Group VP, Global Human Resources, Applied Materials
Madonna Bolano has led the global HR function for Applied Materials since 2014. Prior to this position, she was head of HR for the silicon systems group, the company’s largest business group. Bolano and her team support the business to attract, develop and retain industry-leading talent and provide a climate and incentives to maximize the value they create for Applied. She has worked with executives to successfully close and integrate major mergers and acquisitions, reorganize the business, improve employee engagement, and create and staff new organizations.
Prior to joining the SSG organization in 2009, Bolano led HR for the display and SunFab Solar group. She rejoined Applied in 2009 from SunPower Corporation, where she supported the worldwide operations organization and led the HR operations function. Prior to SunPower, she held HR leadership positions for 15 years in the semiconductor equipment industry at Lam Research Corporation, Applied Materials and AG Associates (now part of Mattson Technology Inc.). Bolano holds a B.A. in sociology with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley.
President, PayCheck Direct
Darren Bonnstetter is the president of PayCheck Direct, an employee purchase program that gives employees a better tool to responsibly buy items they need through payroll deduction. Bonnstetter brings 25 years of business operations experience. Prior to PayCheck Direct, he was a managing director at Quarry Capital Management, a private equity firm. His diverse background also includes serving as chief executive officer of Royal Pet Supplies, a pet product distributor. Bonnstetter holds a master of science in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and a master of business administration from Harvard Business School.
SVP, CHRO, Symantec Corporation
Amy Cappellanti-Wolf is senior vice president and chief human resources officer, reporting to Symantec’s CEO. In addition to serving on the executive team and managing Symantec’s global human resources function, she leads Symantec’s workplace/workforce strategy and planning, real estate, and facilities functions. During her career, Cappellanti-Wolf has led human resources teams in high-tech, entertainment and consumer products industries. Most recently she was the chief HR officer for Silver Spring Networks, beginning in 2009. In partnership with the CEO and senior leaders, she delivered a successful IPO for Silver Spring Networks in 2013.
Cappellanti-Wolf previously held key human resources leadership roles at Cisco Systems from 2001—2009. She began at Cisco leading HR for the U.S. enterprise sales team. From sales, she moved into worldwide marketing, then worldwide business functions and lastly, was the vice president leading the HR teams for decision support, services and operations businesses. Prior to Cisco, Cappellanti-Wolf has also led HR teams at Sun Microsystems, The Walt Disney Company and Frito-Lay. She holds an M.S. in industrial and labor relations and a B.S. in journalism and public relations from West Virginia University.
Vice President, Human Resources, Wilbur Ellis Company
Anne Cleary serves as the vice president of human resources for Wilbur-Ellis Company, a 95-year-old global company specializing in the marketing and distribution of agriculture, animal feed, and specialty chemicals. She started her tenure with Wilbur-Ellis in 2000 and oversees the global people strategy including talent management, organizational design and succession.
Cleary currently serves on the board of the University of San Francisco School of Management Advisory Council and was a former board chair for Aids Project of the East Bay. She also serves as a content advisor for the Bureau of National Affairs, as a panelist for the Family Business Council and advises on other HR policy development efforts. A graduate of Creighton University with a bachelor of arts, Cleary also holds a master's in public administration from the University of San Francisco.
SVP, Human Resources, Sony Computer Entertainment America
Julie Currie joined Sony Computer Entertainment America in 2015 and serves as senior vice president of human resources reporting to President and CEO Shawn Layden. Currie is responsible for the development of people and organization strategies, and processes that drive business objectives and the company’s culture of “best place to play.” She also oversees corporate social responsibility.
Currie brings a wealth of experience leading human resources teams and building world-class talent management strategies to attract and retain top employees. Her leadership experience includes roles at Proofpoint, CHC Helicopter, Aon Consulting, Advanced Micro Devices, ATI Technologies, Peoplesoft and AT&T/NCR. Currie earned a bachelor's degree in management and economics from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.
