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February 22 @ 8:00 am - March 20 @ 5:00 pm


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Join Viridis Learning and Salesforce.org at the Gaylord National Harbor in Washington, D.C. for a Workforce of the Future Symposium March 20th, 2018.

Don’t miss an engaging discussion centered around the workforce of the future as we bring together innovators from corporate, policy and higher ed communities. Hear from industry experts on the role community colleges and employers can have in advancing cultures of innovation, student success, and workforce development. Also, hear from keynote speakers as they address the transformation related to the future of work and the tough challenges facing today’s employment market.

Enjoy thought provoking-discussions, network and ideate with national leaders, and leave the event empowered to make a difference.

RSVP today as space is very limited!

We would also like to invite you to participate in an exclusive Executive Program within the 6th Annual Higher Education Summit hosted by Salesforce.org and Georgetown University on Wednesday, March 21st, in Washington, D.C. Join fellow university leaders from around the globe to hear and interact with distinguished speakers including our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Madeleine K. Albright, The Honorable Charles F. Bolden, Guy Kawasaki and Futurist Amy Webb

As part of the Executive Program, you’ll have full conference access for the two and a half days with VIP registration, access to an executive lounge, networking lunch hosted by Salesforce.org executives, and more!
RSVP for this exclusive experience as seating is extremely limited.

Get ready to:

  • Learn from multiple experts and keynote speakers
  • Participate in interactive sessions
  • Network!
  • Visit the Nation’s capital and enjoy the National Cherry Blossom Festival
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Andres Alcantar

Chairman and Commissioner, Public of the Texas
Workforce Commission (TWC)

Rosanna Durruthy

Head of Global Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, LinkedIn


Josue Estrada

SVP, Marketing & Industry Solutions, Salesforce.org


Dr. Sue Ellspermann

President, Ivy Tech Community College


Donald E. Graham

Chairman Graham Holdings Company



Carlos Gutierrez

Chairman, Albright Stonebridge Group


Robert L. King

 President, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

Lee D. Lambert

Chancellor, Pima Community College


Teresa Lubbers

Commissioner, Indiana Commission for Higher Education


Dr. Joe May

Chancellor, Dallas County Community College District

Jane Oates

Executive Committee, Working Nation


Monica Pool Knox

Head of Global Talent Optimization Microsoft


Eric Lugo

Executive Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement, City Colleges of Chicago


Daniel J. Villao

Deputy Administrator, Office of Apprenticeship US Department of Labor


Ian Iskin

President, EXec EXcel Group LLC


General George W. Casey

 41-year career in the U.S. Army

Dr. Jose Fierro

 President Cerritos College

Tuesday, March 20

11:00am – 11:40am Registration and Lunch
11:40am – 11:45am Welcome
11:45am  – 12:00pm Opening Remarks
12:00pm – 12:15pm The Future of Leadership Needed to Enable Employer/Education Sector Collaboration
12:15pm – 1:15pm 1st Panel Future of Work
1:15pm – 2:15pm 2nd Panel Public Private Partnerships – Collaboration between Government, Employers and Higher Ed
2:15pm – 2:30pm Break
2:30pm – 3:30pm 3rd Panel Unleashing Talent Within the Indiana Ecosystem
3:30pm – 3:45pm Break
3:45pm – 4:45pm 4th Panel Artificial Intelligence & Blockchain – Enabeling the Future of Work
4:45pm – 5:00pm Thank you
5:30pm Symposium Reception

When and where is the Workforce of the Future Symposium?

The Workforce of the Future Summit is co-hosted by Salesforce and Viridis Learning on March 20th, 2018 in Washington D.C. The Summit will take place at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center, located at 201 Waterfront St. Oxon Hill, MD 20745.

How do I secure a hotel room in D.C.?

Salesforce.org has blocked rooms at the Gaylord Resort Convention Center  for Higher Ed Summit 2018:

  • Book now Cut-off date is February 26 2018.

What is the airport nearest to the Workforce of the Future S?

  • Washington Dulles International Airport -IAD
  • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport-BWI

Still, have unanswered questions?

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions you may have!




