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Nov 14, 2018 Outside In: Business Leaders on the Business... And the Talent They Need
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When: Wednesday, November 14, 2018
8:00 - 10:00 AM
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Newman Conference Center, Baruch College
151 E. 25th Street, bet. Lexington & 3rd Ave.
7th Floor
New York, New York  10010
United States
Contact: Alison Normand, Administrator

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What's keeping business leaders up at night? What are the challenges and opportunities for their companies? This cross-industry panel of Senior Strategists will share their perspectives.

As HR professionals, we focus on the human side of business, identifying and driving HR initiatives. But, are we speaking the language of the business and are we aligned with the strategic priorities of the line?

In this interactive program, we'll look at the world through the lens of the line leader. What's keeping business leaders up at night? What are the challenges they face and the opportunities they are seizing?

Our cross-industry panel of Senior Strategists will share their perspectives on the business landscape within their industries, the hot topics they are focused on for their companies, and their expectations of their HR partners.

This program will give you a business strategist's perspective on the world and will challenge your thinking on how you can more effectively partner with your business leaders to drive strategic priorities.

Deb Seidman

Green Silk Associates

Deb is President of Green Silk Associates, a consulting firm specializing in leadership and organization effectiveness. She has over 30 years experience both as a consultant and as an internal HR Business Partner along with being a Leadership & OD executive in large, global organizations, including many years at JPMC. 


Jeanette Gorgas

Chief Strategy Officer
Grant Thorton

Jeanette Gorgas is Chief Strategy Officer of Grant Thornton LLP, and leads the Office of Strategy Management (OSM). Jeannette works with the OSM partner and the senior leadership team to design, align and implement the firm's strategy. With over 20 years of experience working with CEOs and executives at major global organizations, she focuses on accelerating firm performance via cohesive strategy planning and execution and the advancement of critical, results-driving capabilities, particularly innovation. Her current role includes the leadership of corporate development (mergers & acquisitions and strategic alliances), strategy planning and execution, project management, knowledge management and corporate social responsibility.

Prior experience includes senior officer roles at Deutsche Bank, Bank of America and Weil, Gotshal & Manages. Jeanette also served as Senior Associate Dean for Yale University, overseeing the MBA Program at Yale School of Management, supervising external relations, admissions, academic and career services.

Jeanette graduated with high honors from London School of Economics with a Master of Science (MSc) in Management, and won an achievement award for her research "Inertia in Strategy Implementation: The Effects of Defensive Avoidance and Accountability Gaps."

Jeanette is referenced in the book, Jobs to be Done: A Roadmap for Customer-Centered Innovation, by Stephen Wunker and Jessica Wattman, based on Clay Christensen's "Jobs to be Done" Theory of Innovation.

Laurent Thomas

VP, Strategy
Solvay Novecare

Bio and photo to come