Learning & Development


Company Purpose: The Journey to Develop Sustainable Human Capital | April 16, 2020 

Speaker/Moderator: John Bremen, Managing Director, Human Capital & Benefits, and Global Head of Thought Leadership and Innovation, Willis Towers Watson

John Bremen helps companies see the future and get there.

He is a recognized global business leader, C-suite and board consultant, and thought leader on the future of human capital, purpose-driven organizations, sustainable human capital, the employee experience, and the modernization of human resources and Total Rewards programs. He serves as Managing Director, Human Capital & Benefits, and Global Head of Thought Leadership and Innovation. He is a member of the Willis Towers Watson Global Human Capital & Benefits Leadership Team, and responsible globally for the development and application of intellectual capital, research, and integrated solutions, as well as innovation.

Panelist: Rusty Bland, SVP People Engagement, KeHe 

In his own words: I've spent my career as a participant, architect, and cheerleader of those types of teams with a focus on transformation. I love investing in people in ways that allow them to rise higher and accomplish more than they ever thought they could. I love making a difference – at work, at home, at church, in our world, in whatever I’m doing. At KeHE, I get the chance to make a difference every day. Our core purpose as a company states: We Serve to Make Lives Better. For us, this statement is more than a collection of words, or a PowerPoint presentation. These words represent the collective passions of our employees to serve others.

Panelist: Beth Hayden, Chief People Officer, Q-Centrix 

As Chief People Officer of Q-Centrix, Beth is responsible for setting and executing the people and organizational strategy in support of significant growth plans for a rapidly scaling, PE-backed business. Her previous role was SVP of People & Development (Global CHRO) for Backstop Solutions, where she was responsible for aligning business and talent strategies and creating a world-class employee experience that measurably advanced the company brand and culture. With over twenty years’ experience as a human capital executive driven by purpose, Beth has helped various companies realize strategic growth, transforming their people practices and earning recognition as a best place to work culture and destination for top talent. Beth’s experience also included CHRO, Americas at JLL, and she served as VP of HR at AbilityLab (fka RIC) as well as Trizec Properties, after launching her HR career in a global role at Morton International. Beth earned her MBA from the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern, and holds a BS in Psychology from the University of Illinois. She is on the Executive Committee of HRMAC (Human Resources Management Association of Chicago) as Treasurer, Board Emeritus of YWCA after her last term on the Executive Committee as Chair of the Nominating Committee and is on the Development Board of Chicago PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving).

Panelist: Sanjay Patel, Vice President of Global Total Rewards, Kellogg’s  

Sanjay Patel is the Vice President of Global Total Rewards for Kellogg’s.  In his role, he leads the global function in setting the overall strategy and designing various compensation and benefits programs focused on engaging employees and helping them achieve their best total health.  His accountabilities also include recognition programs, executive compensation, and work-life balance programs.


Transformation: Powering Change, Evolving the Culture | June 11, 2020 

Speaker/Moderator: Dr. Mary-Clare Race, Chief Innovation and Product Officer, Lee Hecht Harrison 

Dr. Mary-Clare Race is the Chief Innovation and Product Officer at LHH with responsibility for ensuring LHH is continually finding new and innovative ways to solve our client’s challenges.

Dr. Race has over 15 years experience in human capital consulting including Career Transition, Leadership & Management development, Coaching, Diversity and Inclusion and Organizational Design.  She is a regular conference speaker and has published scientific papers in leading journals including Frontiers in Psychology, Mental Illness at Work, and People & Strategy, alongside industry publications such as People Management and The Financial Times.

Panelist: Jorge Diaz, Chief People Officer, Coyote Logistics 

Jorge has over 20 years of experience helping companies establish and execute on successful talent strategies.   He recently joined Coyote as Chief People Officer for their 3500 strong global workforce.  Prior to Coyote, Jorge was the Chief People Officer for Verizon Connect, which came together as a result of several acquisitions including Fleetmatics, where Jorge was part of leadership team that led the company through a successful IPO and explosive growth prior to being acquired by Verizon.  


Panelist: Melanie Gloria, Senior Vice President, Development Operations, Horizon Therapeutics​

Melanie Gloria has over 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry.  She joined Horizon Therapeutics in July of 2018 to support the expansion of  R&D capabilities.  Melanie currently is the Senior Vice President of R&D Operations.  In this role she oversees several functional teams (Clinical Operations, Regulatory, Project Management, and Patient Safety and Pharmacovigilance). Prior to joining Horizon, Melanie worked at Abbott and AbbVie.  Melanie’s early career was in nursing and she spent time as an oncology nurse prior to joining the pharmaceutical industry.



Panelist: Stacey Johnson, Head of Leadership & Culture Academy, Kraft Heinz 

Stacey is an experienced team leader and L&D professional who is focused on developing inspiring, inclusive & innovative leaders. In her current role as the Head of Leadership & Culture Academy at Kraft Heinz, Stacey is obsessed with equipping leaders and managers with the skills, knowledge and resources needed to develop others, create inclusive environments, and engage employees. Stacey and her team are responsible for the global development of Leadership programs, including Manager Excellence, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging as well as the Kraft Heinz Culture curriculum. Prior to joining Kraft Heinz in 2016, Stacey spent a decade at Teach For America, the national non-profit dedicated to mobilizing as many of our nation’s most promising leaders to grow the movement for educational equity. 

Panelist: Brian McGarvey, Senior Human Resources Leader, GE Healthcare 

Brian McGarvey is the Senior Human Resources leader for GE Healthcare, US & Canada.  In this role, he provides HR leadership to ~20k employees across all disciplines of the $8B business.  This role will drive the Talent and HR agenda for the business and Customers that we deliver for across the US & Canada regions. Prior to starting his current role, he was the Global Services HR leader for GEHC.  He was in this role for 2 years driving the HR strategy for the $5B business that included ~14K employees globally. Prior to joining GE Healthcare, he was the O&TD leader for GE Capital International, located in London.  In this role, he was appointed the HR Project Leader of the GE Capital Non-US transition, which accounted for over 30K employees across 35 countries.  Prior to the role in London, he was the HR leader for the GE Capital Equipment Finance business headquartered in Dallas, TX. Brian began his GE career in 2001 in Human Resource Manager roles at GE Capital in Stamford, Conn., in both Capital Markets Services and the business’ headquarters. In 2004, Brian moved to GE headquarters in Fairfield, Conn., as the Human Resources Manager supporting various businesses within the Corporate Functions & Operating Components organization. Brian holds his master’s degree in Industrial Relations from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Clarion University with a B.A. in Business Management.

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