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Amy Bastuga, Vice President of Human Resources, Radio Flyer Inc
Amy joined the Radio Flyer Team in 2007, where she has brought her HR expertise to a growing organization whose vision was to create an environment where every employee could say “I Love My Job”. Inspired by the CWO’s vision, she leads the global HR team and has established programs that support the Little Red Rule, “Every time we touch people’s lives, they will feel great about Radio Flyer”.
Amy established her Human Resources career over the past 18 years, working in several privately held world-class manufacturing organizations. She has held various senior HR leadership roles at Fel-Pro(purchased by Federal-Mogul), Hendrickson-owned by The Boler Company and currently at Radio Flyer
Amy graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communications and a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development. She received her Master’s degree in Human Resources Management and Development from National-Louis University. SPHR certified.
Michael Burchell, Vice President, International Operations, Great Place to Work®
Michael Burchell, Ed.D. is Vice President, International Operations at The Great Place to Work Institute, Inc. A member of the corporate team, Michael oversees business development of multinational clients across the affiliate network, and supports affiliate growth and development world-wide.
Michael is co-author of The Great Workplace: How to Build It, How to Keep It and Why It Matters. Previously, Michael led consulting services for the Institute in the US. He also co-owns Great Place to Work UAE, based in Dubai. Prior to joining the Institute, Michael worked at W.L. Gore & Associates, and the University of Massachusetts. Michael received his doctorate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and also holds degrees from Colorado State University and the University of Southern California.
Michael’s address is in Washington, D.C., but he lives in seat 8A on flights to various destinations around the globe.
Nate Butki, Vice President of Advisory Services, Great Place to Work®
As an experienced presenter, facilitator and change agent, Nate helps organizations create and sustain their great workplace culture by implementing assessments, action planning and learning focused on building trust.
Christopher Cabrera has more than two decades of senior management experience at early- stage and public companies. He is a noted expert in sales performance management, sales compensation, and software-as-a-service.
Since founding Xactly in 2005, Cabrera has built the company to more than 200 employees around four core values: Customer Focus, Accountability, Respect, and Excellence. He encourages a non-political, non-hierarchical culture in which staff development is a priority.
Cabrera’s approach has resulted in accolades for him personally and the company as a whole. Along with being named a Great Place to Work, Xactly was recognized by the Bay Area News Group as a top place to work in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2012, and The Wall Street Journal named the company to its “Next Big Thing” list of top start-ups in the U.S. for the second year in a row.
He was named the 2011 Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year by the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the USC Marshall School of Business, and is the Chairman of the Board for USC Marshall Partners, Northern California. He is also on the Advisory Board for Santa Clara University's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE).
Leslie Caccamese serves as Director of Strategic Marketing and Research with Great Place to Work®, driving key conversations with leaders interested in building or sustaining great workplaces.
Diana Canzona-Hindman, SPHR, Community Relations and Human Resource Advisor, PCL Construction Enterprises, Inc.
Diana has progressive and diverse experience in community relations and human resources. Since coming to PCL, she has led the integration of PCL’s wellness initiatives into this respected construction company’s culture, and now leads a similar initiative for community involvement. She co-authored PCL’s culture nominations for the “Best Companies to Work for in Colorado” and FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®” programs which PCL has been recognized many times.
PCL is the sixth largest contracting organization in North America and are leaders in buildings, civil, infrastructure, and heavy industrial markets. PCL believes in building strong communities by contributing time, talent, and resources to the communities in which employees live and build.
Diana is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), earned an Organization Development Certificate, and is pursuing a Certificate for Corporate Community Involvement through Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship. Currently Diana is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), the Colorado Human Resource Association (CHRA), the Corporate Community Investment Network (CCIN), and Mile High United Way’s Women’s Leadership network. She is a committee member for the American Red Cross Mile High Region’s annual Breakfast of Champions and volunteers for City Year and Habitat for Humanity.
Sarah Cooke, Managing Consultant, Great Place to Work®
Sarah Cooke serves as Managing Consultant at Great Place to Work®, partnering consultants with clients to help strengthen their workplace culture and improve their business performance.
