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.
Deanna Ball, PhD
Head of Global Organization EffectivenessCompany
Deanna Ball leads the Global Organization Effectiveness COE for Medtronic, a global leader in medical technology, services, and solutions with approximately 90K Employees, $30 Billion revenue and operations in over 150 Countries. As the OE Leader, Deanna is accountable for driving strategies that enable organizational effectiveness; including Human Capital and Insights, Organization Development, Transformation Change Management, Leadership Assessment, Team Effectiveness, and Programs. Before her OE role, Deanna led the Talent Management function for Medtronic’s Business Groups. In this role, Deanna partnered closely with executive leaders to build high performing organizations and teams by designing and implementing end-to-end integrated talent management solutions and processes to enhance organizational performance.
Dr. Ball has extensive experience in the areas of talent management, organization design, leadership, and team development and high impact talent strategies resulting in improved climate.
Some of Dr. Ball’s career highlights include:
Bank of America: Served as one of the principal change leaders for the historic acquisition and integration of Countrywide by Bank of America. In this role she designed and executed change and integration strategies; including: e2e talent management strategies and organization design, organization and people assessments, gap analysis and high impact action plans, role creation, management structures, people and operational processes and learning strategies and deployment.
Digital Insight, an Intuit Company: Helped drive the successful acquisition of Digital Insight by Intuit, resulting in the transition of an independent publicly traded company to that of a division of a global multibillion-dollar company. This included the successful integration and assimilation of people, process, system migrations, policy and procedure consolidation, total reward systems, compensation and titling conventions, culture, education, and training.
US Department of State: Provided consulting services as part of a multi-year effort to increase collaboration across critical departments within the US Department of State designed to mitigate risk from global terrorism following the attack of USS Cole in Africa. The focus of this Congress commissioned initiative was to leverage technology tools and platforms to increase inter-department collaboration. This included establishing Beta test groups, facilitating strategic planning sessions with senior executives, educating broad-based cross-functional and departmental teams on leading through change and culture shifting, goal setting and alignment.
Dr. Ball holds a Ph.D. and MS in Organizational Psychology with emphases in engagement, retention and performance from The California School of Professional Psychology. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Behavior from Salem State College in Salem, Massachusetts. Dr. Ball has a certification in Organization Design through USC’s Marshal School of Business and is a certified coach and consultant in the use of several assessment tools, including the Goleman-Boyatzis-Hay Group Emotional Competence Inventory™ and the Hay Group Leadership Styles™ and Organizational Climate Surveys™.
Before joining Medtronic, Deanna had her own consulting practice which complimented a career in Human Resources that has spanned two decade. Prior roles include Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Leadership Development at Bank of America; Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Digital Insight, an Intuit company; Senior Director of Talent and Organization Development at Healthnet and Change Leader at Kaiser Permanente. In addition to her corporate and consulting experience, Dr. Ball also served as volunteer Mentor for the International Cherie Blaire Foundation, mentoring women entrepreneurs from developing countries, on building and expanding their businesses. She lives in Thousand Oaks, CA with her husband, two children and dog.
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Ms. Sharon Faltemier is Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Semtech Corporation. Ms. Faltemier brings a distinctive blend of competencies in human resources, coupled with expertise in operations, sales and product development. She is known for her proven track record of improving company performance, and is widely respected for her understanding of business strategies and translating them into organizational capabilities through cultural change, organizational redesign, process improvement, and team and leadership development programs. Her more than 30 years of experience in the human resources field and business operations include positions with DTS, Inc., Proctor & Gamble Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Boeing Company. Ms. Faltemier holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley and certifications in Executive Management and Finance from Harvard and Wharton. She also brings significant experience in working with public boards, providing support to both the Compensation Committee and Nominating and Governance Committee.
Glenn Llopis Group (GLLG)
Glenn Llopis (pronounced ‘yō-pēs) is the Chairman of the Glenn Llopis Group (GLLG), a nationally recognized’ workforce development and business strategy consulting ﬁrm. A bestselling author of the books The Innovation Mentality and Earning Serendipity, Glenn has more than 25 years experience as an executive and entrepreneur.
He is a senior advisor and speaker to Fortune 500 companies and organizations in retail, consumer packaged goods, healthcare and beyond. In 2019, he will be introducing his forthcoming book, Leadership in the Age of Personalization™.
Known for helping organizations move inclusive leadership to where it belongs – to corporate strategy and transformation – Glenn uses six strategies that his research has identiﬁed to help leaders disrupt the status quo and reinvent the way they work. Glenn is a contributing writer to Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur Magazine, and Huffington Post. He was recognized as a top 20 inﬂuential writer at Forbes and a top 100 leadership speaker and business thinker by Inc. Magazine. His writings, speaking engagements, and consulting assignments focus on operationalizing and leading growth in the age of personalization.
A UCLA graduate, Glenn fast-tracked at the Gallo Wine Company and Sunkist Juice Beverages where he became the youngest executive in the company’s 100-year history. Leading the successful turnaround of Sunkist’s juice beverage division opened the door for his next endeavor – at only 30 years old – as a senior executive at American Seafoods Company. The result was an increase in market share, new brands introductions, and a full-scale transformation of the company. Glenn then went on to form his own successful food business before transitioning into his current role.
