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October 16 - 17, 2019

San Francisco, CA


a new future for learning

It’s impossible for us to know what the future of work will look like, but as People Innovators, it’s up to us to imagine the possibilities and bring them to life. Embark on a journey to discover what programs, technologies, and initiatives innovative leaders like yourself are doing to propel organizations successfully into the future.

Join us at this year’s People Innovators Summit to imagine the future of work and how you can turn your bold new ideas into reality.

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inspiring speakers

In the past, the Summit has brought learning leaders from organizations like PayPal, Facebook, Charles Schwab and Adobe to the stage.

Strengthen your
professional network

Build meaningful connections with L&D, HR and People leaders at the world’s leading organizations.

Attended by leaders at organizations like

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Introducing Summit


Deep dive into your own leadership development through hands-on workshops. The half day of workshops will be interactive sessions that invest in your own learning and development as a leader, from developing your personal brand to learning to lead with emotional intelligence. You will learn from Udemy instructors and gain insights into leading your organization through the future of work.


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Matthew Luhn

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Former Pixar and The Simpsons Story Artist and Animator - Veteran of Pixar Animation Studios, The Simpsons, ILM, and other studios

Matthew Luhn is an accomplished storyteller and instructor with over 20 years’ experience creating stories and characters at Pixar Animation Studios including Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3, Monsters Inc., Monsters University, Finding Nemo, UP, Cars, Ratatouille. As one of the original story creators at Pixar Animation Studios, Matthew participated in building and sustaining the creative culture at Pixar from startup to the most successful filmmaking group in the history of Hollywood. Matthew’s engaging and action-oriented talk will provide strategies on how to create a culture that encourages and nurtures new ideas, and embraces fear and failing as a necessary part of the creative process.



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Brittany Ward

Manager, Learning & Culture Transformation

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Brittany Ward is a skilled learning and development leader with a proven background in designing and executing transformational learning programs and strategies. She has trained thousands of employees in government agencies, not for profit entities, and major consulting firms. She has eight years of hands-on experience with comprehensive strategic planning, design, and implementation of training programs focused on optimizing aspects of cybersecurity awareness, budget management, HR, and new technology adoption. Her expertise ranges from developing learning solutions to designing training courses and creating curricula. Brittany is a dedicated leader who is passionate about generating meaningful learning solutions.

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Ian Stevens

Capability Development Lead, North America

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Ian is the Capability Development Lead for North America, part of the Learning and Development team at PublicisSapient.  In an ever changing technological and product oriented landscape, he helps shape business vision into a tangible action plan to educate, inspire, and drive skill growth in partnership with leadership. With over 14 years in education and L&D he is a lifelong learner with a passion for helping others grow and achieve their potential.  At PublicisSapient, Ian is responsible for leading the Engineering and Product Capability Group Learning Strategy and oversees the broader integration of learning across capabilities in his organization.

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Miguel Rodriguez

Head of HR Program Management

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Miguel Rodriguez is the Director of HR Program Management for DoorDash. He previously held positions at DoorDash of; Head of HR Operations and Director of People Technology and Operations. Miguel has over 16 years experience in the tech field where he has successfully implemented various HR solutions ranging from workforce management to employee voice surveys. His career path has spanned positions at Gap, Inc., Apple, Inc. and Pandora Media, Inc. 

Born in Puerto Rico, to a first generation immigrant mother from Mexico and his Puerto Rican father, the Rodriguez family moved to California in 1969 and Miguel has called California home since then. Miguel is a car enthusiast, lover of food and drink and his dog, Magoo. 

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Meriya Dyble

Managing Director of Connected Learning & Change

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Meriya Dyble is the Managing Director of Connected Learning & Change at ATB Financial. She is passionate about building organizational capabilities, transforming culture, and driving business results in an ever-evolving world.  Meriya leads and executes on learning strategies that embed continuous learning in the flow of work and is a catalyst for team members to become masters at the skills of today, while building the skills for tomorrow.

Meriya was recently a guest on Deloitte’s Human Capital Podcast – H speaking about Learning in the Flow of Work, and the winner of Chief Learning Officer Magazine’s 2018 bronze award for Leading Learning Innovation. 

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Nikole Yinger

Director of L&D (former Senior Talent Designer, Airbnb)

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A systems thinker first, Nikole works to drive transformational change within the organizations she serves. She currently acts as the Director of Learning & Development at SNP Communications after spending nearly 5 years at Airbnb as Senior Talent Designer. Nikole and her team use Human Centered design to build learning experiences that fuel the Future of Work. She approaches every program with particular attention to Diversity & Belonging as well as Sustainable Performance & Well-Being, two major areas of focus for the modern organization. Nikole also maintains a small private practice as a therapist, specializing in workplace stress and emotional regulation.

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Marie Deveaux

Executive Leadership Coach and Udemy Instructor

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Marie is an executive leadership coach whose mission is to stand for clients in their greatness, capturing the life that they desire, and supporting them to leave a legacy of power and intention for future generations. She spent over a decade in the corporate world working in business operations before deciding to open her coaching practice. Her expertise spans personal finance, non profit work and real estate investing. She received her Bachelor’s degree from NYU and a Master’s degree in Management, Non-Profit administration from the University of Maryland. Her varied business background lends itself to creating supportive structures for budding business owners and professionals seeking to create more abundance in all aspects of their lives.

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Gerry Somers

Associate Director, Head of PDQ Learning and Technology

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Gerry Somers is the Associate Director, Head of PDQ Learning and Technology at Genentech.  He focuses on learning and development strategies for Product Development Quality, Operations and building out the technology roadmaps for Quality Services.  While in PD, Gerry has been active in the PD Advisory Council (PDAC), Purpose Built Networks (PBN), PD Center of Excellence, and the SSF Innovation Group (SIG).  He has been with Genentech for 18 years.

Gerry has a Masters of Arts in Education, focusing on Instructional Technologies, Bachelor of Arts, focusing on Political Science and History and has over 20 years of experience with learning and development in Commercial as well as in the Pharma Technical area.

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Stephanie Stapleton

VP of Customer Success

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As VP of Customer Success at Udemy for Business, Stephanie is dedicated to helping organizations achieve their business goals through learning. Stephanie leads global customer success strategy where she focuses on cultivating deep, authentic relationships with customers.   She has worked in customer-facing roles for her whole career and has been leading Customer Success at HR technology companies in San Francisco for the past 7 years. Stephanie holds a B.A. in Communication and a B.A. in Global and International Studies from University of California at Santa Barbara.

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Kat Steinmetz

Director, Global Talent Success

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Kat Steinmetz is an innovative leader in learning and talent development, driving organizational culture programs and building rockstar teams. A dynamic, positive energizer, Kat excels at developing leaders to their fullest potential and creating transformational and experiential programs that stick. She is the former Head of HR for the Burning Man Project and the former Director of Learning & Development at Stitch Fix. She is currently the Director of Global Talent Success at Box.

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Leila Bulling Towne

Executive Coach and Udemy Instructor

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Leila Bulling Towne is an executive coach and Udemy instructor who specializes in helping leaders decide what to say and how to say it. The Information named her one of the top coaches behind startup founders in 2018.

She coaches executives to speak with authority and authenticity, whether they are communicating to employees, the board, or customers. In other words, she makes it easier to be the boss. Her clients range from well-funded Silicon Valley startups to Fortune 500 companies. Leila’s has global facilitation and coaching experience and her work has been featured in Forbes,, The Wall Street Journal,,, Women’s Health, HR Magazine, and others.

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Shelley Osborne

VP of Learning

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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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Kirill Eremenko

Founder, Author and Udemy Instructor

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Kirill is an Amazon best-selling author, ex-Deloitte consultant and serial entrepreneur with 10 years of experience in Data Science and Education. With 50+ online courses and over 800,000 students world-wide, he delivers inspiring and engaging courses in Data Science, Machine Learning and AI. Kirill is the founder of SuperDataScience, a Data Science academy for all professionals, and of DataScienceGo, an annual careers conference and networking event that connects aspiring data scientists with major industry leaders.

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Belinda Bowling

Social Impact Director

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Belinda Bowling is the Social Impact Director of technology investment giant Naspers, and the co-founder of Naspers Labs, a disruptive 21st century solution to South Africa’s youth unemployment crisis.  More of a brindle than a pure-bred, her career started with a foray into the private sector in law and investment banking, followed by 15 years in international development in Asia and Africa, working for the UN, nonprofits and social businesses.  One of only 3 foreign woman ever to be awarded a Presidential Medal by the Government of Afghanistan (where she worked for 7 years), Belinda’s academic background is law, and she holds a BA LLB LLM.

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Brandon Carson

Director of Learning

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Brandon is a strategic business leader with over 20 years expertise in learning and development, organizational design, and leadership capability. He is a transformational and forward-looking leader that aligns business and human capital strategies to achieve desired outcomes. Brandon has led learning teams in diverse industries, including technology, retail, and hospitality. As Director of Learning at Delta Air Lines, Brandon is responsible for learning and development for the company’s global airport and cargo agents. Brandon Carson is the author of Learning in the Age of Immediacy: Five Factors for How We Connect, Communicate, and Get Work Done (2017, ATD Press).