Anne Donovan, US Transformation Leader, PwC
Anne Donovan is the U.S. Transformation Leader for Human Capital at PricewaterhouseCoopers. In her role, Anne is the steward for PwC's culture, responsible for shaping the change management approaches for numerous people initiatives at the firm. Anne also works closely with PwC's global network of firms to share best practices and to drive greater consistency and efficiency to support the firm’s global human capital strategy.
Dr. Dunsire joined Millennium in July 2005 with nearly 20 years of experience in commercial, operational, clinical and scientific aspects of a world-leading pharmaceutical business.
Previously, Dr. Dunsire led the Novartis U.S. Oncology business and played a critical role in the broad development and launch of successful products such as Zometa®, Femara® and Gleevec®. Notably, Dr. Dunsire managed 12 product launches and built the business from approximately $50 million to $2.1 billion in revenues over 10 years.
Dr. Dunsire graduated from medical school at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2006, she also was awarded a Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa, from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Currently, Dr. Dunsire is a board member of Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), Allergan, Inc., the Museum of Science (Boston), CancerCare (New York) and the G&P Foundation for Cancer Research. She is a member of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum and the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association.
Dr. Dunsire was the 2001 recipient of the American Cancer Society Excalibur award, the 2000 recipient of the Health Care Business Women's Association Rising Star award and also the Creative Spirit award from the Creative Center for Women with Cancer. She also received the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association’s 2009 “Woman of the Year Award” and the 2011 MassBio Innovative Leadership award. In 2012, Dr. Dunsire was named to the Board of Directors at Takeda.
As Chief Learning Officer for Qualcomm, Tamar Elkeles, Ph.D., is responsible for defining the overall learning and development strategic direction for the company. Her scope of leadership includes company-wide learning and development, executive/leadership development, engineering/technical training, internal communications, organization development, talent management and learning technology for all of Qualcomm’s 25,000 global employees.
Elkeles created the Learning Center within Qualcomm in 1992 to meet the learning and development needs in a rapidly growing and changing high technology environment. In 1999, the Learning Center evolved into an internal consulting function within the organization, which provides business divisions with innovative solutions in both learning, organization development and communications that impact business results.
Under Elkeles’ leadership Qualcomm has received numerous awards and consistent recognition for being a top training organization with exceptional training and development programs. She is the co-author of the first book on the CLO’s role titled: “The Chief Learning Officer” and in 2010, was named “CLO of The Year” by CLO Magazine. She holds both a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology.
Delta Emerson serves as Chief of Staff at Ryan, a global corporate tax advisory firm, where she also leads corporate excellence and culture initiatives, with responsibility for external awards and recognition. She is Executive Director and Vice Chair of The Ryan Foundation, managing corporate philanthropy and community outreach initiatives.
In 2010 Delta was the inaugural recipient of Ryan’s “Chairman’s Award”, recognized by her CEO for being the “chief architect” of an award-winning program that transformed the firm’s culture from one with focus on hours worked, to one that now focuses on results achieved, allowing employees to work anywhere, any time. As a result, Ryan has won over 100 workplace excellence awards in recent years.
With over twenty years of Human Resources, Training, and Organizational Development leadership experience in professional services, information technology, and financial services companies, Delta has played key roles in start-up and Fortune 1000 entities. Prior to becoming Chief of Staff, she created and led both the Learning and Organizational Development group, as well as Ryan’s global Human Resources function. Her favorite feedback is “You have a soft voice that carries a lot of weight.”
David Fischer is the Senior Director of the Learning Center of Excellence at Darden. In this role, David leads enterprise-level Operations Training and Development where he provides strategic leadership and brand support for all aspects of operations training and development for 186,000 employees.
David was an integral part of restructuring Darden’s Learning team in 2010 from an individual brand approach to an enterprise Center of Excellence.
Prior to his recent role, David served as Director of Management Training and Development for Olive Garden since January 2008, where he was responsible for all management training and development programs for its Directors of Operations, General Managers and Managers in the U.S. and Canada. David has been with Darden for 23 years.
Darden is the largest casual dining restaurant company in the world. It operates more than 2,000 Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn, Bahama Breeze, The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, Eddie V’s and Yard House restaurants in North America, leading each of its market segments and employing more than 185,000 people.
