Up To Something
Rita Bailey is in the business of helping individuals and organizations unleash their untapped talent potential. She has presented and consulted with global companies worldwide, challenging leaders to break through their status quo thinking and behaviors to create people-centric workplace environments that foster transformational change.
Rita served in several leadership positions at Southwest Airlines, including chief learning officer of its University for People, where she directed personal and professional development for 36,000 employees.
At Up To Something, Rita provides strategic, innovative solutions and resources to help entrepreneurs and organizations create employee and customer experiences that set them apart from competitors.
Session: The Importance of Engaging the Modern Learner
David Smith is co-founder of Virtual Gurus, a global consulting firm supporting organizations in leveraging the potential of live online learning as part of their learning curriculum.
David is a globally recognized thought leader, author, and keynote speaker on digitizing and virtualizing training, and a regular speaker at ATD events since 2010. He brings high levels of energy, practical tips, and advice to his presentations, allowing attendees to take actionable ideas and best practices back to the workplace. Since 2009, when David began moving training from the traditional face-to-face classroom to live online virtual platforms, he has trained, coached, upskilled, and mentored thousands of learning professionals in how to engage invisible audiences, and to design and deliver highly effective virtual training programs.
Abhijit Bhaduri & Associates
Prior to his role as chief learning officer of Wipro, Abhijit led HR teams at Microsoft, PepsiCo, Colgate-Palmolive, and Tata Steel. His newspaper columns are drawn from his practical experiences of working with CEOs, CXOs, and other leaders in India, the United States, Europe, and Asia-Pacific countries. He blogs for the Times of India and writes regularly for the Economic Times, People Matters, and the Indian Economist. He’s also written for the Wall Street Journal and Forbes. Abhijit is the author of Don’t Hire The Best, which explains how to hire someone who fits the culture of the organization. His most recent book, The Digital Tsunami, is a handy guide on how organizations and individuals have to reinvent themselves to succeed in the digital world. SAP named him a Digitalist Thought Leader to acknowledge the impact of his ideas in shaping conversations in the C-suite.
Vice President and Global Head of Talent Development Function
Tata Consultancy Services
Damodar Padhi is the vice president and global head of the talent development function at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). In this role, he is responsible for aligning the strategy and initiatives of the talent development function to enable certainty of business and people growth. Prior to TCS, he held several senior leadership positions in large organizations, namely with General Electric and Hindustan Aerospace Limited. A graduate of the department of aerospace engineering, Indian Institute of Technology—Kharagpur, his passion includes building large, high-performing engineering, technology, and learning products and services organizations from scratch; building the leadership pipeline; and delivering operational excellence and productivity.
Learning Delivery Manager
Hormazd Mistry, an ATD Master Trainer, is the learning delivery manager for HERE Solutions India Pvt. Ltd. He has more than 14 years of experience in learning and development, with a cross-cultural training experience from having facilitated a variety of learning programs in eight countries. Hormazd has a passion for designing organizational learning strategy and identifying and implementing developmental solutions suitable to enhance employees' skills, performance, productivity, and quality of work.
Vice President and Group Head of Human Resource Development
Krishnamurthy (Krish) Shankar is an executive vice president and the group head of human resource development at Infosys. In this role, he is responsible for envisioning the road map for HR, driving the talent strategy, and implementing HR priorities aligned with the overall organizational mandate.
Krish has more than 30 years of experience and has led several global HR functions in organizations such as Bharti Airtel, Philips, Hindustan Unilever, and Unilever. In his wide-ranging experience in these organizations, he has led the transformation of HR, facilitated organization-wide transformation and capability development, and built a strong talent pool through a series of leadership development initiatives.
Krish holds a postgraduate diploma in HR from XLRI, Jamshedpur, and has received an executive certificate in strategy and organization from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
AVP and Head, Culture and Competence and Knowledge Management
Krishnan KS leads culture and competence and knowledge management at Mindtree, an IT services company based in Bangalore. He strongly believes that organizations can achieve their business objectives by maximizing their intellectual and human capital and that learning and development and knowledge management plays a vital role in making this happen. He has helped design and implement Mindtree’s unique learning initiative to create the “engineer of tomorrow” in its Global Learning Center in Bhubaneshwar.
Global Head of Learning Development
Madana Kumar brings his 34 years of successful corporate experience in organizations such as Bharti, HCL, and IBM to his work. In the corporate world, Madana is a thought leader, strategist, and mentor in the fields of learning and development and leadership. His innovative ways of linking talent with business results have brought numerous laurels to the organizations he has worked with, including the coveted Brandon Hall Award and listing in the Learning Elite list. In his current role, he is shaping and implementing the talent development strategy of a midsized global IT company, UST Global, to bring significant business impact to the organization.
