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2018 Keynote Speaker

Roberta Matuson

For more than 25 years, Roberta Chinsky Matuson, president of Matuson Consulting, has helped leaders in Fortune 500 companies including Best Buy, New Balance, The Boston Beer Company and small to medium-size businesses achieve dramatic growth and market leadership through the maximization of talent. She is known world- wide as “The Talent Maximizer®.” Roberta, a leading authority on leadership and the skills and strategies required to earn employee commitment and client loyalty, is the author of the newly released book The Magnetic Leader (Routledge, March 2017), and Talent Magnetism (Nicholas Brealey, October 2013). Her 2011 book was named a Washington Post Top 5 Book for Leaders, Suddenly in Charge: Managing Up, Managing Down, Succeeding All Around (Nicholas Brealey, September, 2017) was recently revised and updated with 7 new chapters. Read Roberta's complete bio here.

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Mike Cooke

CEO & Principal HCM Analyst

Clifford Stevenson

Principal Workforce Management Analyst

Rachel Cooke

COO & Principal HCM Analyst

David Wentworth

Principal Learning Analyst

Daria Friedman

Principal Talent Acquisition Analyst

Claude Werder

VP/Research Operations &

Principal HCM Analyst

Michael Rochelle

CSO & Principal HCM Analyst

Warren Augenstein

Learning Manager, Americas

Shell Lubricants Company

Chris Bower

Global Director, Center for Learning for Sales, Service & Marketing, General Motors

Tyler Clapp

Employee Training Manager

Audi of America

Jessica Dang

Senior Director of Talent and Organizational Effectiveness, Blue Shield of California

Sheila Gatlin

Executive Director, Advisory Services

Ernst & Young

Geeta Gwalani

Head of Workforce and Talent Management

North America, TATA Consultancy Services

Bernie Barber

Director, Global Compliance Programs, Johnson Controls International

Lisa Brubaker

Learning Partner, Global HR


Katie Coates

Senior Learning Expert

McKinsey & Company

Mario DeAngelo

Senior Learning and Training Manager

Bayer Academy

Kathleen Gosser, Ph.D.

Director of Learning and Organizational Development at KFC US

Lizelle Holstein

Director, Watershed

Prashant Bhat

Learning Director,


Maggie Buechner

Technology Delivery Director

Accenture SAP Human Capital Management

Mark Cousino

Director, Learning Strategy

The Boeing Company

Susan Ebien-Pesa


Siemens Healthineers

George Ganat

Learning Design Manager

McKinsey & Company

Bobby Joy

Senior Director, Education
CA Technologies

Jessica Blair

Curriculum and eLearning Designer, Ingersoll Rand Residential Solutions

Arlene Cash

Manager, Department of Diversity & Inclusion, Carolinas HealthCare System

Will Couture

Learning Manager

Shell Upstream, Unconventionals

Jennifer Faulkner

Vice President, Team Member Engagement & Communications, Baystate Health

Aviva Greenstein

Manager, Leadership and Organizational Development, Canadian Tire Corporation

Deb LaMere

VP, Employee Experience


Annette Miiller

Learning Director

Capgemini University

Diane Ossenkop

Director of Leadership Development,

BNSF Railway

Pam Rincones

Leadership Advisor

Blue Circle Leadership

Lauren Saunders

SVP, Global Employment Brand and Recruitment Marketing, Bank of America

Scott Sylvia

Senior Manager, Performance Learning


Shelly Longo

Director of Learning, Nuclear Pharmacy Services Division, Cardinal Health

Scott Miller

SVP, Service Delivery Manager

Bank of America

John Perez

Senior Director, Talent Acquisition

Sonic Automotive

Dr. Samuel C. Rindell

Global Talent, Learning, and Organizational Development Leader at Cigna

Gail Scripko

Learning & Development Senior Manager, North America, Godiva Chocolatier

Ken Lord

Data Scientist,

SAP Learning Center of Excellence

Gia Ness

Vice President, Learning Transformation

SAP Sales Learning

Jessica Peters

Marketing & Communications Director Capgemini University and L&D

Diane Rosso

Global Director of Talent Development & Acceleration at Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Bonnie St. John

Business Consultant to F500 companies, former White House official

Susan McLennan


Reimagine PR

Dan Newman

Learning Whisperer


Kannu Priya Arora

Group Manager

HCL Technologies Ltd

Sharon Ruddock

SVP, Global Employment Brand and Recruitment Marketing, Bank of America

Todd Sykes

SVP, Head of Multicultural Marketing

Bank of America

Lou Tedrick

Vice President, Global Learning & Development, Verizon

Sarah Vita

Head of Sales Support


Michelle Thompson

VP, Learning & Development,

Capital Group Companies/American Funds

Michelle Voytko

Talent Strategist


Brent Uken

Principal, Transaction Advisory Services, Ernst & Young

Andy Webb

Director of Training,

Applied Industrial Technologies

Drew Valentine

Vice President/People and Culture,

IBM Systems

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