sessions in the India Head Quarters and the Skillsoft Annual India Conference.
She believes that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. She is an Alumnus of SDA Bocconi Milan where she has a business degree with a specialization in Design Thinking.
Bidisha is an expert in her field and has several certifications. She is an ICF Certified Coach, ATD certified trainer, a certified Hogan Practitioner and Certified Consultant from Human Synergistic International on Organizational Culture Inventory/ Organizational Effectiveness Inventory to name a few.
She is a keen traveller and draws inspiration and learning from various culture and people.
Marienne is a multi-lingual, innovative HR executive with significant experience in business operations and talent management with proven ability in bridging both worlds. She partners with senior executives and internal clients to drive change and deliver profit from unexpected sources.
While Marienne is a distinguished and influential speaker, she has mostly been sought for her business acumen and experience in the wireless, retail, automotive, financial, and entertainment industries. She has a gift for developing successful partnerships with peer organizations and vendors. Marienne has a passion for following market and technology trends and uses her perceptive insights to create award-winning solutions for complex problems—while applying human-centered design. Collaborative and inclusive, Marienne is known for her servant leadership and her ability to build diverse, high-performing, and synergistic teams.
Josh Bersin is an analyst, author, educator, and thought leader focusing on the global talent market and the challenges and trends impacting business workforces around the world. He studies the world of work, HR and leadership practices, and the broad talent technology market. He is cited as one of the leading HR and workplace industry analysts in the world and is frequently featured in talent and business publications such as Forbes, Harvard Business Review, HR Executive, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, and CLO Magazine.
He founded Bersin & Associates in 2001 to provide research and advisory services focused on corporate learning. In 2019, Bersin launched the Josh Bersin Academy, the world’s first global development academy for HR and talent professionals at all levels and across all industries.
At PSAV, the leader in Event Technology for meetings and events, Derek Blake (Divisional Vice President) oversees the company’s global learning efforts, which are instrumental to develop team members while maximizing business results. As PSAV grows, the global learning team seeks to understand both our internal and external customers and develop strategies to provide the right learning at the right time.
Blake began his career in sales back in 1997 at Ameriquest Capital, starting out as a sales associate and progressed through five promotions before becoming VP of Sales leading 80+ locations and 1500+ team members as the youngest senior leader (age 28). After being approached by the Chief People Officer, he then transitioned from the field and joined the corporate senior leadership team overseeing training and organizational development. After nearly a 10-year career with Ameriquest, he joined Wachovia Bank (Nation’s 4th largest bank) leading the learning organization in 2006. Working through the unfortunate financial market meltdown, he joined PSAV at the end of 2009 overseeing a small L&D team and growing it to a Global Team of 20 today. Blake earned his BA in Business Management from Emmanuel College in Boston, and his MBA from Regis University.
Following a successful career as a primary school principal, Graham moved on to adult learning with Not For Profit organizations in the areas of youth homelessness, child protection and aged care. He worked for a number of years as an independent learning consultant with mid to large sized national and international organizations before his current learning manager role in the finance sector.
Currently Graham is the Manager, Learning Performance and Design at Flexigroup. Flexigroup is a diversified financial services organization operating in Australia, New Zealand and Ireland. In this role Graham has been part of the L&D Leadership Group that has changed the perspective at Flexigroup from one of training to one of learning.
Prompted by the Royal Commission into Aged Care in Australia, Graham completed his Master’s degree in 2018 with his thesis entitled “Issues in Mandatory Training in Aged Care in Australia.” This research highlighted a number of significant problems with learning in the sector and has subsequently been published internationally.
Graham is an active member and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Training and Development, AITD. He has served on the NSW Divisional Council and as a volunteer mentor in recent years.
For over 20 years, Dan’s exclusive focus has been helping leading organizations re-engineer their HR processes. Dan has held product leadership roles at SumTotal since 2006. In his current role, Dan’s product strategy team is responsible for determining the SumTotal suite-wide roadmap based on feedback from internal teams and customers as well as broader market trends.
A recognized expert in Human Capital management, Dan has presented at many national human resource forums including Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), World at Work, International Human Resources Information Management (IHRIM) and the HR Technology Conference & Expo.
As Chief Marketing Officer, Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek (BB) leads a global marketing organization focused on helping companies unlock the hidden value inside their greatest asset – their people.
In her role, Michelle is responsible for the company’s marketing strategy to drive growth, generate awareness, and drive demand for Skillsoft solutions among learners, customers, and partners. She oversees all key functions, including customer marketing, corporate communications, demand generation, marketing operations and business development. Most importantly, she serves as the company’s brand evangelist, helping to build a vibrant community of passionate learners.
Prior to Skillsoft, Michelle held several executive roles in the high-tech sector, most notably as the CMO of IBM Watson, where she was responsible for marketing the company’s artificial intelligence (AI) products and solutions. Michelle also served as the global head of marketing for The Weather Company, an IBM Business, where she helped companies understand how to anticipate, plan for and ultimately make better decisions – with greater confidence – in the face of weather.
Michelle is a prolific speaker on the topics of emerging technology and marketing trends, and a passionate advocate of the advancement of women in business. Michelle holds a Master’s in Communications Management from Simmons College and sits on the pro-side of the Oxford comma debate.
Rich’s background includes over 30 years working in high tech in a variety of User Experience roles, including designer, developer, researcher, manager, consultant and now, director. He has worked on large, complex enterprise applications used by tens of millions, from consumer electronics, medical devices and SAAS web applications. Rich has contributed to several industry texts and articles and presented on a wide range of user experience topics at several UXPA conferences and CEA Consumer Electronics Shows. He was also a repeat judge for several prestigious product design competitions, including IDSA’s Innovations Award at CES, HFES’ User Centered Product Design Award, Appliance Design Award and Mobile Internet World design competition.
Rosie Cairnes is Regional Vice President for Skillsoft Asia Pacific. With more than 23 years of experience working with both national and global organizations across a wide variety of industry sectors and government agencies, and specializing in cloud-based learning and performance support solutions, Rosie’s goal is to help organizations align learning with strategic business goals to deliver quantifiable results and impact that benefit both the organizations and their employees.
Rosie has led the Skillsoft Australia & New Zealand business for the past seven years and has recently taken on responsibility for greater Asia Pacific Region. With many years working in the region and across all business verticals in the industry, Rosie’s passion is to educate business leaders on the importance of learning as a strategic lever for the enterprise.
Rosie believes in the value of a quality, contemporary learning experience for the employee that delivers results aligned to strategic imperatives: “Modern learning solutions need to have the learner, the way we work, and the needs of the organization in mind to be effective and impactful. To meet today’s demands, it is not just what we’re learning but how we’re learning that matters.”
As Senior Vice President of Product Management, Potoula is responsible for product development, innovation, and user experience design including the launch of the award-winning Percipio intelligent learning platform. Potoula leads the product organization in agile product development and lean product practices of prototype-test-iterate to ensure we are building products our customers will love. Prior to joining Skillsoft, Potoula held leadership positions in digital product management and marketing at Kaplan Test Prep, The College Board, McGraw-Hill, and JPMorgan Chase. Potoula has an MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth and a BS from New York University.
Evangeline Chua is the Chief People Officer at GovTech. Her key drivers are People, Passion and Performance through inculcating values and culture, and investing in people to drive results collectively.
In her former role, Evangeline was the Managing Director of Organization & People for Temasek International, responsible for the full spectrum of HR practices across 9 cities. Prior to joining Temasek, Evangeline was with Citi Singapore for a total of 12 years. She was appointed as the Country Head of Human Resources in April 2013 after managing cross functional initiatives for close to three years as the Head of Talent, Resourcing, Learning & Development, and HR Risk, Tax and Financials. During this time, she was the HR business partner to the Corporate & Institutions, Regional Consumer Banking, Global Functions and Transaction Banking for Citi’s franchise in Singapore.
As the Head of Human Resources for Singapore, Evangeline brings great passion and breadth of experience to the role. She is responsible for the design of human resource practices to effectively support the organization’s strategy with the vision to implement best HR practices to attract, engage and motivate.
Evangeline has over 20 years of diverse regional experience in human resource management and business operations within the banking and property sectors. She was previously with Barclays Technology Centre Singapore, Standard Chartered Bank, PREMAS International Limited, Times Publishing Ltd and EM Services Pte Ltd.
