You have restored my faith in the future of our field. There are so many people stuck in the past. The thought leaders you assembled revealed a different side of our industry and I'm relieved! We CAN make the impact we want to have.
Former Director of L&D
People Innovators Summit was EXCELLENT. I'm refreshed and inspired. Thank you to the team for a fantastic event. Thank you in advance for assisting me to get better adoption by my employees!
VP, Global Human Resources
Equally exciting as the speakers was the community of high caliber L&D and other HR leaders that I met at the event. There aren’t a lot of organizations bringing together thought leaders at this level to discuss L&D trends.
Chicken of the Sea
Award-winning researcher and the Tandon Family Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School
Francesca has spent more than a decade studying rebels at organizations around the world, from high-end boutiques in Italy’s fashion capital, to an award-winning computer animation studio. In her work, she has identified leaders and employees who exemplify “rebel talent,” and whose examples we can all learn to embrace. Whether you want to inspire others to action, build a business, or build more meaningful relationships, Francesca’s work will show you how to succeed — by breaking all the rules.
VP of Global Learning and Development
As the leader of Global Learning & Development for Starbucks, Molly works to build a learning journey for employees and licensed partners worldwide from their “core” learning to ongoing learning to preparing for their next role. Prior to Starbucks, Molly has spent her career exploring and loving the field of training and development at Microsoft, JPMorgan Chase, Starwood Hotels and Disney. She holds a BA in Communications from the University of Washington and certificates in learning design and learning theory.
Global Head of Talent, Development & Learning
Wyatt brings over 8 years of experience to PayPal as the Global Head of Talent, Development & Learning. His career in L&D started at Amazon where he supported and led leadership development programs. Prior to PayPal, he led the Talent Management team at Microsoft where amongst many notable programs, created an apprenticeship program in partnership with nonprofits to create life-changing career opportunities. Wyatt is a natural leader with a background and 12 years experience in the United States Army.
Chief People Officer
As Chief People Officer at App Annie, Natasha leads a global team focused on organization effectiveness, people, and talent. As founder of ZEST Advisors, a people & talent consultancy, she helps her clients connect strategy and people to scale organizations, enable teams, and grow leaders. Natasha brings experience that spans across industries, having led the people function at Guardant Health and OpenTable and serving as HR leadership at Pfizer Consumer Products and Johnson & Johnson.
Flo Thinh Chialtas
VP of People Operations
Flo leads the Recruiting, HR & WorkPlace Operations teams at NerdWallet. Flo and her team are constantly finding ways to attract, develop and delight employees and build a great nerdy experience for all. Prior to joining NerdWallet, Flo was a talent partner at Khosla Ventures, spent four years growing Zynga and dabbled in talent acquisition strategies for early startups. A self-professed music junkie, Flo believes live music can cure any ail. When she’s not working, you can find her adventuring with her family in Tahoe or the majestic Russian River.
VP of Marketing
Yvonne Chen brings 12+ years of product and marketing experience to Udemy for Business as VP of Marketing. She cares deeply about spurring online learning and development for an organization’s most important asset – it’s employees. Previously, Yvonne worked at Facebook, leading training and development and product marketing for Facebook’s ads and business products. She has also held operations roles at Google and managed a business call center for AT&T. Yvonne holds a BS in Business Administration from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Managing Director - Learning Delivery
Dean has 16 years of experience in the training arena that accompanies his BA from Colorado State University in Speech Communications. Over his career, he has helped develop/certify over 800 facilitators globally and led multiple training organizations in diverse industries. Dean has a passion for learning and building strong relationships within any organization. He is a Certified ATD Master Trainer and an ATD Rocky Mountain Executive Council Board Member.
Head of Learning & Development
Shelley Osborne is Head of L&D at Udemy. She has 14 years of experience in the education sector and in corporate learning and development. Previously, she was VP of Learning & Development at Farside HR Solutions, specializing in talent leadership, management training, and soft skills development for startups. At Udemy, Shelley leads and executes the learning strategy for Udemy employees. She has a master’s degree in Education from the University of Calgary and a bachelor of education from the University of Alberta.
Director People Learning & Development
Since joining Lyft, Uli has redesigned the Performance Management system, overhauled the L&D portfolio and placed People Development on the company-wide agenda. His passion for L&D began at Google as a Performance Management Program Manager. He then joined the Executive Development team, and later the Manager Development team. Under his purview, Uli ran the manager onboarding experience globally and addressed topics in team effectiveness and managing at scale. Uli graduated from Vienna University of Economic and Business Administration with a Masters in International Business.
Senior Director, Learning & Development
Drew has spent over 10 years designing and implementing performance, talent, and leadership development programs, tools and experiences for front-line employees and executives at Urban Outfitters, Nike, Converse, Getty Images and Industrious. He is passionate about using a design thinking approach that puts employees at the center of the process. Drew spent time thinking about organizational dynamics and learning at Temple University and University of Pennsylvania, and holds a Masters degree in Learning and Organizational Change from Northwestern University.
