Board of Advisers

Craig Desens

Craig has held leadership positions at numerous marketing and analytics companies, including the CIO and COO roles at IPG's NSA Media subsidiary and the SVP, Customer Support at Networked Insights. He has assembled and managed large teams of diverse workers and offers a detailed understanding of the skills and development needs of an array of job functions. He earned his undergraduate degree at Valparaiso, and a Master's degree at NIU, studying the impact of location on economic behavior.

Carlton Gates

Carlton works in Google's talent acquisition group and is tasked with talent strategy for roles in machine learning, natural language processing, and AI. He has held similar roles at Accenture and Oracle and specializes in understanding the market for cutting-edge technology skills. He holds a bachelor's degree in Marketing and Economics from Marquette University.


Shannon Gaydos

Shannon is a talent strategy leader for Boeing and a frequent speaker and thought leader who covers topics on workforce planning in the face of demographic change. She held previous HR technology and talent strategy roles at General Motors and Ally Financial, Inc. She holds a Master's degree in Labor Relations and Human Resources (MLRHR) from Michigan State University and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology also from Michigan State.

Rich Henry

Rich is the president of Millennium Consulting Group, a firm that provides strategic plans and tactical training to the full spectrum of financial service professionals – from retail bank associates to private equity advisors. He has advised many of the U.S. top-25 banking institutions and specializes in emotional intelligence (EQ) and soft skills training. His articles have appeared repeatedly in American Banker. He holds a Bachelor's degree in political science from Merrimack College.

Jason Heroux

Jason has more than 20 years of leadership experience in marketing and operations in the construction and high technology industries, including Simpson Gumpertz & Heger and Storage Networks (now EMC), respectively. Most recently he co-founded Depot Global, a SAAS company developing solutions for self-driving cars. Jason holds a master's degree in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from Babson college.

Rick Miller

Rick is a professional analyst with stints at Information Resources, Razorfish, Gartner Group, and IDC (among others) during his 25-year career. He focuses on predictive analytics, modeling and data collection. He holds an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Northeastern University and is completing a Master's degree in Predictive Analytics and Data Science at Northwestern University.

Steven Tirone

Steven is a business analyst with nearly 30 years' experience in complex business processes and large-scale project management. He has held technology planning and analytical roles at firms including Standard & Poors, Merrill Lynch, and IDC. He holds a Master's degree and Bachelor's degree in History from the University at Albany.