2019 Workshop Speakers

Explore below to learn more about this year’s workshop speakers! Speakers are listed in alphabetical order. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Contact Lori Jo Goff, customer service manager, at lgoff@kychamber.com or 502-848-8727.


Chase Adams, M.S., SHRM-CP | Consultant, Hanna Resource Group
Chase is a Certified Facilitator with a Master’s Degree in Industrial – Organizational Psychology. Chase’s background in research, behavioral assessments, and data analysis allows for evidence-based business decisions. Prior to joining HRG, Chase was in HR operations in large healthcare and manufacturing companies, as well as carrying out projects and consulting work for a variety of organizations with focuses on recruitment, employee engagement, satisfaction, turnover and productivity/efficiency initiatives. These positions allowed him to gain experience in employment law and compliance, organizational development, change management, coaching, and training, which Chase is utilizing to serve his client base. Before his Master’s in IO Psych, Chase completed a Bachelor’s in Psychology at Georgetown College.  Chase is also a Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
Speaker Session(s):
MGMT 1-8 | The Lonely HR – HR Departments of One!
MGMT 2-8 | The Lonely HR – HR Departments of One!


George Adams | Partner, Fisher Phillips
George Adams is a partner in the Louisville, Kentucky office of Fisher Phillips. George provides daily advice and counsel to help employers navigate the many laws prohibiting harassment, discrimination and retaliation, as well as the FMLA, ADA, ADEA, GINA, FCRA, and wage and hour laws. George helps employers develop practical and effective policies, practices, and management training to comply with these laws and deal with such issues as workplace violence, drug testing, union organizing, and investigations. He also represents employers in state and federal courts, administrative proceedings, mediation, and arbitration. George is “AV” Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America, including as a Litigation-Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year, and as a Kentucky Super Lawyer.
Speaker Session(s):
HRL 6-9 | Crisis Management – In Case of Emergency: The Aftermath


Melanie Adams | Executive Director, Center for Executive Education at Belmont University
Melanie is the Executive Director with the Center for Executive Education at Belmont University. In this role, she leads CEE’s team of facilitators, curriculum designers, and program staff in developing programs and instructing leaders within the center’s programs. She has experience in developing and teaching fully customized leadership development programs for organizations, and specializes in cultivating a connection between the topics she teaches and the strategic focus of those organizations. Melanie also works directly with clients, designing customized leadership development programs for local and national organizations. Her focus is assessing and understanding the needs of both the business and the leaders in those organizations, and then working to design programs that align to both the strategic and human sides of those organizations.
Speaker Session(s):
MGMT 4-2 | Develop High Potential Employees Utilizing Internal Mentorships and External Executive Coaches
MGMT 5-2 | Develop High Potential Employees Utilizing Internal Mentorships and External Executive Coaches


Toni Ahl | President, EEO Advantage LLC
Toni Ahl, President of EEO Advantage LLC, provides consulting and training regarding the laws enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) as well as diversity, and conducts investigations for various organizations and groups. She was a Senior Investigator with the EEOC for over 30 years. Toni works with EEOC to teach classes for the Office of Federal Operations. Toni is an active member of Louisville SHRM and is chair of the Legal Day session. 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 Elizabethtown SHRM, the KYILG, EEOC’s Technical Assistance Program Seminars (TAPS), the National Business Institute (NBI)employment section of Louisville Bar Association and  employment section of Defense Research Institute (DRI). She is a strategic partner with OutSolve. Toni has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Louisville.
Speaker Session(s):
HRL 3-4 | What Do You WANT? That’s NOT Reasonable! (ADA)
HRL 7-4 | What Do You WANT? That’s NOT Reasonable! (ADA)


Angela Bailey, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CCP | Trusted Advisor, Unified Technologies
Angela Bailey, SPHR, CCP, SHRM-SCP, is a Trusted Advisor and Customer Experience Specialist 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, talent engagement and development, worksite wellness and HR project management. 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 Conference Co-Chair for KYSHRM, and is currently serving on the Board for Leadership Shelby.
Speaker Session(s):
MGMT 4-8 | Building Trust for Success
MGMT 5-8 | Building Trust for Success


Miriam Batke, SPHR, SHRM-CP | Senior Consultant, Findley
Miriam joined the Findley in 2015 bringing with her 20 years of diverse HR experience. Before joining the firm, she was the HR Director for a non-profit community hospital. Prior to that, she spent 10 years in corporate and operational HR leadership roles with a large global manufacturing company. This experience enables her to understand her clients’ HR challenges and partner with them to identify and implement solutions. As a member of the Human Capital team, Miriam successfully partners with leaders to assess needs and develop strategies focused on communications and change management, organizational performance, compensation and benefits. Miriam obtained her Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification in 2011 and her Senior Certified Professional through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-SCP) in 2015. She received her BS in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University.
Speaker Session(s):
BMS 1-1 | Wait…We’re Acquiring What?!?  Best HR Practices for Mergers, Acquisitions, and Divestitures
BMS 2-1 | Wait…We’re Acquiring What?!?  Best HR Practices for Mergers, Acquisitions, and Divestitures 


James Batus, CSP, CHSP | Safety Manager, Norton Women’s & Children’s Hosptial
James Dean Batus is a hardworking “Grey Collared” Safety Professional for Norton Healthcare. His management assignments focus on Life Safety, Environment of Care, and Emergency Management. Jim is also the Founder and Senior Science Instructor for Chemical Hazards Education and Management LLC. (CHEM). CHEM is a Healthcare based, educational and consultation firm focusing on Emergency Management Education, Response Preparation, and Intracycle Monitoring Processes. James graduated Suma Cum Laude from Eastern Kentucky University with a degree in Occupational Health and Safety. Jim’s principle stance: “it takes the blending of experience and education to be successful in overcoming difficulties found in many of our Healthcare challenges. Nevertheless, to do so, we must recognize the value of lessons learned, and the importance of information sharing through networking. It is through these interactions and educational opportunities that we identify the choices and corrective measures required to face the challenges in today’s ever-changing Healthcare Field.
Speaker Session(s):
MGMT 6-7 | Active Shooter Preparation:  Community Collaboration


Alison Begor, SHRM-SCP | Director of Human Resources, Transylvania University
Alison Begor is a human resources and organizational development professional with expertise in strategic planning, employee engagement, coaching, talent management, financial analysis, budgeting, and change management. She is currently the Director of Human Resources at Transylvania University, a liberal arts college located in Lexington, KY. She leverages her 16 years of not-for-profit human resources and financial management experience to successfully help organizations reach and exceed their goals.  Prior to her position with Transylvania University, Alison was the Assistant Dean of Finance & Administration at the University of Kentucky College of Law. Alison has successfully created selection and employee engagement programs resulting in reduced organization turnover. In addition, she utilizes coaching in employee performance to increase engagement and productivity. Alison has a Master of Science in Human Resources and Organization Development from the University of Louisville. She is also a SHRM Senior Certified Professional.
Speaker Session(s):
MOTIV 8-9 | Coach for Success: Improve Performance Management by Developing a Coaching Mindset
MOTIV 9-3 | Coach for Success: Improve Performance Management by Developing a Coaching Mindset


Rocke Blair, CEBS, MBA | National Practice Leader, Sheridan Road Human Capital Institute
Rocke Blair serves as the National Practice Leader & Managing Director for Sheridan Road Human Capital Institute, 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 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.
Speaker Session(s):
B&C 1-11 | Healthcare Ate My 401(k) Contributions
B&C 2-11 | Healthcare Ate My 401(k) Contributions


Vince Bovino | Principal Consultant, Bovino Consulting Group
Vince Bovino is a management consultant and founder of Bovino Consulting Group. He is a hands-on consultant with 250 plus consulting assignments in major industrial settings. Vince and his team have designed and implemented a powerful and effective Operational Excellence initiative that quickly produces significant and lasting operating performance improvements. His model for Operational Excellence drives results and outcomes … not activities. Vince is a voice for Operational Excellence. You can find him throughout the United States, Canada, South America and Australia speaking to corporate leaders, professional business groups and associations. Vince’s presentation is a fusion of the many lessons learned. His messages are anchored in experience … not in theory. Prior to forming Bovino Consulting Group Vince was the Vice President of Human Resources for Bunker Limited, Employee Relations Manager for Standard Oil, Boise Cascade Corporation and General Cable Corporation.
Speaker Session(s):
BMS 1-13 | Creating Operational Excellence – Part 1
BMS 2-13 | Creating Operational Excellence – Part 2


Robert Brabo, SPHR, PMP | Vice President, Human Resources, Advantia Health LLC
As head HR executive for Advantia Health, Robert “Bo” Brabo leverages his HR, project management, and business acumen during multiple medical practice acquisitions, resulting in the integration of company cultures and value systems. Bo previously co-founded Brabo West, Inc., a government contracting and staffing firm. He also served as the Director of HR Operations and Presidential Communications Officer for the White House Communications Agency prior to retiring from the United States Army. Bo co-authored the book “You @ Work”, where he discussed various methodologies in demonstrating respect in the workplace.
Speaker Session(s):
MOTIV 1-3 | Values Drive Results
MOTIV 2-3 | Values Drive Results
Pre2 | @Work Insights from @Work Authors


Bill Brammell, Attorney | Partner, DBL Law
Bill Brammell is an associate attorney in DBL Law Louisville, practicing civil and commercial litigation, including defending employment discrimination claims, administrative law, contract negotiation, and white collar criminal defense. Bill previously clerked for the Honorable Gregory Van Tatenhove in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky. Before clerking, Bill worked in Washington, D.C. as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF). During his time as a PMF, Bill worked at the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and at the U.S. Agency for International Development. During his time at USAID, Bill worked in the Office of Civil Rights and Diversity where he managed the agency’s formal EEOC process. Bill holds a J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law, a M.S. in Democracy and Democratisation from University College London, in England, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Louisville.
Speaker Session(s):
HRL 1-10 | The EEOC, from A to Z
HRL 2-10 | The EEOC, from A to Z
HRL 4-10 | What to Do when Government Comes Knocking
HRL 5-10 | What to Do when Government Comes Knocking