VP, People and Workplace
Lissa brings 20+ years of experience to her role leading Tile’s People and Workplace team. Prior to joining Tile she held HR leadership positions at Addepar, Facebook, eBay, and Time Warner. Lissa is a leader with proven success in organizational design and development, leadership and management development, talent management, employee communications and performance and career development,. She is also a dedicated people leader and coach with the ability to attract top talent, build teams and grow careers.
Sr Director, West People Strategy
Liz is a senior leader in talent strategy with experience covering the areas of learning and development, talent management, people data and corporate culture. Her expertise in building scaled approaches to management and leadership development has spanned across multiple large tech companies including Twitter, Pandora and WeWork. In her current role, she is building a holistic experience to hiring, developing and retaining talent in WeWork’s US & Canada West region.
As Thumbtack’s VP of People, Justin oversees the 70-strong People Team which covers the full employee experience, including people operations and programs to recruiting and workplace experience. Justin joined Thumbtack from Google, where he led People Operations for the Go-to-Market teams. Prior to this, he was a Chief of Staff at a Fortune 500, before leading human capital consulting teams. He holds a Bachelor of Computer Science and a Master of HR Management.
Senior Director, Learning and Development
Pete is a lifelong learner and teacher with a passion for developing others with over 20 years’ experience designing, delivering, and implementing learning programs for organizations such as FedEx Kinko’s and Brinker International, parent of Chili’s and other successful restaurant brands. He first discovered his love for teaching as a ski instructor while he was in school. Today, he leads the learning and development activities for MINDBODY, Inc. (NASDAQ: MB), the leading technology platform for the fitness, wellness and beauty services industries.
Director, Talent Development
Danielle is an L&D leader who loves helping people fulfill their potential using assessment, facilitation, experiential programs and coaching. As Director of Talent Development, she is responsible for leading the global enterprise talent development team which creates and delivers programs for all employee personas. Key areas of learning are around change, EQ, strategic leadership and enabling leaders to be successful in the 18,000 strong Adobe matrix. Her journey began in recruitment then moved to consulting with Hay Group Korn Ferry in London and San Francisco.
Cara Brennan Allamano
SVP of Human Resources
Cara has deep experience scaling HR operations, recruiting, and learning & development at fast-moving, global companies. Prior to joining Udemy, she was SVP of People at Planet and previously served in HR leadership roles at Pinterest, Efficient Frontier, Young and Rubicam, and Knight Ridder, among others. Cara is the co-founder of PeopleTech Partners, a group of HR leaders working to bring new HR/recruiting technologies to market. She holds a master’s degree from the University of San Francisco, and completed graduate studies at Stanford University.
Darren Shimkus has nearly two decades of experience building and growing high-performing sales, marketing, and product management teams. Darren currently serves as General Manager of Udemy for Business at Udemy. Darren began his career in corporate education at the Corporate Executive Board in Washington D.C. and London and has built several technology companies, where he served in various product development, sales, and general management roles. He received his BA from William & Mary and his MBA from Stanford University.
8:00 – 9:00 am
Registration & Breakfast: Start the day over a delicious breakfast and San Francisco's Blue Bottle Coffee with fellow People Innovators Summit attendees.
9:00 – 9:30 am
Why Being Human is Great: Humanizing Corporate Learning Darren Shimkus, General Manager, Udemy for Business
We sought to understand the role humanity plays in employee learning and development. What we found? The organizations that are focused on making employee development more people-centric perform better against key business metrics. Hear Darren Shimkus, General Manager of Udemy for Business, as he discusses what it means to be human and how organizations that are forward-thinking are able to leverage the talents and skills of human beings in unique and compelling ways other organizations do not.
9:30 – 10:05 am
Learning to "UNLearn" Dean Griess, Managing Director - Learning Delivery, Charles Schwab
Now that we know the power of people-centric organizations, how can we further empower employees through innovative learning experiences? In this session, Dean Griess, Managing Director of Learning Experiences at Charles Schwab, will share a learning practice deemed as “UNLearn” designed to maximize and accelerate learning to address one of L&D’s biggest goals: to create bigger, stronger and faster learning programs.
10:05 – 10:25 am
Morning Break: Fuel up with local snacks from San Francisco's Juice Shop, Dynamo Donuts, Nana Joe's and plenty of coffee
10:25 – 11:05 am
L&D's Purpose: Creating and Driving the Reskilling Revolution Forward Featuring leaders from PayPal, Adobe, MINDBODY, Industrious and App Annie
Wyatt Cutler, Global Head of Talent, Development & Learning, PayPal
Danielle Clark, Director, Talent Development, Adobe
Pete Premenko, Senior Director of L&D, MINDBODY
Drew Fifield, Senior Director, L&D, Industrious
Natasha Kehimkar, Chief People Officer, App Annie
As the digital world transforms, organizations are coming face-to-face with a growing skills gap and are racing to ensure their businesses keep up. Leaders from Adobe, PayPal, MINDBODY Industrious and App Annie will discuss how they’re prioritizing reskilling and development to stay ahead of constant digital transformation and how their workplace learning programs are following suit.
