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Global Head of Talent Acquisition Ericsson
Gunjan Aggarwal is global head of talent acquisition for Ericsson. She is responsible for driving the talent acquisition strategy of Ericsson across the $34B company and an employee base of 115,000. Most recently, she was head of human resources for Ericsson’s North American region, where she was tasked with driving the human resources strategy for the U.S. and Canadian region that has an annual revenue of $ 8.5B and an employee base of more than 16,000.
Aggarwal joined Ericsson in 2012 and has several years of experience in managing the human resource function across North America, Europe and Asia. She most recently served as vice president and global head of talent management for the vaccines and diagnostics division of Novartis.
Gunjan has written articles for various publications including ASTD, New England Journal of Technology and OD Practitioner.
Aggarwal holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from JMI University in India and a master’s degree in human resources from XLRI Jamshedpur. She has also completed post-graduate executive programs from Harvard University and MIT.
Director, O.C. Tanner Institute O.C. Tanner
Kevin Ames is the director of the O.C. Tanner Institute and has provided inspiring motivational keynotes and training for more than 20 years. In addition to being a successful entrepreneur in his own right, Ames has traveled the globe working with companies such as American Express, Autoliv, Coca Cola, Iomega, Kimberly Clark, NuSkin, Nature’s Own Sweden, Thiokol, Huntsman Cancer Institute and Sundance. A true appreciateologist, Ames is an expert in the areas of recognition and reward, teambuilding, personal development and leadership. His mission is to instill in every student a passion for personal and professional excellence.
President & CEO G6 Hospitality
Jim Amorosia is president and chief executive officer of G6 Hospitality LLC, the parent company of the iconic brands Motel 6, Studio 6, Hotel 6 and Estudio 6. He oversees all strategic direction of these brands for the organization.
Amorosia has more than 30 years of hotel operations experience and is recognized as one of the key leaders in the economy/budget segment. He joined Motel 6 in 1985 and has held management positions in the various disciplines within the company. Amorosia assumed the role of president and chief operations officer for Motel 6 and Studio 6 in 2007, which he held until his promotion in 2011 to president and chief executive officer of Motel 6 and Studio 6. Under his leadership, the Motel 6 and Studio 6 brands continue to grow and expand across North America and Latin America.
In 2015, Amorosia joined the AH&LA board of directors. A two-term commissioner with the California Board of Travel and Tourism, and a past director of the Bay Area Urban League, Amorosia holds a bachelor’s degree from the Crane School of Music and a master of business administration degree from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.
Chief People Officer Brinker International, Inc.
Tony Bridwell is chief people officer for Brinker International. In this role, he provides strategic leadership to a number of people services, including team member relations, talent acquisition, executive and organizational development, and succession planning. Additionally, Bridwell oversees diversity, compensation and benefits, as well as learning and development.
Bridwell first began working with Brinker in 2009 when he was business unit president for Partners In Leadership, a leadership training and management company. During this time as a consultant, he played an instrumental role in redefining Brinker’s culture and coaching team members throughout the organization on the company’s vision. He officially joined the Brinker team in 2013 as senior vice president of PeopleWorks, and shortly thereafter was named chief people officer in 2014.
In addition to these attributes, Bridwell brings with him more than 25 years of experience in management with executive leadership of the operations, staffing and business development functions for multiple employers, most recently Partners In Leadership. He has also captivated large audiences as an executive facilitator and featured speaker for organizations across the world.
Bridwell also authored the book, “The Difference Maker: A Simple Fable About Making a Difference in the Life of Others.”
EVP and President, US Stores GameStop Corporation
Mike Buskey joined GameStop Corporation in 2010 as SVP of human resources. He has been focusing on building GameStop’s overall organizational capability. His senior leadership experience includes a unique blend of operations and HR, which has allowed him to create strategic alliances throughout the organization to achieve better business results. Due to his background and strong relationships across the organization, Buskey was recently promoted to president of U.S. stores. In this new role, he will still oversee activities in the HR function.
Prior to GameStop, Buskey was SVP of HR and U.S. store operations for The Home Depot, responsible for leading the company’s HR activities for approximately 2,000 stores across the U.S. He also provided HR support to corporate departments including store operations, marketing, merchandising, home services, pro business and tool rental.
