Sara Sutton Fell is the CEO and Founder of FlexJobs, an award-winning career website for telecommuting, flexible, freelance, and part-time jobs. Sara founded FlexJobs in 2007 while she was pregnant with her first son, after she experienced first-hand the frustrating search for professional jobs that also offered flexible work options. Having also co-founded an entry-level employment service in 1995 (JobDirect, later sold to Korn|Ferry International in 2000), she has long been passionate about helping people find jobs that make their lives better, and she is thrilled that her own experience as a working mom is now helping others who want or need work flexibility.
Sara also believes that a modern workplace should address the needs of today's workforce, and that utilizing workplace technology to support telecommuting and flexible work will achieve societal, environmental, and economic benefits for both employees and employers. In support of that belief, Sara launched the 1 Million for Work Flexibility in 2013 and Remote.co in 2015. For her work in the employment and technology fields, she was named as a Young Global Leader (class of 2014) by the World Economic Forum. Sara is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, and currently lives in Boulder, Colorado, USA with her two children.
Mika is highly regarded as a thought leader for flexible and transformational workplace practices and is regularly featured as a professional speaker at industry events. On behalf of the White House, National Security Council (NSC), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) agencies have invited Mika to contribute to the “Workforce of 2020” strategy session to develop a new model for vetting current and future Federal employees.
In 2014, Mika was selected as a President’s Management Council Interagency Fellow at OPM. She worked on government-wide projects affecting culture, process change, and helped create an online Employee Engagement Community of Practice (eCOP) within OPM’s interactive dashboard (the Unlocking Federal Talent data tool at unlocktalent.gov). The eCOP is targeted for Senior Executive Management to help Federal agencies collect and use data to create a more engaged workplace.
Sacha Connor works for The Clorox Company as the Marketing Director for Pine Sol, Liquid Plumr, Clorox Fraganzia & Green Works. She has been with the company since 2004 and has worked in a variety of roles across new product innovation, sales, and base brand marketing. Clorox is headquartered in Oakland, California, however Sacha has been working remotely from her home office in the Philadelphia suburbs for the past 5 years. To help Clorox succeed in an increasingly decentralized work environment she co-created an Employee Resource Group named ORBIT that has grown to 550 global members.
Prior to Clorox, Sacha worked in advertising account management, first for a small agency in the Philadelphia suburbs and then for Goodby, Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco.
After working in Clorox Corporate Headquarters for 6 years, she and her husband moved to Berwyn, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia where they both grew up. They have a 6 year old daughter and a 4 year old son who have flourished by being in close proximity to their grandparents and extended family.
Mohammed leads global strategic programs within the Dell HR Services Organization including Talent & Workplace Planning and Dell’s flexibility programs. In his current role he leads the function’s innovation agenda and partners with his leadership team on continuously creating value for Dell. As the leader of Dell’s work flexibility programs, Mohammed’s focus is to further evolve Dell’s flexibility culture by simplifying the experience, increasing leadership engagement and continuously demonstrating the value flexibility adds to the business.
Throughout his 12+ years at Dell, Mohammed has held a variety of leadership and program management roles in different HR domains including Shared Services, Talent Management, Mergers and Acquisitions and Managed Services Deals. His background in software engineering and experience in Human Resources make him continuously explore the impact technology continues to have on the way people work and how it helps evolve the role and purpose of the HR function.
Jennifer Newbill is a Senior Manager within the Global Talent COE (Center of Excellence) leading Dell’s Candidate attraction, engagement and experience. Jennifer and her team manage the global employment brand strategy including: management of the global recruiting campaign, social media strategy and planning, content creation and expertise (visual graphics, multimedia, blogging and social assets), candidate experience, recruiting tools and process, go-to-market recruiting strategies and employee referral program.
A member of Glassdoor’s Advisory board, Jennifer was voted one of the top Talent Warriors by Glassdoor in 2014. She has published numerous online articles on Direct2Dell, LinkedIn and Slideshare.net about Employment Branding best practices.
Jennifer has been with Dell, Inc. for 12 years in various Human Resources roles including Recruiting, Leadership and Development and HR Operations project management.
Prior to Dell, she was with several Austin, TX based start-up companies including pcOrder.com (a spin-off of Trilogy), eLaw.com and Ignite! Learning in various HR roles including Recruiting and HR Generalist.
She started her career after graduating from Austin College in Sherman, TX and earning her Master’s degree in Business from the University of Dallas with executive search firm, Heidrick & Struggles.
