2018 HRO Today Forum North America
 
Yash Ambardekar
Co-Founder & CTO
NextWave Hire
Yash is one of the founders of NextWave Hire—a Boston-based software company which helps employers attract and convert the right talent through a stronger employer brand. Yash has always had a passion for product development and entrepreneurship. As a kid, he would disassemble his toys to understand how they worked and started a neighborhood guitar repair business at 13. Yash followed his passion, earning a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from The University of Michigan and a Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech and working for GE before becoming an entrepreneur.
 
Larry Basinait
Vice President Market Research
SharedXpertise
Larry Basinait is the Vice President Market Research at SharedXpertise. While he’s held that role for three years, Larry’s been in the field of market research for over 25 years with work in product development, market segmentation and customer satisfaction programs for Fortune 500 companies such as General Electric, CIGNA and Kraft Foods. Larry’s work has been advancing Business-to-Business publishing and membership associations for the last 14 years. Larry’s research has been published in USA Today and the Wall Street Journal, and he has won three American Business Media Neil Award for excellence in business publication market research as well as the American Society of Business Publication Editors award for “Best Original Research” two times. Larry holds an MBA from The University of Rochester Simon School of Business, and a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science from State University of New York, College at Oswego.
 
Nathan Blain
Senior Client Partner, Global Leader for Talent Strategy & Work Design Solutions
Korn Ferry Hay Group
With a background in corporate strategy, Mr. Blain has spent the last 15 years helping client companies to design and deliver the talent strategies and tactics required to execute on business priorities. He has worked closely with human resource executives to build the capability their function’s need to drive enterprise talent initiatives. In this new role, Mr. Blain will be responsible for driving continued growth of Korn Ferry’s talent strategy services.
 
Rebecca Blankenship
Vice President, Talent Solutions
Impellam Group

As Vice President of Talent Solutions, Rebecca is responsible for integrating talent solutions offering to our Managed Services portfolio. By leveraging Rebecca’s vast industry experience, these services extend beyond traditional supplemental workforce (RPO, Independent Contractors, payroll services, specialty talent pools, etc.) and now includes consultative services with managing all facets contingent labor.

Joining Bartech in 1997, Rebecca assumed leadership of the Human Resources Department in 2012 with a focus on development of a more robust talent management strategy. Under Rebecca’s guidance a once traditional Human Resources department was transformed to offer an array of services: Talent Acquisition, Benefits Procurement & Administration, Payroll, Employee Care, Independent Contractor Solutions, Payroll Services, Auditing and Compliance Services for all Bartech Staffing and Managed Services clients. In 2016, Rebecca was promoted to lead Human Resources for Impellam North America. In this role, Rebecca has been key to the transformation of a unified culture with aligned policies and practices across six brands (Bartech MSP, Guidant Group, Corestaff, s.com, Bartech staffing and SRG Woolf).

With over 20 years of industry experience managing a full spectrum of services for our Staffing and Managed Services brands, Rebecca has a proven track record for advancing business performance by creating efficiencies and key business metrics utilized by executives to accomplish big picture initiatives. Rebecca received her Bachelor of Arts from University of Michigan in Economics, Statistics and Computer Science.
 
Debbie Bolla
Editorial Director
HRO Today
Debbie Bolla has been covering the latest in human capital management trends for the last seven years. As Editorial Director and Editor-in-Chief of HRO Today magazine, Ms. Bolla is responsible for the voice, design, and development of editorial and event content. She frequently speaks and leads panel discussions at industry events. She joined SharedXpertise in 2009 as Associate Editor, then reenvisioned the magazine’s digital presence as Online Editor, and now is at the helm of all editorial products.
 
Johnny Campbell
CEO
SocialTalent
 
Peter Cappelli
Director of the Center for Human Resources
The Wharton School
Peter Cappelli is the George W. Taylor Professor of Management at The Wharton School and director of Wharton’s Center for Human Resources. He has degrees in industrial relations from Cornell University and in labor economics from Oxford where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He was recently named by Vault.com as one the 25 most important people working in the area of human capital, one of the top 100 people in the field of recruiting and staffing by Recruit.com, and was elected a fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources. He received the 2009 PRO award from the International Association of Corporate and Professional Recruiters for contributions to human resources. He currently serves on commissions for The Business Roundtable, the World Economic Forum, and the U.S. Department of Labor. Professor Cappelli’s recent research examines changes in employment relations in the U.S. and their implications. These publications feature his work: "The New Deal at Work: Managing the Market-Driven Workforce," examining the decline in lifetime employment relationships, "Talent Management: Managing Talent in an Age of Uncertainty," outlines the strategies that employers should consider in developing and managing talent (named a “best business book” by Booz-Allen), and "The India Way: How India’s Top Business Leaders are Revolutionizing Management" (with colleagues), describes a mission-driven and employee-focused approach to strategy and competitiveness. His forthcoming book, "Managing the Older Work" (with Bill Novelli), dispels myths about older workers and describes how employers can best engage them. Related work on managing retention, electronic recruiting, and changing career paths appears in Harvard Business Review.
 
