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Ross is an expert and thought leader in the fields of Human Capital Strategy & Talent Analytics. With over 15 years experience in Talent Analytics and Strategic Workforce Planning, he uses his background in statistics, business strategy, HR and HR technology to consult with C-Suite officers and senior leaders on strategic methodologies and frameworks for HR and corporate strategy alignment. The end goal is to provide these senior leaders with improved data and insights to make better 'people' related decisions that ultimately improve organizational performance.
He is currently the Head of Strategic Workforce Planning at Facebook where his key mandate is to create workforce forecasts and to develop optimized talent strategies for Facebook's future growth. Prior to Facebook, Ross functioned as the Head of Strategic Workforce Planning & Analytics at GE Aviation, the Strategic Workforce Planning Leader at Devon Energy and as a Senior Consultant at Deloitte Consulting where he specialized in Human Capital Strategy and Workforce Planning & Analytics.
Ross is a global in-demand speaker who regularly presents on the topics of Human Capital strategy and Workforce Optimization. He was recently awarded Best Practice winner by the Best Practices Institute (BPI) and has received numerous accolades for or his innovative and results driven approach to Strategic Workforce Planning.
Ross Holds an MBA from Temple University’s Fox School of Business, an MA in HR from The University of Oklahoma and a MSc in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, photography and learning new things.
Andrew leads the Engineering Workforce Data Insights organization with the charter of enabling data driven HR decisions to be made in the Engineering groups across Microsoft. His team partners directly with senior business and HR leaders to understand and advise on all aspects of the employee life cycle within Microsoft and across the industry. Throughout his 16+ year career, Andrew has led multiple talented teams within HR Analytic areas including: data analysis and insights, reporting, process improvement, technology implementations/integration, data/KPI governance, survey design, and program management. Throughout his career, Andrew has continued to have a passion for people analytics while at Microsoft and during his prior roles at Disney, Nike, Comcast/NBCUniversal, and DirecTV/AT&T.
Alissa Barton is currently Director, Human Capital Planning at provincial government agency, Infrastructure Ontario. Everyday Alissa gets to engage her passion to change the workplace for the better. Her role includes managing a team responsible for analytics, HR tools and systems, health and safety and other innovative change practices and programs. Over the last 15 years in the public service, Alissa has worked in many capacities including finance, communications, program management and policy all in the infrastructure field. Alissa has a degree in Economics from Queen’s University, as well as a certificate in Human Resources Management from Ryerson University. She is an alumni of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference and CivicAction’s Diversity Fellows Program.