DAVID ALMEDA, Ed.D., SPHR
Vice President Human Resources, Kronos
David C. Almeda, Ed.D., SPHR is currently VP of Human Resources at Kronos, Inc. Previous to joining Kronos, Inc., Dave was Vice President of Global Human Resources at Staples, Inc. – responsible for setting the overall human resources strategy and direction for the Staples global HR team. Dave also had responsibility for human resources systems and human resources planning and analytics. Dave has a strong record of translating business strategy into profitable operating results and a proven ability to energize, inspire and lead corporate and field based teams.
He earned a BS in Marketing from the University of New Hampshire system and a MS in Human Resources from Rivier College. In 2009, Dave was awarded a doctoral degree in business and learning from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and Graduate School of Education. Dave also has been certified as a both a Global Professional of Human Resources and a Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR) by the Society for Human Resources Management. Dave resides in Nashua, New Hampshire and enjoys spending time with his wife Erin and his two daughters Shannon and Kathleen.
CEO, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts
As CEO of the newly created Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, Ruth Bramson is building an organization that will create the leaders of tomorrow. Ruth is well known for her work as Executive Vice President of Human Resources for National Grid US, the second largest utilities in the US and a subsidiary of National Grid UK. Prior to joining National Grid, Ruth served as Chief Human Resources Officer, Chief Diversity Officer, and Undersecretary of Administration and Finance for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the Romney administration.
In a career spanning 25 years, Ruth has held executive positions with several major corporations including Shaw’s Supermarkets/Star Markets where she served as Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Chief Diversity Officer, Reebok International, and Charles River Laboratories, a division of Bausch & Lomb. She also spent several years consulting to major New England companies on talent management, culture and change, mergers and acquisitions strategy, and communications.
Ruth holds a Master’s degree from Boston University and an undergraduate degree from Barnard College, Columbia University. She also completed Harvard University’s Executive leadership program for women. Ruth is an international lecturer and published author on many management issues, including strategic change, workplace violence and sexual harassment prevention, and organizational development.
Ruth founded and, for 6 years, chaired Suited for Success, a non-profit organization, which supports women as they transition from welfare to work. Ruth also serves as a commissioner of the Massachusetts Commission of the Status of Women, on the Board of Employers against Domestic Violence, and the Board of Governors of the Tufts-New England Medical Center. She is also a Commissioner of the Massachusetts Service Alliance, which oversees all State funding of volunteer organizations. She is an Advisory Board member of Junior Achievement and a Trustee of Middlesex Community College. Ruth is also a longtime member of the Boston Club.
President & Chief Executive Officer of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources
Andy Brantley is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) and has served as the association’s chief executive since July 1, 2005. Established in 1946, CUPA-HR is the leading voice regarding higher education human resources and workforce issues and serves higher education by providing the knowledge, resources, advocacy and connections to achieve organizational and workforce excellence. CUPA-HR represents over 1,800 colleges and universities and more than 14,000 higher education professionals.
Prior to accepting the position at CUPA-HR, Andy served as Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer at the University of Georgia. Prior to that, he served as Assistant Vice President and Director of Human Resources at Davidson College and Director of Human Resources at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Andy began his professional career as a Labor Relations Representative for the Chrysler Corporation.
He received his Bachelor of Business Administration and his Master of Business Administration degrees from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia.
Andy was the 2000-01 chair of CUPA-HR’s national board, served for five years on the national board of directors, and in 2004 received the association’s highest honor, the Donald E. Dickason Award. Andy frequently presents keynote presentations, workshops and concurrent sessions across the country. He also writes articles for CUPA-HR publications, provides commentary for several higher education publications and blogs from the CUPA-HR Web site.
Senior Principal, Axsium Group
Bob Clements is Senior Principal at Axsium Group, a leading workforce management consulting firm. Mr. Clements leads its global retail practice as well as Axsium’s marketing, service strategy, and other growth initiatives.
Mr. Clements is one of workforce management’s most influential thought leaders. He is a frequent contributor to industry magazines, he is often interviewed by the press to comment on the latest industry trends, and he regularly speaks on webinars and at industry events. Mr. Clements led the National Retail Foundation’s (NRF) Association for Retail Technology Standard (ARTS) committee to establish standards for workforce management integration. He also helped developed ARTS’ Standard Request for Proposal for WFM which is widely used by retailers.
Prior to joining Axsium, Mr. Clements directed product strategy for leading workforce management solutions including Infor Global Solutions, Workbrain, 360Commerce and Simplified Workforce Solutions. Mr. Clements has also held senior management positions at Orbit Commerce, Platinum Technology and Browning & Clements. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.
