How and where we work has been completely upended, first by an unprecedented pandemic and next by a vital social movement. This, added to an already rapidly changing business environment. Success in this new era will require new thinking, new leaders, and new technology.
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September 8 | 3:00pm EDT
Respond, Adapt, Thrive
Despite the disruptions and limitations, we’ve discovered new ways of working together, while apart. But how do we move past “good enough for now” to “the best we can do to thrive”? Engage with IBM‘s Diane Gherson, Mondelez’s Paulette Alviti, and SHRM’s Johnny Taylor on their experience, advice, and strategic outlook heading into the fall and beyond.
August 13 | 3:00pm EDT
Agents of Change
As technology assumes an outsized role in every business, the CIOs of Lowe’s and Synchrony will share their experiences as technological and cultural change-makers, leading their organizations toward the kind of agile mindset that will drive optimal outcomes, even in difficult times.
Seemantini Godbole, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Lowe’s
Carol Juel, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Synchrony
Jon Fortt, “Squawk Alley” Co-Anchor, CNBC
July 23 | 3:00pm EDT
Get Smart(er): The Evolution of Reskilling
From schools to workplaces, we’re rethinking how the workers of the future will get the skills they need to succeed. But the pandemic has uncovered imbalances: Who benefits and who suffers when learning goes digital? XPRIZE founder and executive chairman Peter H. Diamandis will share his thoughts on how we can do this right.
Peter H. Diamandis, Founder and Executive Chairman, XPRIZE
Jon Fortt, “Squawk Alley” Co-Anchor, CNBC
July 9 | 3:00pm EDT
Change Through Crisis: Innovating in Tough Times and Making it Stick
The CEOs of Accenture and Talend discuss how the challenges we face in these unprecedented times are shaping digital transformation today and share strategies for implementing change that will last into the future.
Christal Bemont, CEO, Talend
Julie Sweet, CEO, Accenture
Jon Fortt, “Squawk Alley” Co-Anchor, CNBC
June 25 | 2:30pm EDT
Legendary tech CEO Bill McDermott describes the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead and how he’s preparing the company for the future.
Bill McDermott, CEO, ServiceNow
Jon Fortt, “Squawk Alley” Co-Anchor, CNBC
Diversity & Inclusion: The Rapid Turnaround
CEO Cynthia Marshall successfully transformed the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks toxic culture into a case study of diversity and inclusion. She’ll share the secrets to the organization’s dramatic turnaround.
Cynthia Marshall, CEO, Dallas Mavericks
Jon Fortt, “Squawk Alley” Co-Anchor, CNBC
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Workday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, helping customers adapt and thrive in a changing world. Workday applications for financial management, human resources, planning, spend management, and analytics have been adopted by thousands of organizations around the world and across industries—from medium-size businesses to more than 45 percent of the Fortune 500.
For more information about Workday, visit workday.com.
Coupa Software is the leading provider of BSM solutions. We offer a comprehensive, cloud-based BSM platform that has connected hundreds of organizations with more than four million suppliers globally. Our platform provides greater visibility into and control over how companies spend money. Using our platform, businesses are able to achieve real, measurable value and savings that drive their profitability. Learn more at www.coupa.com. Read more on the Coupa Blog or follow @Coupa on Twitter.
SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management, creates better workplaces where employers and employees thrive together. As the voice of all things work, workers and the workplace, SHRM is the foremost expert, convener and thought leader on issues impacting today’s evolving workplaces. With 300,000+ HR and business executive members in 165 counties, SHRM impacts the lives of more than 115 million workers and families globally.
T-Mobile for Business brings the Un-carrier experience to customers unwilling to settle. With a network that now covers 99% of Americans, the nation’s most advanced 4G LTE, and in hot pursuit of 5G, T-Mobile continues solving industry pain points and has businesses of all sizes ready for the future of wireless.
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.
As chief information officer, Seemantini Godbole leads the enterprise-wide global technology team focused on engineering, product, data and analytics, and innovation to enable Lowe's technology transformation. She is responsible for technology strategy, product road maps and development, and technology operations across all channels, including digital. She oversees the delivery of all capabilities across these functions to serve Lowe’s customers wherever and whenever they choose to shop. She joined Lowe’s in 2018.
Seemantini has more than 25 years of global technology experience. Before joining Lowe’s, she served as senior vice president, digital and marketing technology at Target Corp., where she oversaw the company’s global e-commerce, enterprise marketing and loyalty technology strategy and operations. Prior to Target, Seemantini held multiple senior technology leadership roles at Sabre and Travelocity.
Seemantini earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from the National Institute of Technology in Nagpur, India, and a master’s degree in computer science from Texas Tech University.
Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, is President and Chief Executive Officer of SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management. With over 300,000 members in 165 countries, SHRM is the largest HR professional association in the world, impacting the lives of 115 million workers every day.
As a global leader on the future of employment, culture and leadership, Mr. Taylor is a sought-after voice on all matters affecting work, workers and the workplace. He is frequently asked to testify before Congress on critical workforce issues and authors a weekly column, "Ask HR," in USA Today.
Mr. Taylor's career spans over 20 years as a lawyer, human resources executive and CEO in both the not-for-profit and for-profit space. He has held senior and chief executive roles at IAC/Interactive Corp, Viacom's Paramount Pictures and Blockbuster Entertainment Group, McGuireWoods LLC, and Compass Group USA. Most recently, Mr. Taylor was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
He is a member of the White House American Workforce Policy Advisory Board and was appointed by President Donald Trump as Chairman of the President's Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He serves on the boards of the University of Miami, Jobs for America's Graduates and the American Red Cross. He is licensed to practice law in Florida, Illinois and Washington, D.C.
Christal joins Talend as a seasoned executive with a demonstrated track record in defining and leading sales and go-to-market strategies to significantly scale cloud businesses. Previously, she spent 15 years at SAP Concur, most recently leading its $2B business organization as Chief Revenue Officer. Prior to her CRO appointment, Christal was Senior Vice President and General Manager of SAP Concur’s Small, Midsized and Nationals (SMN) business unit. Early in her career, Christal served in a number of capacities focused on operational and technical roles at Motorola, Extensity, and Clarify.
Recently named by Fortune as one of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders,” Peter H. Diamandis is the founder and executive chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, which leads the world in designing and operating large-scale incentive competitions. He is also the executive founder of Singularity University, a graduate-level Silicon Valley institution that counsels the world's leaders on exponentially growing technologies.
As an entrepreneur, Diamandis has started over 20 companies in the areas of longevity, space, venture capital and education. He is co-founder of BOLD Capital Partners, a venture fund with $250M
investing in exponential technologies, and co-founder and Vice
Chairman of Celularity, Inc., a cellular therapeutics company.
Diamandis is a New York Times Bestselling author of two
books: Abundance – The Future Is Better Than You Think
and BOLD – How to go Big, Create Wealth & Impact the World. His
newest book in this series of exponential technologies—The Future is
Faster Than You Think—was released on January 28, 2020.
He earned degrees in molecular genetics and aerospace engineering
from MIT and holds an M.D. from Harvard Medical School.
Diamandis’ favorite saying is “The best way to predict the future is to
create it yourself.”
Cynt Marshall has been a dynamic force for inclusion and diversity within the Mavericks organization and over a 36-year career at AT&T. When Cynt was hired as new the CEO of the Mavs in March 2018, she set her sights on a culture transformation. Her vision was for the Mavericks organization to become the NBA standard for inclusion and diversity, and brought transparency, trust and her values-based leadership style that evolved the company culture in her first 100 days.
Prior to her joining the Mavs, Cynt founded Marshalling Resources, a consulting firm specializing in Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion, Culture Transformation and overall optimization of people resources. Upon the company naming its first Chief Inclusion Officer in June 2017, Cynt worked with The Dow Chemical Company to develop and implement a strategy for institutionalizing an inclusive culture.
