Rita McGrath is a globally recognized thought leader who focuses on leading innovation and growth during times of uncertainty. She works with Boards, CEOs and senior executives to help them think strategically, even in today’s rapidly changing and volatile environments. She received the #1 achievement award in strategy from the prestigious management rankings group Thinkers50 and is consistently ranked in the Top10. Her most recent book was the best-selling The End of Competitive Advantage. She has written 3 other books, including Discovery Driven Growth, cited by Clayton Christensen as describing one of the most important management ideas ever developed. She is a regular speaker in exclusive events such as the Drucker Forum and various CEO Summits. She is working on a new book about strategic inflection points.
McGrath has recently founded Valize, LLC, a new company focused on helping organizations get beyond innovation theater by unlocking the power of the Discovery Driven growth approach.
McGrath joined the faculty of Columbia Business School in 1993. Prior to life in academia, she was an IT director, worked in the political arena, and founded two startups. She received her Ph.D. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and has degrees with honors from Barnard College and the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs. She is married and is proud to be the mother of two delightful grownups.
Follow Rita on Twitter: @rgmcgrath. For more information, visit RitaMcGrath.com.
Josh Bersin is an analyst, author, educator, and thought leader focusing on the global talent market and the challenges and trends impacting business workforces around the world. He studies the world of work, HR and leadership practices, and the broad talent technology market. He is often cited as one of the leading HR and workplace industry analysts in the world.
He founded Bersin & Associates in 2001 to provide research and advisory services focused on corporate learning. Over the next ten years, he expanded the company’s coverage to encompass HR, talent management, talent acquisition, and leadership and became a recognized expert in the talent market. He sold the company to Deloitte in 2012, when it became known as Bersin™ by Deloitte. He continues to serve as a senior advisor to Deloitte, advising large organizations and contributing to major research initiatives. He also sits on the board of UC Berkeley Executive Education.
Bersin is frequently featured in talent and business publications such as Forbes, Harvard Business Review, HR Executive, FastCompany, The Wall Street Journal, and CLO Magazine. He is a regular keynote speaker at industry events and a popular blogger with more than 700,000 followers on LinkedIn.
Prior to founding Bersin & Associates, Josh spent 25 years in product development, product management, marketing, and sales of e-learning and other enterprise technologies. His education includes a BS in engineering from Cornell University, an MS in engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of two books, The Blended Learning Handbook and The Training Measurement Book, along with dozens of studies on corporate HR, learning, and talent technologies. He currently has a third book under contract with Harvard Business Publishing.
Lucy Adams created Disruptive HR after having held Board level roles in a variety of sectors, most recently at the BBC, where she was responsible for leading large and complex change. She grew frustrated with the lack of innovation and fresh thinking in the leadership of people and wanted to find new ways of tackling old problems. She now works with business leaders and HR Directors to do things differently and to equip their people for a disrupted world.
Lucy is also the author of the bestseller “HR Disrupted”, a book packed with practical ways to innovate your approach to leading people in a disrupted world.
Having graduated with a degree in French and German, Jane began her career in Asia, where she lived and worked for three years in Japan and Hong Kong, teaching English as a foreign language to students of all ages at the British Council. This ignited her passion for helping others to learn and develop and inspired her to a career in HR, initiated by completing her Diploma in HR at Middlesex University on her return to the UK.
Jane’s subsequent career has been focused in the areas of learning and organization development, straddling various sectors including consultancy, the retail motor industry and paints and chemicals before moving into the media sector in 2000. Keen to dive deeper into the science of people and organizational development, she went on to complete her Masters in Organizational Psychology with Birkbeck University.
Starting with Warner Bros. (a division of WarnerMedia, previously Time Warner), Jane’s first role was to establish training and development as part of the European HR strategy. Having moved across the business and into corporate roles, she now heads up Learning and OD for Warner Bros. in EMEA and APAC, focusing on leadership development, talent management, employee engagement, organizational development and diversity priorities. She believes passionately that the ability to learn quickly and continuously will be a critical capability for organisations and individuals alike for future success.
Jane is married with two children and spends most of her spare time running after them, running them to activities and, not as much as she would like, running for fitness and fun.
Gordon Fuller leads a team of designers, developers, learning consultants and delivery specialists in 172 countries. He has personally led many of the key initiatives for IBM in particular the IBM Your Learning cloud-based learning experience platform. He is currently leading the development of cognitive applications that will pave the way to the era of Intelligent Learning. In addition to the development of innovative solutions, his team is responsible for the articulation of rapid enablement best practices and the strategic alignment of learning design to the business. He co-leads IBM’s efforts in the area of Learning and Workforce Transformation.
