David C. Almeda
Vice President of Human Resources, Kronos, Inc.
Dave is responsible for overseeing the global human resources function at Kronos. He serves as a strategic business partner to Kronos' senior leadership team and drives the human capital management strategy, programs, and initiatives to support Kronos' continued growth and profitability.
Dave brings a wealth of human resources management expertise to Kronos, after having spent 16 years in various human resources functions at Staples, a $25 billion retailer with more than 90,000 employees worldwide. No stranger to managing functions across vast geographic regions, Dave's last position with Staples was vice president of global human resources. In that capacity, Dave supervised vice presidents of human resources for Staples' four primary business units. Earlier in his career with Staples, he served in various roles including vice president of global HR administration, vice president of worldwide HR integration, and vice president of European strategy based in Belgium. In addition, Dave is a graduate of this program.
COO, Corporate University Xchange
Mike currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for Corporate University Xchange. Previously, he was a member of the JetBlue Airways start-up team in 1998. In addition to being the airline's senior pilot, he founded JetBlue University, the corporate learning function, which provides learning and development to all JetBlue Crewmembers, in 2000. This award-winning organization has grown to over 180 faculty at five campuses across the United States. During his twelve years at JetBlue, Mike served as Senior Vice President of Fleet Operations, with responsibility for all Flight Operations (JetBlue Pilots) and Technical Operations (JetBlue Maintenance) and as Senior Vice President of Strategic Talent Management, where he was responsible for all aspects of recruiting, hiring, onboarding, performance management, professional development and succession planning at the airline. In addition, Mike is a graduate of this program.
Ed Betof Ed.D.
President, Betof Associates LLC
Sr. Fellow, The Conference Board
Ed is the President of Betof Associates LLC and provides leadership and team development coaching and consulting services to a wide range of organizations. He is an executive and executive team coach for the Center for Creative Leadership, serves as a faculty member for Penn State University and the Institute for Management Studies and is the program director for the Conference Board’s Executive Council on Talent and Organizational Development. Ed is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of “leaders as teachers” and newly promoted leader assimilation.
Ed retired from his corporate career at the end of 2007 as Global Vice President, Talent Management and Chief Learning Officer at BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), culminating 39 years in business, industry and education. Ed served as a member of the Board of Directors of ASTD from 2004-2007 and chaired the Conference Board’s Council on Learning, Development and Organizational Performance from 2005-2007. He is a member of Pennsylvania State University’s Outreach/On-Line Education and the University of Pennsylvania’s CLO Executive Doctoral Program’s Advisory Boards.
Ed is the author of Leaders as Teachers (2009), Co-Author of Leaders as Teachers Action Guide (2014), Just Promoted! (1992 and 2010), and has published over 15 journal articles.
Chief Learning Officer, Wipro Limited
Abhijit works as the Chief Learning Officer for the $6bn Wipro group (NYSE: WIT) that operates in 30 countries with a workforce of 115,000 employees. The Wipro IT Business is amongst the largest global IT services, BPO and Product Engineering companies. In addition to the IT business, Wipro also has leadership position in niche market segments of consumer products and lighting solutions. Abhijit brings rich experience as a globally experienced Human Resources practitioner having led HR teams at Microsoft, PepsiCo, Colgate and Tata Steel in India, SE Asia and US. He completed his Bachelor's degree in Economics (Honors) and a Post Graduation in Human Resources from Xavier Labor Relations Institute, India. Abhijit also has a Bachelor's degree in Law from the University of Delhi, India. Abhijit is a popular blogger and has also authored two bestselling works of fiction.
President and CEO, Association for Talent Development
Tony is president and CEO of the Association for Talent Development, formerly ASTD, the world’s largest professional association dedicated to those who develop talent in organizations. Tony works with a staff of 130, a Board of Directors, and a worldwide network of volunteers to empower professionals to develop talent in the workplace.
Tony helped lead the transformation of the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) into a global membership organization serving a tech savvy, dynamic, and vital profession. In 2014, the transformation culminated in a major re-branding effort that included a new name: the Association for Talent Development (ATD).
Tony’s innovation- and strategy-focused leadership ensures that ATD is at the forefront of trends and best practices in talent development, offering programs and services to help members improve individual and organizational performance through learning. Three books he co-authored, The New Social Learning and The New Social Learning, 2nd Edition (2010, 2015 with Marcia Conner), and Presenting Learning (2007, with Tony Jeary) reflect his commitment to helping the talent development profession grow its influence in organizations around the world.
Laurie Carrick, Ed.D.