Learning Design Lead
As a learning design lead, Medha Behera's passion and expertise lie in the field of designing learning solutions for corporations. A self-professed social media nerd, Medha has conducted extensive research in learning pedagogies and the use of modern technologies and social media in learning. She has designed multiple learning solutions for Fortune 500 companies such as HSBC, Avaya, and Capgemini. She has also been instrumental in designing learning solutions that have won Brandon Hall awards over the last few years. Certified in gamification, Medha is currently pursuing certification in user experience.
Chief Operating Officer
As chief operating officer, Pravin Rao has overall strategic and operational responsibility for the entire portfolio of the company’s offerings. He oversees the key functions of global sales, global delivery, and business enabling functions. He drives and oversees the continuous renewal of key processes, systems, and policies across the company in client relationship management, sales effectiveness, delivery excellence, quality, talent management, and leadership development. Pravin is also chairperson of Infosys BPO. Pravin has more than 30 years of experience. Since joining Infosys in 1986, he has held many senior leadership roles, including head of infrastructure management services, delivery head for Europe, and head of retail, consumer packaged goods, logistics, and life sciences.Pravin holds a degree in electrical engineering from Bangalore University, India. He is a member of the National Council of Confederation of Indian Industry and the Executive Council of Nasscom.
Executive Vice President
The Conference Board
Rebecca Ray serves as executive vice president, knowledge organization, of the Conference Board. In this role, she has oversight of the research planning and dissemination process for all three practices areas—corporate leadership, economy and business environment, and human capital—and is responsible for the research agenda, which, in turn, drives much of the business planning process for the Conference Board. She is responsible for overall quality and the continuing integration of the Conference Board’s research and engagement efforts. Rebecca is also the leader of the global human capital practice, and hosts the monthly Human Capital Watch webcast, which explores current issues, research, and practitioner successes in the field of human capital. She oversees the Human Capital Exchange, a website that offers research and insights from the Conference Board, human capital practitioners, and the Conference Board’s knowledge partners.
Senior Vice President and Global Head of HR
Raghavendra K is senior vice president and global head of HR at Infosys BPO. His expertise lies in aligning HR’s functional role to business plans. His areas of interest include developing HR competencies, managing cultural diversity, and change management, especially in the context of mergers and acquisitions. Raghavendra has created strong synergies between performance management systems and employee development platforms, ensuring that Infosys has a readily available and competent internal talent pool to meet business challenges. A strong proponent of “learn while you earn,” he has institutionalized a number of organizational solutions whereby an employee can move up the value chain while continuing to pursue a career.
Senior Vice President
Development Dimensions International (DDI)
Rich is a senior vice president for Development Dimensions International (DDI). His major responsibilities include developing and executing DDI's global thought leadership strategy, leading DDI's Center for Analytics and Behavioral Research, and launching new products and services.
Rich received a doctorate in social/industrial psychology from American University in Washington, D.C. He has made more than 100 presentations at numerous professional conferences around the world. Rich is a member of the Association for Talent Development and the Society for Human Resource Management, and is a member and past board representative of the Instructional Systems Association.
Head of the Learning and Development Function
Rituraj Sar is the vice president and head of learning and development at Lupin Limited, which employs about 20,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 100 countries. He joined Lupin in 2006. Rituraj has a bachelor’s degree with honors in chemistry, a diploma in pharmacy, and a master’s degree in marketing management from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies. He has attended several other advanced management programs at IIM Ahmedabad.
Deputy Head-Global HR, and Head-Talent Management
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)
Dr. Ritu Anand is a well-renowned speaker at various forums sharing her visionary views on the future of workplace, talent and diversity. She has been featured on the SAP Game Changing Women Radio and has also written for Fortune Magazine (Most Powerful Women) on her views on “setting yourself up for success”.
A doctorate in Psychology and a pioneer in the field of Human Resources with a career spanning over 25 years, Dr. Ritu Anand is most passionate about people and what drives them. Developing Women Leaders is an area that she is personally committed to and has done tremendous work both in and outside of TCS in this area. An iconic leader, a charismatic speaker and a role model in the HR community of India.
Head of the Learning and Talent Development Function
Development Bank of Singapore India
Sandhya Jathar is a seasoned organization development professional with more than 14 years of her overall 18 years of corporate experience in the banking and financial services sector. She currently heads the learning and talent development function for Development Bank of Singapore India entities, which include the bank and the blobal in-house center (DBS Asia Hub Two).
Prior to this assignment, Sandhya led the leadership consulting team at Bank of America, and was the lead for organizational effectiveness at the Royal Bank of Scotland. She is certified in MBTI, FIROB, EQ, Hogan Suite of Instruments, Certified Assessment, and CBI-based interviewing.