Director, CEB Recruiting Leadership Council, CEB
Tiffany Fountain is the director of CEB Recruiting Leadership Council research products. She has more than a decade of experience advising HR executives and their staff. While at CEB, Fountain has led research teams on performance management, succession planning, leadership development, organizational design, employee engagement, career management and employment value proposition design. She has a bachelor of arts in political science from The George Washington University and a master of business administration from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
VP, Global Human Resources, IDT Corporation
Anja Hamilton is an energetic, results-driven HR professional with a clear vision and track record for optimizing business by clearly aligning people’s talents and motivations with organizational goals. As vice president of global human resources, Hamilton is responsible for IDT’s employee experience worldwide. In this role she oversees global total rewards, HR information systems, talent acquisition, employee relations and communications, and talent and organizational development. Hamilton joined IDT in 2011.
Hamilton has 18 years of human resources experience, spanning from startups to large-cap companies in various industries. Prior to IDT, Hamilton worked for Atmel, eBay, Electronic Arts and several startup companies. Hamilton received her business administration and media technology degree at the Professional Academy for Media Tech in Munich, Germany, and studied human resource management at San Jose State University.
Vice President, Human Resources, Big Heart Pet Brands
Renee Hollinger cultivated a foundation in human resources having held multiple HR roles at Warner Bros., Urban Outfitters, Levi Strauss and Co., Gap Inc. and, most recently, Big Heart Pet Brands. She has taken on a new role as the head of human resources for the San Francisco-based technology company Supersonic. She holds a B.A. in psychology from UCLA and is currently working towards her professional coaching credential at New Ventures West.
SVP & CHRO, Plantronics, Inc.
InaMarie Johnson is SVP and CHRO at Plantronics. In this role, she supports the company's broad business objectives and sets strategic direction for people and culture to drive innovation and growth. Johnson joined Plantronics in 2015 and has more than 20 years of experience in HR leadership.
Previously, she was SVP and CHRO at UTi Worldwide and during her four years with UTi, she and her team established engagement and development programs at all levels of the company along with change management tools. Prior, she spent a decade at Honeywell, where she provided HR leadership for the transportation systems and specialty materials divisions, including organizational design, talent management, compensation, employee and labor relations, staffing, learning, and diversity. She also held various HR leadership positions for six years at The Clorox Company. Johnson is a featured leader in the 2014 book “Leading Well: The Essence of Wholehearted Inspirational Leaders,” and has been published in the Harvard Business Review and other business publications on a variety of leadership topics. She is a board member of Harbor Interfaith Services, a nonprofit organization serving the homeless and working poor based in Southern California.
SVP & Chief People Officer, Cisco Systems, Inc.
Francine Katsoudas is senior vice president and chief people officer of Cisco. She plays a major role in the company’s overall performance, leading organizational strategy, promoting operational effectiveness and elevating team performance through innovative leadership.
She leads Cisco’s business-driven people strategy and people deal, both of which support and align to Cisco’s overall business strategy and are essential to driving the company’s transformational journey. She also is evolving Cisco’s approach to strategic workforce planning with programs highlighting the skills and capabilities that employees need to be innovative in today’s technology-driven environment. She fosters a culture of full-spectrum participation, emphasizing inclusion and collaboration to drive exponential business value.
A 20-year veteran of Cisco, Katsoudas has extensive experience leading organizational transformations, driving large-scale growth, talent acquisition, leadership development and succession planning. Prior to her current role, she was the HR leader and business partner to the engineering leadership team helping oversee its workforce of more than 25,000 people. She has also held leadership positions in the service provider, HR operations, customer service, acquisition integration and services groups.
Prior to Cisco, Katsoudas worked in both the financial and professional services industries with a focus on customer service and operations.
SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, Hitachi Data Systems
Scott Kelly is responsible for all aspects of human resources at Hitachi Data Systems, including HR information systems, workforce planning and staffing, total compensation, performance management, management development, leadership succession planning, diversity and advocacy, HR legal compliance, organization development, and management support consulting. Before his current role, Kelly had a number of assignments within Hitachi Data Systems. Immediately before, Kelly was senior vice president of client facing operations, and prior to that, global head of talent management. Kelly has also supported the Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Asia-Pacific regions.
