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.



Global Industry Analyst
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.



Chief Executive Officer,

Scott Torrey is the chief executive officer of PayScale, where he leads the revolution to demystify and democratize pay through the world’s leading compensation management software and analytics platform. Scott believes that people are the primary asset of nearly every organization and that compensation is critically important to get right in order to hire and retain the best people in our knowledge-based economy and dynamic labor markets around the world.

Over the last two decades, Scott Torrey has successfully served in executive roles across multiple functions, including operations, customer support and the public sector. Scott was part of the early management team that grew Concur to over 10,000 employees serving over 50,000 customers prior to its acquisition by SAP. Most recently, Scott was the chief revenue officer of Concur where he spurred revenue growth by more than 40%. He has also served as a senior consultant for both Ernst & Young (EY) and Accenture.

Scott earned a BA degree from Claremont McKenna College. He also serves as a board member of Claremont McKenna College Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He lives in Seattle with his wife and children.



Chief Product Officer,

Vishal Ghotge is the Chief Product Officer at PayScale, where he is responsible for product strategy, which includes building and operationalizing PayScale’s suite of compensation management products and solutions. Vishal has over 18 years of experience in product development for both B2B Software as a Service (SaaS) and e-commerce products. He is passionate about building products that solve problems for users through technology and delivering high value.

Prior to PayScale, Vishal was the vice president of product for Groupon where he led several initiatives to build and grow Groupon’s travel and local marketplaces. Prior to Groupon, Vishal held senior product manager positions for 12 years at Microsoft contributing to products such as Windows Phone and Windows Server.

Vishal has an M.S. in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.E in computer engineering at Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI) in Mumbai. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two little kids.