Vice President of Training and Organizational Development, Jarden Consumer Solutions
In her current role as the Vice President of Training and Organizational Development, Laurie Carrick utilizes her 30 years of executive leadership - a combination of 12 years with Mobil Oil Corporation and 24 years as founding President of Carrick & Associates, a consulting company. Laurie’s executive leadership experience and passion to develop leaders is the cornerstone of her success in developing and motivating employees while focusing on improved individual and organizational effectiveness aligned with strategic initiatives. Her accomplishments span national, international corporations and academic arenas. She has achieved an MBA from Drexel University and a Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education while being awarded Distinction for her dissertation.
In consulting, Laurie had extensive global executive coaching and leadership training expertise. She designs and facilitates programs for all levels of leadership. She holds certifications in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Emotional Intelligence (EQ-I and ESCI), FIRO-B, MMTIC, Dale Carnegie, Achieve Global, Gallup, Situational Leadership and the Mind Gym. To her credit, Laurie has achieved 100% retention of all of her clients. GlaxoSmithKline, Air Products and Chemicals, Jarden Consumer Solutions (Coleman, Sunbeam Products, American Household, Inc.), MEI, Teleflex, XL Group, Peabody Energy, Comcast, Drexel University and BDP are among a few of her long term corporate client relationships. Her International Coaching Federation Professional Coaching Certification has been submitted for approval.
In the academic community, Laurie has provided executive coaching for the University of Pennsylvania Wharton MBA students and the Drexel University Administration and Executive MBA students. She continues to facilitate programs in effective communications, conflict resolution and personality assessment for the Drexel, LeBow College, Krall Center for Corporate and Executive Education. She also has been a guest lecturer for more than 12 years for various colleges within the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton, the Graduate School of Education and the School of Nursing).
As a result of her dissertation findings, Laurie co-founded Mobile Attainment which provides a software-as-a-service platform that can be used to deliver any reinforcement content to training participants in the days and weeks following the end of a training class. Success Advisor™ uses advanced Internet and mobile communications technology to deliver customized, interactive messaging to reinforce corporate training and self-improvement programs.
Consultant, Speaker and Writer, Human Capital and Organization
Peter is a recognised consultant, speaker and writer in the field of human capital and organization. He has extensive international experience gained from many years working with leading businesses around the world on human capital and organizational strategy, talent management and HR transformation, and the management of change. He has written numerous articles for leading publications worldwide and was the lead author on a book, The Talent-Powered Organization.
Peter retired in 2009 from Accenture after a 30 year career there as a member of the firm's Global Leadership Council and as the Global Managing Director responsible for the firms Talent and Organization Performance consulting practice. Under his leadership, this grew to be the largest consulting practice of its kind with over 3000 consultants. In 2008, he was named as one of the top 25 consultants worldwide by Consulting Magazine.
Peter continues to consult with a wide range of organizations at senior levels, speak at conferences around the world, and work with a range of NGOs with a particular interest on the issues of education and skills. He is a non-exec chair and non-exec director on the boards of three private businesses focused in the areas of talent management and leadership development, and workforce engagement and wellbeing.
Assistant Vice President
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Mary is an Assistant Vice President at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis is one of 12 regional Reserve banks that, along with the Board of Governors, constitute the Federal Reserve System. As the nation's central bank, the Fed is responsible for conducting monetary policy, supervising banks, and operating the nation's payment system. Mary leads The Center for Learning Innovation at the St. Louis Fed which creates technology-enabled learning solutions for multiple business lines across the Federal Reserve System. In addition to internal Federal Reserve employee programs, the Center also designs and delivers programs that are available to the public, including other financial institution regulators and K-12 students.
Mary is a member of the ASTD Public Policy Council and was a 2009 and 2010 reviewer for the ASTD BEST Awards. Additionally, she sits on the Corporate University Xchange Social Learning Executive Council.
Mary attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. She received a Masters of Science degree in Human Resources from Loyola University Chicago and a Masters of Science degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. Mary holds the Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR) designation by the Society of Human Resource Management, as well as a certificate in Co-Active Coaching from the Coaches Training Institute. In addition, Mary is a graduate of this program.
Senior Vice President and Chief Learning Officer,
North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System (NSLIJHS)
Kathy is the Chief Learning Officer for the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System (NSLIJHS), Great Neck, New York. Under her leadership, Corporate Human Resources, Service Excellence, and the Center for Learning and Innovation (the health system? corporate university) support the health system's vision to be a national healthcare leader, committed to excellence, compassion and improving the health of the community. Kathy is responsible for leadership development throughout the organization and the creation and implementation of a comprehensive learning strategy, built on a system-wide culture of continuous learning, in support of the health system's business objectives.
