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January 29-30, 2020 | San Francisco

The future of work is now.

Jeffrey Pfeffer 

Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business



Author of the bestselling book 



American business theorist and is considered one of today's most influential management thinkers. Jeffrey Pfeffer is a recipient the Richard D. Irwin Award presented by the Academy of Management for scholarly contributions to management and numerous awards for his articles and books. Also listed in the top 25 management thinkers by Thinkers 50 and as one of the Most Influential HR International Thinkers by HR Magazine. 

He is the author or co-author of 15 books including :

•  Leadership B.S.: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time;

•  The Human Equation: Building Profits by Putting People First;

•  Power: Why Some People Have It—and Others Don’t;


Benjamin Pring

Co-Founder & Managing Director




Co-Author of, "What To Do When Machines Do Everything."


A widely acknowledged IT futurist and thought leader with a storied track record working with the biggest and fastest growing IT innovators and the most demanding and sophisticated IT buyers. Ben's expertise has helped clients see around corners, think the unthinkable and calculate the compound annual growth rate of unintended consequences.


Cognizant (Nasdaq-100: CTSH) is a world-leading professional services company and employs well over 250,000 in the United States and over 180,00 in India.



Saskia Blochberger

VP HR Strategy, Governance & Transformation 



With over 70,000 employees in over 100 countries, DB Schenker is one of the world’s largest providers of logistics services, with assets in maritime, air, and rail transportation. DB Schenker has a central focus on innovation and digitalization within HR in order to prepare its workforce for the future by engaging in digitalization, by embracing new technologies and by incorporating new measures – such as automation – into their strategy, to ensure future readiness.


When the HR department at Db Schenker wanted disrupt the way business was done, they set forth a new team dedicated to HR innovation who planted ground in San Francisco in an HR innovation hub. This was just their first move in challenging the status quo. 

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Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.

President & CEO



Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, is President and Chief Executive Officer of SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management. With over 300,000 members in 165 countries, SHRM is the largest HR professional association in the world, impacting the lives of 115 million workers every day.

As a global leader on the future of employment, culture and leadership, Mr. Taylor is a sought- after voice on all matters affecting work, workers and the workplace. He is frequently asked to testify before Congress on critical workforce issues and authors a weekly column, "Ask HR," in USA Today.

Mr. Taylor's career spans over 20 years as a lawyer, human resources executive and CEO in both the not-for-profit and for-profit space. He has held senior and chief executive roles at IAC/Interactive Corp, Viacom's Paramount Pictures and Blockbuster Entertainment Group, McGuireWoods LLC, and Compass Group USA. Most recently, Mr. Taylor was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

He is a member of the White House American Workforce Policy Advisory Board and was appointed by President Donald Trump as Chairman of the President's Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He serves on the boards of the University of Miami, Jobs for America's Graduates and the American Red. He is licensed to practice law in Florida, Illinois and Washington, D.C.


Audrey Williams-Lee

SVP, Human Resources, Talent Acquisition & Philanthropy



Audrey Willimans-Lee has made exceptional contributions to organizational excellence as an outcome focused business leader of strategic talent management, leadership development, M&A integration, and change initiatives at Hyatt Hotels Corporation.


She possess an engaging communication and interpersonal style that builds trust, high staff morale, and productive business relationships across all levels of the organization.


At Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Audrey creates  work climates that balance flexibility, creativity, and practicality – trying new methods and taking calculated risks to accelerate achievement of results. 

Aaron Hurst



Author, "The Purpose Economy: How Your Desire for Impact, Personal Growth and Community Is Changing the World"

Founder, Taproot Foundation


In 2014 Aaron Hurst, Ashoka fellow and founder of Imperative and Taproot Foundation, published The Purpose Economy, the book that catalyzed the purpose revolution.


A globally recognized social entrepreneur who works to create communities that are empowered to realize their potential. He is the CEO of Imperative, a B Corp advocating for Purpose-Oriented Workers and supporting the organizations that embrace them.


