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The People Innovators Summit by Udemy for Business brings together the top HR, L&D, and business leaders from around the world for one-day of knowledge sharing, professional networking and inspiring content.

The People Innovators Summit is created by Udemy for Business, a global learning platform with over 3,000+ courses on the must-have skills that help employees do whatever comes next.

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with director-level L&D, HR and People leaders

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Challenge & rethink

your workplace learning programs

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tactical takeaways and best practices that break the mold

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Francesca Gino

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Award-winning researcher and the Tandon Family Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School

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Francesca has spent more than a decade studying rebels at organizations around the world, from high-end boutiques in Italy’s fashion capital, to an award-winning computer animation studio. In her work, she has identified leaders and employees who exemplify “rebel talent,” and whose examples we can all learn to embrace. Whether you want to inspire others to action, build a business, or build more meaningful relationships, Francesca’s work will show you how to succeed — by breaking all the rules.



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Molly Hill

VP of Global Learning and Development

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As the leader of Global Learning & Development for Starbucks, Molly works to build a learning journey for employees and licensed partners worldwide from their “core” learning to ongoing learning to preparing for their next role. Prior to Starbucks, Molly has spent her career exploring and loving the field of training and development at Microsoft, JPMorgan Chase, Starwood Hotels and Disney. She holds a BA in Communications from the University of Washington and certificates in learning design and learning theory.

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Wyatt Cutler

Global Head of Talent, Development & Learning

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Wyatt brings over 8 years of experience to PayPal as the Global Head of Talent, Development & Learning. His career in L&D started at Amazon where he supported and led leadership development programs. Prior to PayPal, he led the Talent Management team at Microsoft where amongst many notable programs, created an apprenticeship program in partnership with nonprofits to create life-changing career opportunities. Wyatt is a natural leader with a background and 12 years experience in the United States Army.

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Natasha Kehimkar

Chief People Officer

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As Chief People Officer at App Annie, Natasha leads a global team focused on organization effectiveness, people, and talent. As founder of ZEST Advisors, a people & talent consultancy, she helps her clients connect strategy and people to scale organizations, enable teams, and grow leaders. Natasha brings experience that spans across industries, having led the people function at Guardant Health and OpenTable and serving as HR leadership at Pfizer Consumer Products and Johnson & Johnson.

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Flo Thinh Chialtas

VP of People Operations

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Flo leads the Recruiting, HR & WorkPlace Operations teams at NerdWallet. Flo and her team are constantly finding ways to attract, develop and delight employees and build a great nerdy experience for all. Prior to joining NerdWallet, Flo was a talent partner at Khosla Ventures, spent four years growing Zynga and dabbled in talent acquisition strategies for early startups. A self-professed music junkie, Flo believes live music can cure any ail. When she’s not working, you can find her adventuring with her family in Tahoe or the majestic Russian River.

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Yvonne Chen

VP of Marketing

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Yvonne Chen brings 12+ years of product and marketing experience to Udemy for Business as VP of Marketing. She cares deeply about spurring online learning and development for an organization’s most important asset – it’s employees. Previously, Yvonne worked at Facebook, leading training and development and product marketing for Facebook’s ads and business products. She has also held operations roles at Google and managed a business call center for AT&T. Yvonne holds a BS in Business Administration from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Dean Griess

Managing Director - Learning Delivery

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Dean has 16 years of experience in the training arena that accompanies his BA from Colorado State University in Speech Communications.  Over his career, he has helped develop/certify over 800 facilitators globally and led multiple training organizations in diverse industries.  Dean has a passion for learning and building strong relationships within any organization.  He is a Certified ATD Master Trainer and an ATD Rocky Mountain Executive Council Board Member.

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Shelley Osborne

Head of Learning & Development

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Shelley Osborne is Head of L&D at Udemy. She has 14 years of experience in the education sector and in corporate learning and development. Previously, she was VP of Learning & Development at Farside HR Solutions, specializing in talent leadership, management training, and soft skills development for startups. At Udemy, Shelley leads and executes the learning strategy for Udemy employees. She has a master’s degree in Education from the University of Calgary and a bachelor of education from the University of Alberta.

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Uli Heitzlhofer

Director People Learning & Development

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Since joining Lyft, Uli has redesigned the Performance Management system, overhauled the L&D portfolio and placed People Development on the company-wide agenda. His passion for L&D began at Google as a Performance Management Program Manager. He then joined the Executive Development team, and later the Manager Development team. Under his purview, Uli ran the manager onboarding experience globally and addressed topics in team effectiveness and managing at scale. Uli graduated from Vienna University of Economic and Business Administration with a Masters in International Business.

