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Marie Artim [More Info]
Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition
Enterprise Holdings

Marie Artim is the Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition for Enterprise Holdings – supporting the Enterprise, Alamo and National Brands.  She is responsible for company-wide strategies and best practices that direct Enterprise’s over 200 local recruiters whose hires include more than 9,000 university graduates each year. Marie also manages strategic partner relationships and collaborates with leadership to develop and implement programs to meet their hiring needs.

Marie is an alumna of Purdue University and began her career in the company’s nationally recognized Management Training Program soon after. Over the next several years she worked her way up through Operations, Human Resources and Recruiting.  Marie took over talent acquisition responsibilities in 2000 and most recently gained global oversight when named Vice President, Talent Acquisition in September 2010.

Marie has conducted presentations and seminars at many universities and industry conferences, and has been featured in national media outlets including BusinessWeek, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Good Morning America.  Under Marie’s leadership, Enterprise’s efforts have been recognized with top honors for their Campus Recruiting Program, Careers Website, Diversity Recruitment and Candidate Experience.

In addition, Marie recently served as President of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

 
A'eesha J Bell [More Info]
Chief Human Capital Officer
St. Vincent Home for Children

A’eesha Bell has been an HR Professional for more than 10 years. Working primarily in the nonprofit sector, A’eesha has worked her entire career as an HR of One, ranging from an HRG to a Chief Human Capital Officer. She received her bachelors in Accounting from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. After more than 15 years in accounting, feeling completely unfulfilled, A’eesha was thrown into the world of human resources, thanks to the recession of 2006. She knew immediately, this was her field. She has spent her career ensuring that skill meets passion as a way to strengthen organizations and the teams which support them.

 
Dr. Joy Harden Bradford [More Info]
Licensed Psychologist, Speaker, and Founder
Therapy for Black Girls

Dr. Joy Harden Bradford is a Licensed Psychologist, Speaker, and the host of the wildly popular mental health podcast, Therapy for Black Girls. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Xavier University of Louisiana, her Master’s degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from Arkansas State, and her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from The University of Georgia.

Her work focuses on making mental health topics more relevant and accessible for Black women and she specializes in creating spaces for Black women to have fuller and healthier relationships with themselves and others.

She has been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, Bustle, Huffington Post, Black Enterprise, Women’s Health, BuzzFeed, Teen Vogue, and Essence. Dr. Joy lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband and two sons.

 
Alan Cabelly, SHRM-SCP [More Info]
Executive Director
Portland Leadership Institute

Alan Cabelly, Professor Emeritus at Portland State University, has taught and advised its award winning HRM program and SHRM students since 1980. He recently received two significant honors:  students, alumni, and corporate leaders secretly raised funds to name a room after him in the new Karl Miller Center at PSU; the SHRM Foundation awarded him its First Annual Chapter Advisor Impact Award for his work with thousands of students in the last four decades.

Prof. Cabelly is founder and Executive Director of the Portland Leadership Institute (www.PortlandLeadershipInstitute.com), which focuses on Leadership Excellence in the 21st century.  He uses the DiSC© system and other contemporary techniques for Executive and Leadership Coaching, and speaks widely on topics such as InterGenerational Effectiveness in the Workplace; Strategic Negotiations; and Corporate Leadership and Teambuilding. His personal mission is to help individuals increase their leadership skills and improve the functioning of their work teams.  He helps people find passion in their work life, leading to greater individual engagement and satisfaction, and increased organization productivity.

Prof. Cabelly was founding Chapter Advisor of the PSU Chapter of SHRM, which has won 36 consecutive Superior Merit Awards from SHRM and numerous student competitions. He was President of the Northwest Human Resource Management Association in 2000, Director of OregonSHRM in 2009, and currently serves on several local and regional SHRM Boards.

 
Johnny Campbell [More Info]
CEO
Social Talent

Johnny is co-founder and CEO of SocialTalent, the largest provider of online recruitment training in the world. Having launched the word "Ninja" into the lexicon of recruiters around the world, Johnny admits he has zero martial arts skills but claims he can martial the arts of recruiting to help any recruiter become a ninja at their job (you see what he did there?).

When he's not making bad puns, Johnny is busy raising 3 boys with his wife Jill, consuming endless books and podcasts and trying to finish 5k runs like he's still 25 (which he is definitely not).

 
Jill Christensen [More Info]
Founder and President
Jill Christensen International

A former Fortune 500 business executive with a Six Sigma Green Belt, Jill Christensen understands how organizations operate, and what they need to do differently to attract, retain, and engage employees.  Her book, If Not You, Who?,  is a global best-seller, and her popular weekly blog was named a Top 100 Corporate Blog alongside of Apple and Microsoft. 

Thanks to her status as a Top 101 Employee Engagement Influencer, Jill has worked in 20 industries, partnering with the best and brightest leaders around the world to improve productivity, retention, customer satisfaction, and revenue growth by re-engaging employees.  Her proven approach to increase engagement has led her to keynote throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.

