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Barbara Abercrombie
Vice President for Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness, Texas A&M University

Barbara Abercrombie, a human resources professional from Oklahoma with 19 years of management experience, is the vice president for human resources and organizational effectiveness at Texas A&M University. Barbara has previously served as the associate vice chancellor for administration and chief human resources officer at the University of Arkansas. She has her doctorate in workforce education and human resource development from Oklahoma State University. Her research focus is on employee engagement and generational cohorts in the workplace. She has a master’s degree in human relations from the University of Oklahoma and a bachelor’s of Science degree from Northeastern State University. Barbara has been on the faculty at the University of Oklahoma Human Relations Department and served in several leadership capacities for CUPA-HR in Oklahoma.









Barbara Carroll
Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Human Resources Officer, Vanderbilt University

Barbara Carroll is the chief human resources officer at Vanderbilt University and the past chair of the CUPA‐HR board of directors. Barb joined Vanderbilt University as its chief human resources officer in January of 2016, after holding the same role at North Carolina State University for the prior 11 years.

Before her time at NC State, Barbara was assistant vice president for human resources at Georgia State University and directed human resource services at Swarthmore College and the University of Missouri–St. Louis. She got her start in human resources at Vanderbilt University and Medical Center, where she managed employee and labor relations. Barbara is an alumna of Vanderbilt’s Peabody College and the Owen Graduate School of Management. Since returning to Vanderbilt, she has helped implement several well-received programs to enhance employee compensation and benefits and to revisit traditional performance evaluation structures.









Kyle Cavanaugh
Chair of the Board and Vice President of Administration, Duke University and Duke University Health System

As vice president for administration, Kyle Cavanaugh leads a portfolio which includes Human Resources, Global Support, Emergency Management, Police and Security, Disability Management, Employee Health and Occupational Wellness, Parking and Transportation Services and Visa Services. The portfolio provides services to Duke’s 37,000 employees and 15,000 students across the University and Health System.

In addition, Kyle holds a faculty position within Duke’s School of Medicine and teaches within the Master’s in Clinical Leadership Program.









Judith Greiman
Senior Vice President for Government and Community Relations, State University of New York at Stony Brook

Judith Greiman serves as the chief deputy to the president of Stony Brook University and the senior vice president for government and community relations. In that role, she oversees several units and initiatives including the Office of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity, which covers all ADA, Title IX and Title IV matters, conferences and special events, and government and community relations. She manages high-level relationships with internal and external constituencies, serves as a chair of key committees including the Council of Vice Presidents, responds to faculty and student matters, and oversees university-wide policy development and initiatives of the office of the president, including the campus diversity plan development and implementation, the Council of Student Advisors, and the Tobacco Free Initiative. She works closely with the human resources, legal and public relations teams on emerging matters of interest involving campus and hospital employees, students and patients.

Judy received her bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her juris doctor from DePaul University College of Law. Her experience in higher education administration and advocacy is extensive. She was the long-time president of the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges (CCIC), which represents accredited nonprofit independent colleges and universities in Connecticut. In this role she was responsible for research, public policy development, government and public relations and purchasing coordination work on behalf of the 16 member colleges and universities. She was also responsible for strengthening financial aid programs for students.

Prior to her appointment at CCIC, Judy served as chief administrative officer for the Connecticut State University System Office. In that role, she was responsible for collective bargaining with faculty and administrative staff, public relations and general administration. She has also worked at the State Office of Policy and Management (OPM) where she served in a variety of positions that ranged from counsel to deputy secretary. Before working at OPM, she served as counsel for the Connecticut House of Representatives, Majority Office, and as hearing officer for the Illinois Local Labor Relations Board. Judy has served on a variety of national and local professional and community boards. She has two adult children and lives in Mount Sinai with her husband.









Ravin Jesuthasan
Managing Director, Willis Towers Watson

Ravin Jesuthasan is a recognized global thought leader on the future of work and human capital.  He has led numerous research efforts on the global workforce, the emerging digital economy, the rise of artificial intelligence and the transformation of work. Ravin was the lead partner for the World Economic Forum’s groundbreaking study, Shaping the Future Implications of Digital Media for Society. He has led numerous large-scale, global restructuring and transformation engagements for his clients.

Ravin has been a featured speaker on the aforementioned topics at conferences in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Latin America. He has also been featured and quoted extensively by leading business media including CNN, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, CNBC, Fortune, FT, Human Capital (China), Les Echoes (France), Valor Economico (Brazil), Business Times (Malaysia), Globe and Mail (Canada), South China Morning Post, Dubai One TV and The Australian among others. Ravin is a regular participant and presenter at the World Economic Forum’s annual meetings in Davos and Dalian/Tianjin. He is also a frequent guest lecturer at universities around the world, including Oxford University, Northwestern University and the University of Southern California.

