HR Retail 2019

April 08 - 10, 2019

Hyatt Regency Austin



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HR Practitioners

Karyn Alvarez
Recruiting Director
The Container Store
Eric Anderson
Vice President, Training & Development
Tailored Brands
Semone Bamboat
Senior Director, US Talent Acquisition
Michael Kors
Catherine Bass
Head of Talent Acquisition & Director, Community Affairs
Bass Pro Shops
Hollie Castro
Senior Vice President, Talent
Carla David
Vice President, Retail & HR Administration
Jackson David
Head of Global Talent Acquisition, Sourcing & Recruitment
Jen Davis
Director, Global Recruiting
Whole Foods Market
Kim Davis
Vice President, HRBP
Under Armour
Kim Delaney
Vice President, Field Recruiting
Brynn Diaz
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. 

Lora Dikun
Chief People Officer & Senior Vice President, HR, Safety, Legal
Giant Eagle
JP Elliott
Vice President, Talent Management
DICK's Sporting Goods
Melissa Enbar
Vice President, People & Culture
Bob Farmer
Director, HR - Eastern Region
Ivy Ford
Director, Employee Experience
Maureen Harper
Head of International HR & Training
Taco Bell
Molly Hill
Vice President, Global Talent
Strategic and creative leader with 20 years in progressive Human Resources positions at Fortune 500 companies. Skilled in organizational agility and complex work systems with proven ability to drive collaboration and efficiency across the enterprise while maintaining and enabling business group individuality and overall quality. Experience in various disciplines including Learning & Development, Talent Management, HR Business Partner and Internal Communications.
Matt Hirst
Senior Director, OD, Talent Management and Learning
Matt Hirst is a senior business leader, talent strategist, and organizational psychologist. He has over 25 years of mid- to senior-level experience in operations, employee relations, organizational readiness, talent planning, organizational communications and branding, and leadership development. He currently serves as the senior director of talent, organizational development, and learning for GME, the GameStop family of gaming, mobile, and entertainment brands that includes GameStop, EB Games, Game Informer, Micromania, Simply Mac, Spring Mobile, and ThinkGeek, Zing, and GameTrust.
Gavin Hoover
Vice President, HR
Kim Huffman
Director, Talent
Dollar General
Mark Lacey
Vice President, Talent Management
Brandy Lindsey
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.

Ray Malouf
Vice President, Talent Acquisition
Whole Foods Market
Myke Mansberger
VP, People

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.

Christian Martinez
Vice President, Training & Development
Jacqueline Meyer
Vice President, HR - Coach North America
Stephanie Miller
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.

Kazem Moghtader
Vice President, North American HR Operations
Signet Jewelers
Rob Ollander-Krane
Director, Talent Planning & Performance
Gap Inc.
Sara Patterson
Vice President, HR & Head of Talent Management, Digital Consumer Brands
Walmart eCommerce
Brandon Raasch
Director, Human Resources
West Marine
Katie Sanchez
Store Manager
TOMS Austin
Zuleika Sgro
Vice President, People
Saje Natural Wellness

Zuleika Sgro is the VP, People 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.

Jevan Soo
Vice President, Talent
Stich Fix
Jessica Steinberg
Senior Director, Human Resources - Marketing & Online
The Home Depot
Jocelyn Stratter
Director, Talent
Jennifer Sullivan
Regional HRBP, West, Logistics
Gaurav Valani
Vice President, People & Talent Acquisition Strategy
Kevin Vilke
Senior Director, Field HR, EEO Officer
Barnes & Noble
Michelle Weber
Country Talent Manager
Sherry Yaskin
Vice President, HR - US Stores & Operations
The Home Depot
Kee Meng Yo
Vice President, Global Talent Development

Industry Thought Leaders

Adam Tanner

Adam Tanner is one of Waggl’s co-founders and he also is the head of product management.  Adam works closely with key clients such as Paychex, McGraw Hill, Children’s Health and MGM Resorts. Adam has lead several platform enhancements, including detailed Manager Reporting and custom dashboards, while maintaining Waggl’s simple, yet sophisticated, user experience.

Before Waggl, Adam was the Director of Product Management at Fort Hill Company, an industry leader in web-based learning activation solutions. Adam also managed the Quality Assurance dept. Adam served as Mentor Administrator for AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America), a national service program that works to eliminate poverty. 

Brandy Agnew
Executive Strategist
Hogan Assessments
Uri Barasch
Head of Adia US
Chip Borsi
Manager, Retail Insights
Curtis Campbell
Senior Director, Marketing
Adam Godson
Vice President, Technology Solutions
Melissa Hassett
Vice President, Client Delivery
ManpowerGroup Solutions
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.
Kasper Hulthin
COO & Co-founder
Ernesto Lamaina
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Brian Rose
Director, State Affairs & Advocacy
Katherine Ryder
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Maven Clinic
Stephanie Scharaga
Director, Client Strategy

Your Program Director

Zainab Hayat
Program Director
HR Retail 2019

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.