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.
SVP, Human Resources SanDisk Corporation
Tom Baker has been SVP of human resources for SanDisk since 2008. He joined SanDisk in 2005 as VP of human resources and has the overall charter to shape SanDisk’s culture to inspire high performance. Baker has more than 25 years of experience in human resources and organizational develop¬ment. His current responsibilities include developing strategies and programs that enhance the company’s talent acquisition, total rewards, talent development, diversity and workplace culture.
Baker has held a broad range of HR positions in his career. Prior to SanDisk, he was at Palm, most recently as VP of HR. He has also held senior HR positions at TRW and Avery Dennison. His experience includes key positions in the areas of compensation and benefits, organizational development, training and development, and staffing. For several years, he performed the dual roles managing HR while serving as the VP of sales and administration, giving him direct experience with sales and customer support.
Baker received a B.S. in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University and an MBA from Syracuse University.
Group VP, 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.
Vice President of Strategic Accounts Castlight Health Inc.
Seth Cohen is the vice president of strategic accounts for Castlight Health, a healthcare IT company that has built the first personalized shopping platform for healthcare services. At Castlight, Cohen is responsible for building partnerships with the largest national accounts in the United States as well as leading new innovation projects. Prior to Castlight, Cohen was a management consultant in the healthcare practice of McKinsey & Company, serving clients in North America, Australia and Brazil. At McKinsey, Cohen was a member of the healthcare payor and provider practice and a founding member of McKinsey’s center for healthcare reform. Cohen also led a global initiative on the advent of consumerism in healthcare, which was the recipient of the firm’s highest knowledge award. Prior to McKinsey, Cohen founded an emerging market venture capital fund based in Mexico City. His entrepreneurial work earned him recognition from President Clinton at the Clinton global initiative, and he is a member of the Aspen Institute’s Network for Development Entrepreneurs. Cohen earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School, where he was a Baker scholar, Mortimer Zuckerman fellow and Bill George fellow. Cohen completed his undergraduate studies at Stanford University.
Professor, Department of Sociology Stanford University
Shelley Correll is professor of sociology and organizational behavior at Stanford University and the Barbara D. Finberg director of the Clayman Institute for gender research. Her expertise is in the areas of gender, workplace dynamics and organizational culture. She has received numerous national awards for her research on the “motherhood penalty,” research that demonstrates how motherhood influences the workplace evaluations, pay and job opportunities of mothers. Correll is currently leading a nationwide, interdisciplinary project on “redesigning work” that evaluates how workplaces structures and practices can be better aligned with today’s workforce. She is also studying how gender stereotypes and organizational practices affect the entry and retention of women in technical professions and how the growth of the craft beer industry affects the founding and success of women brewers.
VP HR Otsuka America, Inc.
Kevin Donovan is vice president of human resources at Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc., and is responsible for overseeing all human resources functions for the U.S. business.
Before joining Otsuka in 2009, Donovan was director of human resources for U.S. field sales at AstraZeneca, where he supported a sales force of approximately 6,000 people. At AstraZeneca, he also held positions of director of global human resources strategy in London and director of human resources for U.S. operations. Earlier, Donovan spent eight years at Bristol-Myers Squibb and DuPont Pharmaceuticals Co., which was acquired by BMS.
Donovan received a B.S. from the University of Delaware and a master’s degree in organization dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Research Director, Technology Horizons Institute for the Future
Devin Fidler is the research director for the technology horizons program center where his interests focus on applying foresight to organizational strategy, with an emphasis on the impacts of emerging technologies and shifting business models. He sees organizations as systems designed to activate know-how in the right places and at the right times. From this perspective, he argues that in a post-globalization world, all management is knowledge management.
Before joining IFTF in 2010, Fidler was involved with a number of projects in the areas of technology assessment and the future of business, including work in the Research and Analysis Center of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as director of the international business trends center, as a futurist at the Institute for Alternative Futures, and as an analyst for the Royal Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh.
He holds a B.A. in history from the University of Colorado and an MBA with a focus in emerging markets from Budapest University of Economics and Institut des Hautes Etudes Economiques et Commerciales in Paris. Fidler participated in the inaugural class of Singularity University, a NASA and Google sponsored program focused on harnessing emerging technologies to meet humanity’s grand challenges.