Peter Carvalho
President and COO
AgileOne
With over 25 years of experience in HR, staffing, technology, accounting, and finance, Peter D. Carvalho has built his career working with multi-million dollar service firms and supporting business development throughout North America and abroad. In 2006, Peter became the president of AgileOne and the chief operating officer of the Act•1 Group of Companies. His diverse skill set has been instrumental in the design and deployment of AgileOne’s robust offering of business process outsourcing solutions including RPO, Payrolling Service, Managed Service Program, and numerous additions to the company’s Acceleration suite. Under his guidance, AgileOne has grown into an award-winning workforce management powerhouse with operations in 19 countries around the globe. His understanding of complex business systems has allowed him to successfully manage multifaceted teams, anticipate industry changes, and create the strategies that will lead AgileOne into the future.
 
Elliot Clark
CEO, SharedXpertise
HRO Today
Elliot is the chairman and CEO of SharedXpertise Media, LLC, which he founded in 2006. He oversees company management and the publication of HRO Today, HRO Today Global, and the related global HRO Today Forum conference series. Elliot writes a column for each magazine issue with commentary on newsworthy events and speaks at events internationally on related topics. Elliot has had a long and distinguished career in the human resources services and technology industry. Prior to SharedXpertise, he was the chief operating officer of Kenexa Corporation (Nasdaq KNXA), a leading provider of HR software and services. He worked at Kenexa from 1991 until 2006, and was instrumental in growing the company from 12 to 1,200 employees. He oversaw corporate operations and directly managed the recruitment process outsourcing division. He led the Kenexa team to be named the top provider in RPO by multiple industry analysts and publications. As a key member of the executive team, he was deeply involved in 15 acquisitions, three private equity financings, and an IPO. He served on the board of directors from 1997 until 2006. Elliot also had a distinguished career in the executive search industry, completing numerous senior executive assignments in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, and was active in the leadership of the largest pharmaceutical affinity association in the world, the Drug Information Association, serving on the steering committee of North America from 1994 to 1997. Elliot is a graduate of the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce of the University of Pennsylvania, earning a B.S. Economics where he majored in Human Resources. He also served on the national board of directors of the Wharton Alumni Association from 1997 to 1998. Elliot is currently the chairman emeritus of the board of directors of the Ehlers Danlos Foundation, a member of the board of trustees of the Michener Art Museum, a member of the board of trustees of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and a senior fellow at Center for Human Resource Studies at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
 
Jerry Collier
Global Head of Sales & Marketing
Alexander Mann Solutions
Jerry leads Alexander Mann Solutions’ global sales and marketing teams. In this role he works with our teams to bring frontier thinking, innovations and best practices to every client, while positioning Alexander Mann Solutions as a thought leader in the talent acquisition profession. He has 20 years of experience in talent acquisition, following 10 years of service in the British Army.
 
Gerry Crispin
Principal & Co-Founder
CareerXroads
 
Laurie Dalton
CHRO
gategroup, North America
Laurie is a values based leader who is passionate about putting people first in order to deliver optimal business results. Her track record shows the achievement of improved and sustained business results through disciplined focus on business strategy and aligned human resources strategy. Accomplishments include achieving significant cost savings through establishment of shared services functions, business process outsourcing, and automation. Laurie has also lead successful efforts to establish her employers as “employers of choice”, winning many designations and recognition's.
 
Sondra Dryer
Global Head of Brand and Experience
Talent Collective - a division of Alexander Mann Solutions
 
Valerie Egan
Talent Acquisition Strategist
Girl Scouts of the USA
 
Christine Esckilsen
Chief Human Capital Officer
Piper Jaffray
Christine Esckilsen is the chief human capital officer at Piper Jaffray. She sits on the firm’s leadership team and oversees human capital, marketing and communications, meetings and events, community relations, travel and real estate. She focuses on strategic issues and works with chairman and CEO Andrew Duff and other members of the leadership team to further organizational effectiveness, employee development and the firm’s overall culture. Christine also serves as the inhouse employment lawyer.
 
Karen Feeney
Senior HR Operations Manager
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Karen Feeney is the senior human resources operations manager at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), a recognized leader in pediatric healthcare. Since 2011, Karen has driven operational effectiveness and improvements within HR at CHOP, as well as expanded workforce management capability across the organization through the launch of centralized contingent workforce management. Accomplishments that stand out for Karen prior to joining CHOP include earning a Training Top 125 recognition for managing development, delivery of a successful career succession strategy at Commerce Bank (now TD Bank), reducing worker compensation costs at National Car Rental, earning a Malcolm Baldrige Award recognition, and co-leading the board of directors for Art-Reach when recognized as a TOP 20 Philadelphia non-profit organization.

Karen has served as a mentor, speaker and facilitator at both local and national venues. Additionally, Karen has worked as an independent HR consultant or volunteer upon demand for almost two decades. Karen earned her Masters of Science in Human Resources Development, as well as a Facilities Management Professional Certification, at Villanova University. She achieved her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Communications at Temple University. Karen is actively credentialed as SHRM-SCP. She resides in Oaklyn, NJ with her family.
 
