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In the wake of COVID-19, broad and lasting changes to the workplace have advanced a more integrated approach to talent management built around culture. Organizations that once synchronized their talent to corporate vision, core values, and strategic objectives are now aligning people around purpose. And for good reason: building sustainable cultures in the long run will attract, engage, and retain talent – and give organizations with strong cultures a key competitive edge.

To examine how companies are leveraging culture, Hunt Scanlon Media is convening 500 corporate culture leaders, business transformation experts, DE&I leaders, chief talent officers, heads of HR, and executive recruiters at The Plaza Hotel of New York on March 16, 2022 to explore the link between culture, value and growth.



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Rob Adams


Rob Adams Moderator – Hunt Scanlon Media
Carolyn Taylor

Cracking your Culture Code to Unlock Business Performance Improvement

Carolyn Taylor Founder & Executive Chair – Walking the Talk

Carolyn Taylor, founder and executive chair at Walking the Talk, is a pioneer in the field of culture. She has personally been involved in over 200 culture change journeys as an advisor to senior executives and culture transformation leaders. Her firm’s methodology has created powerful corporate culture transformations that have left organizations with lasting leadership and culture management capabilities. In this keynote presentation, Carolyn will share her knowledge on how to structure culture change initiatives in ways which produce results faster. She will crack your culture code and reveal how executives can overcome concerns that culture is too intangible to merit the investment it requires.



Sue Lam, Ph.D.


Sue Lam, Ph.D. Global Head of People Insights, Strategy & Culture – The Coca-Cola Company

The Coca-Cola Company has been on a culture change journey. It is one of the most important global transformations the company has considered in its 135-year history. The transition will allow Coca-Cola to emerge stronger after massive organizational change – and it requires a significant culture change that focuses on psychological safety, collaboration, digital literacy, a growth mindset, and results orientation. In this special presentation, Sue Lam, Ph.D. – global head of people insights, strategy & culture at The Coca-Cola Company – will reveal how the organization is adapting and transforming its culture to prioritize the right business challenges and work collaboratively across regions to scale great solutions. She will show how Coca-Cola is leveraging data and evidence from its analytics projects to change and build its people strategy to help guide its culture change journey.




Networking Break

Moderator: Val Lopez

How DE&I is Impacting Corporate Culture

Moderator: Val Lopez Partner – Hanold Associates

In today’s fast changing business world, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) is often misunderstood and many corporate attempts to improve DE&I are falling short. But the reality is, when DE&I is made a priority, every facet of the business benefits, including the bottom line. Simply put, companies that value DE&I are stronger than those that don’t. In the following panel discussion, five leading talent, DE&I, and culture professionals representing some of the most prominent brands in global business will examine what DE&I is and how to implement culture strategies that link culture to value and growth.

KeyAnna Schmiedl
Global Head of DEI and Culture & Values 

Stuart Kaplan
Director, Culture Transformation
Google Cloud

Christopher Yates
Chief Talent Officer
Ford Motor Company

Donna Hicks-Mitchell
Vice President – Employee Engagement & Culture, Global Diversity & Inclusion

Cynara Charles-Pierre
SVP, Culture and Communications 
The New York Times



Nancy Harrington Jones

The Rise of The Chief Culture Officer

Nancy Harrington Jones Chief Culture & Conduct Officer for the Americas – Societe Generale

It is no coincidence that the chief culture officer role is growing in importance as more organizations place culture at the center of their talent management programs. In the following presentation, Nancy Harrington Jones outlines why the chief culture officer role is now a central C-suite position, often reporting directly to the CEO. Nancy will outline how she works closely with senior leaders to build an environment where all stakeholders are valued and employees can find purpose and build meaningful, long-term careers.




Luncheon Reception

Rose Gailey

Aligning Strategy and Culture for Impact and Success

Rose Gailey Managing Partner – Heidrick & Struggles

As companies navigate the many ongoing changes to work and office life, leaders are honing their culture-shaping efforts in unique ways to help their organizations thrive in a very different world. Rose Gailey, a hybrid work and organizational culture expert and partner at Heidrick & Struggles, will discuss how organizations can build on their purpose and values to align strategy and culture for enduring impact and success. With over 20 years’ experience, Rose will offer insights into what companies with thriving cultures do differently and how leaders can navigate through the constantly changing work environment, while strengthening their corporate culture to accelerate impact and enhance the overall health and competitiveness of their companies.



Moderator: Louis Montgomery

Building New Cultures Through Strategic Talent Acquisition

Moderator: Louis Montgomery Partner, Practice Leader Human Resources and Diversity Officers – JM Search

As executive search consultants know better than anyone else, the success of any recruitment strategy starts with a deep understanding of a client company’s culture. In this panel presentation, prominent recruiting leaders discuss how they are helping their clients’ strategic hiring plans advance their corporate cultures.

