PEER 150 Human Resources National Summit
Host Hotel: Claremont Hotel & Spa
HQ Stops: Palo Alto Networks, Pandora and Memorial Stadium
October 25-27, 2017
Welcome to The PEER 150 Human Resources National Summit!
The members of The PEER 150 are honored to host a destination event of networking, content, and company HQ visits in the Bay Area October 25-27, 2017. Attendance is reserved for current members of The PEER 150 as well as select guests and colleagues approved by our PEER 150 team.
The event will be filled with unique and exclusive access to Palo Alto Networks and Pandora HQs with unfiltered discussions and content. It is also a chance for our members to network and share ideas.
We look forward to seeing you in October!
Click the following link to see photos from the 2016 National Summit: PEER 150 National Summit Photos.
Wednesday, October 25
6:00 pm – Exclusive Opening Cocktail Reception at Claremont Hotel & Spa
9:00 pm – Adjourn
Thursday, October 26
7:00 am – Breakfast & Registration
7:50 am – PEER 150 Welcome Comments
8:00 am – Andreessen Horowitz Startup Portfolio Presentations
Startup Presentation #1 – Stack Overflow
Startup Presentation #2 – Accolade
9:00 am – Future of Work
Companies can embrace the FUTURE OF WORK by making data analytics, AI and advanced technologies part of their business while staying focused on their most important asset – their people. In an era of digital disruption insights is needed to transform businesses and unlock the full potential of the workforce. Find out how companies empower their employees, help them live better, work better and plan effectively for the future while readying their business for tomorrow.
10:00 am – Influencing Greatness in Workplaces Everywhere: Becoming a great place where great people can do great work
Companies and organizations everywhere are focused on one similar goal: becoming successful. However, success is only achieved when great people have the opportunity to create great things. That’s why the key to achieving success is understanding how to attract, engage, and retain great people, which can be achieved by focusing on three key elements:
1.Engagement: you can’t drive engagement, you can only influence it
2.Leadership: your critical role as influencer
3.Recognition: utilizing your most powerful tool
Additionally, this presentation will focus on six key elements that are necessary to inspire great people, create great cultures and establish the type of workplace that sets you up for success.
Manager, Speaking & Training
O.C. Tanner Institute
11:30 am – Buses depart for Palo Alto Networks Headquarters
12:30 pm – Palo Alto Networks Headquarters Visit
As the next-generation security company, we are leading a new era in cybersecurity by safely enabling all applications and preventing advanced threats from achieving their objectives for thousands of organizations around the world. We are the fastest growing security company in the market because of our deep expertise, commitment to innovation, and game-changing security platform focused on bringing an end to the era of breaches by uniquely integrating our Next-Generation Firewall, Advanced Endpoint Protection, and Threat Intelligence Cloud.
12:30 pm – Arrival & Check-In
12:45 pm – Lunch at Palo Alto Networks
1:30 pm – Protecting the Employee’s Way of Life in the Digital Workplace
Like the greater world, the digital workplace is plagued by bad actors who every day develop increasingly sophisticated ways to acquire valuable personal information. In an age of breaches and vulnerabilities, today’s HR leaders are responsible for preserving and protecting that personally identifiable information (PII) because employees expect it and it’s simply the right thing to do. Doing so—demonstrating that your organization actively safeguards its people’s interests—builds trust, increases engagement, and allows employees to focus on business priorities.
At Palo Alto Networks, we hold sacred this responsibility and take specific actions to secure our employees’ data, their wellbeing, and the overall employee experience. Join Wendy Barnes, SVP, Human Resources for a discussion about securing the digital workplace, followed by a tour of Palo Alto Networks’ new corporate headquarters.
2:30 pm – Palo Alto Networks Office Tour
3:15 pm – Buses depart for California Memorial Stadium
4:30 pm – Arrival for Dinner & Casino Night (All PEER 150 Groups)
The PEER 150 is extremely excited and honored to partner with Make-A-Wish for this private, invitation-only, dinner and casino night at California Memorial Stadium. The evening will help in raising both awareness and contributions for this amazing nonprofit institution while also providing unmatched networking. All proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish! A great cause!
For more information about Make-A-Wish, please visit their website here: http://www.wish.org/.
4:30 pm – Reception at California Memorial Stadium
5:00 pm – PEER 150 Member Welcome
5:15 pm – Competing in the Digital Vortex (Interactive Workshop Session)
6:15 pm – Make-A-Wish / Airbnb Partner Presentation
6:45 pm – Dinner Served, Casino Night & Silent Auction/Raffle
Friday, October 27
8:15 am – Breakfast
8:50 am – PEER 150 Welcome Comments
9:00 am – Diversity and Inclusion
9:45 am – Cultural Transformation – The NBA Way!
