Executive Education Advisory Board

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USC Marshall Executive Education Advisory Board is comprised of a group of esteemed leaders from multiple industries. They provide advice, assistance, support and champion matters that will strengthen to assure Executive Education’s continuing development and delivery of the highest quality leadership solutions.  


EEAB members include:

Helen Adair

Helen Adair, Viacom Inc.

Helen Adair is Vice President, Learning & Development, for Viacom Inc. Adair has been with Viacom for eight years and in her current role leads a team to provide learning & development, and organizational effectiveness support and programs for employees in Viacom’s West Coast offices which include Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon and Viacom Media Networks such as MTV, VH1, Comedy Central and other brands. Prior to joining Viacom, Adair was Director, Learning & Development at the ABC Television Group, The Walt Disney Company. Adair is currently pursuing her Masters in Organizational Psychology.  www.viacom.com

Mark Crowell

Mark Crowell, Cedars-Sinai

Mark Crowell heads up the Organization Development and Learning function at Cedars-Sinai. Previously, he served in the same capacity at City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center.  For 30+ years, Crowell's professional career has focused on talent development, process improvement and performance management – for the most part, all within healthcare. At Cedars-Sinai, he is also responsible for the institutional OD and change management practice areas, and the non-clinical learning management function. www.cedars-sinai.org

Judy Kneisley

Judy Kneisley, Parsons

Judy Kneisley is currently Director, Executive Development at Parsons. Kneisley was formerly Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Woodland Hills, Los Angeles and Pasadena, offices of Lee Hecht Harrison. She was selected to attend the International Institute of Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland as part of Adecco’s Leadership Programme. www.parsons.com

Emily Lundi 2017

Emily Lundi, Ingram Micro Inc.

Emily Lundi is currently Director of Talent and Organization Development for Ingram Micro Inc., (48B, 52 Countries, 30K employees), and guides senior leadership in developing strategy and direction for global talent and leadership growth. Her focus is on key talent management strategies and the areas of the design and implementation of global talent processes that identify and retain top talent, facilitate movement and development of talent, and build overall organization strength.  www.ingrammicro.com

Jennifer McCusker

Jennifer McCusker, Blizzard Entertainment

Jennifer McCusker, Ph.D., is Sr. Director, Global Talent & Organizational Development at Blizzard Entertainment.  McCusker is an expert in performance and talent management, leadership development, and change management and has uniquely integrated neuroscience research into her work. She thrives in translating her work from large, high-performing organizations into those that are just beginning their performance journey. McCusker has aided organizations across industries, such as Taco Bell, New Century Financial, Pacific Sunwear, Oakley and Blizzard Entertainment, realize their potential through people. www.blizzard.com



Bill Pelster

Bill Pelster, Josh Bersin Academy

Mr. Pelster is currently the co-founder of Josh Bersin Academy helping to elevate the HR profession by providing future focused professional development, curated resources and linking the global community of 10 million HR professionals.  Bersin academy at www.bersinacademy.com is the leading platform for HR professionals designed to enable and accelerate HR transformations.

Nicolette Quispe

Nicolette Quispe, LegalZoom

Nicolette Quispe is a senior human resources leader specializing in improving business results through strategic people operations.  Currently, the Vice President of People Operations for LegalZoom in Glendale, California, Quispe has previously held key HR roles with other high-growth organizations such as PeopleSupport, Overture Services and Yahoo!  At LegalZoom, she leads the team on matters such as company-wide engagement, talent management, wellness initiatives, compliance, benefits & compensation and learning & development, amongst others. www.legalzoom.com

Pallavi Ridout

Pallavi Ridout, ICANN

Pallavi Ridout currently serves as the Senior Director for Global Talent Management at ICANN, a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation. Pallavi is responsible for Learning, Organizational Effectiveness, Change Management, Business Partner, Employee Engagement and Performance Management functions for ICANN’s multi-cultural talent pool spread across 30 plus countries. Over the past 18 years, she has worked in a variety of industries such as entertainment, aerospace, oil and gas, banking, food processing as well as legal publishing. www.icann.org


Aloka Sands

Aloka Sands, Sony Pictures

Aloka Sands, passionate about people and personal growth, has been Executive Director, Leadership and Organization Development (L&OD) at Sony Pictures Entertainment since 2014. In her role, Sands oversees the global L&OD team responsible for management of leadership and employee development across SPE. Prior to joining Sony, Aloka was at Warner Brothers, Disney, Plus Delta Consulting, and Health Net.  www.sonypictures.com

Yousuf Siddiqui

Yousuf Siddiqui, Experian

Yousuf Siddiqui is serving as a Senior Director of Talent Management at Experian, a global and publicly traded information services company. Previously, he was in a Human Resources leadership role at Hyundai Capital America, a captive auto-finance company. Yousuf has led Organizational Development & Design, Talent Management, Change Management, HR Strategy formulation and Leadership Development projects across the globe. Yousuf’s initial career path was in technology working for prominent consulting firms including Andersen Consulting (Accenture), IBM and Sapient.

Kaitlin Tate

Kaitlin Tate, Viasat

Kaitlin Tate currently leads the Learning & Development and Diversity & Inclusion Organizations at Viasat Inc. She has extensive experience as a classroom instructor, group facilitator and strategic leader of organizational development initiatives. In addition to designing and facilitating blended learning, she has counseled individuals on workplace issues and work groups in their team development efforts. Tate’s work includes leadership coaching, talent development, employee engagement, succession planning, organizational communication, and team dynamics. www.viasat.com

Simon Taylor

Simon Taylor, Amgen

Simon is responsible for Leadership, Talent, and Organization Development efforts at Amgen, with a specific focus on transformation and HR/workforce strategy. Previously, he worked in various talent and OD roles at Warner Bros., The Walt Disney Company, and Graphiq; a technology startup that was acquired by Amazon. He is passionate about innovation, technology, and design www.amgen.com


Michelle Thompson

Michelle Thompson, VP, Learning & Development

Michelle is Vice President of Learning & Development for Capital Group Companies/American Funds. She has worked in the learning and development field for more than 20 years. She has 14 years of experience in the investment industry, the most recent 4 years at Capital Group. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Information and Learning Technologies.   www.capitalgroup.com

Donna Winfrey

Donna Winfrey, SoCalGas

Donna Winfrey currently serves as Director, Organizational Effectiveness with SoCalGas, the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility. Prior to this role she enjoyed a successful career in field and corporate human resource roles with organizations including Aramark Corporation and Harrah’s Entertainment. Winfrey holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, an MS in Organizational Development and Leadership from Fielding Graduate University, and a BS in Hospitality Administration. She is an SPHR and SCP-certified human resources professional, Prosci®-certified change manager and an ACC-certified leadership coach. www.socalgas.com