How Silicon Valley does HR: a learning expedition in Silicon Valley


Program lead by

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Gabriel Sidhom

Gabriel Sidhom is Orange Silicon Valley's VP of Technology Development. He's responsible for all of the engineering, development, research, and business model functions.  He leads OSV’s core efforts of advanced proofs of concepts, prototyping, and services development that deliver business innovations emblematic of the Silicon Valley technology ecosystem for the Orange Group. Previously he was in charge of Technology Analysis and Business Implementation of the unit for Orange.


Patricia Waldron-Werner, MSc. HRM, an Irish national, living in France for the past 28 years, is a member of the Executive Management Board of Orange Business Services, the Enterprise arm of the Orange Group. Patricia is President of the Group Strategic Committee for Professional Equality, and a member of the Group Senior HR Leadership Committee. Read more.

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Al Adamsen is a globally recognized thought leader, advisor, and educator in the areas of Talent Strategy, Workforce Planning & Analytics, Talent Measurement, and Organizational Change. He’s the Founder & Executive Director of the Talent Strategy Institute (TSI)

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Professor Lablanc is the faculty director of Berkeley Haas School of Business and teaches. La Blanc has also worked in competitive intelligence and focuses his current classes on organizational change and how technology impacts the HR field.

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Elizabeth Kovats currently serves as Director of the Berkeley Roundtable on Applied Innovation and Design (BRAID). In this role she cultivates a learning community comprised of Silicon Valley executives and UC Berkeley faculty, teaching design-related workshops to a wide-range of industry partners. She has also served as a guest speaker at Stanford University’s Elizabeth’s particular focus is on adapting design principles for personal transformation, and the area of design and ethics. Before moving into academia, Elizabeth worked in Silicon Valley, in the telecommunications industry. She joined a start-up as the eighth employee in the US, and remained with them for several years through to IPO.

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Wilson Lau

Wilson Lau is an open minded and out-of-the-box thinker and engineer who is obsessed with optimization and efficiency. Exposed to various technologies within enterprise domains in the past 15 years, he tackles logistics and supply chain challenges in a holistic way.

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Robin is a Business Analyst on HR and finance digitization at Orange Silicon Valley. He is currently focused on VR/AR, AI and blockchain related to Human Resources. Before joining Orange Silicon Valley, Robin was working on the launch of a social network in business to business for the Process Communication Model community. He majored in Public Affairs, Digital & New Technology at Sciences Po Paris, in France.


Thought leaders

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Amit is the former head of People Analytics at Apple and teaches the Introduction to Human Capital Analytics course at the UC Berkeley Extension Program. Amit received a master’s degree in economics from Brown University, where he specialized in labor and development economics and undergraduate degrees in economics & business and electrical engineering from Lafayette College where he was a McKelvy Scholar and a member of the varsity crew team. Amit is a frequent speaker on workforce analytics, workforce planning, big data and predictive analytics. He has published articles in HR ExecutiveTalent ManagementChief Learning Officer and Training & Development. Amit teaches the Human Capital Analytics course at the University of California Berkeley Extension Program

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Madhura leads the people analytics and employee engagement research practices at Bersin, Deloitte Consulting LLP. Highly regarded for her work in analytics, employee engagement, organizational development, and preemployment hiring assessments, Madhura helps corporations make data driven talent and business decisions. Her work has been published in the Journal of Business and Psychology and the Handbook of Positive Psychology and Work. Madhura has a doctorate in industrial / organizational psychology and a master of arts degree from Wayne State University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Delhi, India.

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Michele Schneider is the Vice President of Workplace Services and oversees Guest Services, Internal Hospitality & Events, and Building Operations within Salesforce's Global Real Estate organization. As #1 on Fortune's Best Companies to Work For in 2018, culture is a key component of the workplace experience and real estate is a manifestation of Salesforce's values. Michele's team delivers these world-class environments, day-in, and day-out for all who walk through our front doors. Prior to leading Workplace Services, she was a Vice President of Salesforce's Strategic Events team where she led the company's World Tour, Connections and Salesforce Essentials event programming across the globe. Michele holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Lars is the co-founder of HR Open source, a worldwide community fostering collaboration between human resources experts. Lars was named a Top 100 Influencer by HR Examiner, included in The Huffington Post’s Top 100 Most Social HR Experts on Twitter, and LinkedIn’s 50 Most Popular Recruiting Influencers.

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Rick is a Former high profile executive recruiter, who introduced Tim Cook to Steve Jobs in 1998! He also raised $20m from a coalition of leading business executives to build a platform to increase workforce skill development visibility and increase inclusion and talent mobility.

