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Adam Miller

Founder & CEO, Cornerstone OnDemand

Adam Miller is the founder and CEO of Cornerstone OnDemand. Since starting the company in 1999, Miller has led Cornerstone through nearly 14 years of consecutive growth, transforming it into one of the world's leading Software-as-a-Service companies. Cornerstone has been recognized as one of the nation's fastest growing companies by Deloitte, Inc. magazine and the Los Angeles Business Journal. Miller recently was honored as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 award winner. He also was named the Southern California Technology Association's CEO of the Year in 2009.

Bob Johansen

Distinguished Fellow, Institute for the Future

Bob Johansen is a distinguished fellow with the Institute for the Future in Silicon Valley. For more than 30 years, Bob has helped organizations around the world prepare for and shape the future, including corporations such as P&G, Walmart, McKinsey, United Rentals, and Syngenta, as well as major universities and nonprofits.

The author or co-author of ten books, Bob is a frequent keynote speaker. His best-selling book Get There Early: Sensing the Future to Compete in the Present was selected as one of the top business books of 2007. His latest book is The New Leadership Literacies.

Bob holds a B.S. from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University—as well as a master’s degree that focused on world religions.

Libby Kibbe

HR Systems Analyst, The Brock Group

Libby Kibbe is an HR Systems Analyst for The Brock Group of Companies in Houston, TX. Libby has worked at Brock for over 10 years and has held multiple HR roles such as HR Assistant, Benefits Administrator, HRIS Analyst, and Talent Management Systems Specialist. In her current role, Libby supports the Talent Management department and is responsible for the configuration, maintenance and overall administration of the LMS, ATS and Onboarding modules. Libby enjoys working on challenging projects like system implementations and data clean-up initiatives. With a passion for HR and technology, she went back to school in 2012 to pursue a BBA in Management Information Systems and will graduate in December 2018 from the University of Houston – Downtown.

Jay Shetty

Award Winning Host, Storyteller & Filmmaker | Making Wisdom Go Viral | Forbes 30 Under 30 | Speaker,

Jay Shetty is a former monk, an award winning storyteller and viral video creator. He was named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2017 for being a game-changer in the world of media. He has 1 billion views across social media and over 9 million followers. Before leading Innovation at Accenture for 3 years, he helped to build sustainable villages and philanthropic ventures for 3 years while living as a monk. These days, he’s on a mission to make ‘wisdom go viral’.

Kim Scott

NYT & WSJ Bestselling Author and Co-founder, Radical Candor

Kim Scott is a NYT & WSJ bestselling author and co-founder of Radical Candor. She is the author of Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity, to be published by St Martin’s Press, March, 2017. Kim has been an advisor at Dropbox, Kurbo, Qualtrics, ReelGood, Shyp, Twitter and several other tech companies. She was a member of the faculty at Apple University and before that led AdSense, YouTube, and Doubleclick Online Sales and Operations at Google.

Known for her ability to generate billions of dollars in revenue from millions of small customers while keeping her team happy and margins high, her unofficial title was High Priestess of the Long Tail. Previously, Kim was the co-founder and CEO of Juice Software, a collaboration start-up, and led business development at Delta Three and Capital Thinking. Earlier in her career, Kim worked as a senior policy advisor at the FCC, managed a pediatric clinic in Kosovo, started a diamond cutting factory in Moscow, and was an analyst on the Soviet Companies Fund. She is the author of three novels; she and her husband Andy Scott are parents of twins.

Rachael Abernathy

Instructional System Specialist, Marine Corps Community Services

Rachael Abernathy is a U.S. Marine Corps civilian employee with 20+ years training and talent development experience. Rachael holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Project Management Professional certification. She is currently an Instructional Systems Specialist for Headquarters, Marine Corps Community Services serving as the LMS Project Manager, System Administrator, and Instructional Designer.

Kelli Ancar

Videographer Team Lead, Cornerstone OnDemand

Kelli Ancar is the Videographer Team Lead for Cornerstone University where she and her team create video content focusing on client facing product training. Kelli has worked in video production for Tech companies, Online Higher Education, as well as in Commercials and Music Videos. Kelli enjoys video production as a hobby as well as a career and spends her free time shooting action sports and working with female Directors on independent projects. Kelli’s goal is to create take training videos to the next level by incorporating well composed video cutaways and flashy eye catching graphics. Kelli received her BA from CSU, Chico in Communication Design with an Option in Media Arts and is always looking for opportunities to learn!

Katie Ballantyne

Sr. Director, Cornerstone OnDemand

Katie Ballantyne is Sr. Director of Cornerstone University where she and her team are passionate about creating exceptional product education for clients. Prior to joining Cornerstone in 2014, Katie held various Learning & Talent Management leadership positions at The Venetian and Palazzo casinos in Las Vegas, and Intrawest Ski Resorts in the US and Canada. Katie's background in the learning industry spans almost 15 years, specifically focusing on learning as a powerful driver of organisational culture and engagement. Originally hailing from Australia, Katie obtained a BBM in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Queensland.

Steve Bandrowczak

Chief Operating Officer & Chief Information Officer , Alight

In his role as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Information Officer of Alight Solutions, a private equity-owned benefits administration and cloud-based HR and financial solutions provider, Steve Bandrowczak oversees the application portfolio and technical infrastructure including digital and print operations, operational performance, enterprise risk management, real estate, and supply chain. Steve has more than 30 years of experience as an IT professional with a history of highly effective leadership within a diverse range of technologies. He has a proven track record of growing businesses consistently through innovation and enhancing competitive positions while increasing profits.

Prior to joining Alight, Steve served as President of Telecommunication Media and Technology at Sutherland Global Services, as well as Senior Vice President for Global Business Services at Hewlett Packard Enterprises, were he transformed its 16,000-employee shared service organization into a highly efficient operation with a focus on automation, business intelligence and labor optimization. Steve has held senior leadership positions at various multi-billion-dollar global companies including Avaya, Nortel, Lenovo, and DHL.

Steve serves as Chairman of the Board for The Samfund and was named one of the Top 100 CIOs by Computerworld and frequently headlines conferences and teaches leadership at educational institutions.

Ken Bansemer

Senior Director, Talent Management, Analytics and Technology, RSM US

Ken Bansemer is the Senior Director of Talent Management, Talent Technology and Reporting/Analytics at RSM US LLP. Ken has held a variety of HR leadership positions over the past 26 years, including 10 years as RSM’s talent acquisition leader. He is currently responsible for integrating efforts to blend talent processes, systems and development resources across RSM’s Talent Centers of Excellence to support and enable a cultural shift to year-round talent development. Ken is based outside Denver, Colorado.

Ashley Bartlett

Learning and Development Specialist, Colorado Department of Human Services

Ashley Bartlett is a Learning and Development Specialist with the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS). Ashley has over five years of human resources experience in both the public and non-profit sectors, specializing in adult learning and career development. Ashley oversees the administration of Cornerstone Learning and Cornerstone Performance for CDHS and its more than 5,000 employees. Additionally, Ashley assists in driving learning and organizational development strategy to enable employees to deliver high quality human services to the people of Colorado.

Anthony Bediones

Training Consultant, Cornerstone OnDemand

Anthony Bediones is a Training Consultant with Cornerstone specializing in Reporting and Performance Management. Anthony joined Cornerstone in 2012 as a member of the Global Product Support team. In his previous role as a Team Lead, Anthony helped hire, onboard and train new Product Specialists across Cornerstone’s global offices. He then became a Training Consultant in 2016, and has facilitated training for clients across various industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, technology, government, and K-12 schools. Anthony enjoys making software come to life and using Cornerstone to solve real world problems.

Josh Bersin

Principal, Human Capital, Bersin, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Josh founded Bersin in 2001 to provide research and advisory services focused on corporate learning. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and is a popular blogger. Josh spent 25 years in product development, product management, marketing and sales of e-learning, and other enterprise technologies. Josh’s education includes a B.S. in Engineering from Cornell, an M.S. in Engineering from Stanford, and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

Bree Boettcher

Talent Operations Manager, GMR Marketing

Bree started at GMR in 2016 and leads the Talent Operations team in benefits, compliance, compensation, project management, and ongoing process improvement as well as managing all HR Systems for the agency. Working in Cornerstone since 2012, Bree has built an expansive knowledge on the Learning, Performance, Succession, and Connect product suites throughout her time with three different companies in three different industries. Bree was awarded Rockstar of Quarter for Q4 of 2016, has served as client co-chairs for both the Connect Community of Practice and the Milwaukee User Group, and has been a Client Community Expert since the inception of the program. Diving head first into the beta for certifications, Bree has Cornerstone System Admin Core Practitioner certification through the Client Certification Program. Bree has presented at both the Milwaukee and Chicago User Groups on topics including Google Analytics, Deep Linking, and Communities.

Mike Bollinger

VP, Thought Leadership, Cornerstone OnDemand

Mike is an accomplished executive with 25 years of experience in positions of increasing responsibility. Mike has rich business and deep HCM domain skills including talent strategy, strategic workforce planning, communication, team building, business case development and leadership. Mike speaks regularly at HCM thought leadership events such as Evanta, Argyle, HCI, ICMI and others on HR trends, transformation and culture, generations in the workplace and how to measure the impact of HR transitions. Prior to Cornerstone Mike worked at Oracle for 5 years included the development of the HCM Value Consulting content, value analysis tools and management of a National Value Consulting practice before joining the Oracle HR transformation thought leadership team. Mike also worked at SAP for 7 years in their HCM Center of Excellence. Mike has been formally trained and certified in a number of disciplines including Human Capital Strategy, Strategic Workforce Planning, Value Engineering and Business Process Transformation. Prior to joining SAP, Mike served in several corporate roles including; Staff Development Manager, HCM/Payroll Project Manager, Network Analyst and CIO working in the Education, DOD Civilian, Consumer Services and Distribution industries. Mike has in-depth knowledge and experience in effective planning, budgeting and management as well as a comprehensive mastery of HCM technologies. Mike's areas of expertise includes: HCM Strategy, Analytics, Talent Development & Education, Shared Services, Recruiting, HRMS/Payroll, Finance, Procurement, Planning and Budgeting. Mike is active in local hometown service as a former School Board Commissioner and City Administrative Review Board Member. He resides in Eau Claire, WI with his wife Robin. They have two children.

Chris Bond

President and CEO, Bluewater

Chris Bond, has been transforming the Learning and Talent Management field for over 20 years through his leadership, articles, speaking engagements and consulting services. His diverse industry background and thought leadership make him sought after as an authoritative voice in the learning and talent industry. He has been the guiding hand in Bluewater’s recognized ability to instill confidence, supply creative solutions and deliver measurable business results to its clients. Chris founded Bluewater in 2003.

Joe Burton

Founder & CEO, Whil

Joe Burton is the founder & CEO of Whil, the leading digital wellbeing training platform helping employees to reduce stress, increase resilience and improve their performance. He’s an entrepreneur in scientific wellbeing, author of Creating Mindful Leaders, former President of Headspace and spent fifteen years as a global COO in public companies. He's worked in over 50 countries and travels the world speaking on disruption, resilience, culture, emotional intelligence and mindfulness as a competitive advantage.

Matt Campos

Release Readiness Lead, Cornerstone OnDemand

Matt Campos is the Release Readiness Lead at Cornerstone University. With more than 6 years of extensive Cornerstone experience, Matt has a strong focus on client success, strategizing the client release cycle, and hosting webinars to assist clients understanding and adoption of the product. Matt graduated Northern Arizona University with a BS in Hotel and Restaurant Management and is also famous for his role as the primary host of Cornerstone's "Fundamentals"product training.

Tim Carlsson

Vice President, Partner & Product Management, Bluewater

Tim is responsible for managing the Bluewater relationship with Cornerstone, as well as the products and services which are delivered to customers through our Service Delivery teams. He has spent over 25 years as a consultant helping customers get the most out of the processes and systems they have implemented. With a focus on business outcomes and customer satisfaction, Tim has worked with leading organizations, including EY, Deloitte, Xerox, United Airlines, Dr Pepper Snapple and Cisco Systems to implement and operate integrated systems.

Kim Cassady

Chief Talent Officer, Cornerstone OnDemand

Kimberly Cassady is the Chief Talent Officer at Cornerstone OnDemand. In this role, Kimberly drives all internal talent initiatives for Cornerstone’s global workforce, including talent acquisition, talent operations and compliance, learning and development, global engagement, compensation and benefits, and facilities and administration. She directly leads a team of more than 40 talent practitioners.

Kimberly brings more than 18 years of experience in human resources and operations leadership. Prior to Cornerstone, she held human resources leadership roles at Galileo Processing and spent more than 10 years in human resources and manufacturing leadership at Valassis.

Kimberly holds a Bachelor’s in Business Management and a Master’s in Business Administration, as well as a Six Sigma Black Belt. She resides in Los Angeles where you can frequently find her riding her Harley along the coast.

Abe Cohen

Director, Security and Compliance, Cornerstone OnDemand

Abe Cohen is the Director of Security and Compliance for Cornerstone. With more than 25 years in the software industry, Abe is responsible for developing and executing strategies to protect Cornerstone’s information assets, and leads teams responsible for Risk and Vulnerability Management, Compliance and Program Management, and Identity and Access Management.

Christine Corning

Healthcare Sales Manager, Cornerstone OnDemand

Christine Corning has an extensive background in healthcare and holds a valid license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Her clinical experience spans the entire care continuum including, ambulatory, long-term care, medical surgical, medical intensive care and home health. Christine transitioned into a nursing informaticist role to encourage clinicians to embrace technology. The position included creating and executing training, analytics, and project management for an electronic record implementation and subsequent support. At Cornerstone OnDemand, she is focused on working with healthcare organizations, with a mission to leverage her clinical and technical background to provide value and insight into the benefits of technology in a complex, highly-regulated, multifaceted and continuously changing environment.

Brieann Custodio

Manager, Client Engagement Programs, Cornerstone OnDemand

Brieann is passionate about incorporating client feedback in every phase of the product lifecycle. As Manager of Client Engagement Programs, she partners with Product Management in managing the Product Feedback Framework. She strives to create opportunities for clients to network and learn from one another through global Client Engagement programs and in the Cornerstone Success Center. Brieann is keenly in tune with the voice of the client and champions for clients’ success, having joined Cornerstone in 2013 as a Client Success Manager.

Julie Dozier

Global Head of Learning Design and Technology, The Kraft Heinz Company

Julie Dozier is the global head of Learning Design at Kraft Heinz. She is the design architect of various learning solutions for Ownerversity – Kraft Heinz’s corporate university. The new designs include company-wide MOOCs, knowledge bases for products and tools with xAPI integration, and internal master’s programs designed to create a talent bench. Julie previously worked for McDonald’s, where she designed digital, mobile-friendly, media-rich learning solutions for restaurant employees. Julie is passionate about challenging traditional views of training and improving instructional design.

Jamie Drahos

LMS Administrator & Training Specialist, Tennant Company

Jamie Drahos is the global LMS administrator and training specialist for Tennant Company. Jamie leverages technology and digital media to enhance learning and drive the achievement of business objectives at Tennant. Jamie has over 10 years of online learning experience with a focus on instructional technology and video production.

Leif Drake

Senior Product Manager , Cornerstone OnDemand

Leif is the product manager of Cornerstone Planning and contributes to other analytics initiatives across the Cornerstone suite. He spent over seven years in financial services at Goldman Sachs before moving into technology and product with a startup analytics company. Over the past 3 years, Leif has helped build and scale the Headcount Planning tool and the Headcount Trend Report. Leif has an undergraduate business degree from Harvard and an M.B.A from New York University.

Susan Dudley

LMS Administrator, Horace Mann

Susan Dudley is the LMS Administrator for Horace Mann Insurance and is responsible for employee training initiatives, analytics, and overall architecture of the Learning platform. She has over 30 years of tactical and strategic training experience in a variety of industries including retail, marketing, agri-business, and insurance. Susan greatly appreciates the technological advances that have been made over the years, and does not miss the days when training consisted of handwritten manuals, PowerPoints, and spreadsheet tracking.

Katie Dykstra

Human Resource Manager, Assurance

Katie Dykstra is a leader of leaders for Assurance, equipping the company’s managers with the tools, resources and best practices to develop talent through all levels of the organization. Leveraging her 13 years of experience in human resources and employee relations, she serves as a coach and mentor for Assurance’s managers, ensuring the organization continually meets its high standard for performance management, talent assessment and employee development. An experience employee relations investigator and mediator, she’s a key driver of Assurance’s efforts to retain the top talent in the insurance industry.

Prior to joining Assurance, Katie served as an employee relations manager for Walgreens, where she created and implemented an onboarding training program for her team and promoted positive employee relations.

Ben Eubanks

Principal Analyst, Lighthouse Research & Advisory

Ben Eubanks is the Principal Analyst at Lighthouse Research & Advisory. Ben has authored dozens of reports, eBooks, and more than one thousand articles, maintains a blog that has touched the lives of more than one million business leaders since its inception, and hosts “We’re Only Human,” a podcast that examines the intersection of talent and technology in the workplace.

Previously the HR Director for an Inc. 500-ranked global technology startup, he currently operates Lighthouse Research & Advisory, a human capital research and advisory services firm. Ben works with HR, talent, and learning leaders across the globe to solve their most pressing business challenges with a research-based perspective tempered by practical, hands-on experience. His research focuses on cutting edge practices in talent and learning technology, strategy, and innovation.

Brianna Foulds

Senior Director, Talent Acquisition, Cornerstone OnDemand

Brianna Foulds serves as the Director of Talent Acquisition for Cornerstone OnDemand. Brianna has more than 15 years of experience in technology, hospitality, engineering and manufacturing, and retail. At Cornerstone, Brianna leads a global Talent Acquisition team and supports the product team in the ideation and advancement of Cornerstone’s software. Prior to Cornerstone, Brianna served as the Head of Talent Acquisition for Oakley and worked in recruiting at California Pizza Kitchen.

Mark Goldin

Chief Technology Officer, Cornerstone OnDemand

As Chief Technology Officer for Cornerstone OnDemand, Mark Goldin is responsible for building and directing the company's technology strategy, which will allow the organization to scale effectively and efficiently in the midst of rapid growth. In this role, Goldin oversees application architecture, development, quality assurance and technology operations while leading a world-class team of engineers to assure Cornerstone's continued excellence in providing innovative and feature-rich talent management software Goldin joins the Cornerstone team with more than 15 years of experience as a Chief Technology Officer leading high growth companies to market leadership positions through technology-driven strategies.

Gerry Griffin

Founder, Skill Pill

Gerry is a founder of Skill Pill and a former director of the London Business School and author of six business books. A frequent TV commentator on web developments, he has lectured in the US, Europe, Asia, and Africa and is passionate about the impact micro-learning has on work-based learning.

Elvis Ha

Director, Product Management, Cornerstone OnDemand

Elvis Ha joined Cornerstone OnDemand in 2012 to spearhead the Consumerization of the Enterprise and Employee at the Core product initiatives. Over the past six years, Elvis has continued to launch Cornerstone’s Universal Profile, Connect, Collaborative Learning, Learning Admin Redesign, and Learning Experience Platform products. Behind each of these major product launches has been the drive to make the learning experience more personalized, engaging, intuitive, and collaborative. Today, as the Director of Cornerstone’s Learning, Connect, Content, Mobile, and Extended Enterprise products, Elvis and his team of product managers focus on the vision, strategy, priority, design, and execution of these products. Working together with Cornerstone’s technology teams, Elvis is fiercely devoted to bringing maximum value to clients with each release.

Tammy Hahn

AVP, Product Management, Cornerstone OnDemand

Tammy joined Cornerstone in 2010 and has helped organizations empower their employees and realize their potential serving in various roles from Services to Product. On the Product team, Tammy has had hands-on experience designing and deploying solutions across all off the product suites. Currently, as AVP of Product, she supports the Product department with strategic ownership over the Performance Suite and Edge Suite, as well as the holistic view across the entire HCM platform. Tammy has a degree in Computer Science and has experience across all processes in the software development life cycle.

Diana Halfer

Senior Director, Clinical & Organizational Development, Lurie Children's Hospital

Diana Halfer has served as the senior learning leader at Lurie Children’s for more than 20 years. As a nurse and professional development specialist, she has a strong background in understanding the health care business and aligning education to business and employee needs. Diana has led hospital wide education initiatives for employees and providers that require leveraging people and system resources. Recently she has undertaken a project for career development for 700+ administrative professionals. This included identification of competencies, orientation and continuing education resources for their successful onboarding and career development. Diana is leading two strategic initiatives for mobile learning and a hospital wide career development program launch this summer. The career development program will serve as the framework for multiple projects underway including a medical assistant career pathway, on-site college program for nursing assistants and nurses, and an internally developed school for electroencephalogram technicians and cardiac sonographers.

Rich Headley

Lead Product Manager, Cornerstone OnDemand

Rich Headley joined the Cornerstone Product Team in 2015 to improve the Recruiting module, introducing multiple impactful feature sets that brought the relatively young ATS to parity with Cornerstone’s leading competitors. Rich is now the Lead Product Manager for Cornerstone’s Learning Management System, where he is passionately motivated to lead his product and development teams toward improving the way organizations and their lifelong learners discover, create, share, and track their learning. Prior to joining Cornerstone, Rich was a Business Unit Manager at TransDigm, Inc., where he managed P&L and product development for highly engineered components on military and commercial aircraft. Rich is a combat veteran who currently serves part-time in the Army Reserve as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at UCLA, preparing both regular students and ROTC cadets to be leaders. He also holds a B.A and an M.B.A. from UCLA.

Mike Hoffman

Associate Vice President, PMO, Cornerstone OnDemand

Mike Hoffmann is associate vice president of Cornerstone’s PMO. His team is responsible for project, program, and portfolio management across all of Cornerstone’s technology initiatives. Mike is a highly experienced PPM professional who is passionate about helping teams get their best work done at an enterprise scale. He holds a MBA and has several project management industry certifications, including SPC4, OMEC, PMP, and ACP.

Mike’s team works with numerous internal and external stakeholders to make sure Cornerstone’s releases are well-planned and are executed with the highest quality according to Cornerstone’s standard development process.

Andrea Hollenback

Lead Product Manager, Cornerstone OnDemand

Andrea Hollenback joined Cornerstone OnDemand at the start of 2016 as a Product Manager for the Learning Suite to bring the vision of reimagining the learning experience to life. She played a key role in projects for the Learning Administrator Redesign and Learning Experience Platform initiatives. Andrea has since transitioned to the Performance Suite as the Lead Product Manager, where she is now focused on elevating the employee experience and promoting cultures of continuous performance development through technological solutions.

Steven Infinger

LMS Administrator, Blackbaud

Steven Infinger (CCE) is the LMS Administrator for Blackbaud, the leading provider of nonprofit software and services. He spent nearly a decade in public education ranging from elementary through higher education working as a classroom teacher and an Instructional Technologist helping teachers effectively use technology in the classroom using data-based decisions. His experience allowed him to transition to his current role as the LMS Administrator of Blackbaud’s Learning and Extended Enterprise clouds. Steven enjoys using Cornerstone and collaborating with multiple internal teams to use data to strategically design an innovative Learning Management System that is both engaging and informative.

Laurie Jacobson

Manager of HR Technology, Paychex, Inc.

Laurie Jacobson is the Manager of HR Technology at Paychex, Inc. With over 30 years of experience in technology, Laurie leads a team of analysts to architect and deliver engaging employee solutions using the latest in innovative workforce tools and strategies.

Christine Jefferson

Senior Training Specialist, Penn Community Bank

Christine Jefferson, Senior Training Specialist at Penn Community Bank in Bucks County has been in the Talent and Development industry just shy of 10 years. Christine began her career in education with a Bachelor’s Degree from Louisiana State University and a Master’s in Secondary Education. Transitioning to Banking, Christine’s found her skill set was very useful in the Training Department with the focus on Adult Learning. Christine works closely with Senior Management of all business lines and has developed a reputation as a change agent and “go to” person for all things “Cornerstone”.

Christine played a critical role during the Cornerstone Implementation which has been branded the PCB Academy Portal. She manages the online learning content and become the unofficial system administrator. Christine ultimate goal is to create an integrated Onboarding Program that utilizes the Learning and Performance Modules by building an ongoing curriculum, observation checklist, goal setting and performance reviews.

This is Christine’s first Convergence Conference. She is excited to learn more about Cornerstone tips and tricks and share her experiences.

Abigail Jones

Human Resources Generalist, Empire State Realty Trust (ESRT)

Abigail Jones is a Human Resources Generalist at Empire State Realty Trust (ESRT). With an MBA in Human Resources Management, Abigail works closely with ESRT’s Executive and Senior Management to provide strategic and tactical focus on performance and compensation management through Cornerstone. She specializes in content creation for employee and managerial training for both the ESRT corporate and the Empire State Building Observatory employee populations.

Jinny Kcehowski

Senior Training & Development Manager, Curbell

Jinny Kcehowski began her career with Curbell Plastics in 2007 after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Vincent College. Initially hired as an inside sales rep, Jinny realized soon after that her passion was in Training and Development, and she transitioned into the company’s first ever full-time training position in 2009. Since then, her major achievements include crafting and automating the company’s first comprehensive onboarding program, implementing a formal Train the Trainer program, “flipping the classroom” for two of Curbell’s legacy instructor-led training programs, and increasing overall user adoption and engagement on the company’s learning management system which is hosted by Cornerstone OnDemand. In 2016, Jinny was interviewed by ReWork Magazine and featured in the online article, “How Curbell Plastics Built a Training Program that Employees Love” after Curbell was nominated for a Cornerstone RAVE Award in the User Adoption category. In 2016 and 2017 Jinny and the Curbell Plastics Training Team were recognized and honored by their industry association, the International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD), with a Gold Level Education Circle of Champions Award for their commitment to continuing plastics education and sales training. 11 years later, Jinny Kcehowski remains at Curbell Plastics but now serves as the Senior Training & Development Manager. She also acts as training sub group chair for the IAPD Women in Plastics sub group. She earned her Master of Science in Organizational Leadership Degree from Geneva College in 2012 that included research and completion of an annotated bibliography on the topic of generational differences. Outside of work, Jinny enjoys fitness - especially running (she completed her first full marathon in 2017) and spending time with her family, including her husband – Justin, two children – Jase (5) and Morgan (3), and 3 furry children at their home in Felton, PA.

Nick Kouma

Worldwide Leader, Watson Career Coach & Financial Services Sector, IBM Watson Talent Management Solutions

Nick Kouma is the Financial Services Sector worldwide leader within the IBM Watson Talent Management Solutions. He brings a decade of experience working with Kenexa and IBM in the areas of AI for HR as an enabler for business outcomes, talent mobility and development for business growth, workforce optimization in a digital era, and talent acquisition strategies. His clients and business partners engage with him on maximizing the candidate and employee experience in order to drive business results at the individual, team, and organizational levels. Nick has worked across North America, Europe, and Asia and has resided for extended periods in the US (Lincoln), Germany (Munich), Sweden (Stockholm), the UK (London), and India (Gurgaon).

Rebecca Leinbach

Human Resources Process & Project Specialist, Federal-Mogul LLC

Rebecca Leinbach is the HR Process & Project Specialist at Federal-Mogul, a global supplier of products and services to the world’s vehicle and equipment manufacturers and servicers. Rebecca manages the Cornerstone system and provides related support for Recruit, Learn, Succession, Performance and Compensation for more than 11,000 users. As part of the Cornerstone community, Rebecca actively participates in Michigan User Gro

Alisa Liddle

Vice President of Corporate Information Technology, West Monroe Partners

Alisa is the Vice President of Corporate Information Technology at West Monroe Partners, a business and technology consulting firm that specializes in Mergers & Acquisitions, Customer Experience, Advanced Analytics, Operations Excellence, and Performance Services. Alisa oversees the application, infrastructure and security portfolios that supports the day to day operations of the business. With over 18 years of experience leading high impacting teams across a variety of industries, she believes in the importance of bringing customer facing employees into the center of focus and driving operational efficiencies. Alisa is passionate about Agile/Scrum and product management concepts that help ensure continual value creation and betterment of the customer experience.

Scott Lieberman

Senior Talent Management Advisor, TIAA

Scott Lieberman is a Senior Talent Management Advisor for TIAA. He previously worked in the Information Technology side of the organization as a leader of TIAA’s Technical Associate rotational program before moving over to HR 3 years ago. Within HR, Scott is a Talent Center system administrator and has lead Career Development, Talent Management integration with subsidiaries, and Talent Management Technology.

Mollie Lombardi

Co-Founder and CEO, Aptitude Research Partners

With nearly two decades spent advising, developing, and studying HR and business leaders and practices, Mollie brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in human capital and workforce management to help ignite a new conversation at the intersection of HR technology, strategy, and impact. As Co-Founder and CEO of Aptitude Research Partners, she focuses on primary research covering end-to-end human capital management, to help organizations better understand their HR needs and the landscape of HCM technology solutions. She has spoken around the globe to HR audiences on topics across the HCM spectrum, and has authored hundreds of research reports and papers. Her research has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, PBS NewsHour, eLearning Magazine, CIO Magazine and other trade publications. Prior to Aptitude Research Partners Mollie was Vice President, Workforce Management at Brandon Hall Group and Vice President and Principal Analyst, Human Capital Management at Aberdeen Group.

Skip Marshall

Vice President & CTO, HCM, Tribridge, a DXC Technology Company

Skip Marshall is Vice President and CTO of Tribridge, responsible for managing its solution architecture, product strategy and overall technology strategy. He has extensive design, development and deployment experience in enterprise initiatives and the technology infrastructure to support them. Mr. Marshall specializes in designing technology solutions to address complex business issues. He holds a Master's and an EdS degree as well as an MBA, all from the University of Florida.

John Mecum

Senior Director of Learning, Arby's Restaurant Group

John Mecum is the Senior Director of Learning at Arby's Restaurant Group. He directed the search for a top-tier Learning Management System for Arby's and led the configuration and implementation of the Cornerstone Learning product across the Arby's system. He is a 30 year veteran at Arby's, having served in a variety of roles including time in Operations, Information technology, and Training. Over the course of his career at Arby's he has been a change agent having also led the development and/or implementation of Labor Management and Scheduling systems, Inventory systems, Sales Forecasting system, Guest Perception Measurement systems, Loss Prevention systems, Point-of-Sale systems, and Help Desk Management.

Lauren Michaud

Talent Development Manager, GMR Marketing

Lauren is an experienced Talent Development professional whose known for her strategic thought process and innovative approach. She has been with GMR for over 12 years, serving in many HR roles. Over the last 7 years she has played the role of facilitator, Instructional Designer, Project Manager and Advisor on multiple agency wide and department initiatives. Lauren was integral in transitioning GMR away from the traditional annual review process to a real-time career development process that put ownership of employee’s career growth and development into their own hands. Lauren continues to drive innovation and passion for GMR in her current role as Talen Development Manager where she oversees a team of instructional designers and facilitators.

Jeff Miller

AVP, Learning and Organizational Effectiveness, Cornerstone OnDemand

Jeff Miller, Ph.D., is the Assistant Vice President of Learning and Organizational Effectiveness at Cornerstone OnDemand, where he oversees employee engagement and motivation, learning and development, tech enablement, career mobility and the company’s executive leadership development program. Prior to Cornerstone, Jeff led training and development for Anna’s Linens and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. He also worked in education for 25 years as a tenured professor of educational psychology, an academic director for Santa Monica College, an owner of a consulting firm that helped struggling urban schools and a teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Jeff has a B.A. in Communications from the University of Southern California, a M.A. in Education from Pepperdine University, and a Ph.D. in Motivation and Learning from the University of Southern California. He is also a published author of two books on motivating adolescents, as well as several articles on workplace trends and corporate learning strategies in Inc., Entrepreneur, and Talent Economy, among others. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, and enjoys spending time with his two daughters, surfing and exploring California campsites in his trailer. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jmillerphd

Vaughan Miller

Deputy Fire Chief, Ventura County Fire Department

Chief Miller has served 35 years (1984) with the Ventura County (Calif.) Fire Department. He has promoted through the ranks, specializing in urban search and rescue, as well as wildland firefighting and is currently the Deputy Fire Chief in charge of all day to day operations and administrative functions. Chief Miller currently holds a California Incident Command Certification System qualification as Incident Commander Type 1. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Jessica Murillo

Talent Management Systems Manager, The Brock Group

Jessica Murillo, currently serves as the Manager, Talent Management Systems, for The Brock Group, a leading provider in industrial specialty services with headquarters in Houston, TX and operations in the United States and Canada. The company supports routine maintenance, turnarounds, and capital projects by providing services including scaffolding and work access, insulation coatings/linings, and asbestos abatement as well as additional services. In her role, Jessica is responsible for managing company-wide training & development initiatives in addition to overseeing the CSOD Talent Management Suite that consists of Learning, Recruiting, and Onboarding to ensure that the system is configured in accordance with the business needs and objectives. She has 10+ years of experience effectively managing LMS software applications and has successfully led three full CSOD implementations (Learning, Recruiting and Onboarding). She is a dedicated mother blessed with three daughters; ages 17, 10, and 6. Her oldest daughter Lizette, will be Graduating from High School next year; top 10% of her class.

Jaci Nagel

Manager, The Educe Group

Jaci Nagel is a Manager at The Educe Group. In this role, Jaci develops and delivers strategic consulting and implementation solutions with a special focus on life sciences and other clients with complex regulatory requirements. Jaci has managed several multi-module Cornerstone implementations over the last three years for both regulated and non-regulated organizations. Prior to coming to Educe, Jaci managed various HR initiatives from both portfolio management and operations perspectives for Forest Laboratories, later acquired by Actavis.

Joe Olszewski

Learning Experience Manager, Cornerstone OnDemand

Joe Olszewski (O chef ski) is the Learning Experience Manager with Cornerstone University where he manages a team of videographers and learning designers that create video based learning content. Joe is driven by a strong passion for learning and strategizing around opportunities to help others consume information across varying environments. Prior to joining Cornerstone, Joe worked as a Training Designer and led professional development for Teach For America-Chicago. Additionally, he has held multiple roles in the field of K-12 education including; Operation Manager, Support Coach and Teacher. Joe holds a BA from Syracuse University, an MA from Johns Hopkins University, and a Certificate in Instructional Design from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Marie Polk

Officer-Associate Development Manager, Busey Bank

Marie Polk is a talent development professional at Busey. She received her B.S. in Liberal Arts and Sciences from the University of Illinois and most recently, her MBA focusing on Organizational Leadership. Marie has over fifteen years’ experience as a communications and learning and development professional. Her career passions include instructional design, writing corporate communications, leadership development and all facets of strategic planning.

As an Associate Development Manager, at Busey, Marie has worked with hundreds of Busey associates, at different stages of their career, identify their strengths and hone their skills. The Learning and Performance Cornerstone OnDemand modules have helped the Talent Development team at Busey support strategic initiatives, streamline processes and revolutionize learning experiences for their associates. Marie and her L&D colleagues were recently recognized by the Association of Training & Development as one of the BEST in training and development and was featured in the October 2017 issue of T&D Magazine. This internationally renowned award recognizes organizations that demonstrate enterprise-wide success as a result of employee talent development. As the organization continues to grow, the team is looking forward to using talent development as a strategic business tool to get results.

Anna Post

Learning and Development Manager, Prometheus Real Estate Group

Anna Post is the Learning and Development Manager at Prometheus Real Estate Group. With over 10 years of Learning and Development experience, Anna’s passion is creating learning ecosystems that support and engage learners on a holistic level. In 2017, Anna and her team at Prometheus Real Estate Group were named the National Elite Winner by the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® in the category of “Employee Education and Development”.

David Price

Director, Product Management, Cornerstone OnDemand

David currently oversees the strategy and direction of the HR Product Suite at Cornerstone. He brings 12+ years experience, including product leadership at start-ups and large enterprises such as Apple. Over the past 5 years, David has helped build and scale Cornerstone's Performance, Mobile, Analytics and HR product initiatives. David has an undergraduate business degree from Indiana University and an M.B.A from Pepperdine University.

Janine Pulvermacher

Senior HR Director, GMR Marketing

Janine leads the Talent Development and Talent Operations functions at GMR. Janine is an innovative, strategic thought leader with over 20 years’ experience in Talent Development and Human Resources. Beginning her career as a Training Specialist, Janine advanced through various learning and development roles at Wells Fargo and Kohl’s Corporation. In 2015, Janine joined GMR to take on the challenge of building a training department from the ground up.

Under her leadership, Janine and her team have revolutionized training at GMR, launched GMR University and expanded their scope to include human resources systems and operations. The team has lead key initiatives in career development, performance management and compensation that have elevated GMRs talent and driven optimal performance. These and other innovations have been fueled by the team’s partnership with Cornerstone and a unique approach to utilizing the Learning, Succession and Connect modules.

Asif Qamar

VP & Chief Analytics Architect, Cornerstone OnDemand

Asif leads the big-data machine-learning platform at Cornerstone. He has over two decades of experience in software development, architecture, and the scientific analysis of data. Over these decades, he has been actively involved in technical leadership activities, giving various seminars, workshops ,and hands-on architectural leadership of various engineering teams.

Victoria Rodriguez

Training Consultant, Cornerstone OnDemand

Victoria Rodriguez works as a Training Consultant at the Cornerstone University. Prior to joining Cornerstone she managed application training for several retail organizations including Juicy Couture, Kate Spade, and Lucky Brand Jeans. Additionally, she trained Store Managers, Department Managers, and Sales Associates on all retail store systems during her 6 year tenure as a Regional Store Information Manager at Nordstrom.

Victoria’s education background includes a Masters of Science Degree in Adult Education from Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI).

Summer Rogers

VP, Product Management, Cornerstone OnDemand

After nine years of experience working on the product, Summer effectively has a PhD in the Cornerstone platform. During her tenure she has designed solutions for all product suites including Learning, Performance, Recruiting, and Analytics. Now as AVP of Product she supports the complete team of Product Managers who work as business owners influencing the direction and execution of Cornerstone’s innovative product solutions. Summer is originally from the San Diego area where she studied Business Administration for Service Sector Management. After moving to Los Angeles she interviewed to join the Marketing team at Cornerstone but fate and Adam Miller’s keen eye for potential allowed her the opportunity to design products that help HR practitioners realize their organizations’ goals and potential.

Rayna Roumie

Senior Manager of Product Management, Cornerstone OnDemand

Rayna Roumie is a Senior Manager within Product Management at Cornerstone, responsible for the Recruiting Suite. Prior to Cornerstone, Rayna worked extensively across the Recruiting and Talent technology space. She also advised Fortune 500 clients on their Talent strategies and processes as part of Deloitte’s Human Capital consulting division and spent time as a Talent practitioner, leading both ATS and LMS implementations within her organization.

