Lauren Lopez is an HR executive rooted in the establishment of inclusive company culture and equitable employee experiences. From talent acquisition to talent development, her 13 years of experience have allowed her to provide robust workforce solutions to organizations in times of great transformation and change.
Lauren’s career has crossed the technology, financial services, digital media, publishing and most recently the sports entertainment industry affording her the opportunity to play the role of a servant leader, strategic partner and specialist. She is a believer in the power of coaching for the advancement of communities, organizations, youth, and leadership. Her work is directly aligned with her passion for eliminating barriers to entry and growth that exist in today’s workplace. Lauren is most fulfilled when she is able to help talent unlock the path to their purpose.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he was raised there, in Paris, France, and in Maryland, and educated at the University of Michigan, Oxford, and Harvard. He worked briefly as a consultant for McKinsey & Company in Mumbai, before becoming a journalist in 2005, reporting from that city for the International Herald Tribune and The Times for four and a half years. He was appointed a columnist in 2008. He first interned for The New York Times at age 17, writing two articles on money and politics.
He has appeared regularly on TV and the radio in the United States and globally, and has given talks on the main stage of TED and at Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Yale, Princeton, the University of Michigan, the Aspen Ideas Festival, the New York Public Library, the Sydney Opera House, the United Nations, South by Southwest, the Asia Society, PopTech, the Royal Society of Arts, and Google. He has been the recipient of honors from the Society of Publishers in Asia, the Poynter Fellowship in Journalism at Yale, the Henry Crown Fellowship of the Aspen Institute, the 800-CEO-READ Business Book of the Year award, the Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award for Humanism in Culture from Harvard University, and the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Award.
Anand lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, Priya Parker, and two children.
Marisa Grimes leads inclusion and diversity efforts for Mastercard’s North America business. She is responsible for aligning the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives with the region’s business strategy to ensure employees from all backgrounds feel valued, respected, and have the opportunity to reach their greatest potential.
Prior to this role, Marisa spent six years as part of Mastercard’s Global Communications team. During this time she spearheaded communications initiatives for a variety of business areas, including data and services, digital payments, and the Center for Inclusive Growth, which works to advance social and economic inclusion around the world.
Marisa joined Mastercard from media and measurement company Nielsen. She also held previous public relations roles at media companies including TV Guide and Discovery Communications.
Marisa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park. She writes frequently about the need for better access to quality education, particularly for children of color, and sits on the Board of Directors for the Northeast STEM Starter Academy.
Marisa lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband and two sons.
Named one of the “world’s ten most influential intellectuals” by MIT, Douglas Rushkoff is an author and documentarian who studies human autonomy in a digital age. His twenty books include the just-published Team Human, based on his podcast, as well as the bestsellers Present Shock, Throwing Rocks and the Google Bus, Program or Be Programmed, Life Inc, and Media Virus. He also made the PBS Frontline documentaries Generation Like, The Persuaders, and Merchants of Cool. His book Coercion won the Marshall McLuhan Award, and the Media Ecology Association honored him with the first Neil Postman Award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity.
Rushkoff’s work explores how different technological environments change our relationship to narrative, money, power, and one another. He coined such concepts as “viral media,” “screenagers,” and “social currency,” and has been a leading voice for applying digital media toward social and economic justice. He a research fellow of the Institute for the Future, and founder of the Laboratory for Digital Humanism at CUNY/Queens, where he is a Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics. He is a columnist for Medium, and his novels and comics, Ecstasy Club, A.D.D, and Aleister & Adolf, are all being developed for the screen.
Mita Mallick is a corporate change maker who believes businesses have a responsibility to make social impact.
As the Head of Diversity & Inclusion and Cross-Cultural Marketing at Unilever, Mita’s efforts to build an inclusive culture are being celebrated. Under her leadership, Unilever was named the #1 Company for Working Mothers by Working Mother Media in 2018. She also co-created the first of its kind Cultural Immersions series to increase the cultural competency of marketers training over 4,000 marketers to date.
Mita has also had an extensive career in the beauty and consumer products goods space. Mita is a passionate storyteller who believes in the power of diversity to transform business and brands. She was one of the chief lieutenants in launching The Vaseline Healing Project in the U.S., signing award-winning actress & activist Viola Davis as the brand’s ambassador.
Mita was named a Working Mother of the Year by She Runs It (Formerly Advertising Women of New York) and a Valiente Award Finalist at SXSW for her inspiring work in 2019. She received the Inaugural Diversity Innovator Award from the National Association for Female Executives in 2018, and was on the “50 People Under 40 Shaking Up Beauty” Youthquake List by Women’s Wear Daily 2017.