Steve Potter
Chief Executive Officer, U.S.
Odgers Berndtson

Andrew “Andy” Towne
Chief Executive Officer & Founding Partner 
Hobbs & Towne

John Wallace
Chief Executive Officer

Sasha Jensen
Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Jensen Partners

Aileen Alexander
Vice Chair
Diversified Search Group

Mike Myatt
Founder & Board Member



Yves Van Durme

Leveraging the Power of Culture

Yves Van Durme Global Organization Transformation Leader – Deloitte

Organizations around the world are rethinking how work and workforces are being designed and deployed. This includes new talent models that engage employees and create meaningful careers across an extended ecosystem. In this presentation, Deloitte’s global organization transformation leader, Yves Van Durme, will offer a global perspective on why we need to look at culture more holistically than we have in the past. He will discuss how organizations can leverage culture to increase collaboration, innovation, compliance, and ultimately customer satisfaction. 



Karen S. Lynch

Great Company Culture Starts at the Top

Karen S. Lynch Chief Executive Officer – CVS Health

Senior leadership clearly sets the tone for company culture. And no senior leader is more responsible for driving and implementing culture than its CEO, who understands that consistent words and actions, aligned with the corporate story and strategy, are consistently on display. CEOs that fully embrace culture are driven by a unique set of values centered on clear goals. Culture-minded CEOs understand that fostering growth and opportunity and embracing diversity and inclusion create an organization that denotes, “we are all this this together.” In the following keynote presentation, the CEO of one of the largest U.S. companies discusses how she works tirelessly on building a purpose-driven organization through a culture that creates passion, excitement and togetherness among its 300,000 employee workforce.



Rob Adams


Rob Adams Moderator – Hunt Scanlon Media

Cocktail Reception

In the wake of COVID-19, broad and lasting changes to the workplace have advanced a more integrated approach to talent management built around culture. Organizations that once synchronized their talent to corporate vision, core values, and strategic objectives are now aligning people around purpose. And for good reason: building sustainable cultures in the long run will attract, engage, and retain talent – and give organizations with strong cultures a key competitive edge.

To examine how companies are leveraging culture, Hunt Scanlon Media is convening 500 corporate culture leaders, business transformation experts, DE&I leaders, chief talent officers, heads of HR, and executive recruiters at The Plaza Hotel of New York on March 16, 2022 to explore the link between culture, value and growth.

‘Linking Culture to Value and Growth’ will include leaders from across the field, including: Carolyn Taylor, founder and executive chair at Walking the Talk; Sue Lam, Ph.D., global head of people insights, strategy & culture at The Coca-Cola Company; Val Lopez, partner at Hanold Associates; KeyAnna Schmiedl, global head of DEI and culture & values at Wayfair; Stuart Kaplan, director of culture transformation at Google Cloud; Christopher Yates, chief talent officer at Ford Motor Company; Donna Hicks-Mitchell, vice president – employee engagement & culture, global diversity & inclusion at Citi; Cynara Charles-Pierre, SVP of culture and communications at The New York Times; Nancy Harrington Jones, chief culture & conduct officer for the Americas at Societe Generale; Rose Gailey, managing partner at Heidrick & Struggles; Louis Montgomery, partner and practice leader human resources and diversity officers at JM Search; Steve Potter, chief executive officer U.S. at Odgers Berndtson; Andrew “Andy” Towne, chief executive officer and founding partner of Hobbs & Towne; John Wallace, chief executive officer at Caldwell; Sasha Jensen, chief executive officer and founder of Jensen Partners; Aileen Alexander, vice chair at Diversified Search Group; Mike Myatt, founder & board member at N2Growth; Yves Van Durme, global organization transformation leader at Deloitte; Karen S. Lynch, chief executive officer at CVS Health and others.

Join our exclusive network of 500+ culture transformation leaders, CHROs, chief talent officers and executive recruiters on March 16, 2022 at the prestigious Plaza Hotel of New York. Our thought-provoking presentations and Q&A sessions exploring corporate culture today is a must-attend event. Our formal sessions will include continental breakfast, a mid-morning networking break, a pre-lunch champagne reception and a delicious main course.

The Plaza Hotel of New York
Fifth Avenue at Central Park South – New York, NY 10022

(Cancellation notice: any passes canceled after December 15, 2021 will not be refunded. Sponsorships non-refundable.)


Aileen Alexander, Vice Chair – Diversified Search Group

Aileen Alexander is the vice chair of Diversified Search Group, the largest woman-founded executive search firm in the world. She leads the firm’s global corporate practice which advises clients across the consumer, financial services, industrial, life sciences, and technology industries, including private equity. Aileen is a member of DSG’s management committee and a global board member of AltoPartners, the firm’s international alliance.

Based in Philadelphia, Aileen is a recognized leader in the executive search and talent management industry, having led C-suite and board level searches from large, global corporations to high growth entrepreneurial companies. She leverages her expertise in technology, cybersecurity, risk management, leadership, and succession planning to enable clients to achieve their purpose and strategic priorities. Aileen is committed to ensuring client service that is creative, nimble, responsive, and centered on people first and building diverse teams that drive innovation, growth, and inclusive cultures.