Mr William Filip
Managing Director
Delancey Street Partners
William Filip is a Founder and Managing Director of Delancey Street Partners. Mr. Filip leads Delancey Street’s efforts in Business, Technology and Healthcare Services and Merchant Banking. Mr. Filip is a senior investment banking professional and private equity investor with deep experience in venture capital, growth equity/buyout investments, public equity and mergers & acquisitions advisory. He has a leading reputation in the business and technology services sector with very strong experience in human capital technology, professional services and staffing, business process outsourcing, financial services and technology, consumer/business internet, Saas technology and healthcare services. Prior to Delancey Street Partners, Mr. Filip was a founder and one of the original partners of Baird Venture Partners where he directed the firm’s Business Services sector and shared additional senior-level responsibilities including all aspects of fund formation, team recruitment, internal processes, investment strategy and execution and portfolio oversight. Prior to helping form BVP, Mr. Filip was an investment banker for Robert W. Baird & Co., assisting clients in completing corporate finance transactions including raising public and private equity and completing various M&A transactions. Some of Mr. Filip’s investing and Board of Directors experience includes: HireRight (Nasdaq: HIRE), Pinstripe, PayChoice, ClickFuel, TomoTherapy, High Street Partners, InsideTrack, ALI Solutions, SmartTime Software, Everdream and GlobalPay, among others. Mr. Filip is a past board representative to the Wisconsin Technology Council.
 
Darren Findley
President, Recruitment Solutions
Engage2Excel
Darren Findley is president of recruitment solutions and brings over 32 years of recruiting and staffing solutions experience to Engage2Excel. He was most recently with AMN Healthcare as vice president and general manager of RPO. In addition, he’s helped recognized brands like UnitedHealth Group, U.S. Steel, Flowserve, Allstate Insurance, Express Scripts and Sprint PCS improve their recruiting operations.
 
Craig Fisher
Head Of Marketing, Employer Branding SME
Allegis Global Solutions
Craig Fisher leads marketing at Allegis Global Solutions and is the employer branding subject-matter expert for their RPO business customers. His digital branding methods have been adopted as best practices by companies like LinkedIn, Zappos, YUM! Brands, Hootsuite, and many more. He’s the author of Inbound Recruiting, and a popular keynote speaker at tech, social media, HR/recruiting, and sales conferences worldwide. Craig created the first Twitter chat for recruiters, and partnered in the first LinkedIn-certified training company in North America. He’s been detailed in The Wall Street Journal, Mashable, NBC News, and The Huffington Post, and is listed among HR and recruiting’s top influencers and most engaging conference speakers.
 
Julie Fletcher
Chief Talent Officer
AMN Healthcare, Inc.
Julie Fletcher is the Chief Talent Officer for AMN Healthcare and in that role she provides leadership for attracting, developing and optimizing team member talent for corporate roles and across the AMN diverse family of workforce solutions and staffing companies. She is also responsible for Credentialing Operations, which encompasses the critical process of validating required credentialing documents for our healthcare providers. Mrs. Fletcher joined AMN Healthcare in 2008 as the Senior Vice President, Human Resources and was promoted to the Chief Talent Officer role in 2014. AMN Healthcare is passionately committed to investing in its talent as a key differentiator and Mrs. Fletcher leads all aspects of the team member lifecycle.
 
Laura Fuller
Country Sales Manager, US
Lumesse
As a strategic global senior leader with over 15 years experience in the HR Technology space, Laura leads sales for the Talent Acquisition business unit for Lumesse in the United States. Lumesse provides technology solutions to over 1500 organizations in over 70 countries enabling them to engage and nurture the best talent in an ever changing global environment. As the Country Manager; Laura is responsible for growing and managing the sales team, along with helping clients achieve their goals by aligning solutions with measurable returns.
 
Roger Gaston
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Gates Corporation
Roger Gaston joined Gates Corporation as Senior Vice President – Human Resources in August of 2016 from Avaya, a multibillion dollar enterprise under PE ownership where he served as Chief Human Resources Officer. An accomplished HR professional with significant experience in the public and private equity sectors, Roger has served as global head of HR for Storage Technology Corp. and SVP of HR for Toys R Us, Inc. among several other commercial enterprises. At Gates, Roger works to build and enhance the Gates HR function globally. He oversees talent management, recruiting, benefits, maintaining a healthy workforce, and talent development. Roger has been recognized for his work as an HR leader by being named “CHRO of the Year” in 2013 by the HRO Association. He holds a BA in Psychology and Business Administration from Baldwin Wallace College.
 
Adam Godson
Vice President, Global Technology Solutions
Cielo
 
Neil Griffiths
Vice President, Global Brand, Marketing & Communications
Korn Ferry Futurestep
Neil Griffiths is Korn Ferry Futurestep’s Global Brand, Marketing & Communications leader. In this role, Mr. Griffiths has responsibility for market strategy, client engagement and thought leadership initiatives across the business. In addition, he also has ownership of our employer brand and change communications solutions and consults with regional clients across multiple industries to enhance their reputation as employers. Utilizing Korn Ferry IP, Mr. Griffiths works with clients to develop global or targeted value propositions, as well as creative strategies to attract, engage and retain talent.
 