Mita has a B.A. from Columbia University and a M.B.A. from Duke University.
Lydia Dishman is a business journalist who writes about the intersection of tech, leadership, commerce, and innovation. She is a regular contributor to Fast Company and has written for CBS Moneywatch, Fortune, The Guardian, Popular Science, and the New York Times, among others. She is coauthor of the book Survive to Thrive. Over the course of her career, she’s interviewed a variety of well-known executives including Diane Von Furstenberg, Gregg Steinhafel, former CEO of Target, Mickey Drexler, former CEO of J.Crew, Christopher Bailey of Burberry, Mary Barra of General Motors, Scott Borchetta of Big Machine Records, Alexis Ohanian of Reddit, Tony Hsieh of Zappos, and other luminaries such as Adrian Grenier, Romany Malco, and Tom Brokaw.
Hiren Shukla currently helps lead EY’s intelligent automation hub, Automation Central, which has built more than 1700 digital assets for the global organization. His efforts help actualize human potential to drive innovation across emerging technology and build the foundation for harnessing data for machine learning and predictive analytics. Hiren also oversees the EY Neurodiversity Centers of Excellence (NCoE), where the firm has unlocked the power of algorithmic thinking with teams of individuals with high-functioning autism, Asperger’s, dyslexia, etc. He is responsible for converting neurodiversity inclusiveness efforts into commercial application for exceptional client service and tangible ROI. Hiren has been with EY for 21 years and is based in Dallas, TX, with his wife and 3 daughters.
Willie Jackson is a Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) speaker, consultant and facilitator. A technologist by trade, Willie now makes waves at the intersection of event production, behavior change, and leadership development. He’s the founder of an online magazine for black men called Abernathy, and an advisor to authors, startups, and executives across a range of industries. Prior to his current work, Willie served as Technical Lead of Seth Godin’s altMBA program, an intensive, 4-week online workshop for high-performing individuals who want to level up and lead. In his spare time, he enjoys producing and hosting events and dinners.
Jenny Chiu is the VP of Marketing at Maven, the only virtual clinic that provides on-demand access to doctors, wellness providers, and career support dedicated to women’s and family health. Jenny was previously a founding member of the Pinterest monetization team, holding various leadership roles across sales and marketing as the company company grew from pre-revenue to IPO. Prior to that, Jenny held brand management roles at Unilever, Walmart, and L’Oreal. She was born in Taiwan, grew up in New Jersey, and currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband.
Katherine Hand is the Global Head of Strategic Communications for HP’s Sustainability and Social Innovation Team. She develops and drives strategy to promote HP’s programs, commitments and progress on issues related to the planet, people and communities worldwide. Katherine coordinates global teams and key external partners to execute communications across social, digital and print media, company events, executive speaking engagements, internal channels and HP’s annual Sustainable Impact Report.
Katherine has nearly 10 years’ experience inspiring audiences at Fortune 500 companies to change behaviour through compelling storytelling and reputational risk strategies.
Previously, Katherine was Client Director with Context Group, a boutique corporate sustainability consultancy, where she spent three years leading communications and strategy projects for technology, food and beverage, apparel, and manufacturing companies both in New York and London. Prior to this, Katherine worked with B Lab in San Francisco, where she conducted audits of food, technology and service companies using the B Corp assessment. She spent the first four years of her career in the non-profit sector with a focus on shaping impact around education, economic and workforce development, reproductive rights, criminal justice and the environment.
Katherine holds an MBA in Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Innovation from the Kellogg School of Management, where she was a Youn Impact Scholar and Chapter Leader of Net Impact. She also holds a BA in Urban Studies from Vassar College.
Sage is a tech and business journalist covering diversity, inclusion, and accountability. As the former Senior Tech/Business Editor at The New York Observer and in her freelance work, she’s broken viral #MeToo stories and pioneered early discussions on topics like workplace harassment and sexism.
Sage has also been published in publications including Refinery29, VICE, Medium, and Men’s Health, among others. Additionally, she’s the author of She Leads, From Day One’s own Q&A series featuring conversations with women founders. Over the course of her career, Sage has interviewed business leaders including Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Daymond John, Russell Simmons, Chris Sacca, Jon Taffer, Alan Schaaf, Gwen Manto, and Kevin Harrington.
Beyond journalism, Sage also works with some of the world’s most influential tech companies and executives. As Senior Editor of WE Codeword, she creates content and marketing campaigns spanning editorial, social, and experiential.
