Accelerate 2019

Accelerate 2019


Kristen Allgor
VP, Human Resources, Allergan

Kristen Allgor is the Vice President of Human Resources for Allergan, a global healthcare company with 16,000 employees in 100+ countries. Currently she is responsible for leading the global compensation and employee relations functions, as well as assuming HR business partner responsibilities for the Finance and IT functions. While at Allergan for the past seven years, she has held various roles including as an HR business partner for the commercial teams.

Kristen’s prior experience is with pharmaceutical and telecommunications companies such as Bausch Health, Pfizer, Virgin Mobile and Lucent Technologies.  At these companies she was primarily leading compensation and benefits teams, including specializing in executive compensation. She has expertise in leading organizations through change, including managing multiple acquisitions, divestitures and an IPO.

Kristen holds a BA in Psychology from Western Michigan University and a master’s degree in Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University.

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Adrienne Altman
Managing Director, Head of Rewards NA, Willis Towers Watson
Adrienne Altman is a Managing Director of Talent and Rewards in North America and is responsible for WTW North America Rewards business. She is based in the Stamford, Connecticut office but often travels to local offices to meet with clients and colleagues.  Prior to her Rewards role, Ms. Altman was responsible for the Stamford market as well as managing large, global client relationships for the firm.  

Ms. Altman has a wealth of experience in working with large, complex global organizations, including numerous Fortune 100 companies, in developing their total reward strategies, and the design and implementation of multi-component programs for all levels in the organization (executive, management and broad-based employees). Ms. Altman is at the forefront of client’s focus on Inclusion and Diversity including pay equity, fairness and transparency. With more than 25 years of experience, Ms. Altman is a recognized expert in strategic reward design, and has effectively helped clients to manage design and implementation across industries.

Prior to joining Towers Perrin (a predecessor to Willis Towers Watson) in 1995, Ms. Altman was Human Resource Director for nine years with a retail and manufacturing organization, where she was responsible for all human resource management functions.

Ms. Altman received Masters and Honors degrees of Commerce in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of South Africa, a post-graduate program in business science and a B.A. in economics and psychology from the University of Cape Town. She was licensed as an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist in South Africa.
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Kim Azzarelli
Co-Founder, Seneca Women
Kim Azzarelli is a business, philanthropic, and legal advisor focused on advancing women and girls. Together with Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Kim is a Co-Founder of Seneca Women and co-author of the  book Fast Forward: How Women Can Achieve Power and Purpose. In 2019, Seneca worked closely with Apple to launch Seneca Connect, a new app designed to advance women in the workplace and around the world.

Kim is the Chair and Co-founder of Cornell Law School’s Center for Women, Justice, Economy and Technology (Cornell Women J.E.T.), and a Partner at Seneca Point Global. Prior to her work with Seneca, she served as Senior Vice President of the Newsweek Daily Beast Company, where she led strategy, partnerships, and philanthropy for Women in the World.

In her prior roles, Kim held senior philanthropic and legal roles at Goldman Sachs and Avon, respectively. At Goldman Sachs, she led the billion-dollar donor advised fund, Goldman Sachs Gives. At Avon, she served as Vice President, Legal and Public Affairs and Corporate Secretary. Prior to joining Avon, she practiced corporate and securities law at Latham and Watkins.

Kim is currently an adjunct professor at Cornell Law School, where she teaches Women, Law and the Economy and Women, Law and Technology. She is an author on matters relating to women and girls, including "Sustainable Development, Rule of Law and the Impact of Women Judges," co-authored with Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, and numerous articles on women's economic participation.

Kim is a graduate of Cornell Law School, Cornell University, and Friends Seminary High School in New York City, where she resides.

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Leah Banton
Senior Manager, Operational Risk Management Division, Capital One
Leah Banton has more than 17 years of experience in financial services with Capital One. In her current role, she leads change management for Operational Risk Management (ORM) with a primary focus on control programs, Third Party Risk Management and Business Continuity Risk Management, and their supporting functions. Leah’s passion for building relationships and customer experiences combined with her educational background led her to this role in late 2016. As a change lead, she develops communications, learning and organizational readiness strategies for changes that have an operational impact to our lines of business. 

She began her Capital One career in our Corporate Real Estate (CRE) organization supporting large-scale company workspace projects in 2002. After several years in CRE with an expanding scope, she ultimately moved into a dual project and change management role where she supported large projects for both CRE and Human Resources (HR).

With a developing affinity for people, projects and experiences Leah then shifted fully to HR where she worked until late 2016 as a Human Resource Consultant (HRC) and Change Manager. Among her proudest accomplishments, she was part the organizational readiness team that led the conversion to Capital One’s new Human Capital Management system and served as the change lead to transition to a new recruiting platform. Prior to Capital One, she worked briefly for the Virginia New Kent Planning Department. 

Leah earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Radford University and her Change Management certification from Prosci. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two little boys, her extended family and friends and she loves being outside, gardening and listening to live music. 
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Sébastien Bélair
Operations Leader- Transformation and Innovation, National Bank of Canada
Mr. Bélair oversees the Transformation and Innovation of the Operations’ sector of National Bank of Canada. He holds an MBA from Queen's University, and has more than 28 years of experience in banking having held various positions in: Personal and Commercial Banking, Wealth Management, Call Centers and Human Resources. With his people-oriented approach, he contributes to the success of individuals and teams through his leadership and commitment to development of individuals. In addition to his professional activities, Mr. Bélair is socially committed to diversity and cultural development. In particular, over the past five years, he has served as President of the board for the Foundation of the Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales du Québec.
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Krystal Besaw
Organizational Design & Development Consultant, GM Financial

Krystal Besaw is an Organizational Design & Development Consultant II with GM Financial at their corporate office in Fort Worth, Texas where she helps lead their Employee Engagement initiatives. Since joining General Motors’ financial arm four years ago, Krystal has helped identify and implement innovative ways to foster GM Financial’s culture by creating a remarkable employee experience for team members around the world.

With a passion for supporting the growth and well-being of others, Krystal has applied her love of learning and skills with data analytics to ensure alignment between overall strategic efforts and impactful, engaging experiences for leaders and team members. 

Focused on stimulating an environment where employees feel a sense of belonging, can discover more about the company and themselves, and ultimately thrive in their roles, Krystal has helped cultivate a comprehensive Continuous Listening Strategy that reinforces GM Financial’s core values throughout the employee lifecycle.   

