Executive Vice President, Human Capital; Executive Director, The Engagement Institute™
The Conference Board
Rebecca Ray is the Executive Vice President, Human Capital, at The Conference Board. She leads the US Human Capital Center and is responsible for the overall quality and continuing integration of our research and engagement for the betterment of our members. 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, succession management, 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 executive events.
Rebecca created Human Capital Watch™, a monthly webcast series that explores current issues, research, and practitioner successes in the field of human capital. She oversees the Human Capital Exchange™, our 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 former practitioners who now bring their expertise to members of The Conference Board. Rebecca is also the executive director of The Engagement Institute™, a research community of practice she created in collaboration with Deloitte Consulting and Mercer Sirota, along with concurrent groups of executives in the United States, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.
Rebecca is a frequent speaker at professional and company-sponsored conferences and business briefings around the world, and she is a contributor to Forbes. Rebecca is often a guest speaker in business media, such as Bloomberg TV (Hong Kong and Europe), Bloomberg Radio, and CNBC India. Her research, commentary, blogs, initiatives, and the accomplishments of her various teams have been featured in the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, and South China Morning Post newspapers, as well as Harvard Business Review, The Economist, Chief Learning Officer, Leadership Excellence, Training, CIO, Workforce Management, Human Resources, HR Magazine (Hong Kong and UK), Chief Executive Officer, EMBA Magazine (Taiwan), Bloomberg BNA, People; Strategy Journal from HRPS, and Talent Management. Rebecca is the co-author of numerous publications focused on leadership development and engagement, including an employee engagement chapter for the latest edition of the Talent Management Handbook (ATD, 2015), and has authored numerous articles and books, including her co-authored works: Measuring the Success of Employee Engagement (ATD, 2016), Measuring the Success of Leadership Development (ATD, 2014), and Measuring Leadership Development (McGraw-Hill, 2012).
Previously, Rebecca was 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 University and New York University 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.
Rebecca serves as an executive coach, using the Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder-Centered Coaching approach. She is a member of the Business Practices Council of the global accreditation association for business schools, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). 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. Rebecca received her doctorate from New York University.