2017 Workshop Speakers 2017-08-27T22:08:11+00:00

2017 Workshop Speakers

Below you’ll find a biography for each speaker featured in the Workshop sessions, categorized in alphabetical order for your convenience. Should you need further direction or find yourself unable to locate what you’re looking for, feel free to reach out to Sharmy Carr, events manager, at scarr@kychamber.com or 502-848-8729.


George Adams
Partner, Fisher Phillips
George Adams is a partner in Fisher Phillips’ Louisville office.  For nearly two decades, his practice has been devoted exclusively to advising and representing employers regarding labor and employment matters in many states and industries.  This includes managing compliance with local, state, and federal laws, and defending employers against alleged violations in court, administrative, and arbitration proceedings.  George also provides day-to-day advice regarding harassment, discrimination, FMLA and ADA issues, wage and hour issues, union organizing, collective bargaining, labor relations, and other topics.  He has helped many employers avoid or reduce the risk of litigation and liability by developing strategic policies, practices, and training programs.

Toni Ahl
President/Owner, EEO Advantage LLC

Karl Ahlrichs, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Senior Consultant, Gregory & Appel
Karl Ahlrichs is a consultant and presenter in the Strategic HR and CFO markets, and is a “Thought Leader” at Gregory & Appel in Indianapolis. Karl has a proven understanding of the motivation and psychology that enables behavior change, and he has achieved the Senior Professional, Human Resources certification from the HRCI and SHRM-SCP from SHRM. Current member of the “Thought Leader” team of the Business Learning Institute, providing course development and delivery to multiple national clients through the CPA Society of Maryland. Over 30 years of presentation experience in all industries, with a focus on strategic Human Resources and Human Capital issues. Over 20 years of training and facilitation experience with a wide range of clients, including Apple, Amdahl, Roche, Boeing, Marsh & McLennan, AB Dick and IBM. Frequent guest lecturer on business and human resources issues at Purdue, Butler and Indiana University.

Stuart Alexander
Attorney, Highlands Law

Sandy Allgeier, SPHR
Consultant, Allgeier Human Resources Consulting
Sandy Allgeier is a consultant, speaker, trainer and author who assists organizations best maximize their human potential. Sandy is known for engaging her audiences with a high degree of participation. Prior to beginning her consulting and speaking business in 2000, Sandy’s experience included corporate HR leadership roles in Fortune 500 organizations within several industries including hospitality, financial services and assisted living. Sandy’s background brings a strong focus on helping individuals and organizations in building personal credibility and communication capabilities. Her book “The Personal Credibility Factor; How to get it, keep it, and get it back (if you’ve lost it)” has been featured in O Magazine and USA Today.

Melissa Anzman, MBA, CC
CEO, MConnected Communications
Melissa Anzman is the CEO and Founder of MConnected Communications. Since 2004, Melissa has been breaking barriers and establishing employee focused communication solutions across global organizations, including establishing Employee Communications departments at several highly regarded organizations including Abbott Vascular, American Express Publishing, American Red Cross, Xerox/Conduent to name a few. Melissa’s approach to employee focused messaging starts with understanding the metrics behind HR activities, ensuring the HR strategic business partners are leading the organization from the front and reaching all employees across our current multigenerational workforce. Melissa’s work has been featured in Business Insider, Amex OPEN Forum and the Huffington Post.

Richard Armstrong
Account Executive, Springbuk

Angela Bailey, MBA, SPHR, CCP, SHRM-SCP
Trusted Advisor, Unified Technologies
Angela Bailey, MBA, SPHR, CCP, SHRM-SCP, is a Trusted Advisor for Unified Technologies. Angie has served human resources for more than 20 years and her experience has crossed many industries including manufacturing, higher education, consulting, non-profit, retail and healthcare. Her expertise includes benefits design and planning, compensation analysis, training and development and HR project management. Angie’s new role includes providing voice and data technology expertise and solutions to businesses in our region.  Health and wellness is a passion for Angie both in and outside of the workplace. Recognized as one of the Top 20 HR People to Know in 2014 by Business First, Angie dedicates much of her non-work time to mentoring others in the areas of professional development and wellness. Angie serves as the Wellness Co-Chair for KYSHRM and volunteers for several professional and serving organizations.

Cindy Beresh-Bryant, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, RCC
President, HR Solutions by Design
Owner and President of HR Solutions by Design, LLC; Cindy started her business in 2009 after more than 20 years as an HR professional working primarily in the manufacturing industry for Fortune 250 and Fortune 500 companies. Author of “The OC Equation™ Unleashing Your Employees’ Passion, Potential and Performance through Organizational Culture”, she specializes in helping her clients build strong organizational cultures that maximize profitability through employee involvement and high engagement. Cindy earned her Bachelor’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Master’s Degree in Human Resources Development from Clemson University in Clemson, SC. Cindy is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), a SHRM Senior Certified Professional and a Registered Corporate Coach. She is a Registered Corporate Coach and her professional memberships include the National Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), the Middle Tennessee SHRM (MT-SHRM), where she is also an active member of the HR Excellence Program.

Autumn Blakeman
Associate HR Consultant, Hanna Resource Group

Tony Bohn
System Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer, Norton Healthcare
Tony Bohn was promoted to his current role in early 2010 after joining Norton Healthcare as Vice President, Human Resources, in March 2009. Bohn has more than 20 years of human resources leadership experience in the health care field. He previously served as a Vice President at Baptist Hospital East where his responsibilities included human resources, employee health, leadership training and development, payroll, workers’ compensation, employee development, labor relations and foundation functions. Before that, Bohn was Director of Human Resources for University of Louisville Hospital; Vice President for Human Resources at Saint Joseph HealthCare Inc. in Lexington; Assistant Vice President, Human Resources, for Audubon Hospital when it was owned by a for-profit company; Director, Ambulatory Surgery Center, and Manager of Human Resources for Caritas Health Services in Louisville; and Associate Director of Human Resources for University of Louisville Hospital.

