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.
Rob Biederman is the co-founder and CEO of HourlyNerd, the leading technology platform delivering elite business talent. Founded with the collaboration of faculty members at Harvard Business School in 2013, HourlyNerd boasts more than 10,000 independent experts, including top MBAs, elite business advisors and industry experts from leading corporations, and serves more than 4,500 companies. Based in Boston, HourlyNerd focuses on innovative workforce solutions with primarily Fortune 500 companies including GE, Microsoft, Au Bon Pain and American Apparel, as well as countless others on a confidential basis.
Prior to founding HourlyNerd, Biederman was a private equity investor at Goldman Sachs and Bain Capital, where he focused on the healthcare and high-tech industries. Biederman attended Princeton University and graduated from Harvard Business School.
VP, Human Resources & Organization Development Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.
Jane Borkowski is VP of HR and organization development for Ocean Spray Cranberries. In this role, she is accountable for the development and implementation of organization-wide policies and programs encompassing all aspects of human resources management, including performance management, benefits and compensation, employee training, organization development, employee relations, talent recruitment and management, diversity, EEO compliance, and employee assistance.
Borkowski joined Ocean Spray in 2003 and has held human resources positions with increasing responsibility until her promotion in 2012. She has partnered with senior leaders to identify and resolve human resources needs, focusing on organizational design and development to improve the effectiveness and drive business results. Borkowski has been instrumental in helping her line manager partners make significant organizational changes, developing the core competency model, and contributing to talent management and executive development processes.
Prior to joining Ocean Spray, Borkowski was HR manager and director of training for Casual Male Retail Group Inc. She fostered collaborative working relationships with various business units to determine appropriate training and organizational development interventions that aligned with the business strategy.
Borkowski is a graduate of Bryant College where she majored in business administration with a concentration in marketing.
VP, Human Resources The Kraft Group
Robin Boudreau is VP of HR for The Kraft Group LLC. She oversees a 28-person human resource team that provides leadership development, talent acquisition, compensation, employee relations, benefits, payroll and diversity initiatives. The human resource team supports The Kraft Group, which is a holding company with 5,000 employees and businesses operating in more than 80 countries that include interest in sports and entertainment, paper and packaging, professional services, real estate development, and philanthropy.
Boudreau has 32 years of experience in human resources and operations. She spent 23 years employed by Filene’s Department Stores, a division of May Department Stores with revenues of $15B, and progressed through various positions with increasing responsibility. Her career as regional director of human resources supported the northeast business sector with 29 locations employing 30,000 associates. Nine years ago, during the merger of Federated and May Department Stores, Boudreau made the transition to The Kraft Group LLC where she has been responsible for developing and leading the human resource function along with acquisition integration.
SVP, Human Resources Eversource Energy
Christine Carmody is currently SVP of HR at Eversource Energy. She leads the HR organization which includes human resources consulting, organization and talent development, diversity and inclusion, compensation, benefits and human resources operations, and employee and labor relations. She develops and implements human resources strategies that align with business and cultural objectives and deliver value-added contributions. This includes collaborating with the executive team to build a culture focused on performance where highly engaged employees deliver great service to customers. She also leads diversity initiatives to create an inclusive workplace. Carmody also is responsible for developing positive employee and labor relations and delivering competitive total compensation programs.
Carmody was formerly SVP of HR at NSTAR from 2008—2012. She joined Boston Edison in 1996 and held positions of increasing responsibility in HR, and at NSTAR, following the merger of Boston Edison and ComEnergy. She formerly held HR positions at Talbots Inc. and Bradlees Inc.
Carmody holds a master’s degree in business administration from Anna Maria College, and a bachelor of arts from the College of the Holy Cross. She serves on the boards of directors of Northeast Human Resources Association and University of Massachusetts at Boston’s Center for Collaborative Leadership.
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 in 1998 and her BBA from the University of Pennsylvania-Wharton in 1988.
Chairman, President & CEO Amica Mutual Insurance Company
Robert DiMuccio is chairman, president and CEO of Amica Mutual Insurance Company. He joined Amica in 1991 as VP in the accounting department. He was promoted to SVP in 1994, named treasurer in 1996 and elected CFO in 2001. He was named EVP in 2003, and president and CEO in 2005. In 2008, he was elected the company’s chairman.