Summer Salomonsen

Chief Learning Officer, Grovo

As Chief Learning Officer at Grovo, Summer is responsible the company’s MicrolearningⓇ content strategy and market-facing voice to the industry. Previously, as Principal Consultant at Intrepid Learning, Inc., Summer won Gold in Brandon Hall’s 2017 Emerging Star Awards for her work crafting dozens of high-impact, modern learning experiences for leading global brands. Prior to her work at Intrepid, Summer spent seven years managing and implementing corporate learning strategy in the healthcare space with an emphasis on the development of management and clinical leadership initiatives, onboarding programs, and numerous digital deployments. On the personal front, Summer is a lifelong learner, and enjoys studying language and practicing music from her home in Colorado.

Donna Samuel

Principal Advisor Workforce Planning, Rio Tinto

Donna joined Rio Tinto in 2011 as a project manager for HR projects, working on annual compensation, performance, talent review and headcount planning projects. For the last 3 years as Principal advisor workforce planning, Donna has been responsible for the design of the global processes and technologies supporting workforce planning activities. The Human Capital Planning team supports the business in making data driven workforce decisions through the increased use of statistical analysis, machine learning techniques and automation of data reporting. Prior to Rio Tinto, Donna spent 9 years with Hess Corporation working on global HR systems and processes, living in the UK and USA before returning to Australia. Donna has a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from Griffith University in Australia and has held a Project Management Professional (PMP) credential since 2010.

Pratik Savai

Senior Vice President, Engineering, Cornerstone OnDemand

Pratik runs all software development, quality and operations teams for our Learning, Performance, Recruiting and HR product lines. He has been with Cornerstone over 13 years. Pratik started as a Software Engineer in the Learning team when we were a 50 person company, and has helped build and scale our Product Development department to be a leader in the Talent Management space. Pratik has an engineering degree from USC and an MBA from UCLA.

Matt Sawicki

Learning Platform Specialist, Amazon

Matt is a Learning Platform Specialist for Amazon.com since 2014. In his years on the CornerStone OnDemand platform, Matt has made mortal enemies of inefficiency and unscalable processes. After graduating from the University of Washington, Matt achieved his lifelong dream of being an LMS administrator. Some of Matt’s biggest challenges have come with balancing a decentralized L&D system against providing a consistent, quality learning experience for a varied set of learners.

John Schneider

Manager of Organizational Development, Meijer

John Schneider is the Manager of Organizational Development at Meijer. In his two years at Meijer, John and his team have been focused on integrating and simplifying talent management programs and processes such as workforce planning, performance management, talent and succession planning, executive development, and engagement. The team’s ultimate goal to enable Meijer’s leaders to better align their talent strategy with their business strategy.

Josh Schwede

VP, Content Services, Cornerstone OnDemand

Josh currently runs Cornerstone On Demand’s Learning Content business unit globally which provides a diverse library of subscription learning content for all of CSOD’s global user base.

With 20+ years of Software Go to Market experience, for the past 14 years, Josh built his career on propelling startup HR Tech providers into game-changing industry leaders. As Director of Business Development at HireRight, he created a partner and alliance ecosystem that helped the company aggressively expand and eventually go public, joining NASDAQ in 2007 and eventually acquired by Providence Private Equity in 2008. He went on to become the 5th employee at HireVue as their Vice President of Business Development, helping create the digital interviewing market category and growing the company to more than 500 customers over his 5-year tenure. Then Josh went on to join QUEsocial as their SVP of Sales, working with industry leaders such as HP, Enterprise Holdings and United Health Group, and solidifying the tech provider as a leader in social talent acquisition (acquired by Symphony Talent Group). Most recently, Josh worked for Marcus Buckingham at TMBC as their SVP of Sales & Marketing and was acquired in 2017 by ADP.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a MBA from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business Management.

Josh and his wife live outside Chicago with their three daughters. When he’s not working on HR technology or raising three high-energy girls, Josh is a huge sports fan sleeps a lot better since the Cubs finally won a World Series in 2016.

Satinderpal Sikh

Director of Architecture, App Dev, Cornerstone OnDemand

Satinder architects enterprise scale distributed systems, and has been doing so for over 15 years. He builds highly scalable systems leveraging cloud based solutions and delights in breaking down monolithic architectures into microservices and getting them API ready. Prior to joining Cornerstone, Satinder has led various research, design and delivery teams in verticals spanning retail, real estate, and digital media. He holds a Masters degree in Computer Applications. When not thinking about enterprise solutions (and sometime even while), Satinder loves to cook exotic feasts for his family, play tennis, and read.

Amy Sparling

Senior Manager, West Monroe Partners

Amy is a Senior Manager within West Monroe Partners, responsible for leading talent acquisition across the Central region for a fast-growing and highly selective consultancy known for its unique blend of business consultants and deep technologists. She has more than twelve years of experience as a recruiting executive across a variety of industries, on both the vendor and corporate side of talent acquisition. Amy oversees a team of high-performing recruiters who attract, assess, and manage a rewarding candidate experience for individuals considering opportunities with the firm. She has extensive experience designing, implementing, and managing innovative talent acquisition strategies which have been applied to refine and advance West Monroe’s talent brand and selection process while maximizing technology to drive efficiencies and improve the overall candidate experience. Amy joined West Monroe in 2012 from Apex Systems, a top ranked national technology staffing firm, and has since played a key role in growing the firm from under 300 employees to over 1000 employees nation-wide.

Grace Stengel

Talent Management System Administrator, ArcBest

Grace Stengel is the talent management system administrator for ArcBest, an integrated logistics provider. In her role, Grace works closely with business process owners to deliver seamless solutions that ensure the people of ArcBest are learning, performing, and achieving in their careers. With four years of experience in the Recruiting, Onboarding, Connect, Learning, Performance, and Succession products, she has become a trusted Cornerstone expert across her organization.

Katie Tarpey

Human Resource Generalist, Assurance

Katie Tarpey is a Human Resources Generalist at Assurance. She provides Assurance employees with programs and tools to foster strong relationships with their managers, enabling peak performance and creating development opportunities to continue to grow.

Prior to this role, Katie held roles in client service and talent management, where she recruited and on-boarded employees, assisted in various cultural initiatives and implemented Cornerstone Recruiting cloud function. Most recently, and most notably, Katie developed and implemented “DNA Performance,” a custom, progressive talent management process aligning employee development with the Assurance culture, through the Cornerstone Performance cloud function.