Sandi Brinson, MSM, PHR, SHRM-CP | Director of HR Solutions, JA Benefits, LLC
Sandi Brinson | Director of HR Solutions Sandi is the current Account Executive/Director of HR Solutions at JA Benefits. She has brought a unique perspective given her prior HR Manager and Director roles. She understands the challenges and opportunities HR professionals face with recruitment and retention when it comes to their employee benefits packages. Sandi graduated from Brescia University in Owensboro, Kentucky with a BS in Business Management and an emphasis on Human Resources Management. She’s also obtained her MS in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana. As for awards and certifications, Sandi holds a PHR (Professional in Human Resources Management) Certification, a SHRM-CP (Society of Human Resources Management – Certified Professional) Certification, and her Life and Health Producer License of the State of Indiana. As for Sandi’s prior speaking engagements, she has spoken at multiple SCIHRA events and speaks annually at employer open enrollments
Speaker Session(s):
B&C 1-12 | Benefits and Compensation
B&C 2-12 | Benefits and Compensation 


John Broer | Curator of Epic Stuff, In2Great
John Broer serves as Curator of Epic Stuff at IN2GREAT, a predictive performance consultancy based in Toledo, Ohio. John has been an organizational performance consultant for nearly 25 years with experience in a wide variety of industries and markets. His areas of expertise include corporate learning architecture, leadership and team development, people analytics, and sometimes overstating the obvious but that seems to be needed in business these days. John has been published multiple times by Chief Learning Officer and Training Industry Magazine. John also has considerable experience facilitating immersion simulations that greatly enhance adult learning events. All members of the IN2GREAT staff are Certified Practitioners of The Predictive Index and the firm is a PI Certified Partner capable of equipping organizations with the PI technology throughout the United States. IN2GREAT represents a new breed of consultancy poised to unleash the predictive nature of performance anywhere.
Speaker Session(s):
MGMT 8-2 | Why “Re-Fit” Is as Important as “Best Fit”
MGMT 9-2 | Why “Re-Fit” Is as Important as “Best Fit”


Candra Bryant, MBA, SHRM-CP, PHR | 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 for the corporate headquarters of Total Quality Logistics, 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. 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).
Speaker Session(s):
BMS 8-1 | Are Your Employees Buying what You’re Selling? Employment Branding from Kentucky’s Iconic Brands
BMS 9-1 | Are Your Employees Buying what You’re Selling? Employment Branding from Kentucky’s Iconic Brands


Vitale Buford, Certified Professional Coach | Speaker and Author, Vitale Buford Coaching
Vitale is an agent of transformation and lasting change. She is an executive coach, speaker, host of the Fresh Eyes podcast, and author of the upcoming book Addicted to Perfect. Aside from a professional coaching certification through iPEC and 10+ years of corporate experience and coaching, Vitale has a superpower for helping stuck individuals and companies take action through learning one necessary, fundamental truth – They’re worth it. She has infused her professional education with her personal experience of overcoming a 10-year addiction to create a unique coaching system. She has a very specific process she takes clients through that involves Awareness, Perspective, and Action. No two people are the same and neither are their blueprints. Each person receives a customized plan as individual as they are – based on a combination of education, experience, and intuition. She now lives her full life with her vibrant son, snuggly lover of a dog, and a high-impact morning workout whenever possible. Discover your best life with Vitale at www.vitalebuford.com.
Speaker Session(s):
MOTIV 8-9 | Vision Casting Workshop
MOTIV 9-9 | Vision Casting Workshop


Tiffany Cardwell, SHRM-CP, PHR, CCP | HR Consulting Principal, MCM CPAs & Advisors LLP; Kentuckiana Health Collaborative
Tiffany Cardwell is a Principal Consultant on MCM’s HR Advisory Services team. She has more than twenty years of experience in domestic and international human resources within the banking, finance food & beverage, healthcare, health insurance and long‐term care industries. She has expertise in acquisitions, change management, engagement, leadership coaching and development, performance management, compensation and total rewards, talent acquisition and workforce planning.
Speaker Session(s):
B&C 4-5 | Feeling Foggy About Opioids: The Employer Prescription for Supporting PTR
B&C 5-5 | Feeling Foggy About Opioids: The Employer Prescription for Supporting PTR
MOTIV 6-8 | Supporting Connection and Conversation Across Difference
Pre5 | Supporting Connection and Conversation Across Difference


John Casi | Director, Business Development, PriceWeber
As business development director for PriceWeber’ s talent acquisition practice, John has twenty years of experience working with  corporate human resources professionals to develop employer branding and talent acquisition strategies designed to increase quality hires across multiple industries. As the author and presenter of PriceWeber’ s talent acquisition seminar series, John is a skilled collaborator in the development of recruitment marketing strategies, platform development and digital solutions designed to reach and engage active and passive job seekers.
Speaker Session(s):
Pre3 | The Power of Employer Branding and Diversifying Talent Acquisition


Kelly Clark, MDMBA, DFAPA, DFASAM | President, American Society of Addiction Medicine, Founder, Addiction Crisis Solutions
Dr. Clark is board certified in addiction medicine and psychiatry. She has focused her career on issues of addictive disease, evidence-informed behavioral health care and payment reform. She founded Addiction Crisis Solutions to focus on educating all stakeholders on addiction in the service of transforming addiction care to evidence-based, cost-effective practice. She has provided expertise about the opioid crisis to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Justice and the Office of Comptroller General; the Pew Trusts, National Safety Council, and National Business Group on Health; as well as numerous provider and payer organizations. Clark earned a master’s degree in business administration from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin. She continues her work as a founding member of the Advisory Board of the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit.
Speaker Session(s):
B&C 4-5 | Feeling Foggy About Opioids: The Employer Prescription for Supporting PTR
B&C 5-5 | Feeling Foggy About Opioids: The Employer Prescription for Supporting PTR


Jim Cockrum | Member, Frost Brown Todd
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.
Speaker Session(s):
B&C 8-6 | Wage & Hour Update
B&C 9-6 | Wage & Hour Update


Teresa Daniel | Professor-HR Leadership Program, Sullivan University
Teresa A. Daniel, JD, PhD currently serves as Dean & Professor-Human Resource Leadership Programs at Sullivan University (www.sullivan.edu) based in Louisville, KY. She is also the Chair for the HRL concentration in the university’s PhD in Management program. An active scholar-practitioner, her growing body of research on the problem of workplace bullying, toxic leadership, and sexual harassment has been actively supported by the national Society for Human Resource Management through numerous articles and interviews, as well as by the publication of her most recent book published in 2016 and titled Stop Bullying at Work: Strategies and Tools for HR, Legal & Risk Management Professionals (Alexandria, VA: SHRM Books). She has also authored two additional books and numerous articles about contemporary issues at the intersection of HR, leadership, employment law, and ethics.
Speaker Session(s):
BMS 3-6 | Managing Toxic Emotions at Work
BMS 7-6 | Managing Toxic Emotions at Work


Beth Davisson | Executive Director, Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center
Beth Davisson is the executive director of the Kentucky Chamber Foundation’s Workforce Center. She is a Past President of the Louisville Society for Human Resource Management and is the current Workforce Readiness Co-Chair for the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management. Beth has spent the last 12+ years aligning talent to the strategic plans of business. She is a workforce strategist and consensus builder, with more than seven years advocating for workforce needs in Kentucky and the nation’s capital. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Integrated Strategic Communications from the University of Kentucky and a 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.
Speaker Session(s):
Pre4 | Creating a Recovery-friendly Workplace While Upholding Zero Tolerance Policies – An HR Leader’s Technical Assistance Workshop for Battling Today’s Addiction Epidemic


Brittanie Dawson | Talent Pipeline Project Manager, Southwest Region, Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center
Brittanie Dawson is the Talent Pipeline Project Manager for the Southwest Region. She joined the Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center in April of 2019.  Brittanie spent the last 15 years in the financial services industry serving as a leader and coach to the retail banking sector. She started her career as a teller with BB&T and most recently was the Corporate Trainer for Limestone Bank. Brittanie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Kentucky University in 2004. She lives in Bowling Green with her husband Zack, daughter Vivien, and their 13 year old Shih-Tzu, Gadget.
Speaker Session(s):
MGMT 1-2 | Building Kentucky’s Talent Pipeline: The Need for Employer Leadership in Workforce Development
MGMT 2-2 | Building Kentucky’s Talent Pipeline: The Need for Employer Leadership in Workforce Development


Randa Deaton | Corporate Director, UAW/Ford Community Healthcare Initiative, Executive-Co Director, Kentuckiana Health Collaborative
Randa Deaton is Corporate Director of the UAW/Ford Community Healthcare Initiative in Louisville, Kentucky and Co-Executive Director of the Kentuckiana Health Collaborative (KHC). She has over 20 years of experience leading organizational change and development within human resources and healthcare benefits at Ford Motor Company. In her current role, she is responsible for building, leading, collaborating, and aligning multiple key healthcare stakeholders to drive innovative, systemic improvements to health status and healthcare delivery. She was an early builder of the KHC, a non-profit coalition committed to leading multi-stakeholder and employer-led initiatives that drive the triple aim goals of better health, better care, and better value. Randa serves on the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions Board of Directors. Randa earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and communication from Indiana State University, and her master’s in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University.
Speaker Session(s):
B&C 4-5 | Feeling Foggy About Opioids: The Employer Prescription for Supporting PTR
B&C 5-5 | Feeling Foggy About Opioids: The Employer Prescription for Supporting PTR


