Workshop Speakers 2018-05-31T09:25:27+00:00

Workshop Speakers

Explore below to learn more about this year’s workshop speakers! Speakers are listed in alphabetical order. Should you need further direction or find yourself unable to locate what you’re looking for, feel free to reach out to Lori Jo Goff, customer service manager, at lgoff@kychamber.com or 502-848-8727.


Toni Ahl
President/Owner, EEO Advantage, LLC
Toni Ahl, President of EEO Advantage LLC, provides consulting and training regarding diversity and the laws enforced by the EEOC and conducts investigations for various groups. She was formerly a Senior Investigator with the EEOC for over 30 years.  Toni contracts with EEOC to teach classes for the Office of Federal Operations. Toni is an active member of Louisville SHRM. She is Vice President of the Board of the Center for Accessible Living. Toni is the Vice President of the Kentucky Industry Liaison Group (KYILG). She has been a presenter for the Kentucky SHRM conference, Louisville SHRM, Bluegrass SHRM, Mid-West SHRM, the KYILG, EEOC’s Technical Assistance Program Seminars (TAPS), the National Business Institute (NBI), the employment section of the Louisville Bar Association and the employment section of the Defense Research Institute (DRI).  She is a strategic partner with OutSolve. Toni has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Louisville.

Session: L10: But That’s Not a REAL Religion….is It?


Meera Alagaraja
Associate Professor, University of Louisville
Meera Alagaraja is an Associate Professor at the University of Louisville where she teaches Leadership and Management, Organizational Learning and Performance Interventions. She has prior experience as a HR manager developing learning and information systems, and executive development in the manufacturing industry. She is the author of several articles on expanding the role of HR departments in strategy implementation specifically, Lean strategy. Her research suggests enhancing the credibility and influence of HR departments as a critical driver for business performance. Additional research partnerships involve organizations in the healthcare industry examining the impact of workplace spirituality on employee engagement, learning and performance. Prior to joining the University of Louisville, Dr. Alagaraja obtained her PhD at Texas A&M University where she regularly consulted with fortune 500 companies regarding Lean and quality management initiatives from an organizational change management perspective.

Sessions: A4: Getting and Keeping a Seat at the Executive Table
A7: Building Bench Strength for the New War for Talent


Sandy Allgeier, SPHR
Consultant, Allgeier Human Resources Consulting
Allgeier is a consultant, speaker, trainer and author who assists organizations to best maximize their human potential. She is known for engaging her audiences with a high degree of participation. Prior to beginning her consulting and speaking business in 2000, Allgeier’s experience included corporate HR leadership roles in Fortune 500 organizations within several industries including hospitality, financial services and assisted living. Allgeier’s background includes 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. Her major focus today is assisting organizations to develop their greatest asset – their people!

Session: Preconference:Business Acumen for the HR Professional


Jim Anderson
President, Infoquest Information Services, Ltd.
Jim Anderson is a founding partner of Infoquest Information Services, Ltd. established in 1994. Infoquest strictly handles workers’ compensation, employer and insurance claims defense investigations and business information services in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. Formerly, Jim was the Claim Director and Account Manager with Equifax Information Services, Atlanta, GA. He received his BA in Criminology and Criminal Justice from The Ohio State University.

Session: B6: Combating FMLA and Benefits Abuse


Adam Argullin
Speaker/ Trainer/ Drummer, Stay Tuned Experience, LLC
Adam ArgullinEastern Kentucky University in 2000, studied both Police Administration and Music Merchandising. Adam began his law enforcement career in 2001, during which time he has been assigned to patrol, traffic, investigations, and 2 years assigned to an FBI Drug Task Force. Adam is a Drug Recognition Expert Instructor, DUI Instructor, DARE Instructor, and Kentucky Law Enforcement Council Certified Instructor. He is on the Community Resource Unit of one of the largest police agencies in Northern KY. Adam has been a working musician since he was 5. Adam is a private instructor, clinician, and public speaker. In 2013 Adam launched his program called Stay Tuned – a drum infused, motivational, anti-drug experience, drawing upon personal and professional ventures! Adam also operates Adam Argullin Mallets, a custom drum/ percussion mallet company which has been in production since 1996. In addition, Adam touring drummer for CMA recording artist Jason Owens.

Session: M9: Stay Tuned – Don’t Quit Your Day Job


Dan Ash
Research Director, The Graduate! Network
Dr. Dan Ash is an expert in workplace psychology and training program development, Dr. Ash served as the founding executive director of Metropolitan College at its inception in 1998, which has since established itself as a national and international model for education business partnerships. Metropolitan College provided more than $7 million in educational benefits to more than 8,000 participants who successfully completed more than 89,000 college credit hours. Dr. Ash was instrumental in establishing similar programs at Norton Healthcare, Humana, ResCare, and the UPS Chicago Area Consolidation Hub. Since 2009, Dr. Ash has served on the leadership team responsible for creating a regional education initiative—55 Thousand Degrees—with the goal of moving Louisville into the top tier among its peer cities by raising education attainment so that by 2020, 40% of working-age adults hold a bachelor’s degree and 10% an associate’s degree.

Session: B3: Driving Education Partnerships That Benefit Employers and Their Employees Using Bridging the Talent Gap Data  


Andrew Bailiff
Creative Director, Personal Trainer, Proformance Health & Wellbeing
Andrew is a high-performance coach and the creative director at Performance Health & Wellbeing. Andrew is a designated level 4 leader in the organization, and has helped increase engagement in the workplace through collaborative content creation, social media marketing, and 1-on-1 & group deep-dive mindset coaching. Andrew has helped several organizations and teams strategically plan and implement novel marketing strategies that increase employee performance, engagement, and overall client experience.

Session: M4: Inspired Engagement @ Work


Matt Barszcz, Esq.
Lawyer, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
Matt Barszcz is a Louisville-based attorney with Dinsmore & Shohl and focuses his practice in the areas of labor and employment. His practice includes all aspects of pre-litigation investigation, evidence and witness preparation, trial and appellate work, and responding and participating in agency investigations, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights. Matt has experience handling issues involving Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Kentucky Civil Rights Act, and many other state and federal statutes and regulations governing employment disputes. Matt graduated magna cum laude from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2010 before being elected to the Order of the Coif. He is a member of the Louisville Bar Association, the Kentucky Bar Association, and the Executive Committee of the KBA’s Young Lawyers Division.

Session: L1: Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo Era


Jeff Birk
Manager, Speaking and Training, O.C. Tanner
A frequent speaker at ATD, the world’s largest training and development conference, Jeff Birk has inspired thousands for the last 25 years as a trainer, speaker, stand-up comedian and corporate emcee for the likes of Honda, Bose, Virgin Trains, Footlocker, Pepsi and Pier 1 Imports. His rare combination of stand-up comedy along with years of corporate keynoting and training engages and inspires audiences around the world. With a unique balance of humor and poignancy in every message he delivers, Jeff draws on his trademark style and experience to make presentations on employee recognition, career achievement, and team building more purposeful, meaningful, and memorable. In his spare time he listens to as much music as he can ranging from Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd to Hans Zimmer and Rachmaninoff. He lives in the Salt Lake City area with his wife and daughter.

Session: M3: Influence Greatness


Rocke Blair, CEBS
Managing Partner, Fiduciary Analytics, LLC
Rocke Blair serves as a Senior Consultant & Managing Partner for Fiduciary Analytics, LLC for institutional clients using data, analytics & insights to create financially healthy employers. Rocke has over 30 years’ business development experience in the employee benefits industry and has worked closely with numerous sized employers on their benefit and retirement needs. Rocke spent 20 years with the institutional team at a major financial services firm, and more recently a Practice Leader for two boutique retirement consulting firms. He assists prospective clients in their Investment and Retirement Committees duties toward meaningful & quantifiable outcomes. Rocke has worked with clients with complex retirement plan structures including defined contribution plan (profit sharing, 401(k), 403(b), & 457) and defined benefit plans. Rocke carries the Certified Employee Benefits Specialist® (CEBS) designation from the International Foundation of Employee Benefits and the Wharton School; an MBA from Capital University in Columbus, OH; a B.A. in Chemistry and a degree in Business from Indiana University. He earned the Certified Behavioral Finance AnalystTM (CBFA) designation from the Allianz Global Behavioral Finance Institute and has presented on this topic in several forums regarding the impact employers realize by adopting such protocols. The forums include the 2016 & 2018 International Foundation of Certified Employee Benefit Specialist® symposium, Plan Sponsor Council of America Conference (PSCA) in Scottsdale, AZ, The HR Collaborative in Greater Cincinnati, the MI & OH CUPA Conferences and additional venues. Rocke serves on several boards including the Greater Cincinnati/Dayton ISCEBS Chapter, the Retirement Advisor Council, recordkeeping providers and investment management firms.

Session: I12: The CHRO and CFO—A Dynamic Duo When Using Data, Analytics and Insights to Change the Organization in an Amazon World


Autumn Blakeman, SHRM-CP
Associate HR Consultant, Hanna Resource Group
As an Associate HR Consultant, Autumn provides support for a variety of human resource projects. Autumn has a wealth of experience writing and interpreting job descriptions, performing human resource audits, assisting with compensation projects, and evaluating FLSA classifications. In addition to project work, Autumn is hands-on in multiple ongoing outsourcing arrangements, putting her eye for detail to good use in benefits and payroll administration, onboarding, and general HR compliance functions. Autumn is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, with a double major in management and marketing. During college, she participated and held leadership roles in both Maroon SHRM and The Society for the Advancement of Management. Autumn is a Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional.

Session: M10: Inspect Your HR Department – Before Someone Else Does!


Blaine Blood
Partner, Bingham Greenebaum Doll, LLP
Blaine is a partner in the firm’s Louisville office and a member of the Labor and Employment Practice Group. Blaine advises clients on employment law matters arising under a broad range of state and federal laws affecting employers, advises employers on how to avoid litigation, and handles employment litigation issues from complaint through trial and appeal.  Blaine also works closely with clients’ human resources departments to assist in compliance with state and federal statutes, and to implement best HR practices. He has handled numerous labor arbitrations arising under collective bargaining agreements. Blaine has also assisted employers with handling Department of Labor investigations, responding to unfair labor practice charges, navigating legal issues that arise during collective bargaining negotiations, providing advice to employers on how to avoid labor disputes and unionization, and counseling employers concerning labor laws that may affect layoffs or the purchase or sale of a business.

Session: L5: Dos and Don’ts of Internal Investigations


Leah Brown
Talent Retention Strategist, Crescendo Strategies
Leah Brown is a Talent Retention Strategist for Crescendo Strategies, a Louisville-based firm committed to reducing unnecessary employee turnover for clients across multiple industries. Leah has 25 years of experience teaching, training, and facilitating improved leadership performance through organizations such as Dale Carnegie, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the International Center for Corporate Learning at Sullivan University. Leah was recognized for her professional impact when Louisville’s Business First Magazine included her in their “20 People to Know in Education/Workforce Development” list.

Session: I3: Staying Power: Why Your Employees Leave and How to Keep Them Longer


Candra Bryant, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP
Chief Operating Officer, Hanna Resource Group
Candra has a strong background leading and supporting HR engagements in organizations within both the public and private sectors. Having served 10 years as an HR consultant and a compensation practitioner, Candra is experienced in leading the development of market-based compensation plans, incentive compensation plans, executive compensation, sales compensation, wage and hour regulations, and performance management systems. In addition to her work in compensation, Candra is responsible for leading HRG’s HR audits, handbook reviews, development of 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).

Session: I8: Achieving a Best Place to Work:  Recruiting and Retaining Employees Through Free Snacks, Nap Pods, and Pet Insurance


Travis Burgett
President, Integrated Corporate Wellness Solutions, LLC
Travis is a healthcare strategist who has been striving to integrate health and wellness programs in a manner that truly creates value for all stakeholders. Having consulted with several organizations over the past years, he has been focused on figuring out how to more effectively integrate wellness programs and incentives with medical plan design and the healthcare delivery system. This experience has offered plenty of exposure to what works and doesn’t in the wellness space. A graduate of the University of Kentucky with both a bachelors degree in finance and economics and an MBA. Prior to launching ICWS in 2016, Travis worked for KentuckyOne Health, Catholic Health Initiatives and University of Kentucky HealthCare.

Session: B11: Wellness Program Design for a New Day and Age 


Jonathan Butcher, CRPS
Senior Retirement Plan Consultant, UBS Financial Services, Inc.
Jonathan S Butcher, CRPS is a Senior Retirement Plan Consultant with UBS Financial Services at the firm’s Louisville, KY office. He joined the firm in January 2001 after an extensive career as a corporate trainer and consultant for small businesses. In Jonathan’s current role he focuses on consulting with retirement plan committees and assisting HR professionals with participant communication strategies and plan administration efficiencies. He is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University in business administration and holds Series 7 and Series 66 securities licenses. Jonathan attained the professional designation of Chartered Retirement Plan Specialist (CRPS), Additionally, he completed the Essentials of Investment Consulting. Jonathan is locally involved with the Louisville Employee Benefits Council (LEBC) and serves at the President of the LEBC Executive Committee for 2018.

Session: B5: A Roadmap to a Stronger Plan


Ryan Byars
Vice President, Integrated Corporate Wellness Solutions, LLC
Ryan Byars has been working in all facets of employer wellness for more than 8 years. Ryan brings extensive experience in programming designed to increase participation and improve employee health and is responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive and innovative corporate wellness solutions for ICWS. Ryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Exercise Physiology and prior to launching ICWS had worked as a personal trainer, lifestyle coach and program manager.

Session: B11: Wellness Program Design for a New Day and Age


Jeff Calabrese
Labor and Employment Practice Group Leader, Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC
Mr. Calabrese is the Chair of the Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits Group of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC, a full service law firm with five offices across Kentucky and Indiana. He specializes in helping businesses with difficult workforce issues, assisting clients in both litigation and pro-active counseling contexts. He has served as Chair of the Labor and Employment Section of the Louisville Bar Association, and regularly presents at seminars across the country about various legal topics. He received his law degree from the University of Georgia and is licensed to practice in Kentucky, Indiana, Alabama, and the United States Supreme Court.

Session: L8: You Can’t Do That: Non-Competes and Other Restrictive Covenants


Tiffany Cardwell, CCP, PHR, SHRM-CP, CTA
HR Consulting Princinpal, 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 from Loyola University. She has expertise in acquisitions, change management, engagement, leadership coaching and development, performance management, compensation and total rewards, talent acquisition and workforce planning. Tiffany is the current LSHRM Director of Wellness and has served as the 2014 LSHRM Past President.

Session: B10: Compensation Basics and Trends


Andy Cobb
CEO, One Source Discovery
Dr. Cobb currently serves as Partner at One Source Discovery, a local, full service eDiscovery firm. He developed the strict procedures used during forensic collections and analysis to ensure accuracy, verifiability and repeatability. Dr. Cobb is the creator of BlackBox, the patented remote forensic collection software tool. Prior to his position at One Source Discovery, he was the founder and President/CEO of AC Forensics and Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville. Dr. Cobb has served as a consultant on hundreds of Electronic Discovery matters, provided expert testimony on various Computer Forensics matters in Federal and State Courts, given several talks and CLE’s related to electronic discovery, and published numerous technology journal articles.

Session: L2: Digital Forensics: Why They Deserve a Place in Your HR Toolkit


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.

Session: B7: Wage and Hour Update: Exempt or Non-exempt


Kari Collier
Director, Human Resources, Lexington Center
Kari Collier is the Director of Human Resources for Lexington Center (Rupp Arena), where her staffing shifts from around 200 to a season high of over 700.  Prior to joining Rupp, Kari served as the Market HR Manager for Sam’s Club out of Cincinnati, covering KY, southern OH, and southern IN. Kari has a background in workforce planning, having worked as a Sr. Manager of Workforce Planning for over 20 years at such companies as Walt Disney World, and GSI.  She has a bachelor’s in business from Barry University, and serves on the board of directors for the KY Horse Council.

Session: A6: Future Solutions for Managing a Shift-Based Workforce


Karen Combs
Consultant, Foundations Human Resources Consulting
Karen Combs has over 25 years of hands-on experience in Human Resources working for Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., in both a plant and a regional role.  Ms. Combs’ passion and focus is working with front line supervisors and management assisting them in maximizing their most important resource, their employees. In all her interactions, Ms. Combs’ goal is to help promote an understanding of the importance of a strong positive employee relations strategy and the impact of an engaged and valued workforce on a company’s key business objectives. Ms. Combs brings an expertise in the areas of Employee Engagement and Communication, Issues Assessment and Resolution, Recognition Programs, Strategic Planning and Project Management, Effective Leadership Training, and Employee Relations and Retention. She also works with employers to think outside the box when it comes to hiring and retaining an active and engaged workforce. Ms. Combs has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, with a concentration in Marketing and Public Relations from the University of Kentucky.

Session: M5: Multigenerational Engagement and Retention in a Challenging Hiring Environment


Laurel Cornell
Partner, Fisher Phillips
Laurel Cornell is a partner in the Louisville office of Fisher Phillips. Her practice involves representing employers in litigation of employment disputes involving Title VII, the Kentucky Civil Rights Act (KCRA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), as well as related tort and contract claims. She also has extensive experience advising and representing employers in administrative actions across the country. Laurel is the former vice chair and chair of the Louisville Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Section.

Session: L2: Digital Forensics: Why They Deserve a Place in Your HR Toolkit


Denise Cumberland, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Louisville
Denise M. Cumberland, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Organizational Leadership and Learning Program at the University of Louisville. She teaches organizational analysis, ethics, organizational change and consulting. Prior to joining academia, Dr. Cumberland spent 14 years working in a global Fortune 200 company where she led the consumer insights and innovation team. She has co-authored book chapters and published articles on leadership, employee voice, and group dynamics. She consults with franchise organizations, nonprofits, and small businesses on employee team building, conflict resolution, and innovative problem-solving techniques.

Session: M6: Cultivating Employee Voice


Morgan Davenport
Associate, Bingham Greenebaum Doll, LLP
Morgan is a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment practice group where she assists with matters involving employee discipline and termination, discrimination claims, wage disputes, union collective bargain agreements, employee handbooks, and other employment-related matters.

Session: L5: Dos and Don’ts of Internal Investigations


Kenneth Dietz
Attorney, Lucas & Dietz
Salmon P. Chase College of Law, J.D. 1988, Cum Laude Northern Kentucky University, B.S., 1985 Admitted to Practice Commonwealth of Kentucky, 1988 U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky, 1998  U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky 2004  Achievements Lawyer of the Year 2014 (Workers’ Compensation Defense-Greater Cincinnati Region) selected by peer recognition US News and World Report’s Best Lawyers  Kentucky Super Lawyers; Selected, 2008-2017 (only 5% of all attorneys are selected) The Best Lawyers in America; Selected, 2003-2017 Kentucky’s Best Lawyers, selected by peer recognition, as published by the Lexington Herald Leader, the Courier Journal and Wall Street Journal 2012 The National Registry of Who’s Who, 2000 Chairman, Northern Kentucky Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Section, 1997- 2004 Adjunct Professor, Chase College of Law, 1997-1998

Session: L6: Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Hot Topics


Cynthia Effinger
Senior Attorney, McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland PLLC
Cynthia L. Effinger, a Senior Attorney with McBrayer, is located in the firm’s Louisville office. Ms. Effinger’s practice is concentrated in the areas of employment law and commercial 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 can be reached at ceffinger@mmlk.com or (502) 327-5400.

Session: L14: The Current State of Reasonable Accommodation


Colene Elridge
Owner, Be More Consulting
Colene Elridge is a results-oriented success coach with nearly 15 years of experience in human resources, training, government and entrepreneurship. This Owner of Be More Consulting is known as Coach Colene. She is respected for her passion to make workplaces better, happier and more productive, “I’ve spent more than 10 years thinking about what makes work environments tick and how we can create extraordinary leaders and engaging workplaces,” says Colene. “I want to change the way people think about Life, Leadership, and Work through focused coaching, workshops and training.” A popular and sought-after presenter, Colene speaks and moderates at numerous events including the Society for Human Resource Management Conference, the Lexington Chamber of Commerce EMERGE Conference, as well as conferences and retreats throughout the country. She also is a columnist for KYForward.com, and has been featured in several other publications including Success, Mind Body Green, and makes regular television appearances.

Session: M1: Mind, Body, Professional: Self-care for the HR Professional


Jennifer Erena
Sales and Marketing, Integrity IT
Jennifer is currently working in sales and marketing with Integrity IT. Most of her career was spent in the healthcare field as an RN in leadership roles with a focus on staff and patient education. She designed, coordinated and presented multiple times more than 12 Continuing Education offerings and several staff training classes. She has presented to clinical and community groups in Lexington and Ohio. She entered the technology realm in 2004 as a Lead Nurse/Clinical Informaticist for an Advanced Clinical Information Systems project with a large hospital group with an emphasis on employee training.

Session: I13: Employee Cyber Security Training


Debbie Fisher
Director of Total Rewards, HRIS and Organizational Development, Tempur Sealy International
Debbie Fisher is currently the Director of Total Rewards, HRIS and Organizational Development for Tempur Sealy International, the world’s largest bedding provider, and has extensive experience in global compensation across a range of industries. She has more than 30 years of experience in global rewards strategy, plan design and delivery and executive compensation.  Debbie is a graduate of Spalding University.  She is the current LSHRM Compensation Director, has served in a variety of LSHRM positions during the past 20 years, served two terms as President of the Louisville Compensation Association, a member of WorldatWork and SHRM, and served on the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Equity Client Advisory Board for 7 years.

