VP, Chief Diversity Officer
Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin (WI)
Andres Gonzalez has worked in the non-profit sector for over 20 years. He has been instrumental in creating culturally and linguistically competent programs. He serves as the Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer at Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin located in Milwaukee, WI. He provides direction to the Office of Diversity & Inclusion where he leads Diversity & Inclusion strategic initiatives that include: Community Engagement, Diversity Action Teams (DATs), Diversity & Cultural Competence Education, Emerging Markets Initiative, Health Equity, Inclusion Advocates, Language Services, Leadership Development, Supplier Diversity and Talent Acquisition.
In his previous role, Mr. Gonzalez served as the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for Baystate Health in Springfield, MA from November 2012 to June 2015. He provided direction to the Office of Diversity & Inclusion where he led the strategic initiatives system wide that included: Business Employee Resource Groups (BERGs), Diversity Council, Leadership Development Initiative, Diversity & Cultural Competence Education, Supplier Diversity and New England’s premier Diversity Conference.
Mr. Gonzalez served as the Director, Diversity & Community Outreach and Interim Supplier Diversity Director at Cleveland Clinic Health System from February 2007 to October 2012. He provided direction to the Office of Diversity & Inclusion where he led the strategic initiatives system wide that included: Employee Resource Groups, Diversity Councils, Language Enrichment and Supplier Diversity Programs and Community Outreach initiatives.
Mr. Gonzalez has worked in the community based sector providing leadership as Executive Director for Hispanic Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program (UMADAOP), a chemical dependency prevention, intervention and treatment agency from October 1994 to December 2004. He also led efforts as the Executive Director of El Barrio, a workforce development agency that serves the Hispanic/Latino community in the Near West Side of Cleveland from January 2005 to February 2007.
Mr. Gonzalez holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Cleveland State University and a Master’s Degree in Education with a concentration on Community Agency Counseling from Cleveland State University. He also completed the certification program at Cornell University’s Industrial and Labor Relations Department and earned a Cornell Certified Diversity Practitioner/Advanced Practitioner (CCDP/AP) certification.
Mr. Gonzalez serves on the national boards of the following organizations: American Heart/Stroke Association’s Diversity Leadership Committee and Health Equity Taskforce, member of the National Forum for Latino Healthcare Executives (NFLHE) and the American Leadership Council for Diversity in Healthcare (ALCDH). He also serves on the following local boards: Employ Milwaukee-the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board (MAWIB), Junior Achievement, La Causa, Inc., Nativity Jesuit Academy and Waukesha County Land Conservancy.
Mr. Gonzalez is a graduate of Cleveland Public Schools, a 2004 German Marshall Fund Fellow, an alumnus of: Esperanza (Cleveland, OH), Cleveland Bridge Builder’s Flagship Program, Leadership Cleveland and Next Generation Executive Leadership Program (The Partnership, Inc. based in Boston, MA).
Dr. Andrew Lee
Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
WellStar Health System (GA)
Dr. Andrew H. Lee is the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for WellStar Health System, which is the largest health system in the state of Georgia with multiple Level 1 Trauma networks and more than 25,000 employees. As WellStar’s chief executive leader of equity, diversity and inclusion, Andrew is responsible for the development and execution of the system-wide strategic diversity and inclusion approach which differentiates WellStar in the competitive healthcare market. To this end, he implements leading-edge and next-generation diversity and inclusion, health equity and community engagement strategies to progress the organization’s diversity management capability and regional presence as a diversity thought leader.
Before WellStar Health System, Andrew was the vice president and chief diversity officer for Advocate Health Care. Advocate is the largest health system in Illinois with more than 35,000 associates, including 6,300 affiliated physicians and nearly 10,000 nurses.
Andrew has been recognized for his work in health care by Fortune 50 corporations, as he is actively engaged in many philanthropic and community-based organizations supporting numerous charitable initiatives. He is a board member for Diversity MBA Magazine, a national leadership publication partnering with diverse managers, executives in leadership, developing professionals, students, and the business community. He has been involved with Chicago United, an organization that promotes multiracial leadership in business to advance economic opportunity, and was an advisory member of the Illinois Department of Human Rights. In addition, Andrew’s strong passion for community service led to his recognition as a Top 40 Under 40 Leader from San Diego Metropolitan magazine, acknowledging business leaders and professionals making an impact in multicultural communities. Recently, he was recognized as a Top Executive Leader from Diversity MBA Magazine.