Candra Bryant, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP
Senior Consultant, Hanna Resource Group
Having served 10 years as an HR consultant and a compensation practitioner for the corporate headquarters of Total Quality Logistics, Candra is experienced in leading the development of all types of compensation and performance management systems in both public and private sectors, as well leading projects related to HR audits, handbook reviews, developing job descriptions and HR procedures, employee engagement initiatives, training and development programs, and strategic planning initiatives. Candra holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Northern Kentucky University and the European Summer School of Advanced Management, as well as a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown College. Candra also maintains her certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) through the Human Resources Certification Institute and is a Society of Human Resource Certified Professional (SHRM-CP).

Travis Burgett
President, Integrated Corporate Wellness Solutions
Travis Burgett is President of Integrated Corporate Wellness Solutions, LLC and has over 13 years experience working in healthcare strategy and economics both with employer clients as well as within complex healthcare delivery systems. Travis is passionate about finding and creating new ways to deliver and finance healthcare in the workplace. Travis graduated from the University of Kentucky with an MBA and BBA in Finance.

Tiffany Cardwell, SHRM-CP, PHR, CCP
HR Consulting Principal, MCM CPAs & Advisors LLP
Tiffany Cardwell is a Principal Consultant on MCM’s HR Consulting Services team. Her expertise lies in over twenty years of experience in domestic and international human resources. Tiffany graduated with a Bachelors Degree in English from Northwestern University and a Masters Degree in Global HR Management. She has expertise in acquisitions, change management, engagement, leadership coaching and development, performance management, compensation and total rewards, talent acquisition and workforce planning.

Alan Claypool
President, Owner, TAC4 Solutions, LLC
Alan Claypool is the President of TAC4 Solutions, which instills organizational health by mentoring our clients into cohesive team behavior. Alan guides executive leadership and project teams into learning deep-dive behaviors that dramatically transform corporate cultures and personal choices. Alan is also the founder of TACKLE with TAC4, a political forum that eliminates political positioning so that we tackle the issues, not each other™. He holds a Masters degree in mathematics from the University of Illinois (1994) and a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Furman University (1989).

James Cockrum
Member, Frost Brown Todd LLC
Since 1987, Cockrum has represented a wide range of employers ‐ from Fortune 100 companies to sole proprietors getting their first start. He has successfully defended lawsuits involving employment discrimination, the application of collective bargaining agreements to the construction of $100,000,000 facilities and wage and hour claims of all shapes and sizes. He has been repeatedly selected for inclusion in peer and professional groups, including Best Lawyers in America, Chambers & Partners “America’s Leading Business Lawyers” and Kentucky Superlawyers. Cockrum lectures throughout Kentucky and the region, including Labor and Employment Law Updates sponsored by local and district associations of Kentucky and Louisville Bar Associations, the Mid‐American Human Resources Symposium, various private agencies and employers, the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville, and at the annual meetings of our Kentucky Society of Human Resource Managers. Cockrum speaks annually for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and is consistently one of the highest-rated speakers by seminar attendees.

Allison Cooke
Associate, Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC

Beth Davisson, MBA
Executive Director, Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center
Beth Davisson is the executive director of the Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center, and serves as the Immediate Past President of the Louisville Society for Human Resource Management and District Director for the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management. Beth has spent the last 10+ years aligning talent to the strategic plans of business. Ms. Davisson is a proven workforce strategist and consensus builder, with 5+ years advocating for workforce needs in the KY and US Capitals. She earned her bachelorette in Integrated Strategic Communications from the University of Kentucky, and Master of Business Administration from Sullivan University. Beth was honored as a “Top 40 under 40”, and named a “Top 20 People to Know in Human Resources”, by Business First Louisville, and is currently participating in the 2017 Leadership Louisville Bingham Fellowship program, focusing on “Winning the Talent of the Future.” Previous employers include Sullivan University and The Oliver Group.

Michael Duke
President, The Newschool Group-Talent, Teams and Culture
Michael Duke has led a remarkably diversified life. Michael is not only a gifted leader; he loves to teach others how to create and sustain high performance though talent, teams and culture. Michael started out in sales with a national hardware company and was promoted to become the youngest District Manager in the country. Next a distinguished management career in advertising. Michael earned a graduate degree in Management and HR in 1986. He soon discovered that he had the heart of a teacher and began a parallel career as a college instructor. As a natural outgrowth of his love for teaching, Michael established his consulting business in 2000 and now devotes his full schedule to consulting, speaking and training. He has written two books. “Coach to the Goal” was released in 2007. “Lead Like a Coach” was released in 2012. A third book “Inspiring Talent” will be released in 2017.

Kristin Dunlevy, QPFC, AIF
Retirement Plan Advisor, ProCourse Fiduciary Advisors
Kristin V. Dunlevy joined ProCourse Fiduciary Advisors, LLC with over 25 years of broad industry experience through her work for a certified public accounting firm, an actuarial firm and registered investment advisory firms. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with Magna Cum Laude from the University of Louisville. Throughout her career, Kristin has served as an investment fiduciary in her roles as a president, principal, managing director, director of research, investment officer, manager, and advisor. Kristin is a published author and has co-authored two books, many white papers, and been quoted in local and international publications such as Louisville Business First to London’s Financial Times. She serves on the Louisville Employee Benefits Council Executive Committee and currently serves as LEBC’s President. She also serves on the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries’ Government Affairs Committee.

