Bryan Peña



Defiant Solutions

Bryan is a globally recognized thought leader in the world of extended work and open talent. With a unique perspective on the ever-growing demand for comprehensive workforce solutions, he is a widely sought-after keynote speaker, passionate evangelist for the open talent industry, and an expert on emerging talent platforms, workforce management programs, labor models, HR technology, variable, and future workforce trends. Through his boutique consulting firm, Defiant Solutions LLC, he works directly with HR tech companies of all sizes, service providers, private equity, and enterprise clients to navigate the ever-changing global talent landscape. His firm leverages a vast global network of industry experts and specializes in solving complex challenges. A few of his current projects include working with an industry trade group to develop a unique set of industry standards for open talent platform businesses, creating a new go-to-market economic model for a North American tele-health provider, developing a diversity certification for independent talent, building a new product offering for a talent platform based in the UK. You can find Bryan featured in various industry publications, podcasts, webinars as well as Forbes, Fortune, and Buzzfeed, as well as extensively as an industry expert in a National Public Radio’s Marketplace Uncertain Hour show episode on the future of work in America.Previously, Bryan served as senior vice president of contingent workforce strategies at Staffing Industry Analysts. During his more than ten years with SIA, Bryan and his team crafted the Certified Contingent Workforce Professional (CCWP) program—now taught on three continents and widely credited with fundamentally changing the global services industry. He also led SIA’s research and advisory practice to Global 500 companies as well as global conference content for the CWS summit. The CWS summit is the largest event in the world dedicated to the extended workforce and the enterprises who rely on them. Bryan has also served as senior global commodity manager of professional services at Avery Dennison, as well as acting director of strategic sourcing and professional services at Vivendi Universal Entertainment (now NBC Universal) North America.

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