The Versatile Company
Eric Verzuh is President of The Versatile Company. Since founding The Versatile Company in 1990, Eric has been an instrumental figure in the world of project management, providing organizations from aerospace to IT to public education an easy-to-understand framework for creating and managing effective projects.
His trademark style is a practical approach that simplifies the process of solving critical business problems and delivering results. His book, The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management, which is currently in its Fourth edition, is the leading project management guidebook used by universities and working professionals around the world.
Eric’s next book will apply many of the proven critical success factors of project management to the topic of innovation, providing organizations with a practical blueprint for developing the competencies and culture to support and sustain innovation in every aspect of business.
With his combination of deep expertise, hands-on experience and an engaging, down-to-earth style, he is a popular and frequent speaker at a variety of conferences and events.
The Versatile Company, founded in 1990, helps our clients deliver innovation faster, with better results. We work with large and small businesses, government agencies, and non-profits. Our clients include community health centers, Lockheed Martin, Nordstrom, the U.S. Postal Service, and public school districts.
Kevin D. Wilde
VP, Organization Effectiveness and Chief Learning Officer
Kevin Wilde is responsible for world-wide people growth at General Mills, including talent management, executive development and the Leadership Institute. Since joining the company in 1998, the organization has been consistently recognized for its innovative development work, highlighted by Fortune’s #3 ranking as one of the best companies in the world at leadership development and Training magazine’s “Hall of Fame” designation as a top company for employee development. In 2007, Chief Learning Officer magazine selected Kevin as CLO of the year.
Kevin is a columnist for Talent Management magazine and serves on the editorial board for a number of professional journals. His work has been published in over a dozen books, including Coaching For Leadership and the Pfieffer Annual on Leadership Development. He has been quoted on leadership and development by Business Week, the Financial Times, Fortune and Time magazine.
Before joining General Mills, he spent 17 years at General Electric in a variety of human resources positions in the healthcare and capital divisions, as well as corporate assignments at GE’s renown Crotonville management development center. While at GE, he also held positions in manufacturing, marketing and six sigma quality.
He received a bachelor’s degree in marketing and education from the University of Wisconsin at Stout in 1980 and a master’s degree in administrative leadership and adult education from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee in 1981.
Vice President, Talent Management
Stephanie Naito is Vice President of Talent Management - Human Resources at Meijer. In this position, she oversees talent management, performance management, leadership and organizational development nationwide.
Prior to Meijer, Stephanie was VP, Talent Management at Nash Finch, joining the company in 2009. In this role she oversaw talent management and performance management along with taking responsibility for leading Sales Management Development, an initiative designed to develop a sales-driven culture and workforce planning strategy.
Prior to joining Nash Finch, she was Vice President, People Works for Brinker International where she focused on leading human resource administration, talent development and talent acquisition for the Chili’s brand. Prior to Brinker, Ms. Naito was Group Vice President of Talent Development at Rite Aid Corporation responsible for leading human resource initiatives to include talent acquisition, training, organizational development, diversity and customer satisfaction. Ms. Naito has over 25 years of experience leading teams as a human resources professional.
Ms. Naito earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Home Economics from San Jose State University. She currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Jeff Lupinacci is currently Global Learning and Development Director for Kimberly Clark responsible for leadership and professional development of more than 56000 employees across the globe.
Jeff used to work in the Central & Eastern Europe as HR Director based in Moscow. The key focus area for him was to drive employee engagement and build Great Place To Work across 26 countries. Jeff was a finalist for the HR Professional of the year for HR Brand. Prior to his posting in Moscow, Jeff was the KCI HR Director responsible for Talent Management and HR for the KCI US based team. As KCI HR Director, Jeff was recognized for his support of the KCI/Global Marketing restructuring.
Prior to joining Kimberly Clark in 2011, Jeff worked for Intel Corporation for 17 years. His last role there was the HR Director for Intel’s Japan business and before that he was the Greater Asia HR Services Director responsible for the administration of Human Resources processes. While there, he established a Global HR Shared Service Center in Malaysia. He started his career at Intel in Finance, managing Accounts Payable. He then moved into Information Technology (IT) where he successfully ran multiple global programs. Prior to Intel, Jeff was the Warehouse Manager for Hayes Microcomputers, responsible for all inventories, shipping and receiving. He began his career with General Motors as a production manager of GM’s V-6 engine.
Jeff is a frequent conference speaker, including the International Accounts Payable Annual Forum and the Working Council for CFO forum. He has also been a featured speaker and moderator for the CFO Europe Annual conference. While in Asia, Jeff has spoken at the Asia IQPC Shared Service Conference and the Regional HR Management Conference. More recently Jeff has presented at “Winning the Hearts Forum”, “HR Brand conference” and “Performance Management Conference” in Moscow.
Jeff has talked on a variety of topics, including Workforce Planning, Employee Engagement, Managing a regional workforce, Modern Performance Management practices, HR Automation, differences between Russian vs Western Management styles, Implementation of Shared Service Center, using metrics to drive improvements into your organization, Effective communication strategies to motivate key talent and the future of Accounts Payable,.
Jeff has also been featured in the CFO Europe magazine for his work on automating Accounts Payable, as well as in the Nikkei Business Magazine talking about developing a Great Place to Work atmosphere in organizations. He has also been featured in the internet based magazine in Russia gotinterviews.com and the Baylor Business Review.
Jeff graduated from Willamette University in Salem Oregon, with a Master of Management degree, concentrating in operations management, and from Baylor University, in Waco Texas with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in Finance and management. Jeff enjoys outdoor activities like scuba diving, golf, in addition to traveling to new places. He is married with two children.