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President, Weber Business Services, LLC

COO, BambooHR

CEO and Author, WorkingSmarts

Founder/Host of the Unmistakable Creative Podcast

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Principal and Founder, Bersin by Deloitte

Author, “First Break All The Rules”

Workplace Innovator, Culture and Leadership Consultant and Former Chief Talent Officer, Netflix

Organisational psychologist, Wharton professor, New York Times bestselling author

World’s #1 Leadership Thinker; What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

Psychologist and author of The Willpower Instinct

President and Chief Executive Officer, SHRM

CEO, Boxed

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Srinivas Rao

Founder/Host of the Unmistakable Creative Podcast

Srinivas Rao is the host and founder of the Unmistakable Creative podcast, where he’s interviewed more than 700 people ranging from bank robbers to billionaires.Guest have included Danielle Laporte, Glenn Beck, Tim Ferriss, Elle Luna, Seth Godin and 100’s of others. His self-published book The Art of Being Unmistakable was a Wall Street Journal bestseller.

Josh Bersin

Principal and Founder, Bersin by Deloitte

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.

Marcus Buckingham

Author, "First Break All The Rules"

Marcus first conquered the bestseller lists in 1999 with First, Break All the Rules. While the title may imply an iconoclastic streak, his continuing plea for managers to break with tradition has nothing to do with rebellion; instead, he argues, rules must be broken and discarded because they stifle the originality and uniqueness — the strengths — that can enable all of us to achieve our highest performance. His latest book, StandOut, has launched not just a new strengths assessment but an entire productivity platform based on a new research methodology to reveal your top two “strength Roles” — your areas of comparative advantage. StandOut goes beyond description to give people practical innovations that fit their strengths, and provide managers and leaders with quick insights on how to get the best from each member of their team. Marcus has worked with the world’s most prestigious companies, including Facebook, Toyota, Coca-Cola, Wells Fargo, Microsoft and Disney, to name just a few. His compelling message has also drawn attention from numerous media outlets. He has appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Larry King Live,” “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America” and “The View,” and has been profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Fortune, Fast Company, and Harvard Business Review.

Patty McCord

Workplace Innovator, Culture and Leadership Consultant and Former Chief Talent Officer, Netflix

"Patty McCord coaches and advises a small group of companies and entrepreneurs on culture and leadership as the Principal of Patty McCord Consulting. She has many years of working with business leaders and aspiring management to help people realise and practice leadership. She is an innovative businessperson who is willing to push the boundaries of thinking about the way we work. McCord served as chief talent officer of Netflix for 12 years. Along with input from the Netflix management team, she helped to create the Netflix Culture Deck. When it was posted on the web, this presentation took on a life of its own. Sheryl Sandberg has said it “may be the most important document ever to come out of Silicon Valley.” The presentation has been viewed more than five million times. McCord was in charge of operationalizing those concepts. This involved creating or sometimes eliminating patterns, systems and structure so that the words and aspirations of the culture document became behaviors and modes of operating. McCord participated in the Initial Public Offering (IPO) with Netflix and before that with Pure Atria Software. She has worked with small start-ups and very large companies. She is a veteran of Sun Microsystems, Borland and Seagate Technologies. Her background includes staffing, diversity, communications and international Human Resources positions."

Adam Grant

Organisational psychologist, Wharton professor, New York Times bestselling author.

Adam Grant is Wharton’s top-rated professor. He has been recognised as one of the world’s 10 most influential management thinkers and Fortune’s 40 under 40. He is the New York Times bestselling author of three books that have sold over a million copies and been translated into 35 languages: Give and Take, Originals, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg. His books have been praised by J.J. Abrams, Richard Branson, Bill and Melinda Gates, and Malcolm Gladwell. Adam’s two TED talks have been viewed over 11 million times; his keynote speaking and consulting clients include Facebook and Google, the NBA, the Gates Foundation, and the U.S. Army and Navy. He hosts WorkLife, a TED original podcast, writes for The New York Times on work and psychology, and serves on the Lean In board and the Department of Defense Innovation Board. He received his B.A. from Harvard and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Adam is a former magician and junior Olympic springboard diver.