Jill grew up in multiple U.S. states, but now resides in Denver, CO, thanks to her pioneering spirit, and love of skiing, U.S. football, and live music.

 
David S. Cohen [More Info]
Founder and Contrarian Consultant
DS Cohen & Associates
 
Joe DeLoss [More Info]
Head Fryer and Founder
Hot Chicken Takeover

Joe DeLoss is building a fried chicken empire by changing perspectives on HR and workforce development. Though his career began as an investment bank analyst, Joe quickly left the cubicle to combine his passions for entrepreneurship and community impact.

With ten years and dozens of ideas behind him, Joe has now struck a nerve with his newest adventure, Hot Chicken Takeover. The restaurant concept sells delicious fried chicken in an environment reminiscent of a family reunion. HCT has earned critical acclaim as a breakout brand in its segment and is currently taking over the Midwest.

To support expansion of the concept, Joe relies on an unconventional workforce and HR strategy. The majority of his team members have experienced significant adversity in their past – ranging from addiction, to homelessness, or incarceration. This is a message Hot Chicken Takeover isn’t shy on communicating. For Joe, this approach is far from charitable; it’s the lynchpin of HCT’s success.

Joe’s dedication to fair-chance employment, social entrepreneurship, and vulnerable leadership has allowed him to impact the lives of thousands of people. As Joe continues to build, he is sharing his story with national audiences across the country – including The Today Show, Forbes, Harvard Business School, Politico, the Rachael Ray Show and more.

In 2018, Joe was selected as International Endeavor Entrepreneur for his commitment to scaling impact. Joe has also served as an adjunct instructor at The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business and John Glenn School of Public Affairs. He also maintains seats on several business and community boards.

 
Jodi Detjen [More Info]
Managing Partner
Orange Grove Consulting

Jodi is an organizational consultant and educator. Her mission is to help organizations leverage their talent strategically by increasing inclusion as soon as possible. In addition to being Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Orange Grove Consulting, Jodi is Clinical Professor of Management at Suffolk University. She has spent her career transforming the way people work and designs top-tier women’s leadership. She has consulted and run workshops for clients such as Accenture, Microsoft Partners and Oracle.  

She is co-author of the book, The Orange Line: A Woman’s Guide to Integrating Career, Family, and Life. Her upcoming book on building inclusive workplaces will be published January 2020. 

Jodi earned her B.Sc. from Virginia Tech, her MA from Duke University and is currently pursuing her Doctorate at Temple University.

 
Eric Ellis [More Info]
President and CEO
Integrity Development Corporation

Eric Ellis is President and CEO of Integrity Development Corporation, a Diversity & Inclusion Consulting Firm providing strategic corporate culture and learning solutions for multi-national organizations, mid-sized businesses, educational institutions and public sector organizations.  Eric is an accomplished business leader who has shaped high-performing cultures at Fortune 500 companies in the automotive, healthcare and consumer products industries. He is viewed as a thought leader who effectively collaborates with internal diversity practitioners and HR Leaders to develop and implement innovative D&I solutions. Eric has enjoyed his service to SHRM as a member of the Inclusion & Diversity Expert Panel and a SME for the recently launched HR Inclusion Credential.

Eric’s expertise is leveraged to coach organizational leaders on retention issues/strategies, talent development initiatives, training, and development processes and courses utilizing a stakeholder-centric, client satisfaction approach.  He has been described as a master communicator for his ability to effectively collaborate with front line workers, managers, law enforcement and c-suite execution to achieve positive results.

Eric’s book, entitled Diversity Conversations, has been reviewed by numerous TV and print media across the nation. Eric is an innovator, having designed a groundbreaking mobile app focused on creating respectful workplaces. He has been described by the Cincinnati Enquirer in a 2018 article as “Cincinnati’s Diversity Fixer”. He can be heard nationally on his weekly radio broadcast entitled Diversity Conversations, which can be heard globally through www.1320thevoice.com.

 
Kathi Enderes [More Info]
VP, Talent and Workforce Research Leader
Deloitte
 
Paul Endress [More Info]
Founder & CEO
Maximum Advantage
Paul Endress is an ex-computer programmer and software company founder who is recognized as a true expert in the science and strategy of effective workplace communication.
 
An inspiring speaker, his step by step strategies and frameworks are based upon a decade of research and have helped tens of thousands HR professionals, individuals, and business executives overcome challenges and become better communicators.
 
Paul is the author of Communication Styles 2.0 and he has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, and dozens of other leading business publications.
 
Jeremy M. Eskenazi, SHRM-SCP [More Info]
Managing Principal
Riviera Advisors, Inc.

Jeremy Eskenazi, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, CMC is Managing Principal of Riviera Advisors, Inc., a global Human Resources management consulting firm that helps organizations improve and enhance their internal talent acquisition and staffing capabilities.

