Tara J. Agen || Retired HP Inc Executive || https://www.linkedin.com/in/tarajagen/
Tara J Agen has been at HP 29.5 years and is currently the Global Head and Vice President of HP marketing Strategic Planning, Operations, Marketing Technology (MarTech). In her role, she leads strategic corporate planning; Purchase to Pay Operations; Privacy/Consent/Cyber; Marketing Automation & Architecture; Content/Digital Asset and CRM Platform Services; Agency Strategy, Management and Governance; Marketing Lab–HP’s training & career path development experience for Marketing employees, and Marketing Audit, Cyber and M&A integration. She co-leads HP’s Industry Pillar to drive and deliver indirect supplier diversity and ESG focus for HP with Black/African American owned businesses and Black/African American supplier talent, a HP Board directed initiative and CEO driven MBO for his exec leadership (ELT) team. By CY22 end, the CEO and ELT will be at 136% of goal.
Prior to this position, she was Vice President and General Manager of the Personal Systems Displays and Accessories (D&A) global business unit. In the role, she was accountable for leading the Displays and Accessories business unit’s $36B market opportunity for HP. As General Manager, Tara managed portfolio creation and end-to-end business success in the 166 countries the portfolio’s products were marketed/sold in. Tara reinvented select D&A’s operations: business strategy for both organic & non-organic accelerated growth; adding a current business management function; elevating innovation through advanced engineering and delivering a breakthrough portfolio in a focused new product introduction way. The result of this reinvention grew business double digits two years in a row, including 16% topline and 34% bottom line growth in 2018.
Prior to running an HP Business, Agen was Personal Systems Chief of Staff and Executive Director running planning and operations for the $32 Billion business. Tara managed the day-to-day staff and employee engagement operations for the President and his Staff for 3500 employees. During this experience, she was able to help turnaround the $10 billion Consumer PC business as well as redesign the PC product lifecycle planning process.
Throughout her HP and Hewlett-Packard career history, she has held a variety of strategy, marketing, business management, operations, planning leadership roles across Print, PCs, Storage, and Servers. Her three most memorable breakthroughs include becoming an inventor of a patent for a unique computer accessory in both the U.S. (Patent # 11,160,341) and China in 2022 and 2016; building a unique bridge between HP and her community’s need to print more sustainably in Suffern, NY in 2008 and being on record as part of the start-up team that built the fastest growing $1billion business in Hewlett-Packard history, HP Pavilion PCs in 2006.
Jim Carrick || Technology Leader and Business Development || https://www.linkedin.com/in/jim-carrick-4053b845/
Netegrity provides Call Center Services for telephone companies and municipal Internet Service Providers.
Jim joined ComSource in January of 2018 as president where he is responsible for customer satisfaction and growth, through geographic and product portfolio expansion. He was the Chief Executive Officer of LPA Software Solutions. Prior to bringing a team together to acquire LPA in 2015, Jim served as President and CEO of Polaris Library Systems and Strategic Computer Solutions (SCS). Jim and his leadership team at SCS grew the business from a $16 million company to a $140 million company in 7 years and he and his team grew Polaris from $8 million to $18 million from January 2010 to March 2014.
Before joining SCS, he spent 19 years at IBM in various sales and sales management positions. As CEO, Jim focuses on growing the company and ensuring the management team is empowered to follow its strategic direction. He has served on several boards including:
- CNY Regional Economic Development Council
- LeMoyne College
- CenterState CEO Tech Garden
- Blue Highway
- Crouse Hospital
- The Boys and Girls Club
- Jim and Jill Boehiem Foundation
Jim has a B.S. degree from Stonehill College and an M.B.A. from Syracuse University. He completed the IBM Client Executive MBA program at Harvard Business School. He and his wife Peggy, have 3 daughters and live in Fayetteville, NY. The entire family enjoys golf, running, cycling, traveling and SU athletics.
Harriet Harty || Retired Chief Administrative Officer, ADT || https://www.linkedin.com/in/harriet-harty/
Harriet Harty is a Senior Business Executive who brings the strong combination of Human Resources expertise and financial acumen. Throughout her career, she has championed, influenced, and inspired values-based cultures that drive performance by aligning HR strategies with business needs.
Harriet is currently ADT’s Executive Vice President and Chief Administration Officer where she is responsible for Human Resources, Real Estate & Facilities, Corporate Security, Employee Health & Safety Compliance, and Business Continuity. Prior to joining ADT, Harriet served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Sompo International. Previous to, Harriet served over 23 years at Allstate Insurance Company in various leadership roles, including their Chief Human Resource Officer.
As Executive Vice President of Human Resources for Allstate, Harriet functioned as the Chief Human Resources Officer and led an HR organization of more than 600 employees dispersed across the globe. She held responsibility for all human resources functions, including recruitment, development, and rewards for more than 70,000 employees and exclusive agents. She led and advised the Board of Directors and facilitated the Compensation and Succession Committee meetings, most recently successfully designed and implemented a succession plan for the retirement of the President of Allstate, and developed and executed innovative, data-driven talent strategies, including preparing the organization for the workforce of the future.
Harriet also has extensive Board of Directors experience, having served on the Advisory Board Member for After School Matter and a Board Member for Women Employed. She earned a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. She is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Harriet is a native of Chicago and currently lives in Park Ridge, Illinois with her husband, John and daughter, Carissa. She enjoys exercise, reading and traveling with her family.