Krystal holds a Master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Capella University – Harold Abel School of Psychology, and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Business from Ashford University. She has participated as a panelist focused on creating Best-in-Class Onboarding programs at area SHRM events, in addition to contributing on several web-based platforms for professional and creative writing.

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Laurie Bienstock
Global Practice Leader, Willis Towers Watson

Laurie Bienstock is the Global Practice Leader for Talent Management and Organization Alignment in Towers Watson’s Talent and Rewards segment and is based in the San Francisco office. Over the past 25 years, Laurie has specialized in the design and implementation of talent and reward programs to align with company business objectives. 

Laurie’s primary areas of emphasis include:

  • Future of Work: Developing infrastructure and programs to support the changing world of work
  • Work Architecture Design and Implementation
  • Employee Experience and Talent Value Proposition Development
  • Career Framework Design and Implementation
  • Merger and Acquisition Support

Laurie has managed large multi-faceted reward projects for a variety of clients in a range of industries. Laurie specializes in working to create talent and reward infrastructure that allows the scalability necessary in organization’s today. Laurie is a primary contributor to the Towers Watson’s annual research study on Talent Management and Rewards programs and strategy.

Laurie received her M.S. in industrial/organizational psychology at San Francisco State University.  She holds a B.A. from the University of Arizona.  Laurie is on the WorldatWork Compensation Advisory Board and regularly contributes to their publications and conferences

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John Bremen
Managing Director, Human Capital & Benefits, and Global Co-Head – Health & Benefits, Willis Towers Watson
John Bremen is a recognized global business leader, C-suite and board consultant, and thought leader on the future of human capital, purpose-driven organizations, and the modernization of human resources and Total Rewards programs. He serves as Managing Director, Human Capital & Benefits, as well as global co-leader of Health & Benefits. He is a member of the Willis Towers Watson Global Human Capital & Benefits Leadership Team.

During a career he began as a college intern, John has consulted to the world’s largest organizations on complex human capital issues, which he continues to do today. He has led multi-year research efforts on human capital issues and the future of the human resources profession. He co-founded Willis Towers Watson’s CHRO Thinking Ahead Group, which was established to provide a forum for innovative, disruptive, and early-adopting CHROs to share perspectives, conduct research, and prioritize and collaborate on topics that are driving their global human capital business agendas. Earlier in his career, John was a management consultant at Johnson & Higgins’ Sibson Consulting, a member of the HR team at The Walt Disney Company, and later a Partner at the Center for Workforce Effectiveness.

John has been a featured speaker at global and industry conferences, is a frequent author and has been quoted in the business press in EMEA, Asia-Pacific, and the Americas, in publications including The Wall Street Journal, Crain’s, The South China Morning Post, CFO Magazine, São Paulo Valor Econômico, and the Singapore Straits-Times. He also has appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, NPR, and CNN.

John received an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management with majors in organizational behavior and management strategy. He also holds a B.A. from Northwestern, including a special certificate in Business Institutions.

He has lectured on topics related to his field at several graduate schools of business, including Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. John has and continues to serve on a number of industry, community, and advisory boards.
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Margery Brittain
Executive Vice President, Global Compensation & Benefits, MetLife
Margery Brittain heads Global Compensation and Benefits, accountable for the development of strategies, policies and governance for executive and associate compensation, retirement and health & welfare benefits, and the HR Mergers & Acquisition practice. She drives MetLife's transformation by ensuring that desired performance outcomes are rewarded, the optimal programs are in place to attract, motivate and retain top talent globally, and the "people part" of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and outsourcing initiatives is designed and executed in a manner that realizes each transaction's intended value.

In a broad array of leadership positions within MetLife's businesses, Margery has significantly improved financial results, transformed organizational culture and increased customer loyalty.

Margery serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the American Benefits Council Board of Directors. She is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business Advanced Management Program and Franklin & Marshall College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and has served as an ex-officio board member of its Board of Trustees. She is an active member of the Wharton Fellows global network of senior executives and past co-chair of its Advisory Board.
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Amber Brown
Senior Manager, Employee Experience, GM Financial

Amber Brown is a Senior Manager within the Talent Development and Organizational Capability function at GM Financial. Based in Fort Worth, Texas, she leads the organization’s Employee Experience team. Amber has held various positions within the HR and Talent Development industry, including many years as a Senior Consultant and as a Director of Talent Development for other large and complex organizations.

Amber’s focus includes helping her organization gain greater insights into factors impacting the entire employee life-cycle, including GM Financial’s Continuous Listening Strategy, New Employee Experience Programs, Training and Development solutions, and Learning Innovation and Technology. GM Financial is committed to providing a remarkable experience for its employees and the Employee Experience team concentrates on helping drive productivity, performance, and engagement as an outcome of their solutions. 

Throughout her career, Amber’s business partners have recognized her ability to provide strategic consulting and guidance on organization-wide talent programs and her strength in providing advice during times of significant change in structure or business objectives.  She has led major organization transformation projects impacting organization efforts on a global scale. Amber has been acknowledged for her leadership and coaching skills.

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Keith Brown
Director, Compensation, BorgWarner Inc
Keith Brown is the Global Head of Compensation and Mobility for BorgWarner Inc. in Auburn Hills, MI.  He is responsible for strategy development and implementation of all corporate compensation programs, as well as the strategy, design and administration of the company’s ex pat and relocation programs.  Prior to joining BorgWarner Keith served in similar roles at HD Supply in Atlanta.  Keith is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point.  He served in the Army as an Airborne Ranger and an officer in the Corps of Engineers with two tours in Iraq. Keith is married and the proud father of two sons and two daughters.
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Dana (Ditillo) Bryan
Director Compensation - Americas & Global Recognition, IBM
Dana Bryan is currently the Director of Compensation for the Americas & Global Recognition at IBM. In this role, Dana is responsible for designing and executing various compensation programs, and developing strategies to create optimal outcomes for both the business, and our employees.

Dana joined IBM through an acquisition, after working for several small tech start-up companies. During her time at IBM, Dana has held many different HR roles – both specialist and generalist – across all of our various business units. These roles include Recruiting, Compensation, Talent, and HR Partner. In addition, Dana worked in London for three years, gaining geographic experience, which is proving helpful as the compensation leader for the Americas. 

Dana is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and moved to the Hudson Valley in New York to continue her career with IBM. She has also lived in Cambridge, UK, and has dual citizenship for the US and UK. She has an MA in Industrial Labor Relations from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 
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Ron Burke
Global Practice Leader, Sales Effectiveness & Rewards, Willis Towers Watson

Ron Burke is a Senior Director and the Global Leader for Willis Towers Watson’s Sales Effectiveness & Rewards practice.  He has over 25 years of experience consulting on sales effectiveness topics, including extensive work with sales incentive design for a variety of sales and other “customer facing” roles.  Additionally, his incentive design work crosses over to other areas of organizations, including role- and function-specific incentive plans outside of pure sales roles, as well as management and broad-based employee incentive plans.  Much of his work involves the design and implementation of multi-country and/or global incentive frameworks and programs.

Currently based in New York, Ron previously spent a decade in London as the leader of the firm’s Sales Effectiveness & Rewards practice for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.  He is a frequent speaker and author on sales effectiveness and incentive design topics. He is also a contributing author to the Sales Compensation Handbook (second edition), published by the American Management Association.

Ron earned a Master of International Affairs (M.I.A.) degree with a concentration in international banking and finance from Columbia University.  He holds a B.A. degree in development studies with a concentration in economic and political development from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Julie Campbell
Founder, Center Stage Connections
Julie Campbell is a New York City based actress, writer and entrepreneur with more than 30 years experience in the arts. Julie’s acting work spans theater, film, television, voiceover and audiobooks. She most recently performed to critical acclaim in the award winning world premiere Off-Broadway play, The Crusade of Connor Stephens. Other NYC credits include, Sandra in Beautiful Thing, Goneril in King Lear (with Ralph Waite), and the title role in MacBeth. Film: YeYe Bells Shiver (NY International Short Film Festival Selection), Homecoming, Credence, Only the Lonely and Leftovers. Voiceover and Audiobook Narration: Barbara in the award winning podcast, Uncanny County, available on iTunes, and the voice of Camille Carter in Camille Carter Mysteries available at

In addition to her New York stage work, Julie toured nationally with two one person shows as part of diversity training for corporations including, AT&T. She is a founding member, producer, writer and actor at Nicu’s Spoon, an NYC theater company that gives voice to those who are very much a part of our world, but whose stories often go untold. She is the creator and director of U GOTTA HEAR THIS! a writing and performance workshop for teens that empowers confidence and clarity in sharing one’s story. She has performed her original work at several New Jersey story slams, including the sold out and nationally acclaimed live show, Listen To Your Mother. Julie is a graduate of The University of Washington Professional Actor Training Program, with a Master of Fine Arts in Acting, and College of the Holy Cross with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. See clips, read reviews, and check out her stories at Instagram @juliecampbell99nyc and twitter @juliecampbell99.
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Sean Connelly
Senior Director – Employee Insights, Willis Towers Watson

Sean Connelly is a Senior Director in Willis Towers Watson’s Employee Insights practice. Sean’s projects have ranged from global employee engagement and culture research to focused studies on health care (e.g., account-based plans, well-being and consumer engagement), pharmaceutical sales force effectiveness, communication effectiveness, and total reward optimization.

Sean has led many large-scale employee engagement projects, with responsibilities ranging from designing research tools to most effectively assessing engagement within the unique client situation, administering research tools, analyzing data, presenting to senior leadership, then planning and facilitating training sessions to help clients take the most effective actions to strengthen the drivers of engagement.

Working for Willis Towers Watson and, previously, a market research and consulting firm, Sean is experienced in the design, implementation, analysis and reporting of large-scale employee research projects, including employee opinion surveys, focus groups, etc. Using customized research tools, Sean helps clients understand how to use data to identify issues in the organization and then target action steps that will have the greatest impact on the business goals.

Mr. Connelly often speaks before industry groups representing employee perspectives on their workplaces.  For example, Sean has been faculty for Harvard’s Forces of Change and regularly presents at the Conference Board and the International Association for Corporate and Professional Recruitment. Sean has a B.A. and M.A. in applied psychology from Boston University and has worked for Willis Towers Watson since 1994.

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Dr. James Dabney
Director, Posse Foundation
A proud native of New Orleans, Dr. James Dabney has an extensive background for and passion in college access and success and underrepresented students in higher education.  Chief among the things that fuels his passion for working in the field and in New Orleans is he himself being a first-generation college student and a product of the Orleans Parish School System.  Dr. Dabney is currently Director of Posse New Orleans, a nonprofit that identifies, recruits, and trains incredible young leaders from urban public schools and sends them in Posses to top colleges and universities. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Policy & Leadership from The Ohio State University, a Master of Science in Higher Education from Florida State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Southern University and A&M College.

Recognized for his academic and professional prowess, Dr. Dabney is an Elsie Alberty Scholar, Dan H. Eikenberry Scholar, Holmes Scholar, Florida State University Multicultural Affairs Scholar, Florida State University Hardee Scholar, Florida State University W.E.B. DuBios Honor Society Scholar, American Honor Scholar, Louisiana Honor Scholar and City of Columbus and State of Ohio Service Award Recipient. 

Dr. Dabney’s professional experience spans over 20 years working as teacher, student affairs practitioner, adjunct professor of education, administrator and executive leader in educational nonprofits focusing on college access, success, and leadership development.  Giving back to the greater educational landscape of New Orleans, Dr. Dabney serves on InspireNOLA Charter Schools Board.  Dr. Dabney is the oldest of six children and is excited to be back home, closer to family.
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David Daly
Engagement Program Manager, Arizona Public Service (APS)

David Daly is the Employee Experience Program Manager with Arizona Public Service. He is responsible for developing the engagement strategy, designing the survey, interpreting results, and partnering with business leaders to develop action plans. Prior to joining APS, David worked in external consulting, helping to design, develop, and validate pre-employment personality assessments. David earned his M.S. in Industrial/Organizational and Quantitative Psychology from Illinois State University. When he isn’t working, David enjoys spending time with his family, running marathons, and cheering on Phoenix area sports teams.

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Donald Delves
Managing Director, Willis Towers Watson

Don Delves is a Managing Director and Practice Leader for Executive Compensation, North America for Willis Towers Watson’s Rewards Line of Business. Based in Chicago, Don is a leading expert and highly sought-after consultant and speaker on corporate governance and executive pay and performance, with over 30 years’ experience consulting with major corporate boards and executive teams across the country. Don is a recognized expert on principles-based corporate governance, incentive design, performance measurement and value creation.