Jonathan Grosso
Senior Vice President, Enterprise Solutions
Yoh
Jonathan Grosso serves as Senior Vice President, Enterprise Solutions for Yoh. With over 20 years in the workforce solutions industry, Jonathan brings senior executive experience to the management of global enterprise engagements. In this role, Jonathan oversees sales through service delivery for Managed Services (MSP), Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO), and National Accounts. Jonathan and his team design and deliver innovative total talent solutions to address customers’ most strategic talent oriented business challenges. Jonathan resides in New York and holds a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York. In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys spending time with his family and contributing to his community.
 
Randy Gulian
Executive Vice President, General Manager
Allegis Global Solutions
Randy Gulian Executive Vice President, General Manager Randy Gulian is the Executive Vice President and General Manager of Allegis Global Solutions (AGS) and is responsible for leading the organization’s global business development and operations teams. In this role, Randy collaborates with internal regional business development and operational leadership to ensure consistent messaging and delivery of AGS offerings across the globe. With more than 25 years of recruitment outsourcing experience, Randy also partners with clients to help create and develop their talent management programs. Prior to Randy’s current role within AGS, he served as president and CEO of InSearch Worldwide, a Connecticut based executive search and RPO firm. Randy founded InSearch Worldwide in 1991 to serve the needs of clients seeking senior level executives to elevate their business. Through his leadership, the organization was credited with creating one of the earliest known RPO programs in 1993 with MasterCard Worldwide. In 2008, AGS acquired InSearch Worldwide to bolster their portfolio of services. Passionate about serving his community, Randy sits on several international boards and serves as chairman of a global foundation that works to improve the lives of abused children. Randy holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
 
Stacie Habegger
Chief Sales Officer
AgileOne
 
Mr. Peter Hart
CEO
Rideau
 
Ryan Hart
Vice President of Product
Verified Next
 
Tommy Lee Hayes-Brown
Vice President of Business Development and Customer Experience
Rideau
Tommy Lee Hayes-Brown is VP of Rideau’s Business Development and Customer Experience where he is in charge of client relations and consumer marketing. Prior to joining Rideau in 2015, Tommy Lee worked for MetLife Auto & Home’s Claim and Marketing Divisions where he was in charge of increasing the insurer’s multicultural market presence through a variety of sales channels including direct marketing and sales agent distribution. Tommy Lee also served as MetLife Auto & Home’s corporate employee recognition leader and in this role helped the company increase productivity, brand recognition, and customer satisfaction with the strategic use of employee recognition. Tommy Lee is a former board member and Certified Recognition Professional (CRP) from Recognition Professionals International, a motivational speaker, and has authored several industry articles on employee recognition, diversity and management engagement. Tommy Lee lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife and four sons where he serves as an active board member for Another Choice for Black Children Adoption Agency and a troop leader for Boy Scouts of America.
 
Mr. Jim Hazboun
VP, Human Resources
Hyundai Capital

Jim Hazboun is the CHRO/CAO at Hyundai Capital America (HCA), a $30 billion, top-10 auto-finance company. At HCA, Jim is the head of the corporate services division, which includes human resources, corporate culture, information technology, project management office, procurement, and administration and services. He is responsible for leading a broad organization transformation to drive overall performance, efficiency, and engagement. He also served as the key advisor and valued business partner to the CEO during a period of significant growth and organizational change. His advice to leadership and proven skill in identifying financial obstacles to success helped Hyundai Capital to keep engagement high—and raise it further—while controlling labor costs. Jim earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Law/International Relations from the University of the Pacific. He was also an NCAA Division 1-A Football scholarship recipient. His interests include reading, entrepreneurial endeavors, mixed martial arts, and spending time with his family.

 
Candy Hipple
Managing Director
HRO Today Advisory Services
Candy is the managing director of HRO Today Advisory Services, a boutique advisory practice of SharedXpertise Media, LLC. HRO Today Advisory Services assists practitioners with provider partner selection, benchmarking, and workforce strategy backed by the comprehensive industry research of HRO Today.

Prior to joining SharedXpertise, Candy spent 20 years in the workforce industry with KellyOCG (Outsourcing and Consulting Group), a division of Kelly Services, Inc., spanning multiple disciplines including consulting, operations, strategy, product development and finance. A seasoned executive, she held a series of senior positions as a vice president and officer including leadership of the MSP and RPO practices, where she had operational and financial responsibility spanning the Americas, UK, Europe and Asia. Candy was also instrumental in the formation of Kelly’s talent consulting practice, focused on total workforce management and strategic workforce planning. She has been a speaker and contributor to industry publications and conferences in the US, UK, Europe and Asia. Candy also spent five years in public accounting most notably with Ernst & Young. She was an adjunct professor for financial accounting and business finance, with a master’s degree in finance from Walsh College and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Oakland University. She earned her CPA while at Ernst & Young and is also certified by the Human Capital Institute in Strategic Workforce Planning and Human Capital Strategy.

