2019 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Cathy Engelbert

CEO of Deloitte

Cathy Engelbert leads one of the largest professional services organizations in the United States with more than 85,000 professionals, providing services to over 80 percent of the Fortune 500.

Richard Thaler

2017 Nobel Prize Winner

Thaler is known for his lifelong pursuit of behavioral economics (and its subfield, behavioral finance), which is the study of economics (and finance) from a psychological perspective.

Allyson Felix

Olympic Gold Medalist, Track and Field

Allyson has won a total of 9 Olympic Medals and 16 World Championships throughout her career. She is the most decorated track and field athlete in history.

Marcus Buckingham

Bestselling Author and Consultant

Marcus Buckingham, called the “founder of the strengths revolution,” is known for encouraging leaders to focus on what they do best, rather than on weaknesses.

Marcus Buckingham

Bestselling Author, Researcher, and Talent Expert

Marcus Buckingham, called the “founder of the strengths revolution,” is known for encouraging leaders to focus on what they do best, rather than on weaknesses.

Allyson Felix

Olympic Gold Medalist, Track and Field

Allyson has won a total of 9 Olympic Medals and 16 World Championships throughout her career. She is the most decorated track and field athlete in history.

Cathy Engelbert

CEO of Deloitte

Cathy Engelbert leads one of the largest professional services organizations in the United States with more than 96,000 professionals, providing services to over 80 percent of the Fortune 500.

Richard Thaler

2017 Nobel Prize Winner

Thaler is known for his lifelong pursuit of behavioral economics (and its subfield, behavioral finance), which is the study of economics (and finance) from a psychological perspective.

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2019 Conference Speakers

Marcus Buckingham

Bestselling Author, Researcher, and Talent Expert

Ceci Clark

Mental Performance Coach, Cleveland Indians

Daniel Coyle

Bestselling Author and Contributing Editor, Outside Magazine

Angela Duckworth

MacArthur Fellow, Founder and CEO of Character Lab, Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, and Faculty Co-Director of Wharton People Analytics

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Marcus Buckingham, called the “founder of the strengths revolution,” is known for encouraging leaders to focus on what they do best, rather than on weaknesses. The definitive treatment of strengths in the workplace can be found in his best-selling books, such as Now, Discover Your Strengths and First, Break All the Rules. Marcus currently guides the vision of ADP Research Institute, leading People + Performance research. His ninth book, Nine Lies about Work takes an in-depth look at the lies that pervade our workplaces and the core truths that will help us change it for the better.

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Ceci Clark is a Mental Performance Coach for the Cleveland Indians. In her role, Ceci works closely with coaches, coordinators, strength and conditioning personnel, athletic trainers, and front office staff to integrate mental performance into assessment and training plans for players, teams, and programs. She also works closely with the scouting department to support the amateur draft. Previously, Ceci worked in the United States Army for the Special Warfare Center and School as “Head of Performance” for the Special Operations Cognitive Enhancement Program.

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Daniel Coyle is the New York Times bestselling author of The Culture Code, named Best Business Book of 2018 by Bloomberg, BookPal, and Business Insider. Coyle’s other books include The Talent Code, The Secret Race, and The Little Book of Talent; he also works as a special advisor to the Cleveland Indians.

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Angela Duckworth is the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, faculty co-director of the Penn-Wharton Behavior Change For Good initiative, and faculty co-director of Wharton People Analytics. She is also the Founder and CEO of Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the science and practice of character development. Duckworth was a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, and has advised the White House, World Bank, Fortune 500 CEOs, and NBA and NFL teams. Duckworth has received many awards for her contributions to K-12 education, and her TED talk is among the most-viewed of all time. Her first book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, is a #1 New York Times best seller.

Cathy Engelbert

CEO, Deloitte

Allyson Felix

Olympic Gold Medalist, Track and Field

Geoffrey Garrett

Dean, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Reliance Professor of Management and Private Enterprise

Manish Goel

CEO and Co-Founder, TrustSphere

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Cathy Engelbert leads one of the largest professional services organizations in the United States as CEO of Deloitte. For more than 30 years, Cathy has had a distinguished career serving large and complex global clients and has served as a specialist in financial instruments. She is chair of the Center for Audit Quality Governing Board and, as a strong supporter of diversity and inclusion, the first woman to serve as chair of the Catalyst Board, a global non-profit organization that promotes inclusive workplaces for women. Cathy regularly speaks to the media about global business trends, Deloitte’s growth strategy, and the new business reality—including the influence of marketplace shifts on the future workplace, as well as opportunities for advancing diversity and inclusion in corporate America.