He has been recognized as one of the top 25 most influential consultants in the world by Consulting Magazine. He is the author of Transformative HR and the recently released Lead the Work: Navigating a World Beyond Employment. Ravin has authored over 40 articles, including six for the Harvard Business Review, and his article in the HR People and Strategy Journal entitled “Performance Management as a Business Discipline” received the 2014 Walker Award for the most original and valuable contribution to the HR profession.

His clients include six global high-tech companies, eight international financial services organizations, four large retail organizations, a major U.S. motion picture studio, four international consumer goods companies, six large pharmaceuticals firms, five major energy companies and 12 global airlines, among many others.

Ravin is the global leader of Willis Towers Watson’s Talent and Rewards portfolio of data, software and advisory assets. He is a managing director of the firm and is based in the Chicago office and holds B.B.A. (Finance) and M.B.A. (Finance) degrees and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Prior to joining Willis Towers Watson 23 years ago, Ravin was a consultant with the strategy practice of a major management consulting firm.









David Leebron 
President, Rice University 

David W. Leebron has served as Rice University’s seventh president since 2004, a period of growth and transformation for the university.  As part of a strategic vision adopted in 2005, the university has significantly increased the size and diversity of its student population, enhanced its educational and research missions and funding, increased the capacity and vibrancy of the campus with $900 million in new construction, created a campus art program and added to its arts offerings, deepened its relationship with its home city of Houston, built strong international relationships and programs, and earned greater visibility locally, nationally and across the globe.  Supporting all these efforts was the successful $1.1 billion Centennial Campaign.

A native of Philadelphia, David is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he was elected president of the Harvard Law Review. Following a judicial clerkship on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, he taught at the UCLA School of Law in 1980.  After two years practicing in an international law firm in New York City, he joined the faculty at the NYU School of Law in 1983.  In 1989, David joined the faculty of Columbia Law School, where, in 1996, he was appointed dean and served in that position until coming to Rice. He is a member of the political science faculty at Rice, and has written about international trade and investment, torts, privacy, corporate law and human rights. He has also been a visiting fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg, Germany, and a Jean Monnet Visiting Professor at Bielefeld University.

David is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  He serves as chair of the boards of Internet2 and COFHE; vice chair of the Association of American Universities; on the boards of the Greater Houston Partnership, BioHouston, Jacobs University Bremen and the IMAX Corporation; and on the NCAA Board of Governors and Division 1 Board.  He is the recipient of an honorary degree from Nankai University in Tianjin, China, is an honorary professor of law at Tianjin University, and has been awarded Commandeur de l’Ordre National du Mérite by the government of France and the Encomienda de la Orden de Isabel La Católica by the government of Spain. He received the Roy M. Huffington Award for Contributions to International Understanding from Asia Society Texas and was recognized as the International Executive of the Year by the Greater Houston Partnership.

David and his wife, University Representative Y. Ping Sun, have two children, Daniel and Mei.









Zack Moore
Vice President for Government and Community Relations, Pennsylvania State University

Zack Moore serves as the vice president for government and community relations at Penn State, communicating to elected officials the value that Penn State provides to the people of Pennsylvania as the Commonwealth’s flagship public university. Zack came to Penn State from Washington, D.C., in 2007 with lobbying and senior legislative experience in both the U.S. House and Senate. He brings his extensive legislative, policy development, and lobbying experience to the role of chief lobbyist for his alma mater, with responsibility over federal, state and local relations efforts. In his time with Penn State, Zack has been a passionate advocate for the value of Penn State’s land-grant mission.

Zack began his career on Capitol Hill working for members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. Prior to joining Penn State, Zack served as the legislative director for United States Senator Rick Santorum. As the senator’s senior legislative advisor, he was responsible for the development and implementation of the senator’s legislative agenda and supervised 20 legislative staffers. He also served as director of special projects to Sen. Santorum. In this role, he focused primarily on securing federal funding for Pennsylvania. In addition, he advised the senator on all aspects of transportation and economic development policy.

Prior to his time in the U.S. Senate, Zack worked for two members of the U.S. House of Representatives. First, as a staff assistant to Representative George Gekas, then as the legislative director to Representative Charles Canady. He developed extensive experience with house members, staff, and the chamber’s unique rules and procedures.

Zack also founded a successful government consulting practice in which he represented corporations, universities, public authorities and other entities before his time working in federal government.

An active member of the higher education community, Zack has served on the steering committee of the Association of American Universities’ Council on Federal Relations and completed Penn State’s Leadership Certificate course. He regularly engages with Penn State students, meeting with student leaders and speaking to classes and student groups. He also created an undergraduate internship in the Office of Government and Community Relations.

A native of Highspire, Pennsylvania, Zack earned his bachelor’s degree in international politics from Penn State. He resides in State College with his wife, Jean, also a Penn State alum, and their two children. Zack spends more time than he cares to admit as a youth soccer coach and is a devoted fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arsenal Football Club in the English Premier League.









