Nadine Vogel

Jennifer Barton, (COO) Chief Operating Officer, Willis Human Capital Practice

“Let’s Look At The Total Package”

As National Practice Leader in Human Resources Services, Jennifer oversees the Human Resources Consulting Services of Willis, providing guidance and hands-on assistance to Willis clients across the United States in all areas of Human Resources.

Jennifer has held numerous speaking engagements at industry events, including SHRM and World at Work, on critical human resource topics.

Prior to joining Willis in 2002 Jennifer was Director of Human Resources for a national long term care firm overseeing all functions of human resources. Her career in human resources has encompassed work both nationally and internationally. And her background includes experience and expertise in strategic human resources planning, employee relations, compensation, benefits, recruitment, mergers and acquisitions, human resources technology, and workplace practices and administration.

Jennifer holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Human Resources Management from Kennesaw University and Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Human Resource Management from University of Georgia. She has also earned her designation as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.

Johnny Laurent

Johnny Laurent is a vice president and general manager for Sage North America, part of Sage Group PLC, the world’s leading vendor of business application software for small and midsized enterprises. Mr. Laurent is responsible for the strategic direction of the Sage Employer Solutions business unit, which includes the market-leading Sage Abra HRMS (human resources management system) brand.

Mr. Laurent has more than 20 years of experience in the software and hardware industry, and joined Sage in 2005. He has been responsible for customer support, learning services, and professional services, previously acting as vice president of customer support and services for employer solutions. Prior to joining Sage, Mr. Laurent owned and operated an independent customer support consultancy and served in various management and consulting roles for Service Management International, Software AG and USRobotics. He holds a bachelor of science in computer science from Louisiana State University.

Global HR Business Talent Mobility Story and Conference Highlights

Global HR Business Talent Mobility Story and Conference Highlights

A Visit with CEO Ed Cohen

Kendice K. Briggs Senior Vice President, CHRO, Playboy Enterprises, Inc.

On June 2, 2010, Ms. Briggs became senior vice president, human resources of Playboy Enterprises, Inc. (PEI), a media and lifestyle company that markets the world-renowned Playboy brand through a wide range of media properties and licensing initiatives. Ms. Briggs is responsible for PEI’s organization development and design, as well as compensation and benefits, recruitment and other administrative functions.

Prior to joining Playboy, Ms. Briggs spent two years as senior vice president, human resources of Westfield Corp., the largest retail property group in the world by equity market capitalization. She was responsible for directing strategic initiatives for the US division while ensuring consistent Human Resource strategies throughout the four countries in which Westfield operated.

As executive vice president, human resources of Downey Savings, a position she held from 1995 to 2008, Ms. Briggs oversaw the human resource function for this $14 billion financial institution.

She began her career in human resources with PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California Los Angeles.

Rodrigo Sion Adissi, Managing Director at MSA Human Resources Consulting – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

“Rodrigo has over five years of experience in the consumer products goods industry.

His quantitative background along with his multinational experience result in a well-rounded professional focused on creating long term value.

He holds degrees in Civil and Industrial Engineering and has recently received an MBA from Goizueta Business School at Emory University.

His career interests include Brand Management, International Business Development, Global Marketing and Consulting.

He is currently a Managing Director at MSA Human Resources Consulting, a boutique Executive Search Firm located in Brazil with offices in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Belo Horizonte.”

Navid Nazemian: Global HR Business Partner, ROCHE

Currently, Navid Nazemian is the Global HRBP with Roche in Basel, Switzerland, supporting the HR and Communications functions globally. Navid is an interculturally experienced and commercially focused global Human Resources professional with over 15 years of progressive experience at operational and strategic levels. He has worked across various industries for world-class organisations such as Adidas (sporting goods), General Electric/GE (commercial finance) and BAT (FMCG).

Navid has delivered numerous speeches, training workshops and keynote presentations at management conferences and training facilities across Europe, Middle East & Asia.

As a member of Harvard Business Review’s Advisory Council and part time University Lecturer for International HR Management at Hof University in Germany, Navid is passionate about connecting the corporate world and academia in order to enable individuals, teams and organisations the best they can be. Navid holds a Master’s Degree in International Management/Foreign Trade from Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany; and, he is a trained principled negotiator at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, USA.

Navid started his career in commercial and sales roles and continued there for about five years before moving into Human Resources. He joined Adidas HQ in Germany as a Human Resources Manager before joining GE Commercial Finance, Fleet Services as HRLP. He then joined BAT as Country Head of HR, subsequently becoming Talent Manager for Middle East & North Africa Region.

Navid was born in the Middle East. He grew up in Hamburg, Germany, and now resides in Basel, Switzerland. His interests are family, keeping fit and negotiations, as well as travelling extensively.

Dr Adrian P Moule

I have worked for 25 Years in various industries, mainly Oil and Gas but also Telecommunications and Food packaging materials. Previous experience in sales and marketing and various technical roles in fuels and lubricants prior to focussing on International Mobility in 2002.

