Lauren Herring

Lauren Herring, MBA and CEO of the global career management firm Impact Group is host Ed Cohen’s special guest.


Leisa Ross

Today’s special guest is Leisa Ross; Corporate Housing specialist and 2010-2011 President of the SCRC.


Eric Drummond

Special guest Eric Drummond, VP, Global Human Resources for the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Jeffery Christie

Jeffery Christie, L.C.S.W, is President of the Employee Assistance Roundtable; and President of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association.

Luis Revilla

Dr. Luis Revila

Dr. Luis Revila of Sofftek Corporation speaks with Ed Cohen on Human Capital.

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.