Rita B. Allen
Author & Thought Leader, "Personal Branding and Marketing Yourself"
Rita Balian Allen is the president of Rita B. Allen Associates, a career management firm specializing in
executive coaching, leadership development, management training and career development. She is a
lecturer at Boston-area universities, a sought-after speaker and presenter, the author of numerous
articles, blogs and the newly released book, "Personal Branding and Marketing Yourself: The Three P's
Marketing Technique as a Guide to Career Empowerment". Rita was voted one of the top ten executive
coaches by the Boston Women's Business Journal.
Rita brings many years of human resources experience to her practice and has worked with leaders
across all industries and professions. Previously, she held roles as Vice President of Marketing and
Search Services with Gatti & Associates, and human resource positions with C.R. Bard, Inc., BTU
International, and Unitrode Corporation. She holds an MS in Leadership and a BS in Business
Administration from Northeastern University and is certified in several assessments tools. Rita
currently serves on the board of directors of More Than Words and is a former board member of The
Boston Club and the Association of Career Professionals International - New England. She is also an
active member of other professional associations and organizations.
Director Speaking and Training, O.C. Tanner Institute
With a mission to instill in others a passion for personal and professional excellence, Kevin Ames is one of the highest-ranked speakers at various local, state, national and international conferences. He’s spoken to thousands of people and leadership groups at conferences and companies such as AMEX, Bank of America, Capital One, Dow Chemical, and FedEx, to name a few. An expert in the areas of workplace culture, engagement, great work, teambuilding, leadership and personal development, his presentations have been called “dynamic, insightful, clear, honest and informative.”
SVP, Human Resources, Amica Mutual Insurance Company
Jill Andy is SVP of HR for Amica Mutual Insurance Company. She began her career with the company as an associate adjuster in the claims division in 1988. Over the course of the next 13 years, she received seven promotions, culminating in the promotion to manager of Rhode Island claims, the company’s flagship claims operation. She joined the HR department in 2006 as assistant vice president and was promoted to VP in 2008, and SVP in 2010.
Andy serves on the board of trustees for Meeting Street, is a corporate member of Delta Dental of RI and serves on the advisory board of Advancing Women’s Excellence in Business. She was selected for the Providence Business News Women Industry Leaders Professional Services Award in 2011 and chaired the American Heart Association’s 2014 Go Red for Women luncheon. Andy earned the insurance industry’s prestigious Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter educational designation and is a member of the local Rhode Island CPCU chapter. She is a member of the national Society for Human Resource Management organization and the Northeast Human Resources Association.
Andy graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1986 with a bachelor of arts in urban affairs.
AVP, Human Resources, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Krista Blair is an assistant vice president at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, with current responsibility for the human resources department. Blair has been with the Federal Reserve for more than 38 years, with experience in a number of areas of the bank including research, statistics, quality, marketing and strategic planning. She attributes her long tenure at the Federal Reserve to the public-service focus of the organization and the type of dedicated, public-spirited people that mission attracts. She holds a B.A. in economics from Wellesley College.
Tracy Brower, PhD, MM, MCR
Global VP of Workplace Vitality, Mars Drinks
Tracy Brower, Ph.D., MM and MCR, is a work environment sociologist and global VP of Workplace Vitality for Mars Drinks, a segment of Mars Inc. that is 100 percent dedicated to the workplace. Brower is the author of “Bring Work to Life by Bringing Life to Work: A Guide for Leaders and Organizations,” which focuses on work-life integration and abundance. Over her career, Brower has had the opportunity to engage with a wide range of corporations including many of the Fortune 500, as well as a variety of educational and healthcare organizations. She is a three-time recipient of the CoreNet Luminary Award for speaking and a recipient of the University of Houston Alexander Real Estate Innovative Practices Award. Brower has also taught university courses in management and organizational effectiveness. Brower’s work has been featured in Leadership Excellence, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune.com, Forbes.com Inc. and more.
Vice President, Product Marketing, Globoforce
Neal Bruce is a 24-year HR industry veteran having spent 11 years as an HR practitioner and more than 13 years on the vendor side with Monster, PeopleFluent and Globoforce. In his current role as VP of product at Globoforce, Bruce works closely with customers to design the next generation of HR solutions. He is a recognized HR thought leader and regular speaker at HR conferences.
Barbara Cona Amone
CHRO, Wellington Management Company, LLP
As Wellington Management’s CHRO, Barbara Cona Amone is responsible for the leadership and execution of the global strategy to attract, develop, and retain the diverse talent necessary to exceed the investment objectives of the firm’s clients worldwide. She is a member of the CEO leadership team; secretary of the compensation committee; vice chair of the ethics committee; a member of the incentive compensation committee, investment administration advisory group and communication council; and a senior advocate of the Wellington women’s network.
