DAVID ALMEDA, Ed.D., SPHR
Chief People Officer, Kronos
A firm believer that innovative ideas come from Kronites who work in every corner of the globe and that a talented workforce is the cornerstone of Kronos being successful, Almeda is passionate about employee development. An active advocate for Kronites to view Kronos as a great place to work and a company committed to health and wellness, Almeda is credited with bringing the WorkInspired employment brand to life at Kronos.
Almeda brings a wealth of human resources management expertise to Kronos, after having spent 16 years in various human resources functions at Staples, a $25 billion retailer with more than 90,000 employees worldwide. No stranger to managing functions across vast geographic regions, Almeda’s most recent position with Staples was vice president of global human resources. In that capacity, Almeda supervised vice presidents of human resources for Staples’ four primary business units. Earlier in his career with Staples, he served in various roles including vice president of global HR administration, vice president of worldwide HR integration, and vice president of European strategy based in Belgium. Prior to joining Staples, Almeda held a management position with The Hertz Corporation, a $4.5 billion division of Ford Motor Co.
Almeda is an active member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM); serves on the Board of Directors of the New England Human Resources Association; and is an advisory board member of both The Workforce Institute at Kronos, and the Executive Program in Work-based Learning Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania/Wharton. A sought-after expert on HR issues, he has presented at or been published by organizations such as The Conference Board, Harvard Business School, and CMO Magazine.
In addition to earning a bachelor’s degree in marketing, Almeda also holds a master’s degree in HR management, and a doctoral degree from The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School/Graduate School of Education.
MARTIN ARMSTRONG, CPP, DBA
Vice President of Payroll Shared Services for Charter Communications
As vice president of payroll shared services at Charter Communications, Martin Armstrong is responsible for overseeing payroll strategy and execution for the company’s 98,000 employees. Prior to joining Charter Communications, Armstrong held executive roles at Time Warner Cable and Caesars Entertainment.
Armstrong is a retired Navy Supply Corps officer and is currently the Accounting & Finance Area Chair for the University of Phoenix, where he was named the 2018 Distinguished Faculty of the Year.
He is a former vice president, board advisor, and current member of the American Payroll Association. He is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, the National Association of Tax Professionals, the American Society for Quality, and the Academy of Management. He has received professional accolades from the American Payroll Association including: 2018 Shared Services Prism Award, 2012 Prism Award for Overall Best Practices, 2010 Prism Award for Management Best Practices, 2008 Payroll Man of the Year, 2006 Special Recognition Award, and 2002 Meritorious Service Award.
Dr. Armstrong is a Certified Payroll Professional (CPP), holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), and a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree from Argosy University, where his dissertation concentrated on employee readiness for organizational change.
DR. STEFFI BURKHART
Speaker, Author, Lecturer
Dr. Steffi Burkhart is a German millennial speaker, Human Capital Evangelist, author and visiting lecturer at two German universities. Her areas of expertise are economic psychology, talent management, human resources management and change management. Dr. Burkhart aims to shape the world of work with a “millennial’s mindset”, and is a frequent speaker at conferences and events promoting this topic.
In 2016, Dr. Burkhart published her first book They are Crazy, These Youngsters! An Instruction Manual for Generation Y (available in German-only for now) which gives HR departments and managers guidance on how to develop new strategies for better engaging and managing the younger generations.
Prior to her career as an author and speaker, Dr. Burkhart worked in both large, corporate environments as well as at a start-up company, where she experienced the generational differences in the world of work. She is frequently interviewed on television and radio on the topic of generational differences in the workplace.
Group HR Director, Merlin Entertainments
Prior to her current position, beginning in 2008, Natalie served as HR Director for the UK & Ireland for Sodexo, transforming the company’s approach to diversity and equality in particular. During her time as HR Director, Sodexo was recognised by a number of third party organisations for its diversity agenda, and was ranked number 1 in 2010 by DiversityInc in the top 50 companies for diversity. In 2012, Natalie was promoted to Human Resources Director for Sodexo On-Site Services Europe, with responsibility for 150,000 Sodexo employees across 24 European markets. Following a major organisation restructure, in early 2015 Natalie took on the role of SVP HR Global Corporate Services, responsible for an employee base of 160,000 employees across 67 countries, delivering quality of life services to many of the world’s most renowned global corporations .
After graduating in French and International Relations from the University of Warwick in 1992, Natalie developed a varied HR career with UK based and international roles in Kingfisher PLC and Barclays PLC before joining AstraZeneca PLC as UK HR Director in 2006.
Natalie has won a number of professional awards for her commitment to diversity and inclusion. These include recognition as a diversity champion by the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion, and the Working Mums Champion Award in 2012 for her commitment to championing working mothers. She is the Chair of Women 1st, which promotes the role of women within the hospitality industry, and Deputy Chair of People 1st. Natalie is also a member of the Prince’s Trust Women’s Leadership Group.
President, Axsium Group Ltd.
Mr. Clements is one of workforce management’s most influential thought leaders. He is a frequent contributor to industry magazines, he is often interviewed by the press to comment on the latest industry trends, and he regularly speaks on webinars and at industry events. Mr. Clements led the National Retail Foundation’s (NRF) Association for Retail Technology Standard (ARTS) committee to establish standards for workforce management integration. He also helped developed ARTS’ Standard Request for Proposal for WFM which is widely used by retailers.
Prior to joining Axsium, Mr. Clements directed product strategy for leading workforce management solutions including Infor Global Solutions, Workbrain, 360Commerce and Simplified Workforce Solutions. Mr. Clements has also held senior management positions at Orbit Commerce, Platinum Technology and Browning & Clements. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.
CEO, Creelman Research
David also does writing, research and speaking on the most critical issues in human capital management. His clients include think tanks, consultants, academics and organizations in Japan, the US, Canada and the EU. He publishes regularly in the US, Japan, Peru, Turkey, Brazil, South Africa, Holland, Romania and Singapore.
He has sat on many thought leader panels with the Human Capital Institute including Global Talent Management, Learning Strategies, and the ROI of Talent Management. He is collaborating with Dr. Dave Ulrich, on the topic of human capital intangibles. (see www.rbl.net “What the Fortune 100 Tells Wall Street”). He is collaborating with Laurie Bassi on improved measurement methods.
Prior to founding his own company David was brought in as Chief of Content and Research for HR.com. As the first employee of HR.com David played an integral role in growing a successful dot com; one that continues to thrive. For many years David was a management consultant in Canada and Malaysia, most notably with the Hay Group. He also taught Rewards and Performance Measures at the University of Malaya executive MBA program. Before venturing into human resources consulting, David worked in finance for Gulf Canada in Toronto and IT for Wood Gundy in London.
He has an MBA from the University of Western Ontario and a Combined Honours B.Sc. in Chemistry and Biochemistry from McMaster.
NANNE FINIS, RN MS
Chief Nurse Executive for Kronos Incorporated
As chief nurse executive for Kronos Incorporated, a workforce management and human capital management software (HCM) company based in Lowell, Mass., Nanne M Finis, RN MS, complements the organization’s deep expertise surrounding people, technology, and leadership with her strong foundational knowledge of the global healthcare system. A forty-year industry executive consistently focused on the profession of nursing and patient care delivery, Finis is passionate about building and leading a culture of innovation across care settings, operations, regulatory, and academic environments, and has committed her career to the improvement of the healthcare system.
Serving as the nurse leader for Kronos internationally, Finis lends her expertise in collaborative work across clinical, operational, and administrative settings to guide strategic thinking and nurture strategic relationships across the healthcare marketplace.
