2023 Conference Speakers

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Tom Adams

Thomas Adams is the chief operating officer and general counsel for ORCAA.  He has over twenty-five years of business and legal experience. Prior to joining ORCAA he represented banks, companies and individuals on corporate, securities and business law matters. He also provided strategic advice, litigation support and expert witness testimony on issues relating to the financial crisis.  He graduated from Fordham Law School in 1989 and Colgate University in 1986. He is admitted to practice in New York.

Chief Operating Officer/General Counsel of O’Neil Risk Consulting and Algorithmic Auditing

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Kwesi Adofo-Mensah

Kwesi Adofo-Mensah (Quay-see Ah-Dough-Fo Men-Saaw), a first-time general manager in the NFL, enters his first season as GM of the Vikings bringing a variety of strong football experiences and a diverse background. Adofo-Mensah enters his 10th season in the league in 2022.

In Cleveland, Adofo-Mensah worked closely with Browns Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager Andrew Berry and provided input for all roster and strategy decisions. Additionally, he assisted Berry and the football staff with overseeing and managing the day-to-day operations of the team.

Adofo-Mensah helped oversee the Browns’ 2021 NFL Draft, where the team selected CB Greg Newsome II and LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, two immediate impact rookies that landed on the NFL’s All-Rookie Team. Newsome, their first-round selection (26th overall), started in 11 games and posted nine passes defensed, the most by a Browns rookie since CB Denzel Ward in 2018. Owusu-Koramoah, their second-round pick (52nd overall), started in 10 games, posted 76 tackles, two forced fumbles, 1.5 sacks and three tackles for loss. Owusu-Koramoah and LB Micah Parsons were the only two rookies in the NFL to have at least 75 tackles and two forced fumbles in 2021.

Prior the Browns, Adofo-Mensah spent seven seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, where he first entered the NFL. During his tenure with the 49ers, Adofo-Mensah quickly advanced in the football research and development department. He joined the team as Football Research and Development Analyst (2013-15) before earning promotions to Manager of Football Research and Development in 2017 and Director of Football Research and Development in 2018. As the lead of football research and development, Adofo-Mensah ran the team’s efforts to develop and implement advanced quantitative methods for game strategy and personnel evaluation, playing a vital role in helping the 2019 NFC No. 1 playoff seed 49ers capture the conference title.

While with the 49ers, Adofo-Mensah helped the front office select three All-Pros (LB Fred Warner, WR Deebo Samuel and TE George Kittle) and the 2019 Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year DE Nick Bosa. Warner went on to ink a long-term contract with the 49ers, making him the highest-paid inside linebacker in the NFL.

In June of 2021, he led a session at the NFL and Black College Football Hall of Fame’s fourth annual Quarterback and Coaching Summit and inaugural Ozzie Newsome General Manager Forum, where he shared his personal story of how his rise from a trader and portfolio manager of Wall Street to working in NFL front offices with a data-driven approach to finding talent, while providing a quantitative view to grading a quarterback’s short, medium and deep ball accuracy that could be used across the league.

Adofo-Mensah began his professional career as an associate portfolio manager at Taylor Woods Capital and Vice President/Executive Director at Credit Suisse as a commodities trader before entering the NFL in 2013. The Cherry Hill, New Jersey, native received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Princeton University, where he also played basketball. After graduating from Princeton, Adofo-Mensah went on to receive his master’s in economics from Stanford University.

General Manager of the Minnesota Vikings


Matthew Bidwell

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 TimesWall 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.

Xingmei Zhang and Yongge Dai Professor, Professor of Management at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania; Faculty Co-Director, Wharton People Analytics Initiative


Peter Cappelli

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.

George W. Taylor Professor, Professor of Management at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania; Director, Center for Human Resources

Amanda Cox

Amanda Cox

Amanda Cox is head of special data projects at USAFacts, a nonprofit that tries to make government data more accessible. She previously spent 16 years at The New York Times, including a decade on the graphics desk, and 6 years as the editor of The Upshot.

Before joining the Times in 2005, she worked at the Federal Reserve Board and earned a masters degree in statistics from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College. She received the Excellence in Statistical Reporting Award from the American Statistical Association in 2012 and was part of a team that won a National Design Award in 2009.

Her Wikipedia page says she is the Michael Phelps of infographics. It is unclear what this means.

Head of Special Data Projects, USAFacts

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Annie Duke

Annie loves to dive deep into decision making under uncertainty. Her latest obsession is on the topic of quitting. In particular, she is on a mission to rehabilitate the term and get people to be proud of walking away from things.

