Partner, Institute for Health and Human Potential
Bill Benjamin, partner at the Institute for Health and Human Potential, has 25 years of real-world business experience as a senior leader. In addition to using his background in sales to motivate and inspire audiences, Benjamin leverages his mathematics and technical background to take a practical and scientific approach to helping people understand how the brain responds under pressure, and how that can help increase leadership and performance.
The IHHP, an international research and training company, was named one of the fastest growing companies in the Fast 100 ranking in PROFIT Magazine.
Benjamin has also contributed to the New York Times and Amazon bestselling book “Performing Under Pressure,” co-authored by IHHP’s JP Pawliw-Fry and noted psychologist Hendrie Weisinger.
CHRO, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Paul Chiames, CHRO of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, has more than 25 years of experience in large-scale culture change, leadership development and executive coaching. He has significant international experience across numerous countries on four continents
Chiames’s executive experience includes serving as the CHRO for an internationally recognized research laboratory, head of global leadership and talent management for Sony, head of global leadership and organization development for News Corporation and the Fox Group and head of leadership, organization and workforce development for Boeing. Chiames also serves as a faculty member for the Society for Human Resource Management.
Principal, Executive Advisory Services, CEB
Executive Director, Stanford University
Lori Nishiura Mackenzie, executive director of Stanford University's Clayman Institute for Gender Research, defines the organization’s strategic direction and engages community members to drive research-based impact. Her work has been published and presented widely on the topics of women’s leadership and creating effective workplaces. Mackenzie joined the Institute after working in marketing strategy and business management for 20 years at companies such as Procter & Gamble, Apple Computer, eBay and PayPal.
Mackenzie has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s in economics from University of California, Berkeley.
CHRO SVP of People, Fortinet, Inc.
Lisa McGill, CHRO and senior vice president of People at Fortinet, has more than 20 years of experience as a senior HR leader working for high-tech companies. McGill has expanded businesses all around the globe, including in India and the emerging markets. She has managed mergers and acquisitions from two different perspectives: as SVP of HR for Foundry Networks, where she was responsible for the acquisition end of Foundry when it was purchased by Brocade, and overseeing the integration as Brocade’s new global SVP of HR for the combined companies.
McGill is focused on making Fortinet the No. 1 cybersecurity company in the world through a cultural transformation focused on high performance, employer branding, operational excellence, value-added analytics, openness, teamwork and innovation. She previously held senior-level HR positions at Alcatel and PWC and has an MBA from Pepperdine University, The George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management.
SVP, Human Resources, Riverbed Technology
Lori Spence, SVP of human resources at Riverbed Technology, started at the company in 2010 and has served in her current position since 2015. She is responsible for all HR practices, programs and operations for over 2400 employees in 38 countries. Spence leads talent acquisition, HR business partner activities, global benefits, compensation, immigration and HR Operations. She has more than 25 years’ experience in human resources, recruiting, training, organizational development, employee relations, change management and executive development.
Prior to joining Riverbed in 2010, Spence was the vice president of HR at BenefitStreet. Her previous experience includes HR leadership positions at Commerce One, Williams-Sonoma, PAPYRUS and Macy’s.
Spence holds a bachelor’s of science in business administration from Central Michigan University.
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