Michael Arena - Participant

Michael Arena is the Chief Talent Officer for General Motors Corporation. He is responsible for global talent acquisition, people analytics, enterprise talent management, cultural transformation programs and leadership development. Since joining General Motors, he has employed an evidence-based approach to driving performance, leveraging such concepts as predictive analytics and network analysis. He also launched GM2020, a grass roots initiative designed to enable employees to positively disrupt the way they work, which was highlighted in Fast Company. These experiences are highlighted in his up and coming book, Adaptive Space: How GM and Other Companies are Positively Disrupting Themselves and Transforming into Agile Organizations.

He currently teaches in Penn’s Masters in Organizational Dynamics program and acts as a design thinking coach within the Stanford d.school. He also spent two years as a visiting scientist within MIT’s Media Lab and served as Senior Vice President of Leadership Development at Bank of America.



General Motors Corporation


Chief Talent Officer