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Chris is the CEO at WhoKnows which is building the next global business graph through machine learning. Previously, Chris has held product leadership roles and launched disruptive market entries at Lytro,, Intuit, and Cisco. He is privileged to have a Computer Science degree from Stanford and an MBA from MIT.

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Jennifer Johnston Di Loreto is the senior director of Global Employer Branding within the Employee Success organization at Salesforce, which has been named #1 on the FORTUNE "100 Best Companies to Work For" list and “Innovator of the Decade” by Forbes. Jennifer is responsible for building and managing the employer brand and best place to work reputation that helps Salesforce attract, engage and win the loyalty of the talent driving the company's incredible story of innovation, growth and social impact. Jennifer also consults with Salesforce customers on how to use culture, technology, and data to transform employee experience and drive deeper levels of engagement across every stage of the employee journey. Previously, she led global employer branding and internal communications at VMware. Jennifer holds a B.A. in Journalism and Political Science from Gonzaga University.


Samar Birwadker is co-founder and CEO of Good&Co Labs, Inc., an innovative startup that’s driven to create happier, more productive workplaces for both employers and employees using psychometric tools. Over the years, he has led diverse teams of technologists, designers and researchers to drive breakthrough product innovation – a role that aligns perfectly with his Good&Co Persona: an innovative blend of the Maverick, Visionary and Go-Getter.

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Director of Research and Content at Great Place to Work Institute : Ed Frauenheim serves as Director of Global Research and Content at Great Place to Work®. He is responsible for coordinating and advancing the research generated by Great Place to Work’s network of some 45 affiliates spread across the globe.

Ed also produces blogs, reports, presentations and other content that provide insights into great workplaces, how organizations can develop great cultures, and the way our world is at the dawn of the Great Workplace Era—a new, hopeful economic age in which all people can expect to work at places where they trust their leaders, take pride in what they do and enjoy their coworkers.

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HR Expert - : Gene Pease is a globally recognized author, speaker, adviser, and educator in the areas of Talent Strategy and Measurement, Workforce Optimization, and Human Capital Predictive Analytics, having more than 25 years’ experience as a CEO and Board member. Gene was the Founder of Vestrics (formerly Capital Analytics) that was acquired by Ultimate Software in May 2016. Gene’s latest book, Optimize Your Greatest Asset: Your People (Wiley) provides a proven framework for optimizing human capital investments through predictive analysis. The book features interviews from thought leaders from McKesson, Xerox, Chevron, Wells Fargo, and others.

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Yong Kim is a Co-Founder and CEO of Wonolo.  Yong came to America alone at the age of 15 - one of the biggest risks he took in his life - and has never looked back.  Yong has a diverse background, from being an econometrician to a management consultant to an investment banker to an innovator at Coca-Cola to an entrepreneur.  Through it all, his love for learning and teaching has been the common theme for him.  He has been called a chronic workaholic, so is diligently learning to have more work/life balance from his 3 daughters.  Yong received M.B.A. and M.A. degrees from Harvard University, and a B.S. degree from the University of Chicago

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Dr. Cristina Banks is an industrial-organizational psychologist who specializes in labor and employment law and compliance. She is an expert in job analysis and work measurement methodologies, selection test development and validation, and wage/hour and employment law compliance. She has conducted hundreds of job studies across industries including retail, grocery, restaurant, fast food, high technology, telecommunications, manufacturing, air freight, trucking, and food/beverage.

Dr. Banks has published articles and chapters on the subjects of wage and hour compliance, human resource management, performance measurement, and job design. She has testified at deposition and/or trial in more than sixty-five cases.


Kevin Wheeler is an Entrepreneur, Futurist, Advisor to several recruitment and learning start-up companies, Tech Geek, CEO and founder of Global Learning Resources, Inc., The Future of Talent Institute, and the Australasian Talent Conference. Kevin is Focused on analytics, human resources, recruitment and learning. He is also a Lecturer and teacher on Business Strategy, Human Resources, Talent Development and Acquisition.

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Stacia is a researcher and thought leader on talent management, leadership, D&I, and HR Technology, as well as a co-founder and principal analyst at RedThread Research. Prior to RedThread, Stacia led talent and workforce research for eight years at Bersin, Deloitte Consulting LLP. Before Bersin, Stacia spent nearly five years conducting research and creating learning content for the Corporate Leadership Council, part of CEB/Gartner. A frequent speaker and writer, her work has been featured in Fortune, Forbes, and The New York Times, among others. Stacia holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s degree from the London School of Economics, and bachelor’s degrees from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College.


