Jamie P. Merisotis, President and CEO, Lumina Foundation

Wed 10/1 4pm – 5pm EST
Forum: Supporting 21st Century Competencies

Jamie P. Merisotis is president and CEO of Lumina Foundation, the nation’s largest private foundation committed solely to enrolling and graduating more students from college.  Under his leadership, Lumina employs a strategic, outcomes-based approach in pursuing the Foundation’s mission of expanding college access and success particularly among low-income, minority and other historically underrepresented populations.  Lumina’s goal is to ensure that, by 2025, 60 percent of Americans hold high quality degrees, certificates and other credentials—up from the current level of less than 40 percent.

Before joining Lumina in 2008, Merisotis founded and served 15 years as president of the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Higher Education Policy, one of the world’s premier education research and policy centers.  He previously served as executive director of the National Commission on Responsibilities for Financing Postsecondary Education, a bipartisan commission appointed by the U.S. president and congressional leaders. Merisotis also helped create the Corporation for National and Community Service (AmeriCorps), and serves on numerous national and international boards of directors, including Bates College in Maine, Anatolia College in Greece, the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, and The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

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Vineet Nayar, DBA, Founder, Sampark Foundation, Former CEO, HCL Technologies

Tues 9/30, 11:00am – 12:00pm EST
Forum: Harnessing Digital Technology

Vineet Nayar is former CEO of HCL Technologies and Founder of Sampark Foundation. He is also author of the highly acclaimed management book “Employees First, Customers Second: Turning Conventional Management Upside Down” (Harvard Business Press, June 2010).

Vineet is an acknowledged management visionary and a radical thinker who architected HCLT’s transformation from $0.7 billion in 2005 to a $4.7 billion Global Technology Services Company with over 85,000 employees spread across 32 countries in 2013. This radical transformation led Fortune to recognize HCL as “the world’s most modern management” while BusinessWeek named HCLT as “one of the world’s most influential companies”; praise that has led HCL’s innovative management practices to be taught as a case study at both the Harvard Business School and London Business School.

Vineet currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the HCL Corporation. He joined HCL in 1985 after earning his MBA from XLRI. In 1993, he founded Comnet and helped it grow into a $1.4 billion dominant leader in Technology Management Services. In 2005, Vineet became President of HCL Technologies and served as the company’s CEO from 2007 till January 2013. During these years he led a remarkable turnaround of the company which saw it revenues and market cap grow by six times.

Vineet was also recently chosen by Fortune Magazine for its first ever, global “Executive Dream Team” 2012 which has been described as an “all-star leadership” that “could coalesce and dominate in any industry”. This is in addition to his inclusion in the elite “Thinkers 50 List” in 2011-12 which is a definitive listing of the world’s top 50 business thinkers. His ideas of organization transformation in form of his book “Employees First, Customers Second” has received rich praise from influencers like the late C.K. Prahalad, Tom Peters, Gary Hamel and Ram Charan and has sold over 100,000 copies worldwide.

Vineet currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the McKinsey Leadership Institute and is on the Advisory Panel of the Global Talent Competitiveness Index established by INSEAD and Human Capital Institute and the Millions Learning Project led by the ex-Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard. He is also the Founding member of Brookings India and has been a Juror of Harvard Business Review’s prestigious McKinsey Prize, two years in a row. Previously Vineet has served as Governor of ICT, member of the Global Advisory Board of Women Leader’s and Gender Parity Program as well as a Community Partner of the Forum of Young Global Leaders at the World Economic Forum.

In 2004, he established Sampark Foundation (www.samparkfoundation.org), which aims to transform the lives of children, youth, and adults through large scale programs in education, social entrepreneurship, livelihoods, and climate. His work in this area over the last decade has seen Vineet being cited in Forbes magazine’s prestigious ’48 Heroes of philanthropy List 2013′.

Vineet spends his spare time reading and writing on management strategy. He hosts two blogs, a personal one at www.vineetnayar.com and another for the Harvard Business Review, which can be found here.

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Martin Nisenholtz, Former Chief Digital Officer, The New York Times Company

Forum: Harnessing Digital Technology

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Martin is a Venture Partner at Firstmark Capital in New York and an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. He recently completed a Fellowship at the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he co-developed Riptide: An Oral History of the Epic Collision between Journalism and Digital Technology, 1980 to the Present (www.digitalriptide.org).  Martin currently serves on the boards of PostMedia Networks (PNC/A), Yellow Media (Y:CN), Exelate, Sulia and RealMatch. He is an advisor to Carmel Ventures and the Online Publishers Association.