Prior to joining Wellington Management in 2010, Cona Amone held global leadership positions at UBS from 1998—2010. Leading a team of 400 professionals, she was responsible for all aspects of human capital management for 25,000 employees across the asset management, investment bank and wealth management divisions. She transitioned into HR while at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corp. after working in institutional sales from 1991—1998. She began her career with Drexel Burnham Lambert where she was an equity and options floor broker from 1985—1989.
Cona Amone earned her master of organizational psychology from Columbia University and bachelor of business administration from the University of Pennsylvania-Wharton.
GM Office 365, Microsoft Corporation
Ryan Fuller has been helping companies use data to make better decisions for more than 15 years. He is currently a Microsoft Office 365 GM, where he drives a leading organizational analytics business unit aimed at reinventing productivity for individuals, managers, and organizations. Prior to his role at Microsoft, Fuller was the CEO and co-founder of VoloMetrix, acquired by Microsoft in 2015, a people analytics company that leveraged collaboration data to enhance organizational efficiency. Before founding VoloMetrix, Fuller acted as a manager at Bain & Company where he advised executives on their most challenging strategic and operational issues. Fuller is a frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review, Forbes and Xconomy. He has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Fortune.com, BusinessWeek and other publications on topics related to people analytics.
VP, Human Resources, Harvard University
Marilyn Hausammann serves as vice president for human resources at Harvard University. Prior to this position, Hausammann was the director of global human resources for The Boston Consulting Group. Previously, she was senior vice president of human resources and communications at Thomson Financial, a leading provider of information to the global financial community.
Hausammann’s human resources career spans more than 30 years. She has held senior human resources positions in the financial services, technology, professional services and information sectors. She is a past board member and treasurer of the Northeast Human Resources Administration, New England’s premier human resources association, and was the association’s 2012 recipient of the John D. Erdlen Award for Human Resources Excellence. She currently serves as a member of the management program advisory board of Harvard University’s Division of Continuing Education.
Hausammann holds an MBA from Northeastern University and B.A. from Emmanuel College.
CHRO, Mohegan Sun
Kawel Laubach was named CHRO of the Mohegan Sun in 2013. Laubach’s duties include overseeing all HR and guest relation functions for the rapidly growing Mohegan Sun brand, including seven operating businesses. In 2015 he was awarded Chief HR Officer of the Year by HRO Magazine among global for-profit businesses. Laubach’s creative and compassionate impact on the workplace has helped Mohegan Sun win accolades as a premier employer, most recently achieving Forbes’s list of America’s Best Employers. He was previously awarded 40 Under Forty by The Times Leader of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, honoring his innovation in business.
Prior to Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, Laubach served as VP of administration, overseeing nongaming operations, HR and guest service functions at their Mohegan Sun Pocono location. With more than 27 years’ experience in operations and HR within entertainment, parcel delivery, and aviation, Fortune 500 companies including Caesars, Boyd Gaming, UPS and, most notably, Southwest Airlines, his strength as a CHRO comes from his adept operations context coupled with HR and OD savvy.
Laubach holds a B.S. in industrial/organizational psychology from Middle Tennessee State University, and is near completion of a master of science in human resources and organizational development from the University of Louisville.
Principal, Executive Advisory Services, CEB
Dion Love is a narrative strategist giving voice to great ideas. His work focuses on translating insight from data and successful practices into compelling narratives that explain problems in plain language and clearly set out a course of action to fix them.
In his current role as a principal executive advisor at CEB Inc., he curates and headlines insight events for executives in talent acquisition and talent management globally.
Prior to CEB, Love was a senior business development manager at the Australian Trade Commission, where he advised Australian companies on U.S. market entry and business development. He began his career in the public affairs branch of the Australian Embassy in Washington, D.C., where he supported the Australian government's public diplomacy work in the U.S., facilitating trade, investment, and public affairs briefings throughout the U.S.
Love received a combined bachelor of commerce and arts from the University of Melbourne and studied at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.
CHRO, Analog Devices, Inc.
Bill Matson is the CHRO at Analog Devices, a Boston-based semiconductor company with $3.4B in annual revenue and employing more than 9,000 employees in more than 20 countries around the world. Prior to joining Analog Devices, Matson was CHRO for Lenovo, helping them establish their global footprint after the acquisition of IBM’s PC business. He spent the first 25 years of his career at IBM. His roles there included the development of a new line of business that established IBM as a source of HR outsourcing and transformation services for external clients. He also spent four years on assignment in Tokyo as the head of HR for IBM’s Asian operations.