Brenda Demic | Program Coordinator, KY Apprenticeship
Brenda Demic has always had a passion for figuring out how things work, finding solutions to problems, and incorporating the phrase “work smarter, not harder” into her own life as well as the lives of others. This, combined with her natural desire to help people, serves her well in her position as Program Coordinator for the Kentucky Education & Workforce Development Cabinet, Division of Apprenticeship. She shares the goal of Kentucky’s Governor and Education & Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary to help grow the skilled workforce through Registered Apprenticeships. Brenda’s previous 25-year career with Stanley Black & Decker working as a Service Center Coordinator has provided her with an extensive background in the construction and tools industry, and has proven beneficial in the building of Registered Apprenticeship Programs in manufacturing and the skilled trades.
Speaker Session(s):
MOTIV 1-9 | ABCs of Registered Apprenticeship
MOTIV 2-9 | ABCs of Registered Apprenticeship


Brooke Edge, Ph.D. | Director of Research & Strategy, PriceWeber
As Director of Research & Strategy for PriceWeber, Brooke has overseen research projects for Brown-Forman, The Louisville Zoo, Cummins, Hershey, Norton Healthcare and many more clients. Brooke has a Doctorate in Communications and Media Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has served as a faculty member at both the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Denver.
Speaker Session(s):
Pre3 | The Power of Employer Branding and Diversifying Talent Acquisition


Eric Ellis | President & CEO, Integrity Development Corp.
Eric Ellis, President and CEO of Integrity Development Corporation, has invested three decades supporting the establishment of people-centric work cultures, where diverse employees achieve their full potential and organizations realize their critical objectives. Eric has the unique ability to assist corporate leaders in harvesting the benefits of a diverse and inclusive workplace, without creating the kind of backlash that arises when traditional employees are minimized or ignored. The 3rd edition of his book, “Diversity Conversations” was recently released.
Speaker Session(s):
Keynote | Reducing Implicit Bias Through Effective Performance Calibration


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 has been featured in several publications including Success and Mind Body Green. Her first book Monday Morning Pep Talks was published last year.
Speaker Session(s):
MOTIV 6-3 | Beep Beep! Why HR Needs to Toot Our Own Horn!


Cassandra Faurote, CCP, SPHR, SHRM-SCP | CEO, Total Reward Solutions
Cassandra Faurote is a highly respected compensation expert and total rewards consultant who designs effective and competitive compensation and total reward programs for corporate clients. Author of the book Compensation Sense 101: Common Sense Answers to Your Questions about Employee Compensation and Total Rewards, Faurote has 25+ years of experience in Human Resources and compensation. She is the CEO of Total Reward Solutions, which has provided consulting services in more than 30 industries. Faurote earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management; and holds the designations of CCP, SPHR and SHRM-SCP. She has authored articles in World at Work publications, Inside Indiana Perspectives, Louisville Business Journal, and Kentucky SHRM. Faurote serves on Boards for the Greater Lawrence Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Women Business Owners, Indianapolis Chapter. She is an alumnus of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses entrepreneurship training program, an elite invitation-only group of small business owners.
Speaker Session(s):
B&C 4-11 | Compensation Basics for the HR Generalist
B&C 5-11 | Compensation Basics for the HR Generalist
B&C 6-10 | Pay Equality


Brad Federman | Chief Operating Officer, F&H Solutions Group
Brad is an author, a speaker and consultant with more than 25 years of corporate experience in various aspects of human resources including performance management and employee engagement, employee compensation, executive recruiting, change management and instructional design. His background also includes sales, marketing, product development and operations. Brad works with clients to strengthen their brands through Culture, leadership and people initiatives. He helps clients develop the best talent and reputation and provides them with the tools to help clients become the organization of choice for both employees and customers. Brad earned his B.A. in communications from University of Maryland and M.Ed. in human resource development from Vanderbilt University. He is a member of the Forbes Coaches Council, a frequently requested featured speaker for television, conferences and business meetings worldwide, an author of three books and has been interviewed for national publications.
Speaker Session(s):
Keynote | The Future Transformation of HR and Organizations


Jeanne Fisher, CFP, CFPA | Benefits Advisor, ARGI
Mrs. Fisher is a Certified Financial Planner™ with ARGI, a comprehensive wealth management firm. She serves as a 401(k) and retirement plan specialist, and designs and manages a range of employer-sponsored retirement plans. Jeanne is a Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor from the National Association of Plan Advisors, and was honored to be selected as an Ambassador for the CFP® Board. She is frequently interviewed for national publications, including Forbes, USA Today, TIME Magazine, NPR, Asset TV and many others. Jeanne is a published author, speaker, active on social media and host of the YouTube Channel “Financial Jeanne”.
Speaker Session(s):
B&C 6-11 | Student Loan Repayment Program – The Hottest Benefit Today


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 nine books, including On Your Mark, Blog2Book, and her newest, The Speaker Author. She has edited nine anthologies on HR and OD topics, including Compassion@Work, You@Work, and Imagination@Work.
Speaker Session(s):
Pre2 | @Work Insights from @Work Authors


Paul Goatley | Attorney, Fisher Phillips
Paul Goatley is an attorney in the Louisville office of Fisher Phillips and advises and represents employers in all areas of employment and labor law, including:

  • Advice and counsel on issues related to leaves of absence, disability, hiring, disciplinary actions, such as separation from employment, and internal complaints of harassment, discrimination and retaliation;
  • The development, implementation, and application of employee handbook and other workplace policies;
  • Discrimination and harassment claims, involving claims based on sex, disability, age, among others;
  • Wage and hour issues, including claims related to minimum wage obligations, overtime wage compensation obligations, and the exempt status of employees;
  • Issues related to the classification of independent contractors; and
  • Class and collective action litigation.

Prior to joining Fisher Phillips, Paul was an associate at a labor and employment firm in California and worked for several years at the Association of Corporate Counsel in Washington, D.C.
Speaker Session(s):
HRL 1-4 | Mental Health and Substance Abuse Issues in the Workplace: The Invisible Risks
HRL 2-4 | Mental Health and Substance Abuse Issues in the Workplace: The Invisible Risks


Jenny Goins, SPHR | Commissioner, Ky State Personnel Cabinet, Department of Employee Insurance
Jenny Goins, SPHR Commissioner for the Department of Employee Insurance, Kentucky Personnel Cabinet, responsible for the Kentucky Employees’ Health Plan, and Life, Dental, and Vision Insurance. 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. After military retirement, Jenny spent 10 years in the corporate world as organizational development manager and senior HR leader before joining the State. She also provides training and motivational presentations for various non-profit groups and corporations. 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. She serves on the Kentuckiana Health Collaborative Board.
Speaker Session(s):
B&C 6-5 | Telehealth Medical and Behavioral Health – Innovation Drives Success


Michael Gold, MBA | Principal, Gold Standard Consulting
Michael is the Principal of Gold Standard Consulting, which specializes in strategic planning and organization design. Michael’s organization design experience ranges from external acquisitions, to sales force mergers, to call center transformations, to building and launching new businesses. He has led organization design initiatives for teams of twenty to 12,000 associates, for companies with 50 to 50,000 employees. Michael serves on the Board of the Organization Design Forum (ODF), an international association of organization design practitioners. He is also on the Review Board for the Certified Organization Design Professional program, a practice certification program sponsored by the ODF, Organizational Design Community, and the European Organisation Design Forum. Michael earned his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, with a concentration in strategy. He received a BA from Brown University. However, he believes his most valuable educational experience has been raising his two children, who are currently teenagers.
Speaker Session(s):
MGMT 3-2 | Organization Design to Achieve Strategy: Questions You Should Ask
MGMT 7-2 | Organization Design to Achieve Strategy: Questions You Should Ask


Chris Gray | PhD Student, Sullivan University
Chris Gray is a PhD student in Management with a concentration in HR Leadership at Sullivan University. Chris is also a Human Resources Consultant with the Department of Veterans Affairs. From 2005 to 2009, he proudly served in the US Marine Corps as an Infantryman with two tours in Iraq. Chris’ research interests include the employment of veterans, veteran entrepreneurship, and workforce studies.
Speaker Session(s):
BMS 3-6 | Managing Toxic Emotions at Work
BMS 7-6 | Managing Toxic Emotions at Work


Robert Greene, SPHR, GPHR, SHRM-SCP, CCP, CBP, GRP | CEO, Reward Systems, Inc.
CEO of Reward Systems; Faculty for DePaul U in MSHR/MBA programs; author of four books and over 100 articles; principal designer of SPHR/PHR, CCP and GRP certifications; over 40 years of experience, PhD from Northwestern U.; first recipient of Keystone Award for attaining the highest level of excellence in the field.
Speaker Session(s):
BMS 8-7 | Talent Strategies For The Gig Economy
BMS 9-7 | Talent Strategies For The Gig Economy


Mark Handley, MBA | Training Solutions Director, Incipio Workforce Solutions
Mark brings over 25 years’ experience working in a Fortune 50 multinational investment/financial services organization to Incipio and its clients. He has a proven and successful track record of building and leading teams ranging in size from 8 to 800 in operations, business analytics and planning, training, and technology support groups. Mark has extensive experience in leadership development, performance management, process mapping and optimization, operational risk identification and mitigation, training, and fostering cultures that drive high performing and engaged teams. A devotee of servant leadership with a passion for teaching, mentoring and building strong partnerships built on trust, respect and open communication, Mark’s goal is to assist business leaders in their efforts to promote the importance of people, process, goal alignment and clarity, and setting clear expectations and standards in order to drive success and engagement in their organizations.
Speaker Session(s):
MGMT 1-14 | The Impact of Human Resources on Employee Engagement: Diving Deep into the Practice
MGMT 2-14 | The Impact of Human Resources on Employee Engagement: Diving Deep into the Practice


