Chief Learning Officer, Schneider Electric
Mark Arell is an experienced Chief Learning Officer (CLO) and business leader who is passionate about the future of learning and work. He is a lifelong learner with demonstrated experience and leadership in senior learning and development roles. This knowledge is coupled with key cross functional experience in strategy deployment, change, and operational excellence. HE is a proven leader, team builder, practitioner with an MBA degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Chairman, CEO, and President, National Life Group
Mehran Assadi is Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of National Life Group. Mr. Assadi has led major growth in sales of National Life’s life and annuity products and worked to build a culture of collaboration, engagement and empowerment among employees. He joined National Life’s Board of Directors in 2009 and was elected Chairman in 2017. Before joining National Life Group, Mr. Assadi served as CMO and CIO at Provident Mutual in Newark, Delaware. A graduate of Towson University, Assadi has a Master's in Management Information Systems from the University of Baltimore.
Chief Information Officer & Chief Operating Officer, Alight Solutions
Steve has more than 30 years of experience as an IT professional. He is an accomplished executive with a history of highly effective leadership within a diverse range of technologies. Prior to Alight Solutions, Steve was the President of Telecommunication Media and Technology at Sutherland Global Services, and also served as the Senior VP for Global Business Services at Hewlett Packard Enterprises. Prior to joining HP, he held senior leadership positions for various multi-billion-dollar global companies, including Avaya, Nortel, Lenovo, DHL, and a privately owned SAP consulting company.
Executive Director, Community, & Employee Success, Condé Nast
Mike Boudreau has 15 years of experience structuring and operationalizing customer success, service and support programs that generated millions in revenue through process and technology optimization. Mike is the Executive Director, Community, and Employee Success at Condé Nast. He has a strong user focus working with million dollar accounts across a broad range of industries.
Vice President of Learning Experience, NovoEd
Greg Bybee is an avid disruptive technologist focused on the education and enterprise IT spaces. He currently leads Product Management for online education startup NovoEd. Greg recently graduated from two masters programs at Stanford University, where he was a Siebel Scholar and an Arjay Miller Scholar. He currently advises a number of edtech startups and is a Fellow with NewSchools Venture Fund.
Sarder TV Journalist & Former CNN Anchor
Kiran Chetry is an award-winning TV journalist with more than 20 years of experience in Broadcast Journalism. She is a former anchor and reporter at CNN, as well as the former Co-Host of American Morning. Prior to that she was an anchor and reporter at the Fox News Channel, and also co-hosted the "Fox and Friends" Morning Show. She has also worked as a correspondent for NBC News. Kiran still serves as a Commentator/Analyst for CNN’s “Reliable Sources” and is an official blogger for The HuffingtonPost.com
Chief Digital Officer, Toolwire
As Chief Digital Officer, David works with executive leadership to support strategic Digital Transformation initiatives. To meet clients’ rapidly evolving digital learning needs, Clarke has always kept Toolwire at the leading edge of innovation. Driven by a focus on helping institutions to engage and retain learners, Clarke has guided the development of Toolwire’s unique capabilities in gamification, game-based learning, and custom virtual desktop labs for IT training.
Chief Learning Scientist, NIIT
Dr. Gregg Collins is the Chief Learning Scientist for NIIT. A Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence from Yale University, Dr. Collins played a key role in the seminal research carried out at ILS and was one of the authors of Northwestern's graduate program in Instructional Design. He was a co-founder of Cognitive Arts Corporation, which was incorporated in 1995 to commercialize ILS. Dr. Collins became Head of instructional design for Cognitive Arts in 1996, and subsequently for NIIT when it acquired Cognitive Arts in 2002. Learning programs created under Dr. Collins's leadership have won numerous international awards, and Cognitive Arts has consistently been recognized as a pioneer and leader in the effective use of instructional design and technology to support pedagogy.
SVP, Talent, WeWork
Melissa Daimler is the SVP, Talent Acquisition and Development, at WeWork, a company that brings people together with shared office spaces grounded in community. Before that, Melissa was the head of learning and organizational development at Twitter, where she worked to develop leaders and help them grow. Melissa is a lecturer in the Berkeley-Columbia MBA program and was one of the first coaches certified by the International Coach Federation. She led the learning and organizational consulting team at Adobe Systems prior to joining Twitter.
