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Our 2021 Headline Speakers

April 20 - 21, 2021

Featured Keynote: A Field Guide to Post-Pandemic People Strategy

Tuesday | 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Eastern Standard Time
Steve Cadigan

The global pandemic delivered us the biggest leadership test in history. Every individual and organization in the world has faced new circumstances and realities simultaneously. In this invaluable keynote, Steve will share actionable ways to help your teams thrive in the post-pandemic “new normal”. He’ll provide a clear perspective on what leadership requires today – how to re-focus your teams, identify (and solve!) the pain points in navigating the new reality, successfully establish new norms, and shift gears in how you communicate and work together as a dispersed organization.

Steve Cadigan

Steve Cadigan

Founder , Cadigan Talent Ventures and Former Chief HR Officer at LinkedIn

Steve Cadigan is one of Silicon Valley’s hottest properties when it comes to people, talent and culture. As Founder of Cadigan Talent Ventures LLC, a Silicon Valley-based talent strategies advisory firm, Steve helps organizations worldwide develop winning talent solutions. Steve’s specialties and recent speaking topics include: The future of Leadership and why leading in the digital economy requires a new set of skills; The Future of Work; The Future of Recruiting; Building a Winning Organization in the digital era; Change management for high growth companies; Acquisition integration, Converting Culture into a Competitive Advantage; Leading and Scaling in hyper-growth; IPO Transitions; and Strategies for retaining and attracting the very best technical talent to elevate business performance.

 

In early 2017, Steve co-founded ISDI Digital University to help address the growing digital divide. ISDI offers a Masters Degree in Internet Business (MIB) and is the first of its kind in the United States.

 

A highly sought after speaker and advisor, in the last few years, Steve has delivered conferences at Stanford University, the Harvard Business Review Summit, Google, Instituto de Empresa (Madrid), The University of San Francisco, The Ivey School of Business in Shanghai, IESE (Barcelona), The University of Sydney and various other private sector events in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Mexico and South America.. Steve also advises fast-growth tech companies like Twitter, Google, Eventbrite, GoPro and some of Silicon Valley’s leading VC firms and media powerhouses such as Andreesen Horowitz, Sequoia, Greylock, and Norwest Venture Partners. In addition Steve sits on the advisory board of numerous companies going through rapid growth or building disruptive products in the Talent Space.

 

Steve is also frequently sought out as a talent expert on global TV and has been a regular guest on Bloomberg West and CNBC. He is also a regular contributor to Forbes and has been interviewed by Bloomberg Business & Radio. Fast Company, SF Chronicle, Business Insider, Financial Times, Smart CEO, Human Resource Executive Magazine, HR Magazine, Quartz, The Channel Company, Expansion & El Pais (Spain), EL Tiempo & Portafolio (Colombia), as well as CNN Expansion, Reforma & Forbes (Mexico).

 

With more than 25 years of leadership and executive experience in global Human Resources, Steve has practiced HR in the US, Canada and Asia-Pacific within a variety of industries. Through leading worldwide HR efforts for more than 60 M&A transactions at three global organizations since 1998, Steve has cultivated a deep understanding of business cycles, patterns, high growth, and the key elements required to forge an organization’s sustainability. Over the course of his career, the teams, cultures and organizations he has led and helped build have been recognized as exceptional, “world class” performers by the Wall Street Journal and Fortune Magazine.

 

Prior to launching his own firm, Steve served as VP Talent at LinkedIn from 2009 through 2012, taking the company from a private firm of 400 employees, through an IPO and into the powerhouse that it is recognized as today. The groundbreaking work Steve did at LinkedIn as the executive responsible for culture, leadership, talent and organizational development is widely seen as the textbook example of how a company can leverage its culture to scale profitably in record time. Steve’s work in building LinkedIn’s culture led Stanford University to build a case study about it and today, it is taught to their business students.

 

Steve holds a BA in History from Wesleyan University and an MA in HROD from the University of San Francisco. Steve currently serves as Advisor to Hirepool, Rentmoola, Simppler and Nutanix, among others.

Featured Keynote: Beyond the Vision: Celebrating Differences to Maximize Success

Wednesday | 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Eastern Standard Time
Lenora Billings-Harris

The cultural importance of diversity – and the proven benefits of diverse teams – gained new prominence in 2020. Diversity comes in many forms, from racial and cultural, to gender and sexual identity, to generational and even diversity of thought. Creating a culture of inclusion that leads to high performance is challenging, and research proves that the most talented team members often leave because they do not feel included, mentored, or heard. Using an evidence-based approach, this powerful keynote will provide practical yet cutting edge insights into everyone’s desire to belong and how workplace culture enhances or impedes team members’ ability to be “their real self.” Explore how unconscious bias impacts productivity, team performance and bottom-line business results, and how to create an environment that supports diversity of thought. This content-rich session will help you identify the key skills that accelerate positive results in our fast-paced multicultural world.

Lenora Billings-Harris

Lenora Billings-Harris

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Lenora Billings-Harris, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) is a CPAE (Council of Peers Award of Excellence) Hall of Fame speaker and an internationally recognized authority in the areas of inclusion, diversity, and bias. She has been included as one of the 100 Global Thought Leaders on Diversity and Inclusion by The Society of Human Resource Management  and was named by Diversity Woman Magazine as one of the twenty top influential diversity leaders in the US. Her award-winning diversity leadership research is recognized in academic journals internationally. Additionally, she serves on the Advisory Council of the Nido Qubein School of Communication, High Point University, as well as on the adjunct business faculty of two other universities.

 

Diversity, inclusion and disrupting bias is a full-time focus for Lenora. She partners with clients to help them leverage their diversity of thought to impacts employee talent engagement and retention, attracting customers, community, and corporate relations. Her powerful yet engaging style inspires virtual and in-person audience members to take personal and organizational actions that disrupt bias and accelerate bottom-line business results.

 

She has presented to audiences in over 41 countries and six continents, including such places as Dubai, Isreal and South Africa and Malaysia.

 

Billings-Harris co-authored TRAILBLAZERS: How Top Business Leaders are Accelerating Results through Inclusion and Diversity, and is the author of The Diversity Advantage: A Guide to Making Diversity Work, 3rd Ed. Most recently, she was the cover story for Inclusion Magazine, 2019 winter edition.

 

In addition to management positions held with two Fortune 100 companies plus the Business School at The University of Michigan, Billings-Harris has held leadership positions with several non-profit organizations.  She is a past president of Win-Win Resolutions with a mission to reduce bullying, violence and prejudice in schools and communities, and was a founding charter member of the Maricopa County Black Chamber of Commerce. She is a past president of the National Speakers Association, and past president of the Global Speakers Federation. In 2016 she was the Cavett Award recipient, the highest honor bestowed upon professional speakers in the USA. In 2018 she was inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame and is the only Africa American woman to hold this honor.

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