As the Head of Strategic Initiatives for the Google School for Leaders, Sarah and her team are responsible for driving highly strategic, long-term initiatives that are focused on improving the overall experience of Google’s leaders with The School. Sarah’s depth of experience in operations, events, user experience, instructional design and facilitation makes her uniquely qualified to lead a team that’s focused on ensuring every experience our leaders have with the Google School for Leaders is exceptional.
Sarah is a proud Michigander and a graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She joined Google in 2006 in the Ann Arbor office, and has spent the majority of her Google career leading teams in the learning and development space. She’s held a variety of positions over the years, including: internal product training, external agency training, certification, evaluation, instructional design and community building. Before joining the Google School for Leaders team, she led a program called “Googlers-to-Googlers,” or “g2g,” which is a volunteer teaching network that brings learning opportunities to tens of thousands of Google employees around the world, every year.
Dr. Ollie Malone is Vice President, Human Resources for DFW International Airport, where he oversees all aspects of human resource functioning including hiring, staffing, development, diversity and inclusion compensation, benefits, employee relations, and the Airport’s award-winning wellness programs.
Ollie joined DFW after having founded and headed his own organization development consulting firm, Olive Tree Associates, which he managed for more than 20 years–working with domestic and international clients throughout the world. He has also held executive positions with Goodwill Industries, Pennzoil-Quaker State, The Mead Corporation, Sprint, and AT&T. In these capacities, he has brought leadership to a variety of areas including finance, marketing, operations, as well as human resources.
As a consultant, his clients included such organizations as Shell, American Express, Boeing, State Farm Insurance, WalMart, and the Howard Hughes Corporation.
The author of four books focusing on leadership effectiveness, Dr. Malone has published articles and book chapters, on a variety of topics including leadership effectiveness, employee learning and development, and diversity management.
Ollie has taught at the university level in a number of graduate programs including the country’s first master’s program in diversity management, held at Cleveland State University where Ollie was co-director of the program.
Joan Buccigrossi, PhD is Head, Global Diversity & Inclusion for Alcon.
Joan is a seasoned organizational development professional with expertise in D&I, culture change and leadership development. She has a reputation for collaborating with senior business leaders to create and execute innovative, strategic plans to meet organizational goals.
Previously, Joan led D&I efforts as the Director of Global Inclusion and Engagement and Rockwell Automation, and the Director of D&I at the Kellogg Company. Prior to these corporate roles, Joan was a strategic consultant to Whirlpool, GE and Mobil Corporation (now Exxon/Mobil), among others. She has also worked in the US, Bolivia, Hungary and Switzerland as a broadcast and documentary film producer.
Joan earned her Master of Arts in Human Development from Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, and her Bachelor’s in education and English from The College of St. Rose in Albany, New York. She also holds a doctorate in Organizational Systems and Development from Fielding, with a focus on intercultural competencies and working across differences.
As vice president of content and curation strategy, Curtis Brooks leads the development of U.S. Bank’s Learning Ecosystem.
In this role Curtis is responsible for creating strategic direction critical to implementing a virtual, simplistic, employee-centered ecosystem that systematically and seamlessly connects all parts of the Bank’s learning and development activities.
He has nearly 20 years of experience designing Talent Strategies and shaping Learning organizations. Prior to his current role, Curtis was head of Learning and Development for U.S. Bank’s Mortgage Servicing and Lending Services Division. Before joining U.S. Bank in 2017, he served in a number of leadership roles including Assistant Vice President of Leadership and Organizational Development for Mr. Cooper (formerly known as Nationstar Mortgage), Assistant Vice President-Director of Servicing Training for Homeward Residential and Vice President of Training and Development for Bank of America Home Loans (formerly known as Countrywide Home Loans).
Curtis has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Business Management from Stephen F. Austin State University and is certified in many disciplines including Meyer’s Briggs MBTI and FIRO-B, PDI 360 Coaching, and Prosci Change Management. He resides in DeSoto, TX with his wife and three children.
Tony Schwartz is the CEO and founder of The Energy Project, a global consultancy focused on the invisible human factors that stand in the way of business transformation and sustainable high performance. He was named a “Hero of Conscious Capitalism” by Conscious Capitalism® International for his contributions toward realizing a world in which business is both practiced and recognized as a force for good.