With more than 20 years in human resources, Kelly has worked for Nestle, Scottish Power, Motorola, and Dun & Bradstreet. He has been involved in change processes and in business partnering in the international environment for most of his career. As a result, he is very familiar with what is needed to make the business relationship successful, including the challenges of working in a global model.
Kelly has degrees in human resource management and biology/biotechnology as well as executive education with Tuck School of Business, and IMD.
SVP, Human Resources, Lam Research Corporation
Terese Kemble is senior vice president and head of human resources at Lam Research Corporation, one of the leading semiconductor equipment manufacturing companies. In her current role, Kemble leads a global team that supports and accelerates Lam’s mission by providing strategic partnership with the business leaders and centers of excellence focused on all aspects of compensation, benefits, employee development, staffing and systems. In addition to leading the HR organization, she also has responsibility for management interface with the board of director’s compensation committee.
Prior to joining Lam, Kemble was VP of human resources at TE Connectivity and at Applied Materials. She has worked closely on a number of mergers and acquisitions requiring rapid and thoughtful integration of people, technologies, systems, and cultures. Kemble serves on the advisory board for Fairfield University College of Arts and Sciences. She holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Santa Clara University.
Author & Thought Leader, "Say Anything"
Matt Kincaid co-authored the critically acclaimed leadership book, “Say Anything,” an Amazon Top 10 New Release. His work on servant leadership has been published in multiple international scientific journals, and he has been featured in two widely distributed business textbooks, both published by Pearson Prentice Hall. Kincaid has led the efforts of four startup companies and worked as a strategic planning consultant for an array of Fortune 500 companies.
As a top-rated professor and speaker, he has given talks, facilitated workshops, and delivered leadership development programs to Mission Support Alliance, McDonald's, Lockheed Martin, MacKay Sposito, Columbia Basin College, the U.S. Department of Energy, Cadwell Laboratories, The Washington-Alaska Healthcare Association, and the Hanford Patrol Management team. Kincaid holds an MBA and a Ph.D. in leadership studies from Gonzaga University.
Chief Workforce Officer, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Gary King was appointed chief workforce officer for Sacramento Municipal Utility District in 2015, reporting to the chief executive officer and general manager. In this position, he is responsible for enterprise services, such as procurement, fleet, and facilities management, as well as for human resources, health and safety, workforce development, and inclusion.
King served as director of workforce management since 2008. His role expanded in 2012 to include information technology and information security. Before his 2008 appointment, King served as SMUD’s manager of human resources. He joined SMUD in 1998 as a supervisor in compensation and selection, coming from a position as manager of employment for the City of Palo Alto. He had served many years in senior human resource management positions for the city and county of San Francisco as well.
King received his master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Maryland and his bachelor’s degree in behavioral science from Pacific Union College.
VP, Human Resources, University of Washington
Mindy Kornberg, appointed VP of HR at University of Washington in 2006, provides human resources leadership and strategic guidance across the University of Washington system consisting of three campuses, two medical centers and several smaller off-site locations locally and globally. UWHR’s responsibilities for labor relations, benefits, organizational development, violence prevention, disability accommodation services, employee communications and employee engagement encompass all faculty, staff and graduate student employees at the University of Washington.
Kornberg’s expertise in creating welcoming workplaces and navigating unionized environments has formed more productive relationships with the nine union partners on campus as well as nationally recognized programming in leadership development and employee engagement. She sits on the President's Cabinet, is an executive sponsor of the HR/Payroll Modernization effort, and an affiliate professor for the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance.
A frequent guest speaker at national human resources and higher education conferences, Kornberg is also a lawyer, sworn into the U.S. Supreme Court Bar and admitted to the North Carolina State Bar, Alaska State Bar, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.
Founder & Managing Principal, On the Mark
Mark LaScola founded On the Mark in 1990 after gaining his B.A. in psychology from Fresno State University and an interdisciplinary M.S. in marriage and family therapy from San Jose State University. His work focused on systems theory and its application to human systems and processes. Now in its 26th year of operation, and with offices located on both sides of the Atlantic, OTM is recognized by many as the preferred vendor in providing substantive yet practical organization design, business transformation and lasting change. A passion for collaborative business transformation, as LaScola calls it, sits at the heart of OTM and supports a belief in people, holistic thinking and pragmatism.