Monika Fahlbusch is head of Global Employee Success at salesforce.com – the world’s most innovative company according to Forbes and one of Fortune’s Best Companies to Work For five years in a row. In this role, Monika drives efforts to amplify the team sport culture and deliver the #dreamjob employee experience that help fuel the company’s incredible growth. She is also leading the transformation of work at the company and consults with customers on how they can use social technologies like Salesforce Chatter and Work.com to build trust and transparency and unleash the full potential of all employees. Monika has more than 20 years’ experience in the field of Human Resources, including roles leading teams at Old Navy and Peoplesoft. She holds a B.S. in business administration and economics from St. Mary’s College of California. She is the mother of two fabulous children. Tahoe is her happy place. Pabst Blue Ribbon is her beer.
Justin Fong, Vice President of Internal Communications, Teach For America
Justin Fong joined Teach For America’s staff in 2010 as Vice President of Internal Communications, but his history with the organization began in 2003; fresh out of college, he joined the program’s teaching corps as a middle school teacher in New York City. In between his time as a teacher and joining staff, Justin worked for Harlem Village Academies, a network of charter schools and Building Excellent Schools, a charter school incubator. In his spare time, he loves to cook, tweet (@jgfong), travel, photograph, sleep, snore and most of all, root for the (World Champion) San Francisco Giants and 49ers. Justin is a graduate of Harvard College and resides in an inhumanely small apartment in the East Village of New York City.
Maryella Gockel, Americas Flexibility Strategy Leader, Ernst & Young LLP
Maryella Gockel is Ernst & Young LLP’s Flexibility Strategy Leader and a member of the firm’s Americas Inclusiveness Center of Excellence. She works to embed a sustainable inclusive and flexible culture to enable Ernst & Young’s professionals to achieve their potential and make a difference, wherever they come from and whatever their characteristics.
Maryella is a noted speaker on flexibility in the workplace and has been featured in such media outlets as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Good Morning America. She is the recipient of the 2012 Ted Childs Life Work Excellence Award and the 2008 Families and Work Institute’s Work Life Legacy Award.
Maryella joined Ernst & Young in 1980 after completing her MBA in Accounting from Rutgers Graduate School of Management. She also completed her CPA certificate during that time. She transitioned to HR, becoming a People Leader for numerous business units. In her current role, she also consults with other offices and geographies around the world, including Latin America, Europe, Asia and Japan, to help make flexibility initiatives locally relevant in those cultures and locations.
She has two children: James, 26, and Alexandra, 22.
Valerie Grillo, Global Leadership Development, American Express
Valerie Grillo leads the Global Leadership Development group at American Express. She and her team are focused on building great leaders at all levels of the organization, from front-line employees to the senior most executives.
Samir Gupte, Senior Vice President, Culture at Darden
Samir Gupte is Senior Vice President of Culture. He leads the development and implementation of culture and workforce diversity initiatives that support the company’s business objectives by making culture a competitive advantage for Darden. He is responsible for holistically integrating enterprise-wide strategy including employee engagement, employee relations, employee safety, dispute resolution, labor relations/workforce and diversity efforts.
Most recently, Samir served as Vice President, Enterprise Function Human Resources responsible for building talent and culture for each of Darden’s enterprise functions while serving as their partner in driving organizational vibrancy and team effectiveness. Samir originally joined Darden in 2003 as Vice President of Human Resources for Bahama Breeze. In 2007, he was named Vice President of Human Resources for Darden and was responsible for the Human Resources aspects of the integration of Darden’s acquisition of RARE International, and for HR support at the company’s Restaurant Support Center in Orlando.
Samir received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Masters of Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University, completed most coursework towards a Culinary Arts degree from Sullivan University, and is currently enrolled in a Masters of Liberal Studies at Rollins College.
Danroy "Dan" T. Henry, Chief Human Resources Officer, Bright Horizons
Danroy "Dan" T. Henry, Chief Human Resources Officer, has a unique blend of operations and human resources leadership skills. His business career spans over twenty years with leading consumer products, retail and service companies. In addition to human resource leadership roles at Pepsi and Reebok International, his executive roles with Staples, Blinds To Go Superstores and Fleet Boston Financial have encompassed human resources, call center, retail store operations and retail banking.