Candy serves on the Board of Directors at Partnership for the Future - Richmond, a nonprofit helping motivated high school students with limited resources transition from high school to college and employment. She is also a member of Impact 100 Richmond, a nonprofit women’s grant-making organization, recently working with the founder to create the organization’s first strategic plan.
 
Barry Hirschman
Head of Talent Acquisition, Region Americas
Linde Group

Barry Hirschman is responsible for leading the talent acquisition function for Linde Americas, a $4.5B business across 13 countries in North and South America, which operates as part of The Linde Group. Prior to this role, Barry held various managerial positions in HR management, talent acquisition, and labor relations, where he worked for global logistics and engineering companies. Barry has a solid background in change management, technology, and a strong focus on process/systems improvement. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Bowling Green State University and a Master’s Degree in Labor Studies and Human Resources Management from Rutgers University. He also served in the United States Army with the 101st Airborne Division

 
Greg Karr
Executive Vice President
Sevenstep
Greg Karr is Executive Vice President of Sevenstep. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the recruitment industry and currently leads the company's client acquisition and solution development strategies, while serving as an executive sponsor for existing clients. His areas of expertise include: transformative solution design, recruitment process consultation, and client relationship management. Greg was named an RPO Superstar by HRO Today for each of the last 3 years. He is a graduate of Gordon College and lives in Chicago, IL. with his wife and two children. He is an active advocate for the needs of individuals with Autism and their families.
 
Francine Katsoudas
SVP, 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. She leads Cisco’s business-driven People Strategy and People Deal, both of which support and align to Cisco’s overall business strategy and are essential to driving the company’s transformational journey. She also is evolving Cisco’s approach to strategic workforce planning with programs highlighting the skills and capabilities that employees need to be innovative in today’s technology-driven environment. She fosters a culture of full spectrum participation, emphasizing inclusion and collaboration to drive exponential business value.

A 20-year veteran of Cisco, Katsoudas has extensive experience leading organizational transformations, driving large scale growth, talent acquisition, leadership development, and succession planning. Prior to her current role, she was the HR leader and business partner to the engineering leadership team, helping to oversee its workforce of more than 25,000 people. She has also held leadership positions in the service provider, HR operations, customer service, acquisition integration and services groups. Prior to Cisco, Katsoudas worked in both the financial and professional services industries with a focus on customer service and operations. Fran is a member of the Children’s Discovery Museum Board.
 
Dr. Beverly Kaye
Founder and Chairwoman
Career Systems International
Founder and Chairwoman of Career Systems International, Dr. Beverly Kaye is an international bestselling author and a leading authority in the world of modern workplace performance. She has dedicated her life’s work to helping individuals and organizations grow in a workplace that fosters greater commitment, fulfillment, and humanity. 

Beverly Kaye and the CSI team provide cutting-edge and award-winning talent development solutions primarily to Fortune 1000 companies. Her work and research are distinguished and widely recognized for helping others discover greater meaning in their work and gain greater control over their career destinies. 

 Dr. Kaye holds her doctorate from UCLA.
 
Marc Klamecki
Chief Technology Officer
I9Everywhere
Marc Klamecki is co-founder of I9Everywhere, a technology solution that helps HR pros avoid I-9 risk and most importantly save time. Marc's vision is to change fundamentally the way the corporate world views the HR function: from an expense to a vehicle for growth. With the team he has assembled and their commitment Marc is fulfilling that vision. There isn’t another group today within the HR industry that comes close to the “game changing” ideas, tools and processes Marc's team executes.
 
Andrea Ledford
EVP Chief Administration Office & CHRO
NCR Corporation
Andrea Ledford, Executive Vice President, Chief Administration Office, and Chief Human Resources Officer for NCR Corporation, is a strategic member of the NCR Executive Team helping to drive future vision. She oversees critical functions that drive change management, support NCR's corporate strategy as a hardware-enabled, software-driven business, and cultivate incredible employee experiences that engage, educate and inspire. Her global responsibilities include Human Resources, Corporate Marketing and Public Affairs, Corporate Real Estate, Global Security and Aviation. Andrea also oversees the NCR Foundation, which is dedicated to helping build stronger communities around the world by investing in innovative solutions that help people become self-sufficient. Prior to this position, Ledford served as NCR’s vice president of Human Resources for the Asia-Pacific region and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). 

Before joining NCR in February 2006, Ledford was Symbol Technologies’ EMEA leader of Human Resources and held a variety of leadership roles at Cisco Systems in EMEA, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. Her background also includes positions in the areas of international human resources, compensation and benefits, and leadership development with Storage Technology, United International Holdings and Synergen. 

Ledford has an Executive MBA from Insead University in Fontainebleau, France, and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Colorado.
 