Michael J. Schoenfeld
Vice President for Public Affairs and Government Relations, Duke University

Michael J. Schoenfeld is the vice president for public affairs and government relations at Duke University. He also teaches a course on media and politics at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy. As the chief external affairs strategist and spokesperson, he directs Duke’s local, regional, national and global communications, leads advocacy efforts, counsels the president and trustees, represents the university to a wide range of constituencies, and oversees crisis and issues management.

Michael is also co-founder and chairman of Futurity, a multimedia consortium of more than 60 leading research universities from the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Australia. Michael previously served as vice chancellor for public affairs at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, from 1997 to 2008, where he created and led a comprehensive public affairs program that earned multiple honors. Earlier, he was senior vice president for policy and public affairs at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) in Washington, D.C. Michael is a member of The Seminar, the Arthur W. Page Society, and the National Press Club. He is the past chairman of the Durham Chamber of Commerce and currently serves as chairman of the Carolina Theatre of Durham, vice chairman of the WUNC Public Radio LLC, vice chairman of Hirondelle USA, and a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU) Public Affairs committee. He also serves on the board of the Triangle Community Foundation, the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Midsouth), the Sarah P. Duke Gardens and the Music Health Alliance. A 1984 Duke graduate, Michael received a master’s degree in public policy from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1986. He and his wife Elizabeth, a writer, live in Durham, North Carolina.








Oris Stuart
Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, National Basketball Association (NBA)

As senior vice president, chief diversity & inclusion officer at the National Basketball Association, Oris Stuart is responsible for overseeing diversity and inclusion strategies for the NBA, WNBA and NBA Development League. He provides best practices and leadership on diversity and inclusion matters to the league offices and teams, oversees efforts to increase the number of minority and women-owned suppliers, and supports efforts to attract, develop and retain diverse talent. Oris is also leading the creation of a global diversity and inclusion council to ensure engagement on the league’s diversity and inclusion strategies at all levels.

Oris has nearly 15 years of experience as a business executive in diversity and inclusion issues. Prior to joining the NBA in June 2015, Oris spent two years as a senior partner with Korn Ferry, an executive search and talent management firm, where he led its inclusion and diversity practice. Previously, Oris served as the chief executive officer for Global Novations, the world’s leading provider of diversity and inclusion consulting and training solutions. During his tenure with Global Novations, Oris supported clients across Asia, Australia, Europe and North America, guided the expansion of the firm’s technology and consulting platforms, oversaw a tenfold increase in the firm’s size, and engineered its ultimate acquisition by Korn Ferry in 2012.

Earlier in his career, Oris served as a senior business manager and strategy and operations consultant for such organizations as Deloitte, Providian and Wingspan Technology.

Oris graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in electrical engineering and holds an MBA from Duke University, where he was a Fuqua Scholar and a National Black MBA Scholarship recipient.









Laurita Thomas
Associate Vice President for Human Resources, University of Michigan

Laurita Thomas is the associate vice president for human resources at the University of Michigan (UM). She is responsible for human resource policy for all UM campuses and a full range of comprehensive integrated human resource services, products and operations. She is responsible for 330 staff, a budget of $36 million, and a benefit plan of approximately $1 billion.

Her professional human resources career spans roles in the financial industry, higher education and healthcare. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan in political science and economics.  Her graduate work is in guidance and counseling and business administration. She has published many articles and book chapters, including Inside the Minds, The Role of Human Resources, Aspatore Books.

She has served as a leader in professional organizations including the AAU-HR Institute, charter member and treasurer; Higher Education Advisory Council (HEAC); TIAA Advisory Council; Fellow, TIAA Research Institute; CUPA-HR national board member; the Big Ten Academic Alliance Human Resources Officers; University Health System Consortium (UHC) Human Resources Officers Council chair; and Medical Center Employee Relations Association president (MCERA). In the community, she has contributed through service organizations. She has served on the Mayor’s Commission on Increasing Safety for Women; the Executive Committee of the Washtenaw County Workforce Development Board; SOS Community Services Board director emeritus; Dance for PD Board, New York, NY; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; Dispute Resolution Center, board vice president; Girls Group Advisory Board; SafeHouse Center Board president; Ann Arbor Branch NAACP; and the Ann Arbor Chapter of The Links, Inc., president. She has two adult sons and four grandchildren.









Allison M. Vaillancourt, Ph.D.
Vice President, Business Affairs and Human Resources, University of Arizona

Allison M. Vaillancourt is vice president of business affairs and human resources at the University of Arizona (UA), where she oversees human resources, Arizona Public Media radio and TV stations and risk management. She is also a faculty member in the UA School of Government and Public Policy and Honor’s College and a monthly columnist for The Chronicle of Higher Education. Allison served as chair of the CUPA-HR national board in 2007.