Chris Bjorling | President | Fidello Training Technologies
Chris founded Fidello in 1987 and he brings over 28 years of experience in consulting and solutions development in the area of performance improvement and human resource development. A strength of Chris' is his ability to identify and address the unique needs of each individual client and help them design and deliver human resource solutions that give them a competitive advantage in their marketplace. He has helped his clients create or modify systems designed to attract, develop, reward, and retain individuals who can meet the organizations high standards of strategic performance while enhancing their culture.
He designed and initially developed Fidello's HR Web™ product line. HR Web is Fidello's internet based software system used by customers worldwide. This system is modular in its design with modules supporting; competency assessment, managerial review, gap analysis, learning resource identification, developmental planning, ascension and succession planning, performance management, organizational assessment and reporting, 360 degree assessments, learning management, and much more.
Over the years Chris brought his experience to help enable his clients to succeed. A partial list of his clients is: Xerox, Avon, EDS, the United Nations, United States Army, United States Air Force, United States Marines, United States Navy, Department of Veteran Affairs, 3M, Home Box Office, Aveda, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Harley-Davidson, Johnson & Johnson, University of Calgary, Amgen and many more.
Chris is a graduate of Brigham Young University. He resides in Upstate New York with his wife Heidi and their seven children. Chris is active in his community participating in a variety of community based organizations.
Jack Morehouse | Co-Founder & Vice Chairman | Perceptyx, Inc.
Jack is the co-founder of one of the fastest growing employee listening companies in the market. The author of the Perceptyx engagement approach, Jack's background in consulting, leadership training, process improvement and development informs and enhances the intuitive design of Perceptyx™ systems. Perceptyx has now touched millions of employees in almost every industry in over 80 countries with astounding results. Using the speed and reach of the most powerful employee listening platform available, companies large and small continue to switch to Perceptyx for positive organizational alignment in the employee experience and the resulting transformational gains for employees and their organization.
Shirley Engelmeier | CEO | InclusionINC
For nearly two decades, Shirley has advised Fortune 500 companies on creating inclusive, high performance leaders and enterprises. Prior to founding InclusionINC, Shirley held senior management positions in global consumer product organizations Brown & Williamson and Frito-Lay. She is one of the leading pioneers around workplace initiatives that improve business results through employee engagement and inclusion.
In Engelmeier’s latest book, Becoming an Inclusive Leader, she addresses the new leadership skills, experience and tools necessary to succeed in an increasingly diverse and participative workforce that will generate positive business results globally.
Since founding InclusionINC, she has introduced significant corporate training, leadership development, strategic business constructs (such as the Key Employee Demographics Required For Growth™ (KEDRG), customized web-based assessments, strategic and customized metrics and solutions for Learning Over Time®.
She is a frequent speaker at national HR, leadership, workplace and business strategy conferences in the US and abroad.
A highly regarded business strategist, Shirley has consulted with C-Suite executives globally on workplace Initiatives across a broad range of industries that include Cargill, PetSmart, Hershey’s, ESPN, Denny's/Advantica, 3M, Caterpillar, U.S. Bank, JM Smucker and others.
Shirley earned her B.S. degree from the University of Minnesota and resides with her family in Minneapolis.
Anthony Dinkins | SVP, HR | Fiesta Restaurant Group
Mr. Dinkins is a highly accomplished human resources professional with more than 25 years of experience working at leading organizations across multiple industries. Prior to his current role as SVP, HR for Fiesta Restaurant Group he served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Cable & Wireless Communications (C&W) where he was responsible for all aspects of Human Resources, Payroll, and Health & Safety for 7,500 employees in 26 countries. Prior to joining C&W, he held a number of senior human resources positions for well-known companies such as Carnival Corporation, Citrix Systems and Avaya and Lucent Technologies.
John Bruce | President & COO | Performex
As a Mechanical Engineer, John Bruce experienced firsthand the journey from technical professional to real leader. Throughout his career at Hitachi and Kimberly-Clark, John grew from individual contributor to corporate leader, and he developed a passion for coaching others along the way. From the early years developing production employees to recruiting and coaching engineers in the corporate headquarters to transforming the culture of his manufacturing facilities as plant manager, John was involved in leadership at every level.
