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 founded Bersin in 2001 to provide research and advisory services focused on corporate learning. He is responsible for Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP’s long term strategy and market eminence.
Josh is a frequent speaker at industry events and has been quoted on talent management topics in key media, including Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, on BBC Radio, CBS Radio and National Public Radio. He is a popular blogger for Forbes.com and has been a columnist since 2007 for Chief Learning Officer magazine.
Josh spent 25 years in product development, product management, marketing and sales of e-learning and other enterprise technologies at companies including DigitalThink (now Convergys), Arista Knowledge Systems, Sybase, and IBM.
Josh’s education includes a B.S. in Engineering from Cornell University, an M.S. in Engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
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.
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.
Abbie is an experienced Account Executive who has worked in SAAS her whole career. Starting out in a high growth tech company Abbie quickly learnt the direct link between a passionate leader and team performance. This is what attracted her to Peakon; a platform that empowers managers to be better leaders through using real time people data.
At Peakon she is motivated by working with organisations to optimise business performance by improving the employee experience including Harrods, Paddy Power Betfair and PA Consulting.
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: email@example.com.
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.
Andrew is a prominent voice in the reward and benefits space. He joined JLT in 2015 and has been working with businesses to bring their reward offering to life through the use of technology. Now in charge of the future proposition at JLT, his focus is on how to help companies deliver the best employee experience by adopting the most effective digital strategy in HR.
Andy is the Chief Operating Officer at The University of Sheffield, a world-leading University that is committed to the goal of changing the world for the better through the power of knowledge and application.
Responsible for leading the organisation’s Corporate Services, which includes responsibility for the HR service for its 8,300 staff. The University’s people strategy focuses on attraction, growth, and engagement of world-class talent, and has particularly emphasised the importance of personal health, happiness, and wellbeing in the workplace. His team has received external recognition for its creativity, including being the only University to appear in the Sunday Times Best Companies To Work For List for the past two-years.
Andy is happily married with two teenage children. When not at home or work he will most certainly be out swimming, cycling, or running. Andy made his triathlon debut in Leeds earlier this year and inexplicably plans to do more.
Angus McCarey is Chief Executive of Hive Learning, the peer to peer learning app for organisations. He’s a fanatical learner with a strong background in digital. He was the CMO at snack box company graze.com as it went multi-channel and international and prior to that he was Senior Director at eBay in Europe. Angus has an MBA from INSEAD and started his career at Capital One and Bain & Company.
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