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.
Senior Director of Learning and Organizational Development, TIBCO Software Inc.
Carmel Benson, senior director of learning and organizational development for TIBCO Software, Inc., has helped Bay Area companies develop and engage employees and leaders for over fifteen years. Benson has infused active organizational learning and ongoing buy-in throughout her leadership and organizational development work at companies like Cisco Systems, Genentech, Seagate Technology, Apple, Maxim Integrated, Logitech, Integrated Device Technology, and most recently TIBCO Software.
Benson received her doctorate in social and organizational psychology from the University of California and majored in French at Columbia University in New York City.
CFO, TIBCO Software Inc.
Tom Berquist, CFO at TIBCO Software Inc., is responsible for worldwide financial operations and reporting, as well as investor relations, sales operations, and maintenance renewals, and the implementation of Vista’s transformation initiatives.
Previously, Berquist held CEO and CFO roles at software companies, including Saba, Corel and Actian. In addition, he spent 10 years on Wall Street with Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and Piper Jaffray and six years at Deloitte.
Berquist earned a bachelor of arts degree in accounting and a master’s in business administration in management and marketing from the University of St. Thomas.
CHRO, Applied Materials
Madonna Bolano leads the global HR function for Applied Materials, a position she has held since 2014. Previously, 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 value.
Before joining the Silicon Systems Group in 2009, Bolano led HR for the display and SunFab solar group. She re-joined Applied in 2009 from SunPower Corporation, where she supported the worldwide operations organization and led the HR Operations function. Bolano has over 15 years of HR leadership experience at companies like Lam Research Corporation and AG Associates.
Bolano has been recognized for her achievements and influence inside and outside the workplace. She received the 2015 YWCA Silicon Valley Tribute to Women Award and in 2014 was named one of the "Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology" by the National Diversity Council, and a “Woman Worth Watching” by Profiles in Diversity Journal. Bolano holds a bachelor of arts in sociology with highest honors from University of California, Berkeley.
VP Site Services, Genentech, Inc.
Carla Boragno, VP of site services at Genentech Inc., has been with the company for over 30 years and leads its corporate real estate portfolio, physical infrastructure and workplace services for the South San Francisco campus. She is known as a transformational business leader across functions and geographies.
As head of procurement services for Roche’s global pharma, Boragno was responsible for strategic and operational procurement services across Roche. While based in Singapore, she led the transition and full integration of a newly acquired manufacturing facility into Genentech’s existing Singapore operations.
Boragno holds a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from University of California, Berkeley. She serves on the board of directors for Northern California Junior Achievement, Bay Area Council, the Genentech Foundation and is a member of the International Women’s Forum.
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.
CHRO, El Camino Hospital
Kathryn Fisk is the chief human resources officer for El Camino Hospital and has been since 2013.
Previously, Fisk was regional director of human resources for the Florida Region of Tenet Healthcare and served in several senior-level human resources positions at the University of Miami Health System, Baptist Health South Florida and the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and School.
She was president of the American Society of HealthCare Human Resources Administration and prior to that, served two terms as ASHHRA Regional Director for New England. Fisk has received many distinguished awards throughout her career, including the Paul Guy Mentorship Award in recognition of her outstanding leadership and mentorship to others in the healthcare human resources field and the Distinguished Service Award, which recognized her for a lifetime of leadership and service in the healthcare human resources field.
Along with master's degrees in biology and business administration, Fisk holds a lifetime senior professional in human resources certification from the Society of Human Resources Management.
SVP, Global Human Resources, TIBCO Software Inc.
Michele Haddad, SVP of global HR at TIBCO, is responsible for the company's global HR strategy, including workforce development and organization effectiveness, benefits and compensation, staffing and HR processes. She also leads HR transformations and programs to enhance employee engagement across the 30 countries where TIBCO operates.
Haddad has more than 15 years' experience at TIBCO, holding positions ranging from financial analyst to senior director of financial planning and analysis.
