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Convergence 2017 Speakers

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.

Amy Cuddy

Social Psychologist; Associate Professor; Best-Selling Author, Presence, Harvard Business School and Harvard School of Public Health

Named one of “50 women who are changing the world” by Business Insider, best-selling author Amy Cuddy reveals game-changing techniques to tackle life’s biggest challenges with confidence and perform at your best.

An associate professor at the prestigious and competitive Harvard Business School and Harvard School of Public Health, and the best-selling author of Presence, social psychologist Amy Cuddy is fascinated with power dynamics. Specifically, Cuddy has focused her research on nonverbal expressions of power and dominance, and the impact these behaviors have not only on others, but also on ourselves. Sharing her revolutionary research and profound stories of individual growth, Cuddy teaches techniques to liberate yourself from fear in the face of challenge and pressure, and approach even the most dreadful situations with confidence to perform at your best.

Cuddy has garnered widespread acclaim, including being called a “game changer” by TIME magazine. Her TED talk has been streamed over 38 million times, is the second-most-viewed TED talk of all time and was chosen by Mashable as one of “15 TED Talks That Will Change Your Life.” Additionally, Cuddy was named one of the “50 women who are changing the world” by Business Insider, and in 2014 was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Her research has been covered in The New York Times, Financial Times, Wired, Fast Company, The Economist, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal and on TODAY, CNN and many other news outlets.

Kirsten Helvey

Chief Operating Officer, Cornerstone OnDemand

Kirsten Maas Helvey has an extensive background in the implementation of hosted and internal enterprise software applications. Helvey is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the client experience with Cornerstone OnDemand. She provides project management experience as well as process improvement expertise, and is responsible for effectively implementing and integrating Cornerstone OnDemand's Talent Management Suite using best-of-breed methodology developed from client best practices. Helvey has used her expertise to develop and grow Cornerstone's global Consulting Services organization.

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.

Jennifer Abney

Senior Learning Systems Analyst of Human Resources, Learning and Development, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Jennifer Abney is the Senior Learning Systems Analyst of Human Resources, Learning and Development at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. With more than 15 years of instructional design and technology experience, Jennifer is responsible for leveraging technology to meet the diverse learning needs of St. Jude.

Michael Bangs

Organizational Development Manager at the Wayne County Airport Authority, Wayne County Airport Authority

Michael serves as the Organizational Development manager for the Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA) in Detroit, Michigan.  He is one of two Super Administrators who has led the Authority through consecutive module implementations including Learning, Performance, Succession, Recruiting, Onboarding, SSO, and most recently, Connect.  From 1994-2008, Michael held various supervisory and training roles in the Authority's Airfield Operations Department ensuring compliance with FAA commercial airport safety regulations.

Michael has been designated as a Client Community Expert and a Certified Cornerstone System Admin Practitioner.  Michael is also certified as a trainer for Achieve Global and Everything DiSC.

Mark Banit

Learning Solutions Architect , ivari

Mark Banit is a Learning Solutions Architect at ivari, a Canadian life insurance company based in Toronto. With a background in multimedia design, Mark has been creating engaging digital learning experiences for over 13 years. Prior to moving into corporate learning and development, he spent 10 years working in the higher education sector creating interactive online learning and providing consulting and training other developers. In his current role, Mark leverages technology and multimedia to develop corporate training initiatives, designs promotional learning campaigns and is the Learning Management Systems (LMS) technical administrator.

Susan Baum

Instructional Designer, Cornerstone University, Cornerstone OnDemand

Susan Baum joined the Cornerstone University team three years ago as an Instructional Designer, combining imagination and technical skill to turn new learning concepts from ideas to reality. Now part of the media team, she specializes in video editing, animation, graphics, and course design, which she uses to help Cornerstone U continue to evolve as the world of online learning shifts toward mobile and video platforms. Before joining Cornerstone, Susan focused on unlocking potential thru empowerment for schools and in the Financial Services industry where she developed Reward and Recognition and mentoring programs, as well as created various campaigns to increase visibility and support. She holds a double major in Labor and Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from Indiana University.

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.

Kristn Benke

Training Program Manager, Cornerstone University, Cornerstone OnDemand

Kristn Benke leads the ILT training program for Cornerstone University. After several successful years as a training consultant Kristn is now responsible for managing the global team of trainers as well as developing new and improved Instructor led programs for our clients. Kristn joined Cornerstone in 2008 as part of the Global Product Support team before becoming a Training Consultant in 2010. Kristn has been in the Learning and Development space for over 10 years and prior to joining Cornerstone she worked for Oakwood Worldwide in their training department as the as the LMS and Training Administrator.

Michele Berroth

Applications Systems Analyst III , Dignity Health

Michele Berroth is an applications systems analyst and has worked at Dignity Health for the past four years. With more than 20 years of HR/Payroll systems support, Michele supports all HR systems at Dignity Health following IT processes and procedures. Michele and the rest of her team members partner with all areas of HR to ensure that support of the systems is available and risks are mitigated while maintaining compliance.

Kelli Blair

Videographer, Cornerstone University, Cornerstone OnDemand

Kelli Blair is Cornerstone University’s Videographer. Kelli has spent her career creating eLearning videos for online higher education and corporate training, as well as worked in commercial production. Kelli has built several in-house production studios starting with nothing more but a conference room and a video camera. She also has a background post production and edits almost everything she shoots. Kelli volunteers her services to help Directors with very little budgets get projects created.

Mike Bollinger

VP of Thought Leadership Advisory Services, 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. 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's areas of expertise includes: HCM Strategy, Analytics, Talent Development & Education, Shared Services, Recruiting, HRMS/Payroll, Finance, Procurement, Planning and Budgeting.

Jeff Bottorff

Vice President of Training and Quality, Dot Foods, Inc.

Jeff Bottorff is the Vice President of Training and Quality for Dot Foods, Inc. Jeff is responsible for overseeing the career development strategies and processes for the company, including training, succession, performance, mentoring, and coaching. Jeff has 25 years of experience in HR, Training, Quality, and Operations with both manufacturing (Avery Dennison) and Distribution (Dot Foods). 

Mary Brehl

Human Resources Manager, AutomationDirect

Mary Brehl is the Human Resources Manager at AutomationDirect. She specializes in HR technology management, specifically HRIS, Applicant Tracking Systems, and Learning Management Systems. She is also experienced in training and development in addition to safety training. Mary has been with AutomationDirect for 10 years and has over 16 years of experience in human resource management.

Sarah Brennan

Principal Consultant, Cornerstone OnDemand

Sarah Brennan is a Talent Acquisition industry veteran focused on improving the conversation around talent, technology and business outcomes. Her innovative, business & brand focused design of corporate talent acquisition strategies led to work clients ranging from start up to Fortune 10 across all industries. She is a strong advocate of the Candidate Experience awards and a former board member.

Prior to joining Cornerstone, Sarah was CEO of Accelir, a Talent Advisory & Analyst Firm; Principal Analyst, Talent Acquisition at Bersin & Associates; Chief Strategy Officer of an ATS; and spent years as corporate practitioner and consultant. She has been included in global media, presented at conferences in 5 countries and been named a top influencer each of the last 6 years by groups including Aberdeen, Huffington Post, Forbes, Fast Company and more. She is the founder of HRTechBlog.com and co-founder of WomenofHR.com blog.

Michelle Burke

Senior Director of Talent Management, KeHE Distributors

Michelle Burke, CPLP, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, is the Senior Director of Talent Management at KeHE Distributors, a natural, organic, specialty, and fresh food distributor.  Michelle’s responsibilities include Talent Acquisition, Learning and Development, Leadership Development, Talent Review, and Engagement.  She previously led learning and development for Sears Holdings and Wyndham Exchange and Rentals.  Michelle is an ATD BEST and Excellence in Practice Award winner and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences.

Rich Butler

Senior Director of Global Training and Development, Papa John's International

Do what you love most and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.  As Senior Director of Global Training and Development at Papa John’s International, Rich Butler is doing what he loves most… inspiring people to reach their full potential regardless of who they are or what they do.  It was that same type of inspiration that led Rich to join Papa John’s in 1999 as a Delivery Driver where Founder, John Schnatter first started building the brand.  From day one, John focused on what the name ‘P.A.P.A.’ truly meant, which is ensuring People are Priority Always in everything that we do.  Having that shared attitude towards people, it didn’t take long for Rich to begin working his way through the operations side of the business given his passion for people and willingness to train new Franchisees that were constantly joining the brand.  After years of holding various positions in the field, going to school part time and raising his four children, Rich found himself gravitating to the position that he holds today in September of 2013.  Since that time, Rich’s Team has developed and launched a comprehensive career development program called CSR2CEO that is designed to inspire and empower Papa John’s team members around the world to reach their full potential.  From there came the effort to develop a proprietary leadership development model that serves as a catalyst for CSR2CEO and the culture at Papa John’s around the world.

Colin Campbell

Lead Product Manager, Cornerstone OnDemand

Colin Campbell has been in Product Management at Cornerstone for almost 4 years. In his current role as Lead Product Manager, he oversees the vision, roadmap and design for the Link product. Prior to Link, Colin worked on the talent acquisition products, leading the initial vision, development and product release of Onboarding and before that developing some of the fundamental elements of Recruiting. Prior to joining Cornerstone, Colin was a financial analyst covering the software sector, including many of the software as a service companies. Colin is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has a BA from Yale University.

Matt Campos

Product Adoption Analyst, Cornerstone OnDemand

Matt Campos is a Product Adoption Analyst at Cornerstone. Matt is responsible for increasing functional product adoption across the global client base. In his role he creates strategic adoption plans to help ensure client satisfaction and success. Matt has a strong focus on instructional design and hosting webinars to assist clients understanding of the product. Matt has been with the Cornerstone team since June 2012.

Liz Derr

Manager of Curriculum & Instructional Design, Upwardly Global

Liz Derr is the Manager of Curriculum & Instructional Design for Upwardly Global. She specializes in the development of content, courses, and curriculum for international populations. With over seven years of experience in adult learning, Liz approaches e-learning and Learning Management System (LMS) administration with the objective of creating a learning experience that is engaging and accessible for learners of diverse backgrounds.

John Dickens

Principal Software Engineer, Cornerstone OnDemand

John Dickens is a Principal Software Engineer and the technical lead for the Edge Integration platform.  With over 10 years of experience, John has worked in a variety of industries, from healthcare ADT to Wi-Fi/RFID technology used to track and communicate with miners thousands of feet underground.

Since joining Cornerstone four years ago, John has lead a number of technical initiatives, and focuses heavily on applying industry standards along with latest technologies to the Cornerstone platform.  John is originally from Toronto and studied Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Waterloo.

Vicki Ferdig

Director of Education Services, Jack Henry & Associates

Vicki Ferdig is Director of Education Services at Jack Henry & Associates. In her 25 years with the company she has held various education related positions for both internal and external learners. In her current position her focus is on education for the Extended Enterprise client base Jack Henry serves. Her area delivers education vital to the success of clients, as well as providing a source of revenue to the company.

Gary Fleenor

Vice President of Human Resources, Caris Healthcare

As Vice President of Human Resources at Caris since 2011 and a background in human resources management at two of the world’s largest, most important industrial companies, Gary Fleenor has been responsible for transforming Caris Healthcare’s human resources platform to support the company’s evolution from a Tennessee hospice provider to a large, multi-site provider with a sizable geographic footprint and a growing corps of clinical, sales and administrative staff.

Erica Ford

LMS & WebEx Specialist , Sylvan Learning

Erica Ford is the LMS & WebEx Specialist for Sylvan Learning and is responsible for the administration of Sylvan’s LMS. She provides technical and production support for Sylvan’s instructor-led trainings and webinars and works with over 600 franchise centers across North America to support their 11,000+ LMS users. Prior to joining Sylvan Learning in 2016, Erica spent 13 years in the education field as a middle school educator, team leader and department chair before taking a leap of faith and branching out into the corporate world.

Laura Gardiner

Organizational Development Consultant , St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Laura Gardiner is an Organizational Development Consultant at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. As an internal consultant to the organization, Laura’s role is to coach, develop, and consult with departments to provide employee growth and process improvement. Laura has played a key role in the Cornerstone implementation for St. Jude and is passionate about continually improving HR processes and St. Jude’s use of the Cornerstone platform to enhance the growth development of St. Jude employees. 

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.

Moira Gourley

Senior Manager of Release Readiness, Cornerstone OnDemand

Moira is responsible for the flow of release-related information between Cornerstone’s internal teams and clients to ensure a smooth release and engaging experience for our clients. Before leading the Release Readiness and Product Adoption teams, Moira managed the Application Support team in Global Product Support. Prior to joining Cornerstone in 2012, Moira led the operations and services teams in several start-up companies in China.

John Grenz

Senior Analyst of Technology Systems, T-Mobile

John Grenz is a Senior Analyst on the HR Systems team, responsible for the configuration and in-depth support of HR enterprise systems. John's expertise focuses on Learning and Performance Management systems and core HRIS. With 10+ years at T-Mobile, John has been involved in system administration, configuration, implementation, upgrades, and support and ownership for various systems used throughout the company. As a result, he’s frequently the lead or go to subject matter expert for projects or initiatives involving these systems.

Elvis Ha

Manager of 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 five years, Elvis has continued to launch Cornerstone’s Universal Profile, Connect, Collaborative Learning, and Learning Admin Redesign projects. Behind each of these major product launches has been the drive to make the learning experience more social, engaging, intuitive, and collaborative.  Today, as the Manager 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.

Kim Hagan

Director of Learning Strategy and Engagement , Cornerstone OnDemand

Kim Hagan is the Director of Learning Strategy and Design for the Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation. She is responsible for leading the content development efforts associated with the Foundation’s signature programs. She also oversees the Foundation’s learning initiatives by engaging key stakeholders in designing, developing, and deploying comprehensive solutions for nonprofits globally by leveraging the Cornerstone platform. 

Previously, Kim was a Senior Director of Cornerstone Educational Services and for eight years, led the team responsible for Cornerstone client facing training and performance support in all modalities, including online courses, videos, social learning, curriculum management, live onsite and webcast training, documentation and custom page service offerings.  

John Hampton

HR Systems Employee Lifecycle Director , UPS

John Hampton is the HR Systems Employee Lifecycle Director at UPS and the Program Manager for the Cornerstone implementation. John is responsible for developing and maintaining talent management, learning management, and compensation administration systems for the organization. John has been with UPS for 26 years and has experience in HR and Project Management.

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

Senior Director, Project Management, Cornerstone OnDemand

Mike Hoffmann is the senior director of Cornerstone’s project management office. His team is responsible for project, program, and portfolio management across all of Cornerstone’s technology initiatives. Mike is an expert in traditional and agile project methodologies and holds several project management certifications, including PMP, ACP, CSM, and CSPO. 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.

Joe Ilvento

Chief Learning Officer and Worldwide Director of Talent Development, Commvault

Joe Ilvento is the Chief Learning Officer and Worldwide Director of Talent Development for Commvault. Working closely with the Global VP of Strategic Human Resources, he supports the leadership and development of Commvault employees worldwide. Joe has built and delivered a comprehensive leadership development program, selected and implemented a global learning management system, and built and delivered various elearning and virtual classroom solutions.

As Director of Talent, he is helping develop a world class talent management model that is both effective and actionable to include individual development plans and learning and career paths. Prior to Commvault, Joe was with Citi for 12 years. He served as the Director of L&D for Citi’s Global Functions, led the Citi Professional Development COE, was executive coach for Citi’s Business Leadership Programs, and was Director of Learning for Citi Ops and Technology.

Joe is the author of three books: Nobody to Somebody, License to Sell, and License to Serve. He has a BS in Psychology a Master’s Degree in Education and e-Education.

Masashi Ito

Development Team Lead, Cornerstone OnDemand

Masashi Ito is the Development Lead of the Real-time Data Warehouse Team. With over 12 years in software engineering experience, he is responsible for designing and developing a scalable, high-performance data warehousing platform which will power the next generation of Cornerstone analytics tools.

Dave Jewell

Vice President of Global HR Systems , UPS

Dave Jewell is the Vice President (VP) of Global HR Systems at UPS. He is responsible for a team of HR Systems Directors who work closely with HR and IT leadership to develop and execute the company’s HR technology strategy. His team’s primary responsibilities are to lead the company’s initiative to apply lean methodology to core HCM processes and tools, ensuring an end user experience that is simple, meaningful, standard, and global. Dave has over 35 years of operations and HR experience at UPS.

Sam Kashikar

Product Manager, Cornerstone OnDemand

Sam Kashikar is the product owner of Cornerstone's first predictive and prescriptive analytics product, Cornerstone Insights. He has helped pave the vision and roadmap of this product since conception. His goal is to make complex analytics-based use cases into product that's simple to use and understand. Sam works with Data Scientists, Subject Matter Experts, and Engineers to make the product's vision into generally available product. Furthermore, he speaks with enterprise clients to sell the vision and roadmap of the product.

Erin Krebs

Director of Client Solutions, SweetRush

Erin Krebs is the Director of Client Solutions at SweetRush, where she heads the talented Solution Architect Group.  She brings a whip-smart ability to capture the big picture and the details, and then craft solutions that get results for our clients. Erin holds a master’s degree in learning systems design and development, and is a certified professional in learning and performance. She’s both a speaker and author on numerous topics, specializing in learning techniques for Millennials. Founded in 2001, SweetRush was established in principles about talent (only world-class), attitude (caring and committed), and impact (use our talents to do good). SweetRush specializes in the world of performance improvement, designing and developing training and communications solutions that drive positive behavior change in the human performance of our client’s most competitive advantage, their talent.

Khoa Le

Lead Product Manager, Cornerstone OnDemand

Khoa has built his career solving strategic technology and process challenges in organizations of all sizes. In his current role managing product strategy, vision, and roadmap for the  Cornerstone Performance Suite. Khoa is focused on understanding how to develop, optimize, and retain talent in an evolving workplace. He earned his MBA from UCLA Anderson, and has a double major in Computer Information Systems and Management and Human Resources. 

Tim Lisk

Senior Assessment Manager of Product Management, Cornerstone OnDemand

Tim Lisk, MA, is a Senior Assessment Manager of Product Management at Cornerstone. Before joining Cornerstone, Tim lead the internal people analytics team at Quantcast, and previously supported global employee feedback surveys at PepsiCo’s Organization & Management Development team. Tim is a member of SIOP, the Association for Computing Machinery, a past president of Bay Area Applied Psychologists, and a certified Hogan feedback facilitator.

Passionate about the intersection of people and technology in the workplace, he has published articles in Simulation & Gaming and Advances in Multimedia, co-authored a chapter in Exploring Distance in Leader-Follower Relationships: When Near is Far and Far is Near, and been featured in GameSpot’s “HotSpot” podcast. Tim is completing his doctorate at Claremont Graduate University, where he also received his Master’s in Industrial-Organizational Psychology.

MJ Macdonald

Director of Learning & Development , ivari

MJ Macdonald leads the Learning & Development team at ivari, a Canadian life insurance company based in Toronto. The first 10 years of her career were spent in high-tech marketing, developing programs in direct response television, print advertising and events and then later, through interactive online promotions in the dotcom space.

In her transition to learning over the last 15 years, she has continued to wear her marketing hat while developing and delivering enterprise training in both Canada and the United States on topics from communication and leadership to customer service and technology in the wellness and retail environments and now in the finance sector, where she also drives the learning strategy.  She is a passionate adult educator and learner herself:  in her spare time she teaches private yoga and runs a small business focused on wine education and events.

Jeff Miller

Senior Director of Talent Management, Cornerstone OnDemand

Jeff Miller, Ph.D., is the Senior Director of Talent Management at Cornerstone OnDemand, where he oversees employee engagement and motivation, learning and development, 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. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jmillerphd

Joe Olszewski

Learning Experience Manager - Cornerstone University , 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. 

Geoffrey Peart, M.Ed

Learning Architect and Media Strategist, Lake Trust

Geoffrey Peart, M.Ed, is the Learning Architect and Media Strategist for Lake Trust Credit Union. With more than eight years in Learning and Development, Geoff cares deeply about how learning technology and visual communication can be utilized to improve human performance and engagement. He has a particular interest in knowledge communities, including making learning easier, and more accessible. He also has years of experience creating interactive and engaging bite-sized learning content for the modern learning platform.

Amy Pickard

Program Manager of Cornerstone Client Certification Program, Cornerstone OnDemand

Amy Pickard is the Program Manager for the newly launched Cornerstone Client Certification Program, which is currently expanding its framework of System Administrator certification tracks to cover multiple Cornerstone modules. For the last 17 years, Amy has been working in the Certification and Education Technologies space. Before joining Cornerstone, Amy managed the certification program for EMC's Information Intelligence Group and launched a new Video Instructor-led Training offering for EMC Education Services. Amy also worked at Verint Systems where she managed the Content Development team, created the Partner Enablement Program, and designed the Desktop Learning Libraries offerings for end users. Amy holds an MA from the University of Georgia.

David Price

Manager, Product Management, Cornerstone OnDemand

David leads and manages Cornerstone’s Analytics Product team, where he is responsible for the vision, strategy, and roadmap of the growing analytics suite of products. He holds 10+ years’ experience including launching, growing, and managing both consumer and enterprise level applications. In this role, he is focused on bringing a robust, cutting-edge workforce analytics solution to Cornerstone clients that ultimately enables better data-driven decisions.

Bill Pryor

Learning & Development Specialist, Cornerstone OnDemand

Bill Pryor is a Learning & Development Specialist at Farmers and has an extensive background in Education and Technology.  Bill’s career achievements include teaching in public schools; designing, developing, and delivering education programs in a corporate setting; and designing, developing, and supporting custom software in various industries including higher education, banking, and healthcare. His speaking and training experiences have taken him around the globe to over 40 states, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Germany, and Sweden. His current role with Farmers varies from managing all aspects of Farmers’ Cornerstone implementation, to exploring new exciting ways to deliver high quality education through the University of Farmers.

Asif Qamar

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.

Eileen Riccio

Senior Instructional Designer of Talent Programs, T-Mobile

Eileen Riccio is a Senior Instructional Designer of Talent Programs. She enjoys breaking the way people think about the learning and development space. Her favorite question to ask is, “Why not?” Eileen holds a M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Seattle University. Her passion for the design, development and implementation of innovative curriculum and ability to adapt to various content types has led her to develop innovative training programs for such varied industries as healthcare, science and technology, travel and now, the wireless industry.

Victoria Rodriguez

Training Consultant, Cornerstone University, 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 Texas Teacher’s License and a Masters of Science Degree in Adult Education from Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI).

Bryce Rowley

Senior Manager of Corporate Development and Products, TriNet

Bryce Rowley is a Senior Manager of Corporate Development and Products for TriNet, a leading provider of HR process and technology outsourcing for SMBs. As part of TriNet, Bryce has focused on building partnerships with key technology providers, and developing TriNet’s capabilities across multiple product lines through acquisitions and product development. Key product areas he has worked on include: time and labor management, expense management, performance management, applicant tracking and acquisitions focused on TriNet’s core HR product lines.  

Pratik Savai

Vice President, Application Development, Cornerstone OnDemand

Pratik Savai manages software development of all the cloud applications at Cornerstone OnDemand. He joined Cornerstone in 2005 as a Software Engineer on the learning cloud. His in-depth knowledge of the Cornerstone product and its technical architecture allow him to effectively lead all the application development efforts. Pratik’s teams collaborate with the Product and QA teams to successfully release new product functionality. They also work closely with the Global Product Support teams to address application issues on Production, Pilot and Stage environments.

Pratik has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Mumbai University, a Master’s in Electrical Engineering and another Master’s in Computational Biology, both from USC, and is currently pursuing a MBA from UCLA Anderson.

Satinderpal Sikh

Senior Software Architect, 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.

Nik Sobolev

Senior Product Manager, Cornerstone OnDemand

Nik joined Cornerstone as Product Manager of Recruiting almost four years ago. In that role, Nik drove ATS new UI initiatives and other key product features helping organizations to source, manage, and hire best talent by improving candidate experience and optimizing recruiters’ workflows. Now, Nik leads Succession Team of the Cornerstone Performance suite. As the Senior Product Manager, Nik is responsible for the vision, design, and development process of succession planning features that ultimately help organizations to identify, develop, and promote talent. Prior to earning his MBA at Pepperdine University and joining Cornerstone Ondemand team, Nik has worked for various companies including Pepsico and NBCUniversal managing sales and cross-functional technology teams.