Cynthia Effinger
Associate, McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, PLLC
Cynthia L. Effinger has practiced law throughout Kentucky since her graduation from the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law in 1998. Ms. Effinger’s practice is concentrated in the areas of employment law and commercial litigation. She also has experience with First Amendment litigation, securities litigation and complex litigation. Her employment law practice is focused on drafting employment manuals and policies, social media, wage and hour, non-compete agreements and workplace discrimination. Ms. Effinger is frequently asked to present seminars on employment law topics for various news publications and businesses. She is the author of several employment articles and a frequent blogger on the McBrayer Employment Law Blog (www.mcbrayeremploymentlaw.com).

Jeanne Fisher, CFP, CPFA, MBA
Retirement Plan Specialist, ARGI Financial Group
Mrs. Fisher is a Certified Financial Planner™ with ARGI, a comprehensive wealth management firm. She serves as a 401k and retirement plan specialist for ARGI, and designs and manages a range of employer-sponsored retirement plans. She has a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Kentucky, and is a Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor from the National Association of Plan Advisors. Jeanne was honored to be selected as Kentucky’s Ambassador for the CFP® Board. As an ambassador, she is frequently interviewed for national publications, including: NPR’s “Here and Now”, Forbes, Investor’s Daily Business, The Guardian, “Women Rocking Wall Street” Podcast, etc. She’s presented financial seminars to more than 50 associations in the Kentucky, Indiana, and Tennessee area.

Candace French
Human Resources Director, Software Information Systems,LLC

Cathy Fyock, CSP, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
The Business Book Strategist, Cathy Fyock, LLC
Cathy Fyock, CSP, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is The Business Book Strategist, and works with professionals and thought leaders who want to write a book as a business development tool. She is the author of 8 books, including her most recent, Blog2Book: Repurposing Content to Discover the Book You’ve Already Written. She is also the acquisitions editor for Red Letter Publishing, and has produced five anthologies on HR and OD issues.

Sharnika Glenn
Air District Human Resources Operations Manager, UPS Worldport
As Human Resources Operations Manager for UPS’s Air District, which centers around its all-points international hub Worldport, Sharnika Glenn oversees Human Resources and safety initiatives that impact the roughly 10,000 employees in the Worldport operation. Sharnika began her career with UPS in 1998 as a part-time International Customer Service Phone Representative. Since moving to HR in 1999, she has held several roles in areas including Workforce Planning, Employee Relations and Talent Development. She was promoted into management at UPS in 2002, then to Human Resources manager in 2008.

Sharon Gold, J.D.
Partner, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP
Sharon L. Gold is a Partner at Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP in Lexington, Kentucky. Ms. Gold represents employers in a variety of lawsuits and administrative proceedings brought by employees. Ms. Gold also counsels employers on legal employment and wage and hour practices. She provides internal training to employers, supervisors and employees about various employment law topics and frequently presents about employment law topics to professionals. Ms. Gold graduated magna cum laude from the University of Kentucky College of Law, where she was selected to the Order of the Coif and Notes Editor for the Kentucky Law Journal. She has been named a “Super Lawyer” by the Kentucky Super Lawyers publication. Prior to joining Wyatt, she clerked for the Hon. Judge Joseph M. Hood, then Chief U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

Mark Gomsak, Esq.
Attorney, Fisher Phillips
Mark J. Gomsak is an attorney in the Louisville, Kentucky office of Fisher Phillips, a national labor and employment law firm. Mark represents and advises employers in a wide array of labor and employment matters in Kentucky and around the country. Mark uses a proactive and practical approach to assist clients in successfully resolving current workplace issues and preventing future problems. He has extensive litigation experience, successfully defending management in lawsuits and administrative charges alleging discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage and hour and FMLA violations. In addition, Mark provides OSHA compliance advice and defends clients in OSHA citation contests and litigation.

Angela Greer
Coach, MyLife Strategic LLC

Chad Griffith
Co-Founder, President, BeManaged

Jon Hall, SPHR SHRM-SCP
HR Consultant, KYSHRM State Council
Jon D. Hall PhD, SHRM-SCP, SPHR., Professional Development/Certification Co-Director, KYSHRM Jon is a Senior Consultant with Human Resources Consulting: a full-service consulting firm in Gallatin, TN and is owner of Wildwood Consulting Services, Franklin, KY. He is also director of programming for the MidSouth SHRM chapter. He received his BS and MS from WKU and his PhD in Educational Leadership from UofL.

Lyle Hanna, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
President/CEO, Hanna Resource Group
As founder and President of HRG, Lyle utilizes 35+ years of experience to assist clients with strategic design and implementation of a wide range of programs including compensation systems, employee engagement, and HR planning. Previously, Lyle held leadership roles including Managing Director for the Compensation, Benefits & Retirement Group for Palmer & Cay, Principal and Global Business Development Consultant with Mercer, and Director of HR for Jerrico, Inc. Lyle founded Best Places to Work in Kentucky, is heavily involved with Habitat for Humanity, and has chaired both the KY Chamber and KY SHRM. A graduate from the College of Wooster, he has achieved lifetime SPHR certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) as well as earned the SHRM Senior Certified Profession (SHRM-SCP) designation.

Michael Harper
Lead Facilitator, Teamworx Talent Development

Christina Heckathorn
Benefits Advisor, Employee Benefit Associates
Christina Heckathorn is a Benefits Advisor with Employee Benefit Associates, Inc. based in Lexington, Kentucky. Christina has over 7 years of experience in employee benefit compliance and consumer driven healthcare administration as well as 14 years in management and human resources. She serves on many boards including the Lexington Employee Benefit Council and the Central Kentucky Association of Health Underwriters. Christina works closely with clients to develop innovative ways to utilize CDHC platforms to help both clients and participants maximize healthcare savings.

