From changes in how and where we work, to critical innovation acceleration and product development, to evolving shifts in capital allocation, the road ahead looks very different from our pre-pandemic world. The landscape has changed, and it will take new ideas and agile management to lead your organization into the future.
Shaping a modern and resilient business in today’s economy requires close collaboration across finance, talent, and technology leadership. CNBC @Work provides a forum for senior executives to learn from each other and the world’s most influential voices defining all aspects of the future of work.
With the right tools and the right talent, great opportunity is within reach. Join us and examine how forward-looking and disruptive companies are finding and keeping the best workers, upending traditional roles, innovating, investing and developing creative solutions to shape the work – and the world – of tomorrow.
Who should join: CHROs, CIOs, CTOs, CFOs and other senior executives who have a major role to play in leveraging the right technologies at the right scale, with the right people running them.
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Cathy Bessant serves as vice chair and head of Global Strategy at Bank of America, and is a member of the company’s executive management team.
In this role, Cathy is responsible for working with our European boards and focused on our global integrated strategy, governance, and client and regulator engagement. She will be based in Paris and provide leadership within and beyond our European presence.
Bessant most recently served as chief operations and technology officer from 2010-2021, responsible for delivering end-to-end technology and operating services across the company through a team of 95,000 people in over 35 countries, with oversight of the company’s global information security efforts.
Since joining the bank in 1982, Bessant has held a number of senior leadership roles. She was president, Global Corporate Banking; president, Global Product Solutions and Global Treasury Services; chief marketing officer; president, Consumer Real Estate and Community Development Banking; national Small Business Segment executive; and president of the Florida market.
Bessant serves as executive sponsor for the company’s Disability Advisory Council. She was formerly the executive sponsor for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride executive board and led the creation of the LGBT Ally program. She was previously named No. 1 among OUTstanding LGBT+ Ally Executives, presented by the Financial Times.
After ranking No. 1 for three consecutive years, Bessant was inducted into the “25 Most Powerful Women in Banking” Hall of Fame by American Banker in 2020. Bessant was named to Barron’s “100 Most Influential Women in U.S. Finance” and she received WatersTechnology’s 2019 Women in Technology and Data Trailblazer Award. She has also appeared on Working Mother magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Working Moms” list.
Active in the community and region, Bessant received the Distinguished Service Award from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In addition, she was awarded the North Carolina Order of the Long Leaf Pine, was recognized by the Charlotte Business Journal with the Women in Business Lifetime Achievement Award, and was named to Business NC’s Power 100. She chairs the North Tryon Vision Plan Advisory Committee and is co-chair of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing & Homelessness Strategy.
Bessant serves on the board of directors of Zurich Insurance Group, serves as chair of the USA Field Hockey board of directors, is on the board of trustees for the Urban Institute, and is on the advisory board for the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. As part of a leadership course at Ross, she summited Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s tallest freestanding mountain, in 2018.
Ray Dalio is the founder, co-Chief Investment Officer and co-Chairman of Bridgewater Associates, which is a global macro investment firm and is the world’s largest hedge fund. He's also the author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller Principles: Life and Work. He is known to have a very practical understanding of economics that is very different from conventional economic thinking that he spells out in his video series "How the Economic Machine Works".
He started Bridgewater in 1975 out of a two bedroom apartment in New York City and has been a global macro investor for more than 45 years.
While at Bridgewater his industry-changing approaches to investing -- which include the invention of risk parity, currency overlay, portable alpha and global inflation indexed bond management -- prompted Chief Investment Officer magazine to write an article entitled “Is Ray Dalio the Steve Jobs of Investing?,” which compared his industry-changing inventions to those of the Apple founder. According to an industry study, Bridgewater's hedge fund has made more money for its investors than any other hedge fund ever -- an estimated $49.7 billion. Bridgewater Associates has received numerous awards, including over twenty “Manager of the Year” awards from every major financial publication, and Ray has received three “Lifetime Achievement” awards. Additionally, a long list of economic policymakers actively seek his advice, which prompted Time Magazine in 2012 to name him “One of the 100 Most Influential People in the World”.
Ray is an active philanthropist with a particular interest in oceanographic research and conservation. He is a participant in The Giving Pledge, a commitment to give more than half of his wealth to charity.
Ray believes that reality works like a machine and that principles for dealing with reality are required to be successful.
Marcelo Claure serves as CEO of SoftBank Group International and COO of SoftBank Group Corp., one of the world’s largest technology investors. He also leads the $8B SoftBank Latin American Fund, dedicated to investing in disruptive growth opportunities throughout LatAm, as well as the $100M SoftBank Opportunity Fund, dedicated to investing in black and Hispanic tech entrepreneurs.
In addition, Claure has responsibility over SoftBank’s operating companies, including WeWork, ARM, Fortress, SoftBank Energy, and SoftBank’s stake in T-Mobile U.S. and Deutsche Telekom.
Claure previously served as CEO and Executive Chairman of Sprint, where he was recognized for delivering the best financial results in the company’s 120-year history and architecting the $195B merger with T-Mobile U.S. Previously, Claure founded Brightstar, the world’s largest global wireless distribution and services company.
Claure serves as Executive Chairman of WeWork, Chairman of Fortress, Vice Chairman of Televisa / Univision, and a board member of Arm, T-Mobile, Sorare, Brightstar, Vestaire Collective and Carnegie Hall.
He is also the president of Club Bolívar and co-owner of Girona FC.
Michael Dell is chairman and chief executive officer of Dell Technologies, an innovator and technology leader providing the essential infrastructure for organizations to build their digital future, transform IT and protect their most important information. He is the author of two books including the forthcoming book, Play Nice But Win: A CEO’s Journey from Founder to Leader. Michael is an honorary member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum and is an executive committee member of the International Business Council. In 1999, he and his wife, Susan Dell, established the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, which is dedicated to transforming the lives of children living in urban poverty in the US, India, and South Africa.'
Lisa Lewin is a strategist and operating executive with 25 years of experience leading and advising private, public, and nonprofit sector organizations. She is CEO of General Assembly, a pioneer in education and career transformation offering dynamic courses in data, design, business, technology and other high-demand skills. Lewin leads GA’s growth, creating sustainable talent pipelines for businesses and building transparent career pathways to the most transformational work.
Prior to General Assembly, Ms. Lewin served as President of Pearson's teacher education group, and Managing Director of the publisher's global learning technology group; Vice President of McGraw-Hill's professional education group; management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group; and senior research project director with The NPD Group. She also co-founded Ethical Ventures, a New York City-based management consulting firm, where she advised some of the world’s most ambitious social enterprises and mission-driven companies.
Lisa serves on the boards of the Wikimedia Foundation, Bank Street College of Education, and the Leadership Now Project. She received a BS from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School.
Originally from southern Illinois, Lisa lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.
Patty McCord brings the Silicon Valley concepts of fresh ideas and innovation and applies them to rethinking the way we work. She challenges norms and invites us to reconsider the idea of “best practices.”
From her many years working with companies that range from very large global tech companies to small very small innovative start-ups, Patty saw first-hand how companies can become slow and complacent and employees become cynics and whiners. She spent 14 years at Netflix experimenting with new ways to work. Making the Netflix culture deck become reality for the people who work there. From abolishing performance reviews to challenging the need for policies, Patty believes people come to work as fully formed adults with a desire to make an impact and be proud of what they do and she’s on a mission to spread the word that we can do this differently. She is frequently in the media with interviews and articles from Harvard Business Review, NPR, Fast Company and The Wall Street Journal. She speaks at CEO Forums, Business schools and for large groups around the world.
Tracey Travis was named executive vice president of finance and chief financial officer of The Estée Lauder Companies in 2012, with responsibilities for global finance, accounting, investor relations, information technology, and strategy and new business development.
Previously, Travis was senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer at Ralph Lauren Corporation from January 2005 to July 2012, with responsibility for worldwide corporate finance, inclusive of accounting, financial planning and analysis, treasury, tax and business development, as well as investor relations and information technology. During her tenure, Travis led work related to the acquisitions of licensed brands/geographies, capital structure efforts, strategic business plans, investor relations strategy and a major global systems transformation.
Travis was with Limited Brands in Columbus, Ohio, first as chief financial officer of Intimate Brands from 2001 to 2002 and as senior vice president of finance for Limited Brands from 2002 to 2004, with responsibility for operational finance for all divisions, corporate capital planning, corporate forecasting, budgeting and strategic planning.
From 1999 to 2001, Travis was chief financial officer of the Americas Group of American National Can, where she led both the finance and information technology groups. Prior to this position, she held various management positions at Pepsico/Pepsi Bottling Group from 1989 to 1999, including group manager, new products, where she assisted in the development of the business plans for Pepsi's entrance into non–soft drink beverage categories; general manager, where she led the manufacturing, distribution and market development of beverages for the Howell, Michigan market unit; and chief financial officer, Michigan business unit.
She began her career at General Motors first as an engineer; then, after being awarded a GM Fellowship to pursue her MBA, returned to General Motors as a financial executive, where she worked in accounting and on various international product programs, joint ventures and divestitures.
Travis served on the board of Jo-Ann Stores for eight years until the company was sold to private-equity investors in March 2011, and chaired the JAS Audit Committee for four years. She currently serves on the boards of the Campbell Soup Company and the Lincoln Center Theater. She is also a trustee on the boards of the University of Pittsburgh and Columbia University's graduate school of business.
Travis was recognized in 2005 by Treasury and Risk Management Magazine as one of the "Top 25 Women in Finance" and in 2012 as one of the "100 Most Influential People in Finance."
In 2008 she was granted the "Best CFO" award by Institutional Investor. In 2009 she was named one of the "Top 100 African Americans in Corporate America" by Black Enterprise magazine. That same year, Travis also received a distinguished alumni award from her alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh. In 2011 Travis was asked to serve as an inaugural member of the Wall Street Journal's CFO Forum.
Travis received a bachelor of science in industrial engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA in finance and operations management from Columbia University.
Dennis Via retired from the U.S. Army as a 4-Star General and is currently an Executive Vice President and Defense Fellow with Booz Allen Hamilton in McLean, Virginia, where he leads Corporate Engagement within the Office of the CEO. Prior to this position, as a senior executive with the Global Defense Group, he led multi-year market-driven strategies, risk assessment and mitigation, and the Security Cooperation business for the firm. He is the Firm’s current Executive Sponsor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and serves as Chair of Global Ethics and Compliance. In his final assignment with the Army, he led the largest global logistics enterprise in the U.S. Army and Department of Defense (DoD), comprising 120,000 military and civilian employees in 38 countries and 41 states, with an annual budget of $50 Billion.