Shari Daniel is Skillsoft’s Principal Solution Architect for Compliance. As a recognized thought leader and practitioner for Legal and Environmental Safety & Health Compliance, Shari is responsible for consulting with organizations on their strategic compliance initiatives. Shari works with prospects and clients to demonstrate our suite of compliance products and offerings and assists in designing and implementing solutions to help make a company’s compliance program successful.
Ms. Daniel has over 23 years of experience in organizational development, learning and project management, where the last thirteen years have been focused on compliance. As the team leader and go-to-person for the Skillsoft North American Compliance Consulting team, she was responsible for managing the learning consultant team and advising organizations at all levels on the implementation and best practices of their learning programs.
As a member of the Skillsoft Global Compliance Solutions management team, she provides insight on future products, technologies and services. With extensive industry knowledge of emerging trends and a frequent participant in key conferences, Shari draws upon her expertise to advise organizations of all sizes to help guide their success for impactful compliance initiatives. Shari is a member of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE), Association for Talent Development (ATD) and a PMP and member of the Project Management Institute.
Mary Davis is the Chief Executive Officer of Special Olympics International. In this role, she leads an international team of more than 200 professionals throughout the world who are addressing inactivity, injustice, intolerance and social isolation for people with intellectual disabilities. The Special Olympics movement currently serves nearly 5 million athletes with intellectual disabilities, holds more than 94,000 competitions annually and welcomes more than one million coaches and volunteers who help make grassroots operations possible.
Mary, from Co. Mayo in Ireland, started with Special Olympics soon after college as a local program volunteer and coach. Since then she has served in a series of leadership roles, helping create our first-ever Regional games, the 1985 Special Olympics European Games, working to build a powerful national Program as CEO of Special Olympics Ireland, and helping globalize our movement as CEO of the first Special Olympics World Summer Games held outside the US. She also served as Regional President of the Europe Eurasia Region of Special Olympics, overseeing the growth and development of Special Olympics across 58 countries in Western Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia from 2009 – 2016.
Mary Davis was the driving force behind the hugely successful Special Olympics World Summer Games when they were staged in Ireland in 2003. She served as CEO of these Games, which were the first World Summer Games held outside the U.S. since Eunice Kennedy Shriver founded the movement in 1968. It was the largest sporting event in the world that year. She was awarded Person of the Year in 2003 for her work on the Games, as well as recognition for her years of service with Special Olympics Ireland. In 2004, then-President of Ireland Mary McAleese appointed Mary Davis to her Council of State [advisory body to the President on legislative matters], where she remained until 2011.
Based in Vienna, Austria, Günter Deutsch is responsible for global Learning & Development in the Atos Group. He leads a global team that oversees people development and training in all Atos divisions, industries and regions. His core focus lies in setting the people development strategy, enabling and ensuring its execution and delivering quality education to their workforce. His career includes various roles in IT, mainly as project manager, consultant and business developer.
With over thirty-five years of experience in the IT industry, managing complex technologies in highly matrixed organizations, Neelam is an icon and mentor for the tech world. Her sessions help businesses understand and thrive with the “new reality” of technology; and talk about how technology is changing the face of sectors such as healthcare.
Neelam has been a key participant in shaping the IT industry in India. Her career has spanned some of the biggest industry milestones, which gave Neelam the opportunity to work alongside the key architects of the sector in India. Leading business journals such as Fortune (international edition), Forbes and Business Today have recognized her as one of the Most Powerful Women in Business.
Sam Doan is a seasoned IT professional and currently a Technology & Development Solutions Principal at Skillsoft, where he is responsible for advising and consulting Skillsoft’s global enterprise customers on their most perplexing IT concerns, particularly around upskilling their workforce for the future. Prior to joining Skillsoft, Sam brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from previous technical customer-engaging roles at Fortune 100 companies such as Microsoft and Cisco. His knowledge domains include, but are not limited to, high tech, finance, fintech, retail, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, public sector and manufacturing. He holds a double bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia, and a master’s degree from Harvard University.
Debasis Dutta is the Vice President and General Manager of Product and User Experience for SumTotal Systems. Debasis joined SumTotal in 2015 as Vice President of Engineering. Prior to SumTotal, Debasis was with Oracle in different leadership positions to build the next generation Fusion product for HCM. Debasis has 22 years of rich, hands-on experience in the HCM space and loves to conceive and build innovative products that resonate with the latest technology trends. He has a Computer Science degree from Jadavpur University and an MBA from IIM Bangalore.
Richard has been leading transformational change initiatives for over 15 years, having emigrated to NZ 6 years ago from the UK. After experiencing the telco boom and dot.com bubble of late 90s first hand as an entrepreneur and then as a digital product manager within a corporation, Richard worked for several years as a consultant in the banking, engineering and transport sectors. On joining Network Rail in 2006, he led a work stream on skills and capability as part of a major transformation of the procurement and supply chain function. Ever since then, Richard has maintained an active interest how a better understanding of the supply and demand of skills and capabilities can become a key performance differentiator for organizations. He has since led a number of major change programs across a wide range of industries and functions but all with a common emphasis on growing new capabilities, achieved through getting the best out of enabling technologies, data and people.
He joined the team at the University of Auckland in 2018 to lead transformation in Connect, the university’s digital services function. A central pillar for delivering the University’s digital strategy, his multi-year ITX program has people development and creating a curious, creative and innovative culture in support of New Zealand’s world class teaching and research institution at its heart.
Chris Ellis works as Solution Architect at Skillsoft in EMEA and really enjoys creating and delivering platform and content demos for new customers. Chris also runs customer evaluation pilots of Percipio with up to 200 global pilot participants whilst enabling their leaning access and capturing detailed feedback to inform business purchasing decisions on learning solutions.
Chris’ career spans Hospital Supply Chain Logistics, University learning and now corporate learning at Skillsoft.
His favourite biscuits are Jaffa Cakes and favourite drink is made from malted barley, yeast and hops… As you will see, Chris missed out on a final haircut before the lockdown.
Emma leads the Global Talent Growth team responsible for growth, performance and development. This team enables learning (Unisys University), growth (performance management, succession and career development), engagement (surveys and actions) and inclusion (learning and development initiatives).
As a versatile, global talent executive, Emma Engel increases enterprise value by partnering with executive leadership and clients to identify and resolve performance gaps. She effectively directs teams that design innovative and cost-effective solutions that accelerate business growth and improve the talent pipeline without disrupting business momentum. She has worked in multiple industries in 21 cities across five continents, with roles in sales, operations, delivery and consulting for multinational organizations that include Aon Hewitt, Dimension data, Siebel systems and Wolters Kluwer.
Emma holds a post-graduate Certificate in Management from the Macquarie University Graduate School of Management in New South Wales, Australia. Her Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Clinical psychology is from Rand Afrikaans University, Johannesburg, South Africa. Emma and her husband live northwest of Philadelphia in Souderton Township. Emma enjoys travel with her husband, cooking, quilting and playing with her two rescue dogs.
Faraaz Farshori has over nineteen years of experience in the software industry, including Learning solution architecture, Learning product design, eLearning content development, Learning Management System deployment, customizations and configurations, UI/UX/Graphics/Visual/Web design, Project management and Customer support. He has held responsible portfolios in solution architecture, team building, business development, project management, product design, UI/UX and graphic design, vendor management, operations management and total quality management. Faraaz is highly skilled in closing business deals pertaining to learning software products, cost & budgeting, proposal development and RFP response development across India, South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Craig Fearon is a Senior Product Director at SumTotal. In this role, he is responsible for the product roadmap and vision for several of SumTotal’s products, including Reporting, Core Platform and Workforce Management. He has extensive domain knowledge in the HCM market and has worked with SumTotal for over 19 years in a variety of roles, including Product Management, Sales, Consulting and Partner Management.
Karen Freedman is Vice President and manager of enterprise learning at FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers. Karen is responsible for the education and training of 5,500 employees and thousands of clients worldwide. Karen has transformed the company’s entire approach to learning since 2005, both for employees as well as clients. Her innovative learning approaches for clients has earned her Risk & Insurance magazine’s 2010 Risk Innovator award for the insurance industry – an award that recognizes those who demonstrate innovation and develop creative, out of the ordinary solutions for risk mitigation. FM Global’s hands-on engineering learning facility, the SimZone, won the Business Insurance 2014 Innovation Award and FM Global is a two-time ATD BEST winner. FM Global’s learning management system, which was approved and implemented under Karen’s leadership, was highlighted in the 2010 release of Joel Kurtzman’s latest business book: Common Purpose: How Great Leaders Get Organizations to Achieve the Extraordinary. Karen has overseen the design and construction of FM Global’s state-of-the-art 40,000 SF learning center in Norwood, MA and the client-facing learning center in Singapore. Karen is President of the Bay Colonies ATD chapter and Vice Chair of her public school district’s elected school board. She is also a member of The Conference Board’s Talent & Organization Development Executive Council.
