The Communication Directors' Forum


The CLO & Talent Management conference program provides senior L&D professionals access to new ideas, solutions and innovations to help take their departments and companies forward. The agenda is pitched at a high level and we present new case studies and new thought leaders each year.

Keynote and seminar sessions give a high-level view of the L&D industry, offering predictions and insights to help delegates form - and implement - strategies. The interactive workshops and discussion groups complement the larger sessions by drilling down into specific issues, allowing delegates to share their collective experiences and to learn how their peers are dealing with similar situations.

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The CLO & Talent Management Forum qualifies for HRCI credits.

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Take part in the program

If you would like to participate in the program - or recommend any speakers or topics -  please email Chyai Mulberg or call her at 212-651-8736.

Keynote Speakers
Keynote Speakers
  • The CLO & Talent Management Forum announces Garry Ridge, Opening Keynote

    Garry Ridge, CEO, WD-40 Company

    Garry has been with WD-40 since 1987 in various management positions, including executive vice president and chief operating officer and vice president of international. He has worked directly with WD-40 in 50 countries.
    A native of Australia, Garry has served as national vice president of the Australian Marketing Institute and the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association.
    Garry received his Masters of Science Degree in Executive Leadership from the University of San Diego, CA, in June 2001.

    Garry is an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego. He teaches leadership development, talent management & succession planning in the Master of Science in Executive Leadership program.
    In March 2003, Garry was awarded Director of the Year for Enhancement of Economic Value by the Corporate Directors forum.

    In April 2004, Garry received the Arthur E Hughes Career Achievement Award from the University of San Diego.
    In 2006, Garry was awarded the Ernst & Young - Master Entrepreneur Award.
    In 2009, Garry co-authored a book with Ken Blanchard titled “Helping People Win at Work: A Business Philosophy called “Don’t Mark My Paper, Help Me Get an A”, Release in May, 2009, FT Press.



  • Luncheon Keynote - Monday, September 15, 2014

    Kevin Wilde, VP & CLO, General Mills, Inc
    Scott Pitasky, Corporate VP, Human Resources Talent & Organization Capability Group, Microsoft Corporation

    Kevin Wilde is responsible for world-wide people growth at General Mills, including talent management, executive development and the Leadership Institute.  Since joining the company in 1998, the organization has been consistently recognized for its innovative development work, highlighted by Fortune’s #3 ranking as one of the best companies in the world at leadership development and Training magazine’s “Hall of Fame” designation as a top company for employee development.
    Kevin is a columnist for Talent Management magazine and serves on the editorial board for a number of professional journals.  In 2011, his first book, “Dancing with the Talent Stars:  25 Moves that Matter Now” was published by Human Capital Media.  His work has also been published in over a dozen books, including Coaching For Leadership and the Pfieffer Annual on Leadership Development. 
    Before joining General Mills, he spent 17 years at General Electric in a variety of human resources positions in the healthcare and capital divisions.

    As corporate vice president for Microsoft's Human Resources Talent & Organization Capability group, Scott Pitasky is responsible for global staffing, talent management, development, organization capability and aspects of the company's learning agenda. This broad role includes all efforts to establish Microsoft's employment brand, acquire talent anywhere in the world, and once acquired manage and develop people to achieve their fullest potential. This work spans the employee and manager population up to and including work with the senior leadership team and Board of Directors.
    Pitasky brings both a strategic and execution focus to his role, informed by broad human resources and business experience within and outside of the technology industry. Before joining Microsoft, Pitasky served as vice president and senior director of Human Resources at in Seattle, where he was responsible for global HR and staffing, managing a team of more than 100 professionals. During his tenure, the company grew from 1,000 to 8,000 employees, launched operations in multiple countries, entered into several partnerships and acquisitions and went through first ever corporate layoffs.


2014 Conference Development
2014 Conference Development
  • Take Part In The Program

    The 2014 CLO Forum’s Conference Program is currently in development. Check back often for more information!