Brian Little
Head of Human Resources
Zurich, North America
Brian Little is currently the Head of Human Resources for Zurich Insurance North America. He has over 25 years of HR leadership experience in top national and global companies. Professional history Mr. Little joined Zurich in August of 2009. Previously he worked at HSBC Bank, the largest international bank in the world, as the Senior Vice President of Corporate Human Resources. He worked for Ameritech as Director of Leadership Development and as Manager of Organizational Learning. He worked for Amoco Production Company as a Senior Human Resources Consultant. Mr. Little also has experience as an external human resource consultant working with dozens of companies on performance improvement, team building, and executive coaching both domestic and abroad. Mr. Little has a passion for working with a number of non-profit organizations including the Oakton College Foundation for which he is currently a vice president and past treasurer. He was recognized for leadership with prestigious Men of Excellence Award for 2011 and the National Eagle Leadership Institute Award in 2012. Educational history Mr. Little has a Master of Science from Illinois State University in Organization Communication and Development. He earned an executive certificate from the Kellogg Advanced Executive Program in 2014.
 
Sue Marcus
Executive Vice President
Randstad Sourceright
Sue Marcus is the Executive Vice President, RPO, for Randstad Sourceright North America. Initially joining the Randstad organization back in 2004, under the Spherion brand, Sue has been driving client performance, strategy and innovation since, with a specific focus on building progressive RPO models that often evolve into integrated talent management partnerships. Sue is best known for her commitment to building an engaged delivery team, achieving optimum client satisfaction and earning some of the RPO industry’s highest accolades, including a top ranking on the HRO Today Baker’s Dozen.
 
Sue Marks
CEO
Cielo
Sue Marks is the CEO of Cielo, the world’s leading pure-play provider of technology-enabled Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) solutions. Sue’s visionary thinking, creative problem solving and ability to motivate and inspire people are the foundation of Cielo’s corporate culture and client relationships. She is widely recognized as one of the key founders of, and a pioneer in, the RPO industry. Since its inception, she has been an annual member of the HRO Today HR Outsourcing Superstar listing, and was recognized as Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in the service business category. She is the winner of the Marquette University College of Business Administration’s Alumni Award for Entrepreneurship and a three-time winner of both the Working Woman 500 designation and the Future 50 of Wisconsin. Sue earned her Bachelor of Science in business administration from Marquette University and is an annual participant in YPOWPO’s prestigious executive education program at Harvard Business School.
 
Aaron Matos
Founder/CEO
PARADOX
Aaron Matos is the Founder/CEO of PARADOX, the market leader in Assistive Intelligence for recruiting, known for their flagship product OLIVIA. Aaron is passionate about recruiting and has started numerous successful companies in the recruiting space; which have served tens of thousands of clients and millions of job seekers. He was the founder of Jobing.com and served as CEO for over 15 years. Prior to becoming a tech executive, Aaron spent over 8 years as an HR professional (he’s one of us!). He holds his MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.
 
Liz McAuliffe
EVP, HR
T-Mobile US, Inc.
Liz McAuliffe serves as T-Mobile’s EVP of Human Resources, leading the function that supports all 50,000+ T-Mobile employees. Prior to this role, Liz served as SVP of Total Rewards and Operations, leading all compensation, rewards and recognition, benefits, payroll, HR systems, and HR operations teams. Before joining T-Mobile in 2008, Liz held leadership positions at Starbucks Coffee Company, in both the Law & Corporate Affairs department and the Human Resources department. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law.
 
Adriene McCoy
Chief Human Resource Officer
Baptist Health South Florida

Adriene McCoy has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare human resources management. She leads Baptist Health South Florida’s HR function, which includes the areas of talent management, talent acquisition, benefits, compensation, leadership development, employee learning, HR operations and employee communications. Ms. McCoy’s background includes leadership roles in both for-profit and nonprofit healthcare environments, including large hospital systems and acute and long-term care facilities. Since joining Baptist Health nearly a decade ago, her mission has been to transform the HR team to make it more responsive to the needs of employees and the business. During her tenure, Baptist Health has increased its employee population by almost 5,000 and implemented several large-scale technology implementations designed to improve efficiency and service. Ms. McCoy sits on the board of advisors for FIU’s Center for Leadership and the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami. She is the 2015 winner of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Executive Leadership Excellence Award and a 2015 winner of South Florida Business & Wealth (SFBW) magazine’s Senior HR Executive Apogee Award.

 
Brett McCoy
Head of Talent Strategy, Solutions and Consulting - Americas
Talent Collective – An Alexander Mann Solutions Company
Brett leads the Americas team for Talent Collective – the consulting division of Alexander Mann Solutions. He works with clients to think through and implement innovative models, purpose driven brand strategies, disruptive communications models, and efficient yet effective process engineering all built around engaging the right people anytime and anywhere. He joined us in 2017 from Lowe’s Home Improvement, where he was Global Head of Employer Branding and Recruitment Marketing.
 
Zachary Misko
President
HRO Today Services and Technology Association
Zachary leads the HRO Today Services and Technology Association, a global membership organization of HR and workforce executives in the U.S., EMEA and APAC regions dedicated to professional development, peer-to-peer networking opportunities and industry-leading educational opportunities. Prior to joining SharedXpertise in 2014, Zachary held both provider and practitioner roles in human resources. He was a global vice president at KellyOCG, managed human resource functions at a worldwide leader in biotechnology and life sciences, Promega Corp, in Madison, WI, and was employed as the senior training manager for Lands’ End, in Dodgeville, WI.
 
