Keynote Speaker


August 11th at 9AM CST in Madison/Wisconsin Ballroom

Chief People, Places, & Publicity Officer at

Leading through Times of Change

by Colleen McCreary (She/Her)

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Presentation Description

These past few years have reshaped how we live and work, creating several challenges for people leaders as they’ve had to navigate constant change and the uncertainty it’s brought forth in the workplace. Like so many companies, Credit Karma faced unprecedented change between its acquisition by Intuit and the pandemic’s impact on its business, resulting in company-wide pay cuts in order to preserve jobs. As we look back and look ahead, what systems and tools can people leaders put in place to craft a workplace culture that can combat disruption and ambiguity with morale, empowerment and stability? Join this conversation with Colleen McCreary, Chief People, Places & Publicity Officer at Credit Karma to learn how to approach essential elements of the people function to create a strong foundation that drives culture forward during times of significant change.

Three Takeaways:

  1. How to keep culture alive during times of significant change.

  2. Leading through times of change (i.e. how to combat/mitigate trends like the Great Resignation).

  3. How to rethink the systems and tools that run a company.


Speaker Bio:

Colleen McCreary is the Chief People, Places and Publicity Officer at Credit Karma. As the first person to hold this position, she is responsible for Credit Karma’s People, Workplace Services, Communications and Events teams. In this role, Colleen leverages both internal and external communications functions to foster a healthy workplace culture, drive long term value for the business and position the company competitively in the market.

Since joining Credit Karma in 2018, Colleen has grown the employee base to over 1,300 employees across offices in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. In her first six months, she worked to evolve the company’s compensation structure to remove bias and variability and drive a culture of individual progress, growth and collaboration.  

Prior to Credit Karma, Colleen served as Chief People Officer at Vevo, the world’s leading music video entertainment platform. She has also held leadership positions at The Climate Corporation, Zynga, Electronic Arts and Microsoft. With more than 20 years of experience in human resources, operations, recruiting and M&A, Colleen brings a wealth of expertise in managing people operations to support rapid-growth technology companies. She has held leadership roles through two IPOs and two company acquisitions. She is also a technical advisor for HBO’s Silicon Valley, and advises and coaches startups. 

She holds a B.S. in Mass Communication and Public Relations from Boston University, and a M.A. in Higher and Adult Education from Columbia University.