Sage is based in New York City. Find her on Twitter.
Slattery recently joined Fast Company, the dynamic business media brand renowned for covering business as a source for good. Previously, he spent years leading marketing teams for iconic brands like TIME, Sports Illustrated, Fortune and Money before taking a leadership role in Time Inc.’s ad sales vertical structure as part of the company’s go-to-market strategy. As CMO of the SI Group, he led marketing for the SI and GOLF portfolios, including SI Kids, FanSided, 120 Sports and SI Films. At SI, he spearheaded the successful re-launch of the Sports Illustrated Podcast Network, and he launched the Sports Illustrated Overtime content studio to build industry-leading native and branded content solutions for top marketers. Earlier he spent many years on the editorial team of SI as a reporter while also writing feature films and documentaries. In the 2000s, with TIME marketing, Slattery shepherded the annual TIME 100 franchise and led marketing for TIME.com. He moved to FORTUNE as VP Marketing in 2012, added responsibility for MONEY in 2013 – and steered marketing for the launch of both brands’ all-new websites.
Susan McPherson is a serial connector, angel investor, and corporate responsibility expert. She is the founder and CEO of McPherson Strategies, a communications consultancy focusing on the intersection between brands and social impact, providing storytelling, partnership creation and visibility to corporations, NGOs and social enterprises. She’s a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, Fast Company and Forbes and has 25+ years experience in marketing, public relations, and sustainability communications. She is a featured speaker at industry events including Net Impact, Inspirefest/Dublin, Center for Corporate Citizenship’s Annual Summit, DLD, TOA Berlin, and Techonomy. Susan founded and hosts the bi-weekly #CSRChat on Twitter and is a regular guest on a variety of podcasts.
J Zac Stein is COO at Lattice, the leading people management platform trusted by the world’s best places to work. At Lattice, he leads marketing, customer success, finance, HR & operations as the company has scaled to serve a thousand customers over the past two years. Previously, J Zac served as a GM & VP at Zenefits, where he launched the payroll business before leading its 500-person operations organization through company turnaround. Prior to joining the tech world, J Zac founded and led Ceiba Public Schools, a nonprofit whose mission is to prepare low-income students to get to and through college.
As a data seeker and trend translator, Brittany specializes in using analytics and innovations to connect companies and causes to do more good in the world. Brittany Hill is the CEO of Accelerist, the industry’s only matchmaking and measurement platform for companies and causes, with a proven track record of raising 35% more funds for social causes. As a social good technology entrepreneur, Brittany is behind some of the industry’s most innovative products and tools that help nonprofits and companies elevate their social impact.
Brittany’s extensive background in the nonprofit and agency sectors supports her vision for revolution in social good technology solutions. Mrs. Hill has built multi-channel partnerships and award-winning campaigns with some of the most notable blue-chip nonprofit organizations (American Heart Association, UNICEF, Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, Make-A-Wish International) and corporate brands (Pepsico, General Mills, Hasbro, Best Buy).
Brittany’s trendsetting insights have been featured in Forbes, Huffington Post, TIME, MSN.com, among others. She is a seasoned speaker on the topics of data-driven cause alliances, social impact measurement, industry trends, people analytics and cause partnership sales, with previous engagements at Sustainable Brands, SXSW, Engage for Good (formerly Cause Marketing Forum), Momentum and various national nonprofit conferences.
Alyssa has over 15 years of marketing and communications experience in the financial services and travel industries. She is the Chief Marketing Officer of Laurel Road Bank, responsible for all aspects of marketing including brand development, customer acquisition and experience.
Previously, Alyssa held several positions at American Express including Head of Marketing and Communications at American Express Global Business Travel.
Alyssa earned her BBA from The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and her MBA from Columbia University.
Born and raised in New York City, Stephen is a serial entrepreneur who works hard to make a difference.
Stephen is the Founder & CEO of Journey Meditation. Journey is on a mission to help all people live happier, healthier, less stressed lives. Journey is building the world’s largest meditation community, both online and off, and currently operates in 15 cities around the world. They work with organizations ranging from Facebook, Disney, and Nike, to charter schools, hospitals, and non-profits to help manage workplace stress, increase productivity and reduce employee burnout. Journey recently launched Journey LIVE, the world’s first live group meditation app.
Prior to starting Journey, Stephen was the Co-Founder & CEO of Altrum Honors, a company dedicated to helping organizations celebrate and inspire their employees. Through organic growth and multiple acquisitions, Stephen built the company into the industry leader with a 35% global market share and over $20 million in annual revenue. Stephen successfully sold Altrum in September 2014.