My goals are to improve policies and process in order to streamline operations, provide clarity and equity, maintain global compliance and reduce costs.

During my tenure in Tetra Pak, we centralised the Global Mobility function, completely revised the Expat procedures and developed new localisation and repatriation policies. We launched a new Technology platform and introduced a global medical insurance programme.

We also took a strategic approach to linking Global Mobility with Talent Management and remodeled the “Mobility Framework” to allow more flexibility for the business to ensure better talent flows. We also streamlined the service delivery operating model to support this.

In Baker Hughes, we are in the process of implementing new technology that will radically change the way we operate. We have a major focus on Talent Management and are increasing governance for entry into the GM program.

Specialties:Global Mobility Operational Excellence, Policy Development, Global Mobility Programme management. Logistical expertise and vendor management. Finding ways to make continuous improvement!

Navigating Charleston, South Carolina’s Silicon Harbor with Steve Warner and Nate DaPore

Steve Warner is a senior strategist for the Charleston Regional Development Alliance (CRDA), a non-profit economic development organization focused on building a sustainable, globally competitive economy for the three-county Charleston region.

Steve leads the CRDA’s global marketing team, using his experience in corporate brand management to integrate the organization’s competitive research, business development and marketing communications programs. He also works with stakeholders from throughout the Charleston region to help align and strengthen efforts related to key economic development issues.

Steve’s career includes more than 25 years in the marketing communications field, where he provided brand planning services for such global giants as Ritz-Carlton, Dow Corning, CNN and Coca-Cola. Immediately prior to joining the CRDA team, he was partner in the Atlanta marketing firm Sawyer Riley Compton.

Steve serves on the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association, as well as CRDA’s staff advisor to Charleston’s Creative Parliament, an all-volunteer adhocracy of creative professionals dedicated to helping Charleston realize its full potential as a creative community.

A native of Ninety Six, South Carolina, Steve is a College of Charleston graduate with a degree in business administration. He and his wife Jan returned to the area in 2005, and enjoy bicycling, travel, and music festivals.

Nate DaPore is an entrepreneur, start-up investor, occasional blogger, and SaaS disciple. He is the founder, President and CEO of PeopleMatter, a purpose driven company focused on creating change in the hourly workforce of America’s best companies. His focus centers on providing the teammates at PeopleMatter with a rewarding experience that values culture, creativity, and passion which in turn brings industry leading technology to the marketplace.

Prior to PeopleMatter, Nate was a Principal at Battery Park Ventures, focusing on healthcare and technology companies. Prior to BPV, Nate served as VP of Enterprise Sales at Benefitfocus from the early days as a startup to its rise as the largest employer benefits software (SaaS) provider in the US with consistent triple-digit, year-over-year growth.

Nate sits on the Board of Directors of the Charleston Digital Corridor helping advance entrepreneurs in the Silicon Harbor build awesome technology companies and was named Economic Ambassador in 2013 by the South Carolina Department of Commerce.

Received in 2011 TiE Atlanta’s “Top Up-and-Coming Entrepreneur” of the Year award from the world’s largest non-profit organization for entrepreneurs.

Active member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). YPO Food & Beverage Network Communications Chair and Supporter of 500 Startups.

Dr. Bernard Curtis

Breaking the mold on Leadership concepts and training, Dr. Bernard M. Curtis, author of the popular book, “The Affirmation Principle” is Ed’s very special guest.

Take a look in any bookstore, whether on line or brick-and-mortar, and you will find dozens, even hundreds of books on leadership. But the focus of most of these books will be on the mechanics of leading. But leadership is more than the act of leading. Leadership is about the quality of relationships and influence. In The Affirmation Principle, Dr. Bernard Curtis advances the proposition that organizations can bring out the best in people and achieve extraordinary success by understanding how to lead and care for the human spirit. Dr. Curtis begins by presenting the business case for the importance of organizations to understand the benefits of valuing people. In part one he explores the unstated contract between employees and employers, describes what organizations must do to connect with their people, and challenges leaders to have the courage to change. In part two, he shares a new concept and model of leadership based on human-affirming behaviors and sound humane principles. In part three, Dr. Curtis shows how leaders’ value to the organization can be measured, how they can become more accountable, and what they can do to bring out the best in their people. The Affirmation Principle offers some keen insights into the leader-follower relationship. This book provides some new tools to help the serious leader take their leadership thinking and skills to the next level.

Bernard M. Curtis is an expert in the field of leadership and organizational development. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from California State University and his Master of Science degree in Human Resources Management and Development from Upsala University.

He also earned a Doctorate degree in organizational leadership from Pepperdine University. Dr. Curtis is currently the president of Human Development Strategies, a leadership training development company.

Along with his current leadership role, Dr. Curtis has been a professional teacher, educator and developer of organizational leaders for more than 20 years. For more information, visit: