2018 People Matters Conference Speakers

2018 People Matters Conference Speakers

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The following speakers will be presenting at the 2018 People Matters Conference.

Stevenson Carlebach, Principal Consultant, Insight Partners; Associate Faculty, Harvard Law School, Program on Negotiation

Stevenson Carlebach is a trainer, professor, coach, and consultant in the fields of communication, negotiation and dispute resolution. His practice includes extensive work with global Fortune 500 companies and includes program design and executive coaching with a focus on strategic relationship management and difficult business conversations. In addition to his specialization on communication and relationship management in professional contexts, Mr. Carlebach has vast experience in helping individuals of all ages address interpersonal dynamics outside of the workplace. Mr. Carlebach’s public sector work in includes initiatives with ministries of education around the world, and with UNAIDS in Geneva. He is the founder of Connecticut College’s Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy, a multidisciplinary academic center that advances teaching, learning, research, and community collaborations. He is a former Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law School and instructor at Harvard Law School’s Program of Instruction for Lawyers. He consults on behalf of a number of dispute resolution organizations including the Harvard Negotiation Project. Prior to becoming a full-time trainer and consultant, he was Chairman of the Theater Department at Connecticut College. He holds a B.A. from Tufts University and an M.F.A in Directing from Boston University.

Nancy Fulford, Consultant, Camden Consulting Group

Nancy brings 20+ years of global leadership and workforce training, development and coaching experience to her work with multi-level management and individual contributor populations. Nancy collaborates with clients to develop and execute training and non-training plans, programs, initiatives and solutions that link directly to the accomplishment of individual and organizational performance objectives.  

She is the author of trainer guides and audio programs on supervising, managing, training and career management. She has held management and individual contributor positions in banking, retail, insurance, and professional services. A representative list of clients with whom she has worked includes The Gillette Company, S.C Johnson and Son, Biogen Idec, Expedia, Loomis Sayles, Acushnet Golf, Hewlett Packard, BOSE Corporation, Genzyme, MITRE, Philips, BBN Technologies, and Tufts University.

Nancy especially enjoys applying her experience to work with middle managers where her multidiscipline background is of great value. Her focus on increasing management effectiveness through awareness of communication and leadership styles is complimented by practical, hands-on knowledge and skill development. Managers who work with Nancy are ready to face the most difficult performance management challenges and have greater impact up and across the organization.

Lorraine A. Goffe, SPHR, SHRM-SCP; Vice President for Human Resources, MIT

As Vice President, Lorraine is responsible for the strategic direction, operations, services, and programs that support the 13,000 plus faculty and staff at the Institute. Lorraine joined MIT in February 2015, where she serves as an advisor to the President and other senior administrative and academic leaders.

Lorraine has over 20 years of experience in various aspects of human resources. Prior to joining MIT, Lorraine served as Vice Chancellor for Human Resources at Washington University, where she held several leadership positions from 2000 to 2015. Lorraine has also served in HR leadership roles at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and San Diego Gas & Electric Company.

Lorraine earned a B.A. in business from William Woods University and an M.B.A. from National University in San Diego. She is an alumna of Leadership St. Louis, a selective leadership development program for community leaders. Lorraine has served on many professional and non-profit boards during her career and currently serves as a member of the TIAA-CREF Advisory Council and on the board of the Northeast Human Resources Association (NEHRA).

Chris Karam, Talent Development Consultant, MIT

Chris Karam's expertise is in helping individuals and teams identify, learn from, and get “unstuck” from obstacles that prevent them from best serving their objectives and the organizational mission. She is a strategic advisor and engaging trainer on the topics of organizational behavior, team development, learning methods, and conflict management.

Before joining MIT, Chris has provided leadership and team coaching, strategic facilitation, and a range of customized consulting and training services for dozens of manufacturing, technology, and service organizations. She also taught several semesters at Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School. Before that, she worked several years at IBM and Microsoft in sales, marketing and channel management

Chris holds a B.A. in economics, an M.A. in organizational conflict resolution, and certificates in negotiation, facilitation, mediation, and various dialogue and conflict resolution methods.