In his free time, Stephen enjoys exercise, sports, cooking, reading, and traveling, and works closely with several non-profits including College Summit and AJC. Stephen graduated from the Stern School of Business at New York University with a degree in Finance and International Business.
Darja Gutnick is the co-founder and CEO of the Real-time People insights platform Bunch.ai. After finishing her psychology studies, she spent three years researching organizational behaviour as a full-time researcher at the University of Groningen and founded her first company in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She also consulted for BMW and other multi-nationals on HR strategy and organizational development and has worked with N26, Digital Ocean and other companies on designing and developing a growth culture. In addition to managing Bunch.ai, she mentors early-stage startup founders.
Alexandra Cavoulacos is the Founder & President of TheMuse.com, a career platform that helps over 75 million people a year research companies and careers. She’s also the co-author of the bestselling book The New Rules of Work, a Wall Street Journal national bestseller.
Alex was named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 in Media, INC’s 15 Women to Watch in Tech and Business Insider’s 30 Most Important Women Under 30 in Tech. She is a frequent speaker on the future of work, diversity & inclusion, entrepreneurship, and productivity. Prior to founding The Muse, Alex was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. She graduated from Yale University and is an alumna of Y Combinator.
Héber currently serves as Vice President at the BVA Nudge Unit USA, a global consultancy that applies behavioral science to effectively encourage and facilitate the adoption of desired behaviors that are beneficial to people, organizations and society.
In this role, he advances strategy and business development and serves as an active consultant, behavioral designer and coach. Héber’s work is primarily focused on applying insights from behavioral science to organizational transformation and to helping cities prepare for the challenges of tomorrow and the sharing economy, especially in real estate and transport projects. As the driving force behind the BVA Nudge Unit’s Behavioral Blueprint approach for carrying out behavioral analysis within buildings, Héber has been working closely with co-working spaces to address key challenges and increase value for users.
Prior to joining the BVA Nudge Unit, Héber worked as an independent consultant in behavioral science and economic and financial modeling. Before that, Héber worked as a Senior Associate at ideas42, a nonprofit behavioral science consulting firm.
Héber received his master’s degree in Public Affairs from Princeton University and his bachelor’s degree in International Political Economy from Georgetown University.
Martha Delehanty is Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Verizon Operations. In this position, she leads a team of HR professionals responsible for implementing and managing human resources policies and programs across Verizon’s wireless, wireline, and enterprise global businesses. Delehanty provides strategic counsel and guidance to the business on HR-related matters to support our talented workforce and strengthen our winning culture.
Prior to her current assignment, Delehanty was Vice President of Human Resources for Verizon Wireless with responsibility for all human resources strategies and programs, including employee relations, compensation and benefits, training and development, staffing, diversity and human resources for 80,000 employees. Delehanty joined Verizon Wireless in 2000 serving as executive director of employee relations, overseeing employee workplace programs and policies, including all human resources communications.
Previously, Delehanty was a field director for GTE Wireless. She joined GTE in 1991 through their Leadership Development Program and held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility and authority with the company’s products, directories, telephone operations and wireless groups.
She serves on the board of trustees for 180 Turning Lives Around, a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating domestic violence.
Delehanty holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Mount Holyoke College and a Master’s degree in Business from the University of Texas at Austin.
Taylor is a seasoned HR Tech entrepreneur passionate about all things people, engagement and culture. As Co-founder and CEO of Blueboard, a San Francisco-based employee rewards and recognition company, Taylor enables organizations worldwide to recognize their top employees in a more meaningful way, through curated experiences as rewards. Beyond his role as CEO, Taylor leads product strategy and investor relations.
Prior to launching Blueboard in 2014, Taylor worked in management consulting at Accenture and co-founded Ruby Wallet, a fine jewelry e-commerce site that held distribution centers in 5 states, and shipped over 150,000 pieces of jewelry annually prior to acquisition. Taylor is an avid writer, with articles focused on leadership and employee engagement recently published on FastCompany.com and HR.com, and is a seasoned professional speaker having presented on HR through-leadership at NCHRA’s HR TechXpo (2016), HR West (2017), and UNLEASH (2017), and HR Tech in Vegas (2018).
Colleen Devery is Vice President of Strategy at NAF, a national network of education, business, and community leaders who work together to ensure high school students are college, career, and future ready. She is responsible for aligning and integrating NAF’s organizational strategy across functions and enabling the implementation of its strategic priorities.
