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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Director, CEO Academy for the Society for Human Resource Management
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.
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, 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.
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?"
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, 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.
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.
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.