Lyle Hanna, SPHR, SHRM-SCP | President and CEO, Hanna Resource Group
As founder and President of Hanna Resource Group and EZgig, Lyle enhances companies success and profitability through people. He helps bring HR strategy to life in companies to build best places to work. Previously, Lyle has worked for Mercer, Texas Instruments and the parent company of Long John Silver’s. Lyle has added value to over 500 companies as a strategic human resource advisor. Lyle founded Best Places to Work in Kentucky, is heavily involved with Habitat for Humanity in Kentucky and globally, and has chaired the Kentucky Chamber, KY SHRM, the SHRM Foundation, and KCTCS Foundation. 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 2018.
Speaker Session(s):
BMS 4-1 | Adding Value to Your Organization Through Strategic HR
BMS 5-1 | Adding Value to Your Organization Through Strategic HR
BMS 8-1 | Are Your Employees Buying what You’re Selling? Employment Branding from Kentucky’s Iconic Brands
BMS 9-1 | Are Your Employees Buying what You’re Selling? Employment Branding from Kentucky’s Iconic Brands


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.
Speaker Session(s):
B&C 8-5 | Redefining Delivery and Cost of Healthcare
B&C 9-5 | Redefining Delivery and Cost of Healthcare


Brent Hines, CFWC, CFWE, National Speaker Association Member | Founder, Executive Director, Foundation for Financial Wellness
Brent Hines is the founder and Executive Director of the non-profit organization, the Foundation for Financial Wellness. The Foundation’s mission is to improve people’s lives by empowering them with the knowledge and the motivation to take control of their financial lives. The Foundation’s curriculum is rooted in the principles of Behavioral Finance which makes every teaching by the Foundation engaging, action-oriented and extremely valuable. Brent’s vision has led to the expansion of the Foundation’s curriculum, delivery model and global reach. Brent regularly acts as a spokesman for The Foundation for Financial Wellness delivering motivational keynote presentations to wellness professionals, corporations, workforce boards, churches, groups and associations offering real-world financial solutions to thousands of individuals and organizations.
Speaker Session(s):
B&C 1-6 | The Case for Financial Wellness
B&C 2-6 | The Case for Financial Wellness


Jennifer Hoert, Ph.D., SHRM-CP, PHR | Patient Experience Manager, Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital
Experienced Patient Experience leader with a demonstrated history of improving HCAHPS, employee engagement, and culture in a hospital setting. Strong leadership and organizational development professional with a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from the University of Louisville. Certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) as well as SHRM Certified Profession (SHRM-CP), and hold a certificate as a Holistic Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Skilled in Patient Satisfaction, Training & Development, Process Improvement, Project Management, Human Resources Specialist, Organizational Development, Coaching, Leadership Training, Change Management, and Strategic Planning.
Speaker Session(s):
MGMT 6-7 | Active Shooter Preparation:  Community Collaboration


Kelly Holden, Attorney | Partner, DBL Law
Kelly Holden chairs DBL Law’s employment law division, which represents private and public employers in all facets of employment law. Her employment law practice includes advising clients on compliance with various employment laws and providing in-house training on such issues. Kelly has experience working with the EEOC, DOL, DOJ, Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, Kentucky Labor Cabinet, Ohio Civil Rights Commission, as well as litigating cases in federal and state courts. She drafts employment and non-compete agreements, with an emphasis on health care provider and physician agreements. She advises companies on I-9 compliance and performs I-9 audits, conducts harassment investigations, drafts employee handbooks and employment policies and, does training on all aspects of employment law. Kelly holds a J.D. from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law and a B.A. from Franklin College of Indiana.
Speaker Session(s):
HRL 1-10 | The EEOC, from A to Z
HRL 2-10 | The EEOC, from A to Z
HRL 4-10 | What to Do when Government Comes Knocking
HRL 5-10 | What to Do when Government Comes Knocking


Michael Hornback | Attorney, Littler
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).
Speaker Session(s):
HRL 6-4 | Preventing Retaliation in the Kentucky Workplace


Jaren Hornbeak | Business Development Associate, JA Benefits, LLC
Jaren brings a fresh perspective on effective communication, problem-solving and active listening skills to team JA. In his time at JA, Jaren has specialized in client education and solutions, where he sees the impact that benefits have on employees first-hand. As for education, Jaren received his Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from Hanover College where he was a member of the Business Scholars Program. Jaren is also a Licensed Producer of Life, Accident, and Health Coverage and has his Health Plan Navigation Certification and HIPAA Privacy Certification.
Speaker Session(s):
B&C 1-12 | Benefits and Compensation
B&C 2-12 | Benefits and Compensation


Lynn Ingmire, SHRM-SCP; SPHR | President/Owner, Essential HR Partners, LLC
Lynn Ingmire, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, President/Owner of Essential HR Partners, LLC , has over 30 years of human resource management experience in manufacturing, food processing, education, distribution/transportation/warehousing, and not for profit associations, in small and large companies, union and non-union environments with responsibilities for the full range of HR function. She has been a member of LSHRM for over 30 years. She is currently the Immediate Past Chair of KY SHRM State Council. She received her BS degree in Sociology from the University of Louisville and holds two professional HR certifications: SHRM-SCP and SPHR. Lynn has presented at the KYSHRM State Conference for the past four years, and National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA’s) National HR Conference for 10 years, has presented for Kentucky’s Industry Liaison Group, National Business Institute, Kentucky’s Legal Administrators, presented Developing your Staff at the University of Louisville Professional Development Center.
Speaker Session(s):
HRL 3-4 | What Do You WANT? That’s NOT Reasonable! (ADA)
HRL 7-4 | What Do You WANT? That’s NOT Reasonable! (ADA)


Jay Inman | Shareholder, Littler Mendelson, P.C.
Jay Inman is a Shareholder in Littler Mendelson’s Kentucky office, where he provides solutions for employers of all sizes navigating today’s complex business world. Jay’s practice includes advice and counsel for employers making decisions about employment-related issues, policies, and procedures, and he also represents employers in administrative matters and litigation in state and federal courts. Jay serves as a go-to for clients and colleagues on drafting and enforcement of arbitration agreements, investigations in the workplace, and complex and appellate litigation.
Speaker Session(s):
HRL 6-4 | Preventing Retaliation in the Kentucky Workplace


Diana Jarboe | Program Coordinator, KY Appretniceship
Diana Jarboe has been part of the Division of Apprenticeship as a Program Coordinator since 2016. In this role, Diana provides technical assistance to current Registered Apprenticeship programs, serves as a liaison to the federal Department of Labor, and recruits new program sponsors and partners. She prides herself in helping KY employers fulfill their workforce needs while creating career pathways for her fellow state citizens. Prior to working with the Education and Workforce Cabinet, Diana began her career with the Commonwealth of KY as a Licensing Board Administrator with the Public Protection Cabinet after having worked 11 years in the healthcare field as a Medical Assistant and a Medical Office Coordinator. Her experience in healthcare played a key part in building and registering some of the first healthcare apprenticeships in Kentucky.
Speaker Session(s):
MOTIV 1-9 | ABCs of Registered Apprenticeship
MOTIV 2-9 | ABCs of Registered Apprenticeship


Denise Jerome | CEO, Michalis Events
As a successful entrepreneur of 19 years, the Past President of NAWBO Kentucky, and a mother of three successful daughters, Denise Jerome understands the challenges associated with innovation and inspiration in companies of all sizes. Her comprehensive approach to elevating both the person and the company stems from years of experience with her own company’s challenges and her previous employment in corporate America, where she advanced in her field, even as a minority among her peers. Denise believes that our environment, beliefs, encouragement, and continual development of a person’s story can foster an atmosphere that will stimulate innovation. Innovation challenges status quo and increases the likelihood of future success and endurance in any company. As a contributing author to Imagination@Work, she discusses innovative ways to invest in your team’s individual stories, discover what motivates them, and then weave that motivation into your company’s story to create inspiration and grow success. Denise has had to reinvent her company, Michalis Events, multiple times by using ingenuity, determination, and foresight to build and grow in the face of adversity. She enjoys lifting all team members, learning what truly motivates them, and blending that motivation into a common goal that benefits both the person and the company!
Speaker Session(s):
Pre2 | @Work Insights from @Work Authors


Cory Johnson, MBA | Partner, Benefits Consultant, JA Benefits, LLC
Cory is an experienced Benefits Consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the insurance industry. With his strong entrepreneurship and professional skills in Asset Management, Start-ups, Financial Structuring, Health Insurance, and Risk Management, he hopes to help companies take back control of their benefits. As for education, Cory received his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, graduating from DePauw with honors and distinction in the Management Fellows Program. He later pursued and received a Master’s of Business Administration degree from University of Chicago Booth School of Business, focusing on Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship.
Speaker Session(s):
B&C 1-12 | Benefits and Compensation
B&C 2-12 | Benefits and Compensation


Lisa Johnson, SHRM-SCP | Leadership Development Coach & Trainer, HR Know-How LLC
Lisa M. Johnson is an internationally experienced human resources professional who has worked with leaders from numerous industries in the public and private sectors. Her training style and insights have been successfully applied in organizations and settings of varying sizes and cultures. She is skilled in group facilitation, keynote speaking and individual coaching. Lisa has more than 25 years of proven experience as a human resources generalist, with a background that spans from global project management, to change management, to labor relations. Today, her focus reflects the intersection of leadership development and compliance awareness. As founder and owner of HR Know-How LLC, she enjoys helping busy CEOs and HR professionals develop their leaders, and believes that bringing humanity and consistency to their interactions is key to personal growth and organizational productivity. Lisa earned a Bachelor’s in personnel/industrial relations from the University of Kentucky and an MBA from Lewis University. In addition to holding certifications for coaching and training, she is also a Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). She is an adjunct instructor for Workforce Solutions, a customized training arm of the Kentucky Community & Technical College system. Lisa is a member of the National Speakers Association – KY chapter, and the Society for Human Resource Management – Louisville chapter. She resides in Bardstown, Kentucky, where she is a proud member of the Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber of Commerce.
Speaker Session(s):
MOTIV 4-6 | How Interpersonal Skills Impact Compliance
MOTIV 5-6 | How Interpersonal Skills Impact Compliance
Pre2 | @Work Insights from @Work Authors