As the commander of Army Materiel Command (AMC), he was directly responsible for all Logistics, Information-Technology, Research and Development, Contracting, International Military Sales, and Industrial Base manufacturing and depot operations for the US Army. From 2004 to 2011, he held multiple senior executive positions across the DoD in the areas of C4, IT, network operations, cyber security, and global supply chain, including Director, J6, Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), Pentagon, where he was a direct report to the Chairman for all policies, plans, and programs for DoD communications, information-technology systems, and cyber security.
General Via served 12 years as a general officer and is the first commissioned Signal Corps Officer in U.S. Army’s 244-year history to achieve the rank of 4-Star General.
Marissa Andrada joined Chipotle Mexican Grill in April 2018 as the brand’s first Chief People Officer. The role has since been formalized and evolved into the Chief Diversity, Inclusion and People Officer for Chipotle, bringing the brand’s purpose, To Cultivate a Better World, to life through its people. Ms. Andrada’ s initiatives and passion points include driving a diversity strategy across all levels of the company and fostering a culture of well-being to inspire mutual learning, development, personal and career growth. Ms. Andrada has been instrumental in redefining Chipotle’s benefits, launching a new tuition assistance program including the option to earn a Debt Free College Degree, access to mental healthcare and a quarterly bonus option open to Chipotle’s 85,000+ Chipotle employees. Prior to joining Chipotle, she was the Senior Vice President of Human Resources & Chief Resources Officer at Kate Spade & Company and Senior Vice President of Partner Resources for Starbucks Coffee Company. Prior to Starbucks, she served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources at GameStop Corporation and Head of Human Resources at Red Bull North America. Ms. Andrada has an MBA from Pepperdine University and completed her undergraduate education at California State Polytechnic University at Pomona. Ms. Andrada is a founding member of the CNBC Workforce Executive Council and a 2020 American Business Award Gold Stevie® winner in the HR Executive of the Year category.
Rachel Romer is the Co-Founder and CEO of Guild, a company that enables forward-thinking employers to invest in their employees, unlocking life-changing opportunities for personal and professional growth through education and learning programs, career development and one-on-one coaching. Guild partners with the nation’s largest employers — including Walmart, Chipotle, Discover, Hilton, Macy’s, Target, and The Walt Disney Company — to create cultures of opportunity that will help them attract and retain top talent, and build the workforce of the future. Using Guild’s Career Opportunity Platform full of real-world education and learning programs, employees can gain the skills, knowledge and guidance they need to build a brighter future for themselves and their families — all without paying for tuition or career services on their own. In the last year, more than 5 million Americans had access to Guild’s Career Opportunity Platform through their employer, and the company has grown to nearly 1,500 employees to support its growing customer base. Guild was named to TIME's list of the 100 Most Influential Companies of 2022, and was recognized as a winner of Fast Company’s 2020 World Changing Ideas award and a CNBC Disruptor 50 company three years in a row for its work at the intersection of education and the future of work.
Prior to founding Guild, Rachel was the Founder and CEO of Student Blueprint and worked for the 2008 Obama campaign before serving in the Obama White House. Rachel holds an M.B.A. from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business as well as an M.A. in Education and B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University.
John co-founded Aquent in 1986 while an undergraduate at Harvard University. Within five years, he grew the company from dorm-room startup to the 12th fastest-growing private company in America. He has served as CEO from the beginning.
Over the course of his career, John has been widely recognized for his entrepreneurial leadership and accomplishments. Accolades include Boston Business Journal’s, “40 Under 40,” Mass High Tech’s “High Tech All-Star,” finalist for the Harvard Business School Club of New York’s “America’s Entrepreneur Award,” and Ernst and Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” for New England. Additionally, he was the subject of a Fast Company cover story and was the protagonist in a Harvard Business School case study.
John has been featured in a number of national media outlets and trade publications, including NPR, The Boston Globe, U.S. News & World Report, The Financial Times, Business Insider, and Quartz. He is also a frequent guest on Fox, CNBC, Bloomberg Television, Yahoo Finance and Cheddar TV.
John currently sits on the board of Masonite (NYSE:DOOR). He has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Angie’s List (NASDAQ: ANGI) and as President of the Massachusetts Staffing Association . He has also served as a board member for the American Staffing Association, American Institute of Graphic Arts, and the Recycling Advisory Committee for the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts.
John earned a bachelor’s degree cum laude from Harvard College and an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School.
Victor Coleman serves as Chief Executive Officer for Hudson Pacific, and Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors. He has been a Board member since the company’s IPO in 2010. Prior to his current roles, Coleman founded and served as Managing Partner of Hudson Pacific’s predecessor company, Hudson Capital.
Previously, Coleman co-founded and led Arden Realty as its President and Chief Operating Officer and as a Director and sold that public company in 2006.
Coleman serves on the boards of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics, Young Presidents’ Organization Gold Los Angeles, Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission, as well as its philanthropic initiative, ChampionLA. He also currently serves on the board of Kite Realty Group Trust, and is a former board member for several other public companies, including Douglas Emmett.
Coleman received the City of Hope’s Spirit of Life Award from the Los Angeles Real Estate & Construction Industries Council, the Real Star of Hollywood Award from the Friends of the Hollywood Central Park, and was recognized as a Treasure of Los Angeles by Central City Association. He is an investor in the NHL team, Vegas Golden Knights.
He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Golden Gate University and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of California, Berkeley.
John R. (Jack) Hartung is Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Hartung joined Chipotle in 2002 after spending 18 years at McDonald's where he held a variety of management positions, most recently as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of its Partner Brands Group. Mr. Hartung has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and economics as well as an MBA from Illinois State University.
Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist whose research focuses on understanding what climate change means for people and the places where we live. She is the Chief Scientist for The Nature Conservancy and a Horn Distinguished Professor and Endowed Professor of Public Policy and Public Law in the Dept. of Political Science at Texas Tech University. Her book, “Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World,” will be released in Sept 2021 and she also hosts the PBS digital series Global Weirding, currently in its fifth season. Katharine has been named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People, the United Nations Champion of the Environment, and the World Evangelical Alliance’s Climate Ambassador.
A World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and ranked one of the 50 leading female futurists in the world by Forbes, April Rinne is a change navigator: she helps individuals and organizations rethink and reshape their relationship with change, uncertainty, and a world in flux. She is a trusted advisor to well-known startups, companies, financial institutions, nonprofits, and think tanks worldwide, including Airbnb, Nike, Intuit, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, NESTA, Trōv, AnyRoad, and Unsettled, as well as governments ranging from Singapore to South Africa, Canada to Colombia, Italy to India. April is the author of Flux: 8 Superpowers for Thriving in Constant Change.
A graduate of Harvard Law School, April has been weaving a story about how to thrive amid flux for as long as she can remember, drawing on her history as a futurist, advisor, global development executive, microfinance lawyer, investor, mental health advocate, certified yoga teacher, globetrotter (100+ countries), and insatiable handstander. April also harnesses her very personal experiences with flux, including the death of both of her parents in a car accident when she was 20. Through her travels and tragedy, vision and values, global perspective and grounded sense of purpose, April helps others better understand how we see, think about, struggle with, and ultimately forge positive relationships with change.
Harmit Singh is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Levi Strauss & Co. He is responsible for managing the company’s finance, information technology, strategic sourcing and global business services functions globally. This includes: financial planning and analysis, strategic planning and corporate development, accounting and controls, tax, enterprise risk management, treasury, internal audit, and investor relations.
Harmit is a seasoned financial executive with more than 30 years of experience in driving growth for global consumer brands. Throughout his career, he has worked at companies that serve consumers in the hospitality, restaurant, travel and financial industries.
Prior to joining LS&Co. in January 2013, Harmit served as chief financial officer of Hyatt Hotels Corporation, where he successfully established a global financial structure, took the company public, built a strong balance sheet, and drove growth by supporting capital deployment for acquisitions and investments.
Before Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Harmit held various global leadership roles at Yum! Brand foods, the world’s largest restaurant company, including CFO of Pizza Hut U.S. and CFO of Yum Restaurants International. Early in his career, Harmit also worked at American Express India and Price Waterhouse in India.
Harmit holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University, and is a chartered accountant from India. In 2019, he joined the Accounting for Sustainability (A4S) project, helping to establish the U.S. Chapter of the organization and mobilize other prominent financial leaders to promote the business case for sustainability. He is also a proud member of the CNBC Global CFO Council and the Wall Street Journal CFO Network and World 50 (a private community for C-level executives at globally respected organizations). In 2018, Harmit was named to the board of OpenText, a global enterprise information management software company. He previously served on the board of directors for Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc.
Emily McEvilly is chief customer officer at Workday and oversees the company’s customer experience organization, which includes Professional Services, Education Services, Services and Software Alliances, Customer Success, and Workday Support. In this role, she leads the teams responsible for delivering a more seamless and impactful end-to-end journey for Workday customers, ensuring they experience the full value of their Workday solution. Emily and her team focus on effectively identifying and understanding the needs, opportunities, and challenges Workday customers face, and tailor solutions designed for them, regardless of their size or location.
Previously, Emily served as senior vice president of services at Workday, responsible for ensuring operational excellence of the company’s services team. Prior to joining Workday in 2010, Emily spent 10 years with PeopleSoft and Oracle in various leadership positions focused on business development and solution deployment. Emily started her career at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), where she was engaged in the healthcare and higher education practices. She has lived and worked in North America, South America, and Europe.
Emily holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and international business from Clemson University.
Devin Banerjee is editor at large at LinkedIn, covering business and leading finance coverage for its 774 million global members. Banerjee previously oversaw Bloomberg’s coverage of North American dealmaking, including the private equity industry, corporate M&A, capital markets and shareholder activism. He is an honors graduate of Stanford University and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Kelley Cornish is the Head of Diverse Segments, Representation & Inclusion Program Management Office and Enterprise Initiatives.
Kelley joined Wells Fargo December 2019 from the TD Bank Group. In her current role, Kelley serves as the primary liaison between DSRI and its various business line and support partners to lead planning, implement
strategy and drive accountability for all internal functions supporting DSRI efforts across the enterprise. She’s also responsible for developing infrastructure strategy and sponsoring large projects across LOB/Functions,
including partnership and collaboration with senior stakeholders to improve workforce diversity outcomes in order for Wells Fargo to compete in the marketplace and optimize growth and profitability.
Prior to this role, Kelley served as the Strategy and Integration Leader for Diversity and Inclusion and led the team of D & I Consultants for the enterprise. Before joining the Wells Fargo team, at TD Bank Group she
served as the Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, and she has 15 years of work experience in healthcare as a D & I Leader.