Andrew is a regular advisor and speaker at The Forum on Workplace Inclusion hosted by the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, MN, and has taught as a visiting lecturer at University of California, Berkeley, and American College of Healthcare Executives. Andrew earned a doctorate degree in organizational psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, and completed two master’s degree programs: University of Southern California Master of Health Administration and University of San Diego Master of Clinical Psychology.
Chief Diversity Officer & VP
Johns Hopkins Medicine (MD)
James E. Page, Jr. is the Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President of Johns Hopkins Medicine, overseeing all diversity and inclusion policy and planning across multiple hospitals, health care groups, and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
Since arriving at Johns Hopkins in 2014, James has overseen an increase of women in senior leadership positions from 44% to 55%, has launched the Center for Transgender Health, and has contributed to a marked statistical improvement of employee engagement and positive diversity perspectives across all 13 entities within Johns Hopkins Medicine.
As a result of his leadership, Johns Hopkins Medicine received the 2017 Innovations in Diversity and Inclusion award from Profiles in Diversity Journal, which also awarded James its 2018 Diversity Leader Award. James has further been recognized with the 2017 Senior Executive award from the National Association of Healthcare Executives and the National Diversity Council’s DiversityChampion award.
An expert on large-scale diversity operations in business, health care, and higher education, James served on the Corporate Advisory Committee for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the Disparities in Healthcare subcommittee, and former Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell’s Workforce Investment Board Leadership Council. In a gesture that was personally moving to him, James was ceremonially honored for his work by Congressman Mel Watt, who presented James with an American flag that had flown over the Capitol Building.
A disciple of the late Thurmond Woodard, a pioneer of diversity and ethics, James has built a distinguished reputation working with some of the most prestigious companies and health systems in the world. His prior work garnered Dell, Inc. the Top Innovator in Global Diversity award, while his groundbreaking programs for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital led to its selection by Diversity, Inc. as one of the nation’s top four health systems for diversity.
James has been featured on NPR, as well as in Insights into Diversity, The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, and Becker’s Hospital Review. He also was a contributor to the Prentice Hall casebook, Public Speaking in the Age of Diversity.
An engineer by training, James brings an analytic, quantifiable approach to diversity and inclusion, designing programs that foster employee engagement, boost productivity, and yield tangible returns on investment while furthering the goals of equity and mutual understanding. James holds an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Technology from Purdue University.
VP, HR Operations
Sanford Health (ND)
arren is the Vice President of Human Resources Operations at Sanford Health. Darren has over 18 years of experience in the healthcare industry working for highly integrated delivery systems and medical groups. In addition to his Human Resource responsibilities, Darren has over 10 years of experience in organizational and leadership development. He is a trained facilitator with vast experience training some of the best curriculum available from Franklin Covey, Vital Smarts, Partners in Leadership, Studer Group and Development Dimensions International (DDI). Darren is a member of the John Maxwell Team, certified as a coach, trainer and facilitator. He has used this background to design and develop organization-specific leadership development and employee experience programs, which have yielded remarkable results. Darren is an influential leader in healthcare and Human Resources, as well as within his community. Darren earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Utah, and master’s degree in Organization Management from the University of Phoenix in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Aurora Health Care (WI)
Troy is the Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Aurora Health Care headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Aurora is an integrated health care provider serving communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. With a comprehensive array of health care resources and access points, Aurora has a broad portfolio of offerings from primary and specialty care, to hospitals, pharmacies, laboratories and home care. Aurora has more than 200 locations and is Wisconsin’s largest private employer with more than 35,000 employees and Providers.
In his role, Troy provides strategic direction and oversight of both a system-wide human resources business partner function and a vibrant employee health organization. He leads a team to ensure effective application of strategic human capital programs, workforce solutions, tools and best practices to anticipate business needs and identify creative solutions to meet those needs. Troy has 20 years of human resources leadership experience in multiple industries including consumer products and durable goods. He has a passion for growing and developing leaders to maximize their impact on the business.
Troy has a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and master’s in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the State of Wisconsin Habitat for Humanity organization.
