Rebels With A Heart: December 16, 2020

The Heart Of Human Resources

This impressive panel of Founders & CEOs are truly at the heart of what we all strive for in our Human Resources departments.  Enjoy their successful strategies and ideas from the front lines for engaging your people and driving performance – all while growing a culture of caring.

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Hosted by: Derek Lundsten, President and CEO at LifeGuides

Our Panelists:

Chip Conley

Rebel hospitality entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author, Chip Conley disrupted his favorite industry… twice.

At age 26 he founded Joie de Vivre Hospitality (JdV), transforming an inner-city motel into the second largest boutique hotel brand in America. He sold JdV after running it as CEO for 24 years, and soon the young founders of Airbnb asked him to help transform their promising start-up into the world’s leading hospitality brand. Chip served as Airbnb’s Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy for four years and today acts as the company’s Strategic Advisor for Hospitality and Leadership.

His five books have made him a leading authority at the intersection of psychology and business. Chip was awarded “Most Innovative CEO” by the San Francisco Business Times, is the recipient of hospitality’s highest honor, the Pioneer Award, and holds a BA and MBA from Stanford University.

Nancy Lyons

Nancy Lyons is an outspoken advocate for making work better. More inclusive, flexible, and adaptable. No one does great work if they’re worried, or if they can’t bring their whole self to work. And she learned this the hard way: by having terrible jobs and not fitting in. Things many of us can relate to. But how do we create workspaces like that?

It’s on us: leaders, employees, teams. People. We all have to take responsibility for creating cultures and spaces that actually work for humans, with all their complexities, nuances, and intricacies. And in doing so, we will make better products, better experiences, and have better work lives.

Her current book, Work Like a Boss: A kick-in-the-pants Guide to Finding (and Using) your Power at Work, is the little book everyone needs to make work better, for individuals and everyone around them.

Nancy is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including: Most Admired CEO from Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal; Business Owner of the Year from National Association for Women Business Owners; named a panelist at the inaugural White House Summit for Working Families in Washington, DC.

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, is President and Chief Executive Officer of SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management. With over 300,000 members in 165 countries, SHRM is the largest HR professional association in the world, impacting the daily lives of 115M workers.

As a global leader on the future of employment, culture and leadership, Mr. Taylor is a sought-after voice on all matters affecting work, workers and the workplace. He is frequently asked to testify before Congress on critical workforce issues and authors the weekly USA Today column, “Ask HR.”

Mr. Taylor’s career spans over 20 years, as a lawyer, human resources executive and CEO in both the not-for-profit and for-profit space. He has held senior and chief executive roles at IAC/Interactive Corp, Viacom’s Paramount Pictures, Blockbuster Entertainment Group, the McGuireWoods law firm, and Compass Group USA. Most recently, Mr. Taylor was President and CEO, Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

In 2020, Mr. Taylor received the Distinguished Executive of the Year Award from the Academy of Management; in 2021, CEO Update named him Professional Society CEO of the Year.

He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources and is licensed to practice law in Florida, Illinois and Washington, D.C.

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