SVP, Human Resources Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.
Elizabeth Bolgiano joined the company in 2010 as senior vice president of human resources. As a customer-focused HR executive, she has led human resources in complex, global organizations, with the goal of ensuring employee satisfaction and business success. Prior to joining Thermo Fisher, Bolgiano was chief human resources officer at Smith & Nephew, where she led the human resources and internal communications functions. She joined that company in 2004 as senior vice president of human resources for its largest global business unit.
Bolgiano also spent 15 years at Bristol-Myers Squibb and served in both specialist and generalist roles, including vice president of human resources for its global Pharmaceutical Research Institute, and vice president of human resources for operational effectiveness.
She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Cornell University, where she earned an MBA and a B.A. in international relations and foreign languages. She is a member of the Corporate Leadership Council and the Human Resources Policy Association.
Vice President of Corporate Strategy & Marketing Cornerstone OnDemand
Jason Corsello is vice president of corporate strategy and marketing for Cornerstone OnDemand. In this role, Corsello is responsible for all marketing functions, identifying key market opportunities, driving corporate initiatives and guiding M&A, as well as supporting product strategy and service innovation.
Corsello joined Cornerstone from HR consulting firm Knowledge Infusion, where he was senior vice president of strategy and corporate development, responsible for the organization’s strategy and solutions. At Knowledge Infusion he also developed and launched many new services at the firm and played a lead consulting role with many of the firm’s Global 2000 clients. Prior to his role with Knowledge Infusion, Corsello was a research director at Yankee Group, leading the company’s human capital management and talent management advisory and consulting services.
Corsello is often quoted as an industry expert in human capital management, and his research has been featured in leading publications including The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and CIO magazine. He holds a B.A. in business administration management and marketing from the University of San Diego.
Senior Compensation Director CVS Caremark
Nora Costa is the leader of corporate compensation and recognition at CVS Caremark, and the driving force behind CVS’s companywide Values In Action recognition program. In her 20-year career, Costa has focused on plan design and implementation for compensation, benefits and recognition programs in a variety of industries including healthcare, technology, financial services and higher education. Having graduate from Simmons College with a B.A. in finance, Costa has held senior-level positions in HR, finance and HR technology.
William F. Pounds Professor in Management and Professor of Organization Studies Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Roberto Fernandez is an organizational sociologist who currently serves as the head of MIT Sloan’s Behavioral and Policy Sciences area, and as co-director of its Ph.D. program in economic sociology. His executive teaching duties include the management of innovation, change and human resources; negotiations; networks; and power and politics in organizations. In addition, Fernandez is the chief professor in charge of MIT Sloan’s required MBA course on organizational processes.
Fernandez has extensive experience doing field research in organizations, including an exhaustive five-year case study of a plant retooling and relocation. He is continuing his research on networks and hiring by studying financial services, market research, manufacturing, and retail sales jobs. His current research focuses on the organizational processes surrounding the hiring of new talent using data collected in 14 organizations.
Before joining MIT in 2000, Fernandez was a professor of organizational behavior at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business from 1994 — 2000, serving as the area coordinator in charge of the school’s organizational behavior faculty. Fernandez is the author of more than 40 articles and research papers published in the top academic journals in his field.
President and Managing Partner Global Novations
Michael C. Hyter is president and managing partner of Global Novations, leading the diversity, inclusion, and talent optimization specialists for the leadership and talent consulting practice of Korn/Ferry International.
Throughout his career, Hyter’s work with executives in Fortune 1000 companies has resulted in organization-wide initiatives that have enhanced the business objectives of those organizations. He has also helped them expand that work into their worldwide subsidiaries. This work has been underscored by the belief that one of the most effective ways to impact an organization’s bottom line is by growing and developing the talent within the organization.
A successful author, Hyter’s most recent publication is “The Power of Choice: Embracing Efficacy to Drive Your Career.” He is also co-author of “The Power of Inclusion: Unlock the Potential and Productivity of Your Workforce.” He has published extensive articles in publications including the Handbook of Business Strategy(2004), Director’s Monthly, Profiles in Diversity Journal, and Inc.
Global VP, Business Architecture SuccessFactors, an SAP company
Jessica Kane leads a global team responsible for creating prescriptive, strategic plans for global customers to help transform their business through SuccessFactors' cloud platform. Kane has been with SuccessFactors for more than six years serving in various leadership roles. In her previous role as director of business transformation services, she was responsible for providing strategic consulting services to global customers. Prior to SuccessFactors, Kane was a director with Lowe’s Home Improvement leading succession planning, performance management, 360 assessments, and executive coaching for more than 180,000 employees across the U.S. and Canada. Prior to Lowe’s, Kane spent several years with Bank of America where she held several senior leadership positions, most recently serving as vice president of executive development.