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Just ten weeks after Allyson Felix’s first track practice, she was racing at the California State Finals. Allyson accomplished impressive feats over her high school track career and quickly emerged as the new American female sprinter to watch. Since then, Allyson has gone on to win three Gold Medals in the 2012 London Olympic Games, followed by two more Gold Medals and a Silver Medal in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Under the tutelage of Coach Bob Kersee, she has won a total of 9 Olympic Medals and 16 World Championships throughout her career. She is the most decorated track and field athlete in history.

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Geoffrey Garrett is Dean, Reliance Professor of Management and Private Enterprise, Professor of Management at The Wharton School, and Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He became Dean of the Wharton School in 2014, and was previously a member of the Wharton faculty in the Management Department from 1995 to 1997. Prior to his return to Penn, Dr. Garrett was dean of the business schools at both the University of Sydney and UNSW, in his native Australia. He served as President of the Pacific Council on International Policy in Los Angeles and Dean of the UCLA International Institute before his return to Australia in 2008 as founding CEO of the United States Studies Centre. A highly cited international political economist, he has been a professor at Oxford, Stanford and Yale universities.

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Tech entrepreneur and Future of Work visionary Manish Goel is the Founder and CEO of TrustSphere, the pioneers in Relationship Analytics and passive Organizational Network Analysis (ONA). A passionate advocate of Network Science, Goel helps global organizations understand the value of relationship capital and leverage network science to empirically understand how the organization functions, engages and collaborates. Earlier in his career, he was an Investment Director with PwC Venture Partners in London and Chairman of the not-for-profit Online Trust Alliance.

Shuba Gopal

Senior Scientist, People Analytics, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Adam Grant

The Saul P. Steinberg Professor of Management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Author, and Faculty Co-Director of Wharton People Analytics

Stephanie Lampkin

Founder and CEO, Blendoor

Ayreann Luedders

Senior Director of Academy Operations, Walmart

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Shuba Gopal is a data scientist and Senior People Scientist in the People Insights group at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. In her current role, she develops data-driven approaches to support the Broad community as it seeks to accelerate the understanding and treatment of human diseases. She studies how scientific teams collaborate and explores ways to model how people engage with each other, their physical environment and with the institute. Previously, she was a computational biologist, developing algorithms and statistical methods to predict clinical outcomes in diseases states. In addition to her scientific contributions, Gopal was co-chair of an institute-wide strategic planning exercise known as Broadnext10. She helped lead a workstream focused on defining the key components of Broad’s culture and what would be needed to sustain it in the decade ahead. She has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific papers, co-authored a bioinformatics textbook and was recognized with a Broad Excellence and Achievement award in 2014.

Gopal earned her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and her Ph.D. in computational genomics from Rockefeller University. She taught bioinformatics at the Rochester Institute of Technology for five years prior to joining the Broad Institute in 2009.

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Adam Grant has been recognized as one of the world’s 10 most influential management thinkers and Fortune‘s 40 under 40. As an organizational psychologist, he studies how we can find motivation and meaning, and build more generous and creative workplaces. He is the author of three New York Times bestselling books that have sold over a million copies and been translated into 35 languages: Give and Take, Originals, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg. Adam hosts WorkLife, a TED original podcast. His TED talks have been viewed more than 11 million times in the past two years. He serves on the Lean In board and the Defense Innovation Board, and is Faculty Co-Director of Wharton People Analytics. He is a former magician and junior Olympic springboard diver.

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Stephanie Lampkin, TEDx speaker and former downhill ski racer, has graced the cover of The Atlantic, MIT Tech Review 35 under 35 and Forbes to name a few. She is the founder & CEO of Blendoor, enterprise software that mitigates unconscious bias in hiring. Stephanie has had a 15 year career in the tech industry founding two startups and working in technical roles at Lockheed, Microsoft, and TripAdvisor. Stephanie holds a BS in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from MIT. Born in SE Washington, DC to a homeless single mother that battled a drug addiction, Stephanie has seen the world through many lenses and experienced being over-marginalized and underestimated. These experiences have given her insights that she now uses to promote technology that levels playing fields and helps us see people better.

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Ayreann Luedders is currently Senior Director of Walmart Academy Operations. In this role, Ayreann and her team are responsible for the operation of the 200 field-based training Academies which includes the training of associates from the role of hourly supervisor through market manager. The Academies were introduced to Walmart in 2016 and are focused on training Walmart associates to perform their roles using a hands-on approach along with integrating technology. She holds an undergraduate degree in Accounting from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Master’s in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Kansas State University.

