Alexander Alonso, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP
Chief Knowledge Officer, SHRM
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.
Keynote Motivational Speaker, Author, Million Dollar Direct Sales Earner & Retired NY State Police Captain
Through his success both in law enforcement and business David became a Keynote Motivational Speaker presenting to groups of a few hundred people to over 20,000 people in the NFL Super Dome in New Orleans. David published his first book The Leveled Up Life this Summer.
Principal Consultant/VP Revenue, Linkage Inc.
As a keynote speaker, Shannon brings stories from her personal leadership journey to the forefront, connecting her real-life experiences and work with leaders globally to key leadership concepts designed to help participants reflect on their own journey and take control of their path forward. After facilitating small-group Learning Teams and Maser Classes for 10 years at Linkage’s Women in Leadership InstituteTM, Shannon will take the main stage as a keynote speaker in 2021, where she will share her story of how she identified her Inner Critic, one of the hurdles women face to advancement, and her continuing journey to coaching her Inner Critic.
President, Beachboard Consulting Group
Joseph (“Joe”) Beachboard is a nationally recognized employment lawyer who also closely tracks the most important developments at the U.S. Supreme Court impacting the business community. He has more than 30 years of experience representing management in a wide variety of employment and labor matters in perhaps the most challenging state in the nation for employers – California.
Senior Vice President and Acting Chief Marketing & Experience Officer, SHRM
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.
Dr. Corrie Block
Chief Executive Coach
Dr. Corrie Block is a leading International Strategist, Organizational Behaviorist, Leadership Expert, and Professor of Strategic Management. He has over 25 years experience in executive management, corporate advisory, employee engagement, private equity, family legacy, organizational development and strategy; creating organizations of the future. Dr. Corrie is a certified NLP L2 Business Practitioner and academic. He holds Masters in Business Administration & Global Leadership, a UK PhD a Swiss DBA, and certification in A.I. from MIT and Finance from Harvard. He speaks on stages all around the world and is an Executive Coach to some of the world's top organizational leaders.
Terri Bogue, MSN, RN, PCNS-BC
COO, Thor Projects LLC
Terri Bogue brings her experience in healthcare and leadership to the stage to engage audiences. A renowned author and international speaker she extinguishes burnout, stops snowballing conflict, creates effective change, supports staff through occupational health challenges, and enables empathy in everyone. Terri’s audiences leave feeling energized and more effective.
CEO, Thor Projects LLC
Robert Bogue inspires audiences converting decades of leadership into practical application. As a bestselling author and international speaker, he has enabled hundreds of thousands of people to deliver on innovation. He extinguishes burnout, stops snowballing conflict, creates effective change, and enables empathy in everyone. Robert ignites innovation in his audiences that you can harness for better results.
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.
Zac Bradley MS, CRC, NCC
Vocational Specialist, Shepherd Center
Zac is a former college basketball player for Clayton State University, who only played his freshman year due to a tree falling on his car resulting in a spinal cord injury in the summer of 2011. In a moment, Zac went from being a college basketball player to a C6/C7 quadriplegic. This ultimately shifted the trajectory of his life and career. Zac has been a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) since 2017 and has extensive knowledge in assisting people with disabilities enter the workforce. Additionally, Zac has been playing wheelchair rugby since 2012 and had the opportunity to compete in The World Games 2022 for the USA Low Point Team.
Senior Vice President, Chief People & Belonging Officer at Novant Health
Carmen Canales drives the people strategy for more than 37,000 Novant Health team members by fostering an inclusive culture, maximizing talent, and building a resilient workforce. Canales has diverse industry experience, including leadership roles in the healthcare, higher education, consumer goods, banking, and professional services industries. She is an engaging speaker and storyteller who connects with audiences on topics related to talent and culture and is often recognized for her remarkable contributions to the HR profession. Recently, she was named CHRO of the Year, Non-Profit by HRO Today.
Leanne G. Caret
President, GCubed Group
Leanne Caret is a transformational CEO who recently led Boeing’s $34 billion global Defense, Space & Security business. Against all odds, she rose to the top of the male-dominated aerospace and defense industry, where she built a reputation as a down-to-earth, relatable leader who inspires teams with grit, gumption, grace, and gratitude. Leanne’s four G’s, which she calls GCubed, was her formula for successfully motivating 35,000 Boeing employees around the globe, and it is now her guide as she advises leaders on how to manage tech disruption and other global challenges.