Throughout her career, Kane has worked with more than 500 customers, including a majority of the Fortune 100, advising executives and senior leadership on strategic Human Capital Management initiatives. She holds an M.A. in industrial/organizational psychology and a B.A. in psychology, both from the University of Detroit Mercy and has completed coursework toward a Ph.D. in business administration at the University of Michigan. Kane earned her NCAA letter in Division 1 fencing while at the University of Detroit Mercy.
Former Professor, Drama and Arts Management & Executive Producer, Entertainment Technology Center Carnegie Mellon University
Donald Marinelli retired from Carnegie Mellon University in April 2012, concluding an illustrious 31 years of service. Together with the late computer science professor, Randy Pausch (“The Last Lecture”), Marinelli co-founded the world-renowned Carnegie Mellon Entertainment Technology Center (ETC). Marinelli was also a tenured professor of drama and arts management at Carnegie Mellon University.
His book about co-founding the ETC with Pausch was published in the spring of 2010. Titled “The Comet and the Tornado,” the book recounts the six years Marinelli and Pausch shared an office creating the center that has become recognized internationally as Carnegie Mellon’s “Dream Fulfillment Factory.” It was Barnes & Noble’s “Book of the Month” in April 2010.
Marinelli completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Tampa, received his M.A. in clinical psychology specializing in existential-phenomenological psychology from Duquesne University, and received his Ph.D. in theatre history, literature and criticism from University of Pittsburgh.
CHRO Analog Devices, Inc.
Bill Matson is the chief human resource officer for Analog Devices, a Boston based semiconductor company with $3B in annual revenues employing more than 9,000 employees in 20 countries around the world. Matson was previously the SVP for human resources with Lenovo, the Chinese company that acquired IBM’s PC business. He spent the first 25 years of his career at IBM. Matson was responsible for building a new line of business that established IBM as a source of HR business transformation support for external clients. He also spent four years on assignment in Tokyo, Japan as the head of HR for IBM’s Asian operations.
Matson graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Industrial and Labor Relations.
Kevin A. Myatt
SVP, Human Resources YNHHS & Yale-New Haven Hospital
Kevin Myatt is senior vice president of HR for Yale New Haven Hospital and Health System, a world renowned healthcare center and the largest and most comprehensive integrated healthcare delivery system in Connecticut. In this role Myatt directs both the strategic and the daily operations of the human resources function impacting the Yale-New Haven Hospital, Northeast Medical Group, the New Haven Children’s Hospital, the Smilow Cancer Hospital, the Bridgeport Hospital and the Greenwich Hospital. His staff delivers all the core HR services of employment, compensation, benefits, training, employee relations, employee health and HR information services.
Myatt was previously the associate vice chancellor and CHRO for Vanderbilt University before accepting his recent appointment at Yale-New Haven.
Myatt obtained an undergraduate degree in psychology from Virginia State University and an MBA from Arizona State University. He began his career with an assignment in HR with Allied Signal. His career has provided him the opportunity to work in progressively responsible positions in a variety of industries including Miller Brewing, Pepsi Cola, Dial Corporation, Mercy Healthcare Arizona and North Carolina Baptist Hospitals.
CIO City of Boston
Bill Oates is the CIO for the City of Boston. Oates was named to the cabinet level position by Boston’s Mayor Thomas M. Menino in 2006. As CIO, Oates is charged with spearheading the city’s technology initiatives and is responsible for the delivery of IT services in support of the various city functions.
Under his leadership, the City of Boston has been recognized as a leader in leveraging technology to improve citizen engagement and access to services. Oates was recognized as one of the Top 25 Public Sector Innovators by Government Technology magazine and was named a New England CIO Innovation Award winner by Mass High Tech.
Prior to joining the City of Boston, Oates served as the SVP and CIO for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. He was named CIO in 2000 and was responsible for delivery of the company’s global IT services.
A graduate of Boston College, Oates is also an attorney and member of the Massachusetts Bar. He received his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School and was awarded his LLM in global technology law.
SVP, Marketing & Partnership Activation Young's Market Company
Bonner Paddock is the senior vice president of marketing and partnership activation for Young’s Market Company. Born prematurely with his umbilical cord wrapped twice around his neck, his childhood doctors set the grim expectation that he might not live to see his 20th birthday. After being diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Paddock continued to live his life as though he had no physical affliction, actively participating in sports such as baseball and soccer. A few years ago, Paddock joined the boards of nonprofit organizations, including United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County. It was in this role that Paddock decided to take on the greatest challenge of his life: climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in an effort to raise money for a new, inclusive childcare center for children with and without disabilities. To follow through on the commitment he’s made to children with disabilities, he founded the OM Foundation in 2009. The main areas of focus for the OM Foundation include funding and support of early learning centers at United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County, Light In Africa (Tanzania) and Dell Children’s Hospital (Austin).
