Senior Director, Global Diversity and Inclusion, Biogen Idec
Javier Barrientos is senior director of global diversity and inclusion at Biogen. His tenure with Biogen includes a number of firsts and leading edge practices for the company and the life-sciences industry. These include tax benefit equality, the women’s leadership program, transgender healthcare benefits and the Biodiversity Fellowship and Raising the Bar Women on Corporate Boards programs. The latter two have been adopted industry-wide.
Barrientos was awarded the 2014 “Leaders in Innovation Award” from the Boston Business Journal and has been selected to the Harvard Medical School Biomedical Career Sciences Program 2015 Honor Roll. In 2016, He was named among the top 100 most influential leaders in Greater Boston by GK100 and the National Center for Race Amity.
Previously, he managed diversity and inclusion for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and held a variety of HR positions with Bank of America, the TJX Companies and Business for Social Responsibility.
He earned an MBA from Boston University, a graduate certificate in Diversity Management from Cornell University and a bachelor’s degree in law from Universidad de Costa Rica. In addition, he is a coaching graduate of the Augere Foundation and Coaches Training Institute in Barcelona, Spain.
Manager of Speaking and Training, O.C. Tanner
For two decades, Joel Bishop has spoken for corporate leadership audiences from companies across the globe, including American Express, eBay, Promedica, Aeropostale, J&J and many more.
His background as a former comedy improv performer, voiceover artist and film and television actor have made him an instant favorite, engaging audiences internationally from Boston to Berlin and Toronto to Toledo with his energy, enthusiasm and humor. Awakening the lightbulb of understanding in his audiences motivates him most.
As one of O.C. Tanner Institute’s elite presenters, Bishop speaks annually to hundreds of prestigious clients, HR conferences, and leadership summits. Blending humor with rich content and solid global data from “The Carrot Principle,” “The Orange Revolution,” and “Great Work: How to Make a Difference People Love,” he teaches how appreciating great work and implementing the principles of teamwork nurture employee engagement and deliver breakthrough results.
Paul W. Davies
Employee Experience Leader, General Electric Company
Paul Davies is the employee experience leader for GE and is based out of GE’s new global HQ in Boston. He joined GE’s human resources leadership program with GE Capital in 2000 and spent 4 years with the business.
Prior, he moved to GE Plastics where he held a regional HR business partner role based in Melbourne, Australia followed by a move to Shanghai, China where he was the organization and talent development leader for GE Plastics across the Asia Pacific region. He worked for Northern Trust, a global asset manager, where he was VP HR for their global fund services business. In late 2010, Davies returned to Sydney, Australia and took on the regional HR business partner role for GE Healthcare across Australia and New Zealand before he was named the HR business partner for GE’s global mining business and GE transportation in Australia and New Zealand. In early 2015, he moved to the organization and talent development leader role for GE Transportation based out of Chicago.
He attended the University of Queensland and graduated with bachelor degrees in business management and arts.
VP, Human Resources & Administration, Electric Boat Corporation
Executive Vice President, Learning Solutions, GP Strategies Corporation
Don Duquette, executive VP of the learning solutions group at General Physics, is responsible for the company’s global managed learning services practice. He has over 30 years of global learning and development experience and is a recognized authority on managed learning services and corporate learning and development strategies.
Duquette holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Johns Hopkins University and an executive MBA from Loyola University.
Northeast Regional Vice President, Castlight Health Inc.
Jim Gallic serves as the Northeast regional vice president of sales for Castlight Health. He has a multi-faceted background and broad business experience across several different dimensions of the health and benefit ecosystem.
Prior to Castlight, Gallic was the east sales leader for Mercer and the Northeast practice leader for Buck Consultants. He is the founder of a retiree benefits exchange platform and played a key role in the development of two of the largest private health exchanges. He actively serves on the Northeast Business Group on Health and volunteers with non-profit organizations focused on mental health and the needs of homeless individuals.
