2020 Spring Conference

April 19 - 21, 2020 Scottsdale, AZ

 Thought-provoking Speakers

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Shellye Archambeau

Former CEO, Board Director, Speaker, and Author

Shellye Archambeau is an experienced CEO and Board Director with a track record of accomplishments building brands, high-performance teams, and organizations.  Ms. Archambeau currently serves on the boards of Verizon, Nordstrom, Roper Technologies, and MetricStream. 

Ms. Archambeau has over 25 years of experience in technology leading organizations. She is a recognized expert in marketing.  She was named the second most influential African American in IT by Business Insider in 2013. In 2015, she was ranked one of the “100 Most Influential Business Leaders in America” by Newsmax. She guest lectures at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and The Wharton School of Business.  She has been featured or referenced in major publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes and The Financial Times.

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Michael Bazigos

As the senior partner leading Accenture Strategy's Organizational Analytics practice, Dr. Michael Bazigos helps organizations perform through evidence-based approaches to their most pressing issues in talent and organization. Prior to joining Accenture Strategy's Talent & Organization unit, he held other leadership roles, most recently, as Vice President of McKinsey & Co.'s OrgSolutions business. Michael earned his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Pace University, first Master's in Industrial Psychology from New York University, and second Master's and Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, where he also served as adjunct faculty in that graduate program.

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Kristi Broom

Director, Mid-Market Engagement

Kristi Broom is an L&D leader with 20+ years of experience, including time at Citi and Anthem, designing and executing learning technology strategy and solutions. Her expertise lies in delivering complex global solutions on time and with impact. A true promoter of lifelong learning and skill growth, Kristi serves as a mentor for MNCAPS, a program that fully immerses students in a professional culture while receiving high school and college credit. 

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John Bremen

Managing Director, Human Capital & 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.

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Adam Bryant

Managing Director
Merryck & Co.
Former New York Times "Corner Office" Columnist

Adam Bryant is a noted expert on executive leadership, whose work includes 525 Corner Office columns with CEOs for the New York Times, as well as two best-selling business books on leadership, culture and innovation. Adam has a proven ability to distill real-world, executable insights from his hundreds of interviews and turn them into practical tools, presentations and exercises to help organizations deepen their leadership bench and strengthen their senior teams. A frequently called-upon contributor to CNBC, Adam, Merryck and the network will launch a “Women in Leadership” interview series on CNBC.com in 2018.

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Christine Duffy

Carnival Cruise Line

Christine Duffy is president of Carnival Cruise Line, the biggest brand in the fleet of Miami-based global cruise industry leader Carnival Corp., the world’s largest leisure travel company.  As president, she’s the captain of a company that sails a fleet of 26 ships, annually hosts more than five million guests and employs more than 40,000 people who hail from more than 110 nations around the globe.  She joined Carnival Cruise Line in 2015 after a successful tenure as president and CEO of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the trade association representing the $120 billion global cruise industry.

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Danny Gaynor

SVP, Integrated Media Strategy
Weber Shandwick

Danny Gaynor leads Weber Shandwick's corporate brand and narrative practice globally. Working with multi-billion-dollar brands, Gaynor leads teams and partners with executives to craft companies' corporate narrative--articulating their innovation vision, social impact, and competitive distinction. Before joining Weber Shandwick, Gaynor worked at Nike World Headquarters in Portland, OR. At Nike, Danny crafted the global company narrative—spanning from innovation launches, to CEO communications, to investor relations. As one of the founding members of the new Nike Narrative team, Danny worked directly with the CEO and executive team to create and integrate a powerful brand vision across all Nike communications. Prior to Nike, Danny served in the Obama Administration as a Presidential Appointee, working on foreign policy and humanitarian assistance. Danny earned his Masters from the London School of Economics and attended college at Washington University in St. Louis. 

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Edie L. Goldberg, Ph.D.

E.L. Goldberg & Associates

Edie Goldberg, Ph.D. is the President of E.L. Goldberg & Associates in Menlo Park, California. She has specialized in talent management and organization effectiveness for over 30 years. Her practice is focused on designing HR processes and programs to attract, engage, develop and retain employees.

Dr. Goldberg has published and presented at numerous conferences on the future of work, performance management, building management capability, career management, and succession planning.  She is currently writing a book titled: The Inside Gig: Reskilling and Engaging Your Workforce to Improve Productivity and Innovation.

She earned her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Albany, SUNY; and her B.A and M.S. in Psychology from San Diego State University.  She is the Past Chairperson for HR People + Strategy (HRPS), is on the Board of the SHRM Foundation and the California HR Strategy Forum, and is a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP).