Meagan Johnson, Johnson Training Group
Meagan is known as a “Generational Humorist” and has an outspoken, take-no-prisoners Gen X attitude and challenges her audiences to think differently and act decisively when dealing with multiple generations. Meagan graduated from Arizona State University Business School with a BS in Marketing. After working several years in a sales environment Meagan became discouraged to hear all the negative comments about Generation X. (Generation X is the 50 million people born between 1965 and 1980.) As a Gen Xer herself, she felt these comments were of course unfounded. She was further frustrated by the blinders her own managers seemed to have. Meagan began to research everything from small to large corporations in order to find successful ways to work with the younger generation. From that ZAP THE GAP Solving the Multi-Generational Puzzle was born. Since 1997 Meagan Johnson has entertained and educated thousands of audience members. She has written a variety of articles about the multiple generations and has been interviewed for many publications and audio programs. She has been quoted in The Chicago Tribune, CNNMoney.com, US News & World Report and many other publications. Meagan and her Baby Boomer father, Larry Johnson are the authors of Generations, Inc – From Boomers to Linksters, Managing the Friction Between Generations at Work. Nothing changes perceptions more than a passion for life, work and success. To complicate matters, each generation has a different perception of what motivates them. Meagan says, “Every generation gets a negative label when it enters the workforce. For example Baby Boomers were called trouble-making hippies when they first went to work. Once we take time to understand the motivations and mind-set of each generation, working with them, communicating with them and managing them becomes a more successful effort”. What seemed like a perfect solution yesterday is the source of tomorrow’s problem. Learn from Meagan what you can do now to make the most of each generation in your workplace!
Speaker Session(s):
Keynote | Zap the Gap: Generational Differences Reexamined


Mauritia Kamer | Member, Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC
Mauritia G. Kamer, Member 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 executives, human resources professionals, and managers on best EEO practices 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.
Speaker Session(s):
HRL 4-4 | The Top Employment Cases and Legislation of 2019
HRL 5-4 | The Top Employment Cases and Legislation of 2019


Laurie Kemp | Owner, Kemp Law Office and Momentum Title Agency
Laurie Kemp, owner of Momentum Title Agency and Kemp Law Firm.  Prior to establishing her new business, Laurie was a Partner at Kightlinger and Grey LLP where she focused on assisting and defending employers in Workers’ Compensation and Employment Law Matters,with disciplinary matters, terminations, investigations and policy review. She also developed and conducted trainings on retaliation, harassment, FMLA and wage and hour issues. Laurie has responded to EEOC charges, Indiana Civil Rights Commission and Kentucky Commission on Human Rights charges, unemployment matters, DOL audits and Kentucky and Indiana OSHA citations, investigations and Workers Compensation issues. Laurie is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and presents to local, regional and state chapters throughout Kentucky and Indiana. Laurie has been included in the Best Lawyers in America 2012-2018 in Employment Law and in 2013-2018, Laurie was selected for the Super Lawyers list published in Indiana Super Lawyers Magazine.
Speaker Session(s):
HRL 3-4 | What Do You WANT? That’s NOT Reasonable! (ADA)
HRL 7-4 | What Do You WANT? That’s NOT Reasonable! (ADA)


LaDonna Koebel | Chief of Staff, Kentucky Personnel Cabinet
LaDonna Koebel, Personnel Cabinet Chief of Staff. She has 22 years of legal experience related to employment law & civil rights litigation, and 11 years legal experience in the areas of administrative law, civil litigation, appellate work, legislative initiatives, policy development, and administrative regulations. LaDonna served as the Department of Juvenile Justice Acting Commissioner and was the agency’s Deputy General Counsel. LaDonna also practiced law in both Lexington and London. She is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association and has served as an Adjunct Faculty Member at Eastern Kentucky University. LaDonna graduated cum laude with a BS in Liberal Arts from Kentucky Wesleyan College. She also attended courses at the American University in Washington, D.C., and worked as a Congressional Intern on Capitol Hill. She holds a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Eastern Kentucky University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Kentucky.
Speaker Session(s):
B&C 6-5 | Telehealth Medical and Behavioral Health – Innovation Drives Success


Bill Konwiczka | HR Director, Scotty’s Contracting and Stone
Bill Konwiczka is the HR Director for Scotty’s Contracting & Stone (a Houchens Industries Company) in Bowling Green, KY. He has over 40 years of diverse Human Resources experience covering plant, division and corporate experience. Bill received his Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior from Bowling Green State University (Ohio) in 1972 and completed his Masters of Science coursework in Organization Development at BGSU as well. Bill has been a member of SHRM most of his career and is accredited as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) as well as a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). Bill was HR Manager at CTA Acoustics for only a couple of months when tragedy struck in February of 2003.
Speaker Session(s):
HRL 6-9 | Crisis Management – In Case of Emergency: The Aftermath


Trina Koontz | Benefits Branch Manager, Kentucky State Personnel Cabinet Employee Assistance Program
Trina Koontz is the Benefits Branch Manager of the Personnel Cabinet’s Kentucky Employee Assistance Program (KEAP). She leads KEAP in providing management tools, coaching, and consultations with supervisors, as well as in offering assessment and referral services to state employees and their dependents. These services assist those who may need help with mental health concerns, family issues, substance abuse or job stress. In addition, provides continuing education workshops for state employees and professionals seeking credit to meet licensing requirements. Trina earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Murray State University and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University.  She is licensed by the Board of Examiners of Psychology.
Speaker Session(s):
B&C 6-5 | Telehealth Medical and Behavioral Health – Innovation Drives Success


Malka Kopell | Co-Founder & CEO, Civity
Malka Kopell is Co-Founder and CEO of Civity, a national initiative focused on fostering relationships of respect and empathy across divides of race, class and culture. She has more than 30 years’ experience in collaboration, conflict resolution and meeting facilitation. Ms. Kopell founded the nonprofit Community Focus in 1990 to facilitate more effective implementation of public policies by increasing community participation. She also served as a program officer for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, developing and managing grants in the areas of conflict resolution, civic engagement and California governance reform. Ms. Kopell was the founding managing director of the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at Stanford University, and is currently a senior associate with the Program on Consensus and Collaboration at California State University, Sacramento. Ms. Kopell has a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University.
Speaker Session(s):
MOTIV 6-8 | Supporting Connection and Conversation Across Difference
Pre5 | Supporting Connection and Conversation Across Difference 


Robert Lemon | Professional Speaker, Believe Your Dreams Inc.
Dr. Lemon honored as one of “South Florida’s Most Powerful and Influential  Business Leaders” of 2018. In 2017, he was presented a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition.U S Representative Frederica S. Wilson. Florida’s 24 Congressional District recognized his outstanding and invaluable service to the community. Dr Robert is a best selling and co-author of the book “Multiple Streams of Inspiration” with other celebrity authors including Jack Canfield “Chicken Soup for the Soul”with forewords by Les Brown and Zig Ziglar. Advantage Media / Forbes Books author of his newest book,”Now Is Your Time” with foreword written by Les Brown and testimonial by Willie Jolley. In 2013 Robert earned his Doctorate Degree in Religious Education. Robert has been recognized for achieving and surpassing goals in customer service, sales, and has over 35 years of corporate experience from the US Postal Service and leadership  from the US Airforce.
Speaker Session(s):
MGMT 8-8 | Now Is Your Time- Balancing Work and Life
MGMT 9-8 | Now Is Your Time- Balancing Work and Life


Todd Logsdon | Partner, Fisher Phillips
Todd is a partner in the Louisville office 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. Todd has been listed as a Kentucky Super Lawyer since 2014.
Speaker Session(s):
HRL 6-9 | Crisis Management – In Case of Emergency: The Aftermath


David Lowe | Digital Strategist/Analyst, PriceWeber
David has collaborated with a wide range of PriceWeber’s local and national clients. His has helped them find ways to meaningfully understand and speak to their consumers, and to drive success. He has consulted with Bright Spring Health (Formerly known as ResCare), Cummins, Charah Solutions, Hershey, Brown-Forman, Norton Children’s Hospital Makers Mark, Jim Beam, Carrier HVAC and more.
Speaker Session(s):
Pre3 | The Power of Employer Branding and Diversifying Talent Acquisition


LaToi Mayo | Shareholder, Littler Mendelson, P.C.
LaToi has over 18 years of experience representing employers exclusively in regard to labor and employment law. A seasoned litigator, she has assisted clients in a wide variety of labor and employment issues before federal and state administrative agencies and in federal and state courts across the Commonwealth. She routinely advises employers with respect to diversity and inclusiveness, anti-discrimination and harassment, and wage and hour and compliance issues, and offers practical tips and solutions to help employers organize and manage the daily challenges that arise in the workplace with respect to these issues. To this end, LaToi  frequently presents on relevant labor and employee topics, and conducts workplace training and compliance audits for employers across all industries.
Speaker Session(s):
B&C 1-5 | Common FMLA Missteps and Misconceptions
B&C 2-5 | Common FMLA Missteps and Misconceptions


Laurie Mays | Equine Talent Pipeline Project Manager, Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center/KEEP
Laurie Mays joined the Chamber as the Equine Talent Pipeline Project Manager in September of 2018 and works cooperatively with the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) to bridge the skilled workforce gap in the equine industry of Kentucky. Before her time there she held the roles of Operations Manager and Director of Youth and Community Education at the Kentucky Horse Park where she was instrumental in the development and implementation of countless programs. Most recently, Mays developed a nationally recognized equine program in conjunction with the United States Pony Clubs at Locust Trace AgriScience Center, a world renowned agricultural high school. By gaining understanding of the industry through these endeavors, Mays is now working statewide with employers, educators, and other equine stakeholders to develop a talent pipeline that will ensure a consistent skilled labor pool moving forward.
Speaker Session(s):
MGMT 1-2 | Building Kentucky’s Talent Pipeline: The Need for Employer Leadership in Workforce Development
MGMT 2-2 | Building Kentucky’s Talent Pipeline: The Need for Employer Leadership in Workforce Development


Ashley McCarty Dufour | Employment Specialist, Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center
Ashley McCarty is employed by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Workforce Center as an Employment Specialist that engages the business community to be a part of the solution to solving Kentucky’s opioid epidemic. Ashley graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 2004 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. In December of 2004 she was employed as a Pharmaceutical Sales Representative with Sanofi-Aventis. Ashley earned the title of National and International Sales Representative within the company. She was ranked the fifth highest sales representative out of 10,000 employees. In 2015 she began working for Addiction Recovery Care. She was employed as a case manager, a counselor and a Kentucky Certified Peer Support Specialist within the company. It is not only her career but also her passion to help those that struggle with Substance Abuse Disorder. Ashley also battles with this disease of addiction but on July 20, 2019 she will celebrate 6 years in recovery. 
Speaker Session(s):
Pre4 | Creating a Recovery-friendly Workplace While Upholding Zero Tolerance Policies – An HR Leader’s Technical Assistance Workshop for Battling Today’s Addiction Epidemic


John McTighe | Executive Vice President, Background Screening Division, Data Facts
John has more than 25 years of professional leadership experience. He joined the Data Facts team in 2019 when they acquired Background Decision, the background screening business he developed and built from the ground up.  He has consistently delivered double-digit growth each year during the past 15 years while also improving efficiency, quality, & compliance.

