Meg Gruppo has a twenty-year career in Human Resources as a trusted professional, respected by executive leadership, business partners and employees. Throughout her career, principally at Condé Nast, a global media company, Meg has been instrumental in driving organizational change by repositioning businesses and brands to remain relevant and competitive in a rapidly changing world. She is proudly a “fixer,” a proactive problem solver with deep expertise in employee relations, staffing and organizational structure. Meg has significant experience in conducting training, talent assessment and conducting investigations dealing with allegations of employee misconduct, including harassment, fraud and other workplace issues. Meg maintains high standards in developing solutions and influencing others based upon her thoroughness around facts and data analytics. Meg has overseen multiple large-scale reorganizations and restructurings. In that capacity, her reputation is as a discreet, calm, thoughtful and thorough professional, while always embodying the voice of reason and effectively balancing employee advocacy with business objectives. She has been a featured speaker at a university business school addressing the art of navigating and managing one’s career and is a graduate of Boston College.
Bill Hector is an executive coach and leadership development expert who has guided dozens of global executives and their businesses over two decades to enhance leadership excellence and drive performance improvement. He has a breadth of coaching and leadership development experience across multiple sectors: financial services, professional services and consumer/business products. Bill combines his business savvy gained as a senior HR executive in Fortune 100 organizations with his hands-on experience drawn from management/leader development and executive coaching fundamentals to help Artixan clients. He draws from his personal experience as a people leader, having managed and developed his own teams for over 25 years. He led numerous global initiatives at several organizations, focusing on leadership development and transformational change strategies. Bill is currently a master facilitator/coach for several national training organizations including Hogan Assessment Systems and GP Strategies. He designed and facilitated global leadership programs within Citigroup’s global leadership suite and currently is on faculty for Prudential, J&J, and e-Cornell. Bill holds an MS in Organization Development from American University.
With over 25 years of experience working with executive leaders, Barbara A. Keen, Ph.D. has dedicated her career to helping organizations maximize human performance to achieve their goals. She has worked across multiple industries in both global and regional roles all with a common focus on building a workforce that is aligned, capable, and fully engaged in the execution of the organization’s strategy. Barbara began her business career at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMS) where she held numerous leadership positions including Head of US Talent Management & Leadership Development, Head of Organization Development, and Chief Learning Officer/ Head of Global Learning & Development. She also served as Global Head of Talent Management & Organization Effectiveness for Aptalis Pharmaceuticals and the Head of Diversity, Culture, and Organization Effectiveness for Novo Nordisk Inc. Barbara also has experience as an external consultant where she worked for numerous Fortune 500 companies including Campbell Soup, Comcast and Raytheon. In these roles, Barbara led numerous projects including the development of globally aligned leadership and management development programs and implementation of several new performance management, succession planning, and engagement survey processes. She has also enabled organization re-designs focused on governance, decision making, and culture and provided her expertise in leading change management efforts for a number of transformation projects. In all of her work, Barbara leverages her extensive experience and expertise to build strong partnerships and deliver high quality innovative solutions that meet the needs of the business. Earlier in her career, Barbara was on the faculties of Niagara University and the University at Buffalo. She was also director of clinical psychology for VA Medical Centers in East Orange, NJ and Buffalo, NY. She is a graduate of the doctoral program in Counseling Psychology at the State University of New York at Buffalo and holds an Advanced Certificate in Organization Development & Human Resource Management from Columbia University.
Mary Macnab Kennedy has a 30-year career in Human Resources, with deep expertise in employee relations and training — working closely with business leaders in establishing sound workplace practices and investigating and resolving a multitude of workplace issues, including harassment, discrimination, and compliance challenges. Mary is a graduate of New York University’s Sloan Undergraduate School of Business, and holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Southern California in Social Work. Her professional background includes extensive time in executive staff positions at Condé Nast, Ziff-Davis Publishing, and Miller Publishing, living and working in both New York and Los Angeles over her long career. Her balanced and thorough practices have often resulted in being labeled the “conscience” of companies. In addition to Mary’s HR expertise, she was an adjunct instructor at USC’s Graduate School of Social Work, where she taught various organizational and social issue courses during her tenure in California.Mary’s combined business acumen, preemptive instructional philosophy, dedication to the equitable resolution of social issues, and analytical approach to problem solving have provided Mary with a unique perspective and highly effective methodology in resolving workplace conflicts and issues.
Ritu Pancholy is an experienced workplace investigator with a background as a New York-based employment and compliance attorney. She has more than ten years of extensive experience handling employment related matters for organizations including public companies and the government. Most recently, Ritu was in-house global employment counsel at Dun & Bradstreet, Inc. (a public company with 5,000 employees) where she was responsible for all employment, compliance and litigation matters. Ritu supervised all global employment and compliance investigations, advised on employment policies as well as reductions in force, and championed diversity and inclusion programs. While at Dun & Bradstreet, Ritu trained employees on the company’s non-discrimination policy and unconscious bias. Ritu is a graduate of Duke Law School and received her undergraduate degree at Rutgers University. Prior to working in-house, Ritu was as an attorney at the NYC Department of Education where she advised the agency on employment and education matters, conducted workplace investigations and defended the agency against suits with the EEOC or federal/state agencies. Ritu started her career as an associate at Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP in New York City. Ritu is passionate about providing organizations with the tools necessary to build a respectful culture and empower its employees. Ritu believes that people are the heart of all organizations and that organizations must manage these relationships with care. Ritu is involved in her local community where she is a founder and board member of the grassroots organization PARES. PARES is committed to ensuring our students learn in a culturally sensitive manner and that our schools are free of bias.
Margaret Billy Quandt, MILR is a seasoned human resources professional, with deep expertise in talent assessment, leadership coaching and organizational development. She works closely with Artixan clients in understanding organizational needs and coaches managers at all levels to help them reach their best potential within this paradigm. Margaret specializes in helping executives and teams identify what matters most to drive business outcomes by aligning personal and organizational goals. She has Fortune 500 global, cross-industry experience in Pharmaceuticals, Financial Services, Consumer Products, and Construction. In her career, Margaret has worked as both an HR business partner as well as a talent management specialist, and held Human Resources positions in Skanska USA, Anheuser Busch InBev, Citigroup and Bristol Myers Squibb. She is certified in Korn Ferry’s Voices 360 degree assessment (Lominger), Hogan Assessment Systems; Personality Inventory, Challenge Report, Motivators, Values and Preferences Inventory, and is a certified professional coach through The Hudson Institute of Coaching in California, an International Coach Federation (ICF) accredited program. She is also part-time faculty at Rutgers University where she teaches Leadership Development to undergraduates in the SMLR program. Margaret is a graduate of Cornell University, holding a BS in Human Development and Family Studies as well as a Master’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations.