2016 Conference

San Diego - April 6-8, 2016

Our premier event, where over 1,300 executives from around the country convene to network and learn from leaders.

2016 Conference Speakers

heather-brunnerHeather Brunner, CEO, Square Root

As CEO, Heather has steered WP Engine to hyper-growth and global expansion with offices in Austin, San Antonio, London and San Francisco serving 50,000 customers in 136 countries. A 26-year technology veteran, Heather helped create billions in value, driven customer success and led business strategy for both privately-funded new ventures and Fortune 500 companies.
 

Barry BarberBarry Barber, Senior Vice President, Director of Human Resources, Kimley-Horn

Barry Barber is Senior Vice President and Director of Human Resources with Kimley-Horn, and a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and Management Committee. Before joining Kimley-Horn, Mr. Barber was a Senior Manager with KPMG.
 

Jonathan BeckerJonathan Becker, Partner, Great Place to Work®

Jonathan Becker is Partner at Great Place to Work®, where he excels at helping leaders turn insights from data into actionable steps that foster positive organizational changes. With deep experience in coaching and facilitating, he enjoys partnering with leaders to design and implement strategic plans that result in a thriving, goal-achieving, trust-based workplace.
 

Kim Washington BarrKim Washington Barr, Leadership Development Experience Leader, PwC

Kim Washington Barr is the Leadership Development Experience Leader for the U.S. firm of PwC. Kim is responsible for the continued adoption and evolution of the leadership development experience launched in September 2014.
 

amy-bernsteinAmy Bernstein, Editor, Harvard Business Review

Amy Bernstein is the editor of Harvard Business Review, where she oversees the magazine and its team of editors. Before joining HBR in 2011, she was Vice President, Global Thought Leadership, at ManpowerGroup, the global employment-services company. There she led the organization's thought leadership program, focusing on emerging trends in the world of work. She also launched MyPath, the industry's first career-management website for professionals.
 

vic-buzacheroVictor V. Buzachero, Corporate Senior Vice President for Innovation, Human Resources and Performance Management, Scripps Health

Vic Buzachero is currently a Corporate Senior Vice President with Scripps Health in San Diego. Since joining Scripps in 2001, Scripps has been recognized by AARP and Working Mother Magazine as a top employer as well as being ranked #60 by Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” in 2015.
 

sarah-coakley-webSarah Coakley, Director, Employee Experience, Hyland, Creator of OnBase

Sarah Coakley has worked at Hyland for 11 years and in that time has been tasked with managing the unique culture the organization possesses. She began at Hyland as their Minister of Culture by planning entertaining events for the employees.
 

edith-cooperEdith W. Cooper, Global Head of Human Capital Management, Goldman Sachs

Edith is global head of Human Capital Management. She has been an executive vice president of Goldman Sachs since 2011 and has led Human Capital Management since 2008. Edith is a member of the Management Committee, serves as vice chair of the Partnership Committee, and is on various other committees at the firm. She also served on the Business Standards Committee.
 

adam-davidsonAdam Davidson, Co-Founder, NPR's Planet Money and Columnist, The New York Times Magazine

Adam Davidson is economics writer and On Money columnist for The New York Times Magazine. He has been with the Times since 2011 and has written about many of the key economic issues of our time. He has focused much of his work on the future of the U.S. and global economies in a time of change and volatility. He has also written about immigration, the Federal Reserve, and what the price of lipstick can tell us about economic growth.
 

Scott DerthickScott Derthick, Chief People and Culture Officer, Peckham Inc.

Scott Derthick is the Chief People and Culture Officer at Peckham, Inc. He has been with Peckham for 19 years and earned a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Michigan State University and a master’s of Horticulture and Packaging.
 

jeff-diana-webJeff Diana, Chief People Officer, Atlassian

Jeff Diana, Chief People Officer at Atlassian, is a seasoned HR executive, responsible for HR, facilities, employee experience and shared services worldwide. He also serves on the Advisory Boards of SmartRecruiters and Impraise.
 
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Carrie Dieterle, Chief People Officer, Insomniac Games, Inc.

Carrie Dieterle, SPHR, is the Chief People Officer of Insomniac Games, Inc., an independent game developer based in Burbank, California. Carrie joined Insomniac in September 2003 to develop and formalize the human resources function within the studio as it grew from 65 to nearly 200 employees with two locations; the second opening in 2009 in Durham, North Carolina.
 