John attributes success throughout the years to his understanding that customers need more than just raw data to make effective business decisions.  In addition to accurate information, he has focused on surrounding customers with intuitive technology, compliance tools, and the expertise of knowledgeable staff.  Additional specialties include developing go-to-market strategies, new business development, and improving operational efficiencies.  He is a Six Sigma Yellow Belt.

McTighe is also an active member of several industry associations including the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), the National Consumer Reporting Association (NCRA), and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). He is a frequent speaker on the background screening industry and screening best practices at human resources and multi-family housing events around the country.  John proudly holds an Advanced FCRA certification from the National Association of Professional Background Screeners.

John lives in Connecticut with his wife Kim, their two children, and dog Chloe. He is an avid fan of the UCONN Huskies, Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots. John enjoys volunteering with his son’s Boy Scout troop, and been known to be a frequent prop roadie for his daughter’s dance company.
Speaker Session(s):
HRL 8-4: Background Screening: There’s More!
HRL 9-4: Background Screening: There’s More!


Natalie Middaugh | Project Coordinator, Kentuckiana Health Collaborative
Natalie Middaugh is the project coordinator at the Kentuckiana Health Collaborative, a nonprofit multi-stakeholder organization that works to improve the health status and healthcare delivery system in Greater Louisville, Kentucky, and Southern Indiana. In her current role, she is responsible for facilitating multiple projects in partnership with the Kentucky Opioid Response Effort (KORE), including educational initiatives around Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), and addressing opioid use disorder in the workplace. Natalie earned her bachelor’s degree in public health from the University of Louisville in 2016. In 2018, she completed her master’s in public health with a concentration in health promotion and behavioral sciences, also from the University of Louisville.
Speaker Session(s):
B&C 4-5 | Feeling Foggy About Opioids: The Employer Prescription for Supporting PTR
B&C 5-5 | Feeling Foggy About Opioids: The Employer Prescription for Supporting PTR


LaKisha Miller | Talent Pipeline Project Manager Northeast, Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center
LaKisha Miller joined the Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center as a Talent Pipeline Project Manager in September 2018.  She serves as the point of contact for the Northern Kentucky and TENCO regions. LaKisha attended Xavier University and graduated in 2006, with a BS in Business majoring in Marketing. She is an experienced corporate adult learning professional that is committed to building strong relationships throughout Kentucky and driving business results. LaKisha has been married to her husband Steve for 7 years and raising their 5 year old daughter Brielle.
Speaker Session(s):
MGMT 1-2 | Building Kentucky’s Talent Pipeline: The Need for Employer Leadership in Workforce Development
MGMT 2-2 | Building Kentucky’s Talent Pipeline: The Need for Employer Leadership in Workforce Development


Autumn Morris, SHRM-CP | Associate 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, on-boarding, 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.
Speaker Session(s):
MGMT 1-8 | The Lonely HR – HR Departments of One!
MGMT 2-8 | The Lonely HR – HR Departments of One!


Tara Morey | Senior Consultant, Findley
Tara Morey is a Senior Consultant with over 20 years of experience specializing in HR Service Delivery consulting services. Prior to joining the firm in 2007, Tara spent ten years in corporate HR roles.

This combination of consulting and practitioner experience is what enables Tara to develop innovative solutions to client’s human resource challenges. Tara has partnered successfully with organizational leadership in a wide range of industries to develop strategy, select or improve an organization’s use of technology, improve operational effectiveness, manage large-scale change initiatives such as the deployment of technology or transformation solutions, and develop methods (e.g., training, communications, assessments, performance plans) to align workforces with organizational objectives.

Tara holds the following certifications:  Project Management Professional (PMP), Human Resource Information Professional (HRIP) and a Six Sigma Yellow Belt. She received her MS from the University of Tennessee, and her BA from Ohio University.
Speaker Session(s):
BMS 1-1 | Wait…We’re Acquiring What?!?  Best HR Practices for Mergers, Acquisitions, and Divestitures
BMS 2-1 | Wait…We’re Acquiring What?!?  Best HR Practices for Mergers, Acquisitions, and Divestitures


Mack Munro | Founder/CEO, Boss Builders
Mack Munro is Founder and CEO of Boss Builders and is an experienced consultant, author, and speaker who has worked with executive and management teams in companies of all types, sizes, and industries in the USA and abroad. He is the author of How to Win at Performance Management and How to Be a Great Boss. He holds a MA degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University and a BS degree in Health Care Management from Southern Illinois University He is a qualified facilitator of the MBTI® and has also written and developed several personality and behavioral assessments and online tools. In addition to his latest book on performance management, Mack is also the author of 11 other business books. He has been featured as a career expert on radio, television, and print, including a monthly column in Men’s Fitness magazine.
Speaker Session(s):
BMS 1-7 | How to Design and Implement a Successful Strategic Management Development Initiative
BMS 2-7 | How to Design and Implement a Successful Strategic Management Development Initiative


Jeff Nally, PCC, SHRM-SCP, SPHR | President, Nally Group Inc.
Jeff is an executive coach, coaching supervisor, professional speaker, and author who creates no-nonsense neuroscience solutions for people to be more human at work through is company, Nally Group Inc., Jeff Nally volunteers on the SHRM Foundation Board of Directors and serves on the Kentucky SHRM State Council as the Co-Director of Philanthropy and SHRM Foundation fundraising. He has 27 years of HR experience in leadership roles at Kentucky companies including, Commonwealth Industries, CLARCOR Air Filtration Products, and Humana. Jeff created and led the executive coaching practice at Humana for nine years. Jeff is a co-author of two books: Rethinking Human Resources and Humans@Work. Jeff volunteers to advance HR, is a past chair of the Kentucky SHRM State Council, and is a past president of Louisville SHRM. Jeff was named one of the top Twenty People to Know in Human Resources by Business First of Louisville.
Speaker Session(s):
MGMT 3-7 | Low-cost Development with Group and Team Coaching
MGMT 7-7 | Low-cost Development with Group and Team Coaching
Pre2 | @Work Insights from @Work Authors


Mike Nickerson | Chief Marketing Officer, PriceWeber
Mike is the Chief Marketing Officer and a senior marketing strategist at PriceWeber. He has touched most accounts in the agency and oversees the agency’s overall brand. He is an alumni of DraftFCB, Oglilvy & Mather, and TBWA/Chiat/Day.
Speaker Session(s):
Pre3 | The Power of Employer Branding and Diversifying Talent Acquisition


Meredith Oliver, MIRM, CSP | Creative Director, Meredith Communications
Meredith Oliver, CSP, is a sales and marketing strategist, author and professional speaker. Known as The Digital Interpreter ™, she helps businesses drive more traffic, leads, and sales with digital marketing solutions. She is the cofounder and chief marketing strategist of Meredith Communications, a digital marketing agency in Raleigh, NC. Meredith Communications is in its eighteenth year delivering digital marketing solutions such as website design, search engine optimization, and social media marketing. Meredith holds a Masters Degree in Communication Technology from Rollins College and is the author of three books, 1) Click Power: The Proven System Home Builders Use to Drive More Traffic, Leads and Sales and 2) FANtastic Marketing: Leverage Your Fan Factor, Build a Blockbuster Brand, Score New Customers, and Knock Out the Competition and 3) FANtastic Selling: The 10 Undeniable Traits of Rock-Star, Top-Producing, Quota-Busting Salespeople. She has been speaking professionally for 18 years and holds the prestigious CSP (Certified Speaking Professional®) designation, the highest designation conferred by the National Speakers Association. She has spoken to audiences from 10 to 2,000 at prominent industry events such as the Volkswagen National After Sales Conference, the National Association of Home Builders International Builders Show, MozCon, and the National Automobile Dealers Annual Conference and Expo. Meredith’s leadership positions include Past VP of Communications for the AMA (American Marketing Association) Triangle Chapter, President of the National Speakers Association Carolinas Chapter, Chair of the NAHB Institute of Residential Marketing and Chair of the NAHB PWB Communications and Education Committee. Honors include 2017 MIRM Designee of the Year, 2016 NAHB PWB National Member of the Year, and 2015 NAHB NSMC Bill Molster Award for Outstanding Service and Lifetime Achievement. Meredith lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband, son, and three shih tzus. She loves what she does and can’t imagine doing anything else. You can follow her digital marketing blog on Twitter @MeredithCSP and follow her fabulous high-heel shoe collection on Instagram @MeredithsShoes22.
Speaker Session(s):
MOTIV 4-3 | Power Up Your FANtastic Personal Brand
MOTIV 5-3 | Power Up Your FANtastic Personal Brand
Keynote | Reframe: The Power of Vulnerability to Unlock Peak Performance