Kelley Helgeson-Kosse, SHRM SCP, SPHR
President, H2R Consulting, LLC

Ann Herd, SPHR
Assistant Professor, University of Louisville
Ann Herd (Ph.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CPC) is an assistant professor of human resources and organization development at the University of Louisville.  She teaches and regularly provides consulting services in the areas of executive coaching, leadership assessment and development, human resources strategic alignment, and talent management.  Winner of the Top-4 Faculty Favorite of the Year Award at the University of Louisville as well as the Metroversity Faculty of the Year for Adult Learners Award in Louisville, Kentucky, Ann also works with the University’s award-winning wellness coaching program and the innovative competency-based education program in healthcare leadership. Most recently she was awarded the Academy of Human Resource Development’s 2016 Excellence in Scholarly Practice Award, and the 2017 Nystrand-Offut Scholar Award for her research on military-civilian transition processes.

Walter Herd
Director, Transition Division, United States Army Human Resources Command

Demetrius Holloway, Esq.
Lawyer, Stites & Harbison, PLLC
Demetrius Holloway is a seasoned litigator with over 16 years of experience representing employers in the defense of employment-based claims asserted under both Kentucky and federal law including, but not limited to, claims asserted under the ADA, ADEA, FMLA, Title VII, and the Kentucky Civil Rights Act. My experience includes defending civil actions filed in both state and federal court, as well as defending against administrative actions before state and federal administrative agencies. In addition to my litigation practice, I assist clients with drafting and implementing employee handbooks and other workplace policies, and I also conduct on-site training on the issues of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.

Jaime Horne
Consultant, Hanna Resource Group

Sherry Howell, SHRM-SCP
Director, HR Business Partner, Fruit of the Loom Global Headquarters
Sherry serves as Director, HR Business Partner with Fruit of the Loom’s Global Headquarters in Bowling Green, Kentucky. In her role, she supports the Spalding, Russell Athletic and Activewear divisions of the business in addition to working with the HR Team on various employee engagement initiatives. She has spent over 30 years in various HR positions across the state in banking, corporate offices, and manufacturing environments which included automotive suppliers, aluminum industry, and dry mix food business.

Robert Hudson, J.D.
Member, Frost Brown Todd LLC
Rob Hudson is a partner with Frost Brown Todd and has been practicing labor and employment law in Kentucky for over 25 years. Rob has served as President of Northern Kentucky SHRM and Chair of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, among other business leadership posts. His business columns were nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2014. He is an award winning author with #1 Amazon Bestselling business books. He has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business News and the Blaze to promote youth business education. He is the architect of comprehensive labor and employment law reform in Kentucky which was adopted by business groups and presented to the General Assembly during the 2017 session.

Melinda Ickes, Ph.D
Associate Professor, BREATHE, University of Kentucky
Melinda Ickes, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion at University of Kentucky, where she is Program Chair of graduate studies in health promotion. Dr. Ickes is also a Faculty Associate of the BREATHE (Bridging Research Efforts and Advocacy Toward Healthy Environments) research team, serving as Director of the Tobacco Policy Research Program and Director of Go Tobacco-free. Dr. Ickes and her colleagues have assisted over 300 campuses and organizations work toward tobacco-free policies, and have published multiple studies related to evidence-based compliance strategies. She is also very active in professional organizations, including Chair of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) University Faculty Community of Practice and SOPHE State Health Policy Expert.

Lynn Ingmire, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
President/Owner, Essential HR Partners, LLC
Lynn Ingmire, SHRM-SCP; SPHR has over 30 years of human resource management experience. She has worked in various types of organizations including associations, manufacturing, distribution/transportation/warehousing, food processing and education, in small and large companies, in both union and non-union environments. Throughout her career, Lynn has been responsible for the full rage of human resource functions. Following her “retirement” in 2014, she founded her consulting business, Essential HR Partners, LLC providing training and consulting in human resources and leadership. She received her BS degree in Sociology from the University of Louisville and holds the designations of SHRM-SCP and SPHR. She teaches on-line HR classes for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and has been a presenter at their national HR conferences. She is a past president for LSHRM and is now serving as chair of KY SHRM state council.

Jay Inman
Attorney, Littler Mendelson PC

Lauren Johnson, APA, CFC
Partner, McGregor & Associates, Inc.
Lauren Johnson is a partner with McGregor & Associates, Inc., an employee benefits administration and consulting firm. In her role with McGregor & Associates, Inc. she is responsible for the development strategies and day-to-day operations of the Firm’s division devoted to the Affordable Care Act, flexible benefits, COBRA and other health and welfare benefit issues. Ms. Johnson holds a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University and has over 16 years of technical expertise in the employee benefits industry. She is the past president of the Central Kentucky Association of Health Underwriters and the Lexington Employee Benefits Council. She is Certified in Flexible Compensation through the Employers Council of Flexible Compensation and is a Chartered Benefit Consultant through The National Association of Alternative Benefit Consultants.