Dr. Delves is frequently interviewed and cited as an expert in major media including Harvard Business Review, Fortune, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fox Business News, The Today Show, CNBC and National Public Radio. He has testified before the U.S. Senate and the FASB on the hotly debated issue of stock option expensing. Delves’ published two books: Stock Options and the New Rules of Corporate Accountability: Measuring, Managing, and Rewarding Performance (McGraw-Hill, 2003; World at Work, 2006), and Accounting for Compensation Arrangements, (CCH, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) the definitive guide for accounting for stock options, equity incentives, and other forms of compensation.

In 2001, he founded The Delves Group, a Chicago-based consultancy dedicated to working with corporate boards and compensation committees to improve their effectiveness and the way they are organized and directed. Prior to founding The Delves Group, Dr. Delves was the Managing Director of the Chicago office of iQuantic, a Partner at Sibson and Company, and an executive compensation consultant with Towers Perrin. He had previously worked with Arthur Andersen & Co.

Delves holds a doctorate in education in principles-based corporate governance from Fielding Graduate University, an M.B.A. degree in finance from the University of Chicago and a B.A., summa cum laude, in economics from DePauw University. 

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France Dufresne
Canadian Region Leader - Talent Line of Business, Willis Towers Watson

France Dufresne is the Canada Region leader for the Talent line of business. She is based in Montreal. With over 25 years of experience, France’s areas of expertise include organizational effectiveness, talent management, change management, executive assessment and coaching, employee engagement, HR strategy and program design.

She is responsible for the overall management of the line of business, its market growth, client relationships, the evolution of the intellectual capital and the people management of the consulting team.France has helped numerous organizations transform and evolve their leadership and culture, including top team alignment, leadership development, coaching and training, experience path and succession management design and implementation

Leadership development projects include:

  • Top team alignment one-year assistance to increase effectiveness and alignment, elevate strategic mindset, improve decision making and governance, teach change leadership for a senior management team in the manufacturing sector, for an Investment organization and for a Canadian university
  • CEO and n-1 positions succession projects in Transportation, Environment, Finance, and Technology organizations
  • Executive coaching for newly promoted CEOs, CFOs, CHROs, GMs, CIOs and other senior managers in various organizations
  • Leadership assessment for selection, M&A re-selection, succession management, leadership development programs
  • Leadership development design and implementation across a wide range of industries

France holds an MBA from the Université du Québec à Montréal. She was a guest speaker and a guest teacher on numerous topics, namely leadership, succession planning, talent acquisition, change management, coaching, organizational design, multisource feedback and employee engagement.

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Elise Freedman
Senior Director, Talent & Rewards, Willis Towers Watson

Elise Freedman is a Senior Director specializing in Talent Management in the Washington DC office of Willis Towers Watson as well as the Mid-Atlantic Market Leader for the Talent Line of Business. For over twenty five years, Elise has worked with clients to align their talent management processes with their business strategy to drive engagement and business results.

Prior to Willis Towers Watson, Elise also held a number of senior roles at Accenture, BearingPoint, and Novations where she developed a broad base of talent management, change management, human resources and project management skills and expertise.  

Elise frequently speaks and writes on a number of human resources topics including performance management, succession planning, career development, leadership development, learning and development, talent acquisition and onboarding.  She has presented at conferences for Society of Human Resources, HRLF, American Society of Training and Development, IHRIM, Linkage, World at Work, WACABA and Bersin.  

Elise holds a Master of Business Administration degree from George Mason University with a concentration in Management and Marketing.  She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Tulane University.

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Lydia Glover
Director, Communication and Change Management, Willis Towers Watson

Lydia specializes in developing change management and communication strategies in the Human Resources  environment, including:

  • Merger, Acquisition and Reorganization Communication and Change, and project management experience. Led the day-to-day integration communication project management activities at a global beverage production company, as well as two leading insurance industry companies. 
  • Developed communication and change management strategy to successfully educate and train 10,000 employees of three newly acquired subsidiaries on the organization’s HR Shared Service delivery solution
  • Extensive experience in developing employee communication campaigns 
  • Experience developing Human Resources-related communication strategies, including Total Rewards communication, compensation communication, employee wellness implementation, consumer-driven healthcare implementation, retirement redesign communication, employee research, benefits enrollment, and HR technology integration.

Lydia has more than 20 years’ experience in corporate communication and consulting. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Lydia earned a B.A. degree in journalism from Georgia State University

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Andy Goldstein
Managing Director, Willis Towers Watson
Andrew Goldstein is a Managing Director in the Chicago office of Willis Towers Watson, and recently served as the North America Rewards Business Leader. He has over 30 years of experience in executive compensation and benefits. Before joining Willis Towers Watson in 1996, Andy was a partner with a Cleveland-based retirement and executive benefits consulting firm, specializing in compensation plan design and funding. He also spent nine years with Arthur Anderson as a senior manager in the Cleveland office tax consulting practice.

Andy currently serves as the named remuneration consultant to the board and management at Fortune 1000 companies that span a wide range of industries. He concentrates primarily on developing executive remuneration programs that align the interests of management and owners and provide organizations with effective means of communicating values and objectives. These programs tend to include the development of performance-based short- and long-term incentives. Many assignments involve ongoing advisory work with outside directors and senior management on topics that include incentive plan design, employment contracts, change-in-control agreements, executive benefits, and outside director pay. 

Andy has a B.S. degree in accountancy from Miami University (Ohio). He often presents at national conferences on executive compensation, and has published numerous articles on the topic. Andy is frequently quoted in general interest and human resources news articles and is viewed as a nationally recognized expert on executive pay. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Executive Compensation Professional, and a member of the AICPA, National Association of Stock Plan Professionals, National Association of Corporate Directors, and World at Work.
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Kristina Guillen
VP, Human Resources, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Kristina Guillen is Vice President, Human Resources for The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, an LA-based coffee and tea house that brews SoCal vibes from seed to cup.  In her role, she is responsible for all areas of HR for over 5000 worldwide team members and creating a work environment where team members can craft moments of greater goodness for our guests.

Prior to joining The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Kristina held a variety of roles within The Coca-Cola Company.  Most recently she led Talent and Development for all Company-owned bottlers worldwide, including over 60,000 associates.  Previously she led the HR team for the East Region of US bottling organization, she was Director & Practice leader of Talent Management and Leadership Development for North America, and she was the HR Director of Key Accounts and Commercial with Coca-Cola Enterprises.  Prior to joining Coke, Kristina held HR Business Partner and talent management roles at Merck & Co., Inc.

Through the course of her HR career, Kristina has subscribed to the belief that engaged employees, enabled through elegantly simple solutions and conscious leadership, drive significant business results.