Sonia Osman | Employment Specialist, Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center
Details to come.
Speaker Session(s):
Pre4 | Creating a Recovery-friendly Workplace While Upholding Zero Tolerance Policies – An HR Leader’s Technical Assistance Workshop for Battling Today’s Addiction Epidemic


Jeff Peden, MEd. | Chief Engagement Officer, Culture Docs
Jeff Peden, MEd. is an International Speaker, Consultant, and Author. His second book—How To Grow Your Business Without Spending Money—focuses on Four Core Strategies™ that increase performance, productivity, and revenues, while lowering operating costs. He is currently at work on a third book about the relationship between Culture and Leadership. Jeff works with leaders who want to build healthy workplace cultures and Great Places to Work. For over six years, clients have implemented a proven process that visibly increases communication, collaborative problem solving, and mutual support throughout the entire organization. Jeff is a member of the Radcliff Rotary Club, Past President of the Kentuckiana Chapter of the Association for Talent Development, and past Chair of the University of Louisville Libraries Associates. His Moment of Success aired on radio station WKJK 1080 in Louisville for over five years. He has graduate degrees in both Training & Development and Counseling.
Speaker Session(s):
BMS 3-1 | Building Healthy Workplace Cultures
BMS 7-1 | Building Healthy Workplace Cultures


Allison Pettrey, PHR, SHRM-CP | HR Consultant, Hanna Resource Group
Allison serves in the lead HR role for a number of organizations throughout the Bluegrass, including an IT Managed Services Company and one of the largest advertising agencies in the area. 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 Professional in Human Resources (PHR) Certification and her SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) designation, and she is a member of BGSHRM as well as serves on the Bluegrass Compensation Association board as a Co-Public Relations and Branding Chair. Having studied at Oxford University and graduated from Georgetown College, Allison has her bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing. Allison handles multiple HR functions including recruiting, employee relations, benefits administration, compensation program design, writing/interpreting job descriptions, compliance with employment law, and creating and delivering internal and/or external communications.
Speaker Session(s):
MGMT 1-8 | The Lonely HR – HR Departments of One!
MGMT 2-8 | The Lonely HR – HR Departments of One!


Mary Kate Reed | Director of Media, PriceWeber
Mary Kate (MK) has planned and overseen placement of online and offline media for KFC, Long John Silvers, Arby’s, Bright Spring Health (formerly known as ResCare), Cummins, Charah Solutions, Hershey, Brown-Forman, Community Health Systems, Thorton’s LG&E and more. Her key negotiation and interpersonal skills have enabled her to plan and place media across numerous industries.
Speaker Session(s):
Pre3 | The Power of Employer Branding and Diversifying Talent Acquisition


Ben Reno-Weber, MPA, MBA | CEO and Chief Storyteller, MobileServe
Ben Reno-Weber is a social entrepreneur whose career has been dedicated to creating opportunities for all people to reach their full potential. He is the co-founder of MobileServe, a tech start-up focused on connecting people to purpose. MobileServe has worked with more than 250 organizations across the country including companies, schools, universities, and non-profits to to create vibrant, engaged communities. Ben has worked for the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, the Boston Consulting Group, the YMCA, and is the Project Director of the Greater Louisville Project. Ben has a degree in international affairs from the George Washington University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School. If you rearrange the letters after his name they can spell MAMBA BAP. In his free time, he is a competitive eater, currently holding world records in both speed and volume of watermelon consumption (pre-sliced division).
Speaker Session(s):
B&C 3-5 | Good Makes Great
B&C 7-5 | Good Makes Great


Rawleigh Richardson, SHRM-CP, PHR | Senior Associate Relations Professional, Humana
Rawleigh Richardson, Sr. is a Senior Associate Relations Professional with Humana. He has more than eighteen years of retail loss prevention experience and ten years of human resources experience within state government, healthcare, retail, and the subrogation Industries. He has expertise in talent acquisition, internal investigations, performance management, leadership coaching and development.
Speaker Session(s):
MOTIV 6-8 | Supporting Connection and Conversation Across Difference
Pre5 | Supporting Connection and Conversation Across Difference


Karl Richter, MA | Owner, eLearning Blends
Karl Richter is the owner of Elearning Blends. His team creates custom elearning that integrates online training with classroom experiences, and performance support tools. Karl works as a coach and facilitator with individuals and groups of all sizes. He believes the best training is not only accurate, but memorable enough to encode to long-term memory. His speaking style is humorous, research-based, and practical. He earned his MA in Educational Technology from San Diego State University in 2006 and was an Online and Campus instructor through 2011. He lives in Louisville Kentucky with his wife, 4 boys, and a dog named Derby.
Speaker Session(s):
MOTIV 3-8 | Blended Learning Recipes for Engagement
MOTIV 7-8 | Blended Learning Recipes for Engagement


Michael Rider | Advisor Chief Connector President, Rider Risk Management Services, LLC
Michael Rider is a talented and respected sales and marketing leader whose distinguished career working for turnaround and high-growth organizations has led him to be sought-after for his valuable insights about what works when stakes are high. He has extensive expertise in client needs analysis with a consultative approach to sales in cutting-edge tech, insurance, and benefits-design industries. Michael is the founder of Rider Risk Management Services, LLC, where he works with the C-suite, helping them to realign their operations to their mission and vision by focusing on people, technology and benefits to reduce costs, drive engagement, streamline processes and increase ROI. Michael is committed to being an attuned listener, persuasive presenter, worthy collaborator and negotiator, and passionate connector. He prides himself on being able to forge solid relationships with strategic partners, build consensus across multiple organizational levels, and drive improved outcomes utilizing people, strategy, KPIs and budgets. Michael is passionate about giving back to people, the community and businesses through championing mentoring, being a megaphone and embracing the spirit of servant leadership. He is the 2019 Chair of Sponsor Fundraising for the Louisville Society for Human Resource Management (LSHRM). Michael studied business at Western Kentucky University and Clark College, and currently lives and works in Louisville, Kentucky. This is his first book.
Speaker Session(s):
Pre2 | @Work Insights from @Work Authors


Dan 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 in the Washington DC area office of Towers Perrin where he worked on a variety of executive and employee compensation projects. Dan then worked for Aon Consulting. He went on to help found PRM Consulting in Washington, DC and most recently 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. His articles have been published in numerous trade, professional and periodic publications.
Speaker Session(s):
B&C 8-11 | “Exec” and “Comp” Are not 4-Letter Words
B&C 9-11 | “Exec” and “Comp” Are not 4-Letter Words


Carlos Rivas, MS, ACSM, CSCS | President, ProFormance Health & Wellbeing
Carlos Rivas, MS, CSCS, ACSM, ACLS holds bachelor’s degrees in Exercise Science & Sports Medicine, Health Promotion and Counseling, and a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology. He is fascinated by the people and organizations that make the greatest and lasting impact in their organizations and communities. He is best known for coaching & developing people in high-performance teams. 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 is also the creator and developer of the highly successful myheadcoach app.
Speaker Session(s):
MOTIV 3-3 | The Power of Full Engagement @ Work
MOTIV 7-3 | The Power of Full Engagement @ Work


Leslie Russ, SPHR | Consultant, Foundations Human Resources Consulting
Leslie Russ’s experience as a business leader, management consultant, and HR professional translates into a unique talent for facilitating strategy, developing leaders, and managing change. Ms. Russ spent the first 20 years of her career helping improve processes, skills, and organizational effectiveness at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK), RWD Technologies, and Lexmark International. As a consultant, she has crafted solutions to the most difficult organizational issues for global technology, healthcare, workforce solutions, and manufacturing organizations. Ms. Russ holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics and a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian studies from Vanderbilt University, as well as a master’s degree in human resource development from Xavier University. She is experienced in Prosci’s change methodology and has her Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) certification, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Firo-B, and Profiler 360 certifications. She lived, worked, and attended school in Japan and loves to travel.
Speaker Session(s):
MOTIV 4-9 | Creating the “It” Factor – Building Executive Presence and Influence
MOTIV 5-9 | Creating the “It” Factor – Building Executive Presence and Influence


Scott Schreiber | Managing Director, RSC Advisory Group, LLC
Scott Schreiber is a Managing Director of RSC Advisory Group. 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; 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. 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.
Speaker Session(s):
B&C 8-11 | “Exec” and “Comp” Are not 4-Letter Words
B&C 9-11 | “Exec” and “Comp” Are not 4-Letter Words


Alice Shade | CEO and Co Founder, SentryHealth
Ms. Shade is CEO and co-founder of SentryHealth, a Kentucky-based, technology-enabled health management company that specializes in creating and delivering clinical programs to improve employee health and well-being.  Alice has a Master of Health Administration from the University of Kentucky.  Her executive experience includes roles within Health Plans and Healthcare Providers, with special emphasis on data-driven approaches to clinical care management. Alice was recently recognized as a Kentucky Chamber of Commerce 2018 Emerging Entrepreneur.
Speaker Session(s):
MOTIV 1-15 | Emotional Health: Why It Matters to Our Workforce . . . and Their Employers
MOTIV 2-15 | Emotional Health: Why It Matters to Our Workforce . . . and Their Employers


Brad Shuck, EdD (FIU, 2010) | Associate Professor, Organizational Leadership and Learning, University of Louisville
Dr. Brad Shuck is an internationally recognized thought-leader in the areas of employee engagement, leadership, and employee health and wellbeing. His evidenced-based, story-driven, and visually inspiring presentations detail how leaders at all levels can build positive and inspiring places of work that drive performance, increase employee wellbeing, and influence peak motivation. Recognized as one of the world’s foremost experts on the topic, his evidenced-based work on engagement and the employee value proposition have been hailed as cutting edge and industry leading and he is routinely featured in US-based international media outlets including Forbes, The Washington Post, and TIME, as well as international outlets such as Business World Online, India’s Economic Times, and the Hindu Times. Dr. Shuck is a tenured Associate Professor in the Human Resource and Organizational Development program at the University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky.
Speaker Session(s):
MGMT 1-14 | The Impact of Human Resources on Employee Engagement: Diving Deep into the Practice
MGMT 2-14 | The Impact of Human Resources on Employee Engagement: Diving Deep into the Practice


Brian Simmons, SHRM-SCP | CEO | President | Master Edutainer, BEST Edutainment, LLC
Brian Simmons, SHRM-SCP, is the CEO and President of businesses focused on relationships in workplace environments. Mr. Simmons provides business education services primarily related to reinventing workplace environments and processes while reeducating Members of the workforce.  Additionally, Brian creates and facilitates customized workplace development courses and keynote workshops in several subject matter expert areas including: leadership and supervisor development, workplace behaviors and skills management, workplace violence awareness and prevention, workplace technologies implementation, employment law application and employment relationship civility. Mr. Simmons also provides professional narration, voice over and acting services for workplace instructional videos, audio books and e-learning modules. He often appears as the HR Expert in statewide media and on WKYT’s (Lexington, KY) public affairs television program, Kentucky Newsmakers. Brian supports various non-profit organizations and community activities by hosting a five-time Emmy-nominated educational television series, kNOwMORE Nonprofits, which focuses on the impact of community non-profit organizations.
Speaker Session(s):
BMS 4-7 | By HR | For HR | Simply HR  – Legendary HR
BMS 5-7 | By HR | For HR | Simply HR  – Legendary HR
MOTIV 6-6 | Thank You for Eating the Cake!


Dr. David Stumbo, OHST | Assistant Professor, Eastern Ky University
Dr. David Stumbo, OHST  David Stumbo is an Associate Professor in Eastern Kentucky University’s Department of Safety, Security, and Emergency Management. He has worked in occupational safety & health for over 20 years, including various positions within the Kentucky OSH Program including Compliance Officer, Industrial Hygiene Consultant, and Safety Program Manager. David is the Principal of Stumbo Safety Solutions, LLC, which specializes in providing onsite safety and health consultation and training services to small-sized employers and start-ups. Dr. Stumbo holds an undergraduate degree in Biology from Murray State University, Master of Science from Kentucky State University in Public Administration, Master of Science from Eastern Kentucky University in Safety, Security, and Emergency Management, Associate degree from Columbia Southern University in Fire Science, and Doctorate degree from Eastern Kentucky University in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.
Speaker Session(s):
MGMT 6-2 | The JHA: Key to Worker Safety


Sara Tracy | Talent Pipeline Project Manager Southeast, Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center
Sara Tracy is the Southeast Region Talent Pipeline Project Manager at the Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center. Prior to her work at the Kentucky Chamber, Sara spent seven years in career and technical education serving as the Community Liaison at Locust Trace AgriScience Center in Lexington, KY where she worked to connect business and K-12 education at Fayette County Public Schools. Sara earned her Bachelor of Science in Community and Leadership Development from the University of Kentucky.
Speaker Session(s):
MGMT 1-2 | Building Kentucky’s Talent Pipeline: The Need for Employer Leadership in Workforce Development
MGMT 2-2 | Building Kentucky’s Talent Pipeline: The Need for Employer Leadership in Workforce Development


Megan U’Sellis | Attorney, Fisher Phillips
Megan U’Sellis is an experienced labor and employment law litigator who counsels and represents employers throughout multiple states and industries regarding a wide range of labor and employment issues, including claims of harassment, discrimination and retaliation under federal and state law, breach of contract, non-competition and trade secrets, and wage and hour laws. Megan has particular experience defending employers in Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective and multi-state class action wage and hour lawsuits. Megan also advises her clients on a wide range of employment matters, including employee handbooks and other company policies, employee and management training, severance agreements and other employee contracts, and internal audits and investigations. Megan has been listed as a Kentucky Super Lawyers Rising Star since 2016.
Speaker Session(s):
HRL 8-10 | Effective Discipline, Termination and Investigations: Why Documentation and the Details Matter
HRL 9-10 | Effective Discipline, Termination and Investigations: Why Documentation and the Details Matter


Carrie Van Daele | President/CEO, Van Daele & Associates, Incorporated
Carrie Van Daele is president and CEO of Van Daele & Associates Inc. at www.leant3.com, featuring her Train the Trainer System for trainers and subject matter experts. Van Daele’s company was founded in 1996 as a training and development firm in the areas of train the trainer, continuous process improvements and leadership. Van Daele is the author of 50 One-Minute Tips for Trainers published by LogicalOperations. She is a featured writer  in several publications such as The Association for Talent Development [ATD], Women of Achievement magazine, Quality Digest magazine and FM & T magazine. Her degrees include: A.A from Evangel Bible College, B.S from Indiana University and M.S.M from Indiana Wesleyan. Van Daele & Associates is a Certified Woman-Owned Business (WBE).
Speaker Session(s):
Pre6 | How to Recognize and Cultivate Next Leaders


Kellie Watson | Chief Equity Officer, Louisville Metro Government
Kellie R. Watson is the first Chief Equity Officer for Louisville Metro Government, providing strategic, visionary planning and oversight to advance racial equity in Louisville Metro Government. She oversees the Department of Human Resources and the Human Relations Commission. Prior to this, she was the General Counsel/Legislative Liaison to Mayor Fischer.
Speaker Session(s):
MOTIV 6-8 | Supporting Connection and Conversation Across Difference
Pre5 | Supporting Connection and Conversation Across Difference


Timothy Weatherholt | Partner, Fisher Phillips
Timothy Weatherholt is a partner in the Louisville office of Fisher Phillips. His practice involves representation of management in employment and labor litigation involving civil rights, retaliation, wrongful termination and discrimination under Title VII. Tim also advises and represents clients in developing employment policies and procedures, responding to administrative charges, and dealing with employee separation matters. Tim routinely advises clients on Americans with Disabilities (ADA) and wage and hour matters. He has also helped clients obtain summary judgment in Kentucky state court on a wide variety of employment claims, including worker’s compensation retaliation, age discrimination, disability discrimination, and race discrimination. Tim was named to the Best Lawyers in America list in 2018.
Speaker Session(s):
HRL 1-4 | Mental Health and Substance Abuse Issues in the Workplace: The Invisible Risks
HRL 2-4 | Mental Health and Substance Abuse Issues in the Workplace: The Invisible Risks


Liz Weber, CSP, CMC | President, Weber Business Services, LLC
Liz Weber provides strategic and succession planning, executive coaching, and comprehensive leadership development programs to business owners, boards of directors and leadership teams. Liz is one of fewer than 100 people in the U.S. to hold the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) and Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designations; the highest earned designations in two different professions. Now headquartered near Harrisburg, PA, Liz has supervised business activities in 129 countries and has consulted in over 20. She has also written nine leadership books, writes a monthly column, and shares strategic leadership insights via various social media outlets daily.
Speaker Session(s):
BMS 6-1 | Become an HR Strategic Business Partner! 


Jennifer Wheatley, SPHR, SHRM-SCP | VP of HR Consulting & 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.
Speaker Session(s):
MGMT 4-8 | Building Trust for Success
MGMT 5-8 | Building Trust for Success
HRL 3-4 | What Do You WANT? That’s NOT Reasonable! (ADA)
HRL 7-4 | What Do You WANT? That’s NOT Reasonable! (ADA)


Barry Wilkerson | Chief of Police, St. Matthews Police Department
Colonel Barry Wilkerson is a law enforcement executive with over 27 years of overall experience and 20 years as a commander. As chief of SMPD, he oversees a department with an annual budget of $6 million and a staff of 40 sworn members serving approximately 17,500 residents. Wilkerson retired in 2016 after 27 years with the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) and the former Jefferson County Police Department (JCPD). Since retiring from LMPD, he has worked as director of security at Saint Xavier High School. Colonel Wilkerson is a graduate of the University of Louisville and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Police Administration. He is also a graduate of the Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officers Course and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy.
Speaker Session(s):
HRL 6-9 | Crisis Management – In Case of Emergency: The Aftermath 


Tom Williams | Attorney, Stoll Keenon Ogden
A Member of Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Louisville office since 1995, Tom serves as Co-Chair of the Arbitration & Mediation practice. He is also part of the Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits practice. Tom has earned multiple distinctions for his professional accomplishments and community contributions. He is a past President of the Louisville Bar Association and has been recognized by Chambers USA as a “Leader in Kentucky.” According to the publication, he is “an extremely professional lawyer who treats each of his clients as if they’re number one.” In 2011, for his efforts in creating Thomas Merton Square and success in other civic endeavors, he was named Louisville Peacemaker of the Year by the Interfaith Paths to Peace.
Speaker Session(s):
MOTIV 6-8 | Supporting Connection and Conversation Across Difference
Pre5 | Supporting Connection and Conversation Across Difference


Andy Williford | Physician Assistant, Access Med
Andy Williford is a proud native Kentuckian. Originally from Paducah, he transplanted to Central Kentucky to attend the University of Kentucky Physician Assistant program. After completion, Andy began his career practicing medicine first in Primary Care, then in Emergency Medicine. His 10+ years of healthcare experience in a broken, overburdened medical system led him to Co-Found Central Kentucky’s first and premiere Direct Primary Care practice, Access Med in 2015. Andy’s professional interests include Evidence-Based Care, Healthcare cost control and efficiency, and team-based primary care.
Speaker Session(s):
B&C 8-5 | Redefining Delivery and Cost of Healthcare
B&C 9-5 | Redefining Delivery and Cost of Healthcare


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.
Speaker Session(s):
HRL 1-16 | Mock Employment Jury Trial-Part I
HRL 2-16 | Mock Employment Jury Trial–Part II