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:

Dr. Frank Romano

“LOVE AND TERROR in the MIDDLE EAST” dramatically captures the author’s efforts to promote understanding and cooperation in the region between Jews, Muslims and Christians. It details Romano’s arduous journeys between Israel and the West Bank, discussing issues and organizing activities among religious and national groups. Traveling between these areas has been risky: he has been harassed/arrested by the Palestinian police, harassed by Israeli soldiers and attacked by Israeli settlers. Romano explains, “Most books on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are written by intellectuals or pundits hundreds of miles from the epicenter of conflict, and they tend to focus on such things as the history, politics and conflicting views of the situation held by various groups.” This is a memoir of an expert on the Middle East conflict as well as of a man working in the field, face to face with people from all kinds of factions, including extremists on both sides.

Frank Romano earned a PhD at University of Paris I, Panthéon Sorbonne, and a JD at Golden Gate University, Faculty of Law, San Francisco. He is a Maître de conférences (assistant tenured professor) at the University of Paris Oueste in the Anglo-American Literature and Civilization Department, an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University, Faculty of Law and a member of the California and Marseille Bars. At present, he teaches law, literature, history and philosophy of law at the University of Paris Oueste and practices law in France and in the United States.

The author actively organizes and participates in interfaith events involving Jews, Muslims and Christians in Israel and Palestine.

Dr. Romano has also authored a book entitled Storm Over Morocco, published by World Audience, Inc., Globalization of Antitrust Policies (Mondialisation des politiques de concurrence), published by L’Harmattan in French, Love and Terror in the Middle East and a book of poems entitled Crossing Over.

He has written many articles published in Europe and in the United States where he is often invited to speak at conferences. He can be reached at:

John Platt

John E. Platt was a 43 year employee for the US Postal Service. He started his long career as a letter carrier and worked his way to a top position through his determination, outspoken commitment, and loyalty. Twenty four of those forty three years he held executive positions in Boston, Providence and San Diego. From 2000 to 2009 he served as District Manager of Southern California where he had responsibilities for all phases of the business, including Operations, Sales and Marketing, Human resources and Finance, managing twelve thousand employees at that time.

John has a degree in Business Management from Boston State. He attended the Stanford Executive Program and numerous other business programs at Duke University, Harvard,and University of Chicago. He was respected and honored by the local union leaders and community government officials. John received numerous awards, including the Deputy Postmaster General award for Outstanding Performance.

Sylvia Lafair

Sylvia Lafair, PhD, business leadership expert and President of Creative Energy Options, Inc. (CEO), a global consulting company focused on redefining leadership, optimizing workplace relationships, and conflict resolution through extraordinary leadership. With a doctorate in clinical psychology, Dr. Lafair, who was a practicing family therapist, took her talents into the work world and has revolutionized the way employees react and teams cooperate. Not only are folks finding new ways to relate and innovate, they are taking skills home for more rewarding family time.

CEOinc’s programs and executive coaching impact individuals and teams to decrease conflict and increase productivity. Her award winning book, “Don’t Bring It to Work: Breaking the Family Patterns That Limit Success” is among the top 20 for emerging leaders, and her company has been named one of the best leadership development firms in the U.S by Leadership Excellence. Her most recent release is “GUTSY: How Women Leaders Make Change”, how to speak out, take risks, stand at the leading edge of change building strong, daring, yet collaborative relationships.

Alisa Nagle

Alisa has over 20 years of business experience, during which time she has been learning, supporting, and influencing business strategies and people practices.

Alisa has been with Johnson Controls Inc. since 2007 and recently assumed an expanded role as HR VP with responsibility for the Aftermarket Group. She serves as a member of the Power Solutions global leadership team with responsibility for designing and implementing strategies, and solutions to support business growth and success. Alisa and her team are dedicated to creating and maintaining influential and collaborative relationships and leading successful change initiatives to achieve organizational excellence. Previously Alisa served as HR VP for the Americas in Power Solutions, and Director of Global Rewards and HR Shared Services in Corporate HR. She also held the roles of Executive Director and Director at the Automotive Experience Business Unit in Plymouth Michigan.

Alisa started her career at Ford Motor Company. During that time she held many foundational and core roles within corporate, divisional offices, and the field. These included assignments in corporate labor strategy, national and local union negotiations, employee benefits, HR research, global programs, operations & plant HR, labor relations, employee safety and health, and talent development.