April 08 - 10, 2019
Hyatt Regency Austin
Aaron Belville currently serves as Vice President of HR Operations for Dollar General, a Fortune 150 retailer based in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. He leads the Human Resources function for all of the company’s corporate and international employees and is also responsible for HR Shared Services, Administrative Services, HR Operations and Executive Staffing. Aaron joined Dollar General in 2008 and has held roles of increasing responsibility since that time in dispute resolution, employee relations, compensation and retail HR.
Aaron was previously responsible for all HR generalist activities for Comdata and Stored Value Solutions, both wholly owned subsidiaries of Ceridian, a global human capital management technology company based in Minneapolis. Before pursuing a career in Human Resources, Aaron was a licensed attorney in Michigan where his practice focused on representing employers in employment law matters. Aaron holds a bachelor’s degree in government and public administration from Lipscomb University, a law degree from the University of Tennessee and an MBA from the University of Mississippi.
Vice President, Talent Acquisition – Walmart eCommerce
Blair joined Walmart in July 2012 as Director, Executive Recruiting. In September 2013, Blair’s responsibilities expanded to build and lead the corporate Talent Acquisition (TA) team. The TA team attracts diverse, external talent to Walmart for hard to fill, Senior Manager to Senior Director level positions across Walmart’s home office in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Blair transitioned out of talent acquisition in January of 2016 and joined the Supercenter Reinvention innovation project as Senior Director, Global People (HR) Strategic Initiatives. At the conclusion of Supercenter Reinvention, Blair joined WalmartLabs in Walmart’s eCommerce Division as Senior Director, People (HR). Blair was the HR Business Partner for Walmart's Retail Technology and Retail Operations teams.
Blair became the Vice President, Talent Acquisition for Walmart’s eCommerce Division in October 2017. In this role, Blair oversees the recruiting, sourcing and recruiting operations teams serving Walmart.com, Jet.com and WalmartLabs. In addition, Blair leads the STEM Talent Strategy team focusing on building our talent pipelines for the next generation of technology skills Walmart will employ.
Blair is a graduate of The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Her first career was as a political fundraiser, in Washington, DC with Fraioli & Associates.
Sr. Manager, Corporate & Retail Training Leader
Perry Ellis International
Barbara is a learning & development professional whose career has spanned several businesses and industries (publishing, healthcare, technology and apparel). Now with Perry Ellis International as the lead for corporate and retail training, Barbara has used her expertise in sales, marketing and technology to focus on deploying successful training programs that are scalable and meaningful, both for the associate and the company. Barbara also specializes in facilitating team workshops and communicating the value of coaching throughout all levels of the organization.
Barbara believes that lifelong learning and sharing expertise are the pillars of a successful life. She leads the school to work program for Perry Ellis in partnership with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Miami. Now in it’s fourth year, the program has tripled in size and continues to grow every year. This allows at risk high school students to shadow Perry Ellis employees every month throughout the school year at their headquarters in Miami. Eventually some of the students go on to work in the retail stores and join the Perry Ellis family.
Barbara earned an MBA from Barry University in Miami and a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Miami. She is a member of ATD and SHRM.
VP, Talent Development
Jami Delaney is VP Talent Development at Macy’s. Her work is focused on developing and overseeing key talent practices for Macy’s Inc. that enable performance. This includes career framework, succession strategies, and new approaches to performance management.
Jami brings over 15 years of diversified experience in retail including Merchandising and Product Development, Strategy and Process Improvement. She has worked on large scale project management, process design and change management for Macy’s Private Brands which led to significant improvements in our overall Speed to Market.
Jami joined HR in 2012 as an HRBP and gained additional responsibility including Talent Acquisition and College Recruitment. Prior to her current role, Jami was the VP-HRBP at Macy’s Private Brands, and led key initiatives and new performance models with a test and learn approach. She is a champion for talent and passionate about the work she is leading for Macy’s Inc.
Manager, Talent Resource, North America
LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
Brynn Diaz has been with Lush North America since she opened their 3rd US location in Santa Monica as a keyholder. Working her way up through management and new shop opening in LA and Bay areas, she joined the recruiting efforts in 2007 as Lush USA went through their first big wave of expansions. Brynn now manages a team of recruiters for retail, manufacturing and HQ, and is responsible for the talent acquisition strategy, employer branding, support systems; and aligning closely with people and culture operations to find, hire, develop and retain top talent for Lush North America.
SVP, Business Engagement & Strategy
Cory Gundberg is the Senior Vice President of Business Engagement & Strategy for Walmart Labs. With over 20 years of experience, Cory leads a team that oversees the end-to-end delivery of the Walmart Labs portfolio - from defining the overall strategic direction for Walmart Labs, to partnering with stakeholders in business operations to define and prioritize initiatives, he coordinates delivery of technology capabilities for physical and digital retail across US and India based engineering resources. His team also manages organizational cadence through deployment of tools and insights. Further, Cory manages over 1,400 associates in Bangalore, India.
Cory joined Walmart in 2010 and has served in leadership roles across Operations, Strategy and Technology at Walmart. He previously served as Vice President of Strategic Planning for Walmart Technology. In this role, Cory was responsible for developing and delivering technology strategy, leveraging technology innovation and governance practices. Prior to joining Walmart, Cory held leadership roles focusing on developing process and technology solutions with a global mindset.
Before joining Walmart, Cory was a consultant with Accenture in the retail practice. He has experience with business and technology strategy, improving business capabilities, change management and application delivery. Cory has also worked with companies like Best Buy U.S., Best Buy Canada and Coles Myer, a large Australian retail conglomerate.
Cory holds a B.S. in Management Information Systems from Minnesota State University. He and his wife Devina have four children and they currently reside in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Sr. Training & Development Specialist, Retail
Perry Ellis International
Chris Lawler’s background includes ten years of experience in retail, managing stores with a proven track record in leading teams to sales success by translating company values and vision into actionable strategies for the customer experience.
Chris is also known as a dynamic trainer who is passionate about teaching others to perform their best in the retail spectrum. She is currently at Perry Ellis in Training & Development where she has designed and implemented a training program that aims to teach a simple but effective sales methodology to the sales force.
Previous to that, Chris worked at AutoNation in an HR capacity working on the implementation of a performance management process for a multi-site automotive brand.
VP, Head of People
Susan Lee is the VP of People at Warby Parker. She is an HR Executive committed to the constant challenging, improving, and innovating of the talent function in companies. Her approach is to meld her experience at technology and media startups at various stages of growth, with her passions for employee branding, organizational development, social consciousness, and an entrepreneurial spirit, to make meaningful impact to the landscape of how work is being done.
Susan is an avid snowboarder, romance reader, bourbon drinker, and reality TV watcher… all of which she firmly believes makes her better at her job.
Director, Talent Acquisition, Supply Chain Network
Brandy Lindsey is the Director of Talent Acquisition for Nordstrom’s Supply Chain Network. She has 21 years of experience in Human Resources, and has an extensive history of innovation in her field and project management, including leading the startup team that supported the launch of Nordstrom’s East Coast Fulfillment Center in (year – 2015?) and has created and implemented a successful Early in Career development program for new leaders. She consolidated the hiring structure for Nordstrom’s Fulfillment network, resulting in the successful hiring of 1600 employees in the first year that new hiring structure was implemented, and currently supports HR teams in Illinois, California, Iowa and Pennsylvania. Outside of work, Brandy has served on the Board of Directors for Boys and Girls Club as well as volunteering as a Big Sister, has chaired the United Way Campaign for the Nordstrom facility, and is an active member of the Society of Human Resources.
Myke Mansberger is the Vice President of People at Bombas, a fast growing, energetic e-commerce apparel company. He has an extensive background in technology, human resources, and marketing and has studied both digital media and organizational development at New York University and Colorado State University. With his experience working with high growth startups including LivePerson, Magnetic and Bombas, he has had the opportunity to transform the HR landscape to meet the expectations of our modern day workforce.
Diversity & Inclusion Program Manager
Stacey is a dedicated Diversity and Inclusion professional with Giant/Martin’s Grocery Retailer and experienced professional across the CPG, Retail and Building Products industries. Stacey devotes her energy to supporting the associates and business leaders to drive Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives. She draws upon 25-plus years of corporate business experience and 29 years of military service. She is a former Professor of Graduate Studies from Delaware Valley College and today continues her passion to support students through her college outreach work for Giant/Martin’s and Network of Executive Women’s (NEW) Greater Philadelphia Chapter, supporting partnerships across local universities. She received her BA in Economics from Millersville University, her MBA from Lebanon Valley College, and her Associates in Force Management from the Community College of the Air Force.