Global Chief Talent Development Officer, Wolters Kluwer
Diane is Global Chief Talent Development Officer for Wolters Kluwer. She is responsible for designing and executing global talent development efforts in the areas of succession planning, leadership development, perormance management, learning and employee engagement. Previously, Holman served as Vice President of Global Talent Development and Learning for Raytheon. Prior to Raytheon, Holman served as Vice President, Talent Management and Leadership Development for Reebok International LTD. She came to Reebok in 2005, from General Electric (GE) where she began her career leading large-scale change, acquisition and cultural integration efforts, and establishing and leading the Corporate University for GE Financial Assurance (GEFA), with locations in North America, United Kingdom and Japan. She served in positions of increasing responsibility and scope including Diversity Leader for GEFA Employer Services Group; program leader for executive education at GE Crotonville; and Organization and Staffing manager responsible for leading leadership development and talent management for GE Corporate Commercial, Communications, Marketing and Advertising organization.
Executive Director, Jack Welch Management Institute
Senior Advisor, Goldman Scachs
Steve is executive director of the Jack Welch Management Institute, and is a senior advisor to Goldman Sachs. From 2001-2006, he was a managing director at Goldman and was the firm's Chief Learning Officer. Steve came to GS from General Electric, where for seven years he was CLO and Vice President of Corporate Leadership Development. He was previously on the business school faculties of The Ohio State University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Southern California where he was Dean of the faculty and Director of the Ph.D. program. Steve is a former president of the Academy of Management, the world's largest association of academicians in management. His writings on leadership and "on the folly of rewarding A while hoping for B" are among the most cited and reprinted in the management sciences. His most recent book is Reward Systems (Harvard Business Press, 2009). Steve is a member of the board of directors of Harvard Business Publishing, The Motley Fool, and the Miami Children's Hospital Foundation.
Chief Learning Officer, Citigroup
Steffen serves as Citi’s Chief Learning Officer, with responsibility for building an integrated, best-in-class learning organization across the company. In his prior role, Steffen was Vice President of Executive and Leadership Development for Hewlett Packard, which included global responsibility for leadership and management development at all levels of HP. His group’s programs drew heavily on the principles of partnership with the business, leaders teaching leaders and action learning.
Prior to joining HP in 2006, Steffen worked for 20 years with Goldman Sachs in New York. He served as Managing Director with the Pine Street Leadership Development Group, which was recognized for its innovative programs and partnership with business leaders at the firm. He also led a unique extension of the group which provided leadership development solutions for external Goldman Sachs clients.
Steffen has co-authored several publications, including: “Building a Learning Culture on Wall Street” in Leading Organizational Learning; “Using Stretch Goals to Promote Organization Effectiveness and Personal Growth: General Electric and Goldman Sachs” in Academy of Management Executive; and, “Maximizing the Value of Leadership Development: Key Questions (and Some Answers)” in Building More Effective Organizations from Cambridge University Press.
Steffen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Columbia University.
Former Chief Learning Officer & Vice President, ITT and VP, Learning, IBM
Nancy was the Chief Learning Officer and Vice President of ITT with responsibility for ITT’s leadership in learning. She joined ITT after nearly 30 years with IBM where she most recently served as Vice President for IBM Sales and On Demand Learning. Her organization was focused on learning innovation and the effectiveness of the corporation's top strategic learning initiatives across leadership development, technical, functional and professional development.
Under Nancy's leadership, IBM achieved global recognition for its world-class training and development programs, receiving numerous awards and honors from professional organizations and governments. IBM has been ranked number one twice in the past four years on Training magazine's "Top 100" list for learning solutions, and the company was inducted into the Training Hall of Fame in 2007.
Nancy serves on the advisory board of directors for the Wharton/Penn Graduate School of Education Chief Learning Officer program and the American Society for Training and Development's Learning Executive Network's advisory council. She is co-chair of the Conference Board's Council on Learning, Development and Organizational Performance and serves on Training Magazine's editorial advisory board.
Founder, The Learning CONSORTIUM
Elliott heads the MASIE Center, a Saratoga Springs, New York-based think tank focused on how organizations can support learning and knowledge within the workforce. He leads the Learning CONSORTIUM, a coalition of 230 Fortune 500 companies cooperating on the evolution of learning strategies. He is the editor of Learning TRENDS and a regular columnist in professional publications. He is the author of a dozen books, including the recently published Learning: Rants, Raves and Reflections. Elliott is the convener of Learning 2006, an international conference based in Orlando, Florida. In addition, he serves as an advisor to a wide range of government, education, and non-profit groups and on the board of trustees of several colleges and national organizations.