Sr. Organization Development Specialist Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Michelle Frandsen has more than 20 years of consulting in the gas and electric utility industry including Peco Energy Company, Pennsylvania Power and Light, Detroit Edison, Commonwealth Edison, and Exelon Corporation.
Frandsen earned her fellows in change management at the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business and holds a number of professional certifications. The safety culture initiative that she designed for Peco Energy Company led to a 92 percent improvement in lost workday cases and 10 years of consistent first quartile safety performance. Her work enabled Limerick Generating Station to save $100M by reducing their refueling outage from 120 to 28 days. She has consulted on numerous re-engineering, restructuring, and work assessment management implementation initiatives within transmission and distribution, customer service, and generation organizations. In her current role, Frandsen provides SMUD’s CEO and senior leadership with strategic culture change consultation on enterprise-wide change initiatives.
Senior Recognition Consultant Globoforce
Andrea Gappmayer is the senior recognition consultant at Globoforce. She has been a recognition strategist, consultant, speaker and coach for more than a decade. She has helped companies across the globe understand the power of leading with recognition. Her work with organizations such as Aflac, Oracle, Coca Cola Enterprises and Motorola helped leaders define their ambitions in launching a strategic recognition program and facilitated the change management necessary in making the program successful. Throughout her career, Gappmayer has consulted with C-suite executives on the financial power of strategic recognition, and she has coached managers around the world on implementing recognition into their personal management style. As a public speaker, she blends her brand of wit and wisdom with rich content and solid data reinforcing the benefits of strategic recognition to any organization. Gappmayer holds a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University.
Head of Organizational Development MUFG Union Bank
Tim Harman is the head of organization development for MUFG Union Bank, based in San Francisco. Harman is responsible for all learning, talent, succession, change and other OD interventions and programs across the bank. Prior to joining Union Bank in 2013, Harman held the position of global head of talent management, learning and recruiting at Zurich Financial Services, based at the corporate headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. In that role his responsibilities ranged from employer branding to executive education to volume hiring and training across the organization. Prior to joining Zurich at the start of 2008, Harman was with ABN AMRO group, most recently in Chicago where he led North America HR strategy, talent, learning and performance management, and before that as the global head of talent, learning and OD for the investment bank based in London. Harman began his career as an industrial psychologist and remains qualified as a chartered psychologist practitioner. For many years, he has performed both in-house HR roles and has been a consultant, mainly in the investment banking and technology sectors.
Director, Workforce Intelligence Dignity Health
Todd Horton is the director of workforce intelligence for Dignity Health in San Francisco. Horton has been with Dignity Health for 13 years and is responsible for building their workforce analytics capabilities from the ground up. Horton leads the newly formed Workforce Intelligence Center of Expertise which is a team of six analysts, consultants and specialists. The CoE is responsible for workforce analytics, workforce research, employee surveys, benchmarking and reporting. By focusing on analytics that drive action, the Workforce Intelligence CoE is delivering insights that inspire the business to make evidenced-based decisions about human capital.
Prior to joining Dignity Health, Horton was the director of HRIS for a large financial services organization and an associate director for a large consulting services organization focused on global ERP implementations. Horton holds a SPHR certification and a B.S. from the University of West Florida.
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.
Chief Workforce & Technology Officer Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Gary King was appointed chief workforce and technology officer in 2012. Reporting to the CEO and general manager, King has served as director of workforce management since 2008. In this position, he is responsible for enterprise services — such as procurement, fleet and facilities management — as well as human resources, health and safety, workforce development, inclusion, and environmental management.
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 senior HR positions for the city of Palo Alto, and for the city and county of San Francisco.
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 serves as vice president of human resources at the University of Washington, where she also teaches courses for the School of Law and the Evans School of Public Affairs. For the past eight years, she has guided HR practices through UW medicine expansions, budget challenges and layoffs, and is currently an executive sponsor of a major initiative to replace the university's 32-year-old legacy payroll system with a modern, integrated human resources and payroll system. Kornberg also sits on the president's cabinet and leads initiatives and programs to enhance the workplace culture, including The Whole U, the president's advisory committee on violence prevention, the UW Combined Fund Drive, the Thorud Leadership Award, and the Distinguished Staff Awards.