Amber Clayton, SHRM-SCP
Senior Director, Knowledge Center Operations, SHRM
Amber Clayton oversees SHRM’s Knowledge Center, which includes one of SHRM’s most popular member benefits, the Ask an Advisor service. This service fields an average of 60,000 HR-related inquiries from SHRM members per year. Inquiries include benefits, compensation, employee relations, DEI, technology, and more.
Dr. David S. Cohen, Ed.D.
Executive Consultant, Author, Teacher & Keynote Speaker, DS Cohen & Associates
Dr. David S Cohen, Ed.D., has a vision: organizations that thrive by living their values in good times and especially VUCA times. Thirty-three years ago, David transitioned from education to corporate consulting. As a consultant, David earned a reputation as a contrarian consultant because he does not always follow what is popular. David works with leaders helping them understand what is and what is not required to build a thriving organization with a desirable employee experience. He helps leaders' step into life's challenges, inspiring them to create a sustained approach through a values- based focus, resulting in better business results. David has had the privilege of partnering with firms across five continents and all business sectors, both private and public.
Jason T. Collett, SHRM- SCP
International Keynote Speaker & President, Adaptivity Development, LLC
Jason Collett will instantly captivate your audience. More than an average corporate guy, Jason invigorates listeners with inspired stories from his high-altitude adventures and personal global leadership journey. He delivers actionable lessons that solve today's biggest people challenges and leadership obstacles. Jason expertly teaches how to amplify the human potential within organizations for listeners, their teams, and their organizations.
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, CSP, 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.
Chief of Staff, Head of Public Affairs and Corporate Secretary for SHRM
Emily M. Dickens is Chief of Staff, Head of Public Affairs and Corporate Secretary for SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management. An executive team member, Dickens is responsible for implementing the CEO's vision, corporate communications, corporate governance, global policy, government affairs, and the organization's real 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.
President at Forum Resources Network, LLC
Founder and president of Forum Resources Network, LLC, a leading provider of peer-to-peer learning and facilitation. Co-founder of Harvard Business School Alumni Forums. Author of two best-selling books, Forum: The Secret Advantage of Successful Leaders and The Friendship Advantage - 7 Keys to Building Relationships that Transform Culture and Drive Productivity.
Business Development Strategist & Diplomacy Expert; Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University
Omari Faulkner is a trailblazing business leader, a transitioning military and veterans employment champion, and a public affairs officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He provides thought leadership to Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, universities, and nonprofit organizations globally. Mr. Faulkner’s areas of expertise include military veteran outreach, workforce development, human capital investment, organizational diversity & inclusion, and strategic business development.
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.”
CEO and Founder, The Juliet Funt Group
Featured in top media outlets such as Forbes, CNBC, Fast Company, and NPR, Juliet Funt is a globally renowned keynote speaker, tough-love advisor to the Fortune 500, founder and CEO of the efficiency training firm, Juliet Funt Group. Juliet is the author of A Minute to Think, nominated for the Next Big Idea Club curated by Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Grant, Susan Cain, and Dan Pink. She is an evangelist for freeing the potential of companies by unburdening their talent from busywork, and she has brought her powerful concepts to Spotify, National Geographic, Anthem, Vans, Abbott, Costco, Pepsi, Nike, Wells Fargo, Sephora, Sysco, and ESPN.
Art Gloria, MBA, SHRM-CP
Divisional Director, West at SHRM
Art Gloria is a highly accomplished human resources, finance, and general business management professional, with a wealth of experience spanning the government, healthcare, and diverse private business industries. As the Divisional Director, West for SHRM, Art is responsible for member acquisition and retention, leadership development for volunteer leaders, chapters, and state councils, and creating a value-added proposition for SHRM for the western region of the United States and U.S. Territories. He is deeply committed to creating better workplaces for all, promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Christopher “CJ” Gross
Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Author, Ascension Worldwide
Christopher “CJ” Gross is a TEDx Speaker and founder of Ascension Worldwide, a firm dedicated to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training and consulting based in the Washington, D.C. area. CJ has 20-years of experience as an international organizational development consultant specializing in leadership development and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. CJ is a certified Social + Emotional Intelligence coach, trainer, Keirsey Temperament professional, and Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Administrator, with additional expertise in organizational mediation.