Cade Massey

Practice Professor, Operations, Information, and Decisions at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and Faculty Co-Director of Wharton People Analytics

RJ Milnor

VP of Talent Management Operations, McKesson

Meg Mitchell

Senior Research Scientist, Google

Eva Murray

Data Community Leader, CyclePlot Ltd

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Cade Massey is a Professor of the Practice at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. His research is on decision-making, especially the challenge of blending algorithmic and expert judgment. He is a long-time consultant to professional sports teams on personnel evaluation and organizational decision-making. Massey teaches graduate courses on negotiation, influence and decision-making, as well as Coursera courses on people analytics and influence.

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RJ Milnor, VP of Talent Management Operations & Analytics for McKesson Corporation — a Fortune 10 company — is an HR leader with 18+ years of global experience delivering business results through data-driven people strategies. RJ leads people analytics and workforce planning at McKesson, enabling workforce information to play an increasingly important role in the business. Leveraging data and partnerships from across the enterprise, his team provides data-driven insights that help inform business decisions, increase productivity, and continuously improve employees’ experience at work. His writing has appeared in numerous books and journals, and RJ received the Bersin by Deloitte WhatWorks Award for Transforming HR.

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Meg Mitchell is a Senior Research Scientist in Google’s Research & Machine Intelligence group, working on artificial intelligence. Her research involves vision-language and grounded language generation, focusing on how to evolve artificial intelligence towards positive goals. This includes research on helping computers to communicate based on what they can process, as well as projects to create assistive and clinical technology from the state of the art in AI. Her work combines computer vision, natural language processing, social media, many statistical methods, and insights from cognitive science.

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Eva Murray leads the Business Intelligence department at Exasol, a leading database software company in the analytics industry and is co-author of #MakeoverMonday: Improving How We Visualize and Analyze Data, One Chart at a Time. She is the co-host of the weekly social data project #MakeoverMonday, connecting data professionals around the globe for data challenges, learning and development opportunities. Eva’s mission is to help others grow their skills and enhance their professional careers in data, analytics and data visualization.

Arvind Narayanan

Associate Professor of Computer Science, Princeton University

Samir Nurmohamed

Assistant Professor of Management, University of Pennsylvania

Daniel Pink

Bestselling author of When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing and other books about work, management, and behavioral science

Meg Popovic

Director of Athlete Well-Being and Performance, Toronto Maple Leafs

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Arvind Narayanan is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Princeton. He leads the Princeton Web Transparency and Accountability Project to uncover how companies collect and use our personal information. Narayanan also leads a research team investigating the security, anonymity, and stability of cryptocurrencies as well as novel applications of blockchains. He co-created a Massive Open Online Course as well as a textbook on Bitcoin and cryptocurrency technologies. His doctoral research showed the fundamental limits of de-identification, for which he received the Privacy Enhancing Technologies Award.

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Samir Nurmohamed’s research aims to understand the processes and conditions under which individuals can endure, develop, and succeed when they are the targets of adversity. In this vein, his research program spans two primary areas: motivation and initiative. Samir (or as he is known to his students and friends, “Nurmo”) teaches the MBA core course on the Foundations of Teamwork and Leadership (MGMT 610), as well as an elective on Power and Politics in Organizations (MGMT 272/772). At Wharton, he has received several teaching awards, including the Excellence in Teaching for the Undergraduate Division Award and MBA Teaching Commitment and Curricular Innovation Award.

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Daniel H. Pink is the author of six provocative books — including his latest, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, which spent four months on the New York Times bestseller list and was named a best book of 2018 by Amazon, iBooks, Goodreads, and several more outlets. His other books include the long-running New York Times bestseller A Whole New Mind and the #1 New York Times bestsellers Drive and To Sell is Human. His books have sold 3 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 39 languages. He lives in Washington, DC, with his family.

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Meg Popovic is the Director of Athlete Wellbeing and Performance for the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL) and Toronto Marlies (AHL). Prior to this Management role, she worked for two seasons as the Personal & Professional Development Coach for players and staff. Meg is the first woman ever to hold a director-level position within this historic hockey franchise. Her work builds upon a decade-long career in the post-secondary education space. Meg served as a faculty member within the School of Leadership and Social Change at Brescia University College, an affiliate of Western University, where her research focused on socio-cultural sports studies, organizational behavior and leadership, and youth subcultures.