A 34-year veteran in the retail industry, Buskey began his career at The Home Depot in 1998, eventually progressing to VP of Human Resources where he successfully managed the consolidation of four geographical areas and integrated more than 600 stores and 120,000 associates into the former Eastern Division.
Buskey earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of San Francisco.
VP, Human Resources Trinity Industries, Inc.
In her role as corporate vice president, Kathryn Collins provides leadership in the development of actionable strategies for the company’s human resources function.
Collins’ career spans human resources, corporate communications and industrial engineering in the manufacturing, software, high-tech and retail industries. She has experience working with leadership teams in North America, Europe and Asia.
Collins has a B.S. in industrial engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington, an MBA in industrial management from the University of Dallas, and an M.S. in organization development from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Collins is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas, and a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts.
Director, Talent Management, Analytics, and Strategy IBM
Duke Daehling is an executive in IBM’s Smarter Workforce business, which combines IBM’s software, behavioral sciences and analytics solutions to improve workforce performance. Daehling leads global teams to consult with chief human resource officers in order to improve key business objectives, critical metrics and challenges. IBM is the market leader for advanced approaches to doing business through HR, making work increasingly interconnected, instrumented and intelligent.
SVP, HR & Chief People Officer Rent-A-Center, Inc.
Jody Diaz is a results-oriented business executive with a proven record of delivering value-added human resources and organizational development programs aligned with strategic, operational and profit objectives. Experience in multifacility, multistate, global operations and a broad array of industries. She has demonstrated success in full spectrum of HR functionality, including strategic planning, aligning human resources with business goals, integration from a mergers/acquisitions as well as building high-performance teams and employee development.
Rent-A-Center is a publicly traded company that owns and operates more than 3,100 company-owned stores in multiple countries and operates an additional 1,400 Acceptance Now kiosks housed within retail partner stores throughout the United States. The company has more than 21,000 employees in multiple countries and has annual revenues over $3B.
Christopher J. Durovich
President & CEO Children's Health System of Texas
Chris Durovich, the president and chief executive officer of Children’s Health System of Texas, has more than 30 years of leadership experience in adult and pediatric health care and physician practice management. Since becoming president and chief executive officer in 2003, he has guided Children's to be the sixth-largest and second-busiest pediatric healthcare system in the nation, serving more than 200,000 children each year.
Prior to joining Children’s, Durovich served in adult healthcare leadership roles at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Michigan Health System, Northwestern University Medical School and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
In 2013, he was named to the Dallas Business Journal’s list of “Who’s Who in Healthcare.” In 2014, he was honored as an Entrepreneur of the Year by the EY Southwest Region.
Durovich earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont, his M.S. from the University of Northern Colorado and MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
VP, Human Resources Pioneer Natural Resources Company
Teresa Fairbrook was appointed vice president of human resources at Pioneer Natural Resources in 2013. Fairbrook joined Pioneer in 1999 as an HR generalist. During her time with Pioneer, she has held various HR positions as a generalist, compensation manager, HR director, compensation and employee relations director, and HR department director.
Pioneer is a large, independent exploration and production company with an enterprise value of $24B and approximately 4,000 employees. Pioneer is considered a leader in developing oil-rich shale plays and was ranked as the third most active operator in the U.S.
Prior to Pioneer, Fairbrook was in the HR department for the Dal-Tile Corporation in Dallas, Texas. She worked in a variety of roles in employee relations, recruiting and benefits while at Dal-Tile.
Fairbrook earned her bachelor of business administration degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, with an emphasis in human resource management. Fairbrook is a certified compensation professional. She is currently active in E-27, is the past chairman of the E-27 committee and is also actively involved in other industry-related organizations. She led the creation of the Petro-Women’s Leadership Group through the company’s diversity and inclusion initiative and actively supports Pioneer’s family-friendly workplace culture.
SVP, Human Resources Tenet Healthcare Corporation
Cathy Fraser, senior vice president of Tenet Healthcare Corporation, provides operational oversight and strategic direction for the company’s human resources organization. Fraser oversees all areas of talent management, retention, recruitment and organizational effectiveness. Fraser serves on the company’s executive management team and reports directly to Trevor Fetter, Tenet’s president and chief executive officer.