Medical Director, Clinic Services, Physician Wellbeing and Leadership Development
Sanford Health (SD)
Craig Uthe, MD, AAFP, ASAM, has been a Family Physician in Sioux Falls, South Dakota with Sanford Health for over 25 years. Currently, he is Sanford’s Medical Director of Clinic Services, Physician Wellbeing and Leadership Development assisting over 1300 Sanford physicians and over 900 Sanford Advanced Practice Providers. Dr. Uthe is Program Director for Sanford’s nationally acclaimed executive/physician leadership development program Leading the Way. Dr. Uthe is an Associate Professor in Family Practice at the USD Sanford School of Medicine serving as the medical school’s official Student Well-being Coach. He also serves the state of South Dakota as Medical Advisor of the SD Health Professionals Assistance Program (HPAP), a program that oversees healthcare professionals with addiction illnesses. Dr. Uthe has certification in Myers-Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI) and Hogan Assessment and utilizes these resources in his on-going work.
VP & CLO
Texas Health Resources (TX)
Daniel Gandarilla serves as Vice President and Chief Learning Officer (CLO) for Texas Health Resources. In this capacity he is responsible for the strategic oversight of leadership and management development initiatives, clinical and business education programs, continuing medical education programs, the medical libraries and other education and training initiatives provided to the organization through Texas Health Resources University (THRU).
Daniel originally joined THRU in 2012 as the manager of strategic organizational development and was promoted to director of talent and team development later that year. He has been engaged in multiple strategic projects such as leading the Education Advancement Program, a set of initiatives aimed at increasing quality and access while decreasing duplication and variation of education content and processes throughout the system. Through this effort Daniel has centralized the instructional design, learning management system, and clinical education functions. He is on track to both improve efficiencies and quality while reducing costs by nearly $3.0 million dollars over two years. Providing leadership and integrating processes, he has helped grow the Texas Health Leadership Continuity and Growth Program, served on the High Reliability Education Implementation Committee, helped design and implement the Physician’s Lead program, a best in class leadership development program for employed and affiliated physicians. He has also overseen an effort to create a just in time online career development portal for employees which allows for 24/7 access to tool and resources for all staff. Most recently the continuing medical education and medical libraries team joined THRU as a means to continue an interprofessional journey to build competence for the entire care team and receive Joint Accreditation for continuing education in Health Care Professions.
Daniel has more than 15 years of experience in learning and education and holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in education from Stanford University, a master’s degree in business administration from Texas Christian University (TCU) and currently has all but his dissertation to complete his doctorate in educational leadership from TCU.
Daniel currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Tarrant Area Food Bank. In addition, he has served on the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District (ISD) Leadership Academy, and Arlington ISD and Arlington Chamber’s Champion Education Committee.
When not at work, Daniel enjoys spending time with his family including his wife Juliana, and daughters Zayla and Mila.
Chief Talent & Transformation Officer
Lakeland Health (MI)
Norma Tirado is Lakeland HealthCare’s Vice President of Human Resources, Information Technology, Organizational Transformation, and Chief Talent and Transformation Officer. She joined Lakeland on February 1, 2010. A graduate of Marquette University with a degree in Foreign Languages and Literature, Norma also holds an Executive Master’s degree in Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is currently a doctoral candidate in Healthcare Administration at Central Michigan University.
Since arriving here with her family 8 years ago, Norma has felt very welcomed in the community and wanted to give back. She first became involved with the Promise Zone Foundation and The First Tee of Benton Harbor, and from there she has joined the boards of several other organizations. Currently, she is the President of the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors. In her tenure as president, she was instrumental in starting the collaboration between the SMSO and the Boys and Girls club by supporting the creation of the Music Makers program, a program to teach kids how to play symphonic instruments. She is a board member of Cornerstone Alliance, where she chairs the Governance Committee. Norma has served on the Executive Committee of the Senior PGA for the past 5 years and is Board Member of the Michigan Great Southwest Strategic Leadership Council, where she chairs the Leadership Accelerator, a leadership program she helped create.