Prior to joining DSG, she was a managing partner at Korn Ferry where she co-launched and co-led the firm’s global cybersecurity practice. She had leadership responsibilities for Philadelphia and was also a member of the technology officers and aerospace and defense practices. She entered the industry with Heidrick & Struggles, in their Washington, D.C., office.

Before embarking on her career in executive search, Aileen worked in international security and defense policy at the Department of Defense and U.S. House of Representatives. She is also a military veteran, having served as a Captain in the U.S. Army.

Yves Van Durme, Global Organization Transformation Leader – Deloitte

Yves Van Durme is the global organization transformation leader and a partner in the North & South Europe consulting practice of Deloitte. He has been leading the firm’s strategic change team on a journey to change ‘Change.’ Yves is specialized in cultural transformation, leadership & organizational development, and (data-driven) people strategy, and has over 20 years’ experience as a consultant, project manager and program developer for human capital projects for multiple European, Japanese, American, and Belgian multinationals.

Based on his experience coaching high performance sports teams, he has an affinity for leadership and organizational development. Previously, Yves was the business unit director ‘Talent Management’ for Hudson BNL where he was involved with HR strategy, competency and performance management, career counseling, assessments, management development, organization and change.

Rose Gailey, Managing Partner – Heidrick & Struggles

Rose Gailey is a partner at Heidrick & Struggles and the global managing partner of Senn Delaney, a Heidrick & Struggles company. She brings expertise in organizational culture and transformation to Heidrick Consulting’s value proposition to accelerate performance through break through leadership and thriving cultures.

Rose’s experience spans more than twenty-five years, beginning her first tenure with Senn Delaney in 1995. Most recently, she worked with a strategy execution firm as the practice lead for their organizational development services. There, she led leadership development and organizational design initiatives in a variety of industries, drawing on deep expertise in culture and facilitation to help leaders strengthen alignment and accelerate strategy execution. Returning to Senn Delaney as part of Heidrick Consulting, she brings her expertise to aligning strategy, structure and culture to drive high performance. Given the importance of the shadow of the leader in shaping cultures, her background in counseling and organizational psychology is foundational to developing strong leadership shadows.

Donna Hicks-Mitchell, Vice President Employee Engagement & Culture, Global Diversity & Inclusion – Citi

When leaders want to break diversity silos, and drive engagement & innovation through collaboration and teamwork, they call Donna Hicks-Mitchell. As a pre-eminent retention strategist and emerging voice on diversity, equity and inclusion, Donna serves as global VP of DEI for Citi. She has contributed her voice to executive roundtables, corporate keynotes, leadership training and executive 1:1 coaching for top companies across the globe.

A noted keynote speaker, Donna frequently shares her insights on business podcasts, virtual keynote summits and executive roundtables. She has been requested to speak on topics ranging from onboarding, retention roadmapping, diversity and inclusion, leadership development for women and executive presence for companies such as Ford Motor Company, American Express, Citi, Google, Black Enterprise, Florida State’s Attorney General’s Office and Statefarm.

Sasha Jensen, Chief Executive Officer & Founder – Jensen Partners

As founder and CEO of Jensen Partners, Sasha Jensen leads a team of senior recruitment specialists and data scientists dedicated exclusively to the sourcing, recruitment and placement of capital raising and investment professionals for leading alternative investment firms.

As a former investigative journalist, Sasha firmly believes that data substantiates an immediate call to action. As a woman-owned business, Jensen Partners was founded in 2012 on the principle that diversity is a critical and immediate need in the alternative investment space. Under Sasha’s leadership and backed by the power of data, Jensen Partners has become a trusted, chosen partner for individuals and institutions in the industry.

In fact, Sasha was described as “the most successful executive recruiter for asset gatherers” by Institutional Investor magazine. She works directly with founders, CEOs, CIOs and global heads of distribution to help build out specialized distribution teams for her clients, leveraging her firm’s proprietary 360° Investor Referencing™ Methodology to gain qualitative and quantitative insights about each candidate’s asset-raising capabilities and investor relationships.

Prior to founding Jensen Partners, Sasha was the director of alternative asset management recruiting for The Gerson Group in New York and London, where she specialized in placing marketing teams for hedge funds and investment banking platforms. Before joining Gerson, she was global head of fund distribution for Kinsey Allen International, and before that she was a senior asset raising recruiter for Rice and Dore. Sasha started her career as an investigative journalist on Fleet Street, and worked as head of investigations on the Saturday Star and Sunday Independent in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Nancy Harrington Jones, Chief Culture & Conduct Officer for the Americas – Societe Generale

Nancy Harrington Jones is chief culture & conduct officer at Societe Generale where she oversees the firm’s management and implementation of its culture & conduct program. The primary objective of the program is to secure safe, sound and profitable businesses that will inspire long-lasting, confident relationships with its clients, peers and employees. This will be accomplished by promoting and enforcing the behaviors that will embody the group’s values and making culture & conduct principles the cornerstone of the way they operate their business on a day-to-day basis.