Seema Nagrath Menon
Managing Director & Founder
CALM Worldwide (Center for Action in Learning Management)
Seema Nagrath Menon is a professional speaker, master trainer, experienced executive coach, and senior learning and development specialist based in Dubai. As a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance and a qualified COTU-BPS (Level A & B) from Cambridge University, she has been working internationally in the fields of leadership development, learning strategy, and instructional design for more than 18 years. She is the head of CALM Worldwide (Center for Action in Learning Management), a UAE-based management and learning consultancy that focuses on adding value to organizations through highly effective leadership, management, and learning and development practices that unleash maximum potential and growth. Seema has also trained as an emotional intelligence and leadership specialist at Yale University and Case Western Reserve University. Using her cross-cultural international business exposure to add value and positively influence the life of her clients in global business, Seema has designed, developed, and delivered specialist learning programs on leadership skills, business and life skills, emotional intelligence, and mindfulness for a range of international corporations and institutions.
Catalyst India WRC
Shachi Irde is the executive director of Catalyst India WRC, a leading not-for-profit organization with a mission to accelerate progress for women through workplace inclusion. Her background is in business development, marketing, human resources, and diversity and inclusion (D&I) practices. Prior to joining Catalyst, she served as the head of diversity at Infosys and has held HR leadership roles within Wipro—e-Peripherals Ltd. A member of the Advisory Council of D&I at NASSCOM, she frequently speaks at D&I events in India and is often quoted by the media. In addition to writing articles and blog posts, she has co-authored a chapter in the book Globalization of Professional Services, published by Springer.
Shubha Prabhat serves as an assistant vice president in the analytics and research practice of Genpact. In her current role, she leads the end-to-end talent development functions spanning across technical, domain, industry, and corporate skills. She is responsible for building a robust talent strategy that enables Genpact to acquire, develop, retain, and grow the best in the analytics industry.
In her career spanning more than 14 years, she has managed many roles as part of business operations, human resource management, and quality. She holds an MBA from Welingkars, Mumbai, and is certified a Six Sigma Black Belt.
EduRiser Learning Solutions
Solomon Salvis founded EduRiser Learning Solutions in 2010 along with two other brilliant partners. Since then, his company has served more than 250 clients globally to develop competencies of employees at all levels in the areas of leadership, business management, and personal development. His skill in and dedication to effective transformation has left an indelible mark on reputed organizations such as the United Nations, Intel, Microsoft, Colgate, Capgemini, Abbott, Deutsche Bank, Citibank, Siemens, Infosys, TCS, Tata Communications, and Global Cloud Exchange. At the helm of EduRiser, Solomon endeavors to unleash the power of individuals and organizations to transform them in their journey.
Head of Management Academies in Talent Transformation
Sridhar Akshanthula is the head of the management academies in talent transformation at Wipro. The Management Academy is focused on building world-class delivery leaders to cater to Wipro’s global delivery. Sridhar has led the program delivery to deliver an Internet banking solution to large banks in the United States. He is the head of delivery assurance for the insurance vertical at Wipro, which was responsible for providing oversight on large programs across the vertical. He also headed delivery for a global business information services provider. His responsibilities included account growth strategies, CSAT, delivery, and operational excellence.
Director and Co-Founder
Values Centered Innovation Enablement Services
For more than 30 years, William Miller has been an internationally recognized expert on corporate innovation. He is co-founder and director of Values Centered Innovation (an India-based corporation), and was head of innovation management at the Stanford Research Institute. William was acclaimed multiple times by Leadership Excellence as a global top 30 thought-leader on corporate leadership. Two of his six books have been rated among the top 30 U.S. business books of the year by Executive Book Summaries. He has been a guest faculty member at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, consulted with corporate clients in more than 20 countries, and presented at numerous CII-sponsored conferences in India.
Head of Learning and Development
Uma Sankar, head of learning and development (L&D) for Infosys BPO, is responsible for overall L&D strategy and deployment of behavioral and leadership talent development programs across all levels. This involves alignment, planning, and implementation of learning solutions to support short-term and long-term business objectives. At a time when the business process outsourcing industry is going through a huge transformation, learning within Infosys is increasingly moving toward adoption of technology and leveraging digital learning to ensure employees are future ready. For the last 20 years, Uma has worked to shape learning, training, and leadership development in the IT industry. Over the last 12 years, she has contributed to all phases of an evolving learning organization, which entailed setting up the L&D function, and designing and building learning solutions such as learning shared services. Previously, she worked for Capgemini Consulting as the global head of program delivery for its university in France.