In 2014, John joined Performex as President and Chief Operating Officer, following his passion for helping others become great leaders. Applying real-world experience from his own development path, John enjoys coaching, facilitating Performex® leadership programs, and speaking nationally on topics including Neuroscience, Emotional Intelligence and communication.
Josh Bradbury | Chief Sales Officer | Fuel50
Josh is a veteran sales executive with more than 18 years experience successfully building and growing sales organizations. At Fuel50, Josh leads the sales organization and is responsible for driving sales strategy and growth. He holds a Computer Science degree from Georgia Tech. Prior to Fuel50, Josh was in sales leadership positions at Bluescape (a Haworth company), GoPago (an Amazon company), PTC, IBM and Rational Software.
Matthew Owenby | SVP, CHRO | Aflac
Matthew Owenby joined Aflac in 2012 as vice president of HR Business Partners, bringing with him more than a decade of HR experience at Bank of America and General Electric. In May 2015, he was appointed to his current position as senior vice president; chief human resources officer, where he executes on Aflac’s global initiatives while providing strategic direction for both the Human Resources and Leadership, Learning & Development teams.
While at Aflac, Matthew has been honored with prestigious awards, including ranking No. 1 in the Top Corporate Leader category of the 2016 Leadership Excellence Award, as well as being named the Silver Stevie honoree of the 2016 American Business Award and the Gold winner of the 2015 Best in Biz Awards, both in the HR Executive of the Year category.
Matthew earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Georgia State University and a Master of Business Administration from Mercer University. He is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management.
Ramona Ivy | VP, Health Integration | Catholic Charities USA
Ramona Ivy currently serves as Chief Health Integration Officer with Catholic Charities USA. She earned a Masters of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh and has worked extensively in hospital, managed care and community based healthcare settings. Supporting statewide integrated health initiatives, Ramona served as principal proposal writer for a managed Medicaid network and developed a CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation practice transformation proposal, which was awarded $18.3 million in 2015.
In addition to healthcare operations, academic and federal contracting experience Ramona worked with IBM as a Technical Writer, reviewing and editing project deliverables for submission to the CMS Center for Program Integrity.
As a nonprofit leader, she is actively involved in organizational change management in the form of team and coalition building and improving team cohesion by teaching effective verbal and nonverbal communication techniques.
Currently, Ramona supports Catholic Charities USA’s integrated health and nutrition initiatives across the US and its territories. In this roles she provides training, technical assistance and consultation by hosting webinars, conferences and conducting onsite visits. In addition, Ramona leads efforts in developing a nationwide holistically integrated healthcare and housing model that with hospital systems and physician practice networks to improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations.
Tony Bridwell | Chief People Officer | RYAN LLC
Tony Bridwell is a highly-recognized thought leader in corporate culture, learning and development, and human resources with more than 25 years of global leadership expertise inspiring, motivating, and empowering employees to realize their highest potential. In his current role as Chief People Officer for RYAN LLC, a global leader in tax services, he leads the global human resource practice. His focus is on enhancing, communicating, and driving Ryan’s award-winning culture to support the Firm’s strategic vision while gaining greater competitive advantage by attracting, developing, and retaining the most talented tax professionals and associates in the industry. Ryan is an award-winning organization and has been recently recognized as One of the 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials by FORTUNE. Additional awards include: One of the 2018 Best Workplaces in Consulting and Professional Services by FORTUNE, One of the World’s Top Companies for HR by Workforce Magazine, Named to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution Workplaces List, and Named to the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work for List.
In his most recent role as a senior partner for the global consulting firm, Partners in Leadership, he worked with some of the top organizations in the world helping maximize their cultures to meet and exceed business objectives and deliver greater shareholder value. As the former Chief People Officer of Brinker International, Mr. Bridwell led a global team in support of more than 60,000 people. His work transforming the Brinker culture to the next level garnered him the highest acclaim and recognition from his peers in the industry. He is an accomplished author, speaker and consultant in the work of purpose and culture and brings hands-on experience as a practitioner of maximizing high-functioning cultures. Mr. Bridwell was selected the 2015 HR Executive of the Year by Dallas HR (the local SHRM affiliate) and won the 2015 Strategic Leadership Award from Strategic Excellence HR.
Tony has been a facilitator and featured speaker for organizations within North America, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Italy, Belgium, Egypt, China, Thailand, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Leaders seek and thrive on his high energy and captivating style. Aside from presenting and facilitating summits and keynotes for organizations, he has been the featured speaker for multiple conferences and associations, including the CHRO Exchange, Dallas HR (SHRM), the HRSouthwest Conference, ATD San Diego, and the California Restaurant Association. Tony has also worked with executive leaders at some of the world’s most acclaimed organizations, such as Halliburton, Citibank, Baxter Healthcare, Coca-Cola,
Morton’s Steakhouse, Whirlpool, OG&E, the Centers for Disease Control, and many more well-known international organizations.
Tony is the author of several articles and three books, The Difference Maker, A Simple Fable About Making A Difference In The Life of Others (August 2013) and The Kingmaker, A Leadership Story of Integrity and Purpose (June 2016) and The Newsmaker, A Leadership Story of Honor and Love (February 2018) .
Chris Whaley | Vice President and Head of HR | Phillips Monitoring & Analytics and Therapeutic
Chris Whaley is Vice-President and Head of HR for the Philips Monitoring & Analytics and Therapeutic Care businesses, part of one of the leading companies in the global health care medical device and solutions space. In his current role, Chris leads HR for several thousand employees in the United States, Germany, China and other countries in roles ranging from operations and R&D to medical doctors and clinical scientists. He has lead physical and virtual global teams in the areas of HR (organizational effectiveness, talent management, culture, engagement, performance management, change management, M&A integration etc.), business transformation and process improvement. His 20+ years of experience range from start-up public service to high-volume/low-margin consumer goods and global medical/health technology solutions. He holds degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Industrial Engineering along with a 6-sigma Black Belt and PMI certification as a Project Management Professional.
Wayne Wall | CEO | Flimp Communications
Wayne Wall is founder and CEO of Flimp Communications, a provider of customized video content and employee engagement solutions for corporate HR and internal communications teams. Flimp works with over 400 corporations throughout North America and the UK. During his 25 years as an entrepreneur, Wayne has started and built a number of successful technology and service solution companies engaged in digital communications, video marketing, online publishing, agricultural biotech, and mine land reclamation.
Greg Hare | Shareholder | Ogletree Deakins
Greg Hare has been an employment lawyer at Ogletree Deakins for his entire career, since 1991. He assists companies with human resources and employment-related litigation matters, including wrongful termination claims, sexual harassment, employment discrimination, employment contracts, trade secrets, and non-compete agreements. He advises clients on a wide range of human resources topics, such as employee discipline and discharge, severance planning, independent contractor classifications, wage payment, family and medical leave, disability law, military leave, joint employment issues, affirmative action and reductions in force.
Greg also counsels clients on traditional labor relations matters involving union avoidance, decertification, strike contingency planning, double-breasting, grievance administration and arbitration, collective bargaining, unfair labor practice litigation, and other matters involving the National Labor Relations Board, including “protected concerted activity” cases. Mr. Hare encourages companies to develop proactive human resources strategies that are designed to minimize exposure to costly litigation and disputes. This commonly includes conducting comprehensive employment law compliance audits, employment policy design and review, management training and counseling, and simulated problem solving workshops. Greg’s diverse practice cuts across multiple disciplines within the labor & employment law specialty area, but generally can be subdivided into five broad categories: Human Resources Advice, Employment Litigation, Traditional Labor, Unfair Competition/Business Divorces/Non-Competition Cases and Franchise/Distributor Disputes: representing companies in disputes with franchisees and distributors, where claims commonly include wrongful termination of relationship, breach of contract, and unfair business practices, allegedly in violation of federal and state statutes.
