Speakers

2019 Speakers

We’re thrilled to welcome some incredible speakers to the 2019 ICAN² Conference! Kicking things off for us, our keynote speaker Sean Brown from McKinsey will share insights into running one of the most renowned alumni programs to date! Alongside Sean, his fellow ICAN² conference speakers all bring with them a wealth of knowledge and alumni management hacks that you won’t want to miss. Take the opportunity to pick their brains during our interactive workshops or ample networking opportunities. Check out their bios below!

Sean Brown

Sean Brown

Director of Communications and External Relations | Strategy and Corporate Finance at McKinsey

Sean served as Director of Global Alumni Relations at McKinsey from 2007 to 2017, leading one of the world’s most successful corporate alumni programs. Now, Sean serves as Director of Global Communications and External Relations for McKinsey’s strategy and corporate finance practice. Prior to McKinsey, Sean led global alumni relations at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and he has served as a featured speaker on communications and alumni relations at conferences across the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Role in ICAN² Conference:

Sean will be our 2019 Keynote speaker, sharing insights into his journey with alumni management at McKinsey, together with Margret Klein-Magar, Vice President, Head of SAP Alumni Relations SAP SE, moderated by Stephan Herrlich, Co-founder of IntraWorlds.

Margret Klein-Magar

Vice President, Head of SAP Alumni Relations SAP SE

Margret Klein-Magar joined SAP in 1991, working on technology platform development and in service and support. From 2000 to 2007, she headed a global product management organization in the technology platform field. After that, she drove change management and transformation in SAP development until the end of 2011. Since 2012 Margret is Deputy Chairperson of the SAP SE Supervisory Board. She studied Information Science, Sociology, and Social Psychology at the University of the Saarland, which admitted her to the degree of Magistra Artium in 1991.

Role in ICAN² Conference:

Margret will join Sean Brown during the keynote panel discussion where they will jointly share their alumni management journey and experience as well as facilitate an interactive audience discussion.

Stephan Herrlich

Co-founder and Head of IntraWorlds North America

Stephan is a co-founder and co-CEO of IntraWorlds, heading its North American operations. He is a passionate advocate of coherent talent relationship management programs in companies of all sizes and industries. He argues that organizations can build tremendous value by evolving from short term hiring and firing to fostering long term relationships with talents in their industry. Prior to IntraWorlds, he was a consultant with Bain & Company, a strategy consultancy. Having studied business administration in Koblenz, Munich, Paris, and Los Angeles, he holds a Diploma in Business Administration, as well as a Master in Business Research.

Role in ICAN² Conference:

Stephan plays an instrumental role in the ICAN² initiative as a key sponsor and will have an active role during the conference as the moderator for the Keynote panel discussion.

Sheri Mayerowitz

Global Alumni Relations Manager at Hogan Lovells

Sheri Mayerowitz joined Hogan Lovells in May 2016 to lead its global alumni relations efforts and to oversee all aspects of the initiative including branding, communications, events, website content, social media, data management, and business development. Prior to Hogan Lovells, Sheri spent six years at Shearman & Sterling where she built the firm’s global alumni program. She has nearly 20 years of experience in alumni relations, starting her career at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2001.

Role in ICAN² Conference:

Sheri will facilitate the morning incubating stream workshop: The Alumni Lifecycle.  In this workshop, participants will discuss the full alumni lifecycle and the importance of exposing future alumni to your organization’s alumni initiative, from the point of recruitment all the way through to the day they become an alumnus and beyond.

Andrea Legnani

Global Head of Alumni Relations at Citi

Andrea Legnani is the Global Head of Alumni Relations for Citi. The Citi Alumni Network, which counts almost 25,000 members in more than 100 countries, was launched in 2012 to strengthen the relationships with Citi alumni around the world. The Network hosts nearly 80 events globally each year building relationships, leveraging knowledge, pursuing business opportunities and tracking talented alumni in view of a possible future rehire. Andrea joined Citi in 2002. Prior to his current role, he spent 9 years in Citi’s EMEA Public Affairs department, first as Public Affairs Officer for Italy and then with an expanded role for the whole Continental North European Cluster.