Vice President of Talent Development, CA Technologies
As the Global Head of Talent and Organizational Development, Tracy Dodd works with leaders at all levels to increase individual and organizational effectiveness, thereby transforming CA's talent strategy into financial results. With more than 25 years of diverse experience as a business executive, board member, executive coach, and talent leader, Tracy has a unique perspective on the key issues facing leaders and teams. Tracy is a founding member of Corporate Executive Board’s Talent Management Advisory Board and a steering committee member for Executive Networks’ Global Talent Innovation Network.
Eric was inspired to build Pathgather after teaching experiences in China as a Princeton in Asia fellow and witnessing the transformative potential of online learning while developing a water cistern project in South Africa. With a background in Architecture, He is passionate about broadening access to education and opportunity through thoughtful, human-centered design. Eric was named to the 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Enterprise Tech.
Product & Research, Jet.com
Sean Echevarria is a Senior Manager at Jet.com overseeing product and research on behalf of the Talent Experience team. He looks for ways to leverage technology to enhance all touchpoints within the talent journey. When he's not hosting events through his Meetup (The UX Lab), he can be found playing some kind of team sport with employees throughout the company. Prior to working at Jet, he worked at Motivate Design - a user experience design agency where he led the business development and marketing efforts to facilitate relationships with Fortune 500 product and marketing teams in order to grow the business.
Vice President of Business Technology, Pfizer
Sabina Ewing, Vice President at Pfizer, a leading biopharmaceutical company, has years of experience in management. Previous to joining Pfizer she worked as a Manager for Andersen Business Consulting and BearingPoint Consulting. Sabina holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Virginia, and a Master of Science from New York University.
Global Learning Leader, GE
Paul C. Fama is Senior Leader, Organization and Talent Development, responsible for building GE’s integrated global talent pipeline strategy. In this role, he oversees all talent-related initiatives on behalf of GE Crotonville, the company’s leadership learning and development Institute, and the Global Growth Organization.
SVP, Director of Talent Acquisition, Omnicom Health Group
Since Ed first joined The CDM Group, now Omnicom Health Group (OHG), in April 2014, he has successfully shifted the reputation of the recruitment department from being a staffing agency to that of true business partner. Ed’s team supports multiple agencies, among them, BioPharm Communications, CDM New York, CDM Princeton, CDM Montreal, DDB Health, Link9, MMG, Patients & Purpose, SSCG Media Group, TBWA\WorldHealth, and the Omnicom Health Group. You can follow him on Twitter @EdwardFrankel.
Chief Learning Officer, EY Americas
As the Chief Learning Officer for EY Americas, Tal Goldhamer, is passionate about inspiring employees and enabling them to have an "Exceptional EY Experience". EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services delivered by EY Americas helps to build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over.
Founder & CEO, Firebrand Group
Jeremy Goldman has been helping some of the world’s leading brands get ahead for over fifteen years. He heads up Firebrand Group, the leading think tank devoted to futureproofing brands and organizations.
Director of Talent & Culture, Voxy
Since joining Voxy, Sabrina Grissom has worked on a variety of interesting projects. She created an inaugural employee handbook within her first two months on the job. This memorable accomplishment impacts every employee at the company. Sabrina studied communications and worked for several different startup companies before joining the HR Team at Voxy as People Operations Manager.
CLO, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Jesse is the Chief Learning Officer responsible for the management, direction and strategy of Consumer & Community Banking training functions. This globally distributed and high impact learning organization supports more than 120 thousand bank employees in addition to developing learning content for strategic vendors.
SVP & GM of the Human Resources Group, Sumitomo Corporation of Americas
In his thirty-plus year career, Bill has had an unparalleled record of achievement in leading turnarounds, start-ups, and strategic re-positioning in large multi-national and small-scale organizations. Bill holds three master’s degrees (MBA, MA, MA) and he has completed the course work toward his Ph.D. at the Fielding Graduate University.
Vice President, Employee Engagement & Research, Prudential
Andrea serves as a vice president in Human Resources at Prudential. Since July 2015, she has been leading the employee research function and is guiding the evolution of the employee engagement measurement strategy. Andrea has worked as a marketing research and communications professional at Prudential for over 20 years. Before moving into her current role, she was a vice president in Global Strategic Research where she rotated in her role serving as the account lead for Brand and Advertising, Human Resources, Prudential Retirement, Prudential Annuities and Prudential Investments. In this capacity, she led primary research projects in support of business, corporate and thought leadership initiatives—providing the knowledge needed to make informed business decisions related to brand, communications, product development, client experience, employee experience and talent management strategies. She has published over a dozen research reports, ranging from retirement issues to women’s financial literacy to veterans’ challenges.