Session: B10: Compensation Basics and Trends


Jeanne Fisher, CFP, CPFA
Senior Financial Advisor, ARGI Investment Services

Mrs. Fisher is a Certified Financial Planner™ with ARGI, a comprehensive wealth management firm. She serves as a 401(k) 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, and The Guardian. She’s been a guest on multiple podcasts including Rob Berger’s “Doughroller”. Jeanne is a published author and has presented financial seminars to more than 50 associations in Kentucky, Indiana, and Tennessee area.

Session: B14: The Big, Bad Retirement Plan RFP


Paula Frizzell
Chief Gratitude Officer/Partner, Frizzell and Associates
Paula C. Frizzell, Partner and Chief Gratitude Officer of Frizzell and Associates is a veteran Benefits Consultant and nationally acclaimed Benefits Trainer. She has hired, on-boarded and trained hundreds of employees in her career.  Paula is passionate about Benefits–education, enrollment procedures, and technology.

Session: B12: Benefits Are No Longer Voluntary


Cathy Fyock, CSP, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
The Business Book Strategist, Cathy Fyock, LLC
Cathy Fyock is The Business Book Strategist, and works with professionals who want to write as a career development strategy. She is the author of eight books, including On Your Mark and Blog2Book. She has edited eight anthologies on HR and OD topics, including Compassion@Work and You@Work.

Sessions: A2: Writing as an HR Thought Leader Strategy
Preconference: HR Thought Leaders Summit: Comparssion, Humanity, and You 


Jenny Goins
Commissioner, Department of Employee Insurance, Ky State Personnel Cabinet
Jenny Goins is the Commissioner for the Department of Employee Insurance with the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet. Prior to her appointment as Commissioner, she served for seven years as the Plan’s Deputy Commissioner. Jenny retired from the United States Air Force as a Chief Master Sergeant after a 25-year career that included duties related to combat communications, public speaking, journalism, human resources and education. Her last 10 years in the Air Force were spent teaching leadership, supervision and communication skills to military leaders and managing the teaching staff. After military retirement, Jenny spent 10 years in the corporate world as a senior HR leader before joining the State. She also provides training and motivational presentations. In 2015, Jenny was inducted into the Kentucky Military Hall of Fame. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management and a Master’s Degree in Adult Learning from Tusculum College, Greeneville, TN.

Session: B9: Health Care Innovation – Not for the Faint of Heart


Mark Gomsak
Partner, Fisher Phillips
Mark Gomsak is Of Counsel in the Louisville office of Fisher Phillips. Mark represents and advises employers in a wide array of labor and employment matters in Kentucky. He has counseled employers concerning discipline and termination of employees, litigation prevention, enforcement of non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, and compliance with various federal and state laws and regulations including Title VIIthe Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and Occupational Safety and Health Act. Mark has also assisted clients in developing handbooks that include policies and procedures tailored to fit their needs. Mark has extensive litigation experience, successfully defending clients in numerous lawsuits and administrative charges alleging discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, and FMLA violations. In addition, a significant portion of Mark’s practice includes defending clients in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citation contests.

Session: L11: Opioid Abuse in the Workplace: Using Effective Drug Testing Policies to Reduce the Pain of the Painkiller Epidemic


Kyle Gorman
Owner, CEO, Gorman Recruiting and Employer Blueprint
Kyle Gorman owns and manages three distinctly different companies with one common vision, helping companies thrive. All of Mr. Gorman’s ventures are focused on Business-to-Business needs which has allowed him the opportunity to witness first-hand many of the challenges companies face. Mr. Gorman developed Employer Blueprint as a leadership training program to guide managers and business owners to greater success. His proven methods help managers streamline communication, enhance professionalism, and lay a foundation for growth. He understands that many professionals excel in business due to their industry expertise, yet may not have experience developing cohesive teams or managing personnel, which is the core focus of his Employer Blueprint resources. Mr. Gorman provides online leadership resources and training, as well as one-on-one and team leadership coaching, and hosts a podcast interviewing successful business people to share stories and tips to their success.

Session: I5: 4 Walls of Management


Mary Gormandy-White, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Director of Talent Development, MTI Business Solutions
Mary Gormandy White is managing director of MTI Business Solutions, a leading corporate training/talent development firm based on the southeastern United States and working with clients throughout the United States. She specializes in training and consulting services related to HR, management, leadership, communication, team building, Everything DiSC®, Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team®, PXT SelectTM and more. Mary holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in Communication. Her certifications include Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), Everything DiSC Certified Trainer/Accredited Workplace Facilitator, and PXT Select Certified Professional. Mary’s professional background includes extensive experience in management, HR, instructional design and communication. She is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences and association meetings nationwide and teaches online SHRM-CP and SCP certification prep courses.

Session: A1: Cultivating Influence: How to Build Your Credibility, Establish Strategic Relationships and Influence Organizational Decision Making


Lyle Hanna, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
President and CEO, Hanna Resource Group
As founder and President of HRG, Lyle utilizes  35+ years experience to assist clients with strategic design and implementation of a wide range of programs including compensation, employee engagement, and HR strategy.  Previously, Lyle held leadership roles including Managing Director of Compensation, Benefits & Retirement Group for Palmer & Cay, Principal and Global Business Development Consultant with Mercer, and HR Director for Jerrico, Inc. Lyle founded Best Places to Work in Kentucky, is heavily involved with Habitat for Humanity, and has chaired the Kentucky Chamber, KY SHRM, the SHRM Foundation, KCTCS Foundation and Kentucky Habitat for Humanity.  Lyle was a guiding force in the Bridging the Talent Gap initiative which won “The Pinnacle Award” from SHRM.  This award is one of the highest honors given by SHRM.  He has hosted a panel of HR experts at the National SHRM meeting in 2017 and will do so again this year.

Sessions: A3: Let’s Talk Leadership: A Panel of Top HR Leaders in the Commonwealth
A6: Future Solutions for Managing a Shift-Based Workforce


Christina Heckathorn
Benefit Advisor, Employee Benefit Associates, Inc.
Christina Heckathorn is a Benefits Advisor with Employee Benefit Associates, Inc. based in Lexington, Kentucky. Christina has over 10 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 Central Kentucky Association of Health Underwriters and Anjays Kids. Christina works closely with clients to develop innovative ways to deliver a healthier workforce and lower claims costs.

Session: B1: Redefining Delivery and Cost of Healthcare for Employers


Merle Heckman, SPHR
Manager of Organizational Development, Regal Beloit
Dr. Merle Heckman is the Manager of Organizational Development for Power Transmission Solutions (PTS)  in Florence, Kentucky.  He oversees the training of employees and development of leaders throughout the organization.  PTS was one of the business units of Emerson Electric which was a Fortune 125 company.  Merle’s work experience is very diverse. The work experiences include the areas of a non-profit organization, a privately held business, a government agency, and now a large publicly held global company. He earned a MA in counseling, a MBA, a MPA , and an Ed.D. He is a Master Trainer for Dale Carnegie courses – Skills for Success, Sales Advantage, Leadership Training for Managers, High Impact Presentations, and Dale Carnegie Online.   Dr. Heckman has taught for various universities as an adjunct over the last 13 year.  He is also has the SPHR SCP certification. He and his wife have seven children and five grandchildren.

Session: M2: Intentional Business Storytelling to Increase  Retention and Application of Presentations


Ann Herd, PhD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CPC
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 strategic human resources, leadership assessment and development, executive coaching, and military 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 Excellence in Scholarly Practice Award, and the University of Louisville’s 2017 Nystrand-Offut Scholar Award for her research on strategic HR for military-civilian transition processes.

Sessions: A5: From Soldier to Civilian Jobholder: Best Practices in Selecting and Onboarding Former Military Talent
A7: Building Bench Strength for the New War for Talent
M6: Cultivating Employee Voice


Walter Herd
Director, Transition Division, United States Army Human Resources Command
Colonel Walter M. Herd, after serving 24 years in the Army, continues his service as the Army Transition Division Director at the Human Resources Command Center of Excellence in Fort Knox, Kentucky. Under Herd’s leadership, The Soldier for Life – Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP) was transformed into a robust, fully comprehensive transition program offering counseling, education, and employment assistance to transitioning Soldiers, DA Civilians, and retirees. The now Congressionally-mandated SFL-TAP has transitioned over 500,000 Soldiers with an additional average of 115,000 eligible Soldiers to transition annually over the next five years. Having earned his M.A. degree in Human Resource Development from Marymount University, Walter Herd also has earned two additional Master’s degrees from the U.S. Army Staff College and U.S. Army War College in Strategy and Military Science, and a B.A. degree from Centre College in Kentucky. He is the author of the 2013 book “Unconventional Warrior.”

Session: A5: From Soldier to Civilian Jobholder: Best Practices in Selecting and Onboarding Former Military Talent


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.

Session: B4: Advanced ADA and FMLA Update


Michael Hornback
Special Counsel, Littler Mendelson
Michael D. Hornback represents employers and companies in all aspects of litigation, in both state and federal courts in Tennessee and Kentucky. He has extensive experience in a wide variety of employment-related matters, including claims of discrimination, retaliation, issues involving non-compete agreements, and handling claims before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Michael earned his J.D. from the University of Arkansas and his B.A. degree in Public Relations from Eastern Kentucky University. During law school he was a member of the Arkansas Law Review and a recipient of the Pearson Fellowship. Michael began his legal career in Nashville, Tennessee and after 11 years practicing in the Volunteer State, returned home to Kentucky in 2013. He is a graduate of the 2015 Commerce Lexington Leadership Lexington Class, was selected as a Rising Star by Kentucky Super Lawyers in 2016 and 2017, and currently serves on the Fayette County Bar Association Board of Directors.

Session: L12: Challenging Workplace Disability Scenarios


Jaime Horne, MS, CPBA, SHRM-SCP
HR Consultant, Hanna Resource Group
Jaime is a Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst with a Master’s Degree in Industrial – Organizational Psychology. Jaime’s background is in research and data analysis that allows for evidence based business decisions. Until joining HRG, Jaime served as Director of HR for a long-term care management company in Kentucky, as well as carrying out projects and consulting work for a variety of healthcare organizations. She has also carried out survey development, administration, and analysis for the Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities (KAHCF). These positions allowed her to gain experience in employment law and compliance, organizational development, change management, benefits administration, and training, which Jaime is utilizing with a variety of clients.  Before her Master’s in IO Psych, Jaime received a Bachelor’s from Georgetown College and her SHRM-SCP certification.  She is a member of both National and Bluegrass SHRM, where she serves as Co-Diversity Director.

Session: M10: Inspect Your HR Department – Before Someone Else Does!


Lynn Ingmire, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
President/Owner, Essential HR Partners, LLC
Lynn Ingmire, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, President/Owner of Essential HR Partners, LLC, providing HR and leadership training and consulting has over 30 years of human resource management experience in manufacturing, distribution/transportation, food processing, education and not-for-profit organizations, with responsibilities for the full range of HR functions. She has been a member of her local Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) chapter, LSHRM, for over 30 years and became involved with KY SHRM State Council in 2006. She continues volunteering and is currently the Immediately past Chair of KY SHRM state council. She received her BS degree in Sociology from the University of Louisville and holds two professional certifications: SHRM-SCP and SPHR. Lynn has presented at the KYSHRM State Conference for the past three years, has conducted training at National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA’s) HR Conference for 10 years, has presented for Kentucky’s Industry Liaison Group, NBI, Kentucky’s Legal Administrators.

Session: L10: But That’s Not a REAL Religion….is It?


Jay Inman
Associate, Littler Mendelson
Jay Inman represents employers throughout Kentucky and Tennessee in a full range of labor and employment law matters arising under federal, state, and local laws. He regularly provides advice, counsel, and training for employers of all sizes, and he has assisted clients with administrative agency investigations and charges, as well as represented clients at various stages of litigation, including trial and, if necessary, appeal. Jay’s industries of emphasis include healthcare, higher education and manufacturing.

Session: L12: Challenging Workplace Disability Scenarios


Lira Johnson, JD, licensed in KY, MI, WI
Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
Lira practices labor and employment law with Dinsmore & Shohl LLP. She has twenty years of experience providing legal solutions to business questions about employees, benefits, human resource management, employment-related administrative proceedings, and employment litigation. She works with large, national employers; small, local companies; manufacturers and service industries; and dozens of human resource professionals.

Session: L13: Social Media and Smart Phones:  Legal Challenges and Changes


Mauritia Kamer
Member, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
Mauritia G. Kamer is a member of Steptoe & Johnson’s Labor & Employment practice group where she defends employers across the spectrum of issues that can arise in the workplace before, during and after employment. She has an undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and a law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law where she was on the Law Review. Mauritia regularly speaks on employment topics to HR and business professionals.

Session: I6: Employment Legislative and Case Update from the Last Year 


Alina Klimkina, JD
Attorney, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
Alina is a member of the Labor & Employment Department, where she represents a variety of clients in all areas of employment law, including pre-litigation investigations, litigation and appeals. She also routinely handles agency investigations, including proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity, the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights and the Kentucky Division of Unemployment Insurance. She works with clients ranging from large Fortune 500 companies to local entrepreneurs to public sector employers in handling complex issues involving Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and other state and federal employment statutes at every stage of the litigation process. Alina has experience counseling and defending corporate directors and officers.

Session: L13: Social Media and Smart Phones:  Legal Challenges and Changes


Cynthia Knapek
President, Leadership Louisville Center
Cynthia Knapek has been an active leader in the Louisville community for more than 20 years. In 2012, she was named President of the Leadership Louisville Center. The Center is a national leader in civic engagement and leadership development. Cynthia is particularly proud that the work the Center has done to foster inclusivity having been recognized with the 2016 Champion of Diversity Award from the Urban League. In 2014 she was included in Louisville Magazine’s ‘Power 50’ list of influential leaders. She was a founding member and the first President of the Young Professionals Association of Louisville (YPAL). Cynthia is active in numerous community organizations including Rotary and serves on several boards including Greater Louisville Inc., She also serves on the national board for the Association of Leadership Programs.

Session: I10: Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change


Sarah Laren
Associate, Littler Mendelson
Sarah T. Laren advises and represents clients in labor and employment law matters. Prior to joining Littler, she served for four years as a law clerk to the Hon. David L. Bunning, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Covington Division and the Hon. Joseph M. Hood, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Lexington Division. During law school, she was a staff member of the Kentucky Law Journal, was a Moot Court board member and a Women’s Law Caucus member.

Session: L12: Challenging Workplace Disability Scenario


DorothyLockhart, MBA, MSN, RN, CCTC
Regional Director for Central Eastern Market, KentuckyOne Health Partners
Dorothy Lockhart, MBA, MSN, RN, CCTC, has been a registered nurse for 20 years. As a Regional Director at KentuckyOne Health Partners, Dorothy has successfully developed and implemented evidence-based healthcare solutions for population health management that has drove down cost, improved coordination of care and patient satisfaction. Her background includes community health, skilled nursing facility management, insurance case management, transplant coordination and administration. She maintains her certification in organ transplant and has researched, published and spoken in the field. She is currently a board member of the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerk’s Trust for Life which provides organ and tissue donation education to the citizens of Kentucky.

Session: B8: Innovative Solutions for Employers that Promote Wellness and Productivity and Drive Down Health Care Costs


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.

Session: L3: Navigating the Changing Currents of OSHA and Employment Law


Don Lovasz
President of KentuckyOne Health Partners
Don Lovasz, President of KentuckyOne Health Partners (KHP), has more than 30 years of clinical and executive leadership experience having worked closely with patients, clinicians and payers in local, regional and national healthcare settings. Don joined the KentuckyOne Health team in 2012 to help create the organization’s clinically integrated network. Since that time, KHP has grown to 125,000 managed lives, 2,000 providers, an integrated post-acute network and a 5-STAR rating. Don serves on the board of America’s Physician Groups (formerly CAPG) and is chair of their innovative Alternative Payment Model (APM) Committee. Additionally, he is a board member of Kentuckiana Health Collaborative (KHC), an organization focused on improving the value of healthcare for employees and residents throughout the Commonwealth. Prior to joining KentuckyOne Health, Don led a North American healthcare IT outsourcing firm and later, a company that supported Medicare’s quality improvement programs, public reporting systems and pay-for-performance initiatives. A respiratory therapist by training, he received his undergraduate degree from Olivet University in Illinois and an MBA from the University of Illinois.

Session: B8: Innovative Solutions for Employers that Promote Wellness and Productivity and Drive Down Health Care Costs


Greg Lyles, SPHR
Sr HR Consultant, Hanna Resource Group
As a Senior Consultant at HRG, Greg delivers strategies to recruit talent, conducts client assessments, and provides outsourcing for corporate clients. Prior to joining HRG, Greg was a HR Quality Project Manager for a leading railroad service provider. While there, he was responsible for coordinating process improvement projects, collaborating with company heads to project staffing needs, and develop recruiting strategies for new startups. Additional duties Greg was responsible for included drafting company policies and procedures, job descriptions, and maintaining the organization’s HRIS. Furthermore, Greg is a 22-year veteran of the US Air Force. His assignments included several stints in US Air Force Recruiting Service where he led teams of recruiters, and served as a training manager. In addition, Greg has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management and is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

Session: A6: Future Solutions for Managing a Shift-Based Workforce


LaToi Mayo, JD
Shareholder, Littler Mendelson
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 experience with discrimination issues arising. LaToi routinely presents at seminars focusing on labor, employment and immigration topics for a variety of professional organizations in Kentucky. She also conducts training for managers, supervisors and the general workforce and provides compliance counseling.

Session: L12: Challenging Workplace Disability Scenarios


John McTighe, FCRA Certified
President, Background Decision
John McTighe is the President of Background Decision, a division of SIR. He has over fifteen years’ experience helping companies recruit and screen high quality candidates. Prior to joining Background Decision, John worked for Connecticut Business Systems, a division of Xerox, where he achieved substantial growth, and was responsible for recruiting and training new sales professionals. John is certified in the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and he has earned a Yellow Belt in the business management strategy of Six Sigma. Additionally, he is an active member of the Government Relations Committees of both the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), and the National Consumer Reporting Association (NCRA). John is a frequent speaker on the topics of background screening compliance and best practices. He lives in Connecticut with his beautiful wife Kimberly of 20 years and their two children.

Session: L9: Could Your Background Screening Process Put You in Hot Water? 


Annie Meehan
Professional Speaker, AM Speaking & Consulting
Annie is a speaker and an award winning author based in Minneapolis, MN. After starting her career in corporate America, she is a powerful, successful motivational speaker with heart and determination that awakens her audiences to action. Annie uses personal and professional expertise to inspire her Annie is a member of the National Speakers Association, a graduate of their apprentice program, and a certified life coach. After working for Piper Jaffray, she was a contract speaker for one of the top non-profit companies in the United States. Today Annie is speaking across the country and internationally. In addition to being a popular motivational keynote speaker, Annie is also the author of four motivational books, including Be the Exception and the inspirational journal Paths, Detours, and Possibilities. When not delivering upbeat, motivating talks for audiences across the country, Annie accompanies her husband in raising their 3 kids.

Sessions: Preconference:Be the Exception….7 Steps to Transformation
Keynote: Leading a Life of IMPACT


Demetria Miles-McDonald
Intersectionality Expert, Decide Diversity
Demetria Miles-McDonald 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 identify with two or more marginalized 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 in various leadership and organizational development positions. Demetria’s unique perspective as an intersectional employee, leader, and researcher brings clarity, freshness, and focus to diversity issues at work that may otherwise go unnoticed.

Session: I11: The Business Case for Diversity


Jeff Nally, MBA, PCC, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Founder, The Nally Group
Jeff Nally is an executive coach, speaker, and author who brings together neuroscience research, coaching methodologies, and well-being strategies to help leaders achieve what they really want at work and in life. This combined focus creates better leaders, teams, and organizations and produces results with the brain in mind. Jeff is also a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources through the Human Resources Certification Institute and a Senior Certified Professional through the Society for Human Resource Management. Jeff volunteers his time advancing the HR and coaching professions. He is a past chair of the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management State Council, and a past president of Louisville SHRM. Jeff is a member of the Ohio Valley Charter Chapter of the International Coach Federation.

Sessions: B3: Driving Education Partnerships That Benefit Employers and Their Employees Using Bridging the Talent Gap Data
Preconference: HR Thought Leaders Summit: Comparssion, Humanity, and You


Danny Nelms, MBA
President, Work Institute
As President at Work Institute, co-author of The Why Factor: Winning With Workforce Intelligence, Danny Nelms is an expert in helping companies forge new directions to optimize human capital and improve results. His track record in successfully managing teams in both HR and corporate services, and aligning organizational strategies to achieve business objectives, have made him a popular guest speaker. His insight into human capital dynamics of an organization based on sound data-driven research uniquely positions Nelms to provide valuable recommendations for the challenges that organizations face and allows him to provide companies with the tools they need to successfully achieve the desired employee outcomes and business results Nelms earned his BBA from Georgia State University and completed his MBA from the Massey School at Belmont University.

Session: I7: The Real Reasons Employees Quit  (2018 Retention Report: Trends, Reasons and Recommendations)


Amy Olds, PHR, SHRM-CP
Manager of HR Outsourcing, HR Affiliates
Amy is a Senior Human Resources Consultant with HR Affiliates, a Louisville based HR Consulting and Outsourcing Firm, where she works with multiple clients in a variety of industries to provide strategic and tactical HR support. Amy has over 15 years of progressive Human Resources experience in multiple industries including distribution, manufacturing and healthcare. Amy has significant expertise in employee relations, human resources compliance, management coaching, performance coaching, change management and training and development. Amy is a member of the Louisville Society of Human Resource Managers (LSHRM), where she currently serves on the board as the co-chair on the Member Development and Certification committee. Amy is also a member of the National Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Session: M7: Is Technology Derailing Your Performance?