Mauritia Kamer
Of Counsel, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
Mauritia counsels employers on preventative practices to minimize workplace disputes, including advising employers on issues relating to employee handbooks and policies, employee relations, internal complaints and investigations, FMLA and ADA issues, as well as other employment issues which employers face routinely. She also provides training for attorneys, executives, human resources professionals, and managers on best EEO practices, preventing harassment/discrimination, and avoiding employment litigation claims. She also has extensive knowledge in the workforce authorization compliance area. She provides advice relating to I-9 compliance, corporate best practices during the hiring process, and emerging federal, state and local laws and regulations. Mauritia has significant jury trial experience and appears in state and federal courts, as well as before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as well as various state and local FEP agencies. She handles claims arising under Title VII, ADA, FMLA and The Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

Mary Kelly
President, Productive Leaders, Inc.
Mary Kelly, PhD, CSP, CDR, Us Navy (Ret) is an internationally known economist and leadership expert specializing in the fields of leadership, productivity, communication, and business profit growth. She is the CEO of Productive Leaders, which maintains sites in Dallas Texas and Denver Colorado. Mary has been quoted in hundreds of periodicals including Forbes, Money Magazine, Entrepreneur, the Wall Street Journal, and dozens of business journals. Mary is a member of MENSA, and has received several accolades; Air Force Academy Instructor of the Year, National Speakers Association-Colorado Member of the Year, and the Navy League Leadership Award. A former university business and economics professor, Mary combines theory and practicality. With extensive experience in human resources, finance, insurance, organizational leadership, strategic planning, and project development, she focuses on building successful strategies for business leaders at all levels of an organization.

Laurie Kemp, JD
Attorney, Kightlinger & Gray
Laurie Goetz Kemp, a partner with Kightlinger & Gray, focuses her practice on representing employers in employment matters. Laurie assists clients with implementing proactive and effective strategies for handling employment issues, policy reviews and trainings. In addition to handling lawsuits, Laurie regularly responds to EEOC, Indiana Civil Rights Commission, and Kentucky Commission on Human Rights charges, as well as unemployment matters, DOL audits, and OSHA citations or investigations. Laurie routinely practices in all state and federal courts in Kentucky and Indiana. Laurie is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), primarily the Kentucky, Louisville, and Southern Indiana Chapters. Laurie has been recognized by her peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America® 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 in the area of Employment Law and was selected for inclusion on the Super Lawyers list published in Indiana Super Lawyers Magazine since 2013.

Cynthia Knapek
President, Leadership Louisville Center
Cynthia Knapek has been an active civic leader in Louisville for 20 years.  In 2012, she was named President of the Leadership Louisville Center, only the fifth director the organization has had since its founding in 1979. Prior to this, she was Executive Director of Brightside, an innovative public private partnership that works to build civic pride in the community and keep Louisville clean and green. Cynthia was named to Business First’s Top 40 Leaders Under 40 in 2001 and received the Citizen Laureate award in 2013 from the Younger Women’s Club. Cynthia was a founding member and the first President the Young Professionals Association of Louisville (YPAL).  Cynthia serves on the boards of Greater Louisville Inc., Metro Parks Foundation and the advisory board for YPAL.  She’s also served on the boards of the University of Louisville Alumni Association, the Mayor’s Commission on Public Art and the Catholic Education Foundation.

Mark Lagestee
VP, Global Talent & Organization Development, Yum! Brands, Inc.
Mark Lagestee is VP, Global Talent & Organization Development and CPO of Yum! Corporate.  He is responsible for organizational development, global talent management, diversity & inclusion, compensation, benefits and wellness design for Yum! Brands.Mark has worked at Yum! for eighteen years, starting at Pizza Hut in Los Angeles in field staffing and then as a Field HR Generalist.  In 2003, he became the Director of People Development at KFC and later moved to lead the Field HR and Training Team.

Cecile Leroux
VP, Human Capital Management Innovation, Ultimate Software
Cecile Alper-‐‐Leroux is Vice President of Human Capital Management (HCM) Innovation at Ultimate Software. Since 2010, she has focused on fostering a culture of innovation at Ultimate, resulting in the delivery of advanced, people-‐‐centric HCM technology solutions and services. She also has served as Ultimate’s VP of Product Development, responsible for defining and developing the global vision and strategy for Ultimate’s industry-‐‐leading HR, payroll, and talent management solutions. With more than 20 years of experience in the HCM industry, Cecile has served in several capacities across the globe, including as Director of Global HCM Product Strategy for Lawson Software, where she led the strategic direction for the company’s next generation of talent management products. She has also served as Lawson’s Global Business Development Manager, focused on Latin American and European markets, as well as the company’s first HR Presales Consultant, covering markets in France and the U.K.

Scott Lesnick, Professional Speaker and Author
President, Successful Business Solutions
Scott Lesnick is a high content speaker who is motivational, instructional and educational in style and tone. He presents powerful keynotes and breakout sessions and is a consultant and author. Also, Scott is a professional member of the National Speakers Association as well as the Dean of the Academy for Professional Speakers. He received the “Rising Star” award for 2016-17! His memoir, “Kidjacked – A Father’s Story” was recently published to critical acclaim. In addition, Scott has 28 award-winning sales and management years at Shaw Industries a Berkshire Hathaway Fortune 500 company. Scott’s motivational, educational and inspirational messages center around topics including: HR, excellence in leadership, generational and cultural inclusion, administrative excellence, professional development, maximizing performance, excelling in leadership, maximizing operational performance and excellence, managing change through great leadership, focusing on what’s truly important and useful tools in overcoming adversity and stress both professionally and personally.

