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Savannah, Georgia | October 8–10, 2018

The Westin savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa

Keynote
Amber Grewal

Corporate VP, Head of Global TA @ IBM

Keynote
Amber Grewal

Corporate VP, Head of Global TA @ IBM

Amber Grewal is the Vice President of Global Talent Acquisition at IBM with 20 years of experience in talent attraction and management. Amber has served in several leadership roles with organizations such as GE, Microsoft, and Symantec, before IBM, leading the transformation of talent in the digital and cognitive era.

Keynote
Captain Scott Kelly

History-Making U.S. Astronaut & Retired U.S. Navy Captain

Keynote
Captain Scott Kelly

History-Making U.S. Astronaut & Retired U.S. Navy Captain

Captain Scott Kelly’s epic Year In Space, now a New York Times best-selling book, solidified his status as one of the greatest pioneers in history. In his acclaimed speech appearances, he now brings audiences to the edge of their seats with transcendent insights that inspire and challenge them to dream big, test the status quo, and “choose to do the hard things.”

One of a select group of Americans who embody a defining moment in the nation’s history, he captivated the world and seized the imagination of millions during his record-breaking voyage—proving that the sky is not the limit when it comes to the potential of the human spirit. On his trip, Scott, together with his identical twin brother Mark on Earth, paved the way for the future of space travel and exploration as the subjects of an unprecedented NASA study on how space affects the human body.

Released in October 2017, Scott’s New York Times best-selling memoir, “Endurance: My Year In Space and Our Journey to Mars,” is now available everywhere and has been optioned as a Hollywood film by Sony Pictures.

With awe-inspiring stories from space and personal reflections on leadership, teamwork and testing limits, Scott inspires others to believe that they can reach any goal, no matter how ambitious or audacious. As he looks back on the expedition that shuttled him into history books, audiences revel in the presence of a true American hero and gather unique takeaways on persistence, resilience and self-determination that transform the way they view their own journey through life.

KEYNOTE
MIKE WALSH

CEO of Tomorrow, Author of "Futuretainment"

KEYNOTE
MIKE WALSH

CEO of Tomorrow, Author of "Futuretainment"

Mike is the CEO of Tomorrow, a global consultancy on designing companies for the 21st century. He advises leaders on how to thrive in the current era of disruptive technological change. Mike’s clients include many of the global Fortune 500, and as a sought-after keynote speaker he regularly shares the stage with world leaders and business icons alike. Mike previously founded Jupiter Research in Australia, and has also held senior strategy roles at News Corporation in the Asia Pacific Region. 

Mike’s best-selling book Futuretainment, published by Phaidon was the winner of the design award by the Art Director’s Club in New York. Mike’s latest book is The Dictionary Of Dangerous Ideas. Each week he interviews provocative thinkers, innovators and troublemakers on his weekly podcast, ‘Between Worlds’. A true nomad, Mike travels over 300 days a year worldwide, researching trends, collecting innovation case studies and presenting on the future of business.

Prior to being a CEO of Tomorrow, Mike was a pioneer in the digital space since the 1990s, running both successful start-up ventures as well as holding senior leadership positions in established media organizations. With a background in corporate law and management consulting, he began his career at XT3, a spin out from McKinsey and one of the first digital consulting firms created to help major companies embrace the embryonic Web.

During the first digital boom, Mike launched the technology publishing group internet.com in Australia, which went on to become the leading local technology news and events platform in the country. He also founded and ran Jupiter Research in the Asia Pacific, one of the first research agencies to track the early adoption of e-commerce and digital business models by online consumers. During this period, he was recognized as one of Australia’s ‘Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30’. Mike then spent five years in senior strategy roles at News Corporation where he helped shape the digital strategy for both their Australian newspaper and Asian TV divisions. Directly engaged by the CEO of Star TV to provide the company with a digital roadmap for their operations, he began his in-depth research into the fast growth markets of Asia, which became the inspiration for his first book, Futuretainment.

