Beverly Kaye

Dr. Kaye's name is recognized internationally as one of the most invested, knowledgeable and practical professionals in the areas of career development, employee engagement & retention, and mentoring. A dynamic and committed keynote speaker, Bev's presentations engage participants, stimulate learning and inspire action.

With her organization, Career Systems International, she has developed a powerful suite of talent solutions that continue to help organizations reduce costs associated with talent loss and underperformance. They are also designed to foster a culture of support for individuals, managers and leaders. Her clients, representing nearly 60% of the Fortune 1000 organizations, include such leaders as Covidien, HP, Ingersoll Rand, Morrison Healthcare, WW Grainger, and USAA. The resilient processes and offerings link directly to business strategies and increase productivity and profitability to deliver the best returns on investment.

Prior to earning a doctorate at UCLA, Dr. Kaye did graduate work in organization development at MIT Sloan School of Management and has taught executive seminars at UCLA and USC.

Bev has spent years researching corporate strategies for developing, retaining and engaging knowledge workers. Her book, Love 'Em or Lose 'Em: Getting Good People to Stay, co-authored with Sharon Jordan-Evans, has sold over 600,000 copies in 25 languages and has reached Wall Street Journal and Amazon best seller status. Their companion book, Love It, Don't Leave It: 26 Ways to Get What You Want at Work suggests that employee engagement is also the responsibility of the individual contributor. Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Employees Want co-authored with Julie Winkle Giulioni was published in 2012. Her most recent book is Hello Stay Interviews, Goodbye Talent Loss was published in 2015. These books are the foundation for Career Systems International's successful practice in career development, employee engagement and retention.

Learn Like a Leader, edited by Dr. Kaye, offers rich lessons on learning to lead, overcoming setbacks, remaining open to change, mentoring, developing self-awareness and more. The Many Facets of Leadership was also edited by Dr.Kaye, and addresses leadership challenges as shared by some top thought leaders. Designing Career Development Systems was another classic book co-authored by Dr. Kaye.

In 2011, Bev was appointed to the Chief Learning Officer Magazine’s Business Intelligence Board. In recognition for her ground-breaking and continual contributions to workplace learning over the past two decades, Bev received the 2010 Distinguished Contribution to Workplace Learning and Performance Award by the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD). They also honored her as a “Legend” and pioneer in the area of career development in 2007. She has also received many honors and awards including the National Career Development Award of the American Society for Training and Development. In 2011, CSI’s client NetApp, was honored for its retention effort with a clear $12 million bottom-line boost, as the Workforce Optimas Awardee for financial impact. Her organization also received the ASTD Best Practice Award for work with clients Bechtel, Chevron, Dow Corning, and First USA.

Kevin Wilde

Kevin Wilde currently serves as an Executive Leadership Fellow at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. He recently concluded a 34-year corporate career in leadership and talent development at General Electric and General Mills.

During his time at General Mills, the organization was consistently recognized for its innovative development work, highlighted by Fortune’s #2 ranking as one of the best companies in the world at leadership development, #1 listing by Leadership Excellence magazine, #1 Global Learning Elite ranking and Training Magazine’s “Hall of Fame” designation as a top company for employee development. In 2007, Chief Learning Officer Magazine selected Kevin as CLO of the year.

Kevin continues to write as a columnist for Talent Management magazine and serves on the editorial board for a number of professional journals. In 2011, his first book, Dancing with the Talent Stars: 25 Moves that Matter Now was published by Human Capital Media. In 2015, he served as editor of A CLO Leadership Reader: Chief Learning Officer Magazine’s Best for Today’s Learning Leader. His writing for Talent Management received a national award for editorial excellence from the American Society of Business Publication Editors. His work has also been published in over a dozen books, including Coaching For Leadership and the Pfieffer Annual on Leadership Development.

Kimo Kippen

An aspiring “Citizen of the World,” Kimo Kippen is an accomplished, visionary thought leader and sought-out international keynote speaker committed to making a difference in the world by inspiring business and civic leaders, as well as employees, to think outside the box and actualize what is truly possible.

Originally from Hawaii, for the past 20 years, Kimo has been on a lifetime journey to advance education, global labor force conditions, and economic empowerment internationally.

In his past role as Chief Learning Officer at Hilton, he transformed the learning and development culture, improving the company’s guest scores, brand loyalty and global market foothold. Subsequently Hilton has won awards, accolades and increased the stock price (27.05% ) following the IPO in 2013, outperforming the S&P 500 by 18.37% as of June 29, 2015.