Kristina holds a B.A. in Psychology from Rice University and an M.I.L.R from Cornell University.  She is an avid runner, foodie, and travel enthusiast.

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Kim Harley
Sr. Director & HR Business Partner, The Coca-Cola Company
A.J. Hubbard
Global Sr. Director, Inclusion & Diversity and Human Resources, GE Appliances

A.J. is the Global Senior Director of Inclusion & Diversity and Human Resources for GE Appliances, a Haier company, which employs 12,000+ employees worldwide. A.J. joined GE Appliances in March of 2018 as the organization’s first Inclusion & Diversity leader with the mission to Attract the best talent to GE Appliances, Grow that talent to exceed expectations and provide an inclusive environment where everyone can Thrive.

A.J.’s responsibilities include building a sustainable I&D infrastructure for the organization that will foster innovation and drive business results. He advises the GE Appliances Executive Inclusion & Diversity Talent Councils; leads multiple project teams in partnership with GEA’s (8) Affinity Networks, Mentoring Program and Engagement Action Planning teams; and consults with various other internal partners.

In his short time at GE Appliances, A.J. has successfully initiated a brand change from Diversity & Inclusion to Inclusion & Diversity, a cultural shift to lead with inclusion. He has expanded the vision for the Affinity Networks and helped them increase their membership. And, GE Appliances received a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2019 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), making GEA a Best Place To Work for LGBTQ Equality.

Prior to joining GE Appliances, A.J. spent 12 years at Humana and led their Inclusion & Diversity efforts for the last 10 years.

In July of 2012, A.J. was quoted in Harvard Business Review in the article "If You Can’t Find the Right Hire, Create Her." And in the May 2016 issue of Black Enterprise Magazine, A.J. was listed as one of the Top Executives in Corporate Diversity.

AJ currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Louisville Habitat for Humanity and is a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Louisville’s MentorU Program.

He is a graduate of Minnesota State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Physical Education and a Master of Science degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology. He is also a graduate of Leadership Louisville’s Bingham Fellows Program for 2017.

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John Jones
Managing Director, Willis Towers Watson

John Jones is a Managing Director at Willis Towers Watson and Leads the North America Talent Business. John focuses on employee engagement and the alignment of HR with the strategic objectives of the organization. He brings 30 years of human resources, change leadership, communication, compensation and talent identification to his clients.

Project work highlights:

  • Developed M&A HR playbook for Fortune 5 organization – focused on governance, process and culture 
  • Developed EVP strategy and implementation blueprint for top 10 US commercial bank
  • Created Total Rewards strategy and implemented personal communication technology for one of the world’s largest agricultural organizaitons 
  • Developed compensation and performance management communication program, education and tools for U.S.-based clothing manufacturer and retailer
  • Developed and managed large global grading project for Fortune 1000 auto suppliers.
    Spearheaded massive active and retiree benefit change/change management and communication initiative for global automobile manufacturer
  • Developed health care reform communications and led the communications effort for Towers Watson’s first benefits marketplace client

Prior to joining Willis Towers Watson, John was a senior officer at a Fortune 500 financial organization and a senior leader at Deloitte in Detroit, where he worked with clients on the implementation of compensation and performance strategies, HR issues related to merger and acquisitions, and change management. He is a member of WorldatWork.

He received his B.A. degree in communications from The University of Michigan.

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Jenn Kelly
Product Management - HR Portal Software, Willis Towers Watson
Jenn Kelly is the Product Manager for Willis Towers Watson HR Portal Software, responsible for the product roadmap and execution. Over the past 15 years, Jenn has been involved in designing, building and leading a number of software solutions across the HCM domain including human resources, talent management, learning management, and compensation planning. Her experience started in the US before moving to the UK where she’s spent the last 10 years building a broad global perspective on organizational needs and use of HR software. Jenn has a B.S. in Finance from Bentley University.
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Melanie Kennedy
Senior Vice President of Human Resources, American Water

Melanie Kennedy serves as senior vice president of Human Resources (HR) for American Water, the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. In this role, Kennedy is responsible for overall human resources strategy, talent acquisition, leadership development, organizational design and cultural development, compensation and benefits, HR operations and technology, employee and labor relations, and employee education and development. She also serves as the executive sponsor of the company’s Inclusion and Diversity council. As a member of the executive leadership team, Kennedy contributes directly to the long and short term strategic objectives of the company. She was named SVP, HR in March 2017.

Previously, Kennedy served as the vice president of Human Resources. In this position, she had responsibility for all field human resources as well as labor relations, managing the relationships with 17 national union groups and over 70 local collective bargaining agreements. Kennedy also served in human resource director roles for corporate and for the largest division of the company, which included New Jersey and New York. During this time, she led the transformation of the human resources team to develop centers of expertise in talent management, talent acquisition and labor. Kennedy also led the hire to retire team for the company’s business transformation as it implemented SAP.

Since joining the company in 2007, as associate employment and labor counsel, Kennedy quickly progressed to the chief employment and labor counsel role. Prior to joining American Water, Kennedy spent nine years as a labor and employment attorney in large law firms in New Jersey and Philadelphia. She is licensed to practice law in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Kennedy holds a JD from Rutgers University School of Law, N.J., and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island. Kennedy formerly served as a trustee for the Medford Education Foundation, a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization that raises money to support the Medford Township school district teachers through grants and related support. Kennedy enjoys spending her free time at the shore or travelling with her husband and three children.

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Todd Manas
Managing Director, Willis Towers Watson
Todd Manas is a Managing Director in Willis Towers Watson’s executive compensation practice.  Todd’s management and committee assignments are focused in companies with distributed workforces (retail, hospitality, services); he has over 30 years of combined compensation consulting, human resources practitioner and line management experience
Educated at Michigan State University, Todd holds a commission as Commander in the United States Naval Reserve (RET).
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Chris Moreland
Chief Inclusion & Diversity Advocate, Vizient Inc.
Chris Moreland is currently the Chief Inclusion and Diversity Advocate for Vizient Inc., a Dallas based healthcare supply chain, consulting and advisory solutions organization. Over the past 25 years, he has held a number of Sales, Marketing and Operations leadership roles with companies such as General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, Pepsi, Mobil, Microsoft and Expedia.

