As a keynote speaker and GM for SongDivision USA, Angus Clark has established an amazing track record of proven success at uniting companies around their purpose using music. With over 10 years of experience speaking for Fortune 500 companies including Microsoft, American Express, and Spotify, Angus’ dynamic musical keynotes draw from his extensive experience in the corporate workplace and as a professional musician. He has spoken, hosted, and facilitated team building workshops in the US, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Switzerland, Finland, UK, Australia, and Germany.
What makes Angus a top choice for HR leaders and event stakeholders is his unique ability to help clients distill their core messages, including company purpose and core values, into relatable terms that instantly engage the participants. His wide-ranging experience includes almost a decade working in the non-profit and corporate sectors, for organizations such as L’Oreal USA, and over 20 years as a professional touring and recording musician. As lead guitarist for the Platinum-selling and Grammy-nominated Trans-Siberian Orchestra and the Tony-Award Winning Broadway production of “Rock of Ages” he has first hand knowledge of how collaboration yields success.
Angus’ magnetic personality, musical ability, and real-world business experience combine to create engaging, relatable keynotes that have made him a favorite among leading companies worldwide.
Chuck Edward is currently the Head of Global Talent Acquisition for Microsoft. He has been with Microsoft since 2004 working in various leadership roles in HR. Chuck started as an HR Director in the Microsoft Business Division (MBD), supporting the Unified Communications and Office Live groups and then spent 4 years leading HR for Microsoft’s Customer Service and Support (CSS) Organization. Prior to Microsoft, Chuck held Human Resources leadership roles at Cigna Behavioral Health, PepsiCo and 3M. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Arts with specialization in Human Resources Management from the University of Minnesota. Chuck enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter and son. He is an avid fly fisherman and a lifelong Green Bay Packer fan.
As the Vice President of People Planning, Design and Analytics, Elaine Mason leads a transformation function at Cisco that works with senior executives on executive talent and performance management, workforce analytics and planning, organization effectiveness and design thinking. Since joining Cisco in 2016, Elaine has lead two transformation initiatives – one focused on building management capabilities focused on people planning and a second focused on reinventing the company’s talent strategy. Prior to joining Cisco, Elaine was the Vice President of Organization Effectiveness and Workforce Planning at American Express (2012-2016) and Vice President of Planning and Education at Viacom/MTV Networks (2002-2007). Outside of her business experience, Elaine serves on the board of Imperative (a B-Corporation focused on enabling purpose driven work). Previously, Elaine has served as a National Board Member for the Taproot Foundation as well as the Board of the Organization Development Network of New York. Elaine holds a Master of Science in Organization Development from Pepperdine University.
Eric Hutcherson leads the NBA’s Human Resources department, managing a team that drives the NBA’s global workforce strategy built on a commitment to attracting, retaining, developing and engaging top talent for the NBA, WNBA, NBA G League and NBA 2K League. With a focus on people, culture and innovation, Hutcherson is responsible for leading global projects, processes and analytics that address business needs. He partners with the leagues’ senior leadership to enable, empower and develop employees in 13 U.S. and international offices guided by the league’s strategic direction.
Prior to joining the NBA in July 2014, Hutcherson was Managing Director and Chief HR Officer for the U.S. and Canada Division of Marsh, a leading global insurance brokerage firm. Before that, he held several leadership positions at Mercer, a financial services and human resource consulting firm, including Chief Human Resources Officer – Americas, and Global Leader for Mercer’s Outsourcing and Global Operations and Shared Services businesses.
Earlier in his career, he worked for Foot Locker and served as Assistant Director of Public Relations for the Boston Celtics.
Outside of the NBA, Hutcherson is a motivational speaker and created a career development training program, “Say Yes to Success.” He serves on the Board of Trustees for The Hun School of Princeton, the Board of Directors for Covenant House and the Senior Advisory Council for the National Association of African Americans in HR.
Hutcherson earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from New York University and a master’s degree in Sports Management and Administration from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He resides in Freehold, N.J. with his wife Linda and their two sons, Austin and Myles.
