The workplace is the intersection of people, culture, and business. When the three are aligned, people thrive, businesses grow, societies advance. SHRM and the HR profession operate at the nexus of this intersection, and the issues we face are also the ones shaping our society in the 21st century. The skills gap, immigration, the emergence of automation and AI, harassment, equity and inclusion—they all show up at work. We can leverage HR leadership to create a better world by creating better workplaces.
Today’s biggest societal issues are also workplace issues. HR now plays a pivotal role in driving social change, because those changes begin at work.
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Featured Speakers for Workplace Issues
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?"
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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