SHRMI Talent Conference is the can’t-miss event that puts People First
Join us virtually – to learn innovative talent strategies tailored to the realities of the world of work. Learn from engaging speakers and takeaway learnings to enrich your workplace. Network with peers and experts to get abreast on the latest trends in recruiting, nurturing, retaining and growing engaged employees at every level of your organization.
SHRM’s Talent Conference and Exposition is a unique event created especially for HR professionals & People Managers who work with talent. Attend for data-driven strategies, actionable learning, meaningful connections and endless solutions that will ensure you level-up in 2021 and beyond.
Attend SHRMI Talent 2021 for cutting-edge practices and creative solutions from Global experts to maximize Human Potential in your organization.
2500+ Attendees. 2 Day Virtual Conference with four focused Conclaves1
Opportunity to earn
over 20 PDCs
Hear from 100+ Speakers and Domain Experts2
50+ In-depth Knowledge
A Conference that focusses on YOU.
The Learning You Want. The Tools You Need to succeed.
SHRM Talent 2021 opens the door to infinite possibilities for you, your career and your Talent Strategy. Leave with renewed inspiration for the work you do every day.
President & CEO, SHRM
Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, is President and Chief Executive Officer of SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management.
With over 300,000 members in 165 countries, SHRM is the largest HR professional association in the world, impacting the lives of 115 million workers every day.
As a global leader on the future of employment, culture and leadership, Mr. Taylor is a sought-after voice on all matters affecting work, workers and the workplace. He is frequently asked to testify before Congress on critical workforce issues and authors a weekly column, “Ask HR,” in USA Today.
Mr. Taylor’s career spans over 20 years as a lawyer, human resources executive and CEO in both the not-for-profit and for-profit space. He has held senior and chief executive roles at IAC/Interactive Corp, Viacom’s Paramount Pictures and Blockbuster Entertainment Group, McGuireWoods LLC, and Compass Group USA. Most recently, Mr. Taylor was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
He is a member of the White House American Workforce Policy Advisory Board and was appointed by President Donald Trump as Chairman of the President’s Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He serves on the boards of the University of Miami, Jobs for America’s Graduates and the American Red Cross and as an adviser to Safe Streets & Second Chances. He is licensed to practice law in Florida, Illinois and Washington, D.C.
Founder of Student’s Educational & Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL), Educationist & Environmentalist
Sonam Wangchuk was born in the trans-Himalayan region of Ladakh in J&K, India.
Though a Mechanical Engineer by education, he has been mostly working in the field of education reform for more than 27 years. In 1988, just after he finished his engineering studies he founded SECMOL (Students’ Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh) www.secmol.org, which aims to bring reforms in the government school system in Ladakh. In 1994 he was instrumental in the launch of Operation New Hope, a triangular collaboration of the government, village communities and the civil society to bring reforms in the government schools system. The programme involved formation of Village Education Committees to take ownership of state schools, training of teachers in child friendly ways and re-writing and publishing localised text books for Ladakh. As a result the pass percentage at 10th grade (matriculation) rose from the dismal 5% to 55% in seven years and 75% these days.
For students who still failed in their state exams he founded the SECMOL Alternative School Campus near Leh, a special school where the admission criteria is failure in exams and not grades. However with the supportive and creative environment at the school, the so called failures have excelled in their chosen fields and risen to international acclaim as entrepreneurs, film makers, politicians, teachers and so on.
As an engineer Sonam Wangchuk has been teaching innovation at the SECMOL Alternative School, where together with the students he designed and built solar heated buildings that are low cost, made of earth/mud but maintain +15 C even when the outside temperature is – 15 C in Ladakhi winters.
In order to solve the water crisis facing mountain regions due to climate change and fast melting glaciers he invented the Ice Stupa artificial glacier which stores the wasting stream waters in winter in the form of giant ice cones or stupas and releases the water in late spring as they melt... just when farmers need water.
Sonam Wangchuk was granted several awards and titles, such as :-
The prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award 2018, The GQ Men Of The Year Award for Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 in India, The Rolex Award for Enterprise 2016 in Hollywood USA, The Terra Award 2016 for World’s best Earth Buildings in Lyon France, The UNESCO Chair for Earth Architecture for India in 2014, ,: ‘Real Heroes’ Award by CNN IBN Channel in 2008, ‘Green Teacher’ Award by Sanctuary Asia Magazine in 2005, Ashoka Fellowship by Ashoka: Innovators for the Public in 2002, ‘Man of the Year’ by The Week magazine in India in 2001 and the Governors Medal by the J&K State Government in 1996.
President, The Talent Strategy Group
Marc helps the world's biggest brands and most successful companies elevate the quality and impact of their talent. He leads transformational projects globally in industries ranging from pharmaceuticals to consumer products to technology. As the founder and President of the Talent Strategy Group, he leads the firm’s global consulting, education, executive search and publishing businesses.
Marc co-authored the Harvard Business Review Publishing best-selling book One Page Talent Management, often called the “talent management bible.” Companies worldwide apply its discipline of science-based simplicity, accountability and transparency. His upcoming book 8 Steps to High Performance will be published by Harvard Business Review in July 2018.
Marc co-founded the Talent Management Institute at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan - Flagler Business School. It has become the world’s most popular executive education program on talent management with more than 3,000 graduates.
Marc publishes Talent Quarterly magazine which he founded in 2013 to help executives make smarter decisions about how to manage talent.
Prior to forming The Talent Strategy Group, Marc served as VP, Talent Management for Avon Products and led Global Leadership Consulting Practice for Aon Hewitt. He was also SVP, Leadership Development for Bank of America and a Congressional Staff Assistant.
Marc is a sought after speaker on talent management and leadership topics by both corporations and conferences. He is widely quoted on talent issues in the business media and has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Influencers in HR.
Marc founded and leads the New Talent Management Network, a non-profit HR networking and research organization that is now the world's largest talent management organization with more than 3,000 members.
Marc earned a M.B.A. from the Yale University School of Management and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington.
Chairman, ICRIER, Founder, Genpact Ltd, Chairman, Clix Capital
Pramod is the Chairperson of Clix Capital, as well as ICRIER, an economic research think tank. He was also the Founder and CEO of Genpact ltd, and the Chairman and Co-Founder of the Skills Academy.
Earlier he was the President & CEO of GE Capital in India from 1994 to 2005, and GE Capital Asia from 1998 to 2001. He was with the General Electric Corporation in UK and the USA and Asia for over 25 years.
Pramod is considered the Pioneer of the Business Process Industry in India. He founded Genpact in 1996 and led it till 2011. Genpact is a NYSE publicly listed Global business that currently spans 26+ countries and employs over 90,000 people. Under his leadership, Genpact also pioneered this industry in Easter Europe, China and Latin America. Genpact currently has a market capitalization of approximately $8 billion and revenues of over $3 billion.
Pramod is currently the Chairman of Clix Capital, a Financial Services Business in India focused on providing digital platforms and financial services to consumers and small businesses.
He founded the Skills Academy, that focuses on providing vocational skills for the under privileged. The Skills Academy operated in over 15 states, principally in smaller towns and villages to provide vocational skills training in a wide variety of skills and occupations. He served as the Chairperson of CII’s Skills Committee for many years, and was a member of CII’s National Council.
He is the co-founder of Asha Impact, an organisation focused on Social Impact Investments and Advocacy in key areas such as Education, Waste Management, Healthcare and Financial Inclusions. He is a Strategic Advisor to Kedaara, a Private Equity firm.
He sits on the Governing Board of Help Age India, Vishwas, an NGO for handicapped children He currently serves on the Board of DLF Ltd., and in the past, has served on the Board of Bank of India and NDTV and SRF Ltd. He has been the Chairman of Nasscom and was voted IT Man of the Year by DataQuest, and Manger of the Year by EY & Co. He was also the President of TIE, NCR.
Pramod is a Chartered Accountant ( England and Wales) and an alumni of Shri Ram College of commerce.
Managing Director & CEO, Mahindra Group
Dr. Anish Shah is currently the Deputy Managing Director and Group CFO for the Mahindra Group, with responsibility for the Group Corporate Office and full oversight of all businesses other than the Auto and Farm sectors. The Board has appointed him as the Managing Director and CEO designate for the Mahindra Group, effective Apr 2, 2021. His prior role was Group President (Strategy), where he led strategy development; built capabilities such as digitisation and data sciences; enabled synergies across Group companies and managed the Risk and performance review organisations.
Anish was President and CEO of GE Capital India from 2009-14, where he led the transformation of the business, including a turnaround of its SBI Card joint venture. His career at GE spanned 14 years, during which he held several leadership positions at GE Capital’s US and global units. As Director, Global Mortgage, he worked across 33 countries to drive growth and manage risk. As Senior Vice President (Marketing and Product Development) at GE Mortgage Insurance, he led various growth initiatives and played a key role in preparing the business for an IPO, as a spinoff from GE. In his initial years with GE, Anish also led Strategy, eCommerce and Sales Force Effectiveness and had the unique experience of running a dot-com business within GE. Anish also received GE’s prestigious Lewis Latimer Award for outstanding utilisation of Six Sigma in developing a “Digital Cockpit.”
He also has diverse experience with global businesses beyond GE. He led Bank of America's US Debit Products business, where he launched an innovative rewards program, led numerous initiatives in payment technology and worked closely with various teams across the Bank to enhance value for the customer.
As a strategy consultant at Bain & Company in Boston, he worked across multiple industries, including banking, oil rigs, paper, paint, steam boilers and medical equipment. His first role was with Citibank in Mumbai, where he issued bank guarantees and letters of credit as Assistant Manager, Trade Services.
Anish holds a Ph.D from Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business where his doctoral thesis was in the field of Corporate Governance. He also received a Masters degree from Carnegie Mellon and has a post-graduate diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He has received various scholarships, including the William Latimer Mellon Scholarship, Industry Scholarship at IIMA, National Talent Search and Sir Dorabji Tata Trust.
Padma Shree Awardee, Mountaineer, Adventurer, Explorer
Ajeet Bajaj is an adventurer and explorer and is the first Indian to have completed the Polar Trilogy which entails skiing to the North Pole, to the South Pole and across Greenland. He is the first Asian to have rafted and kayaked some of the most challenging rivers of the world spanning six continents. He has won a bronze medal in the national games for kayaking and one silver and two bronze medals in international rafting competitions in Switzerland and Russia. He captained the international team for world white water rafting championships in Turkey in 1994. Ajeet has done a number of first descents of rivers and is considered a pioneer of river rafting, kayaking, expedition skiing and sea kayaking in India. Ajeet has had the proud privilege of conducting fifty courses and expeditions for the Indian Armed Forces including special forces in river rafting and white water kayaking down some of the most turbulent rivers in country
Ajeet is a PADI ( Professional Association of Diving Instructors) certified rescue diver and qualified as a mountaineering instructor from ENSA, French National School of Skiing and Alpinism. Ajeet scaled Mount Everest with his daughter Deeya on May 16th, 2018 from Tibet becoming the first Indian Daughter Father duo to have accomplished this. They are the first parent child team in the world to have climbed Mount Everest from the harder North side. The duo also gave a strong message about the girl child in India that given the opportunity and nurturing, girls can attain great heights. Ajeet and his daughter have climbed six of the seven summits, the highest mountain on every continent.
Ajeet is the founder and Managing Director of Snow Leopard Adventures Pvt. Ltd., three times National Tourism Award winning organization He is Co-founder/ Director of Adventure Nation.com, India’s leading online adventure tourism portal with yatra.com He is Founder, Planet Harmony, an initiative to integrate to the mainstream children from disturbed areas such as J&K, North East and Naxal affected areas.
Ajeet has served as member of Global Sustainable Tourism Council, a United Nations World Tourism Organisation. Ajeet was Chairperson of the Camping Policy & Caravan Tourism Policy for Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India. Ajeet is fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and Fellow, Aspen Global Leadership Network. Ajeet was invited to participate in the Champions of Change Event with the Prime Minister of India in August 2017. Ajeet has served two terms as President, Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI).