Prior to joining Tenet in 2006, Fraser served as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, an international consulting firm. In that role, Fraser counseled senior executives at a number of large companies on organizational design, talent management and retention strategies, recruiting and related human resources topics.
Prior to her work with McKinsey, Fraser served as vice president of Sabre Holdings, a major provider of travel product distribution and technology solutions for the travel industry from 1994 to 2000. At Sabre, her responsibilities included planning, strategy, finance and marketing.
From 1991 to 1994, Fraser was a manager and analyst for AMR Corp., the parent corporation of American Airlines, in Fort Worth, Texas. From 1986 to 1991, she was an analyst for General Motors Acceptance Corp. in Detroit.
Fraser earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Washington in Seattle and her master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan. She is a board member of Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas, and a board member of the JKU Foundation (a family non-profit foundation). She resides in the Dallas area with her husband and daughter.
CEO & President Frito-Lay North America
Tom Greco is CEO of Frito-Lay North America, where he leads PepsiCo’s $14B snack and convenient foods business.
Greco’s leadership of Frito-Lay began in 2011, after serving as executive vice president and chief commercial officer for Pepsi Beverages Company, where he was responsible for leading PBC’s commercial efforts across North America. Before that, Greco was executive vice president of sales for PepsiCo’s North America beverages organization and president of global sales for PepsiCo. Previously, he served as president of Frito Lay Canada and senior vice president of sales for Frito-Lay North America. Greco joined PepsiCo in Canada in 1986.
Under Greco’s leadership, Frito-Lay was named PepsiCo’s 2013 Business Unit of the Year. In 2014, he was awarded the prestigious Steve Reinemund Global Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Legacy Award for his proven track record of creating a culture of inclusiveness to drive business growth.
Before joining PepsiCo, Greco worked at Procter & Gamble. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, and received an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business in London, Ontario.
Executive Vice President Atmos Energy Corporation
Mike Haefner is executive vice president at Atmos Energy, one of the country’s largest pure-play regulated natural gas distributors serving more than 3 million customers in 1,400 communities in eight states. His responsibilities include the company’s Texas intrastate pipeline, natural gas marketing division, gas supply group and human resources. Haefner joined Atmos Energy in 2008 as senior vice president of human resources.
Prior to Atmos Energy, Haefner was the CHRO for Sabre, a global leader in travel technology and marketing. Earlier in his career he worked for American Airlines, Eastman Kodak and Xerox.
Haefner has a bachelor’s degree from St. John Fisher College and a master’s degree from State University of New York at Buffalo.
VP Corporate Human Resources Alliance Data Systems Corporation
Since 2012, Calvin Hilton has been the vice president of corporate human resources for Alliance Data Systems Corporation. He oversees the strategic direction and delivery of all corporate run HR functions. Hilton’s responsibilities include the strategy, administration, and execution of all benefits, payroll and HRIS programs for more than 16,000 employees. He also is in charge of strategy planning surrounding acquisitions and planning for all retirement, health and welfare plans for the company.
Previously, Hilton was the VP of benefits and HR services, and he was responsible for the strategy, administration and execution of all benefits and HRIS programs for the 9,000 U.S.-based employees of Alliance. This includes all strategy surrounding acquisitions and planning for all retirement and health and welfare plans for the company, including a combination of consumer driven health plans and preferred provider networks. Hilton led a corporate HRIS team responsible for enterprise technology strategy and daily support of PeopleSoft applications.
From 1992—2005, Hilton was the managing director of benefits and pensions for Northwest Airlines Inc. He was responsible for the administration of all health and welfare, retirement planning, and pass travel programs for the airline.
Michael Hodin, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Global Coalition on Aging Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Michael W. Hodin, Ph.D. is the executive director of the Global Coalition on Aging, managing partner at High Lantern Group and a fellow at Oxford University’s Harris Manchester College. Hodin is also a featured blogger on the Huffington Post and at The Fiscal Times, under the Age and Reason Blog.