Matson graduated from Cornell University with a degree in industrial and labor relations.
Author and Thought Leader, "Talent Magnetism"
For more than 25 years, Roberta Chinsky Matuson has helped leaders in Fortune 500 companies, including General Motors, New Balance, and The Boston Beer Company, and small to medium-sized businesses achieve dramatic growth and market leadership through the maximization of talent. She has also worked with executive directors in associations to help them create magnetic organizations. She is known worldwide as “The Talent Maximizer.”
Matuson is a leading authority on leadership and the skills and strategies required to earn employee commitment and client loyalty. She is the author of the top-selling book, “Talent Magnetism, Suddenly In Charge: Managing Up, Managing Down, Succeeding All Around,” a Washington Post Top 5 Business Book For Leaders, and the forthcoming “The Magnetic Leader” in spring 2017.
Matuson is a highly sought-after speaker who has presented keynotes to Fortune 500 companies including Best Buy Inc., New York Life Pension Services, General Re Corporation, and such prestigious organizations as the Treasury Executive Institute, American Craft Brewers Association, SHRM, and the Massachusetts Restaurant Association. She is currently a workplace expert for Monster and is one of the top expert bloggers for Fast Company and Forbes.com.
CHRO, Boston Financial Data Services
Joy McCune is the CHRO, responsible for creating dynamic human capital plans, facilitating
cultural change and transforming high-performing organizations. McCune has oversight for the HR organization, charitable giving and employee communications. She is also a member of Boston Financial’s risk management, leadership and executive management committees, and head of the retirement plan advisory committee.
Previously, McCune was a senior VP at State Street Corporation, where she was responsible for providing strategic support to the State Street Management Committee and their global lines of business. She led efforts in support of succession planning, launching new lines of business, and HR considerations of mergers and acquisitions. Her experience also includes HR roles at other financial services and technology companies.
McCune is an active member of a number of professional associations and frequently serves as a speaker on talent-related issues and opportunities. She is a member of the board of directors of New England Human Resources Association, a member of the board of overseers for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay and a Governing Body member of Evanta’s Boston CHRO Leadership Summit.
McCune holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts and a certificate in HR management from Bentley College.
Author & Thought Leader, "The Future of Work" and Co-Founder, The Future of Work Community
Jacob Morgan is an author, speaker and futurist. His latest book, “The Future of Work: Attract New Talent, Build Better Leaders, and Create a Competitive Organization,” explores how the workplace is changing and was endorsed by business leaders such as the chairman of KPMG, CEO of Whirlpool, CEO of Intuit, CEO of SAP, CEO of Schneider Electric, Gary Hamel, and many others. Morgan also co-founded The Future of Work Community which is a brand council of the world’s most forward-thinking organizations who come together to explore the future of work. He speaks at conferences and events across the world and contributes to media publications such as Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, INC Magazine, CNN and many others. His clients include companies such as Microsoft, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, NYU, Wells Fargo, The Harvard Business Review, SAP, Cisco and many others. Morgan also hosts the popular Future of Work podcast where he interviews business leaders, executives and authors. He has a bi-weekly Youtube series called ”The Future in 5,” and a longer form program called “The Future of Work Show,” where he goes inside the world’s most forward-thinking companies to interview employees and executives and view their offices.
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.
Head of Executive Development Programs, Google Inc.
Mike Murphy is the head of executive development programs at Google where he oversees the design and delivery of a variety of leadership programs for senior leaders around the globe. He has been working in the field of learning and development for the past 15 years for a variety of organizations including Black+Decker, JetBlue and the University of Southern California.
Murphy recently completed a one-year engagement in the Asia-Pacific, based in Singapore, Tokyo and Sydney, serving as the head of manager development for the region. He was the recipient of Google’s top honors: the Great Manager Award and the People Operations Awesomeness Award for inspiring leadership.
Murphy received his bachelor’s in film from the University of Miami and his master’s in education from the University of Southern California.
Director, Thought Leadership, Fidelity Investments
Meghan Murphy is a director on Fidelity’s workplace investing thought leadership team and is responsible for the development and delivery of data-driven points of view on retirement savings and financial wellness trends. This work is leveraged by plan sponsors and their employees, advisors, and policy makers, and the media. Additionally, she is a media representative in the retirement space, helping to bring data-based stories to life for the general public. Murphy has been with Fidelity since 2000 and has served in various retirement-focused leadership positions across the organization.
Former CHRO, WestJet Airlines & Tim Hortons, HR Thought Leader
Brigid Pelino is an experienced executive with more than 30 years of experience in the HR function. Most recently, Pelino was the CHRO for WestJet Airlines, a very successful Canadian airline. Pelino helped WestJet forge significant success with a non-union workforce and a reputation for outstanding employee engagement. In her time at WestJet, the airline was named Canada's Most Attractive Employer. WestJet finished No. 2 overall in the Most Reputable Companies in Canada Survey.