Amy Letke, SPHR, GPHR, SHRM-SCP
Founder & CEO, Integrity HR
Amy Newbanks Letke, SPHR, GPHR, is the Founder & CEO of Integrity HR, Inc. Amy provides workplace solutions to improve performance, reduce liability and increase profits. She is passionate about helping other entrepreneurs and business owners achieve success. Prior to starting Integrity HR in 2007, Amy served in the field of human resources for 20 years. She began her career in HR positions with Fortune 500 companies including Delta Faucet and HON Industries. She has also served as a lead HR consultant in one of the nation’s largest Accounting and Consulting firms in Chicago, providing clients around the globe “HR Help” in the areas of human resources excellence and organizational development as well as training her team to provide programs for improved productivity and higher performance. Amy earned a Bachelors degree from DePauw University and a MBA degree from St. Ambrose University.

Todd Logsdon
Partner, Fisher Phillips
Todd B. Logsdon is a partner in the Louisville office of the law firm of Fisher Phillips, where his practice is devoted to advising and representing employers regarding labor and employment law matters. He represents employers in a variety of forums, including state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. Todd accrued many years of practical experience prior to his legal career working in manufacturing with responsibilities for Human Resources and Safety. He has a particular emphasis on OSHA issues including contesting and litigating OSHA citations, representing employers during OSHA inspections/investigations, OSHA compliance audits and defending whistleblower/retaliation claims, as well as discrimination, FMLA, wage and hour and covenants not to compete.

LaToi Mayo
Shareholder, Littler Mendelson PC
LaToi D. Mayo has advised, counseled and defended employers in regard to labor, employment and immigration matters for over 15 years. She has successfully litigated in both state and federal court and in proceedings before:

  • The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • The Department of Labor
  • The Workers’ Compensation Board
  • The Kentucky Unemployment Commission
  • The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights

LaToi also has a background in obtaining employment related visas for employers and defending and managing wage and hour class actions. Working most frequently with manufacturers, health care employees, financial institutions and local city governments, LaToi has notable expertise with discrimination issues arising under:

  • Title VII
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act

LaToi routinely presents at seminars focusing on labor, employment and immigration topics for a variety of professional organizations in Kentucky.

Demetria Miles
Founder & CEO, Decide Diversity
Demetria is the founder and CEO of Decide Diversity, a company focused on increasing the presence and effectiveness of women and minorities in the workplace, specifically in leadership positions. Demetria’s experiences in retail and corporate America have energized her to take action and lead a new generation of leaders away from traditional stereotypes and self-inflicted limiting behaviors that prevent qualified people from reaching their highest potential. Demetria specializes in bringing the experiences of people who are members of two or more highly discriminated against groups to the forefront to better understand the strengths they bring to the workplace. Demetria has been in the business of helping people bring their best selves to work every day, for over 10 years. Demetria has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a master’s degree in Instructional Design, and is in the process of earning a master’s degree and PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Stacy Miller, M.A., J.D.
Attorney, Member, Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC
Ms. Miller is a Member in Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits practice group. Her practice focuses on employee benefits, civil and administrative defense with emphasis on the Family and Medical Leave Act, Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act. Ms. Miller is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law. She earned her Master’s degree from the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky. Ms. Miller is a member of the Fayette County, Kentucky and American Bar Associations, as well as the Society for Human Resources Management and the Lexington Employee Benefits Council. Ms. Miller is a regular presenter at Employment Law seminars and has authored several articles as well as a book chapter on disability discrimination.

Aaron Miller
Director of Programs, Leadership Louisville Center
Aaron Miller is the Director of Programs for the Leadership Louisville Center, a nonprofit founded in 1979. He runs the civic programs for the Center, which includes the Leadership Louisville, Bingham Fellows, Ignite Louisville, Focus Louisville, and Encore Louisville programs. Miller has been with the Leadership Louisville Center since 2011, and spent the previous 17 years in broadcasting, working as a radio morning show host and promotions/marketing director. Miller is a former city council member for the city of Lyndon and has also worked as a blogger for Gannett/The Courier-Journal. In 2015, Business First magazine named him one of “20 People to Know in Nonprofits.” He has received other awards including Business First’s Forty Under 40 in 2010, the Young Professionals Association of Louisville’s President’s Award in 2009, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Strength Award in 2007 and Hope Award in 2004.

Elizabeth Muyskens, Esq.
Attorney, Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC
Elizabeth is a Member in Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Lexington office and has been with the firm since 2008. She is a member of the Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits practice. Elizabeth’s practice includes counseling employers, litigating employment law disputes and representing employers in administrative proceedings. Elizabeth is honored as a Rising Star by Kentucky Super Lawyers and recognized by Chambers USA for her many legal accomplishments. Elizabeth worked for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky while pursuing her undergraduate degree. While attending the University of Kentucky College of Law, she served as the business manager for the Kentucky Law Journal and graduated at the top of her class. Elizabeth is a member of the Fayette County, Kentucky and American Bar Associations. Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.

Jeff Nally, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
President, Nally Group

Leila O’Carra
Special Counsel, Littler Mendelson PC

Allison Pettrey, PHR, SHRM-CP
HR Consultant, Hanna Resource Group
Allison serves in the lead HR role for several organizations throughout the Bluegrass, including a Lexington-based IT Company and one of the largest Commercial Property Management firms in Kentucky. Prior to joining HRG, Allison obtained 5 years of hands-on experience serving as the General Manager of a non-profit organization in Georgetown, Kentucky. Allison has obtained her PHR Certification and her SHRM-CP designation, and she is a member of BGSHRM as well as serving on the Bluegrass Compensation Association board as Public Relations and Branding Chair. Having studied at Oxford University and graduated with a Bachelor’s from Georgetown College, Allison is responsible for not only compensation program design, but also crafting communications and policies and procedures in order to facilitate success for new or updated programs.