Andy Porter

Chief People Officer, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Rita Singh

Associate Research Professor at the Language Technologies Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

Richard Thaler

2017 Recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences

Stefanie Tignor

People Scientist and Analytics Lead, Humu

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Andy Porter is the chief people officer at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. There, he leads the Human Resources function and is responsible for creating an organizational environment that fully enables the success of the Broad mission by attracting, developing, and retaining top talent.

Porter brings over fifteen years of experience to the job, most recently as Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development at Merrimack Pharmaceuticals. Prior to joining Merrimack, he served as head of Human Resources at Dyax Corp, worked for several years as an independent consultant within the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, and held roles in Human Resources at Harvard-affiliated hospitals. Additionally, Porter has spent time outside of his full-time roles teaching as an adjunct professor at MCPHS University, and sharing his views on organizations and talent management as a contributor to the blog “Fistful of Talent.”

Porter holds a B.S. degree in organizational psychology from Bridgewater State University, and an M.S. in organizational development from American University.

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Dr. Rita Singh is an Associate Research Professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s Language Technologies Institute, and (by courtesy) at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. She is an affiliate of the Institute for Strategic Analysis at CMU, and of the DHS Center of Excellence in Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis at George Mason University.  At CMU she leads the Forensic Voice Analysis group. She also co-leads the Robust Speech Recognition group and the Machine Learning for Signal Processing groups at CMU.  Over the past two decades, Dr. Singh’s research has spanned broad areas of the speech and audio processing. She has worked on multiple aspects of automatic speech recognition and audio processing, including ASR in high-noise environments, distant speech recognition, microphone array processing etc. Dr. Singh has authored and co-authored a large number of articles on these subjects, including an edited volume on the topic of Noise Robust Speech Recognition. She holds several patents in the general area of speech and audio information processing. She is the co-lead designer of the CMU Sphinx-4 speech recognition system, which was one of the most popular ASR systems in the world over the past decade. Currently her research focuses on profiling humans from their voice.

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Richard H. Thaler is the 2017 recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his contributions to behavioral economics. Thaler studies behavioral economics and finance as well as the psychology of decision-making which lies in the gap between economics and psychology. He investigates the implications of relaxing the standard economic assumption that everyone in the economy is rational and selfish, instead entertaining the possibility that some of the agents in the economy are sometimes human.

Thaler is the co-author (with Cass R. Sunstein) of the global best seller Nudge (2008) in which the concepts of behavioral economics are used to tackle many of society’s major problems. In 2015 he published Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics. He has authored or edited four other books: Quasi-Rational Economics, The Winner’s Curse: Paradoxes and Anomalies of Economic Life, and Advances in Behavioral Finance (editor) Volumes I and II. He has published numerous articles in prominent journals such as the American Economics Review, the Journal of Finance and the Journal of Political Economy.

Thaler is a member of the National Academy of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Finance Association and the Econometrics Society, and in 2015 served as the President of the American Economic Association.

Before joining the University of Chicago faculty in 1995 Thaler taught at the University of Rochester and Cornell as well as visiting stints at The University of British Columbia, the Sloan School of Management at MIT, the Russell Sage Foundation and the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford.

Originally from New Jersey, Thaler attended Case Western Reserve University where he received a bachelor’s degree in 1967. Soon after, he attended the University of Rochester where he received a master’s degree in 1970 and a PhD in 1974. He joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 1995.

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Stefanie Tignor is a People Scientist and Analytics Lead at Humu, based in Mountain View CA. At Humu Stefanie uses her academic training to implement scientifically validated interventions and analytic approaches to help make work better for everyone, everywhere. Prior to joining Humu Stefanie was a professor in Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business, teaching consumer psychology and researching the intersection of personality, emotional experience, and well-being. Stefanie’s research has been published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the Journal of Personality, and the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing.

Lyle Ungar

Professor of Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania

Sebastian Wernicke

Chief Data Scientist, ONE LOGIC

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Lyle Ungar is a Professor of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania. His current research focuses on developing scalable machine learning methods for data mining and text mining, including deep learning methods for NLP, and analysis of text and images in social media to better understand the drivers of physical and mental well-being. Example projects include spectral learning of language models, multi-view learning for gene expression and MRI data, and mining social media to better understand personality and well-being.