Judy McHugh M.B.A., Ed.D
Leadership Development Lead, The Linde Group
Judy McHugh is responsible for creating and implementing a strategy for developing leaders and executing on innovative and effective talent solutions for The Linde Group. Linde is the largest gases and engineering company in the world with approximately 65,000 employees working in more than 100 countries worldwide. Judy’s previous positions include being VP of Talent Development at MetLife and Executive Director for The Wharton School’s Aresty Institute of Executive Education.
Judy has over 25 years’ experience in talent management, learning, leadership development, higher education and human capital consulting with substantial experience in executive assessment and coaching and the design, development and delivery of executive education programs. She is an alumnus of the Penn CLO program with her Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, her M.B.A. from Drexel University, and her B.A. in Communications from Rowan University.
Chief Learning Officer, Signature HealthCARE
Mary is the Chief Learning Officer at Signature HealthCARE. Signature HealthCARE is a leading provider of long-term care services in the Eastern and Southeastern United States. The company operates 73 communities in seven states with more than 12,000 employees. What makes Signature special is the organizational culture, which is founded on three pillars: Learning, Spirituality, and Intra-preneurship. Mary's focus is on driving enterprise change and accelerating learning in order to radically change the landscape of long-term care forever.
Mary holds Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She also holds a Master’s of Science degree in Education and is a graduate of this program.
Mary serves on the Public Policy Council of the American Society of Training and Development. She is also a founding member of the Corporate University Xchange Leaders as Teachers Institute. Locally, she serves as a member of the Fox Valley Technical College Global Education and Services Advisory Committee.
Former Vice President, Global Education and Training, Colgate-Palmolive Company
Donna is a global leader who consults with organizations to improve business results through learning, leadership and organization development. Formerly the Vice President of Global Education and Training for Colgate-Palmolive Company, she developed and implemented Colgate’s world-wide learning strategy, designed the company’s business goal alignment process and built leadership capability in accelerating effective change. Prior to Colgate, she was an executive with AT&T in human resources, education, and strategic planning. Donna is a past national president of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), a recipient of the Gordon M. Bliss Award for distinguished contribution, and a former member of the Society’s Board of Directors and Board of Governors. Currently, she serves on the National Nuclear Training Accreditation Board for INPO (Institute of Nuclear Power Operations), is a member of the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame, and serves as Chairperson for ASTD’s Editorial Advisory Board. Additionally, she is a Trustee of the College of St. Elizabeth. Donna received her Ph.D. in education and human resources from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.
Former Head of People Development, BBC
Nigel is a change-orientated leader with a worldwide reputation and a unique grasp of media, learning and development in the public, private and academic sectors. He has extensive experience in leadership and consultancy with public service broadcasters, SMEs, global industry players, government and education institutions. His consultancy focuses on the use of learning technologies, organizational development, leadership, creativity and excellence with a spotlight on maximizing human potential, innovation and performance in the workplace. He is a former CLO at the BBC and before that ran two learning technology organizations.
Executive Vice President, Human Resources of the Sanofi Group
Roberto Pucci has a Law degree from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. He started his career in 1985 at Coopers & Lybrand in Geneva, Switzerland as an external auditor.
He then joined Hewlett-Packard (HP) in 1987, where he held various positions in Human Resources in Switzerland and Italy including HR Manager for the European Headquarter and Human Resources Director in Italy. In 1999, he became Director, Compensation & Benefits for Agilent Technologies, a spin off from HP, and was appointed Vice President Human Resources Europe in 2003.
In 2005 he moved to the United States to join Case New Holland, a subsidiary of the Fiat Group, as Senior Vice President, Human Resources, and was appointed, in 2007, Executive Vice President, Human Resources for the Fiat Group in Torino, Italy. He was appointed to his present position as Executive Vice President, Human Resources of the Sanofi Group in Paris, France in October 2009.
Ed.D. President and Chief Executive Officer
As President and Chief Executive Officer of WOMEN Unlimited, Inc., Dr. Rosina Racioppi spearheads her organization’s initiatives to help Fortune 1000 companies cultivate the talent they need for ongoing growth and profitability. Under her leadership, WOMEN Unlimited, Inc. successfully partners with organizations across a wide range of industries to develop their high-potential women and to build a pipeline of diverse and talented leaders.
By overseeing the management of programs and services nationwide, Dr. Racioppi is actively involved in helping organizations meet the challenges of a continually changing global economy. Additionally, she analyzes and develops new business opportunities; works with current Fortune 1000 partners to assess and update offerings to their high-potential women; and ensures that WOMEN Unlimited, Inc. is in synch with the needs of its present and potential partners.
