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2018 Leadership Series Panelist and Moderator Biographies
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2018 Leadership Series Panelists

Learn more about the C-suite executives, senior leaders, and experts who will share their thoughts on important human capital issues that impact business success. More panelists to be announced for the June program.

HRMAC 2018 Leadership Series

February 22, 2018: Enabling Rapid Growth in Business

Dorie Blesoff, Chief People Officer, Relativity

Dorie Blesoff is the Chief People Officer at Relativity whose market-leading e-discovery platform helps legal professionals around the world organize complex data, discover the truth, and act on it. Based in Chicago with an increasingly global presence, Relativity has seen rapid growth during Dorie’s tenure and continues to exhibit a dynamic and sustainable culture while producing excellent business results. Driven by the principle “Grow Your People to Grow Your Business,” Relativity has been laser focused on cultivating its culture based on core values and continuous learning reflected in effective initiatives such as a robust selection process, monthly performance coaching, impactful training investment, career mapping, and other self-organizing development opportunities across the company. Committed to the principles of a growth mindset, Dorie serves as an adjunct professor at Northwestern University’s School of Education & Social Policy in the Learning & Organizational Change degree programs — a role for which she received the Outstanding Professor award in 2008. 


Bon French, Executive Chairman, Adams Street Partners

Bon is responsible for the management of Adams Street Partners and actively participates as an investment professional. He is sought out by private equity firms, consultants and investors for advice and recommendations on a variety of private equity topics. Bon has been with Adams Street Partners and its predecessor organizations since 1980 and has been instrumental in the development of its private equity investment strategies, fund management and investor relations.

Bon is Chairman of the Adams Street Partners Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and is a member of the Adams Street Partners Operating Committee. He is a member of the Board of Trustees, Executive Committee and Chairman of the Investment Committee at Northwestern University. He is also a member of the Kellogg Graduate School of Management Dean’s Advisory Council. Bon is a member of the CFA Institute, the CFA Society of Chicago Leadership Council, the Economic Club of Chicago, and Chairman of the Board of the Center for Railroad Photography and Art. Bon is also a former Director of the National Venture Capital Association, and former Chairman of the Board of the Chicago History Museum, where he remains as a Trustee.


Allison Robinson, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The Mom Project


Moderator: Alex Vincent, Leadership Transformation, Lee Hecht Harrison

Alex’s focus is on helping maximize team and organizational performance.  He is a sought after facilitator and consultant in the area of leadership development focusing on personal leadership, team performance, and the execution of organizational strategy.  He excels in helping organizations maximize their leadership potential by developing team synergies through team coaching and establishing clear direction and focus to driving results.

His exceptional communication abilities combined with his creativity have allowed him to develop and deliver keynotes, workshops, and leadership development programs across the globe. These include The Leadership Contract, The Leadership Contract for Teams, Leading Innovation, and Strategic Leadership. 

Alex has worked with organizations in a variety of sectors — including telecommunications, engineering, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, financial, professional services, and public sector.


April 19, 2018: Driving a Sustainable Culture of Inclusion

Shawn Mobley, Chief Executive of the Americas, Cushman & Wakefield


Susan Schmitt, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Rockwell Automation

Susan Schmitt is the Senior Vice President, Human Resources for Rockwell Automation, a Fortune 500 company with 22,500 employees serving customers in 80+ countries dedicated to industrial automation and information to make its customers more productive and the world more sustainable.  A member of the senior leadership team, Susan sets global strategies designed to strengthen leadership, build organizational capacity and power the company’s business priorities.

Susan’s innovative mindset and commitment to excellence defines her leadership style. She continually looks to meet today’s global business challenges with creative Human Resources strategies that engage people, enable exceptional performance and support a dynamic, inclusive corporate culture. 

Susan’s more than 30 years of experience provide her with an in-depth understanding of the Human Resources field. In 2016, Susan was named National Academy of Human Resources (NAHR) Fellow, the highest honor that can be achieved by an individual in the Human Resources profession. Susan is also an inspiring author known for her insights into creating value through leadership, talent and corporate culture. 

Susan holds a master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Illinois State University, Bloomington, Ill., and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and French from Albion College in Albion, Michigan. Susan also attended the University of Grenoble, Grenoble, France.

William Von Hoene, Jr., Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Exelon

As senior executive vice president and chief strategy officer, William A. Von Hoene, Jr. oversees corporate development, corporate strategy, legal, regulatory, government affairs, investments and communications for Exelon, the nation’s number one competitive energy provider and owner of six utility companies. He serves on Exelon’s Executive Committee, and is the chairman and chief executive officer of Constellation Energy Nuclear Group, a joint venture between Exelon and EDF that owns five nuclear units. He also is chairman of the board of Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited.

June 7, 2018: The Merging of Artificial Intelligence, Work and the Workforce

Shawn Broadfield, Vice President Claim Strategy & Innovation, Allstate Insurance

Throughout his 32 years of experience at Allstate, Shawn has made multiple significant impacts, including recently implementing the multi-year digital transformation of the claims process at Allstate though IDE (Claims Integrated Digital Enterprise).

Prior to his current role, Shawn was co-lead of Next Gen, a multi-year software install of the company’s new claims system. Prior to that, Shawn was President of Sterling Autobody, formally a wholly-owned subsidiary of Allstate Corporation.


Moderator: Ravin Jesuthasan, Managing Director, Willis Towers Watson

Ravin Jesuthasan is a recognized global thought leader on the future of work and human capital.  He has led numerous research efforts on the global workforce, the emerging digital economy and the transformation of work. Ravin was the lead partner for the World Economic Forum’s ground breaking study; Shaping the Future Implications of Digital Media for Society. He has led numerous large-scale, global restructuring and transformation engagements for his clients. 

Ravin has been a featured speaker on the aforementioned topics at conferences in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Latin America. He has also been featured and quoted extensively by leading business media including CNN, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, CNBC, Fortune, FT, Human Capital (China), Les Echoes (France), Valor Economico (Brazil), Business Times (Malaysia), Globe and Mail (Canada), South China Morning Post, Dubai One TV and The Australian among others. Ravin has been a participant and presenter at the World Economic Forum’s annual meetings in Davos and Dalian.

He has been recognized as one of the top 25 most influential consultants in the world by Consulting Magazine. He is the author of Transformative HR and the recently released, Lead The Work: Navigating a World Beyond Employment. Ravin has authored over 25 articles and his article in the HR People and Strategy Journal entitled Performance Management as a Business Discipline received the 2014 Walker Award for the most original and valuable contribution to the HR profession.