Breakthrough 2022 Customer Keynote
The past two years have transformed the way we think about work. Human resources leaders are tasked with life-and-death decisions on a regular basis, and it often feels like the only constant is change. While the stakes have never been higher, some leaders are turning this crisis into an opportunity to redefine workforce support and care. Join us to hear why some of the world’s leading global companies are making mental health care a pillar of their cultures in 2022 and beyond.
SVP, Human Resources,
Chief People Officer,
Senior Vice President of Partnerships,
Tracy Desmond is the head of global benefits, well-being and mobility at Airbnb, where she leads the strategy and design for all benefits and well-being plans and programs for over 6,000 employees in 20 countries. She also manages the global mobility team responsible for candidate and employee relocation and immigration. Prior to joining Airbnb, Tracy held leadership roles at ServiceNow, Tesla, and Box. An expert in scaling and growth practices, she has a wide range of experience in organizations ranging from 500-person start-ups to 40,000-employee organizations.
Emilie C. Schouten was named Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Coeur Mining in May 2018. She joined Coeur in 2013 as the Director of Talent Acquisition and Development. Emilie has been named by Crain’s Chicago Business’ “Most Notable HR Leaders” for two consecutive years and last year received S&P Global Platt’s “Rising Star Award.” Coeur’s culture has been strengthened by the developmental programs created by Emilie, and Coeur’s dedication to DEI has resulted in the increase of female and non-white employees year-over-year. Emilie started her HR career at General Electric, where she graduated from GE’s Human Resources Leadership Program. After being an HR Business Partner to local and global divisions within GE, the subsidiary was acquired by the world’s largest electrical distribution company, Rexel, and Emilie went on to become the Director of Training and Development. Emilie has her B.A. in Sociology from Michigan State University and her M.S. in Industrial Labor Relations from University of Wisconsin-Madison.
As chief people officer, Gary Cunningham leads Flywire’s global people team. He has over 20 years of human resources leadership experience in start-up, family-owned, and publicly traded companies in the tech, CPG, manufacturing, and professional services sectors. Most recently, Mr. Cunningham was at Waymo (an Alphabet subsidiary), where he led people and recruiting operations. Prior to Waymo, Gary spent over eight years at Oerlikon, a publicly traded, global engineering and tech manufacturing conglomerate. There, he was vice president and global head of human resources for one of Oerlikon’s largest and most profitable divisions, where he led business, people, and operations teams supporting 37 countries in 110 locations worldwide.
In addition to his professional roles, Mr. Cunningham has held board of directors and membership roles in organizations including Affinity Insurance, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Society of Human Resource Management, and the Human Rights Campaign. Mr. Cunningham holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and a master's degree from North Park University. He completed his executive education at Harvard Business School, where he is an active alum. Mr. Cunningham is also a trained executive coach and resides in Austin, TX with his fiance, Kurt, and their two siamese cats.
Sean leads Lyra's new partnership efforts with employers and other partners. Prior to Lyra, Sean worked at Castlight Health, The White House's National Economic Council, The Brookings Institution's Health Care Reform Center, and Khulisa Management Services. Sean earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a Master in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.