DR. HEIDI GRANT
Dr. Heidi Grant, social psychologist and researcher, will keynote a live event in which she explores the mindsets needed to ensure growth. In her talk, Dr. Grant will focus on the “Get Better” mindset, one in which learning is key. In this mindset, we welcome risk and are less afraid of failure, both of which are critical to personal and professional success and resilience.
Join Dr. Grant at Perspectives 2020 where you will learn not only how to identify your own mindset, but also determine how your mindset can influence persistence, creativity, and engagement. Create a “Get Better” mindset culture on your team and in your organization.
Arvind Gupta is the Head and Co-Founder of the Digital India Foundation, a policy think tank working in areas of Digital Inclusion, Smart Cities, Internet Governance, Data Privacy & Cyber Security, and Electronics Manufacturing.
Arvind has over 27 years of industry experience, having worked in diverse sectors in a variety of leadership, policy and entrepreneurial profiles in India and Silicon Valley, USA. He has been on the Global FinTech Top100 list of Influencers and also a Member of The World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on Digital Economy & Society, OECD Expert Member of Global Value Chains.
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Julie is the Vice President, Learning Research for Bersin, Deloitte Consulting LLP. With 22 years of experience across learning and development, talent management and professional services, Julie helps organizations create business impact by connecting learning, talent and organizational change efforts to organizational goals and strategy. Her current research priorities include how organizations are bringing learning into the flow of work, the learning technology landscape and how organizations can adapt to the future of work by focusing on nurturing human capabilities in their workforce.
As a learning leader inside a professional services firm, she created global onboarding programs, used peer-created learning within leadership training, directed culture change efforts associated with multiple mergers and integrations and led a globally distributed team. She has also led a managed services business and held a variety of sales, management, recruiting and consulting roles. A Certified Professional in Learning and Performance, Julie holds a master’s degree in communication from Florida State University. She lives in Chicago with her husband Eric.
As Head of Group Human Resources, Jason leads the People and Organizational strategy at OCBC Bank. He has over 30 years of experience in the financial industry. The crossover from business operations to human resource management three years ago puts him in a strong position to bridge the gap between OCBC Bank’s business and people agenda and prepare for a future that is ready to embrace change brought by technological reforms and the digital revolution. Jason champions HR transformation with the singular purpose of driving an employee experience that brings out the best in employees to achieve business outcomes for OCBC Bank. His mission is to prepare the business and the workforce for the future of work.
SYED AZFAR HUSSAIN
Azfar is currently the Group Head, Organization & Talent Development for RPG, a role that he moved to in January 2018. Before that he was the Chief Human Resources Officer for Zensar Technologies. He has nearly 27 years of experience in HR at global, regional, country, business and site levels at Alcan, Hewlett Packard, Deloitte & Touche and Flextronics and has lived and worked in the US and China in addition to India.
He has a Bachelors degree in Economics from Madras Christian College and an MBA from XLRI. Azfar also has experience of advanced research work in Management with a focus on Leadership at University of Southern California and Georgia Tech.
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Brian Irvin is Team Lead, North America Solution Architects at Skillsoft, where he leads a presales team dedicated to helping organizations envision how Skillsoft’s digital content and technology solutions ensure their workforces are empowered to succeed.
Brian launched his career in Silicon Valley with several start-up technology firms that have since grown into some of the most successful heavyweights in the technology vertical. Spanning his 19 years of experience, his focus has been on the design, delivery, management and measurement of innovative, mission-critical corporate learning initiatives. Brian holds his BA from Henderson State University and has completed post graduate work at Texas A&M and ROI Institute.
Aruna became Managing Director of APAC and LatAm in July 2018.
Prior to this, from 2016, Aruna was Head of Business Services, a strategic business unit that provides BPO and Platform (integrated technology and operations) services based on Capgemini’s IP for various industry segments.
Between 2011 and 2015, Aruna was Head of Capgemini in India, where she managed the operations of all business units covering consulting, technology and outsourcing services in the country, to support the Group’s growth agenda and strengthen India’s position as an industrialization and innovation hub. During her tenure, there was a significant increase in Indian integration, performance and capabilities with headcount rising from 32,000 to 85,000.
Aruna joined Capgemini in early 2000 and was part of the core team that initiated and set up the offshore capabilities. She has over three decades of experience in the IT services industry and has worked in key roles in multinational and Indian system integrator companies. From 2014 – 2018, she was the Chairperson of the Board of Governors of the National Institute of Technology Calicut. Aruna is a member of the supervisory board of Compagnie Générale des Établissements Michelin SCA (Michelin Group). In 2018, she was conferred the prestigious French award of Knight of the Order of the Legion of Honour (Chevalier dans l’Ordre de la Légion d’Honneur).
Aruna holds a Master’s in Management Studies in Finance from the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies in Mumbai.
Charles Jones is a Senior Solution Architect where he works with the sales team on customer strategy and visioning. He works with customers to uncover their business challenges and determines how SumTotal’s innovative solutions can solve those business issues.
Charles has more than 20 years of experience in the HR and Talent Management industry. Before joining SumTotal Systems, Charles worked at Centra Software, where he held several positions, including Director of Finance and HR, and Director of EMEA Operations.
Stephan works as the Vice President of Human Resources ExD for Deutsche Telekom. There, he drives digital learning and introduces a group-wide skill management process. His career spans more than 20 years in roles across software development, project management, infrastructure and architecture in the financial industry.
From 2012, he headed the Quality Unit at T-Systems International as Senior Vice President. His “Zero Outage” quality program is of paramount importance for cloud platforms and IoT systems.
Mike Kessler is the Chief Learning Officer for BAE Systems Inc. In his role, he has accountability for management and leadership development, organization development (team solutions), compliance training and aligning all learning throughout the US-based organization. Prior to assuming that role, Mike was Director, Organization Development where he was responsible for assessing organization development needs for senior clients, developing and aligning solutions to address core business issues and evaluating the impact of organization development efforts on improving business performance.
Mike joined BAE Systems in November 2011 from Fannie Mae where he was a Director of Human Resources with accountability for talent acquisition, HR policies and procedures, and business process outsourcing. Previously, Mike was the Senior Director of Human Capital for the American Red Cross National Headquarters with accountability for HR legal compliance, vendor management, talent acquisition and EEO/Affirmative Action.
Mike holds a Masters of Education from George Mason University and a Bachelors of Business Administration from James Madison University. He is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources, certified executive coach and certified in a number of instruments including Hogan, MBTI and DISC.
Kimo Kippen, Founder of Aloha Learning Advisors, is a thought leader, speaker and advocate for life-long learning and talent development. He is a native of Hawai’i, former Chief Learning Officer at Hilton, and has been recognized by CLO Magazine as Chief Learning Officer of the year–2015. Former Chair of ATD (2007), and VP of Learning at Marriott International, Kimo has been creating life-long learning solutions for hundreds of thousands of people worldwide.
Kimo currently serves as Chairman of the Board for the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, and Program Director for two Conference Board Councils: Talent & Organizational Development Executive Council (TODEC) in New York City and the Learning & Development Council in Brussels, Belgium. One of Kimo’s activities involves advisory services. He is currently serving in this capacity at the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) as Intermittent Chief Learning Advisor, the Center of Talent Reporting, Gnowbe, Strategic Education, Inc. (SEI), the Council for Adult & Experiential Learning (CAEL), GP Strategies, Skillsoft, Pandexio and Education Reimagined.
Kimo is a founding member of ATD’s CTDO Next Organization and McKinsey’s Consortium for Advancing Adult Learning & Development. Kimo’s passion for learning, facilitating and teaching has drawn him into the academic world as an adjunct professor at Catholic University of America, George Mason University and at Columbia University Teachers College where he serves on the Talent Development Advisory Board. Kimo also serves on the Rochester Institute of Technology HR Development Program Board. Kimo is also a lead facilitator for iVentiv–an HR Executive learning events company (London, Berlin, Amsterdam, New York City, Sydney, etc.). Kimo has an MS in career and human resource development from Rochester Institute of Technology, a BS from the University of Hawaii, and is a graduate of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland’s Post Graduate Program. Kimo’s home base alternates between Warsaw, Poland, Washington DC and Honolulu, Hawai’i where he and his spouse, Dorota Kowalska, regularly spend quality time.