Nicole McCabe is a Senior Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion at SAP, responsible for the creation and execution of innovative programs that support gender diversity, and SAP’s overall target of 25% women in leadership by 2017. Nicole prides herself in being a connector, a strong collaborator and in her ability to deliver results to the business without having direct authority.
Nicole has had a very unconventional career that leveraged her transferable skills. This has enabled her to gain experience in many aspects of business, from technical implementations, to managing post- acquisition integration, to account management, and Marketing technical services. Through her experience she observed the challenges many women face in the workplace, and her passion to drive impact and create a culture where everyone feels they are valued was sparked. In 2012, Nicole joined the Global Diversity & Inclusion team where she has gathered expertise in Human Resources, and has established a strong of the inter-dependencies between the employees and the business strategy.
The result – Nicole’s programs have been recognized inside and outside of SAP, including an ongoing Women’s Professional Growth webinar series, focused on topics related to the development of women. This series has had over 6800 participants in 2 years, at a cost of less than 5 Euros per participants. Nicole is also the creator and manager of the Women@SAP Jam site, which serves as an online community to communicate SAP’s programs and enables women to connect. The community currently has over 8,500 members.
John O'Duinn is a software developer, architect, Director and Founder who has written code and lead teams in companies ranging from four person startups to multinationals and back to a startup with no office.
In addition to technology, John loves growing a culture where humans work well together in a distributed global workplace. Almost every company in his career has been distributed in one form or another. The most extreme was a team he grew at Mozilla, with 18 people in 14 cities, in 4 non-adjacent timezones, working with Mozilla’s globally distributed open source community. John is currently writing a book on leading distributed teams for O'Reilly.
John blogs at oduinn.com, practices Aikido, loves travel and is on track to fill his passport again.
Tolu Olubunmi is an internationally recognized social entrepreneur who has spent her career building innovative organizations advancing human and civil rights.
Last year, Tolu was recognized by the World Economic Forum as one of 15 Women Changing the World in 2015. She is a founding board member of the United We Dream Network and co-founder of Welcome.us and Immigrant Heritage Month.
She currently serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Migration and co-chairs their Mobile Minds Project - an innovative initiative advancing cross-border remote working as a 21st century alternative to physical migration.
In 2015, Tolu made WEF’s list of outstanding women entrepreneurs. She has been a featured speaker at the White House, the World Bank, and the US Congress. Her story has been profiled by several media outlets, including TIME and MSNBC.
Tolu is an inaugural Leadership Institute Fellow at the Center for American Progress and holds a degree in Chemistry-Engineering from Washington & Lee University.
In her 20th year with ADP, Amy has had the fortunate opportunity to hold multiple roles within the same organization and grow her career. Beginning with ADP directly out of Bryant University in 1995, she spent nearly 15 years in the Sales organization with roles in direct sales, leadership, training, operations and leadership development for ADP’s small business division. During her tenure, she achieved multiple awards and recognition including the President’s Club award both as a sales associate and in her leadership role. In 2008, she completed a one year internal coaching certification program and was certified as an ADP coach where she actively takes on coaching engagements with leaders focused on developing their skills in efforts to move their career forward. In 2010 she transitioned into a role in a newly centralized sales operations organization assisting the US sales teams navigate workspace changes and piloting new facility programs. Amy joined the HR organization in 2012 continuing her work with the sales and our real estate partners and took on the new responsibility in leading ADP’s Global Workplace Enablement program across the enterprise. Her focus has been on our remote workers; specifically assisting with their transition from office to home, associate engagement, improved collaboration, ensuring they feel connected to the rest of the organization & working with our internal partners to provide enhanced tools & technologies for seamless connectivity and telephony. She has conducted annual reviews of data comparing office based population with our home based population including areas such as engagement, productivity, & overall performance. In the summer of 2012, ADP launched a business resource group “Virtual Connections” where Amy has taken on an advisory role leading the core team to lend support to ADP’s virtual, remote workers & our highly dispersed teams around the world. Amy’s current scope of work is focused on shifting to a more holistic approach on workplace flexibility; in general terms: With the levels of technology available to us, we have significant opportunities to offer flexibility in where, when and how work gets done.
I'm a freelance journalist covering career, personal finance and productivity, and a contributor to Forbes.com and Forbes magazine and the author of the Forbes ebook, "The Millennial Game Plan: Career and Money Secrets To Succeed In Today’s World." I also I teach independent journalists how to master the art and business of freelance writing at Ideas Words Empires. I graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Honors from Stanford University and have a master of arts from Columbia University’s School of Journalism. To learn more about me, go to LauraShin.com.