Ann Kovalchick

Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer 



With over 30 years of experience in the US and abroad leading organizations in the strategic use of digital technologies, Ann has designed, implemented, and managed technology resources and services across multiple domains:  Ann's professional interests include ethnographic methods, organizational design and technology management. Ann holds a Ph. D. in Instructional Design from the University of Virginia, an MA in Public Anthropology from American University, and a B.Sc. in Communication from Ohio University. Previously, she has served as CIO at Drake University, Deputy CIO at Tulane University, and Dir of Academic Computing at Ohio University.

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Susan Kalweit 

Director, Analysis Directorate 



Sue Kalweit, NGA director of the Analysis Directorate, has been heavily involved in the agency’s modernization, focusing on data science, artificial intelligence, and automation. She is responsible for leading NGA’s geospatial intelligence analytic capabilities and resources as well as modernizing NGA’s analytic efforts toward the future, consistent with the NGA Strategy. Analysts at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) often work behind the scenes, providing maps and data to policymakers, the armed forces, intelligence agencies, and first responders. Their work supports critical military, political, and humanitarian missions worldwide with  support from ai and machine learning to process data and help speed the delivery of powerful geospatial intelligence.


Christal Morris

Chief Diversity Officer

Global Inclusion & Engagement


Dr. Morris is a client focused and results-oriented leader with a commitment to optimizing talent. Her over 24 years of experience in HR, across several leading organizations like Willis Towers Watson, Time Warner, Ernst & Young and Intel have provided her with Strategic Human Resources experience in areas of Leadership Development, talent management, employee engagement, and Diversity. Dr. Morris has expertise in inclusiveness strategy, organizational development, recruitment, work/life flexibility programs, employee relations and University relations in both domestic and global settings. 


Ross Sparkman

Head of Workforce Planning


former Head of Strategic Workforce Planning,



Contemporary people leader with deep business acumen and an analytical approach in the fields of Human Capital Strategy and Strategic Workforce Planning. His modern approach to improving company performance through its most valuable asset - PEOPLE - spans across several industries and focuses on leveraging big data and advanced statistics to help align the workforce with organizational strategy. Once aligned, talent levers can be used to create an optimal employee and organizational "people" mix that drives superior company performance.

Candi Castleberry

VP, Diversity Partnership Strategy and Engagement 




Jennifer Andrew

Senior Vice President 


Jenn is a Senior Vice President in The Academy at Bank of America. She has more than 20 years of experience in the financial industry. Throughout her career she has been responsible for leading large teams in diverse capacities ranging from mergers and acquisitions to contact centers and telesales centers, to direct event marketing, to project and portfolio owners in the digital banking space. Jenn was appointed the Executive Liaison for a global financial firm, where she consulted for their digital banking teams internationally. 

Currently, Jenn is leading Strategic Partnerships focused on establishing The Academy as a “best in class” platform that includes physical location strategy and implementation as well as future integration with our community partnerships. 


Ulysses Smith

Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Leader



Professional and entrepreneur with a keen interest in organizational diversity and creating inclusive environments. His work is centered around participatory governance structures and creating access to institutions and decision-making processes for under-served and underrepresented groups. He is a graduate of Cornell University, where he successfully completed a dual degree program, earning both a Bachelor of Science in Urban & Regional Studies from the College of Architecture, Art, & Planning and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the College of Arts & Sciences with  minors in Education focused on education administration and policy, and Law & Society.  


Feng Hou (侯风)

Chief Digital Transformation Evangelist


Leading advocate for blockchain adoption in education. In 2019 Maryville University announced the appointment of Feng Hou as its chief digital transformation evangelist, a new position created to lead the university through a digital transformation of the learning and living experience of thousands of Maryville students. Hou previously served as chief information officer and chief learning officer at Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) in Albuquerque, NM, where he oversaw the office of digital strategies as well as IT operations and CNM’s Online College. Last year, Hou oversaw a blockchain initiative to implement student-owned digital certificate and degree diploma solutions. With this initiative, CNM was the first community college nationwide to use blockchain technology to provide students with digital credentials.

