Karina Damgaard is an early employee of Airbnb. She started hosting in 2010 and joined the company in 2012. Since then, Karina has worked on countless initiatives at a global scale with focus on Employee Experience. Today, Karina is the global lead for employee orientation and oversees the strategy and execution of the programming.
Global Operations Manager, Employee Experience
Schartryce Mason is a Senior Enterprise Engagement Specialist in the Talent Strategy and People Development department of American Airlines. She primarily focuses on ensuring the 7,000+ annual new team members are energized, equipped and intentional about their journey ahead. Her drive and mission is to create culture ambassadors of the 130,000 team members of American Airlines.
Schartryce has been with the company for over 8 years. Previous departments include Learning Experience, Corporate Tax, Finance and Customer Experience. Prior to relocating to Dallas, TX in 2011, she had an extensive career in the non-profit sector in San Antonio, TX where she attended the University of Texas at San Antonio.
A common thread in her work in both the corporate sector and the community is her passion to help people find their place which lends explanation to her love for hospitality, global engagement, inclusion and diversity, onboarding, and corporate culture.
Senior Enterprise Engagement Specialist
Kriss Ryan has been the Global Sales Onboarding Program Manager at Autodesk, Inc. since January 2015 and has worked in the Engineering technology field for more than 22 years. Kriss has worked at Autodesk, Inc. for more than 9 years in various sales roles, including Partner Manager, Business Development, and Sales. Previous to Autodesk, Kriss worked in the SolidWorks Channel for 10 years in Sales and Sales Management roles. Kriss earned top honors at Autodesk (Diamond Club) and SolidWorks, Inc. (500 Club).
Kriss attended the University of Wisconsin, studying Accounting, and continues to invest in her professional development including a focus on Finance at Dartmouth College, Territory Account Selling (TAS), and a variety of presentation, negotiations, and Sales methodology training programs. Kriss has two adult sons, Quinn and Shea. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband Kevin and their two “Borgie” dogs, Huckleberry and Pippi. Kriss is an avid Green Bay Packer fan and enjoys all watersports.
CS Enablement Programs
CHARLES RIVER LABORATORIES
Karen Taylor said yes to Charles River Laboratories’ 11 years ago and serves as their Global Onboarding Program Manager. She is responsible for launching and managing a leading edge Global Onboarding Program that is helping new talent acclimate into the organization and build the relationships and connections that set them up for long term success. Karen previously held positions in their IT Project Management office and managing the onboarding of IT new hires. She is certified in Change Management and also has over 25 years experience as an Executive Assistant supporting C-Level executives.
Global Onboarding Program Manager
Erin Probst is an Onboarding Design Manager at Discover Financial Services, who is consistently ranked among the industry’s top-rated training organizations. Her team manages the creation and maintenance of over 350 onboarding and role-based training programs and thousands of unique training deliverables. With 15 years of operational learning and development experience within financial services, Erin has managed numerous enterprise initiatives at Discover, as well as previously while a national training consultant for First Data Corporation. She’s most recognized within Discover for her captivating communication style but she’ll tell you her passion is in implementing strategic innovations that drive efficiency and continuous improvement in the learning experience. Erin currently works remotely in Austin, Texas – the “live music capital of the world”.
Onboarding Design Manager
Curious, experienced, collaborative, strategic-minded Learning and Development professional, Saloma strives to keep customer needs top of mind. Extensive Learning Management experience, best in class Onboarding program development, oversight and facilitation. Course creation and facilitation, curriculum consultation and development. Vendor and budget management. People development and management experience. Current endeavors include building a program from incubation to integration.
Senior Training Specialist
Leah Schachar is leading a team to restructure Google's Sales Onboarding program globally, with the goal of turning the program into a world-class experience that meets both the business’s and new hire’s needs. With over 2,000 new Googlers (also known as "Nooglers") going through the program a year, the goal is to create a program which enables Nooglers to become job ready in the fastest time possible.
Passionate about helping people, Leah’s focus at Google has always been in Sales Enablement. Before Onboarding, she was focused on building the best Brand Sellers in the world through delightful learning experience. Prior to that, she focused on activating competitive intelligence to enable Google’s global salesforce to pitch bigger, better and faster. Prior to Google Leah was a technology consultant at Capgemini.
Global Google Sales School Lead
Dwight Davis is passionate and focused on helping individuals and organizations disrupt the status quo. His innovative spirit and naturally curious mindset bring transformational change to leaders, teams and programs. Dwight provides 20+ years of people and program leadership across multiple industries including tech, finance, higher education and nonprofits. At Intuit, he is the Global Onboarding Leader and is developing the end to end strategy for the 1st year experience of all new employees.
Global Onboarding Leader
Mark Turner is an experienced Sales Enablement Professional with over a decade of sales manager experience as well. He has the rare combination of front-line sales leadership abilities while also being an expert in modern learning and sales enablement strategies. Mark has spent the last 5 years at LinkedIn transforming sales professional and leaders as they invest in their own development as world class salespeople and managers.
Senior Sales Performanc Consultant
Hector is passionate about Coaching and Developing Sales Managers. As part of the LinkedIn Sales Readiness Global Programs Team, Hector is instrumental in making Mangers and Leaders at LinkedIn more productive and successful through Global Sales Manager Onboarding, Sales Coaching and Learning experiences. He joined LinkedIn in 2011 after 8 years of Sales in the tech and startup sectors. He transitioned to Sales Readiness in 2013 and has helped drive the growth of the team and the development of the LinkedIn Sales Methodology and an overall culture of Sales Coaching.
