Companies have spent the past few years dealing with unprecedented business disruptions and many are still struggling when it comes to the biggest work challenges. Now, the rubber has met the road and those that have learned from this dislocation are finding themselves at a distinct advantage over competitors.
CNBC’s 2022 Work Summit brings together top names in business, policy, labor, banking, and academia to explore the tough questions facing business leaders and workers alike. These are questions not just about the future of work, they’re about the present of work, as well as what we can learn from the recent past.
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.
Who should join: CEOs, CHROs, CIOs, CTOs, CFOs and other senior executives who have a major role in company-level decision-making, planning, and strategy.
Ramona Hood is President and CEO of FedEx Custom Critical®, a leading North American transportation provider located in Green, Ohio. The company provides a range of transportation capabilities for expedite ground, temperature control shipments and industry specific solutions. The company provides 24/7 service throughout the United States, Canada and internationally, delivering hundreds of thousands of shipments per year. Hood oversees the FedEx Custom Critical executive leadership team and is responsible for the performance and strategic direction of the company.
Hood brings more than 30 years of FedEx experience to her role, having most recently served as Vice President, Operations, Strategy and Planning. Hood started her career at FedEx Custom Critical in 1991 in an entry-level position, and worked her way up to hold various executive leadership positions at FedEx Custom Critical and FedEx Supply Chain. Her career path evolved through many areas of the company, including Operations, Safety, Sourcing, Sales and Marketing.
Over time, she began offering innovative and strategic ideas that distinguished her from her peers. Hood not only brought unique approaches to the business, but she did so in a way that brought out the best in
others. These leadership characteristics and values are ingrained through her past and current leadership roles at FedEx Custom Critical, as well as FedEx Supply Chain.
Throughout her career, Hood has been recognized for her exemplary excellence in leadership, responsibility, and passion-driven results in the industry. Hood was recognized by the Greater Akron Chamber with the “30 for the Future” award, acknowledged by Sales & Marketing Executives International with a Distinguished Sales & Marketing Award, and received the Woman of Inspiration Award from Walsh University. In 2010 and 2016, Hood received the FedEx Five Star Award, which is the highest recognition employees can receive at FedEx.
Additionally, Hood received the Crain’s Cleveland, Women of Note Award; Smart Women, Honoree of the Progress Woman Award, and Woman of Influence from the Women in Trucking Association. Hood was recognized in 2019 by the MEECO Leadership Institute with the International Thought Leader of Distinction Award. Ramona was also named a 2020 Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio. Most recently, Hood was recognized on the Crain’s Cleveland 2020 Power 150 list and was named one of New York Moves Power Women (2021).
Outside of the office, Hood is actively involved in several civic engagements. She serves on the Summit Education Initiative, a non-profit committed to the academic success of Summit County students. She is a member of the Kent Area Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and Jack and Jill of America Inc., Akron Chapter. Hood is also chairman of the technology committee for the Transportation Intermediary Association (TIA), and was appointed to serve on its board of directors. Additionally, Hood was appointed to the Summa Health Board of Directors in 2021.
Hood earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Walsh University, and an Executive MBA from Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management.
Simon Sinek is a spark that ignites passion and ideas. He envisions a world in which the vast majority of people wake up every single morning inspired, feel safe wherever they are, and end the day fulfilled by the work they do. As an unshakeable optimist, he believes in our ability to build this world together.
A trained ethnographer, Simon is fascinated by the people and organizations that make the greatest and longest-lasting impact. Over the years, he has discovered some remarkable patterns about how they think, act, and communicate and the environments in which people operate at their natural best.
Simon may be best known for his TED talk on the concept of WHY, which has been viewed over 60 million times, and his video on millennials in the workplace, which reached 80 million views in its first week and has gone on to be seen hundreds of millions of times.
He continues to share inspiration through his best-selling books, including global best seller Start With WHY and New York Times best sellers Leaders Eat Last and The Infinite Game, as well as his podcast, A Bit of Optimism. In addition, Simon is the founder of the Optimism Company, a leadership learning and development company, and he publishes other inspiring thinkers and doers through his publishing partnership with Penguin Random House called Optimism Press.
His unconventional and innovative views on business and leadership have attracted international attention, and he has met with a broad array of leaders and organizations in nearly every industry. He frequently works with different branches of the U.S. armed forces and agencies of the U.S. government and is an adjunct staff member with the RAND Corporation—one of the most highly regarded think tanks in the world.
Simon is also active in the arts and with not-for-profit work, or what he likes to call the for-impact sector. In 2021, he founded the Curve: a diverse group of forward-thinking chiefs and sheriffs committed to reforming modern policing from the inside out. Their purpose is to build a profession dedicated to protecting the vulnerable from harm while advancing a vision of a world in which all people feel that justice is administered with dignity, equity, and fairness.
Martin J. Walsh was sworn in as the 29th Secretary of Labor on March 23, 2021. A lifelong champion of equity and fairness, and a proud product of the City of Boston, Secretary Walsh leads the U.S. Department of Labor with a strong connection to working people, and a commitment to creating an economy that works for all.
In 1997, he was elected to serve as a State Representative for one of the most diverse districts in Massachusetts. There, he focused on creating good jobs, protecting workers' rights, expanding mental health treatment, and investing in public transit.
Following his time as a State Representative, Secretary Walsh spent the last seven years as the Mayor of the City of Boston. While mayor, he led the creation of close to 140,000 jobs and helped secure a statewide $15/hour minimum wage, paid sick leave, and paid parental leave. He established Universal, high-quality Pre-Kindergarten for all children, and free community college for low-income students.
Secretary Walsh was a national leader in the response to COVID-19, getting PPE to first responders and nursing homes; funding emergency child care for healthcare and frontline workers; halting evictions and providing rental relief; and setting up multiple funds to help small businesses survive. His work early in the pandemic to pause construction and establish safety requirements has been lauded as a model by both unions and employers alike.
As Mayor of Boston, Secretary Walsh also made his mark as a labor leader. After following his father into Laborers Local 223 in Boston, he rose to head the Building and Construction Trades Council from 2011 to 2013. He worked with business and community leaders to promote high-quality development, and he created a program called Building Pathways that has become a model for increasing diversity in the workplace and providing good career opportunities for women and people of color.
Born and raised in the neighborhood of Dorchester by immigrant parents, Secretary Walsh is driven to ensure our nation's economy works for everyone. Secretary Walsh is a survivor of Burkitt lymphoma and is a proud member of the recovery community who has worked to expand addiction treatment throughout his career. While working full-time as a legislator, he returned to school to earn a degree in Political Science at Boston College.
Honorable Christine Wormuth was confirmed by the U.S. Senate and appointed as the 25th Secretary of the U.S. Army May 28, 2021. The Secretary of the Army is the senior civilian official within the Department of Defense responsible for all matters relating to the U.S. Army.
Prior to confirmation, she was the Director of the International Defense and Security Center at the RAND Corporation where she was a frequent writer and speaker on foreign policy, national security and homeland security issues.
Prior to RAND, she served in several roles during the Obama Administration. From December 2010 until August 2012 she was a special assistant to the president and senior director for Defense at the National Security Council. Wormuth then served as deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans, and Forces, and led the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review.
From 2014-2016 she served in DOD as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, where she advised the Secretary of Defense on the full range of regional and functional national security issues.
Wormuth entered the government as a Presidential Management Intern and began her public service career in the Policy Office of the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 1996 through 2002.
After leaving government, she worked in the private sector on defense issues, and then was a Senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies for five years.
Wormuth holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science and fine art from Williams College and a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Maryland.
She is married to a retired Navy officer and has two daughters.