Greg Newman
People Analytics Product Manager
TrustSphere
Greg is the Product Manager for People Analytics at TrustSphere; creating revolutionary insights into how employees work and create value at work, ultimately driving data-driven decision-making. With over 18 years of experience in HR technology, he is an expert in the field. “Relationships [Greg says] are the heart of our software, and also my role. I work with a broad range of people…anyone [really] who shares our passion for changing the way we work.”
 
Candace Osunsade
SVP, Chief Administrative Officer
National Aquarium
Candace Osunsade SVP, Chief Administrative Officer at National Aquarium In her role as VP of HR for National Aquarium, Candace Osunsade has implemented strategic human capital management, program design, organizational development, project management, and process design. She is a results-orientated HR leader with demonstrated strengths in driving business results while building strategic partnerships. She has 20-plus years of varied HR leadership experience including being director of HRMS at Erickson Retirement Communities.
 
Taryn Owen
President
PeopleScout
Taryn Owen is the president of PeopleScout, an award-winning RPO, MSP and Total Workforce Solutions provider. She is responsible for PeopleScout’s global service delivery and business development strategy and has led the company’s successful acquisition of Aon Hewitt’s RPO division and Australian RPO provider HRX as well as the integration of Staff Management | SMX’s MSP division. During Taryn’s tenure, PeopleScout has become one of the world’s largest RPO providers and has earned top accolades from HRO Today’s Baker’s Dozen, NelsonHall and Everest Group. In 2017, PeopleScout was ranked the No. 1 MSP provider on HRO Today’s MSP Baker’s Dozen Customer Satisfaction Ratings and was named both a top enterprise RPO and top healthcare RPO provider on the Baker’s Dozen for RPO Providers.

Taryn has been recognized by numerous industry awards, including SIA’s 2018 and 2017 Staffing 100 and 2017 Global Power 100 for Women in Staffing, a Gold Stevie Award for Female Executive of the Year and a Silver Stevie Award for Woman of the Year – Business Services; she has also appeared on the HRO Today HR Superstars list since 2016. Taryn is a member of the Global Advisory Board for the HRO Today Services and Technology Association, on the Human Capital Industry Advisory Board for Wharton’s Center for Human Resources and completed the Program for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School and earned honorary alumni status.
 
Kimberly Padley
Digital Content Curator
Weave
Kimberly Padley is a production and research professional at Weave, a leading provider of automated, AI-powered publishing and storytelling solutions that helps businesses deliver extremely rich, personalized and measurable content experiences to attract, engage and retain candidates and talent. Previously, Kimberly was a member of the content team at Zomato. She graduated from the University of Miami, FL with a BA in Sociology and is continuing her education in UX design. After immersing herself in the Seattle tech scene, Kimberly developed a passion for AI, machine learning and visual storytelling. As an integral member of the Weave team, she is focused on bringing the Weave Talent Solutions offering to the human resources and talent acquisition markets.
 
Erica Pepe
Recruitment Evangelist, Employer Insights
Indeed
Erica Pepe, a Recruitment Evangelist on the Employer Insights Team at Indeed.com, helps employers optimize their recruitment strategies through pairing platform data with industry trends while bringing the value of Indeed's solutions to life. Whether on stage at events, during industry-wide webcasts or in conference rooms at various companies she is responsible for telling the Indeed story. Before stepping into this role, Erica was both a Recruiter and Recruiter Manager at Indeed and before joining the organization worked in staffing at Robert Half International.
 
Mark Puleo
VP and CHRO
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital

Mark Puleo joined Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital in 2002 and is currently the vice president and chief human resources officer. As a member of senior leadership, he’s responsible for recruitment and engagement, leadership and organizational development, rewards and recognition, labor and employee relations, and benefits and compensation. Mr. Puleo has over 25 years of HR management experience -- mostly in acute healthcare -- having worked for Keck Hospital of USC/USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, Northridge Hospital Medical Center, Harbor UCLA Medical Center and Shriners Hospital for Children. He holds a Masters’ degree in business administration with emphasis on healthcare management.

 
Cathy Scarlett
Vice President of Talent Acquisition
BMO Financial Group

Cathy Scarlett has a passion for engaging the right talent to come to BMO and inspiring them to stay. As VP, Talent Acquisition at BMO Financial Group, Cathy is accountable for company-wide recruiting, and the processes, systems and insights that drive her team to optimize and innovate the candidate experience, through all channels and in every geography in which BMO operates.

 
Charles Scherbaum
Chief Analytics Officer
Rideau Recognition Solutions
Charles A. Scherbaum, PhD, Chief Analytics Officer 

Charles A. Scherbaum is an expert in analytics, talent assessment, performance management, and employee research. For over 12 years, Charles has overseen numerous research and analytic initiatives that played a significant role in the success of a number of Fortune 500 companies. 

Charles leads the research, analytics and benchmarking for Rideau’s Vistance Analytics & Prescriptive Learning solution and uses statistical and analytical data to gain insights into the social and fiscal benefits of a carefully executed recognition strategy. A part of the Rideau Recognition Solutions team since 2007, Charles consults with Rideau and its clients on analytics and workforce metrics. 