Greg has a B.S., cum laude, Human Resources and Labor Relations from LeMoyne College and a J.D., with honors from the University of North Carolina Law School. He is admitted to practice in Georgia and before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. District Courts: Georgia, Florida and Tennessee, U.S. Court of Appeals: Sixth, Eighth and Eleventh Circuits and the National Labor Relations Board
Candi Castleberry Singletonis the Vice President of Intersectionality, Culture, and Diversity (ICD) at Twitter. She is also the founder of the award-winning Dignity & Respect Campaign, which has helped organizations create more inclusive work environments. As an experienced diversity and inclusion leader, she created The Bolt-On to Built-In Model™ featured in her chapter of Crossing the Divide: Intergroup Leadership in a World of Difference. She has developed successful strategies and initiatives in technology, telecommunications, and healthcare including Xerox, Sun Microsystems, Motorola, and UPMC.
Candi has served as adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University. She received an MBA from Pepperdine, a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley, and completed the Stanford Executive Human Resources program.
Craig Simmons | Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer | Oakwood
Craig joined the Oakwood senior leadership team in February 2017 from American Apparel and is thrilled to be leading the global transformation efforts at the iconic housing company. He is a member of the Executive Committee (reporting to the Global CEO), and oversees a staff of 40 HR Professionals in Talent (Recruitment & Retention), Employee Relations, HR Operations/Payroll, Learning & Development and two international offices in London and Singapore.
While CHRO at American Apparel, he implemented company-wide strategic initiatives and led the organization through several challenging years, including massive restructuring, two bankruptcy filings and the sale of the company. He has held numerous senior HR leadership positions at well-known companies including Nestle, Cedars-Sinai, Dignity Health and the Screen Actors Guild Pension and Health Plan.
Craig earned his Bachelor’s Degree (BA, Political Science) from the University of Southern California, his Master’s Degree (MA, American Government & Public Policy) from Georgetown University and his law degree (JD) from the University of San Francisco.
Prior to joining HR leadership, Craig was a labor and employment attorney and in-house counsel, focusing on employee and labor relations. When not supporting transformational global change at Oakwood, this former USC Yell Leader enjoys spending time with his 18- year-old twin sons, who are now freshmen in college.
Erich R. Barnes | VP, Compensation and Benefits | Honeywell (Homes)
Erich is currently serving as Vice President, Compensation and Benefits for the Honeywell Homes Division that is planned to be spun-off as an independent company, Resideo, Technologies, Inc. at the end of October 2018. Erich is responsible for conceptualization, design, implementation and administration of all compensation, benefits and recognition programs at Resideo, a smart home industry leader, deeply devoted to the needs of its customers, with an ambitious vision for the future. Resideo will market products under the trusted Honeywell brand, already in 150 million households around the world.
Prior to his role at Resideo, Erich was VP, Total Rewards at Cable & Wireless Communications, Inc. (CWC), a leading provider of broadband, mobile, fixed-line and cable television services throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. At CWC, Erich was responsible for strategic development and design of executive compensation, benefits, annual incentives, equity compensation and recognition programs to attract, retain and reward a high-performing workforce. He was also responsible for global payroll and mobility programs.
Erich spent most of his career in compensation and benefits leadership roles with global organizations where he managed complex projects, developed and executed business strategy during periods of significant transformation of various forms.
Erich holds a BA degree from Syracuse University and a Masters degree from Rutgers University, both of which are in Economics. He lives with his wife and four sons in Plantation, FL.
Andrew Calderon | CEO | Intrideo
Andrew is the CEO and Founder of Intrideo. He was responsible for the vision and development of an technology based staffing solution focused on the service industry. His company has worked with diverse companies in Canada, New Zealand, Greece and the United States and with leading brands such as Cara, McDonald’s and Tim Hortons.
His passion is in continual discovery and improvement especially with regards pairing complex business challenges with technology based solutions. Global business experience across much of the EU, and Africa has helped broaden his vision.
