Vlad Vaiman, PhD
Associate Dean and Professor
School of Management, California Lutheran University
Dr. Vlad Vaiman is professor of international management at California Lutheran University in the USA and is a visiting professor at several top universities around the world, including Aalto University School of Business and Hanken School of Economics (both in Finland), Danube University of Krems and Management Center Innsbruck (both in Austria), Reykjavik University (Iceland), ISEG (France), etc.
He holds a PhD degree in International Management from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland and has received his MBA in Strategic Management and Human Resources at the School of Business of the University of Wyoming, USA. His professional experience included working on various consulting assignments for a number of major organizations throughout the world, including USA, Canada, Switzerland, Austria, Russia, and some other European countries. Dr. Vaiman is a long-time member of the Canadian Association of Management Consultants and a highly sought-after speaker on topics of talent management and cross-cultural communication and negotiations.
Dr. Vaiman has published five very successful books on managing talent in organizations – Smart Talent Management: Building Knowledge Assets for Competitive Advantage (Edward Elgar Publishing); Talent Management of Knowledge Workers: Embracing the Non-Traditional Workforce (Palgrave MacMillan); Managing Talent of Self-initiated Expatriates (Palgrave MacMillan); Macro Talent Management: A Global Perspective on Managing Talent in Developed Markets (Routledge); and Macro Talent Management in Emerging and Emergent Markets: A Global Perspective (Routledge).
Dr. Vaiman’s academic work has appeared in several top academic journals including Academy of Management Learning & Education, Academy of Management Perspectives, Human Resource Management, Thunderbird International Business Review, International Journal of Human Resource Management, and others. He is also a co-founder and Chief Editorial Consultant of the European Journal of International Management (EJIM), an ISI/SSCI indexed publication (www.ejim-global.org), and a member of editorial boards of three other major international academic and practitioner peer-reviewed journals.
Vice President, Outside Operations
Haas Automation, Inc.
Peter Zierhut is a senior-level manager at Haas Automation, Inc, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high technology industrial machinery. Mr. Zierhut is responsible for oversight of several departments including Haas Automation’s HTEC-branded education program comprising more than 3000 institutions around the world that utilize Haas machine tools for CTE and engineering training. Additional responsibilities include government relations, community relations, and liaison to Haas’ racing operations in NASCAR and Formula One.
Mr. Zierhut’s career at Haas spans more than 35 years, with experience including management positions in manufacturing, sales, marketing, and IT. He led the sales team during the early years at Haas, establishing product sales and distribution channels. As head of marketing, he oversaw the development of new marketing programs to help establish the Haas brand name.
Mr. Zierhut is currently a member of the management committee at Windshear, Inc., a high-technology automotive wind tunnel owned by Haas Automation, and located in Concord, North Carolina. He spent 2 years during the start-up of Windshear (2008-09) assembling the management team and establishing the business processes in place today.
Current volunteer roles include Board Member and Manager of the Gene Haas Foundation, Board Member of the Economic Development Collaborative of Ventura County, member of the Workforce Development Board of Ventura County, Board Member of the National Institute for Metalworking Skills in Fairfax, Virginia, and most recently, Board Member of Workshops for Warriors in San Diego, California.
Mr. Zierhut currently resides in Camarillo, California. He is married, with four children and one grandchild.
Vice President, Human Resources
Amie Krause is a strategic Human Resources professional with 25 years of experience in leading organizational design, employee relations, talent management, talent acquisition, performance management, executive coaching, training, and analytics in a broad range of industries including biotechnology, entertainment, retail, and consulting.
At Atara Amie is a strategic business partner to the senior leadership team and has led key cultural initiatives including creation of the company mission, vision, and values, as well as being a founding leader of the Atara Women’s Alliance. At Amgen she led the franchise organizational design and build of Amgen’s U.S. cardiovascular business, including two product launches, drove strategic HR corporate initiatives across four global geographies, and led a talent acquisition organization to secure top talent to drive company objectives.
Amie received her bachelor’s degree in Business Management and MBA in Organizational Management from California Lutheran University and holds a certificate in human resources leadership from University of California, Berkeley.
Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President, Human Resources
Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.
