Executive-level speakers with real-life success stories from winners of the prestigious Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards Program will be joining our leadership and analyst teams in covering topics of Human Capital Management. Presenters will be added from the 2014 Excellence Award Winners, so please check back for the most complete list.

Opening Keynote
"Personal Best, Professional Best:
How to Achieve the Impossible and Realize Your Dreams
Susan Ershler

Executive Presenters

Please note: Executive presenters are listed by alphabetical order.
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Bill Epstein
Director of Applied Learning Technologies and Innovation

Ludo Fourrage
Head of Virtual Learning

Pat Golden
Senior Director, Deltek University


Hardeep Gulati
General Manager and Head of SumTotal, a Skillsoft Company

Peter Heller
Sr Director Talent & OD Development

Tara Lenaghan
Head, Global Tax Learning & Development

Tim Martin

Todd Owens
Chief Executive Officer

Meribeth Germino
Principal Leadership Consultant

Brian Kelly

Paul Pastrone
Vice President, Learning and Organization Development, Printing and Personal Systems Division

Chris Peck
Corporate Vice President of Human Resources

Edward Pertwee
Head of Workforce Planning

Mike Psenka
Senior Vice President of Workforce Analytics

Gene Pease
Founder and CEO

Brandon Hall Group Leadership and Analyst Team
Mike Cooke
Chief Executive Officer
Rachel Cooke
Chief Operating Officer
Michael Rochelle
Chief Strategy Officer
Claude Werder
VP of Corporate and Product Development
Laci Loew
VP and Principal Analyst of Talent Management Practice
Trish McFarlane
VP and Principal Analyst of Human Resources Practice
Mollie Lombardi
VP and Principal Analyst of Workforce Management Practice
Madeline Laurano
VP and Principal Analyst of Talent Acquisition Practice
Kyle Lagunas
Talent Acquisition
David Wentworth
Senior Learning Analyst
Ben Eubanks
Associate Analyst


Bill Epstein, Director of Applied Learning Technologies and Innovation

Bill Epstein is the Director of Applied Learning Technologies and Innovation for the Learning, Training and Development organization at Boeing He is responsible for understanding and leveraging the learning science field of studies and providing innovation technology development and applied learning technologies to business partners across the company.

In this role, he led the design, development and implementation of a single enterprise learning management system (My Learning) for the enterprise, resulting in the retirement of over 45 learning systems across the company.

Bill’s 30 years with Boeing have taken him across ten functions, six programs and 13 positions. Prior to his current role, he was director, Advanced Systems, Engineering, Technology and Program Transition, responsible for leading the implementation of technology and program transition across over 140 advanced systems programs.

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Susan Ershler, International Speaker, Business & Sales Executive, Author, Climber of Mount Everest

Susan Ershler tours the world speaking about her life journey and sharing with others her secrets for success, determination, and achieving seemingly impossible goals. Susan's record would be remarkable enough if it only detailed her business achievements. During her 23-year corporate career, she has held a series of increasingly responsible executive positions in the sales divisions of Fortune 500 companies. But as she was marking these achievements, she and her husband Phil, a professional mountain guide, were climbing the Seven Summits — the highest mountain on each of the world's seven continents. That remarkable journey culminated at the top of Mount Everest on May 16, 2002. Susan’s leadership message begins with visualizing a goal, no matter how difficult or out of reach. She continues with techniques to improve focus and discipline and shows how essential teamwork is to achievement. And she concludes with a passionate affirmation of the value of life and the thrill of celebrating your success from the top of the world.

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Ludo Fourrage, Head of Virtual Learning, Microsoft

Ludo Fourrage is in charge of establishing virtual learning as the primary modality to ready the Microsoft Salesforce. His team oversees onboarding, compliance courses, technical training and recently launched the first Microsoft Corporate MOOC to 1,000 sellers. Ludo joined Microsoft in 1998 and has served as a software architect, project manager, Director of Social Learning for Sales Enablement, and Director of Learning Experiences and Insights before taking his current position in September 2014.