Norma is an active member of the Southwest Michigan community and has received the Ally of the Year Award from the Outcenterreceived the Ally of the Year Award from the Outcenter in Benton Harbor. In 2015 Norma was selected by the readers of Healthcare IT News as one of the 2015 H.I.T. Men & Women of the year, and has led an IT team that has won the most prestigious Healthcare IT Awards in the country: HIMSS7, Davies Award of Excellence and Most Wired. In her tenure at Lakeland she has worked with Dr. Hamel and her colleagues to create a culture of Love and Compassion guided by Love as a Strategy.
Stanford Health Care (CA)
David joined Stanford in January of 2017. He is responsible for creating a human capital strategy and HR function capability to drive the performance and execution of Stanford Healthcare’s business imperatives and growth agenda. David leads the HR function and is also a member of the senior leadership team where he plays a vital role in developing business strategies, and ensuring the high performance of the team and the organization.
David has more than 30 years of experience and expertise in human resources in the health care, financial services and e-commerce industries, including executive oversight for human capital strategy development, HR service delivery transformation, organizational and leadership effectiveness, workforce planning, strategic talent management, workforce engagement, and performance management.
David was most recently with Kaiser Permanente as Vice President, Information Technology Human Resources. Previously, he was the Chief HR Officer of Health Care Services Corporation, the parent company for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois, New Mexico, Texas, and Nebraska, with nearly 20,000 employees in seven states, and more than $15 billion in annual revenues. Prior to that, David was Senior Vice President, and Chief HR Officer for Bon Secours Health System, a nine-state, 30,000-employee Catholic Health System, where he led the creation of an enterprise HR strategy and a national HR service delivery platform. David was also Chief HR Officer for Ameritrade during its hyper-growth era and led the recruitment of executive leadership and technology talent to support Ameritrade’s aggressive e-commerce business strategies.
David holds a Master's Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from West Virginia University, and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and as an internal consultant in managing organization change. A popular conference speaker, David has lectured audiences across the country and globally on such topics as human resources strategy, change management, and human resources transformation. He has also written numerous published articles on related topics and is a contributing author of two books.
Memorial Hermann (TX)
As Vice President of Human Resources, Marcie Atchison is responsible for providing strategic HR leadership and executing HR strategy for Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Miller Women’s & Children's Hospital and Community Medical Center in support of the overall strategic direction of MemorialCare. She has significant experience developing labor strategy to include successfully managing labor campaigns, union negotiations, strike planning and management and post labor management reconciliation. Her responsibilities also include the development, implementation, administration and communication of HR policies and procedures. In addition, she develops strategies for employee relations, workforce reduction, OD, total rewards and talent management. A large focus of her role is on building a high performance, high accountability leadership culture as well as the application and use of LEAN principles to HR Operations.
Prior to joining MemorialCare, she held various HR Executive roles, most recently as Sr. Vice President, HR, for a private for-profit behavioral system organization based in the Bay Area with over 8 facilities located in 8 states. Prior to this, she served as Vice President HR/CHRO for St. Joseph Mercy Hospitals (Ann Arbor, MI), a five hospital health system of Trinity Health. In addition to serving as an HR Executive, she has practiced Employment and Labor Law in the state of Michigan.
Marcie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Education, a Master of Arts degree in Human Resource Management and a Law degree from the Michigan State University College of Law.
President & Co-Founder
Leanne Oatman, President and Co-Founder of RightSourcing is recognized within the healthcare industry as a Visionary, Pioneer, and Strategist. In 2001, Leanne embarked upon a groundbreaking endeavor to bring to healthcare and universities Managed Service Programs for the contingent workforce segment of the industry. Today she oversees all aspects of industry leading RightSourcing. Leanne has successfully guided more than 250 integrated delivery networks, hospitals, and academic institutions to successfully address their workforce challenges by minimizing their risk and simultaneously increasing efficiency and decreasing cost. She is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and published author. Leanne’s status as an industry leader has been acknowledged by numerous awards, including recently being identified by Staffing Industry Analyst as one of the top 100 most influential people within the staffing industry.
SVP, Managed Service Providers & Strategic Accounts
Jim Davis has more than 25 years of experience in strategic talent acquisition within the staffing industry at some of the largest and most recognized firms. He is skilled in the deployment and operational management of highly complex, multi-country Managed Services Provider (MSP) outsourced solutions. (NA, MX, EMEA, APAC). Under Jim Davis' executive leadership and direction, HealthTrust has become the nation’s largest provider of healthcare MSP solutions with more than $1 billion in MSP spend. The program includes contingent labor program management for the nation's top three largest for-profit hospital systems.