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Ronald (Ron) McKinley 

Managing Director

The International Center for Enterprise Engagement

Former Chief Human Resources Offic, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Former CHRO, Texas Children’s Hospital & Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center


Co-founder of the International Center for Enterprise Engagement at, the first and currently only certification organization for the first ISO (International Organization for Standardization) standards for quality people management and human resources practices, including ISO 10018 Quality People Management standards; ISO 30414 Human Capital Disclosure guidelines; ISO 30401 Knowledge Management standards, and ISO 10667 Assessment services standards. 


Denise (Lee) Yohn

Author of the bestselling books "What Great Brands Do" and "FUSION"​

former Vice President & General Manager, Brand & Strategy at Sony

Contributor to Harvard Business Review and Forbes


Denise Lee Yohn is the go-to expert on brand leadership for national media outlets, an in-demand keynote speaker and consultant, and an influential writer. Denise is the author of the bestselling books What Great Brands Do: The Seven Brand-Building Principles that Separate the Best from the Rest and FUSION: How Integrating Brand and Culture Powers the World's Greatest Companies 


Sally Thornton

CEO & Founder

Forshay & WorkLabAccelerator


Advisory Council, Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research


Sally founded Forshay in 2011 to connect the Bay Area’s most innovative and progressive companies with exceptional talent, on demand. Prior to founding Forshay, Sally co-founded Flexperience in 2006 which she led into a nationally acclaimed firm that the San Francisco Business Times listed as one of its 2010 “Top 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies.” Sally works with Stanford’s “Redesigning and Redefining Work” project to support efforts to restructure workplaces to more effectively align with the lives of today’s workforce while harnessing diverse talent for future success.  


Lori Adams   

Veterans Policy Director & NLx Senior Advisor



A subject matter expert in Veterans Employment & Training, National Labor Exchange, Apprenticeship and welfare reform. Recognized as national leader in use of technology to increase job postings, leading effort to grow job bank from 4,000 jobs to over 53,000. Proficient in cost allocating and developing multiple funding stream budgets.Wrote numerous field memos, policy papers, state plans, reports and proposals. Supervised between 10 and 40 direct reports, served on hiring teams, conducted investigations, made recommendations for personnel actions and represented employer in multiple levels of appeals. Participated in agency strategic planning activities. Wrote training guides and regional/statewide plans for all programs under her supervision.


Phyllis Stewart Pires   

Assistant Vice President, WorkLife Strategy

University Human Resources



Stewart Pires came to Stanford with an extensive background in providing practical, comprehensive programs to improve the workplace for families. She spent many years designing, building and managing corporate child-care centers. Stewart Pires was operations director for the Apple Child Care Center and PG&E Children's Centers, taking both through NAEYC accreditation. She also founded the award-winning Family Services programs at Cisco. She has held a variety of HR, communications and diversity roles at Cisco and SAP. 


Anna Wong

Deputy Director, Digital Academy

Canada School of Public Service



Disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence will have significant impact on the economy and society, yet little is done today to prepare our workforce for this large scale change.  In the public sector, responsible for delivering key services including to those most vulnerable in our societies, we are challenged to keep up with the pace, let alone transform our workforce to take advantage of the people, processes and tools of today’s digital era to meet our citizens’ expectations.  Anna Wong is passionate about developing the mindsets and skills of public servants to tackle the wicked problems of today and prepare for the unknown challenges of tomorrow. She is currently the Deputy Director at the Digital Academy at the Canada School of Public Service where she is focused on problem-based learning and increasing digital skills in the public service in the areas of data, artificial intelligence/machine learning, design and development operations.