Dr. Racioppi’s past experience makes her singularly qualified to understand the needs of partner organizations. Prior to joining WOMEN Unlimited, Inc., she held executive management positions in human resources at Degussa Corporation, Nextran (a division of Baxter Corporation) and Beechwood Data Systems. She has over 25 years experience in Organization Planning and Development, Compensation and Benefits, Training and Development, Safety, Quality Management, Staffing and Employee Relations. Dr. Racioppi earned her doctorate in education from the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation, “Women’s Mentoring Wisdom” focuses on how women use and fail to use mentoring at the all-important mid-career level. She holds a Master's of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University and is certified in the Hay Job Evaluation Process and the Crosby Total Management System.
Additionally, Dr. Racioppi is an active member of the Society of Human Resources Managers, The American Society of Training and Development and The New Jersey Human Resources Planning Group. She also serves on the Advisory Council for the University of Pennsylvania CLO Alumni Network.
Raj Ramachandran, Ed.D.
Senior Partner, Leadership and Talent Consulting
Raj is a Senior Partner with Korn/Ferry Leadership and Talent Consulting. Raj brings nearly two decades of management consulting and industry experience working with clients such as MasterCard, Starbucks, Dow, Dupont, International Paper, and Raytheon. Raj works with clients to understand their business needs and implement solutions in selecting, engaging, and developing employees and leaders.
Prior to joining the Firm, Raj was Vice-President of Enterprise Solutions at Apollo Education Group and has served as a management consultant at Accenture, IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers providing leadership and talent management services to a variety of Fortune 500 clients in the higher-education, manufacturing, retail and high-tech industries. Raj has worked with senior executives, top teams and high-potential leaders and managers, guiding them and their organizations to deliver business results.
Raj has presented at such events as CLO Magazine’s Learning Symposium, Elliott Masie’s Learning conferences, University of Chicago’s Booth School Leadership Summit and India’s NASSCOM events as well as served as faculty at Accenture’s Management Consulting University, UC San Diego and University of Phoenix. He has also been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and India’s Financial Express and Business Today periodicals in the area of global learning leadership.
Raj earned his bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from The Ohio State University and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, earning both his master's and doctorate in Education. He also serves on the boards of Ohio State's Buckeye Leadership Fellows, an eminent undergraduate leadership development program and University of Pennsylvania's PennCLO program, the premier executive education program for talent leaders.
Rebecca L. Ray, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President, Knowledge Organization and Human Capital Practice
Lead; The Conference Board
Rebecca Ray serves as the Executive Vice President, Knowledge Organization for The Conference Board. In this role, she has oversight of the research planning and dissemination process for all three practices areas (Corporate Leadership, Economy & Business Environment, and Human Capital) and is responsible for the research agenda which, in turn, drives much of the business planning process for The Conference Board. She is responsible for overall quality and the continuing integration of our research and engagement efforts. She oversees Ask TCB™ our Business Information Service. Rebecca is also the leader of the global human capital practice. Human capital research at The Conference Board focuses on human capital analytics, labor markets, workforce readiness, strategic workforce planning, talent management, diversity and inclusion, human resources, leadership development and employee engagement. In addition to published research, related products and services at The Conference Board include peer learning networks, conferences, webcasts, and experiential and other executive events. She hosts the monthly Human Capital Watch™ webcast, which explores current issues, research and practitioner successes in the field of human capital. She oversees the Human Capital Exchange™, a website that offers research and insights from The Conference Board, human capital practitioners and our knowledge partners. She created the Senior Fellows program in Human Capital with some of the profession’s most acclaimed leaders. She is the Director of The Engagement Institute™, a research community of practice she created with Deloitte Consulting and Sirota.
She is the co-author of numerous publications with a focus on leadership development, analytics and engagement. Rebecca is a frequent speaker at professional and company-sponsored conferences and business briefings around the world. She is often a guest in business media (Bloomberg TV Hong Kong and Europe; Bloomberg Radio; CNBC India), and her research, commentary, initiatives or the accomplishments of her various teams have been featured in the Financial Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and South China Morning Post newspapers as well as in Harvard Business Review, Chief Learning Officer, Leadership Excellence, Training, CIO, Workforce Management, Human Resources, HR Magazine (Hong Kong), Chief Executive Officer, HR Magazine (UK), EMBA Magazine (Taiwan), People & Strategy (The Professional Journal of HRPS) and Talent Management magazines.
