Convergence 2020 Call for Speakers Now Closed
Convergence 2020 Call for Speakers Now Closed
Founder & CEO, Cornerstone
Adam Miller is the founder and CEO of Cornerstone (NASDAQ: CSOD). He started the company in 1999 from his one-bedroom apartment to help people around the world realize their potential. Today, Cornerstone is one of the world’s largest cloud computing companies with over 38 million users in nearly 200 countries. Mr. Miller is also an active social entrepreneur. He is the chairman of Team Rubicon and the Cornerstone Foundation, serves on Food Allergy Research & Education’s (FARE’s) executive board and is a current director of IKAR in Los Angeles. He is a frequent speaker and writer on entrepreneurship, philanthropy, technology and talent management. In 2018, he was named second on the list of top SaaS CEOs by The SaaS Report and was awarded “Best CEO in HR” by European CEO magazine. He was also ranked #8 on the list of Best CEOs for Large Companies by Comparably in 2017. Mr. Miller holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, a BS from its Wharton School of Business, a JD from the UCLA School of Law, a MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Business and has both CPA and Series 7 certifications.
President & Chief Operating Officer, FOCUS Brands, North America
Kat Cole, President and Chief Operating Officer of FOCUS Brands will share personal leadership lessons learned over her life and career, from her beginnings as a restaurant hostess at age seventeen, to her involvement in global humanitarian work, to her ascension to president of a multi-brand, multibillion-dollar company. Attendees will hear about Cole’s journey of becoming a leader at a young age, her experience assembling and accelerating agile teams, and leading through challenges of scaling multinational businesses while building workplace cultures where all employees have a voice.
Former president of Cinnabon Inc., and most previously Group President of Cinnabon’s parent company, FOCUS Brands, Kat Cole is now Chief Operating Officer and President, FOCUS Brands, North America, leading both the global, multi-channel licensing division as well as the 6 brands domestic franchise companies: Cinnabon, Auntie Anne’s, Moe’s, Schlotzsky’s, McAlister’s, and Carvel, overseeing 4200 of the almost 6000 operations globally and all alternative channels such as grocery, foodservice and ecommerce. Kat is an angel investor, humanitarian and philanthropist focused on elevating self-sufficiency through education, technology and access to opportunity around the world. She is a Young Global Leader (YGL) of the World Economic Forum, member of the United Nations Global Entrepreneurs Council, and a mentor, board member and advisor to emerging retail, education and tech startups. Kat was featured on CBS’ “Undercover Boss”, named one of Fortune magazine’s 40 under 40 and one of CNBC’s Next 25 List of Innovators, Leaders and Disruptors. Her story of moving up from a humble childhood to Hooters waitress at 18 to restaurant executive by 26 and global chain president by 31 is often shared as an example of the American and entrepreneurial dream. Kat is considered a leader in change management, community engagement, brand building and leadership.
Founder & CEO, Whil
Joe Burton is the founder and CEO of Whil (a CSOD content partner), the leading digital wellbeing training platform helping employees to reduce stress, increase resilience and improve their sleep and performance. He’s an entrepreneur in scientific wellbeing, former President of Headspace and spent fifteen years as a global COO in public companies. Joe is an alumnus of Harvard Business School, author of Creating Mindful Leaders and regular contributor to Forbes, Business Insider and HuffPost. He’s worked in over 50 countries and travels the world speaking on disruption, resilience, culture, emotional intelligence and mindfulness as a competitive advantage.
Director, Learning & Development, PwC
Alyssa Levi is the Content Curation leader for PwC’s US Learning and Development organization and a Digital Accelerator within the firm. She leads a team of cutting-edge learning curators who serve as subject-matter specialists, user-experience consultants and content organizers. Her team works to enable a flexible, personalized informal “infinite learning” culture that empowers staff to fulfill their potential and build leaders at all levels. Alyssa’s professional career spans over 20 years where she has held leadership positions in management consulting, learning and knowledge management . Alyssa holds an MBA in Business from CWRU’s Weatherhead School of Management.
Managing Director, Learning Studio, PwC
I lead a team of learning ‘producers’ responsible for the full lifecycle of design and development of learning solutions – from live/digital design, to Curation/Communities, all focused on the ‘delightful experience’ of the end learner. Our Learning Studio cuts across all Lines of Service, including Assurance; Tax; Consulting; Industry/Sector; and our People initiatives, including Diversity & Inclusion; Mobility; and Internal Firm Services. As an L&D leadership team, we govern collaboratively the myriad opportunities the digital transformation of L&D brings today, including new learning technologies, extension of learning to the markets and projects, and a workplace comprised of five generations of challenging audiences! My role brings me to many leadership tables, where I am a strong contributor and ideator. I thrive on change and challenge, and particularly enjoy leading teams of PwC professionals on a wide variety of talent transformation initiatives.
Director, Information Technology, Commonwealth of Kentucky Personnel Cabinet
Robbie is the Director of IT at the Commonwealth of Kentucky Personnel Cabinet, centralized HR for KY State Government. In this capacity, he oversees the Cabinet’s HR technology that directly impacts more than 400,000 end users. Robbie brings more than 25 years of private and public experience in accounting, human resources, and information technology. The last 15 of those years have all been in service to the Commonwealth at the Personnel Cabinet. While at the Personnel Cabinet he has led extensive technology and HR transformation, including the Commonwealth’s recent Cornerstone talent management implementation, MyPURPOSE, and the Commonwealth’s new talent brand, CONNECTING PEOPLE TO PURPOSE. For this project and other HR technology projects, he was recently honored with the Best of KY Visionary IT Leader Award at the 2019 KY Digital Summit.
Director, Talent Acquisition, Sykes Assistance Services Corporation
Mr. Bourgeois started Contact Centre Operations in 1992 and moved to Talent Acquisition in 2006. Steve leads his team with a primary focus on the candidate experience and employee retention. His team is charged with recruiting up to 200 work from home front line employees per year. From bilingual customer service representatives to bilingual registered nurses, Steve has moulded his career portal to offer a streamlined approach to recruiting and delivering the best possible candidate experience.
Chief Learning Officer & WW Director of Talent Development, Commvault Systems
Joe Ilvento is the Chief Learning Officer and WW 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 learning ecosystem that spans a corporate university, classroom, various virtual and micro e-learning programs, smartphone, text message new hire onboarding, and various career development workshops that drive double digit increases in engagement scores. He is a two-time, CLO Magazine, Learning in Practice Innovation Award winner, HR Icon Award Nominee, and has been cited in various training and development magazines. His talent management contributions are recognized in a Gartner Corporate Executive Board Case Study and he is often asked to speak about his innovative approaches to learning, performance management and onboarding. Commvault’s Unlocking Potential talent management model is both effective and innovative and includes dynamically created individual development plans and learning paths. Prior to Commvault, Joe was with Citigroup for 12 years where he served as the Director of Learning & Development Citi’s Global Functions, led the Citi Professional Development COE, and was an executive coach for Citi’s Business Leadership Programs. Prior to Citi, Joe was a management and training consultant for Fortune 200 companies and government agencies. Joe is a Certified Master Trainer and 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.