Chee Keat Koh
Chee Keat is an Engineer turned Lecturer turned HR Practitioner and Future of Work (FoW) Advocate. He holds the philosophy that FoW should be ‘Future’ of Work with ‘future’ as a verb. FoW is not an end state. FoW is a continuous, courageous and endless venture into the unknown future.
HR digitalization and workforce transformation are his current pursuits in Singtel. Together with his passionate Singtel Group HR team, they are scaling up transformative initiatives towards the strategic Singtel HR2020 vision.
In the workforce transformation and learning front, Chee Keat conceptualized and drove the A.C.T. strategy to ACCELERATE the pace of up/re-skilling, CO-CREATE skills pathways with employees and TRANSFORM jobs and roles to meet Singtel’s emerging and transforming business needs. A whole new Singtel digital learning mobile platform #CURIOUS was launched in 2019 to much success to realize the vision of empowering accelerated learning.
Other notable implementations spearheaded in Singtel include Strategic Workforce Planning, Predictive People and Talent Analytics, Group-wide Talent Review Exercise, Robotic Process Automation, Employee Sentiment Analysis, Catalytic Culture Change and Agile Way of Work.
Chee Keat has a Bachelor (with Honors) and a Masters in Engineering (specializing in communications engineering) as well as an Executive MBA, all from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and has received scholarships from Keppel Corporation (Keppel T&T) and during his lecturing days at Republic Polytechnic.
Monica Kraft, Sr. Manager of Product at Skillsoft, leads a team of product owners focused on delivering the most comprehensive and contemporary “Admin experience” in Percipio with a focus on lightening the load for today’s busy admins. She has been leading creative product solutions for more than two decades. Monica started her career in corporate training at Xerox and because of her love for software and UX, quickly moved into product development, working with top cloud-based providers in both the online retail and learning space. Monica holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and an MS in software development and management from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Anuranjita is a human resource veteran with over twenty-six years of experience working across the globe managing various assignments, including senior human resource roles in Asia, North America, and Europe through her stints at the Royal Bank Of Scotland and Citibank. Before joining RBS, she was the Head of Human Resources for Citi, South Asia. She is equipped with first-hand cross-cultural experience as a woman in the global corporate world and has deep-seated knowledge about the working culture and dynamics in various countries.
Anu has now joined IndusCap Ventures as an operating partner where she is engaged in the investment and operations of early-stage companies. Her seasoned experience is being leveraged for growth and development for the new start-up ecosystem. She has a keen interest in issues related to cross-border migration, diversity, and racism. Recently, Anu has been recognized and featured on The Economic Times ‘Women Ahead List 2018’ for being an astute role model for India Inc and by the leading Asian D&I organization – House of Rose Professionals as a Visionary Diversity and Inclusion Leader.
K Mahendra Kumar
K Mahendra Kumar works as the Deputy General Manager of Learning & Development at BPCL. A learning journey starting from the Refinery as Labor Welfare Officer to his current role at BPCL has shaped K Mahendra’s thoughts and beliefs. Stints in Compensation & Benefits and Employee Relations held several exciting moments where he made a difference to the people and business through various initiatives. Long term settlements, contract labor management, conciliations etc. have taught K Mahendra Kumar valuable lessons. However, none have been as exciting as his current role of grooming leaders for the organization, building the talent pool and giving the cutting edge to the valuable human resources of the corporation. Blending with the changing times and situations and staying ahead gives K Mahendra Kumar a high.
SRIRANG THIRUMALAI KUMARA
Srirang Thirumalai Kumara, Group Chief Human Resources Officer, heads Human Resources function & Infrastructure Management Services Group for ICICI Bank Limited. He also oversees the human resources function for ICICI group companies. He is a Member of the Research Advisory Council of IIT Bombay – Monash Research Academy, Member of IMD, Switzerland’s Executive Education Advisory Council, Member of Society of Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, Member of the Governing Body of The International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore (IIIT-B ), member of the CII National Committee on Leadership & HR and former Board Member of the National HRD Network.
In his 21 years of work experience at organizations like Coca-Cola India Limited, Ford India Limited, ICI India limited and ICICI Bank, Srirang has handled Industrial Relations, Mergers, Leadership Development, Performance Management and large-scale recruitment and employee engagement processes. At ICICI Bank, he has successfully handled integration of Sangli Bank and Bank of Rajasthan with the Bank. He has also been instrumental in establishing Branch Banking Academy and Sales Academy for the Bank.
Gary Lacey of SumTotal is what he would call “A techy that can talk to people.” He has been in the Talent Management sector for over 10 years and with SumTotal for over five of those as a Senior Solution Architect. Gary provides SumTotal’s prospects and clients with advice, best practices, future considerations and interactive and engaging demonstrations of SumTotal’s Talent Development Solution across EMEA. Away from work, Gary is a devoted father of Max (5) and Willow (3) and when he has any spare time (which is very little) he enjoys a round of golf or two—which is now taking place in his garden.
Madhavi Lall has been the head of HR at Deutsche Bank India since May 2015 and has nearly 30 years of experience. As a member of the Executive Committee at Deutsche Bank, Madhavi is responsible for shaping the people strategy in India and helps in building the employment brand for the organization. Prior to this she was Managing Director- HR at Accenture. She has also worked with companies like Standard Charted Bank, ABN Amro bank, Colgate Palmolive and HCL Hewlett- Packard. She was also a Director on the Board of Standard Chartered Finance Limited. Madhavi is an accomplished professional in building business aligned HR Strategy, driving HR transformation projects and building organizational capability through the formulation and implementation of HR policies and processes and ensuring proactive diversity and inclusion interventions. She is passionately committed to Diversity & Inclusion across all aspects– Gender, Persons with Disability and LGBTQI.
She has recently been appointed as a chairperson at CII– Indian Women Network for the Western region, India and has been a member of the CII National Committee on Leadership and HR. She has conducted several sessions on culture building, values and people strategy at various management campuses. She is also a founding member of the HR Committee for FICCI.
She holds an MBA in HR and systems from XLRI Jamshedpur and has pursued a master’s degree in Mathematics from St. Stephen’s College. She has also completed a Leadership Management course from the University of Oxford.
Madhavi was conferred the “Women Leadership Award” by the jury and Council of Board Members of the Institute of Public Enterprises-BFSI in 2010. She has been conferred the Distinguished Alumnus Award by XLRI in 2016.
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Karin Levitt is the Global Director of Talent Development for Hitachi Vantara. She has over 20 years of experience delivering innovative approaches to learning and organizational development programs for employees ranging from college graduates in their first job to company leaders. During her career she has worked in a variety of industries including entertainment, technology, advertising, education and consulting. Karin received a Masters Degree in Human Resource Education from Fordham University, where she later served as an adjunct instruction teaching Instructional Design.
Ashok Madaan can be easily identified as the spearhead of the Learning and Development at HCL Technologies. An Industry veteran with over 32 years of experience in competency development and delivery unit head, he heads Learning & Development for 30000+ engineers in Engineering and R&D Services (ERS) of HCL Technologies.
Holding an MBA in International Business with a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication, Mr. Madaan started his career from ALTOS India. He joined HCL in 1992 in the HCL Hewlett Packard Ltd. R&D division’s hardware design group. He was pivotal in transforming the HCL VLSI Business from a board manufacturer to a prominent provider of end to end embedded solutions.
He eventually moved on to the Learning & Development field and was the founder of the STAR Academy in ERS. Under his guidance and insight, the STAR academy has moved on from being a simple training facilitator of certain business units in HCL, to being entrusted with the Learning & Development of the entire ERS, with many programs and portfolios under his wing. He has been known for many notable firsts in HCL, such as the STAR Academy, Fresher Program, Executive Learning programs and Technology competency horizontal and has been a key component of the corporate strategy and direction of the HCL Group.
In his spare time, he practices meditation and mindfulness, while often hosting sessions on mindfulness and emotional calmness. He is associated with many foundations and is an active volunteer in several programs and events.
DR. MALAY MAHADEVIA
Dr. Malay Mahadevia is Group HR Director, Adani Group and Whole Time Director (WTD) of Adani Ports & Special Economic Zone Ltd.
Dr. Malay Mahadevia joined Adani in 1992 and worked on developing Mundra port from conceptualization to commissioning. In the past he occupied several leadership position including Director and CEO of various business verticals of Adani Group.