Kimo serves on several boards, where he has positively impacted corporate, academic and civic organizations’ abilities to drive progressive change; most recently supporting the success of Hilton’s “Travel with Purpose” initiative that educates and trains company team members on how to help stop child trafficking.

Prior to 2010 Kimo held various roles at Marriott International Inc., including leadership of the Learning Center of Excellence for all of Marriott International’s operated and franchised properties worldwide.

Tamar Elkeles, Ph.D.

Tamar is an experienced Chief Learning Officer and thought leader in the talent, learning and development field. Throughout her career she has had unique experiences with entrepreneurs and executives in both start-ups as well as large enterprises. She has expertise in managing global growth and leading international teams, as well as an extensive background in implementing best in class people practices in technology companies.

Tamar is currently the Chief Talent Executive for Atlantic Bridge Capital, a global growth equity fund focused on technology investments. Prior to this role, Tamar was the Chief People Officer for a Silicon Valley tech start-up and before that was the Chief Learning Officer at Qualcomm. In her role as Chief People Officer she led all Human Resources globally, including recruitment, compensation, benefits, HR systems, and worldwide HR operations. In her long tenure as Chief Learning Officer she helped grow Qualcomm into one of the most successful companies in the world. There she led the development of Qualcomm’s workforce, scaling the employee base from 700 to over 31,000 employees worldwide.

Her scope of leadership included global learning, executive/leadership development, technical development, employee communications, organization development, talent management, learning technology and mobile learning for Qualcomm’s global workforce. The Qualcomm Learning Center operated as a unique internal consulting function, which provided business divisions with innovative solutions in learning, organizational development and communications that impacted business results.

Under Tamar’s leadership Qualcomm consistently ranked in Training Magazine’s list of Top Training Organizations. In 2002, Qualcomm was ranked as "best in class" in telecommunications. In both 2000 and 1994, Qualcomm also earned the Organization of the Year Award from The Association for Talent Development (ATD) for exceptional employee development programs. Qualcomm has been an ATD Award winner since 2005 and a Chief Learning Officer (CLO) Magazine, “Learning Elite” Award winner since 2008. In 2015 Qualcomm was named “Learning & Development Organization of the Year” by CLO Magazine. Elkeles’ extensive focus on alternative learning delivery methods enabled Qualcomm to begin development of online learning in early 1995. As a result of these progressive efforts, Qualcomm was awarded the ATD Best Practice Award for the Use of Technology for Learning in 1996 and in 1998 was honored with an ATD Best Practice Award for Web Based Learning.

She has been featured in several publications including Chief Learning Officer Magazine, Training Magazine and T&D Magazine for her leadership and contributions to the learning profession. In 2007 she co-authored the first book on the CLO’s role: The Chief Learning Officer, Driving Value within a Changing Organization Through Learning and Development and in 2010 she was named “CLO of the Year” by CLO Magazine. In 2013 she coauthored the book Measuring the Success of Learning Through Technology.

Nationally, Elkeles was a member of The Conference Board’s Executive Council on Talent and Organizational Development as well a member of the CLO Magazine Editorial Board. She serves on The Forbes School of Business Board of Advisors as well as on the Board of Valor Ventures, turning Veterans into Entrepreneurs. She also served on the Board of Directors for The Association for Talent Development (ATD), the world's premier professional association and leading resource on workplace learning and performance. She holds both a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology

Dorothy Martin, MBA

Dorothy Martin’s background and experience has focused primarily on designing and implementing learning and development programs within the telecommunications industry and establishing educational partnerships with public and private institutions of higher education.

For 30+ years Dorothy was involved in workforce training and development and during this time she successfully managed several corporate tuition assistance programs that directly benefited over 200,000 employees. To meet key business strategies at Verizon Wireless, Dorothy also established customized onsite and online certificate and college degree programs funded through the company’s tuition assistance program.

Dorothy combined promotion and deployment of all these programs with rigorous measurement techniques to validate effective business impact. The results of her measurement over 10 years demonstrated that participation in corporate tuition assistance programs has positive business results such as: reduced turnover, increased job productivity, improved career mobility, and enhanced recruitment and talent management strategies.