From 1976-1980, Hodin was legislative assistant to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. During this period, he was also a visiting scholar at Brookings Institution on U.S. foreign economic policy. He was a senior executive at Pfizer, Inc. for 30 years, where he created and then led its international public affairs and public policy operations.
Hodin is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and from 2010-2013, was adjunct senior fellow. He sits on the boards of the Foreign Policy Association, the Business Council for International Understanding, The NYC Blood Center, the American Skin Association, Harris Manchester College, Oxford University, Emigrant Savings Bank, The Partners for a Livable Community — Aging in Place Advisory Council, and on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for Population Aging.
Holdin holds a B.A. cum laude from Cornell University, a master's of science in international relations from The London School of Economics and Political Science, and a master's of philosophy and Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University.
SVP, Human Resources and CHRO Hunt Oil
As senior vice president of human resources and CHRO for Hunt Consolidated Inc. in Dallas, Texas, one of the largest privately held family-owned companies in the world, Paul Hoffman is responsible for providing strategic human resources leadership and a full range of human resources services to the diversified set of Hunt companies. The Hunt family of companies includes Hunt Oil, Hunt Refining, Hoodoo Land and Cattle, Hunt Realty Investments, Hunt Investment Group, Hunt LNG, Hunt Power, Hunt Mexico, Hunt Energy Horizons, Hunt Energy Enterprises and Sharyland Utilities. He joined the Hunt organization in 2003.
Prior to joining Hunt, Hoffman was vice president of human resources for Dynegy Inc. in Houston, Texas, where he managed the human resources function for the marketing and trading division. He began his career with Illinois Power Company, where he served for 18 years in various operations and human resources roles. He served as vice president in human resources prior to Illinois Power's merger with Dynegy.
Hoffman graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in management. He also holds an MBA from Arizona State University.
VP, Talent Management Essilor of America, Inc.
Matthew Jones is vice president of talent management at Essilor of America. He leads all talent management activities for more than 11,000 domestic employees, manages Essilor International’s global people review process and serves as chief learning officer for the Americas. Jones was honored with the CLO Magazine 2009 Learning In Practice Leadership Award and his approach to talent strategy has been cited as a best practice by the Corporate Leadership Council and Bersin by Deloitte. His approach to blended learning solutions was recently recognized by the Center for Creative Leadership.
Prior to Essilor, Jones was a group manager for Frito-Lay North America, where he led all sales capability initiatives. He was also a senior consultant for Accenture in their change management group
Jones is active in Essilor’s Vision Foundation that serves the vision care needs for children in lower income areas. He is both a member of the employee panel and provides visions screenings for children in the local community.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Arkansas and a master’s degree in business administration from The University of Texas McCombs School of Business.
SVP & CHRO Golden Living
Michael Karicher is SVP and CHRO of Golden Living. Karicher joined the company as director of compensation in 2004, and was subsequently promoted to vice president of benefits and compensation, then senior vice president.
Karicher began his career as an auditor with Ernst & Young in New York City and subsequently was a senior auditor in their Los Angeles office. In 1994, he joined Verizon/GTE as an internal auditor and in 1996 moved into the role of manager of executive compensation and benefits. He joined Strong Financial of Wisconsin in 2002 as director of compensation and benefits before coming to Golden Living.
Karicher earned a bachelor of science in business and economics from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He is a certified public accountant.
Karicher has been a frequent speaker in human resources related forums and conferences. He also served on the AHCA Workforce Committee.
EVP, Human Resources Energy Future Holdings Corp.
Carrie Kirby is executive vice president of human resources for Energy Future Holdings Corp., a Dallas-based energy company with a portfolio of competitive and regulated businesses, including TXU Energy, Luminant and Oncor. Kirby oversees the human resources functions across EFH corporate, Luminant and TXU Energy. She was previously vice president of human resources for TXU Energy.
SVP, CHRO CEC Entertainment
Jean Lee is senior vice president and chief human resources officer for CEC Entertainment Inc., a nationally recognized leader in family dining and entertainment. The company and its franchisees operate a system of more than 575 Chuck E. Cheese's stores and 147 Peter Piper Pizza stores located in 47 states and 10 foreign countries and territories. Lee is responsible for executing effective people strategies to engage more than 19,000 employees in delighting the guest and supporting CEC’s continued growth.