Angela Antony is the founder and CEO of Scoutible, the first video game-based AI for hiring top talent. Scoutible’s technology uncovers a person's cognitive aptitudes and personality traits through 20 minutes of immersive gameplay, then spots opportunities where a candidate's attributes match those of a company's proven top employees. Prior to Scoutible, Angela worked at the White House on labor market and entrepreneurship policy. Angela holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and a B.A. in Psychology from Harvard University. Scoutible is backed by Mark Cuban, NEA, Learn Capital and other investors, advisors, and collaborators passionate about the future of work.


Places we visited

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Curious what goes on behind the scenes at Salesforce that is fueling the company's incredible story of growth, innovation, and social impact? The secret - it's our deeply engaged employees, and Salesforce is happy to share how they do it. Salesforce's Global Real Estate Team will take you on a tour of our world class workspaces in their Ohana Design Standard, followed by a briefing from Global Employer Branding team on strategy for employee engagement including tips and tricks to help you prioritize culture and start winning the talent war, while also better positioning your company to achieve your business objectives.

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Founded in 1868, the University of California, Berkeley is the California state school system’s oldest institution; today, it is one of the nation's top public universities, earning the top spot on FORBES' Best Value Colleges list in 2017. Berkeley’s 37,000+ students can choose from over 350 degree programs under the tutelage of some of the best professors in the world.


Runway is a coworking space and innovation hub bringing together entrepreneurs, startups, VCs, mentors, Fortune 500 companies, and industry experts. We also host accelerator programs for high-growth startups, provide corporate innovation services to global companies, and host amazing events.


Startups showcase

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Scoutible provides an unbiased and immersive hiring solution. Scoutible’s patent-pending technology identifies players’ unique cognitive and personality traits through gameplay, then spots opportunities where players’ attributes match those of companies’ proven top performers. Scoutible is a member of Stanford University's StartX accelerator, IBM's Global Entrepreneurs Program, and is backed by Mark Cuban, NEA, and other top investors, advisors, and collaborators passionate about the future of work.

Anaplan is focused on connected planning. Large and fast-growing organizations use Anaplan’s cloud platform drive planning processes. Anaplan also provides support, training, and planning transformation advisory services. Anaplan is a privately held company based in San Francisco with 16 offices and over 150 expert partners worldwide. To learn more, visit

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Formerly known as FirstJob, Mya Systems was co-founded in 2012 by Eyal Grayevsky, CEO and James Maddox, CTO. The San Francisco-based company launched Mya, its AI-recruiter in July of 2016, and quickly gained an A-list of customers including three of the five largest global recruiting agencies and several Fortune 500 companies. Since its launch, Mya has garnered industry recognition and several awards, including: recognition in Bersin by Deloitte's 2017 Disruptions Report, named a Top 10 Recruiting Tool by and selected to Kairos Society's K50.



Eightfold is a Talent Intelligence Platform, built for enterprises, to address Talent Acquisition and Management in a holistic fashion. It is inspired by the ancient philosophy of the Eightfold Path that empowers people to pursue a path of their choosing, encourages them to learn, unlearn, and develop the core skills they need to achieve their goals and aspirations. Eightfols team helps companies to find the right person for the right role at the right time.



Estimations are that US companies spend and lose more than $70 billion a year on and due to diversity programs, training and consulting, with low success rate. Joonko uses a AI-powered diversity and inclusion coach for companies, which can identify and solve unconscious bias, in real-time, company-wide. Joonko leverages company’s existing data (from SaaS platforms) to identify unconscious workplace bias as it occurs, and immediately engages the relevant executive, manager or employee with insights and recommendations.

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Degreed is an online service for identifying those skill gaps and how to pick them up, as well as track them, comes. Degreed scores and organizes users formal (e.g. Harvard) and informal (e.g. iTunes U, MITx, Khan, etc.) enabling users to unlock employment and learning opportunities.Instead of locking employees into a single trajectory, Degreed hopes to give employers tools to help employees improve their skills even more, and in the end become much more valuable to the employer.


Tara is an intelligent product builder that leverages AI to automate product scoping and assignment of talent for software development.

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TalentSky is a skill analytics platform that connects people to employers in exciting new ways. Individuals see what skills they need to develop for the Roles to which they aspire. Managers can determine their teams’ skill strengths and weaknesses, guiding professional development programs and mentoring opportunities.. TalentSky automates skill assessment, allowing recruiters to focus their valuable time on culture fit and other job requirements.




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