Andrew holds a BA: Economics and Labour Studies from York University along with a Masters Certificate: Tourism and International Business Development from the MIB School of Management in Trieste.
His volunteer work reflects his ongoing efforts to support Innovation and he is an Executive in Residence at the Northern Ontario Innovation Center as well as serving as an Advisory Board member for Confederation College.
Brenda Lacy-Davis | SVP, Human Resources | Fox Network Group
Iris Drayton-Spann | VP, HR & Organizational Development | WETA TV
In her role as Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development for WETA TV in Arlington, Virginia Iris Drayton-Spann develops, builds and maintains a strategic human resources function that supports WETA’s business strategy; aligning policy and programs with the organizations strategic plan, mission, values and culture. As a member of the management team, Iris promotes positive employee relations and acts as a trusted advisor on human resources issues. She is also responsible for developing and implementing programs for staffing, employee relations, benefits, performance management, compensation, compliance and professional development for over 300 employees. In this role, Iris reports directly to the Chief Operating Officer/EVP of WETA.
WETA is the leading public broadcasting company in the nation’s capital, serving Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia with educational initiatives and with high-quality programming on WETA Television and Classical WETA 90.9 FM. WETA is one of the largest-producing stations of new content for public television in the United States. At the core of that mission is PBS NewsHour, produced by NHP, a wholly-owned non-profit subsidiary of WETA. The award-winning show is broadcast weeknights from WETA’s Production Center. The NewsHour is carried by more than 350 PBS stations nationwide and is known for its in-depth coverage and discussion of issues and current events.
For 7.5 years, Iris was previously the Vice President of Human Resources at Goodwill Industries International, Inc. (GII) Member Services Center located in Rockville, MD. In her role as Vice President of Human Resources at GII, Iris was responsible for executing a Compelling Place to Performwith programs designed to engage, develop, value and celebrate their employees, teams and colleagues.
Iris has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Howard University, a master’s degree in Human Resource Development from George Washington University, her SHRM-CP, PHR (Professional in Human Resources) certification from HRCI and CDE (Certified Diversity Executive) from the Institute of Diversity Certification and is a member of the Society of Diversity.
Jennifer Rozon | VP | McLean & Company
Jennifer Rozon is the Vice President of McLean & Company. She manages the overall vision and strategy for research, product development, business development, and customer experience. She is passionate about elevating HR departments and translating innovative ideas into execution through inspired team members. Jennifer is an analytical leader who drives bottom-line results while staying people focused and embraces change as an opportunity to drive breakthrough performance. She is a firm believer that creating an exceptional employee experience will in turn create a better member experience.
Since joining the organization in 2006, Jennifer has held positions in research, business development, corporate strategy, and product development. Jennifer pioneered some of the first blueprints and diagnostic products, including the development of the Employee Engagement Program.
Prior to joining McLean & Company, Jennifer held roles at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, BlackBerry, and Wal-Mart. Jennifer received her Honors Business Administration from the Ivey Business School at Western University.
Jeremy Walsh | SVP, Enterprise Learning Solutions | Learning House
Jeremy Walsh has spent his career helping to build organizations to their best potential. As a dynamic leader, business developer, entrepreneur, and senior business executive, he has a unique perspective on the convergence of technology, talent development, and the future of work.
For over a decade he has worked in strategy and business development roles for enterprise and mid-market businesses. Currently he is the Senior Vice President of Enterprise at Learning House, a company focused on helping organizations attract, develop, and retain top talent in a competitive workforce. The companies training programs have helped fortune 500 companies build world-class initiatives focused on upskilling and reskilling their workforce. Jeremy lead the development and launch of a new Learning House product focused on helping employers build ROI driven education benefit programs for the modern workforce. In addition to his role at Learning House, he sits on the Marketing Advisory Board for LinkedIn, serves as a strategy advisor for several non-profits, consults with SMBs on growth-hacking and enjoys coaching pee-wee sports in his community in South Florida where he lives with his wife Giselle and their two children.
