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Better Together, Payscale Vision Keynote

Featuring Payscale’s Chief Executive Officer, Scott Torrey & Chief Strategy Officer, Jeff Laliberte, hosted by Chief Marketing Officer, Adrianna Burrows

Earlier this year Payscale and Payfactors combined forces, as the new compensation technology and data powerhouse alliance. Bound by a shared mission to empower organizations to make #compensation a strategic imperative and fuel every pay decision with data-driven confidence, best in class service, innovative products and insightful recommendations to #GetPayRight, we are truly, better together. As industry leaders, Payscale and Payfactors forged paths of their own. This year’s Compference represents a marked passage as we celebrate our paths merging and our new shared journey. But how did this come to be? And what does it mean for the future of Payscale, our customers and the compensation industry at large? Join Payscale CMO and host Adrianna Burrows, alongside Chief Executive Officer, Scott Torrey & Chief Strategy Officer, Jeff Laliberte for a fireside chat, discussing just that! You won’t want to miss this!

Scott Torrey, CEO of Payscale

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.

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Jeff Laliberte, Chief Strategy Officer at Payscale

Jeff Laliberte is the chief strategy officer of Payscale, where he is responsible for the strategic vision of Payscale’s suite of compensation management software and improving business operations. With over two decades of industry experience, Jeff has dedicated his entire career to compensation and has played an instrumental role in leading the revolution that the industry has been undergoing. Before its merger with Payscale, Jeff was the co-founder and CEO of Payfactors, where he oversaw seven straight years of record growth. He began his career as a senior compensation consultant and data analysis at consulting firm William M. Mercer. In 2000, he joined, where he helped create the technology behind the company’s flagship product. His ingenuity helped lead the company’s IPO in 2007, and subsequent acquisitions by Kenexa and IBM. Jeff has a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and psychology from Lake Forest College. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Adrianna Burrows, Chief Marketing Officer at Payscale

Adrianna Burrows is CMO of Payscale, where she is accountable for all marketing plans and programs including branding, product, positioning, corporate communications, demand generation, and go-to-market strategy. She is currently a member of the board of directors of Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers and Panopto, the leading video management system provider for enterprise and higher education. With over 20 years of cross-functional marketing and communications experience, Burrows also served as CMO of Cornerstone OnDemand and CMO of Stack Overflow. Previously, Burrows worked at Microsoft, serving as general manager of Windows Global Marketing, where she led the global launch of Windows 10. Earlier in her career, she spent over 12 years at communications agency Waggener Edstrom, where she served as senior vice president.

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People, Pay and Possibility: The Peaks & Valleys of Modern Compensation Management, A CPO Panel

Hosted by Shelly Holt, Payscale Chief People Office

As we collectively traverse the peaks and valleys of human resources and Modern Compensation Management in 2021 and beyond, who better to reflect on the changing landscape with than a roundtable of People leading peers, discussing compensation best practices and philosophy together? Please join us for a People leaders’ Panel Keynote at Compference21, featuring Brook Carlon CHRO, Kastle Systems, Mark Rankin CHRO, BeyondTrust, Britt Provost, EVP of People and Culture, Accolade, and our very own, Shelly Holt, CPO of Payscale. Topics will include compensation transparency, pay equity, remote/hybrid working, and building team culture. Join us for a lively conversation, and don’t forget to stay for the live Q&A!

Shelly Holt, Chief People Officer at Payscale

Shelly Holt is the chief people officer of PayScale. With more than 25 years of experience in human resources, Shelly oversees talent management, recruitment, learning and development, workforce planning, total rewards and all HR programs and services. Shelly is passionate about growing people and careers, creating a culture of inclusion and engagement, and enabling the Future of Work.

Prior to PayScale, Shelly Holt served as vice president of Learning and Development at Expedia Group. Holt was also the vice president of Talent, Learning and Leadership Development at SAP where she was responsible for growing and developing talent for the company’s cloud business and executive teams. Shelly was the senior director of Talent, Learning and Leadership Development at Concur for more than a decade prior to the company’s acquisition by SAP.

Shelly has a degree in economics and political science from Seattle Pacific University. She lives in Seattle and enjoys spending time in the mountains with her husband and two kids.

Shelly on LinkedIn

Brook Carlon, Chief Human Resources Officer at Kastle Systems

Brook Carlon is the Chief Human Resources Officer for Kastle Systems International where she leads the company’s global people strategies that engage and support the best-qualified staff. Ms. Carlon has more than 25 years of experience leading Human Resources for public and private multinational organizations where she has a strong track record as a dynamic and innovative change agent responsible for leading high-impact, people-focused strategies to enable positive business outcomes. Prior to joining Kastle, Brook spent ten years working with private equity-backed companies leading human resources, technology and client operations functions. Prior to Kastle Systems, she was the Chief Operating Officer for Aviacode where she lead the core internal functions (human resources and technology) as well as the company’s global operations based in Hyderabad, India. Ms. Carlon also serves on the Board for SafeSpot, a non-profit Childrens’ Advocacy Center in Northern Virginia and she owns a Baskin Robbins franchise where she can be found scooping ice cream on any given Sunday. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University and a Master of Business Administration from Regis University. She maintains both the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation through HRCI, and the SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) designation.