Prior to founding Riviera Advisors in 2001, Jeremy spent almost 20 years leading talent acquisition and staffing teams at Universal Studios, Amazon.com, and Idealab. Jeremy is a proud professional member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and the Institute of Management Consultants-USA.

Jeremy is the author of the books, “RecruitCONSULT! Leadership – The Corporate Talent Acquisition Leader’s Field Book”, and “The High-Performance Talent Acquisition Advantage”.

 
Mark S. Fogel [More Info]
CEO
Human Capital 3.0

Mark S. Fogel is the Co-founder of Human Capital 3.0, a Human Capital and Organizational Leadership advisory firm servicing a broad range of industries with a focus on assisting businesses identify and grow its talent strategically. As a former CHRO for Leviton, Marcum, and Success Academy Charter Schools, Mark was the recipient of several national awards including SHRM’s Human Capital Leader of the Year in 2007 and HR Executive Magazine’s Honor Role in 2010.

Mark is also an educator. Working part-time as a Senior Adjunct Professor of distinction at Adelphi University’s Business School, Mark leads HR classes for MBA and Undergrad students in Staffing, Selection, Compensation and Global disciplines. Additionally, he facilitates  the SHRM SCP/CP prep class for  HRJetpack and Manhattanville college. He has also presented over two dozen times at SHRM national, regional, and local conferences on a broad range of HR topics.

 Often Quoted in national media, Mark brings a refreshing point of view to every HR discussion. Follow him on the SHRM blog, Fistfuloftalent.com, Workology.com  and on Twitter @HC3

 
Dr. Edie Goldberg [More Info]
President
E.L. Goldberg & Associates

Edie Goldberg, Ph.D. is the President of E.L. Goldberg & Associates in Menlo Park, California. She is a nationally recognized expert in HR and talent management strategy and organizational effectiveness. She is the co-author of the The Inside Gig: How Sharing Untapped Talent Across Boundaries Unleashes Organizational Capacity (LifeTree Media, April, 2020).  Edie earned her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Albany, SUNY.  She serves on the board of the SHRM Foundation, is Past Chair of HR People + Strategy, and a Fellow of the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology.

 
Lina Graves [More Info]
Chief People Officer
Hirschfeld Properties LLC

Lina has served as a Human Resources leader for nearly 20 years. Early in her career, she founded a consulting agency, ISE Group, Inc. where she provided organizations with Human Resources support with a dynamic focus on workplace culture. In 2011, Lina decided to join one of the largest post-acute providers of healthcare in the country, Genesis Healthcare. As a Human Resources leader for Genesis, she spent 7 years focused on leading a team of Human Resources professionals in providing the highest level of service to nearly 24,000 employees. During her tenure with Genesis, Lina led the creation of a sustainable workplace culture centered around treating team members with care, love and compassion.

After spending many years with Genesis, Lina’s focus returned to consulting with organizations in an effort to successfully create unmatched cultures and build employer branding that set each organization apart and made them the employer of choice within their industry. Today, Lina is the Chief People Officer for Hirschfeld Properties, a real estate development and property management company based out of New York that serves communities across the country. In her role at Hirschfeld, Lina has focused her attention on building work environments where employees feel valued, respected and loved by the organization they support.

Additionally, Lina’s passion for creating sustainable workplace culture continues on through her latest venture, Culture ConNext, Inc. Culture ConNext is an organization dedicated to creating the highest attainable levels of culture for the clients they serve. Culture ConNext has also established an annual conference where leaders across multiple industries come together every year with the collective goal of improving culture in their organizations. Lina’s goal with establishing Culture ConNext is to have a positive impact in workplace culture that ultimately leads to the creation of a kinder world.

People who know Lina say she is a devoted leader of people who thrives in environments where she can make a difference by improving how individuals feel about the organization they support. Lina strongly believes that leading from the heart is the most rewarding approach to leadership and she goes above and beyond to educate her partners on the importance of employees feeling “safe” and included in the workplace. Above all, Lina is passionate about building meaningful relationships with everyone she comes in contact with. Lina’s motto is in life is to be kind in every interaction and to leave a lasting positive impact on every single life she touches.

On a personal note, Lina enjoys spending time with her husband and four children at their home in sunny Florida. Lina enjoys the beach, traveling, and exploring different cultures while immersing herself in the beautiful and diverse world we share. She loves sharing details about her own culture and her heart ignites when she talks about her home country of Colombia.

 
Shari Harley [More Info]
Founder and President
Candid Culture
Shari Harley, author of the book How to Say Anything to Anyone, is known globally as an engaging, funny, content-rich business speaker. Her international training firm, Candid Culture, is making it easier to tell the truth at work. Shari is bringing candor back to the workplace. A former HR practitioner and operations leader, Shari’s practical approach has led her to speak and train in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Dubai and Australia. From ‘Making Meetings Work’ and ‘Delegating Better’ to ‘Managing Your Career’ and ‘Saying Anything to Anyone,’ Shari’s tips are sure to delight and inform in a real, direct and very funny way. Watch videos and learn more about Shari at www.candidculture.com.
 
