Our Advisory Council
J. Ofori Agboka
J. Ofori Agboka is the Vice President of People eXperience and Technology (PXT) for Global Operations at Amazon. He is responsible for the worldwide HR practices for Fulfillment, Transportation, Delivery, Customer Service, Employee Relations (ER), and Workplace Health & Safety; leading a team of 8000 + HR, HR Tech and ER professionals that supports the employment life cycle of over 700K Amazonians globally. He joined Amazon in April of 2020.
Prior to Amazon, Ofori gained nearly 24 years of Human Resources, Labor Relations, Corporate and Operations experience, in the USA, Asia and Europe at General Motors (GM). He began his career in GM in 1996 as an intern, progressing to multiple leadership and executive roles, supporting teams globally.
He has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Louisiana State University and completed the Transformational Leadership Program from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Ofori was recognized by the NCAA for his life “After the Game”, awarded “2016 Rising Star” by Automotive News, 2018 Michigan Chronicle – “Man of Excellence”; and “2018 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America” by SAVOY Magazine. Ofori serves on the Louisiana State University Alumni Board of Directors and the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters – Seattle, Washington.
Laszlo is the Founder and Chairman of Humu, an HR technology company that supports transformation, manager performance, and behavioral change. He is also the Co-Founder and Chairman of Gretel.ai, a synthetic data company that is the leader in generative AI and “provable privacy.” He is an active investor in, and advisor to, both start-ups and venture capital firms, as well a past coach to dozens of Fortune 500 CEOs, CIOs and CHROs.
From 2006 through 2016, Laszlo was the Senior Vice President of People Operations (CHRO) at Google/Alphabet, and a member of the company’s Executive Management Group, growing the company from 6,000 to 72,000 employees. During his tenure, Google was recognized over 150 times as an exceptional employer, including being named the #1 Best Company to Work for in the United States seven times. Laszlo co-invented the field of “People Analytics”, the application of academic-quality rigor and Google-paced innovation to people management. He also led the development of what is now the Google Jobs API and search product, the only technology developed outside the Google engineering function to be integrated into core Google Search. In 2010 he was named “Human Resources Executive of the Year” and in 2015 the “HR Professional of the Decade.”
Prior to Google, Laszlo was an HR executive at GE Capital and a consultant at McKinsey & Company. Prior to earning his MBA, he held a variety of roles, including having worked as a professional actor. He (briefly) was ranked #1 in the world in the video game Assassin’s Creed.
He has previously served on the Board of Heidrick & Struggles (HSII) and as a Trustee of Pomona College. His New York Times bestselling book, WORK RULES! Insights from Inside Google to Transform How You Live and Lead, has been published in more than 25 languages, garnered numerous “book of the year” honors, and sold over 500,000 copies. Laszlo has donated 100% of the proceeds to charities focusing on supporting immigrants, education, and veterans.
Laszlo earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Pomona College, graduating in three years, and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.
Laszlo is a refugee, emigrating from communist Romania in the 1970s.
Laura Fuentes was appointed as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer in 2020. She joined Hilton in 2013, and has led teams across Human Resources functions including Recruiting, Diversity & Inclusion, Learning & Leadership Development, Total Rewards, People Analytics & Strategy and HR Consulting. Most recently, she served as Chief Talent Officer.
Prior to joining Hilton, Laura spent 6 years at Capital One Financial in various corporate strategy and Human Resources roles: leading workforce analytics, recruitment, and compensation functions for the organization. Prior to Capital One, she worked at McKinsey & Company in their Madrid, New York, and Washington D.C offices, where she served clients across financial services and non-profit sectors.
Laura serves on the boards of directors of Make-a-Wish Mid-Atlantic and Arlington Free Clinic. Originally from Spain, she holds a B.S. from the University of Virginia, a M.S. in Structural Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.B.A. from Columbia University. She lives in Arlington, VA with her husband Will Meyer and two children, Alex and Nico.
Joe Gebbia is the co-founder of Airbnb and Samara, as well as chairman of Airbnb.org, his nonprofit brainchild providing housing to people in crisis. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, where he received dual degrees in Graphic Design and Industrial Design, Joe’s creative instincts have uniquely shaped his entrepreneurship and social impact portfolio.
He is dedicated to fighting homelessness, promoting women and youth in athletics and education, and supporting refugees through the Malala Fund and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, among other organizations. Airbnb.org is currently assisting over 100,000 refugees of Ukraine. His educational efforts include an endowment to the visual arts and athletics at his alma mater, Brookwood High School, gifts of Airbnb shares to graduating students at the Brookwood Class of 2022 commencement, and a similar endowment at RISD to aid scholarship recipients.
A lifelong basketball fan, Joe is a member of the San Antonio Spurs investor group. He has further been named in BusinessWeek’s Top 20 Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs, Inc. Magazine’s Thirty under Thirty, Fortune’s Forty-under-Forty, and was named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People.
Carlos Gutierrez is the co-founder and Executive Chairman of Empath, Inc..
Mr. Gutierrez served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce from 2005 to 2009 under President George W. Bush, where he worked with foreign government and business leaders to advance economic relationships, enhance trade, and promote U.S. exports. He also served as Chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group.
Mr. Gutierrez spent nearly thirty years with Kellogg Company. After assignments in Latin America, Canada, Asia, and the U.S., he became President and CEO of Kellogg in 1999 − the youngest CEO in the company’s hundred-year history. In April 2000, he was named Chairman of the Board of Kellogg Company.
Mr. Gutierrez was born in Havana, Cuba and arrived in the U.S. as a refugee. He is married to Edilia and has three grown children.
General Michael Hayden
Hayden is a retired four-star general who served as director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency. As head of the premier intelligence agencies in the United States, he was on the frontline of global change, the war on terrorism, and the growing cyber security challenge. General Hayden has also served in numerous other senior roles at the Pentagon, U.S. European Command, the National Security Council, and more. He serves on a variety of boards and consultancies and is the founder of the Michael V. Hayden Center for Intelligence, Policy and International Security and a distinguished visiting professor at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government.
Betty Liu is the former Executive Vice Chairman for NYSE Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE:ICE). In this role Liu oversaw the NYSE marketing strategy, including customer-centric messaging, brand, digital, and events consistent with Intercontinental Exchange’s growth strategy.
Prior to joining the NYSE in 2018, Liu was an award-winning business journalist. She most recently anchored the Bloomberg Television “Daybreak Asia” program. She also co-created and anchored “In the Loop” for eight years on Bloomberg. Prior to the NYSE acquisition, Liu served as founder and CEO of Radiate, a content platform that aims to empower leaders with expert advice. Before joining Bloomberg Television, Liu was an anchor for CNBC Asia, the Atlanta bureau chief for the Financial Times and the Taiwan bureau chief for Dow Jones Newswires.
Anne is a 30-year veteran of Xerox and led the company through a massive transformation – reinventing Xerox into an innovative technology and services enterprise during her time as Chairman and CEO (2001-2010). Ms. Mulcahy and her management team were responsible for an aggressive, multibillion-dollar turnaround plan that returned Xerox to profitability through relentless focus on helping businesses deploy smarter document management strategies that deliver better ways to work. Her Xerox career began as a field sales representative in 1976 and she assumed increasingly responsible sales and senior management positions. She became chief staff officer in 1997 and corporate senior vice president in 1998.
She currently serves as a lead director for Johnson & Johnson and is an active board member for Graham Holdings, LPL Financial, and on the Board of Trustees for Save the Children. In addition, she is currently an Executive in Residence at Harvard University.
Linh Peters most recently served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Walgreens where she was responsible for the vision, strategic direction and performance of Walgreens’ marketing across the U.S. Healthcare, Pharmacy and Retail businesses.
Prior to Walgreens, Linh was the Global Chief Marketing Officer at Calvin Klein where she led marketing, branding, and customer experience across retail, e-commerce, wholesale, and licensing for EMEA, Asia and the Americas. Prior to Calvin Klein, Linh held leadership roles at Starbucks, Ulta Beauty, and Target where she brought a consumer centric lens to leveraging data, insights, and technology to redefine marketing and the customer experience.
Linh holds her bachelor’s degree in public relations and advertising and her MBA from the University of Minnesota. She currently serves on the North America Board of Directors for MMA Global and the Board of Advisors for the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management. She has been named one of Business Insider’s “CMOs to Watch” and Brand Innovators’ “Top 100 Women in Marketing.”
As an immigrant and refugee that fled Vietnam in 1980, Linh credits the community of support her family received as integral to her career and success. In 2021, Linh had the opportunity to pay it forward by helping to resettle an Afghan refugee family of nine in Seattle, WA.
Payal Sahni is Executive Vice President, Chief People Experience Officer, responsible for Pfizer’s global talent strategy, diversity and inclusion, total rewards and colleague experience.
In her prior role, Payal was the Senior Vice President, Human Resources, for Pfizer Biopharmaceuticals Group, leading the HR strategy for seven business units, as well as for the Corporate Affairs, Legal, Compliance and Chief Business Office functions.
Payal joined Pfizer Human Resources in 1997. Since then, she has held a number of Regional and Global HR Business Partner roles supporting the business around the world and has led the Talent Organization for Pfizer Global Supply. In addition, Payal has spearheaded numerous transformations as Pfizer evolved its business structure and has been instrumental in managing HR strategy for several mergers and acquisitions.
Payal holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rider University and a Master of Arts in Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University.