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Drew Fifield

Senior Director, Learning & Development

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Drew has spent over 10 years designing and implementing performance, talent, and leadership development programs, tools and experiences for front-line employees and executives at Urban Outfitters, Nike, Converse, Getty Images and Industrious. He is passionate about using a design thinking approach that puts employees at the center of the process. Drew spent time thinking about organizational dynamics and learning at Temple University and University of Pennsylvania, and holds a Masters degree in Learning and Organizational Change from Northwestern University.

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Lissa Minkin

VP, People and Workplace

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Lissa brings 20+ years of experience to her role leading Tile’s People and Workplace team. Prior to joining Tile she held HR leadership positions at Addepar, Facebook, eBay, and Time Warner. Lissa is a leader with proven success in organizational design and development, leadership and management development, talent management, employee communications and performance and career development,. She is also a dedicated people leader and coach with the ability to attract top talent, build teams and grow careers.

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Liz Sweet

Sr Director, West People Strategy

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Liz is a senior leader in talent strategy with experience covering the areas of learning and development, talent management, people data and corporate culture. Her expertise in building scaled approaches to management and leadership development has spanned across multiple large tech companies including Twitter, Pandora and WeWork. In her current role, she is building a holistic experience to hiring, developing and retaining talent in WeWork’s US & Canada West region.

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Justin Angsuwat

VP, People

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As Thumbtack’s VP of People, Justin oversees the 70-strong People Team which covers the full employee experience, including people operations and programs to recruiting and workplace experience. Justin joined Thumbtack from Google, where he led People Operations for the Go-to-Market teams. Prior to this, he was a Chief of Staff at a Fortune 500, before leading human capital consulting teams. He holds a Bachelor of Computer Science and a Master of HR Management.

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Pete Premenko

Senior Director, Learning and Development

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Pete is a lifelong learner and teacher with a passion for developing others with over 20 years’ experience designing, delivering, and implementing learning programs for organizations such as FedEx Kinko’s and Brinker International, parent of Chili’s and other successful restaurant brands.  He first discovered his love for teaching as a ski instructor while he was in school.  Today, he leads the learning and development activities for MINDBODY, Inc. (NASDAQ: MB), the leading technology platform for the fitness, wellness and beauty services industries.

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Danielle Clark

Director, Talent Development

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Danielle is an L&D leader who loves helping people fulfill their potential using assessment, facilitation, experiential programs and coaching. As Director of Talent Development, she is responsible for leading the global enterprise talent development team which creates and delivers programs for all employee personas. Key areas of learning are around change, EQ, strategic leadership and enabling leaders to be successful in the 18,000 strong Adobe matrix. Her journey began in recruitment then moved to consulting with Hay Group Korn Ferry in London and San Francisco.

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Hannah Knapp


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The workshop will be led by Hannah Knapp, who is the cofounder of WITHIN Meditation. Before founding WITHIN, Hannah spent 8 years as head of PeopleOps with a tech startup, seeing the company through many transitions. Before founding WITHIN, Hannah spent 8 years as head of PeopleOps with a tech startup, seeing the company through many transitions.  During that time, she developed a deep passion for building great company culture, which she took to the next level in 2014, when she cofounded InnerSpace, a non-profit that helps early stage startup founders build happy, purposeful and effective teams.

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Cara Brennan Allamano

SVP of Human Resources

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Cara has deep experience scaling HR operations, recruiting, and learning & development at fast-moving, global companies. Prior to joining Udemy, she was SVP of People at Planet and previously served in HR leadership roles at Pinterest, Efficient Frontier, Young and Rubicam, and Knight Ridder, among others. Cara is the co-founder of PeopleTech Partners, a group of HR leaders working to bring new HR/recruiting technologies to market. She holds a master’s degree from the University of San Francisco, and completed graduate studies at Stanford University.

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Darren Shimkus

General Manager

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Darren Shimkus has nearly two decades of experience building and growing high-performing sales, marketing, and product management teams. Darren currently serves as General Manager of Udemy for Business at Udemy. Darren began his career in corporate education at the Corporate Executive Board in Washington D.C. and London and has built several technology companies, where he served in various product development, sales, and general management roles. He received his BA from William & Mary and his MBA from Stanford University.



8:00 - 9:00 am

9:00 – 9:30 am

Darren Shimkus, General Manager, Udemy for Business

We sought to understand the role humanity plays in employee learning and development. What we found? The organizations that are focused on making employee development more people-centric perform better against key business metrics. Hear Darren Shimkus, General Manager of Udemy for Business, as he discusses what it means to be human and how organizations that are forward-thinking are able to leverage the talents and skills of human beings in unique and compelling ways other organizations do not.

