Siobhan McHale is an “insider” and has been the executive in charge of culture change in a series of multinational firms. Her work was used as a case study by Professor John Kotter at Harvard Business School, to teach MBA students about how to manage change.
Siobhan’s recent book The Insider’s Guide to Culture Change has been described, by culture pioneer Carolyn Taylor, as “the most ground-breaking thinking on how to change workplace culture that I’ve seen in many years”.
In 2020, Siobhan was selected as a member of the Thinkers50 Radar for “tackling the big issues of our time with rigour and energy”. She is currently employed as the Executive General Manager of People, Culture & Change at DuluxGroup.
Bruce Daisley is one of the UKs most influential voices on fixing work published in the Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal and The Guardian. He is a regular contributor to Wired. His book was the UK’s top selling business hardback of 2019 and is an international bestseller – translated into 15 languages. Previously he spent over a decade running Twitter and YouTube (the latter at Google) for Europe, leaving Twitter as its most senior leader outside of the US.
Bruce runs the Apple #1 Business Chart topping podcast Eat Sleep Work Repeat on work culture.
Jacqueline brings 20+ years of experience in HR, inclusion and diversity strategy and execution to Freddie Mac partnering with the senior team to mobilize and activate people to drive business results. As head of HR, Jacqueline leads a team of experts in the optimal delivery of HR functions such as talent management, compensation, total well-being, analytics and workforce technology along with emerging business drivers such as artificial intelligence. As Chief Diversity Officer, Jacqueline leads Freddie Mac’s inclusion and diversity strategy along with required diversity reporting to the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
Matt Gosney is a strategic talent management executive with a deep background leading integrated talent strategies in a variety of organizations. He currently serves as the Vice-President of Organizational Development & Learning for UCHealth, a 25,000 employee academic healthcare system headquartered in Colorado. Previous employers include Hillcrest Healthcare System, Walmart, and The Hartford. He holds a Doctorate of Education in Human Resources Development from the University of Arkansas, and Masters and Bachelors degrees in Psychology from the University of Central Oklahoma and Brigham Young University, respectively. An Oklahoma native, he and his wife Sharon reside in Parker, CO where they raise their two boys, cook big meals for friends and family, watch college football, and enjoy the natural beauty of Colourful Colorado.
Deb joined Compass in August 2019, she is seeking to bring the company’s commitment to 600,000 people to life every day. Her remit includes people and organisation effectiveness, diversity & inclusion, policy, HRIS transformation and strategic business partnering.
Previously CPO at Yoox Net-A-Porter she led the transformation and build of the people function, the people integration with Richemont post-acquisition and was involved in the due diligence work for the China Alibaba JV.
At BT she held roles as CHRO for global services, chief learning officer, and HRD BT Retail. She created the global performance policy; built its Academy and digital portal for learning, collaboration and knowledge management; launched BT’s Tech Literacy campaign to 400,000 children via 15,000 teachers; led the initial people and cultural integration stream for EE acquisition; and was part of the executive team to launch BT Sport in 2013.
Kristen is currently the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Barilla and has been a member of the D&I Board since its formation in 2013. Kristen reports to the CEO of Barilla and leads a 12 member D&I Board, comprised of internal members from 8 key countries and 2 external advisors.
Previously, Kristen was VP of R&D for the Asia, Africa and Australia region for Barilla, based in Singapore. She joined Barilla in 2010 as VP of Research, based at the Barilla Headquarters in Parma, Italy.
After a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering, Kristen joined Kraft Foods R&D in Chicago, where she spent 10 years in positions of increasing responsibility in various roles.
In 1999, she relocated to Melbourne, Australia to assume the leadership of the R&D organization for Kraft Australia/NZ. After 3 years, she moved to Munich, Germany to manage R&D for the Kraft EU Food Categories. In 2007, she joined the Coca Cola Company and transferred to Shanghai, China to lead the building of the Global Innovation and Technology Center and the expansion of the R&D organization’s capabilities.
Vidya Krishnan is the Chief Learning Officer of Ericsson, leading Ericsson’s Global Learning and Development team as part of Ericsson’s Global People organization. Vidya and team are responsible for transforming capability creation for every one of Ericsson’s 95,000+ people in over 180 countries around the world, empowering an intelligent, sustainable, and connected world.
Vidya Krishnan is a technology and entrepreneurial leader with 20+ years of experience in Networks, Digital Services, Learning, Engineering, Consulting, and Business Transformation. She holds a B.S. degree from Princeton University and an M.S. degree from Stanford University in Electrical Engineering. Vidya is proud and privileged to sponsor the Ericsson-Girl Scouts Alliance, dedicated to building tomorrow’s STEM Leadership Pipeline today. She and her husband Karthik are parents to two teenagers and two dogs (who behave like teenagers). Vidya and her best friend Nithya enjoy coaching their kids’ team in Destination Imagination, a global, non-profit, creative problem-solving organization.