He is President for Ahmedabad Management Association and is a member of many professional bodies including Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Centre for Engineering & Technology (CEPT), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), Board of Advisors for Maritime studies in Gujarat University, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Gujarat Chamber of Commerce & Industry (GCCI).
Dr. Mahadevia has been awarded ‘Outstanding Manager of the Year’ by Ahmedabad Management Association in the year 2002. In 2008, he was conferred PhD by Gujarat University in the field of “Coastal Ecology around Mundra area.”
He is involved in Ports & Logistics, Railways, Healthcare & Medical Education, Infrastructure Engineering & Management Education and Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives of the group.
Stephanie Maletich is one of the Solution Architects here at SumTotal who has been with the organization for over 2 years now. Before coming to SumTotal, she spent 7 years in the Learning and Development world as an LMS administrator, coordinator, end-user and customer of both the SumTotal Learn and Skillsoft Skillport products.
NORA A. MANAF
Nora is Group Chief Human Capital Officer and member of the Group EXCO of Maybank. She also chairs several national-level committees and holds several Board memberships. Her Board memberships include the Board of Etiqa General Insurance Berhad, MBB Labs Private Limited, Bangalore and the Malaysian American Commission on Educational Exchange.
Nora is actively engaged in the country’s Financial Institutions, Employers’ and Education circles via the leadership roles she holds. In 2018, Datuk Nora was appointed to the Malaysian Human Resource Minister’s Advisory Group. She is also Chairman of the Malayan Commercial Banks’ Association, Chairman of the Banking Sector HR Networking Group, Council Member of Malaysian Employers Federation, a member of the National Labour Advisory Committee, Advisory Committee for UUM Master of Science (Finance) and an Advisory Council Member of Yayasan Peneraju Pendidikan Bumiputera. Nora was recognized as a Global Top 50 Human Resource Professional and was appointed into Talent Compact 4.0, an Industry Talent Advisory Panel of Talent Corporation Malaysia Berhad.
Nora is also a Member of the Board of Examiners for the Asia Institute of Chartered Bankers (AICB), Member of the Asia Pacific Industry Advisory Panel for the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and a Qualified Person for Training (QPRT) for the Institute of chartered accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).
Ester Martinez is the CEO & Editor-in-Chief at People Matters, the fastest-growing community for CHROs and business leaders committed to the advancement of talent & work practices for sustainable business impact.
In 2009, upon sensing the need for a platform to deliberate talent management, leadership and hold critical insights on people & future of work for the C-suite audience, Ester founded People Matters and rapidly grew it to become one of the few successes in independent publishing and a brand synonymous to knowledge and digital innovation in the People & Work space. And today the brand is a name to reckon with not just in India, but also globally.
With more than 20 years of experience, Ester has a wealth of knowledge in the areas of talent, learning & development and work-tech. Ester was recognized as a top influencer on employee engagement by The Employee Engagement Awards, and top influencer in HR Technology by Recruiting Daily. Ester was also featured in the 2016 & 2018 LinkedIn Top Voices List.
Kari McClure is the Directory of Learning Experience for American Airlines. She has a wealth of operational, leadership, and training expertise that’s been developed over an extensive career at American. Her current role includes responsibility for multiple teams who liaise with business units to identify, design and develop training and learning programs for the enterprise. They also partner closely with the leadership development team to facilitate design and delivery of instructor-led programs. Her teams lead work to bring governance and a consistent learner lens to all the functional training teams. In addition, she has oversight and administration of American’s LMS and the operations at the AA Training Center.
Kari earned her bachelor’s degree from Baylor University along with a Secondary Education degree. She has been active in community work and also developed curriculum and training plans for non-profit organizations.
Casey currently Heads up Transformation & Digital for the People Capability function in Standard Chartered Bank. As part of his role he manages the Bank’s learning platforms and is responsible for strategic partnerships within the digital learning space. Casey has been involved in corporate learning for over 15 years, and prior to joining Standard Chartered in 2018 he had sat on the other “side of the fence,” spending over 10 years with a leading global knowledge solutions company.
Before falling into the world of learning, he worked in Wealth Management after playing Rugby professionally in NZ and the UK for 10 years.
Leisa is the Learning Design Manager for Super Retail Group, servicing over 14,000 team members across Australia, China and New Zealand. Passionate about delivering successful organizational and learning and development solutions aligned to strategic objectives, Leisa has worked across private, consulting, government and not-for-profit sectors. Leisa has a true love for leadership coaching, and her favorite part of her work is seeing someone have a lightbulb moment.
With a degree in Electrical Engineering from Union College, Gavin Morton works as the Head of People and Finance Operations for HR.com. He is responsible for global company culture, employee experience and strategic planning and execution. He has more than 25 years of experience building teams across operations, human resources, and strategy execution in the telecommunications, financial services, manufacturing, supply chain and graphic media sectors. His passion lies in integrating people operations with the core fabric of the business.
Kelly Moyle is a Solution Architect at Cox Enterprises, helping their Learning & Development Professionals find innovative answers to daily problems.
Kelly specializes in implementing global learning and development solutions and has successfully helped create learning experiences for employees and customers at companies such as McKesson, AGCO Corporation, Kubota and currently Cox Enterprises. She has more than 14 years of experience in project management, learning systems implementation, integration, and administration, training design and execution and change management.
Kelly is Project Management Professional and Human Resources Information Professional certified and graduated with honors from Kennesaw State University with an MBA and a Master of Science in Information Systems.
Heather is Teradyne’s Global Learning and Organizational Development Director. In this role Heather is accountable for the Learning, Leadership Effectiveness and Organizational Development for over 5,000 global employees who lead test and automation solutions and power the technologies that inform, enrich and protect our lives by ensuring the reliability of electronics. Specifically, Heather is responsible for capability and competency development, strategic talent planning, organizational analysis and development, employee insights and engagement, performance management and career development.
Prior to joining Teradyne, Heather held a similar role in a Teradyne subsidiary, Universal Robots. Prior to that, Heather spent almost twenty years in financial and business services at Mercer. Heather earned a Juris Doctorate from New England Law | Boston and is licensed to practice in the states of Massachusetts and New Hampshire. She is also a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University with a Bachelor of Science in Business.
Dato Hamidah Naziadin
As the Group Chief People Officer of CIMB Group, Hamidah is committed to align and integrate employees with the company’s visions and strategy to build a competitive and forward-looking organization. She, however, strongly believes that employees must first feel supported, valued and respected.
Her mission in building a high-trust work culture and an agile and diverse bench strength has led her and her team to have implemented various innovative and progressive HR policies and programs that have earned her industry-wide recognition. To adequately develop employees for the digital era is now her utmost priority.
Hamidah is also the CEO of CIMB Foundation where she spearheads CSR in community development, sports and education with diversity and inclusion initiatives as her guiding principles to deliver benefits to communities in the region. She graduated with a law degree from the University of Wolverhampton and also sits on the board of Maxis Berhad.
Maria Nicholas leads user experience strategy and research at Skillsoft. She was previously Director of User Experience at Moody’s Analytics and Executive Director of User Experience at Kaplan Test Prep, both in New York. Her work involves embedding user-centered design methodologies into large organizations and advancing design thinking as a strategic tool through facilitative leadership and collaboration. Maria teaches user experience and visual design at General Assembly, a global leader in tech education, and has been a visiting critic at FIT’s Creative Technology & Design program in New York. She holds undergraduate degrees in communications and graphic design and a Master’s degree in Advertising Design from Syracuse University.
Mark O’Donnell is Senior Vice President of Operational Excellence at Rizing. He is an experienced operations and people leader, passionate about building and maintaining high performing professional services businesses capable of both growth and innovation, predominately within the private equity market. His extensive experience across a range of industries, technologies and locations including Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Macau, Philippines, Canada, US and Chile provides a unique perspective and opportunity, enabling traditional HR, learning teams and the operations teams within organizations to come together for maximum benefit.
Mark is a graduate Deakin University Bachelor of Education/Bachelor of Arts and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Architecture. He has also achieved certifications from University of California, Irvine, Melbourne Business School and Harvard Business School.
Michelle is an Organizational Learning Strategist with expertise in helping leaders deepen the impact of learning in their organizations and improve the results that really matter.
Michelle is the Australian Institute of Training and Development’s 2019 L&D Professional of the Year and the recipient of the 2019 Internet Time Alliance Jay Cross Memorial Award for outstanding contribution to the field of informal learning. She is also the host of the Learning Uncut podcast, a series of real conversations about real learning solutions and real experiences with real advice from real people.
With an expertise in organizational learning strategy, capability uplift for learning teams, and continuous learning practices, Michelle is joining us at Perspectives 2020 to share how organizations are responding to the current crisis and how they can emerge as higher value strategic partners.
Mark is responsible for leading all aspects of the strategic direction, roadmap and development of Skillsoft’s content catalogue. Prior to his role as Chief Content Officer, Mark was SVP of Skillsoft Books (formerly Books24x7), successfully launching the Company’s book summary product and increasing the company’s audiobook collection by more than 60%, making it the largest collection of audiobooks within the corporate learning market. Today we work with more than 230 global publishers to offer over 40,000 best-selling digital and audiobook titles.
Prior to Skillsoft Books, Mark led strategic business development where he worked on cross functional project and services teams to deliver integrated learning experiences with Skillsoft’s key clients. Mark began his career in Skillsoft as VP Content Production after the Element K acquisition in 2011. His career with Element K spanned 15 years, where he was responsible for the company’s product strategy, content development and operational execution. Mark earned his MBA from the Rochester Institute of Technology and his undergraduate degree from State University of New York, College at Brockport.
Tanya M. Pang is Senior Manager, Performance & Capability Solutions, for Lockheed Martin Corporation. She is responsible for leading teams to design and develop performance and learning solutions for over 110,000 employees across the enterprise. Tanya is also the Corporate Functional lead for Atlas Learning, LM’s learning management system and overall learning technology strategy. In addition, her team is responsible for the delivery of enterprise-wide Program Management professional development on behalf of Lockheed Martin’s Program Management Council.
Tanya joined Lockheed Martin in 2009 and has held positions of increasing responsibility in performance consulting, instructional design and learning leadership. Today, she leads capability development and learning strategy for high impact, high visibility enterprise initiatives, to include large scale functional curriculum designs, strategic talent initiatives, enterprise risk and compliance training and major systems implementations.
Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Tanya was Associate Director, Learning & Organizational Development at Kadix Systems, where she managed a portfolio of learning and organizational development programs. Her government clients included USDA, DHS, DoJ and DoD. Over the course of her career, Tanya has led the design and development of over 1,000 hours of learning and organizational development solutions in a variety of modern delivery modes and media.
Tanya holds a Masters of Human Resource Development and Bachelor of Arts degree in Japanese Language and International Trade, both from Clemson University. She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Tanya is recognized externally for thought leadership in performance consulting, instructional design and learning technology and has served as faculty for Elliot Masie’s Learning conferences. In 2012, Tanya received Training Magazine’s Top Young Trainer award.
As a 21-year veteran of the Real Estate industry, Mark has spent much of his career in the field. He’s worked with 100’s of home buyers and sellers and have succeeded in a wide variety of market cycles. These experiences have given Mark the knowledge and experience to be a truly qualified resource to both new and seasoned agents.
As a former Managing Broker of Realty ONE Group offices in Nevada & California, Mark’s focus was always on coaching, mentoring and training agents to achieve and then surpass their goals. One of Mark’s greatest joys was mentoring new licensees and helping them to build lasting and successful Real Estate careers. He is also grateful for the opportunities to coach, support and train some of the best Top Producing Agents and Teams in the markets he covered.
In his current role as Chief Learning Officer, Mark is committed to applying all that he has learned to help agents, managers, owners and staff succeed in every Real Estate market we serve! His focus is on delivering the best coaching, training, education and support in order to give our team the ultimate competitive advantage.
Deanna Peterson is a Senior Solutions Architect for SumTotal and has worked with SumTotal and Skillsoft for the past 15 years. She supports SumTotal’s enterprise/strategic sales teams and presents SumTotal’s solutions to Fortune 500 and related strategic accounts. Her focus has included compliance-heavy industry verticals, including life sciences, aviation, healthcare, retail, manufacturing and information technology.
With 30+ years of experience across mechanical engineering, product management and people development, Gerard Pieterse is currently the People Development Director for Cannon EMEA. In his role, Gerard is responsible for all Canon EMEA Employees and Partners across the four domains of People Development, namely learning, leadership, performance and talent development.
Gerard spearheads Canon EMEA’s ambition to create a self-development and learning culture throughout the entire company, where employees take ownership of their own development and learning, and where managers are bringing the ambitions of the company and employees together for the best results.
Jim Poisson is the Senior Director of Product Management, overseeing SumTotal Systems’ learning management offerings. He has over 20 years in software development, with 17 of those years focused on designing and producing solutions centered on Talent Management and eLearning offerings. Jim is passionate about making learning accessible anytime, anywhere. As a product leader, he takes pride in developing long-lasting, collaborative relationships with clients and partners. His solutions are used by Fortune 100 and SMB clients alike and run the full gamut of industries. Jim has held similar positions with previous organizations that include Oracle, Taleo, mZinga and KnowledgePlanet.
AP is responsible for engineering, product management, cloud operations, and IT across all products in the Skillsoft group of companies. He has extensive experience in supporting rapidly growing technology companies including General Manager and SVP of SaaS at SevOne where he was responsible for its on-demand/ SaaS business segment, after holding the position of SVP Engineering. Prior to SevOne, AP held senior technology positions including Group President in ACI Worldwide and Director of Software at IBM. AP has a PhD in Computer Science from Duke University, an MS in Computer Science from Washington State University and a BS in Computer Science from Jadavpur University, India.
Benny Ramos is a Skillsoft solution expert for business and leadership training. A seasoned strategist with over 18 years’ experience in the learning industry, he brings relevant insights to clients in North America and Asia. Benny collaborates with organizations to help them understand how to utilize learning technology to drive performance. He has a keen understanding of competencies and best practices, and acts as the “Voice of the Customer” to help drive improvements in Skillsoft products. Prior to joining the Skillsoft, he led a learning function for a large Canadian telecom, which helps him provide a strategic and tactical perspective when speaking to audiences. His first role at Skillsoft was leading a Customer Success team focused on aiding clients on learning program strategy, marketing and measurement.
Today, as an advocate for the modern learner, he is passionate about improving all aspects of the employee life cycle and has been featured in various publications and as a speaker of online learning and measurement at events throughout Canada and the U.S. Oceania and Asia.
Mukesh works as the Chief Information Officer for Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd. He has global responsibility for Digital Transformation, Process Excellence and Information Technology Management for the organization. He has more than 20 years of experience in various roles across industries – Business Process Consulting, Supply Chain Advisory, Digital Strategy and execution. He has worked across FMCG, Automotive, IT and Pharma Industries. Mukesh is an Industrial Engineer from IIT Kharagpur and has his MBA from IIM Lucknow.
Since 2000, Michael has had extensive experience with various Learning and Development topics including global LMS management, eLearning design and delivery, collaboration with global training teams to promote the rollouts of global eLearning and instructor-led training campaigns and application of Instructional Design methodologies. Michael has worked in his current capacity as LMS Program Lead (or similar) for the headquarters of three international companies.
Denise Reed Lamoreaux
Denise Reed Lamoreaux is the Global Chief Diversity Officer at Atos with a proven track record of producing extraordinary results. In her role, Denise strives to:
- Drive efforts to increase diversity of staff members through education programming, coaching, mentoring and recruitment/retention strategies, while fostering an inclusive workplace that values, and is sensitive to, the diversity of our staff
- Interface with legal, communications, marketing, and HR teams to directly impact employee perceptions and corporate culture
- Facilitate, moderate, and evaluate corporate programs to provide transformational experiences
- Liaise with recruiting and internal first to hire, promote, and retain key talent from all representative groups
- Lead both operational and strategic activities for internal and external audiences to affect change and impact decisions in recruiting, hiring, retention, and recognition
- Collaborate with Learning and Development to support employee success by offering programs, services, individual assistance and resources designed to enhance the diverse development of 120,000 + global resources in 73 countries
- Position Atos as an ethical, diverse, and inclusive employer of choice
Based in Rochester, New York, Denise has been involved in diversity and learning-related endeavors for 30 + years. Her career has encompassed Secondary Education, Professional Leadership Coaching, Leadership, and Instructing at both the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School and Monroe Community College’s Corporate College program.
Denise led and participated in the development and delivery of programs that produced
Jez Rose is a broadcaster, award-winning writer, speaker and host. He lives on the world’s first certified carbon neutral honey farm, helping to reverse Britain’s honeybee decline. You might recognize him from over 100 appearances on TV and radio!
Karen has deep learning expertise that has been developed in multiple industries including Technology, Telecommunications, Retail and Banking. Karen has recently joined Datacom Asia Pacific’s leading locally-owned IT-based service provider. Datacom operate across New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia and the Philippines. As Learning & Organizational Development Manager she and her team are engaged in building technical, professional and leadership capabilities as well as supporting strategic projects and group compliance.
