February 25-27 2019

Austin, TX

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2018 Speaker Faculty


Juan Garcia
Global Leader for Associate Career Development

LEAP: “Transforming career development to provide our associates with a platform to pursue their aspirations.”

Dija Fraser
Vice President Global Talent Acquisition

LEAP: “Taking a fresh approach to building the retail workforce of the future.”

Mazzy Cameron
Global Talent & Organizational Development Lead
eBay & Stubhub

LEAP: “Re-imagining work as an incubator for high impact experiences.”

James Cameron
Vice President Global Leader Development

LEAP: “Challenging the way leadership development programs have traditionally been done.”

Michael Lopez
Head of Human Resources & Communications
Athleta – Gap Inc.

LEAP: “Building a billion dollar growth engine to drive innovation across an established retailer.”

Susan Lee
Head of People
Warby Parker

LEAP: “Scaling a retail business on a digital foundation whilst retaining a start-up culture.”

Michelle Krummen
Group Vice President Human Resources, Performance & Talent

LEAP: “Rethinking HR to become an agile, talent-focused retailer.”

Gina Contella
Head of Talent

LEAP: “Rethinking how we train our online associates to provide a worldclass retail experience.”

Marie McCarthy
Chief Human Resources Officer
L.L. Bean

LEAP: “Re-imagining how we stay true to our values while we transform.”

Martin Evans
Chief Human Resources Officer

LEAP: “Rethinking how talent acquisition connects to the needs of our retail customers.”

Kristin Oliver
Chief Human Resources Officer

LEAP: “Reframing the role of instore associates to give them more strategic responsibility.”

Gianna Venturi
Chief People Officer
Eyemart Express

LEAP: “Reshaping learning to transform how we train and develop our retail workforce.”

Lori Bremer
Head of Training & Development
Dollar General

LEAP: “Transforming our employee engagement strategy to radically improve customer experience.”

D. Chad Strickland
Former SVP, Associate Resources

LEAP: Rethinking workforce design in retail

Jessica Deal
Vice President Human Resources

LEAP: “Leveraging an innovative business model while developing a workforce in a rapid growth environment.”

Rhonda Stickely
Chief Human Resources Officer
Bass Pro Shops

LEAP: “Rethinking how we can translate the best parts of our culture across the business.”

Michael Hennessy
Founder and CEO

LEAP: "Pioneering fresh, innovative approaches to engaging future retail talent"

Adam Goodson
Vice President of Technology Solutions

Brogan Taylor
Vice President

LEAP: "Transforming the Impact of Recognition Programs in Retail."

Bianca McCann
Chief Human Resources Officer

Katherine Moore
Senior Director
Guild Education

LEAP: "Transforming tuition assistance from a cost center into a strategic investment."

Bill Clark
Senior Vice President Human Resources
Five Below

LEAP: “Rethinking what we can do now to prepare the future retail workforce.”

Lee Meiner
Senior Vice President Human Resources
Theory & Helmut Lang

LEAP: “Translating new thinking around what it means to be a successful retailer of tomorrow.”

Joe Garcia Phd
Head of Talent Management and Organizational Effectiveness
The Home Depot

LEAP: "Rethinking how we engage and retain our newest retail talent."

Chrissie Leibman
Senior Director, Enterprise Field Learning & Development
Gap Inc.

LEAP: “Rethinking how we build speed and agility into our traditional HR processes.”

Danielle Boyd
Senior Vice President Human Resources
Fresh Thyme Farmers Market

LEAP: “Taking a fresh approach to finding and developing future retail talent.”

Stephanie Sordelet
Head of Talent
Floor & Decor

LEAP: “Investing in innovative recruitment marketing platforms that have transformed our recruitment results.”

Kee Meng Yeo
Vice President Enterprise Talent Development

LEAP: “Rethinking how we build agile leadership in a rapidly changing retail environment.”

Sarah Kalloch
Executive Director
Good Jobs Institute

LEAP: “Rethinking how retailers can provide good jobs to improve operational effectiveness.”

Carla David
Vice President Human Resources
PHV Corp

LEAP: “Driving a resilient culture to strengthen our business in a changing retail landscape.”

Aaron Belville
Vice President Human Resources
Dollar General

LEAP: "Rethinking employee engagement strategies.”

JD Dillon
Principal Learning Strategist

LEAP: “Transforming learning ecosystems to help retailers develop tomorrow’s leaders.”

Rick Peeples
Senior Vice President
Lockton Companies

LEAP: “Helping brands manage the risk of a rapidly changing retail industry.”

Jemma Boon
Head of Content - LEAP HR
Hanson Wade

LEAP: “Providing a platform to drive radical change through people.”