He studied business administration at Kean University.
Executive Director, MIT Leadership Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Hal Gregersen is executive director of the MIT Leadership Center and a senior lecturer in leadership and innovation at the MIT Sloan School of Management where he pursues his vocation of executive teaching, coaching and research by exploring how leaders in business, government and society discover provocative new ideas, develop the human and organizational capacity to realize those ideas, and ultimately deliver positive, powerful results.
He is a senior fellow at Innosight and a former advisory board member at Pharmascience. Before joining MIT, he taught at INSEAD, London Business School, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, Brigham Young University and in Finland as a Fulbright Fellow.
Gregersen has co-authored 10 books and published over 50 articles, book chapters and cases on leading innovation and change. His research has been highlighted in global media such as BBC, CNN, The Economist, Fast Company, Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune Inc., The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. His most recent book is “The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators.”
SVP, Chief Human Resource Officer, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Inc.
Talent Development Consultant and Program Manager, Global People Management Initiative, Bose Corporation
Christine Hizny joined the Bose Corporation in 2013 as an organizational and talent development consultant. She focuses on the deployment of global management and leadership development initiatives including change management and talent planning, and internal consulting engagements for the business. Her responsibilities include large-scale, global program management for the global people management initiative. In addition, she manages key strategic partnerships and serves as faculty on internal offerings.
Hizny is a certified internal coach in the Bose Leadership Coaching Practice and was awarded the Bose President’s Award for the deployment of GPMI, and the Bose Leadership Coaching Excellence Award in 2015.
Prior to joining Bose, she was the director of training with Linkage Incorporated — a leadership and organizational development consulting firm — for more than 17 years. She has a background in managing strategic partnerships with industry thought leaders focused on change and transition, innovation and productivity.
She holds a B.S. in business administration/management from Salem State University and a MBA from Rivier University. She also holds graduate certificates from the Yale School of Management and IMD Business School.
VP, Human Resources, Bose Corporation
Rick Martino is vice president and CHRO and responsibility for all human resources initiatives, support and services and is focused on creating an employee experience at Bose that inspires, innovation, collaboration, passion and respect.
He began his career with Bose Corporation in 2009, but his HR experience comes from 18 years with IBM Corporation. He served in a diverse set of HR leadership positions including director of HR for the IBM Research Division, director of HR programs for IBM Asia Pacific in Tokyo, VP of HR for the IBM Server Group, VP of U.S. HR operations, and VP of talent, where he had global responsibility for workforce planning, staffing, skills and learning, diversity, management development, HR information technology and international assignments.
In 2000, he left IBM to join the March of Dimes Foundation in White Plains, New York as the SVP, HR and administration, with responsibility for all aspects of HR, payroll and purchasing. In 2007, he became EVP and chief people officer for BearingPoint, Inc., a global management and technology consulting company with 15,000 employees serving over 2,000 clients in 60 countries.
Rick holds a B.S. in economics and political science from American University, and a MBA from Cornell University.
CHRO, Boston Financial Data Services
EVP & CHRO, Excelitas Technologies
Michael Messier is EVP and CHRO at Excelitas Technologies, a privately held, global leader in photonics. He is responsible for creating the company’s global human resources strategy and leading HR and business initiatives that attract, engage, retain and develop a strong global team that enables the company to achieve its growth objectives.
Messier has a long and accomplished HR career, with more than 30 years of experience in the high tech, software, telecommunications and electronics industries. He has served in senior leadership roles such as global vice president, HR at Starent Networks/Cisco Systems; vice president, HR at Monster Worldwide; vice president, HR at Progress Software; vice president, global HR at Rational Software/IBM; and vice president global human resources at Open Market. Additionally, Messier has held senior level HR management and compensation positions at Pure/Atria Software, Stratus Computer, Agfa Compugraphic and Charles River Laboratories.