    Click here for the 2014 CLO Forum Call For Participation with complete information on speaker submittal guidelines.

    If you would like to participate in the program, recommend any speakers or topics, or take part in a 1-1 research call, please contact Chyai Mulberg at 212-651-8736 or via email.

    *2014 Confirmed Sessions include:

    Cory Bouck
    , Director of OD & Learning, Johnsonville Sausage LLC

    Kim Bohr
    , Head of Operations, Fierce

    Darlene Caplan
    , Global Talent Management Leader, Actuant Corporation

    Kevin Cope
    , President & CEO, Acumen Learning

    Alan Fine,
    Author, Founder, & President, Human Performance Innovator

    Cheryl  Getty
    , VP, Talent Management, Leidos

    Art Kohn
    , President, AK Learning

    Don Kraft,
    Director, Learning & Development, Genentech

    Kathleen Sack
    , VP, Talent and Organization Development, American Red Cross

    *Conference Program as of April 16, 2014



Advisory Council
Advisory Council
  • 2014 Advisory Council

    Comprised of leading industry experts, Richmond Events’ CLO & Talent Management Forum thanks its Advisory Council.

    Kevin Wilde, Chair, VP, Organization Effectiveness and CLO, General Mills
    Michael Arena, Chief Talent and Development Officer, General Motors
    Mark Bocianski, SVP, Global Talent & Organization Dev., Hewlett-Packard
    Patti Cotter, VP, Human Resources, Nationwide

    Cheryl Getty
    , VP Talent Management, Leidos
    Tim Jones, VP, HR - Talent & OE, ConAgra Foods, Inc.
    Mary Slaughter, SVP & Chief Talent Officer, Talent Management & Dev., Suntrust Banks 

    Please page through this section to see individual bios.



  • Kevin Wild, Advisory Council Chair

    VP & Chief Learning Officer, General Mills, Inc.

    Kevin Wilde is responsible for world-wide people growth at General Mills, including talent management, executive development and the Leadership Institute.  Since joining the company in 1998, the organization has been consistently recognized for its innovative development work, highlighted...


    Cheryl Getty

    VP, Talent Management, Leidos Inc.

    As VP, Talent Management, Cheryl is responsible for helping the newly formed Leidos build the organization and talent capabilities needed to meet its goals. Cheryl works with Leidos’ executive leadership in the areas of culture, human capital strategy, succession planning, executive and ...


    Mary Slaughter

    Chief Talent Officer & SVP, Talent Management and Development, SunTrust Bank

    Mary Slaughter is Chief Talent Officer and Senior Vice President of Talent Management and Development for SunTrust Bank, a financial holding company serving consumer, commercial and investment clients. In her role, she has enterprise responsibility for HR strategic planning, succession plannin...


  • Mark Bocianksi

    SVP, Talent & Organization Development, Hewlett-Packard Company

    Mark Bocianski is the Senior Vice President of Talent and Organization Development at HP.  Mark is responsible for Executive and Leadership Development, Performance Management and Career Development, Organization Development, Talent Review and Succession Planning, Employee Engagement, Exe...


    Patti Cotter

    VP, Human Resources, Nationwide

    Patti Cotter is vice president of human resources for Nationwide, a $148 billion Fortune 500 organization based in Columbus, Ohio. Most recently, Cotter headed up the recruiting, training and development functions. Prior to joining Nationwide in 1999, she served almost 10 years with Bank ...

  • Michael Arena

    Chief Talent and Development Officer, General Motors

    Michael Arena is the Head of Global Talent and Organizational Capability for General Motors Corporation. He is responsible for enterprise talent management, talent and organizational analytics, talent acquisition, executive development and global learning. Arena also launched the General Motor...


    Tim Jones

    Vice President, HR - Talent & OE, ConAgra Foods, Inc.

