Josh Bersin founded Bersin in 2001 to provide research and advisory services focused on corporate learning. He is responsible for Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP’s long term strategy and market eminence.
Josh is a frequent speaker at industry events and has been quoted on talent management topics in key media, including Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, on BBC Radio, CBS Radio and National Public Radio. He is a popular blogger for Forbes.com and has been a columnist since 2007 for Chief Learning Officer magazine.
Josh spent 25 years in product development, product management, marketing and sales of e-learning and other enterprise technologies at companies including DigitalThink (now Convergys), Arista Knowledge Systems, Sybase, and IBM.
Josh’s education includes a B.S. in Engineering from Cornell University, an M.S. in Engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
As an experienced Organisation Development specialist, Karen has led the team at Volvo for five years driving unprecedented change that led to the complete reform of the Apprentice Programme before any of the government reforms took place. As the impact of government policy took shape, the challenge became leading a business with a very successful programme through the changes protecting and enhancing as we go. We now have a centralised apprentice programme with learners from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, in wholly owned and franchised businesses, levy payers and non-levy payers on old frameworks and new standards. At the same time as growing the programme by 800%in five years. Karen’s background in stakeholder and change management has been key to ensuring success in a complex and challenging environment.
Karen is Chief Content Officer of O’Reilly responsible for leading and managing the organization’s content and learning strategy. In this capacity she oversees the development of learning initiatives and programs for O’Reilly’s learning and training platform, manages both creation and curation of available content, and directs the internal editorial teams in acquisition, development, and delivery of content for learning, training, and events. Prior to joining O’Reilly she was in various talent management roles including Vice President of People Development and Chief Learning Officer for companies in both biotechnology and healthcare. Karen holds a PhD from Boston College, an EdM from Boston University, and a BA from the University of Massachusetts.
Kent joined Danfoss as Head of Total Rewards in October 2010, responsible for setting Total Rewards direction for Danfoss. Areas of responsibility include but not limited to Executive (C-level) remuneration and executive contracts, LTI Program, STI Program, Benefits (Insurances/Pensions, cars etc. globally), Mobility, Compensation Programs (Merit review etc), job evaluation system, title structure and overall Performance Management. Strong experience with implementing cloud based solution and link to e.g. Talent Management and HRIS in general.
Kent believes in delivering Total Rewards solutions that bring value to the business and that is deeply rooted in the overall business strategy and driven by evidence-based decision making. Strong execution focus and keeping things simple.
As a people leader of a great team of 9 people from India, Denmark and US, Kent creates an environment of strong collaboration across all functions. And having a team across 3 continents means leading a diverse team virtually is normal practice.
With a mission to instill in others a passion for personal and professional excellence, Kevin Ames is an author, a world-renowned speaker, Master Appreciatologist and the Director of the O.C. Tanner Institute. He has spoken to hundreds of companies, leadership groups, executive teams and conferences world wide. Kevin is an expert in the areas of workplace culture, engagement, teambuilding, leadership and personal development, his presentations have been called, “clear, dynamic, insightful, honest, and informative.
A performance orientated business leader and development specialist who thrives on driving transformation and delivering results. Skilled at leading and developing large, multi-site, specialist teams to deliver exceptional performance and business value. Passionate about balancing innovation with pragmatism and efficiency, to design and deliver compelling business aligned people development strategies and change initiatives in complex, fast paced commercial environments.
Specialties: Leadership – Learning & Development – Talent Management – Business Transformation – Change Leadership – Organisation Development – Cultural Development
Mark is a highly experienced organisational development consultant, specialising in cultural transformation, employee engagement and executive facilitation. He spent two decades in the IT industry and was responsible for building global operational, data and business intelligence structures and processes for some of the largest companies in the world – expertise he now uses helping others with their data challenges and measuring engagement, diversity, values perception and the effects of cultural change against business performance.
He is the author of “Digitox – How To Find A Healthy Balance For Your Family’s Digital Diet”, the story of how his family gave up the internet for one day a week, every week for the last three years – and how research shows that doing the same can make you and your family happier, healthier, safer and smarter.
Outside his professional life, he is a co-founder of Red Trouser Day (a charity supporting bowel cancer research), and a director and co-founder of FLTR Coffee – a not for profit community coffee shop in the heart of a housing estate in Bicester, Oxfordshire.
He is also an advisory board member and conference chair for the HR Directors Business Summit, a member of the judging panel for the UK HR Distinction Awards, an Associate Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University. You can find him online @cultureeffect.
