Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP
President & Chief Executive Officer, Society for Human Resource Management and Author, RESET: A Leader’s Guide to Work in an Age of Upheaval
Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP is President and Chief Executive Officer of SHRM, the world's largest HR professional society. He is also the author of RESET: A Leader’s Guide to Work in an Age of Upheaval.
Alexander Alonso, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP
Chief Knowledge Officer, Society for Human Resource Management
Alexander Alonso, PhD, SHRM-SCP is the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM's) Chief Knowledge Officer leader research, insights, and innovation functions, as well as the SHRM Foundation. His total portfolio includes more than $60 million across new revenue streams based upon practical thought leadership designed to make better workplaces for a more inclusive world. In fact, Dr. Alonso was recognized as an inaugural member of the Blue-Ribbon Commission on Racial Equity in the Workplace, a coalition designed to foster equitable and inclusive cultures.
Vice President, Marketing Communications, Society for Human Resource Management
Tina Beaty changes the way people think, feel and believe. Using integrated communications strategy and omni-channel execution, based on research and audience insights, she and her team impact their target to change their behavior. She has launched products, shaped public opinion, introduced consumer awareness campaigns, and now works to shape the world of work. Why? Because most adults spend a majority of their waking hours at work and it should be an innovative, safe, fulfilling place to be.
Vivian Blade, MBA, MBB, PMP
Leadership & Resilience Expert, Experts in Growth Leadership Consulting, LLC
Recognized as one of Engagedly’s Top 100 Global HR Influencers of 2021, Vivian Blade is a sought-after leadership expert and thought leader. She works with the world’s top brands, equipping leaders to build better, more resilient workplaces equipped to thrive in spite of insurmountable odds. She helps companies solve the pressing burnout, turnover, and workplace culture challenges your company is struggling with right now. Her impact is felt as a frequent keynote speaker, and in delivering transformative leadership development programs, executive coaching, and corporate consulting.
CEO & Hall of Fame Speaker, Walter Bond Worldwide
When Walter steps onto the stage, you can’t miss him. It could be because he’s 6’5 and stands out in a crowd, but it could also be because on the stage is where he feels at home. As a nationally recognized public speaker, he commands the stage. He makes the entire audience, whether it’s a small board room or a large conference venue, feel seen. People walk out of Walter’s talks changed, motivated, and inspired. His principles are simple but powerful, his delivery is smooth, and he combines humor, tough love, and experience in a way that changes people.
John & Mark Cronin
Mark X. Cronin, Co-Founder & John Cronin, Co-Founder & Chief Happiness Officer of John’s Crazy Socks
John and Mark X. Cronin are the father-son team that founded John’s Crazy Socks. John is an entrepreneur who just happens to have Down syndrome. You may know them for being named EY Entrepreneurs of the Year or testifying before Congress or speaking at the UN. You may know them because John became “Sock Buddies” with President George H.W. Bush. Or you may know them for having grown a bootstrapped start up into a multi-million dollar social enterprise.
JoDee Curtis, SHRM-SCP, CPA
Founder, Purple Ink & Powered by Purple Ink
JoDee Curtis is the Founder of Purple Ink and Powered by Purple Ink, author.co-author of four books in the JoyPowered® series. She has a passion for helping organizations and individuals discover their talents and do more of what they do well through leadership training and coaching.
Emily M. Dickens, J.D.
Corporate Secretary, Chief of Staff and Head, Government Affairs
Emily M. Dickens is Chief of Staff, Head of Government Affairs and Corporate Secretary for SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management. A member of the executive team, Emily has responsibility for implementing the CEO's vision, corporate governance, global outreach, government affairs, and the organization’s buildings and property.
Principal, Paul Falcone Workplace Leadership Consulting, LLC
Paul Falcone is the principal of Paul Falcone Workplace Leadership Consulting, LLC. His practice is dedicated to keynote presentations, corporate leadership training, executive coaching, and moderating corporate offsite events.
Director, Corporate Partnerships at the Society for Human Resource Management
Howie has over 25 yrs. of experience providing HR technology and solutions to hundreds of companies and organizations worldwide, and in his current role curates SHRM’s vast framework of offerings to meet the needs of SHRM Enterprise clients.
Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Expert, Humorist, Keynote Speaker and Author
Karith Foster is the creator of INVERSITY™- revolutionary way to address Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. Karith is a speaker, humorist, media personality and the author of the bestselling book, “You Can Be Perfect or You Can Be Happy.”
