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Zach Clayton

Zach Clayton

Founder and CEO of Three Ships and Co-Author, Emerging Leaders Edition of True North

Zach Clayton is CEO of Three Ships, which he founded in 2009. Three Ships owns more than a dozen marketplace websites such as Sleepopolis and HouseMethod that help consumers buy with confidence.

Zach is a “digital lifer.” He has worked with leading private equity firms and more than 50 private equity-backed clients, advising investors, CEOs, and CMOs on digital strategy.

Zach holds an MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar, and a BA from UNC Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar and elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Zach currently serves on the board of the Dix Park Conservancy, the board of With Honor, and the board of the UNC General Alumni Association.

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Samantha Hammock

EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer, Verizon

Samantha is responsible for unlocking the full potential of Verizon’s workforce, because it takes more than the best technology to move the world forward, it also takes the best people.

Sam is preparing Verizon’s workforce to deliver on the promise of 5G. By supporting a culture of continuous development and learning, all teams, no matter where they sit in the organization, are ready to accelerate Verizon’s business strategies and build the future.

Core to her strategy is to foster an inclusive workplace and champion diverse talent at all levels and across the business. With recognition from leading industry authorities, Verizon has received top honors from Forbes, Newsweek, Seramount, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR), Black Enterprise, Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Disability: IN and Military Friendly®.

Sam joined Verizon in December 2020 as senior vice president of global talent, leading the HR Talent Center of Excellence. Given the transformative time for the industry, she strengthened learning and development practices and introduced new programs to recruit and retain the right skills and talent to deliver on the company’s priorities.

Prior to Verizon, she spent over 14 years at American Express in various executive roles, from finance and banking to leadership positions across HR. Most recently, she was head of talent and learning, where she transformed how the company attracted and engaged its workforce by building a dynamic talent ecosystem. Sam also implemented a culture of continuous learning to reinforce talent readiness across American Express. Before joining American Express, she worked for JPMorgan Chase for six years, based out of Chicago.

Sam received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Michigan State University and holds an MBA in Finance from Wayne State University. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, three children and three dogs.

Bill George

Bill George

Harvard Business School professor, former Medtronic CEO, and Author, Discover Your True North and Emerging Leaders Edition of True North

Bill George is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Medtronic. He joined Medtronic in 1989 as president and chief operating officer, was chief executive officer from 1991-2001, and board chair from 1996-2002. He is currently a senior fellow at Harvard Business School, where he has taught leadership since 2004.

Bill is the author of: Discover Your True North and The Discover Your True North Field book, Authentic Leadership, 7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis True North, Finding Your True North, and True North Groups. He served on the boards of Goldman Sachs, ExxonMobil, Novartis, Target, and Mayo Clinic.

He received his BSIE with high honors from Georgia Tech, his MBA with high distinction from Harvard University, where he was a Baker Scholar, and honorary PhDs from Georgia Tech, Mayo Medical School, University of St. Thomas, Augsburg College and Bryant University.

Denise Graziano

Denise Graziano

Author, Talent is a Team Sport

A change agent and trusted advisor to the C-suite for decades, Denise Graziano helps companies differentiate and gain competitive advantage in their market, by leveraging the power of positive employee and customer experiences.

Companies and high-level leaders often don’t realize the challenges and impressions they’re presenting to their team members and customers. Miscommunication, lack of clarity, and feedback not being heard, valued, or understood can start to erode productivity and trust. Denise helps companies see how their interactions internally with employees and externally with customers could be sabotaging their growth and how to correct it.

Denise Graziano is a leading authority in helping companies to create change, improve trust, relationships and communication inside their organization with employees and externally with clients to increase revenue, retention and loyalty. A strategic thinker and leader with over 30 years of business experience, Denise is a speaker and bestselling author of Talent is a Team Sport.

Denise is CEO of Graziano Associates, a boutique marketing communications firm with a unique internal and external approach that helps companies to vitalize their workforce, and build brand ambassadorship from within.

Andrew McAfee

Andrew McAfee

Co-Founder and Co-Director of Initiative on the Digital Economy, Principal Research Scientist at MIT Sloan School of Management

Andrew McAfee is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Initiative on the Digital Economy and a Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He studies how digital technologies are changing business, the economy, and society. His 2014 book on these topics, The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies, coauthored with Erik Brynjolfsson, has won several prestigious awards and has been both a New York Times and Wall Street Journal top ten bestseller. 

His book with Brynjolfsson, Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing our Digital Future, published June 2017, offers an executive’s guide to succeeding during this turbulent era. In October 2019, Andrew’s shattering new book, More from Less: The Surprising Story of How We Learned to Prosper Using Fewer Resources — and What Happens Next, will be released. In it, McAfee makes the compelling case that in America and other rich countries, growth now happens while using fewer total natural resources and also while polluting less. This remarkable turnaround has occurred because we’ve finally become so efficient and productive that we can satisfy our wants and needs while treading ever-more lightly on our planet.

Optimistic, yet cautionary, More from Less offers hope that we will be able to simultaneously improve the human condition and the state of the world. Because we already are. Andrew has written for innumerable publications including Foreign Affairs, Harvard Business Review, The Economist, The Wall St. Journal, and The New York Times. He has talked about his work on CNN and 60 Minutes, at the World Economic Forum, TED and the Aspen Ideas Festival, with Tom Friedman and Fareed Zakaria, and in front of innumerable global and domestic audiences. He is also the host of the popular podcast, Minds and Machines with Andrew McAfee. Andrew was educated at Harvard and MIT. He lives in Cambridge, watches too much Red Sox baseball, doesn’t ride his motorcycle enough, and starts his weekends with the NYT Saturday crossword.