She joined NAF in 2006, as Director of Development to lead special events, corporate sponsorships, and the department’s operations and has served in many capacities including leading communications, IT, human resources and administration. Prior to NAF, Colleen spent eight years at Girls Incorporated where she oversaw national fundraising events that brought together top leaders in business, philanthropy, and government.
Colleen is Chair of the Board of Directors of Educational Video Center, a non-profit dedicated to teaching documentary video as a means to develop the artistic, critical literacy, and career skills of young people, while nurturing their commitment to social change.
She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from American University.
Kristy has 15 years of experience as a Strategic Human Resource Leader, Change Manager and Organizational Development Expert. She has served in senior leadership positions throughout her career most notably with Pearson Education and Constant Contact. Kristy brings a big picture perspective and a hands-on, tactical approach to her leadership that she is now bringing to life with GoCoach where she is CEO & Founder. Kristy’s goal has always been to help and educate others to meet their ultimate success. She is now converting this energy into a company whose mission is to help and educate others to own their career.
Cate Luzio is the Founder and CEO of Luminary, the premier collaboration hub for women who are passionate about professional development and expanding their networks. This 15,000 square foot meeting space in New York City includes a rooftop deck and two floors of open workspace, conference rooms, a fitness studio, beauty bar, locker room, lactation room, and much more. Luminary is the ultimate career advocate offering members unparalleled programs and experiences. A longtime advocate for empowering women and girls, Cate serves on the National Board for Girls Inc.
Cate has over twenty years of leadership experience in financial services. Previously, she was the Executive Vice President and Global Head of Multinational Corporate Banking for HSBC managing roughly $2 billion in revenue and teams in 55 countries. Cate also served as a Managing Director and Head of Multinational Corporate Banking at J.P. Morgan. She has received numerous recognitions including being named to the Most Powerful Women in Banking List by American Banker multiple times as well as a two-time recipient of the Financial Times and Heroes Global Diversity Champion. Cate has also been featured in the Financial Times, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Fast Company, Bloomberg, USA Today, NowThis News, Politico, Women’s Wear Daily and more. She holds a master’s degree in International Relations from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Maryland. She’s a global traveler having visited more than 114 countries.
Jesse Abing, PhD is the Chief Learning Officer at Lingo Live, a language and communication coaching company helping tech professionals at multinational companies work better together. He and his team are dedicated to fostering a global community of expert coaches and designing a learning program that leverages meaningful relationships and situates learning in real-world contexts. Additionally, Jesse is a passionate speaker and educator who aims to empower people to speak with their authentic voice and develop communities that foster workplace belonging, diversity and a culture of inclusiveness.
Tammy Sun is the Co-Founder and CEO of Carrot, a complete global fertility solution for today’s modern employers, providing flexible financial coverage and expert care navigation across every region of the US and nearly 40 countries around the world. The program includes everything from egg freezing to IVF, surrogacy and adoption.
Prior to starting Carrot, Tammy served as the Director of Partnerships at Evernote, the leading note-taking application with 225M+ users and a valuation of over $1 billion. She was responsible for building and maintaining a pipeline of relationships with potential partners and worked closely with sales, success, marketing, and product leaders to drive growth.
Tammy also has over a decade of experience in politics. She served as a presidential appointee at the Federal Communications Commission during the Obama administration. Before this role, Tammy worked at the Clinton Foundation and The White House.
Carrot has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, CNNMoney, TechCrunch, and more. She has also been featured as a speaker at notable events like the People Tech Partner Conference at HR Transform 2019, The 2018 ASU+GSV Summit, and ASRM 2018 .
Christopher Rotolo is Vice President of Global Talent Management and Organization Development for PepsiCo, where his team is responsible for the global core talent management and people processes including the company’s organizational health survey, performance management, leadership development and feedback, career development tools, and team effectiveness. Prior to this role, Christopher led the design of PepsiCo’s high potential assessment and identification processes.
Prior to joining PepsiCo, Christopher headed the Leadership Strategy and Research team within IBM where he was responsible for developing IBM’s strategy for internal leadership assessment and development. Christopher’s other experiences include the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Hay Group and running his own consulting firm.
Christopher earned his Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. He is a member of the Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychology and past-president of Metropolitan New York Association of Applied Psychology. He is a frequent presenter at professional conferences and has authored a variety of articles and book chapters on leadership, culture, and assessment. He and his co-authors were recently awarded the Elliot Jaques Memorial Best Paper of the Year Award from the Consulting Psychology Journal for their submission “How are top companies designing and managing their high-potential programs?” Lastly, Christopher is an adjunct professor at New York University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, where he teaches Human Resource Selection and Organizational Climate and Culture.