4-Decade Olympian, Business Author, Award-Winning Leadership Speaker
The first person to ever compete in four Winter Olympics each in a different decade, Ruben Gonzalez takes people’s excuses away and inspires them to produce more than ever before. At 47, Ruben was the oldest luge competitor, who competed in the Vancouver Olympics. At 55, he became the oldest person to compete internationally in the sport of luge. Since 2002, Ruben’s spoken for over 100 Fortune 500 companies about commitment to excellence, overcoming challenges and taking bold action to create long-lasting success. Ruben’s inspiring message will help your team soar to a new level of performance.
Workplace Culture Consultant, Rework Work
Stacey Gordon is a workplace culture consultant, keynote speaker, author, facilitator of learning and Executive advisor on Diversity Strategies. As the founder of Rework Work it is her goal to disrupt the way employers interact with employees. She expects leaders to lead and works to help employees belong. She has worked with people managers and executive leaders from companies such as American Express, ADP, Kia Motors, Hewlett Packard, GE, The Obama Foundation and many others to deliver education, coaching and consulting that supports organizational change and leadership development in furtherance of creating inclusive workplace cultures.
Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Total Solutions Group
Jack Gottlieb is a highly accomplished senior executive with 20 years of proven high-level success in building, transforming, and turning around organizations. He is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Total Solutions Group, a strategic consulting and results-based training firm that brings distinct capability in culture/strategic transformation, organizational alignment, global leadership development, change management, DEIB integration & activation, and the fusion between customer/employee experience.
CEO, Graziano Associates
Denise Graziano is a strategic advisor and expert in organizational communication and change. She is a recognized authority, international speaker, best selling author and 3 decade advisor to the C-suite. Denise delivers insights across strategy, employee, customer and investor relationship issues.
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.
Kenston Henderson, Sr.
Chief Empowerment Officer, Live With Lyfe, LLC
Our Speaker today - Kenston Henderson Sr. aka "The Bias Disrupter" and " The Winning Conversations Enthusiast" is the founder and CEO of Live With Lyfe, LLC a training and development company. He is a TEDx Signature Speaker, a certified John Maxwell Leadership Speaker and Trainer, Culture Transformation Champion, and certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid USA. With over 17+ years of experience in Human Resources and 20+ years helping people cultivate the best version of themselves, Kenston has delivered hundreds of presentations in over 30 different states. Since the pandemic, his impact has extended virtually to international areas in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and South America.
Chief Product Officer, Linkage Inc., a SHRM company
Kristen Howe is the Chief Product Officer at Linkage, where she oversees Product Management and Product Development. She has over 20 years of experience building and leading businesses in the leadership and development space, with a focus on leadership development, sales, coaching and facilitation.
President, Eagles Nest Performance Management, Inc.
Art Jackson is a professional speaker, trainer, consultant, coach and counselor. Mr. Jackson is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, a Master of Science degree in Management and a Master of Arts degree in Theology and Pastoral Counseling. Art is certified in Christian Counseling through the American Association of Christian Therapists. Mr. Jackson is also certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia as a mediator for the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
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.
Vice President, Global Head of Inclusion, Equity and Diversity at Kimberly Clark
LaQuenta Jacobs, serves as the Vice President, Global Head of Inclusion, Equity and Diversity at Kimberly Clark, providing cultural leadership to cultivate K-C’s equity strategy while embedding this framework throughout the company culture and talent processes.
Dr. DeLancey Johnson, SPHR, SHRM -SCP, sHRBP, SWP, LDSS
President and Founder, HR Champions, LLC
Dr. Johnson has over 20 years of HR expertise across international and domestic markets, public and private sectors, and non-profit and for-profit organizations, including multiple health systems in Texas and Florida. He is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SHRM-SCP, SPHR, sHRBP) and an active member of the North Texas chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHENTX).
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.
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, SHRM
Jim Link is the Chief Human Resources Officer for the Society for Human Resource Management. With more than 315,000 members around the world, SHRM is the largest HR professional association in the world and the leading voice for matters related to workers and the workplace.
Workplace Wellness Speaker and Author of Banish Burnout Toolkit, Janice Litvin Speaks
Janice Litvin is an award-winning workplace wellness speaker and author of Banish Burnout Toolkit. She focuses on helping leaders and teams banish burnout in their organizations. Her popular program teaches people how to change the way they react to stress from the inside out.