Nancy was formerly the chief human resources officer at Societe Generale Americas from 2007 through 2016, and prior to that was the global director of human resources for information technology based in Paris. She spent several years in the information technology division in various management positions, in addition to working for the CFO and managing the organization’s internal technology audit team.

Stuart Kaplan, Director of Culture Transformation – Google Cloud

Stuart Kaplan is an expert at the intersection of strategy and people. He has two and half decades of experience in organization development, leadership effectiveness, and strategy consulting.

Stuart currently leads Google Cloud’s global culture transformation initiative. Prior to this role, Stuart led organization development and leadership work in the Office of the CEO as well as in many of Google’s core businesses, including Search, Maps, and YouTube. He started his Google career as head of business leadership recruiting.

Before joining to Google, Stuart served as both a business leader and consultant at Accenture and Korn Ferry.

Sue Lam, Global Head of People Insights, Strategy & Culture – The Coca-Cola Company

Sue Lam, Ph.D. is the global head of people insights, strategy & culture at The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC). Reporting to the CHRO, she is responsible for leading the center of excellence and shaping the future of TCCC’s workforce by developing and executing the company’s long-term people, analytics, and engagement strategy.

Sue works closely with the leadership team to develop and lead global culture and change management efforts on the company’s journey to emerge stronger as a networked, agile organization. Additionally, Sue drives the creation and implementation of the people analytics vision and strategy. She is developing HR’s capabilities in using data and evidence to support more effective decision making to ensure the business delivers on its promises to shareholders and the communities in which it operates.

Prior to joining the company, Sue was the global head of HR diagnostics for Shell, based in Houston, Texas. In her role, she managed a global center of excellence in HR strategy, learning and organizational effectiveness. Sue was responsible for the overall development and execution of the company’s assessment and analytics strategy to accelerate the change in people and their business with the goal of creating more and cleaner energy solutions.

Throughout her career, Sue has held additional roles with various organizations, including APQC, where she led HR and human capital management projects with a focus on best practices, benchmarking, organizational surveys, strategy formulation and development, and thought leadership. Sue has also held leadership roles with other organizations, including Psychology Beyond Borders and University of California at Irvine.

Val Lopez, Partner – Hanold Associates

Val Lopez is a partner with Hanold Associates where she specializes in recruiting executive level HR and diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI) leaders. She has over a decade of experience in rapid-growth, private equity-backed SaaS businesses, specializing in M&A integrations and change management. She is especially strong in translating strategy to action, particularly with respect to managing change initiatives and designing and implementing DEI programs.

Prior to joining Hanold Associates, Val was global head of employee engagement & inclusion/VP of DEI at Cision, where she stood up Cision’s first DEI function. She was responsible for providing vision and leadership to Cision’s DEI strategy across the global organization.

Val is a seasoned guest speaker in the DEI space and has had the pleasure of speaking on a variety of panels and fireside chats. In 2019, she was recognized with a Power50 award by the Illinois Diversity Council.

Karen S. Lynch, Chief Executive Officer – CVS Health

Karen S. Lynch is president and chief executive officer of CVS Health, a Fortune 4 diversified health services company. Karen leads more than 300,000 colleagues who are passionate about transforming health care to be simpler, more convenient and more personalized.

Under Karen’s leadership, CVS Health touches the lives of more than 100 million people each year through its unique combination of assets, including more than 9,900 pharmacies and over 1,000 MinuteClinic and HealthHUB locations. CVS Health also serves an estimated 34 million people through its health insurance products and services. CVS Health continues to play a leading role in the national response to COVID-19 through testing solutions and vaccine administration across the country.

Karen has over three decades of experience in the health care industry. Prior to becoming chief executive officer, she was executive vice president at CVS Health and president of Aetna, responsible for driving strategy to deliver consumer-focused, high-value health care.

Before joining CVS Health, Karen held executive positions at Cigna and Magellan Health Services, where she served as president. She began her career with Ernst & Young as a certified public accountant (CPA).

In 2021, she was included on Forbes’ inaugural “50 over 50” list. She was recognized by Forbes as one of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women in 2020 and included on Business Insider’s Top 100 People Transforming Business list in 2019. For the past five years (2016 to 2020), she was named to Fortune’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business.

Karen serves on the board of U.S. Bancorp and is Chair of its Audit Committee. She is a trustee of The Bushnell Performing Arts Center and a member of the Global 50 and the Boston College Women’s Council. Karen also serves as a member of the Business Roundtable.

Louis Montgomery, Partner and Practice Leader Human Resources and Diversity Officers – JM Search

Louis Montgomery Jr. leads the human resources and diversity officer practice at JM Search. Louis specializes in the placement of human resource leaders, their teams and diversity officers.