Annie is an author, speaker, and consultant in the decision-making space, as well as Special Partner focused on Decision Science at First Round Capital Partners, a seed stage venture fund. Annie’s latest book, Quit: The Power of Knowing When to Walk Away, was released in 2022 from Portfolio, a Penguin Random House imprint. Her previous book, Thinking in Bets, is a national bestseller. As a former professional poker player, she has won more than $4 million in tournament poker. During her career, Annie won a World Series of Poker bracelet and is the only woman to have won the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions and the NBC National Poker Heads-Up Championship. She retired from the game in 2012. Prior to becoming a professional poker player, Annie was awarded a National Science Foundation Fellowship to study Cognitive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Annie is the co-founder of The Alliance for Decision Education, a non-profit whose mission is to improve lives by empowering students through decision skills education. She is a member of the National Board of After-School All-Stars and the Board of Directors of the Franklin Institute and serves on the board of the Renew Democracy Initiative.

Author. Speaker. Decision Strategist.

Liz Fosslien

Liz Fosslien

Liz Fosslien is the author and illustrator of the national best-seller Big Feelings and the Wall Street Journal best-seller No Hard Feelings (which have both been translated into 15+ languages) and an expert on emotions at work. As the head of content and communications at Humu, she empowers leaders to develop high-performing, inclusive teams.

Liz regularly speaks about how leaders can walk the line between sharing and oversharing, build resilient teams, and create cultures of belonging. Her work has been featured by Good Morning America, The Economist, TED, The New York Times, NPR, Harvard Business Review, and The Financial Times.

Prior to joining Humu, Liz was the Creative Director at Parliament, an executive learning and development company, the Executive Editor at Genius, and an analyst at Analysis Group. Liz studied Mathematical Economics at Pomona College.

Author of the national best-seller Big Feelings and the Wall Street Journal best-seller No Hard Feelings; Head of content and communications at Humu


Adam Grant

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The Saul P. Steinberg Professor of Management, Organizational psychologist at Wharton, #1 NYT bestselling author of THINK AGAIN, and host of the TED podcast WorkLife


Martine Haas

Professor Martine Haas is the Lauder Chair Professor and Professor of Management at the Wharton School, and the Anthony L. Davis Director of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute for Management and International Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

She received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University, an M.A. in Sociology from Harvard University, an M.A. in International Relations from Yale University, and a B.A. in Human Sciences from Oxford University. Before joining the Wharton School in 2007, she served as a faculty member at Cornell University’s School of Industrial & Labor Relations and as a visiting faculty member at London Business School.

Professor Haas’s work focuses on collaboration in global, knowledge-intensive organizations. Her research and teaching interests include global teams, knowledge sharing, information technology use, managing human capital, implementing strategic capabilities, field research methods, and the sociology & social psychology of organizations. She has published articles in leading academic and practitioner journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Management Science, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, and Harvard Business Review. Her research has received prestigious scholarly awards including the Academy of Management’s William H. Newman Award for outstanding dissertation-based research and the Academy of International Business’s Temple/AIB Best Paper Award.

She has served as an Associate Editor for the Academy of Management Journal and on the Executive Committee of the Organization & Management Theory Division of the Academy of Management. She has also  served on the Editorial Review Boards of the Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of International Business Studies, and Organization Science, and as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Organizational Design.

Professor Haas is an award-winning teacher who has taught courses in global strategy, general management, and organizational behavior to executives, PhD students, MBA students, and undergraduates. She led an annual trip to South Africa for 50+ executive MBA students for several years, and currently leads the Wharton Global Faculty Development Program, which trains management scholars from around the world. She has worked for McKinsey & Company in London and for the international aid agency Oxfam, and advised a range of organizations including the World Bank, the BBC, and the Tate Gallery of Modern Art.

The Lauder Chair Professor; Professor of Management at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania; Anthony L. Davis Director, Joseph H. Lauder Institute for Management & International Studies

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Christina Janzer

SVP of Research & Analytics at Slack

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Dawn Klinghoffer

Dawn is the Vice President of the HR Business Insights team. Her responsibilities include advanced people analytics & research for Microsoft’s business units globally including ownership of the employee listening systems, as well as analytics and reporting support for HR programs, including Global Diversity & Inclusion, Global HR Services, Talent Management, and Learning & Development. The team’s work has been published in HBR, NY Times, Forbes, MIT Sloan Management and other news journals. Dawn has been at Microsoft for over 20 years and has held positions in HR and Finance.

Vice President, HR Business Insights, Microsoft


Cade Massey

Professor Massey works at the intersection of psychology and economics to investigate how behavior departs from rational models. His expertise is judgment under uncertainty, with a focus on optimism, overconfidence, and learning. His research is based on both laboratory experiments and archival studies of “real world” behavior, such as the draft picks of professional football teams and the investment decisions of employees holding stock options.