Dorothy completed her BA and MBA studies through her employer-provided tuition assistance programs. Recently retired from Verizon, she continues to provide business consulting regarding the design, implementation and effective use of tuition assistance programs in the corporate and higher education sectors.

Mary Slaughter

Mary is a seasoned corporate executive and currently serves as Chief People Officer with North Highland Consulting, a global management consulting firm. In her role, she has responsibility for their global talent strategy and all supporting people functions. Prior to this role, Mary was a Managing Director with Deloitte Consulting, LLP in their Human Capital Practice, focusing her time with clients on large scale organization transformation and talent challenges.

Before moving into management consulting, Mary served as Chief Talent Officer and Senior Vice President of Talent Management and Development for SunTrust Bank, a financial holding company serving consumer, commercial and investment clients. In her role, she had enterprise responsibility for HR strategic planning, succession planning, leadership development, executive coaching, diversity and inclusion, enterprise learning and corporate university operations. Her organization supported 27,000 U.S. teammates and 3000 partners across Asia, North and South America.

Before joining SunTrust, Mary was SVP of Talent Development at Wachovia Bank, supporting 70,000 global employees across the Americas, Asia and Europe. Prior to financial services, Mary led global sales and technical talent development at Alcatel-Lucent, Lucent Technologies, Bells Labs and AT&T for over 20 years.

When developing high impact talent strategies, Mary leverages her experience in emerging and developed markets to support new business development, leadership development, employee engagement and organizational transformation.

Mary has served on numerous Executive Councils and Board of Directors including the Association for Training Development (ATD), Atlanta’s Human Resource Leadership Forum, Bersin by Deloitte’s Advisory Council, The NeuroLeadership Institute's Executive Advisory Board, and The Conference Board’s Council on Learning, Development and Organizational Performance

She holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Chemistry, and her Masters in Communications. She’s a frequent industry speaker and has been featured in Talent Management,T+D, CLO, and Selling Power magazines. Under her leadership, her teams have won awards from Bersin & Associates for leadership development, Brandon Hall for sales talent management and development, CLO Magazine for academic partnerships, Training Magazine’s Top 125 and ATD BEST for exceptional enterprise learning.

Mary resides in Atlanta with her husband and her two daughters, both adopted from China. She is an active community musician, Board Member for the Atlanta Master Chorale and a former advisor for the Georgia Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She enjoys international travel, fine arts, horseback riding and being a private pilot.

Renee Romulus

Renee Romulus is a Human Capital Strategist with 25 years of experience in global talent management, learning & development and organizational transformation. Renee has a proven track record of delivering high impact Human Capital programs and initiatives enabling targeted, sustainable performance improvement and working with senior leadership to drive cultural change and adoption. Seasoned as a Global HR and Operations Executive, Renee specializes in facilitating business transformation initiatives aligning corporate strategy and vision to drive organizational change and business results - helping organizations achieve strategic priorities that matter most. Experience includes:

  • Managing Director, Learning & Development, FTI Consulting, a global business advisory firm
  • VP Chief Learning Officer, Booz Allen Hamilton, global management and technology consulting firm
  • Talent Management, Development & Transformation Lead, PwC, one of the world’s largest professional services firms
  • CLO, VP Management & Org Development $40 billion holding company with 10 retail brands with over 200,000 associates
  • Managing Partner, Customer Education Services, Global Technology company in 130 countries

Renee earned her MBA from Johns Hopkins University, her Masters Certificate in Program Management from George Washington University, and her BSBA in MIS from Old Dominion University. Renee also studied under Dave Ulrich at the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business Advanced Human Resource Executive Program, Chevron, Dow Corning, and First USA

Peg Walton

Peggy Walton is higher education/workforce development professional.

As Senior Director of Workforce Readiness at Corporate Voices for Working Families she conducted and published research and documentation of scalable, business-led “Learn and Earn” models that support the attainment of post-secondary credentials with labor market value.

Peg was Director of the National Center for the American Workforce at the National Association of Manufactures. Under her leadership, the Center advanced public and private investments and strategies to ensure an educated and prepared advanced manufacturing workforce. She helped create and managed Dream It. Do It., a national campaign to change the perception of the manufacturing industry and inspire the next-generation workers to pursue advanced manufacturing careers through skills and credentials attainment.

Currently, as consultant to the American Association of Community Colleges, she is Program Director for BACK TO WORK 50+ a national initiative in collaboration with AARP Foundation and 18 community colleges. She coaches several State Apprenticeship Extension grantees.