Chase Rowbotham

Head of People Analytics


Chase Rowbotham is Head of People Analytics for Genentech. Hired into the role in April 2015, Chase is responsible for leading a team of professionals to develop and execute an HR analytics strategy that enables data-driven decisions across the entire employee lifecycle. People Analytics is dedicated to creating a great place for the organization’s 15,000 employees to do their best work in support of Genentech’s mission and goals.

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Anja Hamilton

Executive Vice President

Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO)



A visionary thought leader who aligns people with business growth and success. Motivates through energetic, confident leadership, and is an expert in creating agile work teams that move with the speed of innovation. Has a proven track record of building systems and programs that foster exponentially increasing total shareholder value. 

Tisha Leslie

former Dir., Employer Brand



Strategic marketing, advertising and brand executive with nearly 20 years of experience helping companies get picked by the right people for the right reasons – because getting picked by customers, employees, investors and communities at large is what makes a company grow and thrive. 


My work sits at the intersection of brand, culture and experience. Who are you? How does that need to be expressed? Does the experience measure up?


Valerie Morignat


Founder & CEO


MIT Certified, AI & Design 


Dr. Valerie Morignat is the Founder and CEO of Intelligent Story – a company based in San Francisco specializing in AI Strategy, design, and digital transformation.


In France, she has been a tenured Associate Professor of Cinema and Interactive Arts at the University of Montpellier III, and a Researcher in virtual environments and cognition at the Sorbonne University of Paris. She served as Government appointed Innovation Strategy Consultant prior to moving to San Francisco, where she occupied positions such as Head of Interactive Innovation in healthcare-centric creative agencies and CIO in technology startups.


Dr Morignat founded Intelligent Story to help leaders and organizations drive value from AI with ethically aligned strategies. 


Mark Levy 

People and Culture Advisor


Pioneer of the shift from HR to Employee Experience AIRBNB


Previously, at Airbnb, my team and I pioneered the shift from HR to Employee Experience, which has since created significant changes in the way organizations globally are looking at expanding the HR function to focus on the entire employee journey. Glassdoor recognized us by by naming Airbnb the #1 Place to Work in 2016. The last 8 months I helped Allbirds shift from People Ops to Employee Experience and put in place the foundation to scale their people and culture as they expand globally. 


Bindu Garapaty

Organizational Development




Leadership , Diversity Training, Increasing Human Capital , Maternal Health & Well-being


Our experiences shape our perceptions of the world. We determine our success and manage our lives based on the relationships that guide us. Identifying our personal 'training" grounds is what makes me thrive in my work in executive coaching, leadership development, diversity, millennial and multi-cultural training. 

Dawn Klinghoffer

Head of People Analytics


Always looking for creative and data-driven ways to influence people decisions with confidence, Dawn is the General Manager of the HR Business Insights team at Microsoft overseeing advanced people analytics research for Microsoft’s business units globally, as well as analytics and reporting support for HR programs, including Global Diversity & Inclusion, Global HR Services, Talent Management, and Learning & Development. She is also responsible for reporting tools and technology for HR and employee data privacy.  


Sarah Staley

Head of Employer Brand | Employee Engagement Evangelist  


Sarah leverages brand research and data to develop insight-based recommendations for impact recruiting, diversity and inclusion. Integrating culture, community and cause to spotlight what makes authentic and unique. She works directly with leadership to amplify our actions to become an even more diverse and inclusive organization. Instrumental in leading culture-based initiatives. Drives systemic and behavioral actions and changes to increase employee engagement and culture. 

Andrea Benavides

Global Operations & Strategic Planning - Global Benefits, Total Rewards & Global Mobility


An innovator of ideas and producer of superior results, Andrea supports the operations and strategy for HPE’s Global Benefits & Mobility team.  In addition to leading the execution of leadership’s vision, Andrea is the project leader, owner and program manager for all of HPE’s Work That Fits Your Life initiatives. Announced and implemented in 2019, these initiatives introduced work/life balance programs in over fifty countries for all HPE employees, promoting a focused approach to family and career.  With a passion for well-being and being your best self, Andrea brings that to her own home and career as a wife, mother of two, and pursuing her Masters of Science degree in Human Resource Analytics and Management from American University in Washington D.C.  