Deanna Philpott
Principal Consultant, People Strategy Consulting

Lauren Rauch
CEO & Co-Founder, 5 Star Global Recruitment Partners
Lauren Rauch is an industry leading expert in Recruiting, Job Search Strategies, Branding and Talent Acquisition for Human Resource Professionals, as founder and owner of the nationally prominent 5 Star Global Recruitment Partners, creator of a Video Training series, and Board Member serving several non-profit organizations supporting women in industry and scholarship funds for STEM programs for kids. Lauren was blessed to survive Thyroid Cancer and Crohns disease—and since then, she has dedicated her life to helping individuals, teams, and organizations find encouragement, expertise, and simple strategies for talent acquisition. She gives back to her local community through personally volunteering time as well as dedicating resources in support of 6 major charitable organizations and has supported faith based ministries in the US, Asia, and Europe.

Rawleigh Richardson, SHRM-CP, PHR, MHRM
KYSHRM Certification Co-Director, AEL-SPAN

Sandy Ringer, SHRM-CP, PHR
President, Business Visions Consulting

Dan Ripberger
Managing Director, RSC Advisory Group

Kevin Rose
Assistant Professor, University of Louisville

Steven Rudolf, SPHR, JD
Vice President, Human Resources Operations, Baptist Health
Steven G. Rudolf is Vice President, Human Resources Operations, for Baptist Health, providing operational HR leadership for the system. He previously served as vice president of Human Resources for the Kentuckiana Region, which included Baptist Medical Associates, Baptist Health Louisville and Baptist Health La Grange. Prior to joining Baptist in 2010, Rudolf was executive director of human resources for Operations and Product Development for Hill-Rom Company, a subsidiary of Hillenbrand Industries, and a leading manufacturer and provider of medical technologies and related services for the healthcare industry. He also served as senior labor and employment counsel for Hillenbrand and its subsidiaries.

Scott Schreiber
Managing Director, RSC Advisory Group
Scott Schreiber is a Managing Director of RSC Advisory Group. In this capacity, he applies a multidisciplinary background to assist clients in maximizing the return on their compensation investment. Scott has consulted with a wide range of organizations from mature divisions of Fortune 50 companies to small, emerging high technology firms. Scott has provided compensation consulting services in the areas of Employee Pay – strategic alignment, pay for performance, international leveling, traditional, and alternative rewards; Sales Incentive – commission-based, quota-based, performance metrics; Variable Rewards – annual incentive, group and team; and Executive Compensation – base, annual incentive, stock/equity, long-term performance, phantom/simulated, qualified/nonqualified. Scott’s prior experience includes serving as the Midwest Compensation Practice Leader for Watson Wyatt, Principal and Practice Leader for William M. Mercer’s Inc.’s Reward and Talent Management practice, Vice President Human Resources of a large insurance company, and several other corporate and consulting roles.

Todd Shickel
Vice President of Business Development, Elements Financial

Brian Simmons, SHRM-CP, PHR
Human Resources Advisor, CMI Consulting, LLC
Mr. Simmons is a Certified Professional of Human Resources through the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) with more than 25 years of practical experience in HR generalist and specialty areas at all organizational levels. Additionally, Brian was an Adjunct Professor at Queens University in the Hugh N. McColl School of Business’ Executive MBA program (Charlotte, NC) and served as a national program and keynote speaker for the National YMCA organization and National Black MBA Association’s Executive and Management Development Institutes. His subject matter expertise areas include supervisory and leadership skills development, employment law application and compliance, workplace violence awareness and prevention, change management strategies, associate and customer relations, communications coaching and presentation delivery. Known as a master of “edutainment”, Brian also provides professional talent services for workplace instructional videos, audiobooks and e-learning modules.

Susan Simmons, SHRM-SCP
Executive Vice President and Human Resource Director, Central Bank
Susan Simmons currently serves as Executive Vice President and Human Resource Director for Central Bank of Lexington, KY. Previously she served in the same role for First Federal Savings Bank of Elizabethtown, KY. While with First Federal for 29 years, she served in a variety of positions with the last 19 years as Human Resources Director. Prior to her taking the HR Director position, the Bank did not have a formal Human Resources Department. She is current Past-Chair and Co-Director for Best Places to Work of the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management; previously serving on the council as Chair, Secretary, District Director and Diversity Director. She was also a board member of the Elizabethtown Society for Human Resource Management which was chartered under her leadership in 2003. She has been a member of the LexArts Board and recently joined the newly formed Kentucky Chamber Workforce Advisory Board.as well as the United Way of the Bluegrass Human Resources Committee.

Tracy Stuckrath
President & Chief Connecting Officer, Thrive! Meetings & Events

Cynthia Thompson
Principal, The Thompson HR Firm LLC
Cynthia Y. Thompson is Principal and Founder of The Thompson HR Firm LLC, a human resources consulting company in Memphis, TN. She is a senior human resources executive with more than twenty years of human resources experience concentrated in publicly traded companies. She is also the Publisher | Editor of HR Professionals Magazine, an HR trade publication distributed to HR professionals in Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Arkansas. Cynthia is a Preferred Provider of recertification credits for SHRM and HRCI. Cynthia has an MBA and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources by HRCI and SHRM. She is on the faculty at Christian Brothers University in Memphis teaching Human Resource Management. She is also a faculty member of Bethel University. In addition, she teaches online HR certification exam prep classes for SHRM and HRCI. Cynthia was recently appointed by Tennessee Governor Haslam to a six-year term on the Tennessee Board of Appeals. She is a sought after speaker on HR strategic leadership.