Donna Hughes || Founder and CEO, Hughes Solutions, LLC || https://www.linkedin.com/in/donnamhughesjd/
Donna Hughes, JD, is the Founder and CEO of Hughes Solutions, LLC, an executive coaching and human resources consulting business. Hughes Solutions’ mission is to enable senior and emerging leaders, particularly women and people of color, to excel in their leadership capabilities, and positively shape their teams, organizations, and communities.
Over the course of her career in Fortune 500 global organizations, and a not-for-profit organization, Donna gained the respect of executive leaders and corporate boards for her ability to drive positive cultural change through instilling inclusive leadership, and for her legal and business acumen. Donna most recently served as the Chief People Officer for EmblemHealth, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit health insurers. Donna’s career and contributions at EmblemHealth were showcased by Profile Magazine’s December 2019 article, “How Donna Hughes Guides Teams along the ‘Curve of Change’”.
Donna’s prior roles include SVP, Human Resources, for Impax Laboratories, Inc., Vice President, Labor & Employment for Allergan, plc, and Director and Assistant General Counsel for Circuit City Stores, Inc. Her rise through progressive leadership roles in the field of law to the C-suite was showcased by American Healthcare Leader’s December 2017 article, “Seizing New Opportunities for Growth”.
For her contributions in leadership, Donna was recently named to Crain’s New York Business’ 2022 list of Notable Black Leaders and its 2021 list of Notable Leaders in Healthcare. In addition, Donna was named to Crain’s New York Business’ 2020 list of most Notable Women in Talent and recognized as one of Diversity Leadership, Inc.’s 2021 national list of “Top 50 HR Professionals”.
Donna is a sought-after speaker for institutions of higher education, national organizations, and has been a guest podcast speaker on various topics including, the value of coaching, conscious leadership, diversity, equity and inclusion, culture transformation, and leading organizations through the Covid-19 pandemic and social unrest. In October 2021, Donna was the featured speaker at the Le Moyne College, Madden School of Business program “Conscious Leadership and Culturally Competent Healthcare.”
Donna received her Juris Doctor from Rutgers University School of Law-Newark, her Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers College, Rutgers University. She is a graduate of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP).
Blair Jones || Managing Director, Semler Brossy || https://www.linkedin.com/in/blairnewtonjones/
Blair has 30 years of experience in executive compensation consulting, primarily advising public company boards but also private and pre-IPO companies. Blair has extensive experience across the healthcare, retail, consumer products, automotive, and aerospace industries. She has deep expertise in advising boards on company transitions, significant investor concerns, and an expanding human capital management mandate.
Blair brings insights from across her client work to drive richer Compensation Committee conversations. Her work with global companies informs her guidance on navigating disruptive change and sensitivity to stakeholder priorities. Blair is particularly adept at raising critical issues and considering the larger equation of leadership performance amidst transformation. Work with private equity portfolio companies and turnarounds attunes Blair to the power of strategic messages, clear performance measures, and meaningful goals. Blair’s investor and advisor network keeps her ahead of governance issues.
Blair began her career at Bain & Company and brings that strategic training to her work. Later, she was Practice Leader in Leadership Performance and Rewards at Sibson Consulting, which informs her perspectives on the role of executive compensation in driving leadership performance. Blair holds designations of Certified Benefits Professional (CBP), Certified Compensation Professional (CCP), and Certified Executive Compensation Professional (CECP). She has been recognized by NACD yearly from 2013-2022 as a Directorship 100: Governance Professional honoree.
Blair regularly speaks at leading board of director and executive forums and is a prominent author in the executive compensation space. Blair was a many-year member of the Executive Rewards Advisory Council for WorldatWork and co-founded WorldatWork’s Women in Executive Compensation and Regional Executive Compensation Roundtables. Blair participates in broader governance dialogue at the steering committee of the U.S. 30% Club and Harvard Law School Corporate Governance Roundtables.
Paul Moskowitz || Chief Human Resources Officer, Board Advisor & Transformation Expert || https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-moskowitz/
Forward-thinking Global Business Leader and Corporate Officer with deep experience in human capital strategies for the achievement of business goals. Transformation expert with a track record of success in culture evolution, executive compensation and succession planning, talent management, change management development and integration execution, corporate governance, labor strategies and corporate social responsibility, including diversity, equity & inclusion.
In C-Suite leadership roles at large, publicly traded companies, interfaced closely with Boards of Directors, serving as liaison between executive management and Boards. As Global HR leader and executive team member at Sysco, spent 40% of time working with Board of Directors, providing support to Compensation and Leadership Development Committee, Corporate Governance and Nominating and Corporate Social Responsibility Committee. At Dean Foods Company, provided primary executive support to Board of Directors Compensation Committee and Governance Committee.
Select Board-Level Competencies include the following:
- GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
- STRATEGY & EXECUTION
- TALENT DEVELOPMENT
- CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
- MANAGING CHANGE
Sysco Corporation, Houston, TX: 2011 – 2021
- Executive Vice President, Human Resources
Dean Foods Company, Dallas, TX: 2007 – 2010
- Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer
Yum! Brands, Dallas, TX: 1996 – 2007
- Chief People Officer, Pizza Hut USA: (2004 – 2007)
- Vice President, Field Human Resources/Training, Pizza Hut USA (2001 – 2004)
- Senior Director, International Human Resources, Tricon Restaurants International: (1997 – 2001)
- Director, Global Human Resources, Tricon Global Restaurants (1996 – 1997)
Darden Restaurants, Inc., Orlando, FL: 1994 – 1996
- Vice President, Compensation and Corporate Employment
Brinker International, Dallas, TX: 1992 – 1994
- Director, Compensation and Benefits
Towers Perrin, Los Angeles, CA & Dallas, TX: 1988 – 1992
- Compensation Consultant