David Creelman is CEO of Creelman Research. His main interest is in helping HR leaders and CFOs better measure and report on human capital to the CEO, Board and financial markets.
David also does writing, research and speaking on the most critical issues in human capital management. His clients include think tanks, consultants, academics and organizations in Japan, the US, Canada and the EU. He publishes regularly in the US, Japan, Peru, Turkey, Brazil, South Africa, Holland, Romania and Singapore.
He has sat on many thought leader panels with the Human Capital Institute including Global Talent Management, Learning Strategies, and the ROI of Talent Management. He is collaborating with Dr. Dave Ulrich, on the topic of human capital intangibles. (see www.rbl.net “What the Fortune 100 Tells Wall Street”). He is collaborating with Laurie Bassi on improved measurement methods.
Prior to founding his own company David was brought in as Chief of Content and Research for HR.com. As the first employee of HR.com David played an integral role in growing a successful dot com; one that continues to thrive. For many years David was a management consultant in Canada and Malaysia, most notably with the Hay Group. He also taught Rewards and Performance Measures at the University of Malaya executive MBA program. Before venturing into human resources consulting, David worked in finance for Gulf Canada in Toronto and IT for Wood Gundy in London.
He has an MBA from the University of Western Ontario and a Combined Honours B.Sc. in Chemistry and Biochemistry from McMaster.
Vice President for Editorial, ERE Media
Hollon is an award-winning journalist and nationally-recognized expert on leadership, talent management and smart workforce practices. He’s hosted national conferences on benefits, talent management and HR, and has been quoted in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Advertising Age, The Miami Herald, Palm Beach Post, Toledo Blade and many other publications and online sources.
For more than five years, Hollon was editor of Workforce Management, a Crain Communications’ publication based in Irvine, California. As editor, he directed all editorial staff and content for the print magazine, 14 monthly newsletters, and for workforce.com. During his tenure at Workforce Management, he won numerous awards for his magazine column, The Last Word, and his blog, The Business of Management.
Hollon’s roots are in the newspaper business. During his 30-year career, he held editing positions at the late Los Angeles Herald Examiner and California’s Orange County Register. He was the top editor for Gannett at two statewide papers—the Great Falls Tribune in Montana, and The Honolulu Advertiser in Hawaii. He also has deep experience in magazine and online publishing, having been a group editor and editorial director at Fancy Publications in Irvine, and the vice president for editorial at Pets.com in San Francisco. Prior to joining Workforce Management in 2004, Hollon was the editor of the San Diego Business Journal.
He holds an MBA from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management in Malibu, California, and a bachelor’s in journalism from California State University, Long Beach.
In his spare time, Hollon teaches opinion writing at California State University, Fullerton. He’s also trying to squeeze in two writing projects: an opinion-writing textbook and a book on the Tribble-like proliferation of bad workforce practices, and what to do about them.
SHARLYN LAUBY, SPHR, CPLP
The HR Bartender and President of ITM Group Inc.
Sharlyn is the president of the ITM Group, a training company focused on developing programs to retain and engage talent in the workplace. Prior to starting ITM Group, Sharlyn was vice president of human resources for Right Management Consultants, one of the world’s largest organizational consulting firms. She has designed and implemented highly successful programs for employee retention, internal and external customer satisfaction, and leadership development.
Sharlyn launched HR Bartender to provide a “friendly place for everyday workplace issues.”
The blog has been widely recognized in the business world and HR industry. Sharlyn is a prolific writer and popular speaker who has been quoted by Reuters, ABC News, AOL Finance, and The Chicago Tribune. She’s a regular contributor on Mashable, the world’s largest digital publication devoted to social media news. Sharlyn is an adjunct professor teaching Human Resources coursework at Florida Atlantic University.
Sharlyn earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida, and is recognized as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the Society for Human Resource Management and a Certified Professional in Learning Performance (CPLP) from the American Society for Training and Development.
Senior Director Customer Experience & Services Marketing, Kronos
Joyce O’Donnell Maroney is the Senior Director of Customer Experience and Services Marketing at Kronos, a leading provider of software and services for workforce management. She is responsible for marketing strategy and programs for Kronos services and customer programs. She also serves as Managing Director of the Kronos Workforce Institute.