Rebecca was previously a senior executive responsible, at various times, for talent acquisition, organizational learning, training, management and leadership development, employee engagement, performance management, executive assessment, coaching, organizational development, and succession planning at several marquis companies. She taught at Oxford and New York Universities and led a consulting practice for many years, offering leadership assessment and development services to Fortune 500 companies and top-tier professional services firms. She was named “Chief Learning Officer of the Year” by Chief Learning Officer magazine, and one of the “Top 100 People in Leadership Development” by Warren Bennis’s Leadership Excellence magazine. She serves on the Advisory Boards for New York University’s Program in Higher Education/ Business Education at The Steinhardt School of Education and the University of Pennsylvania’s Executive Program in Work-Based Learning Leadership. She was elected to serve on the Business Practices Council of the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).
Rebecca received her Ph.D. from New York University. She is the author of numerous articles and books, including her co-authored works, Measuring Leadership Development (McGraw-Hill) in 2012 and Measuring the Success of Leadership Development (ATD Press) in 2015.
Vice President, Organization and Talent Development, Laureate Education
Alejandro is the VP of Organization and Talent Development for Laureate Education, Inc. Laureate is a global private education system that has presence in 28 countries, with 55 institutions of higher education and other specialized fields. In this role, Alejandro has global responsibility for organization development, leadership and executive development, succession planning, engagement and culture. Prior to Laureate, he was Executive Director of Global Learning and Development and Chief Learning Officer for Dell, Inc. He joined Dell in October of 2006. Before that, Mr. Reyes was Director of Leadership Development and Executive Education in Motorola, Inc. He has managed learning and development projects in Asia, Europe and the Americas. Born and raised in Mexico City, he worked for Dana Corporation as manager of maintenance engineering. Alejandro spent eight years at Monterrey Institute of Technology in the roles of Academic Advisor, Director of Quality and Dean of Distance Learning, where he initiated the expansion of that university into South America. He was also Dean of Development for Monterrey Tech’s Virtual University. Alejandro holds a Master of Science in manufacturing systems and automation, holds the Dana technology prize (1992), and is author of the book Quality Techniques and Models in the Classroom being used in Mexico and Latin America for faculty development programs.
VP, Organizational Development & Chief Human Resources Officer, University of Pennsylvania Health System
Judy is Vice President for Organizational Development and Chief Human Resources Officer for the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS). In these roles, she integrates the system’s human resource functions and its organizational development to ensure that UPHS provides employees a healthy and productive work environment with ample opportunities to grow professionally.
Since 2004, Judy served as Vice President, Workforce Development and Chief Learning Officer at Vanguard Health Systems in Phoenix, Arizona. Prior to that, she served the University of Chicago Hospital and Health System for 12 years as Vice President and Chief Learning Officer, leading the development of an award-winning workforce education organization. A frequent lecturer and contributor to her field, Judy received her Bachelors degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and her Masters in Organizational Behavior from Benedictine University.
Ann E. Schulte, Ed.D.
Director-Talent Practice, Learning & Leadership Development, Procter & Gamble
As the Global Leader of Learning and Leadership Development at P&G, Dr. Ann Schulte has global responsibility to support the capability development of all employees, across regional, functional and business unit levels and to drive a strategy that aligns with the overall talent management intent to be increasingly focused, transparent and cohesive. As a key leader in the effort to take P&G's already high performing leadership development to the next level, the scope of Ann’s role includes all levels of leadership and management training on a worldwide basis, including executive development. She is also responsible to drive the change and innovation necessary to build organizational capabilities and impact business strategy with learning designs focused on relevance, speed and quality.
As CLO at MasterCard Worldwide, Ann established and ran an award-winning corporate university and a sales academy providing compelling workshops and engaging online programs using video and mobile technologies. She was also responsible for integrating learning and talent development with key talent management processes including performance, succession and competency management.
Before joining MasterCard in 2002, Ann was a management consultant with SSE Learning Services. As principal of her own consulting practice, Ann delivered learning/performance improvement solutions over a 10 year period for clients such as Helzberg Diamonds, Sprint, Ferrellgas, and the Kansas City Zoo. Her early career focus was in public relations and corporate communications.