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Meribeth Germino, Principal Leadership Consultant, Genentech

Meribeth Germino is a principal leadership consultant in learning and development at Genentech/Roche. An 18-year veteran at Genentech, her responsibilities include designing, facilitating, implementing and evaluating executive and leadership development programs as well as executive coaching leaders in their roles. She also facilitates, coaches, and speaks at conferences about developing the “whole leader," with attention on “conscious leadership” as a way to transform how leaders lead their people and organizations. Meribeth has over 25 years of experience in the field of leadership development in both non-profit and global organizations.

Meribeth has a Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a Masters of International Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, a joint graduate program at Tufts and Harvard universities. She is a certified integral executive coach, as well as certified in leadership assessments such as Hogan and Enneagram.

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Pat Golden, Senior Director, Deltek University

Pat Golden leads the Employee Education team and the curriculum development for Deltek’s customer education. Pat has a passion for all things “learning” and “technology,” and she has more than 25 years of experience envisioning and designing learning and development strategies that are innovative, creative, reusable, and sustainable. Her experience includes working in government, higher education, Fortune 500 financial services, and management consulting firms.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Education (M.Ed.) from George Mason University.

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Hardeep Gulati, General Manager and Head of SumTotal, a Skillsoft Company

Hardeep Gulati is focused on advancing the broader Skillsoft Learn-centric Talent Expansion vision and ensuring that the SumTotal strategic business unit delivers real customer value and drive success across its global customer base. Previously, he served as the CEO of SumTotal Systems, where he led the company's innovation of its next-generation platform, record-breaking growth in cloud solutions and focus on customer experience. Prior to this, Hardeep served as the COO and the EVP of SumTotal Systems Worldwide Products and Support, where he was responsible for leading the company¹s innovation and product direction. Hardeep joined SumTotal from Oracle where he provided years of leadership in product development, product management and product strategy across a variety of enterprise application areas. Hardeep holds a MBA degree from Wharton School of Business and a Masters in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, India. He earned his BS in Computer Science from the National Institute of Technology in Nagpur, India.

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Peter Heller, Sr Director Talent & OD Development

Business exec with broad experience in multiple industries and functions, primarily in start-up or changing environments focused on improving service, reducing costs, and supporting new business models requiring process and organization change. Most recent experience in financial services and learning and development. Previously held senior positions in talent and learning at Accenture, JP Morgan Chase, GE and Sony.

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Brian Kelly, President

Brian is President at Vestrics, the leading predictive analytics platform for human capital.   Prior to joining Vestrics in December 2014, Brian served as partner and global workforce analytics and planning practice leader at Mercer.  Prior to Mercer, Brian was President/North America of Infohrm. Brian is widely recognized as a thought leader in the workforce analytics marketplace, having previously served as the co-chair of the Institute of Human Resources Workforce Planning & Analytics Working Group and vice chair of the Society of Human Resource Professional's (SHRM) workforce metrics taskforce. Brian started his career in the financial services industry at SEI Investments and is a graduate of Boston College.

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Tara Lenaghan, Head, Global Tax Learning & Development

Tara has over 20 years of experience in the financial industry and professional Services, including 10 years of human resources experience. She has Learning and Development strategic and operational oversight of all International Tax Service Lines core curriculum development and delivery of over 80 courses in various global locations, focusing on continuous improvement of current processes and creating a consistent learner experience.

Tara's mandate is to strengthen global workforce capability and performance of the Tax function through the deployment and continued development of the KPMG Tax Business School (TBS) franchise across member firms and deliver dynamic learning solutions that are aligned to the business strategy. She is the lead in developing operational planning efficiencies to implement the Global Tax L&D strategy and Tax Globalization priorities through KPMG Tax Business School.

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Tim Martin, Co-Founder

Tim Martin is co-founder of Rustici Software, the leading provider of products and services to assist with Tin Can API  (xAPI) and SCORM conformance. Today, Tim’s company is leading the world toward adoption of the Tin Can API, a new e-learning standard that was researched and drafted by Rustici Software. In his role with Rustici,  Tim defines product direction and manages operations for all branches of the organization. He received his degree in mathematics and computer science from Vanderbilt University.