Global Manager Empowerment - Coaching and Manager Onboarding Lead
With over 18 years of experience in HR technology, she is currently leading the team at Microsoft responsible for the Core HR systems, HR Analytics and Employee experiences. Having worked in many fortune 100 companies, she has led the teams on various HR projects and transformations in the Human Resources realm. She has presented at various HR and Technology conferences and other related community forums as well as advises Investment companies on technology trends in HR and related opportunities and provides technology counselling to non-for-profit companies. Her team at Microsoft is currently focused on implementation of HCM ERP on cloud, as well as leveraging innovations in AI and Analytics to power the future of employee experience.
HR Technology Director
Raul Almazan leads the Engineering learning and development strategy for Raytheon Missile Systems, one of the largest defense contractors in the world. Raul partners with senior executives and manages a multi-million dollar budget to maximize the development of over 7000 multi-disciplined engineers within the swirl of an aging workforce, rapidly emerging technologies, and daunting global threats. Raul’s team of learning professionals, create annual learning strategies that identify critical needs and implement high-impact, advanced talent development solutions to grow critical capabilities and future talent pipelines. Raul has over 30 years of leadership, professional learning, and talent management experience.
Engineering Learning and Talent Development Senior Manager
Suzzanne made the choice to come to Raytheon in 2012 after careers in healthcare, and then Intuit, a Silicon Valley technology company, for a chance to grow her career in a totally new industry. She is a learning and leadership development expert, who is passionate about on-going personal growth and engagement -- especially through interactive learning opportunities. Suzzanne’s expertise lies in facilitating leadership development, coaching, employee engagement, and building high performing teams. She has established herself as a learning expert who brings value to the organization and Engineering Leaders she works with, facilitates functional onboarding, strategic learning, and knowledge transfer, and partners with SMEs in support of advanced technical development. Suzzanne is also a certified facilitator for multiple programs, including Talent Smart’s “Discovering and Developing Emotional Intelligence”, The Center for Leadership Studies’ “Situational Leadership®” course and RMS’s signature leadership development program, “Leadership Matters”.
Learning & Development
Jessica has over 20 years of sales and enablement experience. She got her start in enablement when Salesforce was about a 300 person company with little if any internal training. Since then she’s done onboarding and enablement programs for sales, consultants, and managers. She’s led sales and operations teams at both small and large companies. For the past two years, Jessica has been leading the Sales Onboarding team at Salesforce where they onboard over 3,000 new sales people each year.
Global Sales Onboarding Director
Scott is a passionate and innovative sales effectiveness leader, with over 20 years of designing and delivering sales training and enablement programs. Scott joined ServiceNow in 2016 and is responsible for managing all aspects of global sales onboarding. Scott’s mission is to reduce ramp time and accelerating time to productivity, while also delivering a scalable and world-class onboarding experience to a rapidly growing and diverse sales team.
Director of CSG Onboarding
Over the past 20 years I’ve been fortunate to find my passion for helping others be their best self through Servant Leadership. True Leadership, to me, is working with individuals to identify and refine their skills, build their confidence and reach their goals. In June of 2019, I earned my “Psychology of Leadership” certificate from eCornell.
Sales Manager Development Senior Manager
With 15 years of professional experience in the automotive and tech industries, along with running her own consulting business, Jenn has a passion for managing projects and solving problems of all sizes. Jenn joined Shopify in 2016 and credits her passion for Onboarding to the fact that she didn’t have the smoothest experience herself. She is now leading the charge on scaling Onboarding Logistics from Startup to Enterprise, advocating for both the new hire experience and the needs of the various internal teams.
Onboarding Logistics Program Manager
Liz McDonald grew up in Ottawa (Canada’s capital) and is currently the Expansion Pack to the VP of Engineering and GM of Kernel. Formerly on the Talent Development team at Shopify as the onboarding program manager for 5+ years. She is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and joined Shopify, as an early stage startup in March 2011. Since joining, she has built the first Shopify Support training program, and most recently delivered and built the onboarding program for the entire company. Throughout her career she has focused on creating training programs
and onboarding programs with the importance of culture, personal development and
communication. Liz has supported the growth of Shopify via learning and development, and has trained and onboarded over 2500 Shopifolk (people). All while maintaining its passionate and vibrant culture.
Expansion Pack to the VP of Engineering
Colette Williamson has been working for Southwest Airlines as a Training and Development Leader since 2010. She is an accomplished leader with over 25 years of experience as an effective Leader, Trainer, Facilitator, and Instructional Designer. She began her career in Canada in education as a teacher. She taught for several years in Canada and then moved to Texas where she decided to combine her passion for training with her love of travel. She serves as the Manager of Leadership and Employee Training for Southwest Airlines.
Leadership & Employee Training Manager
Sheri has an extensive background in learning and development, with 20+ years of experience creating and implementing training programs that build skills, provide professional and personal growth, and benefit organizations. She has held a variety of leadership positions at Apple, AMD, Cisco, and VMWare. Throughout her career she has focused on sales enablement, leadership development and coaching, high potential development, onboarding, and early-in-career. Sheri joined VMWare in 2017 and is responsible for delivering global field onboarding for both professional hires and new college graduates. Sheri believes strongly in creating an amazing learner experience, and as a result, has created many best-in-class programs.