Director, CEO Academy at SHRM
Christopher Lopez is the Director of the CEO Academy at SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management. Over the years, Mr. Lopez amassed a wealth of experience in both the for-profit and not-for-profit space. He served as the Operations Manager for TM2 Executive Search, an organization dedicated to capacity building at higher education institutions by identifying, preparing, and building the next generation of educational leaders. Immediately prior to joining TM2, Mr. Lopez joined the Fox Entertainment Group and the 20th Century Fox Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) team, where he served and contributed to the foundational build of the company’s D&I initiatives.
CEO, Ultimate Assistant Training
TEDx speaker, author of Staff Matters, and workplace expert Bonnie Low-Kramen worked as the Personal Assistant to Oscar-winning actress Olympia Dukakis for 25 years. Since 2010, Bonnie has been teaching and speaking in 13 countries about the ways to bridge gaps to build ultimate partnerships between leaders and executive assistants.
Dr. Victoria Mattingly
CEO & Founder, Mattingly Solutions
Victoria Mattingly, PhD (Dr. V) is an esteemed speaker, business owner, author, strategist, researcher, and professor in the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) field. Her life mission is to use organizational science to improve the human experience at work. Dr. V is focused on bringing more scientific rigor to the DEI space, enabling organizations to better track and assess progress toward reaching their goals. As an organizational psychologist, she turns otherwise abstract concepts like inclusion and allyship into quantifiable metrics. At Mattingly Solutions, Dr. V and her team work with a variety of organizations from startups and nonprofits to Fortune 500 global organizations to build data-driven DEI roadmaps and custom behavior change programs focused on inclusion and allyship that meet each organization's unique DEI need
CEO of Linkage Inc., a SHRM company
Jennifer McCollum is CEO of Linkage, Inc., a premier leadership development firm whose mission is to “Change the Face of Leadership”. Her expertise includes how to close the gap to gender equity; why the most effective leaders are inclusive leaders; and how to demystify inclusion for leaders and organizations. Her new book, titled In Her Own Voice: A Woman’s Rise to CEO, will release in October 2023.
International Recognition, Culture & Retention Expert
Sarah is a recognition expert, professional speaker, coach, author, recovering perfectionist, and movement maker. She created F.R.O.G. Forever Recognize Others’ Greatness to invigorate companies so they can see their people as exceptional and, together, create a scrumptious, thriving culture where everyone belongs.
Gloria Sinclair Miller, SHRM-SCP
Divisional Director for the Western Region, SHRM
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.
Leader, Future of Work Expert, Speaker, Author and EVP at AMP Learning and Development
Todd Mitchem has been called a "Future of Work" expert and visionary. He is a former tech CEO who discovered firsthand how our over-customizing of technology was and is damaging our relationships, which was the subject of his TED talk. He has also been recognized for building communication programs that stand the test of time, regardless of available technological tools. Todd is always looking into the future and helping clients navigate today's ever-changing transformative landscape of work.
David Nico, DBA, Ph.D.
Best-Selling Author, Strategist, and Leadership & Well-Being Expert
David Nico, DBA, Ph.D. is recognized as one of "America's Ultimate Experts," according to Woman's World Magazine. As a peak performance strategist, keynote speaker, and certified lifestyle medicine coach, his passion is to help leaders live whole so they can model vitality, inspire vision, and create a healthy legacy.
Chief People Officer
Paaras is the Chief HR Officer for Paycor based in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is responsible for all areas of HR, including recruitment, talent strategy, compensation & benefits, internal communications, training & development, diversity, equity and inclusion, organization design and associate engagement.
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?"
Keynote Speaker, Yes Way Joze Inc.
Joze Piranian is a lifelong stutterer turned Forbes and TED featured Keynote Speaker and Stand-up Comedian in 3 continents and 4 languages. He has delivered keynotes about disability inclusion and conquering fears at the United Nations, Boeing, Google, Meta, TikTok, Starbucks, Pinterest, Tesla, IBM,Dell, BCG, Deloitte, as well as at major conferences and educational institutions worldwide.
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.
G. Riley Mills
Cofounder & COO, Pinnacle Performance Company
Mills was named in "Top Leadership Speakers" by Inc. Magazine and has taught effective communication to executives and CEOs on six continents. G. Riley Mills has presented his TEDx session "Are We Killing Communication?" at the Shanghai American School, Shanghai, China and consulted on the MSNBC program "All In America: Chicago" which won a 2018 Emmy for Outstanding News Discussion and Analysis. He recently worked as a writer and producer on a project for NBC with Emmy Award-winning producer Marion Brooks called The Lost Story of Emmett Till: Trial in the Delta which can be seen on Peacock. He is also co-author of The Bullseye Principle.
