Innovation
Conference

The Future Of Talent & Leadership

The global recession demands that organizations challenge traditional methods of growth and managing talent to excel in today’s competitive environment. Human Capital is the only organizational resource capable of innovating, and is the core driver of competitive advantage in the knowledge economy. How do we fuel the engine of human innovation?

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Speakers

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Celia Berk

Chief Employee Experience Officer, J. Walter Thompson

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Moderator

Vernon Church

President & COO, TruthCo

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Todd Sears

Founder & Principal, Out Leadership

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Thea Watkins

Senior Vice President, CEO Office North America, Lloyds Banking Group

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Celia Berk

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Chief Employee Experience Officer, J. Walter Thompson

Celia Berk was appointed to the newly created roles of Group Talent Partner, WPP and Chief Employee Experience Officer, J Walter Thompson (JWT) in Spring 2016. As Chief Employee Experience Officer, she reports to the CEO and focuses on ensuring the work lives of JWT employees are as rewarding as possible. As Group Talent Partner, she reports to WPP’s Chief Client Team Officer and works with the company’s 45 global account teams to advance WPP’s strategic focus on “horizontality.”

In 2009, Celia created the role of Chief Talent Officer for Young & Rubicam Group. She worked in close partnership with its leaders to attract, develop and retain the best talent and promote collaboration across a global network comprised of some of the most powerful brands in marketing communications.

Celia joined Young & Rubicam Group from within one of those companies, Burson-Marsteller, a preeminent global public relations firm. She held the position of Managing Director, Human Resources Worldwide for more than ten years, serving three Chief Executive Officers during a period of significant change for strategic communications companies and their clients.

Celia spent ten years at Reuters America. Her last position was as Senior Vice President, Organizational Planning. She joined Reuters from The Commonwealth Fund, where she was Administrator of the Harkness Fellowships.

Vernon Church

Moderator

President & COO, TruthCo

Vernon Church has more than 20 years experience running and optimizing digital and content-based businesses in the media, agency, education and entertainment spaces.  At the beginning of the digital content revolution, he was one of the founders of Newsweek Interactive, Newsweek’s award-winning digital media venture. He also led digital and creative teams at HarperCollins Publishers, Blue Man Productions, parent company of the world-famous Blue Man Group, and TMP Worldwide, the world’s largest recruitment advertising company, where he was responsible for all digital, brand and creative operations in North America.  Church was Chief Content Officer and EVP of Operations for media start-up UGO Entertainment, which was sold to Hearst Interactive after his successful strategy and optimization work.

In his current role as President and COO of Truthco, Church manages all daily business operations and long-term strategy for the boutique, cultural insights consultancy. TruthCo helps companies in the media, entertainment and digital space connect their brands, products, organizations and content to culture.

Before beginning his content and media career, Church was a scientists, journalist and playwright with more than 60 articles published and two plays produce off-Broadway to his credit. In preparation for the Zombie Apocalypse, Church has practiced martial arts for more than 30 years and currently teaches Shinkageryu Kenjutsu, a 500 year-old Japanese sword style. He was accepted into Mensa.

Todd Sears

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Founder & Principal, Out Leadership

Todd Sears is the Founder and Principal of Out Leadership, a global business advisory that connects leaders across the world’s most influential industries to create business opportunities, cultivate talent, and drive LGBT equality forward.

Out Leadership began with 6 member firms in 2011 at the first Out on the Street summit. The firm now counts as members 66 of the world’s most influential businesses, and coordinates four additional global initiatives: Out in Law; OutNEXT, the first global leadership development program for emerging LGBT leaders; Quorum, which seeks to increase the representation of openly LGBT directors on corporate boards; and OutWOMEN, which connects senior LGBT women in business.

Todd began his career as an investment banker before moving to Merrill Lynch to become a Financial Advisor, where he created the first team of financial advisors on Wall Street to focus on the LGBT community and brought $1.5 billion of new assets to the firm. Todd then moved into diversity leadership, pioneering equality initiatives first at Merrill Lynch and then at Credit Suisse.

Sears serves on the non-profit boards of the Williams Institute of UCLA, The Palette Fund, the Global Equality Fund of the United States Department of State and Lambda Legal; he was the founding chair of Jeffrey Fashion Cares, which he ran for 10 years.

Thea Watkins

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Senior Vice President, CEO Office North America, Lloyds Banking Group

Théa Watkins joined Lloyds Banking Group in 1995 and is currently Senior Vice President, CEO Office North America. Théa’s team is responsible for all internal and external communications, marketing and events, together with responsible business and colleague engagement initiatives. In addition, the team manages the Client First agenda for the North America business. Prior to this role, Théa was working as a Senior Manager in Structured Credit Investments with primary responsibility for the management of the New York Student Loan portfolio, before assuming in 2012 the role of Senior Manager, Colleague Engagement, where she worked with colleagues across all business areas to help make North America a great place to work.

Schedule

8:15 AM - 9:00 AM

Registration Opens | Breakfast & Networking

9:00 AM - 9:05 AM

Welcoming Remarks

9:05 AM - 9:15 AM

Opening Remarks

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Panel 1 - Talent Tensions: How To Build a Diverse, Innovative Team

As business leaders we look for the complete package when hiring: well-rounded individuals that combine a skillset, mindset, and personality… and fit with the company culture. One good hire can make all the difference to a team, and one good team can make all the difference to a company. This panel will explore why team building is at the root of innovation and how to get it right.

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Panel 2 - Risk & Reward: Measuring & Growing Innovative Leaders

In order to demonstrate progress, the role of the leader should focus on the ability to foster the strokes of creativity within his/her team that ultimately lead to innovation. More to the point, the leader who approves risk above personal opinions is the core driver of innovation among his/her team.

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Coffee Break & Networking

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Panel 3 – Crowd Surfing: The Case for Adapting Your Business to Demographic & Generational Shifts

Exploring the need to change with consumer trends, how can businesses leverage talent to meet the demands of their target markets?

12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Lunch

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Fireside Chat: Redefining Organizational Culture

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Debate - Youth Is No Guarantee of Innovation

Is the concept of “innovation” confined to age, or is it just a state of mind?

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Closing Remarks

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