Diane Adams

Diane Adams, MS, LCSW, is the Chief Learning Officer for the Mount Sinai Health System, which consists of 38,000 employees, 7 hospitals, a school of medicine and an extensive ambulatory care network.

DianeAdams 14In this role, she provides leadership around the enterprise-wide talent strategy and the design and execution of educational solutions for the workforce. Since joining Mount Sinai, Diane has held a variety of clinical and leadership roles, including a faculty appointment at the Icahn School of Medicine.


Andrea Wong

User Experience, Google.

Andrea is a cross-cultural qualitative user experience (UX) researcher focused on making Google's productivity apps more accessible for all users.

Previously, she worked in localization on various Google products with a focus on delivering a native experience for the next billion users.

Andrea Wong 0012Andrea is a UX mentor for startups at IndieBio, the world's largest seed biotech accelerator, and Bay Area non-profits via Google.org's Community Space.

Before officially joining the world of UX, she worked for more than 6 years in lifestyle journalism, non-profit strategy and global corporate communications in China and the US. And, over a decade ago, Andrea was an intern working with The MASIE Center while attending Skidmore College.


Chris Pickett

Chris Pickett is the Senior Director of Training for Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E).

PG&E is one of the largest combination natural gas and electric utilities in the United States; they have over 23,000 employees and serve 1 out of every 20 Americans.

His responsibilities include oversight and management of all technical field training, safety and compliance training, Leadership and Professional Development programs and IT systems training for the company. In addition he is responsible for the governance of all training for PG&E Utility.

Chris 3Chris is an education business executive with 25 plus years of international and domestic strategic planning and business development experience. Prior to joining PG&E in 2007, held several positions including Chief Strategy Officer for Global Knowledge - OnDemand Software and was the Director of Technical Training for PeopleSoft.


Timo Gorner
Fox Entertainment Group

We are honored to have Timo Gorner, Director of Organizational Development and Training at Fox Group as one of our General Session speakers and learning leaders.   
Timo Gorner describes himself as a self-taught teacher. With a German accent.

TimoGornerFoxA 17-year veteran with Fox Entertainment Group, his career had quite a few plot twists that ultimately led him into the field of corporate learning and development. Born and raised in Frankfurt, he lived in London, worked all over Europe and Latin America, and is now a Los Angeles resident (who is still amazed by year-round summer temperatures).
Having experienced cultural differences first-hand, and the effects they have on how people learn and grow, Timo has found one common thread all over the world: a yearning for being real. And as simple as that insight may seem, it has a profound impact on the way he sees his role as an internal consultant, facilitator and coach – defining one overarching goal: to enable honest conversations.
A late entry to the learning profession, Timo brings both a business and an international lens through which he looks at this field.


John Lithgow

We are proud to present John Lithgow in his one-man theatrical memoir, Stories By Heart

Earlier in the day, Elliott Masie will interview John Lithgow on the ‘Power of Storytelling’ - a key competency in the ever evolving field of Learning.

The Tony®, Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award winning actor offers a touching and humorous reflection on storytelling as the tie that binds humanity.

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John Arthur Lithgow is an American actor, musician, singer, comedian, voice actor, and author. He has received two Tony Awards, five Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, an American Comedy Award, four Drama Desk Awards and has also been nominated for two Academy Awards and four Grammy Awards.  Lithgow has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has been inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

Lithgow is well known for his television roles as Dick Solomon in 3rd Rock from the Sun, Arthur Mitchell in Dexter and Sir Winston Churchill in The Crown as well as for his roles in films Blow Out, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Footloose, Harry and the Hendersons, Raising Cain, Shrek, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Interstellar. His performances in The World According to Garp and Terms of Endearment each earned him Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor.

On the stage, he has appeared in many Broadway productions including the musical adaptation of Sweet Smell of Success and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. In 2007, he made his Royal Shakespeare Company debut as Malvolio in Neil Bartlett's production of Twelfth Night. He has also recorded music, such as the 1999 album of children's music, Singin' in the Bathtub, and has written poetry and short stories, such as Marsupial Sue, for children. His work for children has earned him Grammy Award nominations and two Parents' Choice Silver Honor Awards.

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