Göran Berg

Recruitment Manager

IKEA

Göran Berg

Recruitment Manager

IKEA

I started my career sorting potatoes in a grocery store when I was 12 years old. Since many years my focus has moved from root-crop to people.

I strongly believe in people’s wisdom to make their own choices for themselves and for the company they work for, if we allow them to do so. I’ve moved from recruiting co-workers to developing them and today my team and I lead the development of concept, processes and solutions in the area of recruitment for IKEA globally. One of our main focuses right now is candidate experience, the impact it has on our brand and how we can continue being an attractive company.

I’m a father to two beautiful girls, a certified coach and a horse person who hopes to own one of my own someday.

Karla Muniz

Senior Director Talent Acquisition
 

Florida Hospital

Karla Muniz

Senior Director Talent Acquisition
 

Florida Hospital

Karla Muniz is a certified Senior Human Resources Professional (SPHR) with over 15 years’ experience in the field.  She specializes in Workforce Planning, Talent Management, Organizational Effectiveness and People Development.  Her experience includes both healthcare and banking.  In the past five years, Karla has dedicated her efforts in leading Florida Hospital’s Talent Acquisition strategies; this includes their recruitment brand, Human Resources Information Systems and recruitment strategies to attract talented healthcare professionals in the local, regional, national and international job markets. Karla achieved a Bachelor’s in Sociology from the University of Central Florida and a Master’s degree in Human Resources with honors from Rollins College.

Sushma Schwerdt

Recruitment Operations Manager
 

IKEA

Sushma Schwerdt

Recruitment Operations Manager
 

IKEA

A parent, a talent acquisition professional, a mentor, a politician in my free time, an avid traveller and currently a guru in dinosaur names thanks to my three year old! – This sums me up.

I have spent over a decade in the field of talent acquisition with companies like Citibank, Yahoo!, Ikano and IKEA. This is where my passion lies in the professional world. Recruiting talent by understanding who they are, what drives them, why they do what they do and their lessons learnt through life - has filled my days with so many interesting & inspirational stories. For the past two years I’ve been with IKEA’s Global Recruitment team, looking primarily into concepts, processes and solutions for thirty one countries - with the intention to make our recruiters life’s easier, improve candidate experience and keep up with all the digitalization taking place within this space!

When I’m not working, I’m learning and developing as a new parent, spending as much time as possible with my son. I’m also engaged in mentoring new immigrants, hold a seat in my municipality’s “children and education” council, and travel on every chance I get. I’m born in India, but have spent large parts of my life in Sri Lanka, Kenya, US & most recently Sweden.

Elizabeth Shoentube

Global Head of Recruiting, Campus Talent Acquisition
 

Bank of America

Elizabeth Shoentube

Global Head of Recruiting, Campus Talent Acquisition
 

Bank of America

Elizabeth (Lizzy) Schoentube is the Global Head of Campus Recruiting and Program Management at Bank of America. In this role, Lizzy is responsible for providing the strategic leadership that drives the hiring of all campus talent into the bank’s summer intern, full time and off-cycle programs, as well as program management that oversees the new hire experience of this population upon joining the bank. Lizzy’s team of recruiters, coordinators, program managers, operations staff and recruitment marketers ensure a seamless and engaging experience for candidates at all stages of their early career journey.

Joining the bank in 2014, Lizzy started as the head of campus recruiting and programs for the Global Corporate and Investment Banking business before expanding her responsibility into her enterprise wide role today. Prior to joining Bank of America, Lizzy worked at Goldman Sachs as part of the Junior Talent team within Human Capital Management. During this time she supported the Investment Banking, Securities and Investment Management divisions.

Lizzy is a member of the banks LEAD for women employee network and co-leads our employee engagement efforts for Talent Acquisition. She is passionate about hiring top diverse talent and enjoys the opportunity to connect our business professionals with candidates to educate them on the myriad of careers at the bank. Outside of work, Lizzy enjoys spending time with her husband and two young boys enjoying all that New York has to offer!

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