Brook on LinkedIn

Mark Rankin, Chief Human Resources Officer at BeyondTrust

Mark Rankin is the CHRO for BeyondTrust, a worldwide leader in Privileged Access Management, where he is responsible for all aspects of the human resources across the globe. Previously, Mr. Rankin was Invesco’s Head of HR Centers of Excellence and was responsible for Total Rewards, Talent Acquisition, and Talent Development. Prior to this, he performed a variety of non-HR strategy roles over nine years at Wells Fargo including Director of Retirement Business Strategy and member then leader of the internal consulting group for the Wealth, Brokerage and Retirement Division. Before joining Wells Fargo (Wachovia) in 2006, Mr. Rankin was a Case Team Leader for Bain & Company where he worked on projects spanning from organization design to growth and process improvement for a number of companies both within and outside of financial services. Prior to this, Mr. Rankin worked at Hewitt Associates where he was a 401(k) plan Project Manager and Head of Client Implementations for health and benefit plans in the United Kingdom. Mr. Rankin earned a BA degree in economics from Haverford College and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Mark on LinkedIn

Britt Provost, EVP of People & Culture at Accolade

Britt Provost is the Executive Vice President of People and Culture at Accolade. She plays a key role in shaping the employee experience across Accolade to ensure they attract, develop, retain and engage their talent. Britt has over 20 years of experience leading People, Culture and Talent teams in global and growth organizations. Prior to joining Accolade, Britt was Chief HR Officer at Promethean, a global educational technology company, serving millions of teachers and classrooms worldwide. Britt also lead the People function at Apptio through many transitions during her tenure (as a private VC-funded company, through their initial public offering, to a publicly traded company, and finally, through a private equity acquisition). She has also held many senior People leadership roles at Avanade, an innovative leader in digital & cloud services and business solutions, as well as Real Networks and Microsoft. Britt is also an accomplished speaker and facilitator on topics including: enabling and growing great people managers; building organizational culture; developing high performing and engaged teams; and career empowerment. Britt is passionate about her Seattle and Pacific Northwest community, and is an active Board Member with the Washington Trails Association. Britt has a bachelor’s degree in Art History from the University of Washington and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from University of Colorado.

Britt on LinkedIn

The Payscale Innovation Keynote

We have heard from many of you over the last year talk the evolving role of Compensation and how Payscale can better support you as you navigate uncharted waters. We heard about the need for cutting-edge data sources that allow to adapt fast to The Great Resignation, the demand to better understand Pay Equity is growing from the boardroom to the breakroom, and that you need Payscale to provide you with more tools to learn about how to make our data and technology work for you. Join team members from across Payscale as we share with you how we are responding to these demands and giving you more tools to be successful. We will celebrate some of the biggest new innovations last year and make some very exciting announcements what the future holds for Payscale Data, Technology and Services.

Russ Wakelin, Chief Experience Officer at Payscale

Russ has spent nearly three decades optimizing the design and delivery of B2B software solutions in a variety of highly regulated industries. He’s tackled complex problems in both the public and private sectors including the utility industry, municipal and state governments, submarine maintenance for the U.S. Navy, and healthcare HR. It was this last, the healthcare HR space, where Russ discovered most compensation teams are in desperate need of new tools, better data, and innovative thinking. Thus his passion for compensation was born.

Russ on LinkedIn

Sarah Kalogerakis, VP, Peer at Payscale

As the Vice President of Peer, Sarah coordinates the data , client relations, product design, and customer experience of Payscale’s Peer product. An industry veteran with expertise in compensation, relational databases, and data analytics, Sarah has spent nearly 20 years’ working with compensation data and has extensive experience developing, curating, and analyzing compensation data sets. Before joining Payscale/Payfactors, Sarah served as a Data Operations Manager at IBM where she managed the data collection and cleaning of one of the largest and most well-respected global technology compensation surveys and prior to that she held numerous systems and compensation related roles at Kenexa and Sarahholds a B.A. in Mathematics from Tufts University and is a Certified Compensation Professional.

Sarah on LinkedIn

John Barry, Chief Innovation Officer at Payscale

John Barry has spent his entire career bringing the latest technologies to the compensation industry. John believes compensation professionals should have a seat at the table and has designed and delivered systems to help elevate compensation professionals become more strategic. Most recently, John co-founded PayFactors, successfully creating “the new standard” for compensation data management and business intelligence SaaS. Today, John leads Payscale’s product and innovation teams to deliver the future of compensation technology. John holds an MBA in Management Information Systems from Villanova University, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Widener University.

