Vice-President of Talent and Leadership, Celgene Corporation

Joe Garbus

Session Title: “Gaining Talent Leverage: A Strategic Approach”

In organizations today, More Talent Leverage = Better Results. It’s time to move from chasing best practices and trying to be “world class in everything,” to finding new ways to achieve the highest leverage in your organization. Often, we look outside our companies for answers to pressing talent and leadership questions, when the answers are right in front of us and generally simpler than we think.

Joe will engage the audience in a dialogue on how their organizations can:

  • Be hyper-clear on what they are solving for
  • Use guiding principles, versus rules and processes
  • Allow a bit of messiness and ambiguity in what you do
  • Give the organization permission to change the rules
  • Understand that every program and practice has a shelf life
  • Use candor and transparency to gain leverage in almost every initiative
  • Recognize that leverage begets leverage, i.e., the right people in the right roles nail success

Joe has spent the last 25 years translating business needs into smart and simple talent and workforce solutions. He applies a guiding principle that increasing talent density in an organization and ensuring the right people are delivering extraordinary work in a high performance environment accelerate business results, reduces complexity, and increases personal fulfillment.

Joe currently leads Celgene Corporation’s global Talent and Leadership practice. In this role, he and his team help Celgene deliver truly innovative and life-changing drugs for their patients by cultivating, hiring, and growing the best talent in the world. The Talent and Leadership practice includes global talent acquisition, talent management, organization effectiveness, diversity, leadership development and learning.

Prior to this role, Joe has led teams delivering organization effectiveness and talent development at the New York Times Company, UBS Investment Bank, the Gillette Company, General Electric, Oxford Health Plans, and Literacy Volunteers of America.

He holds a Masters in Human Resource Development from Fordham University in NY and a Bachelors in English from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.

Joe lives in Connecticut with his wife, daughter, and son who inspire him to be better every day.