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Nick’s career spans CPG, print & online publishing, software retail, mobile startups, global e-commerce, D2C, entertainment, and most recently building a digital transformation Ed Tech business to sale & exit.
Spanning these roles, Nick has always been a change agent and a driving force in evolving capabilities. He’s led marketing & digital development teams at local and global levels, managed tech startups in challenging times, and raised VC funding for global expansion.
Nick’s hands on experience of working at global brands (Colgate Palmolive, Corel, Universal Music, Time Inc.), in entrepreneurial SMBs, and having been a digital transformation consultant since 2009, informs a unique perspective into practical solutions around innovation and change in a variety of cultures.
Nick is EVP Growth for AVADO, building future solutions today, and supporting our leading clients.
Cara Conceller is a deeply intuitive, seasoned sales producer with a consistent track record of achieving sales goals. On a mission to build a Culture First Sales organization, learn faster through feedback, and build high performing teams where people thrive and live their best life.
Cara has been specializing in the people space for over ten years, most recently focused on helping companies build a culture of feedback and utilize employee feedback and people analytics to impact business outcomes. Cara is passionate about a world in which people decisions are a core pillar of how we grow and evolve organizations.
Alice Wastag, Senior People Science Consultant, is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She has helped organizations and leaders create high performance organizations and improve employee engagement for over 10 years. Alice has presented her work at professional conferences, including the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the American Society for Healthcare and Human Resources Administration. Her work has been published in Chief Learning Officer business magazine. Alice has a graduate degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. She has consulted with Fortune 500 organizations of various sizes and sectors.
Kim Tabac is Chief People Officer at League Inc. Kim has over 20 years of experience building high performance teams, designing game-changing employee engagement strategies and developing truly inclusive work environments that transform how companies and individuals approach their health and benefits. Kim’s focus is on scaling the League team in Canada and the U.S., chairing League’s Advisory Council and working with clients on on delivering an exceptional employee experience and a compelling and differentiated value proposition, which includes mental health and diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Previously, Tabac served as Partner and Chief Talent Officer of Deloitte Canada, where she introduced the first Talent Value Proposition in the firm’s history, helped to establish the Deloitte brand as a diversity and inclusion leader in Canada and introduced a new enterprise talent acquisition program for employees at every level. Her career has spanned a variety of industries including healthcare, retail, financial services and professional services.
An award-winning speaker, author, and expert in leadership, workplace culture, and personal development, Kevin is one of the leading minds (and most sought-after speakers) in the corporate speaking world. He has enlightened audiences at Coca-Cola, Dow, eBay, FedEx, Virgin Trains, Liberty Mutual, and Stanford, among many, many others.
A social scientist disguised as a businessman, C. Brandon Bennett leverages his research background and MBA to create people solutions to organizational needs. Currently, he leads the HR function as the VP of Global People Operations at Mohawk Group, an AI developer and e-commerce tech company located in New York City. Prior to Mohawk, Brandon gained OD expertise and HR Generalist experience at Nature’s Bounty as he transformed the North American supply chain into a High Performing Organization. Additionally, he gained expertise in talent management while working at the Kellogg Company as a recruiter and leadership development specialist. Brandon received his MBA with an emphasis in Org Behavior and Human Resources from BYU’s Marriott School of Management.
Fascinated by the stories people and organizations tell themselves, Brandon is most engaged when helping individuals and groups do things they’ve never thought to achieve what they never thought possible. He sees the future as a cyborg, with leaders confident in leading people and technology.
Brandon learned Organizational Effectiveness by necessity to manage his family of seven. Everyone has a role and responsibilities as the family camps, hikes, and explores the country through the National Parks and Monuments.
Currently, Sean works as the Vice President, Human Resources at Pet Food Experts, one of the nation’s largest distributors of premium pet food and supplies. He is responsible for all aspects of the HR department and reports to the Chairman and CEO. Pet Food Experts is a fourth generation family owned business with over 500 employees across the United States and is headquartered in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
Prior to joining Pet Food Experts, Sean was a Managing Director with Banister International, where he led their Sports/Entertainment Practice and also worked in their Consumer Packaged Goods team.
Prior to joining Banister, Sean worked as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at World Wrestling Entertainment, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE). The WWE is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. WWE programming is broadcast in more than 145 countries and 30 languages and reaches more than 600 million homes worldwide. In this position, he reported to the Chairman/CEO and oversaw all aspects of the HR function.
Before the WWE, Sean spent a number of years as a Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Bank of America. While at BofA, he worked in a generalist environment and played a key role in the post-acquisition work of the Bank’s purchase of Countrywide Mortgage. During this time Sean partnered with the business on changing the overall business model, restructuring the compensation plan and helped drive a series of reorganizations which addressed key legislative changes and aligned to the Bank’s views on enterprise solutions for its customers.
Before joining Bank of America, Sean worked at Diageo, a global Consumer Packaged Goods company in a range of HR roles. Prior to his corporate career, Sean worked in the sports world for nearly 10 years as an Assistant Basketball Coach at the University of Pittsburgh and Manhattan College and was an Assistant Video Coordinator for the Boston Celtics.
Sean earned his Bachelor of Arts from Franklin and Marshall College and resides in Medfield, Massachusetts.
Tracy Piper is currently the Vice President of Human Resources – Talent Management for Destination XL Group, Inc., the largest omni-channel specialty retailer of big and tall men’s apparel. While she began her career in management, she’s been focused on Human Resources for the last 20+ years.
Tracy is dedicated to the associate experience and believes “grass roots” efforts are often more meaningful and effective than top down initiatives. She is lucky to work with a group of people who have the same belief and strive every day to make a difference.
Tracy has a BS in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst and a Certificate in Human Resources from Emmanuel College in Boston. She is SPHR and SHRM-SCP certified and is currently working on becoming a Certified Professional Coach through iPEC.
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