Melissa Kersey [More Info]
Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer
McDonald's

Melissa Kersey joined McDonald’s as the Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer for the U.S. business in 2017.

In this role, Melissa is accountable for developing and implementing the strategic vision for all aspects for the HR/People Function, which includes over 800,000 crew, 2,300 franchisees, and 40,000 staff across the United States.

She provides executive level leadership in partnership with the CEO, CFO and Executive Board members to develop internal growth, expand and build people capabilities, create and drive a high performing culture and strengthen business alignment of the People function.

Before joining the McDonald’s team, Melissa held a number of executive level roles with Walmart, acting as the SVP of Global HR Transformation and People Services, the SVP and Chief People Officer, and SVP of Learning and HR Strategy throughout her 9 years with the company. In these roles, she introduced new technology platforms to increase productivity and reduce complexity; she overhauled compensation programs; designed and implemented new workforce planning programs; led the development and launch of the company’s first ever Associate Value Proposition; led the company’s culture transformation; and much more.

Before her time with Walmart, Melissa spent 8 years with Alltell and 4 years with Target.

Melissa was born in Arkansas and raised in Kansas. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business with a Communications minor from Emporia State University. Melissa currently lives near Chicago with her husband, 3 kids and 3 dogs.

 
Katrina Kibben [More Info]
Founder and Principal Consultant
Three Ears Media
Katrina Kibben is the Founder and Principal Consultant of Three Ears Media, a recruitment marketing copy agency. For most of Katrina's career, she has been a marketer living in a recruiter's world - listening to both sides of the talent equation to understand the real issues and find solutions. Today, she uses her technical marketing know-how and way with words to help both established and emerging brands develop and deliver smart recruitment marketing that makes the right people apply. Katrina has also spoken at events around the world and written for HR Tech Conference, The Chicago Tribune, SHRM and many other digital publications.
 
Alice Kilborn Riethman, Esq., SHRM-SCP [More Info]

As a human resources professional and former employment litigator, Alice Kilborn Riethman’s practice is dedicated to

working with employers to provide essential and timely workplace training, consulting, and human resources mentorship to

address critical issues facing her clients’ organizations. Alice brings a wealth of knowledge regarding the employer/employee

workplace relationship to the broad-range of workplace training services she provides, including, harassment and

discrimination prevention, management skill, employment law for managers, trainings and seminars on emerging human

resources and employment law trends, as well as custom training tailored to suit the specific needs of individual employers.

Alice is based in the Washington, DC area, and provides training services to clients across the country. Previously, Alice

worked with a DC-based law firm to provide human resources consulting leadership and expertise. Before relocating to the

DC area, Alice built an employer counseling practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico devoted to working with organizations

on workplace compliance issues and streamlining and improving the employer/employee relationship. Alice brings

experience in employment litigation (representing both employers and employees) as well as management-side labor matters.

Prior to entering the legal field, she worked in human resources specializing in the areas of state and federal regulatory

compliance (including multi-state compliance matters, oversight of Affirmative Action Plans, Equal Employment

Opportunity Programs, USERRA, and the Family and Medical Leave Act) and corporate training.

Alice served on the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Labor Relations Special Expertise Panel from 2016-

2019. Alice has taught various human resources courses for the University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management

Career and Professional Development Programs. She is a certified mediator and holds the SHRM Certified Professional

(SHRM-CP) designation.

Alice is a frequent, enthusiastic national speaker on workplace issues, employment law, and public policy related topics.

 
Ryan Kohler [More Info]
CEO
ApplicantPro
Ryan started out his business career as an Accountant, receiving an BS in Accounting from Southern Utah University.   He quickly realized that his passion was for entrepreneurship and marketing so he finished his MBA and struck out on his own. After 5 years of success in the world of web marketing and lead generation, he was approached to develop an applicant tracking system specifically focused on smaller companies.

He founded ApplicantPro in 2005 with the singular mission of helping small and mid sized employers improve their hiring results.  Going far beyond applicant tracking, Ryan has used his web marketing background to create innovative approaches that help smaller employers dramatically improve their applicant flow and hiring. 

As the CEO of ApplicantPro, Ryan has successfully bootstrapped his company from a startup into a multi-million dollar growth company with over 80 employees and 4000 clients in 10 countries. ApplicantPro’s 10 years of consistent 50%+ annual year-over-year growth has resulted in it being recognized by Mountain West Capital as one of the 100 fastest growing companies in Utah and by Inc Magazine as one of the 5000 fastest growing companies in the US for the last 4 years in a row.  He’s also travelled around the country and spoken at various SHRM events including National SHRM for the past four years.
 
Raymond Lee [More Info]
CEO
Careerminds Group Inc.

