SHRM 2013 Talent Management Conference

Keynote Speakers

  • John Jacobs


    John Jacobs is the Chief Creative Optimist of The Life is good Company. A $100 million privately held business based in Boston, MA, Life is good® spreads positive vibes with its colorful collection of apparel and accessories. Jake, Life is good’s iconic hero with the contagious smile, teaches men, women and children that optimism is fun, healthy, and empowering.

    John created his first poorly spelled and crudely drawn book at the age of five. He’s been writing and drawing ever since, graduating from the University of Massachusetts in 1990 with dual degrees in English and Art. He immediately began designing and selling tee shirts after college and worked as a substitute teacher to supplement his income during Life is good’s infancy.

    In 1994, with a combined sum of just $78 in the bank, John and his brother Bert officially launched Life is good. Today, Life is good products are sold by over 5,000 retailers nationwide, and in 32 countries worldwide. John, Bert, and The Life is good Company are living proof that “Optimism can take you anywhere.”

    Believing that consumers are already overwhelmed by too much “noise” in the marketplace, Life is good has never spent a penny to advertise its products. 100% of the company’s growth is attributable to consumer word-of-mouth.

    In 2006, at the Life is good Pumpkin Festival on Boston Common, Life is good broke the Guinness World Record for the most carved, lit pumpkins in one place at one time. Because Life is good considers children its ultimate source for inspiration, the company is totally committed to helping kids who face unfair challenges. 100% of all funds raised from Life is good Festivals as well as 100% of profits from a growing number of Life is good products benefit the Life is good Kids Foundation.

    Bert and John are the youngest of six siblings from Needham, MA. They credit their mother with teaching them to face the bumps in the road with a smile. The Jacobs brothers see simplicity, humility and a sense of humor as the three keys to Life is good’s continued success. When John is not evolving the brand for future seasons, he enjoys any game under the sun, film, music, and diving into the water to catch things. He lives in his favorite sports town, Boston, with his wife Jessica and their recently christened King of the Castle, Oskar.

    Monday, April 15, 2013 - 3:00pm to 4:15pm
  • Jane McGonigal


    Jane McGonigal is a visionary game designer and futurist, and she is harnessing the power of the Internet games in new ways to help solve some of the biggest challenges facing our world today and tomorrow.

  • Kevin Carroll


    Kevin Carroll is the founder of Kevin Carroll Katalyst/LLC and the author of three highly successful books, Rules of the Red Rubber Ball, What's Your Red Rubber Ball?! and The Red Rubber Ball at
    Work, published by ESPN, Disney Press and McGraw-Hill. As an author, speaker and agent for social change (a.k.a. the Katalyst), it is Carroll's "job" to inspire businesses, organizations and
    individuals—from CEOs and employees of Fortune 500 companies to schoolchildren—to embrace their spirit of play and creativity to maximize their human potential and sustain more meaningful
    business and personal growth.

    With his consulting endeavors, Carroll has helped turn creative ideas into reality for organizations such as the National Hockey League, ESPN, Nike, Starbucks (his words appeared on 17 million
    Grande cups), The National Basketball Association, Walt Disney Company, Mattel, Hasbro, Procter & Gamble, Discovery Channel, Capital One and many others.

    Raised by his grandparents in Philadelphia, Carroll spent endless hours at the neighborhood playground where he found his calling: a red rubber ball. His subsequent pursuit of play and his "red
    rubber ball" took him overseas with the Air Force, where he served as a language interpreter and translator, gaining fluency in Croatian, Czech, Serbian and German.

    After serving in the Air Force for ten years and earning his college degree, Carroll became an athletic trainer at the high school and collegiate levels in Philadelphia. His expertise in sport performance
    recognized by the 76ers organization and led to his job as the head athletic trainer for the Philadelphia 76ers in 1995. While at the 76ers, Nike tapped Carroll to bring his unique experiences
    to the sneaker giant in 1997. Although no job "officially" existed at the time, Carroll was directed to create a position at the company that would add value to the overall mission of the brand. Carroll
    accepted the challenge and stayed for seven years as "Katalyst" (the 'K' is for Kevin)—a creative change agent. At Nike he was instrumental in helping the company develop a deeper understanding
    of athletic product performance, team dynamics and interpersonal communication. Carroll left Nike in 2004 to create his own company, Kevin Carroll Katalyst/LLC, committed to elevating the power of
    sport and play around the world.

    Carroll has dedicated his life to advancing sports and play as a vehicle for social change. He partners with non-governmental organizations and businesses around the world that share his vision
    and goals. He was honored to address the United Nations as part of the UN Year of Sports for Development and Peace in 2005 and to serve as the host of the Beyond Sport Summit & Awards
    that featured Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 2009.

    Carroll holds a MS in Health Education from St. Joseph's University, a BA in Speech Communication with a minor in Physical Education from Angelo State University and an Associates Degree in
    Interpreting and Translating from the Community College of the Air Force. Carroll is a frequent visiting professor across the United States.

    Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
  • J. Robert Carr, J.D., SPHR

    J. Robert
    Carr, J.D., SPHR

    As Senior Vice President, Bob Carr leads SHRM’s Membership, Marketing, and External Affairs business unit. He is responsible for the development and execution of a global communications strategy that builds SHRM’s portfolio of highly successful brands. Carr served as Chief Professional & Business Development Officer where he oversaw the society’s professional development program. As a member of the SHRM’s Executive Team, he played a key role in the organization as its Chief Human Resource and Strategic Planning Officer. Carr returned to the organization from the National Bar Association, where he served as Executive Director.

    As Director of the Human Resources Group at AARP, he led all major organizational development activities, human resource and diversity management. Prior to joining AARP, he was Senior Director of Human Resources and Strategic Planning for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. He also led the HR function for Howard University and Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C.

    Carr served in government as Deputy Counsel to the Ethics Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives and as Deputy Counsel in the Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor

    Monday, April 15, 2013 - 9:15am to 10:30pm

Welcome to SHRM's 2013 Talent Management Conference.

  • Earn up to 20 recertification credits at your own pace.
  • Unlimited, 24/7 on demand, online access.
  • Recordings of concurrent sessions with audio and detailed, downloadable PowerPoint presentations.
  • Videos of keynote addresses for John Jacobs and Jane McGonigal.
  • Added bonus: talent management sessions from SHRM's Annual Conference.
  • Price: $495 (SHRM members) / $740 (nonmembers).
  • Add $100 to extend access from 3 months to 6 months.