Talent Management Conference


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Haider Abdullah

Haider has over 15 years of consulting and insurance industry experience working across all verticals of the industry. A native of Toronto, Canada, he joined Mercer Canada’s team in 2016 as a relationship manager for their group retirement business. Since then he has relocated to Los Angeles and continues to focus on Relationship Management, with a greater focus on broader business delivery and aligning the needs of current and potential clients with the appropriate Mercer resources. He works closely with all of Mercer’s specialty practices including their Health, Wealth and Human Capital teams.

Haider holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law and Psychology.

Al Adamsen

Al Adamsen is a globally recognized thought leader, advisor and educator in the areas of Talent Strategy, Workforce Planning & Analytics, Talent Measurement and Organizational Change. As Founder and Executive Director of the Talent Strategy Institute (TSI), Global People Analytics Network (GPAN), PAFOW Conference Series and Insight222, Mr. Adamsen leads a global association committed to expanding the production and use of meaningful workforce insight. A frequent conference speaker, executive facilitator and influencer, before founding TSI, he held leadership roles at Ernst & Young, Gap Inc., Infohrm (now SuccessFactors/SAP) and Kenexa (now IBM).

Preet Bassi

Preet Bassi has been CPSE’s chief executive officer since 2014 and oversees work across all program areas with a focus on the organization’s strategic direction as set by the Board of Directors. Prior to CPSE, she was the Director of Finance and Administration for the International Accreditation Service and managed their Fire and Life Safety and Building Department Accreditation Programs. She has experience at both the local and state government levels, having worked for the City of Anaheim, California, and the California State Assembly.

Ms. Bassi holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of California Davis. She is credentialed as a Certified Association Executive through the American Society of Association Executives.

Sara Christiansen

During her 20+ year career as a Social Scientist, Sara Christiansen has had the privilege to work with very diverse companies in both the private and public sectors. As a Senior Consultant at Ideation Consulting, Ms.Christiansen is responsible for providing customized organizational development solutions that drive "true" business results. She has developed many strategic programs that help her clients maximize the return on their human capital investments.

Ms. Christiansen has vast experience working with professionals at all levels in an organization. Whether delivering a formal presentation to a room full of managers, or providing one-on-one guidance to a new employee; her passionate style allows her to connect with all audiences in a way that energizes individuals to perform at a higher level.

In her recent book, Critical Leadershift: Why Traditional Management Techniques are Counterproductive in the Modern Workplace, Ms. Christiansen identifies common organizational challenges and how to lead leaders in positive change. Her transcendent approach to leadership has been implemented by companies to bridge the gap between HR and Operations, creating a more connected and cohesive environment within organizations across the nation.

Ms. Christiansen has developed her unique style and content while working alongside nationally recognized experts such as Marcus Buckingham, Cy Wakeman, Roger Ferguson, Charles S. Jacobs and countless HR/Business professionals across the globe.

Brad Fleiss

Brad Fleiss is a Principal in the Employee Health & Benefits business in Mercer’s Los Angeles office and is the Market Sales Leader for Southern California. He has over 25 years of experience in Employee Benefits. His expertise is in:

Business development and sales leadership
   - Voluntary Benefits Solutions
   - Client and prospect account planning strategies
   - Financial analysis including pricing and underwriting
   - Health care reform and private exchanges
   - Mercer’s private exchange

Prior to joining Mercer, Brad worked as a SVP of Benefits for Western Dental and was part of the leadership team. Prior to Western Dental, Brad was the Assistant Vice President for SunLife for California and was responsible for Business Development, Client Management and overall Profit and Loss for the region.

Brad attended Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. for undergraduate school where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Business Management.

Cecily Hastings

Cecily is Relationship Manager for the State of California at LinkedIn. Prior to joining the government team at LinkedIn, she worked with LinkedIn's corporate customers for four years. Cecily began her career on Capitol Hill where she worked as a legislative aide before transitioning to a bi-partisan think tank managing congressional relations. She just relocated back to California, her home State, to help drive more impact in State and Local government.

Steven Jones

Dr. Steven Jones is the C.E.O. of Jones & Associates Consulting, Inc., a firm that specializes in diversity and organizational effectiveness consulting. The mission of Jones & Associates is to “develop leaders and human systems that counter oppression through diversity, inclusion, and organizational excellence.”

Nationally known as one of "America's Top Experts on Diversity" (Diversity, Inc.), Dr. Jones’ shares his talents with the local San Diego Community in his role as President and CEO of the Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Jones serves on the board for the San Diego Chapter of Teach for America, helping students and educators throughout San Diego County achieve academic success. He also serves on the board for LEAD San Diego, an organization dedicated to inspiring leadership through self-awareness and education. He has been recognized by the San Diego Business Journal for the second year in a row as one of the top 500 Most Influential Business Leaders in San Diego County.