Raymond Lee is the Founder and CEO of Careerminds, a virtual outplacement and retirement coaching company launched in 2008. He has over 18 years of human resource, outplacement, and career consulting experience. He’s also a certified retirement coach. Raymond pioneered the concept of virtual outplacement after experiencing years of traditional outplacement in a variety of HR roles. He has his bachelor’s in psychology and holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Louisiana Tech University. He sits on the Careerminds Board of Director’s and is active in SHRM, HRPS and the Philadelphia Society of People and Strategy. Raymond’s been featured on SiriusXM Business Radio, CareerTalk, and the Wall Street Journal.

 
Tony Lee [More Info]
Vice President, Editorial
SHRM

Tony Lee is vice president of editorial for the Society for Human Resource Management, where he oversees all editorial functions and staff and focuses on evolving SHRM's content strategy globally. SHRM’s publishing portfolio includes HR Magazine, HR News online, e-newsletters and SHRM-published books.

Lee is a recognized authority on recruitment trends, and prior to joining SHRM he was editor and publisher of CareerCast.com, an award-winning site he created for job hunters and the HR community. He also served as chief alliance officer of CareerCast’s parent company, Adicio Inc., a leading developer of online recruitment solutions. Adicio powers the HR Jobs site for SHRM, which is also a partner in the CareerCast HR Network.

Lee is a frequent conference speaker in the U.S. and internationally, and has appeared as a career guidance authority on a range of television and radio programs, such as those produced by NBC, ABC, CNN, FOX, NPR, CNBC, Huffington Post, WCBS and The Wall Street Journal, including “The Today Show” and “Good Morning America.”

Lee is co-author of “The Jobs Rated Almanac” (Barricade), and “Career Choice, Change and Challenge” (JIST Pub.), and has published more than 15 books through his career. He also is a columnist for a range of industry web sites, including RecruitingTrends, Jobboarders and Staffing Stream. He has written The Wall Street Journal's “Managing Your Career” column, and his articles have appeared in hundreds of newspapers and magazines globally. Lee also has served on the board of directors of the International Association of Employment Web Sites for many years.

Lee is the founder and former publisher of The Wall Street Journal Online Vertical Network and all of the sites within that network, including CareerJournal.com, OpinionJournal.com, StartupJournal.com, RealEstateJournal.com, CollegeJournal.com and “Political Diary,” a paid email newsletter about politics. Under his leadership, those sites won a range of awards and accolades. Combined, the Network sites attracted an average of 2.5 million unique visitors and 20 million page views each month. Lee also was one of two finalists for the Newspaper Association of America’s annual Online Innovator Award. Prior to moving online, Lee was editor in chief of the National Business Employment Weekly and of Managing Your Career, both published by Dow Jones & Co. Lee started his career as Director of Publications for the Chicago Chapter of the American Diabetes Association.

Tony is a member of the SHRM Speakers Bureau.

 
Amy Lein, SHRM-SCP [More Info]
Chief Human Resources Officer
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
 
Scott Lesnick [More Info]
President
Jazzdog Enterprises
Scott exemplifies the attributes of the Never Give Up guy in many areas of his life. Over the years, the message of Persistence = Success has permeated the way he has triumphed over challenges, grew as a leader and overcame adversity. As a keynote speaker and interactive breakout presenter, Scott motivates your audiences with his powerful and entertaining message plus powerful actionable takeways.
 
Scott amazingly devised a daring plan to reunite with his two small children who were kidnapped to the Middle East and no laws required them to be returned. This proved to be a significant test of both his resolve and the strength of his conviction. The abduction and how he retained custody of his children led to the principles of tenacity and persistence displayed in his customized presentations.
 
Professionally, Scott has received numerous top sales and leadership management achievement awards at a Fortune 500, Berkshire-Hathaway owned company in a career spanning 28 years. As a result of his sales training and on-the-job work experience, Scott’s expertise and “years in the trenches” will help you in growing relationships and inspiring sales and management staffs.
 
In addition, Scott has run the equivalent of 1,300 marathons over thirty years. As a motivational speaker, he has the energy, enthusiasm, knowledge and proven track record to ignite your group and handle any environment. Your team will grow as thought leaders and achievers.
 
Scott gives back by lending his professional skills to the Parenting Network, Wisconsin Father’s for Children and Family and other groups who need facilitation, development or other types of volunteer work
 
Jim Link [More Info]
Chief Human Resources Officer
Randstad North America

Jim Link is the Chief Human Resources Officer for Randstad North America where he leads a team tasked with addressing the human capital requirements of more than 125,000 employees in 15,000 customer locations. 

Jim’s most recent work focuses on enabling a better connection between the capabilities of workers and the growing demands of the labor market. Working with advanced technologies, progressive companies and a new generation of employees, he and his team are helping companies reimagine where, when and how work gets done. 

As a recognized thought leader in human capability and the future of work, Jim is a sought- after commentator with the national and international press, features widely on the lecture and speaker circuit, and consults with leaders, companies and boards of directors around the world on matters related to the workplace. 

In addition to serving on boards of advisors for several organizations, Jim is a board member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) National Foundation. He is also active with a number of charitable organizations in his community.

