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Gary Hamel

Gary Hamel

Visiting Professor, London Business School

Gary Hamel is one of the world’s most influential and iconoclastic business thinkers. He has worked with leading companies across the globe and is a dynamic and sought-after management speaker. Hamel has been on the faculty of the London Business School for more than 30 years and is the director of the Management Innovation eXchange.

Hamel has written 17 articles for the Harvard Business Review and is the most reprinted author in the Review’s history. His landmark books have been translated into more than 25 languages. His most recent bestsellers are The Future of Management and What Matters Now. In these volumes, Hamel presents an impassioned plea for reinventing management and lays out a practical blueprint for building organizations that are “fit for the future.”

Fortune magazine describes Hamel as “the world’s leading expert on business strategy,” and the Financial Times calls him a “management innovator without peer.” Hamel has been ranked by The Wall Street Journal as the world’s most influential business thinker and is a fellow of the Strategic Management Society and of the World Economic Forum.

Hamel’s groundbreaking concepts such as “strategic intent,” “core competence,” “industry revolution,” and “management innovation,” have changed the language and practice of management in organizations around the globe.

Al Adamsen

Al Adamsen

Co-Founder of Insight222 and Founder & Executive Director of the Global PAFOW Event Series
Al Adamsen is a globally recognized thought leader, speaker, and advisor on talent strategy, people analytics, workforce planning, business transformation, and simply how people measurement and analytics affects worker experiences and organizational culture. He’s the Founder & Executive Director of the Global People Analytics Network and People Analytics & Future of Work (PAFOW) Event Series. He's also a co-founder of Insight222, home of the People Analytics Program. Al has a unique background in that he's one of the few who's led a workforce planning & analytics function within a Fortune 500 company (Gap Inc.), served as a leader with two analytics vendors (Infohrm & Kenexa/IBM), and has also served as a consultant and advisor to some of the world's leading companies including Disney, Facebook, McKesson, Intuit, GE, Starbucks, T-Mobile, CapitalOne, Boeing, Mayo Clinic, Stanford University, among many others. Al's educational background is in Behavioral Economics and Positive Psychology, and he's spent more than 5 of his 25+ year career working outside the US. Finally, Al is a long-standing coach to sports coaches, athletes, and parents of young athletes, among whom are his two teenage children. All live in Santa Cruz, CA where they can often be found on the area's beach volleyball courts.
Sue Ortenstone

Sue Ortenstone

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at CenterPoint Energy
Sue Ortenstone is Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of CenterPoint Energy. Ortenstone is responsible for Human Resources, Communications, and Community Relations. With more than 35 years of natural gas industry experience, Ortenstone joined CenterPoint Energy in 2014. Prior to her current position, she was senior vice president and chief administrative officer at Copano Energy, responsible for Human Resources and other corporate functions. She serves on the Advisory Board for Civil and Environmental Engineering, as well as the Industrial Advisory Board in the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for Northwest Assistance Ministries of Houston.
Clay H. Worley

Clay H. Worley

SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer at NCI
Clay Worley serves as senior vice president and chief human resources officer for NCI, responsible for the company’s human capital, facilities and security strategy and execution. Clay brings more than 30 years of experience leading human resources teams and driving human capital initiatives in support of business objectives, most recently as vice president of Human Resources for DXC Technology’s U.S. public sector organization. Prior to this, he worked in various HR leadership roles at Leidos and L-3 Communications. He currently serves on the board of the Washington Women’s Leadership Initiative as well as the HR Alliance DC organization, and is a member of the board of directors for BioPharma Global.
Liz Jurcik

Liz Jurcik

MHA, Workforce Strategy and Planning Leader at Providence St. Joseph Health
Liz Jurcik is Workforce Strategy and Planning Leader at Providence St. Joseph Health. She is a seasoned veteran in workforce planning methods, with experience in healthcare and other multinational companies including aerospace and financial services. She is passionate about translating organizational objectives into people impacts, allowing an organization to make the best use of its resources by giving it foresight to the coming changes. The accomplishment Liz is most proud of throughout her career in Workforce Planning has been reduction in force mitigation by demonstrating negative financial impacts; over 4,000 employees throughout her career have had their positions saved thanks to these efforts.
Joydeep Mutsuddi

Joydeep Mutsuddi

Senior Vice President, Human Resources at BD

Joydeep Mutsuddi is a senior HR executive at BD. He leads the function for BD’s largest segment, Medical, in addition to Europe & MEA, Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Quality. He leads the company’s multi-year Total Rewards integration plan with CR Bard. He also works with several leadership teams foremost of which is the BD Leadership Team, the HR Steering Team, the HR Council Leadership Team and the Medical Segment Leadership Team.