Chief Architect, Talla
Jon Klein is the Chief Architect at Talla. Previously he was Director of Engineering at Drync and prior to that, led the Ad Products team at Tapjoy. Jon has worked extensively with research on evolutionary computation and multi-agent systems and has a M.Sc. in Complex Adaptive Systems from Chalmers University.
VP Corporate Strategic Innovation, Cisco
Maciej Kranz is a technology and business leader, he has earned a reputation for exceeding expected results through relentless execution. Maciej builds and leads exceptional teams to identify solutions that address complex global challenges while enabling Cisco to achieve a market leading position. Maciej is also the author of Building the Internet of Things (John Wiley & Sons, 2016).
Before founding UMU, Mr. Dongshuo Li was a key player at Google, HP and LG. An accomplished trainer and internet technology thought leader, he is uniquely capable of developing learning and engagement solutions that share the world’s best educational resources. Among his accomplishments, Mr. Li is a proud of: Winner of Google’s 2013 Great Manager Award (GMA); Certified Six Sigma Black Belt; Advisor of 15 internet companies who went public on NASDAQ and similar exchanges; Volunteer with Junior Achievement, the world’s largest educational NGO where Mr. Li has inspired more than 10,000 students over the past 11 years.
CEO, Sandler Training
Dave Mattson is a best-selling author, sales and management thought leader, keynote speaker and leader for sales training seminars around the world. As CEO and President of Sandler Training, Mr. Mattson oversees the corporate direction and strategy for the company’s global operations including sales, marketing, consulting, alliances and support. His key areas of focus are sales leadership, strategy and client satisfaction.
Founding Partner, Future Workplace
Jeanne is Partner at Future Workplace, a consulting firm dedicated to assisting organizations in re-thinking, re-imagining, and re-inventing the workplace. Jeanne is the receipt of the Distinguished Contribution in Workplace Learning Award from the Association for Talent Development (ATD), and is the author of three books, Corporate Quality Universities, Corporate Universities, and Jeanne’s latest book, the 2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop & Keep Tomorrow’s Employees Today.
Partner, Future Workplace
Kevin J. Mulcahy is a partner with Future Workplace and co-host of the Future Workplace Network, a membership community for HR executives. Organizations across multiple industries and geographies regularly engage him to facilitate corporate workshops on ‘future-proofing’ their business and HR strategies. Kevin provides coaching on leadership effectiveness at Harvard Business School and is an adjunct faculty member at Babson College.
Head of Learning Technology & Innovation, S&P Global Ratings
Donna is the Global Head of Learning Technology and Innovation for Ratings Learning, and leads a team of Learning Designers, Trainers, and Technologists who produce innovative, engaging, cutting edge learning experiences for all S&P Global Ratings employees worldwide. Prior to her role at S&P Global, she led an internal team researching and testing new pedagogies and learning innovations for Philips N.V. in Amsterdam, providing learning and development strategies for the company’s 100,000 global employees. Prior to Philps, Dr. Murdoch was Global Digital Learning Consultant for UNICEF as part of their digital transformation initiative and has held digital learning positions at Apollo Education Group, Temple University, and a number of other organizations. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University Teacher’s College and University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.
Director, Customer Success, D2L
Sarah Nicholl has focused her career on extending the reach of learning through technology. Over the past 20 years, Sarah has consulted with companies to design enterprise learning programs, implement learning and talent platforms, lead strategy engagements, and advise on measuring learning's impact on business outcomes. Sarah has authored several methodologies and white papers, and led webinars and presented at conferences worldwide. Sarah holds a Masters of Education focused on learning, work and change and is interested in how technology is shaping the skills we'll need in the future and the impact on workplace learning. Today, Sarah serves as the Director, Customer Success for D2L where she works with D2L's corporate clients to help them achieve measurable value from engaging learning programs on the D2L platform.
Vice President of Learning, Time Inc.
Amanda Pacitti is the Manager of Learning at Time Inc., where she conceives, builds, and leads digital skills workshops for brands like People, InStyle, Sports Illustrated, and Time. She joined the company early last year to rethink how to deliver learning programs to staff. Prior to joining Time, she managed education at Mediabistro. She started her career as a newspaper reporter in Rhode Island.