Mark’s career looks pretty random. He’s run businesses in beer, pubs, music, media, education. Happily they are all thoroughly enjoyable. Happily, they also all meant an early involvement in what we now call digital from the first pub websites (with a picture!), to early attempts at digital music at dotmusic (just less than an hour to download a track!), to online education search at Hotcourses (OK, this was actually pretty good) to AVADO Learning where online platforms deliver Learning that Works. Mark is CEO of AVADO Learning and very very excited about AVADO’s potential to help individuals, companies and governments navigate the pace and degree of change in today’s world through effective learning.
20 years spent helping major organisations accelerate transformation programmes, and mobilise organisations for change.
Matt specialises in the design and delivery of collaborative processes that accelerate transformation and solution design. He delivers this through high-impact Transformation Events, Hubs and Hacks supported by virtual collaboration and project management tools to accelerate implementation and adoption of change.
He has worked with senior leaders of major Fortune 500 and FTSE companies and Public Sector bodies across all sectors in UK & Europe, USA, Australia, South Africa and the Middle East to solve their most complex business challenges.
These include strategy delivery, business planning, operating model and organisation design, business processes and technical architecture design, supply chain optimisation and shaping organisational culture and behaviours.
Matt previously worked for Barclays, Capgemini (UK & Australia) and a number of niche management consultancies.
Matthew Syed is one of the world’s most influential thinkers in the field of high performance and cultural change.
Matthew explores a thought provoking approach to high performance in the context of a complex and fast-changing world. He draws on a vast array of case studies and real-world examples across sport, business, education and politics. Matthew looks at the inside story of how success really happens – and how we cannot grow unless we are prepared to learn from our mistakes.
He is the author of two bestselling books – Bounce and Black Box Thinking – having just released his latest book, The Greatest. He is a multiple award-winning journalist for The Times and a highly-acclaimed speaker, regularly contributing to radio and television.
Before becoming a writer, journalist and broadcaster, Matthew was the England table tennis number one for almost a decade, three-times Commonwealth Champion, and twice competed for Great Britain in the Olympic Games (in Barcelona in 1992 and Sydney in 2000). His style was unusually defensive, playing strokes from the back of the court described as “spectacular roof threatening parabolas”.
Matthew has worked with some of the world’s leading organisations to build a mindset of continuous improvement. He has now designed a cutting-edge thought leadership programme which is proving to be a catalyst for real and lasting change within business and the public sector.
Michelle is a highly motivated, passionate and dynamic HR professional. She has an excellent track record of adding significant value to organisations as a result of innovative and strategic Human Resources and Learning and Development solutions across not-for-profit, public and private sectors.
Having worked in HR for 20 years, Michelle is currently Group Head of Learning and Development at Sanctuary Group. This role places her at the head of a team of 80 learning and development professionals, ensuring learning and development is facilitated effectively across the Group, and developing key staff engagement activities.
Prior to her role with the Group, Michelle has successfully held senior HR positions within Worcestershire County Council, and QMH (Hotels) Limited, gaining both strategic and operational experience of Human Resources and Learning and Development.
From employee engagement, coaching and apprenticeships to talent and leadership development, Michelle is constantly looking to bring out the best in the organisation and to empower staff through effective learning strategies combined with optimised learning management systems.
Michelle has achieved several qualifications, including MSc in Education Management, Certificate in Education and Counselling Skills, NVQ Level 5 in Learning and Development Strategy, and is an accredited NLP, Coaching and Insights Practitioner.
Rasmus Hougaard is the Founder and managing director of Potential Project, the global leader in mindful leadership training. He and his 200 consultants across North America, Europe, Asia and Pacific have trained leaders in Accenture, Microsoft, Google, Cisco, Citrix and hundreds of other companies in becoming more focused and clear minded. Rasmus is coauthor of “The Mind of the Leader – How to Lead Yourself, Your People and Your Organization for Extraordinary Result” published by Harvard Business Review Press in March 2018 and “One Second Ahead – Enhance Your Performance at Work with Mindfulness” published by Palgrave Macmillan in November 2015. Rasmus is a former researcher and corporate leader, and have practiced and taught mindfulness for 20 years. He has led more than 1,500 workshops and programs and is recognized as the leading international authority on training the mind to be more focused, effective and clear in an organizational context. He lives in New York and Copenhagen.
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