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Dr. Sebastian Wernicke serves as Chief Data Scientist at ONE LOGIC. There, together with his team of over 30 interdisciplinary Data Scientists, he supports organizations across industries to turn their vast data collections into tangible value. Sebastian originally studied bioinformatics and previously worked across many disciplines from strategy consulting to massive-scale genomics. He is also widely known for his TED Talks – some more serious than others – around data and statistics, which have been viewed over four million times.

2019 Conference Speakers

Marcus Buckingham

Bestselling Author, Researcher, and Talent Expert

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Marcus Buckingham, called the “founder of the strengths revolution,” is known for encouraging leaders to focus on what they do best, rather than on weaknesses. The definitive treatment of strengths in the workplace can be found in his best-selling books, such as Now, Discover Your Strengths and First, Break All the Rules. Marcus currently guides the vision of ADP Research Institute, leading People + Performance research. His ninth book, Nine Lies about Work takes an in-depth look at the lies that pervade our workplaces and the core truths that will help us change it for the better.

Ceci Clark

Mental Performance Coach, Cleveland Indians

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Ceci Clark is a Mental Performance Coach for the Cleveland Indians. In her role, Ceci works closely with coaches, coordinators, strength and conditioning personnel, athletic trainers, and front office staff to integrate mental performance into assessment and training plans for players, teams, and programs. She also works closely with the scouting department to support the amateur draft. Previously, Ceci worked in the United States Army for the Special Warfare Center and School as “Head of Performance” for the Special Operations Cognitive Enhancement Program.

Daniel Coyle

Bestselling Author and Contributing Editor, Outside Magazine

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Daniel Coyle is the New York Times bestselling author of The Culture Code, named Best Business Book of 2018 by Bloomberg, BookPal, and Business Insider. Coyle’s other books include The Talent Code, The Secret Race, and The Little Book of Talent; he also works as a special advisor to the Cleveland Indians.

Angela Duckworth

MacArthur Fellow, Founder and CEO of Character Lab, Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, and Faculty Co-Director of Wharton People Analytics

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Angela Duckworth is the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, faculty co-director of the Penn-Wharton Behavior Change For Good initiative, and faculty co-director of Wharton People Analytics. She is also the Founder and CEO of Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the science and practice of character development. Duckworth was a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, and has advised the White House, World Bank, Fortune 500 CEOs, and NBA and NFL teams. Duckworth has received many awards for her contributions to K-12 education, and her TED talk is among the most-viewed of all time. Her first book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, is a #1 New York Times best seller.

Cathy Engelbert

CEO, Deloitte

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As CEO of Deloitte, Cathy Engelbert leads one of the largest professional services organizations in the United States with more than 96,000 professionals. Deloitte provides audit and assurance, tax, consulting, and risk and financial advisory services to the Fortune 500, private companies, and medium to small businesses.

For more than 30 years, Cathy has had a distinguished career serving large and complex global clients and has served as a specialist in financial instruments. She previously led the US audit practice and is currently a member of Deloitte’s Board of Directors.

Cathy is chair of the Center for Audit Quality Governing Board and, as a strong supporter of diversity and inclusion, the first woman to serve as chair of the Catalyst Board, a global non-profit organization that promotes inclusive workplaces for women. She is a founding member of the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion, vice chair of the Partnership for New York City, and member of the Business Roundtable, where she sits on the Education & Workforce and Immigration committees. She also serves on the steering committee of the Fortune CEO Initiative, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and—from a well-being perspective—is a member of the American Cancer Society CEOs against Cancer Global Council and American Heart Association CEO Roundtable. She is also vice chair of the Kennedy Center Corporate Fund Board and serves on the Accounting Advisory Board of Lehigh University.

Cathy has been listed as one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women for the last four years. She is ranked on Glassdoor’s annual Employees’ Choice Awards honoring the 100 Highest-Rated CEOs, and among Crain’s 50 Most Powerful Women in New York. Cathy has also been recognized as one of Working Mother magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Moms for the last three years and one of Fast Company magazine’s Most Productive People.

Cathy regularly speaks to the media about global business trends, Deloitte’s growth strategy, and the new business reality—including the influence of marketplace shifts on the future workplace, as well as opportunities for advancing diversity and inclusion in corporate America.

Allyson Felix

Olympic Gold Medalist, Track and Field

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Just ten weeks after Allyson Felix’s first track practice, she was racing at the California State Finals. Allyson accomplished impressive feats over her high school track career and quickly emerged as the new American female sprinter to watch. Since then, Allyson has gone on to win three Gold Medals in the 2012 London Olympic Games, followed by two more Gold Medals and a Silver Medal in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Under the tutelage of Coach Bob Kersee, she has won a total of 9 Olympic Medals and 16 World Championships throughout her career. She is the most decorated track and field athlete in history.