11:05 – 11:40 am
It’s a Skill, Not an Art: Unlocking Creativity & Innovation in L&D Shelley Osborne, Head of Learning & Development, Udemy
L&D and People teams are being challenged to create workplace learning programs that are fresh, captivating and effective. In this session, you will learn tactical ways to incorporate innovative ideas and new technologies into your programs to drive lasting impact. Shelley Osborne, Head of Learning and Development at Udemy will share how to breed creativity by finding connections and harnessing big ideas in a scalable way that meet your employees where they are.
11:40 am – 12:45 pm
Enjoy a healthy lunch with your peers catered by Foxtail catering. After you eat, visit the Udemy for Business Learning Lounge and find out what kind of rebel you are.
12:45 – 1:45 pm
Rebel Talent: Why It Pays to Break the Rules at Work and In Life Francesca Gino, Professor, Harvard Business School
In her talk, based on her new book Rebel Talent, Francesca will share insights on why the most successful among us break the rules, and how rebellion brings joy and meaning into our lives.
Rebels have a bad reputation. We think of them as troublemakers, outcasts, contrarians: those colleagues, friends, and family members who complicate seemingly straightforward decisions, create chaos, and disagree when everyone else is in agreement. But in truth, rebels are also those among us who change the world for the better with their unconventional outlooks. Instead of clinging to what is safe and familiar, and falling back on routines and tradition, rebels defy the status quo. They are masters of innovation and reinvention, and they have a lot to teach us.
1:45 – 2:25 pm
Integrating Learning Whenever, Wherever Featuring leaders from Tile, WeWork, Nerdwallet, Thumbtack and Udemy
Lissa Minkin, VP, Workplace and People, Tile
Liz Sweet, Sr Director, West People Strategy, WeWork
Flo Thinh Chialtas, VP of People Operations, NerdWallet
Justin Angsuwat, VP, People, Thumbtack
Cara Brennan Allamano, SVP of Human Resources, Udemy
Being a true People Innovator is integrating learning as part of your overall talent management function. Learn from People leaders at Tile, NerdWallet, WeWork and Thumbtack on how to build a learning organization and culture of learning when you don’t have a dedicated L&D team or resources. Where do you start and how do you measure the return? How do HR and L&D work together to ensure learning happens whenever, wherever?
2:30 – 2:50 pm
Breakout Session A: Incorporating Mindfulness in the Workplace
The research just keeps growing on how pausing to meditate during your day can increase productivity, focus, and happiness. We’re excited to include an opportunity to try it out for yourself, as an afternoon breakout session. This interactive workshop will give you a clear sense of what mindfulness is, why it’s helpful in the workplace, and how to practice it. The session includes guided meditation and 3 specific tools you can begin using immediately to practice mindfulness during your workday.
Breakout Session B: Rebel Talent Roundtable
Connect with your peers in this roundtable session and tap into your inner learning rebel. Take the teachings from Francesca Gino’s session to discuss how to make the most of your rebel talent at work and in life.
2:50 – 3:05 pm
Afternoon Break: Take a stretch break and grab an afternoon snack.
3:05 – 3:40 pm
What Is Learning Anyway?! Uli Heitzlhofer, Director People Learning & Development, Lyft
L&D functions have traditionally focused on providing training and testing knowledge retention. However, today as more companies strive to align learning to business outcomes, L&D teams are under pressure to go beyond simply delivering training to influencing employee behavior and performance. In this session, Uli Heitzlhofer, Lyft’s Head of People Learning & Development, will share how they have redesigned their training programs to ensure behavior change happens.
3:40 – 4:25 pm
Approaching Unconscious Bias with Authenticity Molly Hill, VP of Global Learning and Development, Starbucks
Join Molly Hill as she takes us on a journey about the importance of keeping humans at the core of your workplace learning mission. Molly will have an open conversation around the sensitive and complex topic of racial-bias and the importance of authenticity and vulnerability in approaching it. She will share the unconscious bias training program that Starbucks implemented at their 8,000 stores nationwide this past May, the work that they’re doing to continue shaping their path forward and how approaching learning differently creates the greatest opportunities.
4:25 – 4:30 pm
Closing Remarks Darren Shimkus, General Manager, Udemy for Business
4:30 – 6:30 pm
The People Innovators Summit 2018 Wrap Party
Terra Gallery & Event Venue
511 Harrison Street San Francisco, CA