She holds a master of business administration and a bachelor of science in finance, both from Santa Clara University.
VP, Global Human Resources, Integrated Device Technology
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.
Head of Research and Strategy, Google Inc.
Ciela Hartanov is head of research and strategy at Google, where she focuses on researching the future of leadership. She is also a consultant in the executive development group delivering and facilitating relevant, customized solutions for leaders and their organizations.
Prior to joining Google, she worked in both an internal and external consulting capacity, including several years at Qualcomm acting as the global lead for organization development.
Hartanov has a bachelor of arts in international relations and cultural anthropology and received a doctorate in culture and human behavior psychology.
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, Human Resources, Juniper Networks
Terese Kimble, CHRO of Juniper Networks, is responsible for leading and integrating all facets of Juniper's HR goals, including people strategy and enhancement of company culture in order to deliver solutions enabling business growth. She also manages Juniper Networks Foundation Fund.
Kimble brings two decades of HR leadership experience to Juniper, including the successful development of winning strategies that enable business growth through the effective integration of people, technologies, processes and cultures.
Most recently, Kimble served as SVP of HR at Lam Research Corporation, where she guided strategy across all aspects of compensation, benefits, employee development, staffing and systems while the company underwent major growth. Prior to that, she held senior executive roles with TE Connectivity and Applied Materials.
Kimble holds a master of business administration and a bachelor of science from Santa Clara University.
Principal, Executive Advisory Services, CEB, now Gartner
Dion Love is principal in executive advisory services at CEB, now Gartner, where he curates and headlines insight events for executives in talent acquisition and talent management globally.
Previously, Love was a senior business development manager at the Australian Trade Commission, where he advised Australian companies on U.S. market entry and business development. He began his career in the public affairs branch of the Australian Embassy in Washington, D.C., where he supported the Australian government's public diplomacy work in the U.S., facilitating trade, investment, and public affairs briefings throughout the U.S.
Love received a combined bachelor of commerce and arts from the University of Melbourne and studied at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.
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.
Client Technology Leader, Conduent
Scot Marcotte is the client technology leader for Conduent Human Resource Services, where he helps organizations solve human resources issues through the strategic use of data, communication and technology. His team delivers talent engagement solutions for more than 300 clients worldwide.
Marcotte holds a certified employee benefit specialist designation, recently co-authored a book on employee engagement, was named Conduent HR services innovator of the year and is a regular presenter at global HR conferences.
Marcotte earned his bachelor of science in industrial engineering and management science from Northwestern University.
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.
VP HR, Golden State Warriors
Gracie Mercado, vice president of human resources for the Golden State Warriors, leads efforts to continuously improve employee engagement and overall company culture while overseeing performance management, talent acquisition, employee relations, compensation and benefits for the organization.
Mercado previously held HR roles in various sports and media companies, including the NHL's New Jersey Devils, Conde Nast and the Yankees entertainment and sports network.
Mercado earned her degree from the State University of New York at Albany.
Futurist, Singularity University
Marjan Mohsenin drives engagement with Singularity University by creating synergistic partnerships with multi-national companies, governments, education institutions and investors. Program packages include designing custom executive programs, corporate sponsorships, online learning partnerships, corporate labs membership and more.
Prior to SU, Mohsenin spent 15 years in Silicon Valley in high-tech and e-commerce, leading innovative strategic partnership initiatives, developing senior-level relationships with multi-national Fortune 500 companies, subject matter experts and startups and developing global partnership alliances.
She is a member of Silicon Valley’s Leading Women in Technology group. Originally from State College, Pennsylvania, she has a B.A. in communications and English and a minor in dance from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland.
CHRO, Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.
Laura Owen is CHRO of Maxim Integrated Products, where she leads the company’s people strategy. This includes accelerating business results through leadership, attracting and retaining the best talent, empowering employees to reach their full potential and creating a compelling employee experience that emphasizes innovation, diversity and inclusion and collaboration.