Geoffrey Garrett

Dean, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Reliance Professor of Management and Private Enterprise

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Geoffrey Garrett is Dean, Reliance Professor of Management and Private Enterprise, Professor of Management at The Wharton School, and Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He became Dean of the Wharton School in 2014, and was previously a member of the Wharton faculty in the Management Department from 1995 to 1997. Prior to his return to Penn, Dr. Garrett was dean of the business schools at both the University of Sydney and UNSW, in his native Australia. He served as President of the Pacific Council on International Policy in Los Angeles and Dean of the UCLA International Institute before his return to Australia in 2008 as founding CEO of the United States Studies Centre. A highly cited international political economist, he has been a professor at Oxford, Stanford and Yale universities.

Manish Goel

CEO and Co-Founder, TrustSphere

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Tech entrepreneur and Future of Work visionary Manish Goel is the Founder and CEO of TrustSphere, the pioneers in Relationship Analytics and passive Organizational Network Analysis (ONA). A passionate advocate of Network Science, Goel helps global organizations understand the value of relationship capital and leverage network science to empirically understand how the organization functions, engages and collaborates. Earlier in his career, he was an Investment Director with PwC Venture Partners in London and Chairman of the not-for-profit Online Trust Alliance.

Shuba Gopal

Senior Scientist, People Analytics, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

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Shuba Gopal is a data scientist and Senior People Scientist in the People Insights group at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. In her current role, she develops data-driven approaches to support the Broad community as it seeks to accelerate the understanding and treatment of human diseases. She studies how scientific teams collaborate and explores ways to model how people engage with each other, their physical environment and with the institute. Previously, she was a computational biologist, developing algorithms and statistical methods to predict clinical outcomes in diseases states. In addition to her scientific contributions, Gopal was co-chair of an institute-wide strategic planning exercise known as Broadnext10. She helped lead a workstream focused on defining the key components of Broad’s culture and what would be needed to sustain it in the decade ahead. She has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific papers, co-authored a bioinformatics textbook and was recognized with a Broad Excellence and Achievement award in 2014.

Gopal earned her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and her Ph.D. in computational genomics from Rockefeller University. She taught bioinformatics at the Rochester Institute of Technology for five years prior to joining the Broad Institute in 2009.

Adam Grant

The Saul P. Steinberg Professor of Management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Author, and Faculty Co-Director of Wharton People Analytics

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Adam Grant has been recognized as one of the world’s 10 most influential management thinkers and Fortune‘s 40 under 40. As an organizational psychologist, he studies how we can find motivation and meaning, and build more generous and creative workplaces. He is the author of three New York Times bestselling books that have sold over a million copies and been translated into 35 languages: Give and Take, Originals, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg. Adam hosts WorkLife, a TED original podcast. His TED talks have been viewed more than 11 million times in the past two years. He serves on the Lean In board and the Defense Innovation Board, and is Faculty Co-Director of Wharton People Analytics. He is a former magician and junior Olympic springboard diver.

Stephanie Lampkin

Founder and CEO, Blendoor

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Stephanie Lampkin, TEDx speaker and former downhill ski racer, has graced the cover of The Atlantic, MIT Tech Review 35 under 35 and Forbes to name a few. She is the founder & CEO of Blendoor, enterprise software that mitigates unconscious bias in hiring. Stephanie has had a 15 year career in the tech industry founding two startups and working in technical roles at Lockheed, Microsoft, and TripAdvisor. Stephanie holds a BS in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from MIT. Born in SE Washington, DC to a homeless single mother that battled a drug addiction, Stephanie has seen the world through many lenses and experienced being over-marginalized and underestimated. These experiences have given her insights that she now uses to promote technology that levels playing fields and helps us see people better.

Ayreann Luedders

Senior Director of Academy Operations, Walmart

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Ayreann Luedders is currently Senior Director of Walmart Academy Operations. In this role, Ayreann and her team are responsible for the operation of the 200 field-based training Academies which includes the training of associates from the role of hourly supervisor through market manager. The Academies were introduced to Walmart in 2016 and are focused on training Walmart associates to perform their roles using a hands-on approach along with integrating technology. She holds an undergraduate degree in Accounting from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Master’s in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Kansas State University.

