HR and Office Culture Forum
Matt Hoffman is currently the VP, People at DigitalOcean, the world's most simple cloud for developers and one of the fastest-growing startups in NY. He joined DO in April of 2015 and in that time has helped scale the company from 70 to almost 300 employees. Matt is responsible for leadership in the practice areas of talent acquisition, talent development, people operations and employee experience. Prior to DigitalOcean, Matt was Sr. Director of People Operations at Return Path, a global leader in email solutions, and one of the most innovative people-focused companies in the country. In 2014 Return Path was named the #2 Best Place to Work in the US by Fortune Magazine. Matt has also held a number of HR and People leadership roles at several Fortune 500 companies.
Jennifer Ashley is Global Director of Human Resources, overseeing CBRE’s worldwide human resources operations encompassing more than 70,000 employees. Her areas of responsibility include employee relations, staffing and recruitment, training and professional development, diversity, compensation and benefits. Ms. Ashley also serves as a member of the company’s Global Operating Committee. Prior to her current role, Ms. Ashley was Senior Vice President, Human Resources, leading CBRE’s Human Resources operations in the Americas.
Previously, Ms. Ashley directed all marketing strategy and operations in the United States, Latin America and Canada, leading marketing and communications professionals across all lines of business in the CBRE services platform. Before assuming that position she led CBRE’s Enterprise Management Group, which focused on business development and strategies for the most significant assignments in the U.S.
Until 2007, Ms. Ashley was a senior member of CBRE’s Human Resources team, where she served all offices and business units in the New York Tri-State region. Before joining CBRE, she was Senior Director of Sales, Marketing and Service, as well as Director of Human Resources, Sales and Marketing, at SBS International, a Boeing Company.
Ms. Ashley began her professional career at Andersen Consulting, where she served as a Change Management Consultant, and at the Chief Executive Leadership Institute, where she served as the Vice President of Research and Administration.
Laurie Ledford is Chief Human Resources Officer of Marsh & McLennan Companies, a Fortune 250 global professional services firm providing advice and solutions in the areas of risk, strategy, and people. Ms. Ledford is responsible for the firm’s human capital and talent strategy and the delivery of human resources services to nearly 65,000 colleagues worldwide. She also oversees the firm’s Corporate Social Responsibility area. She is a member of the Marsh & McLennan Companies Executive Committee.
Previously, Ms. Ledford served as Chief Human Resources Officer for Marsh, a global provider of insurance broking and innovative risk management solutions, a position she assumed in 2006. Ms. Ledford joined Marsh in 2000 and held a number of leadership positions before assuming the CHRO role, including Senior Human Resources Director for international specialty operations, which comprised the firm’s operations in Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia/Pacific, and Africa. Earlier, she held positions in Corporate Human Resources, Private Client Services, and Mobility and Succession Planning.
Before joining Marsh, Ms. Ledford was with Citibank for six years and held positions in recruitment, staffing, and development before becoming senior human resources officer for the firm’s US branch network, including Operations, Retail Brokerage, and Business Banking.
Earlier in her career, she was with NationsBank (now Bank of America), where she held a variety of positions over a 15-year period, culminating with vice president of human resources responsible for staffing and management development.
Ms. Ledford earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Florida Atlantic University and an M.B.A. from the University of Miami.
Sarah Dunn is responsible for Tapestry’s people and talent strategy, leading all HR functions for Tapestry across all brands and geographies.
Sue Quackenbush joined Vonage in November 2015 as Chief Human Resources Officer. She leads all aspects of Human Resources, including compensation, benefits, training, talent acquisition and development, and organizational development and effectiveness.
Sue brings with her 26 years of experience, spending 18 years in human resources and eight years in corporate finance. Prior to joining Vonage, Sue was Chief Human Resources Officer at Presidio, Inc. Prior to that, Ms. Quackenbush was Vice President of Human Resources at DMG Information & Events and earlier, Head of Human Resources, Global Banking & Financial Markets, for BT (British Telecommunications).
Sue has also held executive roles at Thomson Reuters, R.H. Donnelley, Honeywell and Ford Motor Company. She earned an M.B.A. from Drexel University, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Rutgers University.
As Chief Talent Officer of GroupM Worldwide, Tim focuses his attention on the development of talent, culture, training and development, and the strategic positioning of GroupM in the Global Marketing and Advertising community.
Tim began his career at The New York Times in 1984 in the Corporate Advertising Department. In 1987, he accepted a corporate operations role at Newsweek Magazine where he furthered his knowledge of the publishing industry. To broaden his expertise in the advertising industry, Tim joined Ogilvy & Mather Advertising in 1989 and ultimately became a Director in the Corporate Human Resources Department. In 2001, Tim was a part of the founding team that formed GroupM Worldwide – the world’s largest Media Investment Management company.
Tim is a musician, a competitive USTA tennis player, has been published by many traditional and digital publishers, and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal. He has received many awards for his professional and charitable work and has been a guest speaker at the AAF Conference, the NYC Center for Communication and many colleges and universities.
Tim is a graduate of St. John’s University and has a Master’s Degree from Columbia University.
YJP is an exclusive community dedicated to connecting young professionals with industry leaders. Join us as we discuss what HR experts are looking for when they hire top talent and how to retain them with a stellar office culture. We will be serving gourmet bites, signature cocktails, and strategic networking as we convene with the industry's top movers and shakers!
6:00 - 6:45 PM | Dinner & Cocktail Reception
7:00 - 8:15 PM | Concurrent Roundtable Discussions
8:15 - 9:00 PM | Post-Session Networking, Cocktails & Dessert
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This event starts on January 10th at 6:00 PM.