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David Mallon, Head of Research
David Mallon leads the Research team – setting strategy, ensuring high-quality operations, and driving continuous innovation. He is also the steward for our Learning and Development research practice and is the primary force behind our work in learning cultures, high-impact learning organization maturity, and learning management systems. He is a recognized thought leader in the learning industry and a frequent speaker at key industry events. Before joining Bersin, David led the consulting practice for a major LMS provider. Prior to that, he held learning and organization development-related positions with EarthLink, where he was responsible for overall learning strategy for its global call center organization. He holds a B.A. in English Literature from Emory University and an M.S. in Digital Media from the Georgia Institute of Technology with focuses on computer-aided distance learning and on storytelling in digital environments.
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Robin Erickson, Ph.D., Vice President, Talent Acquisition Research
Robin Erickson, Ph.D., directs Bersin by Deloitte’s Talent Acquisition research practice, where she draws on her most recent experiences focused on Talent Strategies consulting and research for Deloitte’s Human Capital practice. She led Deloitte’s global Talent 2020 longitudinal survey series and has authored several Deloitte publications, including The Talent Paradox and Where Did Our Employees Go? With over 19 years in consulting, Robin has broad experience in talent strategy, retention improvement, workforce planning, organization design, mass career customization, diversity and inclusion, leadership alignment, change management, culture assessment, workforce transition, project management, and facilitation. She has been published in the Deloitte Review, Business Finance, Workspan, and the International Journal of Organizational Analysis. Robin holds a doctorate from Northwestern University in Organizational Communication and Change, a master's degree in Communication from Northwestern University, a master's degree in Theology from Northern Seminary, and a B.A. from the University of Chicago.
Stacia Sherman Garr, Vice President, Talent & HR Research
Stacia Sherman Garr leads Bersin by Deloitte’s Talent & HR research practices. She is responsible for Bersin by Deloitte’s research on human resources, talent strategy, integrated talent management, performance management, career management, diversity and inclusion, employee recognition, competencies, and workforce planning. Stacia’s work has been covered by the Wall Street Journal FINS website, as well as industry publications such as HR Executive, Chief Learning Officer, Talent Management and Training Zone. Prior to joining Bersin, she worked as a senior analyst for the Corporate Executive Board, serving as both a research analyst and an instructional designer. She also served as an adjunct history professor at Northern Virginia Community College. Stacia holds a Master of Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. She also has a master's degree from the London School of Economics and bachelors' degrees in History and Political Science from Randolph-Macon Woman's College.
Dani Johnson, Vice President, Learning & Development Research
Dani Johnson is the Vice President of Learning & Development Research at Bersin by Deloitte. Dani has spent the majority of her career writing about, conducting research in, designing, and consulting on human capital practices. Dani led the Human Resource Competency Study with the University of Michigan and six other professional organizations around the world, which resulted in her coauthoring the book, HR Competencies: Mastery at the Intersection of People and Business. Some of her other ideas can be found in publications such as HR Magazine, Employment Relations Today, and The Human Factor. Dani holds a master of business administration and a master of science in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University.
Katherine Jones, Ph.D., Vice President, HCM Technology Research
Katherine Jones, Ph.D., covers the underlying HCM technologies and services that support the management of a global workforce. Prior to joining Bersin by Deloitte, she was director of marketing for NetSuite, Inc. Previously, she was a research director at the Aberdeen Group where she established Aberdeen’s Human Capital Management practice, focusing on research and consulting services in HR, talent acquisition, workforce management, ERP, and mid-market companies. She has written widely on many areas of talent management, technology and business practices, with more than 300 works published to date. Prior to a high technology career, Jones was a university dean, involved in academic administration, research, and teaching. Jones is a frequent speaker and is widely published in the U.S. and abroad. She has a master of arts and a doctorate degree from Cornell University.
Karen O'Leonard, Vice President, Benchmarking & Analytics Research
Karen O'Leonard leads the talent analytics and benchmarking practice at Bersin by Deloitte. She is the author of the Factbook series, Bersin by Deloitte's popular benchmarking studies in human resources, leadership development, learning & development and talent acquisition. Her more recent work involves identifying the key drivers of successful talent analytics teams, which has served as the basis for a set of research and tools that enable organizations to assess and improve their analytics capabilities. In addition, Karen has led several studies over the past year on leadership development practices in China. Prior to joining Bersin, Karen spent 15 years in research, product management, and corporate strategy for Silicon Valley companies Apple, Sun Microsystems, and eBay. With an M.B.A. degree and concentration in Quantitative Methods from Drexel University, Karen brings a solid background in research design and data analysis, together with a keen understanding of business issues, to her work at Bersin.