Senior Director of Global Delivery | Harvard Business Publishing
Josh Brand is senior director of global delivery and is responsible for the team of practitioners who design and deliver Harvard Business Publishing’s solutions for clients around the globe. Josh has more than 20 years of leadership development and management consulting experience and has built management education programs for clients around the world. Over the past seven years, Josh has built the global delivery organization from a small “start-up” team to several hundred people located on five continents. Josh is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, and is an adjunct professor of management at Boston College. Prior to joining Harvard Business Publishing, Josh was a senior member of the executive education team at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA, focusing on designing and delivering customized executive education programs, and spent over a decade as a management consultant, focusing on helping global companies formulate strategy.
Editor-in-Chief Work Futures, Managing Director Another Voice
Stowe Boyd is an internationally-recognized futurist, analyst and researcher. He serves as managing director, Another Voice, rethinking research for the new economy. His approach is to combine research, analytic and conjectural frameworks, and futures scenarios and other tools to help clients answer their most strategic questions.
Stowe’s general focus is the future of work, and the tectonic forces pushing business, media, and society into an unclear and accelerating postnormal era.
Editor-in-Chief, Work Futures, a cabal of futurists exploring the shifting realities of work and our place in it. He serves on Microsoft’s future of work advisory board, and the Pew Research advisory board on robotics and automation. Stowe’s been noted as one of the Top Writers on Medium for Futures, Leadership, and Economics, and also serves as a Contributing Editor for Traction Technology Partners.
Senior Director of Training & Development | Topgolf
Keith’s background spans the talent management spectrum and includes learning, performance management, succession planning, leadership development, sales and product training, as well as Organizational Development. He has worked for such brands as Polo Ralph Lauren, Tiffany & Co., and Neiman Marcus. He also spent 3 years in consulting where he assisted organizations in the selection and implementation of their learning and talent management systems. He was helped companies such as United Airlines, Kohler Manufacturing and Susan G. Komen through the use of these technologies.
After spending 4 years in the United States Marine Corps as an Intelligence Analyst and Water Survival Instructor, Keith completed his BS in Sociology, as well as his MSL in Leadership & Organizational Development. A frequent speaker on the use of learning and talent platforms, Keith also has authored industry articles on the subject for CLO and Training Management magazines.
Keith currently resides in Plano, Texas with his wife Jill and 2 children. He is also owned by one Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier, an English Bulldog (with his own Facebook page), and 2 Himalayan cats. He obviously loves business travel as a time to relax.
Senior Vice President of Talent Management at Western Union
Shannon Sisler is a business-minded, progressive leader with a successful track record of building, directing and transforming Human Resources operations that enable high-level success for global corporations. Most recently, Shannon has served as the Senior Vice President of Talent Management at Western Union responsible for global talent acquisition, talent management and organization effectiveness/workforce strategy. Previously, Shannon was the Vice President of Talent and Diversity at DaVita and was responsible for leading efforts to optimally select, assess, develop and retain teammates. Additionally, she led corporate social responsibility and diversity initiatives. Prior to DaVita, Shannon was the Senior Vice President and Global Head of Human Resources at Janus Capital Group and started her career at Accenture.
Shannon has earned her MBA from the University of Denver (DU)and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, from the University of Colorado (CU) at Boulder. She currently serves a member of the Board of Directors for The Girl Scouts of Colorado. Shannon is married and is the mother of three children (ages 5, 8 and 16).
VP/Research Operations and Principal HCM Analyst | Brandon Hall
Claude Werder oversees Brandon Hall Group’s research and analyst team and serves as a Principal HCM Analyst. He also produces BHG’s annual HCM Excellence Conference. Claude directs Brandon Hall Group’s research priorities, contributes research reports on Learning and Talent Management topics and solution providers, and conducts briefings.
Before starting at Brandon Hall Group in September 2012, Claude was Vice President/Editorial and Conferences for LRP Publications for 15 years. In that role, he produced the HR Technology Conference and Expo®, which he helped build from a small conference to the largest event in the world focusing on HR technology. He also produced several other annual national HR events in the private and public sectors. He was also editor-in-chief of LRP’s multi-media products, including subscription web sites and newsletters, e-Learning, videos, books, manuals and webinars, in the fields of human resources, special education, secondary and higher education, federal employment law, sales, customer service, bankruptcy law, and personal injury law. http://brandonhall.com/BIO-ClaudeWerder.php
Chief of People and Culture | for Dickey’s Capital Group, Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants Inc., and Dickey’s Barbecue Pit.
Shawn Storer is the chief of people and culture for Dickey’s Capital Group, Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants Inc., and Dickey’s Barbecue Pit. In this role, he oversees all aspects of leadership and management training, employee development, human resources, payroll, benefits, and recruiting for the home office, field employees, and company owned and operated stores. Additionally, he creates and inspires a shared cultural vision across the system of more than 560 franchise and company owned stores, turning meaningful strategies into intentional actions.
Storer holds a doctor of musical arts degree in conducting and has performed with orchestra, opera, and musical theatre companies on some of the world’s greatest stages including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Meyerson, the Meyerhoff, and Symphony Hall to name a few. He has led global training teams and has run 24x7x365 operations for contact centers in the US, Philippines, India, Canada, and Mexico. He has developed high potential institutes, leadership academies, mentorship programs, system cultures and is a frequent guest lecturer on culture, core values, and strategic initiatives. He actively maintains numerous creative outlets including pottery, sculpture, sketching, drawing, and painting. He does not know what he wants to be when he grows up — and prefers it that way.