DiMuccio serves on the board of governors of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America. He is also president of the board of directors of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council. He serves on the boards of the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, the Property and Liability Resource Bureau, the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, the Washington Trust Company, and Crossroads Rhode Island. He received the Rotary International’s Paul Harris Fellow Award for outstanding community service.
DiMuccio graduated from Providence College in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He began his career with the accounting firm KPMG Peat Marwick, where he worked for 12 years and earned the position of partner. DiMuccio has earned the chartered property casualty underwriter and CPA designations. He is a member the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Director, Financial Guidance Services Executive Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Sylvie Feist is director and leader on the financial guidance services team in retirement and personal wealth solutions, a division at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Her responsibilities include the development and ongoing evolution of the strategy for delivering the employee experience. This includes helping employees understand, maximize and utilize their financial benefits as well as see how those benefits fit into their overall financial picture so they may live better financially for today and tomorrow. Feist has been in the retirement industry for 29 years. She has held positions in relationship management, marketing and strategy development.
Feist holds a B.S. in business management from State University of New York at Old Westbury, completed the securities industry institute program at The University Of Pennsylvania Wharton Business School, and is FINRA 24, 7, and 66 licensed.
Executive Director, Human Resources Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Bill Garrett is executive director of human resources at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is currently leading a series of talent management initiatives to realign HR systems and processes with the changing needs of the school. Prior to joining MIT Sloan, Garrett held leadership positions in HR at Fidelity Investments, Fleet Financial and BankBoston.
Founder & CIO Vestmark
Chuck Johnson founded Vestmark in 2001. As EVP of engineering, he led the ground-up design and development of the Vestmark platform, an integrated platform for trading, portfolio management, performance reporting and related account servicing functions. This product serves investment managers, RIAs, broker-dealers, bank trusts, and similar firms in the wealth management domain.
In 2014, Johnson accepted the role of chief information officer at Vestmark. In this role he is responsible for the innovation and advancement of corporate infrastructure, both information systems and organizational processes, in order to ensure that Vestmark’s efficiency and effectiveness is continuously improved as they enter the next stage of growth.
Johnson holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and both a B.S. and M.S. in engineering from Virginia Tech where he studied engineering mechanics, computer science, and digital system design.
SVP, Human Resources GTECH
As SVP of HR, Donna Kimmel is responsible for overseeing HR operations for GTECH’s Americas and international regions as well as the centralized products and services organization and corporate-level HR functions. She brings more than 25 years of experience to GTECH having served in various senior HR leadership positions with Texas Instruments and Sensata Technologies. Most recently, she held the position of SVP and global chief human resources officer at Sensata Technologies where she oversaw a 90-person global HR team. She was also part of a leadership team that took the company from a division of Texas Instruments, to a privately held company, and built it up to become a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange. Prior to Sensata Technologies, Kimmel was VP of worldwide human resources, sensors and controls business at Texas Instruments.
Kimmel received her bachelor of arts in organizational development and interpersonal communication from the University of Delaware and her master of science in organizational development from Pepperdine University. She sits on the board of directors at Sturdy Memorial Hospital and on the board of the International Engineering Program at the University of Rhode Island.
VP, Human Resources Bose Corporation
Rick Martino joined Bose Corp. in 2009 as VP of global HR where he has responsibility of all human resources initiatives and services, internal communications, corporate operations, security, community relations, and environmental health and safety. He is a member of the Bose executive community, benefits community, real estate committee and sustainability steering committee.
The majority of Martino’s experience comes from his 18 years with IBM Corp. where 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, 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. Martino left IBM to join the March of Dimes Foundation as SVP of human resources and administration. In 2007, he became EVP and chief people officer for BearingPoint Inc.
Martino earned a B.S. in economics and political science from American University and an MBA from Cornell University. He is currently a member of the Massachusetts State Board of the March of Dimes.