Pelino joined WestJet after 13 years with Tim Hortons, where she was EVP of HR. Pelino joined Tim Hortons in 2001 as VP of HR with responsibility for all aspects of HR strategy for Canada, the U.S. and internationally. She was promoted to SVP of HR in 2008 and then named EVP of HR in 2012. Prior to Tim Hortons, Pelino held increasingly senior HR roles in Canadian Tire Corporation, Honeywell Aerospace and General Electric.
Pelino holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and accounting and a master’s degree in industrial relations, both from the University of Toronto.
President, National Grid
A longtime leader in the energy industry, Marcy Reed is president of the Massachusetts community in the customer management jurisdiction of the National Grid, an FTSE 20 company and one of the world’s largest utilities. She brings extensive leadership experience, regulatory expertise and innovation, financial expertise, operational skills, and a deep knowledge of the evolving debate around climate change, renewable generation, and the societal needs of a new energy paradigm. She draws on nearly three decades in the utility business and her international track record, including four years in London.
Reed is a leading decision-maker at National Grid, a $53B market cap company with half its operations in the Northeast U.S. Reed is a co-author of National Grid’s “Connect 21” white paper. She passionately focuses her team on leading in policy development related to technology advancements, large-scale renewables, the future of natural gas and customer-generated energy.
She has responsibility for 5,000 employees, 6 million gas and electricity customers spanning more than 2 million Massachusetts accounts, an operating budget of more than $3.5B, a capital budget of $1B, and assets of more than $6B. She has contributed to multiple consecutive years of growing total shareholder return and improving returns on equity.
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.
VP, Global Human Resources, iBasis, Inc.
Tamah Rosker develops and implements human resource policies and programs for iBasis Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Royal KPN and a leader in international voice, mobile data and prepaid services. In her role as VP of global HR, Rosker emphasizes strong employee communications and creative approaches to human resource development. She brings more than 25 years of experience working with high-tech companies to develop human resource programs and address employment law issues. Prior to iBasis, Rosker served as VP of HR for the speech and language technology company Dragon Systems Inc. and for Kendall Square Research Inc. As a practicing labor and employment attorney for several years, she authored employment law articles and is a member of several professional organizations.
Rosker holds a B.S. from Tufts University magna cum laude and a law degree from Boston College Law School, where she wrote for the Uniform Commercial Code Journal.
HR Business Transformation Expert, SuccessFactors, an SAP Company
Dawn Runge supports the North American healthcare cloud sales team for the HR line of business as an expert principal. Runge provides human capital management thought leadership and value engineering services to SAP customers. She has more than 25 years of leadership experience helping organizations achieve their business objectives and maintain their effectiveness through people.
She also currently serves as an adjunct assistant professor at Saint Louis University in the College of Public Health and Social Justice. Her areas of expertise include strategic human resources, leadership development, performance management, talent management, organizational development, healthcare finance and operations, as well as workforce analytics. Runge joined SuccessFactors in 2014 after owning her own consulting company where she served as president and shared her aptitude for turnaround initiatives and extraordinary energy with mid-sized to large businesses to create net income and drive cultural transformation. Prior, Runge proudly served at SSM Health Care as the system vice president for innovation and learning with responsibility of leadership development, human capital and development, performance development, succession planning, process improvement methodology, and other educational endeavors.
Runge received a Ph.D. from Saint Louis University, an MBA from Lindenwood University, and a B.S. from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
SVP HR & Chief Diversity Officer, National Grid
Roger Young is the SVP of HR and chief diversity officer for National Grid. He is a senior executive HR leader with Fortune 500 multinational in-depth experience in Asia-Pacific, North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa in corporate audit, finance, corporate development, sales and marketing, manufacturing, and general management. He oversees full HR services and a staff of 220, managing compensation and benefits, employee services, HR business partnerships, learning and development, recruitment, leadership and talent, change management, organizational planning and development, employee and labor relations, and inclusion and diversity. In 2015, his priority focus was on leading organizational transformation efforts in driving the strategic people plans for the “utilities of the future;” the implementation of process and operational excellence throughout the organization during a critical period of change in the regulated industry; customer innovation and growth; and operational cost productivity and value-added service.
Prior to National Grid, Young served in a dual leadership role as HR business partner head for PPG’s largest business unit — architectural coatings — and held numerous strategic international positions within PPG. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from The University of Western Ontario, and an MBA from L’Universite Catholique de Louvain.