Ajeet Bajaj was conferred the Padma Shri in 2012 by the President of India. He has been felicitated with the 'Hall of Fame' award by the Adventure Tour Operators Association of India and the ‘Hall of fame’ by the “Indian Association of Tour Operators’.
MD & CEO, Future Brands Ltd Author, Columnist, Social Commentator
Santosh is the Managing Director and CEO of Future Brands Ltd. Future Brands is a branding services company that creates and manages a portfolio of brands and offers consulting services in the brand and consumer space. Before taking up this assignment, he was the President of McCann-Erickson, one of India’s premier advertising agencies. A post graduate from Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, his interest lies in studying the evolving nature of consumer culture in India. He wears two hats, one as an authoritative voice in matters relating to brands and consumers and the other as a social commentator, making sense of the complex changes India is undergoing.
He has served on the board of ING Vysya Bank and is currently on the boards of Future Consumer Products Limited, Oxfam India, D.B. Corp. Ltd and Breakthrough. He is also a member of the Governing Councils of Mudra Institute of Communication, Ahmedabad & Praxis Business School, Kolkata. He has been writing a weekly column in the Times of India for over 16 years and is the author of the bestselling Mother Pious Lady-Making Sense of Everyday India, a book that examines how the everyday life of middle class India has evolved.
Co-Founder & Director, Speaking Minds
Raga’s story of coming out at 50, made headlines and today she is a much sought after speaker internationally. Her story, that she wrote during lockdown, is now being adapted into a feature film.
Raga Olga D’silva is the Co-Founder and Director of Speaking Minds, a speaker engagement agency and international bureau, and is an expert in the field of corporate speaking and B2B content curation. She is also a consultant and provides advise on taking up speaking as a profession and how to be a published author.
Prior to setting up her own consultancy, Raga has worked in senior positions in advertising in India and New Zealand and has been the recipient of several prestigious awards globally.
Raga is a prolific speaker and influencer on issues such as diversity & inclusion, unconscious bias and doing business in India. Raga is the author of ‘Untold Lies’ and a Trustee on the board of children’s charity CRY UK. Raga was the first woman of Indian origin to be on the Board of India New Zealand Business Council in 2004, a position she held for 3 years. She has appeared on BBC, Channel 4, Sky TV, ITV, TVNZ and various media platforms in a professional and personal capacity.
As the South Asian Ambassador for Diabetes UK, she works on helping the community in its fight against the disease. She holds positions on many boards, including a member on the D&I at Sony Pictures.
She is finally out and proud with her long term same gender partner and a mother of twins. She divides her time between London, Mumbai and New Zealand.
Group Director, Birla Carbon; Director, Chemicals; and Director, Group Human Resources, Aditya Birla Group
Dr. Santrupt Misra is currently the Group Director, Birla Carbon; Director, Chemicals; and Director, Group Human Resources for the Aditya Birla Group, a Global Indian Conglomerate, in the league of Fortune 500.
A business leader and an HR Professional of standing, with over three decades of experience in global business leadership, corporate governance, organizational transformation, non-profit leadership, and Human Resource development, Santrupt has worked at Board level for over two decades as Non-Executive Director and Executive Director in publicly listed companies, unlisted companies, and not for Profit Organizations both in India and overseas. He is a Director in several companies of the Aditya Birla Group including Aditya Birla Capital Ltd., Grasim, and Birla Carbon Thailand, which are publicly listed companies. Dr Misra has recently been appointed as a Director on the Board of Karmayogi Bharat. Mission Karmayogi has been launched by the Government of India with the objective to create a competent responsive civil service which can help drive the agenda of effective and efficient public service delivery. He served as an Independent Director on the Board of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. , a leading Government of India enterprise, and as the Chairperson of the Board of Governors of the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela.
He is also on Governing Bodies of professional organisations/associations such as the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) U.S.A. He was also on the Board of the Xavier’s Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar and the Worldwide ERC, USA. He also served as a member of the SHRM Certification Commission, USA.
Dr Misra also serves as the Chairman of the Project Advisory Committee for the ‘Ekamra Kshetra Scheme’, an Odisha State Government project of immense significance for the heritage of Odisha. He is also a Member to the Governing Council (GC) of the United Nations Global Compact Network India (UN GCNI).
Under his leadership Birla Carbon has emerged as a global leader in the carbon black space from its beginnings as a regionally focused carbon black player. He has been instrumental in developing a strong employer brand for the Aditya Birla Group, which has been named as the Best Employer in India, Great Place for Leaders to Work, and Top Company for Leaders by Aon Hewitt, Fortune Magazine, and RBL Group, respectively at different times.
Dr. Misra holds two Post Graduate degrees in Political Science and in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations, from the Utkal University & the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, respectively. In addition, he also holds two PhDs, from India & UK, in Public Administration and Industrial Relations, respectively, and an honorary D.Sc. degree from Aston University, U.K. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources (NAHR), USA; Hon. Fellow of the Coaching Federation of India; an Eisenhower Fellow, an Aston Business School Fellow, an AIMA Fellow and a Commonwealth Scholar.
President & Group CHRO, Piramal Group.
Vikram Bector is the President and Group Chief Human Resources Officer for the Piramal Group.
Vikram has over 30 years of experience across diverse sectors like IT, Financial Services, Consulting, Automotive and Pharmaceuticals. He has previously worked with big global Indian conglomerates and MNCs like – Reliance Industries Limited, Tata Motors, Cipla, Deloitte, Satyam Computers and the Aditya Birla Group.
In addition to core HR, he has a deep expertise in Mergers & Acquisitions and leading change initiatives globally. Under his stewardship many Piramal Group companies have made it to the top of the Best Employer Lists. Piramal Group has recently been featured as a top employer in the Forbes list, having been ranked at number 32 in the global list.
Vikram is a distinguished executive coach and a facilitator.
Independent Director & Former CEO JLL, India
With over 40 years of experience, Gagan is currently the “Chief Evangelist – Culture” at Anarock Property Consultants Pvt. Ltd. She leads the Ethics, Diversity and CSR programs at the Company and also oversees the Legal function.
She is an Independent Director on the boards of Timex Group since 2007 and of Future Retail Ltd since 2016. She heads the Audit Committees of both Companies.
Gagan worked for 10 years at JLL India till March 2017 as CEO – Business. During her stint at JLL, amongst other things, Gagan oversaw the integration of Meghraj with JLL, led the Project and Development Services business, set up and led the Sri Lanka operations and started SEZ Shared Service office for the Asia Pacific region. She also launched and implemented the D&I, Ethics and CSR initiatives at the Company.
Prior to JLL, Gagan was with Benetton India for over 6 years as Executive Director and was appointed CEO in 2005. Gagan spent 14 years from 1982 to 1995 in Nepal with the Soaltee Group, the leading conglomerate of Nepal.
A Chartered Accountant and Cost Accountant by qualification, she is a Trustee of Salaam Baalak Trust and is also the founding Vice President of Youthreach.
Chairman & MD, Gamma Pizzakraft India & Gamma Pizzakraft Lanka Pvt Ltd
Amar Raj Singh is the Chairman and Managing Director of Gamma Pizzakraft Pvt Ltd and Gamma Lanka Pvt Ltd, franchisees of Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and Delifrance, owning 75 outlets in NCR Delhi, Srilanka and Maldives . This entrepreneurial venture was commenced in 2005. He is also a consultant in the food and beverage industry and a director on the board of Sapphire Foods India Pvt Ltd a franchisee of Pizza Hut and KFC pan India.
He did his schooling from Delhi Public School and finished his graduation from Sri Ram College of Commerce. He then went on to become a Chartered Accountant. He did his Senior Executive Programme from London Business School and a specialized course in Strategy and Organisation from Stanford Business School.
Amar started his career as a practicing chartered accountant. He then moved to Nepal for 14 years and rose to become the CEO of Soaltee Group, one of the largest and most prestigious business houses in the country, having international joint ventures and interests in Hospitality, Tobacco, Tea, Transportation etc. He then returned to India in 1996 and took over as Vice President with Coca Cola India and was responsible for the setting up of new plants and corporate affairs for India. After 5 years with Coke he moved on to become the Managing Director for India and South Asia, for Diageo, the world’s largest liquor company owning brands like Johnnie Walker, Guinness and Smirnoff. He has worked extensively with CII and other business chambers in India and Nepal.