During 2015, Chris had a ‘career inflection moment’ realizing that he’d been one of, if not the only, ethnically diverse executive leader during his professional tenure. He decided to change the narrative by re-directing his focus from personal career progression, to leadership development, change management and cultural inclusion for others. In 2016 he founded “Storytellers Consulting (STC) LLC,” and serves as the Chief Storyteller. STC is a consulting firm designed to teach the art, science, and impact of Storytelling to corporations, leaders and individuals. In 2017 he created the Office of Inclusion and Diversity for Vizient Inc., where he chairs a National Chief Diversity Officer Healthcare Network. He also keynotes, mentors c-level leaders, and is currently co-authoring the book “How Stories Impact Everything,” scheduled for release in 2020.

Chris serves on the Boards of Integrity Mentors, CourMed, and consults with the Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation (PCCI) on Health Equity programs designed to aid veterans suffering from PTSD.

Chris received a BS in Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy, an MBA from Central Michigan University, an Inclusion & Diversity Certificate from Cornell University and is a Certified Master Black Belt. Chris firmly believes that change is rooted in having one person with a simple selfless idea, willing to pour their heart into something larger than themselves, over... and over... and over again... #storieschangetheworld
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Rob Mustich
Managing Director, Talent & Rewards, Willis Towers Watson
Rob Mustich is Managing Director and the Rewards Line of Business Leader, U.S. East Region, at Willis Towers Watson. With over 25 years of consulting and industry experience, Rob assists organizations and outside directors in designing and delivering total rewards programs linked to initiatives for improving performance, increasing employee engagement and enhancing shareholder value. 

He advises clients in all aspects of total rewards determination and design.  The range of his client engagements include pay level determination, total rewards assessment and optimization, annual and long-term incentive design, objective target and range setting, CEO performance assessment design and implementation, director compensation, governance and financial transaction-related events. He also provides reasonable compensation opinions and serves as an expert witness. His role within the firm enables him to work with a broad range of organizations giving him key insights into innovative program design and best practices.

Before joining Willis Towers Watson, Rob was a practice leader in a national human resources consulting firm. In addition, he held executive line and human resource positions at a major telecommunications firm. He is a member of WorldatWork and is a frequent speaker on emerging trends in executive compensation. He has a BS/BA in Human Resource Management from American University.
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Ira O’Sullivan
Director, Talent Development, CACI International
Ira O’Sullivan heads CACI’s leadership development and performance management initiatives, from traditional and blended programs to re-imagined and forward-leaning initiatives influencing all 20,000 employees. Ira is a business and human resources leader with 20 years of experience in both Fortune 500 and mid-size organizations. Her curiosity and drive resulted in a diverse background in civil engineering, IT consulting, L&D, communications and M&A integrations. Ira is a dynamic, resourceful and insightful executive, and highly effective at partnering with and coaching leaders to drive change and build cultures that engage talent. Her recent passion is understanding employee needs and industry trends, and collaborating on solutions that influence the overall employment experience and deliver on business objectives. Ira has a special interest in developing and coaching women to reenter the workforce on their own terms.
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Lubomira (Lubcha) Paclikova
Director, Total Rewards Strategy,, Mars Veterinary Services

Lubcha is a passionate total rewards leader focused on driving business results through differentiated TR strategies. She joined Mars Inc. in 2017 after 20 years of experience advising organizations on developing their total rewards approaches across industries both in Europe and North America.  

As Mars Veterinary Services continues to innovate as a leader in animal health care, Lubcha is responsible for driving transformative work around longer-term total rewards strategy for 60,000 employees around the globe. She has worked very closely with HR and broader business leadership to create total rewards transformation agenda and created a multi-year roadmap for change. In the process, the working team went through a thorough process of researching our employee preferences, innovative practices of other organizations, and also measuring any potential change from a return-on-investment perspective.

When asked what the best perk of working at Mars, Inc., Lubcha says “bringing my dog Cookie to the office.”

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Chris Pinc
Global Director of Product Management, Willis Towers Watson

Chris Pinc is the Global Director of Product Management at Willis Towers Watson.  He is responsible for leading the vision, strategy, development and ongoing enhancement of Willis Towers Watson HR Software.  Prior to this role, Chris served as the global leader of the operations and project delivery functions of Willis Towers Watson’s employee survey and research practice.  He continues to consult to select clients, with a special focus on helping clients understand the links between business strategy and organizational culture.  He has worked with many organizations undergoing organizational transformations, as well as those focused on implementing major changes in strategic direction, and has helped them to use employee engagement initiatives to drive improvements in business performance.  Additionally, he has been a speaker at numerous events and conferences, including the HR Leadership Summit and World at Work, and was a guest lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health.  Chris also has extensive experience living and working abroad, giving him a broad global perspective on workplace and human capital issues. Fluent in Spanish, Japanese and English, he has coached managers at numerous organizations to help resolve problems in diverse workplaces and complex organizational cultures. He holds a Ph.D. in development economics from the University of Nagoya, Japan. Prior to joining Towers Watson, Chris performed survey work with the United Nations Development Program in La Paz, Bolivia. 

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Colleen Plant
Sr Director, Executive Rewards, Zebra Technologies

Colleen Plant is the Senior Director of Rewards at Zebra Technologies.  In her role she is responsible for managing the global executive compensation program, the long term and short term incentive plans as well as broad based compensation programs for North America and Latin America.

Colleen has over 20 years of experience in Total Rewards management concentrating in areas of executive compensation, broad based compensation, performance management, health and welfare plans and human resource information systems.  She has worked in both union and nonunion workplaces in a variety of industries including Technology, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Retail, Insurance, and Banking.

Colleen is a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) and has earned her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) designation.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Marquette University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Benedictine University.

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Tim Price
Director, Compensation, Genentech
Tim Price leads the Compensation function at Genentech that covers over 15,000 employees across eight sites, and is responsible for the design and administration of all compensation programs, compensation client support to each of the business, as well as executive compensation function. He presents regularly to the Executive Committee and is the primary interface to Roche’s Global Compensation team. Tim has been with Genentech for four years and, prior to that, spent the bulk of his career working for Investment Banks on Wall Street, including ten years at Morgan Stanley. His career has included roles both in Compensation as well as a generalist work supporting Front-office functions, and included five years in Tokyo as an expat. Tim is an avid wine collector, enjoys traveling, and is a huge tennis fan.
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Sambhav Rakyan
Global Business Leader - Data & Software, Willis Towers Watson

Sam is the global business leader for data and software practice .The Global Data Services practice at Willis Towers Watson provides organizations with best-in-class market data, software and interpretation reflecting unique local governance and cultural practices to create competitive and effective localized  market-based pay programs.