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Elyse Rosenblum

Founder and Principal


Elyse Rosenblum is a thought leader who has extensive experience working with private sector leaders, nonprofits, and foundations to develop a strategy to engage employers in creating talent pipelines to access opportunity youth, young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 who are out of school and out of work. As a Founder and Principal of Grads of Life, Elyse is responsible for setting the strategy and direction of the Grads of Life initiative. Grads of Life consists of a multi-media advertising campaign designed to change how employers think about talent.


Paul Estes

Editor & Chief 


Host, The Talent Economy Podcast

Paul Estes is an unstoppable advocate for the Talent Economy who is dedicated to creating opportunity for everyone, reskilling by doing, and bringing diversity to our work. For 20 years, Paul struggled to balance his home life with fast-moving leadership roles at Dell, Amazon, and Microsoft, where he led a team of progressive HR, procurement, and legal trailblazers to launch Microsoft's Gig Economy freelance program and  host of the Gig Mindset podcast. Currently host of The Talent Economy podcast. Each week, Paul provides insights and perspective to over 20,000 readers of his LinkedIn newsletter.  


Lucina Di Meco

Senior Director, Girls' Education and Gender Equality, ROOM TO READ

Global Fellow


Lucina is a gender expert with 15+ years of experience in international development and a strong commitment to feminist leadership. Gender equality is my life's work & passion and I never get tired of researching, writing and presenting on it. she/her/hers. 


Rose-Margaret Ekeng-Itua

Professor of Engineering


Passionate about promoting engineering education especially for women and ethnic minorities. Ohlone College is one of the first community colleges to be a member of the Society of Women Engineers—an organization with a mission to empower women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering and technology professions as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity and inclusion..



Alissa Orlando

Co-Founder & CEO 


Orlando is passionate about enabling work that is both flexible and secure. She is the co-founder and CEO of IndyHub, a venture-backed portable benefits platform that allows companies to fund insurance products that employees choose. Prior to IndyHub, Alissa advised startups on capital raising, headed operations for Uber, ran a food delivery company, and served as a consultant with McKinsey & Company. She graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and is pursuing her MBA at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.  


Iris Ware 

Chief Leaning Officer


Before joining the City, Iris Ware led the design, development and implementation of the training function and organizational strategy for Detroit Manufacturing Systems.


In the position of Chief Learning Officer, Ware is responsible for the design, development and implementation of talent development and performance management systems.


She holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, a Master's degree from Wayne State University, a Doctoral degree from Wayne State University.


Shannon Lucas

Co-Founder, Catalyst Constellations


Technical Advisory Council Member, Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy

Intrapreneur. Innovator. Facilitator. Catalyst.

 Specializing in future trend analysis, driving innovation & intrapreneurial culture, and delivering transformational technology solutions guiding Fortune 1000 corporate customers through ideation and prototyping to market entry. Shannon’s mission is to help transform the world’s largest organizations to be more sustainable in every sense of the word; for profit, people, and planet. 


Nancy Kondas

Global Practice Leader

Sustainable Solutions


As Global Practice Leader,Nancy oversees the deployment of global design, development processes and protocols to systematically reach a global market with sound and effective communications and learning solutions. The effort emphasizes the sciences of Affective Psychology and Instructional Design combined with the Art of Transmedia Design and Production. 

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Marilyn Nagel   

Chief Learning Officer



Marilyn’s background that includes over 30 years of experience in the corporate world as a C-Suite executive, a professional therapist, and executive coach. She uses this combination of skills to develop interactive learning that is trans-formative, She most recently served as CEO of Watermark leading strategic initiatives designed to help exceptional women in  Among many prestigious posts, Marilyn was Chief Diversity Officer at Cisco. She was a recognized as a thought leader in creating inclusive environments, and a co-chair of the Conference Board Global Diversity Group as well as senior advisor to the Center for Talent and Innovation.