Marshall Goldsmith

World’s #1 Leadership Thinker; What Got You Here Won't Get You There

"Dr. Goldsmith is the author or editor of 35 books, which have sold over two million copies, been translated into 30 languages and become bestsellers in 12 countries. He has written two New York Times bestsellers, MOJO and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There – a Wall Street Journal #1 business book and winner of the Harold Longman Award for Business Book of the Year. His new book Triggers: Creating Behavior that Lasts – Becoming the Person You Want to Be will be published May 19, 2015. Marshall’s global professional acknowledgments include: Harvard Business Review – World’s #1 Leadership Thinker, Institute for Management Studies – Lifetime Achievement Award (one of only two ever awarded), American Management Association - 50 great thinkers and leaders who have influenced the field of management over the past 80 years, BusinessWeek – 50 great leaders in America, Wall Street Journal – top ten executive educators, Forbes – five most-respected executive coaches, Leadership Excellence – top ten thinkers on leadership, Economic Times (India) – top CEO coaches, Harvard Business Review (Poland) – Leadership Thinker of the Decade, CEO Global (Canada) – World’s #1 Leadership Speaker, Economist (UK) – most credible executive advisors in the new era of business, National Academy of Human Resources – Fellow of the Academy (America’s top HR award), World HRD Congress – global leader in HR thinking, Tata Award (India) for Global HR Excellence, Fast Company – America’s preeminent executive coach and Leader to Leader Institute – Leader of the Future Award. His work has been recognised by nearly every professional organisation in his field."

Kelly McGonigal

Psychologist and author of The Willpower Instinct

As a pioneer in the field of “science-help,” Dr. Kelly McGonigal’s mission is to translate insights from psychology and neuroscience into practical strategies that support personal well-being and strengthen communities. She is the author of several books, including the international bestseller The Willpower Instinct and her latest book The Upside of Stress.Her 2013 TED talk, “How to Make Stress Your Friend,” is one of the 20 Most Viewed TED talks of all time, with 13 million views. Through the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism, she co-authored the Stanford Compassion Cultivation Training and studies how social connection can promote health, happiness, and resilience. Dr. McGonigal has consulted for a wide range of non-profit organisations and industries to bring evidence-based strategies for well-being into the workplace, healthcare, education, technology, and community outreach. In her free time, she is a passionate advocate for animal rescue and volunteers as an adoption counselor for Best Friends Animal Society.

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.

President and Chief Executive Officer, SHRM

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest HR professional society. Under his leadership, the Society has grown to a record 300,000 members in over 165 countries who impact the lives of 115 million workers every day. Mr. Taylor holds both a Doctor of Jurisprudence and a Master of Arts with honors from Drake University. He obtained a Bachelor of Science with honors from the University of Miami. He is licensed to practice law in Florida, Illinois and Washington, D.C.

Chieh Huang

CEO, Boxed

Chieh Huang is Co-Founder and CEO of Boxed, a company that is disrupting the wholesale shopping club experience by enabling you to shop for bulk-sised items online or via mobile app and have them delivered directly to your door. Founded by Huang and three others in 2013, Forbes Magazine recently named Boxed one of the next “billion dollar startups.” The company currently delivers anywhere in the Continental United States, offers free two-day shipping on most orders, has raised over €150 million in funding, and is known for its creative employee perks. In 2015, Huang, the son of Taiwanese immigrants, announced he would be personally paying for the college tuition of all of his employees' children. Prior to founding Boxed, Huang served as the CEO of Astro Ape, one of the first mobile social gaming studios. Upon leading Astro Ape to acquisition by Zynga, Huang stayed on as Director of Zynga Mobile NY, leading the fastest and most efficient game team at the company. Huang's personal honors include being named to Goldman Sachs’ list of 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs (2016), to National Retail Federation’s list of People Shaping Retails Future (2017) and as one of Crain’s 40 Under 40 (2017). In addition, under Huang’s guidance, Boxed was named Emerging E-retailer of the Year by Internet Retailer in 2016. A passionate advocate for education, Huang has been invited to participate in various meetings at The White House where he discussed ways Boxed and the private sector at large can help solve the student debt crisis. Huang is also a sought-after voice on the future of eCommerce. Huang is a 2003 graduate of The Johns Hopkins University and received his JD from Fordham University in 2007. He currently sits on the board of Johns Hopkins’ Second Decade Society and is a founding member of the New York chapter of the Leaders Forum, an organisation dedicated to developing pathways for Asian American Pacific Islanders to move from private sector leadership to public service. He is also a member of the Young Presidents Organisation (YPO).