James R. Downing, MDJames R. Downing, MD, President & CEO, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

James R. Downing, M.D., is president and chief executive officer of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Prior to this appointment, Downing served as the institution’s scientific and deputy director and as an executive vice president in the organization. He became the hospital’s sixth chief executive officer July 15, 2014.
 

wendy-edgarWendy Edgar, Americas Director of Human Resources, EY

Wendy is currently the Americas Director of Human Resources. Wendy is responsible for overseeing the Talent strategy and operations in the Americas reporting to the Americas Vice - Chair of Talent. Wendy oversees the Strategy and Operations, Total Rewards and Mobility teams. She also serves as the Business Unit leader for our centralized Talent Team.
 

Ed FrauenheimEd Frauenheim, Director of Research and Content, Great Place to Work®

Ed Frauenheim is Director of Research and Content at Great Place to Work®. He authors research reports, conducts data analysis and produces commentaries related to high-trust workplaces in the United States and throughout the world.
 

gary-fybelGary G Fybel, FACHE, CEO, Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla

Gary Fybel has served as Senior Vice President of Scripps and the Chief Executive of Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla since 2000. He has been a healthcare executive for over 35 years. Mr. Fybel has served as the Administrator of the Mission Regional Medical Center in Orange County, which is part of the St. Joseph Health System. During 1999, he also served as the interim President/CEO of the St. Joseph Hospitals in Humboldt County.
 

Ashley GoodallAshley Goodall, Senior Vice President, Leadership and Team Intelligence, Cisco Systems, Inc.

Ashley Goodall is the Senior Vice President of Leadership and Team Intelligence at Cisco.  In this role, he is building a new organization focused entirely on serving teams and team leaders—an organization that combines talent management, succession, coaching, assessment, executive talent, research and analytics, and technology to support leaders and their teams in real time.
 

chris-van-gChris Van Gorder, FACHE, President & CEO, Scripps Health

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 $2.7 billion, integrated health system to best prepare for the changes of health care reform.
 

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Richard Gough, HR Leader, W.L. Gore

Richard graduated from the University of St Andrews, Scotland with an M.A. (Hons). He began his career in Retail Management with Marks and Spencer UK. Richard joined Gore in the UK in 1997 in a Learning and Development role. Over the following 8 years he focused on organizational change and leadership development needs across the Medical Products Division in Europe.
 

graebe-becky-webBecky Graebe, Senior Manager of Communications, SAS

Becky Graebe is Senior Manager of Communications at SAS, the leader in business analytics software headquartered in Cary, North Carolina. She oversees traditional employee communication efforts, an award-winning global intranet and enterprise social media channels.
 

brian-gragnolati-webBrian Gragnolati, President & CEO Atlantic Health System, Atlantic Health System

With $2.2 billion in revenue and 14,075 employees, the system is comprised of Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, NJ, Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ, Newton Medical Center in Newton, NJ, Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains, NJ and Goryeb Children's Hospital in Morristown, NJ.
 

Ross GrossmanRoss Grossman, Vice President, Human Resources, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Ross Grossman served as the Chief Human Resources Officer at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals from 2002-2013, and returned at the request of the CEO in 2015. He also held senior Human Resources roles at Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Prudential , and UBS PaineWebber.
 

catherine-harriss-webCatie Harriss, Group Product Manager for Assessing for Awesome, Intuit

Catie Harriss is the Group Product Manager for Assessing for Awesome, Intuit’s approach for hiring top talent. Before moving into HR, Catie led innovations for TurboTax in the areas of government strategy, new user experiences, and ways to automatically get data for taxpayers.
 

Mark HoplamazianMark Hoplamazian, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Mark Hoplamazian was appointed to the Board of Directors in November 2006 and named President and Chief Executive Officer of Hyatt Hotels Corporation in December 2006.
 

blake-irvingBlake Irving, CEO and Board Director, GoDaddy

Blake Irving is the CEO and Board Director of GoDaddy, the world's largest platform for small business. Under Mr. Irving’s direction, the company has sharpened its focus on helping the world’s 200 million small, independent ventures to grow and thrive online—tapping a global-scale machine learning platform that powers their digital presence, communications, marketing, commerce, back-office administration and peer/community support.
 

