Keynote Speakers

Hear from world-renowned keynote speakers who will deliver thought-provoking ideas to inspire you to transform how you work.

Global shifts in economics, politics & business: what’s it going to take to be successful?

Dr. Dambisa Moyo, Global Economist

The defining challenge of our time is how do we create solid and sustained economic growth and continue to meaningfully put a dent in poverty across the world.  In essence, how do we restore robust growth in the Eurozone, the United States, and around the industrialized economies creaking under mounting debt, challenging demographics, and stagnating productivity; and how do we boost growth in the developing world – home to 90 percent of the world’s population and where, on average, 70 percent of the population is less than 25 years old – as a period of unprecedented economic expansion begins to slow in some places and regress in others. Dr. Moyo will address the structural and tactical implications of global macroeconomic trends, why this time is different, and investment opportunities for the future.

Think Different!

Duncan Wardle, Former Head of Innovation and Creativity at the Walt Disney Company

Do you ever wonder why most of your best ideas come to you in the shower, during your commute, while falling asleep, or some other unexpected place? Have you ever pitched a new idea, only to watch it get diluted or killed as it moves through the processes? Ever wanted to know how Walt Disney came up with the idea for a Disneyland or how Netflix completely revolutionized the movie rental industry? In his over 25-year career at the world’s most innovative organization – The Walt Disney Company – Duncan Wardle learned many important things about building a profitable business and winning creative culture. The most important? If you want to be different, you have to Think Different! After this immersive session from Duncan, your organization’s ability to mine for creativity and innovation will be drastically improved and you will leave with an actionable set of creative behaviors and innovation tools that will immediately foster a culture of innovation and creativity in your company.

The Hacker’s Blacklist: Critical cybersecurity threats and solutions

John Sileo, Cyber Security Expert

John Sileo will discuss how to avoid becoming the next disastrous data-breach headline, you must foster a healthy culture of security that addresses both the technological and human elements of data defense. Change happens when you create energy and buy-in among the people who handle your mission-critical information. When it comes to the latest data security threats, you can’t possibly do everything—but you must do the right things. This cyber security training crash course forges a high-level, non-technical path through the often-confusing web of human decision making, cyber defense, mobile technology, IoT, social media and cloud computing—critical components of your success. This highly-interactive presentation builds on John’s experience losing everything to cybercrime and ends with an actionable roadmap of next steps.

The Generation Myth

Dr. Alexis Abramson, Generational Innovation Expert, Author and Emmy Award Winning Journalist

With a doctorate in the science of aging, Alexis is the world’s leading keynote speaker, expert, and researcher on the topic of the “Generation Myth.” Alexis is an Emmy award-winning journalist who has written five highly acclaimed books and is a regularly featured guest on the Today show, CNN, CNBC, FOX, CBS, MSNBC and many other media outlets. This presentation will leave you with a greater understanding of the generational myths, and facts, that impact your company’s productivity. There are many factors that are far more important, and well supported, in predicting workplace attitudes like engagement, behavior, performance and retention than the birth years of employees. During her dynamic presentation Alexis will share how organizations can build stronger workforces if they remove the ‘generation lens’ and view their employees as uniquely skilled individuals.

Derren Brown — Psychological illusionist

With beguiling feats of mind reading and suggestion, Derren Brown explores psychological manipulation and its implications for the human experience. Derren Brown redefines magic through must-see TV and stage events, exhilarating audiences for 20 years in the UK and now worldwide with his brand of psychological illusion. He has gained a reputation as a performer consistently prepared to break down boundaries.

Client Speakers:

Understand how business leaders like you have confronted and overcome challenges to constantly drive innovation and success within their organization. Clients confirmed to speak at ReThink 2020 are:

  • Antonio Salvador, Former Chief Digital Officer, GPA
  • Traci Memmott, Global Head of Payroll, PayPal
  • Natascha Moore, International Payroll Manager and Global Process Owner Payroll, FedEx
  • Sunita Cherian, SVP HR, Wipro

Pre-Conference Workshops:

il futuro? The Future of…predictions, myths, reality and implications on HR and the workforce
Jonathan Sears, Principal, People Advisory Services, EY

We’ve talked, read about, surveyed and predicted the future of work, HR, and payroll for more than a decade. Where does that leave us today? Join EY for real talk about what predictions have come true, what is still to be determined, and how this ‘future of’ concept sets up HR, payroll and the workforce for…the future.

Deloitte’s 2019 Payroll Benchmarking Survey
Brian Proctor, Managing Director, Payroll & Workforce Management Solutions, Deloitte Consulting

Learn about the findings of Deloitte’s new Payroll Benchmarking Survey 2019. Sponsored by the American Payroll Association (APA) and the Global Payroll Management Institute (GPMI), it is one of the most robust and comprehensive payroll benchmarking surveys available. Get insight into domestic and global payroll operations that can impact actionable decisions to improve employee experience, accuracy and efficiency, enabling technologies, transparency and flexibility.

Panel Discussion with PwC, KPMG and Spencer Thomas Group

Join us for an interactive panel discussion with HR industry specialists from KPMG, PwC and Spencer Thomas Group. Topics will include:-

  • What socio-political and economic developments impact how organizations move people globally and how are organizations responding to these challenges?
  • How can organizations leverage technology to enable workforce mobility?
  • What are the best approaches for delivering successful transformation initiatives? How can you prepare your organization, identify the key roles, estimate the time required and manage the workload?
  • What do you really need to think about and where do you start with a mergers and acquisitions process?
  • Where next for HR leaders who have managed successful global transformation projects?

How Stanford Health Care is revolutionizing employee engagement
David Jones, Chief Human Resource Officer, Stanford Health Care and Myshel Romans, VP Talent and Brand, The Marcus Buckingham Company (An ADP Company)

At the highest levels of HR you are all wrestling with how to keep your talented people. Yet most companies struggle to move the engagement needle, with engagement scores barely moving one percentage point year on year.

David Jones, CHRO at Stanford Health Care – one of the most innovative health systems in the United States – has done something very different. Over a few months he has launched, measured, and elevated his employee’s engagement scores dramatically. His methods were unorthodox. His results have been extraordinary. In this session David will not present a glossy picture of the perfect ‘how-to’ but will instead describe the real-world challenges that he and his team met and overcame – what the flashpoints were, the roadblocks, and the giant leaps forward.

This will be a highly interactive session aimed at the senior HR practitioner and designed to help you pick the brain of one of your own. David and his team have done something that so few have been able to do. Our hope is that you will leave with practical ideas and insights about how you and your company can do the same.

Your people, your data, your money: ADP secures your most important assets
Roland Cloutier, Corporate Vice President and Global Chief Security Officer, ADP

Today’s digital landscape means limitless possibilities, and also complex security risks and threats. Join us for this in-depth, interactive roundtable discussion where we will look at how security is ingrained in every step of your organization’s journey, discuss innovation in preparing for and defending against emerging and more complex threats, and answer your security-related questions.

ADP Speakers:

Explore a vision for the future as ADP experts guide you in building an organization that can thrive in the face of an ever-evolving industry and competitive landscape. You’ll get market insights from ADP Research Institute, learn more about our product strategy, global payroll solutions and future HCM vision and hear directly from our HR leaders on ADP’s journey to a strength-based organization.


Non vediamo l’ora di vederti a roma (We look forward to seeing you in Rome!)
ADP ReThink Global HCM Conference
January 21-23, 2020
Rome, Italy

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