Carlos Gutierrez is the Chairman and CEO of Empath, Inc., a SaaS technology platform that uses machine learning to transform the way talent is managed and grown inside a company. Previously, Secretary Gutierrez served as Chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategic advisory firm. Secretary Gutierrez served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce from 2005 to 2009 under President George W. Bush, where he worked with foreign government and business leaders to advance economic relationships, enhance trade, and promote U.S. exports. Secretary Gutierrez played a key role in the passage of landmark free trade agreements that remove trade barriers, expand export opportunities, and boost global investment. Secretary Gutierrez spent nearly thirty years with Kellogg Company, a global manufacturer and marketer of well-known food brands. After assignments in Latin America, Canada, Asia, and the United States, he became President and Chief Executive Officer of Kellogg in 1999 − the youngest CEO in the company's hundred-year history. In April 2000, he was named Chairman of the Board of Kellogg Company. Secretary Gutierrez joined ASG from Citi, where he was Vice Chairman of the Institutional Clients Group and a member of the Senior Strategic Advisory Group. He currently serves on the boards of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-India Business Council, the Boao Forum for Asia, Occidental Petroleum Corporation, MetLife and Exelon.Secretary Gutierrez was born in Havana, Cuba. He is married to Edilia and has three grown children.He is based in Washington, DC
Tim Ryan is PwC's US Chair and Senior Partner with over 30 years of diversified experience serving clients across the globe. A forward-thinking leader committed to driving human-led, tech-powered outcomes to build trust in society and solve important problems, Tim has a proven record in advancing strategy, growth, collaboration, innovation, and upskilling.
He has reimagined PwC for the modern era, leading a complete digital transformation and launching a bold new strategy – The New Equation – to get ahead of the rapid pace of change in the industry bringing the best people, capabilities and technology together to support clients in building trust and delivering sustained outcomes. Recognizing that trust is more important than ever before, he founded PwC’s Trust Leadership Institute to equip tomorrow’s C-suite leaders with the trust-based skills needed to operate in a complex world.
Identifying a need for more explicit conversations around diversity and inclusion in business, Tim opened up a firmwide conversation about race in the workplace at PwC during his first week as Chair in 2016. With equity foundational to Tim’s trust-based leadership, he went on to found CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™– the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace, with 2,000 signatory organizations – as well as CEO Action for Racial Equity to promote scalable, sustainable policies and corporate best practices to address systemic racism and social injustice. And, in 2021, he renewed the firm’s commitment to Access Your Potential, to support a more equitable future for 25,000 Black and Latinx college students through advanced career, mentorship, technology, and career readiness training for the in-demand jobs of today and tomorrow - including 10,000 who PwC US aspires to hire within the next five years.
Tim is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Brookings Institution and the Financial Accounting Foundation, where he is Co-Chair of its Standard-Setting Process Oversight Committee. He is also Chair of the Center for Audit Quality’s (CAQ) Governing Board, a non-partisan, non-profit group dedicated to enhancing investor confidence and public trust in the global capital markets.
He is a thought leader and mentor to fellow CEOs, sharing frequent insights on complex issues affecting businesses, community and the betterment of society in the New York Times, Washington Post, Fortune, Harvard Business Review and his LinkedIn newsletter Talking Tomorrow.
Raised in Boston, Tim learned early leadership lessons when he started his first job at age 14 as a grocery store stocker. He joined PwC after graduating from Babson College. He is a certified public accountant in Massachusetts and New York and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Tim is a runner and proud father of six children - and a dog.
Clara Shih is CEO of Salesforce Service Cloud, the world’s #1 customer service, digital service, and field service solution that powers 360-degree customer experience conversations.
A digital pioneer, Clara has been named one of Fortune’s “40 under 40” and “Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs,” Fast Company’s “Most Influential People in Technology,” and a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum. Clara is a member of the Starbucks board of directors and serves as Executive Chair of Hearsay Systems, a privately held digital software firm she founded in 2009.
She graduated #1 in computer science at Stanford University, where she also received an M.S. in computer science. She also holds an M.S. in internet studies from Oxford University, where she studied as a U.S. Marshall Scholar.
Elizabeth H. Shuler is president of the 58 unions and 12.5 million members of the AFL-CIO, and the first woman leader of America’s labor movement. A visionary leader and longtime trade unionist, Shuler believes the labor movement is the single most powerful vehicle for progress and that unions are a central force in leading lasting societal transformations. She is committed to busting myths about labor, leveraging the labor movement’s diversity for innovative approaches to social justice and making the benefits of a union voice on the job available to working people everywhere.
AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler was elected by acclamation to serve as the first woman leader of the federation on June 13, 2022. She first held the office after being elected by the AFL-CIO Executive Council on Aug. 20, 2021, following the unexpected and untimely passing of her predecessor, Richard Trumka.
In 2009, Shuler became the first woman elected to the position of secretary-treasurer at an AFL-CIO convention and the youngest woman ever on the federation’s Executive Council. As secretary-treasurer, she served as the chief financial officer, turning deficits into surpluses and steering the federation through multiple fiscal crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to her stewardship of the federation’s finances, she led the AFL-CIO’s initiatives on the future of work, retirement security, the clean energy economy, public safety reform, workforce development, and empowering women and young workers.
Shuler grew up in a union household—her father, Lance, was a power lineman and longtime member of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 125 at Portland General Electric and her late mother, Joyce, worked as an estimator in the company’s service and design department. In 1993, Shuler was hired at Local 125, where she was thrust into a full-fledged campaign to help the clerical workers organize, an experience that underscored the importance of building mobilizing capacity within the local union, particularly for women workers.
When energy giant Enron Corp. tried to muscle electricity deregulation through the Oregon Legislature, Shuler worked with a broad-based coalition of labor, community and environmental activists to challenge and ultimately overcome Enron’s powerhouse lobbying campaign, a victory that sparked her passion for mobilizing workers to make change even when faced with overwhelming odds.
In 1998, Ed Hill, then-secretary-treasurer of the IBEW, took notice of Shuler’s outstanding work and temporarily assigned her to California where she mobilized IBEW members to help defeat Prop. 226, the so-called paycheck protection initiative that threatened to silence union members in the political process. That victory prompted John J. Barry, president of the IBEW at the time, to hire her as an international representative in the union’s Political/Legislative Affairs Department in Washington, D.C. In that role, Shuler mobilized local unions across the country and frequently lobbied Congress on a range of issues important to working families. In 2004, she was promoted to assistant to the international president, where she advised President Hill, who had succeeded to that position, in driving the agenda of the nearly 1-million member union.
Shuler is not afraid to think big, take risks and do things differently. She looks at technological change as an opportunity to strengthen worker voice and to carve new pathways for workers to learn skills and stay relevant in a changing economy. She knows digital tools can help workers organize in new and powerful ways, forge community alliances and advance issues that matter to working people.
Shuler believes unions are the single greatest force for economic fairness and equality, and a collective bargaining agreement is the best tool for achieving justice for all working people, especially for women, immigrants and people of color.
Shuler serves on the boards of the National Women’s Law Center; the Institute for Women’s Policy Research; the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust; the Alliance for Retired Americans; the Solidarity Center; the Committee on Workers’ Capital and the Women’s Committee of the International Trade Union Confederation; and chairs the board of directors of the Economic Policy Institute. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon with a degree in journalism. Shuler lives with her husband, David Herbst, and their black Labrador retriever, Trader, in Washington, D.C.
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.
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.
Iesha Berry serves as the DocuSign Vice President and Chief Diversity and Engagement Officer (CDEO). In this role, she directly engages with DocuSign’s executive staff and team members around the globe. As the CDEO, Iesha focuses on accelerating the DocuSign Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging strategy, as well oversees and continues to evolve DocuSign’s IMPACT and sustainability efforts. She and her team also support continued amplification and impact of employee resource groups and inclusive talent development, as well as diverse pipeline sourcing and outreach.
Iesha is a human capital executive with over 20 years of experience in the human resources and diversity, equity and inclusion space. Previousy, Iesha served as the first Chief Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Officer for Slalom where she led the company’s diversity and inclusion programs, as well as its environmental, social responsibility, and sustainability efforts. Prior to her work at Slalom, Iesha was the Senior Vice President of Market and Site Human Resources at Bank of America and previously served as a HR Executive for the Retirement, Business Controls and Operational Excellence teams as well as Head of Diversity and Inclusion for BofA’s Wealth Management division. In addition, Iesha has served in a variety of related global roles across various companies and industries including Pfizer, Microsoft and Prudential Financial.
Iesha holds an M.A. in HR/Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, a B.A. in Psychology from Tougaloo College in Mississippi, and a Diversity Practitioner/Advanced Practitioner certification from Cornell University.
Nick Bloom is a Professor of Economics at Stanford University. He has been researching working from home for almost 20 years, winning a Guggenheim Fellowship for this in 2022. He has been heavily involved with policy, including meeting President Obama, and speaking in the White House 2014 Working Families Summit. Has consulted with 100s of CEOs and managers, and has been covered extensively on working from home by international media including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, BBC, Financial Times and the Economist. He was called the “Prophet of working from home” by Fortune Magazine and “America’s best work-from-home expert” by Business Insider.
DJ Casto is Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Synchrony, one of the nation’s premier consumer financial services companies.
DJ is responsible for engaging employees in Synchrony’s strategic business imperatives and building people-led development programs that strengthen culture, drive business growth and nurture the company’s talent as a competitive advantage.
Previously, DJ led human resources for Synchrony’s global enterprise operations and served as HR client leader for the corporate governance functions, including credit, compliance, finance, internal audit, legal, regulatory and risk. In addition, DJ was a key leader driving the human resources and cultural aspects of Synchrony’s separation from GE in 2015.
He began his career at PepsiCo in human resources field operations, advancing to lead Labor and Employee Relations for the North American beverages business, where he managed union awareness strategies and programs. He was later responsible for global career development and succession planning as Senior Director of Global Organization Development.
DJ is passionate about helping every employee live Synchrony’s values and is committed to community service. He currently serves on the boards of Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) and buildOn, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering urban youth to transform their neighborhoods.
DJ earned a master’s degree in industrial relations and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from West Virginia University, where he serves on the Master of Science in Industrial Relations and Human Resources Executive Alumni Board. He is married with three children.
Stan Chia has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Vivid Seats since October 2018 and serves on its board of directors. Under Chia’s leadership, Vivid Seats has become a leading technology platform and marketplace that connects millions of buyers with thousands of ticket sellers, across hundreds of thousands of events each year. In 2021, he successfully led the Company through its public market debut on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “SEAT” and delivered a record-setting year.
Chia then further diversified the business and strengthened the Company’s position as a leading marketplace with the successful acquisition of Betcha, a daily fantasy sports app. Investments in and focus towards building best-in-class product and industry-leading customer service have resulted in Vivid Seats being recognized by Newsweek as one of America's Best Companies for Customer Service and receiving some of the industry’s highest Net Promoter Scores.
Chia was named Outstanding Tech CEO at the 1871's Annual Momentum Awards, named to Crain’s Chicago Business’ 40 Under 40 list, and has been recognized by The Stevie® Awards as a gold Maverick of the Year winner. Prior to joining Vivid Seats, he served as Chief Operating Officer at Grubhub, the nation’s leading online and mobile food ordering and delivery marketplace. In that role, Chia grew GrubHub from zero to $1.6 billion in delivered food, growing Grubhub’s restaurant network to more than 95,000 restaurants in 1,700 cities nationwide and architecting the rapidly expanding Grubhub Delivery Network. Throughout his career, he has held senior roles at industry-leading brands including Amazon, Cisco, and General Electric, where he led strategic businesses and organizations.
Chia serves on the Board of Directors of 1871, as a member of the nominating and governance committee, and on the President’s advisory board of the Georgia Institute of Technology. He holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he holds a seat on the advisory board, and an MBA from Emory University.
Carolyn Childers, Co-Founder and CEO, is an experienced leader and operator, having successfully scaled several early-stage businesses. Prior to founding Chief, Carolyn was SVP of Operations at Handy, then led the launch of Soap.com and acted as GM through its acquisition by Amazon. Carolyn was named to Inc.’s Female Founders 100 List.
Will Guidara is the Author of Unreasonable Hospitality: The Remarkable Power of Giving People More Than They Expect. Will is the former owner of Make it Nice, the hospitality group with restaurants covering the entire spectrum from fine dining to fast casual, including: the acclaimed Eleven Madison Park, NoMad in New York, London, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Davies and Brook at Claridge's hotel in London, and counter-service restaurant Made Nice. Through his focus on service and hospitality, Guidara led Eleven Madison Park to its pinnacle, earning numerous industry accolades, including the top spot on The World's 50 Best Restaurants list, Michelin stars, WSJ Innovator, and various James Beard Awards such as Outstanding Chef, Outstanding Service, and Outstanding Bar.
Tamer Hassan is co-founder and CEO of HUMAN, where he led the takedown of the biggest bot fraud organization 3ve with the help of Google and the FBI. After this huge win for the Internet, Hassan was named The #1 Most Creative Person in Business by Fast Company Magazine as well as one of Ad Age’s 40 Under 40 in 2019. Before his career in fighting botnets, he was the founder and CEO of Compel Data Technologies – a software development and consulting company focused on big data and business intelligence solutions. Hassan’s career began as a major in the U.S. Air Force where he completed multiple combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan as a decorated Combat Search and Rescue helicopter pilot and Tactical Officer.
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.
Aamir Malik is Executive Vice President, Chief Business Innovation Officer, responsible for the company’s strategy, business development, portfolio management, pipeline prioritization and formation of new business ventures, as well as the advancement of innovative access partnerships with payers and governments around the world.
Prior to joining Pfizer, Aamir was the Managing Partner of McKinsey & Company’s United States operations and previously led the firm’s Global Pharmaceutical and Medical Products Practice. In his 25 years at McKinsey, Aamir developed innovative growth strategies, guided mergers and acquisitions and implemented high-impact programs to improve patients’ lives and transform performance for life science companies. He has advised many Boards, CEOs and top management teams in the life science space.
Aamir earned a Bachelor of Science in finance from Indiana University and currently serves on the University’s Kelly School of Business Dean’s Council. He is an active advocate for bettering the lives of people with food allergies and has lived and worked globally, including in the United States, Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa.
Tiffany Scalzitti Monroe is the chief people officer for H&R Block. In this role, Monroe leads H&R Block’s people strategies, including organizational and performance management, talent development, and ensuring the workforce has both the people and organizational capabilities to enable and ultimately deliver company strategy. She leads programs and initiatives to attract, develop and retain a world-class full-time and seasonal workforce of nearly 90,000. Monroe has more than two decades of human resources experience. Prior to her role at H&R Block, she served as the chief human resources officer, at U.S. Foods. While there, she oversaw talent and culture development, including instituting a formal talent assessment process, formal development programs, and redesigning the company’s incentive programs to better attract and retain great talent. Before U.S. Foods, Monroe spent 14 years at Target Corporation where she served as senior vice president for human resources at Target Canada, vice president of human resources, and director of human resources. During her tenure, she developed a comprehensive total compensation offering, implemented an innovative program focused on enhanced talent development, and maintained high employee engagement and retention levels by ensuring a positive team culture and working environment. Monroe holds a Juris Doctor degree from Pepperdine University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Indiana University.
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.
Kate Ryder is the founder and CEO of Maven, the leading women’s and family digital health company. Prior to founding Maven in 2014, Kate worked in venture capital and as a journalist, writing for the Economist from Southeast Asia, New York and London and for the New Yorker. In 2009, she worked with former U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, helping him write his memoirs about the financial crisis. Kate has been named to Crain’s New York Business 40 under 40 and to Fast Company’s “Most Creative People” and has spoken on stage at industry events including the Forbes Healthcare Summit, Fortune Brainstorm Health, the Oliver Wyman Health Innovation Summit and HLTH. Kate received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her MSc from the London School of Economics. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, son and daughter.
Payal Sahni is Executive Vice President, Chief People Experience Officer, responsible for Pfizer’s global talent strategy, diversity and inclusion, total rewards and colleague experience.
In her prior role, Payal was the Senior Vice President, Human Resources, for Pfizer Biopharmaceuticals Group, leading the HR strategy for seven business units, as well as for the Corporate Affairs, Legal, Compliance and Chief Business Office functions.
Payal joined Pfizer Human Resources in 1997. Since then, she has held a number of Regional and Global HR Business Partner roles supporting the business around the world and has led the Talent Organization for Pfizer Global Supply. In addition, Payal has spearheaded numerous transformations as Pfizer evolved its business structure and has been instrumental in managing HR strategy for several mergers and acquisitions.