Amar is a keen golfer and sportsman. He is widely traveled. He was the Captain of the Royal Nepal Golf Club. He is a guest lecturer at Management Institutes on Culture & Competitive Advantage and Corporate Social Responsibility. He has written several articles and features. He is a poet, actor and singer. He is the former President of The Aravali Center for Art & Culture and a trustee of The Akshar Foundation which works in the field of dyslexia education .
He was decorated twice by His Majesty the King of Nepal for his services in the SAARC region.
Mountaineer, Adventurer, Explorer & Motivator
Deeya Bajaj has made adventure a mission in her life - achieving feats that dreams are made of. A modern-day explorer and adventurer, she is a living example of how to not just survive but enjoy challenges and pressures.
Having travelled the most tough terrains of the world, she talks about female empowerment and how to think, take decisions, lead and be a team player in times of adversity.
Executive Coach & Organization Consultant
David is an HR professional with over 34 years of experience with GE, American Express and Xerox. Starting his career in sales, he discovered his true calling, nine years later, in developing people and building leaders. In 1992, he made a conscious career transition into the field of people development and never looked back for the next 25 years. Over this period, David grew into a global HR leader at GE through various roles of progressive responsibility. In 2017, he retired to pursue a new chapter in his life as a coach and an independent consultant aiming to transform people and organizations.
David has an art for helping leaders grow. Through his career at GE, he helped to build an international leadership bench, personally hiring and developing many senior business and functional leaders in key global markets. He developed a passion for coaching and had the opportunity to work closely with a variety of GE executives across the globe as they evolved and advanced in their careers.
Today, David resides in southern Wisconsin, USA with his wife, Susan. He spends his time helping his clients see themselves for what they can be while he continuously learns to be a better coach. David also volunteers his time, serving on the board of Vision Forward Association, a ‘not for profit’ organization that helps transform the lives of the blind and visually impaired.
Managing Partner, Global Training Transformation
As Managing Partner of Global Training Transformation, Susan is an internationally recognized Speaker, award-winning Talent Development Expert, and Author. In the last 20+ years Susan has spoken in over 40 countries on 6 continents, developed and trained over 500 workshops and helped over 150,000 people around the world transform their personal and professional lives.
Susan specializes in Training Architecture to improve the performance of people, custom designing programs in The Art of Persuasion, Leading with Emotional Intelligence, Managing Generations in the Workplace and, Resilience, to name a few. She has worked with such organizations as Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Philips, Medronic, and SABIC to design global training programs that raise individual and organizational performance. Her experience ranges from Healthcare, Medical Devices, Banking, Mining, Pharma, Timber, Oil & Gas as well as training the Ministers of several foreign nations.
Susan is an Instructional Designer and Master Trainer. Global Training Transformation’s programs have won the CSTD Gold Award for Excellence in Training (Vendor Category) as well as having a Leadership Program custom designed for a Central Asian client named as one of the top 5 Leadership programs in the world by HR.com
Vice President & Head of Human Resources, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, India
Sailesh Menezes is currently the India HR Leader with an overall responsibility for the India Geography. Sailesh has played multiple roles in his career with HP/HPE including the HR leader for the Sales, Engineering (R&D), Services & Software organizations in the country, and has been responsible for the execution of people strategy, engagement & development, employee relations and talent management.
Prior to joining Hewlett-Packard in December 2011, Sailesh had worked in two other organizations for about 15 years both in India and the US, first at IBM (www.ibm.com) and more recently at Wipro Technologies (www.wipro.com) as a General Manager where he had a global responsibility leading Talent Management and Organization Capability Building in addition to driving HR Systems & Solutions, Processes and HR Policy formulation across the 140,000 strong organization.
He is a post graduate rank holder in business management from the Xavier Institute of Management & Entrepreneurship, India.