Cynt’s notoriety began many years ago as a young Officer at AT&T and grew exponentially when she served as Senior Vice President – Human Resources & Chief Diversity Officer at AT&T. There she was responsible for identifying and developing leaders, aligning employees with the company’s vision and priorities, overseeing major business unit HR support, performance development, employee engagement, skills transformation initiatives, EEO and Affirmative Action. Cynt also led the team that created a world class Diversity and Inclusion culture, landing AT&T in the top 3 on Diversity Inc’s 2017 Top 50 list of companies. She also spearheaded the work that for the first time placed AT&T on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list in 2017, one of only two Fortune 50 companies.
Before her SVP-Human Resources and Chief Diversity Office roles, Cynt served as President-AT&T North Carolina where she became the first African-American chair of the North Carolina State Chamber of Commerce. Prior to her North Carolina appointment, Cynt held a variety of executive line and staff, technical and non-technical positions at AT&T and its predecessor companies.
Widely recognized for her visionary leadership and ability to get things done Cynt is the recipient of several honors and awards. Most recently, Cynt was touted as one of Adweek’s 30 Most Powerful Women in Sports and was selected as one of the 2019 Women of Power Legacy Award honorees by Black Enterprise. In 2017, she was honored by The Network Journal as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Business. In 2017, Cynt was awarded the ATHENA® Leadership Program Award by the Dallas Regional Chamber, which recognizes exceptional women who excel in their careers, contribute to their communities and develop women leaders. This annual award is presented by chambers of commerce, women’s organizations and universities worldwide. In 2019 and three times prior, she was selected as one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Corporate America” by Black Enterprise magazine and named to Ebony magazine’s 2016 “Power 100” list. In 2014, industry analysts and members of the press conferred on Cynt the HR Executive of the Year - Best in Biz Award. For her efforts on behalf of the people of North Carolina, in 2013 Cynt received the prestigious Leadership North Carolina Governor’s Award, which honors just one citizen each year for lifetime achievements.
Cynt graduated from the University of California-Berkeley with degrees in Business Administration and Human Resources Management and holds four honorary Doctorate degrees. She has chaired a variety of non-profit boards and is currently on the board of Dallas CASA, Dallas Regional Chamber, Texas Women’s Foundation and a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC).
The fourth of six children, Cynt grew up in Richmond, California, and lives in the Dallas area. She and her husband, Kenneth Marshall, have four adult children.
Bill McDermott is President and CEO of ServiceNow. He was previously CEO of SAP. He also served as EVP, Worldwide Sales and Operations at Siebel Systems, President of Gartner, and Division President and Corporate Officer at Xerox.
Julie Sweet is chief executive officer of Accenture and serves on the company’s board of directors.
Prior to becoming CEO in September 2019, Julie served as chief executive officer of Accenture’s business in North America, the company’s largest geographic market. Previously, she was Accenture’s general counsel, secretary and chief compliance officer for five years. Prior to joining Accenture in 2010, Julie was a partner for 10 years in the law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.
Outside of Accenture, Julie is a leader on topics including innovation, technology’s impact on business, and inclusion and diversity. She is a member of the World Economic Forum's International Business Council, the Business Roundtable and the TechNet Executive Council. Julie also serves on the board of directors for Catalyst, the board of trustees for the Center for Strategic & International Studies and the board of trustees for the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities - Bridges from School to Work. In 2019, she was named to FORTUNE’s list of “Most Powerful Women” for the fourth consecutive year.
Julie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Claremont McKenna College and a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School.
Paulette is Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer for Mondelēz International, a global company leading the future of snacking with 2019 net revenues of approximately $26 billion. She joined the company in June 2018 and is responsible for the company’s human resources function worldwide, including talent management, leadership and capability development, compensation and benefits, change management, employee relations as well as diversity and inclusion.