This energetic and entertaining session will provide an inside look into the ongoing culture, business and HR transformation at the NBA. Led by Eric Hutcherson, SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, this session will provide insights into the actions and strategies the NBA is deploying to transform their culture.
National Basketball Association (NBA)
10:45 am – Breaking Up: The New Normal in Business
HR Experts have over the years deftly dealt with all kinds of challenges: mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, bankruptcies, right shoring, the rise of personal computers, mobile phones and Artificial Intelligence in the workplace to name just a few. However, the first two decades of the 21st century have seen CHROs battling with a new hydra – divestitures, spin-offs and separations. Business school just didn’t prepare you for this.
Bala led the redesign and operating model transformation of Xerox after it spun off its services company. During this session, he will discuss how he and his team successfully navigated the separation process and subsequent organizational redesign of the new Xerox. He will also share current status and people challenges faced by him and his team.
EVP, Business Transformation and Human Resources
12:00 pm – Buses depart for Pandora Headquarters
12:30 pm – Pandora Headquarters Visit
Pandora will change the way you discover and listen to music. Powered by the Music Genome Project®, the most comprehensive music analysis ever undertaken, Pandora gives you personalized radio that plays what you love and continually evolves with your tastes. Start with the name of an artist, song, genre, or comedian, and create a station. Then sit back and listen. It’s that simple.
12:30 pm – Arrival & Check-in
1:00 pm – Lunch Served
1:15 pm – Data Science and Music
1:45 pm – Culture as a Competitive Advantage
2:15 pm – Diversity and Inclusion
3:00 pm – Buses return to Claremont Hotel
3:30 pm – Guest Departures
Wendy Nice Barnes, SVP, Human Resources, Palo Alto Networks
Wendy joined Palo Alto Networks in July, 2012 as Senior Director, Human Resources. She became interim Vice President/Head of Human Resources in October, 2013 and was appointed to the role of Senior Vice President, Human Resources in April, 2014. Wendy’s global responsibilities include all aspects of Human Resources Management including leading and driving talent acquisition, leadership development, culture, acquisition integration, executive compensation and Human Resources analytics.
Wendy brings over 15 years of experience in pre-IPO and Fortune 500 companies as a Human Resources leader, advisor, and influencer. Previously, she was Vice President of Human Resources at eHealth where she led the company’s human resources programs and facilities across worldwide offices while headcount more than tripled in size during her tenure. She has also held senior human resource leadership roles at Netflix and E*TRADE. Wendy began her Human Resources leadership career at Applied Materials, working in various roles and business units.
Betsy Biern, CEO, Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area
An executive with more than 20 years of non-profit organizational leadership experience with an expertise in all aspects of fundraising encompassing board recruitment and development, capital campaigns ranging up to $1 billion, major gifts, grants and events. Possesses a proven record of success in leading teams, engaging leadership in soliciting high net worth individuals, communicating organizational mission and cultivating significant community and corporate relationships.
Joel Bishop, Manager, Speaking & Training, O.C. Tanner Institute
Appreciation is more than a best practice. It’s more than a means to an end. For Joel Bishop, it’s an experience; a human experience. He brings that humanity to keynote addresses, presentations, and training sessions for companies around the world.
Give Joel a podium, a microphone, a conference room, or a stage and he’ll deliver. A seasoned presenter with 20 years of experience, he’s entertained and enlightened audiences from eBay, Liberty Mutual, Papa Murphy’s Pizza, Aeropostale, ERA, Fiat, Promedica, Virgin Trains, and more.
He connects with leaders and employees alike through humor and honesty. This former TV and film actor combines our world-class research with practical tips and key insights to show how influencing greatness though recognition accelerates performance, bolsters morale, elevates engagement, and reduces turnover.
Joel isn’t just a presenter, he’s a subject matter expert, and his talents as a compelling, inspiring, and energetic speaker come in handy at his Utah home, where Joel and his wife wrangle a brood of five children.
Ilya Bonic, President, Career, Mercer
With more than 20 years’ experience in Human Resource consulting, Ilya has worked with leading multinational companies to advise, design, deliver, and implement services and tools that allow them to make more informed decisions on strategic people issues.
Ilya’s experience includes multiple regional and global leadership roles. In combination, these provide for an extensive international background that encompasses all aspects of Mercer’s Career business services. Ilya joined Mercer in Australia in 1997 and soon after relocated to Singapore where he delivered on Asia Pacific regional responsibilities for five years. He then moved to Europe and was based in Geneva for 9 years before relocating to the US in 2015. Ilya has had responsibility for all markets from which Mercer delivers client consulting services. With his international background and through his client and business leadership roles, Ilya has been well placed to comment on current issues and emerging trends for Human Resources.