He joined JM Search from Korn Ferry where he led the firm’s human resources and diversity officer practice. He has placed human resource leaders and diversity officers in a variety of sectors, including private equity, industrial, consumer, healthcare, life sciences, higher education and associations. 

Prior to moving into executive search, Louis had more than 30 years of experience as a human resources practitioner and diversity officer with several major Fortune 100 firms including, IBM, Celanese Corporation, Frito Lay, Kraft Foods, Altria, AES and Serco North America.   

Louis is an author and thought leader in human resources and diversity & inclusion.  Some of his publications include: A Years Worth of Inspiration, and several thought leadership articles including HR Goes to SchoolStarbucks Battle Against BiasGolden Talent and “Next Generation Diversity Officers,” a research study on the leadership competencies of diversity officers. He has been quoted in numerous publications including The New York Times, Washington Post, Human Resources Executive, Black Enterprise and American Banker. 

Mike Myatt, Founder & Board Member – N2Growth

Mike Myatt is a leadership advisor to Fortune 500 CEOs and their boards of directors. Widely regarded as America’s Top CEO Coach, he is the bestselling author of Hacking Leadership (Wiley) and Leadership Matters… (OP), a Forbes leadership columnist, is a member of the board of directors at the Gordian Institute and is the founder and board member at N2Growth.

Mike is recognized as one of the world’s best known authorities on leadership. At the 2013 Thinkers50 Awards sponsored by Harvard Business Review, he was recognized as one of the top 10 leadership thinkers globally. Trust Across America selected him as one of the Top 100 Most Trustworthy Business Thought Leaders, and Inc. Magazine recognized him as one of the top 50 leadership and management experts in the world.

He has worked directly with hundreds of public company CEOs and board members globally, and his representative corporate clients include Accenture, AT&T, Bank of America, Deloitte, EMC, Humana, IBM, Lincoln Financial Group, McGraw-Hill, Merrill Lynch, PepsiCo, and other leading global brands.

Some of Mike’s accomplishments prior to serving as the CEO at N2Growth include serving as president and COO of an investment bank, managing director of a law firm, director of internet strategy for the country’s largest web enablement firm, and he founded what was prior to its sale one of the country’s Top 50 interactive advertising agencies.

Steve Potter, Chief Executive Officer, U.S. – Odgers Berndtson

Steve Potter is the CEO of Odgers Berndtson U.S. and sits on the organization’s global board. He has spent over two decades as a founder, CEO and senior executive of several financial services executive search firms. Steve co-founded and served as CEO of Sextant Search Partners. Prior to that, he was appointed CEO of TMP Worldwide Executive Search, following TMP’s acquisition of Highland Search Group, a boutique executive search firm that he founded in 1995. Steve was one of five divisional CEOs for TMP Worldwide, a $7 billion public company and owner of monster.com, and he also served on the TMP management committee. Steve began his recruiting career at Russell Reynolds Associates, where he started the firm’s global banking and merchant banking practices. He oversaw the firm’s Asian operation and served as a member of its executive committee.

KeyAnna Schmiedl, Global Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Culture & Values – Wayfair

KeyAnna Schmiedl serves as the global head of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and culture & values at Wayfair, one of the world’s largest online destinations for the home. An avid learner and dot connector, KeyAnna loves to create solutions and discussions that center Org design and DEI as tools for supporting authenticity and empathy. At Wayfair, she applies a breadth of experience to provide innovative and collaborative solutions, such as inclusive competency modeling and activating senior leaders as advocates and proponents in a culture of learning, inclusivity, and results.

KeyAnna believes that highlighting the need to move from “careful” to “thoughtful” conversations in the workplace is key to the success of an evolved workplace culture overall, prioritizing a sense of belonging alongside results. Bridging the gap between differences is vital for any successful endeavor and ensuring leaders and employees have the tools necessary to do just that is the goal of her work.

Prior to joining Wayfair, KeyAnna served as head of diversity and inclusion at Santander Bank, N.A. and led DEI practices for IBIS Consulting Group. She also held roles at Partners Healthcare and Harvard University.

Carolyn Taylor, Founder & Executive Chair – Walking the Talk

Carolyn Taylor is one of the world’s foremost experts in organizational culture change and the executive chair of Walking the Talk. During her 30 years in the field, Carolyn has run workshops with 50,000 leaders, worked alongside 200 culture change journeys, consulted on 15 mergers & acquisitions, coached 60 CEOs and worked in 35 countries. She can certainly advise on what works and what doesn’t in terms of changing culture.

Born in London, Carolyn spent some years in Australia where she pioneered work in leadership, values and culture through her company, Corporate Vision. The firm was in the BRW 100 fastest growing Australian companies five years in a row, and her achievements led her to being a finalist Telstra Businesswoman of the Year in 1998, and Australian Business Woman’s Hall of Fame in the same year. The company provided organizational development services to most of the major companies in Australia and the UK. Her clients included the CEOs of Telstra, NAB, Westpac, Wyeth and Rio Tinto.