She most recently served as nurse executive for TeleTracking Technologies, where she formed and led an advisory service optimizing patient flow processes and technology adoption at hospitals across the nation. Earlier in her career, Finis spent more than two decades at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in both clinical and progressive management roles. She then transitioned to Joint Commission Resources (JCR), the knowledge transfer subsidiary of The Joint Commission, where she designed and led the US patient safety and quality consulting practice and operationalized the industry alliance strategy.
Finis earned her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago and earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Saint Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana. She additionally spent five years in Tokyo, Japan, attending the International School of the Sacred Heart (ISSH). Currently, Nanne serves on the American Organization of Nurse Leaders (AONL) Foundation Corporate Advisory Council.
Senior Managing Director, Ankura Consulting Group, LLC
Over John’s career he has implemented solutions with Fortune 500 companies across a variety of industries. Those projects have generated over 150 million dollars in cost savings. John has done this with diverse workgroups across almost every industry focusing on those that do not work the traditional 9-5 schedule. His proven approach has balanced operations and labor savings with employee morale initiatives to make sure cost savings stick.
John is a much sought after speaker and has authored numerous white papers and articles including the 11 Keys to Strategic Scheduling. Booz Allen has awarded the Leading Idea of the Week to his strategy papers twice. John’s article entitled “The Overtime Lie” was included in the Hall of Fame issue of IndustryWeek Magazine. Recently he published “The Death of the 8-Hour Shift” and “The Labor Volatility Index” also in IndustryWeek. He serves on the advisory board at HR.com for their Workforce Management practice. Previously of Merrill Lynch, he is uniquely versed in the economic modeling of flexible labor strategies within seasonal and variable environments and how to minimize adverse costs through performance management.
He is a graduate of Wake Forest University where he received a degree in politics with a focus on the political economy.
Consultant, Speaker and Writer
Managing Editor at Fuel50
John Hollon is an award-winning journalist and nationally recognized expert on leadership, talent management, and smart workforce practices. He currently works as Managing Editor at Fuel50, the career experience company built on thought-leading research and a platform that mobilizes talent and evolves the workforce for the future.
He’s also Contributing Editor at ERE Media, where he writes for recruiting website ERE.net as well as for TLNT.com, the talent management website he founded and edited. John was also Editor of RecruitingDaily.com, and before that, Editor-in-Chief of Workforce Management magazine and workforce.com.
John is also a regular contributor to Fistful of Talent, the popular talent management blog that features an all-star team of writers and influencers who dig into all things related to talent and the talent management experience.
During his long career he has held senior editing positions at two metro newspapers – the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and the Orange County Register — and was Executive Editor for the Gannett Co. at two statewide papers —Montana’s Great Falls Tribune and The Honolulu Advertiser in Hawaii. He also has deep experience in magazine and online publishing, serving as editorial director and group editor at Fancy Publications, Vice President of Editorial at Pets.com, and Editor of the San Diego Business Journal.
In addition, John is an adjunct professor in the College of Communications at California State University, Fullerton. He holds an MBA from Pepperdine University’s Graziado School of Business & Management, a Bachelors in Journalism from California State University, Long Beach, and lives in Southern California.
Entrepreneur and futurist speaker
Christian founded his agency “Artificial Industry” in 2002, facilitating disruptive ideas and incubator solutions for big brands such as Randstad, Oracle, Philips, Toyota, Auping, and Adidas, Bjorn Borg, Endemol, Rabobank, Corio, EyeWorks, ABP. As an executive advisor Christian stood at the cradle of several successful disruptive initiatives, often spin-outs in completely different industries but always focused on the interface between humans and technology.
Christian and his agency have received several nominations and awards for its innovative vision and people-oriented approach, including Shell LiveWIRE Young Business Award SAN Award, Gold Award hooking, Red Herring Top100, Broos van Erp Prize, and many others.