Carla Terwilleger

Director of Organizational Development, Power

Carla Terwilleger, a self-proclaimed “Girl Boss,” is left-brained during the day and right-brained at night. This exceptional mix of organization and creativity allows her to juggle a leadership role at Power, a marketing firm in Louisville, Kentucky, while also managing her successful art business, Twiggy Originals, without missing a beat. Throughout her professional life, career moves have landed her positions at Deutsch, Mattel and Fitness Magazine. Upon moving back to Louisville from Los Angeles in 2013, she developed her current role, Director of Agency Development, where she focuses on talent development, operations and employee experience. She single-handedly rolled-out Cornerstone to her agency, resulting in 100% success rate in year one. Carla’s personal mission is to ensure employees at Power are in the right seats, understand their options for growth and development, and are delivering the highest quality work. She claims she has finally found her calling – for a day job. At night, she’s tossing glitter on her paintings – works that have been featured in exhibits across the country and in several major publications, including ESPN.com and USA TODAY. One thing is certain, whether she is at the agency or in her studio, she never stops hustling and embodies the mantra of #girlbossneverstops

Kathy Tinios-Rose

Senior Learning and OD Consultant, Dignity Health

For the past four years, Kathy Tinios-Rose has been co-leading Dignity Health’s job description standardization initiative, focusing on the roles of 63,000 employees across more than 400 care centers nationwide. Through this work, Dignity Health is linking mission-critical priorities with talent acquisition, performance management, and learning and development efforts. Kathy has a passion for helping leaders find and retain purpose-driven talent who place a high priority on relationships, teamwork, and quality. She recently designed system-wide HR and leadership training on the Annual Performance Review and Behavioral Interviewing that helped Dignity Health win the Glass Door award for Best Place to Interview in 2017.

David Toy

Chief Information Security Officer, IT Security & Compliance, Cornerstone OnDemand

David is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Cornerstone OnDemand, a global leader in cloud-based learning and human capital management software with over 35 million users. In this role he is responsible for overall security and compliance throughout the enterprise covering IT Risk, IT Audit, Information Security, Network & Application Security, Web Assessments, Governance, Corporate Security, and Third Party risk assessments. With his leadership, the organization has demonstrated ongoing commitment to protecting client data via SSAE16 SOC1/SOC2, ISAE 3402, ISO27001:2005/2013, PCI, FISMA Moderate Authority to Operate (ATO). In addition, CSOD achieved FedRAMP Agency ATOs (being 1 of 35 listed as of 2/2016) and FedRAMP Compliant since 9/2015.

Prior to this role, he held various Security Leadership roles during his 25+ year career in the Information/Cyber Security space. David received his Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice from Southern Illinois University and Master’s Degrees in Information Systems and Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management. David maintains various active industry certifications in security, audit, governance, risk, fraud, and physical security.

Anne Marie Vincent

Senior Director, North America Delivery Team, HCM, Tribridge, a DXC Technology Company

Ann Marie Vincent is the Senior Director of the North America Delivery Team within the Human Capital Management practice at Tribridge, a DXC Technology Company. Ann Marie leads a team of functional consultants, technical consultants, project managers, and instructional designers who are experts in Talent Management and the Cornerstone On Demand system. Ann Marie has been working in the Talent Management space for over seventeen years. Prior to joining Tribridge, Ann Marie spent over seven years implementing various components of the PeopleSoft HCM application. In addition, Ann Marie has over five years as a HR Practitioner.

Ann Marie is originally from the Northeast (New Jersey / New York) area and she earned her bachelor’s degree from New York University and her MBA from Fordham University.

Michelle Marie Wansink

Senior Manager, Corporate Learning, Vanguard

Michelle joined Vanguard in 1994 and is currently leading the Corporate Learning Department at Vanguard. Prior to this role she held leadership positions in Compensation, Recruitment, and Leadership and Development. Most notable are the key roles she held in: Vanguard’s start- up operations for a U.S. satellite office, developing and implementing the company’s first IT Leadership program, and managing the global compensation function. Currently, Michelle oversees Vanguard’s learning delivery and operations function. She is keen to focus technology solutions at ensuring Vanguard’s leadership and professional development strategies can scale across the enterprise. During her free time, Michelle enjoys gardening, creating unique preserves, Pilates, reading, and traveling with her family.

Lauren Wittstadt

Principal, The Educe Group

Lauren Wittstadt is a Principal at The Educe Group, a consulting firm specializing in the implementation and adoption of talent management technologies.. In this role, Lauren is responsible for developing and delivering strategic, implementation, and integration consulting solutions to Educe’s large and mid-enterprise clients. Lauren has more than 10 years of experience implementingtalent management systems and processes for a variety of clients across multiple industries, and has developed specific expertise with the deployment of Cornerstone Learning and Extended Enterprise solutions.

Katie Woodford

LMS Administrator, Horace Mann

Katie Woodford is the LMS Administrator for Horace Mann Insurance, responsible for agent and field training initiatives. She graduated with her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Illinois in 2017. Upon graduation, Katie was drawn to the training department at Horace Mann because of her prior experience working as a tutor for undergraduate honors students. During her graduate studies, she completed a Management Information System certificate in Business Process Management which came in handy during her Horace Mann provided Lean Six Sigma Certification. The education and training in efficiency has allowed Katie to enhance and streamline her department’s LMS processes including training requests and approvals, assignments, curriculum content, and calendar use. This is Katie’s first Convergence Conference and she looks forward to soaking up all the information this industry and conference has to offer.

Yao Wu

Training Consultant, Cornerstone OnDemand

Yao Wu is a Training Consultant with Cornerstone University. Yao joined Cornerstone in 2015 as a member of the Global Product Support team and transitioned into the trainer role in 2017. He is dedicated to helping others achieve their learning, performance and recruiting goals.

Emmalyn Yee

Product Manager, Cornerstone OnDemand

Emma Yee joined Cornerstone OnDemand at the start of 2016 as a Product Manager for reporting. After launching Publish Custom Charts to Dashboards, she has been focused on bringing Reporting 2.0 and templates to life. Prior to Cornerstone, Emma was an analyst for five years and spent her days designing, presenting, and analyzing reports. She brings her passion for reporting to Cornerstone and focuses on delivering powerful, configurable products that can be simplified for an elegant end-user experience.

Sandy Ziegler

Director of Training, Development & Education , Penn Community Bank

Sandy Ziegler, Director, Training, Development & Education at Penn Community Bank in Bucks County, Pennsylvania has been in the Talent Development industry for almost 20 years. During her career, Sandy has managed and been involved in an extensive variety of specialty projects, training and development programs, LMS implementations, as well as, talent management and training.

Sandy’s experience spans training and development on all levels. Prior to Penn Community Bank, Sandy was Director of Training and Development for Supports for Independence, a JEVS Human Services Program, in Philadelphia and managed internal and external training and development for several diversified populations.

With a Bachelors from Temple University in Sociology and a Masters of Organization Leadership for Cabrini University, Sandy has dedicate herself to improving organizational