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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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Darren Shimkus


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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 President of Udemy for Business at Udemy. Darren began his career in corporate education at the Corporate Executive Board (CEB) in Washington D.C. and London and has built and grown 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.


Main Conference

October 17, 2019


Workshops +
Main Conference

October 16 & 17, 2019


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7:30 - 8:45 am

Check-in and enjoy a delicious breakfast with fellow Summit attendees. Jump start the day and experience a learning moment at Cafe Udemy

8:45 - 9:10 am

Welcome to the People Innovators Summit 2019!

Yvonne Chen, VP of Marketing, Udemy for Business

Stephanie Stapleton, VP of Customer Success, Udemy for Business

9:10 - 9:45 am

Puzzle Me This: Using Your Imagination to Develop Change Agility

Shelley Osborne, VP of Learning, Udemy

9:45 - 10:20 am

Leadership Reimagined: Innovating Through Transformational Leadership

Kat Steinmetz, Director, Global Talent Success, Box

10:20 - 10:40 am

Fuel up with a smoothie shot, pastries from San Francisco’s Neighbor Bakehouse and fresh-brewed coffee and tea.

10:40 - 11:15 am

Radical L&D: Reimagining Corporate L&D in the Digital Age

Brandon Carson, Director of Learning, Delta Air Lines

11:15 - 11:55 am

Imagining the Next Five Years: L&D Best Practices and Programs

Meriya Dyble, Managing Director of Connected Learning & Change, ATB Financial

Nikole Yinger, Director of L&D (former Senior Talent Designer, Airbnb), SNP Communications

Gerry Somers, Associate Director, Head of PDQ Learning and Technology, Genentech

Brittany Ward, Manager, Learning & Culture Transformation, Freddie Mac

11:55 am - 12:50 pm

Enjoy a healthy lunch with your peers. Experience a learning moment at Cafe Udemy and meet the speakers.

12:50 - 1:50 pm

Embracing Your Imagination: Building a Culture of Creativity and Innovation

Matthew Luhn, Former Pixar and The Simpson's Story Artist and Animator, Pixar Animation Studios

1:50 - 2:25 pm

Imagine What’s Next: How AI Is Reshaping the World of Work

Kirill Eremenko, Founder, Author and Udemy Instructor , SuperDataScience

2:25 - 2:40 pm

Enjoy a stretch break and grab a pick-me-up snack before an action-packed afternoon

2:40 - 3:25 pm

Imagining a New Future for Learning

Darren Shimkus, President, Udemy for Business

Ian Stevens, Capability Development Lead, North America, PublicisSapient

3:25 - 3:30 pm

Prepare for the final session of the day through a guided and interactive in-seat mindfulness activity

3:30 - 4:05 pm

Imagine A New World: The Social Impact of Learning

Belinda Bowling, Social Impact Director, Naspers

Miguel Rodriguez, Head of HR Program Management, DoorDash

4:05 - 4:10 pm

Closing Remarks

Yvonne Chen, VP of Marketing, Udemy for Business

Stephanie Stapleton, VP of Customer Success, Udemy for Business

4:10 - 6:00 pm

After an action-packed day of insight, connection and learning, unwind at the People Innovators Summit Wrap Party over refreshments, cocktails, and hors d'oeuvres

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Terra Gallery & Event Venue

511 Harrison Street
San Francisco, CA

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These hotels are in the heart of SoMa in San Francisco and walking distance to Terra Gallery.

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Courtyard by Marriott

299 2nd Street

San Francisco, CA 94105

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Hotel Via

138 King Street

San Francisco, CA 94107

Additional hotels near the Terra Gallery & Event Venue include:

W San Francisco

181 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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The Palace Hotel

2 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105

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Spotlight on 2018

Check out some of the most memorable sessions from the 2018 Summit.

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Approaching Unconscious Bias with Authenticity

Molly Hill, VP of Global Talent at Starbucks

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What Is Learning Anyway?!

Uli Heitzlhofer, Director People Learning & Development at Lyft

Learning to

Learning to "UNLearn"

Dean Griess, Managing Director - Learning Delivery at Charles Schwab

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Rebel Talent: Why It Pays to Break the Rules at Work and In Life

Francesca Gino, Professor at Harvard Business School

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The People Innovators Summit will be in London, UK on 13 November 2019

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