Author, "Being Chief"
Rick Miller is a go-to chief. He has led teams that tripled the growth rate in million- and billion-dollar organizations, delivered a successful initial public offering in a market crash, and ensured client success in a war zone, literally. Miller spent more than 30 years as a successful senior business leader and turnaround specialist, and served as president and/or CEO in companies ranging from a nonprofit to AT&T, a Fortune 10, and from Opus360, a startup with just $1M in revenue, to Lucent Technologies, a global firm with the most widely traded stock in the world at the time. In each case, Miller was recruited from the outside to turnaround poor performance in difficult times.
Miller currently serves as CEO at Being Chief LLC, where he acts primarily as an advisor and confidant to C-suite executives focused on sustainable growth. Using the all-in road map he created and road tested while he was accountable for delivering consistent results, he works with leaders to unlock their full potential and the potential in their organizations. Miller’s book, “Being Chief,” is due out in 2015.
Co-Founder & CEO Globoforce
As co-founder and CEO of Globoforce, Eric Mosley has been directing the path of Globoforce as the innovator in the recognition industry since the company’s beginning. His vision to raise employee recognition from a tactical, unmeasured and undervalued effort to a global strategic program with clear measures for performance and success is now being realized in some of the world’s largest and most complex organizations. His work has been published in such publications as Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Forbes and Fortune, and he has also presented at industry and investment conferences around the world. He is the author of “The Crowdsourced Performance Review” and the co-author of the critically acclaimed books “Winning With a Culture of Recognition” and “The Power of Thanks.”
Prior to joining Globoforce, Mosley established himself as an accomplished Internet consultant and architect having held varied management and technology roles in CSK Software, Bull Cara Group and Logica Aldiscon. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electronics, computers and telecommunications engineering from the University of Dublin, Trinity College.
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, 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 is also a Simmons School of Management board advisor and Next Step board member. He earned his B.A. in public law at Paris II-Assas University and his master’s degree in public administration at Paris IX-Dauphine and Paris XI-Sceaux Universities.
EVP, Human Resources Fidelity Investments
Joe Nedder is the executive vice president of human resources for the asset management business at Fidelity Investments. Fidelity Investments is a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing, and other financial products and services to more than 20 million individuals, institutions and financial intermediaries. In this role, Nedder oversees all human resources activities for asset management, including leadership and organizational development, staffing, training, employee engagement, and compensation.
Prior to his current position, Nedder was chief operating officer at Pyramis Global Advisors, a Fidelity Investments company. Previously, he served as the head of talent management for Fidelity asset management and the head of human resources for Pyramis. Prior to that, Nedder served as an in-house performance consultant for Fidelity, where he supported both FMRCo and Pyramis.
Before joining Fidelity, Nedder served as chief executive officer at SofCheck, president and chief operating officer at Availant, and a director at Cambridge Technology Partners. Nedder began his career as a member of the Edison Engineering Management program at General Electric, where he held a variety of positions. Nedder earned a B.A. in computer science and electrical engineering from Dartmouth College. He is also a lecturer for Babson College.
Founder & CEO TINYpulse
David Niu is the founder and CEO of TINYpulse, an employee engagement survey solution that empowers leaders with actionable feedback to make positive changes in their workplaces. Niu is a serial entrepreneur, having founded and successfully sold two prior businesses, NetConversions and BuddyTV, the latter of which was honored in 2011 with the Inc. 500 award as one of the 500 fastest growing companies in America.
Niu was named a “40 Under 40” recipient by the Puget Sound Business Journal, and is actively involved in Entrepreneurs’ Organization. He is frequently asked to speak on topics spanning employee engagement, company culture, and organizational morale at top-tier organizations such as Amazon, HubSpot and the Paul Allen Companies.
In the past year alone, Niu and TINYpulse have appeared in more than 100 press outlets including Fast Company Inc., SUCCESS, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic and The Today Show. Niu is also the author of “Careercation: Trading Briefcase for Suitcase to Find Entrepreneurial Happiness.”
Niu attended the University of California at Berkeley for his B.A. and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania for his MBA.
Chief People Officer HubSpot
Jim O’Neill is HubSpot’s chief people officer. He joined HubSpot in 2007 as CIO and helped scale the company from fewer than 10 employees and a handful of customers to nearly 800 employees and more than 13,500 customers. During those years, he helped design and build HubSpot’s highly scalable cloud infrastructure, for both the HubSpot product as well as the company’s internal use, both building from and leveraging the top SaaS and cloud providers and creating next generation platforms. He has also helped build innovative, technology-based solutions to help make HubSpot a great place to work and preserve the unique culture even as they continue to see rapid growth. In 2015, he was named CPO and took on management of HubSpot's culture and people operations.
Prior to joining HubSpot, O’Neill was CTO and president of Pyramid Digital Solutions, where he helped reinvigorate the technology platform while doubling the revenue in less than two years and then ultimately helped sell the business to SunGard in 2005. Following the sale, O’Neill stayed on as SVP and CTO, designing and building an enterprise software platform for financial services partnering with strategic customers to bring this to market in less than two years.
Global Strategic Recruiting Manager Cabot Corporation
Wes Perry is manager of global strategic recruiting at Cabot Corp. He is in charge of the global recruitment strategy across all regions and sites. He reports to Susannah Robinson, HR director. Perry joined Cabot in 2012. Prior to joining Cabot, he worked for 12 years at Monster.com in various recruiting, recruitment leadership and consulting roles.
Perry has a B.S. in marketing from Clemson University.
Renée Richardson Gosline
Assistant Professor of Marketing MIT Sloan School of Management
Renée Richardson Gosline is the Zenon Zannetos 1955 career development assistant professor of marketing in the management science group at the MIT Sloan School of Management. She has been named one of the World’s Top 40 Professors under 40 by Poets & Quants, an MIT Iron Professor, and a scholar at the MIT Center for Digital Business.
Richardson Gosline’s main interest is in how status-based bias and technology affect self-perceptions and behavior. Her research projects include the positive impact of imitation on brand strength, the effect of social media storytelling on persuasion, the role of status dynamics in health and performance, and the use of wearable technology to aid willpower. In order to address these issues rigorously, she employs experimental methodology, both in the field and in the laboratory. Prior to academia, she was a marketing practitioner at LVMH Moet Hennessy and Leo Burnett.
Richardson Gosline received her undergraduate and graduate training at Harvard University, including a doctorate from the Harvard Business School.
Author & Thought Leader "Nothing Changes Until You Do"
Mike Robbins is the author of three books, “Focus on the Good Stuff,” “Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken,” and his latest, “Nothing Changes Until You Do.” His work has been featured in Forbes and The Wall Street Journal, as well as on ABC News and the Oprah radio network. Since 2008, Robbins has been a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and his books have been translated into 14 different languages.
As an expert in teamwork, emotional intelligence, and the powers of appreciation and authenticity, Robbins delivers keynote addresses and interactive seminars that empower people, teams, and organizations to work together effectively and successfully. He has inspired tens of thousands of people around the world to reach new levels of awareness and productivity, both personally and professionally.
Prior to his speaking, writing and consulting career, Robbins played baseball at Stanford University, where he pitched in the College World Series, and played three seasons of professional baseball with the Kansas City Royals before arm injuries ended his playing career while still in the minor leagues.
Robbins earned a degree from Stanford in American studies with a specialization in race and ethnicity.
Director, Human Resources Cabot Corporation
Susannah Robinson is director of HR for Cabot Corp. As a member of Cabot’s human resources leadership team, she reports directly to Robby Sisco, Cabot’s SVP of HR. Based in Boston, Robinson heads human resources for Cabot’s reinforcement materials business as well as leading both the talent management and talent acquisition functions for the company globally.
Robinson joined Cabot in 1996 as a business analyst for the company’s rubber blacks business. Since that time, she has held several leadership positions in human resources, investor relations and corporate communications.
Robinson earned her MBA from Northeastern University and a B.S. in chemistry and management from Marietta College.
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 20 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.
SVP, Human Resources Cabot Corporation
Robby Sisco is the senior vice president of human resources for the Cabot Corporation. As a member of Cabot’s executive management committee, he reports directly to Patrick Prevost, Cabot’s chief executive officer and president. Based in Boston, Sisco is responsible for directing all HR functional activities, with a particular emphasis on talent management strategies for the company. Sisco joined Cabot in 1999 as the director of organizational effectiveness for the company’s supermetals business based in Boyertown, Pennsylvania.
Prior to joining Cabot, Sisco worked for DuPont for 20 years at a number of locations across the United States in a variety of manufacturing, operations and human resources professional and management positions.
Sisco earned his M.S. in human resources from Winthrop University and a B.S. in business administration from Francis Marion University.
Executive Vice President O.C. Tanner Institute
David Sturt is the EVP of the O.C. Tanner Institute and author of the recent New York Times best-seller “Great Work: How to Make a Difference People Love.” He has been interviewed and quoted by The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, Forbes, CBS Radio, Huffington Post and numerous other media organizations. He is a weekly contributor on Forbes.com and speaks at HR and leadership conferences across the U.S., Canada and the U.K.
Sturt has a degree in training and development and an MBA and has two decades of experience in research, innovation and leadership. He was born in England, raised in South Africa, educated in the U.S. and Asia-Pacific and has a passion for doing things that make a difference.
Practice Leader, Talent Innovation PwC
Susan Sullivan brings more than 25 years of industry and consulting experience working with clients to improve their performance. She drives thought leadership development for the talent innovation team including a focus on value proposition development and business case analytics. Sullivan recently architected the study “Talent Management — Powering Strategic Initiatives in the PMO,” undertaken in collaboration with the Project Management Institute.
Prior to joining PwC, Sullivan was SVP of operational strategy for the international wealth management business at Merrill Lynch where she planned and executed their roadmap for global trading and account management operations. Prior, she was SVP of product technology for Bank of America’s wealth management division. In this role, she was responsible for leading the operational and technology integration of wealth management product offerings during the Bank of America Merrill Lynch integration. She spent 18 months as head of enterprise applications at Altisource. Prior to her industry work, Sullivan was a principal consultant at PRTM, focusing on financial services, product, service and customer experience innovation.
Sullivan holds a bachelor of arts in computer science from Williams College in Massachusetts, and earned her MBA from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
VP, Operations Retroficiency
Shobin Uralil is responsible for Retroficiency’s day-to-day operations and leading execution and delivery of strategic customer engagements. As a conduit between the company’s clients and solution teams, Uralil optimizes offerings and resources to meet and exceed customer expectations.
A technology startup enthusiast, Uralil has a decade of experience in strategy, finance/accounting and operations. Prior to Retroficiency, Uralil was a co-founder and CEO of kWhOURS Inc., an energy auditing software and services provider to energy service companies, engineering services firms and utilities. Uralil also worked for Credit Suisse as an investment banker and Sempra Energy where his work spanned corporate development, mergers and acquisitions, and project development.
Uralil earned a B.S. in business administration from Georgetown University and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, where he was the recipient of the inaugural Howard and Carol Anderson fellowship for entrepreneurship.
Mayor City of Boston
Mayor Martin Walsh was sworn in as the city’s 54th mayor in 2014. In 1997, at the age of 29, Walsh won election to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing the 13th Suffolk District in Boston, which ranks among the most diverse in the state. During his 16 years in the House, he established himself as a leader on creating and protecting jobs and growing the economy. A champion for civil rights, he was an early advocate for marriage equality and compiled a strong record in support of communities of color, immigrants, seniors and all the people of the city and state.
Rising up through the leadership of his Laborers Local 223 union, Walsh eventually served for two years as head of the Building and Construction Trades Council of the Metropolitan District, where he worked with business and community leaders and city officials to promote high-quality development and new jobs for the city. In partnership with the Boston Housing Authority, he created Building Pathways, a pre-apprentice program connecting building trade jobs and opportunities with those traditionally underrepresented in the industry, mainly women and people of color. Walsh is a graduate of Boston College.
SVP, Human Resources Diageo North America
Eliana Zem currently serves as senior vice president of human resources for Diageo North America, bringing more than 20 years of experience in human resources to the company. She is a member of the North America executive team.
After joining Diageo in 1998 as human resources director for Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay, Zem later served as Diageo’s Latin America HR director and HR director for Diageo Great Britain. Zem has been responsible for HR strategy and business change across many Diageo areas, including business strategy, organizational design, talent strategy, and reward and recognition.
Prior to Diageo, Zem served as VP of human resources at Banco Nacional, where she was responsible for strategy, policies, operation and services of human resources area. She has also held management positions at Citibank and Unibanco.
Zem has a B.A. in economics from UNICAMP/SP.