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Todd Owens, Chief Executive Officer

Todd Owens is the Chief Executive Officer at TalentWise and has been with the company since 2006. Todd’s career includes leadership roles in Product Management and Business Development in the software industry.  A former U.S. Navy submarine officer, Todd holds a B.S. degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He has been recognized four times as a "Superstar for outsourcing innovation in support of HR organizations" by HRO Today magazine.

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Paul Pastrone, Vice President, Learning and Organization Development, Printing and Personal Systems Division

Paul’s team supports the 35,000 worldwide employees in HP's Printing and Personal Systems (PPS) division which is in the process of separating into a separate company called HP Inc.  His team helps business leaders identify strategic workforce requirements and integrate the personal, team and organization development solutions that will help make the business strategy succeed.

Prior to joining HP Paul lived in London for 11 years where he was a partner in Accenture’s UK Talent Management and Organization Performance consulting practice, working with global clients on talent strategy execution. Previously he served as VP of International, and Managing Director, Europe, as a member of the leadership team that took the corporate learning infrastructure software-as-a-service company DigitalThink though it’s successful IPO in 2000.  He also served as VP of Software, Systems and Internet Research at Gartner Group, and VP of Latin America, at International Data Corporation (IDC).

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Gene Pease, Founder and CEO

Gene Pease is a pioneer in the field of workforce optimization. He is the founder and CEO of Vestrics, a company helping businesses optimize their human capital investments through cutting-edge software and consulting solutions. He is the co-author of Human Capital Analytics: How to Harness the Potential of Your Organization¹s Greatest Asset and Developing Human Capital: Using Analytics to Plan and Optimize Your Learning and Development Investments. Under his leadership, Vestrics has been recognized by #hrwins Top 15 HR Companies to Watch in 2014 and by CIOReview Magazine as one of the 2013 Top 20 Data Analytics Companies. Vestrics, as Capital Analytics, has also been recognized by several consulting and analyst firms for innovation and excellence.

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Chris Peck, Corporate Vice President of Human Resources

As Corporate Vice President of Human Resources, Chris is responsible for all aspects of the employee lifecycle for UPS' 400,000 global employees. Committed to maintaining UPS's reputation as an employer of choice, Chris oversees UPS' human capital strategy in identifying, cultivating and engaging a diverse and highly skilled workforce committed to world-class service and safety.

Chris has spent three decades with UPS, with experience in operations, HR and global strategy development. After university he was promoted to multiple US line operations and HR assignments in New Jersey, California, Indiana and Virginia. In 2001, Chris was expatriated to Belgium where he took on an assignment as Vice President of Human Resources & Labor for UPS’ Europe, Middle East & Africa region. During his tenure, he oversaw the acquisition and integration of two large domestic transportation companies in the UK and Poland, as well as the European business integration of prior acquisitions.

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Edward Pertwee, Head of Workforce Planning

Ed Pertwee directs workforce planning at BT, which employees over 90,000 people in 170 countries. He has more than 25 years of business experience with blue-chip organizations, including leading NatWest and British Airways. Ed has an extensive background in planning and managing cross-functional business operations and technology projects. He is an analytical and conceptual thinker, with a creative flair for problem solving, who effectively partners with senior managers to assess opportunities, facilitate strategic decisions, and drives successful implementations.

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Mike Psenka, Senior Vice President of Workforce Analytics

Mike Psenka is senior vice president of Workforce Analytics at Equifax Workforce Solutions and the founder of eThority, a provider of world-class analytics to the human capital, higher education, commercial, and government markets.  In 2011, Equifax Workforce Solutions acquired eThority to offer unparalleled analytics solutions to its clients. Prior to founding eThority, Psenka worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers within their Open Systems Technology group implementing financial and manufacturing systems. He graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Psenka has focused a great deal of passion toward the creation of 'user-obvious' platforms. When not executing day-to-day business operations, he dedicates himself to the development of innovative solutions that provide vital answers to the marketplace.

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