Beth Davies

Former Director of Learning & Development at Tesla. Founder & Lead Consultant, HR Reimagined

Speaker Fee Range: $20,000 - $50,000 USD

Travels From: San Francisco, USA

Beth Davies is available for virtual keynotes and webinars. Please complete the form or contact one of our agents to inquire about the fees for virtual engagements. Please note: the fee range listed above is for in-person engagements.

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    Beth Davies

    Former Director of Learning & Development at Tesla. Founder & Lead Consultant, HR Reimagined

    Speaker Fee Range: $20,000 - $50,000 USD

    Travels From: San Francisco, USA

    Beth Davies is available for virtual keynotes and webinars. Please complete the form or contact one of our agents to inquire about the fees for virtual engagements. Please note: the fee range listed above is for in-person engagements.

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    Beth Davies Speaker Biography

    Beth Davies is a sought-after HR speaker who has spent over 25 years working in senior leadership roles at innovative companies known around the world – Tesla, Apple, Microsoft, and Gap. She’s an expert in cultivating company culture, creating customer-centric organizations, developing leaders, scaling the workforce, and innovating within HR.

    Most recently, Beth spent six years at Tesla leading Learning & Development as the company grew from 600 to 33,000 employees. Her primary responsibility was evangelizing company culture to protect it from being diluted by rapid growth.

    She started at Tesla in manufacturing. When she joined, the factory was an empty shell that needed to be transformed in less than one year into a high-quality car manufacturing facility. Beth’s role was to build out the training to support factory-wide operations.

    Her responsibilities expanded to include onboarding new hires across the organization, sales and delivery training, leadership development, compliance training, ongoing employee development, and learning infrastructure. In spite of having minimal budget and a small team, she developed and executed a comprehensive, innovative strategy that brought learning to people in all roles around the world.

    Prior to Tesla, Beth was part of a small team at Microsoft that conceived and developed its retail concept, growing the operation from 0-15 stores in 18 months. As the Customer Experience Director, she created customer service standards for the stores and all the training required to launch the new retail operation.

    Beth also played a critical role in the growth of Apple. In 2003, when the company was reemerging from the brink of death, Beth joined the HR team as the head of leadership development. In 2005, she moved to the retail team and became the head of training for the retail stores worldwide.

    Ensuring new store teams could deliver customer service that met Apple’s tough standards was one of Beth’s key responsibilities. Her team played a critical role in the expansion of Apple stores, training over 100 new store teams in the US and in new markets across Europe, Asia and Australia.

    A highlight of her time at Apple came in 2007, when iPhone was first introduced to the world. Given Apple’s secretive nature, training couldn’t be released in the retail stores until the last minute – she had just two hours before the doors opened and sales began to teach over 4,000 people everything they needed to know about this revolutionary product! No one knew then how much iPhone would change the world.

    Beth earned a bachelor’s degree at Indiana University and a law degree from Stanford Law School. In 2017, McKinsey & Company invited her to join the Consortium for Advancing Adult Learning & Development, a select group of 40 thought leaders. That same year, Indiana University named her a Luminary as a distinguished Alumna, an honor bestowed on just 12 people before her.

    As a popular HR speaker, Beth Davies is highly engaging. Her talks are filled with stories and lessons from her career and offer practical advice delegates can take back to their companies.

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    Beth Davies Keynote Topics

    Innovative HR programs are essential for taking a startup through aggressive growth. How do you innovate in HR and what does this look like? In this session, Beth will use real examples from Tesla and other startups to illustrate how this can be done well, even with little or no budget. She’ll also explore the mindset HR professionals need to have to try new things and embrace the technology now available in our field.

    Changes in technology mean many skills learned today will be obsolete in 3-5 years. If you hire the best and the brightest graduates to join your team, in just a few years their skills will be out-of-date unless you invest in their development. What’s the best way to do this given the tools and technology today? Sharing stories and lessons from her years at Tesla, Apple and Microsoft, Beth will offer practical, actionable ideas that meet the needs of the modern learner.

    When a customer buys something there’s a far greater chance they’ll become a raving fan than when they are sold something. What’s the difference and how do you create a culture that leaves customers deeply loyal to your brand? Using stories from her time at Apple and Tesla, Beth explores these concepts and shares strategies any organization can apply.

    Beth Davies Speaking Videos

    Beth Davis at the World HR Forum