The Power of an "A Player:" How Top Talent Can Transform Your Bottom Line

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The power of talent is transformative when harnessed effectively. The influence of one top performer (or bad hire) sends ripples through an organization that can seriously impact a bottom line. In fact, one A Player with the right competencies and experience delivers 400% more productivity than the average performer if engaged and hired effectively. However, most managers have a low success rate when it comes to finding and retaining the people who can create the best results for their teams.  Leadership and C-Suite Executives will discuss how this impacts an organization.

Join us for an expert panel discussion on how to retain and empower talent to create A Players in your organization and benefit your bottom line. Moderated by Colin Kingsbury, President and Co-Founder of ClearCompany Talent Management Software.

The panel will focus on key questions, including: 

  • What difference does one excellent hire really make?

  • How can organizations ensure they are hiring the right people to accomplish their corporate mission/vision? 

  • Is it possible to eradicate the standard performance bell curve to hire and retain more top talent?

  • How can managers increase engagement among key roles and top talent?

Attending this event can earn Society for Human Resources Certified Professionals either SHRM CP or SHRM SCP recertification credits.

Downtown Harvard Club 
1 Federal St, 38th Floor
Boston, MA  02110

October 26, 2016
5:30-6:30pm - Registration, networking, light hors d'oeuvres, cash bar
6:30-8:00pm - Program 

Street Parking is available throughout Post Office Square. You may park in the garage at 1 Federal St, but please remember that HBSAB is NOT responsible for parking costs at this event.

Easy T Access - Orange, Red lines to Downtown Crossing 
Blue line to State

Free: President Club and Events Pass Members
$30: Other HBSAB Members
$30: Guest of a Member* 
$50: Non-member

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Membership Info


Colin Kingsbury
President and Co-Founder

Colin is the President and Co-Founder of ClearCompany. Prior to joining ClearCompany, Colin served as CTO for empolis North America, a division of Bertelsmann AG, where he helped direct the development of the empolis Knowledge Management Suite, one of the world’s first commercially-deployed applications based on Semantic Web technologies.

Colin is an expert in knowledge automation, and designed custom knowledge solutions for some of the largest companies in the world including Northrop Grumman, Boeing, General Electric, and the US intelligence community.

Colin is a graduate of Tufts University with a B.A. in Economics, and holds a certificate in Mandarin from the College of Foreign Languages, Beijing. He is also an Alaska-trained seaplane pilot, and writes for several Boston-area publications.


Debbie Lovich
Partner and Managing Director
Boston Consulting Group

Debbie Lovich co-leads BCG's global Leadership and Talent Enablement Center (LTEC). The LTEC combines BCG’s understanding of client's goals, organization and culture with deep expertise in delivering business results, and insights into capability building to develop world class leaders. 

As the Americas LTEC Lead, Debbie works with her clients to build leader capabilities at all levels from the c-suite down to front line managers.  
Debbie has worked on a broad range of issues during her time at BCG, including sales force effectiveness, product, customer segment and business strategy development and post-merger integration.

Debbie collaborated with an HBS professor to develop and lead BCG's global program PTO (Predictability, Teaming and Open Communication) to change how BCG's staff works and to improve BCG's culture and teaming. This program has proven to have a profound impact on the work-life balance and productivity of BCG teams in offices around the world. It is also a key factor in BCG consistently ranking as one of the top companies to work for.

Debbie has spent more than 20 years at BCG in a variety of roles including member of BCG's global Executive Committee, and Head of Boston Consulting and Administrative Staff. She was responsible for overall P&L and all operational aspects of the Boston office of BCG including Staffing, Finance, Operations, Training, IT, HR, and performance management of Consulting and Administrative staff. 

Ms. Lovich has a BA summa cum laude/Phi Beta Kappa in economics from Barnard College, Columbia University, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

John Dick
Vice President, Marketing

Jon Dick is the VP of Marketing at HubSpot, helping to transform how companies market and sell.  Prior to this, Jon led Marketing at Trunk Club, the personalized shopping service for men and women, and was the Head of Marketing for Klout, the social media influence measurement company. Jon has a background in improvised comedy and earned his MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Steven Kosakow
Talent Acquisition Director
Boston Logic Technology Partners, Inc.

Steven is the Director of Talent Acquisition at Boston Logic. Boston Logic provides software, online marketing and design services to real estate companies looking to be the technology leaders in their marketplace. Steven is an entrepreneur who has built talent acquisition at several major high-scale companies over the past 15 years. In addition, Steven founded Talent BrandWagon, LLC to develop irresistible employer brands. A natural matchmaker to start-ups and employees, Steven has always been drawn to the creative aspects of recruiting. Whether the right talent is hiding under a rock, in a cave or right under their noses, Steven has a knack for finding those rock star hires. As an ENFP, he combines metrics and operational management with nontraditional leadership and unconventional thinking. Steven is also a dad and Zumba instructor! Steven has a BA from Brandeis University and MS from UMass Boston.

Tali Rabin
Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Tali Rabin brings more than 20 years of talent management, human resources and business operations experience to her role at CGS.  As Senior VP, human resources, Tali oversees talent management for CGS's complex, worldwide organization of 7,500 people, spanning 4 continents with three divisions that offer multiple products and services. In leading the company's global HR team, she provides strategic guidance and tactical thought leadership on a host of initiatives from organizational management to employee development. Since joining the company earlier this year, she has outlined and implemented programs for recruiting, engaging and fostering top talent at CGS globally.
Tali’s strategic and results-driven focus has transformed organizations including publicly traded companies, startups and other businesses going through growth and transactions, including mergers and acquisitions. Prior to CGS, she led HR for such technology companies as Opera Solutions, NICE Systems, Nortel Networks and Sapiens.
Ms. Rabin majored in Business Management, specializing in Human Resources. She also completed a certificate program in Directorship and Leadership in the Recanati School of Business Management at Tel Aviv University.

Contact Information

Primary Contact

Alyssa Walter
Events Manager

Date & Location

Date: 10/26/2016
Time: 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Downtown Harvard Club of Boston