Michael Arena

Chief Talent Officer

Michael Arena is the Chief Talent Officer for General Motors Corporation. Michael has employed an evidence-based approach to driving transformation, 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 and Fortune Magazine. These experiences are highlighted in his book, Adaptive Space: How GM and Other Companies are Positively Disrupting Themselves and Transforming into Agile Organizations.

Michael’s research on adaptation won the 2017 Walker Prize from People + Strategy and has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, Chief Executive Magazine, Harvard Business Review, Business Insider and Sloan Management Review. He currently teaches in Penn’s Masters in Organizational Dynamics program and acts as a design thinking coach within the Stanford dSchool. 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. Michael earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Dynamics from the Union Institute & University.