About HCI

Mike Foster

Michael Foster founded Human Capital Institute (HCI) in 2005 and served as chairman and chief executive officer until September 2011, when he was announced as chairman. Mr. Foster has served in executive roles in early stage and Fortune 100 companies, and has grown and harvested successful organizations of his own. Mr. Foster's first company, Residential Research Corporation, was founded in 1982 and acquired by TRW (Now Experian) in 1987. Most recently, AIRS Human Capital Services, founded by Mr. Foster in 1998 and where he authored "Recruiting on the Web" (McGraw Hill, 2002), was acquired by recruitment outsource provider The Right Thing in 2008. In addition to his duties at HCI, Mr. Foster owns and operates Tin Cross Vineyards in Sonoma's Alexander Valley, and Capture Wine Brands, a producer of artisan Bordeaux varietals. Mr. Foster also serves as chairman of the Human Capital Foundation's Selamta Project, and on the National Advisory Board of the Democratic National Committee.

Carl M. Rhodes

Chief Executive Officer
Carl M. Rhodes is Chief Executive Officer of HCI. Prior to joining the company in 2009 as its Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Rhodes was co-founder and general manager of Kairos Networks, and was a senior leader with the Corporate Executive Board, where he specialized in developing and scaling new products and services for networks of senior executives in general management, strategy, IT and HR. His work has been cited in the Harvard Business Review, the Economist and the Washington Post, among other media outlets. Mr. Rhodes started his career as a professor of methodology and American politics at the University of Cincinnati. There, his work appeared in leading academic journals, in a volume compiled and edited by a Nobel Laureate, and was competitively funded by the National Science Foundation. He holds a PhD from Rice University and BA from Colorado College.

David Forman

Chief Learning Officer
David Forman joined HCI in 2005, and currently serves as Chief Learning Officer. As CLO, Mr. Forman is responsible for curriculum design, development of HCI's certification and designation programs, and serves as a liason to HCI's academic and learning communities worldwide. Prior to HCI, Mr. Forman designed, developed and implemented technology-based training solutions for leading organizations, including IBM, Federal Express, DuPont, Deloitte & Touche, Exxon, Microsoft, the Ford Foundation, the Children's Television Workshop, Sony and AT&T. Mr. Forman has written over 40 articles and books in the fields of human capital, globalization, training, evaluation, return on investment (ROI), and instructional design; and is a frequent presenter at major industry conferences and seminars, both in the United States and abroad. He is also the principal author and developer of the Global Learning System for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

William Craib

Senior Vice President, Enterprise Learning
Bill Craib serves as Senior Vice President of Enterprise Learning, and shares responsibility for HCI's Enterprise Solutions and Education businesses. Prior to joining HCI in 2005, Mr. Craib served as Director of Training and Development at AIRS Human Capital Solutions, and was responsible for much of its innovative curriculum. Mr. Craib is a graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and spent 10 years as a journalist working for media organizations, including ESPN and the Rocky Mountain News.

Angela Young

Senior Vice President, Marketing
Angela Young joined HCI as Vice President of Marketing in late 2010. She manages all aspects of marketing, including emarketing, creative, database management, social media, public relations, website and event logistics. Prior to joining HCI, Angela spent fourteen years at Convergys Corporation, a $3 billion dollar software and services organization, where she managed major marketing and sales support projects across multiple business units. Angela has a Masters of Arts in International Studies from Ohio University and resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and daughter, Audrey.

Kara Schott

Vice President, Online Content and Community Operations
Kara Schott joined HCI in 2012 and serves as the Vice President of Online Content and Community Operations. In her role she provides oversight for the strategy and production of HCI’s online content, research reports, and live conference programming. Additionally, this team works to nurture the relationship between HCI and its external partners to deliver timely, relevant, and thought-provoking solutions to industry stakeholders. Prior to joining HCI Kara served in the financial service and retail industries, and was recognized by J.D. Power & Associates for excellence in customer retention. Kara holds a Bachelor of Science from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

Katherine S. Ratkiewicz

Senior Vice President of Operations & Product Development
Katie Ratkiewicz serves as SVP of Operations & Product Development at HCI and is responsible for the strategy, management and oversight of HCI’s Enterprise Solutions Practice, Education Business, and Technology Department. Recent initiatives include the redesign and redevelopment of HCI’s website into the leading destination for in-depth, mobile-optimized resources to enable HR practitioners to access the information they need to improve their talent management strategies. Prior to her current role, Katie served as Practice Leader for the Organizational Development & Leadership Practice at HCI, where she led a team that produced topical conferences, original research studies, and live webcast programming. Before joining HCI, Katie served in a variety of organizational consulting roles, most recently at Deloitte Consulting, where she provided organizational and talent solutions to Fortune 500 companies. Katie has a Masters of Public Administration from Clark University in Worcester, MA.

Shane Lennon

Executive Director, Sales
Shane Lennon is HCI's Executive Director of Sales, overseeing the companies strategic relationships portfolio, which includes delegate acquisition for all conferences and educational trainings. Shane's professional background originates from the conference industry, having started as an intern at IQPC in 2005, before going on to serve as the Director of Inquiry sales. Mr Lennon holds a BSC in Psychology from Queen's University Belfast and received his Postgraduate Diploma in International Business Practice.

Barry Upbin

Senior Vice President, Client Relations
Barry Upbin joined HCI in 2009 and serves as Senior Vice President of Client Services. In this role, Mr. Upbin oversees the groups responsible for identifying partners who align to HCI’s mission and can help provide industry stakeholders with the information they need to source and retain high-performing employees, build a diverse, inclusive workplace, and foster both individual and team performance throughout their enterprise. Prior to joining HCI, Mr. Upbin served as the Sales Manager at IQPC, assisting enterprises with training across a wide array of educational conferences. Mr. Upbin holds a Bachelor of Science in Management and Marketing from the State University of New York at Albany.