Peg has an extensive background in adult education and corporate training, having managed regional training for a national corporation.

Debbie Rau

Debbie Rau is the Founder and Principal Consultant with Rau & Associates, a Silicon Valley based consulting firm focused on helping dynamic and fast growing privately-held companies increase their individual, team, and organizational capabilities.

Debbie has extensive line management experience, as well as a broad background in Human Resources and Organizational Development. She has successfully dealt with the challenges of global leadership and change firsthand while in-house with General Motors, Saturn Corporation, and Apple Computers.

Debbie was a Human Resources executive at Apple Computer for over ten years, where she held a variety of positions including Director of Apple University and Vice President of HR. Prior to Apple, Debbie held both HR and line operating roles with General Motors. She was a member of the start-up team for Saturn Corporation. Debbie has a B.S. degree from Kettering University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Today Debbie’s consulting clients benefit from her unique blend of HR/OD content expertise and first-hand business savvy. Debbie has worked in organizations facing the challenges of rapid growth (including through merger/acquisition) as well as those needing to sustain innovation and high performance in a changing environment. Her twenty years of global experience are characterized by a track record of successful collaborative implementation.

Mike Pino

Mike Pino is a digital learning strategist who, in January 2014, joined GE’s world-famous Crotonville Leadership Development team to advance the company’s strategy and learning technologies.

With over a dozen years of experience in the industry, he has had the opportunity to work with more than 30% of Fortune 500 companies and more than 10% of the Global 2000 over the past seven years in the capacity of VP, Research, at Corporate University Xchange and Director, Technology Innovation, at Harvard Business Publishing’s Corporate Learning division.

In each of these roles he has worked with some amazing colleagues not only to bring new products and services to life, such as Leadership Direct (a product that brought Harvard Business School professors virtually around the globe to help companies address specific challenges) but also to refresh well-known products, such as Harvard ManageMentor (which he converted from a CD-ROM product to an online learning product and then extended into mobile learning). In 2016, he made Bob Little’s list of movers and shakers in online learning.

Mike has presented, moderated, and keynoted at numerous global conferences and has served as adjunct faculty at Providence College, Queens College (CUNY), and New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). He holds a Ph.D. from the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York (CUNY).

He’s the co-founder of a firm dedicated to developing learning technology for higher education in India and globally, and he holds patents in several learning technologies.

Phil Friedman

President Emeritus & Professor of Economics, Golden Gate University [GGU]

Fall, 2016. Currently teaching economics at GGU to Executive MBA students. Appointed President in February 2000 having served as Acting President since April 1999 and vice-president for Academic Affairs/Provost in 1997. Golden Gate is a private, not for profit, 150 year old accredited university specializing in adult professional education at the bachelors, masters, and doctoral level in Law, Business, Tax, Information Systems, and Public and not-for-profit Administration.

Previously vice-president for Academic Affairs/Provost at Bentley College (Now Bentley University, Watham, MA).

His major scholarly interests include industrial economics, corporate joint ventures, applied econometrics, banking and financial intermediaries, financial markets, econometric history, and management policy.

He served as a member of visitation committees for the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACBS) and on Accreditation Teams for both the New England and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and (WASC).

His corporate consulting assignments include Digital Equipment, ITT, Georgia-Pacific, Guilford Mills, United Guaranty, Precision Fabrics, Harbor Investment Group, 1st Home Federal, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and other firms, banks, and financial institutions.

Prior to Bentley, he was Dean of the Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Earlier, he held several academic administrative positions at Boston University including; MBA Program Director, program director for professional management programs, Associate Dean for graduate studies in the School of Management and Chairman of the Department of Finance and Economics.

He earned his undergraduate degree [B.B.A.] in 1968, after seven years of full and part time study in economics and statistics at the City College of New York, Baruch School of Business and Public Administration while working as a writer and statistician for Forbes Magazine. In 1972, he received his Ph.D. in economics, econometrics and economic history from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Stephen Krempl

Stephen Krempl is CEO of Krempl Communications International. As an international trainer, speaker and author he has worked with thousands of leaders in over 30+ countries. His career spans 25 years’ working for Fortune 500 companies, Starbucks Coffee Company where he was Chief Learning Officer (Seattle), YUM Brands Inc. VP of Yum University and Global Learning (Louisville), PepsiCo Restaurants International (Dallas) and Motorola (Singapore) He is an expert on how leaders can stand out and get noticed in their corporations even in an increasingly competitive global market place. He is the Creator of the Global Executive Mindset (GEM ) programs and Winning in the Work World (W3). Stephen has also authored five books including his latest: You’re Hired - Now What Do You Do? The College Students Ultimate Playbook to learning the Rules and Winning in Any Organization.