Carlos Gutierrez Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group

Carlos Gutierrez is Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group. Secretary Gutierrez served as U.S. Secretary of
Commerce from 2005 to 2009 under President George W. Bush, where he worked with foreign
government and business leaders to advance economic relationships, enhance trade, and promote U.S.
exports. Secretary Gutierrez also played a key role in the passage of landmark free trade agreements that
remove trade barriers, expand export opportunities, and boost global investment.
Previously, Secretary Gutierrez spent nearly thirty years with Kellogg Company, a global manufacturer and
marketer of well-known food brands. After assignments in Latin America, Canada, Asia, and the United
States, he became President and Chief Executive Officer of Kellogg in 1999 − the youngest CEO in the
company’s hundred-year history. In April 2000, he was named Chairman of the Board of Kellogg Company.
Secretary Gutierrez joined ASG from Citi, where he was Vice Chairman of the Institutional Clients Group
and a member of the Senior Strategic Advisory Group.
He currently serves as the Chair of the National Foreign Trade Council and of the U.S. Chamber of
Commerce’s U.S.-Cuba Business Council, and is on the board of the Chamber’s U.S.-India Business Council.
He is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Meridian International Center, and serves on the boards
of Occidental Petroleum Corporation, MetLife, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Time Warner, Viridis
Learning, the George W. Bush Institute’s Human Freedom Advisory Council, and Republicans for
Immigration Reform.
Secretary Gutierrez was born in Havana, Cuba. He is married to Edilia, and has three grown children.
He is based in Washington, DC.



Sue Ellspermann became Ivy Tech Community College’s ninth president on July 1

Sue Ellspermann became Ivy Tech Community College’s ninth president on July 1. She now leads the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving over 170,000 students a year. Dr. Ellspermann has more than 30 years of experience in higher education, economic and workforce development, and public service.
She most recently served as Indiana’s 50th Lieutenant Governor from 2013 until March of this year. As part of that role she served as President of the Senate and Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, as well as overseeing six agencies. As the vice chair of the Indiana Career Council she led efforts to align Indiana’s education and workforce development system to meet the needs of employers. Her public service began in 2010 when she was elected as the State Representative for District 74.
Ellspermann formerly served as the founding Director of the Center of Applied Research and Economic Development at the University of Southern Indiana and also owned and operated Ellspermann and Associates, Inc, an independent consulting firm licensed in the training and facilitation of Simplex Creative Problem Solving.
Early in her career she spent time with Frito-Lay and Michelin Tire Corporation. Ellspermann holds a Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of Louisville in Industrial Engineering and a B.S. from Purdue University also in Industrial Engineering.
She is married to James Mehling, a recently retired high school principal. She has a blended family of four daughters, three sons-in-law, two grandsons and two granddaughters.

In 2010 Ellspermann was elected as the State Representative for District 74 (portion of Dubois, Spencer, Perry and Warrick counties). While in office she served as the Vice-Chair of the Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee, as well as served on the Small Business, Commerce and Economic Development Committee and the Elections and Reapportionment Committee. She was nominated for and participated in the 2011 Emerging Leaders Program at the University of Virginia focused on developing the next generation of leaders in state legislators. She served one term during the 2011-12 legislative session before running for Lieutenant Governor in 2012.
The 20 years prior to joining the University of Southern Indiana, she owned and operated Ellspermann and Associates, Inc., d/b/a Basadur Applied Creativity, an independent consulting firm licensed in the training and facilitation of Simplex Creative Problem Solving. Her clients included Kimball International, Microsoft, Mead Johnson and numerous small businesses and non-profit organizations. She was the first associate of Dr. Min Basadur, founder of Simplex Creative Problem Solving, and achieved the highest level as Master Simplex Consultant.
Early in her career she spent time with Frito-Lay in Dallas, Texas. During her tenure at Frito-Lay, Ellspermann served as a production and shipping supervisor and plant industrial engineer followed by a promotion as a corporate industrial engineer where she was responsible for corporate productivity initiatives. She also spent time at Michelin Tire Corporation in Greenville, S.C., where she completed an extensive industrial engineering program including pace rating, plant layout, work design and material handling.
Ellspermann holds a Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of Louisville in Industrial Engineering. She conducted quantitative research on problem formulation within unstructured problem solving with dissertation titled, “The Impact of Creative Thinking Training and Problem Structuring Heuristics on the Formulation of Ill-Structured Problems.” Her dissertation was recognized by Emerald Management Reviews as one of the top 50 articles published in 2007.
Her thesis was titled, “Implementation of Creative Problem Solving Technology in the Business Organization” utilizing case studies toward the development of a prescriptive model for implementation. She holds a B.S. from Purdue University also in Industrial Engineering. While at Purdue she completed the cooperative engineering program with AC Spark Plug, a division of General Motors in Flint, Mich., and served as a residence hall counselor and teaching assistant.
Ellspermann has published research and reports on various topics including workforce development, innovation, and problem solving.
She is highly engaged in the community and was recently named to the OneAmerica board of directors. She also serves as Indiana Honorary Chair of the Million Women Mentors, Advisory Board of the Indiana Conference for Women, and has served on numerous committees and nonprofit boards, including the Evansville Chamber of Commerce Board and Executive Committee, Diocese of Evansville Strategic Planning Committee, Indiana HomeTown Competitiveness Steering Committee, Tri-County YMCA Capital Campaign Advisory Board, Little Sisters of the Poor Advisory Board, and Good Shepherd Catholic Church Pastoral Council.
She is married to James Mehling, a principal at Forest Park Junior-Senior High School