Glenn is a member of the Kellogg Innovation Network and serves on the advisory board of the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. He is a board member for Lion’s Heart, a national, non-proﬁt community service organization for teen volunteering and leadership. Additionally, he is a mentor for Junior Achievement and a member of the exclusive Renaissance Weekend think-tank. Glenn is featured as a business leadership expert on CNN, Fox News, Bloomberg, Univision, ABC, NBC, and CBS. He lives in California with his family.
Vice President, Global Human Resources and Talent Management
Kim Congdon is the Kim CongdonVice President of Global Human Resources and Talent Management at Herbalife Nutrition. She previously held the title Chief People Officer at Fullscreen Inc, and Managing Director/Chief Human Resources Officer for The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She was responsible for leading Human Resources as well as the Academy’s Foundation including, leadership of the Operations team, Strategic Planning, Programming, Education, the Margaret Herrick Library and the Academy’s Film Archives. Ms. Congdon was brought in to introduce best practices to a newly chartered organization with the ambitious goal of creating the world’s only major museum dedicated solely to motion pictures. In an organization that was tied to its traditions including typewriters and 3x5 index cards, change needed to be managed swiftly, but in a way that retained its excellence. Ms. Congdon implemented a wholesale change in health and welfare benefits as well as retirement benefits. She also developed and implemented a new organizational structure and is leading the initiative to create the organizations first ever vision, mission statement and strategic plan. She also put in place leadership development programs, performance management systems and incentive programs. None of which had previously existed.
Prior to assuming her current role, Ms. Congdon served as the Regional Vice President, Human Resources for Time Warner Cable with responsibility for over 9,000 employees. During her tenure, Ms. Congdon reorganized Human Resources from 5 separate divisions to a regionalized structure. As a member of the integration team for two mergers, she helped combine the cultures and workforces of Adelphia and Comcast with Time Warner, overseeing workforce reductions and employee transitions. She developed and implemented a plan to increase employee satisfaction that included new benefits programs, employee training and career path planning, leadership development and succession planning. In the area of process improvement, she was responsible for initiatives which resulted in reducing operating costs by 10%.
Ms. Congdon’s previous experience includes senior Human Resources positions in technology start-ups such as e-Policy and Ortel (which later became part of Lucent) as well as a global entertainment role with Sony Pictures. She has a BS in Psychology and Communications from Emerson College in Boston and is a graduate of the Advanced Human Resources Management Program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Grace Camp Consulting, LLC.
Kate Gruninger Johnson is a recognized leader, problem solver and motivator with a proven track record in leading world-class organizations through major strategic and structural change. She brings both her expertise and passion into the company she founded in 2015, Grace Camp® Consulting, LLC, where she offers services which include change leadership, conflict resolution and aligning individuals/teams across all functions to deliver breakthrough results. Working with organizations including Duracell, Berkshire Hathaway, P&G and the University of Nebraska, she is focused on transforming individuals, businesses and communities from the inside out. The most popular workshops that Kate is certified to lead include: Managing Corporate Change©, Enabling Purpose Through Relationship© and Women Moving Forward®.
After graduating from Lafayette College with a degree in Business & Economics, Kate entered the CPG industry working for Procter & Gamble and Heinz where she enjoyed 30 years of sales, marketing and general management success. During her career at P&G, Kate held numerous leadership positions including Director of Global Revenue Management as well as National Sales Manager for Beauty & Grooming. Kate’s leadership during the Gillette acquisition (P&G’s largest ever) delivered the highest company-wide retention results exceeding expectations by 15%. During her time at P&G, Kate also served as sponsor and functional leader for all US based new hires and summer interns.
As Heinz Group Vice President, Kate led the national sales organization before being promoted to Managing Director responsible for the US Consumer Products Business. During her tenure, she was the first worldwide to operationalize the “3G playbook” after the company was purchased by Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital. In 2014, Kate was named one of the “Top Women in Grocery” by Progressive Grocer for her breakthrough work at Heinz. Kate and her husband Rick have been married for 23 years. They reside in Omaha, NE
(where she serves on the Board and Executive Committee for FCA) and Naples, FL.
Vice President, Human Resources, Operation and Technical Services
Primo Custodio retired in March 2016, after a career spanning 44 years. He held the position of Vice President of Human Resources for NBC Universal since September 2001. In this role, Custodio was responsible for overseeing the Human Resources function on the West Coast for the Operations & Technical Services consisting of Universal Studio Operations including production and post-production and West Coast Technical Operations consisting of engineering & technology, and Universal Technical Operations. Custodio began his career with what is now NBC Universal in 1972, holding various management positions in Employee Benefits, Training & Development, Labor Relations, Staffing, and Employee Relations. During his tenure with NBCUniversal, he has overseen the Human Resources team through 6 significant mergers and acquisitions.
Custodio holds an M.B.A. in Management and Organizational Behavior and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from California Lutheran University.