What impact is technology having on productivity and sourcing, pitching and qualifying talent? What are some of the up-and-coming technologies increasingly impacting the world of executive search? How will AI and machine learning impact our business. This session is 45-minutes long.
Kulsoom Gul is Managing Director for BlueSteps. Her responsibilities encompass strategy, production, product development and management, and P&L performance of the business. Kulsoom is a strategic initiatives and product executive with 15+ years of experience who has led multi-million-dollar rollouts for Amazon, Chubb, Deutsche Bank and Citigroup. She has vast experience as a digital product manager with direct experience building B2C and B2B platforms.
Prior to Joining AESC, Kulsoom served as the VP of Product for Chubb’s Small Business division where she owned a disruptor Broker/Agent Marketplace Portal and Insured Client Center for agents to purchase small commercial business insurance. Prior to Chubb, Kulsoom worked in a product and business development role at Amazon to create and execute a 3-5-year roadmap plan and manage the launch of a new publishing platform for Amazon’s Kindle business. Kulsoom has extensive experience working in the financial sector, having worked in the Capital Markets divisions at both Deutsche Bank and Citigroup.
Liz Hayes is a principal in Heidrick & Struggles’ Chicago office and a member of the firm’s Global Technology & Services and Private Equity practices. She works with a variety of professional services firms across consulting and advisory, business services, and IT services and outsourcing. Liz’s experience includes high-profile assignments placing CEOs, practice leaders, partners, and other senior management positions in all segments within the professional services industry. Additionally, Liz has strong experience working with private equity firms at the fund and portfolio level, placing C-suite executives within their portfolio companies and operating partners.
Vrinda is a seasoned business leader, with experience in both mature organizations as well as start ups, and has a track record in building, scaling and growing functions and companies. She has a breadth of expertise across the organizational spectrum including strategy, people/talent, operations, and technology; and drives strategy with a strong bend towards execution/operationalization. Vrinda has consistently demonstrated the keen ability to convert strategy into operational reality, aligning leadership at the highest levels, processes, and technology to not only fit strategy but deliver on goals and metrics. Given her unique ability to balance the creative and the tactical, she earned herself the title of a leader that is both the tireless cheerleader and the drill-sergeant, someone who easily drums up the out-of-the-box ideas but does so with an execution lens which helps efficiently bring ideas to life.
In addition to operations, process and technology - throughout her career, Vrinda has been deeply passionate about the 'people' side of business especially in areas of leadership development, talent strategy and organizational change. She has worked closely at the C-Suite and Board level as an advisor and a strategic partner to leaders helping create, build and develop their organizations.
Belen is the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Communications and oversees operations and partnerships related to Equilar’s corporate governance research. She also leads Equilar’s Diversity Network (EDN) initiative focused on increasing diverse representation in boardrooms across the globe. Through the EDN program, Belen established partnerships with leading ethnic and gender diversity-focused organizations creating a “registry of registries” of board-ready executives. EDN partners include Catalyst, 30% Club, CalPERS and CalSTRS, Committee of Economic Development, among others.
With more than ten years in the corporate governance industry, Belen has extensive experience working with boards and senior executives from Silicon Valley start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Prior to joining Equilar, she managed executive leadership development and board recruitment practices where she worked closely with board leadership and potential candidates to place top board talent.
Belen often speaks publicly on board diversity and corporate governance matters, including events hosted by the Society for Corporate Governance, NASDAQ, Stanford Women on Boards, National Association of Stock Plan Professionals (NASPP), and Global Equity Organization (GEO). Her research on board composition and executive compensation has been cited in several regional, national, and trade publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Directorship, Directors & Boards, and Agenda.
She earned her Bachelor’s degree and MBA from Santa Clara University.