Recognized as one of the Top 25 Influential Black Women in Business, Kelley received the 2019 Sojourner Truth Award by the National Congress of Black Women. She also has been honored with the 2018 Career Mastered Award and in 2017 was the Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Award winner by Peirce College for the City of Philadelphia. Kelley was also recognized as a member of the top team of distinction for the American Banker's Most Powerful Women in Banking Award in 2019.
In her community, Kelley leads the Women’s Ministry at her church and is the Chair of the Umoja Village, a grassroots organization launched in June 2020 dedicated to Black African-American advocacy and social justice. She also serves on the Inclusion and Advocacy Council for her alma mater USCAiken and on the President’s Diversity Council at Clemson University Kelley earned a Masters in Human Resources Management from Webster University, a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina-Aiken, and is a Certified Diversity Practitioner (CCDP) by Cornell University.
Rob Falzon is vice chair of Prudential Financial, Inc. and a member of Prudential’s Board of Directors. As vice chair, Falzon oversees the finance, risk, investments, actuarial, communications, information & technology, and corporate social responsibility functions.
Before being named vice chair, Falzon was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Prudential Financial, Inc. Appointed to this position in March 2013, Falzon oversaw global financial management matters, including financial reporting, treasury, tax, investor relations and mergers and acquisitions.
Previously Falzon was senior vice president and treasurer of Prudential Financial, Inc., responsible for management of the company’s capital, liquidity and borrowing. Before being appointed treasurer in 2009, Falzon served as managing director of PGIM Real Estate, head of its Global Merchant Banking and Global Real Estate Securities Groups and CEO of its European business.
Prior to joining PGIM Real Estate in 1998, Falzon was a managing director in the investment banking group at Prudential Securities Incorporated in New York and was previously a managing director in PGIM’s private fixed income business.
Falzon holds an MBA in finance and accounting from Columbia University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s degree in economics from Rutgers University. He is a CFA charterholder, a certified public accountant, and a member of AICPA and the CFA Institute.
Falzon is the chair of the advisory boards for the New Jersey Salvation Army and the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Ironbound in Newark. He is a member of both the Rutgers University Board of Trustees as well as the Rutgers University Foundation Board of Overseers and is chair of the Foundation’s Investment Committee.
Tim Hourigan leads all aspects of human resource management for The Home Depot. Tim and his leadership team strive to create a best-in-class environment for the more than 400,000 orange-blooded associates who work at the company. Whether in a retail store, distribution center, customer contact center or a store support center, the team’s focus is to reinforce the company’s inverted pyramid leadership model and ensure decisions are taken in line with the core values gifted to us by our founders.
In Tim’s prior role, he served as president of the company’s Southern Division where he was responsible for the sales and operations of more than 690 stores, leading a team of more than 100,000 associates in 15 U.S. states, Puerto Rico and St. Thomas. Previously, Tim led the human resources function for the company’s U.S. stores and operations as well as overseeing the company’s compensation, benefits and HR systems.
Earlier in his career, Tim held a number of finance, human resources and operational leadership roles, including senior vice president and chief operating officer at Homelife Corp., as well as finance, human resources and international training roles with Ernst & Young, Batus, Inc. and Sears Roebuck & Company.
Tim serves on the boards of a number of industry and human resources organizations, including the Board of Trustees of the Home Builders Institute, the Human Capital Advisory Committee of the Atlanta Federal Reserve Board, the Human Resources Policy Association, the Center for Executive Compensation and Center for Executive Succession at the University of South Carolina.
Tim has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bellarmine University and is a certified public accountant.
William Santana Li is the Chairman and CEO of Knightscope and is a seasoned entrepreneur, intrapreneur and former corporate executive at Ford Motor Company. He was the Founder and COO of GreenLeaf, which became the world's 2nd largest automotive recycler (now part of NASDAQ: LKQ) and holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and MBA from University of Detroit Mercy. His long-term ambition is to make the United States of America the safest country in the world, changing everything for everyone.
Clarence Nunn joined Wells Fargo in 2021 as head of Diverse Segments for the Wealth & Investment Management (WIM) division. His responsibilities include setting strategy and growing partnerships for
clients and prospects that are owned and/or managed by diverse individuals or that are serving diverse individuals or groups. He also leads WIM’s efforts to expand its diverse client set and the services WIM
provides to existing and new clients.
Clarence has more than 30 years of financial and industrial experience. Before joining Wells Fargo, he was the Southeast head of Middle Market Banking and Specialized Industries within JPMorgan Chase’s Commercial
Bank. Prior to JPMorgan Chase, he was the president & CEO of GE Capital – Franchise Finance. At GE, Clarence also held senior leadership roles with P&L responsibility, general management, sales, marketing, product
development, and quality (Six Sigma) in several domestic and global businesses ─ including GE Plastics, GE Capital Canada Equipment Financing, GE Vendor Financial Services, GE Capital’s Commercial Distribution Finance, GE Capital Fleet Services, and GE Capital Rail Services.
Clarence’s outside affiliations include Board and Council roles with the Business School Strategic Board of Governors for the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul Minnesota; North Carolina Bankers Association;
National Black MBA Association, Inc.; and GELCO Corporation. He also was a member of the American Automotive Leasing Association and the Executive Leadership Council.
Clarence earned his MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, and his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from San Diego State University. He is based in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Tanya Sanders is the Head of Wells Fargo Auto, a division of Wells Fargo Consumer Lending led by Michael Weinbach. Wells Fargo Auto is a leading indirect auto lender offering consumers vehicle financing through a network of approximately 11,000 dealers nationwide. With a loan portfolio of over $51 billion, we serve more than 3 million consumers’ auto financing needs.
Tanya brings over 20 years of financial services experience to her role, including numerous leadership positions within auto finance. Most recently, Tanya served as the Head of Auto Transformation leading the business’s innovation work to develop product strategy, Agile transformation, digital capacities, strategic partnerships and customer experience and insights. Prior to that, she was the Head of Retail Underwriting and Fulfillment responsible for improving the customer experience and consistency delivered by Wells Fargo Auto’s underwriting, funding and aftermarket teams.
Before joining Wells Fargo, Tanya was the managing director of Business Operations for Chase Auto, where she oversaw shared services operations for retail and private label auto originations. She has also held progressive roles at Bank of America and General Electric in auto, small business, business banking and consumer finance businesses. Over the course of her career, she has earned experience in sales, strategy and business development, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate audit.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University and MBA from the University of Florida. She also completed her Six Sigma Black Belt Certification.
Tanya is the co-chair for Wells Fargo Consumer Lending’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council. She is also a member of the American Financial Services Association where she serves as a committee chair for the Women’s Leadership Council. She is actively engaged in her community through volunteerism and non-profit board engagement, focused on improving outcomes for underserved communities. Tanya is a thought leader in the industry, delivering keynote presentations and participating in panel discussions with other leaders in auto finance and in 2020 was named Auto Finance Executive of the Year by Cherokee Media.
Tanya is based in Irving, Texas.
Contessa Brewer is a correspondent and substitute anchor for CNBC appearing throughout Business Day as well as the network’s 7pm ET newscast “The News with Shepard Smith.” She covers major news stories for CNBC including presidential elections, hurricanes, the coronavirus pandemic and trade wars. Her specialty coverage areas are casinos, the gaming industry and the insurance industry. Brewer joined the network in 2017 and is based at CNBC Global Headquarters.
A National Emmy-Award winning journalist, Brewer is known for her marathon on-air coverage of breaking news and big political stories. While an anchor for MSNBC, she hosted daily news programs and the long-running, primetime series “Caught on Camera.” As a correspondent, Brewer has contributed reports to CBS News, CBSN, WNBC, NBC News and MSNBC, where she covered a wide range of stories including presidential elections, debt ceilings, government shutdowns, natural disasters, terror attacks and celebrity news. She began her career in Reno, NV followed by Palm Springs, CA and Milwaukee, WI.
Brewer is a Remembrance Scholar and magna cum laude graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication and Honors Program. She’s narrated several audiobooks and resides in New York with her husband, twin sons and a dappled dachshund.
Jon Fortt is co-anchor of CNBC's "Squawk Alley" (M-F, 11AM-12PM ET) broadcast live from the New York Stock Exchange. Previously, he was an on-air editor based at CNBC's global headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. Fortt joined CNBC as technology correspondent in July 2010, working from CNBC's Silicon Valley bureau where he covered the companies, start-ups and trends that are driving innovation in the industry. He also contributes to CNBC.com.
He came to CNBC from Fortune magazine, where as a senior writer he covered both large technology companies— such as Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, and Microsoft—and trends, including cloud computing and the smartphone revolution.
Before joining Fortune in 2007, Fortt was a senior editor at Business 2.0magazine where he produced the "What Works" section.
From 1999 to 2006, Fortt wrote and edited at the San Jose Mercury News, Silicon Valley's hometown newspaper. There he contributed to several efforts that won awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.
As a personal technology writer, his coverage duties included Apple, Palm and Adobe. He also served in roles outside the business department, covering education, editing local news and developing technology strategy. As the newspaper's senior Web editor, he helped develop a blog and podcast network, managed the creation of multimedia projects and served on the board of the Associated Press Managing Editors.
Fortt graduated from DePauw University as a Media Fellow, with a B.A. in English.
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Diana Olick is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, currently serving as CNBC’s Senior Real Estate Correspondent. She also contributes her climate and real estate expertise to NBC News NOW, MSNBC, NBC’s “Today” and “NBC Nightly News.” She is a regular guest speaker and does guest segments on NPR and C-SPAN. Her work on CNBC.com won the Gracie Award for “Outstanding Blog” in 2015.
Soon after joining CNBC in 2002, Olick recognized the quick run-up in the housing market, fueled by investor flipping, and consequently launched the network’s real estate beat. She covers both commercial and residential real estate as well as the mortgage market. Olick was at the forefront of reporting on the housing boom, the subprime mortgage collapse, the resulting housing crash and the ongoing recovery. She also launched the real estate page on CNBC.com and is its primary author.
In 2018, Olick envisioned a new series for the network called “Rising Risks,” which examines all aspects of the growing risk to real estate from climate change. The series grew beyond real estate and in 2021, Olick began covering climate full-time across all sectors. That same year, she covered the COP26 United Nations climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, reporting on government, corporate and private sector investments in the fight against climate change.
In early 2022, Olick launched an additional climate series, Clean Start, which follows venture capital money into climate startups. The series airs weekly and has its own page on CNBC.com/clean-start.
Prior to joining CNBC, Olick spent seven years as a correspondent for CBS News. Olick began her career as a local news reporter at WABI-TV in Bangor, Maine; WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan; and KIRO-TV in Seattle. She joined CBS in 1994 as a New York-based correspondent for the “CBS Evening News with Dan Rather” and “The Early Show.” She also contributed pieces to “48 Hours” and “Sunday Morning.”