Associate Director, Learning and Development, Cognizant Technology Solutions
Subadhra Parthasarathy leads the Learning Technologies and Platform Strategy for Cognizant Academy wherein she focuses on designing the associate’s learning experience that assures capability uplift and enables career transition for Cognizant’s employees. As portfolio owner, Subadhra has extensive knowledge and experience in architecting and designing learning solutions that help uplift associate capabilities in Project /Program Management, Data warehousing, Testing, System Architecture and Consulting areas. For over 19 years her experience spans software development, program management, change management and talent development with global cultural exposure. She is well known among her colleagues for her passion towards creative problem solutioning, accelerating change and people skills. Subadhra has Professional Graduate Certificate in Data Science from Harvard University. Subadhra has a Bachelor of Engineering specializing in Computer Science from Annamalai University in India. She has been recognized by the TrainingMag as an Emerging Training Leader. She is a certified PgMP and PMP via PMI.
Senior Vice President, McGraw-Hill Education
Zach Posner is a Senior Vice President at McGraw-Hill Education (MHE), heading up the learning science platforms team, working to open and license MHE’s technology platforms that allow for learners to learn more effectively and efficiently through adaptive learning to corporations, publishers, and education institutions globally. The platforms include authoring, delivery, and reporting capabilities that not only allow authors and designers to continuously improve their content but also enable instructors to tailor their classes based on learner engagement, progress, and outcomes. Zach joined MHE through its acquisition of Engrade, where he was the CEO and co-founder. Prior to Engrade, Zach led digital activities at media companies and worked in finance and venture capital. In recent years, he served as an adjunct professor at the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California.
Vice President of Global Leadership & Associate Development, ADP
Amy Powell, VP Global Leadership & Associate Development for ADP, is a transformational change leader. Prior to joining ADP, Amy was SVP Marketing and Sales Strategy for One Call Care Management, VP Sales Operations Gen110 and Senior Director of ES World Wide Sales Learning Content. She holds a BA from Skidmore College and a Master of Arts from Catholic University of America.
Group Head: Talent, Learning and Org Dev., Ecobank Transnational Inc.
Prior to joining Ecobank (one of the largest Pan-African Financial institutions), Simon has worked in both consulting and for leading international companies in Education, Technology, Energy, INGO and Banking sector in positions ranging from Talent, Learning, Organizational Development and overall General Management. In his global work, Simon has led multicultural and multi-regional teams, functions and businesses across Africa and Europe. Simon's life work is to research and design strategy driven Talent, Leadership and OD solutions that empower individuals, teams and organizations, across Africa, to turn challenges into sustainable opportunities by leveraging on interconnectedness of people, structures, systems and processes.
Senior Director of WW Learning Go To Markets, Microsoft
Chris Roy is the Senior Director of Microsoft’s Learning and Readiness Team, a training and skills development organization reaching millions of Microsoft customers, partners and employees worldwide with innovative learning products and services that helps maximize the use of Microsoft technologies to realize their full potential. Chris has spent the last 25 years in the education industry and focuses on innovation in learning. He also holds advisory and board positions in multiple education industry companies.
Vice President, Business Development, edX
Lee Rubenstein is the VP of Business Development at edX. He leads engagements with prospects and partners including Foundations, NGO’s, Corporations, and Governments both local and international. Lee has been building, running, and advising global businesses in the learning, communications, and media space for 20+ years. Most recently he served 5 years as President and COO of TBA Global, and as an advisor to several companies in the online entertainment space. Lee’s career has been focused on incorporating innovative technology and strategy to assist high profile brands improve their business results through education, communications, strategy and media.
Founder and CEO, Computer Aid
Tony Salvaggio is President and CEO of Computer Aid (CAI). Prior to founding CAI, Mr. Salvaggio spent 22 years at IBM. In 2003, he founded the IT Metrics and Productivity Institute (ITMPI). ITMPI is dedicated to the improvement of software development practices and management, and holds more than 20 conferences internationally, publishes a weekly industry newsletter, and hosts over 100 webinars per year.
Chief Learning Officer, Ericsson
Brad Samargya is a transformational leader of successful global teams driving business transformations for customers, employees, and channel partners both as a P&L owner/GM and as a Chief Learning Officer at Ericsson and CA Technologies. He is the winner of numerous awards in learning and a recognized speaker in the industry, providing foundational experience as a former CFO and enterprise consultant.
