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Rebecca Ray

Executive VP, Human Capital

The Conference Board


Rebecca Ray is the Executive Vice President, Human Capital, at The Conference Board. She leads the US Human Capital Center and is responsible for member engagement and retention as well as the overall quality and continuing integration of all research and offerings across the human capital spectrum at The Conference Board, including human capital analytics, labor markets, talent acquisition, workforce readiness, strategic workforce planning, talent management, diversity and inclusion, strategic human resources, HR technology and operations, leadership development, executive coaching and mentoring, learning and development, succession management, total rewards, culture, and employee engagement and experience. In addition to published research, related products and services at The Conference Board include peer learning networks (Councils), conferences, webcasts, and experiential and executive events.

Rebecca created the Human Capital Watch™, a monthly webcast series that explores current issues, research, and practitioner successes in the field of human capital.  She leads both the Senior Fellows in Human Capital program and the cadre of Distinguished Principal Research Fellows, including many of the profession's most acclaimed former practitioners and researchers who now bring their expertise in service to the members of The Conference Board.

Rebecca is a frequent speaker at professional and company-sponsored conferences and business briefings around the world. She is a guest speaker in such business media as Bloomberg TV (Asia and Europe), Bloomberg Radio, National Public Radio, Wharton Business Radio, and CNBC-India.

Rebecca is a contributor to Forbes, and her research, commentary, blogs, initiatives, and the accomplishments of her various teams have been featured in the Financial Times, Fortune, Fast Company, Forbes, US News and World Report, The Business Times (Singapore), Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and South China Morning Post newspapers, as well as Harvard Business Review, The Economist, Chief Learning Officer, Leadership Excellence, Training, CIO, Talent Economy, Workforce Management, Human Resources (SHRM), Human Resource Executive, HR Magazine (Hong Kong), Chief Executive Officer, Workforce, HR Magazine (UK), EMBA Magazine (Taiwan), Bloomberg BNA, HR People + Strategy (HRPS) and Talent Management. Rebecca is the co-author of numerous publications focused on strategic HR, culture, analytics, leadership development and engagement, including an employee engagement chapter for the latest edition of the Talent Management Handbook (ATD, 2015). She has authored numerous reports, articles, and books, including her co-authored works: Measuring The Value of Soft Skills (forthcoming, ATD 2020); Measuring the Success of Employee Engagement (ATD, 2016); Measuring the Success of Leadership Development (ATD, 2014); and Measuring Leadership Development (McGraw-Hill, 2012).

Previously, Rebecca was a senior executive in several leading organizations, including three Fortune 50 companies, and responsible at various times for talent acquisition, organizational learning, training, management and leadership development, employee engagement, performance management, executive assessment, coaching, organizational development, and succession management. She taught at Oxford University and New York University and led a consulting practice for many years, offering leadership assessment and development services to Fortune 500 companies and top-tier professional services firms. She was named “Chief Learning Officer of the Year” by Chief Learning Officer magazine and one of the “Top 100 People in Leadership Development” by Warren Bennis’s Leadership Excellence magazine.

Recently tapped for the prestigious Marshall Goldsmith 100, Rebecca serves as an executive coach. She is a member of the Business Practices Council of the global accreditation association for business schools, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). She also serves on the advisory boards for New York University's program in higher education/business education at The Steinhardt School of Education and the University of Pennsylvania's executive program in work-based learning leadership. Rebecca received her doctorate from New York University where, in 2003, she was honored as the 27th Annual Peter L. Agnew Memorial Lecturer by the Program in Business Education, the first school of pedagogy to be established at an American University in 1890, at The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Born in Japan, she counts among her greatest blessings the good fortune to have lived abroad and traveled extensively as a child.


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