Faculty Co-Director of Wharton People Analytics, Practice Professor, Faculty Co-Lead, Wharton Sports Analytics and Business Initiative

Past Speakers

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Chike Aguh

2022 Speaker

2020 Harvard Carr Center Technology and Human Rights Fellow, Current Chief Innovation Officer at the US Department of Labor


John Amaechi

2022 Speaker

Organizational psychologist and Founder of APS Intelligence


Byron Auguste

2016 Speaker

Managing Director and Co-Founder, Opportunity@Work
Former Deputy Director, White House National Economic Council


Mary Barra

2018 Speaker

Chairman and CEO, General Motors Company


Shane Battier

2015 Speaker

Two-time NBA Champion
Vice President, Basketball Development and Analytics, Miami Heat


Elisa Villanueva Beard

2017 Speaker

CEO, Teach for America

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Nick Bloom

2022 Speaker

Stanford Economics Professor


Laszlo Bock

2021 Speaker

CEO and Co-Founder, Humu
Former SVP of People Ops, Google


Edith W. Cooper

2014 Speaker

Former Executive Vice President and Global Head of Human Capital Management, Goldman Sachs


Ray Dalio

2021 Speaker

Founder, Chairman, and Co-Chief Investment
Officer of Bridgewater Associates

Angela Duckworth

Angela Duckworth

2022 Speaker

Faculty Co-Director, Wharton People Analytics
Founder, Character Lab
New York Times Bestselling Author of Grit

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Charles Duhigg

2022 Speaker

Writer at the New Yorker Magazine and Author of The Power of Habit


Carol Dweck

2022 Speaker

Psychologist & Stanford Professor


Cathy Engelbert 

2019 Speaker

WNBA Commissioner
Former CEO, Deloitte


Allyson Felix

2019 Speaker

Olympic Gold Medalist, Track and Field

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Allison Gabriel

2022 Speaker

McClelland Professor of Management and Organizations and University Distinguished Scholar in the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management


Malcolm Gladwell

2022 and 2017 Speaker

New Yorker staff writer, New York Times Bestselling Author of David and GoliathOutliers, Blink, and The Tipping Point


Geoff Garrett

2019 Speaker

Dean of the USC Marshall School of Business 


In remembrance of our friend,

Tony Hsieh

2016 Speaker

Former Zappos CEO & Visionary, 1973-2020


Erika James

2022 Speaker

Dean of The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania


Andrea Jones-Rooy

2022 Speaker

Visiting Associate Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies, NYU Center for Data Science


In remembrance,

Daniel Kahneman

2016 Speaker

Nobel Prize Winner
Pioneer of Behavior Economics

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Katie Ledecky

2021 Speaker

7-time Olympic Gold Medalist


Laura Liswood

2017 Speaker

Secretary General, Council of Women World Leaders

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Charlotte Lockhart

2022 Speaker

Founder and CEO, The 4 Day Week


Giorgia Lupi

2018 Speaker

Partner at Pentagram
Co-Founder, Board member at Accurat
Author of Dear Data


Cade Massey

2022 Speaker

Practice Professor, Wharton People Analytics Faculty Co-Director


Jonathan McBride

2018 Speaker

Managing Director and Global Head of Inclusion and Diversity, BlackRock
Former Director, US Presidential Personnel Office

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Alicia Menendez

2022 Speaker

Anchor and Correspondent at MSNBC


Satya Nadella

2022 Speaker

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft

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Tsedal Neeley

2022 Speaker

Harvard Business School Professor, Author of Remote Work Revolution: Succeeding from Anywhere


DJ Patil

2018 Speaker

Former Chief Data Scientist, the US Office of Science and Technology Policy

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Anne Helen Petersen

2022 Speaker

Writer at Substack, Co-Author of Out of The Office

Dan Pink

Daniel Pink

2022 and 2016 Speaker

Seven-time #1 NYT Bestselling Author of DriveA Whole New MindWhen, and The Power of Regret


Adam Silver

2017 Speaker

Commisioner, NBA

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James Suzman

2022 Speaker

Anthropologist, Author of Affluence Without Abundance and WORK

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Kara Swisher

2021 Speaker

Co-Founder and Editor-at-Large, Recode Producer & Host, Recode Decode and Pivot podcasts; New York Times Contributor

Richard Thaler

Richard Thaler

2019 Speaker

Nobel Prize Winner
Leading economist
New York Times Bestselling Author of Nudge

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Zeynep Ton

2022 Speaker

Professor of the Practice, MIT Sloan School of Management and President, Good Jobs Institute


Abby Wambach

2016 Speaker

Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Soccer
FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion


Brian Welle

2018 Speaker

Director of People Analytics, Google