At CBS, Olick worked in the New York, Dallas and Washington, D.C. bureaus, covering such stories as the World Trade Center conspiracy trial, the crash of TWA Flight 800, the JonBenet Ramsey murder mystery and was the exclusive correspondent for the trial of Oklahoma City bomber Terry Nichols. She also took a temporary assignment in CBS’ Moscow bureau, where she chronicled the brief presidential campaign of Mikhail Gorbachev.
Olick has a B.A. in comparative literature with a minor in soviet studies from Columbia College in New York and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism.
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Tyler Mathisen co-anchors CNBC's "Power Lunch" (M-F, 1PM-3PM ET), one of the network's longest running program franchises. He is also Vice President, Events Strategy for CNBC, working closely with the network's events team to grow the rapidly expanding business.
Previously, Mathisen was co-anchor of "Nightly Business Report," an award-winning evening business news program produced by CNBC for U.S. public television. In 2014, NBR was named best radio/TV show by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW). Since joining CNBC in 1997, Mathisen has held a number of positions including managing editor of CNBC Business News, responsible for directing the network's daily content and coverage. He was also co-anchor of CNBC's "Closing Bell."
Mathisen has reported one-hour documentaries for the network including "Best Buy: The Big Box Fights Back," "Supermarkets Inc: Inside a $500 Billion Money Machine" and "Death: It's a Living." Mathisen was also host of the CNBC series "How I Made My Millions."
Prior to CNBC, Mathisen spent 15 years as a writer, senior editor and top editor for Money magazine. Among other duties, he supervised the magazine's mutual funds coverage, its annual investment forecast issue and its expansion into electronic journalism, for which it won the first-ever National Magazine Award for New Media in 1997.
In 1993, Mathisen won the American University-Investment Company Institute Award for Personal Finance Journalism for a televised series on "Caring for Aging Parents," which aired on ABC's "Good Morning America." Mathisen served as money editor of "GMA" from 1991 to 1997. He also won an Emmy Award for a report on the 1987 stock market crash that aired on New York's WCBS-TV.
A native of Arlington,Va., Mathisen graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia.
Becky Quick is co-anchor of "Squawk Box" (M-F, 6AM-9AM ET). Quick is also anchor of the nationally syndicated "On the Money."
Quick is known for her hard-hitting interviews and profiles of some of the world's richest and most influential investors, including Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Alan Greenspan, T. Boone Pickens, Jamie Dimon, Charlie Munger and many others. She also has interviewed three U.S. presidents and has hosted panels at some of the most prestigious conferences in the world such as the Microsoft CEO Conference, Fortune's Most Powerful Women's Conference and the Allen & Co. Sun Valley Media Conference. Quick also authors a regular column for Fortune magazine as well as contributes to CNBC.com.
Previously, Quick, a seven-year veteran of The Wall Street Journal, covered the Wall Street beat for CNBC as part of the network's partnership with Dow Jones.
Prior to joining CNBC in February 2001, Quick covered various beats for The Wall Street Journal, including retail, e-commerce and the Internet. She also played a crucial role in the launch of The Wall Street Journal Online, while serving as the site's International news editor.
She graduated from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., and previously served on the board of The Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.
Carl Quintanilla is an anchor of CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” and “TechCheck”. Previously, he was an anchor of “Squawk Alley.”
Since joining NBCUniversal in 1999, Quintanilla has covered a wide range of stories for both CNBC and NBC News, where he was a New York- and Chicago-based correspondent for “Today” and “NBC Nightly News,” including the Olympic games, presidential elections, and international military conflicts from Israel to Iraq. As part of NBC’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, he shared a national Emmy Award, DuPont Award, RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award and broadcast’s highest honor, Peabody Award.
The one-hour documentaries Quintanilla has reported for CNBC include: “The New High: Extreme Sports,” ”#TwitterRevolution,” “The Costco Craze: Inside the Warehouse Giant,” “BMW: A Driving Obsession,” “Big Mac: Inside the McDonald’s Empire,” “Trash Inc: The Secret Life of Garbage” and “The Money Chase: Inside Harvard Business School.”
Prior to joining NBC, Quintanilla spent six years as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Colorado.
Courtney Reagan is CNBC's Retail Reporter. In 2011, Reagan was named general assignment reporter for CNBC's Business Day programming. She also contributes to NBC's "TODAY," "NBC Nightly News" and "Nightly Business Report" on public television. Reagan also regularly contributes to CNBC.com.
Previously, Reagan anchored the daily business headline reports for CNBC, the NBC affiliate stations, MSNBC and CNBC world. She also worked on CNBC's planning team and was a segment producer for CNBC's "On the Money," where she pitched, wrote and produced feature and news stories and packages for the program. Reagan began her career at CNBC in 2006 on the News Desk.
Prior to CNBC, Reagan participated in the NBC Page program, where she held positions at "Dateline NBC" and "Weekend Today," and also worked in guest relations for the network. Reagan also held positions at ESPN Networks and Merrill Lynch.
She holds bachelor's degrees in finance and mass communication from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Reagan graduated with distinction from NYU's Stern School of Business with a MBA with specializations in economics, luxury marketing and entertainment/media/technology. She was her class recipient of the "Excellence in Economics" for academic achievement in economics while at NYU.
Kate Rogers joined CNBC in September 2014 as a reporter based at the network's Global Headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Rogers covers small business and entrepreneurship for the network appearing on CNBC's Business Day programming and providing daily stories and videos to CNBC.com. She will also contribute to the network's overall markets coverage.
Previously, Rogers was a personal finance and small business reporter for FOX Business and FOXBusiness.com. While there, she reported across FBN's and FOX News' daily programming. She also created and hosted a web series on entrepreneurship and startups called "Growing Your Business" for FOXBusiness.com.
Prior to FBN, Rogers was a reporter at the Nonprofit Times covering the business aspect of nonprofit management, and was an editor at the Union County Local Source.
Rogers holds a bachelor's degree in English with a concentration in Journalism and a minor in Women's Studies from the University of Delaware.
Jen Rogers is an award-winning financial reporter and anchor. Most recently, she was the host of The Final Round, Yahoo! Finance’s live daily close-of-market show and Time for Change, its program focused on issues of diversity and social justice in the business world.
Before joining Yahoo! Finance, Jen spent more than a decade in television -- at CNN, MSNBC, and Reuters. She has had a front row seat for the biggest tech and finance stories of our time and has interviewed a who’s who of business leaders, including Warren Buffett and Elon Musk.
Jen is a runner, a reader, and a cancer survivor. She co-founded Comedy vs Cancer, an annual event which raises money for cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where she also serves on the Patient and Family Advisory Council.
Rhonda Schaffler has been reporting on business for NJ Spotlight News since 2016. Previously, she worked as an anchor and reporter for CNN, Reuters and Bloomberg.
Andrew Ross Sorkin is co-anchor of "Squawk Box" (M-F, 6AM-9AM ET), CNBC's signature morning program. Sorkin is also a financial columnist for The New York Times and the editor-at-large of DealBook, a news site he founded that is published by The Times.
Sorkin is the author of the best-selling book, "Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System—and Themselves," which chronicled the events of the 2008 financial crisis. The book won the 2010 Gerald Loeb Award for Best Business Book, and was shortlisted for the 2010 Samuel Johnson Prize and the 2010 Financial Times Business Book of the Year Award. The book was adapted as a movie by HBO Films in 2011. Sorkin was a co-producer of the film, which was nominated for 11 Emmy Awards.
Sorkin is also co-creator of the drama series "Billions" on Showtime starring Paul Giamatti and Damien Lewis.
Over the years, Sorkin has broken news on many major mergers and acquisitions, including Chase's acquisition of JPMorgan and Hewlett-Packard's acquisition of Compaq. He also led The Times's coverage of Vodafone's $183 billion hostile bid for Mannesmann, resulting in the world's largest takeover ever.
He won a Gerald Loeb Award in 2004 for breaking the news of IBM's historic sale of its PC business to Lenovo. He was also a finalist in the commentary category for his DealBook column. He won a Society of American Business Editors and Writers Award for breaking news in 2005 and again in 2006. In 2007, the World Economic Forum named him a Young Global Leader. In 2008 and 2009, Vanity Fair named him to its "Next Establishment" list. He was also named to the "Directorship 100," a list of the most influential people on the nation's board of directors. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Sorkin began writing for The New York Times in 1995 under unusual circumstances: He hadn't yet graduated from high school.
He graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. degree in May 1999.
Jane Wells develops features, special reports and series for CNBC and CNBC.com. Based in Los Angeles, she also contributes to CNBC’s breaking news coverage.
Wells assumed her current role after more than 20 years as a CNBC reporter. Most recently, she covered retail, agriculture and defense as well as reports on California’s economy, West Coast real estate and Las Vegas for the network. Wells joined CNBC in 1996, providing special coverage of the O.J. Simpson civil case for “Rivera Live.” During her career at the network, Wells also served as a senior correspondent for CNBC’s “Upfront Tonight.” She also helped create the “Strange Success” franchise for CNBC Make It, and produces a companion podcast.
Prior to joining CNBC, she was a correspondent for the Fox News Channel and Los Angeles reporter for NBC’s flagship television station, WNBC, in New York. Her television news career includes reporter positions with KTTV, Los Angeles; WTVJ, Miami; and KOB, Albuquerque. She has also contributed international reports for CNN.
Wells has received numerous honors for her work, including a 1992 Peabody Award and duPont Award for her role in the live coverage of the Rodney King Trial. That same year, she earned a Los Angeles Emmy Award for her investigative reporting. She also has received UPI, Press Club and Emmy Awards for feature reporting; three Florida Emmy Awards for news reporting; and the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award for team reporting.
Wells holds bachelor’s degrees in broadcast journalism and philosophy from the University of Southern California, where she graduated with honors. She and her husband have two children and live in Los Angeles.
NYC-based video presenter and producer with extensive experience in all areas of television and digital video development and production, including anchoring, reporting, writing, producing, interviewing, editing, social media, hiring and team development. Organized, detail-oriented and collaborative leader with comprehensive experience in business news, media training and startups.
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10 AM ET - 11 AM ET
As companies continue to navigate through the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s not to early to start planning for the future. Dr. Vin Gupta shares thoughts on how integrating proactive public health strategies into an organization’s broader goals just makes good business sense.
Dr. Vin Gupta, Amazon Senior Principal Scientist and Chief Medical Officer for Covid-19 Response
Interviewer: Tyler Mathisen, CNBC “Power Lunch” Co-Anchor and Vice President, Events Strategy
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How has work evolved as a result of the pandemic and our global work-from-home “experiment”? What are the changes that should stick? What are the changes that will? In this dynamic discussion we’ll dig into habits of our pre-Covid “normal”, how we defined work then and now, and explore ways to adopt a mindset and process to thrive in the weeks, months and years ahead.