In 2014, Christian sold his agency to a multinational company, and is now giving presentations and workshops about disruptive innovation and exponential technologies. He is also the author of the Amazon best-selling book “Humanification – Go Digital, Stay Human ‘ which focuses on the fascinating parallels between biology and technology and also acts as an executive advisor and is involved in several serious disruptive startups.
SHARLYN LAUBY, SHRM-SCP, CPLP
The HR Bartender and President of ITM Group Inc.
Before starting ITM Group, Sharlyn was vice president of human resources for Right Management Consultants, one of the world’s largest organizational consulting firms. She has designed and implemented highly successful programs for employee retention, internal and external customer satisfaction, and leadership development. Publications such as Reuters, The New York Times, ABC News, TODAY, Readers Digest, Men’s Health, Mashable and The Wall Street Journal have sought out her expertise on topics related to human resources and the workplace.
Sharlyn launched HR Bartender to provide a “friendly place for everyday workplace issues.” The site has been recognized as one of the Top 5 Blogs Read by HR Professionals by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). She is the author of “Essential Meeting Blueprints for Managers,” and ”Manager Onboarding: 5 Steps for Setting New Leaders Up for Success,” which are available on Amazon.
Business/Workplace Author, Speaker, Consultant, and Futurist
Alexandra Levit’s goal is to prepare organizations and their employees to be competitive and marketable in the future business world. A former nationally syndicated columnist for the Wall Street Journal and writer for the New York Times, Fast Company, and Forbes, Alexandra has authored several books, including the international bestseller They Don’t Teach Corporate in College and Humanity Works: Merging People and Technologies for the Workforce of the Future.
Alexandra recently became a partner with organizational development firm PeopleResults. She consults and writes on leadership development, human resources, technology adoption, entrepreneurship, innovation, career and workplace trends on behalf of numerous Fortune 500 companies including American Express, Canon, Deloitte, DeVry University, Intuit, SilkRoad, and Staples, and has spoken on these topics at hundreds of organizations around the world including Abbott, ADP, Bank of America, Cardinal Health, Campbell Soup, Exelon, the Federal Reserve Bank, the Human Capital Institute, McDonalds, Microsoft, PepsiCo, the Society of Human Resource Management, and Whirlpool.
In the last several years, Alexandra has conducted proprietary research on the future of work, technology adoption, the millennial generation, gender differences and bias, and the skills gap. She also served as a member of Business Roundtable’s Springboard Project, which advised the Obama administration, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the U.S. Department of Defense on current employment issues.
Alexandra is also a frequent national media spokesperson and is regularly featured in outlets including USA Today, National Public Radio, CNN, ABC News, CNBC, Forbes, the Associated Press, and Glamour. She was named an American Management Association Top Leader for two years in a row and has also been Money Magazine’s Online Career Expert of the Year and the author of one of Forbes’ best websites for women.
A member of the Northwestern University Council of 100 and the Young Entrepreneur Council, Alexandra received the prestigious Emerging Leader Award from her alma mater. The award honors a Northwestern graduate under 35 who had made a significant impact in her field and in society. She resides in Chicago, IL with her husband Stewart and their two young children.
General Manager of Kronos Greater China
Max Miao has responsibility for Kronos business operations in mainland China, Hong Kong SAR, Macao SAR and Taiwan. In his role as general manager, Max has responsibility for business development, strategic planning and overall business operations of all key functions including: sales, channel operations, marketing and service and support.
Max has over 20-years’ experience of managing the Asian regions of large multinational organizations and has a strong track record of translating global strategies to deliver success in local markets.
AVP of Human Resources and Benefits Administration at The Claremont Colleges
Dennis Miller is the Associate Vice President of Human Resources and Benefits Administration in a shared services environment at The Claremont Colleges, a consortium of 7 separate and highly regarded institutions of higher education including Pomona College, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont McKenna College, Scripps College, Keck Graduate Institute, Claremont Graduate University, and Pitzer College.
