HR and Office Culture Forum
Ms. Benedict has global responsibility for ensuring that Infor, one of the world’s largest cloud software companies, is able to attract, select and manage the talent required for the business and its clients. Ms. Benedict leads the human resources function for 17,000 employees in over 60 countries.
Ms. Benedict has over 20 years of global experience, including 10 years of consulting at Mercer, organizational development roles at Disney-ABC, as well as 9 years of talent management and HR responsibilities in marketing services at Interpublic Group. Her breadth of experience across HR disciplines – such as recruiting, talent management, operations, and compensation – brings a holistic approach to managing talent.
Ms. Benedict graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science from McGill University and holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Waterloo. She teaches Talent Development at the NYU Wagner School of Public Policy. She is bilingual in French and English.
Jacqueline M. Welch is SVP of the Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion division and Chief Diversity Officer of Freddie Mac. She is a member of the company’s senior operating committee and reports directly to CEO Don Layton. As head of HR, Welch delivers business and subject matter leadership, strategy and execution to the senior leadership team on organizational design and development, change leadership and alignment of all HR functions.
In her role as Chief Diversity Officer, Welch leads Freddie Mac’s diversity and inclusion strategy of its workforce and supplier diversity programs, as well as across business activities. She is also responsible for the compliance of the diversity reporting requirements required by law and directed by Freddie Mac’s regulator and conservator, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).
Welch has more than 20 years of experience in HR strategy and execution, including most recently as SVP of international human resources for Turner Broadcasting in Atlanta.
Matthew Owenby joined Aflac in 2012 as vice president of HR Business Partners, bringing with him more than a decade of human resources leadership experience at Bank of America and General Electric. He assumed his current position in May 2015, where he leads the effort to apply Aflac’s global initiatives while providing strategic direction for the Human Resources and Leadership, Learning and Development teams.
In 2016, he was ranked No. 1 in the Top Corporate Leader Award – Over 35 category, a Gold winner in the HR Executive of the Year category and a Silver Stevie honoree in the HR Executive of the Year category.
Matthew earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Georgia State University and a Master of Business Administration from Mercer University. He is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management.
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.
Robyn Price Stonehill is executive vice president, chief human resource officer of Assurant, Inc., leading the human resources function for the enterprise. Throughout her 20-year career at Assurant, Ms. Price Stonehill has held a variety of leadership roles related to compensation, retirement, health and welfare, and other human resources functions.
In her role, Ms. Price Stonehill advises leaders on organizational transformation and supports Assurant’s talent, leading global human resource activities with a strong focus of diversity and inclusion, learning and development, enterprise talent development and performance management. She is instrumental in the Company’s multi-year transformation to become a more customer-centric and agile organization to enable its long-term business strategy. As part of this process, she led the restructuring of the human resources function at Assurant, streamlining and integrating processes across the enterprise to increase efficiency and drive business results.
As senior vice president, compensation, benefits and shared services from 2011 to 2014, Ms. Price Stonehill set the vision and design of the Total Rewards program and restructured Assurant’s talent acquisition processes, placing greater focus on improving the job candidate experience.
Ms. Price Stonehill reshaped Assurant’s pension and benefits architecture to improve cost efficiency and increase value to employees while maintaining the competitive benefits needed to attract and retain talent. Under her leadership, employees’ 401(k) participation rose from 55 to more than 93 percent.
A former actuary, Ms. Price Stonehill, working with Assurant President and CEO Alan Colberg, strives to increase employee financial literacy, and helped to establish a free Financial Fitness pilot program at the company.
Prior to joining Assurant in 1999, Ms. Price Stonehill advised clients on benefits and retirement issues at Arthur Andersen and KPMG.
During her tenure, Assurant has ranked in Workforce Magazine’s 2014 Workforce 100, a list of the world’s top companies for HR, been recognized with a North American CandE Award for improving the candidate experience and received a Well Workplace Award from WELCOA (Wellness Council of America) for its commitment to workplace wellness. In addition, for the fourth consecutive year, Assurant received a Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® Gold Award from the National Business Group on Health.
An advocate for increasing leadership opportunities for women, Ms. Price Stonehill is a board member of the Athena Leadership Council at Barnard College, dedicated to advancing women leaders worldwide. She was recognized for these efforts and her work to increase inclusion at Assurant when she was honored by Profiles in Diversity Journal as a Woman Worth Watching in 2015.
Ms. Price Stonehill is also a member of the board of directors and finance committee of AMIT, which runs more than 70 schools and educates more than 20,000 children in Israel.
She graduated summa cum laude from Queens College of the City University of New York with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics.
Sarah Dunn is the Global Human Resources Officer for Tapestry, a New York-based house of modern luxury lifestyle brands, comprised of Coach, Kate Spade, and Stuart Weitzman. She leads Tapestry’s HR function and is responsible for Tapestry’s human capital; 21,000 employees in 23 countries. She joined Coach in 2008.
Prior to Coach, Ms. Dunn spent most of her career in financial information. At Thomson Financial from 2002-2008, she served as Chief Content Officer, and then as Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development.
From 1986-2002 she worked for Reuters, starting in London, and moving to New York in 1993. She held various positions including CEO of Lipper Analytics, President of Corporates and Media Division and she served on the Board of Factiva.
Ms. Dunn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Sciences from University College, London, U.K., and a Masters degree in Information Science from City
University, London. She serves on the Board of Directors of Renaissance Youth Center, in the Bronx, NY, and LiveSource a NY based theater company.
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.
Chason Hecht is an advocate and innovator of employee retention strategies and the founder of Retensa. Retensa addresses the social, operational, and financial impact of employee turnover. Chason built Retensa to be a leading employee retention program provider in 44 countries and 12 languages. As the world’s most recognized employee retention expert, Chason is noted by global media including NBC News, ABC News, Forbes, BusinessWeek, the Associated Press, HR Magazine, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, World Policy Journal, and the United Nations. He is a popular keynote speaker from Kentucky to Kuala Lumpur and the publisher of Employee Retention News. Previously, he served as Vice President of Operations at an international manufacturer where he led employee reward and recognition programs, and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software. As Manager of Technology at a global consulting firm, he oversaw a $40 million IT budget across the US and Europe. Additionally, Mr. Hecht bicycled across the United States, climbed Mt Fuji, and worked in the Israeli army.
Dan has over 20 years of business development and finance experience in the financial services and technology space. He is the Vice President of Business Development at Laurel Road, responsible for growing business development and partnerships for the student loan refinancing product.
Previously, Dan grew his own consulting firm that worked with and grew consumer, FinTech and retail-oriented companies. Before that, Dan held senior business development positions within the media and asset trading industry. He also spent the first few years of his career on the institutional side of Wall Street working at a hedge fund and building an equity research team for a boutique merchant and investment banking firm.
Dan is a native New Yorker that received his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Syracuse University.
Lloyd Solomon is a Founder, Partner, and a Managing Director of Solomon Page, a Manhattan based provider of staffing solutions (temporary, contract, temp to perm, project staffing, direct hire, and executive search) across a broad range of functional and industry lines of business. Lloyd provides leadership and direction for the execution of Solomon Page’s vision. He is accountable for creating revenue growth and enterprise value through the implementation of profitability targets and achievement of financial goals within disciplined guidelines and parameters.
Lloyd’s focus is to create and build a collaborative and synergistic culture and coherent brand identity based upon core values of professionalism, entrepreneurship, and integrity. He is also actively engaged in the recruitment and retention of key contributors for a wide range of service offerings who are the most valuable assets in the long term growth of the business.
In addition to his direction and general management, he actively participates in key accounts and is available to employees and clients to facilitate finding ways to optimize service offerings to ensure client satisfaction.
Over the last 25 years, Lloyd has directed the firm’s growth, evolution, and expansion into new areas of business. Founded in 1990, Solomon Page’s rapid growth resulted in a public offering in 1994 and privatization through management buyout in 2000. Headquartered in New York City, Solomon Page has eight regional offices in the United States and one in London, England.
Lloyd received his Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from New York University and holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Marketing from Boston 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.