Field Service Director, Society for Human Resource Management
Art Gloria is an award-winning, experienced professional in human resources, finance, and general business management with a demonstrated history of working in the government, health care, and diverse private business industries. At SHRM, he is responsible for fostering and promoting membership, educational programs, and services advancing the profession of human resources, and creating a better world through better workplaces for all.
Founder & Chief Playmaker, The Life is Good ® Kids Foundation
Steve Gross, Founder of the Life is Good® Kids Foundation, has dedicated his career to leading healing efforts in communities impacted by trauma. His unique approach, called the Playmaker Practice, emphasizes joy, social connection, optimism, engagement and control - all elements that serve as the foundation for every healthy community. The lessons he learned in the field now helps organizations across the globe grow through challenging and uncertain times, emerging stronger, more connected, and joyful than they were before.
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Optimist, Life is Good®
Bert tells the story of how the $100 million lifestyle brand Life is Good came to be—mistakes, missteps, and all, including an unlikely and humble beginning. Bert’s story will leave audiences with the tools they need to develop an optimistic mindset that leads to success, along with tips on building a vibrant community and brand that will stand the test of time. Get ready to laugh, and maybe cry (have tissues on standby), but most of all, be ready to uncover a deeper purpose in both business and in life. Your audience will leave united, connected, and ready to spread the power of optimism.
Co-Founder & Chief Creative Optimist, Life is Good®
John tells the story of how the $100 million lifestyle brand Life is Good came to be—mistakes, missteps, and all, including an unlikely and humble beginning. John’s story will leave audiences with the tools they need to develop an optimistic mindset that leads to success, along with tips on building a vibrant community and brand that will stand the test of time. Get ready to laugh, and maybe cry (have tissues on standby), but most of all, be ready to uncover a deeper purpose in both business and in life. Your audience will leave united, connected, and ready to spread the power of optimism.
Speaker / Author / President of The Employee Engagement Group
Bob Kelleher is a best-selling author, keynote speaker, and consultant on employee engagement, leadership, and workforce trends. Bob is the author of the bestselling book, LOUDER THAN WORDS: 10 Practical Employee Engagement Steps That Drive Results, CREATIVESHIP, A Novel for Evolving Leaders, EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT for Dummies, and I-Engage, Your Personal Engagement Roadmap. Bob can be seen or heard on national media (most recently on CNBC, CBS, NBC News, Business Week, Forbes, and Fortune, and has presented to many of the world’s top companies Bob is also the founder of The Employee Engagement Group, a global survey, products, assessment, consulting firm.
Nikki R. Lanier, JD
Labor Attorney | CHRO| Racial Equity Strategist
Nikki Lanier is the CEO of Harper Slade, a racial equity advisory firm focused on helping organizations and communities advance equity for some and equality for all. She is an experienced leader with over 25 years of career achievements that span Banking, Labor and Employment Law, Collective Bargaining, Human Resources, and State Government.
Dr. Robert Lemon
Professional Speaker & Author, Believe Your Dreams Inc.
Named a Man of Prominence, Power and Prestige by a Miami newspaper, Robert is a speaker who teaches others to take responsibility for their lives. As a leading corporate, government and HR Speaker, he combines the ageless tool of story telling with a profound understanding of today’s culture and highest ideals. Utilizing a keen sense of humor and heartwarming charm, he effortlessly elevates and energizes his audiences to pursue their dreams. Dr. Lemon has been the Keynote Speaker and Trainer for numerous SHRM Events. Including KYSHRM, HR Florida , SHRMJAX, Big Bend SHRM , Sarasota SHRA, Fayetteville NC SHRM , GMA SHRM and the National SHRM Student Conference.
Jim Link, SHRM-SCP
Chief Human Resources Officer, Society for Human Resource Management
Jim Link is an Atlanta-based business consultant and former Fortune 500 executive specializing in equipping leaders with the tools needed to build best-in-class, inclusive workplaces that drive revenue and profitability.
Gloria Sinclair Miller, SHRM-SCP
Divisional Director for the Western Region, Society for Human Resources Management
Gloria Sinclair Miller is an accomplished Senior HR Business Executive with more than 20 years of successful global and domestic human resources leadership in a variety of industry sectors including biopharmaceutical, retail, financial services, non-profit organizations. Gloria has held leadership positions with the USO of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey, AstraZeneca Pharmaceutical, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Borders Group Inc, TD Bank and Rosenbluth International.
Lisa I. Perez, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Founder & CEO, Human Resources Consultant
Lisa I. Perez conducts Keynotes, Plenary & Breakout Sessions, Workshops, Speeches & Trainings on a variety of topics. Lisa is on the mission of Transforming the Human in Human Resources®. She speaks to organizations and associations about the need for HR compliance coupled with soft-skills management training to ensure “no matter how tough the conversation, every employee walks out of your office with their dignity intact”. In doing so, organizations reduce liability, increase employee retention and improve business performance. She is also the author of The Complete Manager Makeover which offers a nuts and bolts approach to answer questions like "what exactly do I say and do in this situation?"
Dr. Belay Reddick
Author, Speaker, and Organizer of Change is Possible Tour
Dr. Belay Reddick is a criminal justice reform activist, former federal prisoner, top inspirational speaker and published author of Now, Let Me Tell You How I Really Feel. Dr. Reddick’s story has been featured on CBS-3 News Memphis, ABC-24 News Memphis, Fox-29 News Philadelphia, NBC-5 News Dallas, Fox-4 News Fort Worth, Florida Star, Jacksonville Free Press, and Florida Times-Union.
George Rivera III
SVP Enterprise & Commercial Partnerships, Society for Human Resource Management
Over the past 15+ years, George has lead with his passion for supporting people and business. Being the son of business owners, he learned early-on the impact great business can have on individuals, communities, and society. His time at Paychex afforded him the opportunity to rise up to new challenges, which resulted in people-first impact to thousands of businesses. In 2020, he turbocharged his passion for work by joining SHRM as the SVP of Enterprise and Commercial Partnerships, where he supports and amplifies the crucial work of SHRM partners and customers.
Employment Law Attorney & Author, Sheppard Mullin
Adam Rosenthal is an employment law attorney and author who counsels and represents employers throughout the U.S. As a Partner in the global law firm Sheppard Mullin, Adam represents national and international clients in a wide variety of industries, including retail, transportation, high-tech, manufacturing, aerospace, entertainment, healthcare, biotech, financial services, hospitality, as well as non-profit organizations.
Founder, Career Survival Guide | News Anchor, KCTS 9
Starla Sampaco is a Filipino-American TV news anchor, communication consultant, and event emcee who’s passionate about helping women and people of color succeed in the workplace. Most days, you can watch her anchoring the news on KCTS 9 (Seattle's PBS news channel).
Dr. Di Ann Sanchez, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Chief Exceptional Officer, Sanchez & Associates
Di Ann Sanchez, Ph.D., SPHR, SHRM - SCP is the Founder/President of DAS HR Consulting and Sanchez & Associates LLC, a WMBE/HUB certified firm focused on creative and non-traditional Human Resources and Diversity programs and services. Dr. Sanchez has over 35 years of experience, is a certified Senior Human Resources Professional (SPHR & SHRM-SCP), and has held executive positions with both private and public companies.
Georgia House of Representatives, Georgia General Assembly
Rep. Kim Schofield is a keynote speaker and consultant on workplace culture for inclusion of invisible/hidden disabilities strategies and creating protective space. She has a successful track performance-based coaching and adaptive leadership training.
Robert L. Sumwalt
Transportation Safety Analyst for CBS News & Former Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board
Honorable Robert L. Sumwalt currently serves as transportation safety analyst for CBS News. He is a highly sought-after keynote speaker on a broad variety of topics including organizational leadership, crisis communications, safety leadership, accident investigation, and safety culture.
Michael “Dr. Woody” Woodward, PhD
NYU Professor of Executive Coaching & Organizational Psychologist, Coaching at Work
Dr. Woody is the founding faculty and lead professor for New York University’s groundbreaking Master of Science program in executive coaching where he trains experienced coaches and HR professionals on the art and science of applying a coaching mindset to leading and developing talent. He is author of the Amazon top-selling career book The YOU Plan and has appeared on TODAY Show, LIVE w/ Kelly, NBC, CBS and FOX among others. He has been quoted as a work-life and coaching expert in The Wall Street Journal, Miami Herald, Forbes and Entrepreneur. Dr. Woody’s focus is on applying a coaching mindset to leading and collaborating.
Heather R. Younger, J.D.
Founder and CEO of Customer Fanatix and International TEDx Speaker
As a podcast host on leadership, facilitator and Forbes Coaches Council coach, Younger has earned her reputation as “The Employee Whisperer”.
Heather is available via Zoom to host group webinars, online training, panels and more.