2024 Conference Speakers
Global Head of Human Capital Management, Goldman Sachs
Vice President, Total Rewards & People Analytics, Walmart
Associate Professor of Management; Associate Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Jacqueline Arthur is Global Head of Human Capital Management (HCM) and has oversight of Corporate & Workplace Solutions. She is a member of the Management Committee, Partnership Committee and Global Inclusion and Diversity Committee.
Prior to her current role, Ms. Arthur served as Chief Operating and Strategy Officer for HCM. Before that, she served as the firm’s Deputy Chief of Staff and Secretary to the Management Committee, working closely with executive leadership to develop and execute key strategic initiatives. Prior to that, she was Co-Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Asset Management Division, and previously was COO for the Consumer and Investment Management Division. Earlier in her career, Ms. Arthur was Global COO of Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) and Chief of Staff to the Co-Heads of the Investment Management Division. She joined Goldman Sachs in 2007 in GSAM’s Alternative Investments & Manager Selection Group and was named Managing Director in 2012 and Partner in 2018.
Ms. Arthur is a member of the board of Graham Windham, a nonprofit that provides services to children and families.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Arthur was a corporate attorney at Kirkland & Ellis.
Marty Autrey acts as a key executive partner and trusted advisor with senior leadership to direct organizational development and shape company culture. He has wide-ranging experience in developing and maintaining strategies for recruiting and retaining diverse talent and creating inclusion, innovative teams, with a goal of exceeding the expectations of Walmart communities, shareholders and customers.
Passionate, driven executive with diverse experience in developing and enhancing the associate experience through effective strategy, planning, and implementation of policies, programs, and practices. Throughout his career, he’s utilized change management for organizational design and rewards structures in order to adapt to quick changing business environments and align our strategy to create amazing customer experiences with our talent strategy. He has never forgotten that regardless of his role, his mission is to help Walmart’s customers save money and live better. And his passion is to serve our 2,200,000 innovative, courageous, spectacular associates around the globe.
Iwan Barankay is a behavioral economist and Associate Professor of Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he studies how to design monetary and non-monetary incentives to raise productivity and cooperation in the workplace or to incite people to be more adherent to a healthy lifestyle. All of his studies use evidence from the field by using experiments to test his ideas and theories inside firms and organizations rather than a lab. Building on insights in contract theory and behavioral economics his work has shown how simple changes to incentive schemes inside the workplace lead to improved profits.
Professor Barankay has won numerous prizes for his research including a prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, an award given annually to scientists and scholars who demonstrate outstanding promise and potential to contribute substantially to economics. His articles have appeared in all major economics journals including Econometrica, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, and The Review of Economic Studies.
The K.P. Chao Professor, Professor of Marketing, Vice Dean of Analytics at Wharton; Chairperson, Wharton Marketing Department, Professor of Economics; Professor of Education; Professor of Statistics and Data Science
Xingmei Zhang and Yongge Dai Professor; Professor of Management, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania; Faculty Director, Wharton People Analytics
Assistant Professor of Management, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Professor Eric T. Bradlow is the K.P. Chao Professor, Professor of Marketing, Statistics, Education and Economics, Chairperson of Wharton’s Marketing Department, and Vice-Dean of Analytics at Wharton. An applied statistician, Professor Bradlow uses high-powered statistical models to solve problems on everything from Internet search engines to product assortment issues. Specifically, his research interests include Bayesian modeling, statistical computing, and developing new methodology for unique data structures with application to business problems.
Eric is a fellow of the INFORMS Society for Marketing Science, a fellow of the American Statistical Association, a fellow of the American Educational Research Association, is past chair of the American Statistical Association Section on Statistics in Marketing, past Editor-in-Chief of Marketing Science, is a past statistical fellow of Bell Labs, and worked at DuPont Corporation’s Corporate Marketing and Business Research Division and the Educational Testing Service.
A prolific scholar, Professor Bradlow’s research has been published in top-tier academic journals such as the Journal of the American Statistical Association, Psychometrika, Statistica Sinica, Chance, Marketing Science, Management Science, and Journal of Marketing Research. He also serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Statistical Association and the Journal of Marketing Research, and is on the Editorial Boards of Marketing Letters, Marketing Science, Journal of Marketing Research, Quantitative Marketing and Economics, and the Quarterly Journal of Electronic Commerce.