Manager, Learning Management & Instructional Design, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
Sandra Roman serves as the Manager of Instructional Design and Learning Management at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI). In this role she is primarily responsible for assessing training needs, managing training development projects and providing centralized support of the Learning Management System (LMS) in use for an organization of over 9,000 employees.
Ms. Roman joined GA-ASI in 2006 as a Human Resources Assistant. After four years in an HR role, she transferred into a position as a Training Coordinator and was later promoted to Training Developer. In 2014, she partnered with a peer to establish the GA-ASI Organizational Training (OT) Department. This new OT department focuses on ensuring the company’s utilization of best practices and adherence to quality standards in order to enable workforce excellence and maximum contribution to promote business growth.
As a Learning & Development professional, Ms. Roman has experience in large-scale LMS implementations, conducting needs analyses, designing training solutions, providing oversight of centralized LMS support, metrics development, project management and execution of process improvement initiatives.
In her 13-year career as an HR and Learning professional, Ms. Roman has participated in Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) audits for a Level 3 organization-both as an interviewee and assessment team member-and has been involved continuously in Quality initiatives by serving as a key stakeholder for the Quality Management System (QMS) and as a member of the QMS core team.
Ms. Roman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Ashford University and has completed undergraduate studies at the University of San Diego and postgraduate coursework at Northeastern University. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Learning Technology Consultant, Human Resources and Organizational Learning & Development, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Brigid Rocca is the Learning Technology Consultant in Human Resources Organizational Learning and Development at Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. With over 13 years of experience as a systems administrator for various Learning Management Systems, 7 of those years administering Cornerstone’s Learning and Connect modules, Brigid is responsible for providing innovative development support to Wellmark’s learning initiatives.
Senior Analyst, Talent Systems, RSM US LLP
I am a Talent Systems Sr Analyst at RSM US LLP located in Minneapolis, MN where I am the lead system administrator for Cornerstone; specifically managing the Recruiting and Onboarding modules, as well as Core. We have been with Cornerstone since 2016, and I was the system administrator involved in the implementation of Performance, Recruiting, and Onboarding.
I enjoy being involved with the Communities of Practice (I am the recruiting co-chair), local user groups, and success center to hear how other clients have utilized the module to meet their business needs and strategy.
Senior Program Manager, Global Talent Development, RTI International
Amy Souder is the Senior Program Manager, Learning Management System (LMS) on the Global Talent Development team at RTI International. Having previously spearheaded the redesign of the LMS for a 40,000-employee multi-national technology company, she has spent her first year at RTI implementing the rebranding and redesign of their LMS. With over a decade of experience administering the Learning Suite of Cornerstone, Amy provides expertise in the employment of learning technologies, managing virtual learning environments and leading governance around site standards and curation.
Chief Information Officer, University of Tennessee Institute For Public Service, University of Tennessee
Scott Gordy is Chief Information Officer working at the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service. He is passionate about Information Technology and relationships that deliver solutions that empower people to be their best. He works with other CIOs and Chief Information Security Officers across the UT System to provide solutions for the institute as well as the University of Tennessee.
Scott came to UT IPS in January 2001 as in IT Administrator after working 10 years with state of Mississippi where he was a consultant with Information Technology Services and an information technology administrator with the Mississippi Highway Patrol.
Scott attended Mississippi College and received his bachelor of science degree in computer science. While working at IPS, Scott attended Tennessee Technological University through an asynchronous online program where he received his master’s for professional studies with a concentration in strategic leadership.
Extension Specialist, Institute of Agriculture, University of Tennessee
John Toman has been with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture for over 18 years where he currently serves as an Extension Specialist responsible for online learning and enterprise systems for planning, evaluation and reporting. While at The University, he has implemented major information systems, taught numerous workshops to faculty, staff, and youth, introduced new technologies for learning and communication across the state of Tennessee, and developed and provide technical consultation for a variety of educational programs as well as developing and teaching a masters level technology course to educators using both asynchronous and synchronous delivery methods. Prior to coming to Tennessee, John was an Instructor and Coordinator in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. While there he advised the Dean on educational technology issues, managed a technology teaching lab and distance education center, and developed and conducted technology workshops and for-credit classes for faculty staff, and students. John also spent 24 years (active and reserve) in the United States Air Force where he served as an Advanced Educational Technical Advisor Officer, an Assistant Professor, and a Satellite Operations Officer. He has a Doctorate in Educational Psychology, a Master of Engineering in Space Systems and a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Science.
Business Analyst, University of Tennessee
Kate Sowrey is a Business Analyst with the SAP Project Team at the University of Tennessee. Kate spent five years at the University of Tennessee Foundation, Inc. before transitioning to a position in SAP Customer Support. In her current role, Kate serves as the Project Manager and a System Administrator for UT’s Cornerstone implementation, which provides more than 18,000 UT employees and 8,000 external UT stakeholders access to Cornerstone’s “Learning” suite. Additionally, Kate leads the Cornerstone Governance Committee at UT, develops internal documentation and training materials for the Cornerstone and SAP systems, serves as a helpdesk resource, and teaches in-person SAP training courses.
Kate holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Electronic Media and a Master of Science in Communication and Information both from UT’s flagship campus, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Director, Enterprise Learning Experiences for Global Leadership & Learning, American Express
Marci Paino is the Director of Enterprise Learning Experiences for Global Leadership & Learning in HR at American Express. She’s been with American Express for almost 7 years, focusing on learning innovation, technology, and user experience design. In her current role, Marci is responsible for defining the Enterprise Learning Experiences Strategy & Platforms Roadmap, and leading the team that executes the Strategy and associated Roadmap initiatives. During her tenure at American Express, she has led the transformation of Performance, Learning & Talent to a unified talent management suite, the design and development of a custom learning portal, and the selection and implementation of the company’s first-ever learning content management system (LCMS).
Prior to AmEx, Marci was a consultant and an instructional designer for many large firms and clients, including Accenture, HP, Mercer, Microsoft, and Yum! Brands. In these roles, she led initiatives related to the implementation and change management for salesforce.com, learning portals and learning management systems, and the creation of learning strategies, curricula, competencies, and courses.