Prior to joining Kronos in 2006, Joyce served as a Vice President at BrassRing LLC for over 6 years. She was responsible for creating and leading a number of functional organizations including Account Management, Product Management, Product Support, Technical Services, Client Education, Consulting and Recruitment Outsourcing. Before joining BrassRing, she spent 7 years at Lotus Development Corporation/IBM in various sales and marketing management positions. Joyce has also held positions at Wang Laboratories, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Software AG, Control Data Corporation, W.R. Grace & Co., Town of Rockport, and Arthur D. Little, Inc.
Joyce chairs the Advisory and Finance Committee for the Town of Nahant and is a former member of the boards of Girls Inc. of Lynn, the Children’s Trust Fund and the Association of Employment Professionals.
Joyce holds an MBA in Finance from Boston University Graduate School of Management in Boston, MA and a BA in Biology from Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT.
SUSAN R. MEISINGER, SPHR, JD
Susan Meisinger is a columnist, speaker and consultant on executive management issues. She is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). SHRM is the world’s largest professional association devoted to human resource management with a mission to serve the needs of HR professionals by providing the most current and comprehensive resources, and promoting HR’s essential, strategic role.
Meisinger, served as President and CEO from 2002 until her retirement from SHRM in 2008. Under Meisinger’s leadership as CEO, SHRM grew from 170,000 members to more than 245,000, revenue grew from $66 million to more than $110 million, and net assets grew from $66 million to more than $150 million, without an increase in dues. SHRM was also recognized by Washingtonian magazine as one of the top 50 “Great Places to Work” in the Washington, D.C., area in 2003.
Prior to joining the Society, Meisinger served as Deputy Under Secretary for the Employment Standards Administration (ESA) in the U.S. Department of Labor. As head of the largest agency within the Department, she was responsible for more than 4,000 employees, a budget of more than $3 billion, and the administration of more than 90 Federal laws and regulations. Meisinger also served as special legal counsel for the Associated Builders and Contractors in Washington, D.C.
Meisinger is a former board member for the World Federation of Personnel Management Associations, where she also served as Secretary General. She served as a member of the board of directors for SHRM and the HR Certification Institute (HRCI), an affiliate of SHRM. She is a former board member of the Ethics Resource Center, a nonprofit devoted to fostering ethical practices in individuals and organizations, where she served from 2001 – 2007. Meisinger also sat on the corporate board for BE&K, a billion dollar international design-build firm for five years, until the company was sold in 2008.
Meisinger is a Fellow and member of the board of the National Academy of Human Resources (NAHR), an organization that recognizes individuals and institutions in HR for outstanding professional achievement and contributions to their field. She also sits on the board of the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.
Acting on behalf of SHRM, Meisinger took an active role to help shape public policy. She has provided testimony and commentary to public policy makers, and is a respected advocate on behalf of the HR profession. Meisinger frequently serves as an expert on workplace and business issues in the national media and has appeared on CNN, CNBC and NBC Nightly News as well as other well known broadcast news programs. She has also appeared in stories in the New York Times, Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, among other leading national publications.
In addition, Meisinger-with former SHRM President and CEO Mike Losey and University of Michigan business school professor David Ulrich-co-authored and edited “The Future of Human Resource Management,” which was published in 2005 by John Wiley & Sons. In the book, 64 thought leaders explore the critical HR issues of today and tomorrow.
Meisinger received a bachelor’s degree from Mary Washington College and a law degree from the National Law Center of George Washington University. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association and has earned certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources from HRCI.
JOHN-ANTHONY C. MEZA
Vice President, Workforce Readiness, Corporate Voices for Working Families
John-Anthony is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Corporate Voices’ workforce readiness development and implementation. This includes overseeing workforce readiness research, public policy, and working with Corporate Voices’ partner companies and other business leaders to identify leading edge models and business practices. Additionally, he works with other not for profit and advocacy leaders, and policymakers, to educate them about the business perspective on critical issues that impact working families.
Prior to joining Corporate Voices, John-Anthony oversaw KPMG’s corporate citizenship programs, managing key relationships with various national non-profits including First Book, the American Cancer Society and Junior Achievement, as well as, the U.S. Chambers of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center and the Points of Light Institute/Hands On Network. Preceding KPMG, John-Anthony held various human resources and operations management roles, in a variety of from small to large non-profits and private firms, touching numerous sectors including social services, healthcare, information technology, professional services.
John-Anthony sits on the Strategic Advisory Board of the Alliance for Work Life Progress and is the board president for the Washington Improv Theater. This past year he was honored by First Book with their Hero Award, and in 2007 was awarded the inaugural Bonnie Dayan Award from the Center for Companies That Care and in 2006 received the inaugural Work-Life Rising Star Award.
