Chief Human Resources Officer at Cohesity & Former Senior Vice President at Symantec Corporation
As Former SVP & CHRO at Symantec Corporation, Amy led the Global HR, Workforce Planning and Real Estate organizations. As a speaker and coach for C-Level executives, Amy focuses on talent as the key driver of business growth. Amy brings data, research and proven best practices to all of her presentations.
During her career, Amy has led human resources teams in the high tech, entertainment and consumer products industries. She has extensive experience in organizational effectiveness, leadership and talent development, and business transformations including complex mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. Amy previously held key human resources leadership roles at Silver Spring Networks, Cisco Systems, Sun Microsystems, The Walt Disney Company, and Frito-Lay.
As CHRO at Symantec, Amy successfully led the global organizational operating model, structure, change management and integration strategies for large scale acquisitions and divestitures. She led effectiveness strategies related to organization and people optimization and delivered systemic program and metrics related to structure, workforce planning, talent and real estate consolidation. Amy has deep experience in architecting HR Operating Models in support of the business with her most recent emphasis on building Talent Development and HR Solutions capability. She has delivered high-impact automation and predictive data analytics and reporting, reducing operating expense, while improving operational effectiveness.
In the real estate space, she integrated workforce planning with real estate optimization, significantly reducing operating costs while also delivering award-winning workspaces for better collaboration and productivity, among other successes.
Amy holds an M.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations and a B.S. in Journalism and Public Relations, both from West Virginia University. She provides ongoing support of children and foster children as a Board member of the non-profit Silicon Valley Children’s Fund and also serves an advisor to several private companies. Amy was recently named one of the top 50 most influential women tech leaders by the National Diversity Council. She is also an Official Member, Forbes Human Resources Council since September 2018. Amy sits on the Betterworks Board of Directors in addition to serving on Betterworks HR Advisory Council. In October 2019, she was named to the John Chambers College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University Roll of Distinguished Alumni. She is a frequent speaker and lecturer at industry-related conferences.
Amy’s article on positive intelligence and empathy as an essential tool for today’s enterprise was published in Human Resource Executive Magazine
You may want to go deeper into a topic for your audience. The keynote topics can be tailored and developed to suit your audience needs, be it a 90-minute Masterclass, a half-day or full-day workshop or a full online or face-to-face programme. Please contact one of our expert team to discuss.
- Navigating Change Management in M&A and Divestitures Through People
- Technology And its Impact on HR’s Effectiveness
- Surviving and Thriving Throughout Enterprise Transformation
- Developing a High Performance Culture that Enables your Company to Grow and Thrive
- Keys to Creating a Diverse & Inclusive Workforce
- Take the Bias Out of the System
- ESG: Environmental Social Governance
- Culture – Ethics and Integrity
“We were thrilled to have Amy speak at our Workhuman Live event. She was authentic in sharing the Symantec story and her experience challenging mindsets throughout her career. Amy also provided great insight around building a more human workplace, including what sets companies apart when it comes to attracting and retaining talent and fostering inclusion in a global, high-tech organization. We strongly recommend Amy for events seeking a CHRO/executive who is passionate about creating a strategy and culture that enables both employees and the business to thrive.” Kevin Mullins, VP of Global Communications, Workhuman
“Amy is a powerhouse speaker who delivers impactful stories with energy, expertise and passion. Amy is uniquely positioned to share radical insights on the latest disruptive innovation in HR and is an absolute pleasure to work with.” Suruthi Balarand Director & Head of Content – LEAP Hanson Wade
“Amy passionately shared her insights on “What They Don’t Tell You About Being a CHRO” at the CHRO Exchange in Orlando. She intertwined the role of human resources with the mission of her organization along with the impacts of acquisitions and changes in the business landscape. She energetically encouraged her peers to take calculated risks along with having a keen understanding of the wants and needs of stakeholders in order to inspire and influence.” Melissa Lattman, Conference Director, IQPC Exchange
“Amy was a great speaker to work with for our event – she was reliable and presented an interesting project highly relevant and valuable to the UNLEASH audience. She contributed a new perspective that our attendees will be able to bring away and approach their own work with new vigor and understanding of how to survive and thrive through major transformation – a key problem everyone is or should be facing today! We would be delighted to have her back at UNLEASH.” Paige Richmond, Conference Producer, Unleash
“Amy was a great speaker at our event and brought a lot of value to the global CHRO audience. She was authentic and transparent in sharing Symantec’s story and provided a unique perspective to enabling corporate growth.” Bianca Pahl, Content Manager, Evanta, a Gartner Company
“One of the highlights of the CHRO Exchange this year was Amy’s contribution to the closing panel of the conference, The Impact of Employee Engagement on Your Employer Brand. Her unique perspective coupled with her candor and breadth of knowledge on the topic made for a truly impactful closing segment to our Exchange. She is such a wonderful contributor to our events, and we can always count on her to get the dialogue rolling!” Jena Stout, Senior Director, HR Portfolio IQPC