George Rivera III
SVP Enterprise & Commercial Partnerships, SHRM
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; Emmy-Nominated News Anchor
Starla Sampaco is a keynote speaker, Emmy-nominated news anchor, and former University of Washington adjunct faculty member. As a speaker and educator, she teaches professionals of marginalized backgrounds how to advocate for themselves in the workplace, grow their professional visibility, and feel confident speaking up and taking up space. In addition to giving keynotes and leading corporate workshops, she is available to emcee conferences and corporate events. Starla was previously the primary TV news anchor for KCTS 9 (Seattle's PBS channel). She was also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Washington Communication Leadership Master's Program, where she taught a course on self-advocacy, professional visibility, and personal branding. Starla founded Career Survival Guide in 2019, and her work has appeared in the Harvard Business Review.
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.
Sales and Communications Expert and Speaker, The Somma Group
Frank's sales leadership expertise was developed during his long tenure at CBS, an office automation company in New York. Frank was the driving force behind the amazing growth of this company taking sales from 300K, with only two salespeople his first year, to over 25 million with over 75 salespeople in five offices when he earned a partnership. He has been speaking professionally for over 15 years winning accolades from such notable companies as De Lange Landen Bank, GE, Xerox, Maser consulting, K Hovnanian and many industry organizations. He has authored a few books, created several audio programs, and penned many magazine articles. His current book, B2B is Really P2P continues to sell well on Amazon and has a 4.8 star rating.
Director, Technology Talent Management at Lighthouse Technology Services
Claire Stroh, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP, has more than 10 years of successively diverse human resources management experience with privately-owned and publicly-traded global leaders. She is certified as a Professional in HR through SHRM and HRCI. Claire is an active member and blogger for SHRM, and is also a member of SHRM’s Emerging Professional Advisory Council (EPAC). She serves as the College Relations and Emerging Professionals Director on the Buffalo Niagara Human Resources Association (BNHRA) Board of Directors and is a Board Member for the UB School of Management Alumni Association (UB SOMAA). Claire was also named a 2022 HR Impact Award Winner by Buffalo Business First and 2022 Community Catalyst Award Winner by HRUnite.
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.
Field Services Director, SHRM
Shannon brings an in-depth expertise and a passion for designing and implementing programs focused on advancing women in leadership—and empowering each leader with the knowledge they need to transform how they show up in their role and drive change in their organization.
Dr. Gleb Tsipursky
CEO, Disaster Avoidance Experts
Lauded as “Office Whisperer” and “Hybrid Expert” by The New York Times, Dr. Gleb Tsipursky helps HR leaders use hybrid work to improve retention and productivity while cutting costs as the CEO of the hybrid work consultancy Disaster Avoidance Experts.
Cali Williams Yost
CEO & Founder, Flex+Strategy Group
Cali Williams Yost is one of the world’s most-trusted authorities on high performance flexibility. A visionary workplace futurist, strategist, author, and keynote speaker, Yost is the Founder and CEO of the Flex+Strategy Group, a solutions company helping organizations unlock performance and engagement by reimagining how, when, and where work is done. Called "one of the most sophisticated thinkers" on the transformation of work by The New York Times, her commentary frequently appears in the media, including in the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, USA TODAY, NPR, and the TODAY Show.
Paul E. Wolfe
Human First Leadership Advocate, Paul Wolfe
Paul Wolfe is a Human First Leadership Advocate who champions the development of workplace cultures built on authentic connection, shared vulnerability, and purpose-led performance. Wolfe came to this mission from an over two decade resume as an HR executive, and his lived experience of seeking to show up– and view others, as humans before titles.
Curtis Woody, MBA, CCT, SHRM-SCP
Field Services Director, SHRM
An accomplished visionary with over 40 years of cross-industry experience in business leadership, management consulting, entrepreneurship, and academics, Curtis has founded and managed multiple profit and non-profit organizations - providing vision, strategic guidance, and management oversight. His diverse professional background includes Academics, Human Resource Management, Corporate Communications, Marketing Communications, Strategic Planning, Workforce Development, Management Consulting, and Organizational Design. He most recently served as Founder/President & CEO of The Triant Group, Inc., a management-consulting firm providing a wide range of workplace solutions.
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.