Michael Peterson, SPHR
President, The Orsus Group
Michael Petersonpresident of the Orsus Group, has nearly three decades in security ,human resource, and investigative consulting. He has served two Fortune 500 companies as Director of Compliance and Ethics and Director of Global Investigations and Security Services. He collaborates globally with HR professionals in numerous industries providing development training related to interviewing, harassment investigations, ethics, and code of conduct procedures. In addition to his FBI certification as a hostage negotiator, Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Youngstown State University, and graduate honors from the Wharton Business School Executive Leadership Program. He’s a frequent speaker across the country. Participant testimonials describe his sessions as “powerful, forward thinking, and dynamic.” In addition to his FBI certification as a hostage negotiator, Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Youngstown State University, and graduate honors from the Wharton Business School Executive Leadership Program.

Session: I1: Workplace Violence: Active Shooter Training


Bryan Pryor
VP of Sales and Marketing, Integrity IT
Bryan Pryor is VP of Marketing and partner at Integrity IT. After 12 years of with various corporate roles and running his own IT consulting practice, Bryan joined integrity IT to be a part of a team with similar core values and business philosophy. As a partner, he has worked in various roles from engineer, solution architect, to project management. His passion being customer service, recently Bryan stepped up to overhaul the sales and marketing process for his firm and is seeing the department advance and innovate more under his leadership.

Session: I13: Employee Cyber Security Training


Lauren Rauch
CEO, 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. Lauren and her two kiddos, Chase and Angelina, live in Boca Raton, Florida with their dog, CareBear. When she is not working with 5 Star or speaking at SHRM events around the country you can find Lauren enjoying biking, cupcake baking, or enjoying a great day at the beach with Chase and Angie.

Session: M12: Lessons from a Jedi-Master:  Six SWEET Steps to Recruiting Excellence!


Nick Reddin
Executive Vice President, V-Soft Consulting
Nick has been with V-Soft Consulting since 2016 and has over 25 years of experience in the employment services industry. The majority of his background is in working with Fortune 500 companies to achieve their workflow and technological goals. Nick specializes in sales, change management and driving operational efficiencies. He is an expert on the changing world of work and a consultant to many companies in helping them prepare for coming changes. Nick’s experience includes overseeing full-cycle recruiting, sales, and efficiency planning and consulting. His experience is varied between Technology, Engineering, Financial, Call Center, Administrative, and Industrial environments. He is a sought after and frequent speaker at academic and company events as well as being interviewed for details on the changing world of work. He serves on multiple committees for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, including the State Competitiveness & Talent attraction Council as well as the Education and Workforce Council.

Session: A8: Fear Not! Technology is Your Friend, Not Your Replacement


Daniel Ripberger, CCP, PHR
Managing Director, RSC Advisory Group, LLC
Dan Ripberger is a performance and rewards strategist, advisor and analyst and a Founder and Managing Director of RSC Advisory Group. He began his consulting career with Towers Perrin where he worked with Towers Perrin Principals and clients on a variety of executive and employee compensation projects. Dan then worked for Aon Consulting/Radford. Imediately prior to founding RSC he managed the consulting practices for a boutique consulting firm in the Midwest. He earned a Bachelors with concentrations in Economics and Human Resources and has completed significant post‐graduate work in labor economics, econometrics and statistical research. He maintains professional certifications from both World At Work and the Society for Human Resource Management. Dan is a frequent author, reviewer and presenter on executive and employee compensation issues. Dan is a professional content reviewer/editor for WorldatWork and has been formally recognized for his contribution to the professional practice of compensation.

Session: B2: Advanced HR Advisory Skills: Making Your Pay Program Drive Engagement


Carlos Rivas, MS, CSCS, ACSM-CPT
President & Chief Performance Officer, Proformance Health & Wellbeing, LLC
Carlos Rivas holds bachelor’s degrees in Exercise Science, Sports Medicine, Health Promotion and Counseling, and a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology. Carlos is highly regarded by the medical community for his creation of outcome-based programs. Carlos is currently the lead researcher in The Leadership Program. The program is a collaboration with the University of Louisville and local companies to help increase engagement by increasing the employees performance. Carlos is also a highly sought presenter, a health and wellness consultant, and is recognized as one of the top performance coaches in the country.   He has helped many corporations, teams, and individuals reach their optimal level of performance. He is the creator and developer of the successful myheadcoach app developed to increase productivity, engagement, and performance at work. He is the fitness expert for WDRB, Fox 41, Louisville Magazine, and TOPS Magazine.

Session: M4: Inspired Engagement @ Work


Vanessa Rogers, Esq.
Lawyer, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
Vanessa Rogers earned her law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law and is admitted to practice in Kentucky state and federal courts, the Southern District of Indiana, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Vanessa is a member of Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP’s Employment Practice Group. She handles all varieties of employment challenges for clients, ranging from discrimination and retaliation issues to on-the-job injuries. She is experienced handling and counseling clients on complex issues involving Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, Kentucky Civil Rights Act, and other state and federal employment statutes. Vanessa’s counsel includes drafting and updating employee handbooks, overseeing on-site investigations into issues such as discrimination and retaliation, and advising clients regarding employee job terminations and compliance with state and federal employment laws.

Session: L1: Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo Era


Kevin Rose
Assistant Professor, University of Louisville
Kevin Rose, EdD is an assistant professor of organizational leadership and learning at the University of Louisville. Before beginning his faculty role, he worked in various training and development areas including executive education and small business development. He is active in organizations such as the Academy of Human Resource Development and the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education. His research focuses on understanding and improving the lives of people at work, with emphasis on constructs such as organizational citizenship behaviors, leadership, and engagement, including extensive research on organizational cultural differences affecting military transition processes.

Session: A5: From Soldier to Civilian Jobholder: Best Practices in Selecting and Onboarding Former Military Talent


Mark Rucker
Keynote Speaker/Author/Attorney, The Mark D Rucker Companies
Mark D. Rucker is a keynote speaker, author, and attorney from Lexington, Kentucky. In 2011, Mark began a journey to change his life and to improve his health. At the time he weighed almost 400 pounds and had numerous health issues related to his obesity. What began as a journey of self-improvement became a mission to accomplish one to the most difficult physical challenges in the world – the Ironman triathlon. After two and half years of hard work, and 130 pounds lost, Mark achieved his dream when he crossed the finish line at Ironman Louisville. Mark has written a book about his journey entitled Unleash the Beast: A Journey to Rediscover the Greatness Within and now speaks to groups and organizations across the country sharing his story of inspiration and life change.

Session: M11: Unleash the Beast – Rediscovering the Greatness Within


Carrie Schanen, Pharm D
Managed Care Pharmacy Specialist, KentuckyOne Health Partners
Carrie Schanen, Pharm D, Managed Care Pharmacy Specialist, brings enhanced expertise to KentuckyOne Health Partner’s Integrated Care Management team. Carrie works collaboratively with nurses and social workers to develop best practice care plans and less costly prescription options for patients. She has more than 10 years of clinical pharmacy and managed care experience. A graduate of Arizona State and Midwestern University College of Pharmacy, Carrie holds licensure in both Kentucky and Arizona.

Session: B8: Innovative Solutions for Employers that Promote Wellness and Productivity and Drive Down Health Care Costs


Scott Schreiber
Managing Director, RSC Advisory Group, LLC
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 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. Scott’s prior experience includes serving as the Midwest Compensation Practice Leader for Watson Wyatt. Prior to that, Scott was a 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. Scott’s education consists of a Masters of Business Administration from Xavier University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Cincinnati.