Ray Dalio, Bridgewater Associates Founder & “Principles” Author
Patty McCord, Fmr. Netflix Chief Talent Officer, “Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility” Author
Moderator: Becky Quick, CNBC “Squawk Box” Co-Anchor
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A clear learning since March 2020 has been that workers embrace increased flexibility. But what else? What will keep employees engaged, productive and thriving as the what, where, and how of work evolves? Futurist and author April Rinne advocates a mindset shift around how we think about skills and career building: Our individual journeys – much like our collective experience over the last 18+ months – are no longer linear, and embracing this transformation might just unlock new paths to success.
April Rinne, “Flux: 8 Superpowers for Thriving in Constant Change” Author and Futurist
Interviewer: Jane Wells, CNBC Special Correspondent
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Nurturing the Soul of Your Business in a Changing World
SPONSORED AND PROGRAMMED BY WORKDAY
Culture is the soul of a company, and often what attracts and retains employees. Until recently, culture has been mostly cultivated in person, by employees. Now, it’s also done remotely through video conferencing and messaging applications, which presents a new set of challenges and opportunities. This discussion will focus on ways to sustain company culture through times of change and will include practical guidance and examples from two executives tasked with doing just that.
Tim Hourigan, The Home Depot Executive Vice President – Human Resources
Emily McEvilly, Workday Chief Customer Officer
Moderator: Jen Rogers, Financial Reporter
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11 AM ET - 11:25 AM ET
Given the pace of innovation, it’s critical for employees at all levels to have opportunities to learn new skills and become educated in new ways of working. Two CEOs who have built their careers in the education and talent recruitment industries share their perspectives and advice on how to create a culture of learning from entry-level to top leadership.
John H. Chuang, Aquent Co-founder, Chairman and CEO
Lisa Lewin, General Assembly CEO
Moderator: Contessa Brewer, CNBC Correspondent
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SPONSORED AND PROGRAMMED BY KNIGHTSCOPE
If people and customers are the lifeblood of an organization, protecting them is likely a part of your company’s strategic plan and consideration. What you may not have considered is using Autonomous Security Robots (ASRs) to keep them safe—a combination of self-driving technology, robotics, artificial intelligence, and electric vehicles. This discussion will examine the security challenges corporations face, and ways they can make the workplace safer.
William Santana Li, Knightscope Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Interviewer: Rhonda Schaffler, Business Anchor
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SPONSORED AND PROGRAMMED BY WELLS FARGO
With companies urgently evaluating and seeking both internal and external ways to transform their operations, keeping community — not just the bottom line — is key to taking action. A discussion on ways leaders can integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into key business transformation efforts.
Kelley Cornish, Wells Fargo Executive Vice President, Head – DSRI PMO
Clarence Nunn, Wells Fargo Executive Vice President, Wealth and Investment Management Diverse Segments
Tanya Sanders, Wells Fargo Executive Vice President, Head of Wells Fargo Auto
Moderator: Caroline Woods, Business Journalist
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11:25 AM ET - 12 PM ET
The business disruptions brought on by the global pandemic demanded swift and close collaboration across functions. Hear how one company aligned its talent and finance priorities to develop strategies to both meet the moment and pave a competitive, positive path forward.
Marissa Andrada, Chipotle Chief Diversity, Inclusion, and People Officer
Jack Hartung, Chipotle Chief Financial Officer
Moderator: Kate Rogers, CNBC Reporter
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If the daily commute to a shared workspace evolves to a just a few days a week… or even a month, what is the vision for a shared physical space for work? In this session, we’ll dive into what the future holds for commercial real estate as we’ve known it and how companies are balancing investments for a world of hybrid work.
Marcelo Claure, WeWork Executive Chairman
Victor Coleman, Hudson Pacific Properties CEO
Moderator: Andrew Ross Sorkin, CNBC “Squawk Box” Co-Anchor
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12 PM ET - 2 PM ET
1:30 PM ET - 2 PM ET
One constant since the onset of the pandemic is change. Great plans — rooted in data, research and a dash of gut instinct — are made, and then new information surfaces and it’s time to pivot… again. In this townhall-style forum, retired 4-star General Dennis Via will share key leadership tenets acquired through years of esteemed military service and offer advice on leading with confidence, while remaining flexible enough to adapt when needed. Featured guests will include futurist and author April Rinne and members of CNBC’s Executive Councils.
Dennis Via, Retired U.S. Army General; Booz Allen Hamilton Defense Fellow
April Rinne, “Flux: 8 Superpowers for Thriving in Constant Change” Author and Futurist
Moderator: Jon Fortt, CNBC “Tech Check” Co-Anchor
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2 PM ET - 3:30 PM ET
With Covid-19, we’ve experienced the devastation of one major global threat, but are we prepared for the disruptions of a rapidly evolving climate? The effects of climate change have real consequences for businesses, impacting the health and safety of workers, resource scarcity, supply chain disruptions… even how and where we work. We’ll discuss how weaving climate change response into the core of strategic planning can reap the benefits of reduced costs, increased efficiencies, new ‘green collar’ job creation… and a brighter future for the next workforce generation.
Katharine Hayhoe, The Nature Conservancy Chief Scientist, “Saving Us” Author
Interviewer: Diana Olick, CNBC Real Estate Reporter
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Responding to the grueling demands of an economy in flux has required technology leaders to reprioritize and fast-track projects to meet new business and workforce needs. As we look toward the year 2022, one top tech and strategy exec shares her thoughts on planning for success in the year–and years–to come.
Catherine Bessant, Bank of America Vice Chair, Global Strategy (Fmr. Chief Operations and Technology Officer)
Interviewer: Carl Quintanilla, CNBC “Squawk on the Street” Co-Anchor and “TechCheck” Anchor
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SPONSORED AND PROGRAMMED BY PRUDENTIAL FINANCIAL
The pandemic left an indelible impression on work, the workplace, and the workforce. From the acceleration to the future of work to a workforce re-imaging their careers, employers are being challenged to manage new ways of working, workforce reentry, and talent retention with the same deftness they managed the transition to remote work. This session will focus on how employers can create resilient cultures to deliver value and meet the needs of an evolving workforce.
Rob Falzon, Prudential Financial Vice Chair
Interviewer: Devin Banerjee, LinkedIn Editor at Large
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Big companies are spending big money on workforce education and upskilling opportunities, investing heavily upfront in the hope of reaping future rewards. We’ll dig into why the value of learning benefits not only the workforce but also the bottom line and how this growth industry is poised to reshape the future of work.
Rachel Carlson, Guild Education Co-Founder and CEO
Interviewer: Jon Fortt, CNBC “Tech Check” Co-Anchor
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What the customer wants, the customer gets. The impacts of Covid-19 forced many organizations to place a necessary focus on aggressive investment in digitization. In this session, two CFOs on the front lines of shifting consumer trends discuss their strategies for being proactive in the face of uncertainty, identifying the ‘north star’ of our new normal, and responding to the impacts of rapid change on the workforce.
Harmit Singh, Levi Strauss & Co. CFO
Tracey Travis, The Estee Lauder Companies CFO
Moderator: Courtney Reagan, CNBC Senior Retail Reporter
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Since founding Dell (then PC’s Limited) from his freshman dorm room in 1984, Michael Dell has led his namesake company through economies good and bad; steered teams amid rapid technology advancement and sector shifts; and brought the organization public, then private, and public again. Dell joins us to share advice on managing through change and answers your questions in this @Work Summit Event Exclusive.
Michael Dell, Dell Technologies Chairman & CEO, “Play Nice but Win: A CEO’s Journey from Founder to Leader” Author
Interviewer: Jon Fortt, CNBC “Tech Check” Co-Anchor
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3:30 PM ET
Workday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources. Founded in 2005, Workday delivers financial management, human capital management, planning, and analytics applications designed for the world’s largest companies, educational institutions, and government agencies. Organizations ranging from medium-sized businesses to Fortune 50 enterprises have selected Workday.
To learn more, visit www.workday.com.
Knightscope is an advanced security technology company based in Silicon Valley that builds fully autonomous security robots that deter, detect and report. Our long-term ambition is to make the United States of America the safest country in the world. Learn more about us at www.knightscope.com
Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU), a global financial services leader and premier active global investment manager with more than $1.5 trillion in assets under management as of March 31, 2022, has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Prudential’s diverse and talented employees help to make lives better by creating financial opportunity for more people. Prudential’s iconic Rock symbol has stood for strength, stability, expertise and innovation for more than a century. For more information, please visit news.prudential.com.
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a leading financial services company that has approximately $1.9 trillion in assets and proudly serves one in three U.S. households. Wells Fargo ranked No. 37 on Fortune’s 2021 rankings of America’s largest corporations. In the communities we serve, the company focuses its social impact on building a sustainable, inclusive future for all by supporting housing affordability, small business growth, financial health, and a low-carbon economy. News, insights, and perspectives from Wells Fargo are available at Wells Fargo Stories.
ZipRecruiter is a leading online employment marketplace. Powered by AI-driven smart matching technology, the company actively connects millions of all-sized businesses and job seekers through innovative mobile, web, and email services, as well as partnerships with the best job boards on the web. ZipRecruiter has the #1 rated job search app on iOS & Android. Founded in 2010, the Santa Monica-based marketplace has over 1000 employees in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Israel.
Reid is a Silicon Valley stalwart in the modern technology world. An accomplished entrepreneur and executive, he played an integral role in building many of today’s leading consumer technology businesses, including LinkedIn and PayPal. As an investor, he has been instrumental in the success of iconic companies such as Facebook and Airbnb and has helped fast-growing newcomers like Aurora and Convoy get to scale.
Reid joined Greylock in 2009 and focuses on early-stage investing in products that can reach hundreds of millions of participants. His unique understanding of consumer behavior and a clear-eyed ability to guide startups from inception through ramped-up “blitzscaling” has made him one of the most sought-after advisors, partners, and investors today. Reid was a board observer for Airbnb and currently serves as a board director for Apollo Fusion, Aurora, Blockstream, Coda, Convoy, Entrepreneur First, Microsoft, Nauto, Neeva, Xapo, and a few early-stage companies still in stealth.
Reid’s core focus is on businesses with network effects. In 2003, he co-founded LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network that today has more than 650 million members and a diversified revenue model that includes subscriptions, advertising, and software licensing. Before LinkedIn, Reid served as executive vice president at PayPal, where he was a founding board member and responsible for all of the company’s external relationships.