Srinivas Rao

Founder/Host of the Unmistakable Creative Podcast

Srinivas Rao is the host and founder of the Unmistakable Creative podcast, where he’s interviewed more than 700 people ranging from bank robbers to billionaires.Guest have included Danielle Laporte, Glenn Beck, Tim Ferriss, Elle Luna, Seth Godin and 100’s of others. His self-published book The Art of Being Unmistakable was a Wall Street Journal bestseller.

Josh Bersin

Principal and Founder, Bersin by Deloitte

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.

Marcus Buckingham

Author, "First Break All The Rules"

Marcus first conquered the bestseller lists in 1999 with First, Break All the Rules. While the title may imply an iconoclastic streak, his continuing plea for managers to break with tradition has nothing to do with rebellion; instead, he argues, rules must be broken and discarded because they stifle the originality and uniqueness — the strengths — that can enable all of us to achieve our highest performance. His latest book, StandOut, has launched not just a new strengths assessment but an entire productivity platform based on a new research methodology to reveal your top two “strength Roles” — your areas of comparative advantage. StandOut goes beyond description to give people practical innovations that fit their strengths, and provide managers and leaders with quick insights on how to get the best from each member of their team. Marcus has worked with the world’s most prestigious companies, including Facebook, Toyota, Coca-Cola, Wells Fargo, Microsoft and Disney, to name just a few. His compelling message has also drawn attention from numerous media outlets. He has appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Larry King Live,” “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America” and “The View,” and has been profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Fortune, Fast Company, and Harvard Business Review.

Patty McCord

Workplace Innovator, Culture and Leadership Consultant and Former Chief Talent Officer, Netflix

"Patty McCord coaches and advises a small group of companies and entrepreneurs on culture and leadership as the Principal of Patty McCord Consulting. She has many years of working with business leaders and aspiring management to help people realise and practice leadership. She is an innovative businessperson who is willing to push the boundaries of thinking about the way we work. McCord served as chief talent officer of Netflix for 12 years. Along with input from the Netflix management team, she helped to create the Netflix Culture Deck. When it was posted on the web, this presentation took on a life of its own. Sheryl Sandberg has said it “may be the most important document ever to come out of Silicon Valley.” The presentation has been viewed more than five million times. McCord was in charge of operationalizing those concepts. This involved creating or sometimes eliminating patterns, systems and structure so that the words and aspirations of the culture document became behaviors and modes of operating. McCord participated in the Initial Public Offering (IPO) with Netflix and before that with Pure Atria Software. She has worked with small start-ups and very large companies. She is a veteran of Sun Microsystems, Borland and Seagate Technologies. Her background includes staffing, diversity, communications and international Human Resources positions."

Adam Grant

Organisational psychologist, Wharton professor, New York Times bestselling author.

Adam Grant is Wharton’s top-rated professor. He has been recognised as one of the world’s 10 most influential management thinkers and Fortune’s 40 under 40. He is the New York Times bestselling author of three books that have sold over a million copies and been translated into 35 languages: Give and Take, Originals, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg. His books have been praised by J.J. Abrams, Richard Branson, Bill and Melinda Gates, and Malcolm Gladwell. Adam’s two TED talks have been viewed over 11 million times; his keynote speaking and consulting clients include Facebook and Google, the NBA, the Gates Foundation, and the U.S. Army and Navy. He hosts WorkLife, a TED original podcast, writes for The New York Times on work and psychology, and serves on the Lean In board and the Department of Defense Innovation Board. He received his B.A. from Harvard and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Adam is a former magician and junior Olympic springboard diver.

Marshall Goldsmith

World’s #1 Leadership Thinker; What Got You Here Won't Get You There

"Dr. Goldsmith is the author or editor of 35 books, which have sold over two million copies, been translated into 30 languages and become bestsellers in 12 countries. He has written two New York Times bestsellers, MOJO and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There – a Wall Street Journal #1 business book and winner of the Harold Longman Award for Business Book of the Year. His new book Triggers: Creating Behavior that Lasts – Becoming the Person You Want to Be will be published May 19, 2015. Marshall’s global professional acknowledgments include: Harvard Business Review – World’s #1 Leadership Thinker, Institute for Management Studies – Lifetime Achievement Award (one of only two ever awarded), American Management Association - 50 great thinkers and leaders who have influenced the field of management over the past 80 years, BusinessWeek – 50 great leaders in America, Wall Street Journal – top ten executive educators, Forbes – five most-respected executive coaches, Leadership Excellence – top ten thinkers on leadership, Economic Times (India) – top CEO coaches, Harvard Business Review (Poland) – Leadership Thinker of the Decade, CEO Global (Canada) – World’s #1 Leadership Speaker, Economist (UK) – most credible executive advisors in the new era of business, National Academy of Human Resources – Fellow of the Academy (America’s top HR award), World HRD Congress – global leader in HR thinking, Tata Award (India) for Global HR Excellence, Fast Company – America’s preeminent executive coach and Leader to Leader Institute – Leader of the Future Award. His work has been recognised by nearly every professional organisation in his field."

Kelly McGonigal

Psychologist and author of The Willpower Instinct

As a pioneer in the field of “science-help,” Dr. Kelly McGonigal’s mission is to translate insights from psychology and neuroscience into practical strategies that support personal well-being and strengthen communities. She is the author of several books, including the international bestseller The Willpower Instinct and her latest book The Upside of Stress.Her 2013 TED talk, “How to Make Stress Your Friend,” is one of the 20 Most Viewed TED talks of all time, with 13 million views. Through the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism, she co-authored the Stanford Compassion Cultivation Training and studies how social connection can promote health, happiness, and resilience. Dr. McGonigal has consulted for a wide range of non-profit organisations and industries to bring evidence-based strategies for well-being into the workplace, healthcare, education, technology, and community outreach. In her free time, she is a passionate advocate for animal rescue and volunteers as an adoption counselor for Best Friends Animal Society.

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.

President and Chief Executive Officer, SHRM

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest HR professional society. Under his leadership, the Society has grown to a record 300,000 members in over 165 countries who impact the lives of 115 million workers every day. Mr. Taylor holds both a Doctor of Jurisprudence and a Master of Arts with honors from Drake University. He obtained a Bachelor of Science with honors from the University of Miami. He is licensed to practice law in Florida, Illinois and Washington, D.C.

Chieh Huang

CEO, Boxed

Chieh Huang is Co-Founder and CEO of Boxed, a company that is disrupting the wholesale shopping club experience by enabling you to shop for bulk-sised items online or via mobile app and have them delivered directly to your door. Founded by Huang and three others in 2013, Forbes Magazine recently named Boxed one of the next “billion dollar startups.” The company currently delivers anywhere in the Continental United States, offers free two-day shipping on most orders, has raised over €150 million in funding, and is known for its creative employee perks. In 2015, Huang, the son of Taiwanese immigrants, announced he would be personally paying for the college tuition of all of his employees' children. Prior to founding Boxed, Huang served as the CEO of Astro Ape, one of the first mobile social gaming studios. Upon leading Astro Ape to acquisition by Zynga, Huang stayed on as Director of Zynga Mobile NY, leading the fastest and most efficient game team at the company. Huang's personal honors include being named to Goldman Sachs’ list of 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs (2016), to National Retail Federation’s list of People Shaping Retails Future (2017) and as one of Crain’s 40 Under 40 (2017). In addition, under Huang’s guidance, Boxed was named Emerging E-retailer of the Year by Internet Retailer in 2016. A passionate advocate for education, Huang has been invited to participate in various meetings at The White House where he discussed ways Boxed and the private sector at large can help solve the student debt crisis. Huang is also a sought-after voice on the future of eCommerce. Huang is a 2003 graduate of The Johns Hopkins University and received his JD from Fordham University in 2007. He currently sits on the board of Johns Hopkins’ Second Decade Society and is a founding member of the New York chapter of the Leaders Forum, an organisation dedicated to developing pathways for Asian American Pacific Islanders to move from private sector leadership to public service. He is also a member of the Young Presidents Organisation (YPO).