Dan joined Bright Horizons in May 2004 and currently shapes the overall people strategy and the delivery of leading-edge people solutions to more than 20,000 global employees. Under his leadership, Bright Horizons workforce practices have been recognized by The Department of Labor, The US Army, Workforce Management Magazine, Recruiting and Staffing Magazine, Diversity Inc and The Center for Companies that Care. The company has also been recognized as one of 100 Best Places to work by FORTUNE Magazine and the 50 Best places to work in the United Kingdom by the Financial Times of London.
Dan is the past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Northeast Human Resources Association and has served on the Board of Directors of SHRM Foundation and Squash Busters, a program supporting urban youth to and through college. Dan is also the co founder and current board co chair of the DJ Dream Fund Inc.
Dan is a graduate of Cornell University’s College of Industrial and Labor Relations.
Annette V. Holesh, SPHR, Human Resources, SAS
Annette Holesh is passionate about employee engagement and has strongly advocated for innovative HR programs since joining SAS in 1982. During her tenure, Holesh has contributed to the growth and development of the company to its present reputation on the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list. Holesh created the strategic HR Business Partner structure to support the growth of the business while serving as HR Director. As a Principal HR Program Manager, she provides her HR expertise by leading employee engagement including onboarding, employee surveys and workplace culture awards.
Jon M. Joffe, Vice President of Human Resources, Carolinas HealthCare System
Jon Joffe is the Vice-President of Human Resources, Corporate Workforce Relations at Carolinas HealthCare System. In his role, Jon is responsible for the Workforce Relations function across the system.
Previously, Jon spent 12 years working at OhioHealth where he was the System Vice-President of Human Resources, providing leadership support for both workforce relations and employment. OhioHealth is a six-time selection to the FORTUNE Magazine “Best Place to Work” list. Jon led the OhioHealth efforts for three years - from 2010 – 2012.
A graduate of Hope College in Holland, Michigan, Joffe also received a master’s degree from Ohio University in Organizational Development. He is a Certified Personnel Consultant, a Malcolm Baldridge examiner, and has attained the status of Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR).
Jon and Debra share a passion for employee engagement – their vision for creating a fully engaged workforce begins with the offer letter and continues through retirement.
Beth Kavelaris, Director of Culture & Integration, Robert W. Baird & Co.
Beth Kavelaris has over 25 years of financial services experience. She has held numerous positions within the industry from Margin/Options, Human Resources and Education & Development.
Beth joined Baird in 1993 and initiated the firm-wide introduction of Baird University. During her tenure Beth increased Baird University's education offerings from three to over 2000, and created business courseware that still remain on the 'best seller' list. Baird University also garnered several international awards for training and development.
As Director of Culture & Integration, Beth is responsible for developing the Baird culture strategy, ensuring alignment within the executive and leadership team, and providing guidance and council in building the company’s reputation and internal brand.
Beth holds a B.A. from the University-Wisconsin Stevens Point and received her Securities Industry Institute certification from the Wharton School of Business. She is a past chair and co-committee member for SIFMA's Branch Manager Program and Training Managers Roundtable. In 2010, Beth was honored by the Milwaukee Business Journal as a ‘Woman Of Influence’.
Beth is a member of the Board of Directors for Next Act Theatre and continues to direct and choreograph for local theatres and colleges.
Gary L. Mangiofico, Ph.D., Associate Dean Fully Employed and Executive Programs Graziadio School of Business and Management, Pepperdine UniversityDr. Gary L. Mangiofico is recognized as a strategic and iconic thought leader who is “a role model and true believer in change.” In 2012, he was honored with the “Strategic Leadership Award” from the World HRD & Development Congress at the Global HR/OD Excellence Awards, which recognizes the Best of Best in the HR/OD professionals internationally and serves as a benchmark of achievement in Organization Development practices. Dr. Mangiofico has also received numerous awards at local, state, and federal levels including a “Special Congressional Commendation” for his work from the United States Congress.