Prior to BD, he worked with Coca-Cola India Inc. in various HR leadership roles, including leading the acquisition of 32 bottling units and integrating them to four company-owned bottling companies. He spent his formative years with GE Appliances and Citibank in a hyper growth environment.

Rob Major

Rob Major

PhD, Manager, Strategic Workforce Planning & Analytics at Ascension
Rob Major is the Manager, Strategic Workforce Planning & Analytics at Ascension. He has 10 years of experience in workforce planning and analytics. In his previous roles at World Vision International and Ameren, he created their workforce planning and analytics capabilities. In his current role at Ascension, he is responsible for the implementation and engagement of the Visier Workforce Planning and Analytics solutions and oversees the analytics competency development of over 400 associates in HR.
Samuel Thayer

Samuel Thayer

Senior HR Director at Compass
Samuel Thayer holds the position of Senior HR Director for Compass Group NA, an $18B food service and facilities management company headquartered in Charlotte, NC. He is responsible for HR Analytics covering a 245,000 employee population crossing 28 companies. Samuel’s team delivers government reporting, data mining, and predictive modeling with the goal of exploiting patterns found in historical and transactional data to identify risks and opportunities.
Manish Goel

Manish Goel

CEO & Co-Founder at TrustSphere
Tech entrepreneur and Future of Work visionary Manish Goel is the CEO and Co-Founder of TrustSphere, the pioneers in Relationship Analytics and passive Organizational Network Analysis (ONA). A passionate advocate of Network Science, Goel helps global organizations understand the value of relationship capital and leverage network science to empirically understand how the organization functions, engages and collaborates. Earlier in his career, he was an Investment Director with PwC Venture Partners in London and Chairman of the not-for-profit Online Trust Alliance.
Robert Lanning

Robert Lanning

Director, HRIS and People Analytics at Silicon Valley Bank
Robert Lanning is Director, HRIS and People Analytics at Silicon Valley Bank. He has been delivering proactive research, insights, and analytic solutions for multiple industries including the financial, energy, IT, retail, health, and services industries. He is widely recognized as one of the top "thinkers" and "practitioners" in the People Analytics industry. He has a sterling reputation of assimilating data from disparate internal and external resources–resulting in a crisp, concise and complete solution to the entire issue/problem at hand. Robert has extensive applied analytics experience across multiple business functions, including sales, marketing, operations, finance, human resources, and information technology. His teams have even been recognized as the best in their industry. Robert is also an accomplished and engaging public speaker–he has been requested to speak at dozens of People Analytics and Applied Analytics conferences around the world.
Anna Merritt

Anna Merritt

People Analytics Lead at Square
Dr. Anna Merritt leads the global People Analytics team at Square, bringing a data-driven approach to hiring, retaining, and engaging Square's workforce. Her team partners with HR, recruiters, and business leaders to design and analyze employee surveys, evaluate program effectiveness, and track key outcomes across the employee lifecycle. Prior to Square, she implemented Visier as a member of Yahoo's People Insights team–giving her the rare distinction of having rolled out Visier twice!
Erik Otteson

Erik Otteson

Director, People Analytics at Medallia
Erik Otteson is the Director of People Analytics at Medallia, a globally recognized leader in customer experience management. Erik has previously led the People Analytics teams at Tesla and Snap Inc., and was a senior member of the Workforce Planning & Analytics team at Electronic Arts. Before that, he spent a decade in Talent Acquisition at Electronic Arts and Microsoft. Erik has implemented Visier at three organizations, including a recent migration to Visier People at Medallia.
Gary Russo

Dr. Gary Russo

Director of Workforce Intelligence at Providence St. Joseph Health
Dr. Gary Russo serves as Director of Workforce Intelligence at Providence St. Joseph Health. He helps organizational leaders make better, faster decisions about its workforce using people data. Gary believes that analytics has the power (and responsibility) to positively impact lives. In his current role, Gary supports both workforce analytics and planning initiatives that affect ~115,000 workers. Gary is a speaker and writer on the topic of People Analytics adoption and prior to his seven years of experience in healthcare, Gary was a neuroscience research scientist.

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