Sam is a results driven business leader with over 15 years of rewarding experience in General Management, Sales, Business Development, People Management, Product Development, Operations. An Innovator at heart, with proven caliber of turning around products & businesses having worked in multi-cultural environments.

Sam Is a trusted advisor by many MNCs, local conglomerates and government institutions on aligning Compensation & Benefits strategy with the overall human capital strategy.

A Subject Matter expert at–Design of HR strategy, HR transformation, executive & broad-based rewards, competitive pay issues, compensation benchmarking, HR tech & analytics, job evaluations, salary structure development, employee engagement, international pay comparisons, reward audits, and compensation restructuring.

Sam has worked in diverse geographies including the USA and across the Asia-Pacific (India, Singapore, Hong Kong & Malaysia). In addition he has also successfully managed client relationships in China, Taiwan & Vietnam.

Sam was recognized as Asia’s most innovative compensation and benefits leaders at the Asia-Pacific HRM Congress and has served as a judge for WTW’s internal global innovation challenge – Horizons

Prior to joining Towers Watson, Sam was the Regional Manager for a multinational consulting company where he focused on managing client relationships and providing support in the form of data analytics, job matching and data insight across the Asia Pacific region. In addition, he held responsibility for business development and brand building.

Sam holds a MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology in USA, where he graduated with Beta Gamma Sigma honor. Sam is a frequent speaker at conferences in the region.

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Shankar Raman
Senior Director, Talent & Rewards, Willis Towers Watson

Shankar Raman is a Global Leader within the Human Capital business at Willis Towers Watson (WTW).  Shankar works at the intersection of Strategy, Organization, Technology, Human Resources and Leadership. He is passionate about helping organizations and their leaders deal with the challenges associated with capability development, performance improvement, growth and transformation, and the complex changes associated with each of them.  His perspective and purview is global but he is based in Boston.Shankar leads the global High Tech Industry Group for the Talent & Rewards segment within WTW. He also leads the Organizational Transformation offerings focusing on Digital Transformation and Enablement in North America. He assists clients accelerate their Digital Transformation by addressing the organizational and human capital barriers to transformation. Shankar is also co-leader of the Organization Design offerings in WTW. 

Shankar is a frequent writer and speaker. He contributed as a researcher and a reviewer to a well-received book – “Higher Ambition – How Great Leaders build Companies that create Economic and Social value” written by Beer, Eisenstat, Foote, Norrgren, & Fredberg, published by Harvard Business Review press.

Shankar has a Masters’ degree in Management from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, which he attended as a Sloan Fellow, and Masters and Bachelors’ degrees in Economics.

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Danielle Rasey
Senior Director, Talent and Rewards, Willis Towers Watson

Danielle Rasey partners with clients on the design and implementation of talent strategies and programs that support organizational goals. Danielle has deep expertise in the areas of total rewards and employee value proposition, career enablement, performance management, leadership development, employee development, learning and competency modeling. A sample of recent engagements include:

  • Creating a career enablement strategy and brand to attract, develop and retain key talent; the initiative included roles, competencies, career paths, leadership development and performance management
  • Assisting an organization to develop its talent strategy and implementation plan, with a specific focus on improving the organization’s ability to attract, retain and engage the next generation of leaders
  • Redefining an organization’s performance management process to align with its strategic imperatives, facilitate performance based rewards and enhance employee development
  • Enhancing the performance culture of an organization by defining its total reward strategy and employee value proposition, and developing the associated implementation roadmap 
  • Developing a learning strategy and implementation plan to support an organization’s focus on strategic employee development.  The initiative included defining how the learning department would serve the organization, roles and responsibilities of HR, managers and employees, and content delivery strategies

Danielle completed her undergraduate studies at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her Doctorate in industrial and organizational psychology from The University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

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Basil Rowe
SVP, Total Rewards, Loblaws Inc.

Basil Rowe is a Human Resources Professional with more than 20 years experience. In his current role as SVP, Total Rewards for Loblaw Companies Limited, Basil is responsible for HR policy, compensation, colleague health and wellness promotion, as well as HR Shared Services and Systems for nearly 200,000 central office, retail and franchise colleagues. Basil is also the executive lead for the Loblaw Workday HRIS implementation, which has been one of the largest implementations of the Workday HRIS system in Canada to date.

Prior to joining Loblaw, Basil held positions with Shoppers Drug Mart as VP, HR-Specialty & Emerging Businesses and as VP, Total Rewards, where he championed the successful deployment of the Workday SaaS HR Information System, including core organizational data, absence, performance management, succession planning, compensation, benefits and pension administration. Basil also led the redesign and implementation of the corporate benefit plan to include drug plan management protocols and fully integrated health promotion and wellness programs. These efforts were recognized by Benefits Canada with the Workplace Health and Benefits Award for Large Employers.

Basil holds an MBA from the University of Toronto and is a graduate of The Directors College Human Resources and Compensation Committee (HRCC) Program.

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Matt Sakakeeny
Associate Professor of Music, Tulane University
Matt Sakakeeny is Associate Professor of Music at Tulane University in New Orleans, where he has lived in New Orleans since 1997. He is the author of Roll With It: Brass Bands in the Streets of New Orleans. He has also edited two book collections: Keywords in Sound ​and Remaking New Orleans: Beyond Exceptionalism and Authenticity. Matt is a board member for two community based organizations: Roots of Music and the Dinerral Shavers Educational Fund. He has received a grant from the Spencer Foundation for his next book on marching band education in the New Orleans school system. He plays guitar in Los Po-Boy-Citos and his own band The Lonely Birds.
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Matthew Saxon
Senior Vice President, Compensation, HR Operations, and Shared Services, Humana

Matthew Saxon is an experienced HR professional with a proven track record of delivering tangible business outcomes through people practices. Matthew has influenced HR policy and change across the globe including residing in the United Kingdom, his native Australia and now the United States and has spent considerable time in Asia and the Middle East.  He has worked across industries including investment banking, consumer goods, technology, manufacturing and healthcare.  He has held a wide variety of roles in HR, from talent acquisition, change management, HR Operations, senior talent management and business partnering and total rewards including extensive interaction with boards.

Matthew joined Humana in 2014 and his current role is the Senior Vice President of Compensation, HR Operations, and Shared Services. In this role, Matthew has driven Humana’s compensation strategy, plans, programs, and activities. This includes leading the planning, design, implementation, communications and delivery of compensation programs at all levels including executives, broad-based and sales compensation.  Matthew’s organization also includes Humana’s HR Strategic Systems, Shared Solutions and Guidance Center, Payroll and HR services, and the HR Project Management office. 