Ann earned her doctorate (EdD) in Work-based Learning Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania/Wharton School of Business. Her dissertation, a qualitative study of the role of learning and development in employer brand practices, was designated a dissertation of distinction. She holds a master’s degree in Media from Webster University, and a Bachelor’s in Journalism from the University of Missouri. Ann taught for several years in an adjunct faculty role at the Keller Graduate School of Management. She has served on the Public Policy Council for the American Society of Training and Development, on the Board of the ABA BankCard School of Management and on the HR Committee at the Magic House, a children's museum in St. Louis. She was an organizer for the PennCLO alumni network. Currently, Ann is on the Editorial Advisory Board for Training magazine and volunteers for the STRIVE Partnership in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Rita Mehegan Smith
Vice President, Enterprise Learning, Ingersoll Rand
Dean, Ingersoll Rand University
Rita is Vice President, Enterprise Learning for Ingersoll Rand and Dean for the Ingersoll Rand University. Ingersoll Rand is a $17 billion global, diversified industrial company. Ingersoll Rand University is responsible for developing strategic organizational competencies, providing leadership education, and for driving the IR culture across the globe. Rita has over 27 years of progressive leadership roles in the learning and development field. She has led learning functions in a variety of Fortune 500 companies; including the travel, financial services, and high tech manufacturing industries. The combination of her MBA, and Ed.D., coupled with her Six Sigma background, enables her to leverage a practical, applied business approach to learning and development. Her professional writings, most recently in the Pfeiffer Annual and T&D Magazine, similarly reflect this pragmatism. Rita has served ASTD in a variety of leadership roles, including her current role as an ASTD Board of Director. She was most recently profiled in the September 2007 issue of CLO Magazine.
John Smith, III
Partner, Reed Smith
Chancellor, Reed Smith University
John joined Reed Smith in 1991. Prior to joining Reed Smith, he had been a partner in the firm of Dilworth, Paxson, Kalish & Kauffman. A member of Reed Smith’s Executive Committee for 11 years, he currently concentrated on his practice and on the administration of Reed Smith University, for which he serves as chancellor.
John graduated from Princeton University in 1963 and from Yale Law School in 1970. Before law school, he served for three years as an officer in the United States Navy, including service as the operations officer of River Division 511 in Can Tho, South Vietnam. Since his admission to the bar in 1970, John has practiced broadly in the areas of litigation and business counseling, with an emphasis on commercial matters. He has had extensive experience in the fields of insurance, banking, health care, governmental relations, the licensing of intellectual property, constitutional interpretation, and employment and civil rights matters. John has served as lead or coordinating counsel in a wide variety of complex matters, class actions, and regulatory proceedings.
With this experience, John is a frequent course planner and lecturer at insurance institutes conducted by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. He chairs the Reed Smith Roundtable on the financial industry, a biennial forum that brings senior industry executives and counsel, public officials, regulators, academics, and other observers together for interactive analysis and discussion of issues affecting the industry. In 2004, Reed Smith created Reed Smith University with assistance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. John became its first chancellor and currently devotes much of his time to the development of this one-of-a-kind educational initiative.
Senior Vice President, Comcast University
and Chief Learning Officer, Comcast Corporation
Martha is the Chief Learning Officer for Comcast and Senior Vice President for Comcast University. She has ten years of experience with the Telecommunications Industry, 25 years with the Defense Industry, and 13 years of experience as an adjunct professor, research advisor and academic advisor.
Martha is the recipient of the Liberty Award for Leadership from the Philadelphia Chapter of Women in Cable and Telecommunications (WICT), identified as an influential Woman to Watch by Cable World, and an honoree of Top Practitioners in the field of Leadership Development by Leadership Excellence Organization. She is a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of WICT National; member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Strategic Directions Commiitee of the American Society for Training & Development; a Learning LEader with the Elliott Masie Consortium and contributing author to Masie's Learning Leader Fieldbook; member of Cable and Telecommunications for Marketing; member, Philadelphia's Forum of Executive Women; and member of the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications. Martha is an experienced advisor with academic and non-profit organizations such as Rochester Institute for Technology, Jones International University, Wayne State University, and The Children's Center of Wayne County, among others. She recently completed her terms as an advisor to the Learning Streams Board, a for-profit organization; and she serves as an advisor to the board of CLOs for Marcus Evans.
Felice J. Tilin, Ph.D.
Felice is an author, professor and a consultant. She is currently the Director of Graduate Programs in Organizational Development and Leadership at Saint Joseph’s University and is President of her own consulting practice where she focuses on organizational change, leadership development and executive coaching with multinational private, public and non-profit organizations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. She most recently developed a cross-cultural organizational development certificate program for human resource leaders in China. In her previous work at Teleos Leadership Institute she co-created leadership development strategies for a large multinational bank and helped the UNDP build capacity in South Africa and Swaziland. Previously, Felice was the Director of Leadership Development at the University of Pennsylvania and a Training Director for Cigna’s MCC Behavioral Care. Felice holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Development from Temple University. She is currently a lecturer in the University Of Pennsylvania CLO program and teaches Group Dynamics, Leadership and Research at Saint Joseph’s University. Her most recent publication is The Interprofessional Healthcare Team: Leadership and Development (2013).
