Building Cultures for Inclusion and Impact in the Post-Covid and AI World

June 04, 2024
Golden Gate University, 536 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94105

Event Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT
Program cost starting at:
Member: $20
Non-Member: $40

Session Description:

The past five years have brought about rapid transformation to organizations and specific to the aftermath effects of COVID as well as the emergence of AI. Yet how can organizational leaders and HR professionals create and build stronger cultures for impact? Where must newer policies emerge to create a greater balance between office presence and remote work that can promote work-life balance as part of inclusion? Finally, and most importantly, how must organizational leaders and HR practitioners embrace the needs of DEIB and AI transformation whereby talent and performance management systems need to increasingly allow and reward workers for bringing their authentic selves while also developing cultures of psychological safety in career pathways and in work? In this roundtable session, we will look at these topics as an active dialogue of what attendees as well as leading practitioners are seeing in everyday trends and needs which can transition organizations from Post-COVID and AI crisis management toward building institutional and HR practices that can unleash organizational and individual potential toward greater inclusion and their integration.

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Session Organizer and Facilitator:

Nicole C. Jackson, Ph.D headshot

Nicole C. Jackson, Ph.D., is a management expert with over 15 years of diversified program management related experience including in business process improvement, organizational design and alignment, training, and risk mitigation for education, government, non-profit and private sectors. Dr. Jackson’s experience includes academic research and instruction positioned to mid and senior executive audiences in HR, Organizational and Leadership methods and practices, as well as program and risk assessments with a specific emphasis on organizational and leadership ambidexterity development (i.e., the balance between innovation and competency development) - critical to the digital transformation economy. She has written and has served as keynote speaker on these topics including for CERIC - The Canadian Economic Development Agency as well as for the Society of Human Resource Management - Northern California Chapter (SHRM-NorCal) including more recent work on AI and DEIB. Prior to graduate academia, she served as an IT Business Process Consultant, Training Manager, and Product Manager in both high compliance-driven client engagements and start-up environments. She recently was appointed to the position of Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Affairs from her role as Associate Dean of the Ageno School of Business at Golden Gate University.


Mike Horne, Ph.D. headshot

Mike Horne, Ph.D., is a highly experienced global corporate Human Resources and Organization Development leader, a distinguished executive coach, a best-selling author, and a sought-after speaker. He is dedicated to empowering aspiring leaders, executives, and their teams to navigate transitions effectively, excel in new roles, and increase their effectiveness and influence. Presently, he collaborates with reputable organizations such as Zoll Medical, Impossible Foods, Carta, and BioMarin, among others. He hosts The People Dividend Podcast, which ranks in the top 10% of all podcasts globally.

Previously, for nearly three decades, Mike held pivotal human resources and Organization

Development roles, including the Head of Human Resources for Gilead Sciences’ Research Division, Global Leader of Talent and Development for Brocade, and Head of Organizational Development for Genentech. Before these positions, he served for 15 years in human resources leadership roles for Nortel Networks, Marriot International, Willis Towers Watson, and the National Labor Relations Board

On October 15, 2024, Mike will release The People Dividend: Leadership Strategies for Unlocking Potential. He is also the author of Integrity by Design: Working and Living Authentically, released in April 2021.

He is the Program Director for graduate programs in HR and Leadership at Golden Gate University (San Francisco). Mike earned his Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Development from Fielding Graduate Institute (Santa Barbara, CA). He received a Master’s in Human Resources and Organization Development from American University (DC) and a Bachelor of Science in Labor Relations from La Salle University (Philadelphia).

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Jenny Niec is a change management consultant at Propeller, a mid-sized consulting firm, and is based in San Francisco. She has spent her career sharing her enthusiasm for learning and supporting people through change. Jenny’s past experience includes Learning & Development consultant and leader roles in multiple industries, including hospitality, financial services, and technology.  

Jenny is a Prosci Certified Change Practitioner (CCP) and Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD). She has facilitated programs and training for internal and external clients, her local ATD (Association for Talent Development) chapter, the ACMP Global Connect Conference, and has been a guest speaker and panelist for university classes in HR and management. 


Arun Bedi, SHRM SCP
Talent Management Practitioner, MBA, MPS in HR, Cornell
Formerly Visa

Mr. Bedi joined Visa in 2014 in Asia Pacific leading its regional client engagement strategy. Recently, he led all sales learning and leadership development for Visa in North America. He is currently focused on helping organizations develop a coaching culture. Mr. Bedi has shared his thought leadership and expertise in this area at leading HR conferences, including the Conference Board (

Prior to Visa, Arun was with PayPal in Sales Enablement. Previously, he was with Dell Computers where he helped to develop an integrated go-to-market strategy for emerging markets. Before Dell, he was with Cisco Systems, in the client-facing strategic consulting practice.

In his early career, Mr. Bedi ran a successful US fintech startup to provide credit scoring for under-represented minorities. Mr. Bedi has also held assignments globally with Chase Manhattan Bank and Citibank. He started his career as a management consultant with Booz Allen & Hamilton, in the Financial Services practice. Mr. Bedi graduated from Cornell University with a BA, BSc, and an MBA. While at Visa, he pursued his Masters in HR at Cornell (awarded July 2023) with an emphasis on coaching and internal talent marketplaces.


Anne Gamino, CMP