Dennis has held several executive roles over his career in human resources and was formerly the Chief Employment Officer for Cal Poly Pomona Foundation. This auxiliary organization supports Cal Poly Pomona, which is one of the 23 California State
University campuses delivering exceptional educational services and experiences to about 500,000 students annually.
Dennis’ main focus in the workplace is organizational development, with an emphasis on process improvement through the application of technology, and team development.
Dennis holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification from the HR Certification Institute, and is a Senior Certified Professional from the Society for Human Resources Management. He holds a Master’s degree in Human Resources Development & Management from Chapman University. He is also a retired Marine Corps Air Traffic Controller.
CHRIS MULLEN, MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Executive Director, The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated
Chris Mullen is Executive Director, The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated and Strategic Advisor at Kronos, assisting clients with their human resource strategies. He was formerly Director of Human Resources for Housing & Dining Services at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is also a speaker, trainer, executive coach, consultant and blogger at chrismullen.org. Chris’s areas of focus include productivity, work-life balance, hiring practices, workforce management, and organizational and professional development. He has 15 years of higher education experience working with all aspects of the institution and 10 years of private sector experience working with both union and non-union organizations.
Chris holds a Master’s Degree in Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources. He also holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification from the HR Certification Institute and is a Senior Certified Professional from the Society for Human Resource Management. Chris completed a Masterful Training and Facilitation Certification from Colorado State University and is currently in his final year of a Ph.D. in Higher Education and Leadership with research on how mobile technology impacts work-life balance.
DR. WANG PEI
CEO, Editor in Chief of E-Works
Dr. Huang Pei has more than 20 years experience in the field of manufacturing IT software and services. He has provided consulting service for hundreds of enterprises and has won the Second prize of national science and technology progress.
Dr. Huang Pei is committee member of the Ninth, the Tenth National Youth, Hubei Province Youth, China Institute of mechanical engineering, adjunct professor of Huazhong University of Science and Technology.
Deputy Secretary General of China Chain Store Association and Deputy Secretary General of China ECR Committee
Kevin Peng has more than 10 years experience in human resources development, education, retail industry innovation, supply chain, category management, industry loss prevention and other retail technology research.
Mr. Peng is responsible for the establishment and construction of the China University of Chain Enterprise Alliance, the current union of more than 100 chain of corporate university members. Mr. Peng is responsible for the Chinese chain of corporate alliance activities planning and day-to-day operations, organization of the enterprise enterprise on the internal talent training, and curriculum planning.
Mr. Peng worked with Accenture China to develop Asia’s first online training course on retail management, “CCFA Registered Category Manager Training”, and led the development of China Franchise Association’s franchise series and retail series to train more than 40 courses; responsible for the number of Chinese chain management associations (China Chain Enterprises Human Resources Summit Forum; China Retail Category Management Forum; China Retail Industry Loss Prevention High-level Seminar, etc.).
He contributed to “China’s voluntary chain of the status quo and trends”, “Food Supplier Quality Review Guide”, “Commercial Franchise – Franchisee Investment Guide”, “China Retail Category Management Implementation Guide”, and Retail damage prevention strategy”, among other books and publications.
In 1999, he received a master’s degree from Renmin University of China.
NEIL E. REICHENBERG
Former Executive Director of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR)
Mr. Reichenberg speaks and writes frequently on human resource and employment issues. He has given presentations in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Central America, and the Middle East. He has presented papers at international conferences and United Nations meetings. He has testified before the United States Congress.
Mr. Reichenberg is a graduate of the University of Maryland and New York Law School. He has been admitted to the Bar in the District of Columbia and New York. He is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), which awarded him the designation of Certified Association Executive. He worked previously for a law firm specializing in labor and employment law.
Director, The Workforce Institute at Kronos, EMEA & Vice President EMEA Professional Services, Kronos Incorporated
Claire Richardson is European director of The Workforce Institute at Kronos and vice president of EMEA professional services practice at Kronos, where she works with customers to define and deliver workforce optimization programs focusing on employee engagement to drive improved business performance.
Richardson is multi-lingual, speaking Dutch, French and German, a product of her ex-pat upbringing, which she credits her understanding and awareness of culture and international working practices to. Her love of language led her into the contact center industry, where she rose to the ranks of senior leadership at both Aspect Software and Verint Systems, defining workforce management solutions for EMEA customers both inside the contact center, as well as the wider back office environment.
Her passion for language and politics has driven her educational focus; she holds a Master’s degree in International Studies from University of Warwick and a Bachelor’s degree from University of Surrey. One of her favorite modules was War Studies as it looked not only at the history of the time, but also the strategies taken in both winning battles and the larger war. The consequences of decision making are fascinating and have helped her define her style of management and leadership in her own career.
Partner and Research Director at Future Workplace
Global Workforce Management Industry Advisor
He has rich experience in ERP and lean production system projects for creating efficient enterprise supply chain; successfully implementing CRM, digital marketing, customer-oriented technological innovation projects to lead the digital transformation of enterprises; and has leadership experience in multiple labor management, online learning and performance management projects to build an efficient organization.
Compensation and Benefits Manager, Cooper Standard Asia Pacific
Tom is currently responsible for the compensation and benefits planning and management of the Asia Pacific region to support the organization’s strategy. He is experienced in human capital management, HR policy and process integration and HR system implementation.
Before joining Cooper Standard, He has worked for Aon and Mercer for years in areas including benefits consulting and implementation, customer relationship management and project management.
Tom is a certificated PMP(Project Management Professional), holds a Bachelor’s degree in Information Management and Information System from Shanghai University.
Presales Manager, Kronos Greater China
James Xue has more than 10 years experience in consulting and implementing Human Capital Management and Workforce Management solutions in the manufacturing, retail & hospitality industries. He has provided solutions to customers like SCT, Danone, VIPShop, Chimelong, Hengda Hotel, Medtronic, Coach, and Johnson & Johnson.
YANG WEI GUO
Dean of School of Labor and Human Resources, Renmin University of China
Yang is professor of labor Economics; Doctoral Supervisor; Deputy director, China Institute of employment studies, Renmin University of China; Distinguished researcher of Beijing Human Resources Research Center.
He is also member of SHRM (2001-2003), Member of the European Economic Society (Brussels) (2000-2002), U.S. State Department VIP program visiting scholar in 2005, Sino German DAAD-PPP project, Aus Knapp Luc University visiting scholar in 2005-2006.
Yang is an expert in strategic HR management, theory and policy of labor economy etc. He has provided strategic HR consulting for large enterprises in diversified verticals.
Winnie has more than years experience in organization development, HR strategy, workforce planning and development, and performance management. She has extensive experience implementing human capital management strategy and process with IT tools and solutions. She worked for a multinational dining company for 18 years and for another local dining enterprises for over 6 years, in executive level HR roles.
Founder, CEO of Cofound Innovation Center
Founder, CEO of Cofound Innovation Center, Executive coach of Vistage China. He has worked as VP of GE China, GM of GE Innovation Center (Xi’an). And before GE, he has been worked for IBM China for 10 years. He has rich experience of organization strategy, transformation, leadership development and management practices, for MNCs and local enterprises.
Xu is author of some business magazine such as Business Review, he is author of the book “Dancing with Elephant, studying transformation from IBM”, and “Six elements of enterprise transformation”.
Business partner, Allpku Consulting
Freedom Zhu has worked for Chinese Airlines Group, Xerox, Randstad and a number of the world’s top 500 multinational companies. He has great experience on organization development, M&A, strategic planning etc. In 2011, he obtained the qualifications of independent directors of the Shanghai Stock Exchange.
He is committee member of The Shanghai Youth Federation, author of Human Capital Management and serves as director of several high growth enterprises.