His foundational thesis of the power of networks extends beyond marketplaces and social ecosystems. Recently, it has led to his investments in autonomous driving technology startup Nauto, cryptocurrency startup Xapo, and shipping logistics provider Convoy.
Reid is a frequent public speaker, known for his approachability and skill at explaining complex topics with lucidity. He is the co-author of Blitzscaling and two New York Times best-selling books: The Start-up of You and The Alliance. He also hosts the podcast Masters of Scale.
A California native, Reid spent most of his life in the Bay Area. He earned a B.S. with distinction in symbolic systems from Stanford University and then earned a master’s degree in philosophy from Oxford University. He has honorary doctorate degrees from Babson University and the University of Oulu.
Beyond startups and technology, Reid has a wide range of interests, including politics, board games, science fiction, philosophy, and philanthropy. He serves on several not-for-profit boards, including Kiva, Endeavor, CZI Biohub, Do Something, New America, the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI, and the MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change. Reid has received various awards for his philanthropic work, including CBE from the Queen of England and Salute to Greatness Award from the Martin Luther King Center.
Caroline A. Wanga is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Essence Communications Inc. the independent Black-owned consumer technology company focused on merging content, community, and commerce to meet the evolving cultural and lifestyle needs of people of color.
Most recently, Wanga led Target’s strategic intent to champion an inclusive society with accountability for inclusive guest experiences, a diverse and inclusive work environment and societal impact. As a cultural catalyst, she helped fuel Target’s business objectives through the company’s first-ever performance-based D&I goals, significantly improving areas including Supplier Diversity, Marketing, Philanthropy, Retention, Hiring, Representation and Engagement. She also had responsibility for reshaping Target’s organizational culture.
Wanga began her Target career in supply chain, serving in a variety of transformational leadership roles, including modernizing Supply Chain, Business Intelligence, Digital and Strategy capabilities. Prior to that, she held several leadership roles in the non-profit sector.
Wanga earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from HBCU Texas College and is an inspirational thought leader and public speaker. She has been named a Top Executive in Corporate Diversity by Black Enterprise and one of Savoy’s Most Powerful Women in Corporate America; is a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), the Talladega College Board of Trustees, and the Intersectionality, Culture, and Diversity Advisory Board for Twitter; and is former co-chair of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) Diversity & Inclusion Initiative. Her greatest life accomplishment is her daughter, Cadence.
Matthew McConaughey is an Actor and Author of Greenlights.
YUN LINGNER Executive Producer on ABC’s “Shark Tank” Yun Lingner has been a pivotal part of the creative producing team of the multiple Emmy Award-winning, seminal business program ”Shark Tank” since it’s pilot episode. She began her career producing several television documentary series such as “Biography,” “Ancient Mysteries” and ”In Search of History” for A&E and The History Channel. She has since produced numerous hit reality television shows, including “The Mole” (ABC), “The Shot” (VH1), “American Inventor” (ABC), “Hell’s Kitchen” (Fox) and “Big Brother” (CBS). For “Shark Tank,” she has earned nine Emmy nominations with four wins, seven Critics Choice nominations with five wins, three TCA nominations with one win, and four Producer’s Guild Award nominations. She is a graduate of UCLA with a degree in Fine Arts.
As Chief People Officer at Microsoft, Kathleen Hogan empowers 130,000+ global employees to achieve Microsoft’s mission. In her role, she focuses on making Microsoft an exceptional place for employees to work and ensures that the company is creating a culture that attracts and inspires the world’s most passionate talent.
Hogan previously served as corporate vice president of Microsoft Services, a team dedicated to helping businesses and consumers maximize the value of their investment in Microsoft technologies. She has also served as corporate vice president of Customer Service and Support. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2003, Hogan worked at McKinsey & Co. and Oracle Corp.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics and economics, magna cum laude, from Harvard University. In addition, Hogan holds an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
As a breast cancer survivor, she lends her personal and business perspective to the board of directors of the Puget Sound affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. She’s also actively involved in helping young girls cultivate an interest in technology careers, and currently serves on the board of the National Center for Women & Information Technology.
Hugh Johnston is Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of PepsiCo. PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $70 billion in net revenue in 2020, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker, Tropicana and SodaStream. PepsiCo's product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 23 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.
Hugh assumed the role of Chief Financial Officer in 2010, and is responsible for providing strategic financial leadership for PepsiCo, including ensuring the company’s strategy creates shareholder value, communicating the company’s strategies and performance to investors, and implementing a capital structure, financial processes and controls to support the company's growth and return on investment goals.
In addition, Hugh’s portfolio has included a variety of responsibilities, including leadership of PepsiCo’s information technology function since 2015, the company’s global e-commerce business from 2015 to 2019 and the Quaker Foods North America division from 2014 to 2016. In these roles, Hugh has focused on addressing global trends that are reshaping the food and beverage industry, including health and wellness, the rise of the digitally connected consumer and the emergence of e-commerce as a new distribution channel.
Hugh joined PepsiCo in 1987, and has served in a variety of positions, including Executive Vice President, Global Operations, PepsiCo; President, Pepsi-Cola North America; Senior Vice President, Transformation, PepsiCo; Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, PepsiCo Beverages and Foods; and Senior Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions, PepsiCo.
Hugh is active with a number of corporate, NGO and academic organizations, and currently serves as a member of the board and chair of the audit committee of Microsoft Corporation. Other organizations in which Hugh serves include: a director for the Peterson Institute for International Economics, the leading global economic think tank; the University of Chicago’s Booth School CFO Forum Advisory Board; Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management Advisory Council. Additionally, he is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York Second District Advisory Council and the CNBC Global CFO Council. Previously, he served as a director of AOL, Inc., where he chaired the audit and finance committee, and a director of Twitter, Inc., where he served as a member of the audit committee.
Hugh holds a B.S. from Syracuse University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.
Hugh is based in Purchase, N.Y.
Arianna Huffington is the founder of The Huffington Post, the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, and the author of 15 books, including, most recently, Thrive and The Sleep Revolution. In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In August 2016, she launched Thrive Global, a corporate and consumer well-being and productivity platform with the mission of changing the way we work and live by ending the collective delusion that burnout is the price we must pay for success. She has been named to Time Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union. Her last two books, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder and The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night At A Time, both became instant international bestsellers.
Drew co-founded Dropbox in 2007. He’s led our growth from a simple idea to a service used by hundreds of millions of people around the world. Drew’s responsible for the direction and product strategy of our company.
Jason Fried is co-founder & CEO of Basecamp, makers of a leading web-based project management and communication platform. A self-described “non-serial entrepreneur”, he created and sold his first software product while a student at the University of Arizona, and has been running Basecamp (formerly 37signals) since its founding in 1999. Fried is also the New York Times bestselling co-author of the books “Getting Real”, “REWORK”, “Remote”, and the recent “It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work”, released in 2018. Follow him on Twitter @JasonFried.
Virginia M. (Ginni) Rometty is the former Executive Chairman of IBM. She was previously Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.
Ginni became Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of IBM in 2012. During her tenure she made bold changes to reposition IBM for the future, investing in high value segments of the IT market and optimizing the company’s portfolio. Under Ginni’s leadership, IBM built out key capabilities in hybrid cloud, security, quantum computing, industry expertise, and data and AI, both organically and through acquisition. IBM acquired 64 companies during Ginni’s tenure as CEO, including Red Hat, the largest acquisition in the company’s history. She reinvented more than 50 percent of IBM’s portfolio, built a $21 billion hybrid cloud business and established IBM’s leadership in AI, quantum computing and blockchain, while divesting nearly $10 billion in annual revenue to focus the portfolio on IBM’s high-value, integrated offerings.
Ginni also established IBM as the model of responsible stewardship in the digital age. She was the industry’s leading voice on technology ethics and data stewardship, working relentlessly to safely usher new technologies into society. She enabled people of diverse backgrounds and education levels to participate in the digital economy by building talent, skills and opportunity for disadvantaged populations. Under her leadership, IBM created thousands of New Collar jobs and championed the reinvention of education around the world, including the explosive growth of the six-year Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools, or P‑TECHs, which are helping prepare the workforce of the future, serving hundreds of thousands of students in over 200 schools and 24 countries. She also helped to redefine the purpose of the corporation through her work with the Business Roundtable, expanding corporate commitments to include a wide range of stakeholders, from customers to communities.
IBM also achieved record results in diversity and inclusion under Ginni’s leadership. This included extending parental leave and making it easier for women to return to the workforce through a ‘returnships’ program with hands-on work experience in emerging technologies. This pioneering work was recognized in 2018 by the prestigious Catalyst Award for advancing diversity and women’s initiatives. IBM is the only tech company to have earned this recognition in the past 20 years and the only company ever to be honored four times.
Beginning her career with IBM in 1981, Ginni held a series of leadership positions across the company and led the successful integration of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting, creating a global team of more than 100,000 business consultants and services experts.
Ginni has a Bachelor of Science degree with high honors in computer science and electrical engineering from Northwestern University, where she later was awarded an honorary degree. She also has honorary degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and North Carolina State University.
She serves on the Council on Foreign Relations, the board of trustees of Northwestern University, where she is a Vice Chair, and the boards of overseers and managers of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She is co-chair of the Aspen Institute’s Cyber Group, a member of the advisory board of Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management, and a member of the Singapore Economic Development Board International Advisory Council.
Laszlo is CEO of Humu, a company making work better through science, machine learning, and a little bit of love. His New York Times bestseller, WORK RULES!, has been published in more than 25 languages. From 2006 to 2016, Laszlo was S.V.P of People Operations and a member of Google’s management team, growing the company to over 70,000 employees while ensuring the culture remained innovative and robust. During his tenure, Google was recognized over 150 times as an exceptional employer, and was named the #1 Best Company to Work For in the United States seven times. Laszlo is credited with creating the field of “People Analytics”, the application of academic-quality rigor and Google-paced innovation to people management.
Fran Katsoudas is Executive Vice President and Chief People, Policy & Purpose Officer of Cisco. In this role, Fran oversees critical functions that instill Cisco’s conscious culture, contribute to the company’s overall performance, and advance Cisco’s purpose to Power an Inclusive Future For All.
As head of the People, Policy & Purpose Organization, Fran leads an ecosystem comprised of People & Communities, Corporate Affairs, Workplace Resources, and Government Affairs & Country Digital Acceleration. This strategic alignment of functions and expertise ensures holistic care for the well-being of Cisco’s people, establishes Cisco as a trusted and valued partner to governments and global leaders, and extends Cisco’s reach to positively impact communities everywhere in alignment with the company purpose.