The issue top of mind for Ilya currently is digitization, which—along with business model disruption, automation, and AI—is accelerating the evolution of work. Ilya is passionate about helping companies on the path of digital disruption, and he helped create the Mercer Digital offering to help clients navigate to their future business model while also addressing the societal costs of technological disruption.
Ilya holds a Master’s degree in Applied Psychology from the University of New South Wales, Australia.
Matt Eurey, Vice President, Accolade
Prior to Accolade, Eurey served as Vice President of Total Rewards at Lowe’s, with responsibility for strategy development, plan design, financial and cost management, compliance and statutory oversight, vendor management and reporting for the Lowe’s rewards programs, including compensation, health and welfare, retirement, recognition and severance plans. Prior to Lowe’s, he served as the Vice President – Benefits for Time Warner Cable for 5 years where he oversaw the health, welfare, retirement and severance programs for 55,000 employees and an $800M annual spend while also playing an active role with mergers and acquisitions. Prior to that, he worked in various benefits, compliance, finance and accounting roles for Wachovia Bank, Deloitte & Touche LLP, First Union National Bank and Continental Tire North America, N.A.
Eurey received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting from The Citadel in Charleston, SC.
Eric Hutcherson, SVP, CHRO, National Basketball Association (NBA)
Eric Hutcherson leads the NBA’s Human Resources department, managing a team committed to attracting, retaining, developing and engaging top talent for the NBA, the WNBA and the NBA G League. With a focus on people, culture and innovation, Hutcherson is responsible for leading global projects and processes that address business needs with people solutions. He partners with league senior leadership to enable and empower employees in 13 U.S. and international offices to do great work while building opportunities for their professional success.
Prior to joining the NBA in July 2014, Hutcherson spent three years as Managing Director and Chief HR Officer for the U.S. and Canada Division of Marsh, a leading global insurance brokerage firm. He specialized in colleague engagement, talent acquisition, talent management, and succession planning, and dedicated much of his time to expanding the company’s diversity and inclusion efforts.
Preceding his time at Marsh, Hutcherson worked at Mercer, a financial services and human resource consulting firm, for eight years. He held several leadership positions at Mercer, including Chief Human Resource Officer – Americas, and Global Leader for Mercer’s Outsourcing and Global Operations and Shared Services businesses. Hutcherson also held numerous human resource management roles with Putnam Investments.
Along with his nearly 20 years in the human resources field, Hutcherson has prior experience in professional sports. Earlier in his career, he worked for Foot Locker and served as Assistant Director of Public Relations for the Boston Celtics for three years.
Outside of the NBA, Hutcherson is a motivational speaker and has constructed a career development training program entitled, “Say Yes to Success.” He serves on the Board of Trustees for The Hun School of Princeton, the Board of Directors for Covenant House and the Senior Advisory Council for the National Association of African Americans in HR.
Hutcherson earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from New York University and a master’s degree in Sports Management and Administration from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He resides in Freehold, N.J. with his wife Linda and their two sons, Austin and Myles.
Lisa Lee, Director, Diversity & Inclusion Strategies, Pandora
Mark Levy, Global Head of Employee Experience, Airbnb
Mark is a seasoned globally minded HR Leader who has chosen to work for big hearted companies and focus on how he and his team can unleash the talents and interests of a company’s employees. He has worked with the likes of Levi Strauss & Company and Gap Inc. partnering with business leaders to support their HR needs including innovative ways to create a learning organization and ensure integration between work and life. Mark also spent two years living and working in Paris France for Thomson/Technicolor.
Mark’s first job was as a travel agent in college and graduate school. His first HR position was with a small boutique hotel company in San Francisco. He has come full circle and is back in the travel business disrupting at Airbnb.
Mark was the pioneer of creating the Employee Experience team at Airbnb, which has created significant changes in the way organizations globally are looking at broadening the HR function. This group includes traditional HR functions in addition to broader areas focused on culture and workplace. Mark’s current areas of responsibility are Recruiting, Diversity & Belonging, Workplace (Food, Facilities, Safety & Security, and Environments), Learning and Development, as well as Ground Control, a team which is responsible for curating the culture. Airbnb’s mission is to create a world where you can belong anywhere, and the employee experience mission is to ensure employees feel they belong here at Airbnb. “It is a privilege, a ton of fun and a lot of work to scale the organization while ensuring we don’t F#@k up the culture.”
