Talent and Diversity
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
MTV-QD7-1-C0 Almaden Valley
369 N. Whisman Road
Mountain View, CA 94043
In a highly competitive marketplace, having an exceptionally engaged team with the right skillset can be a significant competitive advantage. Talent acquisition and development, employee engagement and retention programs are just some of the tools that foster a winning workplace. There is growing evidence that diverse teams make better decisions and outperform homogenous teams.
Join our panel of experts as we explore talent and diversity in its many facets, from personality and decision making style to racial, ethnic and gender diversity, especially in light of recent regulatory developments, and how companies today are winning the competition for the best talent.
Our Distinguished Panel
President & CEO
Hannah Kain is President and CEO of ALOM, a global supply chain company she founded in 1997 headquartered in Fremont, California.
Hannah was born in Denmark and immigrated to the US in 1990. She taught at Copenhagen Business School and holds three university degrees.
Hannah has received the 2017 Woman of The Year in Manufacturing Gold Stevie Award, been named a 2017 Connected World Magazine Women of M2M / IoT honoree, and won the 2017 Silver Stevie Award for best global woman-owned business. She has been honored as a Top 25 Champion of Diversity in STEM, won the Manufacturing Institute STEP Ahead Award, the YWCA Tribute to Women Award, inducted into the Silicon Valley Capitol Club wall of fame, won the global Vistage Leadership Award, and named a WBENC Business Star in 2012.
Hannah is a Board member of the National Association of Manufacturers and former Board member at the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). She serves on the Advisory Council of Heritage Bank of Commerce and The Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University. Kain is a member of the exclusive invitation-only Committee of 200 for executive women.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Paul Sexton is EFI’s Chief Human Resources Officer and leads their dedicated global HR team to develop and execute people strategies and processes to attract, develop and retain the best global talent available.
Prior to joining EFI, Paul spent 5 years at NXP Semiconductors in Singapore, the Netherlands and California working with NXP’s Global Go-To-Market organization to double revenue through customer focus and an aggressive M&A strategy.
Paul has also worked with market-leading companies like EMC, Symantec and Veritas Software, and has extensive experience tailoring HR to meet the needs of hardware, software and business services across global markets at differing stages of development.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Business degree in Human Resources Management from Griffith University, Queensland, Australia.
Founder & CEO
Kim came from very humble beginnings. She was born in Vietnam. In 1978, she, her mother and brother were among the “boat people” who escaped to a refugee camp in Malaysia where they lived under a plastic tarp. She supported herself through college and worked in public accounting with Arthur Andersen until the firm imploded in May 2002. At that time, Kim was eight months pregnant with her first child and had a professional identity crisis. In 2003, Kim took the entrepreneurial plunge while five months pregnant with her second child and founded A2Q2 to help two friends get their work visas.
A2Q2 is a Special Ops team of CPAs specializing in data analytics, NetSuite & accounting processes, and internal controls & SOX compliance. Its clients included Silicon Valley high growth and public companies including Airbnb, Stanford University and Verifone.
Kim’s recognition and community involvement awards include: National Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award – Financial Executives Intl (2017); Female CEO of the Year- California by Corporate Vision Magazine (2016); President of the Silicon Valley Directors’ Exchange (2018).
Director, Recruiting Services
Natalie Stones is a talent management professional with 10+ years of experience supporting startups and professional services organizations with workforce planning, recruiting, engagement, and retention. She got her start in talent acquisition while obtaining her Master’s Degree, then immersed herself in Silicon Valley as the managing director for a boutique staffing agency and head of talent for two startup companies. Upon relocating to Houston, she joined Insperity as Director of Recruiting, consulting with both internal and external customers on how to build a talent infrastructure and what it means to be an innovative employer.
Melissa leads Google’s global Staffing Services function, which handles the logistical elements of the company’s hiring efforts, along with Staffer and Interviewer training. She also oversees the internal mobility process and associated employee transfer experience. Over her 13 years as a “Googler”, Melissa helped design and deliver Google’s suite of HR technology applications, along with building its early core HR operations and reporting functions.
Prior to joining Google, Melissa held positions in both HR consulting (PricewaterhouseCoopers, Watson Wyatt) and industry (Charles Schwab, Scient, Goldman Sachs). She holds a M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.
Our Distinguished Moderator
James C. Chapman, Esq.
Jim is a partner at Rimon P.C. where he focuses his practice on securities law, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, and international business transactions. He counsels publicly traded and privately held clients on public offerings, private placements, debt financings, venture capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and related transactions. Jim also represents venture capital firms, angels, and family offices in their investments. With 30 years of experience in corporate and securities law, he has represented clients in over 300 mergers, acquisitions, and financing transactions.
Although he has been involved in transactions all over the world, Jim was also an early pioneer in representing companies in cross border transactions between the US and China. These transactions include both assisting Chinese companies investing and raising capital in the U.S. and helping U.S. enterprises acquire Chinese companies, transfer technology, enter into joint ventures and operate, in China. Jim has also been involved in negotiating resolutions to some of the most high-profile disputes involving US companies operating in China.
Jim’s US-China experience extends to a wide variety of industries including media, mobile, software, semiconductor, alternative energy, nanotechnology and pharmaceuticals. He has been recognized by Finance Monthly Global Awards, ACQ5 Global Awards and Corporate Live Wire as “China Investment Attorney of the Year” for 2015, 2016 and 2017 and by Corporate Intl Legal Awards and Global Law Experts as “China Investment Attorney of the Year- California” for 2015 and 2016. Prior to joining Rimon P.C, Jim was a partner with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, a leading international law firm.