His specialized expertise draws from his vast background and research in human capital. Charles received his Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology from Ohio University. He is an associate professor of psychology at Baruch College, City University of New York. Among the wide variety of courses he has taught are HR analytics, performance management, personnel psychology and psychometrics. 

Charles is a prolific writer and has been published in a variety of leading journals such as Personnel Psychology, Organizational Research Methods, Human Resource Management Review and the Journal of Business and Psychology. Charles recently authored Analysing Quantitative Data for Business and Management Students published in 2015 by Sage. Personal accolades and professional affiliations: 

  • Winner of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology’s M. Scott Myers Award for his research on personnel selection techniques 
  • Past president of the Metropolitan New York Association for Applied Psychology 
  • Serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Psychology and the Journal of Business and Psychology. 
  • Charles’ research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Graduate Management Admission Council
 
Lindsay Stanton
Chief Client Officer
Digi-Me
Lindsay Stanton is Chief Client Officer for Digi-Me, a Video Technology Company for talent acquisition that helps organizations add new dimension to their job and employment brand messaging. In her time with the company, Lindsay has facilitated relationships with many partners, including the largest recruitment advertising agencies, global recruitment process outsourcers, and staffing firms. These partnerships magnify the organization’s reach into the Global Fortune 1000, providing an effective and innovative solution to the largest global employers, including KellyOCG, TrueBlue, Advanced Resources, USG Corporation, Ricoh, Prudential and LG Electronics. 

A subject matter expert on the use of video technology as a recruitment tool, Lindsay works closely with industry leaders, creating new and better ways to connect jobs and job-seekers. She has been a featured speaker at SHRM on the topic of “The Convergence of Video, Mobile, and Social for Talent Acquisition and Branding,” as well as a featured leader in the recruitment space through ERE, HRO Today, and major media outlets, including Forbes.com, ABCNews.com, and CCTV. 

Lindsay possesses a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Her past experience includes Economic Development for a large Chicago municipality, wherein she facilitated retail and commercial growth by working with the nation’s largest developers. She also has extensive sales and marketing experience working with Fortune 500 accounts on product launches and developing and executing large-scale national retail programs.
 
James Stronach
Vice President of Delivery and Development
Broadleaf
Having received his undergraduate degree in Economics, Management Studies, and Organization Psychology from the University of Rochester, James Stronach has amassed over fifteen years of experience in strategic talent acquisition planning, culture and talent development, and organizational effectiveness. Having worked extensively in both internal corporate and vendor/partner environments, he brings significant business acumen and a passion for employee engagement and process improvement to his role as Vice President of Delivery and Development. With this, he helps Broadleaf live its vision of creating transformative business value through end-to-end human capital solutions.
 
John West
Chairman
Hire Velocity
As Chairman of Hire Velocity, John West draws upon a distinguished career as an entrepreneur, global business executive and technology investor to provide strategic direction for Hire Velocity’s Total Workforce Solutions. For the last 15 years, he has focused on providing capital and performance mentoring to high-growth businesses, primarily in the Technology and Human Capital sectors. John has played an integral role in supporting Hire Velocity and offering insight into its business model since its inception. Previously, John was the founder and CEO of System One Solutions, Inc., a technology staffing and consulting firm started in 1987. In early 2000, John sold System One to Monster Worldwide, and shortly after he decided to focus on his own investments in high-potential industries.
 
John Wilson
CEO
WilsonHCG
John Wilson is the founder and CEO of WilsonHCG. He has spent more than a decade building WilsonHCG into the premier global RPO provider. John is redefining the RPO model, with a strong focus on building better companies and improving the bottom line through customizable recruitment services and value-added services. This revolutionary approach has allowed John to develop WilsonHCG into a true partner for clients’ talent acquisition programs.
 
Valery Yakubovich
Associate Professor of Management
ESSEC Business School
Valery Yakubovich is an Associate Professor of Management at ESSEC Business School with campuses in France and Singapore, and Senior Fellow at the Wharton Center for Human Resources. He conducts research and teaches courses in the areas of Talent Management, Innovation, and Organizational Behavior. Valery worked previously as a faculty member at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and the Wharton School. The results of his research have been published in leading journals, including Organization Science, Harvard Business Review, American Sociological Review, as well as numerous edited volumes. His current projects explore new forms of employment relationships in the context of digital transformation, algorithmic data-driven management, innovative non-hierarchical forms of organizing business activities, and the role of language in the transfer of innovative management practices. In addition to his academic work, he advises business and non-profit organizations on management innovations.
 
Michael Yinger
Global Leader of Growth and Strategy
PeopleScout
Michael Yinger, Global Leader of Growth and Strategy at PeopleScout, is responsible for global sales and organizational strategy. Michael is well versed in current enterprise-wide technologies and is capable of managing technical as well as strategic initiatives. Before joining PeopleScout, Michael was a Global RPO Delivery Lead at Aon Hewitt, responsible for the delivery of RPO services to multiple global clients. Michael holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley.