Karen Niparko is the Executive Director of the Office of Human Resources for the City and County of Denver. She oversees all aspects of the City’s human capital strategy including talent branding, recruitment, retention, rewards, learning & development, HRIS and analytics/innovation. She sponsors the City’s biennial Employee Engagement Survey and employee top recognition programs. In her role, Karen works closely with the Mayor’s office and City Council on behalf of human capital initiatives. Her team is focused on talent acquisition, increasing employee engagement to retain the best talent, performance excellence and innovation.
Karen holds an MBA from the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business, a BA from the University of Michigan and C-level executive programs at Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Karen serves on the board of IPMA-HR CO, Denver Head Start, is part of the Bloomberg/Harvard University City Leadership Initiative and frequently speaks at conferences and trade associations. She formerly served as a committee chair of the e-commerce committee of the Colorado Governor’s Strategic Workforce Development Council and chair of INROADS diversity internship programs. She is also chair of the Niparko Family Foundation with her adult children that focuses on eliminating domestic abuse and human trafficking while promoting self-sufficiency and education. She serves on the events committee for the Rose Andom Center in Denver – a center for victims of domestic violence.
Deenah currently leads the Employee Experience Centre of Expertise working with researchers, designers and marketers to create memorable and engaging experiences for RBCers worldwide. Prior to this position, she was in Recruitment Marketing and Channel Strategy focused on finding and placing the best talent at RBC. Before joining RBC she spent 15 years at IBM, spanning a number of marketing positions, has 5+ years of sales and managed IBM’s Diversity and Inclusion office. Deenah also worked at Digital Security Controls as a Brand Manager and started her career at Strongbar Industries. Deenah has an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier and lives in Toronto with her husband and daughter.
Arun is the Global HR Insights & People Analytics Lead for Xerox, where he leads a talented team of data ninjas. With 10+ years of experience, he has a proven track record for delivering quantitative business outcomes by leveraging and driving the adoption of analytics. Arun is passionate about fuelling the development of innovative, novel approaches to analytics with a firm rooting in corporate strategy.
Firstly, I will admit I am a Pisces by background and love scrolling through 140-character conversation on Twitter. From a professional standpoint, I started my career in financial services and moved to health-related industries. Why you make ask? My grandma became ill many years ago and medicine extended her life and I had to be a part of that type of work. Our work has purpose for me; it is not just a job.
Currently, I head Regeneron’s Global Talent Brand Strategy and Employee Experience function and have been with Regeneron for 5.5 years. Prior to that I have held a variety of roles in financial sales, organizational design, change, and learning / development. I have worked on 4 continents and appreciate the experience of new cultures and people. I have received my M.B.A., M.A., M.S., and triple bachelor degrees over the years. If I had to venture a guess my key competencies would be innovation, strategy, and humor. My career is attributable to many people who helped lift me up along the way and a little bit of luck for which I remain grateful.
Currently, I live in Fairfield County, CT (Yes, everything they say about us is true).
Director, Employee Travel and Recognition - Responsible for Air Canada’s Employee Travel Pass Privilege program, as well as all corporate recognition programs such as, Service Anniversaries, Shine and the Excellence Awards.
Air Canada has a strong recognition culture and believes that praise and recognition are essential to an outstanding workplace. People want to be respected and valued for their contribution which is why they respond so positively to appreciation expressed for their good work.
For the past two years Air Canada has had the honor of winning one of Achievers Top 50 Most Engaged Workplaces.
Having been with the company since 1990, before her role in HR (January 2012), Leslie-Ann spent the bulk of her career in various roles in Air Canada’s Revenue Management department.
Prior to the world of fitness Alana traveled the world for more than five years and had the unique experience of joining a high energy performance group called ‘Up with People’. Since then, her career in the fitness industry has been fast and vigorous! Alana started working with GoodLife Fitness nearly 22 years ago and has worked in many different roles. Her career with GoodLife began by working at the front desk, then in sales, she held various Club Management positions, assisted in opening new locations, managed the Learning and Development Team and is now the Vice President of People and Culture. It’s no wonder why she’s the ideal fit to oversee the department that helps to “Get, Keep and Grow” GoodLife Fitness Clubs; An organization of over 15,000 Associates. She is also a prominent presenter and facilitator who loves to engage and energize her audience. When she’s not working you can find Alana mountain biking, water skiing, participating in any winter sport and spending time with her two wonderful daughters.
Natassa Zervopoulos is the Director of Employee Experience at Venterra Realty. Overseeing human capital strategy in all aspects of the employee lifecycle, Natassa’s focus is on recruiting, training and retaining top talent in Accounting and Finance roles. Alongside her team and other senior leaders in the organization, this includes lifelong learning programs, annual engagement and leadership surveys, technology enabled recruiting and performance management and a career planning program, all rooted in the company’s core values.
Natassa holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with Honours in Accounting from the Schulich School of Business, A Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation and is currently completing her CHRL designation. Aside from her current studies, she is learning something new daily from her husband and two young children.
True character is what we do in the dark as an individual, an employer, and as a community. This mantra has been a guiding light and has led David to becoming a passionate facilitator of innovation through collaboration.
Consistently pushing the boundaries of the status quo, David has served in a variety of roles with Driveline Retail Merchandising for the past 15 years. He now proudly serves as the Vice President of Employee Engagement. Among his varied accomplishments, he also enjoys spending time with his family, coaching a youth soccer team, and jumping off the sides of mountains.
David’s unrelenting dedication to the team has allowed him to foster a culture of inclusion and an environment of mutual respect and cooperation throughout the entire organization