A 25-year veteran of Cisco, Fran has extensive experience leading organizational transformations, driving large scale growth, cultivating successful leaders and teams, and constructing an employee-first culture. Prior to her current role, she served as HR business partner to the Engineering leadership team, and held positions in the Service Provider, HR Operations, Customer Service, Acquisition Integration and Services groups. Prior to Cisco, Fran worked in both the financial and professional services industries with a focus on customer service and operations.
Fran currently serves on the Board of Directors for Americares, Global Citizen, and ADP.
Passionate about social justice, Fran is an activist and advocate for a variety of causes close to her heart, particularly women’s leadership, homeless youth, and the Latino community. A graduate of the University of California Berkeley, Fran lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two children.
As the CEO of SAS, the world’s leading business analytics software vendor, Jim Goodnight has led the company since its inception in 1976, overseeing an unbroken chain of revenue growth and profitability that is unprecedented in the industry. Under his leadership, SAS has become renowned for its innovation and corporate culture. His commitment to work-life balance has made SAS a fixture on best workplaces lists worldwide, including No. 1 on the Fortune list for the US and No. 1 on the Great Place to Work Institute’s multinational ranking.
SAS® software was originally created by Goodnight and North Carolina State University colleagues to analyze agricultural research data. Four decades later, a solid reputation for innovation has secured SAS among the world’s largest software companies. Goodnight continues this commitment to breakthrough technology by reinvesting about a quarter of total revenue each year in research and development, nearly double the percentage of other large software companies.
The company’s strategy to provide an environment where employees can reach peak performance has been showcased in Harvard Business Review. Goodnight co-authored “Managing for Creativity” with author Dr. Richard Florida, asserting that companies prosper when they make the best use of their creative capital. "Innovation is the key to success in this business, and creativity fuels innovation," he said. "Creativity is especially important to SAS because software is a product of the mind. Ninety-five percent of my assets drive out the gate every evening. It's my job to maintain a work environment that keeps those people coming back every morning."
Born on Jan. 6, 1943, in Salisbury, NC, Goodnight has strong and dedicated ties to his home state. He earned his bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics and his master’s in statistics from North Carolina State University (NCSU). He also earned his doctorate in statistics at NCSU, where he was a faculty member from 1972 – 1976. His passion for learning led him to endow several NCSU professorships and make education the focus of SAS' philanthropy. In 1997 he co-founded Cary Academy, an independent college preparatory day school for students in grades six through 12, with the goal of creating a model school for integrating technology into all facets of education.
Shortly before Cary Academy opened, Goodnight launched SAS inSchool® (now called SAS® Curriculum Pathways®), which develops educational software that helps schools meet the challenges of the new millennium. The free software contains the framework for a new generation of teaching courseware that will further extend the use of technology as a learning tool. Year after year, SAS Curriculum Pathways earns awards for educational technologies and, more importantly, the support of students, teachers and parents.
Harvard Business School named Goodnight a Great American Business Leader for his role in making SAS a business that changed the way Americans lived, worked and interacted over the last several decades. He was also named one of America’s 25 Most Fascinating Entrepreneurs by Inc. magazine. Goodnight is an active participant in the Business Roundtable and the Business Council, where CEOs address global issues and business concerns.
Poppy Crum works to bridge the gap between technology and insightful, effective human interaction. As a multi-dimensional advocate of empathetic technology, she builds technologies that best leverage human physiology to enhance our experiences and how we interact with the world.
Poppy serves as the Chief Scientist at Dolby Laboratories and as an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University in the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics and Program in Symbolic Systems.
Poppy is dedicated to the development of immersive technologies that leverage human physiology and perceptual realities to enhance our experiences and interactions in the world. She has advanced a mission to democratize the way people of all abilities benefit from sensory technologies – and how effectively technology communicates back to each of us. She believes the power of intelligent technologies is only realized with dynamic optimization and learning of as much of our personal and contextual data as possible.
At Dolby, Poppy directs the growth of internal science. She is responsible for integrating neuroscience and sensory data science into algorithm design, technological development, and technology strategy. At Stanford, her work focuses on the impact and feedback potential of new technologies including gaming and immersive environments such as Augmented and Virtual Reality on neuroplasticity and learning.
Frank Slootman currently serves as Chairman and CEO at Snowflake. Frank has over 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur and executive in the enterprise software industry. Mr. Slootman served as CEO and President of ServiceNow from 2011 to 2017, taking the organization from around $100M in revenue, through an IPO, to $1.4B. Prior to that, Frank served as President of the Backup Recovery Systems Division at EMC following an acquisition of Data Domain Corporation/Data Domain, Inc., where he served as the Chief Executive Officer and President, leading the company through an IPO to its acquisition by EMC for $2.4B. Slootman holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics from the Netherlands School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Rita Gunther McGrath is a globally recognized expert on strategy, innovation, and growth with an emphasis on corporate entrepreneurship. Her work and ideas help CEOs and senior executives chart a pathway to success in today’s rapidly changing and volatile environments. McGrath is highly valued for her rare ability to connect research to business problems and in 2016 received the “Theory to Practice” award at the Vienna Strategy Forum.
Recognized consistently as one of the top 10 management thinkers by global management award Thinkers50, McGrath also received the award for outstanding achievement in the Strategy category. She is a highly sought after speaker at corporate events, such as the Yale CEO Summit, the Innosight CEO Summit and at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. McGrath has also been inducted into the Strategic Management Society “Fellows” in recognition of her impact on the field.
McGrath is often cited in the press, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, and NPR’s Marketplace. She maintains an active social media presence, and has been rated one of the 25 smartest women to follow on Twitter by Fast Company Magazine. She consistently appears in rankings of the top business school professors to follow on Twitter. McGrath was voted HR Magazine’s Most Influential International Thinker, writes regularly for Fortune magazine’s online edition, is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal’s Experts column and blogs regularly at HBR.org.
McGrath is one of the most widely published authors in the Harvard Business Review, including the best-selling “Discovery Driven Planning” (1995), which was recognized as an early articulation of today’s “lean” startup philosophy and has been praised by Clayton Christensen as ‘one of the most important ideas in management – ever.’ Her related book, Discovery Driven Growth: A Breakthrough Process to Reduce Risk and Seize Opportunity (2009) is a deep dive into how to put the technique to work. Her next project, tentatively entitled Discovery Driven Advantage examines how companies can build true proficiency in innovation.
McGrath’s best-selling book, The End of Competitive Advantage: How to Keep Your Strategy Moving as Fast as Your Business, was recognized by Strategy+Business as the #1 business book of the year. She has co-authored two more books: MarketBusters: 40 Strategic Moves that Drive Exceptional Business Growth (2005); and The Entrepreneurial Mindset (2000), all published by Harvard Business Review Press. MarketBusters has been translated into ten languages and was named one of the best business books of 2013 by Strategy+Business.
Rita joined the faculty of Columbia Business School in 1993. Prior to life in academia, she was an IT director, worked in the political arena, and founded two startups. She received her Ph.D. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and has degrees with honors from Barnard College and the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs. She is married and is proud to be the mother of two delightful grownups. Follow her on Twitter @rgmcgrath
Glen Tullman is the Executive Chairman and Founder of Livongo Health, the consumer first digital health pioneer committed to empowering people with chronic conditions to live better and healthier lives. He is dedicated to finding a cure for diabetes and other chronic conditions—and to keeping people healthy until these cures are found.
A visionary leader and entrepreneur, he previously ran two public companies that changed the way health care is delivered. Most recently, Tullman served as Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts, at the time he was there the leading provider of electronic health records, practice management, and electronic prescribing systems. He is the author of On Our Terms: Empowering the New Health Consumer, in which he proposes new solutions to address the chronic-condition epidemic facing our country.
A strong proponent of philanthropy, Tullman also serves as a Chancellor to the International Board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and as a Board Member of the American Diabetes Association. Tullman has three amazing children that inspire him every day.
Joan Bottarini was appointed Chief Financial Officer in November 2018. In this role, Joan is responsible for the global finance function, including financial reporting, planning, treasury, tax, investor relations, internal audit, and procurement. Joan previously served as the Company’s Senior Vice President, Finance – Americas since 2016. Prior to that position, Joan served as Vice President, Hotel Finance, Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) of the Company from 2014 to 2016 and as Vice President, Strategic Financial Planning and Analysis of the Company from 2007 to 2014. Prior to her roles at Hyatt, Joan served as an Assurance Manager at KPMG LLP. Joan holds a B.S. from Northern Illinois University.
Nick Pinchuk is chairman and chief executive officer of Snap-on Incorporated, and serves on its board of directors.
Mr. Pinchuk was named president and chief operating officer in April 2007, when he was also appointed to Snap-on’s board. He was elected chief executive officer in December 2007 and subsequently chairman in April 2009. He joined Snap-on in 2002 as senior vice president and president of Snap-on’s Worldwide Commercial and Industrial Group.
Before Snap-on, Mr. Pinchuk was president, global refrigeration operations, a multi-billion dollar business unit of Carrier Corporation, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation. Prior to that, he served in executive, operational, planning and financial capacities within Carrier and United Technologies, including: president, Asia-Pacific air conditioning operations; global vice president, strategic planning; and chief financial officer, Carrier International Corporation. Before joining United Technologies, he was with the Ford Motor Company, where he held various financial and engineering positions. He also served in Vietnam as an officer in the United States Army.
Mr. Pinchuk received an M.B.A. from Harvard, and master and bachelor of science degrees in engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He currently serves on the board of directors of Columbus McKinnon Corporation; on the board of directors for the National Association of Manufacturers; on the Board of Trustees of the Manufacturer’s Alliance for Productivity and Innovation; on the Senior Advisory Board of the Syracuse University School of Management; and on the Board of Trustees of Carthage College.
Snap-on Incorporated is a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, equipment, diagnostics, repair information and systems solutions for professional users performing critical tasks. Products and services include hand and power tools, tool storage, diagnostics software, information and management systems, shop equipment and other solutions for vehicle dealerships and repair centers, as well as for customers in industries, including aviation and aerospace, agriculture, construction, government and military, mining, natural resources, power generation and technical education. Snap-on also derives income from various financing programs to facilitate the sales of its products and support its franchise business. Products and services are sold through the company’s franchisee, company-direct, distributor and internet channels. Founded in 1920, Snap-on is a $3.7 billion, S&P 500 company headquartered in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
In his current role at Microsoft, Jared is responsible for Microsoft 365, including business management, product and partner marketing, and go-to-market programs. He joined Microsoft in 2006 and has focused on productivity in various marketing, product management, and business roles at the company over the last 13 years. Prior to Microsoft, Jared worked in a number of small- and mid-sized technology companies in a variety of roles, including engineering, product management, product marketing, business management, and sales.
Sarah is interested in almost everything where technology can be used as a weapon to get us to the future, faster. She spends a lot of her time thinking about opportunities in B2B applications and infrastructure, cyber security, artificial intelligence, and the future of work and communications.
