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Bryan Peña

Founder, Defiant Solutions, LLC

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, a passionate evangelist for the open talent industry, and a highly sought out 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 utilizes an immense global network of industry experts and specializes in solving complex challenges. Just 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 telehealth 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 being featured in various industry publications, podcasts, and webinars, such as Forbes, Fortune, Buzzfeed, to name a few. Bryan is featured 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 Chief of Market Strategy for MBO Partners, the leading platform for the independent economy, where he was responsible for overall go-to-market strategy, strategic partnership, business development and enterprise thought leadership to support the growing demand for independent workforce solutions. Bryan may best be known for his time as senior vice president of contingent workforce strategies at Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA). During his more than ten years with SIA, Bryan and his team crafted the revolutionary 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 enterprise research schedule and advisory practice to Global 500 companies as well as conference content for the CWS summit from 2010 to 2019. The CWS Summit series are the largest events in the world that are dedicated to the total talent workforce and the enterprises who rely on them. Bryan has extensive hands-on experience as a contingent workforce practitioner, having served as a program practitioner with program leadership roles at Avery Dennison and Vivendi Universal Entertainment (now NBC Universal) North America.

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