Karen is passionate about creating a learning culture focused on continuous learning, learning in the flow of work enabling experimentation and innovation to engage employees and keep their skills future fit to be invaluable to customers.
Lisa Rowan is Chief HR analyst at major industry analyst firm, IDC, and is responsible for global research on human capital and talent management software and services. Ms. Rowan provides expert analysis focused on both the business services and software used to address HR and talent-related dimensions. Her research addresses developments in human capital and talent management applications, human resources consulting and HR outsourcing services.
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DAVID MEERMAN SCOTT
David Meerman Scott spotted the real-time marketing revolution in its infancy and has authored five books about it including The New Rules of Marketing and PR, available in 29 languages from Albanian to Vietnamese with more than 400,000 copies sold in English. Now David says the pendulum has swung too far in the direction of superficial online communications. Tech-weary and bot-wary people are hungry for true human connection. Organizations have learned to win by developing what David calls a Fanocracy — (the subject of his Wall Street Journal best seller) — tapping into the mindset that relationships with customers are more important than the products they sell to them.
Manojit joined Shell two decades ago and during these years, he has done several roles including Generalist HR and COE roles including heading regional and global Talent and Learning functions. He has been moved across different businesses in Shell and has enjoyed every role and learned something new every time. He has been serving on Boards of charities for over a decade and feels it keeps him grounded and grateful for life’s blessings.
Anurag Seth is Vice President and Head of Talent Transformation and responsible for all the technology programs across Wipro globally. In today’s digital era and changing technology landscape, he is responsible for re-skilling the workforce on emerging digital skills. He also drives crowdsourcing at Wipro through TopGear, a platform to enable hands-on experience through learning assignments, case studies and live customer projects. Anurag has played various leadership roles at Wipro in Delivery and Business for over 30 years . In one of his previous roles, he was the champion of the Innovation initiative that won the Chairman’s award for Best Innovation.
Kristin Shackelford serves as Skillsoft’s Organization Transformation Solution Principal for North America and EMEA. A seasoned strategist in the talent and learning industry, Kristin has over 20 years’ experience bringing relevant industry insights and practical experience to many of the largest global enterprises.
As a seeker of insights and customer partner in building the workforce of the future, Kristin is passionate about helping organizations develop new capabilities for the digital age to ensure they are armed with the right knowledge to future proof their organization. With the objective of a stronger DevOps culture, Kristin’s expertise secures greater confidence amongst Senior Leaders to break down organizational silos and accelerate projects.
Kristin regularly speaks and consults on current topics including Developing Leaders for the Digital Age, Women in Leadership, Gender Parity and its impact on business, Digital Transformation and the impact technology and globalization have on culture, people and organizational talent strategy. The power of continuous learning and innovation are key themes across these customer discussions.
- She is instrumental in two of Skillsoft’s premiere customer centric forums:
Skillsoft Digital Council- a cross-collaborative council where executives, practitioners and thought leaders across lines of business come together to discuss the implications digital transformation and what forward thinking tactics will accelerate transformation and contribute to a future proof strategy.
- Innovation Day – a lively, relevant, workshop among business leaders and practitioners, in collaboration with Skillsoft and industry transformation thought leaders intended to identify ways to accelerate digital readiness within your organization, demystify technology trends and improve cross-functional team performance
Kristin has served on the advisory board for the Center for Talent Reporting, is a member of various professional groups and is a certified Power Pilates Instructor.
Peter is Global Head of Ericsson’s Learning Ecosystem. In his current role Peter has responsibility for developing the learning ecosystem including technology channels and platforms, marketing, analytics and transforming delivery management through leading a central group of learning experts. Previously he headed up Ericsson’s Centre of Excellence for Learning and before taking on this global role was Head of Learning for Region Western and Central Europe. Peter is from an HR and Learning background with other Ericsson roles including UK Competence, Talent and ER Director plus a variety of HR Business Partner roles. He has now clocked up 32 years of experience in Learning and HR having previously worked in Philips Electronics and IBM. A strong belief in the business value of learning and the ability of individuals to grow are the driving forces behind his career to date.
Ajay works as the Chief Learning and Leadership Development Officer, Group HR, Aditya Birla Group, Mumbai. He drives learning, leadership development, succession management, strategic workforce planning, and career services. He also owns the process of Talent Management across all the group companies and drives the senior leaders’ development across all the group entities.
Ajay has been an advisor to various corporations in the Asia Pacific and has consulted over 150 organizations across the region in large scale change management, organizational restructuring, visioning, high-performance workforce, and HR Transformation projects as part of his Leadership Consulting role in Aon Hewitt. He was associated with multiple Best Employer studies and Top Companies for Leaders studies over the 14+ years he spent at Aon Hewitt.
Ajay has a passion for sharing his learnings and points of view with the industry at large. In his Book Manthan – Art and Science of Building Leaders, he synthesized the contemporary research and ancient India wisdom to propose a “Three Dimensional” model for Indian Leadership.
Aparna Sundararajan leads the emerging and disruptive technology research agenda within ADAPT’s strategic research and advisory team. As Senior Research Strategist, she creates independent advice for the Australian C-Suite around emerging technologies, trends and investment priorities and presents them as ADAPT keynote sessions at various events.
Aparna has worked for 12 years in the IT services sector, much of it with Gartner, where she developed independent advice for CIOs around digital technologies, digital customer behavior and business model transformation.
Helen Sussex has spent more than 30 years in IT services organizations and 25 years involved in learning in some way. She has done just about every learning role possible, both with IT training suppliers and internal learning organizations at national and global levels. For the last 7 years she has led the CGI Global Learning Design and Creation team, a specialist CoE, where she is responsible for delivering memorable global learning, managing global learning technologies and vendor partnerships and guiding the CGI global learning governance process. In 2017 Skillsoft recognized her as a Talent Development Champion.
Morné has been responsible for leading innovation and driving product strategy with more than 20 years of experience in enterprise-wide HR Technology products and services. He has a passion for building higher-performing organizations by optimizing the effectiveness of people, process, information and technology.
Meredith Taghi is the Vice President, Group Talent, Learning and HR Platforms for Deutsche Post DHL. An innovative senior HR professional with a Master’s Degree in Organizational Development and Learning, Meredith has had a diverse career spanning 25 years in customer service and human resource management across Australia, Europe and the Middle East.
Before joining the Deutsche Post DHL Group, Meredith worked for Australia’s largest private health insurer as Customer Satisfaction Manager and then National Organizational Development Manager.
Meredith commenced working for DHL Express 13 years ago in in the Middle East and after moving to the Global office, now lives in Germany with her husband and 2 children and enjoys travelling throughout Europe learning about the history and culture of each country.
Meredith’s expertise stems from having worked both in customer and operations management and strategic HR where she has learnt the true value to organizations of aligning employee engagement, leadership and cultural initiatives for the benefit of employees, the customer and the organization overall.
Beth Teixeira is the Director of Learning at Comscore, a mid-sized tech organization in 20 countries. Beth manages a team that implements modern, scalable solutions that drive change and growth in learners regardless of level or location. She is co-chair of the Professional Women of Comscore board of directors.
In 2019, she received a corporate governance award from Corporate Secretary for best compliance and ethics program, as recognized by NASDAQ. In 2018, she received an innovation award from Skillsoft for developing a new learning modality called the continuous learning journey (CLJ).
After becoming a CPTD, Beth contributed to its exam revisions and in the development of ATD’s newest certification, the APTD.
Toenniessen is charged with cultivation and development of all new projects, programs and strategic initiatives for the institute, working in partnership with the related IVMF departments where the programs will eventually reside. He works with senior leadership to lead the IVMF’s advancement strategy and serves as a liaison to the external advisory board.
In his previous role as director of veteran outreach at SU’s Whitman School, he was instrumental in developing and executing educational programs for veterans and military families—including EBV-F, V-WISE and Operation Endure & Grow. He previously served as national managing director for EBV Consortium programs.