CHRO, Sony Pictures Networks India
“To believe in heroic makes heroes” Benjamin Disraeli - Driven by the purpose to strive for excellence, Manu focuses on nurturing ecosystems wherein individuals challenge their own, as well their team’s limits, to drive the growth of the organization and the universe around them.
With a career spanning over two plus decades, across multiple industries and countries, Manu has steered workplace & people agenda of globally dynamic organizations likes Sony Pictures, Coca- Cola, American Express & GE, specializing in roles like Head HR, Talent & Development, Mergers & Acquisitions, HR Transformation, Change & Digital Innovation. She has also operated in board positions wherein, she was/is entrusted to safeguard the company's interest as it pertains to license to operate and sustain in the marketplace. Manu is a graduate of the GE Human Resources Leadership Program (#HRLP) and started her career as a Finance Analyst with Tata Unisys.
Apart from corporate endeavors, Manu is an active industry activist and member of various forums like Co-Chairperson of the CII Western Region Leadership & HR Committee, Member of CII – National Leadership & HR Committee, Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) – Asia Pacific Advisory Board, LNOD Advisory Council, Chandigarh University Corporate Advisory Board, Jombay Board of Directors and AIMA YLC. She is also an active participant in various country growth efforts, such as #Startup India and a regular speaker at industry forums, wherein she passionately delivers insights on Leadership and HR Transformation, Change Management and Human Capital Index, amongst other key topics.
Manu is a qualified MBTI, Six Sigma professional, Instruction Designer & Facilitator on variety of leadership & professional skills subjects. She has acquired her bachelor's in Finance, Statistics & Economics and master’s in human resources from Symbiosis Center of Management & HRD, India.
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CHRO, Wipro Enterprises
Ayaskant currently heads Leadership Hiring and Redeployment, Talent Management, L&D and Talent Analytics & Systems for Wipro Limited globally.
Prior to this role, he was heading the HR function for all Service Lines of Wipro Technologies, providing HR Leadership to 80,000 employees globally. He is based out of Bangalore.
Ayaskant has spent more than 20 years in the area of Human Resources and brings with him significant experience in areas like work force planning, talent acquisition, talent management, C&B, M&A, Learning and Development and Analytics over the years globally.
He is a regular speaker at many Industry forums and also mentors a couple of start- ups in the space of talent acquisition, notably TurboHire.
Prior to Wipro, Ayaskant has worked with General Electric, Infosys Technologies and Larsen & Toubro. Ayaskant joined Wipro in 2012 after more than a decade stint with General Electric.
Ayaskant has done his engineering from NIT Surat and his master’s in human resources from Xavier Institute of Management.
Corporate Secretary, Chief of Staff & Head, Government Affairs, SHRM
Emily M. Dickens, J.D., serves as SHRM's Corporate Secretary and Chief of Staff. She is the executive responsible for coordinating staff to implement the CEO's vision, serving as corporate secretary for the SHRM Board and subsidiary boards, as well as managing external partnerships and providing oversight for the Government Affairs division.
Dickens is an attorney with significant and progressive experience in government, higher education and the non-profit sector. She has served as a member of the leadership team at the University of North Carolina system, the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Her prior roles include general counsel, chief relationship officer, senior vice president, vice president for public policy and assistant vice president for federal relations. Dickens has also worked at Duke University and Fayetteville State University in administrative and external affairs roles.
Emily is actively engaged in board service. She formerly served on the Fayetteville/Cumberland (NC) Chamber of Commerce (Secretary of the Board), the Cumberland County Workforce Development Board, the North Carolina Partnership for Defense Innovation Board, and the Educational Advancement Foundation. She is currently a member of the Advisory Council of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), the Advisory Board of the College of Arts and Sciences at North Carolina Central University, and chairs the International HBCU Task Force for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
She is a graduate of North Carolina Central University and North Carolina Central University School of Law.
SHRM-SCP, Chief Global Development Office, SHRM
Nick Schacht is a highly experienced executive with more than three decades of experience in professional services, education, and corporate learning and development. He has a history of driving product innovation, growth and profitability and he has led organizations operating worldwide.