Payal holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rider University and a Master of Arts in Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Tim Schellpeper currently serves as CEO of JBS USA. With more than 35 years of experience in the protein industry, he has held a variety of roles ranging from plant manager to chief executive officer in the areas of sales, marketing, operations and logistics. Tim has a Bachelor of Science in Agri-Business from the University of Nebraska and a Master of Business Administration from Northwest Missouri State University. In addition to his role at JBS, Tim is also a fourth-generation farmer who owns and operates the same family farm he was raised on in Northeast Nebraska, originally settled by his great-grandfather in 1887.
Raj Seshadri leads Mastercard’s global Data & Services team. She is responsible globally for a unique range of data-driven capabilities that help customers make smarter decisions with better outcomes. These include analytics, insights, consulting, loyalty, marketing, innovation and test & learn services and platforms. They enhance the value of payments, improve business performance and elevate consumer engagement for financial institutions, retail and commerce firms, processors, acquirers, fintechs, neo-banks and public-sector institutions.
Raj serves on the company’s executive leadership team and management committee. She joined Mastercard as president of U.S. issuers, where she led the growth of payments and services with banks and credit unions in a very competitive market. Previously, she led the iShares U.S. retail ETF business at BlackRock and was the global chief marketing officer for iShares. Earlier in her career, Raj led Citigroup’s global strategy team and small business banking. She also held leadership roles at U.S. Trust, McKinsey & Company and AT&T Bell Laboratories.
She serves on the board of directors of Raymond James Financial Inc., the board of trustees of Mount Holyoke College, the global board of the American India Foundation and the Innovation Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Raj received a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College in physics and mathematics, an MBA from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University.
Erin L. Thomas, PhD, is Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging at Upwork. She is responsible for leading the company’s mission to create economic opportunities so people have better lives by driving the diversity, inclusion and belonging (DIBs) strategy, implementation and coaching. With a strong commitment of making the company a place where people bring their whole selves to work, she works to put dignity, purpose, community and fairness at the center of every working moment. In 2020, Erin was named to Fortune’s 40 under 40 list as one of the most influential people in technology.
Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company and BBC, as well as recognized by Forbes, Human Rights Campaign, the National Association for Female Executives, and Equal Opportunity Magazine. Prior to Upwork, Erin was a Managing Director at Paradigm, a diversity and inclusion consultancy, and held DIBs positions at Grant Thornton LLP and Argonne National Laboratory. She holds a PhD in social psychology; a Master of Philosophy in social psychology; a Master of Science in social psychology; and Bachelors of Arts in psychology and international studies from Yale University.
Martin Whittaker is the founding CEO of JUST Capital and is responsible for the overall leadership of the organization. He is also co-founder and Board member of the CREO Syndicate, a family office investment network; a Board member of the Carbon Disclosure Project U.S.; and a member of the Forbes Finance Council and Forbes Contributor. He was recently named to the 2020 NACD Directorship 100 – the annual list of the most influential people in the boardroom and on corporate governance – and to Business Insider’s 2020 List of 100 People Transforming Business.
Previously, Martin was a founding partner and investment committee member at Sonen Capital, an impact investing firm, where he led private equity, real asset, and direct investing activities. Martin has also served as Director of MissionPoint Capital Partners, a family office-led private equity firm; Senior Vice President at Swiss Re, where he was part of the Environmental and Commodity Markets team; and Managing Director at Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, Inc., a pioneering sustainable investment advisory and research firm.
Martin received his Ph.D. from University of Edinburgh, an MBA from the University of London, an M.Sc. from McGill University and a B.Sc. from University of St. Andrews.
Martin has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto, provided expert testimony on environmental markets to the U.S. Senate, guest lectured at multiple business schools, consulted to major corporations on sustainability- and impact-related matters, and been an invited speaker, published writer, and contributor via television, print, social media, and conferences throughout his career.
Emma is Global Inclusion Leader for professional services firm Deloitte and leads delivery of the organization’s global inclusion strategy. Emma’s work in this role includes a focus on Respect & Inclusion (including the ‘Can You See Me’ campaign); gender balance (including the development of a series of interventions to enable Deloitte to meet its gender equality goals); LGBT+ inclusion (including actions to deliver on Deloitte’s commitment to the United Nations’ Standards of Conduct for Business Tackling Discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, & Intersex People); and mental health (including the implementation of a mental health baseline globally and becoming a Founding Partner of the Global Business Collaboration on Better Workplace Mental Health). Emma’s role has also included the production of thought leadership aligned to this strategy, such as that relating to the impact of the Pandemic on women in the workplace.
From 2013 – 2019 Emma was Managing Partner for Talent for Deloitte LLP in the UK and sat on the firm’s Executive Committee, a role which she held alongside her client facing role as a Partner in the Financial Advisory practice. During this period Emma led a period of significant change for the firm from a diversity & inclusion perspective, including the firm’s award-winning approach to Respect & Inclusion - a culture change programme that under-pinned all of the firm’s actions on diversity. Alongside this focus on culture, Emma devised and implemented numerous targeted interventions aimed at positively impacting from a gender, LGBT+, ethnicity and social mobility diversity perspective – this included early voluntary gender and ethnicity pay gap reporting. Emma also led the UK firm’s approach on mental health, overseeing a period during which stigma was reduced and an array of support for those with mental ill health was introduced.
Emma is a member of the LACA Lead the Change board, a board established by the UK Government to take forward work to increase the diversity and inclusion
at the top of the UK’s leading organisations, of the BiTC Gender leadership team and the UK Thriving at Work Council.
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.
Kelly Jones is the SVP & Chief People Officer at Cisco. In this role, she oversees the critical functions, policies, and operations that unleash the full potential of Cisco’s people across the employee lifecycle, which is fundamental to instilling a Conscious Culture across the company and advancing Cisco’s purpose to Power an Inclusive Future for All.
Kelly leads the People & Communities organization, which comprises People Experience, Executive & Board, Talent Solutions, and Community Partners. Together, this ecosystem provides holistic care for the well-being of Cisco’s people and designs, develops, and implements the tools that enable business, career, and personal development.
A teacher at her core, Kelly is driven by a firm belief that unleashing potential in other people is the foundation of leadership. In her over 15 years at Cisco, Kelly has developed deep experience building award-winning, high-performing global teams. She joined Cisco in Talent Acquisition and went on to serve as Vice President of Join & Connect and then as Senior Vice President & Global Head of Talent Solutions. Kelly is focused on developing data-driven, creative solutions to enable business transformation, embedding inclusion and transparency into all of Cisco’s recruiting and talent mobility processes, and enabling the people of Cisco to become the most successful versions of themselves.
Prior to joining Cisco, Kelly served as Vice President of Sales & Operations for Comsys and was Principal Owner of her own executive placement and consulting firm.
Kelly is deeply passionate about social justice and accessibility and serves on the board of HeadCount, a non-partisan organization that uses the power of music to register voters and
promote participation in democracy. She is also an executive sponsor of Cisco’s Connected Disability Action Network (CDAN) and Cisco Green. Kelly attended North Carolina State
University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in pre-law. She lives in Denver, Colorado, with her husband, daughter, and rescue dog Henri.
Howie serves as CEO and is responsible for Airtable’s overall direction and strategy. He co-founded the company in 2013 to share the magic of building software with more people. That original inspiration—formed by his own experience learning to code and building useful applications—continues to drive Airtable today. He remains passionate about pushing the product to serve an increasing expanse of needs across Airtable’s diverse customer base.
Michele Parmelee is the Deloitte Global Deputy CEO and Chief People & Purpose Officer. In this role, she leads a broad portfolio of programs that enhances our global brand, reputation, and talent experience in support of our global strategy. She leads our purpose agenda by driving our commitment to living our shared values; enhancing global diversity and inclusion efforts; achieving our WorldClass ambition to impact 100 million people; and building a more sustainable world through our WorldClimate program.
In addition, Michele leads the Offices of the Deloitte Global CEO and Deloitte Global Programs. She is a member of the Deloitte Global Executive Committee.
Michele is a Deloitte US principal and in her 23rd year with Deloitte. Prior to joining Deloitte Global, she delivered strategy and operations consulting services to FSI clients as part of the Deloitte US. Her client service focus was within the banking, payments, insurance, and real estate sectors.
Prior to joining Deloitte Global in June 2015, Michele was the secretary of the Deloitte US board of directors and led the Office of the Chairman.