Kornberg is a lawyer and was sworn in to the United States Supreme Court Bar in 2008 and has also been admitted to the North Carolina State Bar, the Alaska State Bar, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.
VP, Human Resources Ghirardelli Chocolate Company
Michelle Kwait serves as VP of human resources for the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company. As a member of the senior leadership team, she is responsible for creating a modern and strategic HR function for Ghirardelli, ensuring talent management programs exist in support of Ghirardelli’s strategic goals and growth plans.
Kwait began her career with Ghirardelli in 2011 with a focus on building global talent management programs for both Ghirardelli and its parent company, Lindt, to ensure the right people are in the right roles across the globe. Prior to joining Ghirardelli, Kwait worked for Williams-Sonoma, holding roles as the director of learning and development and director of human resources for the Pottery Barn brand retail organization.
Kwait also worked in higher education as SVP of human resources for Heald College and director of HR for Stanford University. She began her HR career with Marriott International.
Generational Insights & Trends Expert Founder of Culture Co-op
Melissa Lavigne-Delville is the founder of Culture Co-Op, a boutique research group focused on investigating and bringing to life the biggest trends impacting Gen X, Y and Z; executive trends and culture editor for NBCUniversal; and she is the creator of newly launched trends and insights magazine, Humanly. As one of the foremost experts on youth culture and trends, Lavigne-Delville has worked with a wide range of brands including Microsoft, Chobani, Comcast, Procter & Gamble, and HBO. Most notably she developed and launched The Curve Report and Curve Films for NBCUniversal. Her work has been featured on the Today Show and in The New York Times, Fast Company, Time, Forbes, Variety and AdAge. Lavigne-Delville speaks regularly at industry events including SXSW, Social Media Week and Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University.
CHRO, Americas Arup Group Limited
Dawn Lederer is the chief human resources officer, Americas for Arup, a global design firm with 11,000 employees around the world. Lederer has worked in human resources for 19 years and has experience in human capital strategic planning, talent management, culture and engagement, building high-performing teams, and coaching and leadership development. Lederer has practiced HR for a range of public and private companies including Brown and Caldwell, KB Home, Arthur Andersen, Nissan and Universal. She holds a master of science in educational psychology and counseling from California State University, Northridge and a bachelor of arts from UC Riverside. She is a member of the Peer 150 Executive HR Network, Society for Human Resources Management, Northern California Human Resources Association, Professional Business Women of California and has recently joined the workforce of the future strategy group for the Bay Area Council.
Senior Vice President, Human Resources TriNet
Jing Liao joined TriNet in 2014 as senior vice president of human resources. In this role, she leads all human resources functions with a strong focus on talent management, culture and scalable processes. Previously, Liao was the vice president of global human resources at Atmel, where she led the global HR function to establish and drive a winning culture that enabled the high performance of the company. Before joining Atmel, Liao served as vice president of global human resources for Avanex Corporation, where she was responsible for architecting and establishing an HR department tasked to support the restructuring and growth plan of the company. Earlier, she held HR leadership positions at Hyperion, JDS Uniphase and Adaptec. Liao received an M.A. in human resources and industrial relations from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Business and a B.S. in chemistry from Peking University, China. She serves on the board executive compensation committee at El Camino Hospital, is the co-chair of the San Francisco executive HR forum, and is on the advisory board of the HR and industry relations department at the University of Minnesota.
SVP, Human Resources Altera Corporation
Kevin Lyman is SVP of human resources for Altera Corporation, responsible for the company’s global talent management strategy and programs. Prior to joining Altera in 2008, he was employed at Advanced Micro Devices where he served as SVP of corporate HR. Lyman has more than 25 years of experience linking strategy, people and business results, and has also held HR management roles at Lockheed, GenRad and General DataComm Industries.