Coordinator, Learning Management System & Training, Maui Jim
Alysse Emken is a LMS & Training Coordinator with Maui Jim Sunglasses. She graduated from Bradley University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. There she discovered a passion for organizational psychology and adult learning. After joining the Training & Development team in 2018, she started to make major enhancements in the Cornerstone portal, develop the first interactive eLearnings at Maui Jim, and implement the Cornerstone Learn app. Her goal is to make learning easy, impactful, and fun for all employees. Alysse’s current role is managing the Cornerstone portal, consulting on all training Analysis, Design, and Development, and partnering with the IT team to create effective ,but painless, compliance training. In her free time, Alysse enjoys antique hunting, video games, and hiking.
Specialist, Training & Development, Maui Jim
Ashley Cole is a Training & Development Specialist at Maui Jim Eyewear. She has spent the past 9 years of her career with Maui Jim primarily as an Account Executive building relationship and driving business. A year ago, she transitioned into Training & Development and discovered her passion for developing people and problem solving through training. She is committed to making training fun, relevant and easily accessible. Ashley’s most notable training achievements are a complete redesign of our Account Executive training program, launch of a monthly microlearning training series, and successful implementation of the Cornerstone Learn application. Ashley graduated from Illinois State University with a Major in Marketing and a Minor in Organizational Leadership. Outside of work, Ashley enjoys building train tracks with her four-year-old son, chasing her very busy two-year-old around, and doing home renovation projects with her husband.
Manager, Talent & Organizational Development, SiteOne Landscape Supply
Melissa Forte is the Manager of Talent and Org. Development for SiteOne Landscape Supply, and is the Atlanta-area CSOD User Group Chair. She has 10+ years of experience working with talent platforms at an international level, and has played a critical role in several Cornerstone implementations at SiteOne. In a span of only 12 months the SiteOne team successfully launched Learning, Performance, Succession, Compensation, Onboarding, and Recruiting.
In addition to managing Cornerstone at SiteOne, Melissa consistently works to improve processes, develop resources and create training for the company’s leaders, equipping them with tools that are integral to recruiting, developing, and retaining talent throughout the organization. She is a DDI® and DiSC® certified trainer and enjoys being able to share knowledge with others while having the opportunity to learn, develop, and grow personally along the way.
Specialist, Learning and Technologies, Kaleida Health
Darlene Smith is the Learning and Technologies Specialist for Kaleida Health in Buffalo NY. She is responsible for the development of elearning, training analytics, and the overall architecture and support of the Learning module. She has over 30 years training experience in the healthcare industry. Kaleida Health has over 15,000 users in their portal and have been with Cornerstone for the past three years.
Senior Manager, HR Systems, Learning and Performance, Sodexo
As Sr. Manager, HR Systems in Learning and Performance at Sodexo, Megan Kessler is responsible for enabling and driving the technology that supports learning, performance and talent in North America. Megan manages the Systems Team, whose focus is on system administration and technical integrations within the global Learning and Talent Management System. Megan’s team is responsible for the technical and functional support for the performance management and talent review processes, training programs and initiatives, and Learning and Performance metrics and analytics throughout North America.
Megan joined Sodexo in 2012 as a Sr. Systems Administrator within Sodexo University managing the LMS and has since moved into the Learning & Performance organization. Prior to joining Sodexo, she worked at Meridian Knowledge Solutions as a Project Manager implementing Learning Management Systems in both the Commercial and Federal sectors and prior to that at the University of Texas Health Science Center in the Texas Medical Center as a Systems Administrator and Project Manager. Megan has a strong background in project management and system administration, specifically with Learning Management and SAP systems.
Megan is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication.
Senior Director, Technology, Learning and Performance, Sodexo
As Senior Director, Technology, for the Learning and Performance organization, Cassie is responsible for choosing and aligning a suite of technology tools to support the implementation of Sodexo’s learning and performance strategies. She is also responsible for Learning Operations which administers class, material, site, and technology set-up for all learning offerings. In addition, Learning Analytics, Learning Budgeting & Planning and Learning and Performance Customer Support are managed by her team. Cassie is currently leading a global work stream to ensure consistent learning technology throughout all Sodexo regions. She serves on Sodexo’s NORAM IT Steering Committee representing Learning and Performance and Sodexo’s Global HRIS Council.
Prior to her current role, Cassie was Director HRIS—focusing on delivering HR analytics, supporting organization-wide data needs, and managing HR technology projects. Since joining Sodexo in 2007, she has been instrumental in developing the successful HRIS service delivery model that supports Sodexo today.
Cassie has more than 13 years of HR experience across various disciplines and more than 15 years of technical experience. Prior to Sodexo, Cassie worked for Terrapin Systems in website development and application consulting for non-profit firms, and at Discovery Communications in a number of HR roles with a primary focus in HR systems.
Cassie is a graduate of Boston University with a Bachelor of Science and Administration in Business Management and a concentration in Organizational Behavior.
Senior Manager, Diversity & Inclusion Initiative, Office of Diversity, Sodexo
Crysta Dungee is a dedicated leader that has spent several years creating inclusive cultures that leverage diverse talent to drive business results. She started her career as an elementary teacher and left the classroom to transition her passion for educating into the business world. Crysta served the Women’s Foodservice Forum in their mission to advance women leaders in a variety of human resource and communications roles. It was during this time that she developed partnerships with leading organizations that drove her passion for inclusive leadership.
Crysta is currently serving in the Office of Diversity for Sodexo, North America. She oversees multiple virtual and live programs including diversity learning, mentoring, and inclusive recognition. She has also spent several years as a Diversity and Inclusion consultant, working with a myriad of organizations to increase their competitive advantage by creating transformational change. Crysta Dungee is most known for her influential leadership and using strong communication skills to collaboratively solve complex problems.
Product Manager, Human Resources, West Monroe Partners
Lori is a HR Product Manager at West Monroe Partners, a Chicago based professional services and technology consulting firm. She is responsible for guiding firm-wide use of the Cornerstone Recruiting, Learning and Performance product suites while assisting various cross functional teams with improving their adoption of CSOD product features and release enhancements. With a background in sales, sales operations, recruiting, and product management, she brings a customer and employee driven problem-solving perspective to her firm with focus on “outcome” and goals her teams wish to achieve.
Learning Technologist, Organic Valley
Mark Schroeder may be capable of being the loudest person in any room, but it has served him well in his many years of conducting training and public speaking. His personal and professional mantra is to Engage, Empower, and Educate. His experience has proven that this works on adult learners, as well as children, at least his children. Mark’s career can be described as the pursuit to achieve and master all 4 Levels of the Kirkpatrick Model. LEVEL 1 & 2: In 1997, Mark began his career in Corporate Education for the Global Leader in engineered Wooden Flooring where he refined his skills as both an instructor and as an ILT Instructional Designer. During this time, he returned to school (at night) and procured a degree in Organizational Behavior from The Hamilton Holt School of Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. LEVEL 3: Motivated by the possibility of greater organizational ROI, Mark was an early adopter of e-learning and quickly became fluent in Advanced Interactions and Complex Scenario building as an e-learning instructional Designer. Starting in 2012, Mark deemphasized his Instructional Design activities and increased his involvement in administering the LMS systems that were running his work, looking to leverage the systems to greater organizational advantage. LEVEL 4: In 2016, Mark started his own consulting business specializing in helping organizations select and implement Corporate Learning solutions. In his current role at Organic Valley, Mark continues his work in strategically leveraging HR/L&OD technology platforms to achieve greater organizational impact. In his pursuit of the higher Kirkpatrick levels, Mark finds the increase in quantity and quality of robust performance support platforms as exciting as e-learning was earlier in his career. When asked if he has achieved and mastered Kirkpatrick levels 3&4, he says “I’m working on it.”
Senior Vice President, Global Talent Management, Total System Services
Monica Ojendyk is the Senior Vice President for Global Talent Management at TSYS and is responsible for all TSYS team member development activities, to include leadership and professional development, performance management, and talent acquisition.
Originally from a small farming community in the Midwest, Monica followed her dream after college graduation to the Columbus area, a place she’d never visited before she packed up and moved. When the dream job unfortunately didn’t work out, Monica landed at TSYS, starting her first job in the company as a Trainer I on February 1, 1994. Now a twenty-five year TSYS veteran, Monica found at some point that she fell in love – with a company.
In 1994, TSYS was a young company with only 1500 employees and growing very quickly. Like many long-term TSYS employees, Monica grew up with TSYS. Her personal experience includes training, data analysis, large-scale program leadership and onsite consulting with the world’s largest financial institutions. In addition, Monica has been a critical player and leader of many enterprise initiatives for TSYS, such as acquisitions, regulatory compliance efforts, system integrations, implementations and business transformation efforts.
After working with the HR team in 2007 on the spin-off from the parent company of TSYS, Monica fatefully said that “she’d never work in HR”. In late 2011, Monica joined the HR team, proving one should “never say never”. Monica and her small-but-mighty team have launched a number of award-winning development programs at TSYS designed to address ongoing challenges around leadership, skills development and a multi-generational workforce.
At home, Monica shares her life with her husband Greg, daughter Aliah, and their two very spoiled cats, Alexander and Olivia. In her spare moments she enjoys reading, shopping and spending time with her family.
Associate Vice President of Learning and Organizational Effectiveness, Cornerstone
Jeff Miller, Ph.D., is the AVP of Learning and Organizational Effectiveness at Cornerstone, 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. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jmillerphd
Chief Talent Officer, Cornerstone
Kimberly Cassady is the Chief Talent Officer at Cornerstone. 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 nearly 20 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.
Head of Global Integrated Value Services, Thought Leadership, Cornerstone
Shawn Flynn is a senior leader with more than 15 years’ experience working with top global brands & technology partners in Digital, Talent Management, & HR. Shawn has extensive knowledge in business, talent, and HR strategy, executive client management, value modeling, business case design, and helping organizations from the Fortune 50 to SMB measure the impact of their technology investments. Prior to joining Cornerstone, Shawn work with global business process organizations advising on data strategies and developing prescriptive best practices for clients to measure the use of predictive analytics in their recruitment and people management processes. Shawn’s areas of expertise include: Business Impact Modeling & Design, Financial Analysis, Analytics & Data Strategy, Mobile Technology, and Developing & Delivering Strategic HCM Frameworks.
Vice President, Global Thought Leadership & Advisory Services, Cornerstone
Mike is an accomplished executive with 25 years of experience in positions of increasing responsibility. Mike has the privilege of leading a transformation team of practitioners and domain experts in the Talent, Analytics and Risk & Compliance fields.
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 including 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.
Principal, Thought Leadership and Advisory Services, Cornerstone
As a Principal in Thought Leadership & Advisory Services at Cornerstone, Jeremy develops compensation strategies to advise clients on how to drive theory into practice. Jeremy’s experience ranges both as a business leader and consultant in compensation, mergers & acquisitions, workforce analytics, and strategic planning. Areas of focus have included change initiatives in compensation planning; short & long-term incentive plan design; continuous performance management and succession planning.
Principal Strategist, Cloud Solutions, Alight Solutions
Joanne Holbrook, SPHR, is an HCM thought leader and learning strategist at Alight Solutions. Joanne brings a unique perspective to the industry garnered through more than 20 years of experience in HR and IT that includes 6 years in the classroom, a brief 4-year stint in software development, and more than 8 years implementing global enterprise solutions.
Joanne routinely advises companies of all sizes, across diverse sectors on the on the value of technology when aligned with a talent strategy. Her philosophy is simple: If you don’t know where you are headed, how will you know how to get there or when you have arrived? If you think of your talent goals and objectives as the destination, then your business processes make up the roadmap and your technology solution is the vehicle to get you there.
Training Consultant, Cornerstone
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.
Senior Client Success Manager, Cornerstone
Debbie Tatu is a Client Success Manager who engages with clients to share best practice recommendations and assist in solving point-in-time challenges. She enjoys partnering with clients to help increase the effective use and adoption of the Cornerstone solution. She co-chairs the Seattle area Pacific Northwest User group and leads a team of CSMs supporting the Client Ask an Expert program. Debbie has been at Cornerstone for 3 years and prior to that she was a client in the utility industry for 3.5 years.
Senior Client Success Manager, Cornerstone
Kristy Christopher is a Client Success Manager with Cornerstone. In this role, she partners with clients in a variety of industries to align their talent strategy to the Cornerstone solution. She enjoys helping clients drive adoption, optimize their use of Cornerstone, and solve complex challenges. Kristy joined Cornerstone in 2014, and prior to that was a client of Cornerstone for 3 years in the business services industry.
Training Consultant, Cornerstone
Sally Barajas has been a Training Consultant with Cornerstone University for more than 7 years. During her tenure, Sally has trained hundreds of clients on Cornerstone’s entire product suite. Sally is Cornerstone’s dedicated resource for federal client training and special projects.
Client Success Manager, Cornerstone
Rebecca Hughes is a Client Success Manager with Cornerstone who engages with clients to share best practice recommendations and assist clients with Talent Management optimization. She enjoys using her 18+ years of Human Resources and Systems experience to help clients increase the effective use and adoption of the Cornerstone solution. Rebecca has been at Cornerstone for 3 years and prior to that she was a Human Resources Director for Meredith Corporation in Des Moines, IA. Rebecca co-chairs the Kansas City User group.
Senior Training Consultant, Cornerstone
Victoria Rodriguez is a Senior Training Consultant for Cornerstone University at Cornerstone. With more than 15 years of training and learning design experience, Victoria is responsible for developing and delivering high-quality programs designed to train Cornerstone clients on product functionality. Victoria’s consultation skills help clients understand how best to leverage Cornerstone products to their greatest potential to affect their business and achieve positive outcomes.
Client Success Manager, Cornerstone
Greg Churchman is a Client Success Manager for Cornerstone for one year. He was a former client for six years, primarily focusing in the areas of Recruiting, Succession and Performance. Greg’s career has spanned in both the high tech world and HR. His background in Technical Marketing, Engineering, Management and Human Resources gives him a unique perspective in working with individuals and organizations at many levels.
Client Success Manager, Cornerstone
Anna Goldberg is a Client Success Manager with Cornerstone. In this role Anna partners with clients to assist them in optimizing Cornerstone to help ensure that they are meeting their strategic talent goals. Anna joined Cornerstone in 2017, prior to that she was a client for 4 years, implementing Performance, Recruiting, Learning and Succession.
Training Consultant, Cornerstone
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.
Manager, Release Readiness, Cornerstone
Matt Campos is the Manager, Release Readiness 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 producing assets to assist clients understanding and adoption of the product. Matt is also famous for his role as the primary host of Cornerstone’s “Fundamentals” product training.
Senior Client Success Manager, Cornerstone
Heathermarie (HM) Tudor is a Senior Client Success Manager at Cornerstone. In this role, she works directly with clients across multiple industries including, technology, manufacturing, healthcare, and retail guiding them to optimal utilization of the product to support their talent initiatives.
Head of Cornerstone Studios, Cornerstone
As Head of Cornerstone Studios, Summer is leading Cornerstone’s transition into original content creation. She now oversees the design and development of Cornerstone’s learning content brands, including Grovo, Sandler by Cornerstone, and Cornerstone Originals. Previously, as Chief Learning Officer of Grovo, she architected the company’s content strategy, leading her team to build the world’s only adaptive, responsive, and continuously growing microlearning library. While a Principal Consultant at Intrepid Learning, Summer won Gold in Brandon Hall’s 2017 Emerging Star Award category for her work crafting dozens of high- impact, modern learning experiences for leading global brands. Summer began her learning and development career managing and implementing corporate learning strategy in the healthcare space. Summer holds an EdD in Organizational Change and Leadership from the University of Southern California and is based in Colorado.
Senior Vice President Engineering, Cornerstone
Pratik manages all engineering teams responsible for developing Cornerstone’s Learning, Performance, Recruiting and HR products. He started at Cornerstone in 2005 as a Software Engineer on the Learning product. His in-depth knowledge of all the Cornerstone products and its technical architecture coupled with his excellent people management skills allow him to effectively lead the 350+ global engineering group. Pratik’s teams collaborate with Product Management to conceptualize and successfully release new products and features. They also work closely with Global Product Support to address client reported application issues. Pratik has a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from USC, and an MBA from UCLA.
Chief Technology Officer, Cornerstone
Mark Goldin is the Chief Technology Officer for Cornerstone. In this role, Mark is responsible for building and directing the company’s global technology strategy, which will allow the organization to best scale in the midst of rapid growth. 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.
Prior to joining Cornerstone, Mark was the Chief Operations and Technology Officer at Green Dot Corporation where he oversaw application development, IT infrastructure, supply chain and logistics, and call center operations with a team that helped grow valuation by greater than a factor of 10 in just three years. Goldin has also held CTO positions at Thomson Elite (where he conceived, founded and ran SaaS pioneer Elite.com) and DestinationRx.
Associate Vice President, Product Management, Cornerstone
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 the entire solution. Currently, as AVP of Product, she supports the Product department with strategic ownership over the platform infrastructure and Edge Suite of products to enable reliability and extensibility of the application. Tammy has a degree in Computer Science and has experience across all processes in the software development life cycle.
Business Development Executive, IBM
Gopal Gupta is a Business Development Executive in IBM’s Talent Management Solutions business unit, responsible for establishing strategic partnerships with key ISVs to help bring the power of Watson AI to joint clients to empower their HR initiatives.
Mr. Gupta has over 24 years experience at IBM spanning business development and product management roles.
HR Transformation Consultant, IBM
Mark Stephens is an IBM HR Transformation Consultant within the GBS Talent & Transformation business unit.
Mr Stephens has 7+ yrs. experience project managing a vast array of Cornerstone’s implementations across many industries, 100+ successful implementations and 15+ yrs. experience in HR excellence & leadership.
Senior Client Success Manager, Cornerstone
Erica Roberts is a Client Success Manager, partnering with clients to meet their talent management strategies and goals using the tools offered through Cornerstone. She enjoys digging into challenges and finding solutions that help our largest clients. Erica is also the chair of our Mobile Community of Practice, a group that meets to discuss our mobile capabilities, roadmap, and client successes. Erica joined Cornerstone in 2015 and was a client prior to joining Cornerstone.
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 implementing talent 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.
CEO & Founder, Talent Function
CEO and founder of Talent Function, Elaine Orler has been developing and implementing HR solutions since 1993. With a keen analytical eye and passion about helping companies enhance their talent acquisition processes, she is uniquely able to identify how talent acquisition impacts both workforces and employers. One of the talent acquisition industry’s most sought-after thought leaders, Elaine has helped global organizations transform their recruiting processes with actionable strategies and technology implementations that optimize talent acquisition for HR professionals, hiring managers, job candidates and the company overall.
Often quoted in leading HR and business publications, including Wall Street Journal, Human Resource Executive, and Talent Management, Elaine is well-respected as a talent acquisition and talent management expert and takes an active role in industry events and associations.
Elaine is always tuned into the latest trends and is the former Conference Chair of the Recruiting Trends and Talent Tech Conference. She continually works with practitioners and serves as an analyst to the solution provider community to shape the way talent management and recruiting solutions are delivered. She is invested in all aspects of the market that improve recruiting performance from candidate experience (co-founder of Talent Board, the founding organization of the Candidate Experience Awards) to optimal candidate selection with TalVista (owner).
She has presented one-of-a-kind recruiting and candidate experience thought leadership at some of the industry’s most innovative and popular events, including the HR Technology Conference, the SHRM Annual Conference, ERE, and HRO Today Forum among others.
Director, Organization Development, Qualcomm
Nuala Campany has over 20 years of organization and talent development. She has a Ph.D. in human and organization systems and her experiences around the globe include leading change management initiatives to support organization transformation efforts, the implementation of team-based systems, Six Sigma, and lean manufacturing. In addition, she is an expert consultant in the areas of leadership development, team effectiveness, talent management, organization design and effectiveness.
Associate Vice President of Engineering, Cornerstone
James Majidian is an Associate Vice President of Engineering at Cornerstone. He joined Cornerstone in 2011 and is responsible for the global Engineering team developing Cornerstone’s Learning, Mobile, and Cornerstone for Salesforce offerings. He is a principal participant in defining and executing on Cornerstone’s strategic Technology vision and roadmap.
James is the winner of Cornerstone’s 2012 Engineer of the Year. His technical skills coupled with his management expertise allows him to build performant, inspired, and accountable teams of 100+ engineers.
In his free time, he enjoys spending time in the outdoors with his family.
James holds B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from California State University, Northridge and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
Manager, Global Leadership & Learning, American Express
Natalie Taylor is a Manager in Enterprise Learning Experiences for Global Leadership & Learning at American Express. Her current role focuses on managing the Cornerstone Quarterly Release process, executing the Enterprise Learning Experiences Roadmap, and partnering with business leaders to build strategic technological solutions. During her 6 years with American Express, she has led learning expos in New York & London, built websites to support learning in the organization, and managed a global leadership development program.
Natalie’s career in Learning & Development spans over 20 years. Most recently, she worked as a learning professional with Christie’s Auction House where she led the onboarding & induction process and delivered a myriad of professional learning solutions.
Director of Technical Delivery Services, DXC Technology
Craig Brassington leads DXC’s global Cornerstone Technical Delivery team. Craig and his team are dedicated to extending the CSOD platform through a variety of services which include UI/UX, integrations with internal/external systems and building software that seamlessly integrates with Cornerstone to solve clients’ complex business needs.
Craig is a strong client advocate and thrives on understanding clients objectives to achieve their business outcomes. He consults with clients to identify their requirements and then creates solutions that maximize their investment in Cornerstone through consulting, native functionality, building software, or a blend of all three.
Craig’s background includes 20+ years in the HR technology space and over 10 of them focused within the CSOD ecosystem. Originally a CSOD client, and now over his 7 years with Tribridge/DXC, Craig has held positions as an implementation consultant, manager and Solutions Consulting Director. Throughout his career, Craig has worked with local, international and global clients over a variety of verticals and industries.
Director, North America Delivery, DXC Technology
Ann Marie Vincent is the Director of the North America Delivery Team within the Cornerstone team at DXC. Ann Marie leads a team of functional consultants, technical consultants, project managers, managed services team members and instructional designers who are experts in talent management and the Cornerstone system. Ann Marie has been working in the talent management space for over 19 years and has been working with the Cornerstone product for over 8 years. Ann Marie has implemented the full Cornerstone suite and has delivered business consulting for a variety of industries with organizations both large and small.
Prior to joining DXC, Ann Marie spent 7 years implementing various components of the PeopleSoft HCM application. Ann Marie’s PeopleSoft project experience includes full implementation lifecycle, with special emphasis on: application design, business process evaluation, fit/gap analysis, requirements definition, solution/strategy building, test design, integration, data migration, and training. In addition, Ann Marie has over five years of related HR business experience.
Chief Analyst, Bersin, Deloitte Consulting LLP
David, a 10-year veteran of the organization, led the research teams at Bersin, Deloitte Consulting LLP, for six years. An authority in all areas of human resource, talent, learning, and leadership, David brings an integrated perspective to organizations seeking to solve their significant workforce challenges. He is adept at shaping operating models and key roles to improve employee experience and productivity, and is a thought leader in organizational culture, learning, and talent development.
A former steward of the learning and development research practice for Bersin, David developed the team’s work in continuous learning and learning cultures. He holds a master’s degree in digital media from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a focus on computer-aided distance learning, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Emory University.
Founder 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.
As President of Bluewater HCM, Tim is accountable for Business Development, Client Functional & Business Services, and Partner Management teams. Tim has spent the last 25 years as a consultant, leading teams to help 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, Cisco Systems, State Farm, United Airlines, and dozens of others to implement and operate integrated systems.
Training Battalion Chief, Ventura County Fire Department
Edward Spafford has over 40 years on the job with the Ventura County Fire Department. His responsibilities include the administration of; firefighter trainee academy, all in-service training, and compliance training. The Training Division has oversite of 21 Teaching Cadres, Civilian Emergency Response Team (CERT), Explorer POST program, and junior fire academy. His team is also tasked with the implementation of the Cornerstone suites across the fire department. We continuously strive to have the best user experience by meeting regularly with our invested groups to gather feedback and assist in platform changes.
Assistant Chief, Administrative Services Bureau, Ventura County Fire Department
Kelly White joined the department in 1989 as a firefighter and advanced through the ranks as a captain and a battalion chief for the last 20 years. Experience includes oversight of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Division, the Special Operations Battalion and most recently served as the battalion chief responsible for the Fire and EMS Regional Communications Center. White holds an associate’s degree in Emergency Medical Technology and a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Studies. She lives in Camarillo, CA with her husband and two children. As an assistant fire chief, White oversees the administrative services bureau, which is responsible for human resources, recruitment, risk and safety, emergency medical services, training and the fire chaplains. White reports directly to Deputy Chief Gardner.
Cornerstone Administrator, Ventura County Fire Department
Quane Huff is the Cornerstone Administrator for Ventura County Fire Department. His main focus is creating the best possible user experience for firefighters, civilian, and partner agencies users of our portal. As a Sothern California User Group Co-Chair; he networks and builds relationships with other clients, sharing best practices that increase engagement. Ventura County Fire Department uses the Learning Suite, Performance, Succession, and Core HR modules of Cornerstone.
Chief Revenue Officer, Broadbean Technology
Benjamin Kuntz is the Chief Revenue Officer for Broadbean Technology and the Vice President of SaaS Sales for CareerBuilder. With 16 years of experience in the Human Capital Management space, Benjamin oversees SaaS sales for North America. He has held a myriad of different roles within the organization and has his MBA from the SMU Cox School of Business.