Brooke JamesBrooke James, HR Business Partner and Team Lead, Yext

Brooke James joined Yext in 2014 as their first HR Business Partner and Team Lead, responsible for the design, implementation, and maintenance of new processes, systems, and onboarding programs to streamline communication and maintain Yext's unique culture throughout the company's astronomical growth over the past few years. Prior to Yext, Brooke served as an HR Business Partner at Yahoo.
 
Rick Jensen

Rick Jensen, Chief Talent Officer, Intuit

As Vice President and Chief Talent Officer, Mr. Jensen is responsible for recruiting and hiring Intuit’s world-class talent, developing leaders at all levels and putting in place a performance system to effectively recognize high performing individuals and teams. The breadth of these services covers Intuit’s 8,500+ global employees.
 

Sharon Price JohnSharon Price John, Chief Executive Officer, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.

Sharon Price John has been the Chief Executive Officer of Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. since June 2013. Ms. John has more than 20 years of business experience with an expertise in strategic marketing, product development, innovation and change management. During her tenure at companies including Hasbro, Mattel and Wolverine World Wide (WWW), she established a strong track record of success working with a variety of brands and businesses.
 

fran-katsoudas-webFrancine Katsoudas, Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer, Cisco

Francine Katsoudas is Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer of Cisco. She plays a major role in the company’s overall performance, leading organizational strategy, promoting operational effectiveness, and elevating team performance through innovative leadership.
 

Laurie TracyTracy Laurie, Director of Staff Training and Development, Perkins Coie LLP

Tracy Laurie is the Director of Staff Training and Development for Perkins Coie LLP, a large, international law firm, where she oversees staff training, leadership development, recognition programs and performance management. She is excited that her work allows her the privilege to build and improve people initiatives that contribute to a great workplace environment.
 

julian-lute-webJulian Lute, Organizational Culture Consultant, Great Place to Work® Advisory Services Practice

Julian Lute is an Organizational Culture Consultant in the Great Place to Work® Advisory Services Practice, where he excels at performing in-depth research and analysis of organizations and uncovering important data that executives can leverage to achieve company culture objectives.
 

julie-machockJulie Machock, Vice President in HR, Activision Blizzard

Julie Machock is Vice President in HR at Activision Blizzard headquartered in Santa Monica, CA, the world's largest interactive gaming company, which sits at the vibrant intersection of media, technology, and entertainment.
 

Joshua MitchellJoshua Mitchell, Associate Director, HR Communications and Culture, Regeneron

Joshua has spent the last 12 years building a career around a passion of communication and culture. He has a fundamental belief that people come to work every day to find extraordinary meaning in ordinary moments. Helping people connect to culture and transmitting culture through story is more than a job.
 

Kim Peters

Kim Peters, Executive Vice President, Great Place to Work® Recognition Programs

Kim Peters leads our Great Place to Work® Recognition Program which offers companies the opportunity to measure and build a high-trust workplace culture, get certified and reviewed as a great workplace, and be eligible for all of our Best Workplaces lists, including the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list. Kim previously led the creation of Great Place to Work® Reviews, where she focused on helping job seekers understand companies’ workplace cultures. Kim has over 15 years’ leadership experience in the online recruitment industry.
 

gary-peterson-webGary Peterson, Executive Vice President, Supply Chain & Production, O.C. Tanner Company

Gary has worked for The O.C. Tanner Company for 28 years. His current assignment is Executive Vice President, Supply Chain & Production.
 

Melissa PriceMelissa Price, CEO of dPOP!, and Consulting Director of Facilities for Quicken Loans

Melissa Price holds a dual appointment as CEO of dPOP!, and Consulting Director of Facilities for Quicken Loans (QL) -- one of the largest residential mortgage institutions in the US.
 

greg-pryorGreg Pryor, Vice President, Leadership and Organization Effectiveness, Workday

Greg Pryor is vice president of leadership and organization effectiveness at Workday, a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications delivering human capital management, financial management, and analytics applications designed for the world’s largest organizations. Greg is responsible for applying Workday’s technology to optimize the company’s internal talent management programs, including leadership and manager effectiveness, learning management, and performance management.
 

shawn-riegsecker-webShawn Riegsecker, Founder and CEO, Centro

Shawn Riegsecker founded Centro to unify digital advertising and solve the growing complexity for marketers. Centro is now one of the largest software providers for advertisers. Shawn’s focus on workplace culture has led to accolades.
 