Lyman holds a master’s in business administration and a bachelor’s in education and psychology. He has served as chair of the Central Texas Technology Executive and Education Council, on the business advisory council of St. Edwards University, the board of directors for Junior Achievement of Central Texas, and as a featured industry executive for Invest in Germany, a German government-sponsored agency.
Mary Lyons currently leads PwC’s talent innovation practice and brings more than 20 years of experience working with clients globally to improve their performance. She works with private and publicly held companies across a variety of industries in the areas of operational strategy, client and talent experience innovation, and organizational design and governance. In addition to her client work, Lyons was a member of the leadership team driving the firm’s transformation initiative.
Prior to joining PwC advisory, Lyons was a partner with PRTM Management Consultants. While at PRTM, she had been a member of the firm’s practice leadership team bringing the "Product and Cycle-Time Excellence" framework to the market. With its pioneering use of analytics, benchmarks and a multidisciplinary approach, PACE enabled clients to achieve dramatic improvement in innovation and time to market.
In addition to Lyons’ client service work she was also the firm’s global chief talent officer. She was responsible for the entire talent pipeline from acquisition to alumni relationships and HR operations across U.S., Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Lyons holds a master of business administration from Boston University’s Graduate School of Management, with concentrations in operations management and finance.
Managing Partner Strategic Management Decisions, LLC
Scott Mondore has more than 17 years of experience in the areas of strategy, talent management, measurement, customer experience and organizational development. He has internal and consulting experience across a variety of industries including transportation, healthcare, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, utilities and hospitality.
Mondore is the managing partner of Strategic Management Decisions, an HR technology with the only patented survey/assessment tools that link data to business outcomes with customized action planning tools. Before SMD, he served as East region president for a large survey/assessment company. Before that, Mondore worked as a corporate strategy director at Maersk Inc. He also worked as an organizational effectiveness leader at UPS, focusing on employee assessment and measurement.
He is the co-author of "Investing in What Matters: Linking Employees to Business Outcomes" and "Business-Focused HR: 11 Processes to Drive Results." Mondore recently won the Walker Award for best advances in state-of-the-art HR practice and thinking from HRPS for his article "Maximizing the Impact of HR Analytics to Drive Business Outcomes."
Mondore holds a master’s degree and doctorate in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of Georgia.
EVP & CMO SunPower Corporation
Erin Nelson serves as SunPower’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. In this role, she is responsible for driving the company’s overall global brand, marketing strategies and corporate communications. Nelson has significant executive-level marketing experience with both Fortune 50 and high-growth, pre-IPO companies. Previously, she held the position of CMO at Bazaarvoice, a platform for social engagement for some of the world’s most recognizable brands, where she led marketing efforts worldwide, and was one of the core executives who brought the company public in 2012. Prior to that, Nelson served as CMO at Dell, and in consumer, small/medium business, and public and large enterprise business units across the globe. Earlier in her career, she led brand management at Procter & Gamble, consulted to some of the world’s biggest brands while at A.T. Kearney and drove corporate strategy at PepsiCo. Nelson serves on several boards including Waller Creek Conservancy, DishOpinion, Together and the University of Texas McCombs Business School Advisory Council. She earned a bachelor of business administration, with a focus on international business and marketing, from the University of Texas.
CEO and General Manager Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Arlen Orchard, who joined the Sacramento Municipal Utility District in 1990 as a staff attorney, was named CEO and general manager in 2014. He reports to the SMUD board of directors. As CEO, he leads the sixth-largest consumer-owned electric utility in the nation serving a population of 1.4 million residents and managing a $1.4B budget.
Orchard moved to the top post after serving as general counsel for SMUD since 2001. Orchard serves on the board of directors of the large public power council and the Northwest Public Power Association, and on the board of directors and executive committee of the California Municipal Utilities Association. He also serves on the board of directors of Capital Stage, a nonprofit professional theater company; the Greater Sacramento Area Economic Council; the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce; and Valley Vision.
He received a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Davis School of Law; a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Nevada, Reno; and attended UCD’s Graduate School of Management.
Jeannine Raymond, Ph.D.
