2020–June- Using Data-Driven Solutions to Close the Gender Pay Gap, discussion led by Dr. Margret Vilborg Bjarnadottir

Triangle CHRO Association Friday, June 5th, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM (EDT) Microsoft Teams Meeting
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The gender pay gap (and other demographic pay gaps) are a topic of discussion in the boardroom, in the media and among policy makers, with multiple new legislation being passed in a number of states as well as across Europe: in Denmark, Great Britain, and France to name a few. Two years ago, Iceland passed a law requiring every organization with more than 25 employees to obtain an equal pay verification. In this talk we will discuss the motivation behind the legislation, talk about how companies have reacted, and how quantitative decision tools can help drive pay equity and support decision making.

About Our Speaker:

Margrét Vilborg Bjarnadóttir, Assistant Professor of Management Science and Statistics at Robert H. Smith School of Business at University of Maryland 

Margrét Vilborg Bjarnadóttir is an entrepreneur, a researcher and an educator. Dr. Bjarnadóttir is an Assistant Professor of Management Science and Statistics at Robert H. Smith School of Business at University of Maryland. Dr. Bjarnadóttir’s research focuses on data-driven decision-making, addressing challenging, complex problems of significant social impact. Over the past few years she has focused in part on people analytics and the pay gap in particular. In 2016 she co-founded PayAnalytics to apply data analytics to eliminate the gender pay gap, changing how organizations measure and more importantly close the gender pay gap, arming HR managers with quantitative decision making tools. Her work on pay equity has been covered by outlets such as HBR, Forbes, BBC, HR magazine and others. Most recently she was awarded the GWIIN - overall inventor innovator platinum award.

At the Smith School, Dr. Bjarnadottir teaches quantitative modeling and data analytics at the graduate level both in the traditional classroom format as well as online, and has received multiple awards, including the Krowe Teaching Award. Her academic work has been published in multiple journals, including Operations Research, Production and Operations Management and Organization Science. She serves on multiple editorial boards. Dr. Bjarnadottir holds a B.Sc. degree in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from the University of Iceland (2001) and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2008).

Triangle CHRO Association Board of Directors:

Christie Mabry, Biogen

Gary Garber, Avalara

Ranya Hahn, Participate

Christiaan Heijmen, Triangle CHRO Association

Jason Kranack, PacWest

Jenn Mann, SAS

Donna Rhode, Triangle CHRO Association

Michelle Byrd, Zaloni

2020-March- Generational Diversity in the Workforce: Implications for Talent and HR Processes

Triangle CHRO Association Friday, March 6th, 2020 from 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM (EST) Research Triangle Park, NC


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Please join us for what we hope will be a lively and thoughtful mid-winter dialogue about how talent and HR processes will necessarily need to evolve as Gens X, Y, and Z assume center stage in the US workforce.

Christie KnittelDr. Christie Knittel Mabry has been doing research as well as speaking and teaching on the topic of Generations in the Workforce for over 15 years. During this session, she will share the key findings from Dr. Jennifer Deal’s research on Gen Y / Millennials in the workforce, as well as some early insights about the newest (and quite intriguing) entrant to the workforce  – Gen Z (which just entered the workforce, en masse, in May of 2019). Christie will lead us in an interactive dialogue to help us, collectively, tease out the implications for how our talent and HR practices may need to shift in light of confluence of the generational nuances and the VUCA world in which we find ourselves.

As a member of the largely ignored Gen X, whose members (ages 40 – 54) are now hitting their leadership stride, Christie will attempt to bring this generation, as well as Baby Boomers, many of whom are still going strong in the workplace, back into focus.

About Our Speaker:

Dr. Christie Knittel Mabry, Ed.D, BCC, HR Leader, Global Quality and Regulatory CMC, Biogen

Dr. Christie Knittel Mabry has 20+ years of experience in the various facets of Human Resources and Leadership Development. She has worked inside six different industries in a variety of leadership roles including financial services (GE Capital), software (SciQuest), higher education (former Assistant Professor of HR and Director of Admissions at Peace College), supply chain management for the automotive aftermarket (GPI / CARQUEST), health care (Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC), and biotechnology (BiChristie spent the first 11 years of her career with GE in a variety of roles. She is a master-trainer and facilitator of GE’s Work-Out and Change Acceleration process (CAP) models. She was a pilot member of GE Capital’s Advanced Leadership and Facilitation Network (ALFN) where she co-led a Work-Out for GE’s widely copied Session C Talent Review process. She played a central role in the roll-out of Six Sigma in her GE business, and is a fully trained Master Black Belt.

Christie is currently the HR Leader for Biogen’s Global Quality and Global Regulatory CMC organizations with offices in RTP, Cambridge, Maidenhead, Zug and Solothurn Switzerland, and Tokyo. Prior to this, she led the Leadership Development efforts for Biogen where she and her team ran the corporate talent review process as well as developed and ran all the programs for high potential talent. Christie developed the concept for Communities of Practice at Biogen, and this has now syndicated across the world with thousands of Biogen employees teaching and learning from one another.

A published author in the field of Human Resource Development, Christie has presented her research at national and international research conferences. Christie is past president of the RTP Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD / ATD), the Triangle Organizational Development Network (TODN), and the Board of Trustees at the Unity Church of the Triangle. She leads / sits on four committees at her alma mater, NC State. She chairs the Employer Advisory Council for the NC State Alumni Association, is a member of the HR Advisory Board for the HR Program in the Poole College of Management, is a board member for the Executive Education Program, and is a board member for the Women in Technology Leadership Program.

She is a graduate of “Art and Practice of Leadership of Leadership Development” at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where she studied with Ron Heifetz and Marty Linsky on the topic of Adaptive Leadership. Christie received her Executive and Business Coaching Certification from Duke University’s Executive Coaching Program, and she is a Board Certified Coach (BCC). She is the 2011 winner of “Outstanding Alumnus” in her doctoral program at NC State. Christie is a 2015 graduate of One Spirit Interfaith Seminary, and she is an ordained Interfaith / Interspiritual Minister. She holds three degrees from North Carolina State University including a BA in Communication, and MA in Organizational Development, and a Doctorate in Adult Education / Human Resource Development. Her doctoral research focused on how Human Resource Development professionals negotiate power and conflicting interests in a complex, multi-national organization. She lives in Raleigh with her husband, Charles, and their four cats – Karma, Henry, Rose, and Roxie.