Alex brings over 15 years of HR experience with him and has worked for companies as diverse and varied as WeWork, Blue Shield of California, NBCUniversal, Time Inc., Ogilvy & Mather and Citi.
His HR career really began at Citi, where he spent almost 5 years within the Global Wealth Management division, as an Assistant Vice President of Human Resources, supporting Private Bankers and their sales support teams.
He then joined Ogilvy & Mather, a global advertising agency for a little over two years, where he supported the North American business and some global offices, from both a HRBP and recruiting perspective.
After Ogilvy, Alex spent almost four years as an HR Director at Time Inc., formerly the publishing division of Time Warner and now part of the Meredith Corporation. He supported various leadership teams, with Global Technology being his largest and primary client. Leveraging his experience from his prior companies, Alex also acted as a diversity lead and advisor, overseeing its employee resource groups and developing key internal diversity initiatives and external partnerships.
Prior to making a cross-country move, he spent almost two years at NBCUniversal, a well-known multinational media conglomerate, as an HR Director supporting various Corporate Functions.
From there, he joined Blue Shield of California (BSC), a mission driven not-for-proflt health plan provider, where he was a Senior Director, HR Business Partner and ran the Employee Relations function.
In 2019, Alex moved back to the East Coast and is currently Senior Director, Global HR Business Partner at WeWork, where he heads up the HR for the Development and Real Estate functions globally.
A graduate of Cardiff University in Wales, Alex holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Politics & History. While he has called the US home for over 15 years, he has a truly international background and perspective- he is half British, half Swiss and was born & raised in Hong Kong.
Jenic is the Executive Vice President of the BVA Nudge Unit USA, a global consultancy that applies behavioral science to effectively encourage and facilitate the adoption of desired behaviors that are beneficial to people, organizations and society.
Through the company’s Nudge Management practice, she works with clients to bridge the leading academic insights on human behavior with design thinking and organizational transformation to boost efforts in the areas of diversity and inclusion, employee wellness and engagement, innovation and culture. As a consultant to the United Nations HeForShe movement and affiliate clients, driving change for a gender equal world is a passion topic of hers.
Prior to joining the BVA Nudge Unit, Jenic developed and led the global Qualitative Research arm of PRS In Vivo, a global insights company. She served as a consultant to Fortune 500 clients specializing in the application of behavioral science to influence shopper and consumer behavior.
Jenic holds a BA in Psychology and a BBA in Marketing and Organizational Behavior/Business Policy from Southern Methodist University, and completed Harvard and Yale’s Executive Programs on Behavioral Economics. She resides in New Jersey, is an avid traveler and is immersed in all things metaphysics.
Bertina Ceccarelli joined NPower as Chief Executive Officer in May, 2016. NPower is a national nonprofit dedicated to creating pathways to economic prosperity by launching digital careers for military veterans and young adults from underserved communities. NPower empowers under-represented talent to pursue tech futures by teaching the digital and professional skills demanded by the marketplace, and by engaging corporations, volunteers and nonprofits in the long-term success of our students.
Ms. Ceccarelli is an engineer by training and began her career in technology as a Systems Analyst for Procter & Gamble before moving into sales and marketing for the company. After P&G, she joined the National Broadcasting Company (NBC), where she served in several executive roles, including Senior Vice President, Marketing for NBC’s online ventures and Senior Vice President for Brand Strategy for NBCi, a portfolio company of the broadcast network.
After a successful career in the corporate sector, Ms. Ceccarelli chose to transition her skills to the nonprofit sector. Growing up in a working-class family and the first to graduate from high school, she was drawn to a community that once supported her own educational endeavors. In 2001, Ms. Ceccarelli joined United Way of New York City as Senior Vice President of Institutional Advancement where she led marketing, brand strategy, donor relationship management, fundraising, and corporate volunteer engagement.
Prior to her appointment at NPower, she served as Executive Vice President of Global Resources at the Wildlife Conservation Society where she led fundraising from private sources, capital campaigns, corporate strategy, conservation finance, membership, direct response, and events. She was responsible for generating over $85 million annually in programmatic and unrestricted funds. In her role she led brand development and strategy for the Society and launched Future Leaders, a workforce development initiative to accelerate career success for local Bronx youth.
Bertina holds an MBA from Harvard University and a BS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California at Berkeley. She has served on the board of Girls Inc. New York and the Strategic Planning Council for Brooklyn Youth Chorus. She has also served on the board of Women in Development and chaired the Harvard Business School Club of New York’s Social Enterprise Conference. She is a certified yoga instructor. Bertina lives in the Carroll Gardens section of Brooklyn with her husband and teenage son.