He holds an MBA from Rivier University and a B.S. degree in HR management from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He is a member of the board of directors for the Human Resources Leadership Forum, a certified compensation professional and a past adjunct faculty member at Bentley University.
EVP, Global Human Resources, Staples, Inc.
Regis Mulot is EVP of human resources, responsible for Staples’ global HR strategies and programs that advance the company’s commitment to be the world’s best office products company, and supporting its 83,000 associates located in 25 countries.
Mulot also served as the VP of HR for Staples International, where he built an integrated HR team in Europe, Asia, Australia and Latin America. Prior to joining Staples, Mulot served as VP of HR for community and corporate citizenship for Levi Strauss, supporting employees in 24 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Northern Africa. Earlier in his career, Mulot held senior HR leadership roles at Broadnet, GTECH and Chronopost.
Mulot holds a B.A. in public law at Paris II-Assas University and master’s degree in public administration at Paris IX-Dauphine and Paris XI-Sceaux Universities.
CHRO, Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.
Meg Newman joined Keurig Green Mountain as the CHRO in March of 2017. Before that, she served as chief people officer at HD Supply since 2008. She has nearly 20 years of experience in the manufacturing and industrial sectors, building expertise in areas of organizational effectiveness, compensation, acquisition and integration, benefits design, talent acquisition and management, marketing and communications, leadership development, and employee engagement. Newman works directly with HD Supply’s board of directors in support of the compensation and governance committees to provide counsel on critical initiatives.
Her achievements include designing and implementing short- and long-term incentive and equity compensation plans across the company, transforming HD Supply’s wellness and benefits culture by implementing a new benefits platform, championing wellness across the enterprise, and leading and growing a cross-functional team through significant HR systems conversions. Her leadership helped HD Supply successfully navigate its divestiture from The Home Depot in 2007.
Previously, Newman held senior leadership roles at Conseco Insurance Group and Sears Roebuck & Company. She is a member of the HR Leadership Forum, the Society for Human Resource Management and the National Association of Wholesalers-Distributors.
Newman holds a bachelor’s in psychology from Coe College and a master’s in sociology from the University of Wisconsin.
Tracey Racette Fritcher
HR Transformation Consultant, ServiceNow
Corporate VP, Human Resources, Waters Corporation
CFO, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Aparna Ramesh is currently the chief financial officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. She has more than 15 years of experience in Banking (M&T Bank and Cambridge Savings Bank) and the Federal Reserve System. Her areas of expertise include asset-liability management, profitability, regulatory reporting, financial operations, cost accounting, forecasting, analytics and process re-engineering. Prior to becoming CFO, Ramesh was a vice president in the national finance function (Financial Support Office) of the Federal Reserve where she led a number of system-wide initiatives spanning all 12 reserve banks. Ramesh also serves on the board of BEST Hospitality Training Center. She has an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of management, an MS in finance from the Rochester Institute of Technology and integrated masters in engineering, economics and management from the Birla Institute of Technology.
Senior Recognition Strategist, Globoforce
Marcy is a solutions consultant for Globoforce, where she currently serves as a recognition solution expert within the company’s North American sales team. Along with conceptualizing, communicating and demonstrating how Globoforce’s products and services help drive a company’s business performance to sales prospects, Ricci is also an advisor between the company’s sales, product, marketing, strategy and consulting, and customer success teams.
Ricci’s prior roles at Globoforce include being a customer success manager and account manager, during which time she implemented more than 10 clients and managed more than 25 unique clients. Additionally, she managed half of the company’s customer success team including customer success managers, launch success managers and customer success coordinators, as a team responsible for more than 100 account relationships and 750,000 active end users.
Prior to joining Globoforce, Ricci was an account executive at SHI where she provided IT solutions to customers based on their respective needs, and helped expand the company’s customer base throughout New England. Before that, Ricci served as a team leader and account manager for MathWorks, where she managed a team of four inside sales support specialists, and was responsible for hiring, job training and career development.