His broad range of experiences have given him a global mindset and an understanding of the interrelationships between the respective components of Human Resources that combine to provide effective solutions to ever-changing business needs.

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Tiffany Shortridge
North America Saville Assessment Leader, Willis Towers Watson

Dr. Tiffany M. Shortridge leads Willis Towers Watson's Assessment practice across North America. She has responsibility for product delivery, sales and the go-to market strategy within the US.  Dr. Shortridge has worked for 10+ years in the HR Industry as an external consultant, speaker and leader.  She has consulted and sold products across the assessment & selection, leadership development and survey portfolios while advising organizations on solutions and best practices across the employee life-cycle. Dr. Shortridge’s expertise lies in the areas of:

  • Talent Assessment
  • Talent Acquisition & Onboarding
  • Executive Assessment & Development
  • Succession Planning
  • High Potential Identification
  • Culture Alignment
  • Workforce Analytics

Tiffany has numerous years of experience working with over 500+ organizations where she has coached leaders and consulted across a number of industry segments, including retail, health care, financial services, manufacturing, and hospitality. 

Prior to Willis Towers Watson, Tiffany was at Kenexa, IBM where she led a team across the U.S. with a strong focus on growth and retention specifically within the Assessment Industry.

Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Bowling Green State University and a Doctorate Degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Clemson University.  Dr. Shortridge is a member of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the American Psychological Association. 

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Jennifer Sloan
Head of Total Rewards, Corteva
Mark Stelzner
Founder and Managing Principal, IA

With over 25 years of experience, Mark has worked for organizations of every size and vertical. He has spent his career fostering relationships through attention to detail, natural curiosity, and a self-deprecating sense of humor.

At IA, Mark applies his more than twenty-five years of experience leading HR transformations for public and private sector clients worldwide.

Prior to IA, Mark co-founded and served as executive vice president of marketing and business development for EquaTerra Public Sector (now KPMG), a leading sourcing advisory and consulting firm. Previously, Mark was Senior Director of Global Alliances and Channel Management for. Mark also successfully co-founded a workforce effectiveness firm, whose platform was applied to Department of Energy labs, Federal contractors and strategic Department of Defense assets.

A highly sought-after voice in the industry, Mark has been featured by the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Forbes, CNN and NPR. Mark is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

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William Swanson
VP, HR Shared, Schneider Electric

William Swanson is a senior leader with verifiable year-after-year success in HR services, customer satisfaction, back office efficiency, order execution and process improvement in a rapidly changing environment.  Extensive experience in selecting, building and managing global out-sourced and in-sourced initiatives.  Led and motivated worldwide teams comprised of more than 250 employees.  Highly successful in building relationships with strategic decision makers, seizing control of problem areas and delivering on customer commitments.  Employee focused and performance driven leadership style.  

Specialties:  Customer Communication Management, Order Execution, Employee Development and International Insourcing.

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Leah Vosburgh
Director, Willis Towers Watson

Leah Vosburgh is a Director specializing in Communications, Change Management, and Talent Management in the Washington DC office of Willis Towers Watson. For over twenty years, Leah has worked to drive employee engagement and business results through effective organizational change, communications, leadership, and talent projects. Examples of her work include:

  • Leading the Change Management effort for a 30,000 employee Workday implementation with eight additional point solutions
  • Leading Organizational Readiness efforts for a strategic and regulatory business process/ technology for a Banking/ Financial Services client to comply with the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
  • Leading the Change Management, Communications, and Training Teams during SAP project 'turn-around.’  Resulted in renewed client focus on change, communications, and an on-time delivery of training materials for project go-live. 
  • Leading change management & communication for PeopleSoft implementation for 17,000 stakeholders in 7 states in a highly regulated environment.
  • Leading change management for an SAP implementation; directing stakeholder database development to track people and change impacts.  Designing a multiday conference for 200+ key clients resulting in process change approvals. 
  • Designing a prototype for national cross-functional on-boarding program for professional services firm, including the supporting business case with key metrics to demonstrate client value and ROI.
  • Directing strategic change during a Lean management adoption by coaching leaders and leading implementation teams.
  • Delivering professional development program for mid-career professionals both domestically and internationally; resulting in client development and demonstration of financial and quantitative skills via communications and leadership presentations.
  • Coaching over 60+ business leaders, including providing 360 feedback results.

Leah holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Mason School of Business at the College of William and Mary and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College.  She also holds a Certificate in Leadership Coaching from the Georgetown University School of Continuing Education. Leah is also a Saville accredited facilitator.


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Joseph Wieneke
VP - Total Rewards, Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD
Joe Wieneke is the VP – Total Rewards for Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. Royal Caribbean employs over 80,000 employees from over 100 countries and started up their Digital department in November 2016.  Joe has been in the compensation and rewards field since 1990, and his experience includes working in the retail, manufacturing, and hospitality sectors.  Joe has been with Royal Caribbean for 3.5 years, prior to which, he spent 7.5 years with Walmart, including time at their .com headquarters in the Silicon Valley.  
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Adam Zuckerman
Product Leader, Employee Engagement Software, Willis Towers Watson

Adam Zuckerman is the Global Product Leader for the Willis Towers Watson Employee Engagement Software.  He is responsible for leading the product vision, strategy, development and ongoing enhancement. 

Prior to this role Adam served as the Employee Insights Practice Leader, where he oversaw over 300 colleagues globally helping clients to design and implement employee listening strategies and translate the insights into improved employee experience and business performance.

Adam continues to consult to select clients, using tailored listening strategies to uncover linkages between corporate culture, employee experience, and business performance, and apply insights to guide improvement actions.  Adam has presented his findings from this work and consulted on their interpretation and impact to CEOs, boards of directors, and senior management teams of Fortune 500 companies. 

Adam’s thoughts on organizational culture and performance have been featured in several popular and industry media, including, most recently, Bloomberg Television, Crain’s, The Chicago Tribune,, and Human Resources Executive.

Prior to joining Willis Towers Watson, Adam taught Psychology, Social Research Methods and Statistics at New York University.  He also conducted empirical research on a diverse range of topics, including attitude formation and change and interpersonal influences on coping with stress.  Adam’s research on these topics has been published in premiere academic journals, including Psychological Science, the Journal of Personality Social Psychology, and Psychology and Marketing. 

Adam received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Rochester, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude in 1992.  Adam received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from New York University in 1997 in the field of Social Psychology with a concentration in Statistics.  Adam is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the Academy of Management, and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). 

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