Toenniessen has extensive experience in program management, operations, administration, customer service and employee relations. A former Army officer, he served at the platoon, company and battalion levels in leadership and staff positions, including platoon leader, operations officer, convoy commander, contracting officer and detachment commander. In 2008, he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he was responsible for logistical activity for the entire central region. Under Toenniessen’s leadership, his unit successfully redeployed in 2009. He was awarded a Bronze Star for his service.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations and political science from SU’s College of Arts and Sciences and an MBA from the Saunders College of Business at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Irwin van Stavel
Managing Director and Senior Partner of LRMG, Irwin van Stavel dreams of finding unique ways to make people more effective when working together to create greater organizations and a greater nation. Through his personal journey, Irwin has learned that one person can make a significant difference in many people’s lives. He builds on this belief daily as he works towards igniting people for growth in every aspect of their lives.
Irwin manages the Learning & Talent and Africa Resellers business units at LRMG. In this position he is constantly expanding the ability to reach people, teach people and develop people. His teams strive to find new and innovative ways to make people achieve future fitness through smart learning and talent ecosystems in their working environments, thereby growing their organizations. Irwin also ensures that his teams are backed by solid partnerships with world leaders in the people development space through nurturing great relationships with international industry leaders.
Irwin qualified as an Educator and began his career by expanding young minds. He then moved into various HR and L&D positions where he handled the strategic management and consulting portfolios of many ‘blue chip’ organizations. In 2003, he sold his successful custom courseware consulting business to LRMG to take on an executive role on the LRMG Board at the of age 28, where he grew the business to become the leading courseware development team in Africa. It is in this position that Irwin established himself as a respected thought leader in the industry. His 23-year track record of growing small businesses into leading brands has positioned him well to work strategically with over 300 organizations to help them design more effective people, talent management and technology strategies so that they can maximize their performance and investment in their human capital.
Irwin believes that engagement is everything.
Vikrant enjoys a long-standing and highly regarded Leadership reputation in the field of Enterprise Risks Management, Concentration Risk Management, Security & Fraud Risk, Business Continuity, Information Security and Strategy & Planning at Leadership Levels in large Global BFSI and IT enabled services domain.
Vikrant has cofounded SucSEED Venture Partners, an Angel Investment Network to fund early stage startup Investments, syndicating closely with LetsVenture, Angel List, Hyderabad Angels and 50K Network. Vikrant is the only person from Asia, since the last 20 years of inception, to have been facilitated for the coveted award of Global “Industry Personality of Year” in London in 2007 and again in 2017 at the India level.
Dr. Walton is an industrial/organizational psychologist with over 20 years of experience in talent management, organizational effectiveness, change management, business process re-engineering, Lean Six Sigma, training and development, organizational design and business transformation, talent assessment and selection and strategic talent and organizational analytics.
At Tech Data, Dr. Walton partners with senior executives to design and implement global talent management solutions that foster the success of Tech Data’s growth strategy. Dr. Walton focuses on enabling company success through global talent development, employee engagement and culture change, performance management, executive coaching and development, succession planning and statistical organizational diagnostics focused on improving business performance through leadership and culture.
Previously, Dr. Walton was the Head of Talent Management and Organizational Effectiveness at Mondelez International. In his role, Dr. Walton was responsible for collaborating with the executive team to facilitate and implement business transformation for “go-to-market” solutions and strategic organizational culture change; including serving as the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the Americas. During his time at Mondelez, Dr. Walton helped to assess and re-design several businesses to drive new ways of working with the goal of decreasing organizational complexities such as product route-to-market for several iconic snacking brands. Dr. Walton was also successful in demonstrating the business case for diversity and inclusion through the diversification of products and services that led to increased revenue and margin growth.
Dr. Walton also worked at Apple where he was the Head of Human Resources for nine of Apple’s businesses. In this role, Dr. Walton led a team of talent acquisition, talent management and human resources business partners that provided clients with world-class products and services that improved Apple’s business performance, leadership practices and organizational culture. Prior to Apple, Walton worked at Aleris International as the Vice President of Global Talent Management and Organizational Effectiveness. At Aleris, Walton’s primary responsibility was driving business alignment, organizational capability and agility and implementation of a new organizational structure post private equity acquisition. This was accomplished through building a management system that allowed the senior team to be more effective at delivering key outcomes for key stakeholders and customers. In this role, senior executives leveraged Dr. Walton to provide practical organizational design solutions, global performance management practices linked to the business strategy, high caliber global talent acquisition, executive and leadership development, global employee engagement and strategic workforce planning for growth.
Dr. Walton hails from St. Croix, Virgin Islands but currently lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife. He has two daughters and loves spending time with his family, going to the movies and playing sports.
Ally Watson is founder and CEO of Code Like a Girl. A backend .NET developer by trade, Ally has always loved working in tech. Through both her love for the field, but also experiencing the isolation and barriers associated with being a woman in a male-dominated industry, Ally was inspired to look for ways to form strong connections and female friendships when she moved to Australia. This led ultimately to the creation of Code Like a Girl, an award-winning social enterprise that focuses on making tech accessible, inclusive, open and most importantly, fun!
There may be no greater proof in the world that learning changes everything than Tara Westover’s riveting journey to Educated. Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education. Lacking a formal education, Tara began to educate herself. She taught herself enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Be inspired by Tara’s harrowing, but deeply rewarding, growth journey at Perspectives 2020.
Kristie Willix, Senior Director of Product Management for SumTotal Systems, has worked in the area of learning and talent management for over 20 years. Throughout her career, she has worked with hundreds of organizations as they evaluate and select technology platforms to drive their learning and talent strategy. Kristie has seen first-hand how organizations leverage and benefit from learning and talent platforms. At other points in her career, Kristie held positions in the sales organization while leading the Solution Architect team and also designed and implemented the ongoing Partner Enablement Program. Today, Kristie leads the Talent Management, Talent Acquisition and Engagement Tools for SumTotal and drives the product roadmap in these areas. Kristie’s educational background is in Business Management, Psychology and Competitive Intelligence.
Andrew Winston is a globally recognized expert on building resilient, profitable companies that help the world thrive. Named to Thinkers50 Radar Class of 2020 as a “thinker to watch,” his views on strategy have been sought after by many of the world’s leading companies, including 3M, DuPont, J&J, Kimberly-Clark, Marriott, PepsiCo, and Unilever.
Andrew’s best-selling books Green to Gold and The Big Pivot, as well as regular columns in Harvard Business Review, make him one of the most widely read sustainability strategists globally. Andrew is also a highly respected and dynamic speaker, reaching audiences of thousands at executive meetings around the planet. He received degrees in economics, business, and environmental management from Princeton, Columbia and Yale.
Dr. Karen Wolf
Dr. Karen Wolf serves as Chief Learning Officer of ManTech International, responsible for overseeing the planning, staffing and budgets for the company’s training and talent management. An accomplished professional in developing e-Learning solutions in higher education, government and corporate educational settings, she also manages all ManTech’s education and training process and procurement, protocols, schedules and learning methods. In addition, she has over 20 years of experience managing workforce training programs with the FBI. Consistently recognized by her peers for efficiency and innovation in L&D, Dr. Wolf is a six-time winner of the Chief Learning Officer LearningElite Award.
Su-Yen is an internationally recognized thought leader, professional speaker and board director, who helps audiences around the world navigate the intersection of technology, strategy and leadership.
Recognized for thought leadership on strategy, organization development, and the future of work her perspectives are shaped by a unique blend of experience at the board and C-level in high-tech, business and human capital gleaned over 25 years across Asia Pacific and North America.
Su-Yen currently serves on the Boards of several public, private and not-for-profit organizations.
Michael is responsible for driving innovation and growth in the Technology & Developer Customer Market. His role as General Manager of this customer market concentrates on leading the content, platform, customer success, sales and marketing teams to deliver compelling experiences to customers.
Prior to Skillsoft, Michael led the council member organization at GLG, focused on growing GLG’s network of professional experts. Before that, Michael spent over a decade at Gartner, where he led several business units serving technology providers, chief information officers, professional services firms, technology investors, digital marketers and small & medium businesses. He also led Gartner’s corporate marketing and corporate development organizations. Prior to Gartner, Michael was a consultant at McKinsey serving high-tech, telecom and pharmaceutical clients on a variety of strategic issues.
Michael began his career as a research physicist, leading fundamental R&D efforts in semiconductor nanotechnology at IBM, Philips Electronics and Bell Laboratories. Michael received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard, and his Ph.D. from MIT.
Jessica Young Chang
Jessica is a writer, teacher, student of yoga and reproductive justice devotee. She’s been teaching yoga both online and in-person for five years. Originally from the Midwest, Jessica has degrees in Performance Studies and Creative Writing and is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School. She hopes to continue teaching yoga and to begin work as a chaplain, specifically in women’s health and reproductive health spaces. Learn more about her at www.adevotedyogi.com.