VP, Human Resources Alstom Inc
Chris Palmer is the vice president of human resources for Alstom in the U.S. with primary responsibility for all HR Shared Services including Alstom employee services, talent management, compensation and benefits, international HR and process and tools. Concurrently he serves as the vice president of human resources for Alstom Power Inc, including thermal and renewable power sectors in the U.S.
Palmer joined Alstom in 2010 after a long international career with Lafarge S.A., where he was most recently their VP of HR for North America. While at Lafarge, he gained extensive international experience through assignments in Canada, France and the U.S. in support of Lafarge’s ambitious global growth strategy. Prior to Lafarge, Palmer started his career in the automotive industry at General Motors in manufacturing management, and Ford Motor Company in labor relations and health and safety.
Palmer holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management (Northwestern University) and a B.S. in industrial administration.
CEO The Cumberland Gulf Group of Companies
Joseph Petrowski is the CEO of the combined Cumberland Farms-Gulf Oil Group. The company is a $13B annual revenue enterprise employing more than 8,000 people in 29 states.
Petrowski is a member of the board of South Jersey Industries and a member of the audit, governance and compensation committee. He is also the past chairman of New England Power Pool Board of Review. Petrowski was a former president of Consolidated Natural Gas, as well as Louis Dreyfus Energy.
He has written numerous articles on energy, trade and public policy, regulation and market development and is a frequent guest on MSNBC, CNBC, Fox Business News and Bloomberg Radio. He has been a contributing editor to The Wall Street Journal and has testified before Congress and several regulatory agencies on energy and international trade issues. Petrowski graduated with honors from Harvard University with a degree in economics and government.
VP, Global Human Resources iBasis, Inc.
Tamah Rosker develops and implements human resource policies and programs for iBasis, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Royal KPN and a leader in international voice, mobile data and prepaid services. In her role as VP of global HR, Rosker emphasizes strong employee communications and creative approaches to human resource development. She brings more than 20 years of experience working with high technology companies to develop human resource programs and address employment law issues. Prior to iBasis, Rosker served as VP of human resources for the speech and language technology company Dragon Systems, Inc. and for Kendall Square Research, Inc. As a practicing labor and employment attorney for several years, she authored employment law articles and is a member of several professional organizations. Rosker holds a B.S. from Tufts University (magna cum laude) and a law degree from Boston College Law School where she wrote for the Uniform Commercial Code Journal.
Global HR Head, Life Sciences PerkinElmer, Inc.
Kausik Sarkar is the global head of HR, Life Science at PerkinElmer, Inc. He recently moved to PerkinElmer after serving as the global head of HR for technical operations at Novartis, Vaccines & Diagnostics since 2007. He joined Novartis in 2004 as head of HR in India, and moved to global head of HR following the company’s acquisition of the biotech company Chiron, marking the creation of a new business division within Novartis. Prior to Novartis, Sarkar worked with the General Electric Company between 1999 and 2004, where in his last role, he served as the VP of HR in a GE business, responsible for organizational development, staffing and compensation. Previously, he worked in ICI and the Tata group in positions of increasing responsibilities. Sarkar is a member of the board of directors of Chiron Behring Vaccines Pvt Ltd. He graduated with an Honors degree in Chemistry from Calcutta University in 1989 and an MBA with specialization in HR from XLRI Jamshedpur in 1993.
Principal & Managing Director, Knowledge Resources Group Buck Consultants, Inc.
Tami Simon has more than 15 years’ experience working with clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to small businesses. As an attorney, she specializes in health and welfare benefits law providing advice on employee benefit design and compliance with relevant federal and state benefit laws and regulations.
Simon joined Buck Consultants after serving as principal with Mercer’s Washington resource group, and previously worked for the law firm of McDermott, Will & Emery and Hewitt Associates. She has written numerous articles in leading industry publications, including the Benefits Law Journal, Employee Relations Law Journal and Employee Benefits Journal, and served as a faculty member for programs sponsored by several health and benefits organizations.
Simon received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign and a law degree with distinction from the University of Iowa. She is a member of the Illinois Bar.
SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer Maine Medical Center / MaineHealth
Judy West joined Maine Medical Center in 2007 as VP of HR. In 2012 she transitioned to the role of SVP and CHRO for Maine Health System which includes Maine Medical Center.
Prior to Maine Medical Center, West was VP of HR at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in Englewood. West was responsible for all human resources and organizational development functions, as well as for patient satisfaction and managing/resolving patient incident reporting.
Prior to Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, she served as vice president of administrative services at The Westerly Hospital. West’s responsibilities included human resources, information systems and technology, physical plant, engineering, hospital construction, security, food services and housekeeping.
For 10 years West served as a faculty member at Roger Williams University and Springfield College.
West received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from New Hampshire College. She is certified as a labor relations specialist through Cornell University and is a faculty member at Rutgers University, teaching at the College of Nursing.