2019 Strategic HR Forum

The New Employee Experience

October 27 - 29, 2019 Boston, MA

Advance Registration Deadline: Aug 23


Josh Bersin
Principal Research Partner
HR People + Strategy

Josh Bersin founded Bersin & Associates (now Bersin by Deloitte) in 2004 to provide research and advisory services focused on corporate learning, leadership, talent management, and HR technology. Josh is a frequent speaker at industry events and has been quoted on talent management topics in key media, including Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, The Financial Times, BBC Radio, CBS Radio, and National Public Radio. He is a popular blogger for Forbes.com, a leading LinkedIn influencer, and has been a columnist since 2007 for Chief Learning Officer magazine. Josh spent 25 years in product development, product management, marketing and sales of e-learning and other enterprise technologies at companies including DigitalThink (now Convergys), Arista Knowledge Systems, Sybase, and IBM.  Josh's education includes a B.S. in engineering from Cornell University, an M.S. in engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. 

Rachel Carlson
CEO & Co-Founder 
Guild Education

Ram Charan
Global Business Advisor, Author and Speaker

Ram is a world-renowned business advisor, author and speaker who has spent the past 35 years working with many top companies, CEOs, and boards of our time. In his work with companies including GE, MeadWestvaco, Bank of America, DuPont, Novartis, EMC, 3M, Verizon, Aditya Birla Group, Tata Group, GMR, Max Group, Yildiz Holdings, and Grupo RBS, he is known for cutting through the complexity of running a business in today’s fast changing environment to uncover the core business problem. His real-world solutions, shared with millions through his books and articles in top business publications, have been praised for being practical, relevant and highly actionable — the kind of advice you can use Monday morning.

Michelle Gadsden-Williams
Managing Director NA & Canada, Inclusion & Diversity Lead

As Managing Director of North America & Canada Inclusion and Diversity, Michelle Gadsden-Williams is responsible for further strengthening and accelerating the company's efforts to foster an inclusive culture.  Michelle joins Accenture with more than 25 years of experience as an advocate for equality within corporate America and a thought leader around diversity and inclusion. Michelle is a seasoned diversity practitioner with experience working in the consumer goods and pharmaceutical industries before transitioning to financial services in 2011. 
Michelle earned a B.S. in Marketing, a B.A. in Communications from Kean College of New Jersey and an M.S.  in   Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated and the Executive Leadership Council. Michelle serves on several boards including the Jackie Robinson Foundation, Black Girls Rock, the SLE Lupus Foundation and a member of the Women's Leadership Board of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.  Michelle and her husband David Jamal Williams, Co­Founder and CEO   of Ceiling Breakers, LLC, live in New York City.

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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.

Mark LaScola
Founder and Managing Principal

Mark founded OTM in 1990 after completing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Fresno State University (1980) and an interdisciplinary Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from San Jose State University (1985) – where his work focused on systems theory and its application to human systems and processes. Having himself successfully delivered over 300 redesigns and 600 engagements, has trained and developed approximately 5,000 executives, managers and internal change agents – across a broad and diverse range of industries on 6 continents and over 20 countries on OTM’s comprehensive solutions.

Mark shares his experience and supports the wider industry through regular publication of best practice and is the author of one of the industry’s most integrated and comprehensive re-design/transformation methodologies. Mark also sits on the European Organization Design Forum board and regularly speaks at industry events.

When not on a plane or watching a real football (soccer) match, he’s at home with his family in Phoenix, Arizona.


Joanne Lipman
Author and former
Editor in Chief
USA Today

Joanne Lipman, the bestselling author of That's What She Said What Men Need to Know (And Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together, is one of the nation's most prominent journalists. She most recently was Chief Content Officer of Gannett, and Editor in Chief USA TODAY and the USA TODAY NETWORK, comprising the flagship title and 109 other news organizations including the Detroit Free Press, the Cincinnati Enquirer, and the Arizona Republic. In that role, she oversaw more than 3,000 journalists and led the organization to three Pulitzer Prizes plus an additional three Pulitzer finalists. Ms. Lipman began her career as a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, ultimately rising to Deputy Managing Editor, creating Weekend Journal and Personal Journal, and supervising coverage that earned three Pulitzer Prizes. New York Times media columnist David Carr described her as the Journal's "innovator-in-chief." She subsequently was founding Editor-in-Chief of Conde Nast Portfolio and Portfolio.com, which won National Magazine and Loeb Awards. 

She is a frequent television commentator, seen on ABC, CNN, NBC, CNBC, CBS, MSNBC and PBS, among others, and her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, Time, Fortune, Newsweek and Harvard Business Review.

Alastair Robertson
Former Chief Human Resources Officer

Alastair Robertson is a highly experienced executive with an impressive track record in leading Human Resources (HR) teams in large and complex global organizations. His international background and ability to drive organizational transformation and growth – in addition to his strengths in managing complexity, building capabilities, and embedding culture.

Mr. Robertson served as Chief HR/People Officer and Member of the Executive Board in each of his three previous companies – Kingfisher Plc, Europe's leading home-improvement retailer (2016-present; 79 000 employees), C&A, the global retail company (2014-2016; 50 000 employees), and Panalpina, the global logistics company (2007-2014; 18 000 employees). Prior to this, he spent 11 years with the multinational packaging company Tetra Pak in senior HR positions on several continents. The first seven years of his career in the industry were in personnel management, training, and development with W.H. Smith and Graham Builders Merchants in the UK.

Holly Tyson
Chief Human Resources Officer
Dick’s Sporting Goods

Holly Tyson joined DICK'S Sporting Goods as the Chief Human Resources Officer in August 2016.  In this role, Holly is responsible for leading the overall talent strategy for the Company, while ensuring that the culture, practices, policies and operations align with the strategic organizational priorities and values.  She also provides strategic human resources leadership to the executive management team and board of directors.

Prior to joining DICK'S, Holly served as the Chief Human Resources Officer at The Brink's Company from August 2012 to July 2016.

Prior to joining The Brink's Company, Holly was at Bristol-Myers Squibb from 2004 to 2012 with her final role as Vice President Human Resources U.S. Pharmaceuticals.

She began her career at Accenture & Cigna Corporation.  Holly holds a Master's degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University and a Bachelor's degree from the College of William & Mary.  She lives outside of Pittsburgh, PA with her husband and two boys and enjoys travel, skiing with her family and fitting in a run every now and then.