Stacey earned the distinction of one of the Top Women In Grocery in 2015, and accepted the award on behalf of NEW Greater Philadelphia as College Outreach of the Year 2016.
Director, Employee Relations, U.S.
Stephanie has spent twenty years in the field of Human Resources. She's served as an HR generalist as well as an employee & labor relations subject matter expert in a variety of industries, including public higher education, small and large consulting firms, and retail.
A sought after advisor and calculated risk-taker with deep employee & labor relations knowledge, Stephanie champions the notions of balancing the interests of the Company with those of its team members; exceptional customer service to managers and team members; and ensuring that HR processes are simpler, better and faster. Stephanie is recognized for applying these strategies to the creation and implementation of workplace policies, handling organization restructures, coaching and guiding management teams, and investigating and resolving workplace issues.
Embracing the core values of integrity, creative problem-solving, and transparency, Stephanie leads her teams by customizing her approach on an individual basis while inspiring and empowering her team members to make data-driven decisions, be open-minded, curious, & innovative, and be positive in the face of the ever-changing retail landscape.
Stephanie holds a JD from Hamline University School of Law, a Management MBA from the University of St. Thomas, and a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She is also a member of the Minnesota State Bar.
Director, Talent Planning & Performance
Rob Ollander-Krane is the Director of Talent Planning and Performance at Gap Inc. Gap Inc. is comprised of 5 brands (Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta and Intermix) and employs 140,000 people in over 40 countries. Rob’s passion is performance. He has spent most of his career in Learning and Development, Talent Management and most recently Performance Management and Talent Planning. His last four years have been focused on reinventing Gap Inc.’s performance management process. As he describes it, changing our process to focus more on performance and less on management.
Saje Natural Wellness
Zuleika Sgro is the VP, Retail at Saje Natural Wellness in beautiful Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Prior to her most recent appointment she was the Sr. Manager of Talent Services and HR business partner at Questrade Inc., in Toronto for over seven years. She has over 10 years of extensive experience in progressive People and HR practices focusing on talent management, international recruitment, strategic talent acquisition and HR compliance specifically within rapid growing organizations. Zuleika is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP). She graduated from the University of Waterloo with honours degree in business and communications, specializing in HR. She also holds a post-graduate diploma from George Brown College in human resources management. She also contributes to the Globe and Mail within the Nine to Five column on a regular rhythm providing career advice to the Nation. Zuleika was also recognized for her work in Diversity inclusion by winning the 2011, TRIEC Canadian HR Award for Individual Achievement. Zuleika has a passion for wellness and pushing the mark in talent management in innovative talent practices and is currently working towards her U.S. HR certification with the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). Zuleika loves exploring the outdoors and is a true believer in the power of yoga and meditation.
Former Vice President, Human Resources
Ronda J. Sheffield, Ph.D. is Vice President of Human Resources – Lowe’s Home Improvement. As Vice President for Lowe’s…Ronda is helping to accelerate Lowe’s transformation through leadership, differentiated talent models, attracting and developing the best talent and building a culture of engagement, agility and innovation.
Under Ronda’s leadership, companies have instituted ground-breaking solutions for optimizing global workforce outcomes through talent analytics and data, with special emphasis on predictive analytics as a cornerstone of how human resources are managed. In addition to human resources responsibilities like compensation and benefits, compliance, training, and employment policies, Ronda has an expansive strategic talent management philosophy. She had supported strategic board-level initiatives and is a thought leader and major contributor to HR leadership teams. In her over 20 years in Human Resources, Ronda has had extensive experience leading organizational transformations.
Prior to her current role, she was Head of Human Resources for Sprint – East Area where she integrated Sprint’s talent functions to deliver faster end-to-end solutions in the areas of skills, careers, succession, performance management, attraction and retention. Her other roles have included HR Leadership positions for Starbucks Coffee Company, Sheffield Consulting Group, Inc, Rite Aid Pharmacy, Walmart Stores and Management Consulting Group.
Ronda earned a Bachelor of Science from University of West Georgia, a Masters of Arts degree in Psychology from University of West Georgia and a PhD. from Georgia State University. She is a certified facilitator for the Benchmark 360 assessment by the Center for Creative Leadership and is a qualified facilitator for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and HOGAN Assessment.
Currently she is a board of director member for the University of West Georgia, a member of SHRM Atlanta, a member of Human Resource People & Strategy (HRPS), and a member of Human Resource Leadership Forum (HRLF).