Rita McGrath is a best-selling author, a sought-after speaker, and a longtime professor at Columbia Business School. She is widely recognized as a premier expert on leading innovation and growth during times of uncertainty. Rita has received the #1 achievement award for strategy from the prestigious Thinkers50 and has been consistently named one of the world’s Top 10 management thinkers in its bi-annual ranking. As a consultant to CEOs, her work has had a lasting impact on the strategy and growth programs of Fortune 500 companies worldwide.
Rita is the author of the best-selling The End of Competitive Advantage (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013). Her new book is Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019). She has written three other books, including Discovery Driven Growth, cited by Clayton Christensen as creating one of the most important management ideas ever developed. She is a highly sought-after speaker at exclusive corporate events around the globe, such as the Global Peter Drucker Forum.
She received her Ph.D. from the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) and has degrees with honors from Barnard College and the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs.
Sarah Shepherd is AVP, HR Transformation and Employee Enablement at Manulife. As a member of the Employee Experience team, Sarah is responsible for supporting the transformation efforts aligned to HR’s strategic priorities and enabling a human-centered design mindset across the function.
Prior to joining Manulife, Sarah was a Senior Manager in the Talent and Organization practice at Accenture, a global management consulting firm. A passionate history buff, Sarah serves on the board of the Architecture Conservancy of Ontario and is an active member of Girl Guides of Canada. Sarah holds a Bachelors degree in History and Political Science from McMaster University.
Chuck Heaton, People & Culture Expert and HRD Thought Leader, is a Senior HR Consultant for Talent IQ, LLC, a broad-based Human Resources and Talent consultancy. He serves as a senior advisor for the West Virginia University Masters of Human Resource programme and the HRD Summit US Conference. Chuck has also been a featured speaker and facilitator at multiple gatherings such as Leap HR, Ethics & Compliance Officers Association (ECOA) and Accenture Leadership.
Jason Arnold is a consultant, author, and entrepreneur. As Director of Leadership Solutions at Inspire Software, he leverages his 20+ years of experience as a professional facilitator and instructional designer in leadership theory and application to integrate leadership philosophy and approaches to the leadership development market. Jason has extensive experience training and developing leadership concepts in both classroom and virtual learning platforms, working with some of the most recognized leadership and business book authors in the leadership development industry. He is a Certified Consulting Associate for The Ken Blanchard Companies and Consulting Partner for Inspire Leadership Genius.
Laura Keith is Head of Partnerships at Hive Learning. Laura is highly motivated with key skills in creating and implementing a digital collaboration strategy. Partnering and working agile with FTSE 100 Halma, Sky, Inchcape, Worldpay, Naspers, Innogy, Jaguar Land Rover and Barclays to create behaviour change across organisations. She specialises in leadership and innovation programmes. Laura has acquired a combination of qualifications and training in Occupational Psychology, Level A and B test qualified and NLP training, alongside 10 years experience working in management within a customer-focused sales environment has developed a strong understanding of working with people and technology to improve business performance.
Paul Niven is a management consultant, author, and noted speaker on the subjects of Strategy, Strategy Execution, Objectives and Key Results (OKRs), and Balanced Scorecard. As both a practitioner and Consultant he has developed successful strategy execution systems for clients large and small in a wide variety of organizations, including Fortune 1000 companies, public sector, and nonprofit agencies. Paul is the founder of both OKRsTraining.com and The Senalosa Group, which together have assisted over three hundred organizations around across the globe to effectively execute their strategy.
Alex is a highly experienced employee engagement consultant, trainer and speaker. For over 15 years she has helped HR and business leaders implement strategies that drive true culture change. Her wealth of knowledge comes from coaching and training thousands of managers from a wide range of industries across the globe. Alex focuses on providing organizations with proven practices that drive results for varied leadership styles and the multiple generations in the modern workforce. Her presentation will leave you motivated and better equipped to lead your organization on a path to a more engaged workforce, making the world a better place to work.
Melanie Lougee recently joined ServiceNow, the market leader in employee service delivery, to lead strategy for their overall Employee Workflow business. Prior to joining ServiceNow Melanie was a Research Vice President at Gartner where she led the 2018 and 2019 HCM Suites Magic Quadrants. She also published on topics ranging from Performance and Rewards to Diversity and Inclusion. Her early career was spent in various HR product strategy roles ranging from leading product strategy for the market leading PeopleSoft Core HR to heading product strategy for start-up companies. Melanie holds a B.A. in English from Santa Clara University.
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