LaScola has successfully delivered more than 300 redesigns and 600 engagements, and trained and developed approximately 5,000 executives, managers, and internal change agents in OTM’s comprehensive solutions across a broad and diverse range of industries on six continents and more than 30 countries. His redesign experience ranges across all business functions and most business sectors.
EVP, Human Resources, NetApp, Inc.
Gwen McDonald is the executive vice president of human resources at NetApp Inc., a Fortune 500 company and a leader in delivering storage and data management solutions. McDonald is responsible for leading a global human resources organization that focuses on worldwide workforce planning, talent management, total rewards, training and organizational development. McDonald is a key steward of NetApp's unique cultural values and principles, which have enabled the company to be consistently ranked as a Great Place to Work around the world by the Great Place to Work Institute.
McDonald is on the board of California Strategic Human Resource Partnership, a partnership between senior human resources executives of leading California companies. She is also a member of the Executive Leadership Council. The Executive Leadership Council is the nation’s premier leadership organization comprised of the most senior African-American corporate executives in Fortune 500 companies. McDonald holds a bachelor of science in human resources and organizational behavior from the University of San Francisco.
SVP, Chief People Officer, PayPal, Inc.
Marcia Morales-Jaffe joined PayPal’s leadership team in 2015 to spearhead PayPal's efforts to shape a unique culture, one that inspires every employee to achieve PayPal's transformational business vision and social mission. In her role as CHRO, Morales-Jaffe partners closely with the business to attract the best and brightest talent, creating opportunities for them to thrive; increasing employee engagement; fostering PayPal's business principles of innovation, operational excellence and customer service; and enhancing PayPal’s culture of diversity and inclusion.
Prior to PayPal, Morales-Jaffe was the senior vice president of people and performance at World Fuel Services Corporation, a market leader in the energy and transportation space. At WFS, Morales-Jaffe was instrumental in building an organization that achieved extraordinary growth. During her 12-year tenure, Marcia led a strategic HR function that partnered closely with the business, contributing to growth from $3B to $40B in revenues and six times the market cap. She integrated 24 acquisitions, aligned performance management programs to business goals, built talent development programs, and put in place incentives and rewards to achieve high performance and build retention.
Dr. Charles O’Reilly
Professor of Organizational Behavior & Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and Senior Advisor to Pomello, Pomello
Dr. Charles O'Reilly is a leading expert on organizational behavior and management, and a professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. His research includes studies of leadership, organizational culture and demography, the management of human resources, and the impact of change and innovation on firms. He is a founding shareholder and senior advisor to Pomello, a leading culture measurement technology company focused on the impact culture has on employee engagement, performance and turnover.
He has authored more than 100 papers and published several books. O’Reilly has consulted for a variety of public and private firms in the U.S., Europe, Africa and Asia. He has developed, directed and taught in executive programs for senior managers in innovation, technology, leadership, change and human resources.
President & CEO, Core-Mark International
Thomas Perkins is the president and chief executive officer of Core-Mark International, a $11B broad-line wholesale distributor of packaged consumer products serving more than 37,000 convenience retail locations across the U.S. and Canada. He has been with Core-Mark for 23 years, serving as a division controller, president of two of Core-Mark’s operating divisions, VP of U.S. divisions, and senior VP of resources before becoming CEO in 2013.
Prior to joining Core-Mark, Perkins was a controller with Pepsi-Cola Company from 1989—1993 and was a certified public accountant and consultant with Arthur Andersen from 1985—1987. Perkins received a bachelor of science from Northern Arizona University. He is based at the Core-Mark Headquarters in south San Francisco.
Senior Director, Employee Communications, Castlight Health Inc.
Susan Pippin is a senior director on the Castlight user growth team. The user growth team is comprised of consumer marketing and engagement experts who design, develop and deliver evidence-based communication strategies to customers. Pippin leads a specialized team of strategists who work with Castlight's largest and most complex customers to tackle their engagement challenges.