In 2005, Carolyn joined a global consulting firm as an academic board member, where she Introduced a culture practice, and worked with executives in some of the world’s leading companies to build the cultures they required and ensure that they themselves were walking their talk. She was global sales and marketing partner during a period of 300% growth and led several of the largest culture change projects in which the company was involved. Her clients included Henri de Castries, CEO of AXA; Roberto Setubal, president of Itau Unibanco Bank in Brazil; Sheryl Sandberg, the executive responsible for the monetization of Google and COO of Facebook; and Mark Begor, EGM GE Money.

In 2009, driven by a vision to promote her culture management methodologies to a much larger group of internal and external culture advocates, she co-founded Walking the Talk to build an integrated culture management system – diagnostic, planning and training tools – to enable companies to capitalize on their culture and to build internal capability. With hubs in Europe, Australia and Latin America, Walking the Talk’s mission is to make culture do-able, so that more and more organizations can do extraordinary things because of the behaviors and mindsets of their people. Carolyn has worked deeply in recent years with Sanofi, Vale, Novartis, BT, and Dubai Airports to help them achieve their culture goals.

In 2021 Walking the Talk was acquired by executive search firm ZRG, who, together with Walking the Talk, have been able to build unique ways of using recruitment as a lever for accelerating culture change.

Carolyn is known for her ability to demonstrate links between strategy, culture and leadership behavior, facilitating events with teams that are insightful, profound, fun and provocative. She is forever touched by the courage and openness her clients show as they strive to explore the relationship between their behavior and how it leads to a culture which either supports or detracts from the performance of their organization.

Andrew “Andy” Towne, Chief Executive Officer & Founding Partner – Hobbs & Towne

Andrew “Andy” Towne is the co-founder & CEO of Hobbs & Towne. He and his partners pioneered ESG and sustainability-focused executive search, building the top firm in the clean tech and climate tech category. HTI is a boutique advisory services firm and offers talent, deal sourcing, leadership assessment, interim management and M&A advisory services.

Andy specializes in working with transformational growth companies, with an emphasis on mobility, energy, food, agriculture and water. He has helped build some of the most innovative senior management teams in sustainability, including Impossible Foods, Proterra, Sunlight Financial, Shoals Technologies, Array Technologies, Apeel Sciences, Eat Just, Taxon BioSciences, Open Blue, Gevo, USHR, XL Fleet, STEM, Enphase, EnerNOC, Comverge and Vertiv, as well as emerging companies, such as SOURCE Global, Good Catch Foods, Smart Wires, NUGGS, FlexGen, SemaConnect and Cervest.

Andy has personally completed over 500 executive searches, including over 150 of the firm’s 300+ CEO searches. He has partnered with many of the premier investors around the world, including Breakthrough Energy Partners, Khosla Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, Oaktree Capital, and Platinum Equity to build top-tier investment and leadership teams. Having executed many of the most critical mandates in ESG, Andy has developed a network with the most impactful investors, innovative technologists and successful, market-changing executives.

John Wallace, Chief Executive Officer – Caldwell

John Wallace is the chief executive officer of Caldwell, one of the most experienced and fastest-growing executive search firms across the globe. He also serves on the firm’s board of directors.

A relentless results and client-focused leader, John draws on 20 years of executive search direction experience to drive exceptional results based on objective measures, market intelligence, strategic planning initiatives, and clear targets for growth. His ability to build high functioning, client-centric teams has been a key driver in Caldwell’s exponential growth. Since becoming CEO in 2008, John has effected a strategic growth plan for the firm that has included launching operations in the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific, while quadrupling the firm’s annual revenue.

Prior to joining Caldwell, John was president and chief executive officer of Highland Partners, the executive search division of Hudson Highland Group, the world’s largest combined executive search, specialty staffing, and related consulting services firm at the time.

Before entering the executive search industry in 1996, he held senior marketing and management positions in the telecommunications industry.

Christopher Yates, Chief Talent Officer – Ford Motor Company

Chris Yates is the chief talent officer at Ford Motor Co. and previously served as general manager of learning and development at Microsoft.

Chris has held senior roles as chief learning officer and head of people and organizational development for Caterpillar Inc. Additionally, he has held global HR leadership roles for HSBC and American Express. Chris specializes in organizational design, change and effectiveness, talent development and leadership, as well as culture, diversity and inclusion.


Premier Sponsors

Deloitte Consulting LLP is one of the world’s largest business consultancies and a leader in human capital consulting. As companies face the transition to the future of work, Deloitte helps them design and implement practical and integrated solutions to meet industry and sector-specific challenges. By leveraging rapid advances in digital, robotics, and cognitive and AI technologies, along with organization and workforce transformation, Deloitte empowers—and enables—organizations to rethink how work and workforces are designed and deployed. This includes new talent models that encompass digital labor, gig workers, and crowd to accelerate growth while creating meaningful careers for employees in the enterprise and across the extended ecosystem. For more information, visit www2.deloitte.com.

Walking the Talk is a world leader in enhancing performance results by aligning culture with strategy.

The firm’s proven methodology creates powerful corporate culture transformations that leave organizations with lasting culture leadership and culture management capability.

Walking the Talk works with you to identify the business challenges you face and what’s causing them at the culture level to determine the solution most suited to your specific requirements. Your cultural needs are unique. Walking the Talk thinks your solutions should be too.

Walking the Talk provides end-to-end bespoke culture solutions, as well as stand-alone products and services to accelerate your culture transformation and achieve your business imperative. For more information, visit www.walkingthetalk.com.

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Daversa Partners is technology’s go-to specialty firm that builds the executive teams for growth and venture-backed companies. The firm’s global footprint spans 2 continents and 8 offices, giving their high- performance teams visibility into the entirety of the market. The firm is dedicated to developing meaningful relationships with entrepreneurs, executives, and investors across consumer and enterprise businesses.

Daversa Partners believes that the most successful companies achieve major breakthroughs by acquiring extraordinary talent. These people are hard to find and even harder to recruit, they are material impact executives; the firm only recruits these people. This is what sets them apart…and this is what makes Daversa the search partner of choice. For more information, visit www.daversapartners.com.

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Diversified Search Group (DSG) is the largest woman-founded executive search firm in the world and is a new model in the industry with a combination of specialty firms: Diversified Search, BioQuest, Koya Partners, Grant Cooper, and Storbeck Search. With their collective resources and expertise, the combined firms have deep and broad industry knowledge with unparalleled access to expansive candidate networks. The firms collaborate across sectors to access diverse talent whose values align with their clients’ purpose, producing among the best rates in the industry for placements of women and people of color, repeat clients, and candidate retention. Headquartered in Philadelphia, DSG operates in over a dozen cities across the country and worldwide as the official U.S. partner of AltoPartners, the international alliance of executive search firms with 63 offices in 36 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.diversifiedsearch.com.

Breakfast Sponsor

JM Search is a premier retained executive search firm and trusted advisor to CEOs, investors and boards of directors in recruiting, assessing and delivering high-performance leaders and transformational leadership teams. 

JM Search clients include private equity firms and portfolio companies, venture capital-backed businesses, and publicly held companies across North America. Founded in 1980, the JM Search team brings together former operating and financial executives, investors and experienced search professionals with deep industry specialization, functional expertise and proven access to talent spanning multiple industry sectors.  

With national reach and local market depth, the firm’s partner-led approach enables JM Search to deliver exceptional leaders who enhance organizational performance and drive shareholder value. For more information, visit www.jmsearch.com.

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Heidrick & Struggles is the premier provider of senior-level executive search, culture shaping, and leadership consulting services. The firm serves more than 70 percent of the Fortune 1000, with clients in virtually every industry and sector throughout the globe.

Across all the firm’s offerings, they employ data-driven methodologies honed over decades of engagements with the world’s leading organizations. The firm’s insights enable clients to find the world’s best leaders, build diverse, inclusive cultures, and transform their teams to achieve new levels of performance. For more information, visit www.heidrick.com.

Gold Sponsors

At Caldwell, they believe talent transforms. As a leading provider of executive talent, the firm enables their clients to thrive and succeed by helping them identify, recruit and retain their best people. The firm’s reputation – nearly 50 years in the making – has been built on transformative searches across functions and geographies at the very highest levels of management and operations. They leverage their skills and networks to also provide agile talent solutions in the form of flexible and on-demand advisory services for companies looking for support in strategy and operations.

With offices and partners across North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific, the firm takes pride in delivering an unmatched level of service and expertise to their clients. For more information, visit www.caldwellpartners.com.

Diversified Search Group (DSG) is the largest woman-founded executive search firm in the world and is a new model in the industry with a combination of specialty firms: Diversified Search, BioQuest, Koya Partners, Grant Cooper, and Storbeck Search. With their collective resources and expertise, the combined firms have deep and broad industry knowledge with unparalleled access to expansive candidate networks. The firms collaborate across sectors to access diverse talent whose values align with their clients’ purpose, producing among the best rates in the industry for placements of women and people of color, repeat clients, and candidate retention. Headquartered in Philadelphia, DSG operates in over a dozen cities across the country and worldwide as the official U.S. partner of AltoPartners, the international alliance of executive search firms with 63 offices in 36 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.diversifiedsearch.com.

Hanold Associates is a retained HR executive search firm focused on recruiting human resources officers and diversity & inclusion leaders. The firm understands the importance of talent and culture inside an organization and builds people-first organizations every day, one leader at a time. Although its client list is diverse, across industries, geographies and business scenarios, culture is at the core of everything they do. The firm is shaping organizations while changing the landscape of the human capital space through distinctive leadership.