Nick van Dam
Global Chief Learning Officer and Client Engagement of McKinsey & Company
Founder and Chairman of the e-Learning for Kids Foundation
Dr. Nick van Dam is an internationally recognized consultant, author, speaker, and thought leader on corporate learning & leadership development. He is Global Chief Learning Officer and Client Engagement advisor for McKinsey & Company. Nick is a visiting lecturer and advisory board member at the University of Pennsylvania/Wharton’s, Chief Learning Officer - Executive Doctoral Program. He is board member of ICEDR the world’s premier network in global talent management, leadership development and strategic change.
He has a deep and broad expertise and experience in Learning Strategy, Corporate Academies, Leadership Development, Program Design, Digital Learning, Learning and Talent systems, Social Learning, Competency Management, Performance Management, Shared Services, Change Management, and Learning Innovation.
As an internationally known thought leader in Human Capital Development, Dr. van Dam has written articles and has been quoted by The Financial Times, Fortune Magazine, Business Week, The India Times, Information Week, Management Consulting, CLO Magazine, and T+D Magazine.
He has authored and co-authored a number of books including Change Compass, 2001; The e-Learning Fieldbook, 2004 (Mandarin edition, 2006); The Business Impact of e-Learning, 2005; 25 Best Practices in Learning & Talent Development, 2008 (Portuguese edition, 2009; Mandarin edition, 2010), Organization & Management, an International approach (Dutch 7th edition 2012 and English 2nd Edition 2012), and Next Learning, Unwrapped (April 2011 and Mandarin Edition May 2012). He has the received the 2012 ‘Lifetime Learning Leadership Award’ for his contributions to innovation and learning from The MASIE Center, an internationally-recognized think tank focused on workforce education and performance.
Under the patrons of the European Parliament Federal Ministry of Education & Research, he received the ‘2013 Leonardo European Corporate Learning Award’ for shaping the future of organizational learning and leadership development.
Nick is founder and chairman of e-Learning for Kids, a global non-proﬁt foundation (www. e-learningforkids.org) that provides free digital lessons for underprivileged children who are 5-12 years old. More than 15 million children have been benefitting from the e-lessons since 2005.
Dr. Van Dam is a graduate of the Vrije Universiteit van Amsterdam, Bachelor Degree in Economics and Pedagogy, and holds a Master Degree in Organization & Management from the Universiteit van Amsterdam. He earned his Doctorate in Business Administration (Human Capital Development) at Nyenrode Business University, Breukelen, The Netherlands.
Nick lives with his wife and son (Yannick) in Hilversum, The Netherlands.
A. William Wiggenhorn
President of Consulting Services, Main-Captiva
Bill is responsible for the Main-Captiva consulting business including custom-designed executive development strategy, systems, and programs, as well as talent management strategies and systems. He is an acknowledged expert in the fields of training and development, executive and leadership development, e-learning, marketing, and business strategy. Prior to establishing Main-Captiva, Bill was a consultant to industry and the not-for-profit sector with EDA. He also served as a senior learning and development executive at Xerox and as CLO (chief learning officer) at Motorola and Cigna. He is perhaps best known for establishing Motorola University (MU) as the benchmark corporate university. Bill's board participation has included the ASTD Council of Governors, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Educational Testing Service, and the Emory University Business School Advisory Board. He currently serves on the Center for Creative Leadership board of governors, the Rochester Institute of Technology President's Council, the University of Tennessee Business School Advisory Board, the Villanova University Engineering School Advisory Board, and the Institute for Work and the Economy. Bill also serves as vice chairman of the Asia-based Global Education Management Corporation (GEM), which manages institutions of higher learning in Malaysia and China.
Jeanette K. Winters
Chief Talent and Learning Officer, JKW Advisors
Jeanette Winters is a talent, change management and learning executive known for aligning people, strategy and opportunity. She passionately strives to enable individual and corporate growth, meet expectations for transformation and revenue generation, and enable achievement. Jeanette has led corporate talent management, diversity & inclusion, organizational development and enterprise learning functions at global Fortune 500 organizations (Intel, American Express, Pitney Bowes and Amgen).
She has a well established track record of designing and implementing world class solutions in challenging global environments resulting in performance and productivity improvements. She is a pioneer in promoting women in technology through the organizational programs that she has created. Jeanette is a recognized thought leader and change agent in building collaborative solutions that embrace people, process, and technology. She serves as a guest lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Southern California.
Jeanette holds a doctorate in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, a Master of Higher Education Administration and Bachelor of Arts from American University in Washington, D.C., and is a certified executive Coach from the Hudson Institute. She also holds a certificate in neuroscience and leadership from the NeuroLeadership Institute.