Jim is a member of the SHRM Speakers Bureau.

 
Matthew Luhn [More Info]
Former Pixar Storyteller

Matthew Luhn is an accomplished storyteller, instructor, motivational keynote speaker, and story consultant, with over 20 years’ experience creating stories and characters at Pixar Animation Studios. Alongside his story work in Hollywood, Matthew works with Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurs, and other professionals how to craft and tell stories that bridge the gap between business and heart to build stronger brands and business communication.

Matthew’s most recent clients include Adidas, Target, Coke, Procter and Gamble, Facebook, Warner Brothers, Sony, and Google.

Matthew’s story credits include Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3, Monsters Inc., Monsters University, Finding Nemo, UP, Cars, Ratatouille and other films currently in development.

With over 20 years experience creating and developing dozens of films, TV shows, and video games, at Pixar, The Simpsons, ILM, and other studios, Matthew Luhn knows what it takes to create memorable stories with enduring characters. From filmmaking to business, Matthew’s story talks are beneficial to anybody wanting to improve their story skills, or learn the persuasion of great storytelling. In Matthew’s story seminar, he will share his process for creating new ideas and characters, how to develop great stories and story structure, and how to realize your story ideas from script to storyboards to finished product.

 
Kristen Magni [More Info]
VP, Talent & Culture
Bozzuto

As head of Talent Strategy, Employer Brand and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Kristen leads the strategic vision and operational execution of all functions that impact Bozzuto's award winning talent brand.

Aligning people strategy with business strategy, Kristen has a proven track record of building progressive, 'best-in-class', talent acquisition, diversity & inclusion, employee engagement and retention programs that deliver exceptional experiences and business outcomes. Kristen is a skilled leadership coach and workplace experience designer leveraging technology, automation and marketing to visualize and optimize the future of work. After graduating from Penn State University, Kristen began her career in hospitality management. Seven years later, she transitioned to staffing and executive search until moving into corporate human resources in 2006. She joined Bozzuto in 2011.

Bozzuto is a privately held, real estate services company that specializes in Property Management, Construction, Development and Homebuilding. Their mission of creating sanctuary is inspired by the values driven execution of their 2800 talented team members. 

 
Jeanne Meister [More Info]
Partner
Future Workplace

Jeanne Meister is Founding Partner of Future Workplace, an HR Advisory and Research firm. She is the best-selling author of three books including, The Future Workplace Experience: 10 Rules for Mastering Disruption in Recruiting and Engaging Employees The 2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop and Keep Tomorrow's Employees Today and Corporate Universities: Lessons In Building A World-Class Work Force. These books were awarded the Silver Axiom Best Business Book Award for Human Resources professionals and the Bellwether award, by the Community College Futures Assembly. Jeanne is also a Contributor to Forbes and her column can be found here: http://blogs.forbes.com/jeannemeister/.

Jeanne is the receipt of the Distinguished Contribution in Workplace Learning Award, an award given to one HR executive each year by Association for Talent Development (ATD) honoring her body of work in preparing executives for the future of learning and working. Jeanne is also the receipt of the Colin Corder Award for Outstanding Achievement in Workplace Learning by The Learning and Performance Institute, (LPI) an HR and Learning Association based in London.

Jeanne’s books have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Estonian. Jeanne is a sought-after expert on the future of work having appeared in CIO, CNBC Power Lunch, CBS News, CNN, Fast Company, Fox Business, Harvard Business Review, NPR, SHRM Magazine, Market Watch, Time Magazine, The Globe and Mail, and WPIX, New York. A recent article Jeanne wrote for Harvard Business Review,  #1 Office Perk: Natural Light went viral in syndication.

Jeanne is the visionary behind the online course, Using AI 4 HR to Enhance The Employee Experience, a five week online course training HR executives on how to leverage the power of artificial intelligence for recruiting, new hire on boarding, internal talent mobility, learning & development, performance management and coaching. The course, Using AI 4 HR to Enhance The Employee Experience is the recent winner of the GOLD Brandon Hall award in the category of excellence for custom content of online course for HR. This course is eligible for 8 SHRM Re-certification credits. Jeanne was recently named one of the Top HR Experts to Watch in 2020 by People Managing People Magazine. Jeanne is a regular speaker at HR TECH Conference, ATD, SHRM, Learning Performance Institute, Fast Company, CNBC Future of Work Summit, World Innovation Forum and Business Transformation Summit in Portugal.

Jeanne was previously CEO of Corporate University Xchange a company she sold just prior to joining Accenture as Vice President of Market Development. (www.accenture.com) Jeanne is a member of the Excelsior College Board of Trustees.

 
Andrew R. Morton [More Info]
Director, Veterans and Certification Affairs
SHRM

In his role as the Director of Veterans and Certification Affairs at SHRM, Andrew Morton provides strategic leadership and direction for several of SHRM’s veteran, military-family, and disability hiring, retention and engagement programs. Andrew works with stakeholders across the military-service organizations to develop pathways for active-duty, veteran and military-family members to achieve relevant workforce credentials including SHRM’s Certification. 