Nick is Chief Global Development Officer for SHRM, the world's largest HR professional society. Before joining SHRM, Nick was the founder and CEO of KnowCyber, a learning and development company focused on improving the cybersecurity-related skills of people in all types of organizations worldwide. Prior to KnowCyber, Nick was President and Chief Operating Officer for PetroSkills, a provider of training and development services to the worldwide petroleum industry. Prior to that, he was CEO and President of Learning Tree International, a publicly traded provider of IT and management learning and development. Nick was also the President of Global Learning Systems, a start-up focused on e-Learning and digital content. He served in a variety of capacities at ESI International, culminating in his role as President when ESI was sold to the Institute for International Research (IIR) and then as Group President for the Americas for IIR. He has been a Research Fellow at the Logistics Management Institute, and began his career as a U.S. Navy Supply Officer, on the headquarters staff of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program.
Nick graduated with honors from the U.S. Naval Academy, and holds Master's degrees in Administration from the University of Maryland University College, and Information Systems Technology from The George Washington University.
SHRM Advisor & Co-Founder, Salto Dee Fe
Rajan works in the area of Business Enablement and Leapfrogging Organisations to the next orbit of growth. His ﬁrm focuses on 4 practice areas - Talent Management, Organisation Transformation, Executive Search and Leadership Skilling. He and his team has cre-ated the revolutionary One Minute Feedback mobile application tool, Karma Notes.
Rajan has a rich and varied 28 years experience in Human Re-sources . He does cuNng edge Talent Management work with Marc Eﬀron for Fortune 100 companies across the globe, closer home he is involved with Harvard Business Press, Stanford Seed and SHRM advising, consulting, teaching and coaching their clients.
For the past 9 years Rajan has been consulting, advising, training, coaching and launching organisations in their next growth orbit. He has worked with over 100 clients in varied sectors including Fortune 100 Global, Indian private and public sector companies. His clients seek his advice to solve complex Talent/ Performance Management issues, build robust Talent strategies and Transform Organisations.
Since 1992, Rajan has garnered his expertise through hard-won experience across multiple sectors – in manufacturing industry he worked with Eicher and Ballarpur Industries, in FMCG with Coca Cola, and in consul;ng with Eicher Consultancy Services (ECS), before geNng into ﬁnancial services with Max New York Life Insurance (MNYL). He spent over a decade in the ﬁnancial services industry.
In his corporate career, Rajan has been instrumental in seNng up HR functions, formulating the philoso-phy, strategy and policies of the function. He has speciﬁc expertise in the areas of Performance Man-agement, Compensation, Feedback & Talent Management. He has been instrumental in Transforming Organisations over the last 15 years. He regularly tweets and publishes on LinkedIn.
Rajan has been trained by Harvard Business Publishing in Case study methodology, DDI in Performance Management & Coaching, by SHL in OPQ Assessments. He is an international speaker, expert in the areas of Human Resources & Performance Feedback.
Rajan is Masters in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations from Panjab University, Chandigarh. He is certiﬁed in Organisation Design from IIMB and in Behaviour Economics 101 from Rotman School, Toronto.
Thyag co-founded Virkware to lead the charge on future of work. Early career was spent coding in Silicon Valley followed by consulting with PwC across financial services, retail and pharma sectors. Subsequently he joined Credit Suisse covering multiple roles in Asia over nearly 10 years, most recently leading the Risk & Compliance change teams across Asia Pacific. He is an alum of Bishop Cotton (Bangalore), NTU (Singapore) and IIM Bangalore. In his free time he’s an experimental investor and a passionate tennis player.
Founder, Abhijit Bhaduri & Associates
He is a Talent Management practitioner with global experience across various sectors. He is the ex-Chief Learning Officer for Wipro, a role he worked at for seven years. As an alumnus of Microsoft, PepsiCo, Colgate and Tata Steel he has been exposed to globally acknowledged best practices in leadership and culture building. Forbes describes him as “one of the most interesting Globalists“. LinkedIn voted him as a must know writer. More than half a million followers on LinkedIn and Twitter follow his short form articles and sketches. SHRM describes him as an “Influencer”.