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David Gonzales

Global Chief Diversity Officer
Bristol-Myers Squibb

David L. Gonzales is the Global Chief Diversity Officer at Bristol-Myers Squibb, a leading global biopharmaceutical company whose mission is to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases.

In this executive role, David is the chief architect responsible for building the global business strategy and operating plans that drive innovation and business performance through diversity and inclusion.   Leveraging his cross-industry experience and leadership roles as an engineer and investment banker, David drives business impact through the intentional linkage of financial performance and shareholder value to global diversity and inclusion as a strategic priority for competitive advantage.

Previously, David was the Global Chief Diversity Officer for Merck. Over his career, David has held a variety of senior executive roles in global purchasing, supplier development, global citizenship, corporate social responsibility and strategic philanthropy across a variety of industries with global corporations such as Eastman Kodak, ExxonMobil and PepsiCo.

David has an M.S in Industrial Administration and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering both from Carnegie-Mellon University.


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Aaron Hurst

CEO and Co-Founder

Aaron Hurst is the foremost expert on the science of purpose at work and in 2014 brought global awareness to the rise of the fourth economic era in history, the Purpose Economy. He is the CEO and Co-Founder of Imperative, the technology platform for leaders in the new economy. Previously, as the founder of the Taproot Foundation, Aaron catalyzed the $15 billion pro bono service market. He is a third generation graduate of the University of Michigan.


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Daniel Jacobs

Founder and CEO

Daniel Jacobs is the CEO and co-founder of Avanoo. Daniel's work has been featured on Fortune, Inc., BusinessInsider, Apple News, HuffPo, and most major news publications in the United States. His company, Avanoo, uses storytelling, micro-learning, and cutting-edge technology to help many of the world's most prominent brands drive improved culture, performance, and engagement within their workforce.

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Louise Yochee Klein

Courage Growth Partners

Louise Yochee Klein PsyD is the 20+ year veteran business psychologist, author, and high-potential leadership program manager who leads the executive coaching practice at CourageGrowthPartners.com - equipping high-potential leaders and executive teams in North America, Israel, and other global innovation epicentres to mobilize investors, diverse project teams and KOLs who champion marketplace traction. Klein, an SFU and Widener PsyD alum and Canadian expat, is especially effective empowering visionary women and diverse leaders to get traction on transformative business initiatives.

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Merom Klein

Courage Growth Partners

Merom Klein Ph.D. co-leads CourageGrowthPartners.com - advising high-potential leaders and transformative executive teams to build the bold entrepreneurial high-courage culture that drives adoption of new technologies, therapies and business models. Klein, a Temple U Business Psychology alum, is a 25+ veteran workshop leader, author, assessment and experiential learning designer who brings serious fun, research validation and Israeli/North American innovative spirit - to awaken lead-from-the-middle empowerment, inventive thinking to Fortune 100 and mid-market growth company talent management programs. 

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Rajiv Kumar, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer and President
Virgin Pulse Institute

Rajiv Kumar serves as Chief Medical Officer and President of Virgin Pulse Institute, which provides Virgin Pulse clients with cutting-edge Value-on-Investment (VOI) studies and promotes research on health, wellbeing and employee engagement. Dr. Kumar's responsibilities also include overseeing the Virgin Pulse Science Advisory Board and the organization's analytics team. Dr. Kumar earned his medical degree from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and has focused his career on prevention, public health, and innovation in health care. He also received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics from Brown University.

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Jenna Lebel

VP of Brand & Integrated Marketing
Liberty Mutual Insurance

Jenna is a passionate marketer with a track record of success throughout her career in a variety of settings from tech startup to agency startup to Fortune 100 insurance company. At Likeable, one of the first social media marketing agencies, she managed social media strategy for brands like Verizon, Neutrogena, GE, Medtronic, Logitech, Cumberland Farms, and 1-800-FLOWERS. In 2013, she left the agency side and moved to Liberty Mutual to start Digital Marketing for the Fortune 100 insurance company. As VP of Brand & Integrated Marketing and manages a team of 45 overseeing TV, Radio, Digital, PR, Sponsorships, and the company’s in-house creative agency. She has been published in several trade publications and has spoken at over a dozen industry conferences. Jenna serves on the Alumni Board of Directors for Emerson College and is also a member of Boston’s Future Leaders program from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.    

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Mike Maxwell

Whirlpool Corporation

For the past two years, Mike has led the global cooking and kitchenware categories for KitchenAid Small Appliances at Whirlpool Corporation, the world’s leading major home appliance company. Mike manages the product development process for products like countertop ovens and cutlery where he helps KitchenAid consumers get the most out of making.
Previously, he was appointed to lead operations for WLabs, Whirlpool Corporation’s innovation think-tank, in March 2016. His role in WLabs focused around innovation process development and test markets, including launches for innovative new products such as food recyclers and home beer fermenters. Previously, he developed corporate experience and business acumen working in both finance and sales operations roles for the US business. Mike earned his MBA from The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and Undergraduate Degree from Michigan State University.   

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Carlos Migoya

President and Chief Executive Officer
Jackson Health System

Carlos A. Migoya has served as President and CEO of Jackson Health System since May 2011, overseeing one of the nation’s largest and most respected public healthcare networks. Jackson has the distinction of bringing world-class medical care – including the medical school faculty and students from the University of Miami and Florida International University – to a taxpayer-owned system that guarantees a single high standard of care for all residents of Miami-Dade County. In his first year at Jackson, Mr. Migoya led a transformation that reversed years of massive losses, including an $82 million loss in the prior year, and produced a surplus of more than $8 million. It was the first time Jackson produced a surplus since 2006, and the system has earned an annual surplus every year since. At the same time, key indicators of healthcare quality and patient satisfaction improved, proving that public hospital systems need not choose between medical excellence and operational sustainability.

Prior to joining Jackson, Mr. Migoya served as City Manager in Miami, successfully tackling the city's ailing budget issues. Most of Mr. Migoya's professional life was spent in the banking industry, rising through the ranks over more than 40 years from part-time teller to regional president and CEO at Wachovia and its predecessors. He most recently served as the regional president of Wachovia in North Carolina and the CEO for the Atlantic region, responsible for banking in New Jersey, Connecticut and New York.

He is actively involved in several community organizations, including having served as the foundation chairman of Florida.Mr. Migoya earned an undergraduate degree in finance and a Master of Business Administration in finance from Florida International University. 


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Chief Learning Officer

Kelly Palmer is on a mission to change the way the world learns. A well-known thought leader on learning, business, and career development, she is currently on the executive team of Degreed and was formerly the chief learning officer of LinkedIn. Prior to LinkedIn, Kelly was vice president of learning at Yahoo! and held executive positions in learning, M&A, and product development at Sun Microsystems. She speaks regularly at companies and business conferences around the world, has been featured in Big Think, Forbes, and Chief Learning Officer (CLO) magazine. 

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Susan Podlogar

Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer
MetLife, Inc.

Susan Podlogar joined MetLife in July 2017 and oversees its global Human Resources strategies and practices with the goal of attracting, developing and retaining a workforce that creates value for MetLife customers and shareholders every day. Before joining MetLife, Podlogar was global vice president of Human Resources for Johnson & Johnson and a member of the Human Resources Executive Committee. During her 16 years with Johnson & Johnson, she held a series of sector and corporate leadership roles in Human Resources (HR) in which she introduced HR strategies and practices that helped strengthen the company’s business model, accelerate the pace of innovation and evolve its talent capabilities and culture. Podlogar has been active in the Society for Human Resource Management throughout her career and currently serves on its Certification Commission. She is committed to mentoring the next generation of HR professionals and often lectures on HR subjects at universities.

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John Reid-DoDick

Senior Vice President, Culture 

After serving as WeWork’s Chief People Officer for two years helping the company's start-up culture thrive as it scaled five-fold into new markets across the globe, John now works with co-founder and Chief Culture Officer, Miguel McKelvey, to extend WeWork's "culture operating system" or "cultureOS" to help enterprises and entrepreneurs build and evolve great cultures. Prior to joining WeWork, John served as head of human resources for several organizations including Dun & Bradstreet, AOL, and Thomson Reuters Markets. An expert in leadership, talent, and organizational culture and change, John has led a number of initiatives that have received industry awards and been featured as best practice in publications such as The Art of Action, Leading Innovation, and The Employer Brand.

Dan Schawbel

Author, Entrepreneur, Partner, and Research Director 
Future Workplace

Dan Schawbel is a New York Times bestselling author, Partner and Research Director at Future Workplace, and the Founder of both Millennial Branding and WorkplaceTrends.com. He is the bestselling author of two career books: Promote Yourself and Me 2.0. His third book, Back to Human: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation, will be published by Hachette on November 13th, 2018. Through his companies, he's conducted dozens of research studies and worked with major brands including American Express, GE, Microsoft, Virgin, IBM, Coca-Cola, and Oracle. Dan has interviewed over 2,000 of the world's most successful people, including Warren Buffett, Anthony Bourdain, Michael Bloomberg, Chelsea Handler, and Colin Powell. In addition, he has written countless articles for Forbes, Fortune, TIME, The Harvard Business Review and others that have combined generated over 15 million views. He has been recognized on several lists including Inc. Magazine's "30 Under 30", Forbes Magazine's "30 Under 30", Business Insider's "40 Under 40", BusinessWeek's "20 Entrepreneurs You Should Follow," and as one of Workforce Magazine's "Game Changers". 


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Laura Sejen

Managing Director, Human Capital & Benefits
Willis Towers Watson


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Julie Staub

Chief Human Resources Officer Director 
Jackson Health System

Julie Staub is the executive vice president and chief human resources officer for Jackson Health System, one of the largest academic and public health systems in the United States. In this role, Julie drives the business strategy to attract, develop, engage, and retain Jackson's 12,000 employees, as well as align talent priorities to accelerate Jackson's transformation as the healthcare landscape continues to change.  

Prior to joining Jackson in 2016, Mrs. Staub spent more than 11 years as the head of human resources for AutoNation, a Fortune 200 Company based in Ft. Lauderdale. While there, she oversaw a total of 75 HR staff members who supported more than 240 stores, while also implementing a talent strategy that allowed the company to develop a more customer-focused culture and helped build the leading national brand in automotive retail.

Mrs. Staub has a passion for helping youth achieve their potential and served on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County in Florida for nearly 10 years.

Mrs. Staub has a Bachelor's Degree from Florida State University and earned her Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification. 


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Pamela Stroko

Vice-President HCM Transformation and Thought Leadership 

Pamela Stroko is Vice-President HCM at Oracle Corporation and a recognized leader in HCM and talent management with over 20 years’ experience as a practitioner.  She is an author, keynote speaker, seminar leader, executive coach, and consultant working with Oracle’s customers in the HCM space.  Over her career she has developed deep expertise in all aspects of talent management, focusing on delivering business results by aligning enterprise strategy with strategies for building people capability across the organization. As a recognized thought leader, Pamela is frequently a keynote speaker and workshop leader at the industry’s largest forums.  Pamela has authored white papers, workbooks, and research reports.  Her e-book series:  The Chemistry of High Performance, which is a 7-part series, launched in June 2016. 

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Executive Leadership Strategies

Anna Marie Valerio, Ph.D. coaches and consults on women’s leadership and gender inclusive leadership with senior men and women in Fortune 500 companies.  The author of two books by Wiley, Developing Women Leaders: A Guide for Men and Women in Organizations and Executive Coaching: A Guide for the HR Professional, Dr. Valerio has held leadership roles in IBM, Verizon, and Sony Electronics, Inc., in strategic HR functions. Her work in women’s and gender inclusive leadership is found on www.executiveleadershipstrategies.com.


Julie Weber

Vice President and Chief People Officer
Southwest Airlines

As Vice President and Chief People Officer, Julie leads all aspects of Human Resources. Julie has over 20 years of domestic and international Human Resources experience. Since joining Southwest Airlines in 2006, Julie has served in various leadership roles including Director of Employment, Senior Director of People, and Vice President of People. Under Julie’s leadership, Southwest Airlines was among the Disability Equality Index’s® Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion, ranked #2 on Indeed.com's Top-Rated Workplaces in 2018, and is consistently among Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work. Julie is on the Board of Trustees for the University of Dallas and is a member of the Colorado State University College of Business Global Leadership Council. Julie earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Dallas, and a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Our Lady of the Lake University.


Lynn White

EVP, Chief Talent Officer
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

Lynn White serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Talent Officer for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH). Prior to joining NCLH, she was the Senior Vice President, Tax, Insurance and Human Resources for Prestige Cruise Holdings which was acquired by NCLH in November, 2014. The combined company operates three leading cruise brands: Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. In her role, she leads the human resource function for approximately 33,000 team members, including those serving on the company’s 26 ships and in offices in Australia, Brazil, China, the UK, Germany, and several US locations. Areas of focus include business partnerships, benefits, compensation and talent management/succession planning. Prior to joining NCLH, Lynn served as the senior tax and risk management executive at Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises for 18 years after beginning her career at Price Waterhouse.

Lynn is a CPA with degrees in Accounting and Tax from Penn State University and the University of Miami. She resides in Pinecrest, Florida with her husband and two teenaged children.