Sales Manager, Broadbean Technology
Jonathan Pierce is a Sales Manager at Broadbean Technology. During his 10 years of experience in the Human Capital Management technology industry he has worked with clients of every size to help locate pain points and gaps in systems and deploy the proper software within those ecosystems to solve problems. He understands the value and importance of software in the Recruitment industry and how to find the most effective way to drive value from the tools available to his clients. He places a high value on creating efficiencies in day to day operations and extracting the greatest amount of Return on Investment from the data within systems.
William is the President of RecruitingDaily. At the intersection of HR and technology, he’s a writer, speaker, advisor, consultant, investor, storyteller & teacher. He’s written over 200 HR articles, spoken at over 300 HR & recruiting conferences and he’s conducted over 1200 HR podcasts & webinars. William prides himself on being easy to find on The Internets, Google him and connect with him via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.
William serves on the Board of Advisors for Rolebot, Gustav, Frrole, TechScreen, altru, bhired, Brazen, Talentegy, Talent Ninja, Engagedly, Echovate, VibeCatch, Continu, Hyphen, Happie, Causecast, Work4, and SmartRecruiters. He’s an active mentor with ATK LABS (Israel) and Talent Tech Labs (New York City). He was previously an advisor to RolePoint (sold to Jobvite Q4 2018), PeopleMatter (sold to Snag Q2 2016), Good.co (sold to StepStone Q1 2016) Smarterer (sold to Pluralsight Q4 2014) and a board member of Chequed (merged to create OutMatch Q3 2015).
William is a graduate of the University of Alabama of Birmingham with a BA in Art History. He also earned an MA in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.
President & Chief Googlization Officer, Success Performance Solutions
Ira S. Wolfe is the “Millennial trapped in a Baby Boomer body.” Fueled by his fierce passion for technology its impact on people, Ira S. Wolfe has emerged as one of HR’s most visionary thinkers and influencers on the future of work, jobs, and talent acquisition. Ira is an accomplished speaker/author and Chief Googlization Officer at Success Performance Solutions. He has presented on the prestigious red carpet of TEDx and is the author of several books including Recruiting in the Age of Googlization. He hosts The Geeks, Geezers, and Googlization Show, live talk radio on W4CY.com and available on most podcast platforms.
Vice President, Global Learning Content, Cornerstone
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.
Vice President, Engineering, Cornerstone
Michael Karbushev is a VP of Engineering at Cornerstone leading the newly formed Infrastructure and Tools division. Michael’s primary focus is on moving Cornerstone’s Infrastructure to the cloud (AWS), while improving reliability. Michael’s secondary focus is on operational efficiency in the cloud while providing tooling that allows Cornerstone’s customers to achieve more via self-service and increase the flexibility of Cornerstone offerings. Michael has recently moved to Santa Monica with his family from Bay Area and with that he brings over 19 years of experience in the field of software engineering.
Vice President, Product Management, Cornerstone
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.
Director, Product Management, Cornerstone
Rayna Roumie is a Director 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.
Chief Information Security Officer, Cornerstone
David is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Cornerstone, 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.
Director, Product Management, Cornerstone
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.
Director, Product Management, Cornerstone
Elvis Ha joined Cornerstone 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.
Manager, Product Management, Cornerstone
Rich Headley joined the Cornerstone Product Team in 2015. He is now a Manager of Product Management in Cornerstone’s Learning suite, where he is passionately motivated to lead his product and development teams toward improving the way organizations maintain compliance while promoting a culture of lifelong learning. Rich also teaches product management at Product School in Los Angeles. He 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.
Director of Corporate Accounts, Sandler
Alex is a Director at Sandler’s Corporate Office serv- ing as the client’s main point of contact focusing on sales training and consulting for middle market and large corporate clients. He’s a trusted advisor to his clients and helps them find a common language, create real-world and practical sales strategies, and implement new behaviors in their sales team that sticks and adds to the bottom line.
Prior to Sandler, Alex worked in commercial banking managing a portfolio of over $300 million. Following his passion for motivating people, he also volunteered to spearhead the development of the Transformational Leadership program for the bank’s Management Development Program.
Many of his clients and colleagues comment that what makes Alex so effective is his ability to put his clients first and his willingness to invest the time needed to understand their needs, desires, and pain, and then create realistic solutions (not theory) to their challenges.
Sandler Training and Alex help corporate clients from a wide variety of industries with very similar objectives. They want:
• Help developing a sales strategy & process
• Their salespeople and sales managers to become more effective
• More reliable results, forecasts, and behaviors
• A process to manage and plan for complex accounts
• To reduce turnover and improve the on-boarding process
• To become trusted advisors to their clients
Alex earned his MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and completed his Bachelor’s degree in Finance at Canisius College.
In his free time, Alex pursues many interests such as playing hockey, golf, working out at the gym, reading, and traveling with his wife.
Principal Analyst, Forrester
Sam is a principal analyst in Forrester’s CMO research practice. His research topics include employee experience and customer-centric culture. Sam is also the cohost of CX Cast, Forrester’s weekly customer experience podcast.
Prior to joining the research team, Sam launched and managed Forrester’s Customer Experience Council and Customer Experience Executive Program, which are peer networks for customer experience executives. In his role, Sam and his team supported chief customer officers and other CX executives at large companies, partnering with them to help them drive customer experience transformations at their respective companies. Previously, Sam managed Forrester’s customer experience consulting practice.
Sam holds a master’s degree in human factors in information design from Bentley University and an undergraduate degree from Yale University in history and sociology.
Senior Vice President, Marketing and Innovation, Bluewater
Michael joined Bluewater in 2006 and has more than 20 years of experience driving the development of technologies in support of Learning and Talent Management. As the Sr. Vice President of Marketing & Innovation, he leads the product innovation team. This team is responsible for creating Reporting pages and implementing technology services like Datafeeds, SSO, Historical Data Loads and Data Migration. Michael’s ability to understand the big picture technology requirements and drill down into the smallest details in the data make him an invaluable resource.
With a crusading spirit and an innovative attitude, Michael defined Bluewater’s strong reputation for being able to architect and develop technology solutions, evaluate future technology options and consult with clients on current and future options.
Lead UX Consultant, Bluewater
Drew is a Bluewater Business Consultant who works with clients to improve their user experiences, grow learner engagement and extend the life of their LMS platforms. Drew has guided many Bluewater clients through UX and Learning processes to identify outcomes, develop user journey maps, perform risk/gap analysis and design prototypes. Drew has experience in UX design and instructional design, is an expert in LMS operations, and applies the principles of user-centered design and design thinking to all his projects.