Paulette has been a leader in Human Resources for more than twenty-five years, partnering to drive business results through a focus on culture and talent to achieve long term business goals. Her areas of expertise include talent and organization development, change and transformation leadership that closely aligns an organization’s people assets to accelerate its business strategy.
Prior to joining the company, Paulette served as Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer at Foot Locker, Inc., a global retailer of athletically inspired shoes and apparel. Before Foot Locker, Paulette held various senior leadership positions at PepsiCo and The Pepsi Bottling Group in both developed and emerging markets, including serving as Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer at PepsiCo Asia, Middle East and Africa.
Paulette received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut School of Business and holds an MBA with a focus in Business Management from PACE University.
As the Chief Information Officer of Synchrony, Carol drives our overall Information Technology strategy and vision, with a continuous focus on payments innovation. As CIO, Carol leads growth for our company, our clients and customers by delivering innovative solutions, driving the company’s digital transformation, and developing strong technology partnerships.
Prior to Synchrony, Carol served as CIO of GE Capital Retail Finance. In her ten years with GE, Carol held a variety of senior leadership roles, focused on IT Governance, Security, Business Development, Digital and Marketing. Before joining GE, Carol spent nearly a decade in technology consulting at Accenture. She focused on the financial services sector, delivering strategic and complex technology initiatives to drive growth and operational excellence for clients.
Carol is committed to diversity in the workplace and mentoring women in technology, serving as the executive sponsor of Synchrony’s Women’s Network and our Summer Immersion Program for Girls Who Code. She chairs the Technology Working Group and co-chairs the Innovation Steering Committee at Synchrony. Named one of the most Influential Women in Payments in 2016, Carol is passionate about driving a culture of innovation at Synchrony.
Throughout her more than 20 years in Information Technology, Carol has leveraged her deep technology and financial services background to develop creative technology solutions to meet the needs of customers and clients.
Diane is a Senior Vice President of IBM and serves as Special Advisor to the CEO. She stepped down from the role of Chief Human Resources Officer on September 1 2020 to transition her successor and will retire from IBM in December. As CHRO of IBM from 2013 - 2020, Diane led the people strategy, leadership, skills, careers, engagement, employee services, labor cost, diversity and inclusion of the more than 350,000 person workforce covering 170 countries.
During her tenure as CHRO, as IBM dramatically shifted its business portfolio, Diane redesigned all aspects of the company’s people agenda and management systems to shape a culture of continuous learning, innovation and agility. At the same time, she digitally transformed the HR function, incorporating AI and automation across all offerings, resulting in more than $100 million in net benefits in 2017. Diane has championed the company’s global adoption of design thinking and agile methods at scale, as an example, driving a company-wide, co-created overhaul of performance management.
Diane is an external advocate for social issues affecting employees, such as DACA, transgender inclusion, addressing bias in AI, and ensuring data transparency in health care. Under Diane’s leadership in stewarding diversity and inclusion, IBM received the prestigious 2018 Catalyst Award for advancing women in business.
With a U.S. patent in the field of predictive analytics, Diane is a leading voice on the topic of reinventing the profession of HR to create consumer-grade experiences for employees, predictive advice for business leaders, and improved productivity for the business. Diane’s thought leadership on the future of work has been highlighted in media outlets such as CNBC, CNN, Forbes, Fortune, and Harvard Business Review.
In 2018, Diane was named HR Executive of the Year by HR Executive, and was elected as Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources (NAHR), the highest honor granted in the human resource profession. She serves on the board of directors of the HR Policy Association and the Health Transformation Alliance.
Diane joined IBM in 2002 from consulting firm Willis Towers Watson where she led the global pay and performance management practice. Diane earned a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Trinity College, University of Toronto, and a master’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. She is all but dissertated in the PhD program at the Sloan School of Management.
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.
Follow Jon Fortt on Twitter @jonfortt. Listen to his podcast, Fortt Knox.