Howard has spent the past 20 years of his career leading creatively driven global marketing communications firms. In this capacity he has been practitioner, visionary leader and the cultural core of the organizations he has led. Most recently he was CEO of Doremus, an Omnicom Company focused on Business to Business strategy and communications for leading companies around the world. Howard managed offices in New York, San Francisco, London, Shanghai, Beijing, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Howard believes that transformative ideas are a function of highly collaborative teams developing unique insights that in turn are expressed in unexpected Strategies and Execution.
Howard joined Good360 in July 2016 as CEO. In order to keep Good360 relevant in a rapidly changing world, Howard is focused on building an organization that represents the “Modern Nonprofit”—An organization that embraces collaborative intersections between Private, Public and Non-profit organizations to address some of the world’s most pressing social, humanitarian and natural disaster challenges. As part of this transformation, Howard actively advocates the need for a redefinition of the philanthropic model from one based on Altruism to one based on Mutualism—where tangible benefit is realized across all stakeholder groups in cross-sector ecosystems in order to benefit those in need.
Rachel Carlson is the co-founder and CEO of Guild Education, a mission-based company providing opportunities for America’s workforce through education. Working with employers and nonprofit universities, Guild designs adult education programs as a company benefit to support the 64 million working Americans who have yet to earn a college degree. Guild partners with America’s leading companies including Walmart, Disney, Lowe’s and Discover Financial. Guild has raised $71.5M from leading future of work and impact investors and has been named Top Woman-Owned Business of the Year, Employee Initiative of the Year and a Fast Company Most Innovative Company.
Prior to founding Guild, Rachel was the CEO of Student Blueprint, led teams at American Honors, and worked for the 2008 Obama campaign before serving in the Obama White House. Rachel holds an M.B.A. from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business as well as an M.A. in Education and B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University. Rachel lives in Denver with her husband, David, and their daughters, Lily Grace and Magnolia.
Katie is an HR leader specializing in talent development and has a passion for helping organizations bring out the truest potential in all of their employees. Over the past decade Katie has worked within the HR function across industries ranging from retail and manufacturing, to the International Labour Organization in Geneva Switzerland. Coaching has always been a core component of her roles, which inspired Katie to become a certified Co-Active Coach. Katie joined BetterUp as a human capital strategist, working with talent leaders to leverage coaching to execute on their employee value proposition. She now works as Executive Advisor, Client Partnerships helping create community within the HR profession, building brand awareness and sharing the latest research from the BetterUp Labs team.
Katie is a native New Yorker and attended Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, where she received an undergraduate and a Master’s degree. Katie resides in Washington D.C. and in her free time enjoys volunteering, reading, yoga and traveling.
Christine M. Salerno is Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Marsh & McLennan, a position she created in 2010. In this role, she has shaped the Company’s overall CSR strategy which includes volunteering programs, grant making and fundraising, and all operational issues related to them. MMC now has active volunteers in over 50 countries and 350 cities – almost half of MMC’s geographic footprint. These efforts have had a measurable impact on employee engagement, have helped shift the overall culture of the organization and most importantly have supported hundreds of communities and thousands of nonprofits around the world.
With Marsh & McLennan since 2009, she initially was on the International and Client Development team, working with the Country CEO’s in Europe and the Middle East. She also managed the World Economic Forum relationship, increasing the company’s engagement with the WEF in key areas.
Prior to joining MMC, she was a Global Leadership Fellow at the World Economic Forum in Geneva. While there, she designed and co-led the WEF’s integrated approach to corporate responsibility/citizenship including advising the Executive Chairman and numerous other internal and external constituents on content related to corporate engagement in society for the Annual Meeting in Davos and other regional WEF summits.
She started her career at Swiss Bank/UBS where she held numerous roles, including helping orchestrate the merger between Swiss Bank and UBS in Zurich.
Christine holds an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies with specializations in international finance and environmental issues and a BA in International Relations from Boston University. She has lived in Singapore, Italy, the UK and Switzerland. She currently lives in Manhattan with her 8-year-old daughter.
Toby began his career at the Gilt Groupe, where he was a founding team member of Gilt MAN and Gilt City. He then went on to lead strategy and business development for high-growth startups including Waywire, a video-based social network founded by Cory Booker that sold to Magnify.net in 2013, and Timehop, a time capsule mobile app.