Josh Bersin is an analyst, author, educator, and thought leader focusing on the global talent market and the challenges and trends impacting business workforces around the world. He studies the world of work, HR and leadership practices, and the broad talent technology market. He is often cited as one of the leading HR and workplace industry analysts in the world.
He founded Bersin & Associates in 2001 to provide research and advisory services focused on corporate learning. Over the next ten years, he expanded the company’s coverage to encompass HR, talent management, talent acquisition, and leadership and became a recognized expert in the talent market. He sold the company to Deloitte in 2012, when it became known as Bersin™ by Deloitte. He continues to serve as a senior advisor to Deloitte, advising large organizations and contributing to major research initiatives. He also sits on the board of UC Berkeley Executive Education.
Bersin is frequently featured in talent and business publications such as Forbes, Harvard Business Review, HR Executive, FastCompany, The Wall Street Journal, and CLO Magazine. He is a regular keynote speaker at industry events and a popular blogger with more than 700,000 followers on LinkedIn.
Prior to founding Bersin & Associates, Josh spent 25 years in product development, product management, marketing, and sales of e-learning and other enterprise technologies. His education includes a BS in engineering from Cornell University, an MS in engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of two books, The Blended Learning Handbook and The Training Measurement Book, along with dozens of studies on corporate HR, learning, and talent technologies. He currently has a third book under contract with Harvard Business Publishing.
Karen is an HR professional with over 20 years of experience in employee engagement, teaming, organizational change, talent management, communication, facilitation, coaching, cultural transformation, process and organizational redesign, and learning and development. She began her career doing organization development at EY before leaving in 2012 to become the head of People at Seamless (and then GrubHub). She is currently the Chief People Officer at Pond5- the most filmmaker friendly marketplace for the licensing of content. There she leads efforts to attract, develop, engage, and retain a talented team that works every day to help filmmakers fulfill their creative vision. Karen has an undergraduate degree from Tufts University and a Masters in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. She lives in NJ with her husband and two teenage daughters.
Kevin Ames is an author, a world-renowned speaker, and a Director of the O.C. Tanner Institute. He has spoken to hundreds of companies, leadership groups, executive teams, and conferences worldwide. Kevin is an expert in the areas of workplace culture, engagement, teambuilding, leadership, and personal development. Kevin has spoken to many global companies, including Coca-Cola, Dow, eBay, FedEx, Pepsi, Virgin Trains, Thomson Reuters, and Bank of America. With a mission to instill in others a passion for personal and professional excellence, Kevin travels around the globe to help companies create an engaging culture of greatness.
Lou Cimini is a human resources executive experienced in leading mid-size service and manufacturing organizations through growth and change. He is currently the Vice President of HR for The Americas for Samsonite Corporation in Mansfield, MA which was named a Top Place to Work by the Boston Globe for 2013 & 2014.
Prior to joining Samsonite Mr. Cimini was the SVP of Human Resources and Organizational Performance for The Holmes Group where he also served as “Head Coach” of a global SAP implementation and led numerous process re-designs. He also managed union and non-union organizational elements of the move of US manufacturing to China.
Previously Mr. Cimini spent nine years with Cendant Mobility, joining the organization when it was PHH as a Director of Human Resources. As Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Quality he initiated and implemented the redesign of North American performance management, linking strategic business goals to individual performance, which was awarded “Gold Medal, Connecticut Innovation Prize.” Mr. Cimini began his career at Owens Corning Fiberglas where he held numerous professional and management positions in human resources at manufacturing facilities across the country and at corporate headquarters.
Mr. Cimini has received numerous awards for his volunteer work including the development of a job search-training program for the Boston Veterans Homeless Shelter. He has been honored for his success as the Executive Director of residences in organizing the housing and support of Katrina evacuees at Otis Air National Guard Base on Cape Cod, MA.
A native of North Providence, RI, Mr. Cimini earned a BS in Business Management from Providence College. In addition he earned a Certificate in Advanced Labor Management Relations and Negotiation from the University of Michigan, holds the Six Sigma Green Belt certification and a Process Master certificate from Hammer & Company.
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