In addition he has expertise in large strategic account sales and management, technology solutions sales and delivery, P&L ownership and management, as well as Professional Services staffing and recruiting.
CEO & Founder
Yves Lermusi (aka Lermusiaux) is CEO & founder of Checkster. Checkster is a Career and Talent Checkup tool. Mr. Lermusi founded Checkster after 7 years at Taleo (TLEO) as President of Taleo Research. Prior to Taleo, Mr. Lermusi founded iLogos (acquired by Taleo) and held several positions in research and consulting organizations in Europe. Mr. Lermusi is a well known public speaker and a Career and Talent industry commentator. He is often quoted in the leading business media worldwide, including Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Business Week, and Time Magazine. His articles and commentary are published regularly in online publications and business magazines. Mr. Lermusi was named one of the “100 Most Influential People in the Recruiting Industry” and his blog has been recognized as the best third party blog. Mr. Lermusi earned a degree in Physics and Philosophy, and has a diploma in Economics from the University of Brussels and from the University of London.
Founder and CEO
Peter Louch is the founder and CEO of Vemo, a leading supplier of cloud-based workforce planning and predictive analytics software and services.
Mr. Louch has over fifteen years of experience in the workforce planning and analytics space and has served as a subject matter expert for many of the world’s largest and most interesting organizations. Mr. Louch also serves as a guest lecturer on predictive analytics and workforce planning theory at Wharton and Claremont Graduate University.
As founder of Vemo, Mr. Louch works with customer executive teams and ensures Vemo’s road map is geared to provide ideal solutions to the highest impact customer problems. Mr. Louch also works with select global customers and industry leaders to provide consulting/advisory services and build requirements for complex engagements.
Prior to founding Vemo, Mr. Louch led the Talent Value Management practice area of Right Management Consultants and The Empower Group, divisions of Manpower. In this role, Mr. Louch led major engagements with technology, professional services, pharmaceutical and public sector organizations and developed the Talent Value Management methodology to apply supply chain concepts to human resource planning and management. Prior to Right/Empower, Mr. Louch held successive sales and leadership positions with the Advertising & Communications division of TMP Worldwide. Prior to TMP, Mr. Louch held roles within both technology and consumer products startups.
Mr. Louch graduated with high honors from University of California at Berkeley with a degree in Astrophysics.
Chief Operating Officer
Impact4Health, LLC (a subsidiary of InclusionINC)
Dr. Maria Hernandez is a thought leader in health equity, population health and pay for success initiatives designed to address the upstream social determinants of health among vulnerable populations. As President of Impact4Health, a wholly owned subsidiary of InclusionINC, Maria currently leads the Alameda County Pay for Success Asthma Initiative which is testing the feasibility of reducing asthma related emergencies using health education and proven home based environmental interventions for children. Maria’s ground breaking efforts in Pay For Success Initiatives led her to attend a recent White House’ Office of Social Innovation and Civic Engagement convening on expanding the use of Pay for Success Initiatives.
Maria holds a doctorate in community psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and is an American Psychological Association Minority Fellow and Danforth Fellow. Maria is currently a Board of Trustee Member for the Alameda Health System and a Board of Director for AAA Mountain West Group, one of the largest clubs in the federation.
A first-generation Latina, born and raised in Southern California, Maria is bicultural and fluent in Spanish.
SVP & CHRO
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (TN)
Carol Ross-Spang is SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. She joined Methodist in 2000 as vice president of Human Resources and was promoted to her current role in 2001. In 2003, she was awarded the Methodist Healthcare Sherard Award as Executive of the Year for her work in leading the organization's human capital strategies.
Prior to joining Methodist, Ms. Ross-Spang held a variety of human resources positions at Harrah's Entertainment, Inc., The Promus Companies and Holiday Corporation. She received both a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. As a student, she was awarded the President’s Distinguished Service Award for academic and student leadership.
