The keynote speakers at Compference are highly regarded figures chosen to inspire, energize and unify our audience on the importance of compensation through the power of story, experience, and vision for the future.

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Professor of Business and Education, Clifford and Betty Allen Chair in Urban Leadership, USC Race & Equity Center Executive Director, American Educational Research Association President

Shaun R. Harper is one of the nation’s most highly respected racial equity experts. He is the Clifford and Betty Allen Professor at the University of Southern California, founder and executive director of the USC Race and Equity Center, and editor-at-large of TIME magazine. Dr. Harper has consulted with more than 250 businesses and institutions on strategies related to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Shaun has published 13 books and over 100 academic publications. The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times,Sports Illustrated, and several thousand other news outlets have quoted Dr. Harper and featured his work.

A prolific speaker, Professor Harper has delivered hundreds of dynamic keynote addresses around the world, many to audiences comprised of thousands. More than 20,000 professionals across a multitude of industries have been in his living room for live virtual speeches and presentations throughout the pandemic. Professor Harper has interviewed on CNN, ESPN, and NPR. He also has testified twice to the United States House of Representatives and spoken at numerous White House convenings. He served on President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Advisory Council. California Governor Gavin Newsome recently appointed him to a task force on racial equity and COVID-19 recovery.

Shaun is recipient of dozens of top honors in his field and one honorary doctorate. In 2016, The Root named him the 36th most influential African American person. Dr. Harper spent a decade at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a tenured professor. His Ph.D. is from Indiana University.



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Dean, Josh Bersin Academy

Josh Bersin founded Bersin & Associates in 2001 to provide research and advisory services focused oncorporate learning. He expanded the company’s coverage to encompass HR, talent management, talent acquisition, and leadership and became a recognized expert in the talent market. Bersin sold the company to Deloitte in 2012.

In 2019, Bersin founded the Josh Bersin Academy, a professional development academy which has become the “home for HR” in past months. He is frequently featured in publications such as Forbes, Harvard Business Review, HR Executive, The Wall Street Journal, and CLO Magazine. He is a popular blogger and has more than 800,000 followers on LinkedIn.