Mary M. Chan, MBA | Vice President, Human Resources | Colliers International
Mary is Vice President of Human Resources for Colliers International. As Colliers’ Human Resources officer for the Greater Philadelphia region, Mary specializes in attracting and developing the best talent and building a culture of excellence based on engagement, diversity, and leadership. By integrating innovative solutions that utilize technology, predictive and data analytics with an emphasis on business growth, Mary has developed a human resources infrastructure that driveslarge scale growth within the operational team. Additionally, she revitalized the compensation and benefits portfolio to deliver substantial value to the company.
In her three years with the company, Mary led extensive organizational transformations. Under her leadership, Colliers was named the “Best of Workplace” in 2015 by Mid-Atlantic Real Estate Journal and is continually listed as one of the top five Brokerage firms by the Philadelphia Business Journal.
Mary was nominated for 2015HR Excellence of the Yearaward by SHRM – Philadelphia Chapter and most recently was honored by the Philadelphia Business Journal as a Minority Business Leader.
Prior to Colliers, Mary was the founder and CEO of Chan Consulting, a Human Resources Consulting firm specializing in innovative strategies that helped clients become more productive and profitable.
Mary earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources from Holy Family University, and a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. Mary lives in Huntingdon Valley, PA with her two children.
Michael Papay | CEO | Waggl
A proven HR technology pioneer with over 15 years of experience building and leading Software as a Service (SaaS) businesses within the discipline of Human Capital Management, Michael Papay currently serves as CEO & Co-founder of Waggl, a San Francisco Bay Area company that provides a simple, cloud-based solution to help organizations listen to people, distill insights and improve results. Michael is a frequent author and contributor to advancing the thought leadership around organizational learning and employee engagement. He believes that mutual respect and active listening leads to more meaningful relationships and productive organizations, and that candor and transparency lead to a more connected and engaged workforce. Michael also feels strongly that the best ideas and input can (and should) come from anywhere in the organization.
Michael is a technology entrepreneur who has been a co-founder and CEO of two HR Tech companies. His most recent venture, Waggl, is transforming the way organizations get feedback from employees. Over the last fifteen years a sample set of the clients who counted on the solutions Michael's teams has created include GE, Honeywell, Cisco, Sony, HP, Agilent, Home Depot, Oracle, eBay, Yahoo!, Pfizer, Kaiser Permanente, Stanford University, Agilent, Genentech, Deloitte, Morgan Stanley, IRS, and Standard Chartered Bank. The products Michael and his teams created have improved the performance and engagement of thousands of organizations and hundreds of thousands of employees around the globe. Michael has been a featured speaker at SIOP, ASU-GSV, and Harvest, Waggl’s signature event for strategic HR and business leaders.
Michael Levy | CEO and Co-Founder | Online Rewards
As CEO of Online Rewards, Michael Levy has helped Fortune 1000 companies improve their employee engagement scores through the design and development of award-winning employee engagement and recognition programs. He is a frequent speaker at HR industry events and has contributed content on the topic of employee engagement to HR Magazine, CNBC, and elsewhere. Beyond a sense of humor and a very, very Southern accent (think kangaroos), Michael brings a unique and refreshing perspective to driving employee engagement with knowledge and expertise gathered across a decade of building employee engagement programs.
Sharyn Mandell | VP, Human Resources | Prudential Financial
As an Employment Attorney and Human Resources Business Partner, Sharyn Bernstein Mandell has devoted her career to helping business executives develop and drive talent strategies that achieve business objectives, enhance managerial effectiveness, increase productivity, and minimize risk. In all her roles, Sharyn has brought her passion for helping employers create a better and inclusive workplace.
Sharyn currently works as VP, Human Resources, at Prudential Financial, where she drives the talent strategy for the Chief Technology Officer of Group Insurance, and Group Insurance’s diversity and inclusion strategy. Her expertise spans the entire talent cycle, including recruiting, onboarding, talent development, performance management, and succession planning; employee relations and employment law.
Prior to transitioning to her HR Business Partner role, Sharyn worked as VP, Corporate Counsel in Prudential’s Employment Law Department, where she focused on counseling executives in many of Prudential’s US and international businesses in all aspects of employment law; advising on mergers and acquisitions; representing the company in employment litigation; and developing and facilitating education sessions in anti-discrimination/harassment; effective performance management, and compliance with a variety of employment laws.
Sharyn also worked as an employment litigator, at King Pagano and Harrison and Varet & Fink, in New York City, where counseled employers to help avoid litigation, and when that was not possible, defended them in all areas of employment law, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and wage and hour claims.
In her free time, Sharyn is an avid cyclist, runner and overall outdoor adventure seeker.
Sonja Rosario | VP, HR – U.S. Retail Bank & Mortgage | Citigroup
Sonja Rosario has been a progressive HR Leader for over 13 years in various industries. As a VP in HR at Citigroup, she has successfully led various businesses in our Global Markets & Securities Services, International Personal Bank, and is now leading the HR Strategy in the U.S. Retail Bank & Mortgage. She also serves on the Black Executive Leadership Committee and the Hispanic/Latino Heritage Network, championing diversity and inclusivity, talent development, and enhancing the employee experience.
Prior to joining Citi, Sonja worked at Ultimate Medical Academy and Deloitte. She’s a proud graduate of the University of Florida and PHR and SHRM-CP certified. On her spare time, she loves to travel and practice yoga.
Yves Lermusi | CEO | Checkster
Yves Lermusi (aka Lermusiaux) is CEO & founder of Checkster. Checkster enables organizations to make better talent decisions.
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.
David DeMaio | Managing Shareholder | Ogletree Deakins
David DeMaio is the Managing Shareholder of the Miami Office of Ogletree Deakins. He represents companies in all aspects of labor and employment law and litigation ever since 1992. He has extensive jury-trial experience and is a frequent speaker at seminars and roundtables addressing labor, employment, and civil-rights law and litigation.
Mr. DeMaio is included in “The Best Lawyers in America” and “Florida Super Lawyers” as well as being named as one of Florida’s "Legal Elite" by Florida Trend magazine, "Best of the Bar" by the South Florida Business Journal and "Top Lawyer in South Florida" by the South Florida Legal Guide. David graduated magna cum laude from Boston University and received his law degree, with honors, from The George Washington University Law School.
Carlo Amato | Director of Human Resources | MAPEI Corporation
Carlo is Director of Human Resources at MAPEI Corporation, a privately owned manufacturer of construction chemicals headquartered in Milan, Italy. Carlo joined MAPEI in 2016 and leads the Human Resources function for the United States and Caribbean.
Carlo’s has worked in manufacturing since he was 16 years old and after 4 years in Manufacturing Operations, switched to HR. He possesses over 30 years of Human Resources experience in the Automotive Parts, Building Materials and Defense Industries, most of them in organized employers. Most recently prior to MAPEI, he was the Human Resources Director for the Lake City Army Ammunition plant, which supplies small caliber ammunition to the United States Army and is the largest small caliber ammunition plant in the world. He has led organizations through Union-Avoidance campaigns, Decertification campaigns, Labor Negotiations including first contract bargaining and even a Wildcat strike.
Carlo received a Bachelor’s degree in Operations Management from Villanova University, and a Master’s degree in Human Resources from LaSalle University.
He is a die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fan, and enjoys travel and sailing.
Anthony Franzese | Account Executive | Headspace
Anthony has been in the corporate health space for more than 5 years. He recently moved to Headspace to help bring health and happiness to the business world through the company's corporate division. An avid meditation practitioner himself, Anthony is also certified in the teaching of meditation.
Alex Freda | Account Executive | Headspace
Alex joined Headspace's corporate division in early 2018. He's focused on partnering with organizations who want to offer their employees Headspace; be it as a stress management tool or to strengthen mental resilience & emotional intelligence (EQ). He's practiced meditation for over 3 years and is passionate about improving the health & happiness of the world.