John on LinkedIn

Brittany Innes, Director, User Experience at Payscale

Brittany Innes is the Director of User Experience at Payscale. With a professional background in Productand Design leadership, she has had a hand in the development of several HR technology products including solutions for compensation management, merit planning, performance management, learning management, and behavioral assessments. Today, Brittany leads the product design and research for the Payscale family of solutions.

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Chris Highfield, VP, Product at Payscale

Chris is responsible for MarketPay, PayScale’s SAAS Compensation product for Enterprise clients. His focus is on building solutions that address clients’ most pressing compensation management problems. He has over 20 years’ experience as a practitioner and leader in Compensation and HR technology. Prior to joining PayScale, Chris oversaw the compensation outsourcing group for Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. Chris has also worked in the human resources consulting industry for Towers, KPMG Peat Marwick, and Mellon Financial Corporation (Buck Consultants) where he provided compensation and systems implementation consulting to clients in a variety of industries. Chris is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a BS degree in Mathematics.

Chris on LinkedIn

Ruth Thomas, Pay Equity Strategist

Ruth Thomas is Pay Equity Strategist for Payfactors. Her interest in technology’s ability to transform traditional approaches to reward and drive fair pay helps to inform our innovative product strategy. Ruth has recently led our pay equity product development. She is a recognized global speaker and author on pay equity, believing passionately in Pay Equality. With over 30 years of Global HR and reward management experience she has international expertise in the management of compensation processes and the design of pay and benefit structures, salary progression systems and management incentive plans. Her corporate experience includes Lloyds TSB Group, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Dow Jones Group and Credit Suisse.

Ruth on LinkedIn

David Hwang, Chief Customer Officer at Payscale

David Hwang is the chief customer officer of Payscale, where he is responsible for building a committed, consistent, and connected experience for every customer. Recently promoted from senior vice president of services, as chief customer officer, David leads the customer success, professional services, and support teams at Payscale that help customers get pay right. Before Payscale, David oversaw the global consulting practice for value management at Workiva. Before that, he spent over 16 years at ServiceSource, most recently in the role of vice president of solution design, where he led a global consulting team that designed and delivered strategies to help companies increase recurring revenues and customer retention. David graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Information Management and Systems.

David on LinkedIn

Liz Fosslien + Mollie West Duffy

Authors & Consultants

Liz + Mollie

Liz and Mollie are the co-authors of the Wall Street Journal best-selling book No Hard Feelings. Their work has been featured by TED, NPR, The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, and The Economist. Liz leads Content at the HR tech startup Humu, where she helps leaders and their teams take small steps towards profound improvement. Mollie leads Organizational Development at RALLY, and was previously an Organizational Design Lead at global innovation firm IDEO. Liz and Mollie are currently working on a second book about what we can learn from uncomfortable emotions in life and work.

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Dr. C. Nicole Mason

President & CEO

Institute for Women’s Policy Research

Recently named one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine, Dr. C. Nicole Mason is the president and chief executive officer of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR). Having stepped into the role in November 2019, Dr. Mason is the youngest person currently leading one of the major inside-the-Beltway think tanks in Washington, D.C., and one of the few women of color to do so. She succeeded noted economist and MacArthur Fellow Heidi Hartmann, the Institute’s founding CEO.

An expert on pay equity, at the start of the pandemic, she coined the term she-cession to describe the disproportionate impact of the employment and income losses on women. Dr. Mason is the author of Born Bright: A Young Girl’s Journey from Nothing to Something in America (St. Martin’s Press) and has written hundreds of articles on women, poverty, and economic security. Her writing and commentary have been featured in the New York Times, MSNBC, CNN, NBC, CBS, the Washington Post, Marie Claire, the Progressive, ESSENCE, Bustle, BIG THINK, Miami Herald, Democracy Now, and numerous NPR affiliates, among others.

For the past two decades, Dr. Mason has spearheaded research on issues relating to economic security, poverty, women’s issues, and entitlement reforms; policy formation and political participation among women, communities of color, and racial equity. Prior to IWPR, Dr. Mason was the executive director of the Women of Color Policy Network at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, the nation’s only research and policy center focused on women of color at a nationally ranked school of public administration. She is also an inaugural Ascend Fellow at the Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C.


Joe Burton

Founder & CEO


Joe Burton is Whil’s Founder and CEO. He’s an entrepreneur in scientific wellbeing, former president of Headspace, and spent 15 years as a global COO in public companies. Joe is a thought leader in mental wellbeing, alumnus of Harvard Business School, and author of Creating Mindful Leaders. He’s worked in over 50 countries and travels the world speaking on resilience, emotional intelligence, sustainable high performance, and mindfulness as a competitive advantage.