Ronda lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband Dr. Marcus E. Brooks, MD, her two sons and her 103-year-old grandmother.
Director, Human Resources
Ben Sieke is currently Director of Human Resources at Guitar Center, the world's largest musical instrument retailer. In this role, he leads the western regional HR function supporting more than 2500 associates in almost 90 retail stores in eleven states. He joined Guitar Center in 2016 as a member of the leadership team of Guitar Center’s corporate university, GCU, and served as head of retail training until moving into his current role.
Before joining Guitar Center, Ben worked as a leader within the global organization development team at MUFG (Bank of Tokyo) and as a member of the global learning and development team at Weight Watchers International. He is also serving his second term as President of the Association for Talent Development, Los Angeles Chapter (ATD-LA), a professional organization comprising more than 300 members working in talent development in the LA area.
Former Manager, Human Resources, Retail Stores, West Coast
Formerly Kiehl’s Since 1851, L’Oreal LUXE USA
Most recently, Jennifer was privileged to serve as the West Coast HR Manager for Kiehl’s Since 1851 and The Luxury Beauty Store, both a part of the L’Oreal LUXE USA panier. In that role, she supported 450 retail store employees in 55 stores across 8 states. She found that some of the yuckiest parts of HR were her favorite, especially employee relations and leadership development. Helping employees and their supervisors navigate through a tough situation with dignity is so important. Being able to do so to keep that employee engaged and their manager motivated is the win!
Jennifer originally went to college to be an Aerospace Engineer. With the end of the Cold War fast approaching, her wind tunnel professor pulled her aside one day and said “you are the only ‘people person’ in this entire college…so you at least have options”. Who knew that those magical words would send Jennifer on her journey of learning everything she could about people in the workplace in a manner that uniquely positioned her to become successful in and truly love Human Resources!
Jennifer has held every job you’ve managed and managed every job she’s held. She is able to relate to a front-line employee from a firsthand perspective that lends to her credibility and allows her to connect on their level very quickly. We’ve all heard “People work for People”, but she’s found that they will dedicate their performance to people they believe in and trust. This breaks down barriers, creates effective communication and builds mutual understanding that leads to high levels of accountability, productivity and ultimately profitability.
No matter the industry, one thing is always true: people are the most important, most interesting, most dynamic, most diverse, most expensive and highest risk component of conducting business. Managing them correctly does not get you the results you need…managing them effectively will.
Director, People, Stores
As People Director for Stores at Charlotte Russe, Alexis has the privilege of leading the field organization in all things development. Starting her career in the military she realized early on that she had a passion for helping people become their best selves. After trading in her camouflage for red and khaki she entered the world of retail and eventually HR working at Target, Old Navy and now Charlotte Russe in multiple generalist capacities. Supporting multiple business partners and processes, no role is more fulfilling than her work in Leadership Development. With a strategic lens, she works to identify road blocks and challenges and leads the development solutions from conception to execution. Traditional approaches to learning are challenging with limited resources so innovation is a must. Come work through an interactive workshop where Alexis will share some cost neutral development solutions that will engage top talent at all levels!
VP, Human Resources
Industry Thought Leaders
Talent Management Consultant
VP Government Affairs
Retail Industry Leaders Association
Chief Workforce Scientist
Vice President, Global Solutions
Stephanie Elliott has been leading businesses in the talent outsourcing industry for 20+ years, and is currently the Vice President of Global Solutions. In this role, she is responsible for a team who consults with global organizations across numerous industries to support their human capital strategy and provide talent solutions to help their businesses be more competitive. Stephanie was involved in designing and implementing some of the first Managed Service Provider (MSP) programs and has a passion for working with global, complex companies to access critical talent through a variety of workforce solutions. As a result of holding executive positions in Europe and Asia in the past, she has a comprehensive understanding of the complex challenges facing global organizations. Additionally, as Stephanie previously led an IT services company, she has a unique view of talent solutions from the perspectives of both a client and a services provider.
Stephanie is an industry leader and a former board member of the Association of Professional Staffing Companies in the UK, and has been named to Staffing Industry Analyst’s Staffing 100 and Global Power 100 Women in Staffing lists. She has a Master of Arts in International Affairs from American University of Paris and received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Arizona State University.
