Dessalen Wood

Chief People Officer Thoughtexchange

Dessalen Wood is an HR professional, facilitator, and executive coach who has specialized in passionately leading Learning and Development and Human Resources teams within blue chip Canadian organizations.Dessalen has over 20 years of experience in mid- and large-size Canadian and US organizations, such as Reitman’s Canada, Hudson’s Bay Company, The Children’s Place, and The Disney Stores and as Vice President, Talent Development with Cineplex Entertainment. In 2019, Dessalen moved to Thoughtexchange to become the Chief People Officer, making her first move into tech. Throughout her career, Dessalen has created multiple programs and support systems designed to create engaging corporate cultures and developing leaders at all levels.


Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

9:45 AM Let’s Give ‘em Something to Talk About” – The Power of Engaging the Employee Voice

Companies today face the challenge of engaging their employees in meaningful dialogue - whether it be due to geography, flex work - or simply that many people feel that speaking up has a cost associated with it. In this talk we will examine:

  • How technology can humanize the employee experience
  • The power of allowing all voices to be heard which results in organizations benefiting from higher engagement 
  • The value of gathering ideas and solutions from a broader, more diverse population

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

2:30 PM Panel: Accelerating Women Leaders

In a widely publicized initiative a few years ago, eBay embarked on a journey to bring more women into its top ranks. Senior executives at the firm discovered the investment yielded substantial bottom-line and cultural benefits. Despite these findings there are still far too few women gaining entry into the C-suite. It appears a contributing factor to this reality is that women are not receiving enough opportunities to gain the key work experiences viewed as necessary to gain entry into the C-suite. During this panel discussion attendees will : 

  • Learn about the unique cultures from some of the world’s most innovative companies
  • Hear how they are pushing the boundaries on advancing female leadership 

Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Dessalen.

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