Kelly Wallace is a digital correspondent and editor-at-large for CNN, focusing on family, career and work/life balance. An award-winning digital journalist and television correspondent, Wallace writes in-depth articles and socially sourced stories and does original web videos for CNN Digital's Health, Wellness and Parenting section. In addition, she appears regularly on both CNN and HLN TV.
Wallace came to CNN from iVillage, where she served as chief correspondent and executive director of digital video. While there, she made headlines for scoring exclusive interviews with First Lady Michelle Obama, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Alicia Keys, Jill Biden, Dr. Oz and other newsmakers. She also appeared regularly on TODAY and MSNBC. In 2012, Wallace received a Gracie Award for Outstanding Reporter/Correspondent.
Before iVillage, Wallace worked at CBS News as a general assignment reporter, where she covered stories for the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric and The Early Show.
Wallace began her CNN career as an associate producer and then became a CNN TV correspondent covering a wide range of beats for the network, including the White House, the Mideast and John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign.
She graduated magna cum laude from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor of sciences degree in economics.
Monica Frias is Diversity Program Director at Anthem, Inc. In her role, Monica consults with different areas of the business to insert the diversity lens into strategic initiatives, policies and practices; drives strategy around diversity branding, communication and training, and provides oversight to Anthem’s associate resource groups (ARGs).
Monica has been a work@home associate for about six years. She is a founder and co-chair of W@VE (Working at Anthem in a Virtual Environment), one of nine associate resource groups. W@VE was launched in 2013 and has now more than 1,200 members across the enterprise. This community focuses on developing and expanding practices that allow for effective collaboration, networking and personal and professional development in a virtual setting. Before joining Anthem in 2007, Monica served roles in the Human Resources organizations of Nationwide Insurance and Abbott Laboratories.
Monica grew up in Chile and now lives in Grand Rapids, MI, with her husband and two children. She holds a Master’s in Labor and Human Resources (MLHR) from The Fisher College of Business - The Ohio State University, and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the Catholic University of Chile.
Marjorie R. Asturias is a Happiness Engineer at Automattic, parent company of WordPress.com, Jetpack, Woo, and many other fine software products. Based in Dallas, Texas, Marjorie manages the company’s Google Apps reseller program. She also speaks frequently at conferences and meetups about WordPress, content marketing, and social media.
Prior to joining Automattic in 2014, Marjorie ran a small digital marketing agency that specialized in assisting small and medium-size businesses and entrepreneurs with their online initiatives. She founded the company out of her home and grew it into a six-figure business with several employees without ever compromising her commitment to creating a flexible, distributed office environment for herself and her staff. She’s a passionate advocate of remote workplaces and is thrilled to be a part of the most well-known, fully distributed company in the industry.
Marjorie is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington. One of the things she loves most about having a flexible work schedule is the opportunity it affords her to volunteer regularly with local animal rescue groups. When she’s not scooping up stray dogs and finding them forever homes, she can be found at marjorieasturias.com.
Ronit Avni is the founder of LocalizED, a new social enterprise that makes it easy for expat professionals from countries facing brain drains to give back without moving back. LocalizED enables diaspora professionals to mentor, train and teach remotely in their language of choice, turning the brain drain into a brain gain.
A serial entrepreneur, human rights advocate and Peabody Award-winning media producer with 15 years of leadership experience, Ronit’s work has been featured in dozens of global news outlets, including The Washington Post, The BBC, NPR, The Economist and The New York Times.
Prior to LocalizED, she founded and led Just Vision, which creates digital media, award-winning films, news analysis and public education campaigns to raise awareness and support for Palestinian and Israeli civilians working for freedom, dignity, equality and human security. As Executive Director of Just Vision, Ms. Avni managed a diverse team based in North America and the Middle East, raising over $10 million and ensuring the organization’s relevance, credibility and success.
Previously, Ronit trained human rights defenders worldwide to incorporate film and digital media into their advocacy campaigns while working for the human rights organization, WITNESS. She co-edited the book, “Video for Change - A Guide for Advocacy and Activism” with WITNESS and now sits on the WITNESS Board, chairing the Program Committee.
Ronit has been recognized with a variety of honors, including the King Hussein Leadership Prize, Search for Common Ground’s Common Ground Award, the Circles of Change Award, Auburn Seminary’s Lives of Commitment Award and the Trailblazer Award from the National Council for Research on Women. She was named a Young Global Leader (2009) through the World Economic Forum and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations (2010).
A graduate of Vassar College in Political Science, Ronit has completed advanced coursework at the Harvard Kennedy School through the Young Global Leaders Executive Education Program and at Columbia Business School through the Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship.