Dr. Mangiofico has led strategic development, operations management and integration, and turnaround operations solving complex challenges as a CEO, COO, and as a general management executive for both start-ups and Fortune 50 companies. Dr. Mangiofico joined Pepperdine University's Graziadio School faculty in 2003 and serves as the Associate Dean for fully-employed and executive programs.
Dr. Mangiofico holds a B.A. and M.A. from Chapman University in Orange, Calif., and a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology (Alameda/Berkeley). He is an active member of the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association, and the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Marissa Mayer is President & CEO of Yahoo!. Since July 2012, Marissa has led Yahoo!’s focus on making the world's daily habits more inspiring and entertaining.
In this capacity, Erin is responsible for leading and overseeing Great Place to Work® business operations in the United States. An accomplished public speaker and inspiring leader and coach, Erin is dedicated to enabling the US team to achieve strong business results by helping clients improve their workplace cultures. Erin joined Great Place to Work in 2004 as a Consultant and was subsequently promoted to lead International Operations, where she was responsible for expanding our affiliate network to 40+ countries, establishing operating procedures and licensing agreements and overseeing compliance. In 2008 she assumed responsibility for US Client Services and People Services as Senior Vice President. Most recently she led Business Development and was responsible for record growth.
Prior to joining Great Place to Work, Erin worked for Accenture as a consultant, focused on Organizational Change Strategy engagements. Earlier in her career, Erin served as a Strategic Business Planning Consultant, advising clients domestically and internationally.
Erin speaks both Spanish and French and has lived and worked around the world. She currently resides in Maplewood, NJ and has two young children she frequently refers to as her “monkeys,” particularly at bedtime.
Dan Mulhern, Distinguished Practitioner of Business and Law at UC Berkeley, President of Granholm Mulhern Associates, Expert on Leadership and Organizational DevelopmentDan Mulhern is a nationally recognized expert in the fields of leadership, gender and organizational culture. As a teacher at Boalt Law School and the Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley, Mulhern leverages his experience to offer valuable insight on cultural changes happening in today’s workplaces. UC Berkeley undergraduates recently awarded Mulhern the Golden Apple Award for outstanding professor of the year, a testament to the value of his teaching. Through his work as a public speaker, radio personality, writer, leadership coach, and consultant, Mulhern has inspired thousands to lead with their best self.
Prior to serving as Michigan’s First Gentleman in 2002, Mulhern created a successful leadership firm, called the Mulhern Hastings Group. He later launched Dan Mulhern Inc. and Granholm Mulhern Associates, where he is currently President. Mulhern co-authored A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Economic Future with his wife, Jennifer Granholm. Mulhern has also published two books on leadership, Everyday Leadership: Getting Results in Business, Politics and Life and Be Real: Inspiring Stories For Leading At Home And Work. For more than thirteen years, Mulhern has been writing an acclaimed blog, “Reading for Leading,” which is received directly by a list of over 10,000 readers.
Stephanie McCay, Communications Specialist, PCL Construction Enterprises, Inc.
Stephanie is responsible for leading all internal and external US communication initiatives including branding, social media, media relations, and executive communications. Stephanie works closely with publishers and media outlets as PCL’s liaison to the public contributing tremendous value to PCL through her unique skill set.
With annual billings of $6 billion and 31 major offices, PCL is the sixth largest contracting organization in North America. Consistently ranked among the top 10 construction firms, PCL specializes in complex projects of all sizes, focusing on delivering exceptional services and quality.
Stephanie holds a bachelor of arts degree in speech communication from Colorado State University, a masters of professional studies in applied communication from the University of Denver, and a construction management certificate from Colorado State University. She is actively involved a variety of local Denver area non-profits including Mile High United Way and The Tennyson Center for Children. Stephanie also serves as the Junior Board Communications Chair for Florence Crittenton Services, a school and organization that educates, prepares, and empowers teen mothers to be productive members of the community.