Program Coordinator, Darkness to Light
Jennifer Hessmiller is the Program Coordinator at Darkness to Light, a non-profit committed to empowering adults to prevent child sexual abuse. As the Cornerstone administrator, Jennifer leverages the Learning Suite to engage over 362,000 individuals to better protect the children in their lives. Recently, Jennifer was project lead on the redesign of their LMS to establish a dynamic, accessible, and responsive learning experience for their users. Jennifer has implemented the Connect functionality and is leveraging Communities to engage their 11,000 facilitators, individuals providing in person prevention training in their local communities, to network and collaborate through sharing resources and best practices.
Global Head, HCM Practice, Tata Consultancy Services
Ram Subramanian is TCS’s Human Capital global practice leader for HR Strategy, People Analytics, and Employee Experience. Ram collaborates with complex, global clients to drive business value through transforming Human Capital strategies, programs, and services. He is the firm’s thought leader in activating digital enterprises, setting people and HR transformation strategies, and achieving high performance organizations.
Ram’s professional journey for 20+ years has been focused on Human Capital Management, Risk, and Finance. He has held senior HR leadership, outsourcing executive, and human capital transformation roles that form the multi-faceted foundation from which Ram delivers value to his clients across strategic planning, operating model and organization design, experience transformation, digital enablement, and change management to realize sustained results.
Sr. Manager, Product Management, Cornerstone
Veni has been with Cornerstone for over 6 yrs., in various roles including managing Integration Services & Integration Solutioning teams. She is a Sr. Manager on the Product team overseeing the product and strategy for Cornerstone Edge, the platform supporting the Integrations & APIs for the organization. Her primary focus is to enable clients and partner ecosystems with simple and flexible ways to integrate Cornerstone to external applications, thus providing an enhanced Cornerstone experience. Prior to Cornerstone, Veni spent over 12yrs. leading product, development & services teams in various companies such as IBM, Payless Inc. With a BS in Computer Science & a MS in Telecom Mgmt., Veni is an avid advocate of using technology to remove inefficiencies and streamline work.
AVP, Software Architecture, Cornerstone
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.
Senior Product Manager, Cornerstone
Samantha Klein has been a Recruiting Product Manager at Cornerstone for two years. She has released multiple recruiting features such as the Mobile Friendly Candidate Experience, Branched Prescreening Questions, Apply with LinkedIn and more. Sam has over eight years of product experience, with a background in eCommerce and various consumer facing websites. She is data driven and enjoys applying her diverse background to the Cornerstone Recruiting product.
Vice President, Integration, Cornerstone
Rodolphe Vernes is the Vice President of Global Integration Solutions at Cornerstone. With more than 20 years of HR & IT experience, Rodolphe is responsible for leading a global team comprised of Client & Partner facing Integration Consultants ensuring the successful implementation of Cornerstone technical integrations, backend engineers working on client specific integration solutions, and a product team focused on delivering self-service product features that enable partner independence in servicing Cornerstone clients.
Director, Security and Compliance, Cornerstone
Apurva is the Director of Security and Compliance working at Cornerstone for over 7 years. In this role, he is responsible for security and compliance throughout the enterprise including cloud security, network security, IT risk and audits, compliance frameworks such as ISO 27001, ISO27018, SSAE18 SOC1, and Identity governance.
Prior to Cornerstone, Apurva held leadership positions in a diverse range of industries and globally-known brands in the IT Security and Compliance space. Apurva holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computer Science, a Masters in MBA (Information Systems), and maintains various certifications including CRSIC, CISA, AWS CCP,ISO 27001 LA, CPISI, CEH and SSCP.
Senior Product Manager, Cornerstone
Jordan Sugar has been with Cornerstone for nearly four years. Originally acting as a project manager and recruiting administrator, Jordan transitioned to a role in Product Management in 2016. Since joining team, Jordan has released multiple recruiting features including the Manage Candidates page, mobile-friendly career sites, and LinkedIn Recruiter System Connect.
Senior Manager, Organizational Development, County of Orange
Jamie is a certified Senior HR professional with fifteen years of public sector HR experience. She specializes in strategic talent management with an emphasis in organizational and leadership development. Jamie leads the County of Orange’s first Organizational Development function. As an experienced change practitioner, Jamie has led large scale organizational changes, talent development initiatives, and served as a coach to senior leaders. She has designed a number of award-winning talent management programs, and loves partnering with leaders to maximize their potential and that of their team.
Jamie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, a Master’s degree in Educational Counseling, and is a Doctoral Candidate for a Doctorate degree in Organizational Leadership.
Vice President, Client Success, Cornerstone
Patrick leads the Client Success organization at Cornerstone OnDemand. As a member of the Client Success team since its early inception, he has helped shape many of the programs that enable our clients to get maximum return on investment out of their use of Cornerstone products. Patrick’s team of Client Success Managers work closely with our customers to ensure they have the resources and tools to meet their overall objectives and stay connected to others within our client community.
Prior to joining Cornerstone, Patrick held a leadership role for The University of Arizona’s nationally recognized Eller College of Management. One of his key responsibilities was helping to drive the implementation and adoption of new learning management and applicant tracking technologies. Patrick also was a Vice President for Bank of America, one of the world’s largest financial institutions. Over a lengthy career, Patrick was responsible for managing key business partnerships for the Global Wealth Investment Management and Consumer Real Estate divisions.
Patrick earned a Bachelor of Science in Global Business from Arizona State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Arizona. He also holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources credential from the Human Resource Certification Institute as well as a Senior Certified Professional designation from the Society for Human Resource Management.
Associate, The Educe Group
Josh Silva is an Associate with The Educe Group. Josh currently works on multiple Cornerstone OnDemand modules including Learning, Performance, Succession, and Recruiting in multiple capacities as an Engagement Manager, Implementation Consultant, and Technical Consultant. Prior to joining The Educe Group, he implemented and administered Cornerstone OnDemand, another Talent Management Suite, as well as other HRIS applications from the client side. Josh has functional HR experience in Payroll, Benefits, Recruiting, Training, and Talent Management. The combination of HR experience and system experience across multiple industries allows Josh to recommend solutions that align with best practices in HR and Learning and Development.
Sr. Manager, Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services
Raul Frias is the leader of of Solutions Architects at Amazon Web Services for the Southwest region of the United States and a passionate technologist. He has been in the cloud industry for almost 6 years and assisted hundreds of customers in their paths toward adopting AWS cloud technologies to achieve their business outcomes. He currently resides in Orange County, CA and was one of the first cloud solutions architects in AWS. Prior to joining the AWS team, Raul spent several years working in other sales and presales roles with a wide variety of clients in different technologies at companies such as Cisco Systems and EMC. Raul holds multiple tech certifications from AWS, Cisco, ITIL, etc. Raúl is a Network and Telecommunications Engineer graduated from the ITESO University of Guadalajara, Mexico.