- Understanding your workforce not as a monolith, but as different constituencies with different wants, needs, preferences, backgrounds, expectations, and understandings. How should HR best serve its many constituents without being caught in the middle of zero-sum games?
- Building allies, alliances, ambassadors, and assets to bring meaningful change to organizations from the top down and bottom up
- Working with critics and bringing opposition and pushback into the decision-making process to create stronger, better plans and projects
- Finding the positives in roadblocks, obstacles, and challenges. HR’s role can often be as much about weathering storms as navigating the familiar day-to-day. What makes the difference in difficult times?
VP, Human Resources
Marisol Ramirez has been the Vice President of Human Resources for Berry Corporation (bry) (Berry) since September 2020. She is a key member of Berry’s executive team reporting directly to the President & CEO. Marisol was previously the Director of Human Resources and had joined the predecessor company LINN Energy in 2014. Marisol currently is responsible for the leadership and management of the Corporate Human Resources Department including Organizational Behavior & Development, Talent Acquisition / Retainment, Corporate Policy Development / Implementation and Payroll & Wellness of over 1300 employees. Marisol has vast experience creating and establishing successful human resources departments to operate as a standalone strategic partner. Marisol’s proven leadership has contributed to successful M&A activity with the most recent acquisition of C&J Well Services in which she led and managed the transition of over 950 employees in 30 days.
Marisol has 20 years of human resources management experience primarily in the oil and gas industry. From June 2012 to March 2014, Marisol served as the Senior Human Resources Manager for BPS Supply Group. In addition, she has served as the Senior Human Resources Manager and Consultant with Ivanhoe Energy Holdings Inc. from 2009 to 2015, responsible for the US and Latin America divisions. Marisol’s career path began in global communications and the hospitality industry.
Marisol holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management with a human resources concentration from National University. Marisol is proficient in Spanish, and she is dually certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Society of Human Resources Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). Marisol serves on Ally’s (formerly Pink Petro) Global Community Council and is proud to be a member of local organizations that support growth in minorities and women such as Latina Leaders of Kern County and Kern County Women in STEM.
Chief People Officer
Ken Moses has been leading Cascade’s HR function since 2017. A forward-thinking and performance-driven global strategi an hands-on Human Resources Executive. Proven trusted advisor, team builder, and results oriented leader. Driven to align the function to the business and achieve results and exceed expectations to ensure Cascade’s long-term and sustained success. Prior to Cascade, Ken was the CHRO for Penhall Co and prior to that, he spent 10 years as Sr Dir, Global HR for Quest Software which was acquired by Dell, for which he led the People integration efforts. Ken earned a Master’s of Science in Organizational Psychology from Cal State University at Long Beach.
Chief Learning & Talent Officer
McKinsey & Company
SVP, Health Benefits Consulting
Trion, a Marsh & McLennan Agency
For more than 25 years, Marybeth Gray has worked on behalf of employers across the country to reduce the cost of healthcare and improve quality. Marybeth was recognized as a 2023 Top Women Leaders in Pennsylvania, and she was also awarded as Employee Benefit News’ 2017 Most Influential Women in Benefit Advising: 30 leaders whose unique client management strategies, innovative data manipulation and other industry-leading skills are transforming the field. She has also been featured on the 2019 Marquis Whos’ Who Lifetime Achievement. Marquis Who’s Who identifies and endeavors to profile the leaders of American Society; those men and women who are influencing their nation’s development and influencing the people of today in their industry.
In her professional career, she has succeeded in reducing insurance costs and employer liability due to her deep understanding of the insurance marketplace. Marybeth currently serves as a Senior Vice President of Health and Welfare Benefits with Trion, a Marsh McLennan Agency, supervising the overall account management for her clients. Skilled at analyzing companies’ health care utilization data and cost trends in the benefit programs with a focus on pharmacy for large, self-insured clients. Marybeth is a key thought leader for Marsh McLennan Agency — presenting at more than ten national conferences each year.
One of the essential elements she brings to her clients is a special understanding of future key cost drivers. She helps employers understand the emerging cost implications of pharmacogenomics, new to market specialty medications, and gene therapies. Her goal is to improve member health in the population while lowering the cost of healthcare for both the members and the employer.
Prior to Marsh McLennan Agency, Marybeth was a Vice President with AON Consulting and a National Account Manager with Aetna, Inc. Marybeth was responsible for overall account management regarding financial and operational perspective for clients with more than 10,000 employees operating in multiple locations. She detailed plan design opportunities for clients as well as monitored the ongoing financial implications to plans. In her time at Aetna, she served on the Aetna Presidents Roundtable Committee, fostering communications between clients and the president’s office regarding suggested changes that would improve Aetna’s operational procedures.