Prior to his current role, Fuller was responsible for the design and development of learning solutions for the IBM Enterprise and Business Unit Portfolios. He is a founding member of the Digital Learning Consortium, sits on several Advisory Boards, consults with Fortune 500 clients and is the holder of 2 patents.
Prior to joining IBM, he worked with PwCC where he led the Sales Effectiveness Group for the Financial Services practice, focused on Private Banking and Insurance, before leading the Customer Relationship Learning Design practice.
Before joining PwCC in 1995 he held senior positions in the UK financial services industry. He is a native of Scotland, married with 3 children and has lived and worked in the USA since 2001.
Bruce Daisley is the EMEA Vice President of Twitter. He joined the company in 2012 having previously run YouTube UK at Google. He has also worked at Emap/Bauer and Capital Radio.
He is a digital advisor to Comic Relief. Bruce runs the Apple #1 Business Chart topping podcast Eat Sleep Work Repeat on work culture. His work can be found as NewWorkManifesto.org. In January 2019 Penguin Books will be publishing Bruce’s first book, The Joy of Work.
Angela Roseboro is the Global Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Dropbox. She is responsible for the development and implementation of strategic initiatives and actions to drive inclusion and belonging as well as ensuring that Dropbox is an employer of choice for all talent.
During her more than twenty years of human resource experience, Ms. Roseboro has held positions leading diversity and inclusion, talent management and leadership development for companies in the financial services, asset management, government, entertainment, and manufacturing industries. She has provided human resource guidance to Fortune 500 companies such as T. Rowe Price, Jones Lang LaSalle, Genworth Financial, Whirlpool Corporation, and Manpower International.
As a member of senior leadership teams, Ms. Roseboro has developed and led best-in-class global diversity initiatives focused on recruitment and retention of diverse talent, cultural transformation, increasing employee engagement and implementing supplier diversity programs. She has received several recognitions for her contributions including 2012 Midwest Real Estate News Hall of Fame recipient, Commercial Property Executive Distinguished Leaders Award, Black Enterprise’s 150 Diversity Executive, The Network Journal’s 25 Influential Black Women in Business and 50 Out Front for Women’s Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion. She has also been featured in the Chicago Tribune, The Diversity Journal, and The Commercial Real Estate Women’s Network. Ms. Roseboro’s passion and knowledge gives her the ability to change the corporate perception of diversity and inclusion from being the right thing to do to being a strategic enabler of business success.
Ms. Roseboro holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management from Roosevelt University. She also served as an Adjunct Professor at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Ms. Roseboro is active in her community. She’s developed professional development workshops to help Chicago’s low-income residents in partnership with the Banking Industry’s Community Reinvestment Act, and she also is on the Board of Directors of Teach for America Baltimore. Ms. Roseboro and her husband Dimitric have two daughters Jordan and Chandler.
David Green is a globally respected speaker, advisor and executive consultant on people analytics and the future of work. He works with HR practitioners and organisations to leverage analytical insights from employee data to drive business outcomes, increase performance and improve employee experience. Prior to launching his own consultancy business and taking up board advisor roles at Insight222 and TrustSphere, David was Global Director of People Analytics Solutions at IBM.
Recognised as one of the most influential People Analytics experts by the community, David is regularly invited to chair and speak at industry forums, conferences and seminars across the globe. Coupled with his experience in helping organisations embark upon and accelerate their analytical journeys, this gives David a unique perspective and insight into what’s working, what’s not, and what’s forthcoming in the field of people analytics.
Aaron is co-founder and CEO of LACE Partners, an HR consultancy specialising in HR transformation, tech selection and tech adoption. He is an HR transformation specialist and global programme director with 25 years’ experience in some of the world’s largest and most successful management consultancies. We like to think of our team as a family, so much so that the L A C and E in LACE stand for the names of Aaron’s four children!
He is accomplished in delivering complex business change and HR projects for global cross-industry clients for all aspects of HR, including HR systems (Fusion and Workday). Experience operating at a senior level in client organisations, to shape and deliver significant business change programs.
A Fellow of the CIPD, active member of the court of HR Professionals and former Partner at both Accenture and Deloitte with a very successful track record of delivery, implementation and selection.
Alan is a partner in global law firm DLA Piper and has considerable experience in all aspects of employment law, both contentious and non-contentious.