Ms. Ross-Spang currently serves on the Boards for WKNO, Memphis & Shelby County Crime Commission, WGU Tennessee and the Germantown Performing Arts Center. She recently completed her term on the Boards for Shelby Farms Park Conservancy and the New Memphis Institute. She is a graduate of Leadership Memphis (Class of 1999) and an active member of senior human resource executive groups through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the Healthcare Leader’s Board and Press Ganey’s CHRO Advisory Council. Ms. Ross-Spang received Memphis Business Journal’s “Super Women in Business” award in 2013 and the Great Place To Work organization’s “Great Place To Work For All 2018 Leadership Award”.
Ms. Ross-Spang and her husband Mike moved to Memphis in 1978. They have two children: Matt Ross-Spang, Owner, Sound Engineer & Producer, Southern Grooves Productions in Memphis, and Allison Ross-Spang, Company Manager for Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina.
Patricia Golden Webb
EVP and CAO / CHRO
Catholic Health Initiatives (CO)
Patricia Golden Webb is Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer/ Chief Human Resources Officer for Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), one of the nation’s largest health systems with more than 98,000 employees and operates in 17 states comprising 100 hospitals, 30 critical access facilities, community health services organizations; an accredited nursing college, and home health agencies. CHI has $22 billion in assets and $15.5 billion in annual operating revenues. In this role, Webb is responsible for CHI’s people strategy, diversity & inclusion, and marketing and communications.
Previously, Webb served in senior executive roles at Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA; UMass Memorial Health Care, Worcester, MA; Wake Med, Raleigh, NC; and University Medical Center, Jacksonville, FL. Her leadership roles as a healthcare executive and board member with several organizations have afforded her the opportunity to impact change at all levels.
Webb is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and a former National President of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE). She presently serves on the Mercy Health Network board in Iowa, and is chair of CHI Foundation board, and chairs Centura Health board in Denver, CO. Webb was recently selected by Savoy magazine as one of the Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America.
Webb holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Florida A&M University and a Master’s in Business and Human Resources Management from the University of North Florida.
Christal Morris is the Vice President of Human Resources for University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and is responsible for the International, Corporate and Enterprise divisions, as well as Talent Management and HR Compliance across UPMC’s 80,000 employees. She leads a team of 50 and uses her servant leadership style to bring the “Human” back into Human Resources.
Prior to this role, she served as Global Head of Inclusion, Diversity and Talent for Willis Towers Watson, based out of Atlanta, GA. Christal was responsible for developing and implementing inclusion and diversity efforts for over 40,000 associates located in more than 120 countries. Her portfolio included broadening leadership accountability for diversity through targeted visible leadership commitment; enhancing the focus on a global mindset through the delivery of diversity and inclusion courses to address Unconscious Bias and cross-cultural competence, as well as work-life flexibility programs.
Christal has extensive knowledge and experience in both M&A work and developing professional development programs for large organizations. Prior to Willis Towers Watson, she was Director of Diversity for Ernst & Young, Regional Director of Talent, HR and Diversity for Time Warner Cable, Director of Recruitment and Training for Ascent Media; and a leading professional with Intel’s University Merger & Acquisitions team. She has also owned and operated a leadership and diversity consulting practice for several years.
Christal has a Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership, a Master’s degree in Organizational Management and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. She also completed an Executive Leadership Development Program at UCLA for high potential leaders.
Box of Crayons
Evan is a coach, change consultant and advisor, having worked with organizations for more than 20 years to imagine, create and deploy new ways to work, in a career divided between major roles in corporations and external consulting. His favourite work helps leaders grow and shape themselves to lead successful organizational transformations, bringing reformation, change, learning injections and discoveries of new ways. As an engineer, he works with people to determine what’s important to measure — and how to go about creating important results; as a humanist, he helps those within the organization engage, adapt, discover and invent the new futures they’ll inhabit. He loves asking questions that help workshop participants and leaders dig deeper.
Evan’s functional and corporate global leadership positions with past employers have included engineering/IT for a F50 aerospace/ technology firm, strategy for a major US regional bank and quality for several chemical companies. He has been an early-stage manager in several start-ups, worked as a researcher at Harvard Kennedy School, and supported several nonprofits in the delivery of solutions and services against critical social challenges. In addition to Box of Crayons, he’s certified in several coaching and leadership development programs, including The Leadership Circle and Total Leadership, and has worked with high-potential leaders within several university executive-education programs. He holds an MBA from Yale’s School of Organization and Management.