Role in ICAN² Conference:

Andrea will facilitate the morning accelerating stream workshop: Alumni 2.0 – Transforming the Industry through Professional Data Management. This session outlines the impact data has on elevating your alumni program. The interactive portion will focus on which data should be measured, the techniques that are crucial, as well as discuss the role predictive analysis plays in achieving optimal results.

Charlotte Sault

Head of International Marketing & Alumni Relations at IntraWords

Charlotte is the Head of International Marketing and Alumni Relations for IntraWorlds. Joining the team in 2016 in HQ office in Munich, she is responsible for leading and developing international communication strategies focused on content marketing and project management. Charlotte also heads the ICAN² network, helping to connect alumni managers globally as well as provide industry insights and host events. She has been an established B2C & B2B communications and marketing professional for 10+ years, working in countries such as Canada, Mexico and Germany. 

Role in ICAN² Conference:

Charlotte has the honor of being the master of ceremony for the 2019 conference and will also moderate workshops and panel discussions throughout the day.

Dr. Rebecca Paluch

Assistant Professor of Organizational Behaviour and HR at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia

Dr. Rebecca Paluch is an assistant professor of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. Her research explores the outcomes of corporate alumni programs and the motivations that drive alumni participation. Prior to her career in academia, Becky worked as a financial consultant at a medium-sized consulting firm, an intern at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, a lecturer at a university in Thailand, and a workforce strategist for Chicago Public Schools. This makes her an expert at being an alumna of a variety of organizations! One of Becky’s life goals is to get to all the major league baseball stadiums, and her current count stands at 14!

Role in ICAN² Conference:

Dr. Rebecca Paluch will co-present with Dr. Christian Mencke in the afternoon on the topic of Engagement for Life. This research-based presentation tackles some of the most challenging questions in the Corporate Alumni space, such as what motivates previous employees to participate in Corporate Alumni Programs, what organizations can expect to receive from their alumni in return and finally, how Alumni Managers can maximize outcomes for both sides.

Dr. Christian Mencke

Director, SAP Alumni Relations SAP SE

Dr. Christian Mencke joined SAP in 2006 as an in-house consultant for strategic and organizational development of the SAP Partner Program and Indirect Business Model. In 2017 he joined the SAP Alumni Relations team to maintain, nurture and strategically develop SAP’s alumni network with a consequent focus on strengthening the SAP ecosystem. Prior to SAP Christian worked in various in-house and external management consultant roles. He started his career at Leuphana University Lueneburg/Germany with a doctorate about the role of trust in networks and society and holds diplomas in Economics & Social Sciences and in Business Administration.

Role in ICAN² Conference:

Dr. Christian Mencke will co-present with Dr. Rebecca Paluch in the afternoon on the topic of Engagement for Life. This research-based presentation tackles some of the most challenging questions in the Corporate Alumni space, such as what motivates previous employees to participate in Corporate Alumni Programs, what organizations can expect to receive from their alumni in return and finally, how Alumni Managers can maximize outcomes for both sides.

Jessica Badain

Alumni Manager at Davis Polk

Jessica Badain joined Davis Polk in 2014 and currently serves as their Alumni Manager. In this role, Jessica manages Davis Polk’s password-protected alumni portal overseeing everything from content creation and communication to alumni relationship management. She also plans and executes all alumni events, CLE training programs, and is closely involved with the firm’s alumni re-entry program, Davis Polk Revisited.  Prior to joining the alumni team, Jessica worked in Davis Polk’s Recruiting department for three years. Jessica began her career as a lawyer at Parmet & Greenblatt LLC after graduating from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Role in ICAN² Conference:

Jessica will be hosting the afternoon Incubating Workshop together with Matthias Edinger. In their session, Maximizing Alumni Engagement through Strategic Communication-planning and a Robust Calander of Events, They will address the importance of communications and events as foundations of alumni programming. The interactive portion will focus on achieving the ideal balance of communications and mix of events to keep your alumni involved and excited. They will share real-life examples from the Davis Polk and SAP alumni programs to make the discussion tangible.