Sarah joined Greylock as an investor in 2013. She led Greylock’s investment in Cleo, Clubhouse, Demisto (acquired by Palo Alto Networks), Remotion, Sqreen and Utmost and is on the board of Cleo, Clubhouse, Obsidian, Remotion, Sqreen and Utmost. She also works with Awake, Coda, Figma, and previously SkyHigh (acquired by McAfee). Prior to joining Greylock, Sarah was at Goldman Sachs, where she invested in growth-stage technology startups such as Dropbox, and advised pre-IPO technology companies such as Workday (as well as public clients including Zynga, Netflix and Nvidia). Previously, Sarah worked with Casa Systems (NASDAQ:CASA), a publicly traded technology company that develops a software-centric networking platform for cable and mobile service providers.
She is an advocate for STEM education for women and the underserved. She has taught Marketing in the Wharton Undergraduate Program and served as a teaching fellow in lower-income high schools for the Philadelphia World Affairs Council. Sarah has four degrees from the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania. She is part of Linkedin’s Next Wave and the Forbes’ 30 Under 30.
Prithwiraj (Raj) Choudhury is the Lumry Family Associate Professor at the Harvard Business School. He was an Assistant Professor at Wharton prior to joining Harvard. His research is focused on studying the Future of Work, especially the changing Geography of Work. In particular, he studies the productivity effects of geographic mobility of workers, causes of geographic immobility and productivity effects of remote work practices such as ‘Work from anywhere’ and ‘All-remote’.
Congresswoman Katie Porter represents California’s 45th Congressional District.
In Washington, Congresswoman Porter has remained committed to putting Orange County families first. As a member of House Financial Services Committee and the House Oversight and Reform Committee, she’s asked tough questions of bank CEOs and administration officials to hold them accountable to the American people. She has also been a key supporter of legislation to reduce the influence of dark money in politics and restore ethics to Washington.
As a single working mom, Rep. Porter knows firsthand about the challenges faced by working families. She’s introduced bipartisan legislation to allow families to set aside more pre-tax income for dependent care. She’s continued to press for a repeal of the limits on the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction, which has hit California’s middle-class families especially hard.
Before coming to Congress, Porter spent nearly two decades taking on the special interests that dominate American politics and drown out the voices of working families. As California’s independent watchdog against the banks, she made sure the big banks that had cheated Orange County homeowners followed through on their promise to help affected families get back on their feet. As a consumer finance expert, Congresswoman Porter also helped Congress pass the original Credit CARD Act in 2009, which enacted federal protections from abusive credit card fees.
Neal Baer, MD, is an award-winning showrunner, television writer/producer, physician, author, Harvard Medical School graduate, and a public health advocate and expert.
Dr. Baer’s current television slate includes The Edit, a drama for Sony TV; Bluford, a young-adult series for Warner Brothers; and Futurus, a drama for Japan’s NTT.
Dr. Baer recently served as Executive Producer and Showrunner of the third season of Designated Survivor, which premiered globally on Netflix in the summer of 2019. Prior to Designated Survivor, Dr. Baer was Executive Producer and Showrunner of the hit CBS television series Under the Dome.
Previously, he was Executive Producer and Showrunner of the CBS medical drama A Gifted Man, as well as the Executive Producer and Showrunner of the hit NBC television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit from 2000-2011, where he oversaw all aspects of producing and writing the show. During his tenure, the series won multiple awards, including the Shine Award, People’s Choice Award, the Prism Award, Edgar Award, Sentinel for Health Award, and the Media Access Award. Actors on the show won six Emmys and the Golden Globe. The series regularly appeared among the top ten television dramas in national ratings.
Prior to his work on SVU, Dr. Baer was Executive Producer of the NBC series ER. A member of the show’s original staff and a writer and producer on the series for seven seasons, he was nominated for five Emmys as a producer. He also received Emmy nominations for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series for the episodes “Hell and High Water” and “Whose Appy Now?” For the latter, he also received a Writers Guild of America nomination. He is also executive producer of the new documentary feature film Welcome to Chechnya, which won a Special Jury Award at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, best documentary at the Berlin Film Festival, and is nominated for best documentary feature by the International Documentary Association. The film premiered on HBO in June 2020.
Dr. Baer’s first novel, Kill Switch, co-written with Jonathan Greene, was published in January 2012, and his second novel, Kill Again, also with Jonathan Greene, was published in 2015. Dr. Baer also produced the documentary short, Home Is Where You Find It, directed by Alcides Soares, a seventeen-year-old Mozambican AIDS orphan, which chronicles one young man’s search to find a family after his parents have died of AIDS. The film has screened internationally at sixty festivals and has won four awards for best documentary.
Dr. Baer is a Lecturer on Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, where he created a Post-Graduate Intensive Program, Media, Media, and Health, and is also a Lecturer at Yale’s School of Public Health. Previously, he was an Adjunct Lecturer at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Public Policy, where he taught the course “Soda Politics” in 2020. He established The Global Media Center for Social Impact at ULCA’s Fielding School of Public Health, where he was an Adjunct Professor of Community Health from 2014-2020. He was Clinical Professor of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California from 2011-2013. Dr. Baer is also a Senior Fellow at USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism.
Dr. Baer has served on the boards of many organizations related to health care, including the Venice Family Clinic (the largest free clinic in the U.S.; 2000-2010) and RAND Health (2000-2011). He was a trustee of the Writers Guild of America Health and Pension Fund (2000-2012), was a trustee of the American Film Institute, and served as a trustee of Colorado College from 2006-2019. He also served as an elected member to Harvard University’s alumni board (2006-2011) and was Co-Chair of the CDC and Gates Foundation-supported, Hollywood, Health, and Society. Dr. Baer serves on the Board of Fellows at Harvard Medical School. He currently serves on the board of the One Archives, which houses the largest collection of LGBTQ-related writings and other materials. He is also a member of the editorial board of Perspectives in Biology Medicine, for which he recently edited a special issue on CRISPR, and is publishing a book of essays, Reshaping Human Nature: The Promise and Peril of CRISPR, Johns Hopkins Press, 2022.
Dr. Baer received the Valentine Davies Award in 2004 from the Writers Guild of America for “public service efforts in both the entertainment industry and the community at large, bringing dignity to and raising the standard for writers everywhere.” He has received the Special Individual Achievement Award from the Media Project; the Leadership Award from NOFAS; the Loop Award from Lupus LA for educating the public about lupus and autoimmune diseases; the Socially Responsible Medicine Award from Physicians for Social Responsibility for “accomplishment in crafting compelling health messages;” and the Feminist Majority Foundation Award for promoting global women’s rights on television. In 2012, he received the John P. McGovern Medal from the American Medical Writers Association. Since then, he has received the Point Foundation Honors Leadership Award, the American Pediatric Association George Armstrong Lecturer Award, and the TV & Cable Christopher Award for the documentary, If You Build It. He has also received an Honorable Mention for the Hilton-Sundance Light Stay Sustainability Award and has been honored by the Children’s Hospital Champion Fund, Denver City Year Red Jacket Society, The Creative Coalition’s Television Industry Advocacy Awards, and Cynopsis Social Good Awards.
Dr. Baer lives in New York City. His son, Caleb, is a recent graduate of Williams College.
Greg Cunningham is Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for U.S. Bank.
Susan Lund is Partner at McKinsey Global Institute.
As Zendesk’s chief people and diversity officer, InaMarie Johnson leads the company's vision for delivering a great employee experience. Day-to-day, she is responsible for overseeing multiple functions, including diversity equity and inclusion, workplace experience functions, and talent acquisition and development.
Before joining Zendesk, InaMarie was senior vice president and chief human resources officer for Plantronics, Inc., an audio communications company. Prior to that, she was the chief human resources officer at UTi Worldwide Inc., a supply-chain management company, and held various senior leadership roles at Honeywell International Inc., an international technology and manufacturing company.
As an active member in the community, InaMarie serves as an advisory board member for the Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership (EGAL) at Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, and is an advisory board member for EmpowHer, a non-profit focused on the eradication of the dropout epidemic among Los Angeles high school students. She is also a chairperson for St. Peter’s by the Sea, an organization which engages the community in addressing human need by bringing hope and tangible help to local, U.S., and international communities. Most recently, InaMarie was invited to join CNBC's Workforce Executive Council, a community of top HR, talent, diversity, and human capital management professionals across various industries, and was recognized as one of San Francisco Business Times' Most Influential Women in Business. She was also recognized as one of Northern California’s Most Powerful & Influential Women by the California Diversity Council.
InaMarie holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences, with an emphasis in human resource management, from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in organizational development and management from John F. Kennedy University.
When she's not at the office, InaMarie enjoys spending her time gardening and is an avid yogi.
Rachel is Etsy's CFO, bringing more than 30 years of senior financial experience to Etsy. She's responsible for overseeing our global financial operations.
Rachel joins Etsy from Leaf Group, where she served as CFO since 2015. While at Leaf Group, she led efforts that strengthened operating efficiency and helped the company through a transformative period and a return to growth.
Prior to joining Leaf, Rachel was CFO at Move, Inc. and helped lead a successful sale of the company to News Corporation. Rachel has also held roles as Senior Vice President, Operations Finance at Yahoo! and at The Walt Disney Company, where she spent nearly 20 years in leadership positions in finance, operations, and technology teams. Rachel Glaser was elected to the Board of Directors of The New York Times Company in 2018.
As EY Global Vice Chair – Diversity & Inclusiveness, Karyn drives innovations that maximize the strength and effectiveness of EY personnel by embracing diversity. She oversees EY’s integrated approach to diversity and inclusiveness (D&I) - the EY Culture Change Continuum: a roadmap for success, which enables leaders to foster an inclusive environment, where people can better leverage their diverse skills, experiences and cultural backgrounds.
A member of the Ernst & Young LLP Executive Committee, Karyn co-chairs the EY Global Diversity & Inclusiveness Steering Committee and the EY Americas Inclusiveness Consulting Council. She began her EY career as a tax professional more than 20 years ago before shifting her focus to help shape the organization’s talent, human resources and D&I leadership culture. Karyn works with clients and stakeholders in these efforts around the world.
Karyn earned a BSc in Accounting from Miami University (Ohio) and an MSc in Taxation from Fordham University. She is certified in Strategic Human Resource Management from Harvard University Graduate School of Business and a licensed CPA in New York.
John R. (Jack) Hartung is Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Hartung joined Chipotle in 2002 after spending 18 years at McDonald's where he held a variety of management positions, most recently as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of its Partner Brands Group. Mr. Hartung has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and economics as well as an MBA from Illinois State University.