Anil SaxenaAnil Saxena, Executive Culture Consultant, Great Place to Work® Advisory Services Practice

Anil Saxena is an Executive Culture Consultant in the Great Place to Work® Advisory Services Practice, where he excels at partnering with leaders to develop results-driven solutions that align culture objectives with business strategies, resulting in a more effective, productive and successful workplace.
 

ryan-schneiderRyan Schneider, Chief Brand Officer, Insomniac Games

Ryan is an experienced brand-building leader who has directed literally dozens of blockbuster video game launches across multiple platforms spanning from the famed PS One through Xbox One, iPhone/iPad, Steam and soon VR. At Insomniac, Ryan oversees all studio communications and marketing content creation internally and externally, participates in new intellectual property development from the ground up and helps form new creative partnerships.
 

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Jennifer Schulte, Global Vice President, People & Organization, Mars Drinks

Jennifer Schulte is the Global Vice President, People & Organization of Mars Drinks, a Mars, Incorporated company. Jennifer develops and drives the Drinks business segment talent strategy, providing leadership on talent practices including organization development, talent acquisition, associate engagement, leadership development and succession planning.
 

jeremy-souleJeremy Soule, Senior Manager, Employee Communications, Activision Blizzard

Jeremy Soule is Senior Manager, Employee Communications, at Activision Blizzard. He’s passionate about inspiring, educating, and engaging Activision Blizzard’s great people to deliver their very best.
 

David StreitfeldDavid Streitfeld, Technology Reporter, The New York Times

David Streitfeld joined The New York Times in late 2007 and currently covers technology in the San Francisco bureau. From December 2007 to July 2011, he was a midwest business correspondent based in the Chicago bureau of The Times.
 

Rhonda StickleyRhonda Stickley, Division Vice President, Human Resources, Recreational Equipment, Inc.

Rhonda Stickley is the Division Vice President, Human Resources, for Recreational Equipment, Inc., (REI) based in Seattle, Washington, where she is responsible for driving growth in REI’s businesses through an effective human resources and people strategy. She is responsible for human resources strategy and planning, staffing, talent management and succession processes, as well as compensation and benefits, employee relations, leadership development and training, and corporate events.
 

betsy-sutter-web2Betsy Sutter, Chief People Officer, VMware

Betsy Sutter joined VMware in 2001 and leads of all aspects of VMware's people strategies. Sutter is responsible for attracting, engaging, developing, and retaining the best and brightest people for VMware. She brings over 25 years of experience of leadership to all aspects of the company’s people programs, services and approaches that have served the rapid growth of the company.
 

chris-tkaczykChristopher Tkaczyk, Senior Editor, Fortune

Christopher Tkaczyk is a Senior Editor at Fortune who writes and edits feature stories on a variety of subjects and also manages the brand’s many multi-platform franchise lists, including the Fortune 500, the Global 500, the World’s Most Admired Companies, and the 100 Best Companies to Work For. He also oversees editorial production and integration of print and digital content and edits luxury, travel, wine, and business travel stories.
 
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Kathleen Vegh, Manager, Employee Engagement, Hyland

Kathleen Vegh works in the Human Resources department at Hyland as Manager, Employee Engagement, a position she’s held since 2008. In her role, she leads a team that is responsible for attracting and retaining top IT talent within the Northeast Ohio region.

 
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Justin Walworth, Human Resource Director, Peckham, Inc.

Justin Walworth is the Human Resource Director at Peckham, Inc., a nonprofit vocational rehabilitation organization that provides job training for persons with significant disabilities and other barriers to employment. He began his career at Peckham Inc. as the Wellness & Safety Czar 12 years ago.

 

robb-webbRobert W. K. Webb, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Robb has served as Hyatt’s Chief Human Resources Officer since August 2007. In this capacity, he is responsible for the talent strategy associated with more than 95,000 people in 51 countries as well as the company’s corporate responsibility platform, Hyatt Thrive.