Ravin Soni

Director of Development, Cornerstone OnDemand

Ravin oversees the software development of our Recruiting and Performance Clouds.  He joined Cornerstone back in 2010 and is proud to have been the first developer on the Recruiting product. Prior to joining Cornerstone, Ravin worked for a startup and a financial software company. He holds a Bachelors in Computer Science from Stanford (Go Cardinal!) and a Masters in Computer Science from USC.

Marichris Soriano

HR Technology Analyst , Dignity Health

Marichris Soriano is a business oriented IT professional with over 14 years of system and data analysis experience in Healthcare and Human Resources. She has been serving as an HR Technology Analyst for Dignity Health for the past two years. She has been instrumental in the implementation of Cornerstone OnDemand’s Learning module, supports HR current applications and provides consulting service on HR related system initiatives.

Jeremy Spake

Principal Consultant, Cornerstone OnDemand

Jeremy Spake has a wide range of experience as both a business leader and consultant in compensation, mergers & acquisitions, performance management, and strategic planning. His areas of focus with clients have included improvement and change initiatives in the areas of compensation planning; short- and long-term incentive plan design; HRIS systems integration; market intelligence; merit budgeting and salary structure development; and the optimization of compensation strategies through technology solutions. Before joining Cornerstone OnDemand, inc., Jeremy held roles at Aon Hewitt, Deloitte Consulting, NCR Corporation and Culpepper & Associates.  Jeremy is based in Seattle, WA.

Caitlin Thomas

Talent, Growth and Performance Specialist/LMS Administrator, Lake Trust

Caitlin Thomas is the Talent, Growth and Performance Specialist/LMS Administrator at Lake Trust Credit Union. Caitlin worked in the public school system for 5 years prior to joining Lake Trust Credit Union. In her current role, she is responsible for providing support to her teammates in developing exceptional learning experiences throughout the organization. Caitlin also assists with facilitation and constantly explores how learning management systems can strengthen the learning culture at Lake Trust.

Kelly Thompson

Senior Director, Cornerstone University, Cornerstone OnDemand

Kelly Thompson leads the Cornerstone University. Kelly has spent her career in education and technology. Prior to joining Cornerstone she has developed and led corporate universities, certification programs, and online communities for global clients, partners and employees at Lithium Technologies and SDL International. She also has worked in the field of user experience and information architecture (for Volvo and TomTom), and was a trainer for HP, Nordstrom, KLM, Rabobank, DirecTV, and Mattel. Prior to joining SDL/Tridion in 2000, Kelly was active in the education field working as a teacher. She sits on the board of Pangaea global AIDS foundation working with global partners to educate women and children in Zimbabwe.

Jordan Trinklein

Manager of Learning & Development, First Bankcard

Jordan Trinklein manages Learning & Development for First Bankcard, the credit card division of First National Bank of Omaha. Jordan has more than 14 years of experience in the banking industry, with his main responsibility being the education of First Bankcard’s partners and employees on their credit card program. Jordan also oversees the configuration and ongoing maintenance of First Bankcard’s LMS, which currently houses over 36k users.

Julian Valier-Harris

Training Consultant, Cornerstone OnDemand

Julian Valier-Harris is a passionate learning and development professional. He is dedicated to helping others achieve their learning and performance goals. Julian qualified as a teacher but moved into the corporate environment and adult learning, working extensively within the Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare industries. He has been a Cornerstone Training Consultant since November 2014, and has helped over 700 Cornerstone administrators and users in their learning and utilization of Cornerstone. 

Rodney Williams

Director of Talent Acquisition, Diversity & Inclusion, Wayne County Airport Authority

Rodney has over 20 years of providing expert recruiting, training, and consulting in multiple company environments from self-employed start up, to small to large corporate environments and staffing agencies. He has worked retained, contingent, contract and corporate searches. Rodney had over 15+ years of building and leading proactive talent acquisition teams of up to 25 direct reports, managing multiple open requisitions and hiring managers from mid to executive level.