From 1995-2012, Martin managed digital operations for The New York Times Company and was the founding leader at nytimes.com in 1996.  In 1983, Martin founded the Interactive Marketing Group (IMG) at Ogilvy & Mather. IMG was the first digital agency at a major US advertising firm.  In 2002, Martin founded the Online Publishers Association, today the leading trade association among quality content providers. Martin began his career as a research scientist and assistant professor at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). He holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA from Penn’s Annenberg School for Communication, where he serves on the Alumni Board.

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Pamela Norley, JD, Executive Vice President of Fidelity’s Enterprise Relationships and Talent Groups, Fidelity Investments

Thurs 10/2, 3pm – 4pm
Forum: Driving Learning Experiences

Pamela Norley is executive vice president of Enterprise Relationships and Talent Groups for Fidelity Investments, a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing and other financial products and services to more than 20 million individuals, institutions and financial intermediaries. In this role, Ms. Norley is responsible for managing Fidelity’s top institutional client relationships and leading talent management and talent acquisition – which focus on building the firm’s talent pipeline through innovative recruiting efforts and world-class development opportunities.

She is a member of Fidelity’s Senior Management Team and also a member of the Executive Committee for the Citizenship Program overseeing Environment, Community and Governance attributes of Fidelity Investments.

Ms. Norley joined Fidelity in 1996, and has held a number of senior leadership positions since then. She joined the Corporate Legal department and was promoted to lead Fidelity’s Legal and Compliance Group for the company’s Human Resources outsourcing businesses. She also led Product Management and Sales for Fidelity’s healthcare outsourcing business. In addition, she oversaw Corporate Mergers, Acquisitions and Strategic Alliances, and Management Consulting and Strategy for Fidelity’s global businesses, including its Global Private Equity and Venture Capital units.

Prior to Fidelity, Ms. Norley served as vice president and senior counsel at Bank of America, and was a litigator in private practice in Connecticut.

Ms. Norley is active on a number of nonprofit boards including the Board of Visitors for the Temple University School of Law and the Board of Trustees for Boston Ballet. She also served on the University of Virginia College Board of Benefactors. Ms. Norley is a member of The Wall Street Journal Women in the Economy Executive Task Force and she founded Fidelity’s Global Women’s Networking Group, and currently serves on its Senior Advisory Council.

Ms. Norley received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia, and is a graduate of the Temple University School of Law, where she received the law school’s Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award in 2007. She is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Executive Women in Leadership Program and the Columbia School of Business Strategic Account Management Program.

See other VIP guest from Fidelity Investments: Sean M. Belka

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John North, Director of Global Operations, Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative

Wed 10/1, 4am – 5am EST
Forum: Fostering Ethical Leadership

John North is a next generation integrational entrepreneur operating across the boundaries of society, business and academia. Following an international strategy consulting career which included founding Accenture’s sustainability practice in Ireland, his passion to make a difference in his home country brought him back to South Africa where he combines local advisory work with an international role as Director Operations of the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative. John is one of the lead contributors to the 50+20 vision “Management Education for the World” and recently directed the design and delivery of a 50+20 Innovation Cohort for Deans and Directors of Business Schools. He holds Information Science and MBA degrees from the University of Pretoria where he founded 2 online businesses during his undergraduate studies, and where he now holds an advisory board position. John and his family lives in the Garden Route of South Africa.

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Ambi M.G. Parameswaran, PhD, Advisor, FCB Ulka Advertising

Tues 9/30, 10am – 11am EST
Forum: Engaging New-Generation Students & Employees

Ambi as he is known, is a Chemical Engineer from IIT Madras (Indian Institute of Technology) and a Management Graduate from IIM Calcutta (Indian Institute of Management).  In a career spanning three decades he has handled assignments in marketing, sales and advertising with companies like Rediffusion DY&R, Boots Company and UDI Yellow Pages before dropping anchor at FCB Ulka Advertising over two decades ago.  He has had a key role in the transformation of Ulka Advertising into FCB Ulka Group, one of India’s top three marketing communication group, with interests in advertising, media, consulting, digital, and healthcare. He has worked on numerous brands including Digene, Brufen, Santoor Soap, Sundrop Cooking Oil, TCS, ICICI Bank, Wipro, Tata Indica Cars, Zee TV among others, covering diverse categories such as automotives, healthcare, telecom, FMCG, corporate etc.