CHRO, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Cynthia Ring has served in a variety of leadership roles within human resources over the last 20 years.
Her current role is as chief human resources officer at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care where she serves to champion a people and business strategy. Prior to joining Harvard Pilgrim, she served as vice president of human resources and patient experience at Central New England HealthAlliance Hospital. Prior to joining HealthAlliance Hospital in 2012, Ring served as executive director of human resources for Commonwealth Medicine/University of Massachusetts Medical School. She also served as director of human resources for Lifespan, Rhode Island’s largest health system for more than 10 years.
She was instrumental in implementing a number of workforce investment and development programs as well as talent acquisition strategies. Over the past six years, she received special recognition from the Stepping-Up Program, JobClubRI and the governor’s office for her work in establishing an innovative career ladders program and her commitment to community workforce investment and development programs. She is committed to community service and corporate responsibility and serves on many nonprofit boards.
Ring holds a master’s degree in business administration from Bryant University, and an undergraduate degree in English from Framingham State University.
Practice Leader, CEB, now Gartner
Lauren Romansky is passionate about organizational culture, opportunity and inclusion and talent management challenges. She launched CEB’s diversity and inclusion leadership council in 2016 and manages the research team, supporting heads of diversity and inclusion globally. In her role, she speaks daily with those leading D&I, and has authored numerous studies and implementation support around D&I strategy and trends. She regularly leads roundtable discussions and presents to and facilitates discussions at CEB member organizations across the globe.
Prior to joining CEB, Romansky was an underwriter for not-for-profit loans, and completed a general management rotational program with TD Bank. She was also an education pioneer fellow.
Romansky holds an A.B. in history from Princeton University and M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Founder and CEO, Quantum Health
Kara Trott is founder and chief executive officer of Quantum Health, a consumer navigation and care coordination company. Throughout her career, Trott has had success designing and executing research-based consumer intercept strategies for major consumer brands like Citibank, Ford, Wal-Mart and Coca-Cola. In 1999, Trott founded Quantum Health, the first company in the healthcare industry to apply consumer behavior mapping strategies.
Prior to founding Quantum Health, she was a corporate attorney with the law firm Bricker and Eckler, and she also served as a strategic marketing consultant and project manager at RPA, an international consulting firm.
Trott has been honored with numerous awards over the course of her career. She was named Healthcare Executive of the Year by Columbus CEO, Smart Business Magazine’s Smart 50, a 50 Fastest Growing Women Owned/Led Companies for the past nine years through the Women Presidents’ Organization and was awarded the KeyBank Key4Women Achievement Award. She was also named Enterprising Woman of the Year and Ernst & Young’s Regional Entrepreneur of the Year.
She earned a J.D. with honors from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and a B.A. in politics and philosophy from Ohio Wesleyan University.
Author & Thought Leader, Reality-Based Leadership
Cy Wakeman is a dynamic international keynote speaker, drama researcher, New York Times best-selling author and trainer who has spent more than 20 years cultivating a revolutionary approach to leadership. Her philosophy teaches people how to turn excuses into results and transform unhappy employees into accountable, successful members of the workforce. Through her prolific work with companies such as Bayer, New York Presbyterian, National Institutes of Health, Hallmark, Verizon Wireless, TD Ameritrade and Wells Fargo, Wakeman has helped eliminate tired, impersonal management techniques in favor of a reality-based revolution.
An expert blogger on FastCompany.com, Forbes.com and The Huffington Post, Wakeman’s ideas have been featured on the TODAY Show, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Business Insider, The Daily Muse, Success.com and SHRM.com. She’s written two books, “Reality-Based Leadership: Ditch the Drama, Restore Sanity to the Workplace & Turn Excuses into Results” and “The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace: Know What Boosts Your Value, Kills Your Chances & Will Make You Happier.”
Wakeman is a highly sought-after conference headliner and holds a Certified Speaking Professional designation from the National Speaker’s Association, placing her within the top 3 percent of speakers.