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Michael BrainerdMichael Brainard, CEO & Founder
Brainard Strategy, Inc., Carlsbad, California, USA

In his role as CEO of Brainard Strategy, Michael Brainard brings over 20 years of experience as a management consultant, C-level senior executive, executive coach, manager, entrepreneur, and researcher. Through his work as a management consultant, Michael has designed and conducted process re-engineering and re-structuring, organizational assessments, leadership development initiatives, performance management systems, change management processes, and a variety of strategic planning initiatives. Additionally, Michael has worked as a post-acquisition internal and external integration leader.

As a speaker, Michael has delivered keynote talks to such groups as the Association for Corporate Growth, PIHRA, SHRM, PCMA, OCEMA, and a variety of corporations. As a researcher, Michael has contributed to publications and presented his research findings on performance appraisal systems, telecommuting, and leadership development at a variety of professional organizations.

His recognized leadership abilities have extended from business ownership, research, and academic achievements. Through his confidential work with executives, Michael has become known for his ability to motivate and energize leaders from diverse backgrounds, identify potential areas of opportunity for business leaders, and take action to facilitate growth for his clients.


Imran ArImran AR, Manager II - High Touch Technical Services
Cisco, Bangalore, Karnataka, India  

Over 12 years of leadership experience building and scaling Technical Support/Professional Services teams, processes, and systems to support products and services for high growth companies. Diverse technical experience with cloud, SaaS, security, networking, software, and hardware companies.

Jocelyn BrandeisJocelyn Brandeis,  Co-Founder, Chief Mouthpiece
JBLH Communications, New York, New York, United States 

Ms. Brandeis has more than 25 years experience in public relations and corporate and crisis communications. She has worked in entertainment (TV/film), pet, Hispanic, travel, business, personal, and product PR for companies great and small. For a full bio, please go to: https://www.sites.google.com/site/jblhcommunications/about-us/chief-communicator.

Amy CentersAmy Centers, Global Leadership Development Senior Specialist
Micron Technology, Inc., Boise, Idaho, United States

Amy Centers is a Professional Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation and Doctoral Candidate in Organizational Development and Leadership. Her focus areas are Executive Development, Talent Management, and creating healthy work environments with effective leaders at all organizational levels.

Venna ChillarVeena Chillar, President, HR Consulting
Chillar Consulting, Irvine, California, United States  

With over twenty years of global HR experience, Veena specializes in working with technology companies going through expansive growth or change. For over four years, Veena has owned her own consulting firm where she partners with CEOs and BODs of mid-size companies on building/rebuilding HR departments, global M&A, executive coaching and aligning the HR function with the business by introducing and utilizing metrics and analytics. Prior to her own company, Veena led global HR Departments where she created engagement programs such as sales training and leadership training that resulted in a significant increase in revenue within 12 months of implementation. Veena is responsible for working closely with the Executive Teams to develop, enhance and convert business strategies to HR strategy. This encompasses short term and long-term plans in the critical areas of growth, development, M&A, employee engagement and retention. She leads development of the organization's plans and programs as a strategic partner, but particularly from the perspective of the impact on people. Veena holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Cal Poly.

Pam DeMondPam DeMond, Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Mavenlink, Irvine, California, United States   

Pam DeMond is a seasoned HR leader boasting more than 20 years of experience inspiring organizational progress and directing staffing, education, organizational design, infrastructure, employee engagement, and total rewards strategies to support growing, productive, and profitable business. In her role at role at Mavenlink, Pam is responsible attracting, retaining, and motivating great talent, and ensuring company strategy, structure, people and process are aligned for optimal business and operating outcomes. Prior to joining Mavenlink, Pam spent 3 years leading the HR function and transformational HR initiatives as VP of Human Resources at mophie, a global leader and manufacturer of mobile intelligent devices. Prior to mophie, Pam led Human Resources for global consumer brand, Oakley, where she and her team built the infrastructure to support multiple internal client groups totaling over 2,500 employees. Pam has held key HR leadership roles at other notable global firms, including thirteen years on the corporate human resources team at Taco Bell, and 6 years at Macy’s Department stores where she gained significant operational experience directing a staff of more than 100 people.

Anuj DhawanAnuj Dhawan, Managing Partner
Cognitive Talent Partners LLP, Gurgaon, Haryana, India   

Mr. Dhawan set up and launched an innovative, nimble, agile and disruptive (retained only) global cross border executive search firm in 2017 with offices in Dallas, Philippines and India. The firm Cognitive Talent Partners LLP is valued as a trusted and preferred retained executive search partner to some of the world's largest Global Private Equity Funds, Asian Business Groups, Global Indian Business Corporates, Global technology corporations and multi-national corporations across sectors. Mr. Dhawan brings extensive experience and expertise in partnering with Global Private Equity funds and their portfolio companies to deliver culturally assimilating and winning teams. Over the years he has built a compelling track record of influencing and partnering with stakeholders such as Promoters, Boards, Investors, CEO's & Management Teams from diverse regions and cultures to deliver the finest entrepreneurial leadership talent to transform businesses and help them navigate through the changing business environment. The firm has made strong investments, research and focus on identifying Digital, Machine Learning, Artificial intelligence, Product Management, Social, Mobile & Robotics talent pools globally for clients and building a diverse talent pool across countries.

Ceyla Durgun AkdagCeyla Durgun Akdağ, Managing Consultant
Psytech Turkey, Istanbul, Turkey  

Ceyla Durgun Akdağ works as a Managing Consultant at Psytech Turkey, where she works with both local and global companies and helps them to develop best human resources strategies and practices in terms of psychometric assessment.
Through her work as an academic in organizational behaviour field, she was able to research deeply organizational behaviour related phenomenon. Then she worked at one of the biggest holdings in Turkey where she was responsible designing and implementing talent acquisition & retention strategies accross the group companies. Finally working as a consultant enables her to integrate know-how and skills in different settings and to use it for the customers’ best interest.

Alyssa DyerAlyssa Dver, Chief Confidence Officer
American Confidence Institute, Boston, Massachusetts, United States 

Chief Confidence Officer and co-founder of the American Confidence Institute, Alyssa Dver is the author of 6 books, including “Kickass Confidence: Own Your Brain. Up Your Game.” Through keynotes, workshops, peer group programs and other educational formats, Alyssa personally and professionally transforms audiences immediately and forever. Clients include: MIT, Wharton, Harvard, IBM, Spotify, Wayfair, Pepsi, US Air Force, State Street, Liberty Mutual, Staples, The Royal Bank of Canada and dozens of associations, conferences and non-profits.

Lisa Flesher, Vice President, HR
Gap Inc Global Supply Chain, San Francisco, California, United States 


Govind NarayanGovind Narayan, Manager   
Deloitte Consulting, San Francisco, California, United States   

Govind Narayan is a Manager at Deloitte Consulting, where he advises multinational clients on strategy and operations. With experience across four continents, Govind specializes in working with companies undergoing lifetime events such as mergers & acquisitions, business transformations, operational turnarounds, rapid expansion, and new product/solution roll-outs, among others. Govind was previously an investment banker at J.P. Morgan and the State Bank of India, where he was recognized as of India’s 30 under 30 Young Leaders. He started his career learning the art of software coding at Accenture. Govind has an MBA from Chicago Booth, an MBA from Symbiosis University, and a Bachelors in Engineering from Manipal University.

Ken Ruggiero, Chairman & CEO
Goal Structured Solutions, Inc., San Diego, California, United States


Gabriel SchaepmanGabriel Schaepman, Learning & Development Consultant
Swiss Re, Zurich, Switzerland
Experienced learning & development consultant… more than 20 years of experience in upskilling the workforce in the Financial Services area. Entrepreneur … founder of www.siliconvalleyworkshops.com. Experienced project leader and line manager … managed employees in Switzerland and USA, hired hundreds of trainers, led global projects leading international teams. Subject matter expert and trainer … hands-on experience designing training in the areas of sales, negotiation, finance, digitization, leadership, soft skills, insurance. Strong educational background … Executive Master of HR and Leadership, Executive Master of Finance, Master of Business Management, Dipl. Change Leader, Dipl. Betriebswirtschafter, Eidg. dipl. Betriebsausbilder. Award-winning innovator.

Asli Tas KayabasAsli Tas Kayabas, Professional Training & Coaching
Kuzey Academy, Istanbul, Turkey

Asli is psychologist with an MA degree on clinical psychology. She executed several management positions during her professional career for up to 20 years.  She is experienced in HR and T&D management.  She has won awards on international programs, and been invited to international conferences.  She has founded her own company providing training, consultancy, executive coaching and awards consulting in 2012.  She has a seat on Brandon Hall Excellence Awards program judgement committee, and she is one of the leading team managing the biggest awards program on T&D in Turkey.  She provides awards consultancy for companies that needs help on writing submission essays, ans preparing submission content.  She is a poet with one book, and she continues writing. She has two kids.

Jayendra Viswanathan Jayendra Viswanathan, Project Leader
MPHASIS Limited, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India    

Jayendra is a result-focused Technical project manager near 20 years of IT experience. 10+ Years of software development/Application support/Product support/Production support. With over 8 years of Project/Program Management/PMO Experience. Good Coordinator with Outstanding record of delivering solutions on time and within budget. Management background include managing service delivery for multinational clients, leading teams, developing and managing budgets, contracts agreement, monitoring project standards for deliverable. Exposure to program management.