Ambi has been contributing articles to premier business publications, has conducted seminars and branding workshops for Indian/ MNC organizations and industry bodies. He has been a speaker at international forums including the Kellogg India Conference at Northwestern University and Cornell University; he has also been a guest faculty at several business schools including Indian School of Business and his alma mater, IIMC. He has also presented papers at international conferences of Association for Consumer Research and INFORMS.

Ambi now has seven books to his credit including: “FCB-Ulka Brand Building Advertising – Concepts and Cases”; “Building Brand Value – Five Steps to Building Powerful Brands” (Winner of 2007 NTPC – DMA Book Prize), and “For God’s Sake – An adman on the Business of Religion” (the last book was inspired by his research on “Religion and Consumer Behaviour”)

Ambi is involved in several industry organizations such as CII, IAA and has served as the President of Advertising Club Bombay. He successfully completed his PhD from Mumbai University in 2012, and the Advanced Management Programme from Harvard Business School in 2014. He was inducted into the Board of Governors of IIMC in 2007 and he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Madras in April 2009. Ambi was elected as the President of the apex advertising industry body, the Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI) in July 2014.

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Rebecca L. Ray, PhD, Executive Vice President, Knowledge Organization and Human Capital Practice Lead, The Conference Board

Tues 9/30, 2pm – 3pm EST
Forum: Supporting 21st Century Competencies

Chat: Tues 9/30, 11:00 am – 11:30 am EST
Foster Business School and Corporate Partnerships

Rebecca Ray serves as the Executive Vice President, Knowledge Organization and Human Capital Practice Lead for The Conference Board. In this role, she has oversight of the research planning and dissemination process for all three practices areas (Corporate Leadership, Economics & Business Development and Human Capital) and is responsible for the research agenda which, in turn, drives the business planning process for The Conference Board. She is responsible for overall quality and the continuing integration of our research and engagement efforts. She oversees Ask TCB™ our Business Information Service as well as The Conference Board Review®. Rebecca is the leader of the global human capital practice. Human capital research at The Conference Board focuses on human capital analytics, labor markets, workforce readiness, strategic workforce planning, talent management, diversity and inclusion, human resources, leadership development and employee engagement. In addition to published research, related products and services at The Conference Board include peer learning networks, conferences, webcasts, and experiential and other executive events. She hosts the monthly Human Capital Watch™ webcast, which explores current issues, research and practitioner successes in the fi eld of human capital. She oversees the Human Capital Exchange™, a website that offers research and insights from The Conference Board, our knowledge partners, and human capital practitioners. She created the Senior Fellows Program in human capital with some of the profession’s most acclaimed leaders. She is the Director of The Engagement Institute™, a research community of practice she created with Deloitte Consulting and Sirota. She is the co-author of numerous publications with a focus on leadership development and engagement. Rebecca is a frequent speaker at professional and company sponsored conferences and business briefings around the world. She is often a guest in business media (Bloomberg TV (Hong Kong and Europe) and Bloomberg Radio, CNBC India, and her research, commentary, initiatives and the accomplishments of her various teams have been featured in the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and South China Morning Post newspapers as well as in Harvard Business Review, ChiefLearning Offi cer, Leadership Excellence, Training, CIO, Workforce Management, Human Resources, HR Magazine (Hong Kong), Chief Executive Offi cer, HR Magazine (UK), EMBA Magazine (Taiwan), People & Strategy (The Professional Journal of HRPS)and Talent Management. Rebecca was previously a senior executive responsible, at various times, for talent acquisition, organizational learning, training, management and leadership development, employee engagement, performance management, executive assessment, coaching, organizational development, and succession planning at several marquis companies. She taught at Oxford and New York Universities and led a consulting practice for many years, offering leadership assessment and development services to Fortune 500 companies and top-tier professional services fi rms. She was named “Chief Learning Offi cer of the Year” by Chief Learning Offi cer magazine, and one of the “Top 100 People in Leadership Development” by Warren Bennis’s Leadership Excellence magazine. She serves on the Advisory Boards for New York University’s Program in Higher Education/Business Education at The Steinhardt School of Education, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Executive Program in Work-Based Learning Leadership and was recently elected to serve on the Business Practices Council of the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). Rebecca received her Ph.D. from New York University. She is the author of numerous articles and books, including her co-authored work, Measuring Leadership Development (McGraw-Hill) in 2012 and Measuring Employee Engagement (ASTD), expected in 2014.