When he’s not working, Evan enjoys running, hiking and fitness; travel and cooking with his family; and gaming/music appreciation with his college-age, guitar-playing son. He grew up in western Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh, and currently lives near New York City.
Vidant Health (NC)
John A Marques SPHR, SHRM SCP is an HR leader with experience in consumer products, direct to consumer marketing (e-commerce and catalog), specialty retail, technology startups and healthcare. John has over forty years of strategic HR leadership experience working as a member of the executive leadership team in public and privately held companies, equity investor owned organizations and academic healthcare systems.
John is the Chief Human Resources Officer at Vidant Health, an academic health system located in eastern North Carolina. The system includes over 12,000 employees and has eight hospitals, over 90 ambulatory practices with over 400 providers. Vidant serves 1.4 million people in a primarily rural 29-county area. John is a member of the health system senior leadership team and is responsible for delivering HR strategies that lead to the accomplishment of Vidant’s overall strategies and goals.
John leads all aspects of human resources for Vidant including talent acquisition, total rewards, leadership and organization development, team member engagement and experience, human resources technology and wellness and wellbeing.
John has a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Emerson College, Boston, Massachusetts and a Master of Science in Communication from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.
Director, Healthcare Solutions
Select International, a PSI Company
Bryan leads the healthcare team at Select International. He coordinates the efforts of the organization’s consulting and research teams to build and deliver talent measurement tools for some of the country’s top health systems. He especially enjoys working with Select International’s clients on executive and physician leadership selection and development projects. Previously, he served as Vice President and Corporate Counsel for the consulting division of Zimmer Orthopaedics, working with hospital leaders on service line strategy and physician-hospital alignment. Prior to that, he was a practicing healthcare and employment law attorney.
Dr. Julie Oehlert
Chief Experience Officer
Vidant Health (NC)
Dr. Oehlert has over three decades worth of expertise and wisdom gathered from a life of working in health care. She started her career as a nurse aide at the age of 14 and has served in a variety of clinical, operational, consultative, and strategic roles. Her clinical practice is in Emergency Trauma, and she achieved her Doctorate of Nursing in Health Innovation and Leadership. She is a perpetual student of design thinking and culture disruption and currently serves as the Chief Experience Officer for Vidant Health and is adjunct faculty at Eastern Carolina College of Nursing. In her current role, Dr. Oehlert is strategically responsible for the experience and culture at Vidant Health. This includes: patient experience, team member experience, physician experience and burnout, equity and inclusion for patients and team members, and workplace safety, as well as areas that contribute to positive culture.
Senior Director for Client Relations
Felix Sablan is Senior Director for Client Relations at CAEL. Felix focuses on strategic growth and customer satisfaction with corporate partners. Prior to joining CAEL, Felix held numerous leadership roles in higher-education to include: VP of National Development for Global Health Education, Assistant National Director of Strategic Alliances at Excelsior College, and National Business Development at Apollo Education Group. He recently operated his own consulting firm focusing on helping businesses with cultural alignment and growth strategies. Felix has an insatiable passion for helping under-represented communities find access to education, workforce readiness, and career/life success. He founded and developed Islander Elevation, which is a mobile application supporting 1.2 million Pacific Islanders living in the U.S. with career and economic advancement. He is currently on the Selected Services Board for the State of California and serves on several boards that advocate for cultural preservation, workforce readiness, and community empowerment. Felix received his Bachelors in Business and his MBA from the University of Phoenix. He is currently pursuing an inclusion and diversity credential in unconscious bias.
Senior Director, Client Relations
Gabriel focuses on strategic growth and customer satisfaction with corporate partners. Prior to joining CAEL, Gabriel spent over 12 years in higher education, primarily focusing on adult learning and workforce development. Most recently, Gabriel developed and led the corporate, association and government partnership team at Excelsior College as the National Director of Strategic Alliances.
Gabriel received his Bachelors in Business from Bryant & Stratton College and his MBA from Sage Graduate School of Management in Albany, New York. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate at Northeastern University, where his proposed area of research will focus on identifying correlations between competency based education programs and employee performance in the workplace.