SVP, Marketing & Industry Solutions, Salesforce.org

Josue is Senior Vice President of Marketing and Industry Solutions for Salesforce.org, the social enterprise branch of Salesforce working to make the world’s #1 CRM available to and effective for the nonprofit, education, and philanthropy sections. With Salesforce.org solutions, these sectors can better connect with their communities and do more good. Josue leads creative, communications, marketing, product, and go-to-market strategies focused on better technology solutions for causes, educators, students, and philanthropists. He believes technology will leave the playing field bringing the social good sector closer to impact for those who need it the most.

Prior to this role, he serves as a Senior Vice President of Sales Strategy and Operations at Salesforce.org and worked in a number of sales leadership roles at Salesforce. Josue held executive roles at a variety of companies including Gap Inc., DHL, and Procter & Gamble and holds an MBA in Marketing & Strategy. Not only does he speak five languages, but Josue also has extensive international business experience working in Mexico, Brazil, Germany, The UK, and Belgium. He is a champion for diversity and inclusion and is the executive sponsor of the Latino Employee Resource Group, Latinoforce.


Teresa Lubbers, Commissioner

Indiana Commission for Higher Education

Teresa Lubbers, Commissioner
Indiana Commission for Higher Education
Teresa Lubbers was appointed in 2009 to serve as Commissioner for
Indiana’s Commission for Higher Education, the coordinating agency
charged with ensuring the state’s postsecondary education system is
aligned to meet the needs of students and the state. Prior to joining
the Commission, Lubbers served in the Indiana State Senate for 17
years, leading on education and economic development issues as
Chair of the Senate Education and Career Development Committee.
As Commissioner, Lubbers works to increase college completion,
ensure academic quality and student learning, and align
postsecondary credentials with meaningful careers. She partners
with policymakers and higher education leaders to develop and
implement the state’s higher education strategic plans, including the
Commission’s recently adopted third plan, “Reaching Higher,
Delivering Value.”
Lubbers is a past chair and a current member of both the State Higher Education Executive Officers and
the Midwestern Higher Education Compact.
She serves as a Commissioner for the Education Commission of the States, a member of the Board of
Trustees for the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, and a member of Indiana’s Career Council.
Additionally, she serves on the Higher Learning Advocates Board of Directors.
Lubbers is past chair and a current member of the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis and is the co-founder of
the Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series.
Teresa Lubbers holds an undergraduate degree from Indiana University and a Master in Public
Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.



Chairman of the Board, Graham Holdings Company

Elected to the board September 11, 1974.
Donald E. Graham became chairman of the board in September 1993. He was chief executive officer of Graham Holdings Company (previously The Washington Post Company) from May 1991 until November 2015. He was publisher of The Washington Post newspaper from January 1979 until September 2000.

Graham was born on April 22, 1945, in Baltimore, Maryland, a son of Philip L. and Katharine Meyer Graham. His father was publisher of The Washington Post from 1946 until 1961 and president of The Washington Post Company from 1947 until his death in 1963. His mother, Katharine Graham, served in a variety of executive positions from 1963 until her death in 2001. Eugene Meyer, Graham’s grandfather, purchased The Washington Post at a bankruptcy sale in 1933.