Author, Investor, and CEO, NetCom Learning & Sarder TV
Russell Sarder is an award winning author, investor and CEO of NetCom Learning and Sarder TV. Sarder is the author of 'Building and Innovative Learning Organization', and 'Learning: Steps to Becoming a Passionate Lifelong Learner and Effective Learning Methods'. He is a business practitioner and mentor for MBA students and alumni at Columbia University, named Executive of the Year 2012 by the American Business Awards, as well as one of the Top 10 Asian American Businessmen.
Senior Director- Global Learning & Development, Ellucian
For the past 25+ years, Tracy has worked with startups, small businesses and Fortune 50 firms, and is highly-regarded for helping companies and individuals access new potential, improve their performance and achieve desired results. She has worked in Aerospace & Defense, Banking & Financial Services, Federal/State Government, Professional Services, national Not-for-Profits and Healthcare. Most recently Tracy is the Senior Director of Learning & Development at Ellucian where she is challenging the status quo to breathe new life into talent management strategies to impact business results. Tracy has a Masters in Human Resources from George Mason University, is a certified coach from ICF, and is on faculty at the Gestalt Institute in Cape Cod facilitating programs in leadership effectiveness.
Chief of Education Strategy, Dell EMC
As the Head of the Center for Analytics, Performance, and Information for Education Services at Dell EMC, Sydney spearhead the global learning strategy while strengthening talent, information, and knowledge management across the enterprise. She designs best-in-class quality learning interventions, perfect global business processes, optimize organizational scalability, and harmonize business acquisitions.
Partner and Research Director, Future Workplace
Dan Schawbel is a New York Times bestselling author, serial entrepreneur, Fortune 500 consultant, Millennial TV personality, global keynote speaker, career, workplace expert and startup advisor. He is a Partner and Research Director at Future Workplace, founder of Millennial Branding and bestselling author of two career books: Promote Yourself and Me 2.0. He’s conducted over 35 research studies, interviewed over 1,700 successful people, written more than 2,000 articles, and spoken at over 100 conferences, companies, and universities.
Former Chief Information Officer, McKesson
Randy Spratt is a seasoned senior technology executive, deeply rooted in risk management, with expertise in process efficiency and driving business value from technology investments. He has managed complex software development businesses in the healthcare information industries, with successful leadership track records from start-ups to world-class organizations. He is remarkable for his leadership, talent management, candor, and depth of knowledge in technology, healthcare, and security.
Vice President, Enterprise, Coursera
Julia is the Vice President for Enterprise and International at Coursera. In this capacity she oversees Coursera's work with corporations and government, as well as their international expansion. She joined Coursera a month after it launched as the company's first business hire and 12th employee. Before Coursera she managed the North America sales and global community management team for Google Apps for Education. In this role she helped to grow Google Apps for Education to over 18m active students, faculty and staff and 70% of the top 100 US universities.
Global Head of Talent Management, Morgan Stanley
Peg Sullivan, the Global Head of Talent Management at Morgan Stanley, has been with the company in various positions since 1998. Her career has including being Managing Director, Global Head of Talent Management, Head of HR, Investment Banking, Head of HR, Finance, and HR Generalist. She holds a BA from Fordham University and a Master’s Degree from Johns Hopkins University.
Director, Global Human Capital, PwC
Joanne is an experienced Human Capital Leader with a strong reputation for leadership and impact. Her 29 years in Development and Talent Management, 23 years with PwC International LLC, have provided her with an exceptionally deep network of PwC colleagues world wide that enable her to set and implement organizational goals, change management practices; resulting in significant impact on territory operations and culture. She is known for her ability to lead large complex network-wide organizational projects to successful completion.
Strategist, Author, Coach & Journalist, Sarder TV
Phil Weinzimer is the author of The Strategic CIO: Changing the Dynamics of the Business Enterprise, and is also President of Strategere Consulting. Previously Mr. Weinzimer was Managing Principal of Professional Services for IT Business Management at BMC Software and held Managing Principal positions in the Professional Services organizations of ITM Software, CAI, and Sapient.
Executive Fellow and Senior Advisor, Study.com
Kevin Wilde has a 34 year corporate career in leadership & talent named #1 Learning Elite organization and is also in Training magazine Hall of Fame. Kevin has also received multiple awards for his writing in the leadership and talent field.