Tony has grounded his life and his work in the belief that human beings are forever capable of becoming better versions of themselves. He is considered one of the world’s thought leaders around building more human, humane and higher performing organizations.
Tony began his career as a journalist and he has been a reporter for the New York Times, a writer for Newsweek, and a contributor to publications including the Washington Post, the Guardian, New York, Esquire, and Vanity Fair.
Since founding The Energy Project in 2003, Tony has written extensively for the New York Times and the Harvard Business Review, including several articles that have won worldwide attention: “Manage Your Energy Not Your Time” and “The Productivity Paradox” for HBR, and “Why You Hate Work,” “Relax, You’ll Be More Productive,” and “Addicted to Distraction” for the New York Times. He also has a regular TV segment on MSNBC’s “The Beat with Ari Melber,” called “State of Mind.
Tony is the author of several books, including “The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time” with Jim Loehr, which spent 28 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list, and “The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working,” a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-seller.
Tony has delivered keynotes and trainings to leaders of companies around the world, including Google, Unilever, Apple, Facebook, Whole Foods, Ahold Delhaize, Ernst and Young, Microsoft, the Los Angeles Police Department, Kaiser
Permanente, the National Security Agency, and Save the Children.
Tony graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan. He is married to Deborah Pines, a psychotherapist, with whom he has two daughters, Kate and Emily, and four grandchildren, all of whom he adores. He is also an avid tennis player and ballroom dancer.
Yvonne Freeman is Vice President Global Total Rewards & HR Operations at Sabre Industries.
Ms. Freeman is a results-oriented HR executive with success across a number of industries, including high-tech, retail, and consumer products. Leveraging extensive experience leading teams to improve organizational effectiveness, and create value through innovation, she is a change maker for companies going through growth, public or private transition, and culture change. Her broad areas of expertise include root cause analysis and process improvement, M&A, employment branding, mentoring and succession planning, team building and employee engagement.
Throughout her executive career, Ms. Freeman has held leadership positions at companies including Michaels, Raytheon, and Mattel Toys. She joined Sabre in 2018, as VP of Global Total Rewards, working with the HR and executive leadership team to create a better place for all team members to do their best work.
Yvonne holds a BA in Mathematics from the University of Dallas. She has served as an advisor with Blackstone Equity Healthcare and Dallas HR, and is actively involved in Carry the Load, a Dallas based charitable organization dedicated to restoring the meaning of Memorial Day and honoring our military and first responders, as well as the Neuro Assistance Foundation, dedicated to ensuring every spinal cord injured or disabled person has the equipment necessary to be mobile and independent.
Mina Morris is an Associate Partner with Aon’s Assessment Solution Practice. As an organizational psychologist, Mina works with clients to maximize the effectiveness of their talent selection processes, implement talent management systems and helps organizations manage change.
Mina has extensive global experience partnering with clients in North America, Asia Pacific, and Middle East to deliver human capital solutions that help deliver business results.
Before joining Aon, Mina held various management consulting roles with leading human capital firms.
Mina holds a Masters of Science in Industrial Organizational Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Psychology, from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
As a data seeker and trend translator, Brittany specializes in using analytics and innovations to connect companies and causes to do more good in the world. Brittany Hill is the CEO of Accelerist, the industry’s only matchmaking and measurement platform for companies and causes, with a proven track record of raising 35% more funds for social causes. As a social good technology entrepreneur, Brittany is behind some of the industry’s most innovative products and tools that help nonprofits and companies elevate their social impact.
Brittany’s extensive background in the nonprofit and agency sectors supports her vision for revolution in social good technology solutions. Mrs. Hill has built multi-channel partnerships and award-winning campaigns with some of the most notable blue-chip nonprofit organizations (American Heart Association, UNICEF, Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, Make-A-Wish International) and corporate brands (Pepsico, General Mills, Hasbro, Best Buy).
Brittany’s trendsetting insights have been featured in Forbes, Huffington Post, TIME, MSN.com, among others. She is a seasoned speaker on the topics of data-driven cause alliances, social impact measurement, industry trends, people analytics and cause partnership sales, with previous engagements at Sustainable Brands, SXSW, Engage for Good (formerly Cause Marketing Forum), Momentum and various national nonprofit conferences.