After graduating in 1966 from college, Graham was drafted and served as an information specialist with the 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968. He was a patrolman with the Washington Metropolitan Police Department from January 1969 to June 1970. Graham joined The Washington Post newspaper in 1971 as a reporter.
Graham is a co-founder of TheDream.US, the largest national scholarship fund for DREAMers.  Previously, he served as chairman of the District of Columbia College Access Program. He remains a member of the DC-CAP board. DC-CAP has assisted over 23,000 DC students enroll in college and has provided scholarships totaling more than $33 million.

Graham is a trustee of the Federal City Council and KIPP-DC.




Chancellor, Pima Community College

Lee D. Lambert has been Chancellor of Pima Community College since July 2013.

Throughout his community college career, he has been a champion and innovator in bringing together industry and community colleges to further economic development and educational opportunity.

Chancellor Lambert is a founding member and former board chair of the National Coalition of Certification Centers, and in 2014 received the NC3 Founders Award for Vision and Leadership.

He is a founding member of the Manufacturing Institute Education Council, and serves on the boards of Sun Corridor Inc., and the Workforce Investment Board.

In 2017, he was named CEO of the Year by the Association of Community College Trustees.

Chancellor Lambert received a Juris Doctor degree from Seattle University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash.

A U.S. Army veteran, Chancellor Lambert was born in Seoul, South Korea, grew up on three continents, and graduated from high school in the Olympia, Wash. area. He likes for people to call him Lee.




Executive Committee of Working Nation

Jane Oates is on the Executive Committee of Working Nation, a non profit that works through film and live events to tell the stories of successful training programs.  Before joining Working Nation, Oates worked at the Apollo Education Group, managing Corporate Social Responsibility and working on linking the universities with employers through thought leadership events.

Oates served as the Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training at the US Department of Labor (DOL) under Secretary Hilda Solis.  Managing a $14 billion budget, and a talented career staff of 1100, Oates oversaw the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programs, guest worker visas, unemployment insurance and Job Corps.  She partnered with cities and states to strengthen local economies during the worst economic recession in recent decades.  She worked with industry leaders to create policies that would give immediate assistance but also create long term opportunities.  With her colleagues at the Department of Education she created the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College grant program with a one-time appropriation of $2 billion.

Oates became a national leader in education and workforce programs during her ten years with Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the US Senates Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP). Oates served as the Commissioner of the New Jersey Council of Higher Education under Jon Corzine. Oates began her career as a teacher in the Boston Public Schools and later the Philadelphia Public Schools.  She went on to become the Director of Field Services at the Temple University Center for Research and Human Development, wiring with k-12 districts nationwide.

Oates sits on a number of non-profit boards, including ACT NWSAB, the World Affairs Council of DC and Home Builders Institute.


Eric Lugo

Executive Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement, City Colleges of Chicago

Eric Lugo currently serves as Executive Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement at City Colleges of Chicago. In this capacity, he oversees resource development, marketing, communications, community and legislative affairs, student recruitment and strategic partnerships.

In 2015, Eric launched Conciencia Ventures LLC, an innovative practice with a mission to connect entrepreneurial and creative strategy to the social impact sector. He previously held the role of Vice President in Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase & Co., where he was responsible for the local implementation and communication of the global philanthropic strategy in Illinois and Minnesota. In this capacity, Eric led activities in three core areas – workforce readiness, financial capability, and small business development. Prior to JPMorgan Chase, Eric was the Senior Development Officer at Instituto del Progreso Latino, a leading workforce development, education, and civic organization, where he played a transformative role in the institution’s growth.

Eric is a member of the Community Advisory Board of Benefit Chicago, the Nuestro Futuro: Latino Heritage Endowment Steering Committee at the Chicago Community Trust, the Chicago Council at the United Way of Metro Chicago, as well as serves on the Board of Directors of Chicago Run. In 2015, Eric was selected for the Marshall Memorial Fellowship, the German Marshall Fund’s flagship leadership development program. He is a 2016 Inaugural Hispanics in Philanthropy NextGen Fellow, and a member of the 2012 Inaugural Class of the Edgar Fellowship, developed by former Governor Jim Edgar in conjunction with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Institute for Government and Public Affairs.



Daniel J. Villao

Deputy Administrator, U.S. Office of Apprenticeship

Mr. Villao is the Deputy Administrator for the United States Office of Apprenticeship. He oversees the policy and expansion efforts of the National Apprenticeship system and is tasked with leading these efforts across the US and its Territories.  Mr. Villao is leading the teams charged with the expansion of ApprenticeshipUSA into new sectors working with major employers across the country to help equip their workforce development practices, adapt the national system to meet evolving industry needs, and generate access to family transforming careers. Under his leadership the office of Apprenticeship is modernizing its approach to workforce development, updating how technology supports the American worker’s access to quality careers and creating inroads for businesses of all sizes to add a competitive edge by having access to the highly trained technically capable workers they need.

Mr. Villao previously served as Managing Director of Intelligent Partnerships, Inc. a firm focused on client improvement through strategic planning, Labor NavigationTM and Diversity DesignTM in the public and private sector.  Mr. Villao’s extensive background in key stakeholder management, market capture/realignment and value oriented workforce design contributed to shaping a robust, innovative company.  His work is recognized for its relevance and innovative modeling by industry leaders as well as municipal, state and national organizations.

Mr. Villao’s work has influenced policy and practice surrounding the impact of spending on small business, procurement development and disenfranchised worker access. Mr. Villao is also the lead author of “Beyond Green Jobs; Building Opportunity in Energy Efficiency” (UCLA Press, 2012), which has been recognized nationally.

As a member of the National Board of Directors for the Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA) he advocates to enhance opportunities for Latino’s to gain access to university and professional networks and has played a pivotal role in the organizations evolution into the largest Latino professional and student business membership non-profit organization in the nation.


General George W. Casey

41-year career in the U.S. Army

General George W. Casey, Jr. served a 41-year career in the U.S. Army following his graduation from Georgetown University. He is an accomplished leader and an authority on strategic leadership.

He led the U.S. Army from 2007-2011 and is widely credited with restoring balance to a war-weary Army and leading the transformation to keep it relevant in the 21st Century. He was a stalwart advocate for military families, wounded Soldiers, and survivors of the fallen, and took on the tough issues of suicide and reducing the stigma attached to combat stress. Prior to this, he commanded the Multi-National Force – Iraq, a coalition of more than 30 countries, where he guided the Iraq mission through its toughest days. In his 15 years as a general officer, he held numerous senior leadership positions in Europe, the Middle East and in the United States.

He is currently lecturing on leadership at the SC Johnson College of Business, Cornell University, at other business schools, and to the leaders of national and multinational corporations. He also lectures on International Relations at the Korbel School, University of Denver.
He serves as the Chairman, USO Board of Governors, on the board of Georgetown University, on corporate boards and on several other boards of organizations that support our servicemen and women, our veterans and their families.



President, EXcel EXcel Group LLC

Ian Siskin is President of EXec EXcel Group LLC, a human capital coaching and consulting firm he founded in 2010 following a highly successful 28-year career as a corporate business executive. EXec EXcel Group builds individual and organizational credibility through human capital strategy, leadership & talent development, and organizational transformation. Ian delivers services to clients as a board advisor, coach, consultant, teacher, speaker, and author. His client base and corporate work span the aerospace and defense, automotive, chemical, consumer products, education, electronic components, energy, entertainment, financial services, health care, high technology, information technology, manufacturing, professional services, retail, and telecommunications industries among others. He is the Co-Founder and Partner of Business inSITE Group (BiG), a strategic partnership focused on coaching, leadership development, and HR transformation. Ian is also the Co-Founder of CHREATE Project (Global Consortium to Reimagine HR, Employment Alternatives, Talent, and the Enterprise) as well as the WoHRk Project, both designed to address the future of work and HR.


Andres Alcantar

Chairman and Commissioner Representing the Public of the Texas
Workforce Commission (TWC).

Andres Alcantar is Chairman and Commissioner Representing the Public of the Texas
Workforce Commission (TWC). TWC’s mission is to promote and support a workforce
system that creates value and offers employers, individuals, and communities the
opportunity to achieve and sustain economic prosperity.
Chairman Alcantar works to implement customized services to meet the needs of
Texas’ vast array of industries and advance the development of a strong and
competitive workforce. He promotes the expansion of industry-based partnerships that
center on best practices to help workers and businesses achieve success. He
encourages strategies that prepare students for postsecondary success at work or in
the classroom, focusing on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)
initiatives as a key component of future workforce competitiveness.