Prior to joining CEC in 2014, Lee served as senior vice president of talent for Clean Harbors Inc.; senior vice president of human resources for Safety-Kleen Systems Inc.; vice president of human resources for Armstrong World Industries; vice president of human resources for Overhead Door Corporation; and she held a variety of management positions for United Healthcare Corporation, United States Fidelity & Guaranty Corporation, and The Travelers Group.
Lee received her bachelor of science in psychology from the State University of New York at Oswego and earned her master of science in organizational behavior from the Barney School of Business at the University of Hartford. Lee is a lifetime certified senior professional in human resources.
Co-Founder & CFO HourlyNerd
Peter Maglathlin is the co-founder and CFO 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 and American Apparel, as well as countless others on a confidential basis.
Prior to founding HourlyNerd, Maglathlin worked at UBS Investment Bank in the financial institutions group and Highbridge Capital Management in corporate development. Originally from Connecticut, Maglathlin is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.
SVP & CHRO Frito-Lay North America
Patrick McLaughlin is SVP and CHRO for Frito-Lay North America. He is a 17-year veteran of PepsiCo with a broad range of leadership experience in beverages and foods. McLaughlin joined the Frito-Lay division in 1996 as HR manager at a Michigan manufacturing site and later moved to Denver to support the mountain sales region. In 1999, McLaughlin went on to lead labor relations for the sales function before becoming regional director of human resources for the Northeast. Beginning in 2002, he was promoted to HR VP of operations, then HR VP of sales prior to leading HR and change management for the business innovation function. In 2008, McLoughlin joined Pepsi Cola North America to lead the HR function through the acquisition of its two largest bottlers, a $7.8B transaction that made PepsiCo the largest food and beverage company in North America, doubled the employee population in the U.S. and Canada and increased the worldwide sales to $66B. In 2010, he returned to Frito-Lay North America as leader of the HR team for sales and supply chain and in 2012, became CHRO for Frito-Lay North America with responsibility for nearly 55,000 associates in the U.S. and Canada. McLoughlin holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Purdue University.
VP HCM Transformation Oracle
Christine Mellon, VP of HCM transformation at Oracle, has more than 25 years of diverse HR experience. Mellon assists Oracle clients with human capital management strategy development and implementation, compensation practices, talent development initiatives, employee engagement, global HR management, and integrated HR systems and processes that support the full employee lifecycle.
Mellon has held consulting and corporate HR roles, including CHRO positions. As CHRO for Echostar in Denver, she led HR for 6,000-plus employees in global locations, including the Americas, Western and Eastern Europe and Asia. Mellon also served as CHRO for Aepona, a startup software firm, where she established and elevated global HR practices. Aepona was acquired by Intel in 2013.
Mellon spent seven years in the pharmaceutical industry in a variety of professional and executive HR roles. She later worked for CIGNA Group Insurance as an HR director and a regional VP of sales. Mellon additionally served as SVP of strategic sales for Right Management Consultants, an HR consulting and outplacement firm, where she worked directly with a wide range of client organizations on human capital initiatives.
Mellon received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Villanova University.
SVP – Compensation, Benefits, and Policy AT&T
Tom is responsible for the design, administration, and support of all executive compensation, management compensation, and benefits plans for AT&T. Tom has responsibility for international HR services and solutions along with the HR support for mergers and acquisitions. He also oversees human resources policies for the company.
Moore was named senior vice president of compensation, benefits and policy in AT&T’s Human Resources organization in 2014. Prior to this role, Moore served as vice president of business development in the corporate strategy organization. In his former role, Moore led two major strategic assessments — Big Data and in-flight connectivity. Under his leadership, AT&T launched both of these growth initiatives, which are two of the newest business units within AT&T.
Prior to AT&T, Moore was executive director of financial planning and analysis at Cingular Wireless, with responsibility for all corporate finance and management reporting functions.