AVC, Human Resources University of California, Berkeley
Jeannine Raymond has been the assistant vice chancellor and chief HR officer at UC Berkeley since 2006. Her portfolio includes HR policy and strategic planning, benefits administration, talent acquisition, compensation and classification, staff EEO, labor relations, employee relations, HR information systems support, and individual and organizational development. In addition, the HR portion of the campus shared services center HR function reports to her. She leads the One HR effort on the Berkeley campus. At the University of California system-wide level, she is part of the management work group overseeing the design and implementation of a common payroll and HR information system and a common HR shared services center.
She has worked in higher education for more than 30 years in a variety of capacities including as professor emerita and chair of health science, director of institutional research and planning, and interim business officer of a Division I athletic corporation.
Associate Partner – Talent & Change IBM
Victor Reyes focuses on helping organizations make the most of their human capital, improve the strategic impact and efficiency of their HR function, and address people and organizational issues associated with major projects and transactions. He helps clients enable a smarter workforce through process, technology, organizational and cultural change, as well as through innovative social, cloud, analytics and mobile strategies.
He has designed and implemented programs across the entire human capital life cycle, including talent acquisition, leadership and capability development, performance management and rewards, workforce optimization, and workforce planning. He has also worked with HR leaders to align functional and business strategies, develop new service delivery and technology approaches, and address organization and people issues associated with business transformations.
Prior to joining IBM, Reyes was a partner at KPMG LLP, where he founded and led the U.S. HR optimization practice, and was a senior engagement manager with Wipro Technologies, an India-based consulting and outsourcing firm, as well as with American Management Systems, a consulting and systems integration firm. He also held sales, marketing and product management roles for AT&T.
Reyes holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in government from Harvard College.
EVP, Administration SunPower Corporation
Douglas J. Richards serves as SunPower’s executive vice president of administration. In this role, he is responsible for leading all human resources initiatives, information technology, environment, health and safety services, and the company’s facilities organizations worldwide. Prior to joining SunPower, Richards was vice president of human resources and administration for SelectBuild, a $1.8B wholly owned subsidiary of BMHC, a company that serves 19 of the top 25 high-volume builders. Previously, he held strategic positions at BlueArc, Compaq Computer Corp and Apple Computer Inc. Richards has more than 21 years of experience developing and driving key HR programs for Fortune 100 companies and venture-backed startups. He graduated from California State University, Chico, with a B.A. in public administration.
SVP Human Resources Ross Stores, Inc.
Deon joined Ross Stores Inc. as the SVP of human resources in 2012. She is responsible for providing leadership for the corporate, stores and supply chain human resource teams. The HR functions that report up to Riley include: HR administration, benefits, compensation, associate relations, stores HR, supply chain HR, recruitment/talent acquisition, learning and organizational development, corporate communications, and HR information systems.
Riley is a key member of the executive team working to provide strategic leadership and vision. Currently she is working on implementing a cohesive HR strategy in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of the organization, including the development of key skills and competencies to support growth and greater internal mobility; and implementation of key HR systems that will help streamline business processes.
Riley is a graduate of Wellesley College where she received a B.A. in political science and Spanish literature. She has a MBA in marketing from Clark Atlanta University and a DBA in international management from Nova Southeastern University.
VP, Human Resources & Talent Acquisition SunPower Corporation
Kim Rutledge serves as SunPower’s vice president of human resources and talent acquisition. In this role, she is responsible for leading talent management, learning and development, talent acquisition, HR analytics, and global mobility. Prior to joining SunPower, Rutledge served as executive director of talent acquisition for the Americas at Dell Inc. Her focus there on segmenting the candidate population and on go-to-market strategies resulted in increased receptiveness to Dell’s recruiting efforts in previously under-tapped segments and increased productivity per talent acquisition employee by 16 percent in one year. Before joining Dell, Rutledge led recruiting teams at The Home Depot and at AutoTrader.com. Prior to her experience in recruiting leadership, Rutledge had progressively larger management roles in the restaurant industry, culminating as the director of operations of a small chain in Atlanta, GA. Rutledge’s experience managing P&Ls prepared her well for moving into recruiting restaurant managers, then into an executive search role. Rutledge holds a B.S. in restaurant, hotel and institutional management from Texas Tech University.