Deborah L. Plummer, Ph.D.; Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer; Professor, Psychiatry and Quantitative Health Sciences, UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care

Deborah L. Plummer serves as vice chancellor of diversity and inclusion at UMass Medical School and professor of psychiatry and quantitative health sciences and in the Graduate School of Nursing. As chief diversity officer for the medical school and clinical partner UMass Memorial Health Care, Dr. Plummer shapes and leads the embrace of diversity as fundamental to institutional excellence. She has primary responsibility for setting the vision and providing leadership, strategic direction and coordination of all aspects of affirmative action/equal opportunity commitment and regulatory compliance obligations. Additionally, the Diversity and Inclusion Office, as a center for excellence, is the primary vehicle for guiding the implementation of cross-institutional diversity strategies and programs. Working collaboratively with UMMS and UMass Memorial leadership, Plummer develops and executes a coordinated and comprehensive diversity plan that cultivates an inclusive academic health sciences center.

She has held past roles as a staff psychologist, hospital system chief diversity officer, university professor, founding director of a graduate degree program in diversity management, and principal consultant for D.L. Plummer & Associates, which provided diversity and change management strategies for more than 80 organizations in the United States and the United Kingdom. As vice chancellor of diversity and inclusion, Plummer has a core role in preserving and enhancing a culture of respect, civility and high performance.

Scott Rolph, Talent Development Consultant, MIT 

Scott Rolph is dedicated to helping individuals, teams, and organizational units increase their capability to communicate, reflect, learn, adapt, and improve continuously.

His work as a talent development consultant encompasses a variety of strategic consulting services, including executive coaching, learning program design and instruction, team development, strategic planning, and retreat design and facilitation.

Before joining HR, Scott was Manager of Organizational Effectiveness and Communication in the MIT Office of the Vice President for Finance (VPF). In VPF, he was responsible for staff learning and development and facilitated organizational change and strategic planning efforts. He also led the VPF Communications team.

Before joining VPF, Scott was Associate Director of Communication at the MIT Sloan School of Management. In that role, he led a team focused on the development and ongoing management of the MIT Sloan website.

Scott has a master’s degree in Conflict Resolution from the University of Massachusetts-Boston and a bachelor’s degree in Classics from the University of New Hampshire. He is a certified Organization Development Consultant Professional (ODCP) through the Institute of Organization Development and a Certified Action Learning Coach through the World Institute for Action Learning. He participated in the Susan Vogt Leadership Fellows Program through The Boston Consortium in 2013-14.

David G. Seibel, J.D.; Co-Founder and President of Insight Partners and Insight Collaborative; Associate Faculty, Harvard Law School, Program on Negotiation

As Co-Founder and President of Insight Partners and Insight Collaborative, David Seibel uses his broad base of expertise to help individuals and organizations articulate their key interests and find creative options to meet them. He is a trainer, high stakes coach, conflict management consultant, mediator and professor in the fields of effective negotiation, communication, strategic relationship management and mediation.

Mr. Seibel is associate faculty at Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation, and formerly at Georgetown University Law School. He has mediated a very wide range of disputes, and specializes in family and corporate contexts. He advises organizations and individuals on negotiation, effective communication, strategic relationship management, and leadership. He has taught related courses to corporate and non-profit clients all over the world, including negotiation skills workshops for members of the newly formed Iraqi Parliament. His consulting practice includes advising the first Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, facilitating strategic planning sessions for senior executive teams, and coaching individuals through complex professional and personal conversations.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in world literature from Middlebury College, Mr. Seibel studied Mandarin Chinese, law and mediation in the People’s Republic of China. He obtained his Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School, where he served as President of the Harvard Mediation Program, and later as Sacks Fellow at the Wilmer Hale Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School. His Fellowship compared the advocacy, negotiation and mediation of family matters. As an associate at Goodwin Procter LLP in Boston, Mr. Seibel practiced trusts and estates, and corporate law. Mr. Seibel left practicing law and established Insight Partners and Insight Collaborative to maximize his ability to help others around the world create value while improving the relationships that matter most to them.

Tara Swart, Ph.D.; Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management; CEO, Tara Swart Consulting

Tara Swart is an executive leadership coach, medical doctor, neuroscientist and frequent keynote speaker. She is passionate about disseminating simple, pragmatic neuroscience-based messages that change the way people work and sustainably translate to tangible improvement in their business and their lives.

Swart has authored or co-authored over 20 articles in journals of neuroscience and coaching. She speaks globally on the brain in business at international conferences, corporations and at top business schools including Oxford, Stanford and MIT.

She holds a BsC in Biomedical Science and PhD in Neuropharmacology from Kings College London, and a BM BcH in Medicine from Oxford University.

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