Shelly Trent, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Career Coach, Your Career Collaborator
Shelly Trent, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CAE, is an HR and career development professional who has spent her life guiding others toward lifelong learning, career growth, and personal enrichment. Shelly worked as a Field Services Director for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) for over 16 years. Shelly’s background includes human resources, college career services, corporate employee career development, and business and industry training. Shelly is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources by the HR Certification Institute, as a SHRM-Senior Certified Professional, and also obtained her master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis in HR. She completed her Ph.D. coursework at the University of Louisville in human resources development and career counseling. She also earned her Certified Association Executive (CAE) certification in 2014.

Phillip Van Hooser, MBA, CSP, CPAE
President, Van Hooser Associates, Inc.
Phillip Van Hooser, MBA, CSP, CPAE Van Hooser Associates, Inc., Princeton, KY Phillip Van Hooser helps organizations build performance and profitability by preparing their high potentials and managers to lead. Phil’s depth of practical leadership experience in manufacturing, banking and the boardroom equips high potentials, managers and emerging leaders to: + Motivate a multi-generational workforce + Manage conflict + Improve communication skills between employees and superiors + Build high-performance work teams and + Prepare for the transition into leadership. His clients run the gamut from Lockheed Martin and Crocs to Subway and AmeriGas. Van Hooser’s latest book, Leaders Ought To Know: 11 Ground Rules for Common Sense Leadership, is a must-read handbook for leaders feeling the pressure to perform. A Hall of Fame speaker and past president of the National Speakers Association, Phil is the creator of Leaders Ought to Know®, an on-demand training program for sustaining continuous leadership growth.

Jennifer Wheatley, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
President/Owner, CenterPointHR, LLC
Jennifer Wheatley, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, is the President/Owner of CenterPointHR, LLC, a human resources consulting practice in Louisville, Kentucky. Prior to starting her own practice, Jennifer was a Senior HR Consultant with an HR consulting firm. In addition, Jennifer was previously employed with JPMorgan Chase as a Vice President, Employee Relations Manager. Jennifer holds an M.A. in Human Resources Management and a B.S in Business Administration and is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) as well as a certified Senior Professional in HR (SPHR). Jennifer is a member of the National Society for Human Resources Management, the Kentucky Society for Human Resources Management where she serves on the State Council and the Louisville Society for Human Resources Management (LSHRM), where she serves on the Board as the Director of Certification and Member Development. Jennifer also is an adjunct professor at the University of Louisville.

Cassie Whitlock
Director of Human Resources, BambooHR
Cassie has served as the Director of Human Resources at BambooHR since 2012. She is an observer of human nature and uses this knowledge to aid organizations, teams and individuals. She earned her Masters in Human Resources from Utah State University and a Bachelors in Business Management and Accounting from Utah Valley University.

Mitzi Wyrick
Partner, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP
Mitzi D. Wyrick, Partner, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP Wyrick counsels employers about hiring, discipline, internal investigations and compliance with local, state and federal laws. She also defends employers against charges and lawsuits involving claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, alleged violations of statutes such as the FLSA, the FMLA, the ADA and other employment-related claims. Wyrick has conducted seminars and training in personnel policies, wage and hour law, discrimination, the WARN Act, military leave, the Family and Medical Leave Act, sexual harassment investigations, drug testing and other employment topics. She received her B.A. from the University of Kentucky and received her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

William Yates
Certified Risk Management Consultant, Harvard Risk Management Corp.
William Yates is a professional speaker, regional manager, and partner with the Harvard Risk Management Corporation., a consulting company specializing in identity theft protection. Having served 26 years as an Air Force Officer, he was first introduced to Identity Theft and cyber security in 1991 while active duty Air Force and earned an MBA and a certification from the Air Force Institute of Technology while targeting cyber security for the Air Force. He was also recognized as a senior trainer and speaker. Having worked in this industry as a civilian for over eight years, completing numerous trainings, seminars, and certifications; he is a Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Consultant. His blend of humor with his knowledge on the subject matter has made William one of the most sought-after speakers on this topic. He has spoken with countless organizations, including SHRM, Chambers of Commerce, many associations and government organizations, as well as thousands of individuals nationwide about the devastating effects of identity theft, and how to more fully protect their private information.

Lisa Zangari
Director of Learning, Leadership Louisville Center
Lisa Zangari, director of learning for the Leadership Louisville Center, brings a unique blend of business savvy and human-driven change management developed from more than 12 years on the front lines of innovation. Before joining the Center, Lisa was an innovation strategist in New York City, where she partnered with companies to develop new products/services, launch internal start-ups, and nurture more creative cultures. Lisa has designed numerous leadership development programs for organizations such as AARP, American Express, Citibank, Coca-Cola, Disney, Hasbro, Pfizer, and more. This work included taking leaders behind the scenes of some of the world’s most innovative organizations – Facebook, Google, etc. – and helping them apply what they learned back in their own organizations. Lisa earned her MBA at Texas A&M University and has a B.S. in psychology. She serves on the boards of New Roots (Louisville food access nonprofit) and the Kentucky Center for the Arts.

Hope Zoeller, Ed.D.
Facilitator of Leader Success, HOPE (Helping Other People Excel), LLC
Dr. Hope Zoeller is Founder and President of HOPE (Helping Other People Excel), LLC, a firm that specializes in facilitating leader success at every level of an organization. For over 13 years of her professional career, Dr. Zoeller worked at UPS in various roles including Customer Service, Training and Development and Employee Relations. For the past 12 years, she has been consulting with organizations on leadership development. Dr. Zoeller is also a Professor at Spalding University instructing in the Master of Business Communication program. She has a Doctorate in Leadership Education from Spalding University, a Master of Education in Training and Development from the University of Louisville and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Psychology from Bellarmine University. Hope is the author of the leadership book HOPE for Leaders Unabridged.