Matthias Edinger

Director, SAP Alumni Relations SAP SE

Being with SAP since 1996 Matthias Edinger worked at different technology departments (development tools and language, internet technology, application development). Before he joined the SAP Alumni team in 2015 he was also acting as a design thinking coach and an agile transformation agent. Matthias facilitated the kick-off design thinking workshop of the SAP Alumni project and he instantly decided to join the SAP Alumni implementation project. Today Matthias is responsible for all technical topics, user support and requirement engineering of new offerings for SAP’s alumni community.

Role in ICAN² Conference:

Matthias will be hosting the afternoon Incubating Workshop together with Jessica Badain. In their session,  Maximizing Alumni Engagement through Strategic Communication-planning and A Robust Calendar of Events, they will address the importance of communications and events as foundations of alumni programming. The interactive portion will focus on achieving the ideal balance of communications and mix of events to keep your alumni involved and excited. They will share real-life examples from the Davis Polk and SAP alumni programs to make the discussion tangible.

Jenn Pedde

Global Manager of Alumni & Community at Oliver Wyman

Jenn Pedde is the Global Manager of Alumni & Community at Oliver Wyman, a global management consulting firm, as well as an adjunct professor teaching Social Media for Communicators at Syracuse University. She has 15 years of work experience in the music industry, international education, tech startups, and social media/community management. Oliver Wyman’s alumni network, Oliver Wyman Connect, is a vibrant, global community with members from more than 50 countries, averaging over 30 events a year. Jenn recently moved from New York City to San Diego and loves to travel.

Role in ICAN² Conference:

Jenn will navigate the afternoon Incubating Workshops discussing how a successful corporate alumni program will have different needs at each stage of its maturity and report those successes to various stakeholders which may span a variety of departments within an organization.  In this session, she will outline what anecdotes for storytelling and which Key Performance Indicators she’s used in Recruitment, Brand Building, and Business Development, and how they have evolved as the company and the program have grown. You’ll be tasked to work through particular scenarios that will help you think through metrics for your program.

Karen Stevens

Managing Director, Global Career Experience at Accenture

Karen Stevens is the Managing Director, Global Career Experience, responsible for the experience of all career transitions at Accenture for the nearly 500,000 employees worldwide. Karen believes that “the success of our alumni is a reflection of the experience of working at Accenture” and strives to create an inclusive network that supports the ongoing success of our people. She is currently the Austin Area Accenture Leadership Sponsor for the Women’s Employee Resource Group, serves on the Advisory Council for Dress for Success Austin, a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower women to achieve economic independence and lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, two teenage sons, an aloof cat and a goofy goldendoodle.

Role in ICAN² Conference:

Karen will be presenting in the afternoon alongside Tony Audino on the topic: Secrets from the World’s Largest Alumni Network.  In this session, she will share Accenture’s motivation for continuing to invest in their twenty-year-old alumni network, how that motivation has evolved over the years, and how the strategy for the program is grounded in Accenture’s culture, and is looking to the future of work to take the global alumni network to the next level.

Tony Audino

Founder & CEO at Conenza

Tony Audino helped pioneer the development of corporate alumni programs after starting the Microsoft Alumni Network in 1995, one of the first formal alumni communities. In 2006, he founded Conenza based on the idea that the best organizations foster lifelong relationships with their people; relationships that endure long after employees leave. Prior to starting Conenza, he co-founded Voyager Capital in 1997, a Pacific Northwest-based venture capital firm with $365 million under management. Tony currently resides in Seattle; he is a family man and loves giving back to his community.

Role in ICAN² Conference:

Tony will be co-presenting in the afternoon alongside Karen Stevens on the topic: Secrets from the World’s Largest Alumni Network.  In this session, they will share Accenture’s motivation for continuing to invest in their twenty-year-old alumni network, how that motivation has evolved over the years, and how the strategy for the program is grounded in Accenture’s culture, and is looking to the future of work to take the global alumni network to the next level.