Outside of Deloitte, Michele is the President of the International Organization of Employers (IOE). She is a Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the United States Council for International Business (USCIB).
Michele also serves as a member of the United Way Worldwide Board of Trustees and its Executive Compensation and Membership Accountability Committees.
Michele has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA magna cum laude with honors from Brown University.
Julia Pollak is Chief Economist at ZipRecruiter, a leading online employment marketplace that uses AI-driven smart matching technology to connect millions of businesses and job seekers. She uses data from the ZipRecruiter marketplace to measure the health of the labor market, identify hiring trends, and help employers and job seekers prepare for the future of work. She is a contributor to Barron's and a member of the Forbes Human Resources Council. Her research is frequently cited in leading national outlets. Prior to working at ZipRecruiter, Julia was an Assistant Policy Analyst at the RAND Corporation and an adjunct economics instructor at Pepperdine University. Julia holds a B.A. in economics from Harvard and an M.Phil. in policy analysis from Pardee RAND Graduate School. She was a drilling reservist in the U.S. Navy from 2011 to 2022.
Shibani Joshi is an experienced journalist who has covered business, technology and general news for global media outlets including ABC News, Fox News Channel, Yahoo! Finance and Huffington Post. She provides commentary on business, technology and lifestyle topics and hosts events for leading corporations.
Previously, Shibani anchored a daily markets show and had her own dedicated segment on TV called “Joshi on Tech” on the Fox Business Network in New York City. In her almost 6-year tenure, she evolved into the dedicated on-air tech reporter at both Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network.
Shibani also reported extensively live on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq and NYMex exchanges, covering the 2008 market crash, historic interest rate cuts, record oil prices and the biggest point drop in Dow history (at the time).
Throughout her career, Shibani has interviewed large-cap tech CEOs and executives from companies including Apple, Qualcomm, Google, Sony and Ebay. She has also interviewed execs from Uber, Dropbox, Rent the Runway and Angie’s List in their early stages.
Her unique business perspective stems from real-world corporate experience and a distinguished business education. After double majoring in finance and accounting, she worked as an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley in New York City, where she focused on corporate finance and M&A projects.
Joshi later moved on to Disney/ABC Media Networks, where she was the firm’s Senior Manager of Digital Strategy. In 2014, she created ShibanionTech.com, a blog focused on stories at the intersection of lifestyle and technology.
Shibani teaches at the University of Oklahoma, sits on the Board of Advisors for the Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma, and served as a Trustee to The Children’s School in La Jolla, California.
Shibani is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and holds an MBA from The Harvard Business School. She currently lives in the Bay Area with her 3 children.
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.
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.
Julia Boorstin is CNBC’s Senior Media & Tech Correspondent based at the network’s Los Angeles Bureau. She covers media with a special focus on the intersection of media and technology. Boorstin also plays a key role on CNBC’s bi-coastal tech-focused program “TechCheck” (M-F, 11AM-12PM ET/8AM-9AM PT) delivering reporting, analysis and interviews around streaming, social and the convergence of media and technology. She joined CNBC in May 2006 as a general assignment reporter and in 2007 moved to Los Angeles to cover media.
In 2013, Boorstin created and launched the CNBC Disruptor 50, an annual list she oversees, highlighting the private companies transforming the economy and challenging companies in established industries. Additionally, she reported a documentary on the future of television for the network, “Stay Tuned…The Future of TV.” She also helped launch CNBC’s ‘Closing the Gap’ initiative covering the people and companies closing gender gaps, and leads CNBC’s coverage of studies on this topic. She is currently writing a book called, “WHEN WOMEN LEAD: What they achieve, Why they succeed, and How we can learn from them,” about female founders that Simon & Schuster’s Avid Reader imprint is publishing in October 2022.
Boorstin joined CNBC from Fortune magazine where she was a business writer and reporter since 2000. During that time, she was also a contributor to “Street Life,” a live market wrap-up segment on CNN Headline News.
In 2003, 2004 and 2006, The Journalist and Financial Reporting newsletter named Boorstin to the “TJFR 30 under 30” list of the most promising business journalists under 30 years old. She has also worked for the State Department’s delegation to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and for Vice President Gore’s domestic policy office.
She graduated with honors from Princeton University with a B.A. in history. She was also an editor of The Daily Princetonian.
Deirdre Bosa is anchor of CNBC’s tech-focused franchise, “TechCheck,” based out of the network’s San Francisco Bureau. Previously, she was anchor of the network’s daily program, “TechCheck,” that ran from April 2021 to February 2023. Before that, Bosa served as a technology reporter, owning stories on the biggest names in tech from Amazon to Alphabet, key players in China’s tech scene like Alibaba and Huawei, and Silicon Valley’s largest disruptors from Airbnb to Uber to WeWork. Prior to that, she was a frequent presence on air and online as a CNBC contributor, reporting out of Vancouver, Canada.
Bosa joined CNBC in 2012 covering the markets and economies of London and Singapore. She has co-anchored morning programs including “Squawk Box Asia,” “Squawk Box Europe,” and “Worldwide Exchange.”
Prior to CNBC, Bosa was an anchor and reporter for CCTV News International based in Beijing, as well as a contributor to Fox Business News. Deirdre also worked for several multinational corporations including Barrick Gold in Toronto and Rio Tinto in Shanghai.
She is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Canada and University of Hong Kong’s Masters of Journalism program.
Morgan Brennan is co-anchor of CNBC’s “Closing Bell: Overtime” (M-F, 4PM-5PM ET), which broadcasts live from CNBC’s global headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. Previously, she was co-anchor of the 10AM ET hour on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” and co-anchor of CNBC’s “Squawk Alley” She joined the network in December 2013 as a general assignment reporter based at CNBC Global Headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., and continues to cover a variety of sectors, including manufacturing, and defense and space. She is also host of the CNBC podcast, Manifest Space.
Prior to joining CNBC, Brennan was a staff writer and reporter for Forbes Media where she reported for Forbes Magazine, ForbesLife Magazine and Forbes.com, most recently covering real estate. She began her career at Forbes in 2009, holding several positions including anchor/reporter and producer for the Forbes Video Network, covering a wide range of business and finance topics.
Previously, Brennan was a regular guest on a variety of networks discussing business and economic stories and also interned at Newsweek International, where she was a fact-checker and contributing writer.
Brennan has interviewed billionaires, heads of state, thought leaders and chief executives of multibillion-dollar corporations and her profile story on Equity Group Investments chairman Sam Zell was one of five magazine covers featured on the 2013 Forbes 400 issue.
Brennan is a board member of the non-profit City Year New York. She graduated summa cum laude from New York University, majoring in Social Science with a double concentration in Anthropology and Media Studies.
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.
Bertha Coombs is a reporter for CNBC, covering financial markets, business news stories and health care throughout the business day. She is based at the Nasdaq Marketsite in Times Square.
Her health care coverage at CNBC has ranged from covering the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the failed launch of the Obamacare health insurance exchanges, to how cancer researchers are using IBM's Watson to improve cancer care, and how doctors are using mobile technology to treat patients in their own homes. She also covered the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, the impact of the financial crisis of 2008, and reported on the oil markets from the floor of the New York Mercantile exchange.
Before joining CNBC, Coombs was a reporter and anchor for the pioneering online business network, Yahoo Finance Vision, and served as a freelance reporter for the former CNNfn financial network. Prior, she served as a reporter for ABC News One, and a substitute anchor for "World News Now" and "World News This Morning."
She began her career in general news, with previous reporting and anchoring positions at WABC-TV in New York, WPLG-TV in Miami and WFSB-TV in Hartford, Connecticut.
Coombs is a graduate of Yale University and was awarded the Leo Beranek Reporter Training Fellowship at WCVB-TV in Boston. Born in Havana, Cuba, she speaks fluent Spanish.
Sharon Epperson, named one of “12 to Watch in TV News,” can be seen regularly on CNBC television and other media platforms.
As CNBC’s senior personal finance correspondent, Epperson covers the many facets of how people manage, grow and protect their money. Her expertise includes saving and investing for retirement, paying for college, managing mortgage, student loan, credit card and other debt, and building a financial legacy through estate planning.