Cade Massey

Practice Professor, Operations, Information, and Decisions at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and Faculty Co-Director of Wharton People Analytics

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Cade Massey is a Professor of the Practice at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. His research is on decision-making, especially the challenge of blending algorithmic and expert judgment. He is a long-time consultant to professional sports teams on personnel evaluation and organizational decision-making. Massey teaches graduate courses on negotiation, influence and decision-making, as well as Coursera courses on people analytics and influence.

RJ Milnor

VP of Talent Management Operations, McKesson

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RJ Milnor, VP of Talent Management Operations & Analytics for McKesson Corporation — a Fortune 10 company — is an HR leader with 18+ years of global experience delivering business results through data-driven people strategies. RJ leads people analytics and workforce planning at McKesson, enabling workforce information to play an increasingly important role in the business. Leveraging data and partnerships from across the enterprise, his team provides data-driven insights that help inform business decisions, increase productivity, and continuously improve employees’ experience at work. His writing has appeared in numerous books and journals, and RJ received the Bersin by Deloitte WhatWorks Award for Transforming HR.

Meg Mitchell

Senior Research Scientist, Google

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Meg Mitchell is a Senior Research Scientist in Google’s Research & Machine Intelligence group, working on artificial intelligence. Her research involves vision-language and grounded language generation, focusing on how to evolve artificial intelligence towards positive goals. This includes research on helping computers to communicate based on what they can process, as well as projects to create assistive and clinical technology from the state of the art in AI. Her work combines computer vision, natural language processing, social media, many statistical methods, and insights from cognitive science.

Eva Murray

Data Community Leader, CyclePlot Ltd

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Eva Murray leads the Business Intelligence department at Exasol, a leading database software company in the analytics industry and is co-author of #MakeoverMonday: Improving How We Visualize and Analyze Data, One Chart at a Time. She is the co-host of the weekly social data project #MakeoverMonday, connecting data professionals around the globe for data challenges, learning and development opportunities. Eva’s mission is to help others grow their skills and enhance their professional careers in data, analytics and data visualization.

Arvind Narayanan

Associate Professor of Computer Science, Princeton University

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Arvind Narayanan is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Princeton. He leads the Princeton Web Transparency and Accountability Project to uncover how companies collect and use our personal information. Narayanan also leads a research team investigating the security, anonymity, and stability of cryptocurrencies as well as novel applications of blockchains. He co-created a Massive Open Online Course as well as a textbook on Bitcoin and cryptocurrency technologies. His doctoral research showed the fundamental limits of de-identification, for which he received the Privacy Enhancing Technologies Award.

Samir Nurmohamed

Assistant Professor of Management, University of Pennsylvania

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Samir Nurmohamed’s research aims to understand the processes and conditions under which individuals can endure, develop, and succeed when they are the targets of adversity. In this vein, his research program spans two primary areas: motivation and initiative. Samir (or as he is known to his students and friends, “Nurmo”) teaches the MBA core course on the Foundations of Teamwork and Leadership (MGMT 610), as well as an elective on Power and Politics in Organizations (MGMT 272/772). At Wharton, he has received several teaching awards, including the Excellence in Teaching for the Undergraduate Division Award and MBA Teaching Commitment and Curricular Innovation Award.

Daniel Pink

Bestselling author of When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing and other books about work, management, and behavioral science

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Daniel H. Pink is the author of six provocative books — including his latest, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, which spent four months on the New York Times bestseller list and was named a best book of 2018 by Amazon, iBooks, Goodreads, and several more outlets. His other books include the long-running New York Times bestseller A Whole New Mind and the #1 New York Times bestsellers Drive and To Sell is Human. His books have sold 3 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 39 languages. He lives in Washington, DC, with his family.

Meg Popovic

Director of Athlete Well-Being and Performance, Toronto Maple Leafs

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Meg Popovic is the Director of Athlete Wellbeing and Performance for the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL) and Toronto Marlies (AHL). Prior to this Management role, she worked for two seasons as the Personal & Professional Development Coach for players and staff. Meg is the first woman ever to hold a director-level position within this historic hockey franchise. Her work builds upon a decade-long career in the post-secondary education space. Meg served as a faculty member within the School of Leadership and Social Change at Brescia University College, an affiliate of Western University, where her research focused on socio-cultural sports studies, organizational behavior and leadership, and youth subcultures.

Andy Porter

Chief People Officer, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

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Andy Porter is the chief people officer at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. There, he leads the Human Resources function and is responsible for creating an organizational environment that fully enables the success of the Broad mission by attracting, developing, and retaining top talent.