Professor Bradlow has won numerous teaching awards at Wharton, including the Linback Award for Distinguished PhD Teaching and Mentoring, the Anvil Award for MBA Education, MBA Core Curriculum teaching award, the Miller-Sherrerd MBA Core Teaching award and the Excellence in Teaching Award. His teaching interests include courses in Statistics, Marketing Research, Marketing Management and PhD Data Analysis, as well as any material related to customer analytics.
Professor Bradlow earned his PhD and Master’s degrees in Mathematical Statistics from Harvard University and his BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Matthew Bidwell’s research examines new patterns in careers and employment, focusing on causes and effects of more short-term, market oriented employment relationships. He is particularly interested in the different kinds of career paths that people take in the modern labor market. Matthew’s work has been published in a variety of academic journals and has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Financial Times. It has also been recognized with a Scholarly Achievement Award from the Academy of Management Human Resources Division, the John T. Dunlop Outstanding Scholar Award from the Labor and Employment Association and the Scholarly Contribution Award from Administrative Science Quarterly. He has also won the Wharton Teaching Excellence Award several times. He has served as a Senior Editor at Organization Science and is currently a faculty co-director of the Wharton People Analytics Initiative and faculty director of the Wharton CHRO Program.
Matthew holds a Ph.D. from the MIT Sloan School, an S.M. in Political Science from MIT, and an M. Chem from Oxford.
Lindsey D. Cameron is an assistant professor of management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and holds an appointment in the sociology department. She is a fellow (member) at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Princeton and a Faculty Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society for the 2023- 2024 academic year. She is a former faculty fellow at the Data and Society Research Institute.
Her research focuses on how algorithmic management is changing the modern workplace, with an emphasis on the gig economy. Professor Cameron has an on-going, seven-year ethnography of the largest sector of the gig economy, the ride-hailing industry, examining how algorithms management changes managerial control. She recently completed a study on how the COVID-19 pandemic affected workers on various gig platforms (TaskRabbit, Instacart, AmazonFlex, Uber, Lyft, DoorDash). She is currently working on a project on how the gig economy’s business model adapts in the Global South, with a focus on the implications for management and workers.
Professor Cameron’s work has been published in leading academic journals, including Organization Science, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Process, Academy of Management Annals, Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, and proceedings of the Association of Computing Machinery and the Academy of Management. She has won eleven best paper awards and several teaching awards, including the Wharton Teaching Excellence Award. She has published opinion pieces in Fast Company, Kiplinger’s, and the Society of Human Resource Management’s flagship magazine People & Strategy and her research has been mentioned in numerous media outlets including Bloomberg, NPR’s Marketplace, Fast Company, the World Economic Forum, CNBC, Forbes, The Skim, and Inc.
George W. Taylor Professor
Professor of Management, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Director, Wharton Center for Human Resources
Mary (Missy) Cummings
Director, Mason Autonomy & Robotics Center (MARC), George Mason University
Executive Vice President, Social Impact, Growth Initiatives & Legislative Affairs, National Hockey League
Peter Cappelli is the George W. Taylor Professor of Management at The Wharton School and Director of Wharton’s Center for Human Resources. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA, served as Senior Advisor to the Kingdom of Bahrain for Employment Policy from 2003-2005, was a Distinguished Scholar of the Ministry of Manpower for Singapore, and was Co-Director of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center on the Educational Quality of the Workforce from 1990-1998.
He was recently named by HR Magazine as one of the top 5 most influential management thinkers, by NPR as one of the 50 influencers in the field of aging, and was elected a fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources. He received the 2009 PRO award from the International Association of Corporate and Professional Recruiters for contributions to human resources and an honorary Doctorate degree from the University of Liege in Belgium.
He is a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal and writes a monthly column for HR Executive magazine. His recent work on performance management, agile systems, and hiring practices, and other workplace topics appears in the Harvard Business Review.
Professor Mary (Missy) Cummings received her B.S. in Mathematics from the US Naval Academy in 1988, her M.S. in Space Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1994, and her Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia in 2004. A naval officer and military pilot from 1988-1999, she was one of the U.S. Navy’s first female fighter pilots.
