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Jacob Bonk

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Jacob Bonk

Vice President of Human Resources | L'Oreal USA

Jacob Bonk is currently a VP of Human Resources at L’Oreal in New York where he has generalist responsibilities for the CMO organization and oversees Talent Development for all Digital and Ecommerce employees. Most recently he was Recruitment Director in Shanghai where he oversaw all experienced hiring and campus programs. This included launching a mobile-only job application process that was used by 40,000 students who were interested in joining the L’Oreal trainee program (BBC video link). Before moving to China, Jacob was the Director of Recruitment Intelligence in New York and helped to build an entirely new recruitment model for L’Oreal worldwide, centralizing the team and bringing sourcing in-house. Before joining L’Oreal, he worked in recruitment for a top retailer and got his start working at an executive search firm.  
Jacob is a native of Chicago, a graduate of the School of Technology at Purdue University (now Purdue Polytechnic Institute), and a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. He is married to fellow Boilermaker, Corrie, and is the father of a (hopefully) future Boilermaker, Elise.


Matthew A. Noe

Matthew A. Noe, GPHR

Senior Human Resources Manager | Caterpillar, Inc.

Matt Noe is the Senior Human Resources Manager for Large Power Systems Division supporting Lafayette IN, Griffin GA, Mapleton IL and Tianjin China.  In this role, he is responsible for succession planning, career development, cultural transformation and technician onboarding, training and pay.  Prior to this role, Matt was the Regional Shared Services Manager for Caterpillar’s Latin America Human Resources operation serving Mexico, Panama, Peru, Colombia, Chile, Argentina and Brazil.  The Shared Services operation consists of over 20 leaders and 200 employees performing recruiting, learning, payroll and HR data management.  The objective of Shared Services is to leverage standard processes to provide world-class efficient and effective HR services.
 
In 2007, Matt received his Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) certification.  He is a Bradley University 2002 graduate and active member on the Bradley University Alumni Association Board of Directors.  He is currently a student in Purdue University's Global Executive MBA program and anticipates graduating in December 2017. 


Kelly M. Snow

Kelly M. Snow

Senior Director of Human Resources | PepsiCo

Kelly joined PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay Division in 2000, beginning her career as the HR Representative at the Charlotte, North Carolina manufacturing facility.  In 2002, Kelly was promoted to the HR Manager role in Frankfort, Indiana where she supported a turnaround in safety performance, driving the IFR down to single digits for the first time at that site.  In 2004, Kelly joined the Mid-America Sales team in Plymouth, Michigan  as the HR Manager supporting Sales and Sales Operations where she and the team achieved back-to-back John Ewing award wins as well as back-to-back C.E.  Doolin wins in Operations.  In 2006, Kelly returned to Frankfort  as the HR Director,  helping lead the site through complex change consisting of the start-up and shut-down of the Flat Earth line, implementation of the Baked Lays/Cracker Crisp Flex line and the installation of Transformational Packaging.  Frankfort East won the John Ewing award in 2008 and Kelly was also a part of the 2009 C. E. Doolin win by the Heartland Region.Beginning in 2011, Kelly held the role of National Sales Change Management Director, leading the implementation of various go-to-market delivery changes for Frito-Lay as well as transitioning the entire 18,000+ frontline Salesforce to being DOT certified.  In this role, Kelly also led the restructuring process of Frito’s Fleet-Safety organization.Most recently, Kelly is the Sr. HR Director for the Frito-Lay Mid-America Sales Region. In this role, Kelly supports approximately 3,000 Union and Union-Free employees in a Region that runs over $1 billion in annual sales.  Kelly’s knowledge of the business and experience throughout the Frito organization is helping turn around performance in a challenging market as well as drive a cultural shift agenda to grow talent and maximize results.
 
Kelly interned in Human Resource roles at both Baxter Healthcare and Ford Motor Company, Earning her BS in Learning and Organizational Change from Northwestern University and her MS in Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University.  Kelly, her husband Philip, and their sons Jack (12) and Ben(7) reside in South Eastern Michigan.


Carol Brinson

Carol Brinson

Organizational Development Strategist for Commercial Sales, Chief Marketing Office, & Chief Customer Office | Dell Technologies

Carol Brinson is the Organizational Development Strategist at Dell for the Commercial Sales, Marketing and Chief Customer Office organizations reporting to the Senior Vice President of Human Resources.   Most recently, Carol was responsible for serving as the Organizational Development leader for Dell’s Commercial Sales and Enterprise Solutions Business supporting 25,000 sales, marketing, and engineering employees that develop and deliver technology solutions to consumers, small and medium businesses, public institutions and large enterprises worldwide. Her focus has been on executive talent management, top talent development and retention, succession planning, organizational design and change management.