     Tim is currently vice president of Talent & Organization Effectiveness for ConAgra Foods – a Fortune 200 consumer packaged goods food company with over $18 billion in annual sales.

    He is responsible for the company’s talent strategy and building a sustainable huma...


2014 Seminars & Workshops
2014 Seminars & Workshops
  • Session Info TBD

    Kim Bohr, Head of Operations, Fierce

    As head of operations at Fierce, Kim Bohr creates and implements strategies for sales, marketing, and customer service. Kim drives worldwide growth through client partnerships and balances competing priorities to ensure expectations are exceeded. With extensive experience in the acquisi...

    Leading the Virtuous Cycle; 5 Steps for Linking Your Company’s People and Profit Strategies

    Kevin Cope, President & CEO, Acument Learning

    A virtuous cycle is a recurring cycle of events, the result of each one being to increase the beneficial effect of the next. The virtuous cycle of people and profits starts with companies who invest in and engage their people by helping them see the big picture of how their actions imp...


  • Already Know How to Be Great: Essential Behaviors for Better Manager/Employee Conversations

    Alan Fine, Human Performance Innovator, Author, Founder & President

    In best-in-class organizations, improving performance begins with the quality of conversations between managers and employees. However, many leaders enter their role unprepared to initiate dialogue that elicits not just better performance, but individual greatness from members of their te...

    The Leidos Journey To A New Culture

    Cheryl Getty, Vice President, Talent Management, Leidos, Inc.

    Echoing James Carville’s famous statement during the 1992 Clinton campaign – “it’s the economy, stupid” – this presentation acknowledges  the critical impact that culture has on a company’s success.

    Leidos was created in September, 2013 as...


  • LEADing The Future: A Case study on Building the Talent Pipeline

    Kathleen Sack, Senior Director, Talent & Organization Developement, American Red Cross

    The American Red Cross has a need to develop future leaders for key lines of business roles for their over 28,000 employees and more than 500,000 volunteers.  The question was, “how can this be done on a budget and with an enterprise-wide focus?”

    This case study presen...


    Overcoming the Forgetting Curve: Secrets of the Brain to Reinforce Learning

    Art Kohn, Ph.D., Fulbright Professor: HR and Business Training & President, AK Learning

    Seventy percent of all training is forgotten within 24 hours and ninety percent is forgotten within a week. In this energetic workshop, neuropsychologist Art Kohn describes seven principles that explain how the brain controls memory, retention and behavior transfer.

    This workshop consi...


Executive Coaching
Executive Coaching
  • Executive Coaching, provided by Quest Consulting

    Denise Kirwan & Patti Anesetti, Quest Consulting

    In this private one-on-one coaching session, you and your coach collaborate as a team, focusing on YOUR goals and vision. You bring the desire to achieve, a willingness to discover new approaches, an openness to include someone else in the process, and a readiness to take action.  Your co...


Past Speakers
Past Speakers
  • Highlights from Past Conference Programs

    Special thanks to all of our previous speakers!

    Past CLO & Talent Management Forum Conference Speakers Include:

    Director, Talent Development, Banner Health
    President/CEO, Acumen Learning
    VP of Sales, InsideOut Development
    President, AK  Learning
    VP, Organization Development, Hospira
    Director of Organizational Development, Triumph Group, Inc.
    SVP & Dir., Leadership Development, BBVA Compass
    VP, Learning & Delivery, Intercontinental Hotel Group

    VP & Chief Learning Officer, General Mills, Inc.
    VP, Head of Talent Mangement and OD, Novartis Pharmaceuticals
    VP, HR and Learning & Organizational Development, Vi
    VP, Organizational Learning & Transformation, Presence Health
    VP, Wisdom, DaVita
    Global Director, OD,  Guardian Industries
    Sr. Director Talent & Organization Development, Skanska

    VP, Training & Developement, Freeman Companies
    VP HR, Global Talent Management, First Data Corporation
    VP, Organizational Effectiveness, Prudential Financial


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