Moore graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Moore is on the Corporate Advisory Committee of DFW International and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
William F. Moran
Chief of Naval Personnel United States Navy
Vice Admiral William Moran assumed duties as the Navy's 57th chief of naval personnel in 2013. Serving concurrently as the deputy chief of naval operations, he is responsible for the planning and programming of all manpower, personnel, training and education resources for the U.S. Navy. He manages an annual operating budget of $29B and leads more than 26,000 employees engaged in the recruiting, personnel management, training and development of Navy personnel. His responsibilities include overseeing Navy recruiting command, Navy personnel command, and naval education and training command.
A P-3 pilot with operational tours spanning both coasts, Moran commanded Patrol Squadron 46, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 2, and served extensively as an instructor pilot in multiple operational tours and two tours with Patrol Squadron 30.
Ashore, he served as assistant Washington placement officer and assistant flag officer detailer in the Bureau of Naval Personnel; executive assistant to commander of U.S. Pacific Command; deputy director of Navy staff; and executive assistant to the chief of naval operations.
He is entitled to wear the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (five awards), and other various personal, unit and service awards.
VP, Total Rewards Dean Foods Company
Jose Motta, CCP, has more than 25 years of combined human resources executive experience. Currently, Motta is the vice president of total rewards for Dean Foods Company, the largest U.S. national dairy. In this role, he develops the strategy, planning and implementation of compensation, benefits and HRIS for approximately 18,000 employees across the U.S. In addition, he is responsible for executive compensation as well as providing required support to the Compensation Committee of Dean’s board of directors.
In his prior experience, Motta was the VP of global compensation for Hewlett-Packard’s enterprise services division, where he provided compensation leadership and strategic direction around the world for more than 135,000 employees. He also spent 12 years with PepsiCo in various leadership roles which included VP of compensation and benefits for PepsiCo Americas Foods; VP of compensation and benefits for Frito-Lay North America; VP of compensation and benefits for Frito-Lay Latin America, Asia and Australia; and personnel administration director for PepsiCo in Latin America.
Motta attended the University of Puerto Rico and graduated with honors, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology.
CEO GameStop Corporation
Paul Raines is the chief executive officer of GameStop Corporation. Prior to being named CEO in 2010, he served as chief operating officer since joining the company in 2008.
Raines and his team have transformed GameStop into the leading online and multichannel player in the video game industry, building online and digital platforms, mobile recommerce, download and streaming technologies, and maintaining world-class retail store operations.
Prior to joining GameStop, Raines spent eight years with The Home Depot in various management positions in retail operations, including serving as executive vice president for U.S. stores and president of the Southern Division for the Atlanta-based company. He also has extensive international expertise covering Latin America, Asia and Europe. Prior to The Home Depot, he spent four years in global sourcing for L.L.Bean and 10 years with Kurt Salmon Associates in their consumer products group.
Raines graduated with a bachelor’s degree in industrial and systems engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has appeared on CNBC Mad Money, CNBC Closing Bell and Bloomberg West. He has also been featured in numerous leading publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, CNET, Market Watch, Engadget, Associated Press, Latino Leader, Poder Hispanic Magazine and more.
EVP & CHRO Lennox International Inc.
Dan Sessa was appointed EVP and CHRO in 2007. Prior to joining Lennox International, he served in numerous human resources and legal leadership positions for United Technologies Corporation, including VP, human resources for Otis Elevator Company — Americas; director, employee benefits and human resources systems for United Technologies; and director, human resources for Pratt & Whitney. Sessa began his professional career practicing law in New York and Connecticut, specializing in labor and employment law. He holds a J.D. from the Hofstra University School of Law and a B.A. in law and society from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
VP & CHRO Denbury Resources Inc.
Whitney Shelley has 19 years of experience holding various senior positions with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, organizational development and building world-class HR organizations. She is the CHRO for Denbury Resources, voted the 11th Best Place to Work in 2011 by the Dallas Morning News. Shelley holds a B.S. from The University of North Texas (Cum Laude). She is North Dallas Chamber of Commerce’s 2011 Top Human Resources Professional of the Year.
Tami Simon, JD
Managing Director, Knowledge Resources Center Buck Consultants Inc.
Tami Simon is the managing director of both the Career Practice and Knowledge Resource Center. The Career Practice helps employers develop, implement, and operationalize comprehensive talent strategies, including workforce planning, reward and recognition programs, executive compensation, vendor management, and organizational development. The Knowledge Resource Center is responsible for Buck Consultants’ national multipractice Compliance Consulting Center, publications, government relations, research, surveys, data analytics, training, and knowledge management. Simon is a nationally recognized employee benefits expert and serves as a resource on compliance issues affecting employers’ health and welfare benefits. Simon is an accomplished public speaker and has been asked to testify before the U.S. Congress and federal government agencies. She has served as a faculty member for numerous programs, including those of the Harvard Business School, American Law Institute, American Benefits Council, ERISA Industry Committee, Society for Human Resource Management and more. Simon has authored numerous articles in nationally recognized industry publications such as the Benefits Law Journal, Employee Relations Law Journal and Employee Benefits Journal. She has also been quoted as a subject matter expert by leading news outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BNA, Business Week, CFO Magazine, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, MSN Money and more.
SVP Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.
Sandi Stevens is an SVP at Challenger, Gray and Christmas and is responsible for the Southwest. She brings extensive knowledge in all aspects of human resources, including mergers and acquisitions, HR strategy, organizational development, staffing, compensation, benefits, training, relocation and labor relations. Stevens has an impressive leadership background, becoming the top HR officer at a $7B company at the age of 33. She has held top human resources executive positions in five companies in a wide range of industries, including healthcare, retail and manufacturing. Early in her career she gained valuable international experience in the energy industry and telecommunications. Stevens is known for her strategic ideas and ability as a true business partner to understand the requirements and deliver a solution. She has chaired the operations committee for several companies. Her dynamic leadership style and business approach are integral parts of a company where she was a senior officer that grew from $200M - $1B in three years. She is a frequent speaker and radio personality, where she speaks on many topics including: servant leadership, strategic human resource issues and the keys to successful career transition.
Managing Consultant Towers Watson
Maureen Tarantello is the managing consultant for the Dallas office of Towers Watson. She works with clients to understand their key business issues and delivers integrated solutions and services. She is involved in a variety of human resources consulting activities, including the development of total rewards strategies, retirement and health and wellness benefits design and implementation, service delivery approaches, and performance-based reward systems. In addition, Tarantello has experience in the linking of a variety of talent management and workforce initiatives that facilitate organizational change and achieve business results.
Tarantello’s past roles at Towers Watson include director of account management, practice leader for strategic rewards, compensation consultant and defined contribution benefits specialist.
Tarantello has served Alliance Data, Comerica Bank, Cummins Inc., Fluor, HSBC, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Pepsi, Ralston Purina, Roche, Sara Lee, Technicolor, WellPoint and Zimmer.
Tarantello received an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.S. from Cornell University. She is the past chair of the board of directors of the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago. Tarantello has given speeches to HRMAC and WorldatWork, and has conducted many training sessions on human resources topics.
VP, Corporate Recruiting Walmart Stores, Inc.
Anne Thomas currently serves as VP of corporate recruiting at Walmart. In this role, Thomas oversees all aspects of corporate recruiting, including talent acquisition strategies for corporate positions; college and diversity recruiting; temporary and hourly recruiting; vendor and staffing agency management; as well as responsibility for the company’s employment brand, recruitment marketing and global recruiting technologies. Thomas and her team are focused on delivering a world-class candidate experience by leveraging the latest technology to improve candidate interaction.
Prior to joining the Walmart recruiting team, Thomas was the VP of global compensation for Walmart, supporting more than 27 countries worldwide on the attraction and retention of talent through total reward solutions. She also spent three years as VP of HR at Walmart, developing HR strategies, processes and practices for approximately 1,300 stores and 400,000 hourly and management associates. Prior to joining Walmart in 2008, Thomas was the divisional HR VP at Sears Holding.
Thomas is a dynamic leader with an extensive retail and corporate HR executive background. She combines her passion for the business with her tenacity for developing talent to lead highly engaged and effective teams.
Anne earned a B.S. in accountancy from the Krannert School of Business at Purdue University.