Mark has his JD/MBA from the University of Colorado after four formative years at Colorado College. Mark chose to leave the practice of law after one year to focus his career on helping organizations do the right thing and to attract, develop, engage and retain creative and diverse talent to drive business results, curate the culture and create community connections.
In addition, Mark has been actively involved in helping organizations enable their employees to help those less fortunate through volunteering programs and community involvement, and is currently on the Board of First Graduate, a non profit which helps those who are first in their family to attend college.
Chris Phillips, Chief Product Officer, Pandora
Kristen Robinson, CHRO, Pandora
Bala Sathyanarayanan, EVP, Business Transformation and Human Resources, Xerox
Bala V. Sathyanarayanan is the Executive Vice President, Business Transformation and Human Resources for Xerox. In this role, Bala provides leadership on the design and execution of transformation and HR plans that help deliver a workforce capable of executing on Xerox’s long-term business strategy.
Bala has a proven record of accomplishment in helping management teams align their Human Capital with the overall business strategy. Prior to joining Xerox, Bala was with Hewlett Packard Inc. as Head of Human Resources for HP’s Americas Region, a $16B business. In this role, Bala provided HR leadership to the business management teams within the region He has also served as senior partner of Talent Acquisition and Services Leadership Program for Avaya Inc.
Bala also has several years of international experience creating business development and human capital systems and strategies. These skills were honed at Coca-Cola Inc., where he served as the regional training manager for the company’s Asia Region, and at United Technologies – Otis Elevator Company, where he began his career as a Management Trainee and held multiple business roles leading up to safety and training officer for its South India Operations.
Bala holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering and an MBA from the University of Madras in India. He also received a Master of Human Resources degree from Rutgers University and graduated from the Advanced Management Program, Harvard Business School. Bala was named on the “Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business” list in 2014.
Alexa Scordato, VP, Marketing, Stack Overflow
Alexa Scordato is the VP of Marketing at Stack Overflow, the largest site for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers. In her role, Alexa oversees all marketing operations across brand, product marketing, and both developer and B2B marketing.
Alexa is passionate about using technology to connect people and tell powerful stories. Over the last decade, Alexa has worked with dozens of early stage startups and Fortune 100 brands looking to scale their marketing organizations. Prior to joining Stack Overflow, Alexa was the Sr. Director of Marketing at 2U, a leading online education company, and one of the first digital hires at Porter Novelli, a global communications firm.
Alexa is a graduate of Barnard College where she majored in American Studies. She is a proud New Yorker, globetrotter, and avid foodie and photographer. You can find her on Twitter @alexa.
Roy Skillicorn, Sr Dir, HR, L&D, Workforce Transformation – Services Academy, Cisco
Roy Skillicorn currently serves as Senior Director of H.R. leading Cisco’s Services Academy. In this role, Mr. Skillicorn is responsible for ensuring Cisco’s Services professionals have the skills and context needed to deliver extraordinary outcomes for their customers.
Roy also studies great teams. Roy believes that culture resides in teams and that company performance is an extrapolation of the effectiveness of the teams and team leaders that comprise a company.
A 20-year veteran of Cisco, Roy previously spent over 15 years as a Services General Manager where he built, launched, and led global services businesses for Cisco. Prior to joining the Human Resources organization, he created and ran Cisco’s global video and collaboration services business. Roy is an active speaker and has presented on the future of work, human performance, digital disruption, and team performance and development.
Pat Wadors, Chief Talent Officer – CHRO, ServiceNow
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The PEER 150 is extremely excited and honored to partner with Make-A-Wish for the 4th Annual PEER 150 National Summit! On October 26th, The PEER 150 and Make-A-Wish will be hosting a private, invitation-only, dinner and casino night. The dinner will help in raising both awareness and contributions for this amazing nonprofit institution while also providing unmatched networking.
For more information about Make-A-Wish, please visit their website here: http://www.wish.org/.
Location & Room Info
41 Tunnel Road
Berkeley, CA 94705
Opening its doors in 1915, Claremont Club & Spa has been revered as one of America’s iconic luxury hotels. Originally a romantic castle at the start of the Gold Rush and later a grand hotel, this exclusive resort is rich with history and tradition. Overlooking the San Francisco Bay, Claremont Club & Spa in Berkeley sets new heights in service, amenities, and accommodations. For the past 100 years, Claremont has been recognized as an icon in the Bay Area.
3000 Tannery Way
Santa Clara, CA 95054
2227 Piedmont Ave
Berkeley, CA 94720
2100 Franklin St., Suite 700
Oakland, CA 94612
Hotel Room Information:
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Please note, we have a few rooms held that we can switch into your name, but they will go quickly. Reach out to Melissa for availability. Rooms will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.
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