DR. TIM PORTER O’GRADY
Senior Partner, Tim Porter O’Grady Associates, Inc.
Dr. Tim Porter-O’Grady has been involved in health care for 40 years and has held roles from staff nurse to senior executive in a variety of health care settings. Tim is currently senior partner of an international healthcare consulting firm in Atlanta specializing in health futures, organizational innovation, conflict and change, as well as complex health service delivery models (www.tpogassociates.com). He is noted for his work on shared governance models, clinical leadership, conflict, innovation, complex systems, and health futures. As associate professor and leadership scholar at Arizona State University, Program in Health Innovation, he has co-lead the implementation of the new Masters and PhD programs in Health Innovation; He is visiting Professor in the hybrid DNP Program at University of Maryland, and is an adjunct professor at Lakehead University, School of Public Health, Ontario, CANADA.
Dr. Porter-O’Grady holds graduate degrees in clinical leadership, 2 earned doctorates; one in learning behavior and a second in organizational and systems leadership. In addition, he received a Doctor of Science degree, honoris causa, from the Medical University of Ohio. He has done post-doctoral work in aging and is dual board certified as a nurse executive and advanced practice in gerontology. Tim is also certified by the Georgia Supreme Court’s Office of Dispute Resolution as a registered mediator and arbitrator.
Tim has published extensively in health care with over 175 professional journal articles and 21 books and is a 7-time winner of the AJN Healthcare Book of the Year Award. He has consulted internationally with over 500 institutions and has lectured in over 1000 settings internationally. He has held a number of offices in professional associations and national and community boards such as the vice chair of the governing board of Catholic Health East, governor with Sigma Theta Tau International, president of AID Atlanta, and the STT International Foundation, just to name a few.
WILLIAM TINCUP, SPHR
CEO of HR consultancy Tincup & Co
He’s one of the country’s leading thinkers on social media application for human resources, an expert on adoption of HR technology and damn fine marketer. William has been blogging about HR related issues since 2007. He’s a contributor to Fistful of Talent, TalentCulture, and HRExaminer and also co-hosts a daily HR podcast called DriveThruHR. Tweet him @williamtincup
William is a graduate of the University of Alabama of Birmingham with a BA in Art History. He also earned a MA from the University of Arizona and a MBA from Case Western Reserve University.
Professor and Assistant Dean of the Labor and Human Resources School, Renmin University of China
Professor Yang brings a broad international perspective to the board of the Workforce Institute. Professor Yang is Professor and Assistant Dean of the Labor and Human Resources School, Renmin University of China and Deputy Director, China Institute for Employment Research, Renmin University of China.
He is also currently serving as a guest researcher at the Center for Human Resource Research of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. His research is focused on human resource management, labor economics, strategic human resource auditing, and employment theories and policies.
Before joining Renmin University, Professor Yang worked for a wide range of enterprises including Shenzhen Neptunus Group Co., Ltd., China Nam Kwong National Import & Export Corporation, Nam Kwong (Czech) Corporation, and China Everbright Bank. He has done extensive human resource management research for the Ministry of Commerce of China and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
He led and participated in a number of strategic HR consulting and training programs for large state-owned companies, private businesses, and joint ventures across all industries.
He graduated from Renmin University of China and has a PhD of Economics from the Graduate Institute of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He was a visiting doctoral student at Department of Economy and Business Administration, Frankfurt University. In 2005, he participated with the University of Osnabrueck, Germany in a cooperative research project sponsored by DAAD- Programme des Projektbezogenen Personenaustauschs, which sponsors intensive cooperative research between German institutions and foreign partner institutions.
He served as a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (U.S.) for several years.
Professor Yang authored many books and articles on topics such as strategic HR planning, talent shortages, and the development of China’s labor market. His most recent books include The Transformation in China’s Employment Policies and Labor Market Policies Review From a Global Perspective.
TIAN XIN MIN
Associate Professor, Associate Dean, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Tian Xin Min is the associate dean and professor for the department of operations at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University, in the People’s Republic of China.
Shanghai Jiao Tong University is one of the oldest universities in China. The University, through its century-long history, has nurtured large numbers of outstanding figures and made significant contributions to the thriving and prosperity of the nation and the development of science and technology.
In addition to teaching at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Xin Min is the executive vice president of the Secretary-General for the Shanghai Institute of Behavioral Science and is a consultant for the Shanghai Enterprises Federation Democratic Management Committee.
Xin Min received his PhD from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, where he completed studies and research within the field of Enterprise Management. He also completed his MBA and MS degrees in Management, and holds a BA in Industrial Management Engineering.