Previously, Owen led human resources at Polycom as CHRO, and prior to that held multiple HR leadership roles at global companies including Cisco, Macrovision, Spirent and Credence.
Owen holds a bachelor of science degree in personnel and industrial relations from San Francisco State University and a J.D. from Santa Clara University.
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.
Chief Human Resources Officer, Trimble
Mike Scarpa is CHRO at Trimble, where he is responsible for managing all strategic and tactical HR initiatives supporting Trimble employees worldwide.
Scarpa joined Trimble with more than 20 years of progressive global human resources experience. Previously, he served as vice president of human resources for Harman International, where he led the global HR function for a $2.2B division. He has also held human resources leadership positions at General Electric and ABB.
Scarpa received a bachelor of science in finance from Bentley University and an MBA in health systems finance from Union College.
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.
VP, People, Lyft
Ron Storn, VP of people at Lyft, leads human resources and recruiting, empowering company leaders and team members to achieve Lyft’s mission to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation. Since joining Lyft in 2013, Storn has grown the company from 80 to over 1,600 team members, and from one centralized office to three corporate offices and over 20 hubs nationwide.
Storn has over 20 years of experience leading recruiting and human resources teams, most recently at Facebook and Google. At Facebook, he managed product engineering and leadership recruiting, and while at Google, he focused on business operations recruiting.
Previously, Storn founded Targus Human Capital Partners, a boutique executive search firm specializing in director and above-level placements for emerging and mid-market companies. Before starting his own shop, he managed Western Region experienced recruiting for PwC and spent a significant period as a recruiting manager for an international executive search firm.
Storn has a bachelor of science in accounting from University of San Francisco.
SVP, Human Resources, Genentech, Inc.
Nancy Vitale is SVP of HR for Genentech and a member of the Genentech Executive Committee, where she is responsible for leading a team of nearly 200 HR professionals across multiple disciplines dedicated to creating a great place for the organization’s 15,000 employees. Vitale is also a board member for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America.
Previously, Vitale held the dual role of senior director, HR for the Genentech Technical Operations organization and global HR business partner for the biologics operating unit across three continents. In this capacity, she led a network of 40 HR professionals.
Prior to joining Genentech in 2006, Vitale was director of HR for the Gillette North American Commercial Division at Procter & Gamble, where she was integrally involved in the merger of Gillette and P&G. Prior to P&G, Nancy was vice president of HR for CIGNA's group insurance division.
In 2015, Vitale was recognized as one of the San Francisco Business Times’ Most Influential Women in the Bay Area, and in 2016, to its Forever Influential Honor Roll.
Global Account Director, CrossKnowledge
International Leadership & Innovation Expert, Author & Thought Leader, Thoughtfully Ruthless
Internationally acclaimed innovation expert Val Wright was named as one of the top 50 resources for chief operating officers by ClickSoftware. She’s one of only 64 experts inducted into the Million Dollar Consultant Hall of Fame. The global clients who’ve requested her help include Starbucks, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Financial Times and DreamWorks Animation. Wright’s corporate experience includes tenures during dramatic growth periods at Amazon, BMW, Microsoft, Harrods, Marconi and Sema Group.
Wright participated on the small team that created the fastest selling device of all time, Kinect for Xbox, which won a Guinness Book of World Record, selling more than 20 million devices. This contributed to the turnaround of Microsoft’s entertainment business from a billion-dollar loss to a multimillion-dollar profit machine.
Her unique approach, trademarked as Thoughtfully Ruthless, has produced typical client results of market domination in extraordinarily short time frames along with compassionate truth telling, fearlessness, and extensive creative, technical, and leadership gains.
Wright’s forthcoming books include “Thoughtfully Ruthless: The Key to Exponential Growth” and “Innovation Trifecta: How to Catapult Innovation by Creating a Symbiotic Relationship between Creative, Business, and Technical Teams.” She’s a regular contributor on CNBC Magazine, Business Insider, Fast Company, Bloomberg, Reuters, LA Times, MSN and Today.