As a side passion, Ronit has trained hundreds of business leaders, MBA students, nonprofit leaders and civil servants to speak persuasively to the media, on stage and in executive settings with KNP Communications.
Chelsea Krost has had a passion for empowering Millennials since she was just 16. Today, Chelsea is an accomplished speaker, published author, television and radio talk-show host, Executive Producer, certified health coach and entrepreneur.
Chelsea was an influencer long before the term was coined and became wildly popular. At just 16 she created a Radio Talk show, Teen Talk Live, which was innovative and ahead of its time. Chelsea led the show into success then started producing and appearing in spots first on Local News and then onto National News outlets.
In 2009, Chelsea adventured to Africa on a mission trip on behalf of feminine hygiene care, documented for a CBS docuseries; which lead to U by Kotex tapping her to be one of the first ever “Millennial Spokespeople.” Chelsea helped develop the U by Kotex product, packaging, brand messaging, and appeared in all of the press and speaking events.
The Chelsea Krost Show made its television debut in March of 2013. The show provided a platform for today’s hot topics, trends and issues that affect Millennials. Studio City is currently shopping The Chelsea Krost Show for national syndication.
Over the years, Chelsea has appeared on numerous shows such as Good Morning America, Anderson with Anderson Cooper, The Meredith Vieira Show, Wendy Williams, The Today Show, The Tyra Banks Show, Bloomberg News, Good Day New York, and several other top media outlets.
Chelsea sat on the board of Cosmopolitan Magazine as a Millennial Board Member and has been a brand ambassador/spokesperson for many notable and diverse brands such as Intel, MasterCard, BCBG, IBM, Suave, Microsoft, TurboTax, Kyocera, Illy Coffee, and The International Rotary.
Chelsea is hot on the speaker’s circuit as a panelist and keynote speaker representing her generation and on behalf of Fortune 500 Companies at Adweek, MasterCard Card Forum Expo, YMS NYC, Pearson Student Summit, SXSW, and Sage Summit.
One of her most successful and sought out services is her #MillennialTalk Twitter Chat that happens every Tuesday at 8pm EST and generates up to 45 million impressions in one hour.
Chelsea just completed her latest collaborative undertaking the launch of, The MPulse, an innovative creative lab that elevates brands with dynamic social and video content. They take a brands campaign from concept to completion and give them a 360 approach with production, social strategy, and influencer activation. Chelsea helped conceptualize, develop the app interface, raise capital, and run the company as the Co-Founder and Chief Social Media Officer.
Alina Tugend is an award-winning New York-based writer who is published frequently in the New York Times, Inc. Magazine and other national publications. She is the author of the book, “Better by Mistake: The Unexpected Benefits of Being Wrong.” Her work can be seen at AlinaTugend.com and she is on twitter at @atugend.
Jeff Vrabel is an Indianapolis-based freelance writer whose work has appeared in GQ, Men’s Health, Success, the Washington Post, Billboard, the official Bruce Springsteen and Indy 500 sites, Indianapolis Monthly, Modern Bride, South Magazine and more. A former editor-in-chief of Hilton Head Monthly magazine, he recently served as a work-from-home senior editor with Nickelodeon for four years. “My last day in an office was the day my younger son was born. I stayed home with him for his first year, and have been lucky enough to work remotely ever since. It lets me maintain a freelance career while being around for all the dad stuff.” He can be found at the cleverly named JeffVrabel.com and @JeffVrabel.
At the Boston College Center for Work & Family (@BCCWF), Jennifer is Associate Director, Communications and Programming. She works closely with the Boston College Workforce Roundtable, a learning and networking community for over 50 leading employers as well as the New England Work & Family Association (NEWFA). Jennifer manages all CWF marketing initiatives including the CWF website, social media, member newsletters, research reports and other publications. Jennifer also works with organizations to provide research and consultation on flexibility, work-life balance and other workforce management issues. Jennifer enjoys presenting on workplace flexibility and work-life balance; recent speaking engagements include the Future of Work Forum, WorldatWork Total Rewards, the New England HR Association and the Massachusetts Conference for Women. Jennifer was the founder of and a regular guest on the Fox 25 News Boston Work-Life Wednesday segment. She has been featured on NECN, Marketplace, NPR, in the Boston Globe, Fortune, The Huffington Post, Human Resource Executive and other publications. Jennifer received her BS in Clinical Psychology from Tufts University and her Master of Social Work and Master of Business Administration from Boston College. Jennifer and her husband John are the proud parents of two children.