Porter brings over fifteen years of experience to the job, most recently as Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development at Merrimack Pharmaceuticals. Prior to joining Merrimack, he served as head of Human Resources at Dyax Corp, worked for several years as an independent consultant within the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, and held roles in Human Resources at Harvard-affiliated hospitals. Additionally, Porter has spent time outside of his full-time roles teaching as an adjunct professor at MCPHS University, and sharing his views on organizations and talent management as a contributor to the blog “Fistful of Talent.”

Porter holds a B.S. degree in organizational psychology from Bridgewater State University, and an M.S. in organizational development from American University.

Rita Singh

Associate Research Professor at the Language Technologies Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

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Dr. Rita Singh is an Associate Research Professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s Language Technologies Institute, and (by courtesy) at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. She is an affiliate of the Institute for Strategic Analysis at CMU, and of the DHS Center of Excellence in Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis at George Mason University.  At CMU she leads the Forensic Voice Analysis group. She also co-leads the Robust Speech Recognition group and the Machine Learning for Signal Processing groups at CMU.  Over the past two decades, Dr. Singh’s research has spanned broad areas of the speech and audio processing. She has worked on multiple aspects of automatic speech recognition and audio processing, including ASR in high-noise environments, distant speech recognition, microphone array processing etc. Dr. Singh has authored and co-authored a large number of articles on these subjects, including an edited volume on the topic of Noise Robust Speech Recognition. She holds several patents in the general area of speech and audio information processing. She is the co-lead designer of the CMU Sphinx-4 speech recognition system, which was one of the most popular ASR systems in the world over the past decade. Currently her research focuses on profiling humans from their voice.

Richard Thaler

2017 Recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences

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Richard H. Thaler is the 2017 recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his contributions to behavioral economics. Thaler studies behavioral economics and finance as well as the psychology of decision-making which lies in the gap between economics and psychology. He investigates the implications of relaxing the standard economic assumption that everyone in the economy is rational and selfish, instead entertaining the possibility that some of the agents in the economy are sometimes human.

Thaler is the co-author (with Cass R. Sunstein) of the global best seller Nudge (2008) in which the concepts of behavioral economics are used to tackle many of society’s major problems. In 2015 he published Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics. He has authored or edited four other books: Quasi-Rational Economics, The Winner’s Curse: Paradoxes and Anomalies of Economic Life, and Advances in Behavioral Finance (editor) Volumes I and II. He has published numerous articles in prominent journals such as the American Economics Review, the Journal of Finance and the Journal of Political Economy.

Thaler is a member of the National Academy of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Finance Association and the Econometrics Society, and in 2015 served as the President of the American Economic Association.

Before joining the University of Chicago faculty in 1995 Thaler taught at the University of Rochester and Cornell as well as visiting stints at The University of British Columbia, the Sloan School of Management at MIT, the Russell Sage Foundation and the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford.

Originally from New Jersey, Thaler attended Case Western Reserve University where he received a bachelor’s degree in 1967. Soon after, he attended the University of Rochester where he received a master’s degree in 1970 and a PhD in 1974. He joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 1995.

Stefanie Tignor

People Scientist and Analytics Lead, Humu

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Stefanie Tignor is a People Scientist and Analytics Lead at Humu, based in Mountain View CA. At Humu Stefanie uses her academic training to implement scientifically validated interventions and analytic approaches to help make work better for everyone, everywhere. Prior to joining Humu Stefanie was a professor in Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business, teaching consumer psychology and researching the intersection of personality, emotional experience, and well-being. Stefanie’s research has been published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the Journal of Personality, and the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing.

Lyle Ungar

Professor of Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania

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Lyle Ungar is a Professor of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania. His current research focuses on developing scalable machine learning methods for data mining and text mining, including deep learning methods for NLP, and analysis of text and images in social media to better understand the drivers of physical and mental well-being. Example projects include spectral learning of language models, multi-view learning for gene expression and MRI data, and mining social media to better understand personality and well-being.

Sebastian Wernicke

Chief Data Scientist at ONE LOGIC

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Dr. Sebastian Wernicke serves as Chief Data Scientist at ONE LOGIC. There, together with his team of over 30 interdisciplinary Data Scientists, he supports organizations across industries to turn their vast data collections into tangible value. Sebastian originally studied bioinformatics and previously worked across many disciplines from strategy consulting to massive-scale genomics. He is also widely known for his TED Talks – some more serious than others – around data and statistics, which have been viewed over four million times.

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