Dynamic keynote speaker, transformational facilitator, phenomenal organization effectiveness consultant, and innovative executive have all been words used to describe Dr. Steven Jones. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, a Master’s in Multicultural Counseling, and a Ph.D. in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology. He is the author of Journey to Excellence, a book helping people define and achieve excellence in their lives.

While Dr. Jones currently serves as a National Diversity Advisor to Sempra Energy, Honda and Hyundai, he has also placed a significant amount of his focus on working with Colleges, Universities, Independent and Public Schools to further their mission of becoming more diverse and inclusive at all levels.

In the global arena, while he was studying business practices in Chang Mai, Thailand, Dr. Jones became the first person of African descent to be ordained as a Buddhist Monk at a 700 year old monastery called Wat Umong.

Dr. Jones is sought after by leaders seeking to make real change as they prepare their organizations to step into the 21st Century. He brings over 22 years experience helping individuals and institutions throughout the country move beyond talk to action.

Elizabeth Kellar

Elizabeth Kellar is Senior Fellow with the Center for State and Local Government Excellence (SLGE). SLGE’s mission is to help local and state governments become knowledgeable and competitive employers so they can attract and retain a talented and committed workforce. Kellar helped launch this nonprofit in 2006 and served as its President and CEO from 2006-2016. She conducts research and makes presentations on promising workforce practices in state and local governments.

Ms. Kellar also is the Director of Public Policy for the International City/County Management Association where she has also served as Deputy Executive Director and Ethics Advisor. With advice and guidance from ICMA’s 12,000 members, she works with local and state government organizations to bring the local government management voice into national policy debates over regulatory matters, legal issues and legislation.

Ms. Kellar led the expansion of ICMA’s funded programs in the 1990s to strengthen management in local governments throughout the world with the support of USAID and other donors. She co-led ICMA’s Municipal Assessment Project in Puerto Rico in 2018 and leads ICMA’s disaster recovery programs.

Ms. Kellar is a Fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) and has served as chair for NAPA’s Standing Panel on the Federal System. She writes articles and commentaries on state and local government issues and makes presentations for state, national, and international audiences. She served two terms on the Montgomery County, Maryland Ethics Commission and was chair of the commission for three years.

Prior to joining ICMA, Ms. Kellar was responsible for community relations for the City of Sunnyvale, California. She has a master’s degree in journalism and political science from Ohio State University.

Jason Litchney

Jason Litchney brings over 15 years of experience and passion in marketing for the public, private and non-profit sectors. Jason is a dedicated leader and entrepreneur responsible for founding and managing the growth of multiple organizations recognized on the INC 500 fastest growing companies list. Jason serves as the Marketing and Employment Branding Manager at CPS HR Consulting and helps public agencies brand their organization to attract and retain talent.

Marjorie M. Mauldin

Marjorie (Margie) Mauldin, Executive Forum’s owner and president, is an energetic and creative leader. In the past 30 years, Margie has earned the trust of the Denver business community as an entrepreneur and successful business owner. She effectively manages Executive Forum’s broad client list that includes a variety of compelling projects such as strategic planning for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Colorado and Arizona state departments of transportation and iLoveFeedback certification and training for Pinal County, Arizona, City & County of Denver, Arapahoe County, Riverside County, CA, State of Michigan, South Metro Fire Rescue Authority, Fire Rescue, City of Aurora, Department of the Army the National Park Service and Comcast.

Margie’s best-selling book, "Feedback Revolution," now in its second printing, focuses on organizational culture, performance review systems, employee engagement, communication and accountability. Presentations include the 2014 Correctional Accreditation Manager’s Association, 2015 NeighborWorks Training Institute, 2016 ATD International Training Conference and Expo, 2017 International Brain Summit, the 2017 and 2018 Rocky Mountain Project Management Symposium, 2018 National Organization of Trusted Advisors the 2019 Western Region IPMA-HR Annual Conference and the 2019 International IPMA-HR International Conference.

She holds a B.A. from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, and an M.A. from the University of Texas, Austin.

Igor Shegolev

Igor Shegolev, SPHR is a compensation and human resources practitioner with extensive experience in practicing compensation and teaching business courses at a graduate level. For the last two decades, Igor has held executive jobs in compensation and HR management in both government and private sectors, designing and managing compensation, classification, and HR information systems. Mr. Shegolev has also taught graduate business courses at Troy University and University of Phoenix. He holds a Master’s degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Business Science of HR Management. Mr. Shegolev is a regular event speaker on the topics of compensation in the Society of Human Resources Management and Business Chapters. He has been recognized with multiple awards including the “University of Phoenix Distinguished Faculty.”