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Katz Kiely

Founder and CEO 


Katz is an award-winning serial entrepreneur and pioneer. She built the first open innovation platform for HP, re-architected the way a UN agency does business and designed a behaviour change platform with Intel that connected mobiles, big screens and data. She now heads up beep: an empowerment platform that unleashes the problem solving potential of the workforce.  

Anne Bibb

Senior Director, Customer Care


Anne has over twenty years’ experience in call center and the BPO environment, demonstrating strength in building high performing teams to drive operational excellence. Anne was previously the Global Head of Sutherland’s Remote Engagement Solutions team and was responsible for all the existing and new client relationships, employee engagement, and growing the geographic footprint of the remote side of Sutherland’s business. 


Sejal (Sejal Friday) Thakkar

founder and Chief Civility Officer 


Sejal grew up in a suburb of Chicago, Sejal fought hatred and discrimination on a regular basis. Armed with knowledge she gained from these experiences, and a law degree, Sejal teaches that harassment will not stop on its own  – it’s up to all of us to be part of the fight to stop workplace harassment.  Sejal passionately transforms the workplace and education settings into places of civility by empowering others to be a part of the solution.

Cara Brennan Allamano

SVP, People, Places and Learning


Proven leader who has successfully built People functions in fast growing companies. Executive Team member. Managed multiple M&A, including acquisition of Google Satellite business.





Gabe Luna-Ostaseski is an experienced CEO, Board Member, and Investor with deep background in consumer, marketplaces and SaaS businesses. He is the Co-Founder and current Board Member of Modernize, a marketplace in the home improvement category. He founded Upshift Partners which advised and consulted with many of Silicon Valley's most promising technology companies on growth and customer acquisition including Thumbtack, Uber, Lending Home, Metromile and Massdrop.


John O'Duinn

Senior Strategist


John O'Duinn, Founder, Mentor, Author of “Distributed Teams, The Art and Practice of working Together while Physically Apart” Contributor, Vermont's "Remote Worker" law and Massachusetts draft a "Remote Worker" bill. 


Sarah Aerni

Director of Data Science and Engineering 



Leader with technical expertise in building and deploying machine learning models in production. Sarah is  obsessed with agility in data science, monitoring and alerting, refreshing models in production with zero downtime and helping customers address challenges around data bias.  


Brad Gebert

Managing Director



I’m the guy that made a bet with his mother at the age of 13 to buy a new computer in exchange for never asking for another video game for my birthday or Christmas. That deal ignited a passion in me for technology and computer programming that I’ve never lost. Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of working with several successful startups, creating my own startups, and now I am directing that entrepreneurial mentality at SHRM as the Managing Director of ParagonLabs. I’m always inspired when I work with startups that are willing to ask for forgiveness versus asking for permission, because it emboldens me to keep going my own way. If we fail it should be because of ourselves, not because we let others interject their opinions as to what we should do.


Michelle Pullaro

Chief Administrative Officer


As CAO Michelle oversees Per Scholas’ growing operations nationally. Immediately prior, Michelle served as the Managing Partner of a nonprofit management consulting firm, Quidoo and was the Executive Director for Taproot Foundation and leadership roles with Automatic Data Processing (ADP). Michelle attended Columbia University’s Executive Program in Nonprofit Management, earned her MBA from Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business, where she was a recipient of a NASH Honors Scholarship, and holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from University of Wisconsin, Madison.


Christine Boehm

Author, Lawyer 

Christine Boehm advises employers on the challenges presented in managing domestic and international workforces. She advised on international employment matters at DLA Piper, one of the largest law firms in the world.


She will share insights glenned from research on her upcoming book on employment law and workplace culture around the world, tentatively titled The Way the World Works. 

