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Erin Bakst

Erin Bakst, SVP of People & Culture at Vox Media, has worked across talent functions for over a decade in the areas of program management, international HR, learning & development, recruiting, and talent engagement. She has worked in multiple industries including media, not-for-profit education, multi-level marketing, e-commerce, and high tech.  Her experience includes navigating through an IPO, building several leadership rotation programs, moving companies from an anniversary-based review process to a focal process, developing competency frameworks, and front-line manager training.  At Vox Media, Erin built the People & Culture department from the ground up.  Her team is responsible for the full spectrum of the people function including employee engagement, recruiting, P&C programs, total rewards, and people systems & analytics. Erin’s passion is enhancing productivity and engagement by improving diversity, equity & inclusion, creating more efficient operations, and developing high-performing teams to move companies forward.

Erin holds a Masters of International Management from Thunderbird (2006) and an MBA (2005) and BS in Management with a Human Resources focus (2003) from Virginia Tech, graduating from both schools with honors.  

Sheila Darius

Passionate about diversity, equity, inclusion and women’s empowerment, Sheila Darius is a Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) consultant with over 10 years of experience executing strategic enterprise-wide D&I initiatives and programs that drive business results. Sheila provides thought leadership in the areas of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), cultural competency, employee engagement and leadership development. Throughout her career, she has designed and implemented numerous leadership development programs to advance people of color, at all levels, for major fortune 500 companies and nonprofit organizations.

She is the Founder and Chief Principal Consultant of Grit & Culture, LLC. a consulting firm that develops leaders through the lens of diversity & inclusion (D&I) with the goal to increase diverse representation across leadership positions. Sheila has dedicated her life’s work to developing leaders, especially leaders of color, to drive change within their spheres of influence.

Sheila holds a Master of Science in Leadership and a minor in Human Resources from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Virginia State University.

She was born and raised in the greater Boston area and now resides in the greater Atlanta area.

Raymond Hall

Raymond spent the first 11 years of his career with the US Army before joining the International Paper Company as a Regional HR Manager. He went on to hold roles at Cargill, Ulteig and Flowserve Corporation, before joining the Larry H. Miller group of companies, where he serves as the Chief HR Officer. He brings broad experience in talent management, diversity and inclusion, leadership development and coaching, executive compensation and succession planning. He also brings international experience, having previously lived in Korea, Italy and Switzerland. 

Raymond earned a Masters of Business Administration from Pepperdine University. 

In his role, Raymond partners with the businesses, focusing on leading all strategic commercial and operational aspects of HR for the region. He leads the Americas HR Leadership Team and is a member of the Global HR Leadership Team and the Americas Executive Committee, working closely with Americas CEO, Greg O'Brien. 

Raymond is based in Chicago.

Greg O'Brien

Greg’s diverse career in commercial real estate spans three decades. He has helped investors buy skyscrapers and shopping malls and worked with companies navigating lease agreements and large-scale renovation projects. Greg came to JLL during the acquisition of The Staubach Company, where he was CEO, in 2008. In the decade since, he has held numerous senior leadership roles at JLL.

Greg started as CEO of the Americas in 2014. Based in Washington D.C., he works closely with JLL’s clients and teams in cities around world. Increasingly, his job involves helping to tailor technology solutions for clients looking to use big data, which is improving the efficiency of everything from elevator maintenance, to complex portfolios with thousands of assets.

Greg wasn’t always in real estate. He worked in technology for three years after earning an electrical engineering degree from Tufts University in 1984. He has carried those early skills and insights – such as quickly figuring out what works, and what doesn’t – through his career. He shifted into the real estate industry after graduating from Harvard Business School with an MBA.

A strong believer in the value of education, he has served on the board of directors of Teach for America since 2000.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, playing golf and the occasional scuba dive.

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