Some of Hanold’s more recent top HR searches include those for Domino’s Pizza, Under Armour, the National Football League, Patagonia, REI, UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), Gucci, Live Nation Entertainment, Apollo, Blackstone, TPG, Northwestern University, Electronic Arts, Fiat-Chrysler, Kohler, SC Johnson, eBay, Great Place To Work, Heinz, Fossil, Vail Resorts, Edward Jones, AbbVie, Carnival Corp., Google, Biogen, Allstate, Bridgestone, Silicon Valley Bank, T. Rowe Price, Wikimedia, Cargill, CNA Financial, Cummins, Tyson, ClubCorp, CDW and Nike, among others. For more information, visit www.hanold-associates.com.

Hobbs & Towne, Inc. is an executive search and advisory services firm with a mission of building a more sustainable future. The firm was founded in 1997 by Andy Towne and Bobby Hobbs, and has focused in cleantech, climate technology and sustainability for over 20 years. HTI provides services including executive search, M&A advisory, leadership assessment and executive coaching, interim management, capital raise advisory, and diversity, equity, & inclusion training and advisory. For more information, please visit www.hobbstowne.com.

Jensen Partners is a global advisory, corporate development and executive search firm that leverages its extensive relationships in the institutional asset allocator and alternative asset manager community to identify and place leading capital-raising and investment candidates. By utilizing a customized, scientific approach, proprietary 360° Investor Referencing™ methodology and advanced behavioral analytics, the firm assists its clients in raising capital by identifying and securing the ideal human capital For more information, visit www.jensen-partners.com.

N2Growth is a top executive search and professional services firm with more than 50 locations across the Americas, Europe, MENA, and APAC. N2Growth is known for its “next practices”​ approach in helping clients unlock value within their talent ecosystem of talent acquisition, strategy, and optimization. N2Growth is consistently ranked by Forbes as one of the Top 15 executive search firms globally. For more information, visit www.n2growth.com.

Odgers Berndtson is a global executive search, interim management, talent assessment and leadership development firm. They have the scale, reach and experience to serve all major markets but we remain lean, flexible and innovative.

Being a challenger is at the heart of the firm’s cultural DNA. They have a track record of anticipating their client’s needs and challenging the status quo.

The firm’s clients come from every shape and size of organization, from start-ups to multinational corporations, and span the private, not-for-profit and public sectors, with expertise in business, government, academic and public life. All of the firm’s clients understand the value of finding the right person for the right job at the right time – and in the right way. For more information, visit www.odgersberndtson.com.

Exhibitor Sponsors

Alioth is the new standard for building exceptional teams and culture in the life sciences industry. We help our clients align talent with culture and culture with strategy. Whether you’re developing world-changing drugs or ushering in the next agrarian revolution, a data-informed understanding of your organizational culture is key. It’s the only way to build lasting teams that can make the impossible possible. That’s why we have created Alioth Exploration, an AI-powered culture diagnostics platform. It gives you the insights needed to create the right culture for your organization — one that will attract and retain the transformational leaders who will help you create what’s next. For more information, visit www.alioth.co.

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Networking Sponsors

Hire Heroes USA empowers service members, veterans and their spouses to succeed in the civilian workforce. As the nation’s leading veteran employment organization, Hire Heroes USA offers personalized one-on-one coaching, professionally revised resumes, mentoring, workshops, a job board, career fairs and more, to tens of thousands of job-seeking veterans annually. The firm is their partner in success.  Headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia, Hire Heroes USA has built a national reputation of excellence. Prioritizing transparency, Hire Heroes USA earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and the GuideStar Platinum Seal. Funded exclusively through public donations and private grants, Hire Heroes USA provides its services at no cost to clients.

For more information about the firm’s mission, services and how to get involved as a corporate partner, employer, donor or volunteer, please visit www.hireheroesusa.org.

THRUUE is an expert strategy and culture consultancy that helps leaders set their strategy and shift their culture to grow, achieve greater impact, and thrive. Founded in 2012, THRUUE serves clients in commercial and nonprofit sectors from its Washington, DC headquarter office. THRUUE’s work is rooted in a fundamental belief that strategy and culture are inextricably intertwined. The best strategy will fail without a culture that has the organizational behaviors to drive it. Likewise, the most engaged and dynamic organizational cultures will quickly become rudderless without clarity on a future vision, and a path to get there. For more information, visit www.thruue.com.

Cancellation Policy

(Cancellation notice: any passes canceled after December 15, 2021 will not be refunded. Sponsorships non-refundable.)


Thank you for your interest in attending our upcoming conference, Linking Culture to Value and Growth,’ to be held on March 16, 2022 at the Plaza Hotel of New York. The full-day event will begin at 7:30am with continental breakfast, a mid-day luncheon along with a full day of very exciting presentations by top professionals in the sector.

We invite you to come learn how the business community is exploring the link between culture and value and growth.


Discount Price: $1,475

20% discount expires November 12th

(Cancellation notice: any passes canceled after December 15, 2021 will not be refunded. Sponsorships non-refundable.)