She is a Professor in the George Mason University College of Engineering and Computing and is the director of the Mason Autonomy and Robotics Center (MARC). She is an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Fellow, and recently served as the senior safety advisor to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Her research interests include the application of artificial intelligence in safety-critical systems, assured autonomy, human-systems engineering, and the ethical and social impact of technology.
Kimberly B. Davis currently serves as Senior Executive Vice President, Social Impact, Growth Initiatives & Legislative Affairs at the National Hockey League, the premier professional ice hockey league in the world. In this capacity, Kim leads a role reporting to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman to attract, develop and retain fans – with a specific focus on multi-cultural audiences – through culture, youth participation, and social impact initiatives.
Ms. Davis has been recognized as #1 on Sportsnet’s list of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Sports, as well as honored by Sports Illustrated in “The Unrelenting” Most Powerful Women in Sports and “100 Influential Black Women in Sports.” In addition, Ms. Davis has been recognized by Hockey News’ 2020-2023 “Top 100” Most Influential Leaders in the Sport, Essence Magazine’s “Woke” 2019 Change Agents, Adweek’s “30 Most Powerful Women in Sports,” and Sports Business Journal’s “GameChangers.” She has also been featured in Savoy Magazine’s “Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America” and Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business.” In 2012, Ms. Davis was profiled with First Lady Michelle Obama in Essence Magazine’s “28 Most Influential Black Women in America.
Rosa Lee and Egbert Chang Professor, University of Pennsylvania; MacArthur Fellow; NY Times Bestselling Author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
Journalist and Author of We’re Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation
Principal, Executive Insights, Slalom
Angela Duckworth is the Rosa Lee and Egbert Chang Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and faculty co-director of the Penn-Wharton Behavior Change for Good Initiative.
A 2013 Mac Arthur Fellow, Angela has advised the US Department of Education, the World Bank, NBA and NFL teams, and Fortune 500 CEOs. Angela completed her undergraduate degree in Advanced Studies Neurobiology at Harvard, her MSc with Distinction in Neuroscience at Oxford University, and her PHD in Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the founder of Character Lab, a nonprofit that advances scientific insights to help kids thrive.
Eric Garcia is the Washington Bureau Chief and Senior Washington Correspondent at the Independent and the author of the book We’re Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation. He is also a columnist for MSNBC.
He previously worked as an assistant editor at the Washington Post’s Outlook section and an associate editor at The Hill, as well as a correspondent for National Journal, MarketWatch, and Roll Call. He has also written for the Daily Beast, the New Republic, and Salon.com.
Garcia is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
CJ Gonzalez is the co-leader of Slalom’s Executive Data & Insights Team. In 2020, as part of a global desire to understand more about workforce health and culture, CJ started the Executive Data Team and transformed Slalom’s internal mechanisms for evaluating employee satisfaction and measurement of culture. Slalom’s Executive Data Team harnesses the power of data science and AI to analyze trends and data points across the business and beyond to inform policy across business units. Since 2020, people data has been the focus, creating models and whitepapers such as: an attrition prediction model, Slalom’s Experience Index to measure organizational culture, analysis on meaningful work, automation for employee recognition, and efforts to diversity Slaloms workforce.
In addition, CJ and the Executive Data Team have completed cross-functional analysis around identifying most valuable clients/prospects, probability-to-close/win models, ideal market mix models, and other R&D topics.
CJ is the Global Lead for Horizons, Slalom’s Mental Health, Neurodiversity, and Disability community Employee Resource Group and a board member on Soccer in the Streets’ Emerging Leaders Council, a non-profit that brings soccer and leadership skills to underserved communities in the Atlanta area. CJ is a graduate of the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business.
Saul P. Steinberg Professor of Management; Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania; NY Times #1 Bestselling Author of Hidden Potential and Think Again
Global Neurodiversity Advancement Leader, IBM
Practice Professor, Operations, Information and Decisions, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania; Faculty Director, People Lab, Faculty Co-Director, Wharton Sports Analytics and Business Initiative
Adam Grant has been recognized as Wharton’s top-rated professor for seven straight years. As an organizational psychologist, he is a leading expert on how we can find motivation and meaning, and live more generous and creative lives. He has been recognized as one of the world’s 10 most influential management thinkers and Fortune’s 40 under 40.