EVP, Talent Solutions Right Management
Jill Vershum is the EVP for talent solutions at Right Management North Texas. She serves as an executive coach and has responsibilities for business development and consulting. She is a professional certified coach and an integral master coach. Vershum has extensive coaching and consulting experience in numerous areas, including leader development, executive coaching, talent assessment and organizational effectiveness.
Vershum has more than 25 years’ experience in combined roles as a corporate leader and consultant. With 18 years in the healthcare industry, she served as a VP at Texas Health Resources, where she worked closely with executives, boards, leaders and medical staff in developing people, cultures and organizations. At Right Management, she has served as a partner in business development and consulting to help client companies develop effective strategies and solutions for talent management and organizational effectiveness.
Vershum holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology from University of Toledo and bachelor’s degree in education from Bowling Green State University. She is member of and certified by International Coach Federation at the professional coach certification level. She has trained extensively in Ken Wilbur’s integral theory and received the highest level certification of Integral Master Coach from Integral Coach Canada Inc.
EVP, Human Resources G6 Hospitality
Sherry Vidal-Brown, Ph.D., is executive vice president of human resources for the G6 Hospitality. Vidal-Brown has more than 15 years in human resources, with an expertise in organizational change in acquisitions and significant business restructuring. She has worked for Bain and Company, American Airlines and FedEx.
Vidal-Brown joined the company in 2009. Under her leadership, the human resources function has been transformed from a purely transactional team to one that supports the business in executing change. Vidal-Brown also has designed valuable training programs for franchisees and corporate managers.
Prior to 2009, Vidal-Brown held senior positions at several companies in which she improved customer metrics, reduced employee turnover and drove efficiencies through organizational change efforts while ensuring the organization was recognized for its best-in-class work. Vidal-Brown also was recognized by the Dallas Business Journal in 2009 as one of the Top 25 Women to Watch in Dallas.
Vidal-Brown holds a Ph.D. from Texas A&M as well as an MBA from the University of Houston. Along with her commitment to her professional role, she has served on the board of directors for Make a Wish in North Texas and is involved in various community organizations.
EVP, Human Resources Dean Foods Company
Kim Warmbier joined Dean Foods in 2012 as SVP of HR for Fresh Dairy Direct. She was promoted to her current position later in 2012 as EVP and CHRO.
Prior to Dean Foods, Warmbier served as the SVP of HR for JCPenney, where she led human resource professionals supporting more than 150,000 associates in supply chain, stores and corporate. Her experience also includes more than 20 years in the consumer packaged goods industry with Frito-Lay/PepsiCo, where she held progressive human resources roles including her last role as CPO of PepsiCo sales.
Warmbier serves on the employer advisory boards for both of her alma maters and serves as a board member and member of the finance and executive committees on the North Texas Food Bank board. Previously, she was a board member for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas and served on the CEO Selection committee.
Warmbier has her master’s degree in labor employment relations from the University of Illinois, and her bachelor’s degree in business from Illinois State University.
VP, Services Product Management Appirio
Harry West is a human capital management strategy consultant, joining Appirio after the company’s acquisition of Knowledge Infusion. He helps clients develop strategies around talent management, workforce service delivery, and how to get the most from technology solutions such as Cornerstone OnDemand, Workday, and salesforce.com.
Commander, Naval Education and Training Command United States Navy
Rear Adm. Michael White is a 1983 graduate of the University of Colorado and earned a Master of Arts degree from Webster University in 2005.
His career as a naval aviator includes assignments with Attack Squadron (VA) 72, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 22, executive and commanding officer of VFA-137, air operations officer for Carrier Group One, and deputy commander and commander CVW-5.
Assignments to shore and staff billets include Naval Strike Warfare Center; Bureau of Naval Personnel; VFA-125; director of the commander’s action group at United States Northern Command; director of Aviation Career Management Division (PERS 43) at Navy Personnel Command, the chief operating officer for Naval Education and Training Command and assistant commander, Navy Personnel Command for Career Management (PERS-4).
He also served as commander, Carrier Strike Group 11 (Nimitz Strike Group) completing a deployment that included exercises in the 5th, 6th and 7th Fleet areas.
White became the 18th Commander of the Naval Education and Training Command on Jan. 24, 2014.