Andrew also works with SHRM’s membership, and other partners to deliver resources that empower HR professionals, people managers, and business leaders in their inclusion-hiring, workforce-readiness, and employee-engagement efforts. This work includes SHRM’s initiative in support of second-chance employment through SHRM’s Getting Talent Back to Work initiative. He’s an award-winning speaker, delivering workshops and keynote sessions on the business case for and the business of integrating these highly-skilled talent pools into our workforce.  In 2018, he was the contributing author to fellow-veteran Justin Constantine’s SHRM published book “From We Will to At Will- A Handbook for Veteran Hiring, Transitioning and Thriving in Today’s Workplace.” 

Andrew also serves as spokesman for SHRM Certification in support of SHRM’s Chief Knowledge Officer, Dr. Alex Alonso. Prior to his current role within SHRM, Andrew spent five years serving as SHRM’s Director of Social Engagement, leading SHRM’s social media program and team.  

Before joining SHRM in 2014, Andrew worked with a leading PR firm managing Fortune 500 brand and advocacy campaigns.  Andrew is a retired Army Infantry-Officer who served in multiple leadership and command positions as well as overseas and combat tours including deployments to Iraq, Bosnia, Macedonia and Egypt. During his 21-year Army career Andrew also served in multiple senior public affairs positions including Chief of Media Outreach for Multi-National Force-Iraq, Chief of Marketing and Advertising for the Army Reserve, and the Director of Digital and Social Media for the Army Reserve.  

Andrew is passionate about efforts to foster awareness and resources in support of mental health and our workplace- across all employees. Most importantly, Andrew serves as “Working-Dad” to his three wonderfully-exhaustive kids at their home headquarters in Alexandria, VA.   

Andrew is a member of the SHRM Speakers Bureau.

 
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Sarah O'Brien [More Info]
Head of Global Insights
LinkedIn
As the leader of LinkedIn’s Global Insights capability, Sarah provides companies with relevant insights based on LinkedIn data to help them make better business decisions. During the past year, Sarah played a pivotal role in bringing LinkedIn’s first self-serve analytics product, Talent Insights, to market. Previously, Sarah held multiple roles at Bain & Company, a strategy consulting firm, most recently building out and leading Bain’s Global Advanced Analytics practice. In that capacity, she sought to help companies across all industries turn data into a competitive asset, and she worked to enable Bain’s own internal processes with data-driven intelligence. Sarah holds an M.B.A from Harvard University and a Bachelors in Operations Research from Princeton University. In her spare time, she can be found coaching her sons’ baseball and soccer teams.
 
Mario Pecoraro [More Info]
President/CEO
Alliance Risk Group

Mario Pecoraro is President/CEO of Alliance Risk Group, a company that provides employment background screenings, investigative surveillance services, property/casualty claims adjusting and process service. The company, formerly known as Alliance Worldwide Investigative Group, was founded in 2005 and consolidated its subsidiary companies in 2020 under a new name, new logo, and new mission: “Reducing Risk an Inspiring Confidence.”  A member of NAPBS, Alliance employees hold FCRA Advanced Certification. Pecoraro is an investigative expert who presents at conferences across the country. He recently published his second book, available on Amazon.com, called “Avoiding Costly Hiring Mistakes” which details how to mitigate risk by avoiding “bad hires.”

 

 

 
John Register [More Info]
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Inspired Communications International, LLC
 
Beth Ronnenburg [More Info]
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Lester S. Rosen [More Info]
Attorney and CEO
Employment Screening Resources (ESR)

Lester S. Rosen is an attorney at law and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR) an accredited nationwide background screening firm. He is the author of, “The Safe Hiring Manual-- the Complete Guide to Employment Screening Background Checks for Employers, Recruiters, and Jobseekers (3d Edition 2017).  He is also a consultant, writer and frequent presenter nationwide on safe hiring and due diligence.   He has testified as an expert witness in court cases. Mr. Rosen was the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA) and served as the first co-chairman in 2004.

 
Tim Sackett, SHRM-SCP [More Info]
President
HRU Technical Resource

Tim Sackett, SHRM-SCP,SPHR is the President of HRU Technical Resources a leading IT and Engineering Staffing firm headquartered in Lansing, MI. Tim has 20 years of combined Executive HR and Talent Acquisition experience, working for Fortune 500 companies and he has his Master’s degree in HR Management. Tim is a highly sought-after international speaker on leadership, HR Tech, talent acquisition and HR execution. Tim is currently on the board for the Association of Talent Acquisition Professionals (ATAP).

Tim is the author of the best-selling SHRM published book, “The Talent Fix: A Leader’s Guide to Recruiting Great Talent”. He also writes every day at his blog the Tim Sackett Project and over at Fistful of Talent. Tim is married to a hall of fame wife, has three sons, and his dog Scout. In 2018, he was named a Top 10 Global HR Influencer by Workforce Magazine, and the #8 Influencer Globally on Recruitment. He has more Twitter followers than his 3 GenZ sons combined, which they love to point out (@TimSackett). He is a lifelong workplace advocate for Diet Mt. Dew fountain machines and he considered the world’s foremost expert on workplace hugs.