Before co-founding Bravely, Toby helped improve the patient experience at Pager, an on-demand healthcare app. The first employee, he served as the VP of Operations and General Manager, overseeing the company’s national operations group, expansion efforts, and growth initiatives. During Toby’s time with Pager, the company raised $30mm in venture financing and built a team of 60 full-time employees based in New York.
Toby is also along-time member and President Emeritus of the Board of Directors for Out inTech, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering aspiring LGBTQ tech leaders.
Ellie Bertani is Senior Director of Learning Strategy and Innovation within the Walmart US People team, responsible for delivering training, development, and education programs to US employees that will allow Walmart to become the employer of choice in retail. She works with the leadership team to develop Walmart’s long-term learning strategy and to deliver high-quality programs to store, supply chain, and home office associates. She has worked within the US People team since August 2014.
Ellie joined Walmart in July 2013 after receiving her Master of Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and her MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management. Her professional career has included fifteen years of experience in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors, including positions with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. State Department, Third Sector Capital Partners, and Rotary International.
Based in DDI’s New York City office, Jazmine leads a team of leadership enthusiasts who work with organizations worldwide to drive business performance with strategies and solutions to hire, promote, and develop exceptional leaders. An industrial-organizational psychologist with a special expertise in leadership and business impact analytics, Jazmine has provided expert advice and consulting to numerous Fortune 100 and 500 organizations on their selection, development, and succession initiatives. Jazmine previously managed DDI’s Center for Analytics and Behavioral Research (CABER) and has presented on leadership and talent trends at international industry conferences and events. She has managed and published global research studies including DDI’s Global Leadership Forecast, Global Selection Forecast, Women Work: The Benefits of Closing the Gender Gap, and Women as Mentors: Does She or Doesn’t She? A Global Study of Businesswomen and Mentoring.
Whitney Dailey guides agency brand strategy, marketing and thought leadership as Vice President, Marketing at Cone/Porter Novelli. With a strong background in CSR, sustainability and social impact issues and deep understanding of Cone’s mission and culture, Whitney positions Cone for growth while furthering its three-decade legacy as a pioneer in corporate social responsibility (CSR) communications.
For more than eight years, Whitney has led the development and distribution of Cone’s industry-leading and award-winning research studies, such as the 2018 Cone/Porter Novelli Purpose Study, 2017 Cone Communications CSR Study and 2016 Cone Communications Employee Engagement Study. Through the creation of three global studies surveying 10,000 individuals in 10 countries globally, Whitney has a deep understanding of the cultural and geographic nuances of consumer demands for CSR across the world – and has fostered an extensive network of global experts to tap for additional insights.
Whitney has her finger on the pulse of all that’s trending within the world of CSR and can provide a virtual lineup of the best and most innovative CSR campaigns in the marketplace. The output of this is original and thought provoking POVs in industry publications and content for Cone’s weekly “Prove Your Purpose” newsletter and blog as well as a number of industry speaking engagements.
Prior to joining Cone, Whitney worked on the Corporate Program at Ceres, a nonprofit organization that collaborates with companies and investors to address sustainability challenges. At Ceres, Whitney assisted member companies in engaging stakeholders and improving CSR efforts. Whitney also worked as a research assistant at the Center for Sustainable Enterprise and Regional Competitiveness (SERC) at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Whitney holds an MBA in environmental management and entrepreneurship from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and a BA in business administration from the George Washington University. She also earned an MBA Certificate in clean energy and sustainability from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She is a guest lecturer at Harvard University, Boston College, Boston University and Simmons College. Whitney was named a Top 100 Giving Influencer on Twitter by Give Local America in 2015 and her tweets can be found at @WhitneyDailey or as one of the voices behind @Cone. When she’s not in the office, you can find her with a trowel and clippers in her community garden plot.
Leadership training is close to Griffiths’ heart as he co-founded and served as Chief Product Officer at gaming unicorn FanDuel where he grew the company from five to 500 employees and a $1.3 billion valuation in a matter of years. As well, he helped create the fantasy sports product category, a now $7+ billion industry. As co-founder and CEO of Hone, he is now seeking to disrupt the outdated corporate training industry.
Tom started his career in engineering and product as a co-founder at two other prior startups, and currently serves as an advisor to startup Bedly. He received his master’s degree in computer science from the University of Cambridge, and PhD in machine learning from the University of Edinburgh, where he also earned his bachelor’s degree. He has a lifelong passion for education, technology and business, and is grateful for the opportunity to combine the three with Hone. Originally from Wales, UK, he lives in San Francisco, CA, with his wife and daughter.