Robert L. King

Robert L. King became the third president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education in January 2009. Since coming to the post, he has led statewide efforts to work collaboratively with his counterparts in K-12 education, has focused campus attention on student success, and is encouraging significant reform in teacher and principal training. He recently served on the Executive Committee of the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO), and served as its chair and vice chair.
King is the former chancellor of the State University of New York, one of the largest comprehensive systems of universities, colleges and community colleges in the world. More recently, he served as president and CEO of the Arizona Community Foundation, a statewide charitable foundation with a strong focus on education, economic development, and scientific research.
King is very active in community service and has volunteered and served on numerous boards and organizations. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of A.T. Still University, a specialized university dedicated to training physicians, dentists and other professionals in the provision of “whole person” health care in Missouri and Arizona, and as a member of the board of the National Center on Education and the Economy.
In the past, he served nine years on the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. In addition, he has served on the Education Committee of the U.S. National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); as an adviser to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education regarding reauthorization of the Higher Education Act in Congress; the board of directors of the National Soccer Hall of Fame; and the board of trustees of Prescott College located in Prescott, Arizona.
King received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1968 from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and a Juris Doctor in 1971 from Vanderbilt University School of Law. He is married to Karen, his wife of 40 years. They have four grown children and two grandchildren.


Rosanna Durruthy

Head of Global Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, LinkedIn

Rosanna Durruthy is LinkedIn’s head of global diversity, inclusion and belonging. She brings broad, cross functional, human resources leadership experience in attracting and developing high performing talent as the diversity leader at companies like Cigna, Vivendi Universal (Seagram) and Merrill Lynch. At LinkedIn, Rosanna’s focus is on empowering all employees, members and customers to realize their full potential. With Rosanna’s leadership, LinkedIn aims to continue to build on our strong culture that values diversity, inclusion and creating a sense of belonging, for all of our employees.

In addition to her role at LinkedIn, Rosanna is also a member of the Business Advisory Council of the Human Rights Campaign, where she provides expertise and counsel on LGBTQ workplace issues. She has been recognized as one of the country’s leading professional Hispanic women and an influential mind in the diversity and inclusion space.


Monica Pool Knox

Monica Pool Knox provides leadership to Microsoft’s global cultural transformation efforts through optimizing talent across the company’s 120,000,
employee base in 109 countries. In her role, Monica leads initiatives focused on creating talent solutions that enable optimal leverage of employee
capability as well as the Future of Talent, initiatives that ensure the company’s talent management solutions reflect current external market trends. She
develops and leads efforts to increase global talent movement across the company, enabling employee development and execution of succession
plans. In her role, she also works with leaders to overlay future talent plans across strategic business plans, ensuring a coherent and comprehensive
talent strategy to enable big bets. Prior to joining Microsoft, Monica was based in San Francisco where she led human resources for Global Sales,
Media and Brand Strategy at Twitter.
Prior to Twitter, Monica held a number of executive HR roles with Sony and CBS Interactive, leading HR organizations in Marketing, Sales and
technical businesses. She also served as Sony’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the electronic division where she developed and led initiatives
that drove talent selection, leadership development, employee engagement and employer branding.
Throughout her career, Monica has held senior HR positions at Fortune 50 companies including PepsiCo, The Walt Disney Company and Verizon.
She has worked both in the US and Puerto Rico, leading HR for Verizon Wireless International in San Juan, PR. In addition to her professional roles,
Monica has worked internationally through her non-profit endeavors in Israel, Brazil, Nicaragua, Ghana, Costa Rica, Zimbabwe and Mexico.  She is a
dual citizen of Germany and speaks Spanish.
Monica serves on the Board of Howard University’s School of Communications and the Board of DreamSmart Academy, a non-profit organization that
teaches leadership and personal financial skills to young men and women in moderate to low income communities. She has also been named as one
of the top 100 executives under 50 by Diversity MBA Magazine and was inducted into the Executive Leadership Council (ELC) last year. She was
recently interviewed by Forbes Magazine in the published article the 3 Ways HR organizations can Help their Companies Grow and a featured guest
on Jacob Morgan’s Future of Work podcast.
A Consortium for Graduate Studies in Management alumn, Monica has an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and an undergraduate degree
from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Communications.
Monica enjoys outdoor concerts, movies with her family, playing basketball and is an avid reader. She lives with her husband and son in the Seattle area.


Dr. Joe May

Chancellor, Dallas County Community College District

Selected as the seventh chancellor of the Dallas County Community College District, Dr. Joe May assumed his duties leading the seven-college, 165,000-student system in late February 2014. Throughout his career, May has expanded opportunities for students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree by starting at a community college. At the same time, he brings a strong commitment to improve the Dallas economy by helping to grow middle-class jobs. He is known both nationally and internationally as a result of his relentless advocacy of the role of community colleges in solving today’s most challenging social issues. As the first member of his family to attend college, the chancellor realized the profound impact that higher education had not only on his life but also on society in general. This background inspired May to help start and then become the founding president of Rebuilding America’s Middle Class (RAMC), a national consortium of community colleges which is dedicated to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to pursue the “American dream.” As a community leader and educator, May strongly believes in achieving academic excellence and has worked closely with public school districts, sponsored charter schools, career academies and early college programs. May was instrumental in expanding Early College High Schools in North Texas and in bringing Pathways to Technology (P-Tech) high schools to Texas. During the 85th session of the Texas Legislature, the chancellor led an effort to allow the Dallas County Community College District to offer a Baccalaureate Degree in Early Childhood Education. Plans are to begin offering a bachelor’s degree in this area of study by the fall of 2019. A hallmark of the chancellor’s leadership approach for community colleges is the creation of publicprivate partnerships. May brought together the largest minority chambers of commerce in North Texas to create a Minority Small Business Cultivator. Chambers that have co-located in the DCCCD-owned facility include the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Dallas Asian-American Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the board of directors for the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce and Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas. A strong advocate for adult education, May guided the effort for DCCCD to assume responsibility for providing adult education to North Texas. Changing the name to WorkReadyU acknowledges the reality that people don’t just want an education – they want a job. This adult literacy program now serves more than 8,000 adult learners annually.
May previously served as president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System; president for the Colorado Community College System and president of Pueblo Community College before he accepted the system’s CEO position. Respected throughout the world, May has served as a Fulbright Scholar to Russia and has provided consulting services to new community college initiatives in Japan, the United Kingdom, Russia and Saudi Arabia. He also served in leadership roles at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas; Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas and Vernon College in Vernon, Texas. A native of East Texas, May earned his Doctorate in Education from Texas A&M-Commerce. He also holds Master of Education and Bachelor of Science degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. May has been married for 42 years to his wife, Jeanne. They have two children, Clinton May, a firefighter in Greeley, Colorado, and Christina Gibson, an administrator at Baylor University. He also has three grandchildren: Ellia Gibson, age 11; Olive Gibson, age 7 and Owen Gibson, age 4. Dr. May started his higher education career in 1978 as an adjunct faculty member at Cedar Valley College in the Dallas County Community College District. Those initial experiences were the foundation for his strong belief that the role of community colleges is the solution for the greatest challenges facing individuals, employers and communities.

Ian serves or has recently served as a Board Director or Executive Advisor to Alleges Partners (New York, NY, Axion Health (Denver, CO), Executive Networks (San Francisco, CA), Himantelligence (Miami, FL), RiseSmart (San Jose, CA), the SHRM Foundation (Washington, DC), and the USC Center for Effective Organizations at the Marshall School of Business (Los Angeles, CA). He is also a past member of multiple additional Board and Executive Committees, including Chairman, USC Marshall School of Business Corporate Advisory Board; Vice Chairman, HR Policy Association; Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies (CAHRS) at Cornell University; Personnel Round Table; and Human Resources People & Strategy.

Ian’s global leadership experience includes serving in Chief Human Resources Officer and/or other senior leadership roles with three Fortune 100 corporations – Northrop Grumman, Qwest Communications, and TRW.

He has written or co-edited three books, Black Holes and White Spaces: Reimagining the Future of Work and HR with the CHREATE Project (2018), THREE: The Human Resources Emerging Executive (2015), and WillBe: 13 Reasons WillBe’s are Luckier than WannaBe’s (2011), and he is a contributing author to The Rise of HR: Wisdom From 73 Thought Leaders edited by Dave Ulrich, et. al. (2015) and The Chief HR Officer: Defining the New Role of Human Resource Leaders, edited by Pat Wright, et.al. (2011). He has written dozens of articles, blogs, and book chapters on the future of work, HR, and leadership, as well as on coaching and HR’s role with the Board of Directors, among other topics.

Ian has a Master of Industrial and Labor Relations degree from Cornell University, where he held a research and teaching assistantship based on scholastic achievement, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Binghamton University, where he graduated magna cum laude. In 1988, Human Resource Executive magazine named Ian one of twelve “Up and Comers in HR.” In 2007, he was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources, considered to be the highest honor in the HR profession.

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