Executive Vice President, Knowledge Organization and Director, The Engagement Institute™
The Conference Board
Rebecca Ray is executive vice president, knowledge organization; human capital practice lead; and director of The Engagement Institute™ at The Conference Board. She is responsible for overall quality and the continuing integration of our research and engagement efforts. She oversees Ask TCB™ our business information service. Ray is also the leader of the global human capital practice. Human capital research at The Conference Board focuses on human capital analytics, labor markets, workforce readiness, strategic workforce planning, talent management, diversity and inclusion, human resources, leadership development, and employee engagement.
In addition to published research, related products and services at The Conference Board include peer learning networks, conferences, webcasts, and experiential and other executive events. Ray hosts the monthly Human Capital Watch™ webcast, which explores current issues, research, and practitioner successes in the field of human capital. She oversees the Human Capital Exchange™, a website that offers research and insights from The Conference Board, human capital practitioners, and our knowledge partners. She created the Senior Fellows program in human capital with some of the profession’s most acclaimed leaders. She is the Director of The Engagement Institute™, a research community of practice she created with Deloitte Consulting and Sirota. Ray is the co-author of numerous publications with a focus on leadership development and engagement including an employee engagement chapter for the latest edition of the Talent Management Handbook (ATD, 2015).
Ray is a frequent speaker at professional and company-sponsored conferences and business briefings around the world. She is often a guest in business media such as Bloomberg TV (Hong Kong and Europe), Bloomberg Radio, and CNBC India. Her research, commentary, initiatives and accomplishments of her various teams have been featured in the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and South China Morning Post newspapers as well as in Harvard Business Review, Chief Learning Officer, Leadership Excellence, Training, CIO, Workforce Management, Human Resources, HR Magazine (Hong Kong), Chief Executive Officer, HR Magazine (UK), EMBA Magazine (Taiwan), Bloomberg BNA, People & Strategy (The Professional Journal of HRPS) and Talent Management. She is the author of numerous articles and books, including her co-authored works: Measuring Leadership Development (McGraw-Hill, 2012); Measuring the Success of Leadership Development (ATD, 2014); and Measuring The Success of Employee Engagement (ATD, 2016).
Ray was previously a senior executive responsible, at various times, for talent acquisition, organizational learning, training, management and leadership development, employee engagement, performance management, executive assessment, coaching, organizational development, and succession management at several leading companies. She taught at Oxford and New York Universities and led a consulting practice for many years, offering leadership assessment and development services to Fortune 500 companies and top-tier professional services firms. She was named “Chief Learning Officer of the Year” by Chief Learning Officer magazine and one of the “Top 100 People in Leadership Development” by Warren Bennis’s Leadership Excellence magazine.
She also serves on the advisory boards for New York University’s program in higher education/business education at The Steinhardt School of Education and the University of Pennsylvania’s executive program in work-based learning leadership. Previously, Ray was a senior executive responsible for talent acquisition, organizational learning, training, management and leadership development, employee engagement, performance management, executive assessment, coaching, organizational development, and succession management at leading companies.
She also led a consulting practice that offered leadership assessment and development services to Fortune 500 companies. Ray is a frequent public speaker and guest in business media and is the author of numerous articles and books. She received her PhD from New York University.