Scott McNealy co-founded Sun Microsystems, Inc. in 1982, serving as Chief Executive Officer and Board Chairman for over 22 years. During his tenure, McNealy transformed Sun from a Silicon Valley start-up to a leading provider of network computing. Under Scott’s leadership, for six consecutive years Sun Microsystems was recognized as one of FORTUNE’s 100 Best Company to Work For in America.
In October 2011, McNealy announced his next venture, Wayin. Wayin offers a fun, entertaining way for users and enterprise partners to post photos, ask questions, play live games, share results, and spark conversation amongst friends, consumers and people worldwide with similar interests, anywhere, anytime. McNealy serves as Wayin’s Chairman.
McNealy continues his longstanding commitment to education and advocacy for open and competitive business practices. In March 2004, he led Sun to create the Global Education & Learning Community. Now called Curriki, (“curriculum”+“wiki”), its mission is to eliminate the Education Divide. Curriki’s global online community creates quality materials that benefit teachers, parents and students.
McNealy completed his BA at Harvard, and his MBA at Stanford University.
Amy Lyman, Co-founder, Great Place to Work®
Amy Lyman has spent close to thirty years studying organizations and groups, seeking to understand what helps some groups to thrive while others stall and fall apart. Her current focus is on the key contributions of Trustworthy Leaders to the creation and support of successful groups and organizations.
In 1991, Amy co-founded the Great Place to Work® Institute, a San Francisco based research and consulting firm with over 40 affiliate offices around the world. Amy advises individual leaders and organizations interested in understanding and enhancing the practice of trustworthy behaviors. She has been a featured speaker at management workshops and conferences and also develops custom presentations and workshops for organizations and associations.
She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.S. from the University of California, Davis. She began her consulting work while a research fellow at the Wharton Center for Applied Research at Penn.
Debra Plousha Moore, Chief Human Resources Officer and Executive Vice President, Carolinas HealthCare System
As the Chief Human Resources Officer and Executive Vice President, Debra Plousha Moore holds the top human resources position at one of the nation’s leading and most innovative healthcare organizations.
Jennifer Robin is a Research Fellow and an Adjunct Consultant at Great Place to Work® Institute. A former Senior Consultant with the Institute, she led the Advisory Practice, helping senior leaders integrate their organization’s culture with its strategy and aligning efforts to be a great workplace. She has coauthored two books with the Institute, one entitled The Great Workplace: How to Build It, How to Keep It, and Why It Matters released in January 2011, and a second entitled No Excuses: How You Can Turn Any Workplace Into a Great One forthcoming. Jennifer has experience in diverse industries such as manufacturing, biotechnology, information technology, professional services, and healthcare.
G. Brint Ryan founded Ryan LLC twenty-two years ago, with a credit card and a vision that elicited chuckles from skeptics. Now, twenty-two years later, his award-winning firm serves many of the world’s most prominent Global 5000 companies and is the largest indirect tax services firm in North America, headquartered in Dallas, with offices world-wide, Ryan LLC recently became the first company in the world ever to receive the International Customer Service Standard (ICSS) Gold certification for superior client service.
Ryan shocked stakeholders four years ago when he virtually did a 180, taking steps to convert a culture he created and personally describes as “Draconian,” into one that recently earned Ryan LLC a spot on the Great Place to Work® Best Small & Medium Workplaces list. Ryan credits eight years of participation in the Great Place to Work list process as the driver behind the dramatic change at the company.
In addition to being Chairman and CEO of Ryan LLC, Ryan serves in a leadership capacity on various volunteer boards that focus on education, wellness, children’s welfare, and affordable housing. He has received numerous “Top CEO” recognitions in recent years, and is as much in demand as a speaker on the topic of workplace effectiveness as he is on matters related to corporate taxation.
As Senior Vice President of Inspiration and Creativity for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Steve Pinetti is charged with inspiring Kimpton’s unique culture and expanding its brand attributes through the development and management of brand wide programs and standards, identifying and solidifying key partnerships while also leading the strategies around Kimpton’s loyalty program, Kimpton InTouch. Pinetti is also tasked with sharing the company’s culture and creative influences through employee training and workshops. Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, based in San Francisco, currently manages 57 boutique hotels and 59 fine dining chef-driven restaurants in the U.S.