Adam is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 5 books that have sold millions of copies and been translated into 35 languages: Think Again, Give and Take, Originals, Option B, and Power Moves. His books have been named among the year’s best by Amazon, Apple, the Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal.
He hosts WorkLife, a chart-topping TED original podcast. His TED talks on original thinkers and givers and takers have been viewed more than 25 million times. He received a standing ovation at TED in 2016 and was voted the audience’s favorite speaker at The Nantucket Project. His speaking and consulting clients include Google, the NBA, Bridgewater, and the Gates Foundation. He writes on work and psychology for the New York Times, has served on the Defense Innovation Board at the Pentagon, and has been honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He has more than 4 million followers on social media and features new insights in his free monthly newsletter, GRANTED.
Adam received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and his B.A. from Harvard University. He has received awards for distinguished scholarly achievement from the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association, and the National Science Foundation, and been recognized as one of the world’s most-cited, most prolific, and most influential researchers in business and economics. He is a former magician and Junior Olympic springboard diver. For more details, see www.adamgrant.net
Natalia “Nat” Lyckowski is proudly neurodivergent (ND) and as a parent of an autistic IT professional, Nat enables businesses to see the value in embracing ND talent to attain highly skilled and dedicated professionals that may otherwise be overlooked. 1:20 individuals are ND and 1:50 are autistic. This talent brings 32% new skills, 66% higher job loyalty, and more, improving corporate citizenship and revenue.
Nat has driven culture change, improving trust and allyship though:
- Global Acceptance Training Across > 30 Countries
- Speaking Engagements > 10,000 Audience
- Youth Self-Advocacy Initiatives > 2,500
- Safe-space Think Tanks to ensure representatives > 300 Members
Nat is also experienced with intersectionality across PWD/PWDA, LGBT+, Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and other identity groups. Nat is also a Business Transformation Leader with IBM for over 25 years.
Cade Massey is a Practice Professor in the Wharton School’s Operations, Information and Decisions Department. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago and taught at Duke University and Yale University before moving to Penn. Massey’s research focuses on judgment under uncertainty – how, and how well, people predict what will happen in the future. His work draws on experimental and “real world” data such as employee stock options, 401k savings, the National Football League draft, and graduate school admissions. His research has led to long-time collaborations with Google, Merck and multiple professional sports franchises.
Massey’s research has been published in leading psychology and management journals, and covered by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Economist, and National Public Radio. He has taught MBA and Executive MBA courses for 15 years, receiving teaching awards for courses on negotiation, influence, organizational behavior and human resources. He also co-teaches Wharton’s “People Analytics” MOOC on Coursera.
Massey is faculty co-director of Wharton Sports Analytics and Business Initiative, co-host of “Wharton Moneyball” on SiriusXM Business Radio, and co-creator of the Massey-Peabody NFL Power Rankings for the Wall Street Journal. He lives in Center City Philadelphia.
Founder and Executive Chairman, Union Square Hospitality Group; Founder, Shake Shack; Founder, Hospitality Quotient; NY Times Bestselling Author of Setting the Table: Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business
Herman B Wells Endowed Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University, Founder and CEO of Equity Accelerator, Author of Cultures of Growth: How the New Science of Mindset Can Transform Individuals, Teams, and Organizations (forthcoming: March 2024)
Nicholas G. Otis
PhD Candidate, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley
2024 White Paper Competition Winning Team Member
Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Danny Meyer grew up in a family that relished great food and hospitality.
Thanks to his father’s travel business, which designed custom European trips, Danny spent much of his childhood eating, visiting near and far-off places, and sowing the seeds for his future passion. In 1985, at the age of 27, Danny opened his first restaurant, Union Square Cafe, launching what would become a lifelong career in hospitality.
Thirty years later, Danny’s Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG) comprises some of New York’s most beloved and acclaimed restaurants, including Gramercy Tavern, The Modern, Maialino, and more. Danny and USHG founded Shake Shack, the modern-day “roadside” burger restaurant, which became a public company in 2015. USHG also offers large-scale event services, foodservice solutions for public and private institutions, industry consulting, and educational programming.