Alan acts for high-profile clients in both public and private sectors and across the full ranges sectors, advising on senior executive severance, contract issues and large-scale reorganisation and redundancy programmes. He also manages industrial relations issues.
Alan is also a member of the Equality and Diversity group and provides training and advice to clients on compliance and best practice relating to discrimination legislation. He also advises clients involved in employment tribunal claims on a wide range of issues including straightforward unfair dismissal, complex discrimination claims and TUPE issues arising from business transfers.
Alastair joined Texthelp in 2007 to expand the reach of their assistive technologies across the workplace, to support greater diversity and encourage inclusivity .
With 16 years’ B2B experience, including 10 years specialising in assistive technology, Alastair works tirelessly to promote inclusive working environments where every employee can succeed in achieving their personal and professional goals. It benefits organisations too, helping to maximise all the talents offered by a diverse workforce, whilst improving employer reputation and increasing employee loyalty.
Alastair, and his team, are devoted to boosting motivation and productivity by supporting all employees to communicate effectively.
Contact Alastair on tel: 07918 768475 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alastair is Head of Sales at Arctic Shores and leads the Sales and Marketing Functions, focusing on the UK and Republic of Ireland. Alastair manages a number of the business’ key accounts, including PwC, KPMG and Siemens, as well as a network of third-party partners.
With a background as a Business Psychologist, Alastair uses a consultative approach with clients and prospects to promote best practice in organisational selection and assessment. Alastair is passionate about next generation psychometric assessment and embracing innovation in the assessment space to improve client ROI and to boost candidate experience.
Prior to joining Arctic Shores Alastair led the Sales team at a leading traditional psychometric provider – so he has a wealth of assessment experience covering deploying aptitude assessments, personality questionnaires, situational judgment tests and assessment centre design projects. Prior to working in psychometrics Alastair spent a decade in advertising and marketing, specialising in consumer analytics.
I am currently the People Partner for multi award winning telco, giffgaff, where for the last 4 years I have led on all things internal Culture, Engagement and People experience. My passion is for people, creating connections and building better places of work. I scrape into the category of millennial apparently (but only just) with a degree in Visual Communication, a Masters in HR, and I’m also a certified Strengths Coach. This layered with years of experience in local government, at the coalface in HR, makes for a rather Interesting but concoction. I am a proud Brummy and even prouder dad to two pint-sized dictators, Matilda and Rowen.
Alex Clayton is HR Director for the Insurance businesses (Protection and General Insurance) of Legal & General. The combined businesses employ over 2000 colleagues in a number of locations across the UK. Alex also has responsibility for the HR servicing function for the Group, which includes the provision of first line HR advice and support for employees and Employee Relations.
Following stints in HR roles in Retail, Manufacturing and the Health Service, Alex joined Legal & General in 1996 when the business first moved into Cardiff, supporting the establishment of the Direct business. Alex’s career at L&G has enabled her to enjoy a breadth of roles in the HR space including Business Partnering, Acquisitions; Recruitment; and Transformation before moving into her current role in 2014. Alex is passionate about the importance of a focus on wellbeing at work and believes organisations have a social responsibility to ensure it is a primary area of focus.
Alex is married with 2 teenage daughters and lives in South Wales.
Alex joined pymetrics in May 2017 to open their European operations, having spent the prior six years at LinkedIn leading the team that engages with their largest clients. Despite having an engineering pedigree (he graduated with a Masters in Electronic Engineering) he found that he had greater potential in commercial roles, and so Alex has first-hand appreciation of the work that pymetrics does.
pymetrics’ goal is to enable companies to predict talent success, bias free. The company was founded by two female Neuroscience PhDs who were determined to bring technology to the challenge of matching people to jobs, and thereby democratise the hiring the process. The CV is dead! Using neuroscience exercises (a series of fun and simple 2 minute games) and AI, pymetrics can predict who will be successful in a role, and do this in a way that removes unconscious bias from the selection process. In this way Unilever have been able to dramatically improve diversity in their graduate intake, and Accenture have been able to retain people by providing them with an internal career path.
With 20 years’ experience, Alex’s background is strategic business change, HR consulting and employee benefits and he currently heads up the Strategic Consulting team which helps clients to align their HR, EDI, reward and benefit programs to corporate objectives. Alex’s areas of interest include the use of big data analytic techniques to improve employee outcomes, the role of governance programs in continuous improvement and the increased personalisation of employer delivery.
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