Prior to joining Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants in 1982, Pinetti began his hospitality career with Hilton and Hyatt where he held a number of positions in hotel sales and marketing. He was recognized as a “Top Producer” for both organizations. He helped develop corporate incentive travel programs as well as breakthrough industry software that provided the foundation for PMS systems today. Throughout his career, Pinetti has been responsible for the strategic planning and openings of more than 70 hotels and 70 restaurants throughout the country and has worked as an independent consultant in hotel management and marketing.
Pinetti has taught various classes in sales, marketing, operations and management in the hospitality programs at the University of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, San Francisco City College and Golden Gate University. He also participated in branding classes through the executive management programs at Stanford University and U.C. Berkeley. Pinetti lives in San Francisco, California.
As the Program Manager for Global Training at Great Place to Work® Institute, Yulia Savitskaya is responsible for developing and rolling out an interactive training program series to clients and worldwide affiliates. Yulia has also served as a researcher for the co-founder of the company, Robert Levering, and as an evaluator for the FORTUNE and Small & Medium Best Companies lists. Yulia is a gifted communicator, whether in her native Russian, French, or English — or in the body language necessary to arrive safely at the San Francisco office by bike each day. But her true skill comes through in her work translating great workplace concepts into practical tools that any manager can use to create stronger, trust-based relationships with employees.p>
John Schirm is a Manager with the Compensation team leading equity compensation, quantitative analysis and the Compensation Committee team. John came to Google in 2007 after working in Investment Banking (Mergers & Acquisitions Advisory) covering the retail and industrial sectors. John has worked on problems at Google such as the 2009 stock option exchange, the 2011 compensation changes, and the integration of Motorola Mobility. John studied economics and mathematics at Middlebury College. John's thesis "Tournaments and Office Politics: Evidence from a Real Effort Experiment" and was recently published in the American Economic Review and by the Institute for the Study of Labor in Zurich.
Lisa is global head of Brand Marketing and Digital Strategy, responsible for the firm’s corporate brand, including advertising, goldmansachs.com, social media, the annual report, and marketing for corporate engagement and recruitment. Previously, Lisa was the chief operating officer of Global Compliance, Legal and Internal Audit. Prior to that, she spent the majority of her career in the Securities Division, holding leadership roles in equities sales and trading. Lisa was named managing director in 2000 and partner in 2002.
Brenda Sprite founded the Organizational Change Leadership Practice for Navigator Management Partners when she joined the company in 2007. In addition to her expertise in strategic organizational change and enterprise resource planning implementations, Brenda has significant international program management experience. She is equally adept in public and corporate organizations, having served clients in state governments, higher education, public utilities, and health care services for more than 30 years. One of her career passions is integrating organizational change management with Agile project management. She is also a thought-leader in the area of enterprise change management.
Ms. Sprite holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology (with an emphasis on organizational behavior) and a Masters of Labor Relations (MLIR), both from Michigan State University. She is certified in ITIL and Prosci methodology, and holds her Project Management Professional (PMP), and Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) certifications from the Project Management Institute.
Kip Tindell has been at the helm of The Container Store since it first opened its doors in Dallas in 1978 – creating the first ever store devoted solely to storage and organization products. The company has locations from coast to coast, a thriving Web site and 2012 sales projected to exceed $725 million. But for Tindell, the goal never has been growth for growth’s sake. Rather, it’s to adhere to a fundamental set of corporate values centered around an employee-first culture, strict merchandising and superior customer service. Success has been the natural and inevitable result. Tindell continues to embody the unique corporate culture he created, and has nurtured a fierce employee loyalty that has landed the company on FORTUNE magazine’s list of “100 Best Companies to Work For” 13 years in a row.
Tindell is actively involved in the community dedicating time and resources to the Salesmanship Club of Dallas. Tindell also serves on the board of Whole Foods Market (WFMI), the National Retail Federation’s executive board and chairs the National Retail Federation’s Foundation. He is a leader and passionately involved in Conscious Capitalism, Inc., a community of like-minded business, academic and thought leaders working to elevate humanity through a conscious approach to business.
Sandra Turner is the Director of Ernst & Young LLP’s EY Assist, the firm’s integrated employee assistance program (EAP) and life management resource and referral service. She is one of Ernst & Young’s nine global Chairman’s Values Award recipients for 2010. Previously, Sandra worked with companies as an EAP consultant and organizational change agent.
Sandra is the current President of the Employee Assistance Roundtable and an editorial board member of the Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health. A past President of the International Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA), Sandra received the EAPA President’s Award in 2002. She also is a founding member and former Chairperson of the Employee Assistance Certification Commission.
Sandra received her PhD from Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School of Applied Social Services in 2004. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Boston University; a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota, specializing in community organization; and post-graduate certificates from the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, specializing in group work. She is a graduate of the Gestalt Institute’s Organization and Systems Development Program (OSD VIII).
Sandra has lived with her husband, Jeff, in Gates Mills, Ohio, for the past 22 years.
As president and CEO of Scripps Health since 2000, Chris Van Gorder has been instrumental in positioning Scripps among the nation’s foremost health care institutions. Now he is leading the restructure of the $2.3 billion, integrated health system to best prepare for the changes of health care reform.
In October 2010, Van Gorder announced a new direction for Scripps Health. In anticipation of dramatic change in health care, he “turned the organization on its side,” creating a horizontally matrixed management structure to identify and significantly reduce unnecessary variation in patient care and health care operations. The new “One Scripps” approach led to more than $70 million in performance improvements in the first year.
Under Van Gorder’s leadership, Scripps has been a recognized FORTUNE 100 Best Company to Work For, for the past 5 consecutive years.
Clare Vetrick, SPHR, Chief People Officer, Navigator Management Partners
Clare Vetrick is the Chief People Office for Navigator Management Partners and has served in a number of roles of increasing responsibility during her six year tenure with The Firm. Prior to joining Navigator, Ms. Vetrick worked in the HR & Sales disciplines for Marriott International & Arthur Andersen.
Ms. Vetrick is a results-oriented human resource practitioner who brings a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of Human Resources; including HR strategy, training and development and recruiting alignment. In addition to managing Navigator’s Talent Acquisition team, Ms. Vetrick is charged with creating training and internal development opportunities for Navigator’s employees; developing progressive human capital policies, implementing and administering benefits programs that are of the highest standard and undertaking projects and analysis that contribute to Navigator’s ‘Great Places to Work’ status.
Ms. Vetrick holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communications (with Honors) from Ohio University, a Management Certificate in Human Resources : Selection & Staffing from The School of Industrial & Labor Relations at Cornell University and the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)certification. Ms. Vetrick is also currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management from The Ohio State University.
Suzanne Vickberg, is Senior Manager and Workforce Analytics Lead for Deloitte Services LP. In this role, she is currently working to establish the first Workforce Analytics Center of Expertise focusing on Deloitte’s own professionals and the factors that influence their experiences, productivity, commitment, and engagement with the organization. Prior to her position with Deloitte, Suzanne was a Principal Consultant and the Assessment Practice Lead at the Great Place to Work® Institute, Inc., which evaluates and selects the companies to be recognized on FORTUNE Magazine’s list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For. Previous to her work with the Institute, Suzanne was the Director of Change Initiatives at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. In this role she led the organization’s effort to become a top place to work and volunteer.
Suzanne holds a PhD in Social-Personality Psychology from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York, and an MBA in Management and Organizational Behavior from the Stern School of Business at New York University. She grew up in Minnesota and attended college at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She currently lives in Maplewood, NJ with her children, August (age 8) and Sinikka (age 6).
Frank Wagner, Director, Compensation, Google
Frank Wagner is Director of Compensation at Google and has led the Google Compensation Team for the last six years. He is responsible for all of the company’s employee compensation programs. Prior to joining Google, Mr. Wagner was a Principal and Compensation Consultant for Hewitt, where he worked on employee and executive compensation. He also served as Manager of Compensation and Benefits for Herbalife International. Mr. Wagner has published numerous articles and is a frequent speaker on compensation trends. He is also a regular speaker at the WorldatWork’s annual conference. Mr. Wagner has a Bachelor of Science (Highest Honors) in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of California, Berkeley.
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