Jennifer Christie is VP, People and Chief Human Resources Officer at Twitter. She leads the global People team and works with the executive management team and board of directors to support the strategic direction of the company. Specifically, she oversees talent acquisition and management, diversity and inclusion, People systems
and analytics, organizational and performance management, training and development, and total rewards and mobility. She also leads the HR Business Partner teams globally that support the engineering, product, sales and partnerships, and corporate function organizations. The global real estate and workplace organization is also a part of the
People Team that she leads.
Prior to joining Twitter in 2017, Jennifer was the senior vice president and head of HR for the Global Consumer Services Group at American Express. In this role, she was responsible for developing and executing the talent, organizational, and leadership strategy for the business. Prior to this role, Jennifer was the vice president and HR
Business Partner for Enterprise Growth Group.
In her first three years with American Express, she served as Chief Diversity Officer and vice president, Global Executive Recruitment and was responsible for developing the company’s global diversity and inclusion strategy and led executive level recruitment for
all business and staff groups worldwide.
Before joining American Express, Jennifer was a consultant at a leading executive search firm and also spent two years as a Special Assistant to the President of the United States in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel. Before joining the White House, she was an associate at Booz Allen Hamilton in their organizational design and change management practice.
Jennifer started her career in the federal government working for more than a decade for several federal government agencies to support community safety and security programs and implement offender reentry initiatives. Jennifer received a master’s degree in criminal justice from The George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Mr. Bartley’s career has been effectively characterized as a subject matter expert for Diversity, Inclusion and Talent Acquisition. As a speaker and facilitator, DK Bartley has been very effective inspiring global audiences related to “Best-in-Class” Talent Acquisition and Diversity & Inclusion practices for both big and small corporations.
He is currently Global Head & Managing Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Moody’s, the global credit rating and financial services company. He is keenly responsible for Moody’s acceleration of D&I as a business imperative and the international Diversity and Inclusion strategy for its internal and external framework.
DK was previously Senior Vice President & Head of Diversity and Inclusion for Dentsu Aegis, where he advanced D&I through multicultural partnerships with some of Dentsu’s largest clients and partners, such as Microsoft, American Express, Facebook, and LVMH. He successfully managed and reengineered the Dentsu Americas talent acquisition team and created a Center of Excellence that transformed the employee value proposition, leading Dentsu Aegis to become an employer of choice.
He has also functioned as Chief Talent Officer for the global consulting firm Diversity Talent International (DTI), with a roster of clients that included some of the world’s most influential brands, Polo Ralph Lauren, Mercedes-Benz, Colgate-Palmolive, Huawei Technologies, and WPP. Prior to DTI, Mr. Bartley held senior level roles as Director of Human Resources at News corporations, HarperCollins Publishers, and also for Gust, the global startup funding platform.
He is a Board Member of the AAF, The American Advertising Federation and ACT-SO the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics of mind competition. Mr. Bartley is Certified in Diversity & Inclusion Management from Cornell University ILR, holds a master’s degree in communications from the New York Institute of Technology, and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from SUNY Stony Brook.
Whitney Johnson is the CEO of boutique consultancy WLJ Advisors, an Inc. 5000 2020 honoree, one of the fastest-growing private companies in America. Whitney is an expert on helping high-growth organizations develop high-growth individuals, as one of the 50 leading business thinkers in the world as named by Thinkers50. She is an award-winning author, world-class keynote speaker, frequent lecturer for Harvard Business School’s Corporate Learning and an executive coach and advisor to CEOs.
An innovation and disruption theorist, she codifies her frameworks for developing high-growth individuals and organizations in her bestselling book Build an “A” Team: Play To Their Strengths and Lead Them Up the Learning Curve, and the critically-acclaimed Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work.
Whitney hosts the weekly Disrupt Yourself podcast, the bi-weekly LinkedIn Live Calm Amidst Chaos, and publishes a popular weekly newsletter. She is married, has two children, and lives in Lexington, VA.
Mike Bokina is Vice President, Head of Human Resources for Siemens USA, serving the company’s largest market in the world, with more than 50,000 employees and over $23 billion in revenues and $5 billion in annual exports. In this role, Mike is responsible for developing and executing human resource strategy in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of the organization, specifically in the areas of succession planning, talent management, change management, organizational and performance management, training and development, and compensation.
Mike has more than 20 years HR experience with a focus in the areas of HR Strategy, HR Measurement, and improving the performance of the overall HR function.
Previously, Mike was Vice President and Global Head of HR Organizational Effectiveness. In this role, he was responsible for end-to-end planning for the Global HR function including HR Strategy, the HR planning cycle and the global HR budget. In addition, he was an architect and delivered on Siemens’ HR Global Transformation. Prior to this, Mike was an HR Strategy Consultant for PwC / Saratoga in New York City and held various HR positions at Prudential Financial across the US.
Mike graduated with a degree in English and Rhetoric from Drake University in Des Moines, IA and has a MBA with a focus on HR Management from Fairleigh Dickinson in Madison, NJ. Mike resides in Northern New Jersey with his wife, Erin, and his three kids- Ryan, Noah, and Sadie. He enjoys tennis, traveling, live music and time with his family.
Ruchi Jalla is Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at BAE Systems, Inc., a U.S.-based, international defense, aerospace, and security company that generated 2019 sales of approximately $11.4 billion and employs more than 35,000 people around the world, with major operations in the United States, United Kingdom, Sweden, and Israel. In her current role, she provides direction on enterprise diversity and inclusion strategies and ensures alignment of initiatives that bring about sustainable shifts in workplace culture. Under her leadership, BAE Systems, Inc. has been honored with numerous external awards and recognition as an employer of choice including top scores on the Disability Equality Index and Corporate Equality Index.
Andrew Saidy is a Human Resources executive with more than 15 years of experience with public and private Multinationals and International Organizations. Specialized in leading Digital HR Transformations & Disruptions, Andrew has also held various roles in Talent Acquisition & Management, Executive Coaching, HR Business Partnering and Learning & Development. Andrew currently leads Schneider Electric’s ambitious Talent Digitization agenda, bringing digitization, AI and Machine Learning to Schneider’s HR ecosystem.
Jeanne Meister is Founding Partner of Future Workplace, an HR Advisory and Research firm. She is the best selling author of four books, two books on Corporate Universities and two books on the future of work. Her most recent book is, The Future Workplace: 10 Rules For Mastering Disruption in Recruiting and Engaging Employees This book was awarded the Silver Axiom Best Business Book Award for Human Resources professionals in 2017 and most recently she received the Bellwether award by the Community College Fututes Assembly.Jeanne is also a Contributor to Forbes and her column can be found here: http://blogs.forbes.com/jeannemeister/.
Jeanne is the receiver of the Distinguished Contribution in Workplace Learning Award, an award given to one HR executive each year by Association For Talent Development (ATD) honoring her body in preparing executives for the future of learning and working. Jeanne is also the receiver of the Colin Corder Award for Outstanding Achievement in Workplace Learning by The Learning and Performance Institute, (LPI) an HR and Learning Association based in London.
Jeanne was named to HR TECH Top 100 Influencers in 2019 and she will be conducting a special session at HR TECH on Using AI 4 HR. Jeanne is the designer and one of the online faculty for the Using AI For HR online self paced course series, offered on the SHRM eSTORE. Jeanne was previously Vice President of Market Development at Accenture (www.accenture.com).
Jeanne is a graduate of University of Connecticut and Boston University. Jeanne lives in New York City and Columbia County, NY with her husband and Labradoodle.
Luciana leads Employee Experience at HP. In this role, she oversees HP’s culture, employee communications, engagement, social impact, change management, and employer brand. With 25+ years of experience, Luciana specializes in helping corporate leaders achieve business results by driving culture and engaging employees with the company, their colleagues, and their work through effective programs and communications. Luciana has led both internal and external communications teams. Prior to joining HP in 2015, Luciana spent four years at Apple. Before that, she was at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Luciana began her career at Sapient. She consulted for MIT, Merck, and Manulife, among other clients. Luciana has twice received the prestigious International Association of Business Communicators’ Gold Quill Award. She has a BA in English and Anthropology from Amherst College and an MBA from Boston University, both with high honors. She is married, loves to travel, and is happy to call the Napa Valley her home.
Ben Eubanks is the Principal Analyst at Lighthouse Research & Advisory and the author of Artificial Intelligence for HR: Use AI to Build a Successful Workforce.
Ben is an expert in the future of work as it relates to talent, technology, and innovation. His book on artificial intelligence debuted at the #1 spot on the New and Noteworthy list on Amazon upon its release and is currently being translated into Chinese.
Previously an HR executive for a global technology startup, he currently heads up research and operations at Lighthouse Research & Advisory, a human capital advisory services firm. He works with HR, talent, and learning leaders across the globe to solve their most pressing business challenges with a research-based perspective tempered by practical, hands-on experience.
He has developed hundreds of reports, case studies, and other resources to support his life’s mission: making HR better, one HR pro at a time. Ben is the founder of upstartHR, a blog that has touched the lives of more than one million business leaders since its inception, and he also hosts “We’re Only Human,” a podcast that examines the intersection of people and technology in the workplace.
Most importantly, he has four children, a wonderful wife of ten-plus years, and a preference for running in a variety of outlandish races for fun.
VaynerMedia’s —and the ad industry’s for that matter— first ever Chief Heart Officer, Claude Silver fuses empathy with agency to unlock employee potential and foster a culture of belonging. Between her education in psychology, years as an advertising strategist, and time at Vaynermedia, she’s been studying and influencing human behavior for over three decades. Outside of Vaynermedia, she speaks globally about the need for heart-leadership in today’s workplace and the importance of treating “employees” like people, not numbers. Her success guiding client relationships, global brand strategies, operations, management, and culture is driven by an abiding passion for creating spaces in which people can thrive.
Jez is Corporate Vice President, Center HR for McDonald’s, supporting global business functions, leadership teams in the US & operating business units in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Asia and Japan. He also leads the global Safety, Security & Intelligence team, the Workplace Solutions team and leads globally on employer reputation and digital engagement.
He formerly held senior HR roles in the U.S. and in Northern Europe. During his time as Chief People Officer in the UK & Northern Europe, he focussed on talent management, employee relations & employee engagement.
Jez serves as a fellow for several organizations, including The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and The Royal Society of Arts, as well as being a Council Member of City & Guilds. He currently resides in the Chicago area with his wife and two daughters.
Dr. Claudy Jules is a leading expert in organization, leadership and change who focuses on driving value creation through the optimization of leadership capabilities. Dr. Jules currently heads Google’s Center of Expertise on Organizational Health and Change, where he provides expert counsel and collaboration to Google business leads to strengthen the performance and culture of their product areas. He also serves as an advisor to CapitalG (Alphabet’s growth equity investment fund) and the firm’s portfolio companies on leadership, talent, organizational design, culture and change. Prior to joining Google, Dr. Jules was a Partner at Accenture Strategy where he was a leader in the Organization Practice and the Global Managing Director of its Leadership Consulting service line. At Accenture Strategy, operating at the nexus of strategy and technology, he counselled senior leaders of leading companies and public institutions on CEO succession, top team effectiveness, organizational design, talent strategy, culture, and large-scale change. His deep expertise and experience have made him a trusted advisor to Boards, CEOs, business executives, and government leaders around the world. As a thought leader, Dr. Jules sits on the board of Leading Educators, a nonprofit disrupting the multibillion-a-year teacher professional development industry. He is also a sought-out speaker with a significant body of published thought leadership. He is a Forbes contributor, speaks and presents at professional and academic conferences and lectures at leading universities, including Columbia University’s graduate program in social and organizational psychology. He is well known for his research on digital and global leadership, operating models, and top team effectiveness with published articles in the MIT Sloan Management Review, The European Business Review, Leader to Leader, Strategy & Leadership, the Ivey Business Journal and Organizational Dynamics. Dr. Jules earned his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University. He also holds a Master’s degree from the joint program in Organization Development at The American University and NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Science and completed post-graduate studies at The Gestalt
Institute of Cleveland and Gestalt Organization & Systems Development Center, focusing on the
application of Gestalt Therapy to organizational consulting and change.
Sebastien Girard joined Atrium Health as Senior Vice President of Workforce Engagement in December 2018. He is responsible for strategic and operational advancement of Atrium Health system employment and labor management strategies, talent acquisition, executive recruiting, HR strategy and business partners, HR compliance, and employment practice development and delivery – including a focus on advancing employee engagement and solidifying Atrium Health as an employer of choice.
Sebastien’s career spans more than 20 years in overseeing sales, human resources and recruiting teams, profit and loss statement management, and adapting the people strategy to market needs in the staffing and healthcare industries.
Sebastien previously served as Vice President & Chief Workforce Officer for Parkland Hospital in Dallas, TX. He was responsible for talent acquisition, the implementation of a strategic workforce planning model, labor optimization function and manage the occupational health department for Parkland Health & Hospital System.
Prior to his work at Parkland Hospital Sebastien was Senior Vice President at Randstad USA, where he oversaw North East U.S. operations. Sebastien also served at Randstad Canada from 2001 to 2010 serving as Executive Vice President in 2009 and 2010. In his tenure, Sebastien spearheaded double digit organic growth year-over-year for seven straight years while maintaining a Canadian Top 50 Best Places to Work status (rank: 12) and Canadian Top 50 Best Places to Work for Women (rank: 5).
Sebastien holds a Master of Business Administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
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