Before joining Castlight in 2013, Pippin was a communications consultant at a global HR firm where she held several roles, including a leadership role for the company's San Francisco-based communications team.
SVP, Human Resources, California Dairies Inc.
Lowell Richardson joined California Dairies Inc. in 2014, bringing more than 20 years of HR and management leadership to his role as SVP of HR.
He has expertise in training and development, talent management, labor relations, benefits management, and operations management. Prior, Lowell had been employed by Dean Foods where he held the roles of director of human resources, senior director of human resources and, most recently, vice president of human resources. Previously he spent 10 years at Amcor Sunclipse North America in various human resources and management positions, including general manager and vice president of learning and performance.
He is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, with a bachelor of science in political science. He also holds the professional certification of senior professional in human resources.
Solutions Consulting Director, Globoforce
With more than 20 years leading global rewards teams for high-tech companies, and after her overwhelmingly positive experience as a Globoforce customer, Katie Scott joins the Globoforce team as a solutions consulting director where her focus will be on thought leadership and providing a customer perspective during the sales process.
Previously, Scott was senior director of total rewards for Shutterfly Inc. where she led compensation, benefits and HR systems teams. Before Shutterfly, she was director of global compensation for LSI Corporation and had success implementing innovative programs, like Globoforce’s recognition solution, as well as new incentive and performance management programs. Before that, Scott held HR leadership roles at FormFactor, Cypress Semiconductor and Lam Research, and also led a product development team at the consulting firm, iQuantic Inc. She holds a bachelor of arts in social science from University of California, Berkeley and an MBA with a focus on human resources from Drexel University.
Nick Seneca Jankel
Author & Thought Leader, SWITCH ON Worldwide
Nick Seneca Jankel is the chief architect of Breakthrough Biodynamics, a revolutionary framework for systematically unleashing the potential for breakthrough that lies dormant in every leader, team member and organization. An international keynote speaker, Seneca Jankel has inspired audiences worldwide, like LEGO, Nike, Google, Investec and No.10 Downing Street to break through their most formidable challenges and metabolize problems into solutions. Whether you have a sales team to inspire, conference participants to wow, or an audience at a major event to captivate, Seneca Jankel is focused on everyone getting their breakthrough to make the future happen.
Seneca Jankel is the author of the bestselling book “Switch On: Unleash your Creativity and Thrive with the New Science & Spirit of Breakthrough.” Having obtained a first-class degree in medicine from Cambridge University, Seneca Jankel was on the path to become a psychiatrist until he had a breakthrough, realizing that ideas and ideals are the key to everyday thriving. He went on to study history and philosophy of science, leveraging this specialist knowledge in a 20-year deep-dive into innovation entrepreneurship, where he helped launch Xbox, create Dancing with Stars and pioneer the use of anthropology to understand future technologies.
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, an MBA, and 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.
Vice President of Strategic Operations, Jobvite
Robert Tsao is leading strategic growth and development at Jobvite as the vice president of strategic operations. Tsao oversees the development and execution of Jobvite’s corporate strategy and proactively identifies opportunities to accelerate growth and profitability. It is a big job that fits the vast background he has in the technology arena.
Tsao has 20 years of experience building software and Internet companies, and has worked as an entrepreneur, strategy executive, venture capitalist and investment banker. He founded Upmo and AirSurf, and worked at companies like Taleo, Meltwater Group and Vertex Management.
This diverse work history has given Tsao a multilayered view into how successful businesses operate, a tremendous asset when it comes to supporting Jobvite’s continued growth.
VP, Human Resources, Core-Mark International
Joe Wegener joined Core-Mark International in 2008 as the vice president of human resources. Core-Mark International is one of the largest broadline, full-service distributors of packaged consumer products to the convenience retail industry in North America. Core-Mark operates 29 distribution centers in the U.S. and Canada with 5,300 employees and is headquartered in south San Francisco.
Wegener previously held management and executive positions with McKesson, Budget Rent a Car and ADT. He graduated from Sir Wilfred Laurier University in Canada with a B.A. in history.