See other VIP guest from The Conference Board: Jonathan Spector

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John B. Reid-Dodick, JD, Chief People Officer, Dun & Bradstreet Corp.

Wed 10/1, 5pm – 6pm EST
Forum: Driving Learning Experiences

As Chief People Officer of Dun & Bradstreet, John and the HR team are supporting the company’s growth by helping create an authentically human place where top talent committed to the company’s brand and values and obsessed with customers, content, trends, and technology can grow and thrive.

John previously served as Chief People Officer of AOL from 2011 to 2013.  He joined AOL from Thomson Reuters, where he headed HR for Thomson Reuters Markets, which provided content and technology for financial and media markets. Following the Thomson acquisition of Reuters in 2008, Reid-Dodick led the people and culture integration of Reuters and Thomson Financial.  Previously, he held a range of senior HR roles at Reuters in New York and London.

An expert in leadership, talent, and organizational culture and change, John has led a number of initiatives that have received industry awards of excellence and been featured as best practice in publications such as Stephen Bungay, The Art of Action: How Leaders Close the Gaps Between Plans, Actions and Results (2011); Jeff DeGraff and Shawn Quinn, Leading Innovation: How to Jump Start Your Organization’s Growth Engine (2006); and Simon Barrow and Richard Moseley, The Employer Brand (2005).

A lawyer by training, John joined Reuters in 1995, serving as General Counsel for Reuters America from 1997 to 2000.  Prior to Reuters, he was an associate with Sullivan & Cromwell and a law clerk for the Honorable Robert W. Sweet of the Southern District of New York.

John graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1988, where he was Managing Editor of the Harvard Law Review.  He holds a Masters degree in Politics from New York University and a Bachelors degree in Political Studies from the University of Manitoba.

John is married to his high school sweetheart, Darlene, and they have three children – Cassie, a management consultant with Accenture Strategy; Jorie, a 2014 education graduate from Lynn University; and Cody, a sophomore at Georgetown University.

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Max Reinhardt, Worldwide President at DePuy Synthes Spine Companies, Johnson & Johnson

Thursday 10/2, 9am – 10am EST
Forum: Fostering Ethical Leadership

ax Reinhardt is the Worldwide President of DePuy Synthes Spine, a global leader in spinal care. Mr. Reinhardt has been with the company since 2002, most recently as Vice President of Worldwide Marketing.

Mr. Reinhardt began his career with DePuy Spine in 2002 as Director of Sales and Marketing in the U.K. Four years later he became Vice President of Sales in the U.S., and in early 2011, was named Vice President of Worldwide Marketing. In 2012, when Johnson & Johnson completed its acquisition of Synthes, Inc., Mr. Reinhardt was charged with helping to integrate the global spine divisions of both companies into DePuy Synthes Spine.

DePuy Synthes Spine has one of the largest and most diverse portfolios in Spine that includes traditional and minimally invasive devices and solutions for a wide range of spinal disorders. Headquartered in Raynham, Mass., DePuy Synthes Spine is part of the DePuy Synthes Companies, which offer treatments and solutions that span joint reconstruction, trauma, spine, sports medicine, neurological, craniomaxillofacial, power tools and biomaterials.

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Matthew Robb, Partner at Parthenon

Wed 10/1, 4pm – 5pm EST
Forum: Driving Learning Experiences

Matt joined Parthenon in the autumn of 2010, after working in both public and private sectors within theeducation industry. Matt previously worked at McKinsey & Co., where he led strategy and organization work in a wide range of contexts, from highly successful FTSE 3 companies and mid-caps to public sector institutions and government departments. For seven years, Matt worked in the education support services sector, holding P&L responsibility. He led teams working on school improvement (National Challenge), academy development, the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme, and on children’s services technology and management information. Since joining Parthenon, Matt has led our education work in the UK and Europe. He has led work across every stage and sub-sector of education in the UK and across Europe, including public and private schools (K-12), vocational and further education, universities and support services. He has worked in buy and sell-side diligence, international strategy, marketing and sales force strategy and general corporate strategy. Matt holds a degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and was the Gatsby Scholar.

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