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Michelle D. King

Sr. Director of Enablement Mindfulness Instructor



A Senior Level Organization Development Professional dedicated to continuous process improvement in the face of rapidly evolving organizational growth. Results-oriented and proactive in finding cost-effective, strategic, flexible solutions to organizational challenges. 


Nyima Gyalmo

Video Journalis

Brand Strategist


Work Rebooted onsite video journalist and author of Social Media News Weekly, Nyima Digital guides businesses seeking success in digital marketing including creative campaigns, advertising, social media marketing, and creative content marketing. Doubling down on efficient channels with strategic and creative digital marketing activities. 


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Founder & Curator



David Claveran

Program Manager, America's - Contingent Workforce


Working in people operations, DAVID seeks to create positive change within organizations with current focus on labor services procurement, managed services program development, workforce policy change management, vendor management and workforce planning. David has worked in a variety of high tempo and ambiguous environments both domestically and internationally. spanning driving change as a Military Officer with local governments and villages in Afghanistan to partnering with corporations and developing enterprise wide process improvement programs. 

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Senior Researcher of Privacy, Ethics, Human Rights


Heather leads social science privacy research projects at Intel Labs, where she investigates the ethical, political, and social dynamics of emerging technological systems. Trained as a cognitive scientist (Ph.D. University of Washington) and privacy lawyer (J.D. University of California at Berkeley), her current focus is on developing tools to help engineers and product teams understand how bias, explainability, and privacy challenges associated with AI can entrench and amplify social inequalities.


Heather serves as Mayor Libby Schaaf’s Representative on Oakland’s Privacy Advisory Commission (PAC), a member of San Jose’s Privacy Advisory Task Force and directs the Social Impacts Department of IEEE Pervasive Computing


Tim Wasserman

Chief Learning Officer


Chief Learning Officer


Tim is a skilled collaborator, team builder, partnership champion and thought leader. A results-oriented expert in the successful implementation of large-scale organizational behavior change, Tim has 20+ years experience developing and implementing enterprise-wide initiatives for global Fortune 500 companies and organizations including Cisco, Nationwide, Apple, EU Parliament, Cognizant, Visa, Medtronic, Hewlett-Packard, Nordstrom, Prudential and Boeing. 

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Sean T. Sullivan

Chief Human Resources Officer


Sullivan is responsible for leading SHRM’s HR function, including people strategy, organizational development and culture. 

Sullivan has broad experience developing and delivering on operational HR strategies across complex, multinational organizations. Most recently, he served as vice president of human resources at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. Previously, Sullivan served as vice president of human resources at Science Applications International Corporation, a $4 billion publicly traded technology company with 15,000 employees worldwide. Sullivan holds a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in political science/American studies from Syracuse University.


Nikole Yinger

Learning & Development


fmr. Talent Designer, Airbnb

A systems thinker first, Nikole works to drive transformational change within the organizations she serves. After spending nearly 5 years at Airbnb as Senior Talent Designer. she now usesHuman Centered design to build learning experiences with the aim to help employees grow in today's changing environment by creating and scaling innovative offerings for individuals, teams, and leaders with particular attention to Diversity & Belonging as well as Sustainable Performance & Well-Being. 


Abby Eaton Feinberg

Employee Engagement Programs



Abby has spent her professional career all over the US (New York, San Diego, Austin, and now Nashville) designing meaningful programs and experiences for employees at growth stage startups and established Fortune 500 Companies. Currently, Abby is Sr Manager of Employee Engagement Programs at Asurion, where she's leading the strategy, roadmap, and build of best-in-class engagement practices for their global 12K Customer Solutions team. Prior, Abby lead Employee Experience for the Worldwide Customer Experience team at Electronic Arts, creating programs and practices to take their reputation from the dregs of Reddit to a best-in-class contact center. Abby has served on the National Board for the National Human Resources Association and is a return speaker to Work Rebooted this year.

Hilger Pothmann

Regional Head of Human Resources


(via satellite) 

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