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Featured 2023 Speakers

Delivering a World-Class Experience: A Strategic Imperative

Bob Benson Bio
Robert Benson
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Robert L. Benson

Chairman of RLBenson & Associates and Founder, Canaan Ridge

Bob has over 30 years of leadership experience in the executive search industry with numerous domestic and international PnL roles with Spencer Stuart, Chaired of one of the fastest growing domestic mid-tier search firms and has been a consultant to numerous executive search firms seeking fast-paced change. During his time in consulting Bob has worked with the leadership teams of numerous small- to mid-sized executive search firm assisting them in clarifying their strategies, brand and identities, professional practices ultimately leading to more rapid growth and greater profitability.  He was recognized by Business Week as one of ''The World’s 50 Most Influential Headhunters.”

Pete Crist

Maureen Burns

Partner, Bain and Company


Maureen Burns is a senior partner in Bain & Company's Boston office. She is a leader in Bain's Customer Strategy and Marketing Practice, and works with clients to build and implement value creation plans that leverage technology to enhance revenue and reduce cost while creating a better customer and employee experience. Maureen is one Bain’s deepest experts on the Net Promoter System and has led many of their most notable NPS-based transformations. She is the co-author of Winning on Purpose: The Unbeatable Strategy of Loving Customers.

Virginia Clarke

Virginia Clarke


CEO and Founder of Ginny Clark, LLC


Before founding her own consulting firm, Ginny was Director of Executive Recruiting at Google and a Partner at Spencer Stuart where she co-founded and led Spencer Stuart’s Global Diversity Practice. She currently provides insights to some of the world’s leading executive search firms and technology companies, and is an in-demand speaker, writer and podcaster. Ginny is a systems thinker who deconstructs processes and behaviors to assess organizational and individual capability, and develops integrated solutions to affect change.

Maureen Burns

Peter Crist


Chairman Crist | Kolder Associates


Peter Crist was already an iconic leader among Board- and C-suite Executive recruiters when he launched Crist Associates in 2003. He was soon joined by Tom Kolder, immediately distinguishing Crist|Kolder Associates as the only national boutique search firm that could credibly compete against the “Big 5” global executive search firms. Peter works at the senior-most level of the market, and is actively engaged in Board of Director searches and select C-Suite assignments.

Devan Salem

Dale E. Jones

CEO, Magna Vista Partners, LLC


Dale’s organization, Magna Vista Partners, is an advisory firm that is is focused on convening and influencing global leaders to make wise decisions about their personal and professional development. Dale is the Former Chief Executive Officer of The Diversified Search Group, where he managed the firm’s global CEO Advisory ‎Services. Before joining Diversified, Dale served as Vice Chairman and partner of the CEO and Board Practice at Heidrick & Struggles International where he consulted CEO and Corporate Boards on Human Capital Issues including recruiting, retention, succession planning, and corporate governance.

Jennifer Thomas

Dayton Ogden

Succession Advisory Services; former CEO and Chair of Spencer Stuart


Dayton was the first CEO in Spencer Stuart’s history to be re-elected to a third term. He also served as Co-Chair and Chairman of the Firm for an additional nine years.  Up until his recent retirement he was a member of the Firm’s Board Services and Industrial Practices committees. He is a frequent commentator on trends and issues affecting CEOs and boards, both in the U.S. and internationally.


Devan Salem

Senior Principle, Future of HR | HR Digital, Mercer


Devan is a strategic and creative leader with deep expertise in human resource operations driven by transformative digital solutions. He has managed enterprise-wide initiatives to create successful organizational processes and engagement that elevate the employee experience and optimize business performance. He brings outcome-driven expertise in defining the HR operating model, SaaS/Applications strategies, M&A Day One Stand, and more.

Dale Jones

Jennifer Thomas

Partner and Director, Executive Coaching and Advisory at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG)


Jennifer brings 20+ years of experience developing and coaching C-suite executives, senior leaders and consultants in the private, public and non-profit sectors. She founded and directs the Executive Coaching and Advisory offering at BCG, where she uses coaching to help her most senior clients to become better leaders, drive transformational change, and achieve their highest-priority business objectives. Her unique, integrated approach helps her clients drill down into the interplay between organizational imperatives, interpersonal dynamics and individual capabilities and motivators to achieve exceptional, sustainable outcomes.

Dayton Ogden Bio
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