Stef Murray has over 33 years of professional experience including 27 years of people leadership, 23 years of Human Resources and 10 years of Operations/P&L management. Stef’s blended background has served her well as it has allowed her to quickly relate to internal business clients, assess their people and organizational needs and determine how Human Resources can contribute to positive bottom-line business results. Stef is a graduate from Northwestern University with a degree in Electrical Engineering and began her career as a Manufacturing Supervisor at Procter & Gamble. She quickly learned how critical excellent people leadership skills were and the impact that a leader had on individual and organizational success. She grew her Human Resources career at Dell and takes pride in being named “best of breed” of all HR people leaders within that organization. Stef has worked in many industries including Consumer Products, Technology, Services, Business Process Outsourcing, Automotive Dismantling and Metals Recycling.
Stef is a “natural” leader who mentors many of her former direct reports and team members. She has a very direct, pragmatic and caring leadership style and is proud to report that many of her former direct reports have been promoted into key senior leadership positions. She attributes her affinity for leadership and mentoring to being the oldest of five siblings.
Stef is a wife to a husband with wings (Peter) and currently lives in Atlanta, GA with her 21 year old daughter and GA State Senior (Jasmine), 2 Pit Bull puppies (Spike and Precious), 8-year-old Maltese (Cotton) 1-year Calico Manx kitty (Sassy) and new born teddy bear hamsters (Autumn and Winter).
Head of Talent and Leadership Development
The Cheesecake Factory, Inc.
Mark Ronk is a strategic Organization Development executive with over 20 years of experience leading talent development, performance management, learning and development, and measurement solutions that accelerate company growth and leadership excellence. Mark has a knack for not only developing HR solutions, but also leading implementation and turning strategy into action. He has worked in leading organizations in consumer-packaged goods, biotech, and hospitality.
In his current role, Mark is the Head of Leadership and Talent Development for the leading upscale casual dining chain, the Cheesecake Factory. In this role, he designs high potential programs, builds high performance teams, leads performance management initiatives and coaches executives. Over the years, Mark has been instrumental in implementing new talent and performance management systems, evolving traditional L&D departments to be true business partners and performance consultants, and leveraging technology to improve traditional learning methods.
Mark received his bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Oklahoma and his MBA, with a concentration in Organization Development, from the University of Dallas. Mark also holds many professional certifications and designations as well as a certificate in Leadership Development from the London Business School.
Corwin (A SAGE Publishing Company)
Mike Soules is President of Corwin, the leading provider of innovative professional services and publications for P-20 educators. Corwin is committed to collaborating with schools, districts and departments/ministries of education to deliver training and tools that build capacity, are evidence based and have a positive change on instructional practice. Through long-term partnerships with authors, policy makers and associations Corwin sits at the nexus of research to practice and practice to research. Mike is most proud of the talented and dedicated all-star team that help bring Corwin’s work to life every day.
Mike has held senior leadership roles at the Channel One Network, Laureate, and Teachscape. The through line of his career has been pioneering unique platforms to provide meaningful and impactful content that educators need and want.
He serves as Regent of California Lutheran University, President of the Conejo Schools Foundation, and former Chair of the Ventura County Workforce Development Board. Mike has a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in History from the University of California, Los Angeles – Go Bruins!
General Manager, Academic Partnerships
The Trade Desk
Drew West is the General Manager of Global Academic Partnerships, overseeing global partnerships and programs with academia for The Trade Desk.
Since joining The Trade Desk in 2014, Drew has built The Trade Desk’s Global Services organization, including follow-the-sun coverage Support, Business Intelligence, API Support and Data Capture Support and Business Intelligence delivery capability from offices in New York, Chicago, London, Hamburg, Sydney, Hong Kong and our headquarters in Ventura, California. In 2019, Drew launched The Trade Desk's Data Capture team to expand The Trade Desk’s capabilities in providing quality, actionable data that enhances the success of our clients, as well as the Global API Support team.
In 2020, Drew takes on a new challenge of building The Trade Desk’s global academic partnerships and programs. This new initiative will position The Trade Desk to collaborate with traditional and non-traditional education institutions to prepare students for successful careers within the AdTech industry.
Drew lives in Ojai, California and is an avid supporter of community service initiatives related to education, shelter and housing, food and nutrition, and at-risk senior and child assistance programs.