Compass: People Leaders Guild

November 14th, 2019
Lerner Hall, Columbia University, New York

Compass is a private, round-table conference held exclusively for leaders of the field and navigators of future working environments. On the day, invited participants will be given an opportunity to address the pressing issues facing modern workplaces and guide company cultures towards meaningful change in a day long co-creation session.

The Future of Leadership: Building Robust Cultures to Capitalise on Today’s Turbulent Business Landscape

Against a backdrop of rising uncertainty and commercial volatility, culture has entrenched itself as a key tool at a leaders’ disposal. Join this exclusive discussion that explores the role these ‘invisible’ structures have in meeting the growing complexity of today’s markets and driving organisational performance.


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  • 9:00am - 9:40am
    Welcome Breakfast 
    Attendees will have the opportunity to meet & greet over breakfast and begin to create discussion points for the day.
  • 9:45am – 11:00am
    Keynote Presentation
    Paul Ingram, Kravis Professor of Business, COLUMBIA BUSINESS SCHOOL
  • 11:00am – 11:30am
    Morning refreshments
  • 11:30am – 1:30pm
    Compass Thinktank
    Drawing on the insights from the breakfast discussion and our opening keynote from Paul Ingram; join fellow People Leaders to debate, discuss and exchange ideas on the most complex challenges in the field today.
  • 1:30pm – 2:30pm
  • 2:30pm – 3:30pm
    Group discussion, debate & analysis
    Share, discuss and debate the key learnings from the day
  • 3:30pm – 4:30pm
    Unwind and reflect on a day of discussion.


Paul Ingham , Kravis Professor of Business

Columbia Business School

Paul Ingram is the Kravis Professor of Business at the Columbia Business School, and Faculty Director of the Columbia Advanced Management Program, Columbia’s flagship residential program for senior executives from around the globe. His PhD is from Cornell University, and he was on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University before coming to Columbia. The courses he teaches on management and strategy benefit from his research on organizations in the United States, Canada, Israel, Scotland, China, Korea and Australia. His research has been published in more than sixty articles, book chapters and books. His publications have received numerous distinctions, including Gould Prize, and best paper awards in the areas of Organization and Management Theory, and Collective Behavior and Social Movements.


Attendees will include:

Julie Derene , Chief Talent Officer

National Basketball Association

Lance LaVergne , SVP, Talent Acquisition Strategy & Programs

Wells Fargo

David Gaspin , SVP Human Resources

Delos Living

Laurie Rebholz , SVP, Head of Learning Design, Leadership and Performance Solutions


Susan Gaines , SVP Global Head of Learning & Engagement

Neuberger Berman

Caralyn Cooley , Chief People Officer

Bowery Farming

Emma Hutchens , Chief Human Resources Officer

Stoli Group

Susan Orzeck , SVP, Global Organizational Development & Change Management


Robert Lepere , Chief People Officer


Michael ONeill , CHRO

Wilson Elser

Robert Doodian , Former CHRO

AMC Networks

Michelle Nasir , Chief Talent Officer

United States Steel

James Johnstone , SVP HR


Simon Kelner , CHRO

Rhythm Pharmaceuticals

Mark Eberly , SVP, People


Kristin Reilly , VP Global People Experience

Richard Mellor , CPO


Carolyn Bartholdson , Chief Human Resources Officer

Omnicom Health Group

Gail Thakarar , Chief People Officer

Iovino Enterprises