Under Danny’s leadership, USHG is renowned not only for its acclaimed restaurants but also for its distinctive and celebrated culture of Enlightened Hospitality. This guiding principle of prioritizing employees first and foremost has driven and shaped USHG’s ongoing evolution from a small group of restaurants into a multi-faceted hospitality organization.
Danny and USHG’s diverse ventures have added to the hospitality dialogue in many contexts including dining options in museums, sports arenas, and cultural institutions, as well as prescient investments in burgeoning neighborhoods.
A celebrated speaker and educator, Danny has set industry standards in areas such as hiring practices, innovative leadership, and corporate responsibility and addresses a wide range of audiences on such topics around the country.
Danny has taken a leadership role in a handful of organizations, public, private, philanthropic, and academic. He is Chairman of the Board of Shake Shack (NYSE: SHAK) as well as Union Square Hospitality Group. He serves on the Board of Olo (NYSE: OLO), and previously served as a board member for OpenTable (NASDAQ: OPEN), Sotheby’s (NYSE: BID) and The Container Store (NYSE: TCS). He was Chairman of the New York Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), has served as a Trustee for Trinity College in Hartford, Ct., and as a board member for Share Our Strength, the Madison Square Park Conservancy, and Union Square Partnership.
Danny has been generously recognized for his leadership, business achievements, and humanitarianism, including the 2017 Julia Child Award, the 2015 TIME 100 “Most Influential People” list, the 2012 Aspen Institute Preston Robert Tisch Award in Civic Leadership, the 2011 NYU Lewis Rudin Award for Exemplary Service to New York City, and the 2000 IFMA Gold Plate Award. Together, Danny and USHG’s restaurants and individuals have won an unprecedented 28 James Beard Awards, including Outstanding Restaurateur (2005) and Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America (1996).
Danny and his wife, Audrey, live in New York City and have four children.
Mary C. Murphy is an endowed professor of psychological and brain sciences at Indiana University, founding director of the Summer Institute on Diversity at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, and founder and CEO of the Equity Accelerator, a research and consulting organization that works with schools and companies to create more equitable learning and working environments through social and behavioral science.
Murphy is the author of more than 100 publications and in 2019, was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest award bestowed on early career scholars by the US government. She is also an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Originally from San Antonio, Texas, she earned her BA from the University of Texas at Austin and her PhD in social psychology from Stanford University in 2007, mentored by Claude Steele and Carol Dweck. She splits her time between Bloomington, Indiana, and Palo Alto, California.
Neha S. Upadhyaya
Wharton People Analytics Moh Foundation Applied Insights Team Member
American Economist and Sociology Professor at Boston College; Bestselling Author of True Wealth and The Overworked American
Neha S. Upadhyaya is a current MBA Candidate at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and member of the Wharton People Analytics Moh Foundation Applied Insights Team. Prior to beginning her MBA, Neha worked as a Senior Consultant at Deloitte. In her role, she focused on leveraging analytics and human-centered design principles to answer her clients’ questions about the Future of Work.
Raised in the Twin Cities, Neha graduated from the University of Minnesota. During her time there, she conducted research on local community development efforts in economically isolated neighborhoods, focusing on barriers to employment and financial capital.
She now resides in Philadelphia.
Juliet Schor is an economist and Professor of Sociology at Boston College. She is a lead researcher for 4 Day Week Global trials of companies instituting four day weeks with five days’ pay.
Schor has been researching worktime since the 1980s and is the author of The Overworked American: the unexpected decline of leisure. The Overworked American appeared on the best-seller lists of The New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, The Chicago Tribune, The Village Voice The Boston Globe as well as the annual best books list for The New York Times, Business Week and other publications. The book is widely credited for influencing the national debate on work and family. Schor has also researched sustainable consumption and the link between climate change and worktime, and, since 2011, the platform economy.
A graduate of Wesleyan University, Schor received her Ph.D. in economics at the University of Massachusetts. Before joining Boston College, she taught at Harvard University for 17 years in the Department of Economics and later, the Committee on Degrees in Women’s Studies.
She is the recipient of numerous awards, including, in 2022, election as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Sloan Foundation and the Russell Sage Foundation, among others. A frequent contributor to public discourse and media, Schor’s Ted talk on “the case for the four day week” has more than 2.8 million views.