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Monika Fahlbusch
Human Resources, Employee Communication and Community Relations Leader

Monika Fahlbusch is Senior Vice President, Chief People and Administrative Officer of BMC Software.

Prior to joining BMC Software, Fahlbusch was vice president of global employee success at While on the executive team at, she helped the company achieve its #7 ranking in Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list– up from #52 at the start of her tenure.

Fahlbusch also delivered innovative employee and leadership programs, built a hiring engine to grow from $2 billion to $4 billion in three years, and used data and analytics to increase employee engagement and reduce turnover. Her 24-year administration career also includes HR, communication and IT leadership roles at PeopleSoft and Old Navy. Fahlbusch holds a bachelor of science in business administration and economics from St. Mary’s College of California, where she also served as an advisory board to the college’s School of Business and Economics.

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Jeffrey Pfeffer, Ph.D.
American Business Theorist, Author, and Stanford Business School Professor

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Jeffrey Pfeffer, is the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.

He has authored or co-authored 14 books and is a highly sought after expert on the subject of power and leadership. His latest book, Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time, Pfeffer shines a bright light on the leadership industry, showing why it’s failing and how it might be remade. He sets the record straight on the oft-made prescriptions for leaders to be honest, authentic, and modest, tell the truth, build trust, and take care of others.

Professor Pfeffer is widely considered one of the leading management experts in the world. He has been a visiting professor at London Business School, Harvard Business School, Singapore Management University, and IESE.  He has also served on the boards of several human capital software companies as well as on a variety of public and nonprofit boards. Pfeffer was elected as a fellow of the Academy of Management more than 20 years ago, and was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences. In 1989, he won the Richard D. Irwin award for scholarly contributions to management.

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Eva Sage-Gavin
Vice Chairman, Skills for America’s Future, Aspen Institute

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Eva Sage-Gavin is Vice Chairman of the Aspen Institute’s Skills for America’s Future Advisory Board, working directly with senior White House leaders, community colleges and corporations to build skilled workforces.

Sage-Gavin is also the inaugural Executive in Residence at the Cornell Industrial and Labor Relations School, a Cornell Silicon Valley Advisor, and a guest lecturer at Stanford, MIT, USC, Santa Clara University and Cornell. Previously, Sage-Gavin was an executive leadership team member at Gap Inc. for more than 10 years. She also worked at Sun Microsystems and Disney Consumer Products as Senior Vice President, Human Resources.

HR Executive magazine recognized her as one of the 25 most influential and prominent women leading Human Resource organizations. Additionally, she received the distinguished honor of Fellow from the National Academy of Human Resources in recognition of her life-long professional achievements in the field of Human Resources.


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Kai Kight
Innovator. Speaker. Violinist.

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Kai Kight is an emblem of purpose and ingenuity. He believes in a future where everyone feels compelled to offer their unique passion to the world.

A product of Stanford University’s Design School, Kight continues to be fascinated by the leaders, artists, and companies who dare to be different. As both a Mayfield and Kleiner Perkins Design Fellow, he has proven to be part of the next generation of innovative talent and intellect taking Silicon Valley and the world by storm,

Kight teaches individuals and organizations how to become game-­changing leaders in their lives and work. He has created impactful experiences for audiences ranging from top executives in the digital media industry to millennial generation employees at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Kai Kight’s mesmerizing and original violin performance beautifully becomes a sonic metaphor for the core of his message: to inspire people to compose a path of imagination and fulfillment.


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