9:30 - 10:05 am

Dean Griess, Managing Director - Learning Delivery, Charles Schwab

Now that we know the power of people-centric organizations, how can we further empower employees through innovative learning experiences? In this session, Dean Griess, Managing Director of Learning Experiences at Charles Schwab, will share a learning practice deemed as "UNLearn” designed to maximize and accelerate learning to address one of L&D's biggest goals: to create bigger, stronger and faster learning programs.

10:05 - 10:25 am

10:25 - 11:05 am

Wyatt Cutler, Global Head of Talent, Development & Learning, Paypal

Natasha Kehimkar, Chief People Officer, App Annie

Drew Fifield, Senior Director, Learning & Development, Industrious

Pete Premenko, Senior Director, Learning and Development, Mindbody

Danielle Clark, Director, Talent Development, Adobe

As the digital world transforms, organizations are coming face-to-face with a growing skills gap and are racing to ensure their businesses keep up. Leaders from Adobe, PayPal, MINDBODY Industrious and App Annie will discuss how they're prioritizing reskilling and development to stay ahead of constant digital transformation and how their workplace learning programs are following suit.

11:05 - 11:40 am

Shelley Osborne, Head of Learning & Development, Udemy

L&D and People teams are being challenged to create workplace learning programs that are fresh, captivating and effective. In this session, you will learn tactical ways to incorporate innovative ideas and new technologies into your programs to drive lasting impact. Shelley Osborne, Head of Learning and Development at Udemy will share how to breed creativity by finding connections and harnessing big ideas in a scalable way that meet your employees where they are.

11:40 am - 12:45 pm

12:45 - 1:45 pm

Francesca Gino, Professor, Harvard Business School

In her talk, based on her new book Rebel Talent, Francesca will share insights on why the most successful among us break the rules, and how rebellion brings joy and meaning into our lives. Rebels have a bad reputation. We think of them as troublemakers, outcasts, contrarians: those colleagues, friends, and family members who complicate seemingly straightforward decisions, create chaos, and disagree when everyone else is in agreement. But in truth, rebels are also those among us who change the world for the better with their unconventional outlooks. Instead of clinging to what is safe and familiar, and falling back on routines and tradition, rebels defy the status quo. They are masters of innovation and reinvention, and they have a lot to teach us.

1:45 - 2:25 pm

Flo Thinh Chialtas, VP of People Operations, NerdWallet

Lissa Minkin, VP, People and Workplace, Tile

Liz Sweet, Sr Director, West People Strategy, WeWork

Justin Angsuwat, VP, People, Thumbtack

Cara Brennan Allamano, SVP of Human Resources, Udemy

Being a true People Innovator is integrating learning as part of your overall talent management function. Learn from People leaders at Tile, NerdWallet, WeWork and Thumbtack on how to build a learning organization and culture of learning when you don't have a dedicated L&D team or resources. Where do you start and how do you measure the return? How do HR and L&D work together to ensure learning happens whenever, wherever?

2:30 - 2:50 pm

Hannah Knapp, Cofounder, WITHIN Meditation

The research just keeps growing on how pausing to meditate during your day can increase productivity, focus, and happiness. We're excited to include an opportunity to try it out for yourself, as an afternoon breakout session. This interactive workshop will give you a clear sense of what mindfulness is, why it's helpful in the workplace, and how to practice it. The session includes guided meditation and 3 specific tools you can begin using immediately to practice mindfulness during your workday.

Connect with your peers in this roundtable session and tap into your inner learning rebel. Take the teachings from Francesca Gino's session to discuss how to make the most of your rebel talent at work and in life.

2:50 - 3:05 pm

3:05 - 3:40 pm

Uli Heitzlhofer, Director People Learning & Development, Lyft

L&D functions have traditionally focused on providing training and testing knowledge retention. However, today as more companies strive to align learning to business outcomes, L&D teams are under pressure to go beyond simply delivering training to influencing employee behavior and performance. In this session, Uli Heitzlhofer, Lyft's Head of People Learning & Development, will share how they have redesigned their training programs to ensure behavior change happens.

3:40 - 4:25 pm

Molly Hill, VP of Global Learning and Development, Starbucks

Join Molly Hill as she takes us on a journey about the importance of keeping humans at the core of your workplace learning mission. Molly will have an open conversation around the sensitive and complex topic of racial-bias and the importance of authenticity and vulnerability in approaching it. She will share the unconscious bias training program that Starbucks implemented at their 8,000 stores nationwide this past May, the work that they’re doing to continue shaping their path forward and how approaching learning differently creates the greatest opportunities.

4:25 - 4:30 pm

4:30 - 6:30 pm



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