Session: B2: Advanced HR Advisory Skills: Making Your Pay Program Drive Engagement


Brad Shuck, PhD
Associate Professor, University of Louisville
Brad Shuck, PhD is Associate Professor and Program Director of both the Health Professions Education and Human Resources and Organizational Development programs in the School of Medicine and College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville. His primary areas of research include the application, meaning, and measurement of employee engagement, emerging areas of positive psychology, and leader development. He has given presentations and conducted research across the globe, and his work has been featured in U.S.-based international media outlets including Forbes, The Washington Post, and TIME, as well as international outlets including Business World Online and the Hindu Times. Shuck was named the 2016 Early Career Scholar by the Academy of Human Resource Development and has received several awards for his applied research. Shuck was recognized as a Faculty Favorite at UofL in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, and named one of the Top Four Faculty Favorites in 2016.

Sessions: A4: Getting and Keeping a Seat at the Executive Table
A7: Building Bench Strength for the New War for Talent
B13: Cash vs. Non-cash: Developing the Right Incentive Program to Drive Employee Motivation
Keynote: Going Beyond the Surface of Employee Engagement: Exploring the Principles that Matter in Human Resources


Jack Skeen, PhD
Founder/President, Skeen Leadership Group
Dr. Skeen is the founder and president of Skeen Leadership Group, and executive coaching firm specializing in cultivating the excellence and greatness in leaders and teams such that they expand their effectiveness. He started his career as a Presbyterian minister, founding a church in Frederick, Maryland that continues to thrive. He returned to school and earned a Ph.D. in Psychology at Biola University in La Mirada, CA. He has touched hundreds of lives in such a manner that people are changed forever and go on to make a powerful, positive difference in the world around them. Dr. Skeen published his first book in October 2017, “The Circle Blueprint” through Wiley Press. This book introduces the reader to their “Circle”—a map of the life choices that they make every single day—that directly shape the quality, happiness and satisfaction of their life.

Session: I2: Reducing Drama in the Workplace


Patrick Smith, SHRM-CP, PHR
Human Resources Manager, Stoll Keenon Ogden
Patrick is the current Human Resources Manager for the Louisville, Evansville, Indianapolis locations for the Stoll Keenon Ogden Law firm. He has a Master’s Degree from Spalding University in Business Communications and a Bachelors Degree from the University of Louisville in Business Management. He has served several role as a volunteer with the Louisville SHRM chapter including President in 2009. He has also served for over 10 years on the Kentucky SHRM State Council including Best Places to Work Director, Annual Conference Director and Treasurer. Patrick is the current President Elect for the year 2018. Patrick has also served on the Worksite Wellness Council of Louisville Board of Directors as Awards chairperson.

Session: M8: Pendulum Swing in Performance Management


Susan Springer, PHR
Survey Specialist, Best Companies Group
After eight years working with the Best Companies Group, Susan has extensive knowledge about the organization’s products and services. She’s helped to develop our Best Places to Work lists, survey tools, and customer service brand. Before joining Best Companies Group, she served for 14 years as a Human Resources generalist and consultant in the Lexington, KY area and was a volunteer leader on the KY Society for Human Resource Management State Council, as well. In 2005, Susan was instrumental in developing the Kentucky’s first inaugural Best Places to Work in Kentucky initiative, which has now been successful for more than a decade. Susan graduated with high honors from the University of Tennessee with a B.A. in Psychology. She has maintained certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) since 2001.

Session: I8: Achieving a Best Place to Work:  Recruiting and Retaining Employees Through Free Snacks, Nap Pods, and Pet Insurance


Jeremy Stich, MD
Physican, Medical Director, Access Med
Jeremy Stich moved to Kentucky in the late 1990s and has planted deep family roots. He is Co-Owner and Co-Founder of Access Med; Central Kentucky’s first and premier Direct Primary Care (DPC) practice. Jeremy completed his training and residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Kentucky and is board certified. His 10+ years of professional clinical experience inspired him to introduce Direct Primary Care to Kentucky in late 2015. Professional interests include Utilization efficiency, Evidence based care, Wellness models and Direct primary care.

Session: B1: Redefining Delivery and Cost of Healthcare for Employers


Bridgett Strickler
Director of Network Engagement, The Graduate! Network
Bridgett Strickler, Director of Network Engagement, The Graduate! Network Bridgett is passionate about educational attainment issues related to adult learners and has encouraged advancement nationally in her work with Graduate! Network. She also has led at the community level in the greater Louisville region through her work with two Graduate! Network sites– Degrees At Work and Education Matters Southern Indiana. Bridgett is co-principal investigator and business engagement lead of Bridging The Talent Gap, a project funded by Lumina Foundation and sponsored by The Graduate! Network. She has a unique 20-year background combining education and entrepreneurship. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration from University of Louisville’s and University of Kentucky’s Joint Executive MBA program. In 2016 she was awarded an honorary Associates Degree from Ivy Tech Community College in Sellersburg, IN, for her leadership with Education Matters Southern Indiana.

Session: B3: Driving Education Partnerships That Benefit Employers and Their Employees Using Bridging the Talent Gap Data


Shelly Trent, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CAE
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. Shelly is an avid Beatles fan and memorabilia collector.

I9: Leadership Lessons from The Beatles


Jack Uldrich
Global Futurist
Jack Uldrich is a well-recognized global futurist, speaker, and author of eleven books, including award-winning best sellers. He is a frequent speaker on technology, change management and leadership and has addressed hundreds of corporations, associations and not-for-profit organizations on five continents. He regularly makes television appearances on the Science Channel, the Discovery Channel and is a frequent guest on major media outlets, including CNN, CNBC and National Public Radio. Jack is also an ongoing contributor on emerging technologies and future trends for a number of publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Wired Magazine and BusinessWeek Jack is a former naval intelligence officer and Defense Department official. He served as the director of the Minnesota Office of Strategic and Long-Range Planning under Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura. His most recent book is Foresight 20/20: A Futurist Explores the Trends Transforming Tomorrow and his forthcoming book is Business as Unusual: How to Future-Proof Yourself Against Tomorrow’s Transformational Trends, Today.

Session: Keynote: Business as Unusual: How to Future-proof HR Against the Top Workforce Trends Transforming Tomorrow


Jennifer Wheatley, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
VP of HR Consulting and Outsourcing, HR Affiliates
Jennifer Wheatley, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, VP HR Consulting and Outsourcing with HR Affiliates, has over 25 years’ experience in all human resource disciplines in multiple industries including manufacturing/distribution, banking, and retail. Prior to joining HR Affiliates, Jennifer was the President/Owner of CenterPointHR, LLC. 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 is an adjunct professor at the University of Louisville and has been a presenter at KYSHRM Conference as well as KY Industry Liaison Group.

Session: M7: Is Technology Derailing Your Performance?


Mitzi Wyrick
Partner, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP
Ms. 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, wrongful termination, retaliation, alleged violations of statutes such as the FLSA, the FMLA, the ADA and other employment-related claims. Ms. Wyrick has conducted seminars and training on 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.

Sessions: L4: Mock Employment Jury Trial – Part I
L7: Mock Employment Jury Trial – Part 2


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 almost 20 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.

Session: I4: Disrupting the Future of HR: Unlocking Creativity and Innovation