His Global Executive Mindset™ (GEM) programs are offered through lectures, in house and online programs that focus on developing high potential and future leaders especially minorities to get noticed in their organizations. He is now spreading this GEM message to universities, enabling students to understand what is expected of them and through an online curriculum called Winning in the Work World. For more information go to:

Prior to his current position, Stephen was the VP of Global Learning at Starbucks Coffee Company. The role requires the setting and implementation of an enterprise wide learning strategy for the 140,000 partners 12,800 restaurants operating in 37 countries to enable the planned and systematic growth of the brand across the globe.

Prior to joining Starbucks, Stephen has worked for Fortune 500 companies, Yum Brands, PepsiCo, Motorola including being a consultant at the Singapore Institute of Management. These senior training and education roles in these companies have enabled him to participate in the development and training of leaders in 25 countries.

At YUM Brands Inc., Stephen was the VP of Yum University and Global training. This entailed taking care of the developmental needs of the top 3000 executives. YUM Brands operates 34,000 restaurants with 850,000 employees in over 100 countries for quick service restaurant brands KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Long John Silver and A & W.

He has spoken at multiple conferences and conventions around the world. And has run training programs and spoken in many countries in Europe, Asia, and Middle East.

Some of Stephen’s clients include Applied Materials Inc, Alcon, UBS, OCBC, CBRE, Monsanto, Hisense, YUM, ANZ, CB&I, FMCT, Telkom Indonesia, Mandiri Bank, DBS, Khazanah Nasional, National Parks Board, National University of Singapore, Washington State University, University of Washington, Millikin University, Midland University, University of Idaho, M Academy, Yum! Brands, LM Ericsson, Kelly Services, Fiserv ASPAC, Fluke SEA, Youth Olympics 2010 Organizing Committee.

Mike Francomb

Mike Francomb is the Sr. VP of Development at RecruitMilitary, a leading talent service provider to companies who wish to maximize their human capital investment by tapping into the veteran pipeline of talent. In this role, Mike establishes and grows strategic partnerships with national veteran service organizations and HR technology service providers that serve businesses of all sizes. Additionally, he leads the strategy to drive the business forward technically.

Mike joined RecruitMilitary in its start-up phase in 1998 because of his passion to serve veterans and to expand his experience in a start-up environment. Since joining RecruitMilitary, Mike has held key senior leadership roles in sales, recruiting, business and event operations, and marketing. Throughout this time, he has continuously worked with the company’s largest clients to develop and deliver strategic military veteran recruiting initiatives. He has helped grow the company’s service line from a single product to over 25 different mechanisms that connect veterans with employers, educational institutions, and franchisors.

Prior to joining RecruitMilitary, Mike pursued an entrepreneurial real estate venture in Orlando, FL. He spent two years there building a business that acquired and redeveloped small commercial and residential real estate.

Before the real estate venture, Mike served as an Army Field Artillery Officer for nearly seven years after graduating from the United States Military Academy in 1989. While in the Army, Mike served in a variety of front line leadership and staff roles, and he deployed to Operation Desert Shield / Desert Storm with the 24th Infantry Division out of Fort Stewart, GA. Additionally, he was selected to take a prestigious instructor assignment as a gunnery instructor at the United States Army Field Artillery School.

In addition to his role at RecruitMilitary, Mike has served in a variety of community and ministry leadership roles. He and his wife Kim reside in the rural countryside outside of Cincinnati, OH with their three children.

Brian Poland

Experienced Talent Management professional and CLO successful in large-scale learning initiatives, organizational restructuring, performance consulting, workforce development, and change management. Successfully transformed learning organizations within multiple business units including retail, wholesale, corporate, and international.

With over 20 years of experience leading learning and talent teams up to 350 employees with direct budget impact of up to $115 million dollars and indirect budget impact of $1 billion dollars. Brian’s educational background, industry associations, and 20+ years of HR, operations, merchandising, and international experience within a variety of business units lend themselves to change leadership roles where he thrives in transforming businesses, developing talent and driving business performance.