Preparing your finances for the unexpected is another critical (and personal) aspect of her reporting. In September 2016, Epperson sustained a ruptured brain aneurysm and she nearly lost her life. She has become a staunch advocate for health and wellness issues, raising awareness about brain aneurysms and funding for research. In September 2018, she and her family established “The Sharon Epperson Chair of Research” through the Brain Aneurysm Foundation to provide grants for research on early detection and innovative treatments.
Epperson is a lead contributor to “Invest in You: Ready. Set. Grow.,” a multi-platform financial wellness and education initiative at CNBC in partnership with the micro-investing app Acorns, and developed its companion 8-week learning course and weekly newsletter, “Invest in You: Money 101.” She also contributes to NBC’s TODAY and NBC Nightly News as well as Today.com and NBCNews.com.
Her book, The Big Payoff: 8 Steps Couples Can Take to Make the Most of Their Money-and Live Richly Ever After, was a finalist for the Books for a Better Life Awards, honoring works that have “changed the lives of millions.” She also was a contributing writer for The Experts’ Guide to Doing Things Faster. Her personal finance expertise has been featured in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, USA Weekend, Self, Essence, Ebony and TIME, where she had covered business, culture, social issues and health as a correspondent prior to joining CNBC.
Epperson has numerous industry and civic awards, including the Special Achievement Award from the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) and the Savvy Inspiration Award from the non-profit, financial empowerment group Savvy Ladies. She won an Alliance for Women in Media’s Gracie Award for Outstanding Online Host for her “Financial Advisor Playbook” video series on CNBC.com. She has received the Vanguard Award for her distinguished career in business and personal finance reporting from the National Urban League Guild, and the All-Star Award from the Association of Women in Communications. She also has won awards from the New York Festivals, the New York Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists.
Epperson is committed to improving financial literacy, particularly in underserved communities. She was invited to the White House during President Obama’s administration to speak about financial literacy and to moderate a public meeting of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability at the U.S. Treasury Department. She also speaks frequently at conferences and events for local and national organizations, colleges and universities about many facets of personal finance.
An adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, Epperson has also taught courses at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. She enjoys teaching the importance of budgeting and building long-term savings as part of her professional development courses for graduate students.
Epperson received her bachelor’s in sociology and government from Harvard University, a master of international affairs degree from Columbia University, and an honorary doctorate from Carlow University in Pittsburgh. A Pittsburgh native, she has also been inducted into the Hall of Fame at Taylor Allderdice High School, her alma mater.
She currently lives with her husband and two children in Westchester County, N.Y.
Frank Holland is a general assignment reporter for CNBC based at CNBC Global Headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. He joined the network in September 2018.
Before joining CNBC, Holland was an anchor and reporter at NBC 10 Boston and NECN. Previously, he was at WCVB in Boston where he spent two years covering breaking news, national stories and enterprising original series, including “Black in Boston.”
Prior to Boston, Holland spent three years as an anchor/reporter at WGN-TV in Chicago, where he covered the presidential inauguration of Barack Obama, the Republican and Democratic national conventions, as well as the National College Football Championship. He also held positions at NBC Affiliate WDIV in Detroit, News 12 in New York, and spent several years in television news in both the Virgin Islands and Alaska.
Holland holds a master’s degree in business administration from Bentley University and a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of Pittsburgh.
Eamon Javers is CNBC’s Senior Washington Correspondent, focusing on the role of money and influence in Washington, D.C. He also reports on the U.S. Department of Justice and its Antitrust division’s expected battle with Big Tech. Javers joined CNBC in June 2010 as a Washington reporter based at the bureau in the nation’s capital and appears on the network’s Business Day programming.
Previously, Javers was a White House reporter for Politico, where he covered the intersection of Wall Street and Washington. He conducted investigations of the administration’s financial bailouts and economic stimulus efforts, broke news about the presidency of Barack Obama and authored trend stories on Washington.
Prior to joining Politico, Javers was a Washington correspondent for BusinessWeek magazine writing extensively about Washington lobbying, including the Jack Abramoff scandal and unearthed previously unknown incidents of corporate espionage. He also was an on-air correspondent for CNBC, where he covered the intersection of business and politics. Javers’ articles have appeared in Fortune, Money, Congressional Quarterly and Slate.com. He began his career at The Hill, a weekly newspaper (and website) covering Congress.
Javers is author of the book “Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy: The Secret World of Corporate Espionage,” which revealed a never-before-reported CIA policy allowing active-duty officers to moonlight in the private sector.
He has appeared as an analyst on each of the major broadcast networks, all of the major cable television news networks, the BBC and National Public Radio.
In 2014, Javers was named a finalist in the Gerald Loeb Awards explanatory category for his coverage of how market-moving financial data is released. In 2006, Javers received an Award of Distinction in investigative journalism from the Medill School of Journalism. He graduated from Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y.
Follow Eamon Javers on Twitter @EamonJavers.
Steve Kovach is Technology Correspondent for CNBC covering Apple, Microsoft, E-sports and video games for the network.
Most recently, he served as Technology Editor for CNBC.com, where he managed technology coverage for CNBC Digital. Kovach joined CNBC in 2018 from Business Insider, where he was Senior Technology Correspondent. He has a dual degree in journalism and English from Syracuse University.
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.
Ylan Q. Mui is CNBC’s Senior Congressional Correspondent based at the network’s bureau in Washington, D.C., reporting on Capitol Hill and economic policy. She also plays a key role covering the power struggle between Big Tech and Washington as they continue to debate on Capitol Hill. Her reporting appears on television and CNBC’s digital platforms. Mui joined CNBC in February 2017 as a reporter focusing primarily on economic and regulatory policy.
Prior to CNBC, Mui spent nearly 15 years at The Washington Post, most recently as White House economic policy correspondent. She previously covered the Federal Reserve and the macroeconomy, subprime lending, consumer finance, retail and education. In addition, Mui reported on major international stories, including the Greek financial crisis and Brexit, as well as national disasters such as the BP oil spill and Hurricane Katrina.
Mui began her career as a receptionist and obituary writer at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, where she was born and raised.
Mui graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans with a major in communications and a double minor in biology and philosophy. She is a member of the Asian American Journalists Association, where she is a past vice president of the Washington, DC chapter. She is also a graduate of AAJA’s Executive Leadership Program.
Kristina Partsinevelos joined CNBC in May 2021 and serves as the Nasdaq reporter for the network, based at the Nasdaq and CNBC Global Headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. She covers the Nasdaq, semiconductors, ESG and precious metals, and her reporting appears on television and CNBC’s digital platforms.
Prior to CNBC, Partsinevelos was a business correspondent and economist for three years at the Fox Business Network, covering everything from technology, to the White House, to the Federal Reserve and reporting in the field around New York City during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. She also reported from South Carolina in the eye of Hurricane Florence, a category 4 storm, in September 2018.
Prior to that, Partsinevelos worked for Global News in London, BNN Bloomberg (Canada’s Business News Network), CTV News Channel and CBC Edmonton covering the latest financial news, including the retail, tech, and automotive sectors.
She is fluent in French and received her MBA from the University of Oxford’s Saȉd Business School. She also has a master’s in journalism from Carleton University.
Follow Kristina Partsinevelos on Twitter @KristinaParts.
Leslie Picker joined CNBC in February 2017 as a reporter covering hedge funds, private equity and asset management. She is based at CNBC Global Headquarters, and her reporting appears on television and CNBC’s digital platforms.
Picker has interviewed some of the most prominent investors on CNBC, including Citadel’s Ken Griffin, Greenlight Capital’s David Einhorn, Omega Advisors’ Leon Cooperman and Pershing Square’s Bill Ackman. Her investigation into Puerto Rico’s debt crisis won a Society for Advanced Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) award and was a finalist for a Gerald Loeb Award in 2018.
Previously, Picker was a reporter at The New York Times where she covered deals. Her beat encompassed mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, venture capital, private equity, restructuring and shareholder activism. Prior to The New York Times, Picker was a reporter at Bloomberg News where she reported on initial public offerings. There, she also contributed to Bloomberg Businessweek, Bloomberg Television and Bloomberg Radio. Prior to becoming a reporter, Picker was a segment producer for Bloomberg Television. She began her career as a booker at Fox Business Network.
Picker graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, earning a bachelor’s degree in political science. She also earned a master’s in journalism from Columbia University, graduating with honors, and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business, with a concentration in finance.
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.
Kate Rooney is a technology reporter based out of CNBC’s San Francisco bureau, with a focus on financial technology, payments and venture capital. She also writes and reports for CNBC’s digital platforms.
Rooney joined CNBC in 2015 as a news associate before working as a producer for CNBC’s “Squawk Box” (M-F, 6AM-9AM ET) and was most recently a markets reporter for CNBC.com.
She graduated from Boston College with a bachelor’s degree in communication and earned her master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University where she received an Eric Lund Global Reporting and Research Grant to film and produce a documentary in the Philippines. She also worked as a multimedia reporter in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2015 with a focus on housing and politics.
Kayla Tausche is an on-air correspondent based at CNBC's Washington, D.C. bureau and focuses on the intersection of government and business. Her reporting appears on television and CNBC's digital platforms. She also serves as a fill-in anchor for the network's Business Day programming.
Most recently, Tausche was co-anchor of CNBC's "Squawk Alley" (M-F, 11AM-12PM ET) and focused on the big money backing technology and innovation. She has also covered the banking industry, as well as corporate finance and deals— and frequently breaks news. Since joining CNBC in 2011, Tausche has reported on a wide variety of high-profile stories, including the historic Brexit vote, the Facebook, Twitter and Alibaba IPOs, the Occupy Wall Street movement, the MF Global bankruptcy and the News Corp. phone hacking scandal. Tausche began her journalism career with posts at the Associated Press in Brussels, Bloomberg News in New York, and DealReporter in New York and London.
An Atlanta native, Tausche graduated with honors in business journalism and international politics from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was an Ameel J. Fisher scholar. She sits on the alumni board of the UNC journalism school.
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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.
The number of job openings plunged by more than a million in August to 10.1 million, providing a potential early sign that the massive U.S. labor gap is beginning to close. What does this mean for employers and the market more broadly? We’ll talk with Labor Secretary Martin Walsh about the state of labor in the US, what he sees as the most important labor trends for business leaders to understand, and where he sees the labor economy headed over the next 12 months.
Martin J. Walsh, U.S. Secretary of Labor
Interviewer: Kayla Tausche, CNBC Senior White House Correspondent
Rising from an entry-level position to becoming the first Black female CEO of a FedEx operating company in the global transshipment giant’s history, Ramona Hood has proven herself to be an innovative and strategic leader. We’ll hear from her about the leadership lessons she’s learned along her 30-year journey with the company, get her thoughts on what it takes to keep employees engaged and customers happy, and what she sees for the future as she leads FedEx Custom Critical on its path to continued growth.
Ramona Hood, FedEx Custom Critical CEO
Interviewer: Frank Holland, CNBC General Assignment Reporter
As “the only private membership network focused on connecting and supporting women executive leaders,” Chief has proven that women executives supporting other women executives is not only good for business, it’s also a very good business to be in. We’ll sit down with Chief co-founder and CEO Carolyn Childers to talk about the importance of leadership training and mentorship and what she sees as the most important next steps companies should make when it comes to developing executive talent.
Carolyn Childers, Chief Co-Founder and CEO
Interviewer: Julia Boorstin, CNBC Senior Media & Tech Correspondent
EMPLOYEE WELLBEING IN A HYBRID WORLD
Sponsored and programmed by Cisco
Companies are striving to create a work environment that supports maximum flexibility, productivity, and wellbeing in a culture of inclusivity and innovation. This session is about ways to enable engagement and collaboration in a hybrid environment and foster organizational health and individual wellbeing.
Kelly Jones, Cisco SVP and Chief People Officer
Interviewer: Jen Rogers, Financial Reporter
MAKING SUPPORTING WOMEN AT WORK THE NEW NORMAL
Sponsored and Programmed by Deloitte
According to the US Chamber of Commerce, 1 million women who quit their jobs in the depths of the pandemic still haven’t returned to work, and research shows that more than half of women globally plan to leave their employers within the next year. Alarming levels of burnout, and reports of harassment and microaggression at work are part of the reason, but also, many continue to shoulder responsibilities at home. This session will focus on ways organizations can work to support and instill a truly inclusive culture.
Emma Codd, Deloitte Global Inclusion leader
Interviewer: Caroline Woods, Business Reporter
THE EVOLUTION OF HR
Sponsored and Programmed by ZipRecruiter
In a historically tight labor market, HR has become central to management. Organizations are struggling to attract and retain talent, while being forced to reevaluate when and where work is performed. This session reveals evolving job seeker and employee expectations and how your response to HR challenges can give you a competitive advantage in any environment.
Julia Pollak, ZipRecruiter Chief Economist
Interviewer: Shibani Joshi, Business Reporter
Vivid Seats CEO Stan Chia has had quite the journey on his way to leading the growing ticket retailer. After three years leading a mechanized infantry platoon in the Singaporean army, Chia spent three years in the GE leadership training program, followed by stints at Cisco and Amazon, and then as the Chief Operating Officer role at GrubHub before finally landing the top job at Vivid Seats. In this interview, we’ll talk with Chia about the leadership principles he brought to his role as CEO, what he thinks about return-to-office for his company, and how he sees the future playing out in the world of live events.
Stan Chia, Vivid Seats CEO
Interviewer: Sharon Epperson, CNBC Senior Personal Finance Correspondent
As Dropbox approaches the two-year anniversary of its decision to become a “virtual first” company, we’ll talk with founder and CEO Drew Houston about the company’s bold move into the future of work, what it’s meant for his employees and customers, the tough decisions he’s had to make, and where he sees work, technology, and return to office models going next as he looks ahead to the future.
Drew Houston, Dropbox Co-Founder & CEO
Interviewer: Deirdre Bosa, CNBC “TechCheck” Co-Anchor
Human Security co-founder and CEO Tamer Hassan has said that “the bot problem is one of the most important cybersecurity problems of modern times,” and as bad actors become more sophisticated, the technology to combat bots must keep pace. Hassan, a former combat helicopter pilot who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, shares his thoughts on what companies need to know about the botnet threat, and how to stay safe in an increasingly dangerous world.
Tamer Hassan, HUMAN Security Founder & CEO
Interviewer: Eamon Javers, CNBC Senior Washington Correspondent
Sponsored and programmed by Airtable
Organizational silos are an everyday reality at work, exacerbated by the rapid adoption of digital tools through the pandemic and decentralized decision making. This digital friction costs companies millions of dollars in lost productivity and wasted tech spend. This session will focus on ways leaders can overcome these challenges and empower teams to work they want to work while staying connected.
Howie Liu, Airtable Co-Founder & CEO
Interviewer: Rhonda Schaffler, Business Anchor
In this panel, we’ll talk with three members of the CNBC Workforce Executive Council about how they’re staying competitive in the war for specialized talent, get their takes on the remote/hybrid/return-to-office decision-making, and how they work to keep employees engaged and motivated during good times and bad.
Iesha Berry, DocuSign Vice President and Chief Diversity and Engagement Officer
DJ Casto, Synchrony Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Tiffany Scalzitti Monroe, H&R Block Chief People Officer
Moderator: Steve Kovach, CNBC Technology Correspondent
As the founder of Hearsay Systems and the current CEO of Service Cloud for Salesforce, Silicon Valley veteran Clara Shih knows a thing or two about keeping workers happy and engaged even in the most demanding roles. We’ll talk to Clara about the changing nature of customer relations, get her tips on navigating this new era of remote and hybrid work, and hear her strategies on winning the war for talent in a tight market.
Clara Shih, Salesforce Service Cloud CEO
Interviewer: Frank Holland, CNBC General Assignment Reporter
Data and machine learning sciences are evolving at a rapid rate, and as companies recover from the pandemic downturn, it’s more important than ever that businesses take full advantage of all the tools available to them. We’ll talk with Mastercard Data and Services President Raj Sheshadri about this new data revolution and what every business leader should know when it comes to making data work for them.
Raj Seshadri, Mastercard Data and Services President
Interviewer: Kate Rooney, CNBC Technology Reporter
In this exclusive conversation, we’ll talk to restauranteur Will Guidara and publisher/speaker/author Simon Sinek about Guidara’s latest book, Unreasonable Hospitality: The Remarkable Power of Giving People More Than They Expect. In the book, published by Sinek’s Optimism Press, Guidara shares his story of how he and a team of dedicated, motivated employees turned Eleven Madison Park from a struggling eatery into the world’s best restaurant by building on principles of honest communication, pride, and a hospitality ethos based on exceeding customer expectations at every turn; and how these lessons can be applied by business leaders everywhere.
Will Guidara, Former owner of Eleven Madison Park and Author, Unreasonable Hospitality
Simon Sinek, New York Times Bestselling Author and Publisher of Optimism Press
Interviewer: Becky Quick, CNBC “Squawk Box” Co-Anchor
The U.S. Army employs over a million people around the world and from the standpoint of a distributed workforce, challenges on recruitment and retention and a new focus on mental health, the armed services is a lot like US companies. We’ll speak to Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth about leading during difficult times, how she’s tackling recruitment and retention, and why more veterans in the workforce is better for business.
Christine Wormuth, U.S. Secretary of the Army
Interviewer: Morgan Brennan, CNBC “Squawk on the Street” Co-Anchor
Organized labor is having a moment in America. Stories of organization efforts at places like Starbucks and Amazon have captured headlines and shone a light on often contentious relations between employees and employers. Recent data shows that workers have won 639 union elections so far this year, across a range of industries, for the highest win total in nearly 20 years. And a recent 2022 Gallup survey showed public approval of unions at a 57-year peak. What does this mean for business at large? We’ll talk with AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler about the labor transformation and what all employers should take to heart when listening to their workers.
Liz Shuler, AFL-CIO President
Interviewer: Ylan Mui, CNBC Senior Congressional Correspondent
PwC US Chairman Tim Ryan is someone who spends a great deal of his time thinking about how we work today–from the importance of building diverse, inclusive teams to leadership to how companies can meet employees where they are to reduce churn and retain top talent. In this interview, we’ll dig deep on some of the top issues facing employers today and get his insights on how you can navigate the current climate to build for success.
Tim Ryan, PwC U.S. Chair
Interviewer: Sharon Epperson, CNBC Senior Personal Finance Correspondent
As the former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Chairman and CEO of Kellogg’s, Carlos Gutierrez has played an integral role in helping shape American business over the course of his 43-year career. In his latest venture, Secretary Gutierrez is bringing that experience to bear as the Chairman and CEO of Empath, a company that uses AI and machine learning to help companies match employee skills to current and future roles. We’ll talk with Secretary Gutierrez about the importance of skills training, get his thoughts on what leaders today can do to manage their teams through ongoing crisis, and get his take on what he sees around the corner for business as we head into 2023.
Carlos Gutierrez, Empath Chairman and CEO; Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce
Interviewer: Tyler Mathisen, CNBC “Power Lunch” Co-Anchor & Vice President, Events Strategy
JUST Capital is an independent non-profit that measures American corporate stakeholder performance across a range of issues and ranks companies accordingly. In this conversation, we’ll talk with JUST Capital CEO Martin Whitaker about the firm’s latest research and what it tells us about where work is headed.
Martin Whittaker, JUST Capital CEO
Interviewer: Kristina Partsinevelos, CNBC Nasdaq Reporter
Founded in 2014 by Kate Ryder, Maven is the most comprehensive platform of its kind, providing critical support across fertility, pregnancy, adoption, parenting, and pediatrics. By providing companies with critical health support for their female employees, Maven helps ensure that more women stay in the workforce and continue their careers, reducing employer costs and providing more opportunities for women. We’ll take with Ryder about the journey her company has been, what she sees as the biggest challenges for women in the workforce and hear what she thinks more employers should do when it comes to retaining their most talented women.
Kate Ryder, Maven Founder & CEO
Interviewer: Leslie Picker, CNBC Finance and Investing Reporter
With recent jobs numbers still showing low unemployment broadly, employee retention among large employers is an ongoing concern. Some employers such as JBS USA, the country’s third-largest meat processor, have employed a range of tactics to keep employees happy and reduce churn. We’ll talk to JBS USA CEO Tim Schellpeper about his approach to competing in a tight labor market and what he thinks are the most important things every leader should know when it comes to building trust with employees.
Tim Schellpeper, JBS USA CEO
Interviewer: Jane Wells, CNBC Special Correspondent
Workers continue leaving their jobs in droves, with 63% citing a lack of opportunity for advancement as one of the reasons. It’s clear workers are seeking more from their employers and want to develop the skills needed for the jobs of the future. Employers who have recognized these trends are increasingly turning to Guild, a CNBC Disruptor 50 company for 2022, to help them compete for talent by providing tuition-free learning programs and career pathways for their employees. We’ll talk with CEO Rachel Romer about the impact the company is having with its corporate clients like Disney, Walmart, Target and Discover Financial; and get her thoughts on where she sees work heading in the future.
Rachel Romer, Guild Co-Founder & CEO
Interviewer: Contessa Brewer, CNBC Correspondent
Sponsored and programmed by Prudential
Having lived and worked through the Great Recession and the pandemic, millennials are bracing for another dose of economic uncertainty. How will they navigate these yet another “once in a generation” event? This session, featuring findings from Prudential Financial’s Pulse survey series, will focus on the largest generation in the U.S. workforce and how setback after setback has shaped their relationship with work, their employers, and their financial security.
Rob Falzon, Prudential Financial Vice Chair
Interviewer: Jen Rogers, Financial Reporter
Research has shown that diverse, inclusive teams perform better and in today’s market, companies need every advantage they can get. In this conversation, we’ll talk with top executives about why robust and practicable DEI practices are essential in today’s business climate, and what every leader should know about how to foster inclusivity and keep employees motivated.
Paulette Alviti, Mondelez Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer
Erin L. Thomas, Upwork Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging
Moderator: Kristina Partsinevelos, CNBC Nasdaq Reporter
It’s said crisis breeds innovation but rarely is the crisis a world historical moment in global health. In this one-of-a-kind conversation, we’ll talk with Pfizer Chief People Officer Payal Sahni and Pfizer Chief Business Innovation Officer Aamir Malik about how a cultural foundation of innovation, collaboration, and employee support enabled the entire company to rise to answer the challenge of the worst global pandemic in 100 years.
Aamir Malik, Pfizer Executive Vice President and Chief Business Innovation Officer
Payal Sahni, Pfizer Executive Vice President and Chief People Experience Officer
Moderator: Bertha Coombs, CNBC Reporter
As the unofficial “Father of Hybrid Work,” Stanford’s Nick Bloom has spent years studying how we work, and how we will work. He’ll present new research and share his thoughts on what companies should be preparing for as many have begun to enforce return-to-office policies, often with a mixed reception from employees who have grown accustomed to the flexibility of working from home.
Nick Bloom, Stanford University Professor of Economics
Interviewer: Tyler Mathisen, CNBC “Power Lunch” Co-Anchor & Vice President, Events Strategy
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Airtable is a connected apps platform that enables teams to build workflows that modernize their business processes. Teams at more than 80% of the Fortune 100 use Airtable’s visual, flexible tools to customize workflows that meet their exact needs, whether they’re creating blockbuster movies, designing running shoes, distributing life-saving vaccines, or anything in between.
To learn more, visit airtable.com.
Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) helps seize the opportunities of tomorrow by proving that amazing things can happen when you connect the unconnected. An integral part of our DNA is creating long-lasting customer partnerships, working together to identify our customers’ needs and provide solutions that fuel their success. We have preserved this keen focus on solving business challenges since our founding in 1984. Len Bosack and wife Sandy Lerner, both working for Stanford University, wanted to email each other from their respective offices, but technological shortcomings did not allow such communication. A technology had to be invented to deal with disparate local area protocols, and as a result of solving their challenge, the multiprotocol router was born.
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Deloitte provides industry-leading audit and assurance, tax and legal, consulting, financial advisory, and risk advisory services to nearly 90% of the Fortune Global 500® and thousands of private companies. Our professionals deliver measurable and lasting results that help reinforce public trust in capital markets, enable clients to transform and thrive, and lead the way toward a stronger economy, a more equitable society and a sustainable world. Building on its 175-plus year history, Deloitte spans more than 150 countries and territories. Learn how Deloitte’s 415,000 people worldwide make an impact that matters at www.deloitte.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.