 
Anthony Scarpino [More Info]
Senior Director of Human Resources
Sodexo

Anthony Scarpino is a Senior Director of Human Resources in Sodexo’s Health Care segment. In his role, Anthony leads initiatives to enable site managers at more than 2000 sites, to attract, recruit and retain their frontline labor force. Prior to joining the segment, Anthony led Sodexo's employment branding for US recruitment which was recognized best in class by the Corporate Executive Board, Human Capital Institute and featured in the Wall Street Journal and Forbes magazine.  Anthony began his career in clinical dietetics and managed hospital operations in the New England area. He is a registered dietitian and past president of the Massachusetts Dietetic Association. 


 
 
David Scott [More Info]
Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer
DISH Network
 
Craig Simpson [More Info]
President
O.R. Talent

Craig is President of O.R.Talent, a firm of consulting psychologists who enable organizations to gain a competitive edge through transforming their leadership capability.

He specializes in leadership strategy, executive assessment and leadership development. He partners with organizations to support them in preparing their leaders for the strategic challenges around the corner, strengthening their leadership bench and accelerating the development of their high potentials and senior leaders.

He has worked around the world with leaders and their teams in high performing organizations across sectors including banking and financial services, retail, airlines, Federal government, automotive, construction, manufacturing, oil and gas, technology and Formula One racing.

He has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, is Associate Professor at the IEDC Business School in Europe and Adjunct Faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership.

 
Sarah Smart [More Info]
Vice President, Global Recruitment
Hilton

Sarah is proud to lead the Recruitment Function for Hilton, the #1 Workplace in the U.S. as recognized by Fortune and Great Place to Work.

Prior to Hilton, Sarah led Global MD Recruitment at Accenture. She spent the majority of her career in executive search leading executive recruitment engagements for private equity and venture backed companies in-house at JPMorgan Partners and at Russell Reynolds Associates and Heidrick & Struggles.

Sarah lives in Washington DC with her family. 

 
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Leadership Success International

Dr. Earl Suttle is the CEO and founder of Leadership Success International, LLC, an international consulting and training company based in Atlanta, GA. The firm works with businesses and organizations to increase their profits and productivity through developing their greatest resource: their people. 

As a leadership advisor, Dr. Earl is also a consultant to the NBA and NFL working directly with the athletes. 

Dr. Earl is a highly sought-after speaker and author of 5 best-selling books on leadership. His remarkable insights and powerful, practical tools excite, energize and elevate his audiences to exceptional greatness.

 
Michael Timms [More Info]
Principal
Avail Leadership Inc.

Michael Timms believes that everyone has the right to be inspired and uplifted by their leaders at work. As principal of Avail Leadership, Michael shows executives how to create a people first culture and build a pipeline of leadership talent. He also provides leadership training and is a professional speaker.

Michael is the author of the book Succession Planning That Works, which has received critical acclaim as “an invaluable guide for identifying, and taking advantage of, talent within organizations.”

Prior to forming his own consultancy, Michael was a consultant with Deloitte and HR leader in the construction and manufacturing industries.

 
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VP, Product Development
Berkshire Associates

As the Vice President of Business & Product Development, Manoj Tiwari oversees Business Development, Marketing, Software Development, Technical Support and enterprise software accounts for Berkshire. With over 30 years of combined business and technical experience, Manoj has been instrumental in constructing well-defined processes, and automating large-volume, recruiting solutions for medium and large size companies. He has emerged as one of the industry's leading authorities on engineering automated solutions for human resources. He has held distinguished positions at companies including IBM, Amtrak, KPMG and others.

 
Colonel Sam Whitehurst, US Army (Ret) [More Info]
Vice President
Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services

Colonel (Ret.) Sam Whitehurst served over 29 years in the U.S. Army in the U.S. and overseas, to include Afghanistan and Iraq. He finished his military career as the Director of the Army’s Soldier for Life program, serving as an advocate for Soldiers as they transition back into civilian society.

He now serves as the Vice President of Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services, where he continues to advocate for service members, military veterans, their families, and the families of our fallen. 

 
Ira S. Wolfe [More Info]
President
Success Performance Solutions
Ira S Wolfe is the “Millennial trapped in a Baby Boomer body.” Fueled by his fierce passion for technology its impact on people, Ira S. Wolfe has emerged as one of HR’s most visionary thinkers and influencers on the future of work, jobs, and talent acquisition. Ira is an accomplished speaker/author and President of Success Performance Solutions. He has presented on the prestigious red carpet of TEDx and is the author of several books including Recruiting in the Age of Googlization. He hosts The Geeks, Geezers, and Googlization Show, live talk radio on W4CY.com and iHeart radio.