Upon Dell’s announcement of its intent to acquire EMC in 2015, Carol has also served as project manager for the Organization, Talent, Culture, and Change Management workstream and has led the global Organizational Design and Talent Integration sub-workstreams throughout the integration to date.

Prior to her work in the Commercial Sales and Enterprise solutions team, Carol has served in various roles at Dell including HR Business Partner for the Office of the CIO, Corporate Strategy and Legal and Sales Operations teams as well and Organizational Design Consultant for the Corporate functions including HR, Legal, Corporate Communications and Marketing. Carol has also served in as a leader for key projects for various regional and global initiatives. 

Prior to Dell, Carol held HR Business Partner roles at GenBand and Harte-Hanks and worked as a recruiter and university relations manager at Pier 1 Imports. Carol holds a BA from Texas A&M University.

Sonja Gonzales

Sonja Gonzales

HR Manager, US Global Functions | Shell

Sonja Gonzales serves as the HR Manager of US Global Functions (IT, Finance, HR, Legal, Corporate Groups). In this role, Sonja is responsible for providing strategic HR leadership for the 15 team members providing HR support to a 3000+ employee population. 

Sonja joined Shell in May 2012 as an HR Account Manager for the US Legal organization.  Prior to joining Shell, Sonja served as the HR Director for MFR, PC, a regional Public Accounting and Consulting firm.  She has previously worked in various HR capacities for VALIC (Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company), IKON Office Solutions and Dynegy.  Sonja also worked for INROADS, a non-profit whose mission is to develop and place underserved youth in business and industry and prepare them for corporate and community leadership.  Sonja served as the Managing Director for the Houston affiliate and then as Regional Director of the South Central Region including affiliates in Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.  Sonja has a passion for employee development particularly in the arena of leadership development.

Outside of Shell, Sonja volunteers her time to provide career development support for the Houston Dynamo, Houston’s Major League Soccer team and for the Houston Dash, Houston’s Women’s Professional Soccer team as they prepare for careers post-professional soccer.  Sonja also serves as President of the Board of Directors of Zoey’s Angels, a non-profit founded by her family in 2012. 


Pramukh Jeyathilak

Pramukh Jeyathilak

Global Human Resources Lead | Amazon

Pramukh is a global Human Resources Leader with broad based generalist experience in Fortune 500 companies, like Accenture, Microsoft, and Amazon, with strong focus on business partnership, innovation, service delivery and people leadership for over 25 years.   He has deep expertise in driving critical HR initiatives that support and further business goals and has demonstrated success in large scale organization design & development, change management and leadership excellence initiatives.  He has extensive global experience in Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia and North America, having lived and worked in Bombay (India), Prague (Czech Republic), Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Singapore and Seattle (USA). 

Pramukh currently leads the Leadership and Organizational Development function for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and is based at Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle, WA (USA).  He is a regular speaker in HR forums and conferences and also an active mentor and coach.


Brad Alge

Brad Alge

Associate Professor, Krannert School of Management | Purdue University

Dr. Brad Alge holds the position of Associate Professor of Management in the area of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management at Purdue's Krannert School of Management where he has served since 1999. An award-winning scholar and teacher, Dr. Alge teaches courses in organizational behavior and leadership at Purdue. His research focuses on leadership, organizational control, creative performance, social networking, and virtual/distance work. He has served on the editorial boards at the Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. Dr. Alge has over 20 years of experience helping companies to improve their business processes, organizational culture, and human capital. Dr. Alge currently teaches in the full-time MBA, Weekend MBA, Executive MBA, and executive non-degree programs at Purdue's Krannert School of Management with a focus on organizational behavior, leadership, and change management.

Prior to academia, Dr. Alge was a consultant for Accenture. Dr. Alge is a proud member of the 1988 NCAA Division I National Champion Football Team at Notre Dame. Dr. Alge received his BBA from the University of Notre Dame, his MBA from Kent State University, and his PhD from The Ohio State University.

Brad Rhorer

Brad Rhorer

Human Resources Assistant Senior Manager | Subaru of Indiana Automotive

Brad started with SIA nearly 25 years ago as a Production Associate. He received his Associate’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and Supervision from Purdue University and his Bachelors in Human Resource Management from Bellevue University, all while working full time. Currently, Brad is the chair of the Region 4 Works Council and Employer Engagement Taskforce. He serves on the Indiana Automotive Council, Indiana Chamber Workforce and Policy Committee, Afterschool Network Advisory Council STATE Workforce Innovation Council (SWIC), and Purdue University Technology Leadership and Innovation Advisory Board. Brad formerly served as an active board member of the Indiana Youth Institute, Indiana career council core-40 subcommittee, and the WIOA taskforce.

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