Melissa Hassett is Vice President of Client Delivery at ManpowerGroup Solutions. With more than 18 years of experience, Melissa is a strategic leader with a passion for helping clients succeed in the changing world of work. Her key strengths include streamlining processes and launching and managing large scale talent acquisition strategies. Melissa’s specialty is in high-volume recruiting for call center, retail, sales, warehouse, technicians and other repetitive positions.
VP, Retail Solutions
He heads up the Retail vertical for Avature, an enterprise Talent Acquisition platform offering Solutions such as; ATS, CRM, In Store Manager, Employee Referrals, Campus/Events, and Onboarding.
In his 6 years at Avature, Avature is proud to currently have over 100 of the Fortune 500 as clients.
The Avature Solutions that have been deployed globally are changing the way the Retail vertical engages with their applicants/customers. Chris is excited to share some of these innovations and best practices in the market.
Chief I/O Psychologist
Dr. Nathan Mondragon is Chief I/O Psychologist at HireVue and responsible for the Assessment product and practice. In this role, Nathan and his team work with our customers to custom create Interview/Assessment content driven by our Artificial Intelligence algorithms. He has over 20 years of extensive experience blending Talent Management and Technology solutions and is a recognized expert in the blending of recruitment and selection into a seamless integrated solution.
Director, Paid Leave
Angela Romei is a global strategist who helps corporations develop and implement programs that benefit people, business and the economy. She is a passionate advocate for equality in all aspects of our culture.
For more than 20 years Angela created and executed global marketing, thought leadership and employment brand campaigns for large corporations, including Microsoft, Accenture and Avanade. She has led executive communications for CEOs, CIOs, CTOs and human resources leaders, helping companies accelerate growth, rebrand and expand business. As a management consultant, she navigated the complexities of acquisitions and geographic expansions through thoughtful and deliberate change management and communications.
CEO & Founder
Keith is the CEO and cofounder of Fountain, a hiring platform built for speed and scale, that is backed by over $11M in venture capital. Fountain is designed specifically to help address the challenges around high-volume, high-velocity, and high-turnover recruiting within retail, delivery, food/beverage, manufacturing, hospitality, etc. The world's most forward-thinking companies, including Uber, Safeway, Deliveroo, John Lewis, Grubhub, rely on Fountain to power its large-scale employee hiring and contractor vetting operations. Since inception, teams across 50 countries have used Fountain to save millions of work-hours, communicate with more than 4MM+ applicants, and provide 400,000 real people with jobs.
Keith is native to the Bay area, though he spent most of his childhood in Korea and Arizona. He's passionate about the future of work, operations, and tech. Also a self-proclaimed champion at FIFA.
VP, Enterprise Marketing & Organizational Development
Mike Tippets is vice president of marketing and organizational development, for the enterprise division of Hughes. Mr. Tippets joined Hughes in February of 2008, he is responsible for the creation of brand and product awareness and also for the engagement and development for Hughes employees around the world.
Mr. Tippets is a 25-year veteran of the high-tech industry and brings a dynamic and passionate vision of what digital media based solutions can provide for businesses in the 21st century.
Senior Director, Employer Insights
Co-Founder & CEO
HR Retail 2018
Zainab is the program director for WBR’s HR events portfolio. As such, she is the project leader and editorial director developing market leading events for senior HR leaders across industries such as retail, healthcare, and government. She builds programs addressing top industry trends and concerns, including recruiting senior executive thought leaders to provide insight and experiences, to create meaningful and productive event and learning experiences. Prior to this role, Zainab supported the WBR production team in running 40+ large-scale conferences.
Global Accounts Consultant
Ryan Stilwell, Global Accounts Consultant, joined GovDocs in 2017 as the company’s first Global Accounts Consultant. He is responsible for clients’ overall health and growth, maintaining client goals, achievements, initiatives and programs.
In addition, Ryan maximizes GovDocs investment for clients. Prior to GovDocs, Ryan has worked at Paisley Consulting, Thomson Reuters, Convey and Sovos Compliance. His past experiences working in all phases of client interaction (project management, account management, etc.) have helped him understand client needs throughout the relationship lifecycle.
Senior Compliance Consultant
Senior Compliance Consultant Cabot Wohlrabe identifies and provides employment law management solutions to large multilocation companies across a variety of industries, ensuring compliance across the enterprise. His experience in B2B technology solutions fits GovDocs’ continual efforts to offer data and other software products that simplify our clients’ processes.
Before joining GovDocs in 2014, Cabot held numerous sales and professional training positions at Thomson Reuters and Dale Carnegie Training.