SVP, Human Resources Varian Medical Systems, Inc.
Wendy Scott is SVP of human resources for Varian Medical Systems, a $3B global manufacturing equipment, software and services company in the medical device industry. Appointed to this role in 2004, she is focused on leading the HR team in executing talent management strategies and influencing workforce culture to positively impact the engagement of the company’s 6,500 employees in more than 30 countries. She is passionate about working in a company with such a critical mission — to save millions of lives every year through the early diagnosis and treatment of all forms of cancer using imaging and radiation technology.
Prior to Varian, Scott worked in a variety of roles at Sun Microsystems and Genentech. She graduated from Boston University and earned a master’s degree at Stanford.
Research Director Stanford University
Caroline Simard is passionate about building better workplaces for women through evidence-based solutions. As research director, she is responsible for leading research designed to build more effective and inclusive organizations. Previously, she was associate director of diversity and leadership at the Stanford School of Medicine, where she implemented innovative models for increasing work-life integration to increase faculty satisfaction and retention.
Prior to joining Stanford University, Simard was vice president of research and executive programs at the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, where she led the creation and dissemination of research-based solutions to further gender diversity in scientific and technical careers, working with leading technology companies and academic institutions. She founded and designed the first industry benchmarking initiative for women in technology roles across levels, and created executive programs designed to accelerate change in companies.
Simard holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and a master’s from Rutgers University.
VP, Human Resources Genentech, Inc.
Nancy Vitale is VP of human resources for Genentech and regional human resources head for Roche Pharma North America. Appointed to the role in 2013, Vitale is responsible for leading a team of nearly 200 HR professionals across multiple disciplines dedicated to creating a great place to work in support of the company’s mission and goals.
Previously, Vitale held the dual roles of senior director of human resources 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 in support of the business. Vitale joined Genentech in 2006 as the director of training and development for product operations. In 2008, she assumed the role of director of HR.
Prior to Genentech, Vitale was director of HR for the Gillette North American commercial division at Procter & Gamble. Prior to P&G, Vitale was VP of HR for CIGNA's group insurance division.
Vitale’s strengths include strategic business partnering, drive and leadership. She thrives on challenges, particularly those that involve people or organizational components. Vitale holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Emory University.
VP, Human Resources Core-Mark International
Joe Wegener joined Core-Mark International Inc. in 2008 as the vice president of human resources. Core-Mark International Inc. is one of the largest broad-line, 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.
President & CEO SunPower Corporation
Tom Werner serves as SunPower’s president and chief executive officer, and as chairman of the SunPower board of directors. Prior to joining the company, he held the position of chief executive officer of Silicon Light Machines Inc., an optical solutions subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. Previously, Werner was vice president and general manager of the Business Connectivity Group of 3Com Corp., a network solutions company, and has also held a number of executive management positions at Oak Industries Inc., and General Electric Co. He currently serves as a board member of Cree Inc., Silver Spring Networks, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and is a member of the Marquette University board of trustees.
Werner holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Marquette University and a master's degree in business administration from George Washington University.
VP, HR Strategic Consulting The Clorox Company
With a background in finance, Hilda West brings solid business grounding to her work. She is a seasoned, strategic HR leader, with more than 18 years of experience working in and managing many facets of human resources. Passionate about making organizations more successful by engaging employees in company goals and strategy and helping them to be their best, she is a strategic thinker with a focus on the big picture and the bottom line.
West has managed staff and projects globally and has extensive experience in executive coaching, talent management, talent acquisition, employee relations and team building, all of which she approaches with high energy, enthusiasm and empathy.
West joined The Clorox Company in 2011. As VP of HR strategic consulting, West is responsible for the organization’s talent management strategy, global HR program development and global HR operations.
Before joining Clorox, West served as SVP of HR for LeapFrog Enterprise Inc., and prior to that managed talent management at Autodesk Inc., a Fortune 500 software company.
West received her MBA from the Haas School of Business, at the University of California, Berkeley and an undergraduate degree in business administration from Boston University.